48 days in Peru, Ecuador & Colombia Itinerary

48 days in Peru, Ecuador & Colombia Itinerary

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Start: Tel Aviv, Israel
Fly:  25 h
1
Arequipa, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h 30 min
2
Cusco, Peru
— 5 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Train:  3 h 15 min
3
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 night
+4
Train + Foot + Bus + Taxi + Fly:  27 h
4
Trujillo, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
5
Quito, Ecuador
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
6
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador
— 4 nights
Ferry:  2 h 30 min
7
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 4 nights
Ferry:  2 h 30 min
8
Puerto Villamil, Ecuador
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Fly:  5 h
9
Cuenca, Ecuador
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  7 h 30 min
10
San Andres Island, Colombia
— 3 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  3 h
11
Santa Marta, Colombia
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
12
Cartagena, Colombia
— 6 nights
Fly:  18 h 45 min
End: Tel Aviv, Israel

2
nights
Arequipa, Peru

Arequipa ©
In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Historic Centre of Arequipa and Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus. Get a sense of the local culture at Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa and Iglesia de San Miguel Arcangel. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Santa Catalina Monastery, steep yourself in history at Iglesia Santo Domingo, admire the masterpieces at San Francisco Plaza, Church and Monastery, and view the masterpieces at Tristan del Pozo (Continental Bank Exhibition Gallery).

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Arequipa route planner.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Arequipa is an approximately 25- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Israel Standard Time to Peru Standard Time is minus 7 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Arequipa can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Arequipa

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Petroglifos de Toro Muerto
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Historic Centre of Arequipa ©
Historic Centre of Arequipa
Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa ©
Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa
Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus ©
Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus

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.
Visiting River Rafting & Tubing and Santuario Animal de Cochahuasi will get you outdoors. Museo de Arte Precolombino and Museo Inka will appeal to museum buffs. Treat yourself to a day of pampering on the 7th (Tue) at some of the best spas. It doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Sacsayhuaman and steep yourself in history at Sacred Valley of the Incas.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Cusco trip itinerary builder app.

Fly from Arequipa to Cusco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Arequipa in January, expect slightly colder with lows of 9°C in Cusco. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Spas Outdoors

Side Trip

Sacred Valley of the Incas
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas
River Rafting & Tubing

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): examine the collection at Museo de Sitio Manuel Chavez Ballon, stroll through Mandor, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Mariposario de Machupicchu. On the 11th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the natural beauty of Banos Termales de Cocalmayo and then stroll through Jardin Botanico en Machu Pichu.

For photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Machu Picchu trip itinerary maker app.

You can do a combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Trujillo.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Banos Termales de Cocalmayo
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Mandor ©
Mandor
Jardin Botanico en Machu Pichu ©
Jardin Botanico en Machu Pichu
Mariposario de Machupicchu ©
Mariposario de Machupicchu

3
nights
Trujillo, Peru

Trujillo ©
Considered the country's capital of culture, Trujillo was the birthplace of the North Group, a community of artists and intellectuals that included celebrated poet Cesar Vallejo and notable novelist Ciro Alegria.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Cao Museum and Chan Chan Site Museum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like La Huaca del Sol and Museo de Arqueologia de la Universidad Nacional de Trujillo. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Chan Chan, stroll through Playa Las Delicias, see the interesting displays at Casa de la Emancipacion, and delve into the distant past at Site Museum.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Trujillo trip simple and quick.

Do a combination of train, bus, and flight from Machu Picchu to Trujillo in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and flight; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Trujillo are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Quito.

Things to do in Trujillo

Historic Sites Museums Beaches

Side Trips

La Huaca del Sol, Chan Chan Site Museum
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La Huaca del Sol ©
La Huaca del Sol
Chan Chan ©
Chan Chan
Cao Museum ©
Cao Museum

2
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 explore and learn at Casa Museo Guayasamin and Casa del Alabado. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Quito Old Town and Basilica del Voto Nacional. The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, get engrossed in the history at Museo de la Ciudad, examine the collection at Numismatic Museum, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Quito trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Trujillo to Quito takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Quito when traveling from Trujillo in January, with lows around 16°C. You'll set off for Puerto Baquerizo Moreno on the 18th (Sat).

Things to do in Quito

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Casa del Alabado ©
Casa del Alabado
Quito Old Town ©
Quito Old Town
Basilica del Voto Nacional ©
Basilica del Voto Nacional

4
nights
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno ©
The capital of the Galapagos Islands, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is located on easternmost island of the archipelago, San Cristobal.
Get in touch with nature at La Loberia and Puerto Chino Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at Interpretation Center and Catedral Inmaculada Concepcion. Spend the 20th (Mon) exploring nature at Cerro Tijeretas. There's still lots to do: stroll through Playa Mann, don't miss a visit to Lagoon El Junco, and hike along Punta Pitt.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Puerto Baquerizo Moreno travel route site.

You can fly from Quito to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno in 4.5 hours. In January, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is somewhat warmer than Quito - with highs of 34°C and lows of 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

San Cristobal
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La Loberia ©
La Loberia
Cerro Tijeretas ©
Cerro Tijeretas
Punta Pitt ©
Punta Pitt

4
nights
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

Puerto Ayora ©
The largest settlement in the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora offers visitors to the islands an array of facilities and things to do.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Galeria Aymara and The Angelique Art Gallery. Do some cultural sightseeing at Maprae and Maki-Art Gallery. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay, admire the masterpieces at Galeria Exotico Ecuador, tour the pleasant surroundings at Charles Darwin Research Station, and see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Puerto Ayora day trip planning app.

You can ride a ferry from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Puerto Ayora in 2.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to ride a ferry to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Santa Cruz
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Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay ©
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay
Scuba & Snorkeling
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve ©
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve

4
nights
Puerto Villamil, Ecuador

Puerto Villamil ©
Located in the southeast of Isla Isabela, Puerto Villamil is home to the majority of the island's 2,200 inhabitants.
Explore hidden gems such as Concha de Perla and Las Tintoreras. Get in touch with nature at Isabela Island Wetlands Complex and Sierra Negra. Next up on the itinerary: stop by Los Tuneles, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Cristo Salvador, glide peacefully along the water with categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_best_stand_up_paddleboarding_in_the_area, and contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna de los Diablos.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Puerto Villamil online trip builder.

Traveling by ferry from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Villamil takes 2.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Villamil is minus 1 hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel to Cuenca.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Sierra Negra
Highlights from your plan
Concha de Perla ©
Concha de Perla
Sierra Negra ©
Sierra Negra
Las Tintoreras ©
Las Tintoreras

3
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.
Get some cultural insight at Pumapungo Museum and Arqueological Park - MCYP and Museo Catedral Vieja. Step out of the city life by going to El Cajas National Park and Horseback Riding Tours. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cuenca: Ingapirca (Ingapirca Archaeological Complex & Ingapirca Ruins). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Inmaculada Concepción Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Museo Remigio Crespo Toral, and take in the exciting artwork at Eduardo Vega Galeria Taller.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Cuenca trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Puerto Villamil to Cuenca takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Puerto Villamil to Cuenca. In January, daytime highs in Cuenca are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Cuenca

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Ingapirca
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Inmaculada Concepción Cathedral ©
Inmaculada Concepción Cathedral
Pumapungo Museum and Arqueological Park - MCYP ©
El Cajas National Park ©
El Cajas National Park

3
nights
San Andres Island, Colombia

San Andres Island
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Primera Iglesia Bautista and Island House Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step off the beaten path and head to Cayo El Acuario and West View. When in San Andres Island, make a side trip to see Morgan's Head in Providencia Island, approximately Providencia Island away. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Playa de Spratt Bight, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Charquitos, step off the mainland to explore Johnny Cay, and see the interesting displays at Parque Tematico El Pueblito Isleno San Andres.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the San Andres Island sightseeing planning website.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Cuenca to San Andres Island takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Cuenca in February, expect nights in San Andres Island to be much hotter, around 28°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 34°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel to Santa Marta.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Morgan's Head
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West View
West View
Cayo El Acuario ©
Cayo El Acuario
Playa de Spratt Bight ©
Playa de Spratt Bight

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nights
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Playa Blanca. Step off the beaten path and head to Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino and Iglesia San Jeronimo. Get out of town with these interesting Santa Marta side-trips: Iglesia San Jose (in Aracataca) and Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona (in Tayrona National Park). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cristal Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Santa Marta, look for gifts at Yo Amo Santa Marta, and examine the collection at Museo del Oro Tairona - Casa de la Aduana.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Santa Marta day trip planning site.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from San Andres Island to Santa Marta takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from San Andres Island in February, plan for a bit warmer days in Santa Marta, with highs around 39°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Cartagena.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Iglesia San Jose, Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Cristal Beach ©
Cristal Beach
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino ©
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino

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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.
Caribe Jewelry Museum & Factory and Casa Museo Rafael Nunez will appeal to museum buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Plaza Santo Domingo and Torre del Reloj. Venture out of the city with trips to Isla Baru (Aviario Nacional de Colombia & Playa Blanca). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo de Santo Domingo, make a trip to Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, see the interesting displays at Museo Historico de Cartagena de Indias, and contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena.

For photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Cartagena tour itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Santa Marta to Cartagena by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Santa Marta in February: highs in Cartagena hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Isla Baru
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Aviario Nacional de Colombia ©
Aviario Nacional de Colombia
Plaza Santo Domingo ©
Plaza Santo Domingo
Torre del Reloj ©
Torre del Reloj

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