18 days in Peru & Galapagos Islands Itinerary

18 days in Peru & Galapagos Islands Itinerary

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Start: Los Angeles, United States
Fly:  10 h
1
Lima, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h
2
Arequipa, Peru
— 1 night
Fly:  1 h 30 min
3
Cusco, Peru
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Train:  3 h 15 min
4
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Quillabamba, Peru
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  19 h
6
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador
— 2 nights
Ferry:  6 h
7
Puerto Villamil, Ecuador
— 3 nights
Ferry:  2 h 30 min
8
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 3 nights
+3
Bus + Ferry + Taxi + Fly:  18 h 30 min
End: Los Angeles, United States

2
nights
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.
On the 15th (Sun), take an in-depth tour of Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas, ponder the design of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), thentake an in-depth tour of Museo Larco, and finally stroll around Circuito Magico Del Agua. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of San Pedro Church (Iglesia de San Pedro), take a stroll through Miraflores, contemplate the long history of Huaca Pucllana, thenshop like a local with Shopping Center Larcomar (Centro Comercial Larcomar), and finally stroll around Parque Alfredo Salazar.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Lima itinerary site.

Los Angeles, USA to Lima is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Peru Standard Time (PET) is 3 hours. Traveling from Los Angeles in November, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Lima, with lows around 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Arequipa.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) ©
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)
Circuito Magico Del Agua ©
Circuito Magico Del Agua

1
night
Arequipa, Peru

Arequipa ©
In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of Plaza de Armas, take an in-depth tour of Museo Santuarios Andinos, thenexamine the collection at Santa Catalina Monastery, thentake in the exciting artwork at Arte Colonial, and finally make a trip to Complejo de la Compania de Jesus.

For traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Arequipa itinerary planning site.

Getting from Lima to Arequipa by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lima in November, plan for slightly colder nights in Arequipa, with lows around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Arequipa

Museums Shopping
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Santa Catalina Monastery ©
Santa Catalina Monastery
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas
Museo Santuarios Andinos ©
Museo Santuarios Andinos

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Cusco Cathedral as well as Inca Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cusco Cathedral, thentrek along Inca Trail, thenexplore the ancient world of Centro Historico De Cusco, and finally steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Cusco online holiday planner.

You can fly from Arequipa to Cusco in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Trails Outdoors
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Centro Historico De Cusco ©
Centro Historico De Cusco
Qorikancha ©
Qorikancha

2
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.
On the 20th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then admire the natural beauty at Mandor.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Machu Picchu trip planner.

Do a combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Quillabamba.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu
Mandor ©
Mandor

1
night
Quillabamba, Peru

Quillabamba ©
You've now added Salkantay Trail to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): trek along Salkantay Trail.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Quillabamba trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Machu Picchu to Quillabamba. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Quillabamba

Trails Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Salkantay Trail
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Highlights from your plan
Salkantay Trail ©
Salkantay Trail

2
nights
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno ©
The capital of the Galapagos Islands, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is located on easternmost island of the archipelago, San Cristobal.
On the 23rd (Mon), learn more about the world around you at Interpretation Center, thenpause for some photo ops at Estatua de Charles Darwin, and then explore the striking landscape of Cerro Tijeretas. On the 24th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado, kick back and relax at Puerto Chino Beach, and then stroll through La Loberia.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Puerto Baquerizo Moreno road trip site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Quillabamba to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. In November in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 71°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

San Cristobal
Find places to stay Nov 22 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Cerro Tijeretas ©
Cerro Tijeretas
Puerto Chino Beach ©
Puerto Chino Beach
Interpretation Center ©
Interpretation Center

3
nights
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.
Puerto Villamil is known for nature, parks, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get impressive views of Sierra Negra, head off the coast to Turtle Island, make a trip to The Wall of Tears, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Cristo Salvador.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Puerto Villamil trip itinerary maker site.

You can ride a ferry from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Puerto Villamil in 6 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Puerto Villamil. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can ride a ferry to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Sierra Negra
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Las Tintoreras ©
Las Tintoreras
Sierra Negra ©
Sierra Negra

3
nights
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.
Puerto Ayora is known for parks, nature, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head outdoors with Think Galapagos, take in the waterfront at Malecon de Puerto Ayora, take in the dramatic natural features at Las Grietas, and make a trip to Dragon Hill (Cerro Dragon).

To see where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Puerto Ayora trip site.

Traveling by ferry from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Ayora takes 3.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Ayora due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in November, and nighttime lows around 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Santa Cruz
Find places to stay Nov 27 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Charles Darwin Research Station ©
Charles Darwin Research Station
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve ©
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay ©
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay

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