20 days in Peru, Bolivia & Ecuador Itinerary

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Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 night
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Cusco, Peru
— 3 nights
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La Paz, Bolivia
— 1 night
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Arequipa, Peru
— 1 night
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Lima, Peru
— 2 nights
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Fly to Baltra Island, Ferry to Santa Cruz Ferry Terminal, Bus to Puerto Ayora
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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 3 nights
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Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador
— 3 nights
Fly to Guayaquil, Taxi to Cuenca
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Cuenca, Ecuador
— 2 nights
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Quito, Ecuador
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Machu Picchu, Peru — 1 night

A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): take some stellar pictures from Intipuncu and then delve into the distant past at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu. On the next day, stroll through Mandor and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Phutuq K'usi.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Machu Picchu day trip planning tool.

Lisbon, Portugal to Machu Picchu is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. Traveling from Lisbon to Machu Picchu, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can go by car to Cusco.
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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 7th (Sat), pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus, admire the landmark architecture of Centro Historico De Cusco, then contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cusco Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Precolombino, and then steep yourself in history at Sacred Valley of the Incas.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Cusco trip planner.

You can drive from Machu Picchu to Cusco in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. In January in Cusco, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to La Paz.
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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 9th (Mon): make a trip to Calle Sagarnaga, then don't miss a visit to Mi Teleferico, and then take in the awesome beauty at Illimani.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the La Paz trip itinerary maker site.

Fly from Cusco to La Paz in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cusco to La Paz. Traveling from Cusco in January, things will get slightly colder in La Paz: highs are around 17°C and lows about 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Arequipa.
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Arequipa, Peru — 1 night

White City

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 10th (Tue): examine the collection at Santa Catalina Monastery and then take in breathtaking views at Colca Canyon.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Arequipa trip maker site.

Fly from La Paz to Arequipa in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from La Paz to Arequipa is minus 1 hour. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from La Paz in January, with highs in Arequipa at 23°C and lows at 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Lima.
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Lima, Peru — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas, ponder the design of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), then get a sense of history and politics at Palacio de Torre Tagle, and finally get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Lima, make a trip to Miraflores, then contemplate the long history of Huaca Pucllana, and finally stroll around Circuito Magico Del Agua.

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

Getting from Arequipa to Lima by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Arequipa in January, with highs in Lima at 31°C and lows at 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Puerto Ayora.
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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador — 3 nights

The largest settlement in the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora offers visitors to the islands an array of facilities and things to do.
Puerto Ayora is known for parks, wildlife, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Charles Darwin Research Station, kick back and relax at Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay, take in the dramatic natural features at Las Grietas, and view the masterpieces at Samay Latin Art.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Puerto Ayora trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by combination of flight, ferry, and bus from Lima to Puerto Ayora takes 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry. In January in Puerto Ayora, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 27°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to catch the ferry to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.
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Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador — 3 nights

The capital of the Galapagos Islands, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is located on easternmost island of the archipelago, San Cristobal.
On the 17th (Tue), kick back and relax at La Loberia, then make a trip to Kicker Rock, and then get a new perspective on nature at Interpretation Center. Keep things going the next day: pedal to the sights with Galakiwi Adventures and then enjoy the sand and surf at Puerto Chino Beach.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Puerto Baquerizo Moreno travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by ferry from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno takes 3.5 hours. January in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 27°C at night. On the 19th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Cuenca.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at El Cajas National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mirador de Turi, then explore the galleries of Museo Catedral Vieja, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Inmaculada Concepción Cathedral.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Cuenca attractions planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Cuenca takes 7 hours. While traveling from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, expect a bit cooler days and colder nights in Cuenca, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to fly to Quito.
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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 22nd (Sun), see the interesting displays at La Capilla Del Hombre, deepen your understanding at La Ronda, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, then admire the landmark architecture of Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica del Voto Nacional.

To find other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Quito tour itinerary maker site.

Fly from Cuenca to Quito in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January in Quito, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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