18 days in Ecuador, Peru & Placencia Itinerary

18 days in Ecuador, Peru & Placencia Itinerary

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Placencia, Belize
— 4 nights
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Quito, Ecuador
— 3 nights
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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 1 night
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Machu Picchu, Peru
— 3 nights
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Lima, Peru
— 2 nights

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Placencia, Belize

Placencia ©
Once a humble fishing village, Placencia has been transformed into a leading tourist destination, with its focus primarily on outdoor activity and natural exploration.
Take a break from the city and head to Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Preserve and Pumpkin Caye. Discover out-of-the-way places like Laughing Bird Caye National Park and Bunches of Fun Banana Farm Tours. Explore Placencia's surroundings by going to Garimaya Gift Shop (in Hopkins) and Dangriga (Marie Sharp's Fine Foods Limited, Studio Gallery Cayetano, &more). It doesn't end there: look for gifts at Treasure Box.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Placencia trip planner.

Zurich, Switzerland to Placencia is an approximately 20-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Zurich to Placencia. Traveling from Zurich in May, expect Placencia to be much hotter, temps between 37°C and 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Quito.

Things to do in Placencia

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Shopping

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Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Preserve ©
Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Preserve
Laughing Bird Caye National Park ©
Laughing Bird Caye National Park
Gulisi Garifuna Museum ©
Gulisi Garifuna Museum

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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Termas de Papallacta and Museo Casa del Alabado. The adventure continues: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, pause for some photo ops at La Virgen del Panecillo, make a trip to Plaza Foch, and stroll around Parque La Carolina.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Quito route planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Placencia to Quito. The time zone difference when traveling from Placencia to Quito is 1 hour. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Placencia in May, with highs in Quito at 25°C and lows at 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel to Puerto Ayora.

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Tours · Parks · Spas · Nature

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Termas de Papallacta ©
Termas de Papallacta
Museo Casa del Alabado ©
Museo Casa del Alabado

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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.
On the 12th (Sat), kick back and relax at Playa de los Alemanes, then explore the activities along Laguna las Ninfas, then get a taste of the local shopping with Galeria Aymara, and finally don't miss a visit to Santa Cruz Fish Market. Here are some ideas for day two: get a taste of the local shopping with Maki-Art Gallery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Los Gemelos, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Puerto Ayora day trip app.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Quito to Puerto Ayora in 9.5 hours. Traveling from Quito in May, expect Puerto Ayora to be somewhat warmer, temps between 34°C and 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

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Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

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Playa de los Alemanes ©
Playa de los Alemanes
Laguna las Ninfas ©
Laguna las Ninfas
Los Gemelos ©
Los Gemelos

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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 15th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the natural beauty of Banos Termales de Cocalmayo, then admire the natural beauty at Mandor, then take some stellar pictures from Intipuncu, and finally delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna.

For maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Machu Picchu trip planner.

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Puerto Ayora to Machu Picchu in 23.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, ferry, and flight; or do a combination of ferry, flight, bus, and car. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Lima.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Nature

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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu
Mandor ©
Mandor
Jardin Botanico en Machu Pichu ©
Jardin Botanico en Machu Pichu

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Lima, Peru

Lima ©

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 ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at El Silencio and then indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Lima road trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Machu Picchu to Lima takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Lima can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

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El Silencio ©
El Silencio
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