20 days in Colombia, Quito & Puerto Baquerizo Moreno Itinerary

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Cartagena, Colombia
— 3 nights
Pereira, Colombia
— 2 nights
Fly to Bogota, Foot to Bogota
Bogota, Colombia
— 4 nights
Quito, Ecuador
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador
— 9 nights


Cartagena, Colombia — 3 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.
Cartagena is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ermita Nuestra Senora De La Candelaria, contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Cartagena trip itinerary builder website.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiports are Rafael Nuñez International Airport and Ernesto Cortissoz International Airport. In May, plan for daily highs up to 90°F, and evening lows to 79°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Pereira.
Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Museums
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Pereira, Colombia — 2 nights

A center of commerce and trade, the thriving city of Pereira was founded in 1863.
On the 19th (Fri), look for gifts at Plazoleta de los Toldos and then don't miss a visit to Mirador Colina Iluminada. Here are some ideas for day two: savor a delicious cup with a coffee and tea tour.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Pereira online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Cartagena to Pereira takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Cartagena in May: high temperatures in Pereira hover around 79°F and lows are around 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Bogota.
Tours · Shopping
Side Trip
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Bogota, Colombia — 4 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Laguna de Guatavita (in Tierra Negra), Centro de Memoria El Cuartico (in Valledupar) and Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de Fatima (in Tocancipa). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), look for gifts at Vitrina Guayca, admire the striking features of Rosario university, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Bogota online tour itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Pereira to Bogota takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Pereira in May: high temperatures in Bogota hover around 67°F and lows are around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to fly to Quito.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature
Side Trips
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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.
To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Quito travel planning site.

Traveling by flight from Bogota to Quito takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Quito when traveling from Bogota in May, with lows around 61°F. You will leave for Puerto Baquerizo Moreno on the 25th (Thu).
Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks
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Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador — 9 nights

The capital of the Galapagos Islands, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is located on easternmost island of the archipelago, San Cristobal.
Spend the 28th (Sun) exploring nature at Cerro Tijeretas. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Puerto Chino Beach, get outside with Outdoor Activities, learn more about the world around you at Interpretation Center, and enjoy the sand and surf at Cerro Brujo.

To find reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Baquerizo Moreno trip planner.

Fly from Quito to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno in 5.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Quito in May; daily highs in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno reach 84°F and lows reach 75°F.
Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
Side Trip
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Colombia travel guide

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.

Galapagos Islands travel guide

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.