52 days in Colombia, Ecuador & Peru Itinerary

52 days in Colombia, Ecuador & Peru Itinerary

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52 days in Colombia, Ecuador & Peru Itinerary

Start: Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
Fly:  12 h 30 min
1
Bogota, Colombia
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
2
Cartagena, Colombia
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h
3
Medellin, Colombia
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
4
Cali, Colombia
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
5
Ipiales, Colombia
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 30 min
6
Quito, Ecuador
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
7
Banos, Ecuador
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
8
Alausi, Ecuador
— 1 night
Drive:  6 h 30 min
9
Montanita, Ecuador
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
10
Guayaquil, Ecuador
— 3 nights
Drive:  6 h 15 min
11
Mancora, Peru
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
12
Piura, Peru
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h 15 min
13
Lima, Peru
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
14
Paracas, Peru
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
15
Nazca, Peru
— 3 nights
Drive:  10 h 45 min
16
Puno, Peru
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  3 h
17
Cusco, Peru
— 5 nights
Fly:  11 h 45 min
End: Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

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 Ospina Park (in Chia). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, steep yourself in history at Bolivar plaza, and admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Bogota day trip planner.

Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago to Bogota is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Atlantic Standard Time to Colombia Time is minus 1 hour. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Port of Spain in April, with highs in Bogota at 22°C and lows at 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums Parks Fun & Games

Side Trips

Zipaquira, Ospina Park
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Monserrate ©
Monserrate

4
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: make a trip to Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, take in the spiritual surroundings of Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa, see the interesting displays at Caribe Jewelry Museum & Factory, and pause for some serene contemplation at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver.

To find other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Cartagena trip planning site .

Fly from Bogota to Cartagena in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Bogota in April, with highs in Cartagena at 38°C and lows at 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
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

4
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.
Medellin is known for parks, museums, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Templo Parroquial Jesus Nazareno, take a memorable drive along 2000m Descent and more, and meet the residents at Parque Explora.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Medellin tour itinerary planning app .

Traveling by flight from Cartagena to Medellin takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Cartagena in April, things will get little chillier in Medellin: highs are around 32°C and lows about 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cali.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Envigado
Highlights from your plan
Parque Explora ©
Parque Explora
Walking tours
medellin 2000m DESCENT ©
medellin 2000m DESCENT

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.
Cali is known for zoos & aquariums, historic sites, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: hike along Picoloro Ecoturismo, pause for some photo ops at Cristo Rey, get to know the resident critters at Zoologico de Cali, and admire the landmark architecture of El Gato Del Rio( Gato De Tejada).

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Cali tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Medellin to Cali in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. In April in Cali, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Ipiales.

Things to do in Cali

Parks Tours Trails
Highlights from your plan
Picoloro Ecoturismo ©
Picoloro Ecoturismo
Museo Aereo Fenix ©
Museo Aereo Fenix
Caliwood Museo de la Cinematografia ©

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 29th (Wed): buy something for everyone on your list at Centro Comercial Gran Plaza and then admire the landmark architecture of Las Lajas Sanctuary.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Ipiales itinerary maker.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Cali to Ipiales. In April, Ipiales is much colder than Cali - with highs of 19°C and lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel to Quito.

Things to do in Ipiales

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

5
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Quito: Otavalo (Iglesia El Jordan, Mercado 24 de Mayo, &more), Cuicocha (in Cotacachi) and Pichincha (in Puerto Quito). There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, get engrossed in the history at Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, get to know the fascinating history of Quito Old Town, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica del Voto Nacional.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Quito day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Ipiales to Quito in 4.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Ipiales in April, with highs in Quito at 26°C and lows at 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Banos.

Things to do in Quito

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Otavalo, Cuicocha, Pichincha
Highlights from your plan
Cuicocha ©
Cuicocha
Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania ©
Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania

3
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 (Pro Bici, Avenida De Los Volcanes, &more). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Pailon del Diablo (Devil's Cauldron), fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, get impressive views of Tungurahua, and head outdoors with Canopy double puerta del cielo.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Banos trip planner.

Traveling by car from Quito to Banos takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Alausi.

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) ©
Tungurahua
Tungurahua

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. Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): stop by Centro Historico de Alausi, make a trip to Estacion Ferrocarril, then make a trip to El Reloj Publico, and finally make a trip to Monumento a la Libertad.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Alausi trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Banos to Alausi takes 3 hours. In May, daytime highs in Alausi are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to Montanita.

Things to do in Alausi

Neighborhoods

1
night
Montanita, Ecuador

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): kick back and relax at Playa Montanita and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Isla de la Plata. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sun): head outdoors with Aventuras La Plata and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Montanita day trip tool .

You can drive from Alausi to Montanita in 6 hours. Traveling from Alausi in May, you will find days in Montanita are somewhat warmer (31°C), and nights are much hotter (27°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Guayaquil.

Things to do in Montanita

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Puerto Lopez, Playa Montanita
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Aventuras La Plata ©
Aventuras La Plata
Isla de la Plata ©
Isla de la Plata

3
nights
Guayaquil, Ecuador

Guayaquil ©
Hills dotted with colorful houses and waterfront promenades typify Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city and commercial center.
Guayaquil is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: wander the streets of Las Penas, admire the natural beauty at Parque Seminario, stop by Cerro Santa Ana, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Santo Domingo de Guzman.

To find where to stay and tourist information, use the Guayaquil sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Montanita to Guayaquil takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Montanita in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Guayaquil: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Mancora.

Things to do in Guayaquil

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

1
night
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 14th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Las Pocitas Beach, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Acuario Mundo Hippocampus, and then make a trip to Puerto Velero.

Plan my trip to Mancora with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Drive from Guayaquil to Mancora in 6.5 hours. May in Mancora sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Piura.

Things to do in Mancora

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Organos
Highlights from your plan
Las Pocitas Beach ©
Las Pocitas Beach

1
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 15th (Fri): learn about all things military at Casa Museo Almirante Miguel Grau, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nadando con Tortugas en El Nuro, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Vichayito.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Piura itinerary planner.

Getting from Mancora to Piura by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Piura when traveling from Mancora in May, with lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Piura

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trip

Playa Vichayito
Highlights from your plan
Casa Museo Almirante Miguel Grau ©
Casa Museo Almirante Miguel Grau

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: take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco, get a taste of the local shopping with Shopping Center Larcomar (Centro Comercial Larcomar), ponder the design of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Lima vacation site .

You can fly from Piura to Lima in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Piura in May, you will find days in Lima are slightly colder (26°C), and nights are about the same (21°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can drive to Paracas.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Tours Museums
Highlights from your plan
Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) ©
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)

3
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 with an excursion to Ballestas Islands in Pisco--about 40 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: head off the coast to Islas Ballestas, explore the galleries of Pukasoncco, Arte Precolombino., fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and see Off-Road Tours.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Paracas trip itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Lima to Paracas in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Nazca.

Things to do in Paracas

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Ballestas Islands
Highlights from your plan
Islas Ballestas ©
Islas Ballestas
La Catedral ©
La Catedral
Off-Road Tours

3
nights
Nazca, Peru

Nazca ©
The southern city of Nazca draws visitors to its archaeological and historical sites.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): delve into the distant past at Cahuachi and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Cementerio Chauchilla. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Nasca Lines, then don't miss a visit to Torre Mirador de Las Lines de Nasca, then don't miss a visit to Mural of Maria Reiche, and finally explore the ancient world of Cantalloc Aqueduct.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Nazca trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Paracas to Nazca takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Puno.

Things to do in Nazca

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Cementerio Chauchilla ©
Cementerio Chauchilla
Cahuachi ©
Cahuachi
Cantalloc Aqueduct ©
Cantalloc Aqueduct

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.
Puno is known for nature, historic sites, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head off the coast to Taquile Island, walk around Parque Pino, take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia San Antonio, and get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Puno trip maker website .

Drive from Nazca to Puno in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In May in Puno, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and -1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Puno

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Lake Titicaca
Highlights from your plan
Taquile Island ©
Taquile Island
Uros Floating Islands ©
Uros Floating Islands
Lake Titicaca ©
Lake Titicaca

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.
Go for a jaunt from Cusco to Urubamba to see Cerveceria Willkamayu about 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman, explore the ancient world of Sacred Valley of the Incas, pause for some serene contemplation at Cusco Cathedral, and look for gifts at Hilo.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Cusco trip itinerary planning tool .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Puno to Cusco in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Puno in May, Cusco is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trips

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

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