58 days in Colombia, Ecuador & Peru Itinerary

58 days in Colombia, Ecuador & Peru Itinerary

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Bogota, Colombia
— 2 nights
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Cartagena, Colombia
— 7 nights
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Santa Marta, Colombia
— 5 nights
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San Andres Island, Colombia
— 3 nights
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Fly to Baltra Island, Ferry to Santa Cruz Ferry Terminal, Bus to Puerto Ayora
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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 2 nights
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Puerto Villamil, Ecuador
— 2 nights
Fly to Baltra Island, Fly to Quito
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Quito, Ecuador
— 7 nights
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Banos, Ecuador
— 3 nights
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Cuenca, Ecuador
— 4 nights
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Lima, Peru
— 6 nights
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Paracas, Peru
— 3 nights
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Nazca, Peru
— 4 nights
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Arequipa, Peru
— 4 nights
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Cusco, 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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): don't miss a visit to Casa Libreria Wilborada 1047. On your second day here, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica Del Señor de los Milagros, then explore the world behind art at Museo Santa Clara, and then wander the streets of Zona G Bogota.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Bogota trip planning tool.

Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago to Bogota is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Atlantic Standard Time (AST) to Colombia Standard Time (COT) is minus 1 hour. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Port of Spain in June: high temperatures in Bogota hover around 22°C and lows are around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Bogota

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 1 — 3:

Cartagena, Colombia

— 7 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Barrio Getsemani and Centro de Convenciones Cartagena de Indias. Get out of town with these interesting Cartagena side-trips: Isla Baru (Aviario Nacional de Colombia & Playa Puntilla). There's lots more to do: savor the flavors at Food & Drink, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, make a trip to Plaza de La Trinidad, and pause for some photo ops at La Gorda Gertrudis.

To see where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Cartagena online journey planner.

You can fly from Bogota to Cartagena in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, Cartagena is much hotter than Bogota - with highs of 38°C and lows of 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 3 — 10:

Santa Marta, Colombia

— 5 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Museo del Oro Tairona - Casa de la Aduana and Marina Santa Marta. And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Quebrada Valencia, tour the pleasant surroundings at Buritaca, enjoy the sand and surf at Ensenada de Chengue, and don't miss a visit to El Amanuense Libros & Cafe.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Marta tour itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Cartagena to Santa Marta takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. June in Santa Marta sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches
Find places to stay Jun 10 — 15:

San Andres Island, Colombia

— 3 nights
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Playa de Spratt Bight and Hill Botanical Gardens San Andrés. Change things up with a short trip to El Totumo Volcon in Santa Catalina Island (about 16 hours away). Next up on the itinerary: explore the gorgeous colors at West View, steep yourself in history at Plaza Canon de Morgan, head off the coast to Cayo Bolivar, and explore the striking landscape at Hoyo Soplador.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read San Andres Island trip site.

Getting from Santa Marta to San Andres Island by flight takes about 6.5 hours. While traveling from Santa Marta, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in San Andres Island, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 15 — 18:

Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

— 2 nights
The largest settlement in the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora offers visitors to the islands an array of facilities and things to do.
Discover out-of-the-way places like North Seymour Island and Maprae. There's much more to do: explore the activities along Laguna las Ninfas, make a trip to Monumento Darwin, wander the wide-open spaces of Rancho Primicias, and explore the world behind art at Galeria Exotico Ecuador.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Puerto Ayora trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight, ferry, and bus from San Andres Island to Puerto Ayora in 15 hours. Traveling from San Andres Island in June, expect little chillier with lows of 26°C in Puerto Ayora. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to catch the ferry to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 19 — 21:

Puerto Villamil, Ecuador

— 2 nights
Located in the southeast of Isla Isabela, Puerto Villamil is home to the majority of the island's 2,200 inhabitants.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): explore the activities along Laguna de los Diablos, tour the pleasant surroundings at El Tunel del Estero, then kick back and relax at Playa Puerto Villamil, then take a memorable drive along Isabela Island Wetlands Complex, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Cristo Salvador. On the next day, take in the waterfront at Malecon Cuna del Sol, get outside with Cueva de Sucre, and then step off the mainland to explore Isabela Island.

To find photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Puerto Villamil tour itinerary app.

Traveling by ferry from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Villamil takes 3.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Ecuador Time to Galapagos Time is minus 1 hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Quito.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 21 — 23:

Quito, Ecuador

— 7 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Walking tours and Horseback Riding Tours. Explore Quito's surroundings by going to Cascada de Peguche (in Peguche) and Otavalo (Plaza De Los Ponchos Mercado & El Lechero). There's still lots to do: walk around Parque Metropolitano, take in the spiritual surroundings of El Sagrario, take an in-depth tour of Museo de la Ciudad, and admire the landmark architecture of Catedral Metropolitana de Quito.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Quito road trip planning app.

Getting from Puerto Villamil to Quito by flight takes about 6 hours. The time zone difference moving from Galapagos Time to Ecuador Time is 1 hour. June in Quito sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can go by car to Banos.

Things to do in Quito

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 23 — 30:

Banos, Ecuador

— 3 nights
A trip to Banos, a relatively small town in the picturesque Andean highlands, ensures plenty of chances for outdoor activities like horseback riding, hiking, climbing, canyoning, and mountain biking.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Portal a la selva and Juan Benigno Vela Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Banos: Ambato (Jardin Botanico Atocha-La Liria, Mausoleo de Montalvo, &more) and Parque Etnobotanico Omaere (in Puyo). The adventure continues: get a new perspective on nature at Museo Fray Enrique Mideros, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, head outdoors with Canopy double puerta del cielo, and take in the natural beauty of Terma El Salado.

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

You can drive from Quito to Banos in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Cuenca.

Things to do in Banos

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 30 — Jul 3:

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Parque El Paraiso and Ecuagenera - Ecuadorian Orchids. Go for a jaunt from Cuenca to Ingapirca to see Ingapirca Archaeological Complex about 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Corte Provincial de Justicia de Azuay, take in the architecture and atmosphere at El Carmen de la Asuncion Church, don't miss a visit to Plaza de San Francisco, and examine the collection at Museo Remigio Crespo Toral.

To see maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Cuenca itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Banos to Cuenca in 5.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In July, daily temperatures in Cuenca can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Cuenca

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 3 — 7:

Lima, Peru

— 6 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like San Isidro and Museo MATE. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at MALI - Museo de Arte de Lima, examine the collection at Museo del Automovil Coleccion Nicolin, stroll around Parque Kennedy - Parque Central de Miraflores, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Lima trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Cuenca to Lima takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cuenca in July, Lima is a bit warmer at night with lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Paracas.

Things to do in Lima

Find places to stay Jul 7 — 13:

Paracas, Peru

— 3 nights
A port town largely devoted to tourism, Paracas serves as a popular starting point for exploration of Peru's south coast.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ballumbrosio Estate and Plaza de Armas. And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Museo Arqueologico Paracas, admire nature's extreme beauty at Freedom Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa El Raspon, and do a tasting at Bodega 1615.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Paracas online tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Lima to Paracas by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Lima in July, expect slightly colder with lows of 15°C in Paracas. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Nazca.

Things to do in Paracas

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 13 — 16:

Nazca, Peru

— 4 nights
The southern city of Nazca draws visitors to its archaeological and historical sites.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cantalloc Aqueduct and Geoglifos de Palpa. When in Nazca, make a side trip to see Playa Trompa de Elefante in San Juan de Marcona, approximately San Juan de Marcona away. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Líneas de Cantalloc Telar, don't miss a visit to Mural of Maria Reiche, contemplate the long history of Acueductos de Nasca, and see the sky in a new way at Planetario Maria Reiche.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Nazca trip planner.

You can drive from Paracas to Nazca in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can go by car to Arequipa.

Things to do in Nazca

Museums · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 16 — 20:

Arequipa, Peru

— 4 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'll explore the less-touristy side of things at San Francisco Plaza, Church and Monastery and Mundo Alpaca. There's lots more to do: catch some excitement at Arequipa Massage, take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia de San Miguel Arcangel, see the interesting displays at FBC Melgar, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Arequipa attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Nazca to Arequipa takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In July in Arequipa, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Arequipa

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Spas
Find places to stay Jul 20 — 24:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): hike along exploor, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then stroll through Santuario Animal de Cochahuasi, and finally explore the ancient world of Tambomachay. On the 26th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Precolombino, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see reviews and tourist information, read Cusco visit planner.

You can fly from Arequipa to Cusco in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Arequipa in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Cusco, with lows of 1°C. On the 27th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Cusco

Spas · Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 24 — 27:

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

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

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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.