30 days in Peru & Ecuador Itinerary

30 days in Peru & Ecuador Itinerary

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30 days in Peru & Ecuador Itinerary

Start: Newark, United States
Fly:  12​h
1
Quito, Ecuador
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador
— 4 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
3
Trujillo, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
4
Cusco, Peru
— 13 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
5
Arequipa, Peru
— 2 nights
+4
Fly + Taxi + Bus + Foot + Train:  12​h 15​min
6
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
Train + Taxi:  2​h
7
Maras, Peru
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Newark, United States


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1
night
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 24th (Tue), contemplate the long history of Guapulo, see the interesting displays at Casa del Alabado, then admire the striking features of Santo Domingo Church, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral Metropolitana de Quito, and finally take a stroll through Mariscal District.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Quito trip planner .

Newark, USA to Quito is an approximately 12-hour flight. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Newark in December: high temperatures in Quito hover around 72°F and lows are around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Quito

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Catedral Metropolitana de Quito ©
Catedral Metropolitana de Quito
Casa del Alabado ©
Casa del Alabado
Guapulo ©
Guapulo

4
nights
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno ©
The capital of the Galapagos Islands, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is located on easternmost island of the archipelago, San Cristobal.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Punta Pitt and Fishing Charters & Tours. Get outdoors at Playa Punta Carola and Playa de Oro. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Playa Baquerizo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Inmaculada Concepcion, get outside with Cerro Tijeretas, and make a trip to La Casa del Ceibo.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Puerto Baquerizo Moreno trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Quito to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno takes 4.5 hours. Traveling from Quito in December, things will get a bit warmer in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno: highs are around 82°F and lows about 72°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Trujillo.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

San Cristobal
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Punta Pitt ©
Punta Pitt
Playa Punta Carola ©
Playa Punta Carola
Playa de Oro ©
Playa de Oro

2
nights
Trujillo, Peru

Trujillo ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Casa Orbegoso, examine the collection at Casa de la Emancipacion, then kick back and relax at Playa de Huanchaco, and finally stroll through Huanchaco Al Rescate. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Huaca El Dragon, then steep yourself in history at Casa Urquiaga (Casa Calonge), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia de La Merced, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Las Delicias.

To find topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Trujillo visit planner.

Explore your travel options from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Trujillo with the Route module. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno in December: high temperatures in Trujillo hover around 72°F and lows are around 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Trujillo

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Huanchaco
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Playa de Huanchaco ©
Playa de Huanchaco
Huaca El Dragon ©
Huaca El Dragon
Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced

13
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.
Rainbow Mountain Peru has been added to your itinerary. Get outdoors at Cerro Colorado Vinicunca and Kayaking & Canoeing. Discover out-of-the-way places like San Pedro Apostol de Andahuaylillas and Piquillacta. Change things up with these side-trips from Cusco: Templo San Juan Bautista de Huaro (in Huaro), Humedales de Huasao (in Oropesa) and Rumicolca (in Huarcapay). The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Tipon, take in the dramatic natural features at Montana de Siete Colores, look for all kinds of wild species at Santuario Animal de Cochahuasi, and explore the activities along Humantay Lake.

For ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Cusco road trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Trujillo to Cusco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Trujillo in December, Cusco is a bit cooler at night with lows of 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Arequipa.

Things to do in Cusco

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites

Side Trips

Huarcapay, San Pedro Apostol de Andahuaylillas, Huasao Bosque de los Ents, del Senor de los Anillos, Templo San Juan Bautista de Huaro
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Piquillacta ©
Piquillacta
Humantay Lake ©
Humantay Lake
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exploor

2
nights
Arequipa, Peru

Arequipa ©
In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Petroglifos de Toro Muerto, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia la Merced, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Yanahuara ( San Juan Bautista), then indulge in some personalized pampering at Arequipa Massage, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of San Francisco Plaza, Church and Monastery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Tue): make a trip to Iglesia de San Miguel Arcangel and then kick back and relax at Playa los Arcos.

For maps, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Arequipa journey planner.

You can fly from Cusco to Arequipa in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cusco in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Arequipa, with lows of 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Arequipa

Historic Sites Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Petroglifos de Toro Muerto
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Petroglifos de Toro Muerto ©
Petroglifos de Toro Muerto

2
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.
Visit Winay Wayna and Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen for their historical value. Step out of the city life by going to Zipline and Jardin Botanico en Machu Pichu. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Los Jardines de Mandor, see the interesting displays at Museo de Sitio Manuel Chavez Ballon, experience the excitement of Samay Spa, and don't miss a visit to Serpost.

For more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Machu Picchu trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight, bus, and train from Arequipa to Machu Picchu takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Maras.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Santa Teresa
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Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Zipline
Los Jardines de Mandor ©
Los Jardines de Mandor

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nights
Maras, Peru

Maras ©
Maras is a town in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, 40 kilometers north of Cuzco, in the Cuzco Region of Peru. Salinas de Maras has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Salinas de Maras and then admire the landmark architecture of Iglesia San Martin de Tours. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Moray.

To see maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Maras trip builder .

Traveling by combination of train and taxi from Machu Picchu to Maras takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in January, and nighttime lows around 46°F. You'll set off for home on the 20th (Mon).

Things to do in Maras

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Iglesia San Martin de Tours
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Moray ©
Moray
Salinas de Maras ©
Salinas de Maras

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