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: get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco, contemplate the long history of Huaca Pucllana, get a taste of the local shopping with Shopping Center Larcomar (Centro Comercial Larcomar), and wander the streets of Miraflores.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Lima trip itinerary planner.

Dublin, Ireland to Lima is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from Dublin to Lima. In June, Lima is somewhat warmer than Dublin - with highs of 70°F and lows of 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can fly to Cusco.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cusco: Salinas de Maras (in Maras) and Pisac (in Pisac). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman, take an in-depth tour of Museo Inka, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Precolombino, and take a stroll through San Blas.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Cusco trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Lima to Cusco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lima in July, expect much colder with lows of 34°F in Cusco. On the 6th (Thu), 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.
On the 6th (Thu), look for gifts at Artesanias. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get great views at Intipuncu and then delve into the distant past at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Machu Picchu vacation planner.

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 9th (Sun), 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.
On the 10th (Mon), 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 next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia San Cristobal Lipez, then make a trip to Plaza Arce, and then see the interesting displays at Train Cemetery.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Uyuni itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Machu Picchu to Uyuni takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Machu Picchu to Uyuni, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. July in Uyuni sees daily highs of 39°F and lows of 38°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can fly 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.
Go for a jaunt from Bogota to Zipaquira to see Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira about 54 minutes away. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, see the interesting displays at Casa de Moneda - Coleccion Numismatica del Banco de la Republica, take in the awesome beauty at Monserrate, and get a sense of history and politics at Biblioteca Nacional.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Bogota road trip planner.

Fly from Uyuni to Bogota in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Bolivia Time (BOT) to Colombia Standard Time (COT) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Uyuni in July, you will find days in Bogota are warmer (65°F), and nights are a bit warmer (48°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight 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 16th (Sun), make a trip to Plaza Botero, observe the fascinating underwater world at Parque Explora, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Botanico de Medellin. On the 17th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the local highlights with Walking tours and then steep yourself in history at Pueblito Paisa.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Medellin holiday maker tool.

Getting from Bogota to Medellin by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bogota in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Medellin: highs are around 84°F and lows about 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to 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 18th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena, then steep yourself in history at Las Bovedas, and then step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, take in the architecture and atmosphere 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 make a trip to Plaza Santo Domingo, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Cartagena tour builder app.

Traveling by flight from Medellin to Cartagena takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Medellin in July; daily highs in Cartagena reach 91°F and lows reach 78°F. On the 20th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can 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 · 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.
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