60 days in Colombia & Ecuador Itinerary

60 days in Colombia & Ecuador Itinerary

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60 days in Colombia & Ecuador Itinerary

Start: Arequipa, Peru
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Bogota, Colombia
— 4 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
2
Montenegro, Colombia
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 15​min
3
Medellin, Colombia
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
4
Cartagena, Colombia
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Santa Marta, Colombia
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  3​h
6
San Andres Island, Colombia
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
7
Quito, Ecuador
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
8
Riobamba, Ecuador
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
9
Cuenca, Ecuador
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
10
Loja, Ecuador
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
11
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador
— 5 nights
ferry:  2​h 30​min
12
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 6 nights
ferry:  2​h 30​min
13
Puerto Villamil, Ecuador
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + foot + Fly:  3​h 15​min
14
Guayaquil, Ecuador
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Arequipa, Peru


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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bogota: Catedral de Sal (in Zipaquira) and Laguna de Guatavita (in Tierra Negra). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), stroll through Mount Monserrate, admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, and have some family-friendly fun at La Bolera.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Bogota trip planner.

Arequipa, Peru to Bogota is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Bogota are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Montenegro.

Things to do in Bogota

Tours Fun & Games Nature

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

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nights
Montenegro, Colombia

Montenegro ©
Named after the dark trees covering the area's hills, Montenegro (literally Black Mountain) sits in a verdant zone irrigated by three major rivers.
Change things up with these side-trips from Montenegro: Salento (Kasaguadua Natural Reserve & Bosques de Cocora). Pack the 8th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Parque del Cafe. It doesn't end there: head outdoors with Globos Colombia and don't miss a visit to Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera).

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Traveling by flight from Bogota to Montenegro takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Bogota in July, with highs in Montenegro at 34°C and lows at 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Montenegro

Theme Parks Parks Nature

Side Trips

Salento, Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera)
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Globos Colombia ©
Globos Colombia
Bosques de Cocora ©
Bosques de Cocora
Parque del Cafe ©
Parque del Cafe

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nights
Medellin, Colombia

Medellin ©
Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
When in Medellin, make a side trip to see Piedra Del Penol in Guatape, approximately 1h 50 min away. There's still lots to do: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, get the adrenaline pumping with 2000m Descent and more, contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna de Guatape, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Parque Explora.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Medellin road trip app .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Montenegro to Medellin in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Piedra Del Penol
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Parque Explora ©
Parque Explora
Walking tours
Parasailing & Paragliding

4
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.
Step out of Cartagena with an excursion to Playa Blanca in Isla Baru--about 1h 05 min away. Spend the 15th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Castillo San Felipe de Barajas, soothe aching muscles at Volcan de Lodo El Totumo (Mud Volcano), steep yourself in history at Plaza Santo Domingo, and don't miss a visit to Torre del Reloj.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Cartagena trip maker website .

You can fly from Medellin to Cartagena in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Medellin in July: high temperatures in Cartagena hover around 38°C and lows are around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Cartagena

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites

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
Plaza Santo Domingo ©
Plaza Santo Domingo

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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santa Marta: Minca (El Dorado Bird Reserve & Memorial Center of the Sierra Nevada). The adventure continues: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona, make a trip to El Amanuense Libros & Cafe, kick back and relax at Cristal Beach, and stroll through Playa Blanca.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Marta online travel planner .

Getting from Cartagena to Santa Marta by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. July in Santa Marta sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough 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
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino ©
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino

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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.
San Andres Island is known for wildlife, nature, beaches, historic sites, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head off the coast to Johnny Cay, explore the fascinating underground world of Morgan's Cave, identify plant and animal life at Cayo El Acuario, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de San Luis.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the San Andres Island road trip planning website .

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. Traveling from Santa Marta in July, expect nights in San Andres Island to be about the same, around 29°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 35°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Quito.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Johnny Cay ©
Johnny Cay
La Piscinita ©
La Piscinita
Hoyo Soplador ©
Hoyo Soplador

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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.
Explore Quito's surroundings by going to Termas de Papallacta (in Papallacta), Cuicocha (in Cotacachi) and Otavalo Market (in Otavalo). Spend the 27th (Sat) among the fascinating landscape of Cotopaxi National Park. Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, get to know the fascinating history of Quito Old Town, don't miss a visit to Independence Square, and explore and take pictures at La Ronda.

To find more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Quito day trip planning app .

Fly from San Andres Island to Quito in 6 hours. In July, Quito is slightly colder than San Andres Island - with highs of 26°C and lows of 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can go by car to Riobamba.

Things to do in Quito

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Termas de Papallacta, Cuicocha, Otavalo Market, Cotopaxi National Park
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Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania ©
Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania
Cuicocha ©
Cuicocha

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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. Venture out of the city with trips to Banos (Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, Jacinto Guevara & Hijos Evanistas, & more) and Volcan Chimborazo (in Guaranda). Spend the 30th (Tue) exploring nature at Sangay National Park. There's much more to do: grab your bike and head to Pro Bici, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Religioso de la Concepcion, get impressive views of Avenida De Los Volcanes, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de Balbanera.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Riobamba day trip planning tool .

Getting from Quito to Riobamba by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. In July, Riobamba is slightly colder than Quito - with highs of 21°C and lows of 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Cuenca.

Things to do in Riobamba

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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Cuenca, Ecuador

Cuenca ©
Packed with impressive colonial architecture and a historic town center, Cuenca stands as perhaps the most charming city in the nation.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cuenca: El Chorro Waterfall (in Giron), Ingapirca Ruins (in Ingapirca) and Mirador Virgen de la Nube (in Azogues). And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape of El Cajas National Park, explore the activities along Rio Tomebamba, examine the collection at El Museo de Las Conceptas, and pause for some serene contemplation at Mirador de Turi.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Cuenca journey planner.

You can drive from Riobamba to Cuenca in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Cuenca can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Loja.

Things to do in Cuenca

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ingapirca Ruins, El Chorro Waterfall, Mirador Virgen de la Nube
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El Cajas National Park ©
El Cajas National Park
Inmaculada Concepción Cathedral ©
Inmaculada Concepción Cathedral
Centro Ecuestre Bellavista ©
Centro Ecuestre Bellavista

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Loja, Ecuador

Loja ©
On vacation in Loja--a city that loves its music and art--you may very well see the locals singing as they go about their business, through streets decorated with splashes of paint and tiled murals.
Get out of town with these interesting Loja side-trips: Podocarpus National Park (in Zamora), Vilcabamba (Sendero Cerro Mandango & Arte Nomade) and Sullivan Bay (in Santiago). The adventure continues: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Podocarpus, go for a walk through Calle Lourdes, make a trip to Plaza Parque Central, and walk around Parque Eolico Villonaco.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Loja online holiday planner .

Drive from Cuenca to Loja in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Loja

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Vilcabamba, Podocarpus National Park, Sullivan Bay
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Parque Nacional Podocarpus ©
Parque Nacional Podocarpus
Podocarpus National Park ©
Podocarpus National Park
Plaza Parque Central ©
Plaza Parque Central

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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.
Spend the 11th (Sun) exploring nature at Cerro Tijeretas. There's much more to do: gain insight at Interpretation Center, make a trip to León Dormido, take in the dramatic natural features at Punta Pitt, and enjoy the sand and surf at La Loberia.

To see photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Puerto Baquerizo Moreno route planner .

Traveling by flight from Loja to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. In August, daily temperatures in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can ride a ferry to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

San Cristobal
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Cerro Tijeretas ©
Cerro Tijeretas
Interpretation Center ©
Interpretation Center
León Dormido ©
León Dormido

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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.
Step out of Puerto Ayora to go to Baltra and see North Seymour Island, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Charles Darwin Research Station, explore the striking landscape at Las Grietas, view the masterpieces at Galeria Aymara, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Puerto Ayora driving holiday planner.

Getting from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Puerto Ayora by ferry takes about 2.5 hours. August in Puerto Ayora sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can catch the ferry to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Santa Cruz, Bellavista, North Seymour Island
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Charles Darwin Research Station ©
Charles Darwin Research Station
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve ©
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve
Las Grietas ©
Las Grietas

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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.
Puerto Villamil is known for wildlife, nature, zoos & aquariums, adventure, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step off the mainland to explore Isabela Island, take a memorable drive along Isabela Island Wetlands Complex, identify plant and animal life at Concha de Perla, and contemplate the geological forces at Sierra Negra.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Puerto Villamil trip itinerary planner .

Ride a ferry from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Villamil in 2.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Ecuador Time to Galapagos Time is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel to Guayaquil.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Isabela
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Sierra Negra ©
Sierra Negra
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Las Tintoreras ©
Las Tintoreras

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Guayaquil, Ecuador

Guayaquil ©
Hills dotted with colorful houses and waterfront promenades typify Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city and commercial center.
Take a break from Guayaquil with a short trip to Playa de Puerto Engabao in Engabao, about 1h 55 min away. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Las Penas, take in the spiritual surroundings of Schoenstatt Sanctuary, identify plant and animal life at Guayaquil Historical Park, and explore the world behind art at Museum of Anthropology and Contemporary Art.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Guayaquil trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by flight from Puerto Villamil to Guayaquil takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Puerto Villamil to Guayaquil is 1 hour. In August, daily temperatures in Guayaquil can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Guayaquil

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Playa de Puerto Engabao
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Hacienda La Danesa Lodge ©
Hacienda La Danesa Lodge
Las Penas ©
Las Penas
Guayaquil Historical Park ©
Guayaquil Historical Park

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