17 days in Colombia, Ecuador & Peru Itinerary

17 days in Colombia, Ecuador & Peru Itinerary

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Bogota, Colombia
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Cartagena, Colombia
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Quito, Ecuador
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Guayaquil, Ecuador
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Lima, Peru
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Arequipa, Peru
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Cusco, Peru
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Bus to Ollantaytambo, Train to Machu Picchu
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Machu Picchu, Peru
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Bogota, Colombia

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Basilica del Senor de Monserrate, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at La Catedral Primada, then examine the collection at Casa de Moneda - Coleccion Numismatica del Banco de la Republica, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Francisco, explore the world behind art at Museo Santa Clara, and then see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro).

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Bogota trip itinerary builder website.

Toronto, Canada to Bogota is an approximately 10-hour flight. Traveling from Toronto in March, things will get much hotter in Bogota: highs are around 23°C and lows about 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Bogota

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 15 — 17:

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Cartagena, Colombia

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.
On the 18th (Wed), don't miss a visit to Plaza de La Trinidad, then steep yourself in history at Plaza Fernandez Madrid, then step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, and finally wander the streets of Barrio Getsemani. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Plaza de la Proclamacion, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo de Santo Domingo, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de Santo Toribio.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Cartagena trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Bogota to Cartagena takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bogota in March, things will get much hotter in Cartagena: highs are around 37°C and lows about 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Quito.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Mar 17 — 20:

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Quito, Ecuador

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 20th (Fri), admire the masterpieces at Convento De San Francisco, then see the interesting displays at Museo Casa del Alabado, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral Metropolitana de Quito.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Quito trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Cartagena to Quito takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. Traveling from Cartagena in March, things will get little chillier in Quito: highs are around 24°C and lows about 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Guayaquil.

Things to do in Quito

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Mar 20 — 21:

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Guayaquil, Ecuador

Pearl of the Pacific

Hills dotted with colorful houses and waterfront promenades typify Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city and commercial center.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia San Jacinto del Morro, take in the spiritual surroundings of Schoenstatt Sanctuary, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On your second day here, take a stroll through Las Penas, visit a coastal fixture at El Faro de Guayaquil, then stop by Cerro Santa Ana, and finally contemplate the long history of Cementerio Patrimonial de Guayaquil.

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You can fly from Quito to Guayaquil in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Quito in March, with highs in Guayaquil at 36°C and lows at 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Guayaquil

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Wildlife · Outdoors
Find places to stay Mar 21 — 23:

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Lima, Peru

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church and Sanctuary of Saint Rose of Lima, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica y Monasterio de Santo Domingo. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia de las Nazarenas, browse the exhibits of Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas, then admire the masterpieces at MALI - Museo de Arte de Lima, and finally wander the streets of San Isidro.

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You can fly from Guayaquil to Lima in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Guayaquil in March; daily highs in Lima reach 32°C and lows reach 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Arequipa.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Mar 23 — 24:

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Arequipa, Peru

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 25th (Wed): explore the world behind art at San Francisco Plaza, Church and Monastery, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de Yanahuara ( San Juan Bautista), then contemplate the long history of Iglesia Santo Domingo, and finally steep yourself in history at Petroglifos de Toro Muerto.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Arequipa holiday tool.

You can fly from Lima to Arequipa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Lima in March; daily highs in Arequipa reach 22°C and lows reach 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Arequipa

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 24 — 25:

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Cusco, Peru

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): explore the ancient world of Piquillacta, admire the landmark architecture of San Pedro Apostol de Andahuaylillas, then stroll through Santuario Animal de Cochahuasi, and finally contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas, delve into the distant past at Tambomachay, and then contemplate the long history of Tipon.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Cusco vacation planning app.

Traveling by flight from Arequipa to Cusco takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Arequipa in March, plan for slightly colder nights in Cusco, with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 25 — 27:

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Machu Picchu, Peru

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 28th (Sat): ponder the world of politics at Serpost, then admire the sheer force of Cascadas Allcamayo, and then steep yourself in history at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Artesanias, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen, then examine the collection at Museo de Sitio Manuel Chavez Ballon, then explore the ancient world of Winay Wayna, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Jardin Botanico en Machu Pichu.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Machu Picchu itinerary app.

Traveling by combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. On the 30th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Nature
Find places to stay Mar 27 — 30:

Colombia travel guide

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Historic Sites · Specialty Museums · Landmarks
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.