36 days in Peru, Bolivia & Ecuador Itinerary

36 days in Peru, Bolivia & Ecuador Itinerary

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36 days in Peru, Bolivia & Ecuador Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Cusco, Peru
— 4 nights
+2
bus + foot + train:  3​h 15​min
2
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
train + taxi:  2​h 15​min
3
Maras, Peru
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  5​h 15​min
4
Uyuni, Bolivia
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
La Paz, Bolivia
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
6
Lima, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
Cuenca, Ecuador
— 1 night
+2
Fly + foot + Fly:  5​h
8
Puerto Villamil, Ecuador
— 4 nights
ferry:  2​h 30​min
9
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 5 nights
ferry:  2​h 30​min
10
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
11
Quito, Ecuador
— 5 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: London, United Kingdom

4
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.
Get outdoors at Nature & Wildlife Tours and exploor. Popular historic sites such as Sacsayhuaman and Centro Historico De Cusco are in your itinerary. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas, admire the masterpieces at Museo Maximo Laura, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cusco Cathedral, and get engrossed in the history at Museo de Arte Precolombino.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Cusco trip planner .

London, UK to Cusco is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from London to Cusco due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in May, you will find days in Cusco are somewhat warmer (24°C), and nights are a bit cooler (4°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Sacred Valley of the Incas
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then take in nature's colorful creations at Los Jardines de Mandor. On your second day here, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen, and then explore the ancient world of Winay Wayna.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Machu Picchu trip itinerary builder tool .

You can do a combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Maras.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Adventure Tours

Side Trip

Zipline
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Zipline

1
night
Maras, Peru

Maras ©
Maras is a town in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, 40 kilometers north of Cuzco, in the Cuzco Region of Peru. Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): explore the ancient world of Moray and then take in the dramatic natural features at Salinas de Maras.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Maras attractions planner .

You can do a combination of train and taxi from Machu Picchu to Maras in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel to Uyuni.

Things to do in Maras

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Salinas de Maras ©
Salinas de Maras
Moray ©
Moray

2
nights
Uyuni, Bolivia

Uyuni ©
Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): step off the mainland to explore Isla Incahuasi and then take in the dramatic natural features at Salar de Uyuni. On the 23rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the geological forces at Tunupa Volcano.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Uyuni trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Maras to Uyuni in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone changes from Peru Time to Bolivia Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Maras in May, you will find days in Uyuni are colder (3°C), and nights are about the same (3°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Uyuni

Parks Nature
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Salar de Uyuni ©
Salar de Uyuni
Isla Incahuasi ©
Isla Incahuasi
Tunupa Volcano ©
Tunupa Volcano

4
nights
La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz ©
Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Take a break from the city and head to WMDR Yungas Road and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Tiwanaku and Puma Punku. Change things up with a short trip to Puerta del Sol in Tiahuanaco (about 1h 10 min away). Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape of Cotapata National Park, have fun at Urban Rush Bolivia, and make a trip to Mercado de Las Brujas.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the La Paz day trip site .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Uyuni to La Paz in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Uyuni in May, plan for warmer days in La Paz, with highs around 17°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel to Lima.

Things to do in La Paz

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Tiahuanaco
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WMDR Yungas Road ©
WMDR Yungas Road
Tiwanaku ©
Tiwanaku
Puma Punku ©
Puma Punku

3
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Huaca Pucllana and Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco. There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Pedro Church (Iglesia de San Pedro), and shop like a local with Shopping Center Larcomar (Centro Comercial Larcomar).

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Lima travel route planner .

You can fly from La Paz to Lima in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from La Paz to Lima. While traveling from La Paz, expect somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Lima, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Cuenca.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods
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Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco ©

1
night
Cuenca, Ecuador

Cuenca ©
Packed with impressive colonial architecture and a historic town center, Cuenca stands as perhaps the most charming city in the nation.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mirador de Turi, contemplate the long history of Plaza de las flores, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at El Carmen de la Asuncion Church, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at El Cajas National Park, and finally examine the collection at Museo Catedral Vieja.

To see other places to visit and more tourist information, go to the Cuenca trip planner .

Getting from Lima to Cuenca by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Lima in May since evenings lows in Cuenca dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Cuenca

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Mirador de Turi ©
Mirador de Turi
El Cajas National Park ©
El Cajas National Park
Museo Catedral Vieja ©
Museo Catedral Vieja

4
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.
Get in touch with nature at Sierra Negra and Cueva de Sucre. And it doesn't end there: find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, stroll through Concha de Perla, explore the striking landscape at El Tunel del Estero, and kick back and relax at Playa Puerto Villamil.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Puerto Villamil day trip planning app .

You can fly from Cuenca to Puerto Villamil in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cuenca to Puerto Villamil due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can ride a ferry to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Sierra Negra
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Sierra Negra ©
Sierra Negra
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Charles Darwin Research Station and El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve. Take a break from Puerto Ayora with a short trip to North Seymour Island in Baltra, about 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Las Grietas, explore the fascinating underground world of Tunel de Lava Bellavista, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and kick back and relax at Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Puerto Ayora itinerary builder .

Traveling by ferry from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Ayora takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Ayora, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In June, daytime highs in Puerto Ayora are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to ride a ferry to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Cruz, North Seymour Island, Tunel de Lava Bellavista
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Charles Darwin Research Station ©
Charles Darwin Research Station
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve ©
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve
Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
Get outdoors at Cerro Tijeretas and Punta Pitt. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, enjoy the sand and surf at Cerro Brujo, make a trip to La Casa del Ceibo, and tour the pleasant surroundings at La Loberia.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Baquerizo Moreno vacation planner.

You can ride a ferry from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in June, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel to Quito.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

San Cristobal
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Cerro Tijeretas ©
Cerro Tijeretas
Punta Pitt ©
Punta Pitt
Scuba & Snorkeling

5
nights
Quito, Ecuador

Quito ©
High in the Andean foothills, Quito remains one of the world's most photogenic capital cities, featuring two dramatic mountain ranges as its backdrop.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania and Gruta y la Cruz del Socavon. Visiting Cotopaxi National Park and Cuicocha will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Quito: Lagunas De Mojanda (in Tabacundo) and Pichincha (in Puerto Quito). There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Illiniza Ecological Reserve, take an in-depth tour of Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica de Nuestra Senora de la Merced, and admire the landmark architecture of San Francisco Church (Iglesia de San Francisco).

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Quito online visit planner .

Traveling by flight from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Quito takes 4.5 hours. Traveling from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno in June, expect Quito to be little chillier, temps between 26°C and 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Quito

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Lagunas De Mojanda, Cuicocha, Gruta y la Cruz del Socavon, Pichincha, Cotopaxi National Park
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Cotopaxi National Park ©
Cotopaxi National Park
Lagunas De Mojanda ©
Lagunas De Mojanda
Cuicocha ©
Cuicocha

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