13 days in Peru, Panama City & Bogota Itinerary

13 days in Peru, Panama City & Bogota Itinerary

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Start: New York City, United States
+2
Bus + Fly + Shuttle:  8 h 30 min
1
Panama City, Panama
— 3 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  5 h 15 min
2
Bogota, Colombia
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
3
Lima, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h 45 min
4
Cusco, Peru
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + Train + Subway:  13 h 30 min
End: New York City, United States

3
nights
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
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 Avenida Balboa and Fishing Charters & Tours. Step out of Panama City with an excursion to Iglesia de San Pedro in Isla Taboga--about 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Panama La Vieja, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia de San José, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia del Carmen, and take a stroll through Cinta Costera.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Panama City trip planner.

New York City, USA to Panama City is an approximately 9.5- hour combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. You can also do a combination of subway, train, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from New York City in November; daily highs in Panama City reach 86°F and lows reach 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Panama City

Historic Sites Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Iglesia de San Pedro
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Avenida Balboa ©
Avenida Balboa
Fishing Charters & Tours
Panama La Vieja ©
Panama La Vieja

3
nights
Bogota, Colombia

Bogota ©
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 Centro de Memoria El Cuartico. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Museo Nacional de Colombia and Casa Museo Quinta de Bolivar. Go for a jaunt from Bogota to Chicaque to see Parque Natural Chicaque about 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Barrio La Candelaria, take in the architecture and atmosphere at La Catedral Primada, take in nature's colorful creations at Piero Jardinero, and see the interesting displays at Casa de Moneda - Coleccion Numismatica del Banco de la Republica.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Bogota online road trip planner.

Getting from Panama City to Bogota by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Panama City in November: highs in Bogota hover around 67°F, while lows dip to 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Lima.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Parque Natural Chicaque, Centro de Memoria El Cuartico
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Parque Natural Chicaque ©
Parque Natural Chicaque
Museo Nacional de Colombia ©
Museo Nacional de Colombia
Casa Museo Quinta de Bolivar ©
Casa Museo Quinta de Bolivar

2
nights
Lima, Peru

Lima ©
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.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Lima online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Bogota to Lima takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. 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 travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Centro Historico de Lima ©
Centro Historico de Lima
Cathedral of Lima ©
Cathedral of Lima
Basilica y Monasterio de Santo Domingo ©
Basilica y Monasterio de Santo Domingo

4
nights
Cusco, Peru

Cusco ©
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 exploor and Kayaking & Canoeing. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Piquillacta and Museo Historico Regional. 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: contemplate the long history of Tipon, view the masterpieces at Centro de Textiles Tradicionales del Cusco, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Precolombino, and delve into the distant past at Q'enqo.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Cusco day trip site.

Traveling by flight from Lima to Cusco takes 2 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).

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trips

Piquillacta, San Pedro Apostol de Andahuaylillas
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exploor ©
exploor
Piquillacta ©
Piquillacta
Kayaking & Canoeing

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