24 days in Peru, Bolivia & Colombia Itinerary

24 days in Peru, Bolivia & Colombia Itinerary

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Lima, Peru
— 4 nights
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Cusco, Peru
— 4 nights
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Machu Picchu, Peru
— 3 nights
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Uyuni, Bolivia
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Bogota, Colombia
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Medellin, Colombia
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Cartagena, Colombia
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Lima, Peru — 4 nights

City of the Kings

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.
Lima is known for museums, parks, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco, admire the striking features of Palacio de Torre Tagle, pause for some serene contemplation at Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas, and steep yourself in history at Huaca Pucllana.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Lima trip itinerary maker tool.

Dublin, Ireland to Lima is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Dublin to Lima due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Lima when traveling from Dublin in September, with lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Cusco.
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Cusco, Peru — 4 nights

Imperial City

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 find plenty of places to visit near Cusco: Salinas de Maras (in Maras) and Pisac (in Pisac). There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Sacsayhuaman, contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas, admire the landmark architecture of Centro Historico De Cusco, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cusco Cathedral.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Cusco day trip planning tool.

Getting from Lima to Cusco by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lima in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Cusco, with lows of 5°C. On the 2nd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Machu Picchu.
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Machu Picchu, Peru — 3 nights

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 2nd (Sun): stop by Artesanias. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the distant past at Intipuncu and then contemplate the long history of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Machu Picchu tour planner.

You can drive from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. On the 5th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Uyuni.
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Uyuni, Bolivia — 2 nights

Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): step off the mainland to explore Isla Incahuasi and then explore the striking landscape at Salar de Uyuni. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia San Cristobal Lipez, then don't miss a visit to Plaza Arce, and then see the interesting displays at Train Cemetery.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Uyuni trip planner.

Getting from Machu Picchu to Uyuni by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Machu Picchu to Uyuni is 1 hour. In October, plan for daily highs up to 8°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Bogota.
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Bogota, Colombia — 3 nights

Athens of South America

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.
Step out of Bogota to go to Zipaquira and see Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira, which is approximately 54 minutes away. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, examine the collection at Casa de Moneda - Coleccion Numismatica del Banco de la Republica, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monserrate, and admire the natural beauty at Jardin Botanico de Bogota Jose Celestino Mutis.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Bogota trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Uyuni to Bogota by flight takes about 10 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Bolivia Time (BOT) to Colombia Standard Time (COT) is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Uyuni in October, plan for much warmer days in Bogota, with highs around 22°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Medellin.
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Medellin, Colombia — 3 nights

City of the Eternal Spring

Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
On the 12th (Wed), don't miss a visit to Plaza Botero, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Parque Explora, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Botanico de Medellin. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get the lay of the land with Walking tours and then steep yourself in history at Pueblito Paisa.

To find photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Medellin day trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Bogota to Medellin takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, Medellin is a bit warmer than Bogota - with highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can fly to Cartagena.
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Cartagena, Colombia — 2 nights

City of Heroes

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena, contemplate the long history of Las Bovedas, and then make a trip to Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Santa Catalina de Alejandria, take an in-depth tour of Museo del Oro Zenu, then don't miss a visit to Plaza de Bolivar, then don't miss a visit to Plaza Santo Domingo, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Cartagena road trip app.

You can fly from Medellin to Cartagena in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Medellin in October, expect Cartagena to be somewhat warmer, temps between 38°C and 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Peru travel guide

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Historic Sites · Parks · Landmarks
Land of the Incas
In a country renowned for its pre-Columbian archeological sites, no Peru vacation would be complete without an adrenaline-inducing hike to Machu Picchu, World Heritage-listed symbol of the once-mighty Incan Empire. Aside from visiting these spectacular ruins set against the backdrop of photogenic mountain peaks, most holidays in Peru also include an exploration of the country's pretty cities, boasting well-preserved colonial architecture and a slew of modern buildings housing fine museums, galleries, shops, and restaurants. Ideal for active vacationers, Peru trips are also tailor-made for gourmands, as the country's eclectic cuisine blends tasty influences from Africa, Asia, and Europe.
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Bolivia travel guide

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Landmarks · Geologic Formations · Specialty Museums
Tibet of the Americas
If you're an adventurous tourist, consider adding a Bolivia vacation to your travel itinerary. A land of rainforests, Andean glaciers, high altitude cities, and rushing rivers, Bolivia remains one of the most remote countries in the Western Hemisphere. With 60 percent of the population made up of indigenous peoples, native cultures permeate thecountry's music, architecture, and arts, as well as local folklore and traditions. Traveling in Bolivia you can experience diverse wildlife and ecosystems, learn about the country's rich history, try out its distinctive cuisine, and practice your Spanish with the locals, known for their clean and easy-to-understand accent.
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Colombia travel guide

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Historic Sites · Landmarks · Beaches
Diverse in terms of landscapes, climates, and cultures, Colombia remains one of South America's least explored tourist destinations, overshadowed by its more popular southern neighbors. Combining the best of what the continent has to offer, a vacation in Colombia allows you to blend outdoor adventures with tours of picture-perfect cobblestoned towns dating back to the colonial era. Tourists on a Colombia holiday can easily hop from sun-kissed coastal spots to the hilly coffee-growing region, where thriving plantations quickly give way to a landscape of snow-covered volcanic peaks and the paramo--alpine ecosystems sheltering some of the rarest plants growing above the continuous forest line.
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