19 days in Peru & Colombia Itinerary

19 days in Peru & Colombia Itinerary

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Start: Lisbon, Portugal
Fly:  19 h
1
Lima, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h
2
Arequipa, Peru
— 1 night
Fly:  1 h 30 min
3
Cusco, Peru
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Train:  4 h
4
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly:  16 h
5
Salento, Colombia
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h
6
Cartagena, Colombia
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h
7
San Andres Island, Colombia
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h 30 min
8
Santa Marta, Colombia
— 2 nights
Fly:  27 h
End: Lisbon, Portugal


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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 19th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Circuito Magico Del Agua and then steep yourself in history at Huaca Pucllana. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Lima, thenenjoy the sand and surf at El Silencio, thenwander the streets of Miraflores, and finally stroll around Parque Kennedy - Parque Central de Miraflores.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Lima day trip planner.

Lisbon, Portugal to Lima is an approximately 17-hour flight. Traveling from Lisbon to Lima, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Lisbon in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Lima, with highs around 28°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Arequipa.

Things to do in Lima

Parks Historic Sites 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 21st (Sat), get engrossed in the history at Museo Santuarios Andinos, take a stroll through Yanahuara, examine the collection at Santa Catalina Monastery, thentake in the architecture and atmosphere at Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa, thenadmire the striking features of Plaza de Armas, and finally contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Arequipa.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Arequipa trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Lima to Arequipa by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Lima in December, with highs in Arequipa at 24°C and lows at 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can 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 Mercado Central de San Pedro. Do some cultural sightseeing at Sacsayhuaman and Tambomachay. And it doesn't end there: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, admire the landmark architecture of Centro Historico De Cusco, and don't miss a visit to Twelve Angled Stone.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Cusco online holiday planner.

You can fly from Arequipa to Cusco in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Arequipa in December, Cusco is little chillier at night with lows of 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Adventure Tours
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then take in the natural beauty of Banos Termales de Cocalmayo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo, explore the ancient world of Winay Wayna, thenstop by Machu Picchu market adjacent to the train station, and finally take some stellar pictures from Intipuncu.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Machu Picchu online day trip planner.

Getting from Cusco to Machu Picchu by combination of bus and train takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Fri) to allow time for 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 28th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera), thentake in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Nuestra Senora del Carmen, and then go for a walk through Ecoparque the Mirador Alto De La Cruz.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Salento trip tool.

You can fly from Machu Picchu to Salento in 15.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, daytime highs in Salento are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Salento

Tours Historic Sites

Side Trip

Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera)
Highlights from your plan
Coffee & Tea Tours
Iglesia Nuestra Senora del Carmen ©
Iglesia Nuestra Senora del Carmen
Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera) ©
Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera)

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Mon): stroll through Playa Blanca and then steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena.

Plan my day in Cartagena using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can fly from Salento to Cartagena in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Salento in December: high temperatures in Cartagena hover around 37°C and lows are around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Playa Blanca
Highlights from your plan
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.
On the 1st (Wed), see some colorful creatures with Aquanautas, see the interesting displays at Island House Museum, thenpause for some serene contemplation at Primera Iglesia Bautista, and finally kick back and relax at Playa de Spratt Bight. On your second day here, take in the dramatic natural features at Hoyo Soplador and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa de San Luis.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our San Andres Island trip itinerary site.

You can fly from Cartagena to San Andres Island in 3.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 28°C. On the 2nd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Santa Marta.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
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 3rd (Fri): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, 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. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Cristal Beach, admire the masterpieces at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, and then kick back and relax at Playa Blanca.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Santa Marta vacation builder site.

Traveling by flight from San Andres Island to Santa Marta takes 4.5 hours. When traveling from San Andres Island in January, plan for a bit warmer days in Santa Marta, with highs around 39°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
Cristal Beach ©
Cristal Beach
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino ©
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino
Playa Blanca ©
Playa Blanca

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