13 days in Peru, Panama City & Bogota Itinerary

13 days in Peru, Panama City & Bogota Itinerary

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Panama City, Panama
— 3 nights
Bogota, Colombia
— 3 nights
Lima, Peru
— 2 nights
Cusco, Peru
— 4 nights


Panama City, Panama — 3 nights

Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Biomuseo and Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama will appeal to museum buffs. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Iglesia de San José and Iglesia del Carmen. Step out of Panama City with an excursion to Iglesia de San Pedro in Isla Taboga--about 1h 10 min away. And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Panama La Vieja, take a stroll through Cinta Costera, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and make a trip to Avenida Balboa.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Panama City attractions planner.

New York City, USA to Panama City is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from New York City in November: high temperatures in Panama City hover around 86°F and lows are around 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Bogota.
Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
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Bogota, Colombia — 3 nights

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Bolivar Square and Catedral Primada de Bogota. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Museo Nacional de Colombia and Casa de Moneda - Coleccion Numismatica del Banco de la Republica. Change things up with these side-trips from Bogota: Centro de Memoria El Cuartico (in Valledupar) and Parque Natural Chicaque (in Chicaque). And it doesn't end there: shop like a local with Barrio La Candelaria, get engrossed in the history at Casa Museo Quinta de Bolivar, and admire the natural beauty at Piero Jardinero.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Bogota driving holiday planner.

Getting from Panama City to Bogota by flight takes about 5 hours. When traveling from Panama City in November, plan for little chillier days and much colder nights in Bogota: temperatures range from 67°F by day to 48°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Lima.
Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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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.
On the 12th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Church and Sanctuary of Saint Rose of Lima, get to know the fascinating history of Centro Historico de Lima, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Lima, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica y Monasterio de Santo Domingo, and finally explore the world behind art at MALI - Museo de Arte de Lima. On your second day here, delve into the distant past at Caral Peru, wander the streets of San Isidro, then explore the world behind art at Museo MATE, and finally see the interesting displays at ChocoMuseo Berlin.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Lima online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Bogota to Lima takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bogota in November, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 63°F in Lima. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to fly to Cusco.
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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Kayaking & Canoeing and exploor. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Piquillacta and Q'enqo. When in Cusco, make a side trip to see San Pedro Apostol de Andahuaylillas in Andahuaylillas, approximately Andahuaylillas away. There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Museo Historico Regional, view the masterpieces at Centro de Textiles Tradicionales del Cusco, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Precolombino, and steep yourself in history at Tipon.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Cusco day trip site.

Traveling by flight from Lima to Cusco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lima in November, expect a bit cooler with lows of 45°F in Cusco. You will leave for home on the 17th (Tue).
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Peru travel guide

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.