55 days in Ecuador & Colombia Itinerary

55 days in Ecuador & Colombia Itinerary

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55 days in Ecuador & Colombia Itinerary

Start: Adelaide, Australia
Fly + Shuttle:  36 h
1
Santa Marta, Colombia
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h 30 min
2
Barranquilla, Colombia
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Cartagena, Colombia
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
4
Isla Baru, Colombia
— 1 night
+3
Shuttle + Foot + Bus + Fly:  3 h 30 min
5
San Andres Island, Colombia
— 5 nights
Fly:  3 h
6
Cali, Colombia
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
7
Salento, Colombia
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  3 h
8
Medellin, Colombia
— 4 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  2 h 15 min
9
Bucaramanga, Colombia
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h
10
Villa de Leyva, Colombia
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
11
Bogota, Colombia
— 8 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
12
Quito, Ecuador
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
13
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador
— 2 nights
Ferry:  2 h 30 min
14
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 2 nights
Ferry:  2 h 30 min
15
Puerto Villamil, Ecuador
— 2 nights
Travel:  5 h 15 min
16
Fernandina, Ecuador
— 1 day
Travel:  8 h
17
Floreana, Ecuador
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  43 h
End: Adelaide, Australia

2
nights
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.
Visit Cristal Beach and Playa Blanca for some beach relaxation. Visiting Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona and Scuba & Snorkeling will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: browse the different shops at Centro Comercial Zazue Plaza and look for gifts at Yo Amo Santa Marta.

To see maps and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Marta trip itinerary planner .

Adelaide, Australia to Santa Marta is an approximately 36-hour flight. You'll gain 14 hours traveling from Adelaide to Santa Marta due to the time zone difference. In January, Santa Marta is a bit warmer than Adelaide - with highs of 39°C and lows of 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Barranquilla.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
Highlights from your plan
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona ©
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
Scuba & Snorkeling
Cristal Beach ©
Cristal Beach

2
nights
Barranquilla, Colombia

Barranquilla ©
An industrial port city on Colombia's Caribbean coast, Barranquilla represents the fourth-most populous city in the country.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): buy something for everyone on your list at Centro Comercial Viva Barranquilla, get into the urban bustle at Centro de Convenciones Puerta de Oro, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de la Inmaculada Concepcion, then stop by Todomono, and finally browse the different shops at Centro Comercial Villa Country. Here are some ideas for day two: buy something for everyone on your list at Centro Comercial Carnaval, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia del Rosario, then browse the different shops at Centro Comercial Portal del Prado, and finally view the masterpieces at Bojanini Art Gallery.

To find reviews and other tourist information, you can read our Barranquilla trip builder website .

Drive from Santa Marta to Barranquilla in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can drive to Cartagena.

Things to do in Barranquilla

Shopping Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Centro Comercial Carnaval
Highlights from your plan
Bojanini Art Gallery ©
Bojanini Art Gallery
Iglesia del Rosario ©
Iglesia del Rosario
Iglesia de la Inmaculada Concepcion ©

5
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 San Felipe de Barajas and Plaza Santo Domingo. Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Miramar Beach Club. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena, view the masterpieces at Arte Getsemani, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and browse the exhibits of NH Galeria.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Cartagena online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Barranquilla to Cartagena takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Cartagena are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Isla Baru.

Things to do in Cartagena

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
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

1
night
Isla Baru, Colombia

Isla Baru ©
Lying south of Cartagena, Isla Baru was connected to the mainland until the construction of the Canal del Dique.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Aviario Nacional de Colombia and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Blanca.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Isla Baru online route planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and ferry from Cartagena to Isla Baru takes 3.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Isla Baru

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Playa Blanca ©
Playa Blanca
Aviario Nacional de Colombia ©
Aviario Nacional de Colombia

5
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.
Do your shopping at Esmeraldas Colombianas and Banco de la Republica. Get in touch with nature at Playa de San Luis and Cayo El Acuario. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at La Piscinita, explore the fascinating underground world of Morgan's Cave, enjoy the sand and surf at Cocoplum Bay, and fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read San Andres Island trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Isla Baru to San Andres Island by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight. In January, daily temperatures in San Andres Island can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Cali.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Piscinita ©
La Piscinita
Cayo El Acuario ©
Cayo El Acuario
Hoyo Soplador ©
Hoyo Soplador

3
nights
Cali, Colombia

Cali ©
Learning how to salsa may be the most popular thing to do in Cali, but this giant city in southwestern Colombia represents more than just the "Salsa Capital of the World." Home to over 2 million people, thriving Cali serves as a major commercial and industrial center in South America, boasting the fastest-growing economy in Colombia.
Get some cultural insight at Museo Aereo Fenix and Iglesia La Ermita. For shopping fun, head to Centro Comercial Jardin Plaza or Centro Comercial Chipichape. Spend the 19th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Camino Real, admire the landmark architecture of El Gato Del Rio( Gato De Tejada), examine the collection at Museo del Oro Calima, and meet the residents at Zoologico de Cali.

Before you visit Cali, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by flight from San Andres Island to Cali takes 3 hours. Traveling from San Andres Island in January, Cali is little chillier at night with lows of 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Salento.

Things to do in Cali

Historic Sites Shopping Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Camino Real
Highlights from your plan
Museo Aereo Fenix ©
Museo Aereo Fenix
Camino Real ©
Camino Real
Iglesia de San Antonio ©
Iglesia de San Antonio

3
nights
Salento, Colombia

Salento ©
Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
Get outdoors at Kasaguadua Natural Reserve and Valle del Cocora. Do your shopping at Region Paisaje / Landscape Region and Plazoleta de los Toldos. Spend the 23rd (Thu) exploring nature at Bosques de Cocora. There's more to do: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour and admire the sheer force of Cascadas de Cocora.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Salento travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Cali to Salento in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Cali in January, plan for a bit cooler days in Salento, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Salento

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Plazoleta de los Toldos
Highlights from your plan
Kasaguadua Natural Reserve ©
Kasaguadua Natural Reserve
Bosques de Cocora ©
Bosques de Cocora
Valle del Cocora ©
Valle del Cocora

4
nights
Medellin, Colombia

Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
For shopping fun, head to Mayorca Mega Plaza or El Tesoro Parque Comercial. Visiting Parque Arvi and Parasailing & Paragliding will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: cruise along 2000m Descent and more, look for all kinds of wild species at Las Tangaras Bird Reserve, stop by Duna Store, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Medellin trip itinerary tool .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Salento to Medellin in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In January, daily temperatures in Medellin can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Bucaramanga.

Things to do in Medellin

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trip

Mayorca Mega Plaza
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
medellin 2000m DESCENT ©
medellin 2000m DESCENT
Parque Arvi ©
Parque Arvi

3
nights
Bucaramanga, Colombia

Bucaramanga ©
A tour of Bucaramanga may yield little evidence that it dates back as far as 1622.
Head to Parque Caracoli and Cacique el Centro Comercialfor plenty of shopping. Step out of the city life by going to Parque Nacional de Chicamocha and Club Campestre Bucaramanga. The adventure continues: buy something for everyone on your list at Centro Comercial Cacique, pick up some local products at Plaza de Mercado Guarin, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica San Juan Bautista.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Bucaramanga trip itinerary maker .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Medellin to Bucaramanga in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In January in Bucaramanga, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can go by car to Villa de Leyva.

Things to do in Bucaramanga

Shopping Nature Parks

Side Trips

Parque Caracoli, Basilica San Juan Bautista
Highlights from your plan
Parque Caracoli ©
Parque Caracoli
Club Campestre Bucaramanga ©
Club Campestre Bucaramanga
Centro Comercial Cacique ©
Centro Comercial Cacique

3
nights
Villa de Leyva, Colombia

Villa de Leyva ©
Positioned away from major trade routes and exploitable resources, the colonial town of Villa de Leyva has been largely left alone--leaving a window into the 16th century that has become one of Colombia's most popular attractions.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Alcaldia Villa de Leyva and Iglesia de la Renovacion. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Museo Paleontológico and Iglesia de San Agustin. When in Villa de Leyva, make a side trip to see Convento Nuestra Señora del Rosario de Chiquinquirá in Chiquinquira, approximately 1h 05 min away. Spend the 3rd (Mon) exploring nature at Iguaque National Park. The adventure continues: look for gifts at Morphilia Joyeria, make a trip to FIBAS Jardin de Desierto, view the masterpieces at Guadalupe Arte & Diseno, and browse the fresh offerings at Plaza De Mercado De Villa De Leyva.

To find photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Villa de Leyva trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Bucaramanga to Villa de Leyva by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of flight and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can drive to Bogota.

Things to do in Villa de Leyva

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Chiquinquira, Iglesia de San Agustin
Highlights from your plan
Iguaque National Park ©
Iguaque National Park
Museo Paleontológico ©
Museo Paleontológico

8
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) and Barrio La Candelaria. Visiting Mount Monserrate and Laguna de Guatavita will get you outdoors. Explore Bogota's surroundings by going to Catedral de Sal (in Zipaquira), Bioparque La Reserva (in Cota) and Vinos Express (in Chia). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, identify plant and animal life at Reserva Natural El Chochal de Siecha, get into the urban bustle at Centro Internacional de Negocios y Exposiciones, and take in the exciting artwork at DIBS by Culture Shock Colombia.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Bogota itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Villa de Leyva to Bogota takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in February, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel to Quito.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

San Antonio del Tequendama, Bioparque La Reserva, Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira, Laguna de Guatavita, Centro de Memoria El Cuartico
Highlights from your plan
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira ©
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira
Monserrate ©
Monserrate

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): contemplate the geological forces at Pichincha, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica del Voto Nacional, and finally stop by Olga Fisch Folklore. On the next day, examine the collection at La Capilla Del Hombre, then get to know the fascinating history of Quito Old Town, and then take in the awesome beauty at Illiniza Ecological Reserve.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Quito trip website .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Bogota to Quito takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bogota in February, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 16°C in Quito. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Quito

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Pichincha
Highlights from your plan
Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila ©
Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania ©
Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania
Quito Old Town ©
Quito Old Town

2
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.
On the next day, don't miss a visit to Segunda Zona Naval de la Armada del Ecuador, then learn more about the world around you at Interpretation Center, then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Inmaculada Concepcion, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at La Loberia.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Puerto Baquerizo Moreno trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Quito to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno in 4.5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Quito in February, with highs in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno at 36°C and lows at 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to ride a ferry to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

La Loberia
Highlights from your plan
La Loberia ©
La Loberia
Cerro Tijeretas ©
Cerro Tijeretas
Interpretation Center ©
Interpretation Center

2
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.
On the 17th (Mon), take in the dramatic natural features at Las Grietas, view the masterpieces at Galeria Aymara, and then stroll through Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then identify plant and animal life at Charles Darwin Research Station.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Puerto Ayora online vacation planner .

Getting from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Puerto Ayora by ferry takes about 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in February, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can catch the ferry to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay
Highlights from your plan
Galeria Aymara ©
Galeria Aymara
Charles Darwin Research Station ©
Charles Darwin Research Station
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): explore the activities along Laguna de los Diablos, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Cristo Salvador, then step off the mainland to explore Las Tintoreras, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Concha de Perla. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape at El Tunel del Estero, enjoy the sand and surf at El Faro, stroll through Playa Puerto Villamil, take a leisurely stroll along Malecon Cuna del Sol, then explore the activities along Laguna Salinas, and finally don't miss a visit to The Wall of Tears.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Puerto Villamil online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by ferry from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Villamil takes 2.5 hours. The time zone changes from Ecuador Time (ECT) to Galapagos Time (GALT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Fernandina.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Concha de Perla ©
Concha de Perla
Iglesia Cristo Salvador ©
Iglesia Cristo Salvador
Las Tintoreras ©
Las Tintoreras

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Fernandina, Ecuador

Fernandina
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): kick back and relax at Punta Espinoza.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Fernandina trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Puerto Villamil to Fernandina with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Floreana.

Things to do in Fernandina

Beaches Outdoors Wildlife

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Floreana, Ecuador

Floreana ©
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Devil's Crown, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Negra, then stroll through Asilo de la Paz, and finally identify plant and animal life at Cormorant Point.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Floreana trip tool .

Explore your travel options from Fernandina to Floreana with the Route module. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Fernandina to Floreana due to the time zone difference. On the 23rd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Floreana

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Devil's Crown ©
Devil's Crown
Post Office Bay ©
Post Office Bay

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