21 days in Colombia, Peru & Ecuador Itinerary

21 days in Colombia, Peru & Ecuador Itinerary

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San Andres Island, Colombia
— 3 nights
Fly
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Lima, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly
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Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
Train to Ollantaytambo, Bus to Cusco
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Cusco, Peru
— 4 nights
Fly to Baltra Island, Fly to Puerto Villamil
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Puerto Villamil, Ecuador
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador
— 4 nights
Drive to San Cristóbal Airport, Fly to Seattle

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San Andres Island, Colombia — 3 nights

The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): relax and rejuvenate at Dream Island Spa, see some colorful creatures with Caribe Extremo, and then step off the mainland to explore Johnny Cay. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through La Piscinita, then take in the dramatic natural features at Hoyo Soplador, and then kick back and relax at Playa de San Luis.

To find maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our San Andres Island online day trip planner.

Seattle, USA to San Andres Island is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Seattle to San Andres Island. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Seattle in July; daily highs in San Andres Island reach 86°F and lows reach 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Lima.
Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature
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Lima, Peru — 2 nights

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 14th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Huaca Pucllana and then take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Museo de Minerales Andres del Castillo, ponder the design of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), then get engrossed in the history at Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica y Monasterio de Santo Domingo.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Lima trip planner.

Traveling by flight from San Andres Island to Lima takes 10 hours. While traveling from San Andres Island, expect much colder days and slightly colder nights in Lima, ranging from highs of 66°F to lows of 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to fly to Machu Picchu.
Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Jul 13 — 15:

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 17th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mandor and then contemplate the long history of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

For traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Machu Picchu trip itinerary planning website.

You can fly from Lima to Machu Picchu in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Cusco.
Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Jul 15 — 17:

Cusco, Peru — 4 nights

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.
Cusco is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Qorikancha, get engrossed in the history at Museo Inka, and trek along exploor.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Cusco trip planner.

Do a combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Villamil.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Tours
Find places to stay Jul 17 — 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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): contemplate the geological forces at Sierra Negra. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see Surfing, Windsurfing & Kitesurfing and then surround yourself with nature on Rosedelco- Day tour.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Puerto Villamil trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Cusco to Puerto Villamil takes 14 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cusco to Puerto Villamil. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to ride a ferry to Puerto Ayora.
Tours · Outdoors · Nature · Parks
Side Trip
Find places to stay Jul 21 — 23:

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.
Puerto Ayora is known for parks, nature, and wildlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Charles Darwin Research Station, get a taste of life in the country at Rancho Primicias, admire the masterpieces at Maprae, and take in the dramatic natural features at Las Grietas.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Puerto Ayora travel route planning website.

You can ride a ferry from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Ayora in 3.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Ayora. In July, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to catch the ferry to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.
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Side Trips
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Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador — 4 nights

The capital of the Galapagos Islands, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is located on easternmost island of the archipelago, San Cristobal.
Spend the 27th (Wed) exploring nature at Cerro Tijeretas. Next up on the itinerary: admire all the interesting features of Interpretation Center, don't miss a visit to Dona Pilo, get a new perspective on things with Ecuagringo Fishing, and kick back and relax at La Loberia.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Puerto Baquerizo Moreno driving holiday app.

You can ride a ferry from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno in 3.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.
Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Outdoors
Side Trip
Find places to stay Jul 26 — 30:

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.

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.

Ecuador travel guide

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Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites · Beaches
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.