41 days in Ecuador & Peru Itinerary

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Quito, Ecuador
— 28 nights
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Banos, Ecuador
— 4 nights
Bus to Tumbaco, Fly to Lima
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Lima, Peru
— 3 nights
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Machu Picchu, Peru
— 4 nights
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Quito, Ecuador — 28 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Quito: Tabacundo (Lagunas De Mojanda & Cochasqui Pyramids), Pululahua Geobotanical Reserve (in Calacali) and Museo De La Casa Kingman (in San Rafael). On the 9th (Fri), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. Saddle up on the 8th (Thu) and explore with a tour on horseback. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, make a trip to Independence Square, admire the striking features of Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, and get engrossed in the history at Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Quito day trip planner.

Columbus, USA to Quito is an approximately 12-hour flight. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Columbus in May since evenings lows in Quito dip to 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can go by car to Banos.
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Banos, Ecuador — 4 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.
Step out of Banos to go to Riobamba and see Pro Bici, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Cascada EL Pailon, don't miss a visit to La Casa del Arbol, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and get a new perspective on nature at Museo Fray Enrique Mideros.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Banos trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Quito to Banos in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. On the 22nd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Lima.
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Lima, Peru — 3 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.
Lima is known for museums, parks, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco, get a taste of the local shopping with Shopping Center Larcomar (Centro Comercial Larcomar), admire the local landmark of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), and take a stroll through Barranco.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Lima trip itinerary site.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Banos to Lima in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June in Lima, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 63°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Machu Picchu.
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Machu Picchu, Peru — 4 nights

A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
Change things up with a short trip to Zipline in Santa Teresa (about 32 minutes away). There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu, get great views at Intipuncu, take in the natural beauty of Hot Springs (Aguas Calientes), and don't miss a visit to Plaza Manco Capac.

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Fly from Lima to Machu Picchu in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can catch the flight back home.
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Ecuador travel guide

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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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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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