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
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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.
Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) and then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Francisco.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Bogota trip planner.

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. Traveling from La Paz to Bogota, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from La Paz in August: highs in Bogota hover around 66°F, while lows dip to 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Cartagena.

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Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums
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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.
Get some historical perspective at Barrio Getsemani and Iglesia de la Trinidad. Get a sense of the local culture at Templo de Santo Domingo and Casa Museo Rafael Nunez. Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, don't miss a visit to Plaza de La Trinidad, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa, and visit Centro Historico.

To find other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Cartagena trip planner.

Getting from Bogota to Cartagena by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In August, Cartagena is much warmer than Bogota - with highs of 91°F and lows of 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to fly to Quito.

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Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of El Sagrario, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica de Nuestra Senora de la Merced, and then admire the striking features of Catedral Metropolitana de Quito.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Quito trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by flight from Cartagena to Quito takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. Traveling from Cartagena in August, you will find days in Quito are a bit cooler (74°F), and nights are colder (56°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can 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 20th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Presley Norton Museum, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Schoenstatt Sanctuary. On your second day here, appreciate the extensive heritage of Guayaquil Historical Park and then see the interesting displays at Museo Nahim Isaias.

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You can fly from Quito to Guayaquil in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Quito in August: high temperatures in Guayaquil hover around 86°F and lows are around 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to fly to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Guayaquil

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors
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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.
Keep things going the next day: stroll through Playa Punta Carola and then get a new perspective on nature at Interpretation Center.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Puerto Baquerizo Moreno trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by flight from Guayaquil to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno takes 4 hours. While traveling from Guayaquil, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, ranging from highs of 79°F to lows of 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can ride a ferry to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Beaches

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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 Laguna las Ninfas. Get in touch with nature at Las Grietas and Scuba & Snorkeling. There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve and take in the exciting artwork at SAMAY Latin Art.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Puerto Ayora trip planner.

You can ride a ferry from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Puerto Ayora in 3.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

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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 27th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica y Monasterio de Santo Domingo, take an in-depth tour of Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas, and then explore the world behind art at MALI - Museo de Arte de Lima. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Huaca Pucllana and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Pedro Church (Iglesia de San Pedro).

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Lima trip itinerary website.

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. In August, Lima is a bit cooler than Puerto Ayora - with highs of 66°F and lows of 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to fly to Arequipa.

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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.
On the 29th (Sun), examine the collection at Santa Catalina Monastery, then take an in-depth tour of Museo Santuarios Andinos, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of San Agustin.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Arequipa online day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Lima to Arequipa takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lima in August, plan for slightly colder nights in Arequipa, with lows around 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Cusco.

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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.
Escape the urban bustle at exploor and Kayaking & Canoeing. Get a sense of the local culture at Sacsayhuaman and Qorikancha. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Tipon, admire the striking features of Centro Historico De Cusco, delve into the distant past at Tambomachay, and admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Precolombino.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Cusco trip planner.

Fly from Arequipa to Cusco in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Arequipa in August since evenings lows in Cusco dip to 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) 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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): see the interesting displays at Museo de Sitio Manuel Chavez Ballon and then stroll through Jardin Botanico en Machu Pichu. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at Mandor.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Machu Picchu route planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.

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Colombia travel guide

4.1
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

4.5
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

4.6
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.