19 days in Colombia, Argentina & Peru Itinerary

19 days in Colombia, Argentina & Peru Itinerary

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Iguazu National Park, Argentina
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 4 nights
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Cusco, Peru
— 2 nights
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Machu Picchu, Peru
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Bogota, Colombia
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San Andres Island, Colombia
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Cartagena, Colombia
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Iguazu National Park, Argentina — 2 nights

Iguazu National Park contains 672 sq km (259 sq mi) of fertile subtropical forests, but its main attraction is the majestic Iguazu Falls.
On the 4th (Tue), take in the dramatic scenery at Iguazu Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Wed): step off the mainland to explore Isla San Martin, take in the dramatic scenery at Salto Bernabe Mendez, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Salto San Martin.

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Cincinnati, USA to Iguazu National Park is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Argentina Standard Time (ART) is 2 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Cincinnati in April, with highs in Iguazu National Park at 81°F and lows at 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Buenos Aires.
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Buenos Aires, Argentina — 4 nights

Cultural capital of South America, Buenos Aires remains one of the largest cities on the continent, serving as a point of departure for exploring the rest of the country.
Buenos Aires is known for sightseeing, nightlife, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero, take in the history at Plaza de Mayo, ponder the world of politics at Casa Rosada, and make a trip to Cemiterio de Recoleta.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Buenos Aires trip planning website.

You can fly from Iguazu National Park to Buenos Aires in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Iguazu National Park, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Buenos Aires, ranging from highs of 72°F to lows of 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can fly to Cusco.
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Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Museums

Cusco, Peru — 2 nights

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.
On the 10th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Qorikancha, then explore the ancient world of Centro Historico De Cusco, then contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, and finally hike along exploor. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Precolombino, then contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cusco Cathedral.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Cusco trip planner.

Getting from Buenos Aires to Cusco by flight takes about 10 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Argentina Standard Time to Peru Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Buenos Aires in April, plan for little chillier nights in Cusco, with lows around 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can go by car to Machu Picchu.
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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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Mandor and then contemplate the long history of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu. On the 13th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Plaza Manco Capac and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Hot Springs (Aguas Calientes).

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Machu Picchu trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Cusco to Machu Picchu by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Bogota.
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Bogota, Colombia — 1 night

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.
On the 14th (Fri), admire the natural beauty at Jardin Botanico de Bogota Jose Celestino Mutis and then don't miss a visit to Monserrate. On the 15th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour and then explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Bogota trip itinerary tool.

Fly from Machu Picchu to Bogota in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. In April, daily temperatures in Bogota can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to fly to San Andres Island.
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San Andres Island, Colombia — 2 nights

The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
On the 16th (Sun), get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, then head off the coast to Johnny Cay, and then head off the coast to Cayo Bolivar. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at La Piscinita, explore the striking landscape at Hoyo Soplador, and then head off the coast to Cayo Acuario.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the San Andres Island trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by flight from Bogota to San Andres Island takes 4 hours. Traveling from Bogota in April, expect nights in San Andres Island to be much warmer, around 78°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 87°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Cartagena.
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Cartagena, Colombia — 3 nights

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 18th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Torre del Reloj, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa, and then explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, and then examine the collection at Choco Museo.

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

You can fly from San Andres Island to Cartagena in 3 hours. In April in Cartagena, expect temperatures between 90°F during the day and 78°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Argentina travel guide

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Landmarks · Bodies of Water · Specialty Museums
Land of Contrasts
Home to the highest and lowest points in South America, diverse Argentina enthralls visitors with its contrasting landscapes and rich cultural heritage. A tour of Argentina reveals a sprawling land of fiercely proud and hardworking gauchos, the legendary cowboys of South America's pampas. A vacation in Argentina also leads you to giant urban centers, filled with modern tourist attractions that include fine restaurants, award-winning museums, and renowned public parks, gardens, and zoos. Away from big cities, Argentina sightseeing combines visits to mighty waterfalls situated inside World Heritage-listed national parks in the north of the country, with excursions to icy glaciers in the south.
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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.
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Colombia travel guide

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Historic Sites · Landmarks · Beaches
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.
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