17 days in Peru & Ecuador Itinerary

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Lima, Peru
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Arequipa, Peru
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Cusco, Peru
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Cuenca, Ecuador
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Quito, Ecuador
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Lima, Peru — 2 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.
On the 11th (Fri), examine the collection at Fortaleza real felipe and then get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Basilica y Monasterio de Santo Domingo, take an in-depth tour of Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas, then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then shop like a local with Shopping Center Larcomar (Centro Comercial Larcomar), and finally admire the masterpieces at Museo Pedro de Osma.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Lima trip planner.

Vancouver, Canada to Lima is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Peru Standard Time (PET) is 3 hours. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Vancouver in November: high temperatures in Lima hover around 26°C and lows are around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa and Iglesia Santo Domingo. Museum-lovers will appreciate Museo De Arte Virreinal de Santa Teresa, Arequipa. and Santa Catalina Monastery. And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Museo Santuarios Andinos, view the masterpieces at Tristan del Pozo (Continental Bank Exhibition Gallery), see the interesting displays at Casa Museo Mario Vargas Llosa, and add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Arequipa road trip planning tool.

Getting from Lima to Arequipa by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Arequipa when traveling from Lima in November, with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can fly to Cusco.
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Cusco, Peru — 3 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.
On the 17th (Thu), get engrossed in the history at Museo Historico Regional, steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman, and then explore the ancient world of Tambomachay. On the 18th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Arte Olave, look for gifts at Ekekos - Arte & Colores, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Museo de Vida Monastica - Monasterio de Santa Catalina del Cusco, then take in the exciting artwork at Museo Maximo Laura, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Cusco road trip planning site.

You can fly from Arequipa to Cusco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in November, and nighttime lows around 8°C. On the 19th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon 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 20th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Museo Remigio Crespo Toral, admire the striking features of Inmaculada Concepción Cathedral, then contemplate the long history of Plaza de las flores, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at El Carmen de la Asuncion Church, and finally delve into the distant past at The Ruins of Todos Los Santos. On the 21st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: view the masterpieces at MAKI FairTrade, make a trip to Cruz del Vado, browse the exhibits of Artes de la Tierra Galeria, then view the masterpieces at Eduardo Vega Galeria Taller, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mirador de Turi.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Cuenca travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Cusco to Cuenca takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Cusco in November since evenings lows in Cuenca dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to fly to Quito.
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Quito, Ecuador — 5 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.
Shop till you drop at Quicentro Shopping and Mercado Artesanal La Mariscal. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Catedral Metropolitana de Quito and Santo Domingo Church. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at La Capilla Del Hombre, get engrossed in the history at Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, see the interesting displays at Museo Casa del Alabado, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at El Sagrario.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Quito trip website.

Traveling by flight from Cuenca to Quito takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cuenca in November, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 16°C in Quito. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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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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Ecuador travel guide

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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.
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