12 days in Colombia & Ecuador Itinerary

12 days in Colombia & Ecuador Itinerary

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1
Cartagena, Colombia
— 2 nights
2
Santa Marta, Colombia
— 1 night
3
Bogota, Colombia
— 2 nights
4
Quito, Ecuador
— 2 nights
5
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador
— 2 nights
6
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 2 nights

2
nights
Cartagena, Colombia

Cartagena ©
The site of the continent's first Spanish colony, Cartagena retains much of its colonial flavor thanks to a World Heritage-listed old town, encircled by old walls and protected by imposing fortresses.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena, thensee the interesting displays at Choco Museo, thenmake a trip to Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, and finally don't miss a visit to Plaza de La Trinidad. On the 21st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa, thentake in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de la Trinidad, and then wander the streets of Barrio Getsemani.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Cartagena trip planning tool.

Houston, USA to Cartagena is an approximately 11-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Houston to Cartagena. Traveling from Houston in October, expect Cartagena to be a bit warmer, temps between °F and °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can drive to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Barrio Getsemani ©
Barrio Getsemani
Iglesia de la Trinidad ©
Iglesia de la Trinidad
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas

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Santa Marta, Colombia

Many visitors begin their Santa Marta holiday, surrounded by urban clutter and heavy traffic, expecting little from the city in terms of historical importance.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Marine World Aquarium.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Marta attractions planner.

You can drive from Cartagena to Santa Marta in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Santa Marta are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Scuba & Snorkeling
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino ©
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino
Marine World Aquarium
Marine World Aquarium

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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.
On the 23rd (Fri), don't miss a visit to Parque de Santander, explore the world behind art at Museo Santa Clara, thentake in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de San Francisco, and finally see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional de Colombia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Sat): explore the galleries of Casa Museo Francisco Jose de Caldas, examine the collection at Casa de Moneda - Coleccion Numismatica del Banco de la Republica, and then examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro).

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Bogota travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Santa Marta to Bogota takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Santa Marta in October: high temperatures in Bogota hover around °F and lows are around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Quito.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums Historic Sites
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Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Museo Nacional de Colombia ©
Museo Nacional de Colombia
Museo Santa Clara ©
Museo Santa Clara

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Quito, Ecuador

Quito ©
High in the Andean foothills, Quito remains one of the world's most photogenic capital cities, featuring two dramatic mountain ranges as its backdrop.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Museum of Maria Augusta Urrutia (La Casa Museo Maria Augusta Urrutia), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral Metropolitana de Quito, admire the masterpieces at Centro Cultural Metropolitano, thenbrush up on your military savvy at Museo Casa de Sucre, thenadmire the masterpieces at Convento De San Francisco, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica de Nuestra Senora de la Merced. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of El Sagrario, thenadmire the landmark architecture of Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, thenexamine the collection at Museo Manuela Saenz, and finally steep yourself in history at Guapulo.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Quito online trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Bogota to Quito in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bogota in October, plan for a bit warmer nights in Quito, with lows around °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can travel to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Quito

Historic Sites Museums
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Catedral Metropolitana de Quito ©
Catedral Metropolitana de Quito
Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania ©
Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania
Museo Manuela Saenz ©
Museo Manuela Saenz

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Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno ©
The capital of the Galapagos Islands, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is located on easternmost island of the archipelago, San Cristobal.
On the 27th (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Oro, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Inmaculada Concepcion, thendon't miss a visit to La Casa del Ceibo, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at La Loberia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a new perspective on nature at Interpretation Center, thentour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Mann, and then head outdoors with Cerro Tijeretas.

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Fly from Quito to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno in 6 hours. Traveling from Quito in October, expect Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to be a bit warmer, temps between °F and °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can catch the ferry to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

San Cristobal
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La Loberia ©
La Loberia
Playa Mann ©
Playa Mann
Interpretation Center ©
Interpretation Center

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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

The largest settlement in the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora offers visitors to the islands an array of facilities and things to do.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Maprae, thentake in the exciting artwork at Galeria Aymara, thensurround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and finally explore the activities along Laguna las Ninfas.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Puerto Ayora day trip planning website.

Traveling by ferry from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Puerto Ayora takes 3.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Puerto Ayora are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Maprae
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Speed Boats Tours
Laguna las Ninfas ©
Laguna las Ninfas
Galeria Aymara ©
Galeria Aymara

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