23 days in Lima & Colombia Itinerary

23 days in Lima & Colombia Itinerary

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23 days in Lima & Colombia Itinerary

Start: Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
Fly:  7 h 15 min
1
Lima, Peru
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 30 min
2
Bogota, Colombia
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h
3
San Andres Island, Colombia
— 5 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
4
Cartagena, Colombia
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
5
Tayrona National Park, Colombia
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
6
Santa Marta, Colombia
— 1 night
Shuttle + Fly:  4 h 15 min
7
Medellin, Colombia
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
8
Lima, Peru
— 1 night
Fly:  7 h 15 min
End: Foz do Iguacu, Brazil

1
night
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.
To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Lima online journey planner .

Foz do Iguacu, Brazil to Lima is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Foz do Iguacu to Lima is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Foz do Iguacu in December, you will find days in Lima are slightly colder (28°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). On the 8th (Sun), you'll travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Lima

Tours Outdoors Nightlife

3
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Laguna de Guatavita and Ciclovia de Bogota. When in Bogota, make a side trip to see Parque Natural Chicaque in Chicaque, approximately 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: stroll around Parque Metropolitano Simon Bolivar, pause for some serene contemplation at La Catedral Primada, admire the natural beauty at Piero Jardinero, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Bogota driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Lima to Bogota takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lima in December, you will find days in Bogota are a bit cooler (22°C), and nights are cooler (9°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Wed) to allow time for travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Parque Natural Chicaque, Laguna de Guatavita
Highlights from your plan
Laguna de Guatavita ©
Laguna de Guatavita
Parque Natural Chicaque ©
Parque Natural Chicaque
Ciclovia de Bogota ©
Ciclovia de Bogota

5
nights
San Andres Island, Colombia

San Andres Island
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Explore hidden gems such as West View and El Totumo Volcon. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Playa de Spratt Bight and Playa de San Luis. There's lots more to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, step off the mainland to explore Cayo Bolivar, Head underground at Morgan's Cave, and kick back and relax at Cocoplum Bay.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the San Andres Island trip itinerary maker site .

You can fly from Bogota to San Andres Island in 2.5 hours. When traveling from Bogota in December, plan for a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in San Andres Island: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

El Totumo Volcon
Highlights from your plan
West View
West View
Playa de Spratt Bight ©
Playa de Spratt Bight
Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
Get in touch with nature at Aviario Nacional de Colombia and Playa Puntilla. Step off the beaten path and head to Barrio Getsemani and La Casa del Joyero. Step out of Cartagena to go to Isla Baru and see Playa Blanca, which is approximately 1h 05 min away. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Plaza de La Trinidad, appreciate the history behind Monumento a Los Zapatos Viejos, and pause for some serene contemplation at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Cartagena visit site .

You can fly from San Andres Island to Cartagena in 3.5 hours. December in Cartagena sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Tayrona National Park.

Things to do in Cartagena

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Isla Baru
Highlights from your plan
Aviario Nacional de Colombia ©
Aviario Nacional de Colombia
Playa Blanca ©
Playa Blanca
Barrio Getsemani ©
Barrio Getsemani

4
nights
Tayrona National Park, Colombia

Tayrona National Park ©
Discover out-of-the-way places like Cabo San Juan Del Guia and Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona. When in Tayrona National Park, make a side trip to see Taironaka Turismo Ecologico in Santa Ana, approximately 1h 15 min away.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Tayrona National Park trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Cartagena to Tayrona National Park in 5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Tayrona National Park are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time for travel to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Tayrona National Park

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Taironaka Turismo Ecologico
Highlights from your plan
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona ©
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
Taironaka Turismo Ecologico ©
Taironaka Turismo Ecologico

1
night
Santa Marta, Colombia

Many visitors begin their Santa Marta holiday, surrounded by urban clutter and heavy traffic, expecting little from the city in terms of historical importance.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): observe the fascinating underwater world at Mundo Marino.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Marta trip itinerary tool .

Getting from Tayrona National Park to Santa Marta by car takes about 1.5 hours. In December in Santa Marta, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

El Dorado Bird Reserve, Scuba & Snorkeling
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
El Dorado Bird Reserve ©
El Dorado Bird Reserve
Marine World Aquarium
Marine World Aquarium

3
nights
Medellin, Colombia

Medellin ©
Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
On the 25th (Wed), relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, trot along with a tour on horseback, and then let the kids burn off some steam at Parque Lleras. On the 26th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a memorable drive along 2000m Descent and more, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ciclovia, and then stroll around Parques del Rio.

To find ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Medellin online visit planner .

You can fly from Santa Marta to Medellin in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Santa Marta in December; daily highs in Medellin reach 32°C and lows reach 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Medellin

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Parque El Salado
Highlights from your plan
medellin 2000m DESCENT ©
medellin 2000m DESCENT
Horseback Riding Tours
Parque El Salado ©
Parque El Salado

1
night
Lima, Peru

On the 28th (Sat), identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas and then sample the tasty concoctions at Cerveceria Nuevo Mundo.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Lima visit planning app .

Fly from Medellin to Lima in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Medellin in December, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Lima: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lima

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Cerveceria Nuevo Mundo ©
Cerveceria Nuevo Mundo

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