22 days in Bogota, San Jose & Lima Itinerary

22 days in Bogota, San Jose & Lima Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Santiago, Chile
Fly:  9 h 30 min
1
Bogota, Colombia
— 7 nights
Fly:  6 h
2
San Jose, Costa Rica
— 6 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
3
Lima, Peru
— 8 nights
Fly:  6 h 45 min
End: Santiago, Chile

7
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Laguna de Guatavita and Monserrate. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ciclovia de Bogota and Mina de Sal de Nemocon. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bogota: Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de los Dolores (in Zipaquira), Parque Natural Chicaque (in Chicaque) and Museo Indigena Guatavita (in Guatavita). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Botanico de Bogota Jose Celestino Mutis, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take in the architecture and atmosphere at La Catedral Primada, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Bogota trip maker tool.

Santiago, Chile to Bogota is an approximately 9.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Santiago to Bogota due to the time zone difference. In December, daytime highs in Bogota are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Nemocon, Centro de Memoria El Cuartico, Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de los Dolores, Museo Indigena Guatavita, Laguna de Guatavita
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Laguna de Guatavita ©
Laguna de Guatavita
Parque Natural Chicaque ©
Parque Natural Chicaque
Mina de Sal de Nemocon ©
Mina de Sal de Nemocon

6
nights
San Jose, Costa Rica

A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
Escape the urban bustle at Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park and Parque Nacional Braulio Carrillo. Discover out-of-the-way places like River Rafting & Tubing and Costa Rica SUP'ers. Venture out of the city with trips to Kayaking & Canoeing (in La Virgen), Jaco (Horseback Riding Tours, Mirador de Jaco, &more) and Mariposas Sarchi (in Sarchi). It doesn't end there: snap pictures at Tarcoles Bridge.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our San Jose day trip app.

You can fly from Bogota to San Jose in 6 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Bogota to San Jose is minus 1 hour. In December, San Jose is somewhat warmer than Bogota - with highs of 30°C and lows of 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel to Lima.

Things to do in San Jose

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Jaco, La Virgen, Mariposas Sarchi, River Rafting & Tubing, Tarcoles Bridge
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Horseback Riding Tours
Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park ©
Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park
River Rafting & Tubing

8
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.
Visit Playa Santa Maria del Mar and Playa Penascal for some beach relaxation. Explore hidden gems such as Nature & Wildlife Tours and San Isidro. Take a break from Lima with a short trip to El Silencio in Punta Hermosa, about 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, walk around Parque Kennedy - Parque Central de Miraflores, wander the streets of Miraflores, and get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Lima tour builder.

Getting from San Jose to Lima by flight takes about 5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from San Jose to Lima is 1 hour. In January, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 24°C. On the 10th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lima

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Santa Maria del Mar, El Silencio
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Circuito Magico Del Agua ©
Circuito Magico Del Agua
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Parasailing & Paragliding

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