22 days in South America, Peru & Ecuador Itinerary

22 days in South America, Peru & Ecuador Itinerary

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22 days in South America, Peru & Ecuador Itinerary

Start: Washington DC, United States
Bus + Fly:  14 h 15 min
1
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 2 nights
Fly:  7 h
2
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  10 h
3
Cusco, Peru
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Train:  3 h 15 min
4
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
+4
Train + Foot + Bus + Taxi + Fly:  5 h 15 min
5
Lima, Peru
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 15 min
6
Quito, Ecuador
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Fly:  3 h 45 min
7
Puerto Villamil, Ecuador
— 2 nights
Ferry:  2 h 30 min
8
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 5 nights
+4
Bus + Ferry + Shuttle + Fly + Bus:  16 h 15 min
End: Washington DC, United States

2
nights
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro
Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Parque Lage and Pedra da Gavea. Visiting Copacabana Beach and Pedra do Arpoador will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Ipanema, appreciate the history behind Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, get great views at Leblon Beach, and hike along Morro da Urca.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Rio de Janeiro itinerary planning tool .

Washington DC, USA to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of subway, bus, and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Washington DC to Rio de Janeiro. Traveling from Washington DC in May, Rio de Janeiro is a bit warmer at night with lows of 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Parque Lage ©
Parque Lage

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nights
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): ponder the world of politics at Casa Rosada, admire the architecture and history at Plaza de Mayo, get engrossed in the history at El Zanjon de Granados, then take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Cemiterio de Recoleta. Keep things going the next day: stop by La Boca and then wander the streets of Puerto Madero.

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Getting from Rio de Janeiro to Buenos Aires by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in May; daily highs in Buenos Aires reach 64°F and lows reach 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero
Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Plaza de Mayo ©
Plaza de Mayo

3
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.
Sacsayhuaman and Q'enqo will appeal to history buffs. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Moray and Tambomachay. Change things up with a short trip to Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo in Ollantaytambo (about 1h 50 min away). There's much more to do: trek along exploor, steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas, wander the streets of San Blas, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia De Santo Domingo.

To find photos, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Cusco trip planner.

Getting from Buenos Aires to Cusco by flight takes about 10 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Buenos Aires to Cusco is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Buenos Aires in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Cusco, with lows of 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo, Moray
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Moray ©
Moray
exploor ©
exploor

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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 30th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu. On your second day here, explore the ancient world of Winay Wayna and then get great views at Intipuncu.

For traveler tips, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Machu Picchu trip itinerary maker site .

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco, then explore the ancient world of Huaca Pucllana, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Historico de Lima.

To find maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Lima online trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of train, bus, and flight from Machu Picchu to Lima in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to travel to Quito.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Museums
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Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Centro Historico de Lima ©
Centro Historico de Lima

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.
On the 2nd (Tue), appreciate the extensive heritage of Quito Old Town, admire the striking features of Basilica del Voto Nacional, and then take an in-depth tour of Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Illiniza Ecological Reserve, then admire the landmark architecture of San Francisco Church (Iglesia de San Francisco), and then admire the masterpieces at La Capilla Del Hombre.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Quito journey builder tool .

You can fly from Lima to Quito in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Quito can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Quito

Historic Sites Nature Wildlife
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Quito Old Town ©
Quito Old Town
Basilica del Voto Nacional ©
Basilica del Voto Nacional
Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco ©

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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.
On the 4th (Thu), stroll through Posada de flamengos and then get impressive views of Sierra Negra. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Puerto Villamil, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Concha de Perla.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Puerto Villamil trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Quito to Puerto Villamil takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. The time zone difference moving from Ecuador Time to Galapagos Time is minus 1 hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to catch the ferry to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Sierra Negra
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Concha de Perla ©
Concha de Perla
Sierra Negra ©
Sierra Negra
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay and Shark Diving. Take a break from the city and head to Las Grietas and Scuba & Snorkeling. There's lots more to do: stroll through El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, view the masterpieces at Galeria Aymara, and explore the world behind art at Maprae.

To find topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Puerto Ayora holiday maker tool .

Traveling by ferry from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Ayora takes 2.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Galapagos Time (GALT) to Ecuador Time (ECT) is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in June, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Santa Cruz
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El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve ©
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay ©
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay
Scuba & Snorkeling

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