25 days in Ecuador & Peru Itinerary

25 days in Ecuador & Peru Itinerary

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Guayaquil, Ecuador
— 3 nights
Fly
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Quito, Ecuador
— 1 day
Drive
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Quilotoa, Ecuador
— 1 night
Drive
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Machu Picchu, Peru
— 4 nights
Train to Ollantaytambo, Bus to Cusco
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Cusco, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly
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Lima, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly to Cotopaxi International Airport, Drive to Saquisili
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Saquisili, Ecuador
— 1 day
Drive
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Latacunga, Ecuador
— 1 night
Drive
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Pujili, Ecuador
— 1 night
Drive
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La Mana, Ecuador
— 2 nights
Drive
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Loja, Ecuador
— 3 nights
Drive to Santa Rosa International Airport, Fly to Warsaw

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Guayaquil, Ecuador

— 3 nights

Pearl of the Pacific

Hills dotted with colorful houses and waterfront promenades typify Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city and commercial center.
On the 8th (Sat), make a trip to Guayaquil Historical Park, enjoy breathtaking views from La Perla, and then take a stroll through Cerro Santa Ana. On the next day, take in the waterfront at Malecon 2000, then enjoy the sea views from El Faro de Guayaquil, and then wander the streets of Las Penas.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Guayaquil tour itinerary planner.

If you are flying in from Poland, the closest major aiport is José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport. February in Guayaquil sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Quito.

Things to do in Guayaquil

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Wildlife · Parks

Quito, Ecuador

— 1 day

Light of America

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 10th (Mon): stop by La Mundial Custom Boots, make a trip to Mitad Del Mundo, take an in-depth tour of Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Quito Old Town.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Quito trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Guayaquil to Quito takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Guayaquil in February, with highs in Quito at 24°C and lows at 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to drive to Quilotoa.

Things to do in Quito

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Quilotoa, Ecuador

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): take some stellar pictures from Shalala Lodge and then contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Quilotoa.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Quilotoa trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Quito to Quilotoa takes 3.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Quilotoa

Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Machu Picchu, Peru

— 4 nights
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
Change things up with a short trip to Zipline in Santa Teresa (about 32 minutes away). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu, witness a stunning natural landmark at Banos Termales de Cocalmayo, explore the ancient world of Winay Wayna, and make a trip to Plaza Manco Capac.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Machu Picchu online trip itinerary maker.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Quilotoa to Machu Picchu. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Adventure

Side Trips

Cusco, Peru

— 2 nights

Imperial City

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 17th (Mon): explore the ancient world of Centro Historico De Cusco, then contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas, and then admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Precolombino. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Cusco trip itinerary maker site.

Do a combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In February in Cusco, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Lima.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums

Lima, Peru

— 3 nights

City of the Kings

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.
Lima is known for historic sites, parks, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco, take in the spiritual surroundings of San Pedro Church (Iglesia de San Pedro), stroll around Circuito Magico Del Agua, and don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor).

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Lima day trip planner.

You can fly from Cusco to Lima in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Cusco, expect somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Lima, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Saquisili.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks

Saquisili, Ecuador

— 1 day
Saquisilí is a town in the Cotopaxi Province of Ecuador. On the 22nd (Sat), stop by Mercado Indigena.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Saquisili tour planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Lima to Saquisili. When traveling from Lima in February, plan for a bit cooler days and colder nights in Saquisili: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Latacunga.

Things to do in Saquisili

Shopping
Highlights from your trip

Latacunga, Ecuador

— 1 night

Mashca City

Established in 1534, the plateau town of Latacunga was destroyed four times by earthquakes between 1698 and 1798.
On the 23rd (Sun), pause for some serene contemplation at La Catedral and then contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna de Limpiopungo.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Latacunga trip planner.

Getting from Saquisili to Latacunga by car takes about an hour. In February, daytime highs in Latacunga are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel to Pujili.

Things to do in Latacunga

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Pujili, Ecuador

— 1 night
Pujilí is a small town in the Cotopaxi Province of Ecuador, located ten to twenty minutes from Latacunga. Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): hike along Canon del Rio Toachi.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Pujili journey planner.

Traveling by car from Latacunga to Pujili takes an hour. In February, daytime highs in Pujili are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Mon) to allow time for travel to La Mana.

Things to do in Pujili

Outdoors · Trails · Nature · Parks

La Mana, Ecuador

— 2 nights
La Maná is a town in the Cotopaxi Province of Ecuador. On the 25th (Tue), admire the sheer force of Siete Cascadas.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the La Mana day trip planner.

You can drive from Pujili to La Mana in 2.5 hours. On the 26th (Wed), you're off to Loja.

Things to do in La Mana

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Loja, Ecuador

— 3 nights

Musical Capital of Ecuador

On vacation in Loja--a city that loves its music and art--you may very well see the locals singing as they go about their business, through streets decorated with splashes of paint and tiled murals.
You've now added Parque Nacional Podocarpus to your itinerary. On the 27th (Thu), explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Podocarpus and then admire the striking features of Puerta de la Ciudad. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape at Sullivan Bay, then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Loja, and then walk around Parque Recreacional Jipiro.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Loja trip builder site.

You can drive from La Mana to Loja in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. On the 29th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Loja

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Ecuador travel guide

4.5
Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites · History Museums
With abundant opportunities to discover fascinating World Heritage Sites, a holiday in Ecuador remains among the most culturally enriching travel experiences. Home to the world's highest active volcano, this little country packs a big punch when it comes to tourist activities. Some of the most popular things to do in Ecuador include visits to its astonishingly biodiverse wilderness areas, home to some 1,500 bird species, 840 species of amphibians and reptiles, and nearly 20,000 plant species. Of course, the highlight of many Ecuador vacations is bound to be the Galapagos Islands, made famous by naturalist Charles Darwin. Aside from the stunning nature, Ecuador also boasts many historic cities filled with photogenic colonial-era churches, mansions, and plazas.

Cotopaxi Province travel guide

4.2
Bodies of Water · Volcanos · Lookouts
Cotopaxi is one of the provinces of Ecuador. The capital is Latacunga. The province contains the Cotopaxi Volcano, an intermittent volcano with a height of 19,388 feet.CantonsThe province is divided into 7 cantons. The following table lists each canton with its population (per the 2001 census), its area in square kilometres (km²), and the name of the canton seat (capital).DemographicsEthnic groups as of the Ecuadorian census of 2010: Mestizo 72.1%Indigenous 22.1%White 2.3%Montubio 1.8%Afro-Ecuadorian 1.7%Other 0.1%

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Peru travel guide

4.6
Historic Sites · Parks · Landmarks
Land of the Incas
In a country renowned for its pre-Columbian archeological sites, no Peru vacation would be complete without an adrenaline-inducing hike to Machu Picchu, World Heritage-listed symbol of the once-mighty Incan Empire. Aside from visiting these spectacular ruins set against the backdrop of photogenic mountain peaks, most holidays in Peru also include an exploration of the country's pretty cities, boasting well-preserved colonial architecture and a slew of modern buildings housing fine museums, galleries, shops, and restaurants. Ideal for active vacationers, Peru trips are also tailor-made for gourmands, as the country's eclectic cuisine blends tasty influences from Africa, Asia, and Europe.