Llama Machu Picchu Peru min

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

Market textiles Peru min

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

Cusco Peru


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

La Candelaria Bogota Colombia min

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

Cartagena pretty buildings Colombia min

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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