18 days in Cuba, Machu Picchu & Galapagos Islands Itinerary

18 days in Cuba, Machu Picchu & Galapagos Islands Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Newark, United States
Fly + Drive:  10 h
1
Varadero, Cuba
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Havana, Cuba
— 4 nights
+4
Fly + Taxi + Bus + Foot + Train:  17 h 30 min
3
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  22 h 15 min
4
Puerto Villamil, Ecuador
— 2 nights
Ferry:  2 h 30 min
5
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  21 h 15 min
End: Newark, United States

2
nights
Varadero, Cuba

Varadero ©
One of the largest resort towns in the Caribbean, Varadero boasts a 20 km (12 mi) long stretch of sand, lined with hotels and all-inclusive resorts.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Delfinario, examine the collection at House of Rum, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Varadero Beach.

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Newark, USA to Varadero is an approximately 11- hour combination of flight and car. In May, Varadero is somewhat warmer than Newark - with highs of 87°F and lows of 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Havana.

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Varadero Beach ©
Varadero Beach
Delfinario ©
Delfinario

4
nights
Havana, Cuba

Havana ©
Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
Old Havana and El Morro are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Popular historic sites such as Malecón of Havana and Finca Vigía are in your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Museu Nacional de Belas Artes de Cuba, take a stroll through Christopher Columbus Cemetery (Cemetario de Colon), contemplate the long history of Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabana, and examine the collection at Wifredo Lam Center.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Havana online visit planner.

Drive from Varadero to Havana in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and train. In May, daily temperatures in Havana can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Havana

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Malecón of Havana ©
Malecón of Havana
Old Havana ©
Old Havana

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.
Get outdoors at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and Los Jardines de Mandor. Get a sense of the local culture at Winay Wayna and Museo de Sitio Manuel Chavez Ballon. There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Intipuncu, witness a stunning natural landmark at Hot Springs (Aguas Calientes), and stop by Artesanias.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Machu Picchu journey planner.

Traveling by combination of flight, bus, and train from Havana to Machu Picchu takes 14.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): get to know the resident critters at Centro de Crianza Tortugas Gigantes Arnaldo Tupiza Chamaidan and then step off the mainland to explore Las Tintoreras. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to The Wall of Tears and then stroll through Concha de Perla.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Puerto Villamil trip itinerary app.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Machu Picchu to Puerto Villamil. The time zone difference moving from Peru Standard Time to Galapagos Time is minus 1 hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can catch the ferry to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

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Las Tintoreras ©
Las Tintoreras
Concha de Perla ©
Concha de Perla

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay and Las Grietas. Museum-lovers will appreciate Galeria Aymara and Maki-Art Gallery. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at El Garrapatero, tour the pleasant surroundings at El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve, and don't miss a visit to Santa Cruz Fish Market.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Puerto Ayora trip builder app.

You can ride a ferry from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Ayora in 2.5 hours. The time zone changes from Galapagos Time (GALT) to Ecuador Time (ECT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In May, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay
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Galeria Aymara ©
Galeria Aymara
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay ©
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay
El Garrapatero ©
El Garrapatero

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