54 days in Colombia & Peru Itinerary

54 days in Colombia & Peru Itinerary

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Cartagena, Colombia
— 3 nights
Drive
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Santa Marta, Colombia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Palomino, Colombia
— 1 night
Drive to Ernesto Cortissoz International Airport, Fly to Medellin
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Medellin, Colombia
— 3 nights
Fly
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Salento, Colombia
— 3 nights
Drive
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Villavieja, Colombia
— 1 night
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Bogota, Colombia
— 3 nights
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Leticia, Colombia
— 5 nights
Drive
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Iquitos, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly
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Lima, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly to Anta, Taxi to Huascaran National Park
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Huascaran National Park, Peru
— 3 nights
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Ica, Peru
— 3 nights
Drive
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Paracas, Peru
— 1 night
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Nazca, Peru
— 2 nights
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Arequipa, Peru
— 5 nights
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Machu Picchu, Peru
— 3 nights
Train to Ollantaytambo, Taxi to Maras
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Maras, Peru
— 1 night
Drive
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Cusco, Peru
— 4 nights
Fly
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Puno, Peru
— 3 nights
Drive to Inca Manco Capac International Airport, Fly to Nuremberg

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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.
On the 2nd (Thu), steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Santa Catalina de Alejandria, then take an in-depth tour of Museo del Oro Zenu, and finally make a trip to Plaza de Bolivar. Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, then admire the striking features of Las Bovedas, then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Cartagena trip planner.

Nuremberg, Germany to Cartagena is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Colombia Standard Time (COT), which is usually a -6 hour difference. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Nuremberg in September; daily highs in Cartagena reach 38°C and lows reach 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Cartagena

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Santa Marta, Colombia

— 2 nights

America's Pearl

Many visitors begin their Santa Marta holiday, surrounded by urban clutter and heavy traffic, expecting little from the city in terms of historical importance.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona as well as Ciudad Perdida. Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): explore the ancient world of Ciudad Perdida, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona, admire the natural beauty at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cristal Beach, and finally stop by Yo Amo Santa Marta. Keep things going the next day: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Marine World Aquarium, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then walk around Parque de Los Novios.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Santa Marta holiday builder.

Getting from Cartagena to Santa Marta by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in September, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to drive to Palomino.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

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Palomino, Colombia

— 1 night
On the 6th (Mon), indulge in some personalized pampering at Gerson's Massage and then kick back and relax at Playas de Palomino. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Taironaka Turismo Ecologico.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Palomino travel route planning site.

Traveling by car from Santa Marta to Palomino takes 2 hours. September in Palomino sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Palomino

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

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Medellin, Colombia

— 3 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.
Medellin is known for parks, museums, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Parque Explora, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Templo Parroquial Jesus Nazareno, and get engrossed in the history at Museo de Antioquia.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Medellin route maker site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Palomino to Medellin. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Palomino in September, with highs in Medellin at 32°C and lows at 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Salento.

Things to do in Medellin

Tours · Parks · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums
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Salento, Colombia

— 3 nights

Father of Quindio

Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
Spend the 13th (Mon) exploring nature at Bosques de Cocora. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kasaguadua Natural Reserve, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, take a spin around town with Bike Tours, and savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Salento trip planner.

Fly from Medellin to Salento in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Salento are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Villavieja.

Things to do in Salento

Tours · Parks · Nature · Outdoors
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Villavieja, Colombia

— 1 night
Clinging to the banks of the Magdalena River, Villavieja serves as a gateway to the Tatacoa Desert.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Casa del Totumo, stroll through Desierto de la Tatacoa, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Parque Valle de la Tatacoa.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Villavieja travel route planning site.

Getting from Salento to Villavieja by car takes about 7 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Salento in September: high temperatures in Villavieja hover around 41°C and lows are around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Villavieja

Parks · Wildlife · Museums
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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.
Explore Bogota's surroundings by going to Zipaquira (Casa Museo Quevedo Zornoza, Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira, &more). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), stop by Vitrina Guayca, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and admire the landmark architecture of Rosario university.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Bogota online trip maker.

You can drive from Villavieja to Bogota in 6 hours. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Villavieja in September, with highs in Bogota at 22°C and lows at 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Leticia.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums · Parks · Nature · Tours

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Leticia, Colombia

— 5 nights
Leticia represents a large urban area and one of the best places from which to commence exploring areas along the Amazon.
Leticia is known for parks, nature, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Bioparque Etuena, walk around Parque Santander, examine the collection at Museo Etnografico, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Leticia journey planner.

You can fly from Bogota to Leticia in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Bogota in September, things will get much warmer in Leticia: highs are around 38°C and lows about 26°C. You'll set off for Iquitos on the 22nd (Wed).

Things to do in Leticia

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. On the 24th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Museum of Indigenous Amazonian Cultures, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Amazon Rescue Center, then tour the pleasant surroundings at La Isla De Los Monos, and finally make a trip to Plaza de Armas de Iquitos.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Iquitos trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Leticia to Iquitos with the Route module. In September, daily temperatures in Iquitos can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Lima.

Things to do in Iquitos

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks
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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.
Lima is known for museums, parks, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the local landmark of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), take a stroll through Barranco, take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Indigo, and delve into the distant past at Huaca Pucllana.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Lima trip planner.

Fly from Iquitos to Lima in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. When traveling from Iquitos in September, plan for cooler days in Lima, with highs around 22°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Huascaran National Park.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks
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Huascaran National Park, Peru

— 3 nights
A trip to Huascaran National Park allows visitors to explore part of the Cordillera Blanca, the world’s highest tropical mountain range.
On the 28th (Tue), explore the striking landscape of Huascaran. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Lagunas de Llanganuco and then explore the activities along Laguna 69.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Huascaran National Park day trip tool.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Lima to Huascaran National Park takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Ica.

Things to do in Huascaran National Park

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

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Ica, Peru

— 3 nights
Located on the Ica River in the desert areas of Peru's southern coast, the city of Ica stands as something of an oasis in the dry, barren landscape.
Ica is known for wineries, nature, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: do a tasting at Tacama, stroll through Parque De Las Brujas De Cachiche, explore the activities along Laguna De Huacachina, and examine the collection at Regional Museum of Ica.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Ica tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Huascaran National Park to Ica in 12.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. October in Ica sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can go by car to Paracas.

Things to do in Ica

Wineries · Tours · Parks · Nature
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Paracas, Peru

— 1 night
A port town largely devoted to tourism, Paracas serves as a popular starting point for exploration of Peru's south coast.
On the 4th (Mon), step off the mainland to explore Islas Ballestas, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and then see Off-Road Tours.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Paracas route builder website.

You can drive from Ica to Paracas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Nazca.

Things to do in Paracas

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Nature
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Nazca, Peru

— 2 nights
The southern city of Nazca draws visitors to its archaeological and historical sites.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): make a trip to Nasca Lines and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Cementerio Chauchilla. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: delve into the distant past at Cahuachi, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, and then delve into the distant past at Cantalloc Aqueduct.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Nazca trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Paracas to Nazca takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Arequipa.

Things to do in Nazca

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors
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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.
Arequipa is known for museums, historic sites, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Santa Catalina Monastery, take an in-depth tour of Museo Santuarios Andinos, contemplate the geological forces at Volcan Misti, and wander the streets of Yanahuara.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Arequipa day trip planning website.

You can drive from Nazca to Arequipa in 7 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in October, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Arequipa

Museums · Tours · Historic Sites · Parks
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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: explore the ancient world of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu, get great views at Intipuncu, indulge in some personalized pampering at SPA Rocas Sagradas, and make a trip to Plaza Manco Capac.

For where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Machu Picchu day trip planning website.

Fly from Arequipa to Machu Picchu in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Maras.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife
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Maras, Peru

— 1 night
Maras is a town in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, 40 kilometers north of Cuzco, in the Cuzco Region of Peru. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): delve into the distant past at Moray and then explore the striking landscape at Salinas de Maras.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Maras trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of train and taxi from Machu Picchu to Maras takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can drive to Cusco.

Things to do in Maras

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
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Cusco, Peru

— 4 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.
Cusco is known for historic sites, museums, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Sacsayhuaman, contemplate the long history of Qorikancha, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cusco Cathedral, and make a trip to San Blas.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Cusco trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Maras to Cusco by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. In October, daytime highs in Cusco are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Puno.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks
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Puno, Peru

— 3 nights

City of the Lake

Hugging the western tip of Lake Titicaca, Puno serves as a melting pot of indigenous and imported cultures, and makes a great base for explorations around the region.
Step out of Puno with an excursion to Fertility Temple in Chucuito--about 40 minutes away. On the 23rd (Sat), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. Next up on the itinerary: head off the coast to Taquile Island, walk around Parque Huajsapata, don't miss a visit to Catedral de Puno, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Sillustani.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Puno trip itinerary builder tool.

You can fly from Cusco to Puno in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Puno when traveling from Cusco in October, with lows around 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Puno

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

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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.

Peru travel guide

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Ruins · 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.

Ica Region travel guide

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Landmarks · Islands · Wineries & Vineyards
Ica is a region (formerly known as a department) in Peru. It borders the Pacific Ocean on the west; the Lima Region on the north; the Huancavelica and Ayacucho regions on the east; and the Arequipa Region on the south. Its capital is the city of Ica.GeographyThe Ica Region has a remarkable geography. It is the only region of the southern coast formed by plains, also called coast plains, since the Andean Cordillera rise up inland. Some geological folds have determined the formation of dunes moving toward the sea, which form much of the Paracas Peninsula. Some isolated formations located at the southern part created the Marcona complex, with the biggest deposits of iron in the Pacific coast.Ica's configuration is due to the geomorphology of its two big and unique fluvial watersheds: the Pasco and Ica rivers. Also, it has a waterway called the Rio Grande, although its waters do not reach the ocean. Some waters are diverted for irrigation and agriculture in the provinces of Pampa, Nazca and Ingenio; the Rio Grande's final riverbed is dry since sand and dried lands absorb its limited resources. There are extensive deserts in Ica, such as the Lancha Pampas. Pozo Santo and Villacuri pampas are extremely hot areas. Strong and persistent winds called paracas are present and stir up large sandstorms.

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