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Machu Picchu to Cartagena

13 days from £3,875pp (excl. international flights)
Lima  → Sacred Valley  → Machu Picchu  → Cusco  → Bogotá  → Coffee Area  → Cartagena  → 

Culture, adventure and excitement across the top of South America

Experience the best of Peru and Colombia in a two week journey blending history, culture, and natural beauty.

Embark on a 12-day trip that weaves together the cultural tapestry of Peru and the vibrant allure of Colombia. Within Peru, traverse the country from Lima to Machu Picchu, from modern energy to ancient heritage. Immerse yourself in Peruvian culture, explore picturesque towns like Pisac and Ollantaytambo, and witness the fascinating blend of natural scenery and imposing Inca city of Machu Picchu. Experience the surreal beauty of the Sacred Valley of the Incas where you find shimmering salt mines at Maras and dramatic agriculatural terraces at Moray. No trip is complete without a stay in charming Cusco and the imposing Plaza de Armas main square.

Next stop Colombia and immerse yourself in Bogotá's historical district, La Candelaria, with its colonial architecture and vibrant heritage. Head to the Coffee Triangle to partake in Colombia’s famed coffee-making process and the undulating hills of the cloud forest. Venture to the Valle del Cocora, where towering wax palms and unique flora await. Your final stop is vibrant Cartagena, with its stunning Caribbean vistas, colourful buildings and historic fortress walls.

Unveil the treasures of Peru and Colombia, where ancient legacies, ancient traditions, and scenic, dramatic landscapes create a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.

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The itinerary…

Day 1: Adventure time!

Pack your things and check in at your nearest international airport for your flight to Lima. Get excited as you fly into South America.

Day 2: Welcome to Lima

Peru Lima By night

Lima at night.

Arrive to Lima, meet and greet and transfer to the Villa Barranco hotel for one night. Spend any free time exploring the pretty neighbourhood of Barranco.

Day 3: Cusco - Sacred Valley of the Incas

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Fabric stall, market, Peru

From Lima, take the short flight to Cusco in the heart of the Andes. On arrival transfer through the dramatic landscape towards the charming town of Pisac and discover one of the most beautiful Inca archaeological sites in the Sacred Valley. Continue to the Inkari Museum, where you will take a guided tour and learn all about the pre-Hispanic history of Peru.

Next, head to the Museum of Living Culture of Yucay where you can meet and feed llamas and alpacas, and learn traditional textile weaving and dying techniques from local indigenous people. The next 2 nights are spent at the boutique Andenia Hotel, close to the town of Huycho in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

Day 4: Sacred Valley of the Incas - Maras & Moray

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Moray

Start your day of adventure at the circular agricultural terraces of Moray which were used to recreate different types of microclimates. The terraces became an experimental farming laboratory, allowing a diverse range of crops to grow within a small area.

From there visit Maras, the famous pre-Hispanic salt mines that offer a spectacular contrast between the shimmering white wells and the lush green valley. Finally, visit Ollantaytambo, a picturesque town continuously inhabited since Inca times, where we will visit the imposing fortress overlooking the town known for its 'living culture'.

Day 5: Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu - Cusco

Machu Picchu Peru

Machu Picchu

Transfer to the train station in Ollantaytambo for the scenic train journey through the Andes to visit one of the Seven Wonders of the World: Machu Picchu. The Lost City of the Incas stands with its ancient terraces, stairways, ceremonial precincts, and urban areas, emanating an incredible energy of deep culture and history. After your guided visit, continue by train to Ollantaytambo or Poroy where you will be transferred by road to Cusco and the luxury of the Palacio del Inka hotel, adjacent to Koricancha, Temple of the Sun.

Day 6: Cusco

Cusco City Peru

Cusco city

Today you’ll explore Cusco starting with Sacsayhuamán, an imposing ceremonial fortress with massive structures set overlooking the city. From there, you can enjoy a panoramic view of the Inca sanctuary Qenqo, an ancient temple containing a ritual sacrificial altar. Lastly, go to the Puca Pucará watchtower and Tambomachay, a monument of remarkable architectural mastery.

Join a private guided city tour starting in the San Blas district with its blend of Inca and Spanish culture to discover Cusco’s main square and cathedral, and finish your day by marvelling at Koricancha, the once-golden Temple of the Sun.

Day 7: Cusco - Bogotá

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La Calendaria, Bogotá

Bid a fond farewell to the Andes, cherishing the memories etched into every step of your journey. Transfer to Cusco airport for your flight to Bogota. Transfer to the Hotel Casa Legado where you will stay two nights, and use the remainder of the day at your leisure.

Day 8: Bogota city tour

View from Monserrate Bogota Colombia

View from Monserrate Hill in Bogotá

Uncover Bogota's historic La Candelaria district, rich in cultural heritage and Spanish colonial architecture. Highlights include Plaza de Bolivar with its Simon Bolivar statue, the Capitol housing the congress, and the Botero Museum displaying art by Botero, Picasso, and more. Visit the Gold Museum's 32,000 gold and precious artifact collection. The afternoon is yours to enjoy as you wish, perhaps listening to live music or sampling delicious local cuisine such as a bandeja paisa.

Day 9: Coffee Processing in Pereira

Coffee berries Colombia min

Coffee berries

After breakfast, take the short flight from Bogota to Pereira in the heart of the coffee region. On arrival transfer to Finca del Café for an immersive coffee farm experience. A guided tour of the plantation covers planting, manual picking, and pulping. You'll roast coffee beans in a traditional kitchen, offering an authentic experience. Witness the innovative drying and processing of coffee beans. Afterward, transfer to the Sazagua Hotel for a 2 night stay.

Day 10: Coffee Region - Valle del Cocora & Filandia

Quindio Coffee Triangle Colombia

Quindio, Colombia

In the morning depart for the Valle de Cocora in Quindío, which showcases Colombia's national tree, the gigantic "Quindian wax palm". Observe diverse bird species, including hummingbirds and the endangered palm parrots while you explore a cloud forest on foot or horseback. Return from the valley using the ecological pathway along River Quindío, once again admiring the sheer size of the wax palms.

In the afternoon, visit Salento for the colourful balconies and interesting architecture, as well as the Cocora viewpoint. Continue to Filandia for amazing colonial architecture, delicious local coffee shops, and a welcoming regional atmosphere before returning to your hotel close to Pereira.

Day 11: Pereira - Cartagena

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Cartagena city

After breakfast it's time to transfer to Pereira airport to fly to Cartagena on the Carribean Coast. The next 2 nights are at Hotel Quadrifolio, a small luxury hotel with loads of character. The building dates back to the 17th century and has been meticulously restored. If time allows, explore Cartagena and all of its colourful charm on your own.

Day 12: Cartagena city tour

Panoramic Cartagena Colombia

Cartagena, Colombia

Your private city tour of Cartagena starts with a panoramic view of the city from the Monasterio and Iglesia de La Popa where you can enjoy 360º views of the city and the sea. Continue to the San Felipe Fortress, which was built to defend the city from pirates, then head to the Old City to visit the 17th century Convent and Church of San Pedro Claver. Your tour ends at the Bovedas, a photogenic collection of archways built into the city wall of Cartagena. Nowadays it’s an artisan centre where one can appreciate local crafts.

Day 13: Depart Cartagena, Colombia

After breakfast and transfer to the airport to take your flight home, along with all the incredible memories you have gathered over your journey.

Day 14: Flying home

Fly back into your home country and start looking through all the pictures you took from your amazing trip!


Duration: 12 nights

Location: Colombia Holidays, South and Central America Holidays

Price: £3875pp

From £3,875pp based on two people sharing excluding international flights.

The trip includes all accommodations and activities specified above. Rooms and meals are as below:

  • 1 night at Villa Barranco - deluxe room, breakfast included.
  • 2 nights at Andenia Hotel – superior room, breakfast included.
  • 2 nights at Palacio del Inka – superior room, breakfast included.
  • 2 nights at Hotel Casa Legado - standard room, breakfast included.
  • 2 nights at Sazagua Hotel - standard room, breakfast included.
  • 2 nights at Hotel Quadrifolio – junior suite, breakfast included.

Also includes

  • Internal flights and all transfers.
  • Finca del Café entrance fee.
  • All private guides and entrance fees for tours.

This trip excludes:

  • Single Supplements.
  • International flights to/from your home country
  • Activities, meals, and park fees not mentioned as included.
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When to go to Peru

Peru is a country that can be visited year-round, as it has a diverse climate and a range of activities to suit every season. Here's a short month-by-month guide to help you decide when to visit:

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January

January is a great time to visit the coastal regions of Peru, including Lima, Paracas, and Mancora. The weather is warm and sunny along the coast, making it perfect for beach activities and water sports.

Coastal Areas (Lima, Paracas, Nazca): Warm and humid with temperatures around 25-30°C (77-86°F).

Highlands (Cusco, Machu Picchu): Rainy season, so expect occasional showers and some trekking routes may be closed.

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February

In February, you can experience the vibrant Carnival celebrations in various cities like Cajamarca and Puno. The festivities feature colorful parades, music, and dancing, offering a unique cultural experience.

Coastal Areas: Remains warm and humid with temperatures similar to January.

Highlands: Still the rainy season, but rainfall starts to decrease towards the end of the month. Some trekking routes may be accessible again.

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March

March is an excellent time for outdoor activities in the Andes as the rainy season starts to wind down. It's a good month for trekking and exploring the natural beauty of the mountains.

Coastal Areas: The weather remains warm, but humidity starts to decrease.

Highlands: The rainy season is ending, and the landscape is lush and green.

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April

It's an ideal time to visit the jungle regions, where you can witness lush vegetation and a variety of wildlife.

Coastal Areas: Autumn sets in, temperatures begin to drop, and fog becomes more common in Lima.

Highlands: The start of the dry season, making it an excellent time to visit Cusco and Machu Picchu.

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May

May is a shoulder season with generally mild weather and fewer tourists. It's a good time to explore popular destinations like Machu Picchu and Cusco before the peak tourist season begins.

Coastal Areas: Foggy mornings in Lima, but the sun usually breaks through later in the day.

Highlands: The dry season continues, with pleasant and sunny days.

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June

June is an excellent month to visit Cusco and attend the Inti Raymi festival, which celebrates the Incan sun god Inti. This festival features colourful processions and ancient rituals, adding to the cultural richness of the experience.

Coastal Areas: Cool temperatures in Lima due to the influence of the cold Humboldt Current.

Highlands: One of the best months to visit Cusco and Machu Picchu, with minimal rainfall and comfortable temperatures during the day.

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July

July is the peak tourist season in Peru, especially around Independence Day (July 28th). It's a great time to visit all regions of the country, including the coast, mountains, and rainforest.

Coastal Areas: Lima's winter, cool and misty.

Highlands: Dry season continues, but July also marks the beginning of the high tourist season. Plan ahead and expect crowds

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August

August is a good time to trek the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, but make sure to book in advance, as permits can sell out quickly during this popular time of year.

Coastal Areas: Similar to July, cool and misty in Lima.

Highlands: High tourist season continues. It's essential to book treks and accommodations in advance.

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September

September is a transition month when the crowds start to thin out, and the weather remains pleasant in most regions. It's a good time for sightseeing and outdoor activities.

Coastal Areas: Springtime starts, and temperatures begin to rise in Lima.

Highlands: Crowds start to thin out, but the weather remains favourable.

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October

October is another shoulder season with fewer tourists. The weather is still favourable, making it an ideal time for exploring different parts of the country.

Coastal Areas: Pleasant spring weather in Lima.

Highlands: The dry season continues, and this month is still a good time to visit.

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November

November marks the beginning of the rainy season on the coast, so it's best to focus on the Andes and the Amazon during this month.

Coastal Areas: Springtime in Lima, with warmer temperatures.

Highlands: The dry season ends, and the rainy season begins, so expect occasional showers.

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December

It is festive time in Peru, with various Christmas and New Year celebrations taking place throughout the country. Coastal regions are popular for holiday getaways, with warm weather and beach activities.

Coastal Areas: Warm and comfortable temperatures in Lima, ideal for beach activities.

Highlands: The rainy season continues, but it's still possible to visit. Just be prepared for wet conditions.

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When to go to Colombia

A month-by-month guide of when to visit Colombia

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January

January is part of Colombia's dry season, offering pleasant temperatures and less rainfall. The country's diverse geography ensures a variety of climates.

Coastal regions, like Cartagena and Santa Marta, enjoy balmy temperatures around 30°C (86°F), perfect for sunbathing and exploring pristine beaches. Inland cities such as Bogotá and Medellín experience milder temperatures ranging from 10°C to 20°C (50°F to 68°F), ideal for city sightseeing and hiking in the surrounding mountains.

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February

February continues to offer favourable weather conditions for exploring Colombia. The dry season persists, ensuring pleasant temperatures and minimal rainfall across the country.

Coastal areas like Cartagena and Santa Marta maintain their inviting climate, with temperatures hovering around 30°C (86°F), making it an excellent time for beach activities and water sports. Inland cities such as Bogotá and Medellín experience slightly warmer temperatures ranging from 15°C to 25°C (59°F to 77°F), allowing visitors to enjoy outdoor excursions comfortably.

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March

March marks the transition from the dry season to the beginning of the rainy season in Colombia. While the weather remains generally pleasant, there may be occasional showers and increased humidity later in the month.

Coastal regions like Cartagena and Santa Marta experience temperatures around 30°C (86°F) but may also see some rainfall. Inland cities such as Bogotá and Medellín continue to enjoy mild temperatures ranging from 15°C to 25°C (59°F to 77°F) but may also encounter intermittent rain showers.

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April

April is the beginning of the shoulder season in Colombia. During this time, the weather can be more unpredictable, with increased rainfall in various regions.

Coastal areas like Cartagena and Santa Marta may experience higher humidity and occasional showers, while inland cities such as Bogotá and Medellín can also see increased precipitation. It's advisable to pack rain gear and plan outdoor activities accordingly.

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May

In May, Colombia experiences varied weather and climate conditions depending on the region.

Coastal areas like Cartagena and Santa Marta enjoy warm temperatures around 30°C (86°F) with occasional showers. Inland cities such as Bogotá and Medellín have milder temperatures ranging from 15°C to 23°C (59°F to 74°F).

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June

June continues the rainy season and brings varied weather conditions across the country.

Coastal regions like Cartagena and Santa Marta experience warm temperatures around 30°C (86°F) with increased rainfall. Inland cities such as Bogotá and Medellín have milder temperatures ranging from 15°C to 25°C (59°F to 77°F) and can also see occasional rain showers.

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July

In July, Colombia experiences diverse weather conditions depending on the region. Coastal areas like Cartagena and Santa Marta offer warm temperatures around 30°C (86°F) with occasional showers. Inland cities such as Bogotá and Medellín provide milder temperatures ranging from 15°C to 25°C (59°F to 77°F) and can also see rain showers.

July presents fantastic opportunities to explore Colombia's natural beauty. Discover the stunning landscapes of Tayrona National Park, hike through the Cocora Valley, or go whale watching along the Pacific Coast.

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August

In August, Colombia experiences diverse weather conditions depending on the region. Coastal areas like Cartagena and Santa Marta offer warm temperatures around 30°C (86°F) with occasional showers. Inland cities such as Bogotá and Medellín provide milder temperatures ranging from 15°C to 25°C (59°F to 77°F) and can also experience rain showers.

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September

In September, Colombia experiences varied weather conditions depending on the region. Coastal areas like Cartagena and Santa Marta offer warm temperatures around 30°C (86°F) with a chance of occasional showers. Inland cities such as Bogotá and Medellín provide milder temperatures ranging from 15°C to 25°C (59°F to 77°F) and can also see some rainfall.

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October

October is the start of the rainy season or the Low season in Colombia.

Rainfall is heaviest inland in the cities like Bogota and Cali, however, it is perfectly navigable and manageable to visit these places despite heavy downpours. There are plenty of indoor activities like museums, restaurants, and art galleries.

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November

The rainy season eases up slightly as it transitions to the dry season at the end of November.

Coastal areas such as Cartagena and Santa Marta continue to offer warm temperatures, ranging from 28°C to 32°C (82°F to 90°F), with lots of showers. Inland cities like Bogotá and Medellín start to cool down with temperatures ranging from 12°C to 20°C (54°F to 68°F). If you prefer warmer and drier weather, stick to the Caribbean side of Colombia. The coastal region, notably Cartagena, has a plethora of colourful attractions.

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December

December is the beginning of the dry season, or High Season, and marks the start of the best conditions in which to visit Colombia.

Coastal areas such as Cartagena and Santa Marta offer warm temperatures ranging from 28°C to 32°C (82°F to 90°F). These regions tend to have a mix of sunny days and occasional showers. Inland cities like Bogotá and Medellín have milder temperatures ranging from 12°C to 20°C (54°F to 68°F).

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