45 days in South America Itinerary

45 days in South America Itinerary

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Fly
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 2 nights
Bus
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Cordoba, Argentina
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Fernando del Valle de Catamarca, Argentina
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cafayate, Argentina
— 2 nights
Bus
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Salta, Argentina
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tupiza, Bolivia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Uyuni, Bolivia
— 2 nights
Fly
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Sucre, Bolivia
— 3 nights
Fly
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La Paz, Bolivia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Copacabana, Bolivia
— 1 night
Drive
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Puno, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly
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Cusco, Peru
— 3 nights
Bus to Ollantaytambo, Train to Machu Picchu
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Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 night
Drive
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Nazca, Peru
— 2 nights
Drive
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Huacachina, Peru
— 1 night
Drive
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Lima, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly
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Huaraz, Peru
— 2 nights
Drive
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Huanchaco, Peru
— 1 night
Fly to Talara, Bus to Mancora
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Mancora, Peru
— 2 nights
Drive
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Guayaquil, Ecuador
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Buenos Aires, Argentina

Queen of La Plata

Cultural capital of South America, Buenos Aires remains one of the largest cities on the continent, serving as a point of departure for exploring the rest of the country.
Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through Puerto Madero and then get to know the fascinating history of La Boca.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Buenos Aires trip itinerary builder app.

Queenstown, New Zealand to Buenos Aires is an approximately 20-hour flight. You can also fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Queenstown to Buenos Aires is minus 15 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Buenos Aires can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Cordoba.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

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Cordoba, Argentina

The Learned One

History lives on in the streets of Cordoba, Argentina's second-largest city.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): take in the awesome beauty at Los Gigantes and then kick back and relax at Balneario Playas de Oro.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Cordoba trip itinerary maker site.

You can take a bus from Buenos Aires to Cordoba in 9 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Buenos Aires in June, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Cordoba: temperatures range from 13°C by day to 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to San Fernando del Valle de Catamarca.

Things to do in Cordoba

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

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Surrounded by impressive mountains, San Fernando del Valle de Catamarca sits in a scenic valley, on the banks of the Del Valle river.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): get great views at Oasi di Antofalla, explore the ancient world of Pueblo Perdido, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco. On your second day here, head outdoors with Cuesta Del Portezuelo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Basilica de Nuestra Senora del Valle, and then don't miss a visit to Plaza 25 de Mayo.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your San Fernando del Valle de Catamarca trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Cordoba to San Fernando del Valle de Catamarca takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Cordoba in June, expect nights in San Fernando del Valle de Catamarca to be a bit cooler, around 6°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Cafayate.

Things to do in San Fernando del Valle de Catamarca

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites

2
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Cafayate, Argentina

Tuscany of Argentina

Nestled in one of the country's major wine regions, Cafayate and the surrounding area remain a top vacation destination throughout the year.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): do a tasting at Bodega Domingo Molina, tee off at La Estancia De Cafayate, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Nuestra Senora del Rosario. Keep things going the next day: do a tasting at Bodega Domingo Hermanos, stop by Almas Viajeros Taller Artesanias, then examine the collection at Museo de la Vid y el Vino de Cafayate, Salta, Argentina, and finally explore the ancient world of Quilmes Ruins (Ruinas de Quilmes).

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Cafayate sightseeing planning tool.

Traveling by car from San Fernando del Valle de Catamarca to Cafayate takes 6 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Salta.

Things to do in Cafayate

Wineries · Golf · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Salta, Argentina

Salta the Beautiful

Salta boasts a vibrant social life and array of informative museums appealing to visitors looking for a memorable cultural experience.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Convento San Bernardo, then trot along with a tour on horseback, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica Menor San Francisco. Keep things going the next day: delve into the lush surroundings at Quebrada de San Lorenzo and then look for all kinds of wild species at Reserva del Huaico.

For reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Salta online trip builder.

Traveling by bus from Cafayate to Salta takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Salta can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Tupiza.

Things to do in Salta

Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

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Tupiza, Bolivia

The southwestern mining town of Tupiza, near the Argentine border, reminisces of the wild west, and is supposedly the place where Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid faced their demise after a long string of bank robberies.
To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Tupiza trip planner.

Traveling by car from Salta to Tupiza takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Argentina Standard Time (ART) to Bolivia Time (BOT) is minus 1 hour. On the 29th (Tue), you're off to Uyuni.

Things to do in Tupiza

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

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Uyuni, Bolivia

Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia San Cristobal Lipez and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. On your second day here, step off the mainland to explore Isla Incahuasi and then see the interesting displays at Necropolis & Museum Kawsay Wasy.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Uyuni itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Tupiza to Uyuni in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 8°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Sucre.

Things to do in Uyuni

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Museums

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Sucre, Bolivia

City of the Four Names

The constitutional capital of Bolivia, Sucre has a well-preserved historic center, with many buildings dating back to the city's founding in the 16th century.
On the 2nd (Fri), admire the sheer force of The 7 Cascadas, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica de San Francisco, then examine the collection at El Centro Turistico Comunitario, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Sucre Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of La Glorieta Castle, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Nuestra Senora de La Merced, don't miss a visit to Universidad de San Francisco Xavier de Chuquisaca, then head outdoors with La Maja, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Santa Clara Convent.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Sucre trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Uyuni to Sucre takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Uyuni in July, you will find days in Sucre are much hotter (24°C), and nights are about the same (4°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Sucre

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

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La Paz, Bolivia

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 4th (Sun): make a trip to Calle Sagarnaga and then stroll around Plaza del Monticulo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Takesi Trail, take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia de San Francisco, then admire the masterpieces at National Museum of Art - Museo Nacional de Arte, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Basilica Menor de Nuestra Senora de la Paz.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our La Paz planner.

Getting from Sucre to La Paz by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In July, La Paz is little chillier than Sucre - with highs of 17°C and lows of -4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can go by car to Copacabana.

Things to do in La Paz

Parks · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Trails

Side Trip

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Copacabana, Bolivia

The town of Copacabana represents the largest Bolivian settlement on the shore of Lake Titicaca, the largest lake in the continent.
To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Copacabana online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from La Paz to Copacabana in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and ferry. On the 7th (Wed), you'll travel to Puno.

Things to do in Copacabana

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

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Puno, Peru

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 7th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Catedral de Chucuito, then contemplate the long history of La Casa del Corregidor, and then wander the streets of Luquina Chico. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Lagunillas, make a trip to Portal de Aramu Muru, and then stroll the grounds of Sillustani.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Puno tour website.

Traveling by car from Copacabana to Puno takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Copacabana to Puno is minus 1 hour. In July, daily temperatures in Puno can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Puno

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

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Cusco, Peru

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.
Visiting River Rafting & Tubing and Santuario Animal de Cochahuasi will get you outdoors. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sacsayhuaman and Sacred Valley of the Incas. There's more to do: steep yourself in history at Tipon and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

Before you visit Cusco, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by flight from Puno to Cusco takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Puno in July since evenings lows in Cusco dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Spas · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

1
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Machu Picchu, Peru

A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
On the 12th (Mon), stroll through Jardin Botanico en Machu Pichu, stop by Artesanias, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Phutuq K'usi. On the 13th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then take some stellar pictures from Intipuncu.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Machu Picchu holiday planning app.

Traveling by combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Nazca.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Nature

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Nazca, Peru

The southern city of Nazca draws visitors to its archaeological and historical sites.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): stroll the grounds of Cementerio Chauchilla, then examine the collection at Líneas de Cantalloc Telar, and then look and learn at Planetario Maria Reiche. On the next day, explore the ancient world of Cahuachi, then head outdoors with Lomas de Marcona y Punta San Fernando, and then make a trip to Nasca Lines.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Nazca trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Machu Picchu to Nazca by car takes about 12.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel to Huacachina.

Things to do in Nazca

Outdoors · Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

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Huacachina, Peru

Make your Huacachina itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by car from Nazca to Huacachina takes 3 hours. In July, daytime highs in Huacachina are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. On the 17th (Sat), you'll travel to Lima.

Things to do in Huacachina

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

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Lima, Peru

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 18th (Sun), delve into the distant past at Huaca Pucllana, explore the striking landscape at Marcahuasi, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Pedro Church (Iglesia de San Pedro), and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Church and Sanctuary of Saint Rose of Lima. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll around Nor Yauyos-Cochas Landscape Reserve, get to know the fascinating history of Centro Historico de Lima, and then get engrossed in the history at Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Lima trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Huacachina to Lima takes 4.5 hours. In July in Lima, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Huaraz.

Things to do in Lima

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Nature

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Huaraz, Peru

One of the main cities in the Peruvian Andes, Huaraz mainly draws those seeking adventure out in the landscape.
On the 20th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia La Soledad, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cementerio General Presbitero Villon, and then hit the best photo ops around with Eco Ice Peru. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Callejon de Conchucos and then get outside with Infinite Adventures.

For photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Huaraz itinerary maker tool.

Fly from Lima to Huaraz in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lima in July, you will find days in Huaraz are a bit warmer (26°C), and nights are slightly colder (7°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Huanchaco.

Things to do in Huaraz

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

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Huanchaco, Peru

In a historic town on the famous "Moche Route" tourist circuit, vacations in Huanchaco tend to be as active as they are culturally enriching.
On the 23rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Playa de Huanchaco and then examine the collection at Chan Chan Site Museum.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Huanchaco trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Huaraz to Huanchaco takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Huaraz in July, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Huanchaco, with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Mancora.

Things to do in Huanchaco

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

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Mancora, Peru

In a busy little beach town, Mancora tourism industry continues to grow, largely thanks to the sunniest climate of any region in the country.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): kick back and relax at Las Pocitas Beach and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers. On the 25th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Mancora trip maker app.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Huanchaco to Mancora in 7.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Huanchaco in July: high temperatures in Mancora hover around 30°C and lows are around 23°C. On the 25th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Guayaquil.

Things to do in Mancora

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

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Guayaquil, Ecuador

Pearl of the Pacific

Hills dotted with colorful houses and waterfront promenades typify Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city and commercial center.
On the 26th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia San Francisco and then relax in the rural setting at Hacienda La Danesa. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Ana Port, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Metropolitana de Guayaquil, then take a stroll through Cerro Santa Ana, and finally stop by Las Penas.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Guayaquil online vacation planner.

Drive from Mancora to Guayaquil in 6.5 hours. Traveling from Mancora in July, you will find days in Guayaquil are somewhat warmer (34°C), and nights are about the same (25°C). On the 28th (Wed), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Guayaquil

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Argentina travel guide

4.4
Landmarks · Specialty Museums · Bodies of Water
Land of Contrasts
Home to the highest and lowest points in South America, diverse Argentina enthralls visitors with its contrasting landscapes and rich cultural heritage. A tour of Argentina reveals a sprawling land of fiercely proud and hardworking gauchos, the legendary cowboys of South America's pampas. A vacation in Argentina also leads you to giant urban centers, filled with modern tourist attractions that include fine restaurants, award-winning museums, and renowned public parks, gardens, and zoos. Away from big cities, Argentina sightseeing combines visits to mighty waterfalls situated inside World Heritage-listed national parks in the north of the country, with excursions to icy glaciers in the south.

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.

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.