58 days in Colombia, Ecuador & Peru Itinerary

58 days in Colombia, Ecuador & Peru Itinerary

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Bogota, Colombia
— 2 nights
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Cartagena, Colombia
— 7 nights
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Santa Marta, Colombia
— 5 nights
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San Andres Island, Colombia
— 3 nights
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Fly to Baltra Island, Ferry to Santa Cruz Ferry Terminal, Bus to Puerto Ayora
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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 2 nights
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Puerto Villamil, Ecuador
— 2 nights
Fly to Baltra Island, Fly to Quito
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Quito, Ecuador
— 7 nights
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Banos, Ecuador
— 3 nights
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Cuenca, Ecuador
— 4 nights
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Lima, Peru
— 6 nights
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Paracas, Peru
— 3 nights
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Nazca, Peru
— 4 nights
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Arequipa, Peru
— 4 nights
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Cusco, 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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): don't miss a visit to Casa Libreria Wilborada 1047. On your second day here, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica Del Señor de los Milagros, then get engrossed in the history at Museo Santa Clara, and then wander the streets of Zona G Bogota.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Bogota trip planning tool.

Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago to Bogota is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Atlantic Standard Time (AST) to Colombia Standard Time (COT) is minus 1 hour. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Port of Spain in June: high temperatures in Bogota hover around 22°C and lows are around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can fly to Cartagena.

Things to do in Bogota

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 1 — 3:

Cartagena, Colombia

— 7 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Aviario Nacional de Colombia and La Gorda Gertrudis. When in Cartagena, make a side trip to see Playa Puntilla in Isla Baru, approximately Isla Baru away. There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Barrio Getsemani, steep yourself in history at Plaza de la Proclamacion, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo de Santo Domingo, and don't miss a visit to Centro de Convenciones Cartagena de Indias.

To see where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Cartagena online journey planner.

You can fly from Bogota to Cartagena in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, Cartagena is much hotter than Bogota - with highs of 38°C and lows of 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 3 — 10:

Santa Marta, Colombia

— 5 nights

America's Pearl

Many visitors begin their Santa Marta holiday, surrounded by urban clutter and heavy traffic, expecting little from the city in terms of historical importance.
Step off the beaten path and head to Museo del Oro Tairona - Casa de la Aduana and El Amanuense Libros & Cafe. And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Quebrada Valencia, tour the pleasant surroundings at Buritaca, enjoy the sand and surf at Ensenada de Chengue, and go for a stroll along the water at Marina Santa Marta.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Marta tour itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Cartagena to Santa Marta takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. June in Santa Marta sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to fly to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches
Find places to stay Jun 10 — 15:

San Andres Island, Colombia

— 3 nights
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Playa de Spratt Bight and Scuba & Snorkeling. Change things up with a short trip to El Totumo Volcon in Santa Catalina Island (about 16 hours away). Next up on the itinerary: explore the gorgeous colors at West View, steep yourself in history at Plaza Canon de Morgan, head off the coast to Cayo Bolivar, and explore the striking landscape at Hoyo Soplador.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read San Andres Island trip site.

Getting from Santa Marta to San Andres Island by flight takes about 6.5 hours. While traveling from Santa Marta, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in San Andres Island, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 15 — 18:

Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

— 2 nights
The largest settlement in the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora offers visitors to the islands an array of facilities and things to do.
Discover out-of-the-way places like North Seymour Island and Maprae. The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna las Ninfas, get a taste of life in the country at Rancho Primicias, pause for some photo ops at Monumento Darwin, and stroll around Parque San Francisco.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Puerto Ayora trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight, ferry, and bus from San Andres Island to Puerto Ayora in 16 hours. Traveling from San Andres Island in June, Puerto Ayora is a bit cooler at night with lows of 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can catch the ferry to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 19 — 21:

Puerto Villamil, Ecuador

— 2 nights
Located in the southeast of Isla Isabela, Puerto Villamil is home to the majority of the island's 2,200 inhabitants.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): explore the activities along Laguna de los Diablos, tour the pleasant surroundings at El Tunel del Estero, then kick back and relax at Playa Puerto Villamil, then take a memorable drive along Isabela Island Wetlands Complex, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Cristo Salvador. On the next day, take in the waterfront at Malecon Cuna del Sol, get outside with Cueva de Sucre, and then step off the mainland to explore Isabela Island.

To find photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Puerto Villamil tour itinerary app.

Traveling by ferry from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Villamil takes 3.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Ecuador Time to Galapagos Time is minus 1 hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Quito.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 21 — 23:

Quito, Ecuador

— 7 nights

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Walking tours and Parque Metropolitano. Explore Quito's surroundings by going to Cascada de Peguche (in Peguche) and Otavalo (Plaza De Los Ponchos Mercado & El Lechero). There's much more to do: trot along with a tour on horseback, don't miss a visit to Museo y Monasterio de Santa Catalina, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and walk around Parque La Carolina.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Quito trip planner.

You can fly from Puerto Villamil to Quito in 5.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Puerto Villamil to Quito. In June, daytime highs in Quito are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can go by car to Banos.

Things to do in Quito

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 23 — 30:

Banos, Ecuador

— 3 nights
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Portal a la selva and Jardin Botanico Atocha-La Liria. Change things up with these side-trips from Banos: Ambato (Mausoleo de Montalvo, La Catedral de Ambato, &more) and Parque Etnobotanico Omaere (in Puyo). The adventure continues: get a new perspective on nature at Museo Fray Enrique Mideros, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, head outdoors with Canopy doble puerta del cielo, and take in the natural beauty of Terma El Salado.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Banos road trip planner.

You can drive from Quito to Banos in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Cuenca.

Things to do in Banos

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 30 — Jul 3:

Cuenca, Ecuador

— 4 nights

Athens of Ecuador

Packed with impressive colonial architecture and a historic town center, Cuenca stands as perhaps the most charming city in the nation.
Explore hidden gems such as Parque El Paraiso and Ecuagenera - Ecuadorian Orchids. Go for a jaunt from Cuenca to Ingapirca to see Ingapirca Archaeological Complex about 1h 30 min away. There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Corte Provincial de Justicia de Azuay, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Roque, get a taste of the local shopping with Artes de la Tierra Galeria, and contemplate the long history of Plaza de las flores.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Cuenca attractions planning website.

Traveling by car from Banos to Cuenca takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In July, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Lima.

Things to do in Cuenca

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 3 — 7:

Lima, Peru

— 6 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like San Isidro and MALI - Museo de Arte de Lima. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica y Monasterio de Santo Domingo, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, explore the world behind art at Museo MATE, and stroll around Parque El Olivar.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Lima trip itinerary planning app.

You can fly from Cuenca to Lima in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cuenca in July, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Lima, with lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Paracas.

Things to do in Lima

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Jul 7 — 13:

Paracas, Peru

— 3 nights
A port town largely devoted to tourism, Paracas serves as a popular starting point for exploration of Peru's south coast.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Plaza de Armas and Freedom Park. Step out of Paracas to go to Chincha Alta and see Ballumbrosio Estate, which is approximately 1 hour away. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Museo Arqueologico Paracas, see the interesting displays at Museo De Sitio Julio C Tello De Paracas, view the masterpieces at Pukasoncco, Arte Precolombino., and enjoy some music at Culturides La Maquina del Tiempo.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Paracas trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Lima to Paracas takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Lima in July since evenings lows in Paracas dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to drive to Nazca.

Things to do in Paracas

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 13 — 16:

Nazca, Peru

— 4 nights
The southern city of Nazca draws visitors to its archaeological and historical sites.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cantalloc Aqueduct and Ceramicas LASC. Get out of town with these interesting Nazca side-trips: Playa Trompa de Elefante (in San Juan de Marcona) and Geoglifos de Palpa (in Palpa). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Líneas de Cantalloc Telar, stop by Taller de Ceramicas Emilia, look and learn at Planetario Maria Reiche, and don't miss a visit to Mural of Maria Reiche.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Nazca tour itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Paracas to Nazca in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to drive to Arequipa.

Things to do in Nazca

Museums · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 16 — 20:

Arequipa, Peru

— 4 nights

White City

In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at San Francisco Plaza, Church and Monastery and Mundo Alpaca. There's much more to do: experience the excitement of Arequipa Massage, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Santo Domingo, see the interesting displays at MUVI Museo Vivencial del Vino y Pisco, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia de San Miguel Arcangel.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Arequipa trip planning tool.

Getting from Nazca to Arequipa by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. July in Arequipa sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can fly to Cusco.

Things to do in Arequipa

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jul 20 — 24:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): hike along exploor, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then stroll through Santuario Animal de Cochahuasi, and finally explore the ancient world of Tambomachay. On the 26th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Precolombino and then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Cusco trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Arequipa to Cusco takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Arequipa in July, expect little chillier with lows of 1°C in Cusco. You'll have a few hours on the 27th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Cusco

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Jul 24 — 27:

Colombia travel guide

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Historic Sites · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
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

4.5
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.