23 days in Colombia, Ecuador & Peru Itinerary

23 days in Colombia, Ecuador & Peru Itinerary

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Bogota, Colombia
— 2 nights
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Cartagena, Colombia
— 4 nights
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Quito, Ecuador
— 1 night
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Guayaquil, Ecuador
— 1 night
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Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador
— 2 nights
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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 3 nights
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Bus to Santa Cruz Ferry Terminal, Ferry to Isla Baltra Ferry Terminal, Fly to Lima
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Lima, Peru
— 1 night
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Arequipa, Peru
— 1 night
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Cusco, Peru
— 3 nights
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Machu Picchu, Peru
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Bogota, Colombia

— 2 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.
On the 23rd (Tue), stroll around Parque Metropolitano Simon Bolivar. On the 24th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santo Domingo, stroll through Bioparque La Reserva, and then admire the natural beauty at Jardin Botanico de Bogota Jose Celestino Mutis.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Bogota day trip planning site.

La Paz, Bolivia to Bogota is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, car, and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from La Paz to Bogota due to the time zone difference. Traveling from La Paz in November, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 10°C in Bogota. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to fly to Cartagena.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 23 — 25:

Cartagena, Colombia

— 4 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.
Get some cultural insight at Plaza Santo Domingo and Scuba & Snorkeling. Step off the beaten path and head to Iglesia de la Trinidad and Templo de Santo Domingo. Change things up with a short trip to Playa Blanca in Isla Baru (about 1h 5 min away). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa, and step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas.

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You can fly from Bogota to Cartagena in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bogota in November, things will get much warmer in Cartagena: highs are around 37°C and lows about 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Quito.

Things to do in Cartagena

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 25 — 29:

Quito, Ecuador

— 1 night

Light of America

High in the Andean foothills, Quito remains one of the world's most photogenic capital cities, featuring two dramatic mountain ranges as its backdrop.
On the 29th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica del Voto Nacional, get to know the fascinating history of Quito Old Town, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Quito day trip tool.

You can fly from Cartagena to Quito in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Cartagena in November: highs in Quito hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Guayaquil.

Things to do in Quito

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 29 — 30:

Guayaquil, Ecuador

— 1 night

Pearl of the Pacific

Hills dotted with colorful houses and waterfront promenades typify Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city and commercial center.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): wander the streets of Las Penas, take a stroll through Cerro Santa Ana, get to know the fascinating history of Guayaquil Historical Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia San Francisco, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Santa Ana Port. On the 1st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Torre Morisca, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Metropolitana de Guayaquil, then take a leisurely stroll along Malecon 2000, and finally make a trip to Hemiciclo de la Rotonda.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Guayaquil route planner.

You can fly from Quito to Guayaquil in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Quito in November, with highs in Guayaquil at 36°C and lows at 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Guayaquil

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 1:

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador

— 2 nights
The capital of the Galapagos Islands, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is located on easternmost island of the archipelago, San Cristobal.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at La Loberia, get a new perspective on nature at Interpretation Center, then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Inmaculada Concepcion, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado.

To find more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Puerto Baquerizo Moreno trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Guayaquil to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno takes 4 hours. When traveling from Guayaquil in December, plan for a bit cooler days in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to catch the ferry to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 1 — 3:

Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

— 3 nights
The largest settlement in the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora offers visitors to the islands an array of facilities and things to do.
We've included these beaches for you: Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay and Playa las Bachas. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like SAMAY Latin Art and Maki-Art Gallery. There's lots more to do: stroll through El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve, kick back and relax at Playa de los Alemanes, and don't miss a visit to Santa Cruz Fish Market.

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You can ride a ferry from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Puerto Ayora in 3.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Puerto Ayora are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 3 — 7:

Lima, Peru

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): delve into the distant past at Huaca Pucllana, then stroll around Nor Yauyos-Cochas Landscape Reserve, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas. Here are some ideas for day two: take a stroll through Miraflores and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pantanos de Villa.

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Do a combination of bus, ferry, and flight from Puerto Ayora to Lima in 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight. Traveling from Puerto Ayora in December, things will get a bit cooler in Lima: highs are around 28°C and lows about 22°C. On the 8th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Arequipa.

Things to do in Lima

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 7 — 8:

Arequipa, Peru

— 1 night

White City

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 9th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa, examine the collection at Santa Catalina Monastery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of San Agustin, then wander the streets of Yanahuara, and finally contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Arequipa.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Arequipa trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Lima to Arequipa in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Lima in December: high temperatures in Arequipa hover around 24°C and lows are around 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Cusco.

Things to do in Arequipa

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 8 — 9:

Cusco, Peru

— 3 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.
Visit Sacsayhuaman and Plaza de Armas for their historical value. Step off the beaten path and head to Sacred Valley of the Incas and Santuario Animal de Cochahuasi. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Tipon, look for gifts at Yanantin Alpaca y Artesania, explore the ancient world of Q'enqo, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cusco Cathedral.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Cusco trip itinerary website.

Traveling by flight from Arequipa to Cusco takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Arequipa in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Cusco, with lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 9 — 12:

Machu Picchu, Peru

— 2 nights
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
On the 13th (Mon), delve into the distant past at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Jardin Botanico en Machu Pichu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Tue): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Phutuq K'usi, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mandor, then take some stellar pictures from Intipuncu, and finally delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Machu Picchu day trip planning site.

Do a combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 12 — 14:

Colombia travel guide

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Historic Sites · Landmarks · Churches
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.

Ecuador travel guide

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Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites · History Museums
With abundant opportunities to discover fascinating World Heritage Sites, a holiday in Ecuador remains among the most culturally enriching travel experiences. Home to the world's highest active volcano, this little country packs a big punch when it comes to tourist activities. Some of the most popular things to do in Ecuador include visits to its astonishingly biodiverse wilderness areas, home to some 1,500 bird species, 840 species of amphibians and reptiles, and nearly 20,000 plant species. Of course, the highlight of many Ecuador vacations is bound to be the Galapagos Islands, made famous by naturalist Charles Darwin. Aside from the stunning nature, Ecuador also boasts many historic cities filled with photogenic colonial-era churches, mansions, and plazas.

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.