12 days in Colombia & Peru Itinerary

12 days in Colombia & Peru Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South America travel planner

Make it your trip
Drive to Chicago O'Hare International Airport, Fly to Cartagena
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Cartagena, Colombia
— 1 night
Fly
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San Andres Island, Colombia
— 3 nights
Fly
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Bogota, Colombia
— 1 night
Fly
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Cusco, Peru
— 2 nights
Bus to Ollantaytambo, Train to Machu Picchu
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Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 night
Fly
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Lima, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly to Chicago O'Hare International Airport, Drive to Milwaukee

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Cartagena, Colombia

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa and then don't miss a visit to Torre del Reloj.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Cartagena trip itinerary planning app.

Milwaukee, USA to Cartagena is an approximately 13-hour combination of car and flight. You can also fly. Traveling from Milwaukee to Cartagena, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Milwaukee in April; daily highs in Cartagena reach 90°F and lows reach 78°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Spas · Nature · Parks

San Andres Island, Colombia

— 3 nights
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Take a break from the city and head to Playa de Spratt Bight and Blue Life Centro de Buceo. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Playa de San Luis and Playa Charquitos. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at La Piscinita, step off the mainland to explore Johnny Cay, take in the dramatic natural features at Hoyo Soplador, and appreciate the history behind La Barracuda.

For ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the San Andres Island trip itinerary maker site.

You can fly from Cartagena to San Andres Island in 3 hours. In April, daily temperatures in San Andres Island can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Bogota.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Bogota, Colombia

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral Primada de Bogota, make a trip to Bolivar Square, and then don't miss a visit to Monserrate.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Bogota trip planner.

Fly from San Andres Island to Bogota in 4 hours. Traveling from San Andres Island in April, expect Bogota to be cooler, temps between 67°F and 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Cusco.

Things to do in Bogota

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Cusco, Peru

— 2 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.
On the 14th (Thu), pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. On the next day, take a stroll through San Blas, then contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, then contemplate the long history of Qorikancha, and finally trek along exploor.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Cusco tour planner.

You can fly from Bogota to Cusco in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Cusco when traveling from Bogota in April, with lows around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Machu Picchu, Peru

— 1 night
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 16th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then relax and rejuvenate at SPA Rocas Sagradas.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Machu Picchu trip maker site.

You can do a combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Lima.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites · Spas
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Huaca Pucllana, make a trip to Miraflores, then wander the streets of Barranco, then make a trip to Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), and finally take an in-depth tour of Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the fascinating history of Centro Historico de Lima, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then get outside with Balneario La Punta, and finally get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Lima trip planner.

Fly from Machu Picchu to Lima in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In April, daily temperatures in Lima can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. On the 19th (Tue), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Lima

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

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Colombia travel guide

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Historic Sites · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
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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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.