60 days in Colombia & Ecuador Itinerary

60 days in Colombia & Ecuador Itinerary

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Start: London, United Kingdom
Train + Fly:  16 h 45 min
1
Cartagena, Colombia
— 8 nights
Fly + Taxi:  5 h 15 min
2
Barichara, Colombia
— 6 nights
Taxi + Fly:  3 h 15 min
3
Medellin, Colombia
— 8 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Jardin, Colombia
— 4 nights
Drive:  10 h 30 min
5
Bogota, Colombia
— 9 nights
Fly + Bus:  2 h 15 min
6
Cali, Colombia
— 6 nights
Fly:  4 h
7
Quito, Ecuador
— 7 nights
Fly + Drive:  3 h 15 min
8
Canoa, Ecuador
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
9
Montanita, Ecuador
— 6 nights
Drive + Fly:  21 h
End: London, United Kingdom

8
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Centro Historico and Food Tours. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cartagena: Castillo de Salgar (in Puerto Colombia), Isla Baru (Playa Blanca, Aviario Nacional de Colombia, &more) and Iglesia de la Inmaculada Concepcion (in Barranquilla). Next up on the itinerary: get outside with Outdoor Activities, make a trip to Plaza de San Pedro Claver, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and take a stroll through Barrio Getsemani.

For photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Cartagena online vacation planner.

London, UK to Cartagena is an approximately 17.5- hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from London to Cartagena due to the time zone difference. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from London in June, with highs in Cartagena at 38°C and lows at 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Barichara.

Things to do in Cartagena

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Isla Baru, Castillo de Salgar, Iglesia de la Inmaculada Concepcion
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Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
Speed Boats Tours
Aviario Nacional de Colombia ©
Aviario Nacional de Colombia

6
nights
Barichara, Colombia

A charming town of just over 7,000 people, Barichara displays rustic, dusty orange-colored architecture, protected by the Colombian People's Heritage Network.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Cascada de Juan Curi. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Barichara: Museo del Algodon y el Lienzo de la Tierra (in Charala), San Gil (Rios y Canoas Colombia, Parque Gallineral, &more) and Cueva Del Indio (in Paramo). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Capilla de Santa Barbara, walk around Bioparque Moncora, get great views at Mirador Barichara 1, and relax in the rural setting at Cafe Alfania.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Barichara trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Cartagena to Barichara in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Cartagena in June, things will get a bit cooler in Barichara: highs are around 30°C and lows about 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Barichara

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

San Gil, Socorro, Curiti, Guane, Museo del Algodon y el Lienzo de la Tierra
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River Rafting & Tubing
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Capilla de Santa Barbara ©
Capilla de Santa Barbara

8
nights
Medellin, Colombia

Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Off-Road Tours and Parque Arvi. Venture out of the city with trips to Cementerio Jardines Montesacro (in Itagui), Guatape (Guatape Motos, Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Carmen, &more) and Granja La Virginia (in La Estrella). There's lots more to do: trot along with a tour on horseback, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, don't miss a visit to Centro Historico Santa Fe de Antioquia, and contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna de Guatape.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Medellin online visit planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Barichara to Medellin in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in June, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Jardin.

Things to do in Medellin

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Guatape, Santa Fe de Antioquia, Envigado, Cementerio Jardines Montesacro, Parque de Marinilla
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Off-Road Tours
Horseback Riding Tours
Laguna de Guatape ©
Laguna de Guatape

4
nights
Jardin, Colombia

Jardin ©
El Jardín, often simply referred to as Jardín, is a town and municipality in the southwest region of Antioquia, Colombia. Discover out-of-the-way places like Centro Historico de Jardin and Cerro Cristo Rey. Explore Jardin's surroundings by going to Principal Park (in Tamesis), Parque Principal (in Hispania) and Cerro Las Nubes (in Jerico). There's much more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Cueva del Esplendor, get engrossed in the history at Casa Museo Clara Rojas Pelaez, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica de la Inmaculada Concepcion, and take in nature's colorful creations at Mi Jardin Encantado.

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Drive from Medellin to Jardin in 3.5 hours. June in Jardin sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 20°C at night. On the 27th (Sat), you're off to Bogota.

Things to do in Jardin

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tamesis, Parque Principal, Cerro Las Nubes
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Cueva del Esplendor ©
Cueva del Esplendor
Centro Historico de Jardin ©
Centro Historico de Jardin
Principal Park ©
Principal Park

9
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Laguna de Guatavita and Parque Jaime Duque. Get out of town with these interesting Bogota side-trips: Parque de las Orquideas del Tequendama (in San Antonio del Tequendama), Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira (in Zipaquira) and Nemocon (Museo de la Sal & Mina de Sal de Nemocon). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Francisco, and don't miss a visit to Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santo Domingo.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Bogota journey planner.

You can drive from Jardin to Bogota in 11 hours. In June, Bogota is slightly colder than Jardin - with highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Cali.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks Museums Theme Parks

Side Trips

San Antonio del Tequendama, Nemocon, Laguna de Guatavita, Museo Indigena Guatavita, Suesca Rocks
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Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Monserrate ©
Monserrate
Laguna de Guatavita ©
Laguna de Guatavita

6
nights
Cali, Colombia

Cali ©
Learning how to salsa may be the most popular thing to do in Cali, but this giant city in southwestern Colombia represents more than just the "Salsa Capital of the World." Home to over 2 million people, thriving Cali serves as a major commercial and industrial center in South America, boasting the fastest-growing economy in Colombia.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Museo Aereo Fenix and Zoologico de Cali. Venture out of the city with trips to Palmira (Catedral de Nuestra Senora del Rosario del Palmar & Plaza de Bolivar), Buga (Parroquia Catedral San Pedro de Buga & Museo del Senor De Los Milagros) and El Cerrito (Iglesia de Santa Elena & Hacienda El Paraiso). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Caliwood Museo de la Cinematografia, don't miss a visit to Mirador Sebastian Belalcazar, appreciate the extensive heritage of Iglesia de San Antonio, and go for a walk through Barrio San Antonio.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Cali trip builder.

Getting from Bogota to Cali by combination of flight and bus takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. Traveling from Bogota in July, you will find days in Cali are much hotter (36°C), and nights are a bit warmer (22°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Quito.

Things to do in Cali

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Palmira, Buga, El Cerrito, Casa Del Virrey, Reserva Natural Refugio Corazones Verdes
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Museo Aereo Fenix ©
Museo Aereo Fenix
Zoologico de Cali ©
Zoologico de Cali
Caliwood Museo de la Cinematografia ©
Caliwood Museo de la Cinematografia

7
nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Walking tours and El Panecillo. Change things up with these side-trips from Quito: Museo De La Casa Kingman (in San Rafael), Pululahua Geobotanical Reserve (in Calacali) and Middle of the World (in Cayambe). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Casa del Alabado, admire the masterpieces at La Capilla Del Hombre, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Quito trip maker app.

You can fly from Cali to Quito in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Cali in July: high temperatures in Quito hover around 26°C and lows are around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Canoa.

Things to do in Quito

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Otavalo, Pichincha, Museo De La Casa Kingman, Pululahua Geobotanical Reserve, Middle of the World
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Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila ©
Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila
Walking tours
Casa del Alabado ©
Casa del Alabado

3
nights
Canoa, Ecuador

Canoa ©
Canoa is a town in the Canton of San Vicente in the Manabí Province of Ecuador.Canoa is located north of Bahía de Caraquez, Province of Manabí – Ecuador. Step off the beaten path and head to Isla Corazon Mangrove Reserve and Canoa Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Canoa: Playa de San Clemente (in San Clemente) and Bahia de Caraquez (Reserva Biologica Cerro Seco & Playa Paseo de Roberto). Next up on the itinerary: get outside with Alas y Olas, kick back and relax at Playa La Bellaca, see the interesting displays at Museo Bahia de Caraquez, and take in panoramic vistas at Mirador de la Cruz.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Canoa trip maker website.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Quito to Canoa takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. You'll set off for Montanita on the 23rd (Thu).

Things to do in Canoa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Bahia de Caraquez, Playa de San Clemente
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Isla Corazon Mangrove Reserve ©
Isla Corazon Mangrove Reserve
Alas y Olas ©
Alas y Olas
Canoa Beach ©
Canoa Beach

6
nights
Montanita, Ecuador

Montanita ©
A small, secluded coastal town with a laid-back atmosphere and a countercultural hippy vibe, Montanita has a reputation as a seaside getaway with a twist.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Aventuras La Plata and Playa de los Frailes. Get out of town with these interesting Montanita side-trips: Puerto Lopez (Isla de la Plata, Scuba & Snorkeling, &more), Santa Elena (Playa la Entrada, Playa de Ballenita, &more) and Agua Blanca (in Machalilla National Park). Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with La Chocolatera, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Ayangue, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Rosada, and take in the waterfront at Malecón Salinas.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Montanita trip planning site.

Getting from Canoa to Montanita by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Montanita can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Montanita

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Elena, Salinas, Puerto Lopez, Olon, Ayangue
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Playa de los Frailes ©
Playa de los Frailes
Aventuras La Plata ©
Aventuras La Plata
La Chocolatera ©
La Chocolatera

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