I was looking to fly into Guayaquil Ecuador and spend about 2 weeks (might increase to 3 possible 4) between Ecuador and Peru. I wanted to travel as far down as Cuzco. Is 2 weeks a reasonable amount of time to travel that distance and make it back to Guayaquil for my flight back to the states?
And what is the best way to travel from Ecuador to Peru?
I am afraid 2 (but also 3 or 4 weeks by the way) is definately not enough. I guess you need at least just 3 days to get to Cuzco and 3 days back, which just leaves you enought time to see Cuzco and Machu Picchu.
I can only advise to stick to Ecuador or change your ticket and fly to Lima.
Buses are practically the only way to travel around these countries, although the occasional trainsride could be beautiful up in the Andes.
Have fun! Michael.
[ Edit: Edited on May 11, 2007, at 11:47 AM by Utrecht ]
Ecuador by itself has a lot of to offer better to keep Peru for your next trip. Starting from the south you have Cuenca with the panama hat (famous across the world). Baño with some extreme activities. Teña and a trip to the Amazone. Quito and the old city. Trust me there are enough to do just staying in Ecuador
I do not agree fully to the responses here.
That is because you can do a lot of Ecuador and northern Peru, Cuzco is not the point here. Peru is far more than Machu Picchu.
In 2 weeks you can do Guayaquil, Quito (with Mitad del Mundo - line of the ecuator, and also Otavalo market) then head south to Riobamba, and go to the peruvian boarder, visit northern beaches, go to Chiclayo (with Senor de Sipan museum in Lambayeque), even go to Trujillo to se Chan Chan and pyramides, and safely in time go back to Guayaquil using the other road on the coast (Tumbes).
Nice little round trip without Cuzco. You can add even Cajamarca, since bus system is very good.
Just keep in mind that there can be a lot of petty theft on the buses.
Three weeks are more than sufficient, even with some nightlife.
Use some good guide books.