From Cartagena to Machu Picchu
Colombia & Peru for school groups
Colombia and Peru trip can also be combined with Ecuador, Chile, Argentina
Colombia and Peru are great for learning about
Ecology and biodiversity
History colonization, Colombia’s Farc conflicts and cartels
Theatre Colombia hosts the world’s largest theater festival, the Iberoamerica.
Agriculture Peru is famous for its unique cuisine, Colombia is large coffee exporter
Art Botero sculptures and painting
And much more
Colombia and Peru Itinerary
This is an example of the Peru itinerary.
Remember: We are very happy to customize this itinerary to accommodate your group specific interests. We can make it longer or shorter and adjust the cost to fit different budgets.
Day 1 Cartagena
Flight to Cartagena
Meet the tour director
Dinner and orientation
Day 2 Cartagena
Tour of the city
- Cerro de La Popa, the 150m (492 ft) hill to the east of the city
- 400-year old convent, Convento de Nuestra Señora de La Candelaria
- Getsemaní – The once-former slave quarter is transformed into Cartagena’s most charming and authentic neighborhood, with colorful ever-expanding collection of urban street art that covers the walls of Calle de La Sierpe; creatively illustrating life in this diverse city
- Casa Gabriel García Márquez
Free time to explore the plazas and markets
Day 3 Tayrona National Park
A trip to Northern Colombia is not complete until you have visited the magical Tayrona National Park.
- Relax on empty, gorgeous stretches of golden beaches,
- Explore thick rainforests, and palm tree forests
- Meet and learn about the indigenous tribes of the Sierra Nevada mountains
Day 4 Bogota
Tour of the Candelaria district
Arepas cooking class and tasting
Day 5 Bogota
Special Event: City tour with history of violence in Colombia. We will join local journalist to learned about Colombia infamous and complicated past including history of cartels and FARC.
Cable car to the Mount Monserrate – amazing ride to the mountaintop for dinner with a view.
Day 6 Lima
Arrival in Lima
Tour of Miraflores
Sunset Cliff Walk
Day 7 Lima
Tour of the city
- Famous and one of the largest cathedrals in Latin America with remains of conquistador Francisco Pizzaro.
Special event: Discussion at the Center for Indigenous Studies about local communities
Cooking class: Traditional Peruvian cuisine
Day 8 Lima/Cusco
Fly to Cusco
Day 9 Sacred Valley
Tour of Sacred Valley
- Pisac – visit the stunning ruins above the town and the colorful market where we shop for unique handicrafts.
- Ollantaytambo, an ancient town of the Inca that continues to thrive today.
- We stay overnight in Urubamba in the heart of the Sacred Valley.
Special event: Meeting with the local, indigenous community, and students.
Day 10 Machu Picchu
The highlight of the whole trip, Machu Picchu, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, a breathtaking set of ruins in a unique cloud forest location. This Inca citadel was chosen in 1983 as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
We will arrive early in the morning to avoid crowds
Day 11 Cusco
Explore the capital of the Inca Empire, Cusco.
- San Pedro market to get a taste of the local textiles and food of the region
- Coricancha or the “Sun Temple”.When the Spaniards arrived in the city, they converted this temple into the Santo Domingo Church: the unique mix of the two cultures can be seen in its construction.
- The Main Square and the beautiful cathedral with a famous painting of the last supper with a guinea pig.
Special event: Getting to know the llamas. Meeting and petting the alpacas, llamas, and vicunas. An interactive workshop on the animals of the Andes.
Day 12 Cusco
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Country Code for Colombia +57. Police 123. American Embassy: (+57) 1 2752000 Address: Cl. 24 Bis ## 48-50, Bogotá, Colombia
Country Code for Peru +51. Police 105. American Embassy: (+51) 1 6182000 Address: Av La Encalada 1615, Santiago de Surco 15023, Peru
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Essential Travel Information
for school trips to Colombia and Peru
visa requirements, health, currency and more
Important notice: This trip visits places that are at high altitude, and as a result some people can suffer from altitude sickness, regardless of age or physical health. If you travel above 2,500m you may get altitude sickness before, or drink alcohol before acclimatizing to the altitude, or have health problems that affect breathing. See your doctor before traveling and get advice specific to you and your situation.
▹ Visa requirements for school trips to Colombia and Peru
There are no special visa requirements for US citizens entering Colombia and Peru for less than 90 days. Please make sure your passport is valid for at least another 6 months and has empty pages.
▹ Health, Vaccinations
✔︎ All travelers need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully on this trip. When selecting your trip please make sure you have read through the itinerary carefully and assess your ability to manage and enjoy our style of travel. Please note that if in the opinion of our group leader or local guide any traveller is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group, we reserve the right to exclude them from all or part of a trip without refund. You should be able to walk at least 2-3 miles a day and be able to climb at least two sets of stairs.
✔︎ You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information or for any necessary vaccinations before departure.
✔︎ According to the WHO, yellow fever can occur in Peru. Yellow fever is a potentially fatal viral disease transmitted by mosquitoes. It is preventable by vaccination. There were also Zika cases in Peru. Protect yourself against insect-borne diseases by using insect repellent and wear long, loose fitting, light colored clothing and getting vaccinated against yellow fever before you travel.
✔︎ At least 30 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov.
✔︎ If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour and any possible delays ( we recommend additional 1-2 weeks of supply).
✔︎ If you tend to get motion sickness please travel with appropriate medication. If you have a sensitive stomach consider bringing imodium as well.
Health Insurance: international health insurance, evacuation or cancelation insurance are not included. We recommend purchasing those before the trip. See the insurance box on the sidebar of this page.
✔︎ Peru operates on 220 volts and uses Types A or C plugs with two flat pins.
✔︎ Colombia operates on 110 volts and uses Types A or B with two flat pins and one round pin, respectively.
▹ Connectivity, Internet
✔︎ The Internet is available in all hotels although speed may vary.
✔︎ Please consult your phone plan provider for phone call and text messages, international charges and plans.
▹ Time zones
✔︎ Colombia and Peru is on the same as Eastern Time (ET). Peru does not observe daylight saving time.
✔︎ 12pm in New York, is 12pm in Peru from November through March and 11am from April through October.
▹ Currency, cash, credit cards
✔︎ The currency in Peru is Peruvian sol, and in Colombia is Colombian peso.
✔︎ Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas.
✔︎ ATMs are available in all major towns and cities and credit cards are generally available in tourist shops and restaurants. Visa and MasterCard are better than American Express, Diners. Smaller venues accept cash only.
▹ Baggage allowance
✔︎ Our travelers are limited to one checked bag and one carry-on bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights. Additional baggage can be a subject of extra fees. Contact your airline for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flights.
✔︎ We recommend that you make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication, and documents and a set of clothes, pijamas and cosmetics (travel size) in your carry-on bag in case of baggage delays. ber of your first hotel printed out.
✔︎ It’s customary to offer your guide and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
✔︎ We recommend tipping the equivalent of $10 per day per person and giving the tips to tour leaders to distribute between drivers, guides etc.
✔︎ Tips can only be paid in cash.
Our itineraries are updated regularly throughout the year based on customer feedback and to reflect the current situation in each destination. The information included in this Essential Trip Information may therefore differ from when you first booked your trip. It is important that you review this information prior to travel so that you have the latest updates. Due to weather, local conditions, transport schedules, public holidays, or other factors, further changes may be necessary to your itinerary once in-country. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary seasonally to ensure our travelers have the best experience. Your tour leader will keep you up to date with any such changes once on tour.
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