34 days in Ecuador, Peru & Bolivia Itinerary

34 days in Ecuador, Peru & Bolivia Itinerary

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Quito, Ecuador
— 4 nights
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Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 night
Train to Ollantaytambo, Bus to Cusco
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Cusco, Peru
— 4 nights
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La Paz, Bolivia
— 2 nights
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Arequipa, Peru
— 1 night
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Lima, Peru
— 4 nights
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Cuenca, Ecuador
— 2 nights
Fly to Baltra Island, Fly to Puerto Villamil
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Puerto Villamil, Ecuador
— 4 nights
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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 4 nights
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Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador
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Quito, Ecuador

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania and Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco. Take a break from the city and head to Pichincha and Pululahua Geobotanical Reserve. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Casa Museo Guayasamin, examine the collection at Museo Camilo Egas, take an in-depth tour of Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica del Voto Nacional.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Quito day trip planner.

Seattle, USA to Quito is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Seattle to Quito is 3 hours. Traveling from Seattle in March, things will get somewhat warmer in Quito: highs are around 70°F and lows about 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Quito

Museums · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 26 — 30:

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Machu Picchu, Peru

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 31st (Tue): make a trip to Intipuncu and then delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then take in nature's colorful creations at Mandor.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Machu Picchu online travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Quito to Machu Picchu takes 12 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Mar 30 — Apr 1:

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Cusco, Peru

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.
Get some cultural insight at Sacsayhuaman and Centro Historico De Cusco. Museum-lovers will appreciate Museo Inka and Museo de Vida Monastica - Monasterio de Santa Catalina del Cusco. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas, wander the streets of San Blas, look for gifts at Ekekos San Blas - Arte & Colores, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cusco Cathedral.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Cusco trip planner.

You can do a combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Apr 1 — 5:

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La Paz, Bolivia

City that Touches the Sky

Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
On the 6th (Mon), don't miss a visit to Mercado de Las Brujas, then experience the excitement of Andean Culture Distillery, and then take in the awesome beauty at Huayna Potosi. On the next day, take in the exciting artwork at Casa Museo Solon, then push the limits with an extreme tour, and then examine the collection at Museo de Textiles Andinos Bolivianos.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the La Paz trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Cusco to La Paz takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cusco to La Paz due to the time zone difference. In April, La Paz is slightly colder than Cusco - with highs of 59°F and lows of 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Arequipa.

Things to do in La Paz

Outdoors · Tours · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 5 — 7:

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Arequipa, Peru

White City

In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
On the 8th (Wed), view the masterpieces at Arte Colonial, examine the collection at Santa Catalina Monastery, get engrossed in the history at Museo Santuarios Andinos, then examine the collection at Monasterio de la Recoleta, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Arequipa trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by flight from La Paz to Arequipa takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Bolivia Time to Peru Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from La Paz in April; daily highs in Arequipa reach 69°F and lows reach 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Lima.

Things to do in Arequipa

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 7 — 8:

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Lima, Peru

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.
Get some cultural insight at Museo Larco and Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas. Relax by the water at Playa Santa Maria del Mar and Balneario Embajadores. There's much more to do: make a trip to Miraflores, take an in-depth tour of Museo de la Nacion, stroll through Playa Penascal, and admire the landmark architecture of Palacio de la Union.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Lima trip maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Arequipa to Lima takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Arequipa in April, with highs in Lima at 76°F and lows at 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cuenca.

Things to do in Lima

Museums · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 8 — 12:

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Cuenca, Ecuador

Athens of Ecuador

Packed with impressive colonial architecture and a historic town center, Cuenca stands as perhaps the most charming city in the nation.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): examine the collection at El Museo de Las Conceptas, take in the spiritual surroundings of Museo Catedral Vieja, contemplate the long history of Plaza de las flores, then admire the striking features of Inmaculada Concepción Cathedral, then view the masterpieces at Homero Ortega, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at El Cajas National Park. Keep things going the next day: delve into the distant past at The Ruins of Todos Los Santos, examine the collection at Museo de las Culturas Aborigenes, then examine the collection at Pumapungo Museo, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Mirador de Turi.

Start your trip to Cuenca by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by flight from Lima to Cuenca takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Lima in April: high temperatures in Cuenca hover around 71°F and lows are around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Cuenca

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Apr 12 — 14:

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Puerto Villamil, Ecuador

Located in the southeast of Isla Isabela, Puerto Villamil is home to the majority of the island's 2,200 inhabitants.
Step out of the city life by going to Playa Puerto Villamil and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. There's still lots to do: get impressive views of Sierra Negra, explore the activities along Laguna Salinas, head off the coast to Las Tintoreras, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Cristo Salvador.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Puerto Villamil online road trip planner.

Getting from Cuenca to Puerto Villamil by flight takes about 6.5 hours. The time zone changes from Ecuador Time to Galapagos Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can catch the ferry to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 14 — 18:

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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

The largest settlement in the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora offers visitors to the islands an array of facilities and things to do.
Let the collections at Galeria Aymara and Maprae capture your imagination. Step out of the city life by going to Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay and Las Grietas. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de los Alemanes, stroll through Playa de los Perros, make a trip to Santa Cruz Fish Market, and view the masterpieces at The Angelique Art Gallery.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Puerto Ayora driving holiday planning tool.

Ride a ferry from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Ayora in 3.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Ayora is 1 hour. In April, daily temperatures in Puerto Ayora can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 75°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to catch the ferry to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 18 — 22:

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Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador

The capital of the Galapagos Islands, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is located on easternmost island of the archipelago, San Cristobal.
Get a sense of the local culture at Interpretation Center and Catedral Inmaculada Concepcion. Escape the urban bustle at Cerro Brujo and Playa Punta Carola. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at La Loberia, make a trip to Segunda Zona Naval de la Armada del Ecuador, explore the striking landscape at Punta Pitt, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa de Oro.

For reviews and tourist information, go to the Puerto Baquerizo Moreno online road trip planner.

Ride a ferry from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in April, and nighttime lows around 75°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 22 — 28:

Ecuador travel guide

4.5
Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites · History Museums
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.