46 days in Peru, Colombia & Ecuador Itinerary

46 days in Peru, Colombia & Ecuador Itinerary

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46 days in Peru, Colombia & Ecuador Itinerary

Start: Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
Fly:  11 h 45 min
1
Cusco, Peru
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  3 h
2
Puno, Peru
— 3 nights
+6
Bus + Taxi + Fly + Shuttle + Bus + Foot + Bus:  10 h 30 min
3
Ica, Peru
— 1 night
Bus:  4 h
4
Lima, Peru
— 4 nights
Fly:  2 h 15 min
5
Piura, Peru
— 2 nights
Drive:  10 h 15 min
6
Montanita, Ecuador
— 2 nights
Drive:  6 h 30 min
7
Alausi, Ecuador
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
8
Banos, Ecuador
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
9
Quito, Ecuador
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
10
Ipiales, Colombia
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 45 min
11
Cali, Colombia
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  2 h 15 min
12
Bogota, Colombia
— 4 nights
Fly:  1 h 15 min
13
Medellin, Colombia
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h
14
Cartagena, Colombia
— 5 nights
Fly + Bus:  9 h 30 min
End: Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

5
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cusco: Maras (Salinas de Maras & Moray) and Urubamba (Cerveceria Willkamayu & Mercado De Urubamaba). The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Sacsayhuaman, trek along exploor, admire the striking features of Centro Historico De Cusco, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Cusco online trip itinerary maker .

Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago to Cusco is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Port of Spain to Cusco is minus 1 hour. In March, Cusco is much colder than Port of Spain - with highs of 23°C and lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to Puno.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trips

Urubamba, Maras, Sacred Valley of the Incas
Highlights from your plan
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Qorikancha ©
Qorikancha
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

3
nights
Puno, Peru

Puno ©
Hugging the western tip of Lake Titicaca, Puno serves as a melting pot of indigenous and imported cultures, and makes a great base for explorations around the region.
Get out of town with these interesting Puno side-trips: Fertility Temple (in Chucuito), Main Gate (in Taquile Island) and Iglesia Matriz de Santa Catalina (in Juliaca). The adventure continues: step off the mainland to explore Taquile Island, take some stellar pictures from Mirador Ing. Eduardo Sanchez, race across the water with a speed boat tour, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Sillustani.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Puno itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Cusco to Puno takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Puno when traveling from Cusco in March, with lows around 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Ica.

Things to do in Puno

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Fertility Temple, Main Gate, Lake Titicaca, Iglesia Matriz de Santa Catalina
Highlights from your plan
Taquile Island ©
Taquile Island
Uros Floating Islands ©
Uros Floating Islands
Lake Titicaca ©
Lake Titicaca

1
night
Ica, Peru

Located on the Ica River in the desert areas of Peru's southern coast, the city of Ica stands as something of an oasis in the dry, barren landscape.
On the 10th (Tue), learn about winemaking at Tacama, then admire the striking features of Santuario del Senor de Luren, and then see the interesting displays at Regional Museum of Ica. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Wed): enjoy breathtaking views from Parque De Las Brujas De Cachiche, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and then indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Ica road trip app .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Puno to Ica in 10.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Puno in March, plan for somewhat warmer days in Ica, with highs around 32°C, while nights are much hotter with lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to catch the bus to Lima.

Things to do in Ica

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Tacama ©
Tacama
Regional Museum of Ica
Regional Museum of Ica

4
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.
Lima is known for historic sites, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco, wander the streets of Miraflores, visit Barranco, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Lima trip builder site .

You can take a bus from Ica to Lima in 4 hours. Another option is to drive. In March, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Piura.

Things to do in Lima

Museums Tours Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) ©
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)
Circuito Magico Del Agua ©
Circuito Magico Del Agua

2
nights
Piura, Peru

Piura ©
The first Spanish city established in an area now controlled by Peru, Piura was founded by Francisco Pizarro in 1532.
On the 16th (Mon), brush up on your military savvy at Casa Museo Almirante Miguel Grau, don't miss a visit to Universidad de Piura, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Juan Bautista de Catacaos, then don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas de Catacaos, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Vichayito. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Nuestra Senora del Carmen, then browse the exhibits of Museo Municipal Vicus, then pause for some photo ops at Ovalo Miguel Grau, and finally stroll through Nadando con Tortugas en El Nuro.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the 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 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Montanita.

Things to do in Piura

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Catacaos, Playa Vichayito
Highlights from your plan
Museo Municipal Vicus ©
Museo Municipal Vicus
Universidad de Piura ©
Universidad de Piura
Plaza de Armas de Catacaos ©
Plaza de Armas de Catacaos

2
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Montanita: Playa de los Frailes (in Machalilla National Park) and Puerto Lopez (Pacha Chocolates, Clara Luna, &more). Next up on the itinerary: deepen your understanding at Montanita Spanish School - Day Classes, pause for some photo ops at Monumento del Surfista, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Santuario Blanca Estrella del Mar.

For photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Montanita road trip planner.

You can drive from Piura to Montanita in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. While traveling from Piura, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Montanita, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Alausi.

Things to do in Montanita

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Puerto Lopez, Santuario Blanca Estrella del Mar, Playa de los Frailes
Highlights from your plan
Playa de los Frailes ©
Playa de los Frailes
Montanita Spanish School - Day Classes ©
Aventuras La Plata ©
Aventuras La Plata

1
night
Alausi, Ecuador

Alausi ©
Alausí is a town in the Chimborazo province of Ecuador.HistoryDuring the Spanish conquest of Ecuador, the city was named by Sebastián de Belalcázar as San Pedro de Alausí, giving the city the name of the saint of the day, coinciding with the founding of the city of Quito. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): pause for some photo ops at Monumento a la Libertad, then get great views at Mirador de San Pedro, then make a trip to El Reloj Publico, and finally stop by Centro Historico de Alausi.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Alausi trip app .

You can drive from Montanita to Alausi in 6 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Montanita in March: highs in Alausi hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Banos.

Things to do in Alausi

Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Mirador de San Pedro ©
Mirador de San Pedro

4
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Banos: Riobamba (Avenida De Los Volcanes & Pro Bici). Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Pailon del Diablo (Devil's Cauldron), get in on the family fun at La Aldea Magica, get outside with Canopy double puerta del cielo, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Ruta de las cascadas.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Banos online route planner .

Getting from Alausi to Banos by car takes about 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can go by car to Quito.

Things to do in Banos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

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

4
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Quito: Otavalo (Mercado 24 de Mayo, JJ Leathersmith, &more) and Cuicocha (in Cotacachi). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, browse the exhibits of La Capilla Del Hombre, don't miss a visit to El Panecillo, and explore the world behind art at Casa Museo Guayasamin.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Quito road trip website .

Traveling by car from Banos to Quito takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Quito are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Ipiales.

Things to do in Quito

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Otavalo, Cuicocha
Highlights from your plan
Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila ©
Cuicocha ©
Cuicocha
Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania ©
Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania

1
night
Ipiales, Colombia

Ipiales ©
Situated on a plateau 2,950 m (9,678 ft) above sea level, the city of Ipiales enjoys a subtropical highland climate and the title of highest major city in Colombia.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): buy something for everyone on your list at Centro Comercial Gran Plaza and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Las Lajas Sanctuary.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Ipiales vacation builder site .

You can drive from Quito to Ipiales in 4.5 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Quito in March: high temperatures in Ipiales hover around 19°C and lows are around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cali.

Things to do in Ipiales

Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Las Lajas Sanctuary ©
Las Lajas Sanctuary

3
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.
Take a break from Cali with a short trip to Catedral de Nuestra Senora del Rosario del Palmar in Palmira, about 40 minutes away. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Picoloro Ecoturismo, examine the collection at Museo Aereo Fenix, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia La Ermita, and don't miss a visit to Camino Real.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Cali trip builder website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Ipiales to Cali. Traveling from Ipiales in March, expect Cali to be much warmer, temps between 36°C and 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Cali

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Camino Real, Catedral de Nuestra Senora del Rosario del Palmar
Highlights from your plan
Picoloro Ecoturismo ©
Picoloro Ecoturismo
Museo Aereo Fenix ©
Museo Aereo Fenix
Caliwood Museo de la Cinematografia ©

4
nights
Bogota, Colombia

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bogota: Zipaquira (Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira & Esensal) and Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de Fatima (in Tocancipa). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), take in the awesome beauty at Monserrate, admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, and steep yourself in history at Bolivar plaza.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Bogota vacation maker.

Getting from Cali to Bogota by combination of bus and flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or drive. While traveling from Cali, expect colder days and a bit cooler nights in Bogota, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Zipaquira, Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de Fatima
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Monserrate ©
Monserrate

4
nights
Medellin, Colombia

Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
Medellin is known for parks, museums, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna de Guatape, have some family-friendly fun at Tejo In Medellin (tour), and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Parque Explora.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Medellin road trip planning tool .

Fly from Bogota to Medellin in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. In April, Medellin is a bit warmer than Bogota - with highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Medellin

Tours Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Envigado
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Walking tours
medellin 2000m DESCENT ©
medellin 2000m DESCENT

5
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.
Cartagena is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, gain insight at Plaza Santo Domingo, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Cartagena online visit planner .

Fly from Medellin to Cartagena in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Medellin in April, with highs in Cartagena at 38°C and lows at 30°C. On the 15th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Jardin Botanico de Cartagena Guillermo Pineres
Highlights from your plan
Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
Boat Tours & Water Sports

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