60 days in Colombia & Ecuador Itinerary

60 days in Colombia & Ecuador Itinerary

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Cartagena, Colombia
— 8 nights
Fly to Bucaramanga, Bus to Barichara
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Barichara, Colombia
— 6 nights
Bus to Bucaramanga, Fly to Medellin Enrique Olaya Herrera
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Medellin, Colombia
— 8 nights
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Jardin, Colombia
— 4 nights
Drive
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Bogota, Colombia
— 9 nights
Fly
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Cali, Colombia
— 6 nights
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Quito, Ecuador
— 7 nights
Drive
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Canoa, Ecuador
— 3 nights
Drive
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Montanita, Ecuador
— 6 nights
Drive to José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport, Fly to London Heathrow Airport

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Cartagena, Colombia

— 8 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Aviario Nacional de Colombia and Centro Historico. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cartagena: Castillo de Salgar (in Puerto Colombia), Iglesia de la Inmaculada Concepcion (in Barranquilla) and Isla Baru (Playa Blanca & Playa Puntilla). There's still lots to do: race across the water with a speed boat tour, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and take a stroll through Barrio Getsemani.

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

London, UK to Cartagena is an approximately 18-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from London to Cartagena. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from London in June: high temperatures in Cartagena hover around 38°C and lows are around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Barichara.

Things to do in Cartagena

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Barichara, Colombia

— 6 nights
A charming town of just over 7,000 people, Barichara displays rustic, dusty orange-colored architecture, protected by the Colombian People's Heritage Network.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Parapente Paravolar Colombia. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Barichara: Museo del Algodon y el Lienzo de la Tierra (in Charala), San Gil (Rios y Canoas Colombia, Parque Gallineral, &more) and Cueva Del Indio (in Paramo). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Capilla de Santa Barbara, wander the streets of Guane, take some stellar pictures from Salto Del Mico, and see the interesting displays at Museo Isaias Ardila Diaz.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Barichara day trip planning tool.

Getting from Cartagena to Barichara by combination of flight and bus takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. In June, Barichara is little chillier than Cartagena - with highs of 30°C and lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Barichara

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Medellin, Colombia

— 8 nights

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Parque Arvi and Laguna de Guatape. Venture out of the city with trips to Cementerio Jardines Montesacro (in Itagui), Guatape (Guatape Motos, Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Carmen, &more) and Granja La Virginia (in La Estrella). There's lots more to do: see Off-Road Tours, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, take an in-depth tour of Museo de Antioquia, and make a trip to Centro Historico Santa Fe de Antioquia.

To see reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Medellin online visit planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Barichara to Medellin in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in June, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Jardin.

Things to do in Medellin

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Jardin, Colombia

— 4 nights
El Jardín, often simply referred to as Jardín, is a town and municipality in the southwest region of Antioquia, Colombia. Discover out-of-the-way places like Centro Historico de Jardin and Principal Park. Explore Jardin's surroundings by going to Cerro Cristo Rey (in Tamesis), Cerro Las Nubes (in Jerico) and Parque Principal (in Hispania). There's much more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Cueva del Esplendor, take in nature's colorful creations at Mi Jardin Encantado, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica de la Inmaculada Concepcion, and get engrossed in the history at Casa Museo Clara Rojas Pelaez.

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Drive from Medellin to Jardin in 3.5 hours. June in Jardin sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 20°C at night. On the 27th (Sat), you're off to Bogota.

Things to do in Jardin

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Bogota, Colombia

— 9 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Zona G Bogota and Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santo Domingo. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bogota: Nemocon (Museo de la Sal & Mina de Sal de Nemocon), Parque Jaime Duque (in Tocancipa) and Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira (in Zipaquira). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), stroll through Monserrate, admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, and look for all kinds of wild species at Parque Natural Chicaque.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Bogota journey planner.

You can drive from Jardin to Bogota in 11 hours. In June, Bogota is slightly colder than Jardin - with highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Cali.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks · Museums · Theme Parks · Spas

Side Trips

Cali, Colombia

— 6 nights

Salsa Capital of the World

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Barrio San Antonio and Zoologico de Cali. Venture out of the city with trips to El Cerrito (Iglesia de Santa Elena & Hacienda El Paraiso), Palmira (Catedral de Nuestra Senora del Rosario del Palmar & Plaza de Bolivar) and Buga (Parroquia Catedral San Pedro de Buga & Museo del Senor De Los Milagros). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some photo ops at Cristo Rey, examine the collection at Museo de la Cana de Azucar, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia La Ermita, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Iglesia de San Antonio.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Cali itinerary maker site.

You can fly from Bogota to Cali in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from Bogota in July: highs in Cali hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Quito.

Things to do in Cali

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Quito, Ecuador

— 7 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Museo Casa del Alabado and La Virgen del Panecillo. Change things up with these side-trips from Quito: Pululahua Geobotanical Reserve (in Calacali), Middle of the World (in Cayambe) and Museo De La Casa Kingman (in San Rafael). There's much more to do: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, walk around Parque Metropolitano, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, and examine the collection at La Capilla Del Hombre.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Quito trip maker app.

You can fly from Cali to Quito in 7 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Cali in July: high temperatures in Quito hover around 26°C and lows are around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Canoa.

Things to do in Quito

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

Canoa, Ecuador

— 3 nights
Canoa is a town in the Canton of San Vicente in the Manabí Province of Ecuador.Canoa is located north of Bahía de Caraquez, Province of Manabí – Ecuador. Step off the beaten path and head to Isla Corazon Mangrove Reserve and Alas y Olas. Change things up with these side-trips from Canoa: Playa de San Clemente (in San Clemente) and Playa La Bellaca (in Bahia de Caraquez). There's lots more to do: stroll through Canoa Beach, see the interesting displays at Museo Bahia de Caraquez, take in panoramic vistas at Mirador de la Cruz, and experience rural life at Rio Muchacho Organic Farm.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Canoa travel planning website.

You can drive from Quito to Canoa in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and taxi. On the 23rd (Thu), you're off to Montanita.

Things to do in Canoa

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Montanita, Ecuador

— 6 nights
A small, secluded coastal town with a laid-back atmosphere and a countercultural hippy vibe, Montanita has a reputation as a seaside getaway with a twist.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Playa de los Frailes and Playa de Chipipe. Get out of town with these interesting Montanita side-trips: Agua Blanca (in Machalilla National Park), Puerto Lopez (Isla de la Plata, Scuba & Snorkeling, &more) and Santa Elena (Playa la Entrada, Playa Rosada, &more). And it doesn't end there: get outside with La Chocolatera, take in the spiritual surroundings of Santuario Blanca Estrella del Mar, appreciate the history behind Monumento del Surfista, and tour the pleasant surroundings at La Loberia.

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Traveling by car from Canoa to Montanita takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. July in Montanita sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 25°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Montanita

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Colombia travel guide

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Historic Sites · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
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.

Ecuador travel guide

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Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites · History Museums
With abundant opportunities to discover fascinating World Heritage Sites, a holiday in Ecuador remains among the most culturally enriching travel experiences. Home to the world's highest active volcano, this little country packs a big punch when it comes to tourist activities. Some of the most popular things to do in Ecuador include visits to its astonishingly biodiverse wilderness areas, home to some 1,500 bird species, 840 species of amphibians and reptiles, and nearly 20,000 plant species. Of course, the highlight of many Ecuador vacations is bound to be the Galapagos Islands, made famous by naturalist Charles Darwin. Aside from the stunning nature, Ecuador also boasts many historic cities filled with photogenic colonial-era churches, mansions, and plazas.