23 days in Colombia, Ecuador & Peru Itinerary

23 days in Colombia, Ecuador & Peru Itinerary

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Bogota, Colombia
— 2 nights
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Cartagena, Colombia
— 4 nights
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Quito, Ecuador
— 1 night
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Guayaquil, Ecuador
— 1 night
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Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador
— 2 nights
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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 3 nights
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Bus to Santa Cruz Ferry Terminal, Ferry to Isla Baltra Ferry Terminal, Fly to Lima
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Lima, Peru
— 1 night
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Arequipa, Peru
— 1 night
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Cusco, Peru
— 3 nights
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Machu Picchu, Peru
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Bogota, Colombia

— 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): walk around Parque Metropolitano Simon Bolivar. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santo Domingo, look for all kinds of wild species at Bioparque La Reserva, and then admire the natural beauty at Jardin Botanico de Bogota Jose Celestino Mutis.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Bogota journey builder site.

La Paz, Bolivia to Bogota is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, car, and bus. The time zone changes from Bolivia Time to Colombia Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. When traveling from La Paz in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Bogota, with highs around 65°F, while nights are warmer with lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Cartagena.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cartagena, Colombia

— 4 nights

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Templo de Santo Domingo and Walled City of Cartagena. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Scuba & Snorkeling and Plaza Santo Domingo. Take a break from Cartagena with a short trip to Playa Blanca in Isla Baru, about 1h 5 min away. There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de la Trinidad, take in the spiritual surroundings of Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa, and step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Cartagena trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Bogota to Cartagena in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bogota in July, things will get much hotter in Cartagena: highs are around 91°F and lows about 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can fly to Quito.

Things to do in Cartagena

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Quito, Ecuador

— 1 night

Light of America

High in the Andean foothills, Quito remains one of the world's most photogenic capital cities, featuring two dramatic mountain ranges as its backdrop.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica del Voto Nacional, then get to know the fascinating history of Quito Old Town, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Quito trip maker.

You can fly from Cartagena to Quito in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Cartagena in July; daily highs in Quito reach 73°F and lows reach 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to fly to Guayaquil.

Things to do in Quito

Historic Sites

Guayaquil, Ecuador

— 1 night

Pearl of the Pacific

Hills dotted with colorful houses and waterfront promenades typify Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city and commercial center.
On the 12th (Mon), wander the streets of Las Penas, take a stroll through Cerro Santa Ana, appreciate the extensive heritage of Guayaquil Historical Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia San Francisco, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Santa Ana Port. On the 13th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Torre Morisca, then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Metropolitana de Guayaquil, then take in the waterfront at Malecon 2000, and finally pause for some photo ops at Hemiciclo de la Rotonda.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Guayaquil travel route builder tool.

You can fly from Quito to Guayaquil in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In July, Guayaquil is a bit warmer than Quito - with highs of 85°F and lows of 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Guayaquil

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Wildlife

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador

— 2 nights
The capital of the Galapagos Islands, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is located on easternmost island of the archipelago, San Cristobal.
On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at La Loberia, get a new perspective on nature at Interpretation Center, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Inmaculada Concepcion, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Puerto Baquerizo Moreno trip planner.

Fly from Guayaquil to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno in 4 hours. When traveling from Guayaquil in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, with highs around 80°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to ride a ferry to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

— 3 nights
The largest settlement in the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora offers visitors to the islands an array of facilities and things to do.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay and El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve. Galeria Aymara and Maki-Art Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Los Gemelos, kick back and relax at Playa de los Alemanes, and make a trip to Santa Cruz Fish Market.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Puerto Ayora route planner.

You can ride a ferry from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Puerto Ayora in 3.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Lima, Peru

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Huaca Pucllana, walk around Nor Yauyos-Cochas Landscape Reserve, and then get engrossed in the history at Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas. Here are some ideas for day two: visit Miraflores and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pantanos de Villa.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Lima online trip maker.

You can do a combination of bus, ferry, and flight from Puerto Ayora to Lima in 12 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and flight. Traveling from Puerto Ayora in July, expect Lima to be little chillier, temps between 66°F and 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Arequipa.

Things to do in Lima

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Arequipa, Peru

— 1 night

White City

In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa, examine the collection at Santa Catalina Monastery, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of San Agustin, then visit Yanahuara, and finally contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Arequipa.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Arequipa online trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Lima to Arequipa by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Lima in July since evenings lows in Arequipa dip to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can fly to Cusco.

Things to do in Arequipa

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Cusco, Peru

— 3 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.
Get some historical perspective at Sacsayhuaman and Plaza de Armas. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sacred Valley of the Incas and Tambomachay. There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Q'enqo, stop by Yanantin Alpaca y Artesania, admire the landmark architecture of Centro Historico De Cusco, and contemplate the long history of Tipon.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Cusco attractions planner.

Getting from Arequipa to Cusco by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Arequipa in July, Cusco is a bit cooler at night with lows of 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trip

Machu Picchu, Peru

— 2 nights
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
On the 25th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Jardin Botanico en Machu Pichu. On your second day here, take in the awesome beauty at Phutuq K'usi, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mandor, then take some stellar pictures from Intipuncu, and finally explore the ancient world of Winay Wayna.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Machu Picchu trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Nature

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.

Ecuador travel guide

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Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites · History Museums
With abundant opportunities to discover fascinating World Heritage Sites, a holiday in Ecuador remains among the most culturally enriching travel experiences. Home to the world's highest active volcano, this little country packs a big punch when it comes to tourist activities. Some of the most popular things to do in Ecuador include visits to its astonishingly biodiverse wilderness areas, home to some 1,500 bird species, 840 species of amphibians and reptiles, and nearly 20,000 plant species. Of course, the highlight of many Ecuador vacations is bound to be the Galapagos Islands, made famous by naturalist Charles Darwin. Aside from the stunning nature, Ecuador also boasts many historic cities filled with photogenic colonial-era churches, mansions, and plazas.

Peru travel guide

4.6
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.