45 days in Guayaquil, Lima & Cusco Itinerary

45 days in Guayaquil, Lima & Cusco Itinerary

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Guayaquil, Ecuador
— 9 nights
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Lima, Peru
— 14 nights
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Cusco, Peru
— 21 nights
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Guayaquil, Ecuador

— 9 nights

Pearl of the Pacific

Hills dotted with colorful houses and waterfront promenades typify Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city and commercial center.
Get some historical perspective at Guayaquil Historical Park and Iglesia Santo Domingo de Guzman. Let the collections at Museo en Miniatura Guayaquil en la Historia and Museo Municipal de Guayaquil capture your imagination. Venture out of the city with trips to General Villamil Beach (in Playas), Santa Elena (Playa de Punta Blanca, Playa San Pablo, &more) and Playa de Puerto Engabao (in Engabao). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Cerro Santa Ana, take in the waterfront at Malecon 2000, take an in-depth tour of Museum of Anthropology and Contemporary Art, and shop like a local with Casa Marin.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Guayaquil trip planning site.

If you are flying in from Ecuador, the closest major aiport is José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport. In April, daily temperatures in Guayaquil can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can fly to Lima.

Things to do in Guayaquil

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lima, Peru

— 14 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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Playa Santa Maria del Mar and Playa Penascal. Get a sense of the local culture at Miraflores and Barranco. Venture out of the city with trips to El Silencio (in Punta Hermosa), Callao (Museo de Sitio Naval- Submarino Ex Bap Abtao & Balneario La Punta) and Iglesia de Santiago Apostol (in Lunahuana). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco, get close to the beloved marine mammals with Peru Caral Tours Sac, ponder the design of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), and appreciate the extensive heritage of San Isidro.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Lima trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Guayaquil to Lima takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Guayaquil in April, things will get a bit cooler in Lima: highs are around 28°C and lows about 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Cusco.

Things to do in Lima

Museums · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Cusco, Peru

— 21 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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Museo de Arte Precolombino and Centro de Textiles Tradicionales del Cusco. Sacsayhuaman and Plaza de Armas will appeal to history buffs. Explore Cusco's surroundings by going to Ollantaytambo (Qosqo Ayllu & Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo), Maras (Moray & Salinas de Maras) and Piquillacta (in Huarcapay). Spend the 1st (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. On the 8th (Sat), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through San Blas, take in the spiritual surroundings of Qorikancha, delve into the distant past at Tambomachay, and steep yourself in history at Sacred Valley of the Incas.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Cusco online itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Lima to Cusco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Lima in April, plan for little chillier days in Cusco, with highs around 23°C, while nights are cooler with lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips