33 days in Peru, Bolivia & Ecuador Itinerary

33 days in Peru, Bolivia & Ecuador Itinerary

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Santa Cruz, Bolivia
— 1 night
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Tarija, Bolivia
— 1 night
Bus to Uyuni, Taxi to Uyuni
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Uyuni, Bolivia
— 2 nights
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Cochabamba, Bolivia
— 1 night
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La Paz, Bolivia
— 1 night
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Puno, Peru
— 1 day
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Arequipa, Peru
— 2 nights
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Cusco, Peru
— 3 nights
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Lima, Peru
— 1 night
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Paracas, Peru
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Lima, Peru
— 2 nights
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Piura, Peru
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Guayaquil, Ecuador
— 1 night
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Cuenca, Ecuador
— 2 nights
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Banos, Ecuador
— 2 nights
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Quito, Ecuador
— 1 night
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Montanita, Ecuador
— 1 night
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Guayaquil, Ecuador
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Santa Cruz, Bolivia

— 1 night
More populous than the capital and La Paz, and one of the fastest-growing cities in the world, Santa Cruz has become a thriving commercial center, yet retained some of the trappings of tradition.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parroquia La Santa Cruz and then take in nature's colorful creations at Guembe. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Museo Artecampo, then don't miss a visit to Plaza 24 de Septiembre, then take a stroll around Casa Cultural Melchor Pinto, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral de Santa Cruz.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Cruz trip itinerary builder tool.

If you are flying in from Ecuador, the closest major aiport is Viru Viru International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in April, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Tarija.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Tarija, Bolivia

— 1 night
Tarija or San Bernardo de la Frontera de Tarixa is a city in southern Bolivia. On the 17th (Sat), make a trip to Plaza Luis de Fuentes and then learn more about the world around you at Museo Paleontologico y Arqueologico. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sun): walk around Plazuela Sucre, learn about winemaking at La Casa Vieja, and then get outside with Represa San Jacinto.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Tarija itinerary builder tool.

Take a bus from Santa Cruz to Tarija in 19 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Santa Cruz in April since evenings lows in Tarija dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can go by car to Uyuni.

Things to do in Tarija

Outdoors · Wineries · Parks · Museums

Uyuni, Bolivia

— 2 nights
Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
Uyuni is known for nature, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Salar de Uyuni, examine the collection at Train Cemetery, learn more about the world around you at Museo Arquecologia y Antropologico de los Andes Meridionales, and don't miss a visit to Plaza Arce.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Uyuni trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by combination of bus and taxi from Tarija to Uyuni takes 12.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Tarija in April, you will find days in Uyuni are much colder (10°C), and nights are little chillier (9°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to fly to Cochabamba.

Things to do in Uyuni

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trip

Cochabamba, Bolivia

— 1 night

City of Eternal Spring

Dynamic and friendly, Cochabamba benefits from a mild climate largely responsible for its Mediterranean lifestyle and nickname the "City of Eternal Spring." An ideal alternative for anyone wishing to escape the chaos of South America's more popular destinations, Cochabamba vacations allow visitors to discover how regular Bolivians live on an everyday basis.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): appreciate the history behind El Cristo de la Concordia and then admire the striking features of Palacio Portales. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hunt for treasures at La Cancha, then don't miss a visit to Plaza 14 de Septiembre, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Convento Museo Santa Teresa.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Cochabamba road trip planning tool.

Traveling by combination of taxi and bus from Uyuni to Cochabamba takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Uyuni in April, you will find days in Cochabamba are much hotter (32°C), and nights are about the same (11°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to fly to La Paz.

Things to do in Cochabamba

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

La Paz, Bolivia

— 1 night

City that Touches the Sky

Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Mi Teleferico, make a trip to Calle Sagarnaga, and then push the limits with an extreme tour. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Mercado de Las Brujas, then let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Valley of the Moon.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our La Paz trip tool.

You can take a bus from Cochabamba to La Paz in 7 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cochabamba in April, expect nights in La Paz to be little chillier, around 1°C, while days are cooler, around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can drive to Puno.

Things to do in La Paz

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Nature

Puno, Peru

— 1 day

City of the Lake

Hugging the western tip of Lake Titicaca, Puno serves as a melting pot of indigenous and imported cultures, and makes a great base for explorations around the region.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): step off the mainland to explore Taquile Island and then stroll the grounds of Sillustani.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Puno trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from La Paz to Puno in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from La Paz to Puno due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from La Paz in April: highs in Puno hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to drive to Arequipa.

Things to do in Puno

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
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Arequipa, Peru

— 2 nights

White City

In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
Arequipa is known for museums, historic sites, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Santa Catalina Monastery, get engrossed in the history at Museo Santuarios Andinos, contemplate the geological forces at Volcan Misti, and explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Virreinal.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Arequipa online trip maker.

Take a bus from Puno to Arequipa in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Puno in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Arequipa, with lows of 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Cusco.

Things to do in Arequipa

Museums · Tours · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Cusco, Peru

— 3 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.
On the 2nd (Sun), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Sacsayhuaman, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Precolombino, pause for some serene contemplation at Cusco Cathedral, and admire the landmark architecture of Centro Historico De Cusco.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Cusco trip site.

Traveling by flight from Arequipa to Cusco takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Arequipa in April, Cusco is little chillier at night with lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to fly to Lima.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums

Lima, Peru

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco, ponder the world of politics at Palacio de Torre Tagle, and then admire the local landmark of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor).

To see ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Lima vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Cusco to Lima takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for much hotter nights when traveling from Cusco in May since evenings lows in Lima dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Paracas.

Things to do in Lima

Museums

Paracas, Peru

A port town largely devoted to tourism, Paracas serves as a popular starting point for exploration of Peru's south coast.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): see Off-Road Tours and then make a trip to The Chandelier.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Paracas online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Lima to Paracas in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Paracas can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can drive to Lima.

Things to do in Paracas

Outdoors · Tours

Lima, Peru

— 2 nights

City of the Kings

Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): visit Miraflores, delve into the distant past at Huaca Pucllana, then walk around Circuito Magico Del Agua, and finally explore the galleries of Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas.

For maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Lima holiday website.

Drive from Paracas to Lima in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Thu) to allow time for the flight to Piura.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums

Piura, Peru

First City

The first Spanish city established in an area now controlled by Peru, Piura was founded by Francisco Pizarro in 1532.
For other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Piura planning site.

Traveling by flight from Lima to Piura takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Lima in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Piura, with highs around 36°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 23°C. You will leave for Guayaquil on the 6th (Thu).

Things to do in Piura

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums · Parks

Guayaquil, Ecuador

— 1 night

Pearl of the Pacific

Hills dotted with colorful houses and waterfront promenades typify Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city and commercial center.
On the 7th (Fri), make a trip to Captain Morgan's Pirate Ship, take a leisurely stroll along Malecon 2000, and then appreciate the history behind Hemiciclo de la Rotonda.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Guayaquil online sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Piura to Guayaquil in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Piura in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Guayaquil, with lows of 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Cuenca.

Cuenca, Ecuador

— 2 nights

Athens of Ecuador

Packed with impressive colonial architecture and a historic town center, Cuenca stands as perhaps the most charming city in the nation.
On the 8th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Plaza de las flores, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Inmaculada Concepción Cathedral, then immerse yourself in nature at Plaza Abdon Calderon, then explore the striking landscape of El Cajas National Park, and finally explore the activities along Rio Tomebamba. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Museo Catedral Vieja, take in the exciting artwork at Homero Ortega, then get engrossed in the history at Pumapungo Museum and Arqueological Park - MCYP, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mirador de Turi.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Cuenca trip planner.

Drive from Guayaquil to Cuenca in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Guayaquil in May, you will find days in Cuenca are a bit cooler (26°C), and nights are cooler (13°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Banos.

Things to do in Cuenca

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Banos, Ecuador

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): explore the landscape on two wheels at Ruta de las cascadas and then admire the sheer force of Cascada El Pailon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get great views at La Casa del Arbol, stop by Jacinto Guevara & Hijos Evanistas, then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and finally whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Banos trip itinerary planning app.

Drive from Cuenca to Banos in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Quito.

Things to do in Banos

Outdoors · Parks · Adventure · Nature

Quito, Ecuador

— 1 night

Light of America

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 12th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica del Voto Nacional, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, and finally gain insight at La Ronda. On the 13th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at ARIU, admire the striking features of El Sagrario, get to know the fascinating history of Quito Old Town, then get engrossed in the history at Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, and finally make a trip to Mitad Del Mundo.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Quito vacation maker.

Getting from Banos to Quito by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Quito are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Montanita.

Things to do in Quito

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Montanita, Ecuador

— 1 night
A small, secluded coastal town with a laid-back atmosphere and a countercultural hippy vibe, Montanita has a reputation as a seaside getaway with a twist.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): deepen your understanding at Montanita Spanish School - Day Classes, soothe aching muscles at Yoga Montanita, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Santuario Blanca Estrella del Mar, and finally fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sat): explore the gorgeous colors at Isla de la Plata and then head outdoors with Aventuras La Plata.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Montanita trip simple and quick.

Fly from Quito to Montanita in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Quito in May; daily highs in Montanita reach 31°C and lows reach 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Guayaquil.

Things to do in Montanita

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Guayaquil, Ecuador

— 2 nights

Pearl of the Pacific

Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): get to know the fascinating history of Guayaquil Historical Park, appreciate the history behind Hemiciclo de la Rotonda, and then admire the natural beauty at Parque Seminario. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of Cerro Santa Ana, enjoy the sea views from El Faro de Guayaquil, and then take in panoramic vistas at La Perla.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Guayaquil trip app.

Traveling by car from Montanita to Guayaquil takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Montanita in May, expect nights in Guayaquil to be about the same, around 27°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 36°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Guayaquil

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Neighborhoods

Bolivia travel guide

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Landmarks · Geologic Formations · Specialty Museums
Tibet of the Americas
If you're an adventurous tourist, consider adding a Bolivia vacation to your travel itinerary. A land of rainforests, Andean glaciers, high altitude cities, and rushing rivers, Bolivia remains one of the most remote countries in the Western Hemisphere. With 60 percent of the population made up of indigenous peoples, native cultures permeate thecountry's music, architecture, and arts, as well as local folklore and traditions. Traveling in Bolivia you can experience diverse wildlife and ecosystems, learn about the country's rich history, try out its distinctive cuisine, and practice your Spanish with the locals, known for their clean and easy-to-understand accent.

Peru travel guide

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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.

Ica Region travel guide

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Landmarks · Islands · Wineries & Vineyards
Ica is a region (formerly known as a department) in Peru. It borders the Pacific Ocean on the west; the Lima Region on the north; the Huancavelica and Ayacucho regions on the east; and the Arequipa Region on the south. Its capital is the city of Ica.GeographyThe Ica Region has a remarkable geography. It is the only region of the southern coast formed by plains, also called coast plains, since the Andean Cordillera rise up inland. Some geological folds have determined the formation of dunes moving toward the sea, which form much of the Paracas Peninsula. Some isolated formations located at the southern part created the Marcona complex, with the biggest deposits of iron in the Pacific coast.Ica's configuration is due to the geomorphology of its two big and unique fluvial watersheds: the Pasco and Ica rivers. Also, it has a waterway called the Rio Grande, although its waters do not reach the ocean. Some waters are diverted for irrigation and agriculture in the provinces of Pampa, Nazca and Ingenio; the Rio Grande's final riverbed is dry since sand and dried lands absorb its limited resources. There are extensive deserts in Ica, such as the Lancha Pampas. Pozo Santo and Villacuri pampas are extremely hot areas. Strong and persistent winds called paracas are present and stir up large sandstorms.

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Piura Region travel guide

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Beaches · Scuba & Snorkeling · Dolphin & Whale Watching
Piura is a coastal region in northwestern Peru. The region's capital is Piura and its largest port cities, Paita and Talara, are also among the most important in Peru. The area is known for its tropical and dry beaches.The country's latest decentralization program is in hiatus after the proposal to merge departments was defeated in the national referendum in October 2005. The referendum held on October 30, 2005, as part of the ongoing decentralization process in Peru, to decide whether the region would merge with the current regions of Lambayeque and Tumbes to create a new Región Norte was defeated.GeographyThe Piura Region is bordered to the north by the Tumbes Region and Ecuador, to the east by Cajamarca Region, to the south by the Lambayeque Region, and to the west by the Pacific Ocean. "Punta Pariñas" in Piura is South America's most western point.The territory of the Piura Region has many climate variations due to its geographical location. It is just 4 degrees south of the equator, yet receives two ocean currents at the same time: the cold Humboldt Current (13-20 °C 55-68 F) and the warm El Niño Current (20-27 °C, 68-80 F). This makes the Piura Region a land that is both tropical and arid at the same time, The Land where the Tropics meets The Desert

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Ecuador travel guide

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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.