23 days in Colombia, Ecuador & Peru Itinerary

23 days in Colombia, Ecuador & Peru Itinerary

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23 days in Colombia, Ecuador & Peru Itinerary

Start: La Paz, Bolivia
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Bogota, Colombia
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
2
Cartagena, Colombia
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h
3
Quito, Ecuador
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Guayaquil, Ecuador
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h
5
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador
— 2 nights
ferry:  2​h 30​min
6
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 3 nights
+2
ferry + shuttle + Fly:  10​h 30​min
7
Lima, Peru
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h
8
Arequipa, Peru
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 30​min
9
Cusco, Peru
— 3 nights
+2
bus + foot + train:  3​h 30​min
10
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
End: La Paz, Bolivia

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): stroll around Parque Metropolitano Simon Bolivar. On the 2nd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santo Domingo, then look for all kinds of wild species at Bioparque La Reserva, and then admire the natural beauty at Jardin Botanico de Bogota Jose Celestino Mutis.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Bogota trip itinerary tool .

La Paz, Bolivia to Bogota is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, car, and bus. Traveling from La Paz to Bogota, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from La Paz in March; daily highs in Bogota reach 23°C and lows reach 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Parque Natural Chicaque, Bioparque La Reserva
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Iglesia de San Francisco ©
Iglesia de San Francisco
Bioparque La Reserva ©
Bioparque La Reserva

4
nights
Cartagena, Colombia

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.
Plaza Santo Domingo and Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa will appeal to history buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Scuba & Snorkeling and Iglesia de la Trinidad. Go for a jaunt from Cartagena to Isla Baru to see Playa Blanca about 1h 05 min away. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo de Santo Domingo, contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena, explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, and don't miss a visit to La Popa Monastery.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Cartagena online trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Bogota to Cartagena in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In March, Cartagena is much hotter than Bogota - with highs of 37°C and lows of 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to Quito.

Things to do in Cartagena

Outdoors Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Playa Blanca
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Plaza Santo Domingo ©
Plaza Santo Domingo
Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa ©

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Basilica del Voto Nacional, appreciate the extensive heritage of Quito Old Town, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Quito trip maker app .

Getting from Cartagena to Quito by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. In March, Quito is little chillier than Cartagena - with highs of 24°C and lows of 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Guayaquil.

Things to do in Quito

Historic Sites
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Basilica del Voto Nacional ©
Basilica del Voto Nacional
Quito Old Town ©
Quito Old Town
Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania ©

1
night
Guayaquil, Ecuador

Guayaquil ©
Hills dotted with colorful houses and waterfront promenades typify Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city and commercial center.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): wander the streets of Las Penas, take a stroll through Cerro Santa Ana, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Guayaquil Historical Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia San Francisco, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Santa Ana Port. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of Torre Morisca, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Metropolitana de Guayaquil, then take in the waterfront at Malecon 2000, and finally pause for some photo ops at Hemiciclo de la Rotonda.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Guayaquil travel planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Quito to Guayaquil takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Quito in March: high temperatures in Guayaquil hover around 36°C and lows are around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Guayaquil

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Iglesia San Francisco ©
Iglesia San Francisco
Guayaquil Historical Park ©
Guayaquil Historical Park
Catedral Metropolitana de Guayaquil ©

2
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.
Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at La Loberia, then get a new perspective on nature at Interpretation Center, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Inmaculada Concepcion, and finally stroll through Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Puerto Baquerizo Moreno trip builder app .

You can fly from Guayaquil to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno in 2 hours. In March, daytime highs in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

San Cristobal
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La Loberia ©
La Loberia
Catedral Inmaculada Concepcion ©
Catedral Inmaculada Concepcion
Cerro Tijeretas ©
Cerro Tijeretas

3
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Galeria Aymara and Maki-Art Gallery. Discover out-of-the-way places like Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay and Los Gemelos. There's still lots to do: stroll through El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de los Alemanes, stop by Darwin's Cotton, and make a trip to Santa Cruz Fish Market.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Puerto Ayora trip builder tool .

You can ride a ferry from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Puerto Ayora in 2.5 hours. March in Puerto Ayora sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trip

Santa Cruz
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Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay ©
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve ©
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve
Charles Darwin Research Station ©
Charles Darwin Research Station

1
night
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.
On the 15th (Sun), steep yourself in history at Huaca Pucllana, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nor Yauyos-Cochas Landscape Reserve, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco. On your second day here, wander the streets of Miraflores, then stroll through Pantanos de Villa, and then kick back and relax at Naplo.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Lima day trip planning tool .

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Puerto Ayora to Lima in 10 hours. In March, Lima is slightly colder than Puerto Ayora - with highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Arequipa.

Things to do in Lima

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Nor Yauyos-Cochas Landscape Reserve ©
Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco ©

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 (Tue), pause for some serene contemplation at Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa, examine the collection at Santa Catalina Monastery, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of San Agustin, then wander the streets of Yanahuara, and finally steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Arequipa.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Arequipa itinerary planning app .

You can fly from Lima to Arequipa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Lima in March, with highs in Arequipa at 22°C and lows at 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Arequipa

Historic Sites Museums 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

3
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 discover tucked-away gems like Sacred Valley of the Incas and Tambomachay. Sacsayhuaman and Q'enqo will appeal to history buffs. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Tipon, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cusco Cathedral, stop by Yanantin Alpaca y Artesania, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Santuario Animal de Cochahuasi.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Cusco trip app .

Fly from Arequipa to Cusco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Arequipa in March, plan for little chillier nights in Cusco, with lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Sacred Valley of the Incas
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas
Tipon ©
Tipon

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): contemplate the long history of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Jardin Botanico en Machu Pichu. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the awesome beauty at Phutuq K'usi, take in nature's colorful creations at Los Jardines de Mandor, then don't miss a visit to Intipuncu, and finally delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Machu Picchu trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna

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