46 days in Colombia, Ecuador & Peru Itinerary

46 days in Colombia, Ecuador & Peru Itinerary

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Cartagena, Colombia
— 3 nights
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Medellin, Colombia
— 4 nights
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Bogota, Colombia
— 3 nights
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Quito, Ecuador
— 3 nights
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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
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Puerto Villamil, Ecuador
— 4 nights
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Cuenca, Ecuador
— 4 nights
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Lima, Peru
— 3 nights
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Iquitos, Peru
— 2 nights
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Cusco, Peru
— 5 nights
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Machu Picchu, Peru
— 3 nights
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Arequipa, Peru
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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.
You've now added Volcan de Lodo El Totumo (Mud Volcano) to your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena, don't miss a visit to Portal de Los Dulces, get engrossed in the history at Museo del Oro Zenu, and see the interesting displays at Choco Museo.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Cartagena tour itinerary tool.

Panama City, Panama to Cartagena is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. In February, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Spas
Find places to stay Feb 7 — 10:

Medellin, Colombia

— 4 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Laguna de Guatape, Piedra Del Penol and Jardin Botanico de Medellin. There's more to do: observe the fascinating underwater world at Parque Explora and don't miss a visit to Plaza Botero.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Medellin trip maker site.

Fly from Cartagena to Medellin in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cartagena in February, things will get a bit cooler in Medellin: highs are around 32°C and lows about 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 10 — 14:

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.
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira has been added to your itinerary. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), tour the pleasant surroundings at Monserrate, and explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Bogota trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Medellin to Bogota takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Medellin in February; daily highs in Bogota reach 24°C and lows reach 9°C. On the 17th (Thu), you'll travel to Quito.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

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Quito, Ecuador

— 3 nights

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Mitad Del Mundo as well as Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila. On the 18th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the fascinating history of Quito Old Town, admire the landmark architecture of Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, and then take an in-depth tour of Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Quito travel site.

You can fly from Bogota to Quito in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Bogota in February since evenings lows in Quito dip to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Quito

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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

— 4 nights
The largest settlement in the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora offers visitors to the islands an array of facilities and things to do.
Puerto Ayora is known for parks, nature, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Charles Darwin Research Station, contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna las Ninfas, kick back and relax at Playa de los Alemanes, and wander the wide-open spaces of Rancho Primicias.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Puerto Ayora trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Quito to Puerto Ayora takes 9.5 hours. Traveling from Quito in February, things will get a bit warmer in Puerto Ayora: highs are around 36°C and lows about 28°C. On the 24th (Thu), you're off to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Puerto Villamil, Ecuador

— 4 nights
Located in the southeast of Isla Isabela, Puerto Villamil is home to the majority of the island's 2,200 inhabitants.
Puerto Villamil is known for nature, parks, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get impressive views of Sierra Negra, tour the pleasant surroundings at Concha de Perla, get to know the resident critters at Centro de Crianza Tortugas Gigantes Arnaldo Tupiza Chamaidan, and head off the coast to Las Tintoreras.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Puerto Villamil trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Villamil by ferry takes about 3.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Villamil. On the 28th (Mon), you'll travel to Cuenca.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 24 — 28:

Cuenca, Ecuador

— 4 nights

Athens of Ecuador

Packed with impressive colonial architecture and a historic town center, Cuenca stands as perhaps the most charming city in the nation.
Your day by day itinerary now includes AMARU Bioparque Cuenca Zoologico. The adventure continues: explore the wealth of natural beauty at El Cajas National Park, immerse yourself in nature at Plaza Abdon Calderon, take an in-depth tour of Pumapungo Museum and Arqueological Park - MCYP, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mirador de Turi.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Cuenca online tour planner.

Fly from Puerto Villamil to Cuenca in 6.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Puerto Villamil to Cuenca due to the time zone difference. In February, daily temperatures in Cuenca can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. On the 4th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Lima.

Things to do in Cuenca

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums
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Lima, Peru

— 3 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes El Parque del Amor. There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco, get to know the fascinating history of Centro Historico de Lima, wander the streets of Barranco, and take in the waterfront at Miraflores Boardwalk.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Lima online journey planner.

Getting from Cuenca to Lima by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cuenca in March, expect Lima to be a bit warmer, temps between 32°C and 24°C. You'll set off for Iquitos on the 7th (Mon).

Things to do in Lima

Neighborhoods · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums
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Iquitos, Peru

— 2 nights

Capital of the Peruvian Amazon

The largest city in the Peruvian Amazon and the world's largest metropolis unreachable by road, Iquitos represents a major starting point for river and rainforest adventures.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Tue): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Quistococha Zoo and then tour the pleasant surroundings at La Isla De Los Monos.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Iquitos itinerary planner.

Fly from Lima to Iquitos in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. When traveling from Lima in March, plan for a bit warmer days in Iquitos, with highs around 37°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Iquitos

Parks · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums
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Cusco, Peru

— 5 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 day by day itinerary now includes Sacred Valley of the Incas. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, pause for some serene contemplation at Cusco Cathedral, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Precolombino, and delve into the distant past at Qorikancha.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Cusco trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Iquitos to Cusco by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, ferry, and bus. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Iquitos in March: high temperatures in Cusco hover around 23°C and lows are around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 9 — 14:

Machu Picchu, Peru

— 3 nights
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
Machu Picchu is known for historic sites, nature, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu, take in the natural beauty of Hot Springs (Aguas Calientes), and explore the ancient world of Intipuncu.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Machu Picchu journey maker tool.

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. You'll set off for Arequipa on the 17th (Thu).

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
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Arequipa, Peru

— 5 nights

White City

In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
You've now added Historic Centre of Arequipa to your itinerary. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Santa Catalina Monastery and admire the striking features of Plaza de Armas.

Before you visit Arequipa, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by flight from Machu Picchu to Arequipa takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. March in Arequipa sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. You will leave for home on the 22nd (Tue).

Things to do in Arequipa

Find places to stay Mar 17 — 22:

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.