18 days in Lima, Bogota & Costa Rica Itinerary

18 days in Lima, Bogota & Costa Rica Itinerary

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18 days in Lima, Bogota & Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Athens, Greece
Fly:  21​h 15​min
1
Lima, Peru
— 5 nights
2
Bogota, Colombia
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
San Jose, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Athens, Greece

5
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.
Lima is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Circuito Magico del Agua, get a sense of history and politics at Palacio de Torre Tagle, take a stroll through Barranco, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco.

To see where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Lima journey planning site .

Athens, Greece to Lima is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time to Peru Time is minus 7 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Athens in September: high temperatures in Lima hover around 22°C and lows are around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
Find places to stay Sep 10 — 15:
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Circuito Magico Del Agua ©
Circuito Magico Del Agua
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Miraflores ©
Miraflores

5
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Bogota side-trips: Zipaquira (Catedral Diocesana & Catedral de Sal). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Monserrate, take a stroll through Barrio La Candelaria, and get lost in a book at Biblioteca Virgilio.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Bogota trip planner .

Fly from Lima to Bogota in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lima in September, Bogota is slightly colder at night with lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Zipaquira
Find places to stay Sep 15 — 20:
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Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Monserrate ©
Monserrate

5
nights
San Jose, Costa Rica

A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
Explore San Jose's surroundings by going to Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park), La Paz Waterfall Gardens (in Vara Blanca) and Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles) (in Cartago). Next up on the itinerary: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, stroll through Zoo Ave, view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu, and get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the San Jose day trip site .

Fly from Bogota to San Jose in 5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Bogota to San Jose. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Bogota in September; daily highs in San Jose reach 32°C and lows reach 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Zoo Ave, El Toledo Coffee Tour, Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles, Poas Volcano, Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz
Find places to stay Sep 20 — 26:
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River Rafting & Tubing
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
El Toledo Coffee Tour ©
El Toledo Coffee Tour

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