39 days in Colombia, Peru & San Blas Islands Itinerary

39 days in Colombia, Peru & San Blas Islands Itinerary

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Lima, Peru
— 1 night
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Cusco, Peru
— 2 nights
Bus to Ollantaytambo, Train to Machu Picchu
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Machu Picchu, Peru
— 3 nights
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Cusco, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly
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Lima, Peru
— 1 night
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Iquitos, Peru
— 4 nights
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Leticia, Colombia
— 1 night
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Medellin, Colombia
— 3 nights
Drive
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Guatape, Colombia
— 1 day
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Medellin, Colombia
— 1 night
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Santa Marta, Colombia
— 3 nights
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Minca, Colombia
— 2 nights
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Cartagena, Colombia
— 4 nights
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Sapzurro, Colombia
— 3 nights
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San Blas Islands, Panama
— 5 nights
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Lima, Peru

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 24th (Mon): stroll around Nor Yauyos-Cochas Landscape Reserve, then steep yourself in history at Huaca Pucllana, then wander the streets of Miraflores, and finally take a stroll through Barranco.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Lima trip itinerary planner.

Zurich, Switzerland to Lima is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Peru Standard Time is minus 6 hours. In December, Lima is warmer than Zurich - with highs of 28°C and lows of 22°C. On the 25th (Tue), you'll travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Lima

Parks · Wildlife · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

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Cusco, Peru

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Qorikancha.

To find out how to plan a trip to Cusco, use our trip itinerary maker.

Fly from Lima to Cusco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Lima in December, plan for little chillier days and much colder nights in Cusco: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Adventure · Outdoors · Tours

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Machu Picchu, Peru

A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
Take a break from the city and head to Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and Phutuq K'usi. Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo and Intipuncu are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Go for a jaunt from Machu Picchu to Santa Teresa to see Zipline about 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Mandor, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen, stroll through Jardin Botanico en Machu Pichu, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado de Artesanias.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Machu Picchu trip tool.

You can do a combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Cusco, Peru

Imperial City

Kick off your visit on the 31st (Mon): explore the ancient world of Centro Historico De Cusco, then admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Precolombino, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cusco Cathedral, and finally steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Cusco holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Machu Picchu to Cusco takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to Lima.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Museums

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Lima, Peru

City of the Kings

Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): get the lay of the land with Peruvian Soul, stroll around El Parque del Amor, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Lima, then ponder the design of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), and finally get to know the fascinating history of Centro Historico de Lima. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pantanos de Villa, then kick back and relax at Playa Agua Dulce, and then take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Lima trip planner.

You can fly from Cusco to Lima in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Cusco, expect a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Lima, ranging from highs of 31°C to lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Iquitos.

Things to do in Lima

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

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Iquitos, Peru

Capital of the Peruvian Amazon

The largest city in the Peruvian Amazon and the world's largest metropolis unreachable by road, Iquitos represents a major starting point for river and rainforest adventures.
Escape the urban bustle at Amazon Rescue Center and Fundo Pedrito. Get some cultural insight at Museum of Indigenous Amazonian Cultures and Catedral de Iquitos. Spend the 5th (Sat) in the pleasant surroundings of Tapiche Reserve. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at La Isla De Los Monos, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Quistococha Zoo, stop by Centro Artesanal Turistico Anaconda, and wander the streets of Belen.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Iquitos trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Lima to Iquitos takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Traveling from Lima in January, expect nights in Iquitos to be about the same, around 26°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 37°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Leticia.

Things to do in Iquitos

Parks · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors

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Leticia, Colombia

Leticia represents a large urban area and one of the best places from which to commence exploring areas along the Amazon.
On the 7th (Mon), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Nuestra Senora de La Paz, identify plant and animal life at Parque Ecologico Mundo Amazonico, and then head off the coast to Isla de Los Micos.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Leticia holiday planner.

Traveling by ferry from Iquitos to Leticia takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In January, daytime highs in Leticia are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Leticia

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Historic Sites

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Medellin, Colombia

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.
Get outdoors at Mariposario Selva Viva and Cerro El Volador. There's lots more to do: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, contemplate the long history of Pueblito Paisa, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Botanico de Medellin, and make a trip to Plaza Botero.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Medellin day trip app.

You can fly from Leticia to Medellin in 5.5 hours. Traveling from Leticia in January, things will get little chillier in Medellin: highs are around 32°C and lows about 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Guatape.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Historic Sites

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Guatape, Colombia

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.
On the 11th (Fri), head outdoors with Cable Paseo Guatape, contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna de Guatape, and then explore the striking landscape at Piedra Del Penol.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Guatape trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Medellin to Guatape in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Medellin in January, expect Guatape to be slightly colder, temps between 25°C and 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Medellin.

Things to do in Guatape

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Medellin, Colombia

City of the Eternal Spring

Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Medellin online holiday planner.

Drive from Guatape to Medellin in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Guatape in January, expect Medellin to be somewhat warmer, temps between 32°C and 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Medellin

Adventure · Outdoors · Tours
Highlights from your trip

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Santa Marta, Colombia

America's Pearl

Many visitors begin their Santa Marta holiday, surrounded by urban clutter and heavy traffic, expecting little from the city in terms of historical importance.
Visit Cristal Beach and Playa Blanca for some beach relaxation. Step out of Santa Marta to go to Tayrona National Park and see Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Parque de Los Novios and make a trip to Paseo El Camellon.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Marta online journey planner.

You can fly from Medellin to Santa Marta in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Medellin in January: high temperatures in Santa Marta hover around 39°C and lows are around 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Minca.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

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Minca, Colombia

A Minca vacation takes you to a small mountain village nestled above Santa Marta in the Sierra Nevada.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): head outdoors with Pozo Azul, experience rural life at El Paraiso De Tuki B&B, and then take an in-depth tour of Museo del Cacao de Minca. Here are some ideas for day two: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Minca tour itinerary maker site.

Minca is just a stone's throw from Santa Marta. In January, daily temperatures in Minca can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Cartagena.

Things to do in Minca

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

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Cartagena, Colombia

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 cultural itinerary includes sights like Walled City of Cartagena and Boats4U. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Plaza Santo Domingo, admire the landmark architecture of Las Bovedas, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and don't miss a visit to Plaza de San Diego.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Cartagena trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Minca to Cartagena in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In January, daily temperatures in Cartagena can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. On the 21st (Mon), you'll travel to Sapzurro.

Things to do in Cartagena

Tours · Historic Sites · Transportation · Adventure

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Sapzurro, Colombia

Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): explore the activities along La coquerita. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed): admire the sheer force of El Cielo, then enjoy the sand and surf at Bahia el Aguacate, and then get outside with Cabo Tiburon.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Sapzurro trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Cartagena to Sapzurro. On the 24th (Thu), you're off to San Blas Islands.

Things to do in Sapzurro

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

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San Blas Islands, Panama

San Blas Islands represent the offshore area of the indigenous province of Guna Yala.
Get outdoors at Isla Perro and Isla Pelicano. Take a break from San Blas Islands with a short trip to Chagres River in Gamboa, about 2h 45 min away. There's more to do: step off the mainland to explore Isla Chichime.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the San Blas Islands trip itinerary planning tool.

You can ride a ferry from Sapzurro to San Blas Islands in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can travel. January in San Blas Islands sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 26°C at night. You will leave for home on the 29th (Tue).

Things to do in San Blas Islands

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Peru travel guide

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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.

Colombia travel guide

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Historic Sites · Specialty Museums · Landmarks
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.