29 days in Peru, Argentina & Quito Itinerary

29 days in Peru, Argentina & Quito Itinerary

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29 days in Peru, Argentina & Quito Itinerary

Start: Auckland, New Zealand
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Puerto Iguazu, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h 45​min
4
Lima, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
5
Quito, Ecuador
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h
6
Lima, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
7
Cusco, Peru
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h
8
Ollantaytambo, Peru
— 3 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  3​h
9
Lima, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
10
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 1 night
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Auckland, New Zealand


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3
nights
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires ©
Cultural capital of South America, Buenos Aires remains one of the largest cities on the continent, serving as a point of departure for exploring the rest of the country.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Catedral de San Isidro and Basilica de Nuestra Senora Del Pilar. Visit Villa Ocampo and Iglesia Inmaculada Concepcion for their historical value. There's lots more to do: shop like a local with Puerto Madero, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Botanico, see the interesting displays at Museo River Plate, and take a stroll through La Boca.

To find photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Buenos Aires trip itinerary maker site .

Auckland, New Zealand to Buenos Aires is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Argentine Time (ART), which is usually a -15 hour difference. While traveling from Auckland, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Buenos Aires, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 23°C. On the 9th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Puerto Iguazu.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

San Isidro
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Catedral de San Isidro ©
Catedral de San Isidro
Villa Ocampo ©
Villa Ocampo
Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero

2
nights
Puerto Iguazu, Argentina

Puerto Iguazu ©
The gateway to a national park inscribed on the World Heritage List, growing Puerto Iguazu sits on the confluence of two major rivers near the border with Paraguay and Brazil.
On the 10th (Tue), take a stroll through Puerto Iguazu, admire the sheer force of Cataratas del Iguazu - Lado Argentino, and then don't miss a visit to La Aldea Fortin M'Borore. On your second day here, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Virgen del Carmen and then take in the dramatic scenery at Salto Bernabe Mendez.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Puerto Iguazu online trip itinerary maker .

You can fly from Buenos Aires to Puerto Iguazu in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Puerto Iguazu

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Salto Bernabe Mendez
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Cataratas del Iguazu - Lado Argentino ©
Salto Bernabe Mendez ©
Salto Bernabe Mendez
Puerto Iguazu ©
Puerto Iguazu

1
night
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Museo de arte Tigre and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Buenos Aires trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by flight from Puerto Iguazu to Buenos Aires takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Tours Adventure Outdoors

Side Trip

Tigre
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Museo de arte Tigre ©
Museo de arte Tigre

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): savor the flavors at Centro De Ventas-UNALM, examine the collection at Museo del Automovil Coleccion Nicolini, admire the masterpieces at Museo Pedro de Osma, then get engrossed in the history at AMANO, Museo Textil Precolombino, and finally take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco. On the next day, examine the collection at Museo de Minerales Andres del Castillo, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Lima, then take a stroll through Barrio Chino, and finally surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Lima online trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Buenos Aires to Lima in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Argentine Time (ART) to Peru Time (PET), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Buenos Aires in December, expect nights in Lima to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Quito.

Things to do in Lima

Museums Wildlife Tours
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Museo Pedro de Osma ©
Museo Pedro de Osma
Cathedral of Lima ©
Cathedral of Lima
Nature & Wildlife Tours

6
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Cotopaxi National Park and Maquipucuna Reserve. Catedral Metropolitana de Quito and Guapulo will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Quito: Termas de Papallacta (in Papallacta) and Paz de las Aves Bird Refuge (in Mindo). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Casa del Alabado, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, and admire the landmark architecture of Santo Domingo Church.

For maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Quito tour app .

You can fly from Lima to Quito in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Lima in December since evenings lows in Quito dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Lima.

Things to do in Quito

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

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

2
nights
Lima, Peru

Lima ©
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): delve into the distant past at Huaca Pucllana, then take a stroll through San Isidro, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia de las Nazarenas.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Lima route builder app .

Getting from Quito to Lima by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Quito in December, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 22°C in Lima. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Lima

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

3
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.
Popular historic sites such as Sacsayhuaman and San Pedro Apostol de Andahuaylillas are in your itinerary. Step out of the city life by going to Cerro Colorado Vinicunca and Horseback Riding Tours. Take a break from Cusco with a short trip to Piquillacta in Huarcapay, about 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, hike along exploor, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Cusco route builder app .

Fly from Lima to Cusco in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Lima, expect little chillier days and much colder nights in Cusco, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can catcht the bus to Ollantaytambo.

Things to do in Cusco

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

San Pedro Apostol de Andahuaylillas, Piquillacta
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Piquillacta ©
Piquillacta
exploor ©
exploor

3
nights
Ollantaytambo, Peru

Ollantaytambo ©
Retaining much of its centuries-old architecture, Ollantaytambo represents one of the world's finest examples of Incan city planning.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Sacred Valley of the Incas and Inka Pintay. Your inner history buff will appreciate Moray and Salinas de Maras. The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo, stroll through Perolniyoq Waterfall, appreciate the extensive heritage of Qosqo Ayllu, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Naupa Iglesia.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Ollantaytambo trip itinerary planner.

You can take a bus from Cusco to Ollantaytambo in an hour. Other options are to take a shuttle; or drive. December in Ollantaytambo sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Ollantaytambo

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Maras, Urubamba, Sacred Valley of the Incas
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Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas
Moray ©
Moray
Salinas de Maras ©
Salinas de Maras

2
nights
Lima, Peru

Lima ©
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): wander the streets of Miraflores, wander the streets of Barranco, and then wander the streets of Centro Historico de Lima. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco, explore the different monuments and memorials at Museo Cementerio Presbítero Maestro, steep yourself in history at Casa de Aliaga, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia y Convento La Merced, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church and Sanctuary of Saint Rose of Lima.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Lima trip maker website .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Ollantaytambo to Lima takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Ollantaytambo in December, with highs in Lima at 28°C and lows at 22°C. You will have some time to spend on the 31st (Tue) before leaving for Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Centro Historico de Lima ©
Centro Historico de Lima
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco

1
night
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires ©
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): wander the streets of San Telmo, then wander the streets of Recoleta, then explore the historical opulence of Palacio de Aguas Corrientes, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica del Santisimo Sacramento.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Buenos Aires online vacation planner .

You can fly from Lima to Buenos Aires in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Peru Time (PET) to Argentine Time (ART), which is usually a 2 hour difference. While traveling from Lima, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Buenos Aires, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Basilica del Santisimo Sacramento ©
Calle Defensa ©
Calle Defensa
Palacio de Aguas Corrientes ©
Palacio de Aguas Corrientes

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