(For the purposes of this question, please let's pretend there's no global pandemic.)
I am taking a tour to Machu Picchu, the Galapagos Islands, and Colombia in April/May. The tour starts with two full days in Lima.
Flights from Guadalajara to Lima on Copa Airlines include the option of a stopover in Panama City. So I am planning on spending a few days there before heading on to Lima. I'm allowing myself up to seven full extra days before the tour begins. (Eight days including the travel day from Panama to Lima.)
First question: how would you recommend I allocate those seven days between Panama and Lima? What's an optimal number of days to enjoy Panama? If I arrive in Lima a few days early, I'd use the time to see things not already included on the two days of the tour, including a possible day trip outside the city. Or is seven days too many?
Second question: the tour ends with three nights (about 2 1/2 days) in Medellin, Colombia. Would you recommend I add some additional time there at the end to explore on my own? Or is the 2 1/2 days adequate?