30 days in Colombia, Bolivia & Peru Itinerary

30 days in Colombia, Bolivia & Peru Itinerary

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30 days in Colombia, Bolivia & Peru Itinerary

Start: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Fly:  9 h 30 min
1
Lima, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h 45 min
2
Cusco, Peru
— 5 nights
Fly + Bus:  2 h
3
La Paz, Bolivia
— 4 nights
Fly + Taxi:  3 h 45 min
4
Uyuni, Bolivia
— 3 nights
+3
Taxi + Fly + Taxi + Bus:  5 h 45 min
5
Copacabana, Bolivia
— 3 nights
+5
Shuttle + Foot + Bus + Foot + Bus + Fly:  11 h 45 min
6
Bogota, Colombia
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
7
Cartagena, Colombia
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
8
Santa Marta, Colombia
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
9
Riohacha, Colombia
— 1 night
Fly:  30 h
End: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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.
Lima is known for sightseeing, historic sites, museums, shopping, and religious sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Parque de la Reserva, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, take in the waterfront at Miraflores Boardwalk, and stop by Dedalo Market.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Lima travel itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Lima. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Peru Time (PET), which is usually a -9 hour difference. Traveling from Dubai in September, expect Lima to be cooler, temps between 22°C and 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Cusco.

Things to do in Lima

Shopping Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Dedalo arte & artesania ©
Dedalo arte & artesania
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) ©
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)

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.
Cusco is known for historic sites, sightseeing, museums, nature, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Sacsayhuaman, steep yourself in history at Sacred Valley of the Incas, get in on the family fun at Manu Wildlife Peru, and admire the striking features of Centro Historico De Cusco.

To find other places to visit and tourist information, go to the Cusco travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from Lima to Cusco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lima in September, plan for a bit cooler nights in Cusco, with lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to fly to La Paz.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trips

Sacred Valley of the Incas, Salinas de Maras
Highlights from your plan
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Centro Historico De Cusco ©
Centro Historico De Cusco
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

4
nights
La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz ©
Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
La Paz is known for sightseeing, nature, trails, historic sites, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Illimani, play a few rounds at Golf Tours Bolivia-Day Tours, take a peaceful walk through Parque Auquisamana, and head outdoors with Valle de las Animas.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read La Paz vacation planner.

You can fly from Cusco to La Paz in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cusco to La Paz, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In September, La Paz is a bit cooler than Cusco - with highs of 18°C and lows of 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Uyuni.

Things to do in La Paz

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Illimani ©
Illimani
Mi Teleferico ©
Mi Teleferico
Urban Rush Bolivia ©
Urban Rush Bolivia

3
nights
Uyuni, Bolivia

Uyuni ©
Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
Uyuni is known for nature, museums, sightseeing, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Salar de Uyuni, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia San Cristobal Lipez, witness a stunning natural landmark at Geiser Sol de Manana, and examine the collection at Necropolis & Museum Kawsay Wasy.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Uyuni itinerary builder.

You can fly from La Paz to Uyuni in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from La Paz in September, plan for much colder days and somewhat warmer nights in Uyuni: temperatures range from 3°C by day to 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Copacabana.

Things to do in Uyuni

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Museo de la Llama y la Sal
Highlights from your plan
Salar de Uyuni ©
Salar de Uyuni
Isla Incahuasi ©
Isla Incahuasi
Geiser Sol de la Manana ©
Geiser Sol de la Manana

3
nights
Copacabana, Bolivia

Copacabana ©
The town of Copacabana represents the largest Bolivian settlement on the shore of Lake Titicaca, the largest lake in the continent.
Copacabana is known for trails, nature, religious sites, sightseeing, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Lake Titicaca, hike along Isla del Sol, head off the coast to Isla De La Luna, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Cerro Calvario.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Copacabana trip itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Uyuni to Copacabana in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. On the 5th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Copacabana

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Isla del Sol ©
Isla del Sol
Isla De La Luna ©
Isla De La Luna
Cerro Calvario ©
Cerro Calvario

3
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.
When in Bogota, make a side trip to see Salt Cathedral in Zipaquira, approximately 50 minutes away. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de San Francisco, head outdoors with Parque el Virrey, and explore and take pictures at Universidad Nacional de Colombia.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Bogota trip itinerery planner.

Getting from Copacabana to Bogota by combination of flight and bus takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Copacabana to Bogota due to the time zone difference. In October, daily temperatures in Bogota can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Cartagena.

Things to do in Bogota

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira
Highlights from your plan
Zona G Bogota ©
Zona G Bogota
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Monserrate ©
Monserrate

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.
Cartagena is known for historic sites, sightseeing, nature, museums, and religious sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena, make a trip to Centro Cultural Ciudad Movil, explore the historical opulence of San Felipe de Barajas Castle, and try your luck at Sun Nao Casino.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Cartagena sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Bogota to Cartagena in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In October, Cartagena is much hotter than Bogota - with highs of 37°C and lows of 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can take a bus to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
Plaza Santo Domingo ©
Plaza Santo Domingo

3
nights
Santa Marta, Colombia

Many visitors begin their Santa Marta holiday, surrounded by urban clutter and heavy traffic, expecting little from the city in terms of historical importance.
Santa Marta is known for nature, beaches, adventure, sightseeing, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona, head outdoors with Rio Don Diego, meet the residents at Acuario Mundo Marino, and make a trip to El Amanuense Libros & Cafe.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Marta itinerary maker.

Take a bus from Cartagena to Santa Marta in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October in Santa Marta, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 29°C at night. On the 14th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Riohacha.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona ©
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
Cristal Beach ©
Cristal Beach

1
night
Riohacha, Colombia

Riohacha ©
Lying where the Rancheria River flows into the Caribbean Sea, Riohacha serves as a gateway to the desert region of La Guajira Peninsula.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Camellon de Riohacha, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Nuestra Senora de los Remedios, and then catch a wave with a taste of the best surfing spots.

To find more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Riohacha travel itinerary creator.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Santa Marta to Riohacha. In October, daily temperatures in Riohacha can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Riohacha

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Catedral Nuestra Senora de los Remedios ©

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