18 days in Colombia & Galapagos Islands Itinerary

18 days in Colombia & Galapagos Islands Itinerary

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San Andres Island, Colombia
— 2 nights
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Cartagena, Colombia
— 2 nights
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Bogota, Colombia
— 2 nights
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Tayrona National Park, Colombia
— 1 night
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Medellin, Colombia
— 1 night
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Puerto Villamil, Ecuador
— 2 nights
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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 3 nights
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Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador
— 4 nights
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San Andres Island, Colombia — 2 nights

The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
On the 14th (Thu), stroll through La Piscinita, then explore the striking landscape at Hoyo Soplador, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de San Luis. Keep things going the next day: relax and rejuvenate at Dream Island Spa, then discover the deep blue sea with Caribe Extremo, and then step off the mainland to explore Johnny Cay.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the San Andres Island trip planner.

Seattle, USA to San Andres Island is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from Seattle to San Andres Island due to the time zone difference. In July, San Andres Island is somewhat warmer than Seattle - with highs of 86°F and lows of 77°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Cartagena.
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Cartagena, Colombia — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa, contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena, and then don't miss a visit to Plaza Santo Domingo. Here are some ideas for day two: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, and then pause for some photo ops at Monumento a los Zapatos Viejos.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Cartagena tour planning tool.

You can fly from San Andres Island to Cartagena in 3 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Cartagena can reach 91°F, while at night they dip to 78°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Bogota.
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Bogota, Colombia — 2 nights

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 18th (Mon): explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica and then explore and take pictures at Monserrate. Here are some ideas for day two: savor the flavors at Food & Drink and then don't miss a visit to Bolivar Square.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Bogota trip itinerary maker site.

Fly from Cartagena to Bogota in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cartagena in July, things will get cooler in Bogota: highs are around 65°F and lows about 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can fly to Tayrona National Park.
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Tayrona National Park, Colombia — 1 night

On the 20th (Wed), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona.

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You can fly from Bogota to Tayrona National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Bogota in July; daily highs in Tayrona National Park reach 93°F and lows reach 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Medellin.
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Medellin, Colombia — 1 night

Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
On the 21st (Thu), get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Medellin trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Tayrona National Park to Medellin by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, Medellin is a bit cooler than Tayrona National Park - with highs of 84°F and lows of 64°F. On the 21st (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Puerto Villamil.
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Puerto Villamil, Ecuador — 2 nights

Located in the southeast of Isla Isabela, Puerto Villamil is home to the majority of the island's 2,200 inhabitants.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): get impressive views of Sierra Negra. On your second day here, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area and then get a dose of the wild on Rosedelco- Day tour.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Puerto Villamil journey site.

Traveling by flight from Medellin to Puerto Villamil takes 10 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Medellin to Puerto Villamil is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can ride a ferry to Puerto Ayora.
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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador — 3 nights

The largest settlement in the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora offers visitors to the islands an array of facilities and things to do.
Puerto Ayora is known for parks, nature, and wildlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Charles Darwin Research Station, take in the exciting artwork at Samay Latin Art, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and get engrossed in the history at Maprae.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Puerto Ayora trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by ferry from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Ayora takes 3.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Ayora. In July, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.
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Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador — 4 nights

The capital of the Galapagos Islands, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is located on easternmost island of the archipelago, San Cristobal.
Spend the 27th (Wed) exploring nature at Cerro Tijeretas. The adventure continues: make a trip to Dona Pilo, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Mann, get a new perspective on nature at Interpretation Center, and stroll through La Loberia.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Puerto Baquerizo Moreno trip planner.

Traveling by ferry from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno takes 3.5 hours. July in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 71°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.
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Colombia travel guide

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Historic Sites · Landmarks · Churches
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.