51 days in Peru & Colombia Itinerary

51 days in Peru & Colombia Itinerary

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51 days in Peru & Colombia Itinerary

Start: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Fly:  7​h 45​min
1
Trujillo, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
2
Lima, Peru
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
3
Iquitos, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
4
Bogota, Colombia
— 4 nights
Fly + shuttle:  3​h
5
Santa Marta, Colombia
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Cartagena, Colombia
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
7
San Andres Island, Colombia
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
8
Cali, Colombia
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
9
Salento, Colombia
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  3​h
10
Medellin, Colombia
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  9​h 15​min
11
Paracas, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
12
Cusco, Peru
— 5 nights
+2
bus + foot + train:  3​h 15​min
13
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
+5
train + foot + bus + taxi + Fly + taxi:  13​h 30​min
14
Cabanaconde, Peru
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 15​min
15
Arequipa, Peru
— 4 nights
Fly:  10​h 30​min
End: Buenos Aires, Argentina


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3
nights
Trujillo, Peru

Trujillo ©
Considered the country's capital of culture, Trujillo was the birthplace of the North Group, a community of artists and intellectuals that included celebrated poet Cesar Vallejo and notable novelist Ciro Alegria.
Step out of the city life by going to Playa Malabrigo and Playa de Huanchaco. Your inner history buff will appreciate Chan Chan and Site Museum. There's lots more to do: stroll through Huanchaco Al Rescate, steep yourself in history at Casa Urquiaga (Casa Calonge), take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia y Monasterio El Carmen, and pause for some serene contemplation at Templo de Trujillo.

For ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Trujillo trip itinerary planning tool .

Buenos Aires, Argentina to Trujillo is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Buenos Aires to Trujillo, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Buenos Aires in December, plan for a bit cooler days in Trujillo, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Trujillo

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Huanchaco, Playa Malabrigo, La Huaca del Sol
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Chan Chan ©
Chan Chan
Site Museum ©
Site Museum
Casa Urquiaga (Casa Calonge) ©
Casa Urquiaga (Casa Calonge)

4
nights
Lima, Peru

Lima ©
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Playa Santa Maria del Mar and Playa Penascal. You'll get in some beach time at Balneario Embajadores and Playa Kon-Tiki. There's lots more to do: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco, and contemplate the long history of Huaca Pucllana.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Lima trip planner .

You can fly from Trujillo to Lima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Iquitos.

Things to do in Lima

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Playa Santa Maria del Mar
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Playa Santa Maria del Mar ©
Playa Santa Maria del Mar
Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco ©

3
nights
Iquitos, Peru

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 outdoors at Fishing Charters & Tours and La Isla De Los Monos. Go for a jaunt from Iquitos to Santo Toribio to see Iguana Lodge & Camp about 1h 05 min away. And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia San Juan Bautista, and delve into the lush surroundings at Jairo Mejia Prado.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Iquitos trip itinerary builder app .

You can fly from Lima to Iquitos in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. While traveling from Lima, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Iquitos, ranging from highs of 37°C to lows of 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Iquitos

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Iguana Lodge & Camp
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

4
nights
Bogota, Colombia

Bogota ©
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.
Visit Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira and Basilica Del Señor de los Milagros for their historical value. Take a break from the city and head to Laguna de Guatavita and Reserva Natural El Chochal de Siecha. Get out of town with these interesting Bogota side-trips: Zipaquira (Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de los Dolores & Esensal), Bioparque La Reserva (in Cota) and Observatorio de Colibries (in La Calera). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), contemplate the waterfront views at Quebrada San Francisco o Vicacha, tour the pleasant surroundings at Alameda de Quebrada Vieja, and identify plant and animal life at Humedal de Cordoba.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Bogota online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Iquitos to Bogota takes 6 hours. In January, Bogota is much colder than Iquitos - with highs of 23°C and lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Zipaquira, Laguna de Guatavita, Reserva Natural El Chochal de Siecha, Basilica Del Señor de los Milagros, Observatorio de Colibries
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Laguna de Guatavita ©
Laguna de Guatavita
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira ©
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)

4
nights
Santa Marta, Colombia

Santa Marta ©
Many visitors begin their Santa Marta holiday, surrounded by urban clutter and heavy traffic, expecting little from the city in terms of historical importance.
Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and El Dorado Bird Reserve. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Cristal Beach and Playa Bello Horizonte. Get out of town with these interesting Santa Marta side-trips: Memorial Museum of the Sierra Nevada (in Minca) and Playas de Palomino (in Palomino). The adventure continues: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona, enjoy the sand and surf at Ensenada de Chengue, and stroll through Playa Neguanje.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Marta trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Bogota to Santa Marta takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Bogota in January, with highs in Santa Marta at 39°C and lows at 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can go by car to Cartagena.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Minca, Playas de Palomino
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Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona ©
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
Scuba & Snorkeling
El Dorado Bird Reserve ©
El Dorado Bird Reserve

4
nights
Cartagena, Colombia

Cartagena ©
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Miramar Beach Club and Playa Puntilla. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Walled City of Cartagena and Claustro de la Merced Mausoleo de Garcia Marquez. Explore Cartagena's surroundings by going to Isla Baru (Playa Blanca & Aviario Nacional de Colombia). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, catch some excitement at Centro Cultural Leandro Diaz, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and deepen your understanding at Plaza Santo Domingo.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Cartagena itinerary builder site .

Getting from Santa Marta to Cartagena by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. January in Cartagena sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Cartagena

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Isla Baru
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Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
Scuba & Snorkeling

4
nights
San Andres Island, Colombia

San Andres Island ©
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Playa de San Luis and Bahia del Cove. Get a sense of the local culture at Plaza Canon de Morgan and Parque Tematico El Pueblito Isleno San Andres. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at La Piscinita, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, step off the mainland to explore Johnny Cay, and kick back and relax at Playa Charquitos.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the San Andres Island route tool .

You can fly from Cartagena to San Andres Island in 3.5 hours. January in San Andres Island sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Cali.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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La Piscinita ©
La Piscinita
Cayo El Acuario ©
Cayo El Acuario
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
Cali, Colombia

Cali ©
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.
Get some cultural insight at Museo Aereo Fenix and Camino Real. Step out of the city life by going to Picoloro Ecoturismo and Pico de Aguila. Explore Cali's surroundings by going to Parroquia Catedral San Pedro de Buga (in Buga) and Reserva Natural Nirvana (in Palmira). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Bichacue Yath Arte y Naturaleza, look for all kinds of wild species at Reserva Natural Kantu, examine the collection at MUSA Museo Arqueologico, and admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Colonial y Religioso La Merced.

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You can fly from San Andres Island to Cali in 3 hours. Traveling from San Andres Island in January, expect slightly colder with lows of 22°C in Cali. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can go by car to Salento.

Things to do in Cali

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Reserva Natural Kantu, Reserva Natural Nirvana, Parroquia Catedral San Pedro de Buga, Camino Real
Find places to stay Jan 23 — 26:
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Picoloro Ecoturismo ©
Picoloro Ecoturismo
Museo Aereo Fenix ©
Museo Aereo Fenix
Parroquia Catedral San Pedro de Buga ©

2
nights
Salento, Colombia

Salento ©
Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bosques de Cocora, then take in the dramatic scenery at Cascadas de Cocora, then take in the exciting artwork at Region Paisaje / Landscape Region, and finally identify plant and animal life at Kasaguadua Natural Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at El Palacio del Barbas, then look for all kinds of wild species at Reserva La Rivera, and then appreciate the views at Valle del Cocora.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Salento trip planner .

Drive from Cali to Salento in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Cali in January, expect nights in Salento to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are little chillier, around 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Salento

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

El Palacio del Barbas
Find places to stay Jan 26 — 28:
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Kasaguadua Natural Reserve ©
Kasaguadua Natural Reserve
Bosques de Cocora ©
Bosques de Cocora
Valle del Cocora ©
Valle del Cocora

4
nights
Medellin, Colombia

Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Catedral Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes and Basilica Menor Del Senor De Los Milagros. Step out of the city life by going to 2000m Descent and more and Las Tangaras Bird Reserve. Change things up with a short trip to Los Saltos Ecoparque in La Ceja (about 1h 35 min away). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Parque Arvi, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take in the history at Parroquia Sta Ana Santuario de Maria Auxiliadora .Sabaneta, and get your game on at Bubble Foot Medellin.

Plan a Medellin trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Salento to Medellin in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in January, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel to Paracas.

Things to do in Medellin

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Catedral Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes, Los Saltos Ecoparque, Parroquia la Nina Maria, Basilica Menor Del Senor De Los Milagros, Parroquia Sta Ana Santuario de Maria Auxiliadora .Sabaneta
Find places to stay Jan 28 — Feb 1:
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Parque Arvi ©
Parque Arvi

2
nights
Paracas, Peru

Paracas ©
A port town largely devoted to tourism, Paracas serves as a popular starting point for exploration of Peru's south coast.
Visiting Supay Beach and Playa Roja will get you outdoors. You'll get in some beach time at Playa El Raspon and Yumaque Beach. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Mendieta, stroll through Playa Atenas, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and browse the exhibits of Pukasoncco, Arte Precolombino..

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Paracas driving holiday planning site .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Medellin to Paracas in 9.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Paracas

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Supay Beach ©
Supay Beach
Islas Ballestas ©
Islas Ballestas
Parasailing & Paragliding

5
nights
Cusco, Peru

Cusco ©
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 some historical perspective at Sacsayhuaman and Salinas de Maras. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Sacred Valley of the Incas. Go for a jaunt from Cusco to Maras to see Moray about 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cusco Cathedral, take an in-depth tour of Museo Inka, and admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Precolombino.

To see maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Cusco day trip app .

You can fly from Paracas to Cusco in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Paracas, expect little chillier days and cooler nights in Cusco, ranging from highs of 23°C to lows of 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Maras, Sacred Valley of the Incas
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Salinas de Maras ©
Salinas de Maras
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas

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nights
Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu ©
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at Los Jardines de Mandor, then make a trip to Intipuncu, and then delve into the distant past at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu. Keep things going the next day: witness a stunning natural landmark at Banos Termales de Cocalmayo, then delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Jardin Botanico en Machu Pichu.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Machu Picchu attractions planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Cabanaconde.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Banos Termales de Cocalmayo
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

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day
Cabanaconde, Peru

Cabanaconde ©
A vacation in Cabanaconde provides visitors with an opportunity to explore the left bank of the Colca River, an area quite untouched by commercial tourism.
On the 12th (Wed), don't miss a visit to Mirador Cruz del Condor and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Condor's Cross.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Cabanaconde trip site .

You can drive from Machu Picchu to Cabanaconde in 13.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to drive to Arequipa.

Things to do in Cabanaconde

Wildlife Nature Parks
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Condor's Cross ©
Condor's Cross
Mirador Cruz del Condor ©
Mirador Cruz del Condor

4
nights
Arequipa, Peru

Arequipa ©
In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
Get a sense of the local culture at Santa Catalina Monastery and Museo Santuarios Andinos. Historic Centre of Arequipa and Palacio de Goyeneche will appeal to history buffs. Spend the 14th (Fri) exploring nature at Salinas y Aguada Blanca National Reserve. Next up on the itinerary: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Santo Domingo, don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas, and get out on two wheels at MotoAndes.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Arequipa trip maker site .

Drive from Cabanaconde to Arequipa in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Arequipa

Wildlife Parks Nature
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Santa Catalina Monastery ©
Santa Catalina Monastery
Museo Santuarios Andinos ©
Museo Santuarios Andinos

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