32 days in Colombia, Bolivia & Ecuador Itinerary

32 days in Colombia, Bolivia & Ecuador Itinerary

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Cartagena, Colombia
— 3 nights
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Medellin, Colombia
— 2 nights
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Bogota, Colombia
— 4 nights
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Uyuni, Bolivia
— 1 day
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Guayaquil, Ecuador
— 1 night
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Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador
— 4 nights
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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 4 nights
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Puerto Villamil, Ecuador
— 4 nights
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Cuenca, Ecuador
— 1 night
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Quito, Ecuador
— 4 nights

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Cartagena, Colombia

Cartagena ©

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Walled City of Cartagena and Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa. Visit Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas and Iglesia de la Trinidad for their historical value. Change things up with a short trip to Playa Blanca in Isla Baru (about 1h 5 min away). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Plaza Santo Domingo, get impressive views of Volcan de Lodo El Totumo (Mud Volcano), race across the water with Boats4U, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Cartagena trip planner.

Newark, USA to Cartagena is an approximately 11-hour combination of car and flight. Traveling from Newark in January, expect Cartagena to be warmer, temps between 88°F and 75°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

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Medellin, Colombia

Medellin ©

City of the Eternal Spring

Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): take in the local highlights with Walking tours, browse the different shops at Centro Comercial Santafé, and then stop by Centro Comercial Oviedo. On the next day, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Parque Explora, then make a trip to Plaza Botero, then take an in-depth tour of Museo de Antioquia, and finally browse the different shops at El Tesoro Parque Comercial.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Medellin trip maker app.

Fly from Cartagena to Medellin in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cartagena in January, expect Medellin to be little chillier, temps between 82°F and 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Medellin

Shopping · Tours · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks
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History Museum
Museo de Antioquia
4.7

4
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Bogota, Colombia

Bogota ©

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.
Visit Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira and Bolivar Square for their historical value. Escape the urban bustle at Monserrate and Laguna de Guatavita. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), don't miss a visit to Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santo Domingo, look for gifts at Titan plaza, and admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Bogota road trip planning website.

You can fly from Medellin to Bogota in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Medellin in January, plan for little chillier days and colder nights in Bogota: temperatures range from 68°F by day to 44°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Uyuni.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks · Museums · Nature · Shopping

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Uyuni, Bolivia

Uyuni ©
Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): head off the coast to Isla Incahuasi and then take in the dramatic natural features at Salar de Uyuni.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Uyuni travel planner.

Fly from Bogota to Uyuni in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Bogota to Uyuni. Traveling from Bogota in January, you will find days in Uyuni are a bit cooler (55°F), and nights are somewhat warmer (53°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to Guayaquil.

Things to do in Uyuni

Nature · Parks
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Must see
Salar de Uyuni
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Island
Isla Incahuasi
4.6

1
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Guayaquil, Ecuador

Guayaquil ©

Pearl of the Pacific

Hills dotted with colorful houses and waterfront promenades typify Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city and commercial center.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): explore the world behind art at Museum of Anthropology and Contemporary Art, take a leisurely stroll along Malecon 2000, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Metropolitana de Guayaquil, and finally wander the streets of Cerro Santa Ana. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Guayaquil Historical Park, then visit Las Penas, and then look for gifts at Plaza Lagos.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Guayaquil trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Uyuni to Guayaquil takes 16 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Uyuni to Guayaquil due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Uyuni in January: high temperatures in Guayaquil hover around 88°F and lows are around 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Guayaquil

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Wildlife · Parks
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Historic Walking Area
Guayaquil Historical Park
4.7
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Neighborhood
Las Penas
4.5
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Neighborhood
Cerro Santa Ana
4.6

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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Puerto Chino Beach and Cerro Brujo. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at La Loberia and Punta Pitt. Spend the 19th (Sat) exploring nature at Cerro Tijeretas. There's still lots to do: get a new perspective on nature at Interpretation Center, make a trip to Lagoon El Junco, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Mann, and pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Inmaculada Concepcion.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Puerto Baquerizo Moreno trip itinerary builder app.

You can fly from Guayaquil to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno in 3.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 74°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can catch the ferry to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

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Beach
La Loberia
4.6
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Beach
Cerro Brujo
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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.
Head to Galeria Aymara and Galeria Exotico Ecuadorfor plenty of shopping. Get in touch with nature at Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay and El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve. Spend the 23rd (Wed) among aquatic life with Galapagos Living. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Charles Darwin Research Station, kick back and relax at El Garrapatero, take in the dramatic natural features at Las Grietas, and make a trip to Santa Cruz Fish Market.

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Getting from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Puerto Ayora by ferry takes about 3.5 hours. In January in Puerto Ayora, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 74°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

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Must see
Galeria Aymara
4.6

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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Playa Puerto Villamil and Isabela Island. There's much more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Sierra Negra, tour the pleasant surroundings at Concha de Perla, make a trip to The Wall of Tears, and contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna de los Diablos.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Villamil trip planner.

You can ride a ferry from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Villamil in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Villamil, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Cuenca.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Volcano
Sierra Negra
4.3
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Nature / Park
Concha de Perla
4.4

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Cuenca, Ecuador

Cuenca ©

Athens of Ecuador

Packed with impressive colonial architecture and a historic town center, Cuenca stands as perhaps the most charming city in the nation.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of El Cajas National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mirador de Turi, trot along with Centro Ecuestre Bellavista, then take in the exciting artwork at Homero Ortega, then admire the landmark architecture of Inmaculada Concepción Cathedral, and finally steep yourself in history at Museo Catedral Vieja.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Cuenca sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Puerto Villamil to Cuenca in 6.5 hours. Traveling from Puerto Villamil to Cuenca, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In January, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel to Quito.

Things to do in Cuenca

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors
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National Park
El Cajas National Park
4.8
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Art Gallery
Homero Ortega
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Historic Site
Museo Catedral Vieja
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Quito, Ecuador

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania and Basilica del Voto Nacional. Head to Olga Fisch Folklore and Otavalo Marketfor some retail therapy. Step out of Quito to go to Otavalo and see Iglesia El Jordan, which is approximately 1h 40 min away. There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Quito Old Town, admire the landmark architecture of Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and explore the world behind art at La Capilla Del Hombre.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Quito holiday planning site.

You can fly from Cuenca to Quito in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 57°F. You'll have a few hours on the 2nd (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Quito

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Food Tour
Food Tours
4.7
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Historic Walking Area
Quito Old Town
4.8

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