60 days in Colombia & Ecuador Itinerary

60 days in Colombia & Ecuador Itinerary

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60 days in Colombia & Ecuador Itinerary

Start: Brussels, Belgium
Train + Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Cartagena, Colombia
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Santa Marta, Colombia
— 3 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  3​h
3
San Andres Island, Colombia
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Guayaquil, Ecuador
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
5
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador
— 7 nights
Ferry:  2​h 30​min
6
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 7 nights
Travel:  4​h 30​min
7
Floreana, Ecuador
— 1 night
Travel:  4​h 45​min
8
Puerto Villamil, Ecuador
— 7 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Fly:  5​h
9
Cuenca, Ecuador
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
10
Riobamba, Ecuador
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
11
Quito, Ecuador
— 6 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
12
Bogota, Colombia
— 5 nights
Fly + Train:  12​h 45​min
End: Brussels, Belgium

5
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.
San Felipe de Barajas Castle and Torre del Reloj are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get outdoors at Playa Blanca and Scuba & Snorkeling. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ermita Nuestra Senora De La Candelaria, get impressive views of Volcan de Lodo El Totumo (Mud Volcano), and don't miss a visit to Plaza Bolivar.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Cartagena trip planner .

Brussels, Belgium to Cartagena is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Brussels to Cartagena. Traveling from Brussels in November, expect Cartagena to be much hotter, temps between 37°C and 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Cartagena

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Playa Blanca
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Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Playa Blanca ©
Playa Blanca

3
nights
Santa Marta, Colombia

Santa Marta ©
Many visitors begin their Santa Marta holiday, surrounded by urban clutter and heavy traffic, expecting little from the city in terms of historical importance.
Get a sense of the local culture at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino and Paseo El Camellon. Get in touch with nature at Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona and Playa Blanca. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santa Marta: Minca (El Dorado Bird Reserve & Memorial Center of the Sierra Nevada). And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, meet the residents at Mundo Marino, and look for gifts at Yo Amo Santa Marta.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Santa Marta vacation builder website .

You can drive from Cartagena to Santa Marta in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Santa Marta are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Minca
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Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona ©
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
Scuba & Snorkeling
El Dorado Bird Reserve ©
El Dorado Bird Reserve

6
nights
San Andres Island, Colombia

San Andres Island ©
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Get in touch with nature at La Piscinita and Playa de San Luis. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Primera Iglesia Bautista and Plaza Canon de Morgan. There's still lots to do: head off the coast to Johnny Cay, explore the gorgeous colors at West View, enjoy the sand and surf at Bahia Suroeste, and explore the fascinating underground world of Morgan's Cave.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the San Andres Island road trip planner.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Santa Marta to San Andres Island in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and flight. In November, daytime highs in San Andres Island are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Guayaquil.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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La Piscinita ©
La Piscinita
Cayo El Acuario ©
Cayo El Acuario
Hoyo Soplador ©
Hoyo Soplador

3
nights
Guayaquil, Ecuador

Guayaquil ©
Hills dotted with colorful houses and waterfront promenades typify Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city and commercial center.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Guayaquil Historical Park and Presley Norton Museum. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Las Penas, look for gifts at Vivian L. Tettamanti Design Store, take a leisurely stroll along Malecon 2000, and go for a walk through Plaza de la Administracion..

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Guayaquil online trip maker .

You can fly from San Andres Island to Guayaquil in 5 hours. Traveling from San Andres Island in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Guayaquil, with lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Guayaquil

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
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Guayaquil Historical Park ©
Guayaquil Historical Park
Las Penas ©
Las Penas
Cerro Santa Ana ©
Cerro Santa Ana

7
nights
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.
Get in touch with nature at Punta Pitt and Puerto Chino Beach. Get some cultural insight at Interpretation Center and Catedral Inmaculada Concepcion. Spend the 5th (Thu) exploring nature at Cerro Tijeretas. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cerro Brujo, look for all kinds of wild species at Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado, kick back and relax at Playa Baquerizo, and cast your line with a fishing tour.

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You can fly from Guayaquil to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno in 2 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Guayaquil in December: highs in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can ride a ferry to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

San Cristobal
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Punta Pitt ©
Punta Pitt
Cerro Tijeretas ©
Cerro Tijeretas
Cerro Brujo ©
Cerro Brujo

7
nights
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

Puerto Ayora ©
The largest settlement in the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora offers visitors to the islands an array of facilities and things to do.
Get outdoors at Charles Darwin Research Station and Scuba & Snorkeling. We've included these beaches for you: Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay and Playa de los Alemanes. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Reserva El Chato, kick back and relax at Playa las Bachas, browse the exhibits of Galeria Aymara, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Puerto Ayora trip itinerary maker app .

You can ride a ferry from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Puerto Ayora in 2.5 hours. December in Puerto Ayora sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Floreana.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Santa Cruz
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Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay ©
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay
Charles Darwin Research Station ©
Charles Darwin Research Station
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve ©
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve

1
night
Floreana, Ecuador

Floreana ©
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Cormorant Point, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Asilo de la Paz, then stroll through Playa Negra, and finally explore the striking landscape at Devil's Crown.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Floreana online holiday planner .

Explore your travel options from Puerto Ayora to Floreana with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Floreana

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Devil's Crown ©
Devil's Crown

7
nights
Puerto Villamil, Ecuador

Puerto Villamil ©
Located in the southeast of Isla Isabela, Puerto Villamil is home to the majority of the island's 2,200 inhabitants.
Escape the urban bustle at Playa Puerto Villamil and Concha de Perla. The adventure continues: contemplate the geological forces at Sierra Negra, head outdoors with Cueva de Sucre, head off the coast to Turtle Island, and hike along Mirador los tunos.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Puerto Villamil tour itinerary planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Floreana to Puerto Villamil. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Floreana to Puerto Villamil. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Cuenca.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Isabela
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Sierra Negra ©
Sierra Negra
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
Cuenca, Ecuador

Cuenca ©
Packed with impressive colonial architecture and a historic town center, Cuenca stands as perhaps the most charming city in the nation.
Inmaculada Concepción Cathedral and Mirador de Turi are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of the city life by going to El Cajas National Park and Centro Ecuestre Bellavista. Spend the 28th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: stop by Homero Ortega, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Museo Catedral Vieja, explore the galleries of Miguel Illescas Art Gallery, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Todos Santos.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Cuenca itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Puerto Villamil to Cuenca takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Puerto Villamil to Cuenca, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In December, daily temperatures in Cuenca can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Riobamba.

Things to do in Cuenca

Nature Parks Museums
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El Cajas National Park ©
El Cajas National Park
Homero Ortega ©
Homero Ortega
Museo Catedral Vieja ©
Museo Catedral Vieja

4
nights
Riobamba, Ecuador

Riobamba ©
Riobamba is the capital of the Chimborazo Province in central Ecuador, which is located at the Chambo River Valley of the Andes. Escape the urban bustle at Sangay National Park and Pro Bici. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Riobamba: Canyoning & Rappelling Tours (in Banos) and Volcan Chimborazo (in Guaranda). Next up on the itinerary: get impressive views of Avenida De Los Volcanes, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Religioso de la Concepcion, and take in the awesome beauty at Mount Chimborazo.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Riobamba day trip planner .

You can drive from Cuenca to Riobamba in 4.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in December, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can drive to Quito.

Things to do in Riobamba

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, Volcan Chimborazo, Chimborazo
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Pro Bici ©
Pro Bici
Sangay National Park ©
Sangay National Park
Volcan Chimborazo ©
Volcan Chimborazo

6
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.
Get in touch with nature at Termas de Papallacta and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Get some cultural insight at Iglesia de La Compania de Jesus and Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila. Saddle up on the 7th (Tue) and explore with a tour on horseback. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Francisco Church (Iglesia de San Francisco), admire all the interesting features of La Ronda, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica del Voto Nacional, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Parque La Carolina.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Quito trip site .

Traveling by car from Riobamba to Quito takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Quito can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Quito

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Termas de Papallacta
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Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania ©
Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania
Termas de Papallacta ©
Termas de Papallacta

5
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) and Barrio La Candelaria. Get in touch with nature at Mount Monserrate and Laguna de Guatavita. Change things up with a short trip to Catedral de Sal in Zipaquira (about 54 minutes away). Spend the 12th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, examine the collection at National Museum of Colombia, stop by Vitrina Guayca, and stroll through Parque de Usaquen.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Bogota sightseeing site .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Quito to Bogota in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Bogota when traveling from Quito in January, with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira, Laguna de Guatavita
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Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Monserrate ©
Monserrate
Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica ©

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