21 days in Peru & Ecuador Itinerary

21 days in Peru & Ecuador Itinerary

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21 days in Peru & Ecuador Itinerary

Start: Cozumel, Mexico
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
Quito, Ecuador
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Quilotoa, Ecuador
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Banos, Ecuador
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Guamote, Ecuador
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
5
Alausi, Ecuador
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  8​h
6
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 1 night
Ferry:  2​h 30​min
7
Puerto Villamil, Ecuador
— 1 night
+2
Fly + Foot + Fly:  5​h
8
Cuenca, Ecuador
— 1 night
+4
Fly + Foot + Bus + Foot + Bus:  8​h 45​min
9
Paracas, Peru
— 1 day
Fly:  1​h 30​min
10
Cusco, Peru
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
11
Andahuaylillas, Peru
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
12
Puno, Peru
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
13
Cabanaconde, Peru
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
14
Arequipa, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
15
Lima, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Cozumel, Mexico

2
nights
Quito, Ecuador

High in the Andean foothills, Quito remains one of the world's most photogenic capital cities, featuring two dramatic mountain ranges as its backdrop.
On the 3rd (Thu), examine the collection at Intinan Museum and then trot along with a tour on horseback. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at La Capilla Del Hombre, then indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, then examine the collection at Casa del Alabado, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Francisco Church (Iglesia de San Francisco).

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Quito travel planner.

Cozumel, Mexico to Quito is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Cozumel in October: high temperatures in Quito hover around 26°C and lows are around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to drive to Quilotoa.

Things to do in Quito

Tours Outdoors Museums
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Casa del Alabado ©
Casa del Alabado
La Capilla Del Hombre ©
La Capilla Del Hombre

1
night
Quilotoa, Ecuador

Quilotoa ©
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): trek along Sendero al Fondo del Crater and then explore the activities along Laguna Quilotoa.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Quilotoa road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Quito to Quilotoa takes 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Banos.

Things to do in Quilotoa

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Laguna Quilotoa
Highlights from your plan
Laguna Quilotoa ©
Laguna Quilotoa
Sendero al Fondo del Crater ©
Sendero al Fondo del Crater

1
night
Banos, Ecuador

A trip to Banos, a relatively small town in the picturesque Andean highlands, ensures plenty of chances for outdoor activities like horseback riding, hiking, climbing, canyoning, and mountain biking.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then admire the sheer force of Pailon del Diablo (Devil's Cauldron).

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Banos day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Quilotoa to Banos takes 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Guamote.

Things to do in Banos

Tours Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Pailon del Diablo (Devil's Cauldron) ©

1
night
Guamote, Ecuador

Guamote
Guamote is a location in the Chimborazo Province, Ecuador. Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): pick up some local products at Thursday Market.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Guamote holiday website .

Traveling by car from Banos to Guamote takes 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Alausi.

Things to do in Guamote

Shopping

1
night
Alausi, Ecuador

Alausi ©
Alausí is a town in the Chimborazo province of Ecuador.HistoryDuring the Spanish conquest of Ecuador, the city was named by Sebastián de Belalcázar as San Pedro de Alausí, giving the city the name of the saint of the day, coinciding with the founding of the city of Quito. On the 8th (Tue), wander the streets of Centro Historico de Alausi, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Matriz, don't miss a visit to Estacion Ferrocarril, then get great views at El Mirador Natural de la Loma de Lluglli, and finally get great views at Mirador de San Pedro.

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Drive from Guamote to Alausi in an hour. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Alausi

Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Mirador de San Pedro ©
Mirador de San Pedro

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Black Turtle Cove and then identify plant and animal life at El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape at Las Grietas, then take in the waterfront at Malecon de Puerto Ayora, then look for all kinds of wild species at Charles Darwin Research Station, and finally don't miss a visit to Santa Cruz Fish Market.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Puerto Ayora online itinerary maker .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Alausi to Puerto Ayora. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Alausi in October: high temperatures in Puerto Ayora hover around 30°C and lows are around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to ride a ferry to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Black Turtle Cove
Highlights from your plan
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve ©
Charles Darwin Research Station ©
Charles Darwin Research Station
Santa Cruz Fish Market ©
Santa Cruz Fish Market

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Concha de Perla.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Puerto Villamil trip planner .

Traveling by ferry from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Villamil takes 2.5 hours. The time zone changes from Ecuador Time to Galapagos Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cuenca.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Concha de Perla ©
Concha de Perla

1
night
Cuenca, Ecuador

Cuenca ©
Packed with impressive colonial architecture and a historic town center, Cuenca stands as perhaps the most charming city in the nation.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of El Cajas National Park, then admire the majestic nature at Plaza Abdon Calderon, then see the interesting displays at Pumapungo Museo, and finally get engrossed in the history at Pumapungo Museum and Arqueological Park - MCYP.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Cuenca day trip planning website .

You can fly from Puerto Villamil to Cuenca in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Galapagos Time to Ecuador Time is 1 hour. In October, daily temperatures in Cuenca can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel to Paracas.

Things to do in Cuenca

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
El Cajas National Park ©
El Cajas National Park
Pumapungo Museo ©
Pumapungo Museo

1
day
Paracas, Peru

Paracas ©
A port town largely devoted to tourism, Paracas serves as a popular starting point for exploration of Peru's south coast.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): admire nature's extreme beauty at Paracas Nature Reserve, then examine the collection at Museo De Sitio Julio C Tello De Paracas, and then don't miss a visit to The Chandelier.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Paracas driving holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Cuenca to Paracas takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, car, and flight; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Paracas can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Paracas

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
The Chandelier ©
The Chandelier

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): trot along with a tour on horseback, explore the ancient world of Q'enqo, then identify plant and animal life at Santuario Animal de Cochahuasi, and finally explore the ancient world of Tambomachay. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape at Cerro Colorado Vinicunca and then delve into the distant past at Sacsayhuaman.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Cusco visit app .

Traveling by flight from Paracas to Cusco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Paracas in October, Cusco is little chillier at night with lows of 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can go by car to Andahuaylillas.

Things to do in Cusco

Parks Historic Sites Tours
Highlights from your plan
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Horseback Riding Tours
Q'enqo ©
Q'enqo

1
night
Andahuaylillas, Peru

Andahuaylillas ©
On a trip to Andahuaylillas, you'll experience the culture and traditions of the indigenous Quechua people, who make up the majority of the town's population of 5,400.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): explore the ancient world of Rumicolca, explore the ancient world of Piquillacta, then see the interesting displays at Museo Ritos Andinos, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Pedro Apostol de Andahuaylillas.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Andahuaylillas road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Cusco to Andahuaylillas takes an hour. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Puno.

Things to do in Andahuaylillas

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Huarcapay
Highlights from your plan
Piquillacta ©
Piquillacta
Rumicolca ©
Rumicolca
Museo Ritos Andinos ©
Museo Ritos Andinos

1
night
Puno, Peru

Puno ©
Hugging the western tip of Lake Titicaca, Puno serves as a melting pot of indigenous and imported cultures, and makes a great base for explorations around the region.
On the 17th (Thu), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Titicaca, explore the ancient world of Sillustani, and then steep yourself in history at La Casa del Corregidor.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Puno online travel planner .

Traveling by car from Andahuaylillas to Puno takes 6 hours. Traveling from Andahuaylillas in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Puno, with lows of 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Cabanaconde.

Things to do in Puno

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Lake Titicaca ©
Lake Titicaca
La Casa del Corregidor ©
La Casa del Corregidor

1
night
Cabanaconde, Peru

Cabanaconde ©
A vacation in Cabanaconde provides visitors with an opportunity to explore the left bank of the Colca River, an area quite untouched by commercial tourism.
On the 18th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Sangalle, then look for all kinds of wild species at Condor's Cross, then don't miss a visit to Mirador Cruz del Condor, and finally get great views at Mirador Achachiua.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Cabanaconde online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Puno to Cabanaconde takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can go by car to Arequipa.

Things to do in Cabanaconde

Wildlife Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Condor's Cross ©
Condor's Cross
Mirador Cruz del Condor ©
Mirador Cruz del Condor
Sangalle ©
Sangalle

2
nights
Arequipa, Peru

Arequipa ©
In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Complejo de la Compania de Jesus, take in panoramic vistas at Yanahuara, examine the collection at Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Virreinal, then steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Arequipa, and finally look for gifts at La Iberica. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Yanahuara ( San Juan Bautista), get to know the fascinating history of Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus, take an in-depth tour of Museo Santuarios Andinos, get your bearings at San Francisco Plaza, Church and Monastery, then take in the exciting artwork at Arte Colonial, and finally examine the collection at Santa Catalina Monastery.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Arequipa trip planner .

Getting from Cabanaconde to Arequipa by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In October in Arequipa, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel to Lima.

Things to do in Arequipa

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Museo de Arte Virreinal ©
Museo de Arte Virreinal
Historic Centre of Arequipa ©
Historic Centre of Arequipa
Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa ©
Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): steep yourself in history at Basilica y Monasterio de Santo Domingo, then take a stroll through Centro Historico de Lima, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Lima, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of San Isidro. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue): explore the world behind art at Museo MATE, then admire the masterpieces at MALI - Museo de Arte de Lima, and then get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco.

To see ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Lima tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Arequipa to Lima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Arequipa in October, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Lima, with lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Centro Historico de Lima ©
Centro Historico de Lima
Basilica y Monasterio de Santo Domingo ©
Cathedral of Lima ©
Cathedral of Lima

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