40 days in Ecuador, Peru & Colombia Itinerary

40 days in Ecuador, Peru & Colombia Itinerary

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Start: Rio Branco, Brazil
Drive:  9 h
1
Puerto Maldonado, Peru
— 1 day
Fly:  2 h
2
Lima, Peru
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Paracas, Peru
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Lima, Peru
— Few hours
Fly:  2 h 15 min
5
Piura, Peru
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
6
Mancora, Peru
— 2 nights
Drive:  6 h
7
Cuenca, Ecuador
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
8
Guayaquil, Ecuador
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
9
Montanita, Ecuador
— 3 nights
Drive:  7 h 30 min
10
Banos, Ecuador
— 3 nights
Bus:  1 h 30 min
11
Latacunga, Ecuador
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
12
Quito, Ecuador
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h
13
Cali, Colombia
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  2 h 15 min
14
Bogota, Colombia
— 3 nights
Fly:  1 h 15 min
15
Medellin, Colombia
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h
16
Cartagena, Colombia
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
17
Barranquilla, Colombia
— 3 nights
Fly:  21 h 30 min
End: Rio Branco, Brazil

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Puerto Maldonado, Peru

Puerto Maldonado ©
Puerto Maldonado sits at the confluence of the Tambopata and Madre de Dios Rivers in the Amazon rainforest.
On the 26th (Thu), take in nature's colorful creations at Mariposario Tambopata, delve into the lush surroundings at Monkey Island, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lago Sandoval.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Puerto Maldonado online trip maker.

Rio Branco, Brazil to Puerto Maldonado is an approximately 8.5- hour car ride. You can also fly. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Puerto Maldonado

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Lago Sandoval
Highlights from your plan
Lago Sandoval ©
Lago Sandoval
Mariposario Tambopata ©
Mariposario Tambopata
Monkey Island ©
Monkey Island

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco, then steep yourself in history at Huaca Pucllana, then ponder the design of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), and finally take an in-depth tour of Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of Barranco, walk around Plazuela Chabuca Granda, then shop like a local with Shopping Center Larcomar (Centro Comercial Larcomar), then take a stroll through Miraflores, and finally don't miss a visit to Circuito Magico Del Agua.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Lima itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Puerto Maldonado to Lima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In December, Lima is slightly colder than Puerto Maldonado - with highs of 28°C and lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Paracas.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Circuito Magico Del Agua ©
Circuito Magico Del Agua
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana

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nights
Paracas, Peru

Paracas ©
A port town largely devoted to tourism, Paracas serves as a popular starting point for exploration of Peru's south coast.
Step out of Paracas to go to Pisco and see Ballestas Islands, which is approximately 40 minutes away. There's much more to do: step off the mainland to explore Islas Ballestas, view the masterpieces at Pukasoncco, Arte Precolombino., take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and get engrossed in the history at Museo Arqueologico Paracas.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Paracas day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Lima to Paracas takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Paracas are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Lima.

Things to do in Paracas

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Pisco
Highlights from your plan
Islas Ballestas ©
Islas Ballestas
Parasailing & Paragliding
La Catedral ©
La Catedral

few
hours
Lima, Peru

Lima
To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Lima tour itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Paracas to Lima takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 2nd (Thu), you're off to Piura.

Things to do in Lima

Tours Outdoors Nightlife

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night
Piura, Peru

Piura ©
The first Spanish city established in an area now controlled by Peru, Piura was founded by Francisco Pizarro in 1532.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Nadando con Tortugas en El Nuro and then kick back and relax at Playa Vichayito. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sat): make a trip to Universidad de Piura, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia San Francisco, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica Catedral de Piura, make a trip to Plaza de Armas de Piura, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Maria Auxiliadora, and finally make a trip to Plaza de Armas de Catacaos.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Piura trip planner.

Getting from Lima to Piura by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. While traveling from Lima, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Piura, ranging from highs of 39°C to lows of 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can drive to Mancora.

Things to do in Piura

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Plaza de Armas de Catacaos, Playa Vichayito
Highlights from your plan
Basilica Catedral de Piura ©
Basilica Catedral de Piura
Universidad de Piura ©
Universidad de Piura
Iglesia San Francisco ©
Iglesia San Francisco

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nights
Mancora, Peru

Mancora ©
In a busy little beach town, Mancora tourism industry continues to grow, largely thanks to the sunniest climate of any region in the country.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): kick back and relax at Las Pocitas Beach. Keep things going the next day: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Acuario Mundo Hippocampus and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Mancora tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Piura to Mancora takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Piura in January: highs in Mancora hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cuenca.

Things to do in Mancora

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Organos
Highlights from your plan
Las Pocitas Beach ©
Las Pocitas Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
nights
Cuenca, Ecuador

Cuenca ©
Packed with impressive colonial architecture and a historic town center, Cuenca stands as perhaps the most charming city in the nation.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Museo Catedral Vieja, shop like a local with Homero Ortega, explore the wealth of natural beauty at El Cajas National Park, then explore the activities along Rio Tomebamba, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Mirador de Turi. On the 8th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: immerse yourself in nature at Plaza Abdon Calderon, pause for some serene contemplation at Inmaculada Concepción Cathedral, then examine the collection at Pumapungo Museo, and finally take an in-depth tour of Pumapungo Museum and Arqueological Park - MCYP.

To find more things to do and other tourist information, go to the Cuenca travel route planner.

You can drive from Mancora to Cuenca in 6.5 hours. Traveling from Mancora in January, you will find days in Cuenca are slightly colder (26°C), and nights are colder (13°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can drive to Guayaquil.

Things to do in Cuenca

Nature Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
El Cajas National Park ©
El Cajas National Park
Inmaculada Concepción Cathedral ©
Inmaculada Concepción Cathedral
Mirador de Turi ©
Mirador de Turi

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nights
Guayaquil, Ecuador

Guayaquil ©
Hills dotted with colorful houses and waterfront promenades typify Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city and commercial center.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): get to know the fascinating history of Guayaquil Historical Park, then take a stroll through Las Penas, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Metropolitana de Guayaquil. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the waterfront at Malecon 2000, take in panoramic vistas at La Perla, and then take a stroll through Cerro Santa Ana.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Guayaquil online visit planner.

Traveling by car from Cuenca to Guayaquil takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Cuenca in January, you will find days in Guayaquil are somewhat warmer (36°C), and nights are much hotter (27°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Montanita.

Things to do in Guayaquil

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Guayaquil Historical Park ©
Guayaquil Historical Park
Las Penas ©
Las Penas
Cerro Santa Ana ©
Cerro Santa Ana

3
nights
Montanita, Ecuador

Montanita ©
A small, secluded coastal town with a laid-back atmosphere and a countercultural hippy vibe, Montanita has a reputation as a seaside getaway with a twist.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Montanita: Puerto Lopez (Scuba & Snorkeling & El Artesan) and Machalilla National Park (Agua Blanca & Playa de los Frailes). And it doesn't end there: deepen your understanding at Montanita Spanish School - Day Classes, make a trip to Plaza Comunal, take in the spiritual surroundings of Santuario Blanca Estrella del Mar, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Montanita.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Montanita day trip tool.

You can drive from Guayaquil to Montanita in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Guayaquil in January, expect nights in Montanita to be about the same, around 28°C, while days are slightly colder, around 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can drive to Banos.

Things to do in Montanita

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Puerto Lopez, Machalilla National Park, Santuario Blanca Estrella del Mar, Playa Montanita
Highlights from your plan
Playa de los Frailes ©
Playa de los Frailes
Montanita Spanish School - Day Classes ©
Montanita Spanish School - Day Classes
Agua Blanca ©
Agua Blanca

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nights
Banos, Ecuador

Banos ©
A trip to Banos, a relatively small town in the picturesque Andean highlands, ensures plenty of chances for outdoor activities like horseback riding, hiking, climbing, canyoning, and mountain biking.
On the 14th (Tue), head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then take in the dramatic scenery at Pailon del Diablo (Devil's Cauldron). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Wed): explore the landscape on two wheels at Pro Bici, stop by Jacinto Guevara & Hijos Evanistas, then get a new perspective on nature at Museo Fray Enrique Mideros, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of the Virgin of the Holy Water (Nuestra Senora del Agua Santa).

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Banos holiday site.

Getting from Montanita to Banos by car takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. On the 16th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a bus to Latacunga.

Things to do in Banos

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Pro Bici
Highlights from your plan
Pro Bici ©
Pro Bici
Pailon del Diablo (Devil's Cauldron) ©
Pailon del Diablo (Devil's Cauldron)

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nights
Latacunga, Ecuador

Latacunga ©
Established in 1534, the plateau town of Latacunga was destroyed four times by earthquakes between 1698 and 1798.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Mausoleo de Montalvo and then pause for some serene contemplation at La Catedral de Ambato. On the 17th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Mercado Indigena, take in the architecture and atmosphere at La Catedral, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna de Limpiopungo.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Latacunga trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by bus from Banos to Latacunga takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in January, and nighttime lows around 10°C. You will leave for Quito on the 18th (Sat).

Things to do in Latacunga

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ambato, Mercado Indigena
Highlights from your plan
Laguna de Limpiopungo ©
Laguna de Limpiopungo
Mausoleo de Montalvo ©
Mausoleo de Montalvo
La Catedral ©
La Catedral

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nights
Quito, Ecuador

Quito ©
High in the Andean foothills, Quito remains one of the world's most photogenic capital cities, featuring two dramatic mountain ranges as its backdrop.
Quito is known for museums, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, get to know the fascinating history of Quito Old Town, don't miss a visit to El Panecillo, and admire the striking features of Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Quito online journey planner.

You can drive from Latacunga to Quito in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Quito when traveling from Latacunga in January, with lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cali.

Things to do in Quito

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila ©
Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila
Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania ©
Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania
Mitad Del Mundo ©
Mitad Del Mundo

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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.
On the 21st (Tue), don't miss a visit to Mirador Sebastian Belalcazar, meet the residents at Zoologico de Cali, pause for some photo ops at Cristo Rey, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Iglesia de San Antonio, and finally see the interesting displays at MUSA Museo Arqueologico. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed): admire the striking features of El Gato Del Rio( Gato De Tejada), then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia La Ermita, and then examine the collection at Museo Aereo Fenix.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Cali planning site.

Traveling by flight from Quito to Cali takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In January, Cali is somewhat warmer than Quito - with highs of 36°C and lows of 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Cali

Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Museo Aereo Fenix ©
Museo Aereo Fenix
Zoologico de Cali ©
Zoologico de Cali
Iglesia de San Antonio ©
Iglesia de San Antonio

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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 find plenty of places to visit near Bogota: Centro de Memoria El Cuartico (in Valledupar) and Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira (in Zipaquira). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), don't miss a visit to Bolivar Square, admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, and take in the awesome beauty at Monserrate.

To plan Bogota vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Cali to Bogota in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or drive. When traveling from Cali in January, plan for a bit cooler days in Bogota, with highs around 23°C, while nights are cooler with lows around 7°C. On the 25th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Centro de Memoria El Cuartico, Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira
Highlights from your plan
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Monserrate ©
Monserrate
Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica ©
Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): look for gifts at Duna Store and then make a trip to Plaza Botero. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sun): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Parque Explora, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and then let the kids burn off some steam at Parque Lleras.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Medellin trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Bogota to Medellin takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Bogota in January, expect Medellin to be a bit warmer, temps between 32°C and 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks Tours Nature
Highlights from your plan
Parque Explora ©
Parque Explora
Walking tours
Laguna de Guatape ©
Laguna de Guatape

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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.
On the 28th (Tue), steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena, contemplate the long history of Plaza Santo Domingo, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa. On the 29th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, pause for some serene contemplation at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, make a trip to Torre del Reloj, make a trip to Plaza Bolivar, then get engrossed in the history at Museo del Oro Zenu, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Las Bovedas.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Cartagena attractions app.

Fly from Medellin to Cartagena in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Medellin in January: high temperatures in Cartagena hover around 36°C and lows are around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Barranquilla.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Tours Museums
Highlights from your plan
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa ©
Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa

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Barranquilla, Colombia

Barranquilla ©
An industrial port city on Colombia's Caribbean coast, Barranquilla represents the fourth-most populous city in the country.
Step out of Barranquilla to go to Puerto Colombia and see Castillo de Salgar, which is approximately 34 minutes away. There's much more to do: pause for some photo ops at Monumento Ventana Al Mundo, look for gifts at Todomono, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de la Inmaculada Concepcion, and get to know the resident critters at Zoologico de Barranquilla.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Barranquilla trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Cartagena to Barranquilla in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In January in Barranquilla, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Barranquilla

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Castillo de Salgar
Highlights from your plan
Zoologico de Barranquilla ©
Zoologico de Barranquilla
Monumento Ventana Al Mundo ©
Monumento Ventana Al Mundo
Gran Malecon Puerta de Oro ©
Gran Malecon Puerta de Oro

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