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 12th (Sun), stroll around Parque Metropolitano Simon Bolivar. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santo Domingo, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bioparque La Reserva, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Botanico de Bogota Jose Celestino Mutis.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Bogota road trip website.

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 changes from Bolivia Time (BOT) to Colombia Standard Time (COT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. When traveling from La Paz in June, plan for somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Bogota: temperatures range from 66°F by day to 49°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Cartagena.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 12 — 14:

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.
Scuba & Snorkeling and Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visit Iglesia de la Trinidad and Walled City of Cartagena for their historical value. When in Cartagena, make a side trip to see Playa Blanca in Isla Baru, approximately Isla Baru away. There's more to do: make a trip to Plaza Santo Domingo and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Cartagena online trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Bogota to Cartagena takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Bogota in June; daily highs in Cartagena reach 91°F and lows reach 79°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Quito.

Things to do in Cartagena

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 14 — 18:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica del Voto Nacional, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Quito Old Town, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Quito trip builder website.

You can fly from Cartagena to Quito in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Cartagena in June: highs in Quito hover around 73°F, while lows dip to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Guayaquil.

Things to do in Quito

Find places to stay Jun 18 — 19:

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): stop by Las Penas, take a stroll through Cerro Santa Ana, then get to know the fascinating history of Guayaquil Historical Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia San Francisco, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Santa Ana Port. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the striking features of Torre Morisca, then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Metropolitana de Guayaquil, then take a leisurely stroll along Malecon 2000, and finally appreciate the history behind Hemiciclo de la Rotonda.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Guayaquil trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by flight from Quito to Guayaquil takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Quito in June, expect Guayaquil to be somewhat warmer, temps between 86°F and 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Guayaquil

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jun 19 — 20:

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.
On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at La Loberia, learn more about the world around you at Interpretation Center, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Inmaculada Concepcion, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Puerto Baquerizo Moreno trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Guayaquil to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno by flight takes about 4 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to ride a ferry to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

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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.
SAMAY Latin Art and Maki-Art Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Discover out-of-the-way places like Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay and Santa Cruz Fish Market. It doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve and kick back and relax at Playa las Bachas.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Puerto Ayora trip maker.

You can ride a ferry from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Puerto Ayora in 3.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Puerto Ayora can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 22 — 26:

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.
On the 26th (Sun), steep yourself in history at Huaca Pucllana, walk around Nor Yauyos-Cochas Landscape Reserve, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at 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 stroll through Pantanos de Villa.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Lima holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of bus, ferry, and flight from Puerto Ayora to Lima takes 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Puerto Ayora in June; daily highs in Lima reach 70°F and lows reach 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Arequipa.

Things to do in Lima

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jun 26 — 27:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at 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 take a stroll through Yanahuara, and finally contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Arequipa.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Arequipa online sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Lima to Arequipa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Lima in June since evenings lows in Arequipa dip to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Cusco.

Things to do in Arequipa

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jun 27 — 28:

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Sacsayhuaman and Sacred Valley of the Incas. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tipon and Tambomachay. There's lots more to do: stroll through Santuario Animal de Cochahuasi, admire the landmark architecture of Centro Historico De Cusco, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cusco Cathedral, and contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Cusco attractions website.

Traveling by flight from Arequipa to Cusco takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Arequipa in June, expect slightly colder with lows of 35°F in Cusco. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 28 — Jul 1:

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): explore the ancient world of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then stroll through Jardin Botanico en Machu Pichu. On your second day here, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Phutuq K'usi, stroll through Mandor, then take some stellar pictures from Intipuncu, and finally delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Machu Picchu tour itinerary planning app.

Getting from Cusco to Machu Picchu by combination of bus and train takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Nature
Find places to stay Jul 1 — 3:

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.

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.