Peru & Colombia in 16 Days
Sacred Incas, Coffee Route & Cartagena
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Explore Lima, famous for its delicious ceviche. Uncover the mysteries of the Sacred Valley and the Inca capital of Cuzco before exploring Machu Picchu, one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World! Head to Colombia to discover the charms of Medellín, the 'city of eternal spring', experience the coffee-producing heritage of Armenia and soak up the colorful atmosphere of Cartagena.
15 days trip including flights*
15 days and 14 nights in destination
NYC - LIM
Cartagena de Indias
Cartagena de Indias
Cartagena de Indias
CTG - NYC
* It may change depending of your departure city, departure date and arrival date.
The calendar does not display internal flights, trains or other transportation included in the itinerary.
Arrive in Lima, the capital of Peru, situated on the Pacific Coast. Transfer to the hotel*, and spend the rest of the day exploring the city's colonial streets and magical plazas at your leisure. Overnight stay in Lima.
*If your flight arrives in Lima in the early hours of the morning, and you wish to have your room available before 2:00 p.m, you can book early check-in in the next step of the booking process.
Breakfast at the hotel. Today, enjoy an informative and interesting city tour of Lima, including its Historic Centre and the Santo Domingo Convent. Start by exploring the districts of Miraflores and San Isidro before heading to the Historic Center. Visit the impressive Convent of Santo Domingo and walk to the Plaza de Armas to admire the exquisite colonial architecture that surrounds it. Stop in the Parque del Amor, from where you can take beautiful photos of the Peruvian coastline. Overnight stay in Lima.
Breakfast at the hotel. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for a flight to Cuzco. Arrive in Cuzco, the former Inca capital, and transfer to the Sacred Valley, on the way stop at Awanakancha (no guide, only driver) and savour the opportunity to explore this living museum, where ancient customs and traditions have been preserved across the centuries. Watch local communities creating beautiful handmade textiles and soak up the beautiful views, unchanged by time. Spend the remainder of the day at your leisure, exploring the lively immaculate scenery of this iconic region. Overnight stay in Sacred Valley.
Breakfast at the hotel. An exciting visit to Machu Picchu awaits you this morning as you set off for the train station to board the Expedition Train to Aguas Calientes, admiring the landscape along the way. Arrive and transfer to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Machu Picchu*, a true wonder of the world and one of the New Seven Wonders of the Modern World. Spend some time discovering the ruins and being amazed by the terraces and enjoying a tour of the different sections of the site. Return to Sacred Valley. Arrive and overnight stay in Sacred Valley.
Note: The baggage policy on board the Expedition train is 1 bag or backpack per person weighing a maximum of max. 5kg / 11lb.
* Backpacks or bags taken into Machu Picchu must not exceed 40x35x20cms or have a capacity larger than 20Lts and must not contain single-use plastic bottles or bags. Backpacks or bags that exceed the indicated measurements can be left in storage for approx. $2 per bag.
Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a day at your leisure in the Sacred Valley, an area in the Andean Highlands famed as the heart of the ancient Inca Empire. We recommend an optional Sacred Valley Excursion to experience the best of the region. * At the indicated time, take the train back to Cuzco. Arrive, transfer to the hotel and overnight stay in Cuzco.
* Optional Essence of the Sacred Valley Excursion: Visit Chinchero and the PARWA Centre, to appreciate the colourful traditional textiles. Next, visit the church of Chinchero before heading to the Racchi panoramic viewpoint for a fantastic view across the valley. Explore Ollantaytambo and its Inca fortress. Lunch and 'Boleto Turisitco' included granting entrance to the Sacred Valley and surrounding sights.
Breakfast at the hotel. Today, set off on a fascinating half-day tour of Cuzco. Begin in the iconic Plaza de Armas, and visit the Cathedral. From here, walk to the Koricancha Temple, an impressive ancient Inca palace, in honour of the Sun God. Today, a Dominican church stands on the site. Finally, visit the lively San Blas neighbourhood, known for its artists, shops and artisan workshops. Spend the remainder of the day at your leisure, soaking up the atmosphere of the city and sampling the local cuisine. Overnight stay in Cuzco.
Breakfast at the hotel. Head back to the Peruvian capital today. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for a flight to Lima. Arrive, transfer to the hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure, exploring the atmospheric city plazas or shopping for souvenirs. Overnight stay in Lima.
Breakfast at the hotel. It's time to say 'hola' to Colombia as you transfer to Lima airport, ready for a flight to Medellín.* Arrive in the hillside city and transfer to the hotel, catching sight of the captivating urban skyline along the way. Overnight stay in Medellín.
Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a day at your leisure in Medellín, known as the 'City of Eternal Spring'. Soak up some culture in the Museo de Antioquia, wander through the tranquil Botanic Gardens or simply people-watch in one of the city's sunny plazas. Alternatively, we recommend an excursion to Peñol and Guatapé.* Overnight stay in Medellín.
* Optional Full-Day Excursion to Peñol and Guatapé: Explore the town of Peñol, known for its impressive, energy-producing reservoir. Move on to Piedra de El Peñol, a strange stone monolith, and climb 724 steps to reach the peak for unforgettable panoramic views. After descending, stop for lunch before visiting the town of Guatapé to appreciate its picturesque houses and to enjoy a boat trip on the reservoir.
Breakfast at the hotel. It's time to delve deeper into Medellín's heritage today with a panoramic city tour. From Lleras Park to the Golden Mile, soak up the laid-back ambience and beauty of Colombia's second-largest city. Enjoy a stroll through the Botero Sculpture Park, perfect for unique photo opportunities, and be captivated by the facade of the Metropolitan Cathedral. The excitement starts at Acevedo Station where you catch the metro cable car up to the hill station of Santo Domingo, for amazing views of the city and its contrasting neighbourhoods. See the modern side of the city at the EPM Building and continue to Paisa, an Antioquia neighbourhood, for a taste of local culture. Return to the hotel and spend the evening at your leisure, sampling the tasty local cuisine at the numerous street food stalls or exploring the street art scene in vibrant Comuna 13. In the afternoon, bid farewell to the city in favour of the lush Andean highlands. Transfer to the airport to take a flight to the city of Armenia. Arrive and transfer to the hotel. Armenia is surrounded by the peaks of the Andes and is home to lively plazas and unique architecture. Overnight stay in Armenia.
Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning enjoy a visit to a local coffee plantation to learn about the production process from start to finish and to sample the sweet aromas and flavours of Colombian coffee. Spend the rest of the day at your leisure, soaking up the atmosphere of Armenia's vibrant Plaza de Bolivar or exploring the impressive Cathedral La Inmaculada Concepción. Overnight stay in Armenia.
Breakfast at the hotel. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for a flight to Cartagena. Arrive and transfer to the hotel. Cartagena sits on the Caribbean coast and is one of the main ports in Colombia. It's become increasingly trendy in recent years and has a plethora of quirky bars and eateries, colorful streets and leafy plazas, perfect for exploring! Overnight stay in Cartagena.
Breakfast at the hotel. Today, get to know the colonial past and colorful present of the city. Set off on a panoramic tour of Cartagena, passing through the main neighbourhoods of the city: Boca Grande, Castillo Grande and Manga until you arrive at the majestic Castillo de San Felipe, an important feat in military engineering. Visit the Church of San Pedro Claver and end the tour with a short walk through the walled area where you can admire its pretty squares, narrow streets and houses with balconies beautifully decorated with flowers. The city's charms are undeniable. Spend the remainder of the day at your leisure. Perhaps you'll head down to the beach for a lazy afternoon or enjoy a drink in one of the lively plazas. Overnight stay in Cartagena.
Breakfast at the hotel. Spend the day exploring the city and its surroundings at your leisure or enjoy an optional tour to the Rosario Islands.* Overnight stay in Cartagena.
* Optional Rosario Islands Tour: In the morning, transfer to the pier to board a speedboat service to the National Natural Park of the Rosario Islands. Admire the views of the Bay of Cartagena and Boca Chica, before arriving at the idyllic islands and taking the time to enjoy the beach and surroundings. Lunch included. Return transfer back to the hotel can be arranged and paid for at the pier itself. (Does not include transfer back to the hotel, approx. $7 p.p. tax or optional entrance to San Martin Aquarium $14 p.p.)
Breakfast at the hotel. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for a flight back to the US. Arrive in the US and end your trip.
*In case the advertised hotels are not available they will be replaced by one of these alternative hotels with the same quality: Arawi Miraflores Express, Casa Andina Standard Benavides, Casa Andina Standard Miraflores Centro, El Tambo, Habitat Hotel, Hotel San Antonio Abad, Ibis Larco Miraflores, Ibis Lima Reducto Miraflores, Los Girasoles, Mercure Ariosto Lima, Tambo Dos de Mayo.
Included activity for day 2 in Lima
Duration 03:30h Approx. Pick up time: 09:00 Approx
City Tour of Colonial and Modern Lima
Enjoy an informative and interesting city tour of Lima, including its Historic Centre and the Santo Domingo Convent.
Included activity for day 4 in Machu Picchu
Duration 01:30h Approx.
Visit to Machu Picchu by Expedition or Voyager Train
Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Machu Picchu, a true wonder of the world! Discover these ancient Inca ruins, perched high in the Andes, for a truly unforgettable experience!
Included activity for day 6 in Cuzco
Duration 03:00h Approx. Pick up time: 14:00 Approx
Half-Day Cuzco Tour
Begin your tour in the Plaza de Armas and visit the Cathedral, Koricancha Temple and the San Blas Neighborhood.
If you have reduced mobility you can request assistance for these activities by speaking to one of our experts
Suggested activity for day 4
Upgrade: Go and Return 360° train to Aguas Calientes
Upgrade to the 360° train to Aguas Calientes which has an open-air observatory wagon with bar and higher and wider panoramic windows.
Suggested activity for day 5 in Sacred Valley
Duration 08:00h Approx. Pick up time: 07:00 Approx
The Essence of the Sacred Valley (with lunch and 'Boleto Turisitco')
Full day excursion to the Sacred Valley including Ollantaytambo, PARWA Traditional Textiles Centre and Chinchero. Lunch and BTCP included.
Suggested activity for day 9
Peñol & Guatapé Excursion
Visit Peñol reservoir and the famous Peñol Stone, a 220-metre high rock monolith to climb the 724 steps to the top. The views of the surrounding countryside are worth the climb! Also visit Guatapé town and cruise on the reservoir.
Suggested activity for day 14
Rosario Islands Tour (Isla del Encanto)
Take a shared speedboat service to the Rosario Islands National Park, appreciating the views of Cartagena Bay and Boca Chica along the way. Arrive at Isla del Encanto and spend the day enjoying the idyllic beaches and clear waters. Lunch included.
The price includes
- Included in all our trips. more information
- Departures from main US airports.
- International flights: US - Lima, Lima - Medellín, Cartagena - US.
- Internal flights: Lima - Cuzco, Cuzco - Lima, Medellín - Armenia, Armenia - Cartagena.
- Train Journey from Sacred Valley - Aguas Calientes on board the Expedition Train. *more information
- 14 nights accommodation in Charm category hotels.See hotels included
- 14 breakfasts.
- Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles.
- Visits and entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary with an English-speaking guide.See itinerary
- All air taxes and fuel surcharge.
Drinks, tips and any other services not mentioned in what's included.
* You can choose to upgrade to a different train for this journey in the next step of the booking process.
If you are interested in travelling on a date not included on our departures calendar, please contact our Customer Service Department.
We strongly recommend you consult your healthcare provider regarding the possible effects of altitude sickness.
- Entry requirementsPassport with at least six months validity. One page required for stamp.
- VisaFree visa on arrival.
- CurrencyPeruvian Sol.
- Electricity220V, 60 Hz. U.S. style plug. Check the voltage.
- HealthPlease consult your doctor regarding the vaccination against yellow fever and malaria prophylaxis. Travellers over 60 years must consult their doctor as the Yellow Fever vaccine can have serious side effects.
- Time zoneUTC - 05:00.
- Tourist Office websitehttps://www.peru.travel/en-us/
Remember to download your e-ticket to confirm the times of your flights and to complete online check-in using the airline’s website, or directly at the check-in desk at the airport.
Accommodation at the hotels is as indicated. In the event of any changes to accommodation, they will always be of the same, or a higher category.
The category of hotels is not standardized across all countries in the world. For this reason, the criteria may differ depending on the destination country's own standards.
In the case of adverse weather conditions, for safety reasons or for any other reasons deemed appropriate, the order and duration of the excursions included in the itinerary may be changed or cancelled without prior notice.
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