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Are you planning to visit Colombia and Peru?

Are you on the fence about pulling the trigger on your next international trip?

In the past year I spent 6 months traveling in Colombia and 4.5 more traveling in Peru and I really can’t recommend these two countries enough!

I didn’t see everything that Colombia and Peru have to offer (far from it) but I had an amazing time exploring a lot of the hidden corners and beautiful places that they both have in abundance.

These 18 photos showcase the the nature, towns, churches, and beaches that you’ll find there and inspire you to visit Colombia and Peru as well!


Guatape, Colombia

Guatape Medellin, Colombia
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Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu Cusco, Peru
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hiking in Medellin at the Arenales Waterfall

Arenales Waterfall Medellin, Colombia
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Hiking in Arequipa on Misti Volcano

Misti Volcano Arequipa, Peru
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colorful walls in the Old Town of Cartagena

Walled City Cartagena, Colombia
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a penthouse in Medellin

Poblado Penthouse Medellin, Colombia
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colorful church in Jardin, Colombia

Basilica of the Immaculate Conception Jardin, Colombia
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the Rainbow Mountains in Cusco, Peru

Rainbow Mountain Cusco, Peru
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Humantay Lake on the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

Humantay Lake Cusco, Peru
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camping in Arequipa on Misti Volcano

Misti Volcano Arequipa, Peru
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hiking in Arequipa on Misti Volcano

Misti Volcano Arequipa, Peru
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penthouse in Medellin

Boutique Penthouse Medellin, Colombia
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hiking in Huaraz at Laguna 69

Laguna 69 Huaraz, Peru
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beach sunset on San Andres Island

Spratt Bight Beach San Andres Island, Colombia
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hiking in Peru on the Santa Cruz Trek

Santa Cruz Trek Huaraz, Peru
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Playa Blanca beach in Cartagena

Playa Blanca Cartagena, Colombia
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sand boarding in the Huacachina Oasis in Peru

Huacachina Oasis Ica, Peru
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mountain climbing in Peru on Nevado Mateo

Nevado Mateo Huaraz, Peru
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Have these 18 photos inspired you to visit Colombia and Peru?

Both countries are so much more than the reputation that precedes them.

When it comes to Colombia, most people immediately think of Pablo Escobar but the country is also full of nature, beauty, and culture.

Peru is the same. Machu Picchu is on most tourist’s must-visit list, but then rarely stick around to see the rest. For me, exploring Peru has been one of the highlights of my life and it will surely remain as one of the most beautiful places I have ever been.

Whether you have time for one or both, you really can’t go wrong with a visit to Colombia and Peru. Book your flights today and enjoy all that these two countries have to offer!

Ready to go? Use Skyscanner to find the cheapest flights to Colombia and Peru and then explore accommodation like unique stays on Airbnb or the top-rated hotels on to plan the perfect vacation or long-term stay in the countries.


This article is part of the Classic Colombia series. Read the rest below:

How Much Time Should I Spend in Medellin and Bogota?

9 Things to Do in Bogota, Colombia: Bogota Weekend Guide

How to Spend a Girl’s Weekend in Cartagena

San Andres Island Guide: Colombia’s Caribbean Paradse

Is Jardin, Colombia Worth Visiting?

Cost of Living in Colombia: Our 6 Month Budget in Medellin

Or, explore the complete Colombia series for more tips on what to see, do, eat, drink, and discover in the country.


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  1. Hey, nice website and blog. I started doing the same thing about 10 months ago. But….I am 60 years old and still working. Betty, my girlfriend, and I are travelling to 3-4 contries per year and documenting it as well. I enjoy photography so photos have become a big part of my blog.

    I will be following you. Looking for some great tips. Machu Piccu is in the plans for next April or May. Any more detailed tips that you could provide would be greatly appreciated.

    Take a look at my site

    Looking forward to reading more.

    • Hey, thanks so much for the comment! That’s awesome that you’re starting one now… it’s never too late. It’s really fun to share information and connect with other travelers. I’ll definitely check yours out as well. And for Machu Picchu, do you know how you are going to go? I have this post explaining the different options and costs. If you decide to walk the Salkantay Trek, I have this post detailing our experience. Whatever you choose, you’re going to have an amazing time! Let me know if you have any more questions!

  2. Good Pictures, the trip of th America is very great. The new Alternative Inca Trail is called the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

    • Thanks! And yep, I did the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu and recommend it to everyone. It’s cheaper than the Inca Trail and you don’t have to sign up months in advance.


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