48 days in Colombia & Peru Itinerary

48 days in Colombia & Peru Itinerary

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48 days in Colombia & Peru Itinerary

Start: Cusco, Peru
Fly:  7 h 15 min
1
Medellin, Colombia
— 4 nights
Fly + Bus:  3 h
2
Salento, Colombia
— 3 nights
+4
Bus + Foot + Bus + Foot + Fly:  7 h 45 min
3
Pasto, Colombia
— 2 nights
Drive:  6 h 30 min
4
San Agustin, Colombia
— 1 night
Fly:  7 h
5
Cartagena, Colombia
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
6
Santa Marta, Colombia
— 4 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  3 h
7
San Andres Island, Colombia
— 5 nights
+4
Fly + Taxi + Bus + Foot + Train:  10 h 15 min
8
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 night
+2
Train + Foot + Bus:  3 h 15 min
9
Cusco, Peru
— 5 nights
Fly:  1 h 30 min
10
Paracas, Peru
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
11
Lima, Peru
— 5 nights
Fly:  1 h 45 min
12
Trujillo, Peru
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
13
Arequipa, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h
End: Lima, Peru


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4
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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 in touch with nature at 2000m Descent and more and Parque Arvi. Popular historic sites such as Parroquia Sta Ana Santuario de Maria Auxiliadora .Sabaneta and Pueblito Paisa are in your itinerary. Step out of Medellin with an excursion to Piedra Del Penol in Guatape--about 1h 50 min away. And it doesn't end there: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Templo Parroquial Jesus Nazareno, make a trip to Plaza Botero, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Parque Explora.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Medellin road trip app .

Cusco, Peru to Medellin is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Cusco in December; daily highs in Medellin reach 32°C and lows reach 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Salento.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

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

3
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Salento, Colombia

Salento ©
Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
Visiting Kasaguadua Natural Reserve and Valle del Cocora will get you outdoors. Region Paisaje / Landscape Region and Iglesia Nuestra Senora del Carmen are good opportunities to explore the local culture. When in Salento, make a side trip to see Los Nevados National Park in La Estrella, approximately 52 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bosques de Cocora, indulge in your favorite hot beverage with a coffee and tea tour, and pedal to the sights with Bike Tours.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Salento online vacation builder .

Getting from Medellin to Salento by combination of flight and bus takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In January, daytime highs in Salento are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to 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
Los Nevados National Park ©
Los Nevados National Park

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.
On the 5th (Sun), explore the activities along La Laguna de la Cocha, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia Templo de la Merced, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Templo de San Felipe. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Casa Museo Taminango, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral Pasto, and then admire the striking features of Centro historico de Pasto.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Pasto trip itinerary maker tool .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Salento to Pasto in 8 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Salento in January: highs in Pasto hover around 18°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can drive to San Agustin.

Things to do in Pasto

Historic Sites Nature Museums
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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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): explore the stunning scenery at El Salto del Mortino, then don't miss a visit to La Chaquira, then contemplate the waterfront views at Estrecho Del Magdalena, and finally explore the ancient world of El Purutal.

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

Getting from Pasto to San Agustin by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. While traveling from Pasto, expect somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in San Agustin, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in San Agustin

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

El Salto del Mortino
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El Purutal ©
El Purutal
La Chaquira ©
La Chaquira

5
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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.
We've included these beaches for you: Playa Blanca and Playa Puntilla. Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Speed Boats Tours. Step out of Cartagena to go to Isla Baru and see Aviario Nacional de Colombia, which is approximately 50 minutes away. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, don't miss a visit to Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa.

Discover how to plan a Cartagena trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Getting from San Agustin to Cartagena by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In January, Cartagena is a bit warmer than San Agustin - with highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can 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

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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. Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Playa Blanca. Popular historic sites such as Catedral de Santa Marta and Paseo El Camellon are in your itinerary. Go for a jaunt from Santa Marta to Minca to see Memorial Museum of the Sierra Nevada about 44 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona, get outside with El Rodadero, stroll through Playa Grande, and kick back and relax at Cristal Beach.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Santa Marta journey planner.

Traveling by car from Cartagena to Santa Marta takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in January, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Playa Grande, Memorial Museum of the Sierra Nevada
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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.
You'll get in some beach time at Playa de San Luis and Playa Charquitos. Visit Primera Iglesia Bautista and Plaza Canon de Morgan for their historical value. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at La Piscinita, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take in the dramatic natural features at Hoyo Soplador, and enjoy the sand and surf at Bahia Suroeste.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the San Andres Island online trip itinerary maker .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Santa Marta to San Andres Island in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Santa Marta in January, expect nights in San Andres Island to be about the same, around 28°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 34°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can 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
West View
West View

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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 22nd (Wed), explore the ancient world of Intipuncu, contemplate the long history of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu, and then admire the natural beauty at Los Jardines de Mandor. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu): make a trip to Plaza Manco Capac, witness a stunning natural landmark at Hot Springs (Aguas Calientes), then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen, then explore the ancient world of Winay Wayna, and finally stroll through Jardin Botanico en Machu Pichu.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Machu Picchu trip maker site .

You can do a combination of flight, bus, and train from San Andres Island to Machu Picchu in 10.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and car. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can 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.
Visiting Nature & Wildlife Tours and exploor will get you outdoors. Visit Sacsayhuaman and Sacred Valley of the Incas for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Maras (Salinas de Maras & Moray). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cusco Cathedral, browse the exhibits of Museo de Vida Monastica - Monasterio de Santa Catalina del Cusco, and delve into the distant past at Tambomachay.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Cusco road trip planning app .

Getting from Machu Picchu to Cusco by combination of train and bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. January in Cusco sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can 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
Salinas de Maras ©
Salinas de Maras
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas

4
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Paracas, Peru

Paracas
A port town largely devoted to tourism, Paracas serves as a popular starting point for exploration of Peru's south coast.
Visit Supay Beach and Playa de la Mina for some beach relaxation. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Tambo Colorado and Paracas History Museum - Juan Navarro Hierro. Get out of town with these interesting Paracas side-trips: Paracas National Reserve (in Pisco) and El Carmen District (in Chincha Alta). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Playa Roja, see Off-Road Tours, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and don't miss a visit to The Chandelier.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Paracas travel planning tool .

Fly from Cusco to Paracas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Cusco in January: high temperatures in Paracas hover around 31°C and lows are around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Lima.

Things to do in Paracas

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

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

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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Playa Santa Maria del Mar and Playa Kon-Tiki. Relax by the water at Playa Penascal and Balneario Embajadores. Take a break from Lima with a short trip to El Canon de Austisha in Huarochiri, about 2 hours away. And it doesn't end there: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Historico de Lima, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, and take in the spiritual surroundings of San Pedro Church (Iglesia de San Pedro).

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Lima trip itinerary site .

Getting from Paracas to Lima by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Lima are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Trujillo.

Things to do in Lima

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

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

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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Chan Chan and Site Museum. We've included these beaches for you: Playa Malabrigo and Playa de Huanchaco. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Huanchaco Al Rescate, take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia y Monasterio El Carmen, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Moderno, and steep yourself in history at Iglesia de San Francisco.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Trujillo road trip planning website .

Getting from Lima to Trujillo by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. When traveling from Lima in February, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Trujillo: temperatures range from 29°C by day to 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can 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) ©
Casa Urquiaga (Casa Calonge)

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Arequipa, Peru

Arequipa ©
In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Arequipa, then examine the collection at Santa Catalina Monastery, then examine the collection at Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa, and finally get engrossed in the history at Museo Santuarios Andinos. Here are some ideas for day two: get impressive views of Chachani and then contemplate the geological forces at Volcan Misti.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Arequipa day trip app .

Traveling by flight from Trujillo to Arequipa takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Trujillo in February; daily highs in Arequipa reach 22°C and lows reach 12°C. On the 13th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Arequipa

Historic Sites Nature Museums
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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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