19 days in Peru & Colombia Itinerary

19 days in Peru & Colombia Itinerary

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19 days in Peru & Colombia Itinerary

Start: Lisbon, Portugal
Fly:  20 h
1
Lima, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h
2
Arequipa, Peru
— 1 night
Fly:  1 h 30 min
3
Cusco, Peru
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Train:  4 h
4
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 3 nights
+4
Train + Foot + Bus + Taxi + Fly:  16 h
5
Salento, Colombia
— 1 night
+4
Bus + Foot + Bus + Foot + Fly:  3 h
6
Cartagena, Colombia
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h
7
San Andres Island, Colombia
— 1 night
Fly + Shuttle:  4 h 30 min
8
Santa Marta, Colombia
— 2 nights
Fly:  26 h
End: Lisbon, Portugal


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2
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 15th (Mon): stroll through Circuito Magico Del Agua and then steep yourself in history at Huaca Pucllana. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Lima, kick back and relax at El Silencio, then take a stroll through Miraflores, and finally walk around Parque Kennedy - Parque Central de Miraflores.

For topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Lima trip planner.

Lisbon, Portugal to Lima is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Lisbon to Lima due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Lisbon in June, you will find days in Lima are little chillier (24°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to Arequipa.

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Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trip

El Silencio
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Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Cathedral of Lima ©
Cathedral of Lima
El Silencio ©
El Silencio

1
night
Arequipa, Peru

Arequipa ©
In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
On the 17th (Wed), get engrossed in the history at Museo Santuarios Andinos, take a stroll through Yanahuara, examine the collection at Santa Catalina Monastery, then pause for some serene contemplation at Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa, then admire the landmark architecture of Plaza de Armas, and finally steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Arequipa.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Arequipa travel planner.

Getting from Lima to Arequipa by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lima in June, expect a bit cooler with lows of 9°C in Arequipa. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Arequipa

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Historic Centre of Arequipa ©
Historic Centre of Arequipa
Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa ©
Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa
Santa Catalina Monastery ©
Santa Catalina Monastery

2
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sacsayhuaman and Tambomachay. Discover out-of-the-way places like Tipon and Twelve Angled Stone. Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Q'enqo, steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas, admire the landmark architecture of Centro Historico De Cusco, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For reviews, maps, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Cusco travel route planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Arequipa to Cusco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Cusco when traveling from Arequipa in June, with lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Machu Picchu.

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Historic Sites Adventure Tours
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Tipon ©
Tipon
Q'enqo ©
Q'enqo

3
nights
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.
On the 21st (Sun), contemplate the long history of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Banos Termales de Cocalmayo. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo, then delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna, then stop by Machu Picchu market adjacent to the train station, and finally delve into the distant past at Intipuncu.

To find maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Machu Picchu visit planning 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. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Salento.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Santa Teresa, Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna

1
night
Salento, Colombia

Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): make a trip to Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera), then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Nuestra Senora del Carmen, and then go for a walk through Ecoparque the Mirador and Alto de la Cruz.

To find traveler tips, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Salento day trip site .

You can do a combination of train, bus, and flight from Machu Picchu to Salento in 15 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Salento

Tours Historic Sites

Side Trip

Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera)
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Coffee & Tea Tours
Iglesia Nuestra Senora del Carmen ©
Iglesia Nuestra Senora del Carmen

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Fri): kick back and relax at Playa Blanca and then contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Cartagena online trip builder .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Salento to Cartagena takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Salento in June: high temperatures in Cartagena hover around 38°C and lows are around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Playa Blanca
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Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver ©
Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver
Plaza Santo Domingo ©
Plaza Santo Domingo
Templo de Santo Domingo ©
Templo de Santo Domingo

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San Andres Island, Colombia

San Andres Island ©
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): get a new perspective on things with Aquanautas, then examine the collection at Island House Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at Primera Iglesia Bautista, and finally kick back and relax at Playa de Spratt Bight. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic natural features at Hoyo Soplador and then stroll through Playa de San Luis.

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Fly from Cartagena to San Andres Island in 3.5 hours. June in San Andres Island sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 30°C at night. On the 29th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Santa Marta.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Playa de Spratt Bight ©
Playa de Spratt Bight
Primera Iglesia Bautista ©
Primera Iglesia Bautista
Island House Museum ©
Island House Museum

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nights
Santa Marta, Colombia

Santa Marta ©
Many visitors begin their Santa Marta holiday, surrounded by urban clutter and heavy traffic, expecting little from the city in terms of historical importance.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, steep yourself in history at Paseo El Camellon, then examine the collection at Museo del Oro Tairona - Casa de la Aduana, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Santa Marta. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Cristal Beach, then admire the masterpieces at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, and then kick back and relax at Playa Blanca.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Marta tour planning tool .

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 June, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Santa Marta: temperatures range from 39°C by day to 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Cristal Beach ©
Cristal Beach
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino ©
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino
Playa Blanca ©
Playa Blanca

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