30 days in Colombia, Ecuador & Venezuela Itinerary

30 days in Colombia, Ecuador & Venezuela Itinerary

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Start: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Fly:  10 h 30 min
1
Cartagena, Colombia
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
2
San Andres Island, Colombia
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
3
Guayaquil, Ecuador
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h
4
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador
— 3 nights
Ferry:  2 h 30 min
5
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 3 nights
Travel:  4 h 30 min
6
Floreana, Ecuador
— 1 night
Travel:  4 h 45 min
7
Puerto Villamil, Ecuador
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Fly:  3 h 45 min
8
Quito, Ecuador
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
9
Bogota, Colombia
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  12 h 45 min
10
Coro, Venezuela
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  20 h 45 min
End: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas and Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa. Get a sense of the local culture at Walled City of Cartagena and Plaza Santo Domingo. Next up on the itinerary: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, appreciate the extensive heritage of Baluarte de la Merced, contemplate the long history of Torre del Reloj, and appreciate the history behind Claustro de la Merced Mausoleo de Garcia Marquez.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Cartagena trip planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Cartagena is an approximately 13- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Cartagena due to the time zone difference. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Amsterdam in September; daily highs in Cartagena reach 38°C and lows reach 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Oceanario
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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

3
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 nature, wildlife, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: look for all kinds of wild species at La Piscinita, step off the mainland to explore Johnny Cay, pause for some serene contemplation at Primera Iglesia Bautista, and explore the gorgeous colors at West View.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our San Andres Island trip maker website.

Traveling by flight from Cartagena to San Andres Island takes 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in September, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Guayaquil.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
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La Piscinita ©
La Piscinita
Cayo El Acuario ©
Cayo El Acuario
West View
West View

3
nights
Guayaquil, Ecuador

Guayaquil ©
Hills dotted with colorful houses and waterfront promenades typify Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city and commercial center.
Guayaquil Historical Park and El Faro de Guayaquil will appeal to history buffs. Appreciate the collections at Presley Norton Museum and Museo en Miniatura Guayaquil en la Historia. There's still lots to do: stop by Las Penas, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Santo Domingo de Guzman, take an in-depth tour of Museum of Anthropology and Contemporary Art, and don't miss a visit to Leitmotiv Musical.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Guayaquil trip itinerary builder site.

You can fly from San Andres Island to Guayaquil in 5.5 hours. Traveling from San Andres Island in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Guayaquil, with lows of 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Guayaquil

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

3
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Interpretation Center and Catedral Inmaculada Concepcion. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape of Cerro Tijeretas, enjoy the sand and surf at Puerto Chino Beach, head off the coast to Isla Lobos, and pause for some photo ops at Estatua de Charles Darwin.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Puerto Baquerizo Moreno day trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Guayaquil to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno takes 2 hours. When traveling from Guayaquil in September, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to ride a ferry to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

San Cristobal
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Cerro Tijeretas ©
Cerro Tijeretas
Interpretation Center ©
Interpretation Center
Catedral Inmaculada Concepcion ©
Catedral Inmaculada Concepcion

3
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Galeria Aymara and The Angelique Art Gallery. Get a sense of the local culture at Maki-Art Gallery and Maprae. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Charles Darwin Research Station, explore the striking landscape at Las Grietas, enjoy the sand and surf at Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Puerto Ayora trip planner.

Traveling by ferry from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Puerto Ayora takes 2.5 hours. September in Puerto Ayora sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Floreana.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Santa Cruz
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Charles Darwin Research Station ©
Charles Darwin Research Station
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve ©
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve
Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
Floreana, Ecuador

Floreana ©
On the 16th (Wed), make a trip to Post Office Bay, kick back and relax at Playa Negra, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cormorant Point, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Asilo de la Paz, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Devil's Crown.

For traveler tips and tourist information, use the Floreana tour itinerary builder website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Puerto Ayora to Floreana. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Floreana

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Devil's Crown ©
Devil's Crown
Post Office Bay ©
Post Office Bay

3
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.
Puerto Villamil is known for nature, parks, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Concha de Perla, step off the mainland to explore Turtle Island, contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Salinas, and explore and take pictures at Isabela Island Wetlands Complex.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Puerto Villamil route maker tool.

Explore your travel options from Floreana to Puerto Villamil with the Route module. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Floreana to Puerto Villamil due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to Quito.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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Concha de Perla ©
Concha de Perla
Scuba & Snorkeling
Iglesia Cristo Salvador ©
Iglesia Cristo Salvador

3
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila and Casa Museo Guayasamin. Do some cultural sightseeing at Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania and Quito Old Town. There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, make a trip to Mitad Del Mundo, get engrossed in the history at Museum of Maria Augusta Urrutia (La Casa Museo Maria Augusta Urrutia), and admire the masterpieces at Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Quito.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Quito driving holiday website.

You can fly from Puerto Villamil to Quito in 4 hours. Another option is to fly. The time zone difference moving from Galapagos Time to Ecuador Time is 1 hour. September in Quito sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Quito

Museums Historic Sites Theme Parks
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Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila ©
Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila
Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania ©
Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania
Quito Old Town ©
Quito Old Town

3
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.
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira and Museo Santa Clara will appeal to history buffs. Let the collections at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) and Barrio La Candelaria capture your imagination. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bogota: Zipaquira (Esensal, Catedral Diocesana, &more). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, take in the awesome beauty at Monserrate, and steep yourself in history at Bolivar Square.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Bogota holiday planning website.

Fly from Quito to Bogota in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, car, and flight; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Quito in September: high temperatures in Bogota hover around 22°C and lows are around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Coro.

Things to do in Bogota

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Zipaquira, Basilica Del Señor de los Milagros
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Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica ©
Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira ©
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira

3
nights
Coro, Venezuela

Coro ©
The oldest city in western Venezuela, Coro was founded in 1527 and possesses a rich, varied cultural heritage.
Get a sense of the local culture at Medanos de Coro and Plaza San Clemente. Popular historic sites such as Iglesia San Francisco and Catedral Basilica de Santa Ana de Coro are in your itinerary. Go for a jaunt from Coro to Los Roques National Park to see Scuba & Snorkeling about 1h 40 min away. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Casa De Las Ventanas De Hierro, make a trip to Casa del Sol, get a sense of history and politics at Old Customs of La Vela de Coro, and get outside with Cataratas de Hueque.

To see where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Coro attractions planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Bogota to Coro. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Bogota to Coro. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Bogota in September: high temperatures in Coro hover around 42°C and lows are around 33°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Coro

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Scuba & Snorkeling
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Medanos de Coro ©
Medanos de Coro
Casa De Las Ventanas De Hierro ©
Casa De Las Ventanas De Hierro
Plaza San Clemente ©
Plaza San Clemente

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