31 days in Colombia & Peru Itinerary

31 days in Colombia & Peru Itinerary

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31 days in Colombia & Peru Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
Fly:  14 h 45 min
1
Bogota, Colombia
— 5 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  3 h
2
Santa Marta, Colombia
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Cartagena, Colombia
— 6 nights
Fly:  4 h
4
Medellin, Colombia
— 3 nights
Bus:  1 h 30 min
5
Guatape, Colombia
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  5 h 15 min
6
Cali, Colombia
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
7
Lima, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h 45 min
8
Cusco, Peru
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Train:  3 h 15 min
9
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 4 nights
+4
Train + Foot + Bus + Taxi + Fly:  21 h
End: London, United Kingdom

5
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Laguna de Guatavita and Parque Natural Chicaque. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Museo Nacional de Colombia and Casa de Moneda - Coleccion Numismatica del Banco de la Republica. Explore Bogota's surroundings by going to Mina de Sal de Nemocon (in Nemocon), Vivero Crisalide (in Chia) and Zipaquira (Plaza de la Independecia & Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira). And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Casa Museo Quinta de Bolivar, admire the masterpieces at Museo Santa Clara, take in the architecture and atmosphere at La Catedral Primada, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Ciclovia de Bogota.

For ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Bogota trip builder app .

London, UK to Bogota is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from London to Bogota. In September, daily temperatures in Bogota can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Zipaquira, Laguna de Guatavita, Parque Natural Chicaque, Mina de Sal de Nemocon, Vivero Crisalide
Highlights from your plan
Laguna de Guatavita ©
Laguna de Guatavita
Museo Nacional de Colombia ©
Museo Nacional de Colombia
Casa Museo Quinta de Bolivar ©
Casa Museo Quinta de Bolivar

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Blanca, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then steep yourself in history at Paseo El Camellon.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Santa Marta trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Bogota to Santa Marta takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Bogota in September, expect Santa Marta to be much warmer, temps between 39°C and 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Cartagena.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Playa Blanca ©
Playa Blanca
Paseo El Camellon ©
Paseo El Camellon

6
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.
Visiting Aviario Nacional de Colombia and Bomba Beach Club will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver and Castillo de Salgar. Step out of Cartagena to go to Isla Baru and see Playa Puntilla, which is approximately 1h 05 min away. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo de Santo Domingo, stop by Barrio Getsemani, examine the collection at Casa Museo Rafael Nunez, and contemplate the long history of Plaza Fernandez Madrid.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Cartagena trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Santa Marta to Cartagena in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in September, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Outdoors

Side Trips

Isla Baru, Castillo de Salgar
Highlights from your plan
Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver ©
Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver
Aviario Nacional de Colombia ©
Aviario Nacional de Colombia
Barrio Getsemani ©
Barrio Getsemani

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Pueblito Paisa and Museo Casa de la Memoria. Explore hidden gems such as 2000m Descent and more and Parroquia Nuestra Senora del Rosario de La Piedra. When in Medellin, make a side trip to see Cementerio Jardines Montesacro in Itagui, approximately 32 minutes away. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Cementerio Museo de San Pedro, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take in the spiritual surroundings of Metropolitan Cathedral Basilica, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia San José del Poblado.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Medellin itinerary maker .

You can fly from Cartagena to Medellin in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In September, Medellin is slightly colder than Cartagena - with highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can catcht the bus to Guatape.

Things to do in Medellin

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

Cementerio Jardines Montesacro
Highlights from your plan
Metropolitan Cathedral Basilica ©
Metropolitan Cathedral Basilica
medellin 2000m DESCENT ©
medellin 2000m DESCENT

2
nights
Guatape, Colombia

Guatape ©
On the shores of a large artificial lake, Guatape ensures a pleasant experience in a quiet little town known for its friendly residents and attractive architecture.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Monasterio benedictino Santa Maria de la Epifania and then admire the sheer force of Balneario La Cazuela. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape at Piedra Del Penol and then examine the collection at Yellow-Eared Parrot Bird Reserve.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Guatape road trip app .

Take a bus from Medellin to Guatape in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Medellin in September; daily highs in Guatape reach 26°C and lows reach 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel to Cali.

Things to do in Guatape

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trip

Yellow-Eared Parrot Bird Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Piedra Del Penol ©
Piedra Del Penol

2
nights
Cali, Colombia

Cali ©
Learning how to salsa may be the most popular thing to do in Cali, but this giant city in southwestern Colombia represents more than just the "Salsa Capital of the World." Home to over 2 million people, thriving Cali serves as a major commercial and industrial center in South America, boasting the fastest-growing economy in Colombia.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Parroquia Catedral San Pedro de Buga and Museo de Arte Colonial y Religioso La Merced. Take a break from the city and head to Reserva Natural Nirvana and Farallones de Cali. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Casa Del Virrey, don't miss a visit to Mirador Sebastian Belalcazar, view the masterpieces at El Palomar Colombia, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Cali tour itinerary site .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Guatape to Cali in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, Cali is somewhat warmer than Guatape - with highs of 37°C and lows of 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Cali

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Parroquia Catedral San Pedro de Buga, Reserva Natural Nirvana, Casa Del Virrey
Highlights from your plan
Reserva Natural Nirvana ©
Reserva Natural Nirvana
Parroquia Catedral San Pedro de Buga ©
Farallones de Cali ©
Farallones de Cali

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco, explore the ancient world of Huaca Pucllana, then wander the streets of San Isidro, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica y Monasterio de Santo Domingo. On the 22nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, explore the world behind art at Museo MATE, and then explore the world behind art at MALI - Museo de Arte de Lima.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Lima online road trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Cali to Lima takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Cali in September: highs in Lima hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Basilica y Monasterio de Santo Domingo ©

3
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sacsayhuaman and Tipon. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Moray and exploor. Venture out of the city with trips to Complejo Arqueologico Chinchero (in Chinchero) and San Pedro Apostol de Andahuaylillas (in Andahuaylillas). There's still lots to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, tour the pleasant surroundings at Santuario Animal de Cochahuasi, delve into the distant past at Q'enqo, and explore the striking landscape at Cerro Colorado Vinicunca.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Cusco trip itinerary planning app .

You can fly from Lima to Cusco in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Lima in September since evenings lows in Cusco dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Complejo Arqueologico Chinchero, Moray, San Pedro Apostol de Andahuaylillas
Highlights from your plan
Moray ©
Moray
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
exploor ©
exploor

4
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.
Visiting Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and Los Jardines de Mandor will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Intipuncu and Phutuq K'usi. And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna, have fun at Samay Spa, see the interesting displays at Museo de Sitio Manuel Chavez Ballon, and take in the dramatic scenery at Cascadas Allcamayo.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Machu Picchu day trip planning site .

Getting from Cusco to Machu Picchu by combination of bus and train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna

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