13 days in Colombia, Quito & Galapagos Islands Itinerary

13 days in Colombia, Quito & Galapagos Islands Itinerary

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Cartagena, Colombia
— 2 nights
2
Bogota, Colombia
— 2 nights
3
Quito, Ecuador
— 3 nights
4
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador
— 2 nights
5
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 2 nights

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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.
On the 20th (Tue), look for gifts at Karin Herzog Accesorios, thenexplore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, thenindulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de la Trinidad. On the 21st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Plaza de los Coches, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then don't miss a visit to Muelle de los Pegasos.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Cartagena sightseeing planning app.

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. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Houston in October; daily highs in Cartagena reach °F and lows reach °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Tours Spas
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Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
Food Tours
Spas

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): take in the awesome beauty at Monserrate, make a trip to Teatro Colon Bogota, and then explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), examine the collection at Casa de Moneda - Coleccion Numismatica del Banco de la Republica, thenget your bearings at Luis Angel Arango Library, and finally make a trip to Plaza Ruffino de Cuervo.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Bogota day trip app.

Traveling by flight from Cartagena to Bogota takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Cartagena in October, with highs in Bogota at °F and lows at °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Quito.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums Nature Parks
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Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Luis Angel Arango Library ©
Luis Angel Arango Library
Monserrate ©
Monserrate

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Quito, Ecuador

High in the Andean foothills, Quito remains one of the world's most photogenic capital cities, featuring two dramatic mountain ranges as its backdrop.
Step off the beaten path and head to Walking tours and Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral Metropolitana de Quito, examine the collection at Museo Manuela Saenz, explore the world behind art at Convento De San Francisco, and pause for some photo ops at La Virgen del Panecillo.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Quito tour itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Bogota to Quito by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bogota in October, expect somewhat warmer with lows of °F in Quito. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to travel to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Quito

Tours Historic Sites Museums
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Walking tours
Catedral Metropolitana de Quito ©
Catedral Metropolitana de Quito
La Virgen del Panecillo ©
La Virgen del Panecillo

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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), get outside with Cerro Tijeretas, take in the waterfront at Malecon San Cristobal, thenenjoy the sand and surf at La Loberia, and finally make a trip to La Casa del Ceibo. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Segunda Zona Naval de la Armada del Ecuador, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Oro, thenbrowse the exhibits of Interpretation Center, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Inmaculada Concepcion.

To find where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Puerto Baquerizo Moreno trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Quito to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno takes 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 29th (Thu) so you can catch the ferry to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

San Cristobal
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La Loberia ©
La Loberia
Interpretation Center ©
Interpretation Center
Playa de Oro ©
Playa de Oro

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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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): shop like a local with Galeria Aymara, get a taste of life in the country at Rancho Primicias, make a trip to Santa Cruz Fish Market, thenrace across the water with a speed boat tour, thenview the masterpieces at Galeria Exotico Ecuador, and finally take an in-depth tour of Maprae. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Malecon de Puerto Ayora, contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna las Ninfas, thenappreciate the history behind Monumento Darwin, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Charles Darwin Research Station.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Puerto Ayora online trip itinerary planner.

Ride a ferry from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Puerto Ayora in 3.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Santa Cruz
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Speed Boats Tours
Rancho Primicias ©
Rancho Primicias
Charles Darwin Research Station ©
Charles Darwin Research Station

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