43 days in Peru, Ecuador & Copacabana Itinerary

43 days in Peru, Ecuador & Copacabana Itinerary

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Fly to José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport, Drive to Montanita
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Montanita, Ecuador
— 3 nights
Drive
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Guayaquil, Ecuador
— 2 nights
Fly
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Quito, Ecuador
— 4 nights
Drive
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Banos, Ecuador
— 3 nights
Drive
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Latacunga, Ecuador
— 1 night
Fly
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Cuenca, Ecuador
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mancora, Peru
— 2 nights
Drive
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Piura, Peru
— 2 nights
Drive
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Huanchaco, Peru
— 3 nights
Drive
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Huaraz, Peru
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lima, Peru
— 4 nights
Fly
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Arequipa, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly
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Cusco, Peru
— 5 nights
Fly
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Puno, Peru
— 3 nights
Drive
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Copacabana, Bolivia
— 3 nights
Drive to El Alto International Airport, Fly to Barranquilla

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Montanita, Ecuador — 3 nights

A small, secluded coastal town with a laid-back atmosphere and a countercultural hippy vibe, Montanita has a reputation as a seaside getaway with a twist.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Montanita: Machalilla National Park (Agua Blanca & Playa de los Frailes) and Pacha Chocolates (in Puerto Lopez). There's still lots to do: deepen your understanding at Montanita Spanish School - Day Classes, relax and rejuvenate at Massage Montanita @ Arena Guadua, experience rural life at Soluna Sanctuary, and get a dose of the wild on Sumpa Trip.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Montanita online trip itinerary builder.

Barranquilla, Colombia to Montanita is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Barranquilla in October, with highs in Montanita at 28°C and lows at 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to drive to Guayaquil.
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Guayaquil, Ecuador — 2 nights

Pearl of the Pacific

Hills dotted with colorful houses and waterfront promenades typify Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city and commercial center.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Presley Norton Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced, then stop by Las Penas, and finally take a stroll through Cerro Santa Ana. On the 29th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Museum of Anthropology and Contemporary Art, admire the natural beauty at Parque Seminario, and then take in the waterfront at Malecon 2000.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Guayaquil online visit planner.

Traveling by car from Montanita to Guayaquil takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Montanita in October, you will find days in Guayaquil are a bit warmer (35°C), and nights are about the same (25°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to fly to Quito.
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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Quito side-trips: Mercado Central (in Machachi), Pichincha (in Puerto Quito) and Pululahua Geobotanical Reserve (in Calacali). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, don't miss a visit to Mitad Del Mundo, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, and admire the masterpieces at Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Quito.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Quito online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Guayaquil to Quito takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Guayaquil in October, things will get a bit cooler in Quito: highs are around 26°C and lows about 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Banos.
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Banos, Ecuador — 3 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Banos side-trips: Riobamba (Museo de Arte Religioso de la Concepcion & Pro Bici). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Cascada EL Pailon, look for gifts at Jacinto Guevara & Hijos Evanistas, shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of the Virgin of the Holy Water (Nuestra Senora del Agua Santa).

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Banos trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Quito to Banos takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can go by car to Latacunga.
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Latacunga, Ecuador — 1 night

Mashca City

Established in 1534, the plateau town of Latacunga was destroyed four times by earthquakes between 1698 and 1798.
On the 6th (Sun), take in the architecture and atmosphere at La Catedral and then stroll through Area Nacional de Recreacion El Boliche.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Latacunga online sightseeing planner.

Drive from Banos to Latacunga in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. November in Latacunga sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can fly to Cuenca.
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Cuenca, Ecuador — 2 nights

Athens of Ecuador

Packed with impressive colonial architecture and a historic town center, Cuenca stands as perhaps the most charming city in the nation.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Museo de las Culturas Aborigenes, take in the spiritual surroundings of Museo Catedral Vieja, then admire the striking features of Inmaculada Concepción Cathedral, then steep yourself in history at Plaza de las flores, and finally view the masterpieces at Homero Ortega. On the 8th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Todos Santos, see the interesting displays at Cava San Miguel, then explore the striking landscape of El Cajas National Park, and finally explore the activities along Laguna La Toreadora.

To find traveler tips and other tourist information, go to the Cuenca trip planner.

You can fly from Latacunga to Cuenca in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Cuenca can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Mancora.
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Mancora, Peru — 2 nights

In a busy little beach town, Mancora tourism industry continues to grow, largely thanks to the sunniest climate of any region in the country.
On the 9th (Wed), get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Acuario Mundo Hippocampus, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Puerto Velero and then kick back and relax at Playa Vichayito.

To find traveler tips and other tourist information, refer to the Mancora trip site.

You can drive from Cuenca to Mancora in 6.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Mancora when traveling from Cuenca in November, with lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Piura.
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Piura, Peru — 2 nights

First City

The first Spanish city established in an area now controlled by Peru, Piura was founded by Francisco Pizarro in 1532.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): learn about all things military at Casa Museo Almirante Miguel Grau, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia San Francisco, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Maria Auxiliadora. On your second day here, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica Catedral de Piura and then don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas de Piura.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Piura day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Mancora to Piura takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Mancora in November, plan for somewhat warmer days in Piura, with highs around 35°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Huanchaco.
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Huanchaco, Peru — 3 nights

In a historic town on the famous "Moche Route" tourist circuit, vacations in Huanchaco tend to be as active as they are culturally enriching.
Venture out of the city with trips to Trujillo (Cao Museum & Site Museum). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Chan Chan, examine the collection at Museo de Arte Moderno, soothe aching muscles at Atma Yoga Huanchaco, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parroquia Senor de Huaman.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Huanchaco route planner.

Traveling by car from Piura to Huanchaco takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Piura in November: highs in Huanchaco hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can go by car to Huaraz.
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Huaraz, Peru — 2 nights

One of the main cities in the Peruvian Andes, Huaraz mainly draws those seeking adventure out in the landscape.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): stroll through Callejon de Conchucos and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. Keep things going the next day: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Sierra Andina, contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Churup, and then make a trip to Jiron Jose Olaya.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Huaraz online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Huanchaco to Huaraz takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Huanchaco in November since evenings lows in Huaraz dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to drive to Lima.
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Find places to stay Nov 15 — 17:

Lima, Peru — 4 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: take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco, take a stroll through Miraflores, ponder the design of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), and tour the pleasant surroundings at Circuito Magico Del Agua.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Lima trip planner.

You can drive from Huaraz to Lima in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and flight. Traveling from Huaraz in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Lima, with lows of 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Arequipa.
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Arequipa, Peru — 3 nights

White City

In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
Arequipa is known for museums, sightseeing, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Santa Catalina Monastery, don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Arequipa.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Arequipa trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Lima to Arequipa by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lima in November, expect slightly colder with lows of 11°C in Arequipa. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Cusco.
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Find places to stay Nov 21 — 24:

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.
Explore Cusco's surroundings by going to Maras (Moray & Salinas de Maras). On the 27th (Sun), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, gain a rich perspective with exploor, delve into the distant past at Tambomachay, and get engrossed in the history at Museo Inka.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Cusco online trip maker.

Traveling by flight from Arequipa to Cusco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November in Cusco, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can fly to Puno.
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Find places to stay Nov 24 — 29:

Puno, Peru — 3 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.
On the 30th (Wed), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. And it doesn't end there: step off the mainland to explore Taquile Island, walk around Parque Pino, stroll the grounds of Sillustani, and explore the activities along Lake Umayo.

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You can fly from Cusco to Puno in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Puno when traveling from Cusco in November, with lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Copacabana.
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Copacabana, Bolivia — 3 nights

The town of Copacabana represents the largest Bolivian settlement on the shore of Lake Titicaca, the largest lake in the continent.
On the 3rd (Sat), trek along Isla del Sol. On the 4th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cerro Calvario and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Titicaca.

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You can drive from Puno to Copacabana in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Puno to Copacabana, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive 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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Cotopaxi Province travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Volcanos · Lookouts
Cotopaxi is one of the provinces of Ecuador. The capital is Latacunga. The province contains the Cotopaxi Volcano, an intermittent volcano with a height of 19,388 feet.CantonsThe province is divided into 7 cantons. The following table lists each canton with its population (per the 2001 census), its area in square kilometres (km²), and the name of the canton seat (capital).DemographicsEthnic groups as of the Ecuadorian census of 2010: Mestizo 72.1%Indigenous 22.1%White 2.3%Montubio 1.8%Afro-Ecuadorian 1.7%Other 0.1%

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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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