20 days in Ecuador & Peru Itinerary

20 days in Ecuador & Peru Itinerary

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20 days in Ecuador & Peru Itinerary

Start: Bologna, Italy
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Quito, Ecuador
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + foot + Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Puerto Villamil, Ecuador
— 3 nights
ferry:  2​h 30​min
3
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 3 nights
ferry:  2​h 30​min
4
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h 30​min
5
Lima, Peru
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  2​h 15​min
6
Maras, Peru
— 1 night
taxi + train:  2​h
7
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 night
+2
train + foot + bus:  3​h 15​min
8
Cusco, Peru
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + tram + train:  21​h 45​min
End: Bologna, Italy


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2
nights
Quito, Ecuador

Quito ©
High in the Andean foothills, Quito remains one of the world's most photogenic capital cities, featuring two dramatic mountain ranges as its backdrop.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Museum of Maria Augusta Urrutia (La Casa Museo Maria Augusta Urrutia), admire the striking features of Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica del Voto Nacional, then get engrossed in the history at Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of San Francisco Church (Iglesia de San Francisco). On the 8th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at La Capilla Del Hombre, explore the world behind art at Casa Museo Guayasamin, and then get to know the fascinating history of Quito Old Town.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Quito trip itinerary maker site .

Bologna, Italy to Quito is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Bologna to Quito due to the time zone difference. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Bologna in February; daily highs in Quito reach 24°C and lows reach 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Quito

Historic Sites Museums
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3
nights
Puerto Villamil, Ecuador

Puerto Villamil ©
Located in the southeast of Isla Isabela, Puerto Villamil is home to the majority of the island's 2,200 inhabitants.
Get in touch with nature at Sierra Negra and Playa Puerto Villamil. There's much more to do: glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, get outside with Cueva de Sucre, take a memorable drive along Isabela Island Wetlands Complex, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Cristo Salvador.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Puerto Villamil online attractions planner .

Traveling by flight from Quito to Puerto Villamil takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Quito to Puerto Villamil, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Sierra Negra
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Sierra Negra ©
Sierra Negra
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Concha de Perla ©
Concha de Perla

3
nights
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

Puerto Ayora ©
The largest settlement in the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora offers visitors to the islands an array of facilities and things to do.
Maprae and Galeria Exotico Ecuador are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get outdoors at Charles Darwin Research Station and Las Grietas. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve, walk around El Garrapatero, enjoy the sand and surf at Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay, and explore the fascinating underground world of Tunel de Lava Bellavista.

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Traveling by ferry from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Ayora takes 2.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Ayora. In February, daily temperatures in Puerto Ayora can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can catch the ferry to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Santa Cruz, Tunel de Lava Bellavista
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Charles Darwin Research Station ©
Charles Darwin Research Station
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve ©
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno ©
The capital of the Galapagos Islands, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is located on easternmost island of the archipelago, San Cristobal.
On the 15th (Sat), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cerro Tijeretas, then pause for some photo ops at Estatua de Charles Darwin, and then browse the exhibits of Interpretation Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado, tour the pleasant surroundings at Puerto Chino Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at La Loberia.

To find more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Puerto Baquerizo Moreno trip planner.

Traveling by ferry from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno takes 2.5 hours. February in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

San Cristobal
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Cerro Tijeretas ©
Cerro Tijeretas
Interpretation Center ©
Interpretation Center
La Loberia ©
La Loberia

1
night
Lima, Peru

Lima ©
Founded in 1535 by Spanish explorer Francisco Pizarro, Lima represents an interesting blend of modern attractions and preserved colonial architecture, much of it clustered in the World Heritage-listed city center.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Huaca Pucllana and then take a stroll through Miraflores. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco, ponder the design of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, and finally walk around Circuito Magico Del Agua.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Lima trip itinerary maker tool .

Explore your travel options from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Lima with the Route module. In February, Lima is little chillier than Puerto Baquerizo Moreno - with highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Maras.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco ©
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco

1
night
Maras, Peru

Maras ©
Maras is a town in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, 40 kilometers north of Cuzco, in the Cuzco Region of Peru. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): explore the ancient world of Moray and then take in the dramatic natural features at Salinas de Maras.

To find reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Maras online day trip planner .

Getting from Lima to Maras by combination of flight and taxi takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. While traveling from Lima, expect little chillier days and cooler nights in Maras, ranging from highs of 23°C to lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Maras

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Salinas de Maras ©
Salinas de Maras
Moray ©
Moray

1
night
Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu ©
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): stroll through Los Jardines de Mandor and then explore the ancient world of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

To see photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Machu Picchu travel itinerary planner .

Getting from Maras to Machu Picchu by combination of taxi and train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Los Jardines de Mandor ©
Los Jardines de Mandor

4
nights
Cusco, Peru

Cusco ©
Capital of the Inca Empire for three centuries, World Heritage-listed Cusco is now a major tourist destination, drawing nearly 2 million annual tourists with its well-preserved colonial architecture and proximity to Machu Picchu.
Sacsayhuaman and Centro Historico De Cusco will appeal to history buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Plaza de Armas and Sacred Valley of the Incas. And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia De Santo Domingo, admire the landmark architecture of Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus, take an in-depth tour of Museo Inka, and explore the ancient world of Tambomachay.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Cusco trip maker site .

You can do a combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In February, daily temperatures in Cusco can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Sacred Valley of the Incas
Highlights from your plan
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas

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