15 days in Peru & Galapagos Islands Itinerary

15 days in Peru & Galapagos Islands Itinerary

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15 days in Peru & Galapagos Islands Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg, South Africa
Fly:  40​h
1
Lima, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
2
Cusco, Peru
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Train:  3​h 30​min
3
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  22​h
4
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador
— 3 nights
Fly:  33​h
End: Johannesburg, South Africa

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.
Visiting Playa Penascal and Balneario Embajadores will get you outdoors. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Miraflores and Centro Historico de Lima. There's much more to do: shop like a local with Shopping Center Larcomar (Centro Comercial Larcomar), get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, and sample the tasty concoctions at Cerveceria Nuevo Mundo.

For traveler tips and tourist information, use the Lima tour site .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Lima is an approximately 40-hour combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Johannesburg to Lima is minus 7 hours. When traveling from Johannesburg in December, plan for slightly colder days in Lima, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Lima

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Miraflores ©
Miraflores

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman, steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas, then hike along exploor, and finally hunt for treasures at Mercado Central de San Pedro. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: delve into the distant past at Centro Historico De Cusco, then wander the streets of San Blas, and then explore the galleries of Centro de Textiles Tradicionales del Cusco.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Cusco day trip tool .

Traveling by flight from Lima to Cusco takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Lima in December: highs in Cusco hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas
Centro Historico De Cusco ©
Centro Historico De Cusco

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): explore the ancient world of Intipuncu and then explore the ancient world of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Machu Picchu trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu
Hot Springs (Aguas Calientes) ©
Hot Springs (Aguas Calientes)

3
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.
Get in touch with nature at La Loberia and Cerro Tijeretas. Do some cultural sightseeing at Interpretation Center and Catedral Inmaculada Concepcion. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Puerto Chino Beach, make a trip to La Casa del Ceibo, identify plant and animal life at Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado, and kick back and relax at Playa Mann.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Puerto Baquerizo Moreno day trip planning site .

Explore your travel options from Machu Picchu to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno with the Route module. In December, daytime highs in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

San Cristobal
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La Loberia ©
La Loberia
Cerro Tijeretas ©
Cerro Tijeretas
Puerto Chino Beach ©
Puerto Chino Beach

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