48 days in Colombia & Peru Itinerary

48 days in Colombia & Peru Itinerary

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Medellin, Colombia
— 4 nights
2
Salento, Colombia
— 3 nights
3
Pasto, Colombia
— 2 nights
4
San Agustin, Colombia
— 1 night
5
Cartagena, Colombia
— 5 nights
6
Santa Marta, Colombia
— 4 nights
7
San Andres Island, Colombia
— 5 nights
8
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 night
9
Cusco, Peru
— 5 nights
10
Paracas, Peru
— 4 nights
11
Lima, Peru
— 5 nights
12
Trujillo, Peru
— 4 nights
13
Arequipa, Peru
— 3 nights


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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.
Get some cultural insight at Museo de Antioquia and Parroquia la Nina Maria. Get some historical perspective at Parroquia Sta Ana Santuario de Maria Auxiliadora .Sabaneta and Templo Parroquial Jesus Nazareno. Change things up with a short trip to Piedra Del Penol in Guatape (about 1h 50 min away). The adventure continues: cruise along medellin 2000m DESCENT, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, identify plant and animal life at Parque Arvi, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Parque Explora.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Medellin trip site.

Cusco, Peru to Medellin is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Cusco in December: high temperatures in Medellin hover around 32°C and lows are around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Salento.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Parroquia Sta Ana Santuario de Maria Auxiliadora .Sabaneta, Piedra Del Penol, Parroquia la Nina Maria
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Parasailing & Paragliding
medellin 2000m DESCENT ©
medellin 2000m DESCENT
Parque Arvi ©
Parque Arvi

3
nights
Salento, Colombia

Salento ©
Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
Get some cultural insight at Iglesia Nuestra Senora del Carmen and Region Paisaje / Landscape Region. Escape the urban bustle at Kasaguadua Natural Reserve and Valle del Cocora. When in Salento, make a side trip to see Los Nevados National Park in La Estrella, approximately La Estrella away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape of Bosques de Cocora, pedal to the sights with Bike Tours, and indulge in your favorite hot beverage with a coffee and tea tour.

To find reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Salento day trip planning website.

You can fly from Medellin to Salento in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January in Salento, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Pasto.

Things to do in Salento

Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

Los Nevados National Park
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Kasaguadua Natural Reserve ©
Kasaguadua Natural Reserve
Bosques de Cocora ©
Bosques de Cocora
Valle del Cocora ©
Valle del Cocora

2
nights
Pasto, Colombia

Pasto ©
Pasto sits in the Andes mountain range at an altitude of 2,527 m (8,290 ft) above sea level.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at La Laguna de la Cocha, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia Templo de la Merced, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Templo de San Felipe. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Casa Museo Taminango, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral Pasto, and then admire the landmark architecture of Centro historico de Pasto.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Pasto trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Salento to Pasto takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Salento in January, plan for much colder days and little chillier nights in Pasto: temperatures range from 18°C by day to 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can go by car to San Agustin.

Things to do in Pasto

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
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Cathedral Pasto ©
Cathedral Pasto
Templo de San Felipe ©
Templo de San Felipe
La Laguna de la Cocha ©
La Laguna de la Cocha

1
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San Agustin, Colombia

San Agustin ©
San Agustin remains best known for its archaeological sites, which include the World Heritage-listed San Agustin Archaeological Park.
On the 7th (Tue), take in the dramatic scenery at El Salto del Mortino, then don't miss a visit to La Chaquira, then explore the activities along Estrecho Del Magdalena, and finally explore the ancient world of El Purutal.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our San Agustin road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Pasto to San Agustin takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Pasto, expect somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in San Agustin, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in San Agustin

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

El Salto del Mortino
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Estrecho Del Magdalena ©
Estrecho Del Magdalena
El Purutal ©
El Purutal
La Chaquira ©
La Chaquira

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Playa Blanca and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Walled City of Cartagena and Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas. Venture out of the city with trips to Isla Baru (Aviario Nacional de Colombia & Playa Puntilla). There's much more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, deepen your understanding at Plaza Santo Domingo, race across the water with a speed boat tour, and pause for some serene contemplation at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Cartagena journey builder tool.

Fly from San Agustin to Cartagena in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Agustin in January: high temperatures in Cartagena hover around 36°C and lows are around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to drive to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Cartagena

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trip

Isla Baru
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Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
Plaza Santo Domingo ©
Plaza Santo Domingo

4
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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Ciudad Perdida. You'll get in some beach time at Cristal Beach and Playa Blanca. Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Playa Grande. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santa Marta: Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona (in Tayrona National Park) and Museo Minca - Memorial Museum of the Sierra Nevada (in Minca). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Bahia concha Santa Marta Colombia, examine the collection at Museo del Oro Tairona - Casa de la Aduana, head outdoors with El Rodadero, and admire the masterpieces at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Marta trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Cartagena to Santa Marta by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. January in Santa Marta sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona, Museo Minca - Memorial Museum of the Sierra Nevada, Playa Grande
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Cristal Beach ©
Cristal Beach
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona ©
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
Scuba & Snorkeling

5
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Playa de San Luis and Scuba & Snorkeling. Get some cultural insight at Primera Iglesia Bautista and Parque Tematico El Pueblito Isleno San Andres. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Cocoplum Bay, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bahia Suroeste, explore the striking landscape at Hoyo Soplador, and see the vivid underwater world at West View.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read San Andres Island trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Santa Marta to San Andres Island takes 4.5 hours. Traveling from Santa Marta in January, expect nights in San Andres Island to be about the same, around 28°C, while days are slightly colder, around 34°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches
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La Piscinita ©
La Piscinita
Cayo El Acuario ©
Cayo El Acuario
Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): get great views at Intipuncu, contemplate the long history of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Mandor. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Plaza Manco Capac, take in the natural beauty of Hot Springs (Aguas Calientes), pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen, then delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Jardin Botanico en Machu Pichu.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Machu Picchu road trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from San Andres Island to Machu Picchu takes 16 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

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

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.
Popular historic sites such as Sacsayhuaman and Qorikancha are in your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Plaza de Armas. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cusco: Maras (Salinas de Maras & Moray). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Sacred Valley of the Incas, delve into the distant past at Tipon, wander the streets of San Blas, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cusco Cathedral.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Cusco trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can do a combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. January in Cusco sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel to Paracas.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Maras, Sacred Valley of the Incas
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Qorikancha ©
Qorikancha
Salinas de Maras ©
Salinas de Maras

4
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.
Visiting Supay Beach and Islas Ballestas will get you outdoors. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Tambo Colorado and Pukasoncco, Arte Precolombino.. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paracas: Paracas National Reserve (in Pisco) and El Carmen District (in Chincha Alta). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Roja, see Off-Road Tours, don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa de la Mina.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Paracas itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Cusco to Paracas takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Cusco in January; daily highs in Paracas reach 31°C and lows reach 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Lima.

Things to do in Paracas

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Pisco, Tambo Colorado, El Carmen District
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Playa de la Mina
Playa de la Mina
Islas Ballestas ©
Islas Ballestas
Parasailing & Paragliding

5
nights
Lima, Peru

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.
Get some historical perspective at Huaca Pucllana and Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas. Visiting Playa Santa Maria del Mar and Nature & Wildlife Tours will get you outdoors. Take a break from Lima with a short trip to El Canon de Austisha in Huarochiri, about 2 hours away. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Playa Penascal, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Pedro Church (Iglesia de San Pedro), get outside with Outdoor Activities, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Balneario Embajadores.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Lima trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Paracas to Lima takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in February, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to Trujillo.

Things to do in Lima

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Santa Maria del Mar, El Canon de Austisha
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas ©

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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Site Museum and La Huaca del Sol. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Playa Malabrigo and Playa de Huanchaco. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Chan Chan, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Moderno, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Trujillo - Catedral de Santa Maria, and take an in-depth tour of Cao Museum.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Trujillo trip itinerary planning site.

Fly from Lima to Trujillo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lima in February, you will find days in Trujillo are slightly colder (29°C), and nights are about the same (24°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Arequipa.

Things to do in Trujillo

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Huanchaco, La Huaca del Sol, Playa Malabrigo
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Chan Chan ©
Chan Chan
Site Museum ©
Site Museum
Casa Urquiaga (Casa Calonge)ggj ©
Casa Urquiaga (Casa Calonge)ggj

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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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Arequipa, then see the interesting displays at Santa Catalina Monastery, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa, and finally take an in-depth tour of Museo Santuarios Andinos. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Wed): contemplate the geological forces at Chachani and then contemplate the geological forces at Volcan Misti.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Arequipa tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Trujillo to Arequipa takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Trujillo in February, with highs in Arequipa at 22°C and lows at 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Arequipa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
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Historic Centre of Arequipa ©
Historic Centre of Arequipa
Santa Catalina Monastery ©
Santa Catalina Monastery
Museo Santuarios Andinos ©
Museo Santuarios Andinos

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