21 days in Colombia & Peru Itinerary

21 days in Colombia & Peru Itinerary

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Cusco, Peru
— 1 night
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Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 night
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Lima, Peru
— 2 nights
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Cartagena, Colombia
— 2 nights
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Barranquilla, Colombia
— 1 night
Bus to Santa Marta, Taxi to Tayrona National Park
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Tayrona National Park, Colombia
— 2 nights
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Medellin, Colombia
— 2 nights
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Cali, Colombia
— 1 night
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La Macarena, Colombia
— 2 nights
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Bogota, Colombia
— 2 nights
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Cusco, Peru — 1 night

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 3rd (Tue), take an in-depth tour of Museo de Arte Precolombino, steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman, then contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas, and finally admire the striking features of Centro Historico De Cusco.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Cusco day trip tool.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Cusco is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Cusco, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Rio de Janeiro in January, with highs in Cusco at 22°C and lows at 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Machu Picchu.
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Machu Picchu, Peru — 1 night

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 4th (Wed): make a trip to Plaza Manco Capac and then steep yourself in history at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Machu Picchu tour planner.

You can drive from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to fly to Lima.
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Lima, Peru — 2 nights

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 5th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas, make a trip to Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), then stroll around Circuito Magico Del Agua, and finally walk around Parque Kennedy - Parque Central de Miraflores. On the next day, take a stroll through Miraflores, delve into the distant past at Huaca Pucllana, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Shopping Center Larcomar (Centro Comercial Larcomar).

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Lima day trip tool.

Fly from Machu Picchu to Lima in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In January in Lima, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 24°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 7th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Cartagena.
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Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums
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Cartagena, Colombia — 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa, make a trip to Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, then contemplate the long history of Torre del Reloj, and finally don't miss a visit to Plaza De Los Coches. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Museo del Oro Zenu, contemplate the long history of Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, then don't miss a visit to Plaza Santo Domingo, and finally appreciate the history behind Monumento a los Zapatos Viejos.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Cartagena day trip tool.

Getting from Lima to Cartagena by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Lima in January, with highs in Cartagena at 36°C and lows at 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can take a bus to Barranquilla.
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Barranquilla, Colombia — 1 night

An industrial port city on Colombia's Caribbean coast, Barranquilla represents the fourth-most populous city in the country.
To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Barranquilla travel route planner.

Traveling by bus from Cartagena to Barranquilla takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, daytime highs in Barranquilla are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. You'll set off for Tayrona National Park on the 10th (Tue).
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Tayrona National Park, Colombia — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Wed): kick back and relax at Cabo San Juan Del Guia.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Tayrona National Park route maker tool.

You can do a combination of bus and taxi from Barranquilla to Tayrona National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January in Tayrona National Park, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Medellin.
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Medellin, Colombia — 2 nights

Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
Medellin is known for sightseeing, parks, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, look for gifts at Makeno Tienda, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Parque Explora, and take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Botanico de Medellin.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Medellin tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Tayrona National Park to Medellin takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Tayrona National Park in January: high temperatures in Medellin hover around 32°C and lows are around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Cali.
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Parks · Tours · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums
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Cali, Colombia — 1 night

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 15th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Santa Rosa de Lima, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Zoologico de Cali, and then get to know the fascinating history of Iglesia de San Antonio.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Cali trip builder app.

You can fly from Medellin to Cali in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Cali sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to La Macarena.
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La Macarena, Colombia — 2 nights

A gateway to one of the world's most fascinating rivers, La Macarena enjoys a special place in the heart of Colombian nature lovers.
La Macarena is known for nature, parks, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Raudales Rio Guayabero, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Catolica, and contemplate the waterfront views at Cano Cristales.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our La Macarena trip maker app.

You can drive from Cali to La Macarena in 18 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Bogota.
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Bogota, Colombia — 2 nights

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Zipaquira (Casa Museo Quevedo Zornoza & Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, look for gifts at Vitrina Guayca, take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral Primada de Bogota, and examine the collection at Casa de Moneda - Coleccion Numismatica del Banco de la Republica.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Bogota trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from La Macarena to Bogota takes 17.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January in Bogota, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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Peru travel guide

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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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Colombia travel guide

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Historic Sites · Landmarks · Beaches
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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