23 days in Colombia, Ecuador & Peru Itinerary

23 days in Colombia, Ecuador & Peru Itinerary

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Bogota, Colombia
— 2 nights
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Cartagena, Colombia
— 4 nights
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Quito, Ecuador
— 1 night
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Guayaquil, Ecuador
— 1 night
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Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador
— 2 nights
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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 3 nights
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Bus to Santa Cruz Ferry Terminal, Ferry to Isla Baltra Ferry Terminal, Fly to Lima
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Lima, Peru
— 1 night
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Arequipa, Peru
— 1 night
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Cusco, Peru
— 3 nights
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Machu Picchu, Peru
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Bogota, Colombia

— 2 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.
On the 30th (Wed), stroll around Parque Metropolitano Simon Bolivar. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Thu): make a trip to Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santo Domingo, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bioparque La Reserva, and then admire the natural beauty at Jardin Botanico de Bogota Jose Celestino Mutis.

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La Paz, Bolivia to Bogota is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, car, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Bolivia Time to Colombia Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from La Paz in March, with highs in Bogota at 23°C and lows at 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Cartagena.

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Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

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Cartagena, Colombia

— 4 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Iglesia de la Trinidad and Templo de Santo Domingo. Explore hidden gems such as Plaza Santo Domingo and Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa. Step out of Cartagena with an excursion to Playa Blanca in Isla Baru--about 1h 5 min away. Spend the 3rd (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's more to do: contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena and explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas.

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You can fly from Bogota to Cartagena in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bogota in April, expect Cartagena to be much warmer, temps between 38°C and 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Quito.

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Quito, Ecuador

— 1 night

Light of America

High in the Andean foothills, Quito remains one of the world's most photogenic capital cities, featuring two dramatic mountain ranges as its backdrop.
On the 5th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica del Voto Nacional, get to know the fascinating history of Quito Old Town, and then admire the landmark architecture of Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania.

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Getting from Cartagena to Quito by flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. In April, Quito is slightly colder than Cartagena - with highs of 26°C and lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to fly to Guayaquil.

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Guayaquil, Ecuador

— 1 night

Pearl of the Pacific

Hills dotted with colorful houses and waterfront promenades typify Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city and commercial center.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): visit Las Penas, visit Cerro Santa Ana, appreciate the extensive heritage of Guayaquil Historical Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia San Francisco, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Santa Ana Port. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the striking features of Torre Morisca, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Metropolitana de Guayaquil, then take a leisurely stroll along Malecon 2000, and finally pause for some photo ops at Hemiciclo de la Rotonda.

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You can fly from Quito to Guayaquil in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Quito in April, with highs in Guayaquil at 36°C and lows at 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Guayaquil

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Wildlife · Parks
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Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador

— 2 nights
The capital of the Galapagos Islands, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is located on easternmost island of the archipelago, San Cristobal.
Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at La Loberia, get a new perspective on nature at Interpretation Center, then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Inmaculada Concepcion, and finally stroll through Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado.

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You can fly from Guayaquil to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno in 4 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can catch the ferry to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

— 3 nights
The largest settlement in the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora offers visitors to the islands an array of facilities and things to do.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay and Los Gemelos. Visit Playa las Bachas and Playa de los Alemanes for some beach relaxation. The adventure continues: stroll through El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve, shop like a local with Maki-Art Gallery, take in the exciting artwork at Samay Latin Art, and don't miss a visit to Santa Cruz Fish Market.

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Traveling by ferry from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Puerto Ayora takes 3.5 hours. April in Puerto Ayora sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to Lima.

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Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

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Lima, Peru

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Huaca Pucllana, walk around Nor Yauyos-Cochas Landscape Reserve, and then browse the exhibits of Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of Miraflores and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pantanos de Villa.

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You can do a combination of bus, ferry, and flight from Puerto Ayora to Lima in 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight. Traveling from Puerto Ayora in April, things will get little chillier in Lima: highs are around 28°C and lows about 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Arequipa.

Things to do in Lima

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
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Arequipa, Peru

— 1 night

White City

In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): explore the galleries of Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa, see the interesting displays at Santa Catalina Monastery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of San Agustin, then stop by Yanahuara, and finally contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Arequipa.

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Getting from Lima to Arequipa by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lima in April, expect Arequipa to be slightly colder, temps between 24°C and 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to fly to Cusco.

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Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
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Cusco, Peru

— 3 nights

Imperial City

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sacsayhuaman and Q'enqo. Sacred Valley of the Incas and Plaza de Armas will appeal to history buffs. The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Tambomachay, tour the pleasant surroundings at Santuario Animal de Cochahuasi, contemplate the long history of Tipon, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cusco Cathedral.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Cusco tour site.

Traveling by flight from Arequipa to Cusco takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Arequipa in April, plan for slightly colder nights in Cusco, with lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel 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 19th (Tue), steep yourself in history at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Jardin Botanico en Machu Pichu. Keep things going the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Phutuq K'usi, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mandor, then take some stellar pictures from Intipuncu, and finally delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna.

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You can do a combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.

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Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Nature
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Colombia travel guide

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Historic Sites · Landmarks · Churches
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.

Ecuador travel guide

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With abundant opportunities to discover fascinating World Heritage Sites, a holiday in Ecuador remains among the most culturally enriching travel experiences. Home to the world's highest active volcano, this little country packs a big punch when it comes to tourist activities. Some of the most popular things to do in Ecuador include visits to its astonishingly biodiverse wilderness areas, home to some 1,500 bird species, 840 species of amphibians and reptiles, and nearly 20,000 plant species. Of course, the highlight of many Ecuador vacations is bound to be the Galapagos Islands, made famous by naturalist Charles Darwin. Aside from the stunning nature, Ecuador also boasts many historic cities filled with photogenic colonial-era churches, mansions, and plazas.

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.