38 days in Galapagos Islands & Peru Itinerary

38 days in Galapagos Islands & Peru Itinerary

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38 days in Galapagos Islands & Peru Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  31​h
1
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador
— 4 nights
Ferry:  2​h 30​min
2
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 5 nights
Ferry:  2​h 30​min
3
Puerto Villamil, Ecuador
— 5 nights
Travel:  4​h 45​min
4
Floreana, Ecuador
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  21​h
5
Chachapoyas, Peru
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Valera, Peru
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
Lima, Peru
— 5 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
8
Nazca, Peru
— 2 nights
Drive:  15​h 45​min
9
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
+2
Train + Foot + Bus:  3​h 15​min
10
Cusco, Peru
— 6 nights
Fly:  19​h 15​min
End: Sydney, Australia

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.
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is known for wildlife, museums, nature, historic sites, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: learn more about the world around you at Interpretation Center, look for all kinds of wild species at Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado, enjoy the sand and surf at Puerto Chino Beach, and don't miss a visit to Dona Pilo.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Puerto Baquerizo Moreno tour itinerary builder website .

Sydney, Australia to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is an approximately 31-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is minus 15 hours. When traveling from Sydney in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

San Cristobal
Highlights from your plan
Cerro Tijeretas ©
Cerro Tijeretas
Interpretation Center ©
Interpretation Center
Dona Pilo ©
Dona Pilo

5
nights
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

Puerto Ayora ©
The largest settlement in the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora offers visitors to the islands an array of facilities and things to do.
Step out of Puerto Ayora with an excursion to North Seymour Island in Baltra--about 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Charles Darwin Research Station, don't miss a visit to Dragon Hill (Cerro Dragon), enjoy the sand and surf at El Garrapatero, and take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Aymara.

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Traveling by ferry from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Puerto Ayora takes 2.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Puerto Ayora can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to ride a ferry to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Santa Cruz, North Seymour Island, Tunel de Lava Bellavista
Highlights from your plan
Charles Darwin Research Station ©
Charles Darwin Research Station
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve ©
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve
North Seymour Island ©
North Seymour Island

5
nights
Puerto Villamil, Ecuador

Puerto Villamil ©
Located in the southeast of Isla Isabela, Puerto Villamil is home to the majority of the island's 2,200 inhabitants.
Puerto Villamil is known for wildlife, nature, zoos & aquariums, adventure, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step off the mainland to explore Isabela Island, kick back and relax at Playa Puerto Villamil, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and contemplate the geological forces at Sierra Negra.

To find maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Puerto Villamil online trip itinerary planner .

You can ride a ferry from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Villamil in 2.5 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Villamil due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Floreana.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Isabela
Highlights from your plan
Sierra Negra ©
Sierra Negra
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Las Tintoreras ©
Las Tintoreras

3
nights
Floreana, Ecuador

Floreana ©
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): take in the dramatic natural features at Devil's Crown, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Asilo de la Paz, then kick back and relax at Playa Negra, and finally identify plant and animal life at Cormorant Point. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Post Office Bay.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Floreana trip itinerary builder tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Puerto Villamil to Floreana. Traveling from Puerto Villamil to Floreana, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Chachapoyas.

Things to do in Floreana

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Devil's Crown ©
Devil's Crown
Post Office Bay ©
Post Office Bay

1
night
Chachapoyas, Peru

Chachapoyas ©
A good base for exploring the surrounding cloud forests, Chachapoyas remains a small and laid-back town despite its growing popularity with international tourists.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): delve into the distant past at Mausoleum of Revash, then delve into the distant past at Fortaleza de Kuelap, then explore the ancient world of Petroglifos de Pitaya, and finally explore the activities along Laguna de Pomacochas.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Chachapoyas trip builder tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Floreana to Chachapoyas. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Valera.

Things to do in Chachapoyas

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Mausoleum of Revash
Highlights from your plan
Fortaleza de Kuelap ©
Fortaleza de Kuelap
Mausoleum of Revash ©
Mausoleum of Revash

1
night
Valera, Peru

Valera ©
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): admire the sheer force of Catarata De Gocta.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Valera online sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Chachapoyas to Valera in 1.5 hours. On the 24th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Lima.

Things to do in Valera

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Catarata de Gocta ©
Catarata de Gocta

5
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.
Lima is known for parks, historic sites, museums, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco, wander the streets of Miraflores, don't miss a visit to Circuito Magico Del Agua, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Lima online trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Valera to Lima. In May in Lima, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Nazca.

Things to do in Lima

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) ©
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)
Circuito Magico Del Agua ©
Circuito Magico Del Agua

2
nights
Nazca, Peru

Nazca ©
The southern city of Nazca draws visitors to its archaeological and historical sites.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Didactic Museum Antonini (Museo Antonini), then make a trip to Nasca Lines, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Cementerio Chauchilla. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the ancient world of Cantalloc Aqueduct, then look and learn at Planetario Maria Reiche, then head outdoors with Lomas de Marcona y Punta San Fernando, and finally don't miss a visit to Acueductos de Nasca.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Nazca planning site .

You can drive from Lima to Nazca in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Nazca

Outdoors Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Cementerio Chauchilla ©
Cementerio Chauchilla
Nasca Lines ©
Nasca Lines

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.
Machu Picchu is known for historic sites, nature, spas, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu, take some stellar pictures from Intipuncu, take in the natural beauty of Banos Termales de Cocalmayo, and admire the natural beauty at Los Jardines de Mandor.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Machu Picchu trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Nazca to Machu Picchu takes 16 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Banos Termales de Cocalmayo
Highlights from your plan
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

6
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Inca Trail as well as Inca Trail Explore. Explore Cusco's surroundings by going to Maras (Salinas de Maras & Moray) and Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo (in Ollantaytambo). The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Sacsayhuaman, pause for some serene contemplation at Cusco Cathedral, contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas, and admire the striking features of Centro Historico De Cusco.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Cusco trip builder website .

Do a combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In June in Cusco, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Maras, Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo, Sacred Valley of the Incas
Highlights from your plan
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas
Centro Historico De Cusco ©
Centro Historico De Cusco

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