15 days in Colombia, Lima & Machu Picchu Itinerary

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Bogota, Colombia
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Cartagena, Colombia
— 3 nights
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Medellin, Colombia
— 3 nights
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Cali, Colombia
— 1 night
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Lima, Peru
— 2 nights
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Machu Picchu, Peru
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Bogota, Colombia — 3 nights

Athens of South America

Colombia's heart and soul, Bogota has earned the nickname "Athens of South America" thanks to its abundance of universities, libraries, and lower-level schools.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bogota: Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira (in Zipaquira), Laguna de Guatavita (in Tierra Negra) and Mina de Sal de Nemocon (in Nemocon). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Monserrate, take a stroll through Parque 93, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and admire the natural beauty at Jardin Botanico de Bogota Jose Celestino Mutis.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Bogota tour itinerary planner.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiport is El Dorado International Airport. In December in Bogota, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to fly to Cartagena.
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Cartagena, Colombia — 3 nights

City of Heroes

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Cartagena side-trips: Isla Baru (Playa Blanca & Aviario Nacional de Colombia). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena, examine the collection at Caribe Jewelry Museum & Factory, don't miss a visit to Plaza de Bolivar, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Cartagena visit planner.

Fly from Bogota to Cartagena in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Bogota, expect a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Cartagena, ranging from highs of 88°F to lows of 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Medellin.
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Medellin, Colombia — 3 nights

City of the Eternal Spring

Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
On the 7th (Sat), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's still lots to do: see Off-Road Tours, take an in-depth tour of Museo de Antioquia, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and stroll through Parque Arvi.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Medellin trip planner.

You can fly from Cartagena to Medellin in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cartagena in January, things will get little chillier in Medellin: highs are around 82°F and lows about 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to fly to Cali.
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Cali, Colombia — 1 night

Salsa Capital of the World

Learning how to salsa may be the most popular thing to do in Cali, but this giant city in southwestern Colombia represents more than just the "Salsa Capital of the World." Home to over 2 million people, thriving Cali serves as a major commercial and industrial center in South America, boasting the fastest-growing economy in Colombia.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of Iglesia de San Antonio, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Zoologico de Cali, and then appreciate the history behind Cristo Rey.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Cali attractions planner.

You can fly from Medellin to Cali in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in January, and nighttime lows around 66°F. On the 9th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Lima.
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Lima, Peru — 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Historico de Lima, browse the exhibits of Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas, don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Lima, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Circuito Magico Del Agua, and finally wander the streets of Barranco. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco, examine the collection at Museo Nacional de Arqueologia, Antropologia e Historia del Peru, make a trip to Miraflores, contemplate the long history of Huaca Pucllana, then take in the waterfront at Miraflores Boardwalk, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Shopping Center Larcomar (Centro Comercial Larcomar).

To find other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Lima online tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Cali to Lima in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cali in January, expect nights in Lima to be about the same, around 69°F, while days are slightly colder, around 80°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Machu Picchu.
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Machu Picchu, Peru — 2 nights

A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
On the 12th (Thu), admire the natural beauty at Mariposario de Machupicchu, take in the awesome beauty at Phutuq K'usi, admire the natural beauty at Mandor, then don't miss a visit to Plaza Manco Capac, then take in the natural beauty of Hot Springs (Aguas Calientes), and finally explore the ancient world of Intipuncu.

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Fly from Lima to Machu Picchu in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. On the 13th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
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Colombia travel guide

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Diverse in terms of landscapes, climates, and cultures, Colombia remains one of South America's least explored tourist destinations, overshadowed by its more popular southern neighbors. Combining the best of what the continent has to offer, a vacation in Colombia allows you to blend outdoor adventures with tours of picture-perfect cobblestoned towns dating back to the colonial era. Tourists on a Colombia holiday can easily hop from sun-kissed coastal spots to the hilly coffee-growing region, where thriving plantations quickly give way to a landscape of snow-covered volcanic peaks and the paramo--alpine ecosystems sheltering some of the rarest plants growing above the continuous forest line.
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Peru travel guide

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Historic Sites · Parks · Landmarks
Land of the Incas
In a country renowned for its pre-Columbian archeological sites, no Peru vacation would be complete without an adrenaline-inducing hike to Machu Picchu, World Heritage-listed symbol of the once-mighty Incan Empire. Aside from visiting these spectacular ruins set against the backdrop of photogenic mountain peaks, most holidays in Peru also include an exploration of the country's pretty cities, boasting well-preserved colonial architecture and a slew of modern buildings housing fine museums, galleries, shops, and restaurants. Ideal for active vacationers, Peru trips are also tailor-made for gourmands, as the country's eclectic cuisine blends tasty influences from Africa, Asia, and Europe.
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