38 days in Ecuador, Peru & Bolivia Itinerary

38 days in Ecuador, Peru & Bolivia Itinerary

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Quito, Ecuador
— 4 nights
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Riobamba, Ecuador
— 2 nights
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Banos, Ecuador
— 2 nights
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Otavalo, Ecuador
— 3 nights
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Drive to Mariscal Sucre International Airport, Fly to Capitán FAP Renán Elías Olivera International Airport, Drive to Paracas
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Paracas, Peru
— 3 nights
Bus to Lima Plaza Norte, Fly to Lambayeque
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Lambayeque, Peru
— 1 night
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Trujillo, Peru
— 3 nights
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Lima, Peru
— 2 nights
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Cusco, Peru
— 5 nights
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Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 night
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Arequipa, Peru
— 4 nights
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Puno, Peru
— 2 nights
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Uyuni, Bolivia
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Quito, Ecuador

— 4 nights

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila and Museum of Maria Augusta Urrutia (La Casa Museo Maria Augusta Urrutia). Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania and Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco are good opportunities to explore the local culture. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at La Capilla Del Hombre, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica del Voto Nacional, explore the world behind art at Casa Museo Guayasamin, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de Santa Teresita.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Quito day trip website.

Copenhagen, Denmark to Quito is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Ecuador Time is minus 6 hours. When traveling from Copenhagen in April, plan for somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Quito: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can go by car to Riobamba.

Things to do in Quito

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

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Riobamba, Ecuador

— 2 nights
Riobamba is the capital of the Chimborazo Province in central Ecuador, which is located at the Chambo River Valley of the Andes. Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Balbanera and then grab your bike and head to Pro Bici. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Sangay National Park.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Riobamba day trip planning tool.

Drive from Quito to Riobamba in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Quito in April since evenings lows in Riobamba dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to drive to Banos.

Things to do in Riobamba

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
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Banos, Ecuador

— 2 nights
A trip to Banos, a relatively small town in the picturesque Andean highlands, ensures plenty of chances for outdoor activities like horseback riding, hiking, climbing, canyoning, and mountain biking.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of the Virgin of the Holy Water (Nuestra Senora del Agua Santa), admire the sheer force of Cascada EL Pailon, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ruta de las cascadas. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Mundo Verde and then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Banos trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Riobamba to Banos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Otavalo.

Things to do in Banos

Outdoors · Nature · Parks · Tours
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Otavalo, Ecuador

— 3 nights
An Andean market town that has done business its own way for hundreds of years, Otavalo has a largely indigenous population.
On the 23rd (Sat), admire the sheer force of Cascada de Peguche, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Matriz, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Cuicocha. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Sun): look for gifts at Plaza De Los Ponchos Mercado and then examine the collection at Museo del Banco Central del Ecuador Ibarra.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Otavalo tour itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Banos to Otavalo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 25th (Mon), you'll travel to Paracas.

Things to do in Otavalo

Nature · Parks · Museums · Shopping

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Paracas, Peru

— 3 nights
A port town largely devoted to tourism, Paracas serves as a popular starting point for exploration of Peru's south coast.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Paracas History Museum - Juan Navarro Hierro, tour the pleasant surroundings at La Catedral, and then kick back and relax at Playa de la Mina. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Playa Roja, then don't miss a visit to The Chandelier, and then step off the mainland to explore Islas Ballestas.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Paracas route maker tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Otavalo to Paracas. In April, daily temperatures in Paracas can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Lambayeque.

Things to do in Paracas

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature
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Lambayeque, Peru

— 1 night
The main places to visit in Lambayeque are its archaeological museums, notable for their collections of artifacts.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): examine the collection at Museo de Sitio de Tucume and then don't miss a visit to Casa Montjoy.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Lambayeque travel route planning site.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Paracas to Lambayeque in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or drive. While traveling from Paracas, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Lambayeque, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can go by car to Trujillo.

Things to do in Lambayeque

Museums
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Trujillo, Peru

— 3 nights

Capital of Culture

Considered the country's capital of culture, Trujillo was the birthplace of the North Group, a community of artists and intellectuals that included celebrated poet Cesar Vallejo and notable novelist Ciro Alegria.
On the 30th (Sat), make a trip to Plaza de Armas de Trujillo, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Huanchaco, then explore the ancient world of Chan Chan, and finally steep yourself in history at La Huaca del Sol. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Sun): contemplate the long history of Site Museum and then take an in-depth tour of Cao Museum.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Trujillo trip planner.

Traveling by car from Lambayeque to Trujillo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Lambayeque in April: highs in Trujillo hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Lima.

Things to do in Trujillo

Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors · Parks

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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Miraflores and Museo Nacional de Arqueologia, Antropologia e Historia del Peru. Huaca Pucllana and Centro Historico de Lima will appeal to history buffs. Go for a jaunt from Lima to Punta Hermosa to see El Silencio about 1h 20 min away. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco, ponder the design of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), stop by Barranco, and get a sense of history and politics at Palacio de Torre Tagle.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Lima driving holiday website.

Traveling by flight from Trujillo to Lima takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Lima can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Cusco.

Things to do in Lima

Parks · Museums · Beaches · Outdoors

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Cusco, Peru

— 5 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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Museo de Arte Precolombino and Planetarium Cusco. Your inner history buff will appreciate Sacsayhuaman and San Blas. When in Cusco, make a side trip to see Salinas de Maras in Maras, approximately Maras away. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Qorikancha, take in the exciting artwork at Centro de Textiles Tradicionales del Cusco, admire the landmark architecture of Centro Historico De Cusco, and see the top attractions with Explorandes.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Cusco trip planner.

Fly from Lima to Cusco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. Expect cooler evenings in Cusco when traveling from Lima in May, with lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

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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.
For ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Machu Picchu online itinerary builder.

Getting from Cusco to Machu Picchu by combination of bus and train takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. You'll set off for Arequipa on the 11th (Wed).

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites · Spas · Parks · Tours
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Arequipa, Peru

— 4 nights

White City

In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
Escape the urban bustle at Volcan Misti and Chachani. Let the collections at Santa Catalina Monastery and Museo Santuarios Andinos capture your imagination. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Yanahuara, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, explore the galleries of Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Yanahuara ( San Juan Bautista).

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Arequipa trip maker website.

You can fly from Machu Picchu to Arequipa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. May in Arequipa sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Puno.

Things to do in Arequipa

Nature · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites
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Puno, Peru

— 2 nights

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 15th (Sun): explore the ancient world of Sillustani, step off the mainland to explore Uros Floating Islands, and then contemplate the long history of Uros Tupirmarka Lodge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Mon): head off the coast to Taquile Island, explore the activities along Lake Titicaca, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de San Juan Bautista.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Puno online trip maker.

You can drive from Arequipa to Puno in 5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Arequipa in May, plan for a bit cooler nights in Puno, with lows around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Uyuni.

Things to do in Puno

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

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Uyuni, Bolivia

— 1 night
Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia San Cristobal Lipez, make a trip to San Cristobal de Lipez, then take in the natural beauty of Geiser Sol de la Manana, then examine the collection at Train Cemetery, and finally take in the natural beauty of Aguas Termales de Polques. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Museo de la Llama y la Sal and then head outdoors with Valle De Rocas.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Uyuni travel route builder app.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Puno to Uyuni in 8 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Peru Standard Time to Bolivia Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. While traveling from Puno, expect colder days and a bit warmer nights in Uyuni, ranging from highs of 3°C to lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Uyuni

Nature · Outdoors · Parks · Museums

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Ecuador travel guide

4.5
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.

Peru travel guide

4.6
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.

Bolivia travel guide

4.2
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.