30 days in Ecuador & Peru Itinerary

30 days in Ecuador & Peru Itinerary

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Fly to Baltra Island, Fly to Puerto Villamil
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Puerto Villamil, Ecuador
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 4 nights
Ferry
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Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador
— 5 nights
Fly to Quito, Bus to Banos
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Banos, Ecuador
— 3 nights
Bus to Quito, Fly to Trujillo
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Trujillo, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly
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Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
Train to Ollantaytambo, Bus to Cusco
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Cusco, Peru
— 6 nights
Fly
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Arequipa, Peru
— 1 night
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Lima, Peru
— 3 nights
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Puerto Villamil, Ecuador

— 3 nights
Located in the southeast of Isla Isabela, Puerto Villamil is home to the majority of the island's 2,200 inhabitants.
Explore hidden gems such as Los Tuneles and Concha de Perla. Get outdoors at Las Tintoreras and Laguna de los Diablos. There's much more to do: take a memorable drive along Isabela Island Wetlands Complex, take a leisurely stroll along Malecon Cuna del Sol, make a trip to The Wall of Tears, and stroll through Posada de flamengos.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Puerto Villamil trip maker.

Vancouver, Canada to Puerto Villamil is an approximately 20-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Vancouver to Puerto Villamil. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to ride a ferry to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

— 4 nights
The largest settlement in the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora offers visitors to the islands an array of facilities and things to do.
Get a sense of the local culture at Maprae and Galeria Exotico Ecuador. Discover out-of-the-way places like Las Grietas and El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve. There's still lots to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, kick back and relax at El Garrapatero, Head underground at Tunel de Lava Bellavista, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Ayora trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by ferry from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Ayora takes 3.5 hours. The time zone changes from Galapagos Time to Ecuador Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In October in Puerto Ayora, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to ride a ferry to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador

— 5 nights
The capital of the Galapagos Islands, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is located on easternmost island of the archipelago, San Cristobal.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to La Loberia and Cerro Tijeretas. Get in touch with nature at Puerto Chino Beach and Playa Baquerizo. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Cerro Brujo, stroll through Playa Mann, don't miss a visit to Dona Pilo, and trek along Punta Pitt.

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Traveling by ferry from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno takes 3.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Banos.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Banos, Ecuador

— 3 nights
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.
On the 14th (Thu), admire the natural beauty at Orquideario Rio Verde, take in the dramatic scenery at Cascada el Pailon del Diablo (Devil's Cauldron), and then take in the dramatic scenery at Ruta de las cascadas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of the Virgin of the Holy Water (Nuestra Senora del Agua Santa), fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then get outside with Canopy double puerta del cielo.

To see reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Banos driving holiday planning site.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Banos takes 9 hours. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Sat) before leaving for Trujillo.

Things to do in Banos

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Tours

Trujillo, Peru

— 2 nights

Capital of Culture

Considered the country's capital of culture, Trujillo was the birthplace of the North Group, a community of artists and intellectuals that included celebrated poet Cesar Vallejo and notable novelist Ciro Alegria.
On the 17th (Sun), steep yourself in history at Chan Chan, then contemplate the long history of La Huaca del Sol, then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Trujillo - Catedral de Santa Maria, and finally make a trip to Plaza de Armas de Trujillo. Keep things going the next day: relax and rejuvenate at Atma Yoga Huanchaco and then take an in-depth tour of Cao Museum.

For other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Trujillo online trip builder.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Banos to Trujillo in 12 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In October in Trujillo, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Trujillo

Historic Sites · Spas · Museums

Side Trips

Machu Picchu, Peru

— 2 nights
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then admire the natural beauty at Mariposario de Machupicchu. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mandor, explore the ancient world of Winay Wayna, and then explore the ancient world of Intipuncu.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Machu Picchu online journey planner.

You can fly from Trujillo to Machu Picchu in 8 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife

Cusco, Peru

— 6 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sacsayhuaman and Moray. Explore hidden gems such as Tambomachay and Q'enqo. Step out of Cusco with an excursion to Salinas de Maras in Maras--about 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: trot along with a tour on horseback, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Precolombino, hike along exploor, and explore the striking landscape at Cerro Colorado Vinicunca.

For reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Cusco travel app.

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Arequipa.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Arequipa, Peru

— 1 night

White City

In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
On the 27th (Wed), get to know the fascinating history of Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus, get engrossed in the history at Museo Santuarios Andinos, then see the interesting displays at Santa Catalina Monastery, then contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Arequipa, and finally stop by La Iberica.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Arequipa route planner.

Traveling by flight from Cusco to Arequipa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cusco in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Arequipa, with lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Arequipa

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

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.
On the 28th (Thu), contemplate the long history of Huaca Pucllana, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Lima, then get to know the fascinating history of Centro Historico de Lima, and finally take an in-depth tour of Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas. Here are some ideas for day two: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then take a stroll through Miraflores, then wander the streets of Barranco, and finally take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco.

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Getting from Arequipa to Lima by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Arequipa in October, Lima is a bit warmer at night with lows of 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Spas

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.

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.