19 days in Peru & Colombia Itinerary

19 days in Peru & Colombia Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Lima, Peru
— 2 nights
2
Arequipa, Peru
— 1 night
3
Cusco, Peru
— 2 nights
4
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 3 nights
5
Salento, Colombia
— 1 night
6
Cartagena, Colombia
— 3 nights
7
San Andres Island, Colombia
— 1 night
8
Santa Marta, Colombia
— 2 nights


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2
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.
On the 1st (Sun), stroll through Circuito Magico Del Agua and then steep yourself in history at Huaca Pucllana. On your second day here, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Lima, kick back and relax at El Silencio, thenmake a trip to Miraflores, and finally walk around Parque Kennedy - Parque Central de Miraflores.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Lima road trip planning site.

Lisbon, Portugal to Lima is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Lisbon to Lima is minus 5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Lisbon in November, with highs in Lima at °C and lows at °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Arequipa.

Things to do in Lima

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

El Silencio
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El Silencio ©
El Silencio
Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Cathedral of Lima ©
Cathedral of Lima

1
night
Arequipa, Peru

Arequipa ©
In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
On the 3rd (Tue), take an in-depth tour of Museo Santuarios Andinos, wander the streets of Yanahuara, examine the collection at Santa Catalina Monastery, thenpause for some serene contemplation at Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa, thenadmire the striking features of Plaza de Armas, and finally steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Arequipa.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Arequipa trip maker app.

You can fly from Lima to Arequipa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Lima in November since evenings lows in Arequipa dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Arequipa

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa ©
Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa
Historic Centre of Arequipa ©
Historic Centre of Arequipa
Santa Catalina Monastery ©
Santa Catalina Monastery

2
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tipon and Q'enqo. Popular historic sites such as Sacsayhuaman and Tambomachay are in your itinerary. There's much more to do: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, admire the landmark architecture of Centro Historico De Cusco, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado Central de San Pedro.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Cusco journey builder website.

Traveling by flight from Arequipa to Cusco takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November in Cusco, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Outdoors Adventure
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Q'enqo ©
Q'enqo
Tambomachay ©
Tambomachay

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Banos Termales de Cocalmayo. On your second day here, explore the ancient world of Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo, explore the ancient world of Winay Wayna, thenstop by Machu Picchu market adjacent to the train station, and finally get great views at Intipuncu.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Machu Picchu day trip planning site.

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. On the 9th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Salento.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Santa Teresa, Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna

1
night
Salento, Colombia

Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera), thentake in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Nuestra Senora del Carmen, and then take in the pleasant sights at Ecoparque the Mirador Alto De La Cruz.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Salento online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Machu Picchu to Salento takes 15.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in November, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Salento

Tours Historic Sites

Side Trip

Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera)
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Coffee & Tea Tours
Iglesia Nuestra Senora del Carmen ©
Iglesia Nuestra Senora del Carmen
Ecoparque the Mirador Alto De La Cruz ©
Ecoparque the Mirador Alto De La Cruz

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): make a trip to Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Blanca and then steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Cartagena trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Salento to Cartagena takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Salento in November, with highs in Cartagena at °C and lows at °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Playa Blanca
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Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver ©
Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver
Plaza Santo Domingo ©
Plaza Santo Domingo
Templo de Santo Domingo ©
Templo de Santo Domingo

1
night
San Andres Island, Colombia

San Andres Island ©
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): discover the deep blue sea with Aquanautas, thensee the interesting displays at Island House Museum, thentake in the architecture and atmosphere at Primera Iglesia Bautista, and finally kick back and relax at Playa de Spratt Bight. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Hoyo Soplador and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa de San Luis.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our San Andres Island trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from Cartagena to San Andres Island by flight takes about 3.5 hours. In November in San Andres Island, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. On the 15th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Santa Marta.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Playa de Spratt Bight ©
Playa de Spratt Bight
Primera Iglesia Bautista ©
Primera Iglesia Bautista
Island House Museum ©
Island House Museum

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, thencontemplate the long history of Paseo El Camellon, thenexamine the collection at Museo del Oro Tairona - Casa de la Aduana, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Santa Marta. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cristal Beach, thenadmire the masterpieces at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, and then stroll through Playa Blanca.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Santa Marta day trip website.

Traveling by flight from San Andres Island to Santa Marta takes 4.5 hours. In November in Santa Marta, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Cristal Beach ©
Cristal Beach
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino ©
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino
Playa Blanca ©
Playa Blanca

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