60 days in Colombia, Ecuador & Peru Itinerary

60 days in Colombia, Ecuador & Peru Itinerary

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60 days in Colombia, Ecuador & Peru Itinerary

Start: Brussels, Belgium
Train + Fly:  12​h
1
Cartagena, Colombia
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Santa Marta, Colombia
— 2 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  3​h
3
San Andres Island, Colombia
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  9​h
4
Banos, Ecuador
— 2 nights
+4
Bus + Taxi + Fly + Foot + Fly:  8​h
5
Puerto Villamil, Ecuador
— 6 nights
Ferry:  2​h 30​min
6
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 6 nights
Ferry:  2​h 30​min
7
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
8
Quito, Ecuador
— 5 nights
+4
Fly + Taxi + Bus + Foot + Train:  9​h 15​min
9
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
+2
Train + Foot + Bus:  3​h 15​min
10
Cusco, Peru
— 6 nights
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  3​h
11
Puno, Peru
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
12
Arequipa, Peru
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h
13
Nazca, Peru
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
14
Lima, Peru
— 5 nights
Fly + Train:  14​h 45​min
End: Brussels, Belgium

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Plaza Santo Domingo and Plaza de San Diego. There's lots more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena, don't miss a visit to Plaza de La Trinidad, and step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas.

To see maps, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Cartagena trip itinerary maker app .

Brussels, Belgium to Cartagena is an approximately 12-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly. Traveling from Brussels to Cartagena, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Brussels in September, things will get warmer in Cartagena: highs are around 38°C and lows about 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Tours Wildlife
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Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Plaza Santo Domingo ©
Plaza Santo Domingo
Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa ©
Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa

2
nights
Santa Marta, Colombia

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 7th (Mon): explore the world behind art at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino and then kick back and relax at Cristal Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: walk around Parque de Los Novios and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find traveler tips, reviews, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and more tourist information, use the Santa Marta day trip planning tool .

Getting from Cartagena to Santa Marta by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in September, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino ©
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino
Cristal Beach ©
Cristal Beach

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 off the beaten path and head to Cayo El Acuario and Cayo Bolivar. The adventure continues: make a trip to Rocky Cay, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, kick back and relax at Playa de San Luis, and take in the dramatic natural features at Hoyo Soplador.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read San Andres Island travel itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Santa Marta to San Andres Island in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Santa Marta in September, you will find days in San Andres Island are a bit cooler (36°C), and nights are about the same (30°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Banos.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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Cayo El Acuario ©
Cayo El Acuario
Rocky Cay ©
Rocky Cay
Playa de Spratt Bight ©
Playa de Spratt Bight

2
nights
Banos, Ecuador

A trip to Banos, a relatively small town in the picturesque Andean highlands, ensures plenty of chances for outdoor activities like horseback riding, hiking, climbing, canyoning, and mountain biking.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Pailon del Diablo (Devil's Cauldron) and Ruta de las cascadas. There's much more to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, head outdoors with Canopy double puerta del cielo, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and kick your exploration up a notch at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Banos trip planning site .

Getting from San Andres Island to Banos by combination of flight and bus takes about 9 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Banos

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Pailon del Diablo (Devil's Cauldron) ©
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

6
nights
Puerto Villamil, Ecuador

Puerto Villamil ©
Located in the southeast of Isla Isabela, Puerto Villamil is home to the majority of the island's 2,200 inhabitants.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Los Tuneles and Sierra Negra. And it doesn't end there: step off the mainland to explore Las Tintoreras, get outside with Cueva de Sucre, tour the pleasant surroundings at Concha de Perla, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Centro de Crianza Tortugas Gigantes Arnaldo Tupiza Chamaidan.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Puerto Villamil road trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Banos to Puerto Villamil takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Banos to Puerto Villamil, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to ride a ferry to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Isabela
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Las Tintoreras ©
Las Tintoreras
Concha de Perla ©
Concha de Perla

6
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay and El Garrapatero. When in Puerto Ayora, make a side trip to see North Seymour Island in Baltra, approximately Baltra away. The adventure continues: stroll through El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa las Bachas, don't miss a visit to Santa Cruz Fish Market, and explore the activities along Laguna las Ninfas.

To find photos, traveler tips, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and other tourist information, read our Puerto Ayora trip planner.

Ride a ferry from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Ayora in 2.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Ayora due to the time zone difference. September in Puerto Ayora sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to ride a ferry to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Cruz, North Seymour Island, Tunel de Lava Bellavista
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Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay ©
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve ©
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve
El Garrapatero ©
El Garrapatero

6
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Dona Pilo and Cerro Brujo. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at La Loberia, take a leisurely stroll along Malecon San Cristobal, step off the mainland to explore Isla Lobos, and explore the striking landscape of Cerro Tijeretas.

To find maps, where to stay, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and other tourist information, use the Puerto Baquerizo Moreno trip planner.

Traveling by ferry from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno takes 2.5 hours. In September in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel to Quito.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

San Cristobal
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La Loberia ©
La Loberia
Dona Pilo ©
Dona Pilo
Cerro Tijeretas ©
Cerro Tijeretas

5
nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Quito Old Town and Mitad Del Mundo. Venture out of the city with trips to Cuicocha (in Cotacachi) and Cascada de Peguche (in Peguche). Spend the 8th (Thu) among the fascinating landscape of Cotopaxi National Park. There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Basilica del Voto Nacional, don't miss a visit to El Panecillo, take an in-depth tour of Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, and examine the collection at Intinan Museum.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Quito holiday builder website .

Fly from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Quito in 4.5 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno in October; daily highs in Quito reach 26°C and lows reach 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Quito

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Cuicocha, Cascada de Peguche, Cotopaxi National Park
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Quito Old Town ©
Quito Old Town
Basilica del Voto Nacional ©
Basilica del Voto Nacional

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Intipuncu and Winay Wayna. Change things up with a short trip to Zipline in Santa Teresa (about 32 minutes away). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu, witness a stunning natural landmark at Banos Termales de Cocalmayo, and admire the natural beauty at Los Jardines de Mandor.

For topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Machu Picchu trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by combination of flight, bus, and train from Quito to Machu Picchu takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and car; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Santa Teresa
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu
Zipline

6
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Pisac and ChocoMuseo. When in Cusco, make a side trip to see Moray in Maras, approximately Maras away. There's still lots to do: trek along exploor, delve into the distant past at Q'enqo, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Cusco journey planner.

Do a combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In October in Cusco, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel to Puno.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Moray, Sacred Valley of the Incas, Pisac
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exploor ©
exploor
Pisac ©
Pisac
Moray ©
Moray

3
nights
Puno, Peru

Hugging the western tip of Lake Titicaca, Puno serves as a melting pot of indigenous and imported cultures, and makes a great base for explorations around the region.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Speed Boats Tours and Chullpas. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Titicaca, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, head off the coast to Uros Floating Islands, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Sillustani.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Puno travel route planner.

Getting from Cusco to Puno by combination of flight and bus takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cusco in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Puno, with lows of 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Arequipa.

Things to do in Puno

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Chullpas
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Speed Boats Tours
Lake Titicaca ©
Lake Titicaca
Kayaking & Canoeing

3
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Historic Centre of Arequipa and Volcan Misti. And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Plaza de Armas, see the interesting displays at Monasterio de la Recoleta, explore the galleries of Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa, and get to know the fascinating history of Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Arequipa tour builder.

Traveling by car from Puno to Arequipa takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Puno in October since evenings lows in Arequipa dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can go by car to Nazca.

Things to do in Arequipa

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Santa Catalina Monastery ©
Santa Catalina Monastery
Historic Centre of Arequipa ©
Historic Centre of Arequipa
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

2
nights
Nazca, Peru

Nazca ©
The southern city of Nazca draws visitors to its archaeological and historical sites.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): stroll the grounds of Cementerio Chauchilla and then don't miss a visit to Nasca Lines. On the next day, explore the ancient world of Cahuachi, don't miss a visit to Ceramicas LASC, and then delve into the distant past at Cantalloc Aqueduct.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Nazca day trip tool .

Traveling by car from Arequipa to Nazca takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can drive to Lima.

Things to do in Nazca

Historic Sites
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Cementerio Chauchilla ©
Cementerio Chauchilla
Nasca Lines ©
Nasca Lines
Cahuachi ©
Cahuachi

5
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Food Tours and Huaca Pucllana. There's still lots to do: take a leisurely stroll along Miraflores Boardwalk, stroll around Parque Kennedy - Parque Central de Miraflores, admire the local landmark of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), and wander the streets of Barranco.

To find other places to visit and other tourist information, read Lima attractions site .

Traveling by car from Nazca to Lima takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Lima can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lima

Parks Historic Sites Tours
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Circuito Magico Del Agua ©
Circuito Magico Del Agua
Food Tours
Miraflores Boardwalk ©
Miraflores Boardwalk

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