24 days in Peru, Bolivia & Colombia Itinerary

24 days in Peru, Bolivia & Colombia Itinerary

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Lima, Peru
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Cusco, Peru
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Machu Picchu, Peru
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Uyuni, Bolivia
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Bogota, Colombia
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Medellin, Colombia
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Lima, Peru

— 4 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.
Lima is known for museums, parks, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco, wander the streets of Miraflores, contemplate the long history of Huaca Pucllana, and admire the local landmark of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor).

To find maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Lima trip planner.

Dublin, Ireland to Lima is an approximately 18-hour flight. Traveling from Dublin to Lima, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Dublin in May: highs in Lima hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Cusco, Peru

— 4 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Pisac (in Pisac) and Salinas de Maras (in Maras). There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Sacsayhuaman, make a trip to San Blas, pause for some serene contemplation at Cusco Cathedral, and steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Cusco trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Lima to Cusco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lima in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be colder in Cusco, with lows of 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Machu Picchu, Peru

— 3 nights
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 25th (Tue): look for gifts at Artesanias. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Wed): get great views at Intipuncu and then explore the ancient world of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Machu Picchu trip planning site.

Do a combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Uyuni.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Uyuni, Bolivia

— 2 nights
Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
On the 29th (Sat), head off the coast to Isla Incahuasi and then take in the dramatic natural features at Salar de Uyuni. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia San Cristobal Lipez, make a trip to Plaza Arce, and then see the interesting displays at Train Cemetery.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Uyuni day trip app.

Traveling by flight from Machu Picchu to Uyuni takes 11 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Peru Standard Time to Bolivia Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in May, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Uyuni

Nature · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Bogota, Colombia

— 3 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.
Step out of Bogota to go to Zipaquira and see Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira, which is approximately 54 minutes away. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, admire the natural beauty at Jardin Botanico de Bogota Jose Celestino Mutis, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monserrate.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Bogota trip maker site.

You can fly from Uyuni to Bogota in 10 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Uyuni to Bogota is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Uyuni in May, plan for much hotter days in Bogota, with highs around 22°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

Medellin, Colombia

— 3 nights

City of the Eternal Spring

Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
On the 4th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Plaza Botero, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Parque Explora, and then admire the natural beauty at Jardin Botanico de Medellin. Here are some ideas for day two: get the lay of the land with Walking tours and then steep yourself in history at Pueblito Paisa.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Medellin trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can fly from Bogota to Medellin in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Bogota in June: high temperatures in Medellin hover around 33°C and lows are around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Medellin

Tours · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Cartagena, Colombia

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena, then don't miss a visit to Las Bovedas, and then make a trip to Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Santa Catalina de Alejandria, take an in-depth tour of Museo del Oro Zenu, then don't miss a visit to Plaza de Bolivar, then don't miss a visit to Plaza Santo Domingo, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Cartagena online road trip planner.

Getting from Medellin to Cartagena by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Medellin in June: high temperatures in Cartagena hover around 38°C and lows are around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Museums

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.

Bolivia travel guide

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Landmarks · Geologic Formations · Specialty Museums
Tibet of the Americas
If you're an adventurous tourist, consider adding a Bolivia vacation to your travel itinerary. A land of rainforests, Andean glaciers, high altitude cities, and rushing rivers, Bolivia remains one of the most remote countries in the Western Hemisphere. With 60 percent of the population made up of indigenous peoples, native cultures permeate thecountry's music, architecture, and arts, as well as local folklore and traditions. Traveling in Bolivia you can experience diverse wildlife and ecosystems, learn about the country's rich history, try out its distinctive cuisine, and practice your Spanish with the locals, known for their clean and easy-to-understand accent.

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.