13 days in Colombia, Quito & Galapagos Islands Itinerary

13 days in Colombia, Quito & Galapagos Islands Itinerary

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Cartagena, Colombia
— 2 nights
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Bogota, Colombia
— 2 nights
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Quito, Ecuador
— 3 nights
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Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador
— 2 nights
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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 2 nights
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Ferry to San Cristobal, Fly to Baltra Island, Fly to Houston

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Cartagena, Colombia

— 2 nights

City of Heroes

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), explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, then indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de la Trinidad. On the 21st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Plaza de los Coches, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then make a trip to Muelle de los Pegasos.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Cartagena online trip itinerary planner.

Houston, USA to Cartagena is an approximately 11-hour flight. Traveling from Houston to Cartagena, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Houston in October: high temperatures in Cartagena hover around 90°F and lows are around 78°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Tours · Spas
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Bogota, Colombia

— 2 nights

Athens of South America

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, and then get your bearings at Luis Angel Arango Library.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Bogota trip builder app.

You can fly from Cartagena to Bogota in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In October, Bogota is colder than Cartagena - with highs of 67°F and lows of 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Quito.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums · Parks · Nature
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Quito, Ecuador

— 3 nights

Light of America

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 58°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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Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador

— 2 nights
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, then enjoy 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, then browse 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 79°F and 70°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 · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

— 2 nights
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, then race across the water with a speed boat tour, then view 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, then appreciate 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 79°F, and evening lows to 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Nature

Side Trip

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Colombia travel guide

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Historic Sites · Specialty Museums · Landmarks
Diverse in terms of landscapes, climates, and cultures, Colombia remains one of South America's least explored tourist destinations, overshadowed by its more popular southern neighbors. Combining the best of what the continent has to offer, a vacation in Colombia allows you to blend outdoor adventures with tours of picture-perfect cobblestoned towns dating back to the colonial era. Tourists on a Colombia holiday can easily hop from sun-kissed coastal spots to the hilly coffee-growing region, where thriving plantations quickly give way to a landscape of snow-covered volcanic peaks and the paramo--alpine ecosystems sheltering some of the rarest plants growing above the continuous forest line.

Galapagos Islands travel guide

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World heritage site · Nature & Parks · Beaches
Famous worldwide thanks to Charles Darwin's theory of evolution, the remote World Heritage-listed Galapagos Islands are situated in the Pacific Ocean and belong to Ecuador. On a tour of Galapagos Islands, you can witness the staggering amount of endemic wildlife the archipelago is noted for. Besides a couple of cities on the main islands, the landscape remains mostly pristine, as the guided tours follow strict rules and limit visitor numbers. Fascinating creatures, untouched nature, unrivalled snorkeling, scuba diving, and more await you on your Galapagos Islands trip.