26 days in Chile, Peru & Ecuador Itinerary

26 days in Chile, Peru & Ecuador Itinerary

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26 days in Chile, Peru & Ecuador Itinerary

Start: Mumbai, India
Fly + Drive:  29​h
1
Valparaiso, Chile
— 1 day
bus:  1​h 30​min
2
Santiago, Chile
— 4 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h
3
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  8​h 15​min
4
Cusco, Peru
— 4 nights
+2
bus + foot + train:  3​h 15​min
5
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  12​h
6
Lima, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
7
Guayaquil, Ecuador
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + shuttle + ferry + bus:  4​h 30​min
8
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 4 nights
+3
bus + ferry + shuttle + Fly:  5​h
9
Quito, Ecuador
— 2 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Mumbai, India

1
day
Valparaiso, Chile

Valparaiso ©
Navigating through a maze of colorful streets winding up and down steep hills remains an integral part of any Valparaiso tour.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Corporacion Museo de Arqueologia e Historia Francisco Fonck, take a stroll through Paseo Dimalow, and then examine the collection at La Sebastiana.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Valparaiso road trip site .

Mumbai, India to Valparaiso is an approximately 29-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Mumbai to Valparaiso due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Mumbai in December, you will find days in Valparaiso are much colder (24°C), and nights are slightly colder (15°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to take a bus to Santiago.

Things to do in Valparaiso

Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Corporacion Museo de Arqueologia e Historia Francisco Fonck
Highlights from your plan

4
nights
Santiago, Chile

Santiago ©
Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
Santiago is known for shopping, museums, parks, nature, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at San Cristóbal Hill, examine the collection at La Chascona, explore the world behind art at Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, and take an in-depth tour of Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos.

To find reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Santiago tour builder website .

Traveling by bus from Valparaiso to Santiago takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Santiago

Museums Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
La Chascona ©
La Chascona
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia

3
nights
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

San Pedro de Atacama ©
Major archeological sites and a renowned museum remain the big draws in San Pedro de Atacama tourism, appealing to visitors interested in learning more about South America's pre-Columbian cultures.
San Pedro de Atacama is known for nature, wildlife, historic sites, nightlife, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Valle De La Luna, make a trip to Mirador de Kari, Piedra del Coyote, witness a stunning natural landmark at Geyser del Tatio, and browse the collection at Libreria Del Desierto.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our San Pedro de Atacama holiday planner.

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Santiago to San Pedro de Atacama in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in San Pedro de Atacama can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Atacama Desert
Highlights from your plan
Valle De La Luna ©
Valle De La Luna
Geyser del Tatio ©
Geyser del Tatio
Lagunas Miscanti y Miniques ©
Lagunas Miscanti y Miniques

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Maras (Salinas de Maras & Moray). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman, delve into the distant past at Tambomachay, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Precolombino, and admire the landmark architecture of Centro Historico De Cusco.

For more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Cusco trip itinerary planning tool .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from San Pedro de Atacama to Cusco in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from San Pedro de Atacama to Cusco due to the time zone difference. When traveling from San Pedro de Atacama in December, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Cusco: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Maras, Sacred Valley of the Incas
Highlights from your plan
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Centro Historico De Cusco ©
Centro Historico De Cusco
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): explore the ancient world of Intipuncu and then explore the ancient world of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Machu Picchu online journey planner .

Do a combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

2
nights
Lima, Peru

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 parks, historic sites, museums, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco, get a taste of the local shopping with Shopping Center Larcomar (Centro Comercial Larcomar), wander the streets of Miraflores, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

Plan trip to Lima with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Machu Picchu to Lima in 12 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Guayaquil.

Things to do in Lima

Tours Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) ©
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)

2
nights
Guayaquil, Ecuador

Guayaquil ©
Hills dotted with colorful houses and waterfront promenades typify Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city and commercial center.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): examine the collection at Presley Norton Museum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Guayaquil Historical Park, and then wander the streets of Cerro Santa Ana. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia San Jacinto del Morro, then take a leisurely stroll along Malecon 2000, then take a stroll through Las Penas, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museum of Anthropology and Contemporary Art.

To see ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Guayaquil online itinerary planner .

Getting from Lima to Guayaquil by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Lima in December, with highs in Guayaquil at 38°C and lows at 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Guayaquil

Historic Sites Wildlife Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Guayaquil Historical Park ©
Guayaquil Historical Park
Las Penas ©
Las Penas
Cerro Santa Ana ©
Cerro Santa Ana

4
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.
Step out of Puerto Ayora with an excursion to North Seymour Island in Baltra--about 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Charles Darwin Research Station, don't miss a visit to Columpio Magico, explore the striking landscape at Las Grietas, and enjoy the sand and surf at Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Puerto Ayora tour itinerary maker .

You can do a combination of flight, ferry, and bus from Guayaquil to Puerto Ayora in 4.5 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Guayaquil in December: highs in Puerto Ayora hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Quito.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Cruz, North Seymour Island
Highlights from your plan
Charles Darwin Research Station ©
Charles Darwin Research Station
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay ©
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay
Galeria Aymara ©
Galeria Aymara

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.
On the 28th (Sat), make a trip to Mitad Del Mundo, get engrossed in the history at Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, admire the striking features of Basilica del Voto Nacional, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Francisco Church (Iglesia de San Francisco).

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Quito day trip planner .

Do a combination of bus, ferry, and flight from Puerto Ayora to Quito in 5 hours. Traveling from Puerto Ayora in December, expect Quito to be little chillier, temps between 26°C and 15°C. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Quito

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania ©
Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania
Mitad Del Mundo ©
Mitad Del Mundo

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