29 days in Machu Picchu, Cuenca & Quito Itinerary

29 days in Machu Picchu, Cuenca & Quito Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Toronto, Canada
+4
Fly + Taxi + Bus + Foot + Train:  19 h 30 min
1
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 9 nights
+4
Train + Foot + Bus + Taxi + Fly:  10 h 45 min
2
Cuenca, Ecuador
— 7 nights
Fly:  1 h 30 min
3
Quito, Ecuador
— 10 nights
Fly:  8 h
End: Toronto, Canada

9
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.
Get some cultural insight at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and Winay Wayna. Discover out-of-the-way places like Mandor and Zipline. Step out of Machu Picchu to go to Cachora and see Ruinas de Choquequirao, which is approximately 1h 35 min away. There's still lots to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Banos Termales de Cocalmayo, take some stellar pictures from Intipuncu, stop by Machu Picchu market adjacent to the train station, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Phutuq K'usi.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Machu Picchu day trip site.

Toronto, Canada to Machu Picchu is an approximately 19.5- hour combination of flight, bus, and train. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Cuenca.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Santa Teresa, Choquequirao Archeological Park, Sacred Valley of the Incas, Ruinas de Choquequirao
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Choquequirao Archeological Park ©
Choquequirao Archeological Park

7
nights
Cuenca, Ecuador

Cuenca ©
Packed with impressive colonial architecture and a historic town center, Cuenca stands as perhaps the most charming city in the nation.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ingapirca Ruins and Homero Ortega. Let the collections at Eduardo Vega Galeria Taller and El Museo de Las Conceptas capture your imagination. The adventure continues: trot along with a tour on horseback, take in the spiritual surroundings of Museo Catedral Vieja, take in the exciting artwork at Miguel Illescas Art Gallery, and admire the majestic nature at Plaza Abdon Calderon.

To find ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Cuenca travel route planner.

You can do a combination of train, bus, and flight from Machu Picchu to Cuenca in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. In October in Cuenca, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to Quito.

Things to do in Cuenca

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trip

Ingapirca Ruins
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Ingapirca Ruins ©
Ingapirca Ruins
Pumapungo Museo ©
Pumapungo Museo
Museo Catedral Vieja ©
Museo Catedral Vieja

10
nights
Quito, Ecuador

High in the Andean foothills, Quito remains one of the world's most photogenic capital cities, featuring two dramatic mountain ranges as its backdrop.
Let the collections at Convento De San Francisco and Centro Cultural Metropolitano capture your imagination. Catedral Metropolitana de Quito and Guapulo will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Quito: Paz de las Aves Bird Refuge (in Mindo) and Termas de Papallacta (in Papallacta). Spend the 8th (Sun) among the fascinating landscape of Cotopaxi National Park. And it doesn't end there: trot along with a tour on horseback, get outside with Jardin Botanico de Quito, examine the collection at Casa del Alabado, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica de Nuestra Senora de la Merced.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Quito travel planner.

Fly from Cuenca to Quito in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Quito when traveling from Cuenca in November, with lows around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Quito

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Paz de las Aves Bird Refuge, Termas de Papallacta, Cotopaxi National Park
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Horseback Riding Tours
Casa del Alabado ©
Casa del Alabado
Cotopaxi National Park ©
Cotopaxi National Park

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