29 days in Machu Picchu, Cuenca & Quito Itinerary

29 days in Machu Picchu, Cuenca & Quito Itinerary

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29 days in Machu Picchu, Cuenca & Quito Itinerary

Start: Toronto, Canada
+4
Fly + Taxi + Bus + Foot + Train:  19 h 30 min
1
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 9 nights
+4
Train + Foot + Bus + Taxi + Fly:  10 h 45 min
2
Cuenca, Ecuador
— 7 nights
Fly + Taxi:  1 h 30 min
3
Quito, Ecuador
— 10 nights
Fly:  8 h
End: Toronto, Canada

9
nights
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.
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and Ruinas de Choquequirao will appeal to history buffs. Take a break from the city and head to Los Jardines de Mandor and Zipline. There's lots more to do: take in the natural beauty of Banos Termales de Cocalmayo, explore the ancient world of Winay Wayna, examine the collection at Museo de Sitio Manuel Chavez Ballon, and make a trip to Intipuncu.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Machu Picchu attractions planner.

Toronto, Canada to Machu Picchu is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight, bus, and train. You can also do a combination of ferry, flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel to Cuenca.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Santa Teresa, Choquequirao Archeological Park, Ruinas de Choquequirao, Sacred Valley of the Incas
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Choquequirao Archeological Park ©
Choquequirao Archeological Park

7
nights
Cuenca, Ecuador

Cuenca ©
Packed with impressive colonial architecture and a historic town center, Cuenca stands as perhaps the most charming city in the nation.
Visiting Plaza Abdon Calderon and Horseback Riding Tours will get you outdoors. Head to Homero Ortega and Galeria Eduardo Vegafor plenty of shopping. Change things up with a short trip to Ingapirca Ruins in Ingapirca (about 1h 30 min away). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Pumapungo Museo, get a taste of the local shopping with Art Cuenca, take in the exciting artwork at Manos del Mundo, and meet the residents at AMARU Bioparque Cuenca Zoologico.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Cuenca trip itinerary maker website .

Do a combination of train, bus, and flight from Machu Picchu to Cuenca in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, flight, and car; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Quito.

Things to do in Cuenca

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trip

Ingapirca Ruins
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Ingapirca Ruins ©
Ingapirca Ruins
Pumapungo Museo ©
Pumapungo Museo
Museo Catedral Vieja ©
Museo Catedral Vieja

10
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.
Appreciate the collections at Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila and Casa del Alabado. Catedral Metropolitana de Quito and Basilica de Nuestra Senora de la Merced will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Quito: Paz de las Aves Bird Refuge (in Mindo) and Termas de Papallacta (in Papallacta). Spend the 8th (Sun) among the fascinating landscape of Cotopaxi National Park. There's still lots to do: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, walk around Parque Metropolitano, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To find maps, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Quito road trip planner .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Cuenca to Quito in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cuenca in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Quito, with lows of 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Quito

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Cotopaxi National Park, Paz de las Aves Bird Refuge, Termas de Papallacta
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Casa del Alabado ©
Casa del Alabado
Cotopaxi National Park ©
Cotopaxi National Park
Catedral Metropolitana de Quito ©
Catedral Metropolitana de Quito

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