15 days in Chicago, Peru & Colombia Itinerary

15 days in Chicago, Peru & Colombia Itinerary

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15 days in Chicago, Peru & Colombia Itinerary

Start: Chicago, United States
Chicago, United States
— 1 night
Fly:  16​h 30​min
Arequipa, Peru
— Few hours
Fly:  3​h 15​min
Puerto Maldonado, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h
Cusco, Peru
— 1 night
+2
bus + foot + train:  3​h 15​min
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h 15​min
Zipaquira, Colombia
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 45​min
San Andres, Colombia
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
Cartagena, Colombia
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Santa Marta, Colombia
— 2 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  11​h 45​min
End: Chicago, United States

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Chicago, United States

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
On the 2nd (Tue), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Lincoln Park Zoo, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Michigan, then get to know the fascinating history of Chicago Riverwalk, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Chicago Cultural Center.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Chicago trip planner .

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airports are Chicago Midway International Airport, Chicago O'Hare International Airport and South Bend Regional Airport. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in October, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Arequipa.

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Lake Michigan
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Lincoln Park Zoo
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Chicago Riverwalk
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Lake Michigan

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Arequipa, Peru

Arequipa ©
In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): enjoy breathtaking views from Yanahuara, then don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas, and then contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Arequipa.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Arequipa road trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Chicago to Arequipa takes 16.5 hours. Traveling from Chicago to Arequipa, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Chicago in October, plan for a bit warmer days in Arequipa, with highs around 71°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 50°F. On the 4th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Puerto Maldonado.

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#Historic Sites, #Neighborhoods
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Historic Centre of Arequipa ©
Historic Centre of Arequipa
Yanahuara ©
Yanahuara
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

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Puerto Maldonado, Peru

Puerto Maldonado ©
Puerto Maldonado sits at the confluence of the Tambopata and Madre de Dios Rivers in the Amazon rainforest.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): trek along Jungle Nature Hikes, then look for all kinds of wild species at Panthera Sanctuary, and then identify plant and animal life at Inkaterra Ecological Reserve.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Puerto Maldonado itinerary maker .

Traveling by flight from Arequipa to Puerto Maldonado takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Arequipa in October: high temperatures in Puerto Maldonado hover around 92°F and lows are around 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Cusco.

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Inkaterra Ecological Reserve ©
Inkaterra Ecological Reserve
Jungle Nature Hikes ©
Jungle Nature Hikes

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Cusco, Peru

Cusco ©
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 6th (Sat), pause for some serene contemplation at The Company of Jesus Church, then explore the ancient world of Sacred Valley of the Incas, then appreciate the extensive heritage of San Blas, and finally explore the ancient world of Q'enqo. On the next day, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then delve into the distant past at Tambomachay.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Cusco trip maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Puerto Maldonado to Cusco takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In October, Cusco is much colder than Puerto Maldonado - with highs of 70°F and lows of 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

#Historic Sites, #Tours, #Outdoors

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Sacred Valley of the Incas
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Sacred Valley of the Incas
San Blas ©
San Blas
River Rafting & Tubing

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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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Los Jardines de Mandor, delve into the distant past at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu, and then delve into the distant past at Intipuncu.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Machu Picchu online tour planner .

Traveling by train from Cusco to Machu Picchu takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Zipaquira.

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Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Los Jardines de Mandor ©
Los Jardines de Mandor

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Zipaquira, Colombia

Zipaquira ©
A tour of Zipaquira, the salt-mining capital of Colombia, remains one of the best day-trip ideas from Bogota.
To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Zipaquira driving holiday site .

Explore your travel options from Machu Picchu to Zipaquira with the Route module. In October, daily temperatures in Zipaquira can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. On the 10th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to San Andres.

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Catedral de Sal ©
Catedral de Sal

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San Andres, Colombia

San Andres ©
If you're looking for sunshine, clear waters, and tropical warmth, a San Andres vacation could be just what the doctor ordered.
On the 11th (Thu), step off the mainland to explore Cayo Bolivar and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Playa de Spratt Bight, then explore the gorgeous colors at West View, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de San Luis.

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Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Zipaquira to San Andres. While traveling from Zipaquira, expect somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in San Andres, ranging from highs of 87°F to lows of 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in San Andres

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

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San Andres Island
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Playa de San Luis ©
Playa de San Luis
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Playa de Spratt Bight
Cayo Bolivar ©
Cayo Bolivar

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Cartagena, Colombia

Cartagena ©
The site of the continent's first Spanish colony, Cartagena retains much of its colonial flavor thanks to a World Heritage-listed old town, encircled by old walls and protected by imposing fortresses.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): don't miss a visit to La Popa Monastery, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Convento La Popa de la Galera, then steep yourself in history at Torre del Reloj, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Cartagena trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from San Andres to Cartagena. In October, daytime highs in Cartagena are 90°F, while nighttime lows are 78°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can go by car to Santa Marta.

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Plaza Santo Domingo ©
Plaza Santo Domingo
Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver ©
Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver
Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa ©
Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa

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Santa Marta, Colombia

Many visitors begin their Santa Marta holiday, surrounded by urban clutter and heavy traffic, expecting little from the city in terms of historical importance.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): stroll through Playa Blanca, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then make a trip to Parque de Los Novios.

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You can drive from Cartagena to Santa Marta in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In October in Santa Marta, expect temperatures between 90°F during the day and 77°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Tue) before leaving for home.

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Playa Blanca ©
Playa Blanca
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino ©
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino

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