51 days in Peru & Colombia Itinerary

51 days in Peru & Colombia Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Trujillo, Peru
— 3 nights
2
Lima, Peru
— 4 nights
3
Iquitos, Peru
— 3 nights
4
Bogota, Colombia
— 4 nights
5
Santa Marta, Colombia
— 4 nights
6
Cartagena, Colombia
— 4 nights
7
San Andres Island, Colombia
— 4 nights
8
Cali, Colombia
— 3 nights
9
Salento, Colombia
— 2 nights
10
Medellin, Colombia
— 4 nights
11
Paracas, Peru
— 2 nights
12
Cusco, Peru
— 5 nights
13
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
14
Cabanaconde, Peru
— 1 day
15
Arequipa, Peru
— 4 nights


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3
nights
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.
Visit Site Museum and Casa Urquiaga (Casa Calonge)ggj for their historical value. Relax by the water at Playa Malabrigo and Playa de Huanchaco. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Chan Chan, take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia y Monasterio El Carmen, stroll through Huanchaco Al Rescate, and pause for some serene contemplation at Templo de Trujillo.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Trujillo route planner.

Buenos Aires, Argentina to Trujillo is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Buenos Aires to Trujillo, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Buenos Aires in December, you will find days in Trujillo are slightly colder (26°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Trujillo

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Huanchaco, Playa Malabrigo, La Huaca del Sol
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 31:
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Chan Chan ©
Chan Chan
Site Museum ©
Site Museum
Casa Urquiaga (Casa Calonge)ggj ©
Casa Urquiaga (Casa Calonge)ggj

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.
Get outdoors at Playa Santa Maria del Mar and Balneario Embajadores. Get a sense of the local culture at Huaca Pucllana and Miraflores. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Penascal, admire the landmark architecture of Palacio de la Union, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and don't miss a visit to Circuito Magico Del Agua.

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

Traveling by flight from Trujillo to Lima takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Lima, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Iquitos.

Things to do in Lima

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Playa Santa Maria del Mar
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Playa Santa Maria del Mar ©
Playa Santa Maria del Mar
Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas ©

3
nights
Iquitos, Peru

The largest city in the Peruvian Amazon and the world's largest metropolis unreachable by road, Iquitos represents a major starting point for river and rainforest adventures.
Step out of the city life by going to Iguana Lodge & Camp and Amazon Rescue Center. The adventure continues: see Multi-day Tours, tour the pleasant surroundings at Rainforest Awareness Rescue Education Center, push the limits with an extreme tour, and take a peaceful walk through Jairo Mejia Prado.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Iquitos travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Lima to Iquitos takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Lima in January: highs in Iquitos hover around 37°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Iquitos

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Iguana Lodge & Camp
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 7:
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

4
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.
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira and Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de los Dolores will appeal to history buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) and Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bogota: Laguna de Guatavita (in Tierra Negra), Observatorio de Colibries (in La Calera) and Bioparque La Reserva (in Cota). There's much more to do: make a trip to Monserrate, identify plant and animal life at Reserva Natural El Chochal de Siecha, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Quebrada San Francisco o Vicacha, and hike along Alameda de Quebrada Vieja.

Plan my day in Bogota using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by flight from Iquitos to Bogota takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Traveling from Iquitos in January, expect Bogota to be cooler, temps between 23°C and 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Zipaquira, Basilica Del Señor de los Milagros, Laguna de Guatavita, Reserva Natural El Chochal de Siecha, Observatorio de Colibries
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 11:
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Laguna de Guatavita ©
Laguna de Guatavita
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira ©
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)

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.
Relax by the water at Cristal Beach and Playas de Palomino. Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and El Dorado Bird Reserve. Venture out of the city with trips to Museo Minca - Memorial Museum of the Sierra Nevada (in Minca) and Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona (in Tayrona National Park). The adventure continues: stroll through Ensenada de Chengue and kick back and relax at Playa Bello Horizonte.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Marta online trip maker.

Traveling by flight from Bogota to Santa Marta takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, Santa Marta is much hotter than Bogota - with highs of 39°C and lows of 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Cartagena.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Minca, Playas de Palomino, Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 15:
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Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona ©
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
Scuba & Snorkeling
El Dorado Bird Reserve ©
El Dorado Bird Reserve

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.
Visit Walled City of Cartagena and Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas for their historical value. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Miramar Beach Club and Playa Blanca. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cartagena: Isla Baru (Aviario Nacional de Colombia & Playa Puntilla). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Centro Cultural Leandro Diaz, admire the striking features of Claustro de la Merced Mausoleo de Garcia Marquez, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and pause for some serene contemplation at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver.

For maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Cartagena trip planner.

You can drive from Santa Marta to Cartagena in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Cartagena

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Isla Baru
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 19:
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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
San Andres Island, Colombia

San Andres Island ©
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Cocoplum Bay. Relax by the water at Playa de San Luis and Playa de Spratt Bight. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at La Piscinita, take in the dramatic natural features at Hoyo Soplador, stroll through Playa Charquitos, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the San Andres Island trip builder site.

Traveling by flight from Cartagena to San Andres Island takes 3.5 hours. In January in San Andres Island, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Cali.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 23:
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La Piscinita ©
La Piscinita
Cayo El Acuario ©
Cayo El Acuario
Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
Get some cultural insight at Museo Aereo Fenix and Caliwood Museo de la Cinematografia. Get in touch with nature at Picoloro Ecoturismo and Bichacue Yath Arte y Naturaleza. Venture out of the city with trips to Parroquia Catedral San Pedro de Buga (in Buga) and Reserva Natural Nirvana (in Palmira). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Reserva Natural Kantu, get to know the fascinating history of Camino Real, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Colonial y Religioso La Merced, and see the interesting displays at MUSA Museo Arqueologico.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Cali trip planner.

Getting from San Andres Island to Cali by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Traveling from San Andres Island in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Cali, with lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Salento.

Things to do in Cali

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Parroquia Catedral San Pedro de Buga, Camino Real, Reserva Natural Kantu, Reserva Natural Nirvana
Find places to stay Jan 23 — 26:
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Picoloro Ecoturismo ©
Picoloro Ecoturismo
Museo Aereo Fenix ©
Museo Aereo Fenix
Parroquia Catedral San Pedro de Buga ©
Parroquia Catedral San Pedro de Buga

2
nights
Salento, Colombia

Salento ©
Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Bosques de Cocora, then take in the dramatic scenery at Cascadas de Cocora, then take in the exciting artwork at Region Paisaje / Landscape Region, and finally identify plant and animal life at Kasaguadua Natural Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at El Palacio del Barbas, identify plant and animal life at Reserva La Rivera, and then appreciate the views at Valle del Cocora.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Salento trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Cali to Salento takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Cali, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Salento, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Salento

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

El Palacio del Barbas
Find places to stay Jan 26 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Kasaguadua Natural Reserve ©
Kasaguadua Natural Reserve
Bosques de Cocora ©
Bosques de Cocora
Valle del Cocora ©
Valle del Cocora

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Catedral Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes and Templo Parroquial Jesus Nazareno. Take a break from the city and head to medellin 2000m DESCENT and Parque Arvi. Change things up with these side-trips from Medellin: Los Saltos Ecoparque (in La Ceja) and Basilica Menor Del Senor De Los Milagros (in San Pedro de los Milagros). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Las Tangaras Bird Reserve, have some family-friendly fun at Bubble Foot Medellin, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parroquia la Nina Maria, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Medellin trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Salento to Medellin takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Paracas.

Things to do in Medellin

Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Los Saltos Ecoparque, Catedral Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes, Basilica Menor Del Senor De Los Milagros, Parroquia Sta Ana Santuario de Maria Auxiliadora .Sabaneta, Parroquia la Nina Maria
Find places to stay Jan 28 — Feb 1:
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
medellin 2000m DESCENT ©
medellin 2000m DESCENT
Basilica Menor Del Senor De Los Milagros ©
Basilica Menor Del Senor De Los Milagros

2
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.
Get in touch with nature at Supay Beach and Playa Mendieta. You'll get in some beach time at Playa El Raspon and Yumaque Beach. There's still lots to do: glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, view the masterpieces at Pukasoncco, Arte Precolombino., head off the coast to Islas Ballestas, and kick back and relax at Playa Roja.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Paracas online trip itinerary maker.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Medellin to Paracas in 12.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Paracas are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Paracas

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches
Find places to stay Feb 1 — 4:
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Supay Beach ©
Supay Beach
Islas Ballestas ©
Islas Ballestas
Parasailing & Paragliding

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 Salinas de Maras will get you outdoors. Visit Sacsayhuaman and Qorikancha for their historical value. When in Cusco, make a side trip to see Moray in Maras, approximately Maras away. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Sacred Valley of the Incas, take an in-depth tour of Museo Inka, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Precolombino, and explore the ancient world of Tambomachay.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Cusco road trip planning website.

Getting from Paracas to Cusco by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Paracas in February: highs in Cusco hover around 23°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Maras, Sacred Valley of the Incas
Find places to stay Feb 4 — 9:
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Qorikancha ©
Qorikancha
Salinas de Maras ©
Salinas de Maras

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 10th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Mandor, get great views at Intipuncu, and then contemplate the long history of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the natural beauty of Banos Termales de Cocalmayo, delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Jardin Botanico en Machu Pichu.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Machu Picchu day trip planning website.

You can do a combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cabanaconde.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Banos Termales de Cocalmayo
Find places to stay Feb 9 — 11:
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

1
day
Cabanaconde, Peru

Cabanaconde ©
A vacation in Cabanaconde provides visitors with an opportunity to explore the left bank of the Colca River, an area quite untouched by commercial tourism.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): take some stellar pictures from Mirador Cruz del Condor and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Condor's Cross.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Cabanaconde trip itinerary builder app.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Machu Picchu to Cabanaconde in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Arequipa.

Things to do in Cabanaconde

Wildlife · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Feb 12 — 13:
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Condor's Cross ©
Condor's Cross
Mirador Cruz del Condor ©
Mirador Cruz del Condor

4
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Historic Centre of Arequipa and Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus. Escape the urban bustle at Salinas y Aguada Blanca National Reserve and Nature & Wildlife Tours. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Santa Catalina Monastery, steep yourself in history at Iglesia Santo Domingo, admire the striking features of Plaza de Armas, and head outdoors with MotoAndes.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Arequipa trip planning site.

Getting from Cabanaconde to Arequipa by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In February in Arequipa, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 12°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Arequipa

Wildlife · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Feb 12 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Salinas y Aguada Blanca National Reserve ©
Salinas y Aguada Blanca National Reserve
Santa Catalina Monastery ©
Santa Catalina Monastery
Museo Santuarios Andinos ©
Museo Santuarios Andinos

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