17 days in Ecuador, Machu Picchu & Iquitos Itinerary

17 days in Ecuador, Machu Picchu & Iquitos Itinerary

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17 days in Ecuador, Machu Picchu & Iquitos Itinerary

Start: Houston, United States
Fly:  7 h 15 min
1
Quito, Ecuador
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + Shuttle + Ferry + Bus:  5 h
2
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 4 nights
+3
Bus + Ferry + Shuttle + Fly:  4 h 30 min
3
Guayaquil, Ecuador
— 1 night
+4
Fly + Taxi + Bus + Foot + Train:  8 h 30 min
4
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 3 nights
+4
Train + Foot + Bus + Taxi + Fly:  7 h
5
Iquitos, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly:  7 h 45 min
6
Quito, Ecuador
— 1 night
Fly:  7 h 15 min
End: Houston, United States

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): get in on the family fun at Nayon Xtreme Valley, don't miss a visit to Bordados Zuleta, then pause for some photo ops at La Virgen del Panecillo, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of El Sagrario. On your second day here, delve into the lush surroundings at Pasochoa Forest Reserve, examine the collection at Casa del Alabado, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica de Nuestra Senora de la Merced, then admire the masterpieces at Centro Cultural Metropolitano, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral Metropolitana de Quito.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Quito online attractions planner .

Houston, USA to Quito is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Houston to Quito is 1 hour. While traveling from Houston, expect much colder days and slightly colder nights in Quito, ranging from highs of 73°F to lows of 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Quito

Historic Sites Theme Parks Parks
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Pasochoa Forest Reserve ©
Pasochoa Forest Reserve
Casa del Alabado ©
Casa del Alabado
Catedral Metropolitana de Quito ©
Catedral Metropolitana de Quito

4
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at North Seymour Island and Lava Tunnel. Get some cultural insight at Galeria Aymara and Galeria Exotico Ecuador. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna las Ninfas, wander the wide-open spaces of Rancho Primicias, kick back and relax at Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay, and stroll through Charles Darwin Research Station.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Puerto Ayora travel route planner.

Traveling by combination of flight, ferry, and bus from Quito to Puerto Ayora takes 5 hours. Traveling from Quito in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Puerto Ayora: highs are around 80°F and lows about 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Guayaquil.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Santa Cruz, North Seymour Island
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North Seymour Island ©
North Seymour Island
Charles Darwin Research Station ©
Charles Darwin Research Station
Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
Guayaquil, Ecuador

Guayaquil ©
Hills dotted with colorful houses and waterfront promenades typify Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city and commercial center.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced, then visit a coastal fixture at El Faro de Guayaquil, and finally wander the streets of Cerro Santa Ana. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Museo Municipal de Guayaquil and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Schoenstatt Sanctuary.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Guayaquil trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus, ferry, and flight from Puerto Ayora to Guayaquil in 4.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Guayaquil can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Guayaquil

Historic Sites Outdoors Wildlife
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Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced
Cerro Santa Ana ©
Cerro Santa Ana
Museo Municipal de Guayaquil ©
Museo Municipal de Guayaquil

3
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen. Explore hidden gems such as Los Jardines de Mandor and Winay Wayna. And it doesn't end there: take in the natural beauty of Banos Termales de Cocalmayo, look for gifts at Artesanias, admire the natural beauty at Mariposario de Machupicchu, and examine the collection at Museo de Sitio Manuel Chavez Ballon.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Machu Picchu trip builder website .

You can do a combination of flight, bus, and train from Guayaquil to Machu Picchu in 8.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, bus, and car; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Iquitos.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Banos Termales de Cocalmayo
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Los Jardines de Mandor ©
Los Jardines de Mandor

3
nights
Iquitos, Peru

Iquitos ©
The largest city in the Peruvian Amazon and the world's largest metropolis unreachable by road, Iquitos represents a major starting point for river and rainforest adventures.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Museum of Historic Boats and Belen. Get in touch with nature at La Isla De Los Monos and Amazon Rescue Center. Step out of Iquitos with an excursion to Iguana Lodge & Camp in Santo Toribio--about 1h 05 min away. Next up on the itinerary: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, take a peaceful walk through Jairo Mejia Prado, and look for gifts at Centro Artesanal Turistico Anaconda.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Iquitos attractions planner.

You can do a combination of train, bus, and flight from Machu Picchu to Iquitos in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. In July in Iquitos, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 70°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Quito.

Things to do in Iquitos

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Iguana Lodge & Camp
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La Isla De Los Monos ©
La Isla De Los Monos
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Fishing Charters & Tours

1
night
Quito, Ecuador

On the 17th (Fri), get outside with Jardin Botanico de Quito, brush up on your military savvy at Museo Casa de Sucre, and then hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Museum of Maria Augusta Urrutia (La Casa Museo Maria Augusta Urrutia), admire the masterpieces at Convento De San Francisco, then get engrossed in the history at Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, and finally trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Quito vacation maker site .

Fly from Iquitos to Quito in 8 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Iquitos in July: high temperatures in Quito hover around 73°F and lows are around 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Quito

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Photography Tours
Horseback Riding Tours
Jardin Botanico de Quito ©
Jardin Botanico de Quito

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