Colombia & Ecuador in 19 Days
From the Caribbean Coast to the Galapagos
Explore the Spanish-inspired architecture of Santa Marta and enjoy the Caribbean influences of historic Cartagena, from the colourful facades of the old town to the shores of the Rosario Islands. Then, arrive in Quito and enjoy a journey from the tropical Amazon rainforest to the wildlife-rich Galapagos Islands.
19 days trip including flights*
18 days and 17 nights in destination
NYC - CTG
Cartagena de Indias
Cartagena de Indias
Cartagena de Indias
Cartagena de Indias
GYE - NYC
GYE - NYC
* It may change depending of your departure city, departure date and arrival date.
The calendar does not display internal flights, trains or other transportation included in the itinerary.
Ready to experience the colourful culture and immense natural beauty of Colombia? Head to your departure airport to catch a flight* to Cartagena. Touch down in Cartagena and transfer to the hotel. Cartagena sits on the Caribbean coast and is one of the main ports in Colombia. It's a vibrant city with a plethora of quirky bars and eateries, colourful streets and leafy plazas, perfect for exploring! Overnight stay in Cartagena.
*If your inbound flight depart in the early hours (before 4:00 a.m.) you must arrive at the airport the night before the indicated departure day.
Breakfast at the hotel. It's time for a little beach-side bliss. Transfer by road to Santa Marta, situated on the Caribbean Coast and known for its busy port and beautiful beaches, not to mention the outstanding natural beauty of its surroundings. Arrive, transfer to the hotel and take some time to appreciate the sea views. A romantic stroll along the beach is the perfect way to end the day. Overnight stay in Santa Marta.
Breakfast at the hotel. Today, set off on a tour of Santa Marta to uncover its charming sights and learn more about this unique part of Colombia. Visit the Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, the death place of Simon Bolivar, today a museum, and the fascinating Tayrona Archaeological Museum. See Santa Marta Cathedral and explore the historic centre before returning to the hotel. The remainder of the day is free at your leisure to relax or explore the local area at your own pace. Overnight stay in Santa Marta.
Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a day at your leisure in beautiful Santa Marta, soaking up the Spanish-influenced architecture and charming atmosphere of the Old Town or simply relaxing on the beach. We recommend an optional full-day excursion to Tayrona National Natural Park for an unforgettable day of epic natural landscapes.* Overnight stay in Santa Marta.
* Optional Tayrona National Natural Park Cañaveral to Arrecifes Excursion: Set off to the Cañaveral Sector of Tayrona National Natural Park to enjoy an exciting nature hike of approximately 1 hour through the tropical forest trails to the Arrecifes Sector, recognised for its stunning natural beauty. Admire the abundant nature before arriving at a natural pool, the ideal place for a relaxing swim and enjoy the views of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountain range and the Caribbean Coast.
Breakfast at the hotel. At the indicated time, bid farewell to Santa Marta as you transfer back to Cartagena by road, enjoy the scenic landscapes of the Caribbean coast along the journey. Arrive, transfer to the hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure. We recommend watching the sunset from an ocean-side bar with an ice-cool cocktail. Overnight stay in Cartagena.
Breakfast at the hotel. Today, get to know the colonial past and colourful present of the city. Set off on a tour of Cartagena, passing through the main neighbourhoods of the city: Boca Grande, Castillo Grande and Manga until you arrive at the majestic Castillo de San Felipe, an important feat in military engineering. Visit the Church of San Pedro Claver and end the tour with a short walk through the walled old town where you can admire its pretty squares, narrow streets and houses with balconies beautifully decorated with flowers. The city's charms are undeniable. Spend the remainder of the day at your leisure. Perhaps you'll head down to the beach for a lazy afternoon or enjoy a Colombian coffee in one of the lively plazas. Overnight stay in Cartagena.
Breakfast at the hotel. Today, explore the idyllic Rosario Islands. In the morning, transfer to the pier to board a shared speedboat service to the National Natural Park of the Rosario Islands. Admire the views of the Bay of Cartagena and Boca Chica, before arriving at the idyllic islands and taking the time to enjoy the beach and surroundings. Tuck into a delicious traditional lunch and while away the afternoon upon the pristine beaches of the Rosario Islands. Return by boat to Cartagena and enjoy the remainder of the evening at your leisure. Overnight stay in Cartagena.
Breakfast at the hotel. After an unforgettable getaway in Colombia, it's time to head Ecuador. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for a flight to Quito. Arrive in Quito, the capital of Ecuador and a city famed for its high vantage point in the Andean mountains and its ancient Incan significance. Transfer to your hotel and overnight stay in Quito.
* Optional Meal Package: Add 4 dinners and 1 box lunch. The exact date and location of each service will be confirmed upon arrival according to the client's specific itinerary.
Please note: If you purchase the Optional Meal Package and your arrival flight lands late this evening you will be provided with a cold dinner box if the hotel restaurant is closed when you arrive.
Breakfast at the hotel. Leave the capital behind as you set off into the Ecuadorian highlands and down into the rainforest, headed for Tena, in the Amazon. Continue through verdant landscapes towards the lodge, in the heart of the jungle. Arrive in time for dinner and enjoy a night walk to admire the nocturnal wildlife as the rainforest comes to life after sundown. Overnight stay in the Amazon.
Enjoy an early breakfast before setting off for a wildlife walk through the primary and secondary rainforest of the Amazon. Look out for tropical wildlife and appreciate the sheer scale and beauty of the jungle. Return to the lodge for lunch before enjoying the afternoon at your leisure with the opportunity to join in optional Amazon activities organised at the lodge. However, you choose to spend the remainder of the day, simply taking in the amazing natural environment and listening to the cacophony of wildlife sounds is sure to be a memorable experience. We recommend our Culinary Excursion package to enjoy a delicious chocolate-making workshop this afternoon!* Dinner and overnight stay in the Amazon.
* Optional Culinary Experience Package- Pack of 3 Excursions: Get to know the culinary heritage of Ecuador with this pack of three food-focused excursions. Take part in a delicious chocolate workshop in the Amazon to learn about cocoa cultivation and chocolate production and enjoy a guided fruit and food tasting tour at a local market in Quito. Finally, enjoy an authentic Galapagos Ceviche cooking class on Playa Mann in San Cristobal, to learn the secrets of the local cuisine!
After breakfast at the lodge, return to Tena and continue your journey, heading back towards the capital. Along the way, visit the Middle of the World Monument, on the equator, where you can stand with one foot in each hemisphere! Continue to Quito and take a guided city tour to get to know the capitals most emblematic sights. Admire the colonial-era architecture and picturesque plazas and stroll through the narrow streets of the city centre. Transfer to the hotel and enjoy the remainder of the evening at your leisure. Overnight stay in Quito.
Breakfast at the hotel. Spend the day in Quito at your leisure, exploring the city or simply taking some time to enjoy the beautiful climate and natural environment. We recommend enjoying our excursion to Quilotoa* or booking our Pack of 3 Excursions.** Overnight stay in Quito.
* Optional Quilotoa Excursion: Set off through the Andean Mountains, passing by the snow-capped peaks of Tungurahua and Chimborazo. Stop at a local market for a taste of the Andean culture and visit Quilotoa Crater Lake, known for its everchanging color, depending on the sun and clouds.
** Optional Experience Ecuador - Pack of 3 Excursions: Experience Ecuador to the fullest with this pack of three excursions. Visit the famous Quilotoa Crater Lake on an excursion through the Andean Mountains to discover the local culture and natural wonders of the Andes. In the Galapagos Islands, enjoy an authentic cooking class on Playa Mann in San Cristobal, known for its population of sea lions, to learn the secrets of the local cuisine. Finally, take a tour of Puerto el Morro in Guayaquil to visit a natural dolphin reserve, accompanied by a professional biologist guide.
***For a Culinary Experience of Ecuador, you can choose our optional excursion package to add 3 food-focused optional excursions to your trip!
Breakfast at the hotel. Depart to the airport this morning for a flight to the Galapagos Islands, a true wonder of nature known for its immense biodiversity! San Cristobal is the easternmost Galapagos island and is home to a rich array of unique wildlife, such as blue and red-footed boobies, marine iguanas and Galapagos sea lions. It's also the island that Charles Darwin first explored during his research into the islands. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel and get comfortable before setting off on a brief afternoon tour of Baquerizo Moreno, the capital of the Galapagos Province. Explore this quaint coastal community and get to know its most important sights. The remainder of the day is at your leisure to relax before your adventure continues tomorrow. Overnight stay in San Cristobal.
* For a Culinary Experience of Ecuador, you can choose our optional excursion package to add 3 food-focused optional excursions to your trip!
Breakfast at the hotel. Set off on a full-day tour of San Cristobal to explore the delights of the island. Visit Galapaguera, home to amazing giant tortoises and observe diverse species of sea birds from Puerto Chino. The white sand here is perfect for a short rest before continuing to La Loberia, home to a large colony of sea lions who can be seen resting on the rocks. Return to your hotel and overnight stay in San Cristobal.
After breakfast at the hotel, the day is free for you to explore the Galapagos at your own. Overnight stay in San Cristobal.
For a full experience of Ecuador, you can choose our optional excursion package to add 3 optional excursions to your trip!
Breakfast at the hotel. Head back to the mainland, with a flight from San Cristobal airport. Arrive in Guayaquil, and join a shared-transfer to your hotel in the city centre. Guayaquil is the largest city in Ecuador and is located on the Pacific Coast. Later, enjoy a walking tour of the city, visiting the Malecon, Paque Iguanas and Las Peñas neighbourhood. Overnight stay in Guayaquil.
Breakfast at the hotel. The day is at your leisure to do some last-minute souvenir shopping, relax in the arty neighbourhood of Santa Ana Hill. Overnight stay in Guayaquil.
Breakfast at the hotel. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for a flight back to the US. Night on board.
Please note: Depending on the flight departure time you may arrive back in the US today.
Arrive in the US and end your trip.
*In case the advertised hotels are not available they will be replaced by one of these alternative hotels with the same quality: Barlovento.
Included activity for day 9
Duration 01:00h Approx. Pick up time: 20:00 Approx
Night-walk in Tena
Night-walk through the jungle to admire the nocturnal wildlife as the rainforest comes to life after sundown.
Included activity for day 10
Duration 02:30h Approx. Pick up time: 08:30 Approx
Wildlife walk in Tena
Wildlife walk through the primary and secondary rainforest of the Amazon. Look out for tropical wildlife and appreciate the sheer scale and beauty of the jungle.
Included activity for day 11
Duration 03:00h Approx. Pick up time: 09:30 Approx
Quito City Tour
A guided city tour to get to know Quito's most emblematic sights. Visit a local market, a number of picturesque squares and the narrow streets of the city centre.
Included activity for day 11
Duration 01:45h Approx.
Middle of the World Monument
Visit the Middle of the World Monument, on the equator, where you can stand with one foot in each hemisphere!
If you have reduced mobility you can request assistance for these activities by speaking to one of our experts
Suggested activity for day 4
Full day Tayrona National Natural Park Cañaveral to Arrecifes Excursion
Set off to the Cañaveral Sector of Tayrona National Natural Park to enjoy an exciting nature hike of approximately 1 hour through the tropical forest trails to the Arrecifes Sector, where you can swim in a natural pool.
Suggested activity for day 8
Meal Package (4 dinners & 1 Box-Lunch) 3*
Add 4 dinners and 1 box-lunch to your trip.
Suggested activity for day 10
Paquete Culinary: 3 Excursions Package
Includes: Fruit and food tasting local market in Quito, Chocolate workshop in amazon and an authetic cooking class on the beach in San Cristobal to learn the secrets of the local cuisine
Suggested activity for day 12
Duration 02:30h Approx. Pick up time: 09:30 Approx
Stop at a local market for a taste of the local culture before visiting the amazing Quilotoa Crater Lake, known for its everchanging color, depending on the position of the sun and the clouds.
The price includes
- Included in all our trips. more information
- Departures from main US airports.
- International flights: US - Cartagena, Guayaquil - US.
- Internal flights: Cartagena - Quito, Quito - Galapagos, Galapagos - Guayaquil. *more information
- 17 nights accommodation in Charm and Superior category hotels.See hotels included
- 17 breakfasts,1 lunch and Full board in Amazon.
- Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles.**more information
- Visits and entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary with an English-speaking guide.See itinerary
- All air taxes and fuel surcharge.
Entrances, drinks, tips and any other services not mentioned in what's included.
Transit control card (TCC)* (20 USD) and entrance to the Galapagos National Park * (100 USD).
* More information can be found in Offer Conditions.
** Please note: transfers in Colombia are with a Spanish-speaking driver.
* Documentation of the internal flights will either be available in the "My bookings" section in your "Customer Area" 14 days before your trip or delivered to you on arrival at your destination. It is essential to fill in the passport information correctly for each passenger in the given boxes at the end of the reservations process.
We strongly recommend you consult your doctor regarding the possible effects of altitude sickness before you travel.
If you would like to travel with children, please contact Customer Services to find out the conditions.
- Entry requirementsYour passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Colombia.
- VisaUS Passport holders can enter Colombia for up to 90 days as a visitor without a visa.
- CurrencyColombian Peso.
- Electricity110 V, 60 Hz.
- HealthPlease consult your doctor regarding the vaccination against yellow fever and malaria prophylaxis. Travellers over 60 years must consult their doctor as the Yellow Fever vaccine can have serious side effects.
- Time zoneGMT - 05:00.
- Tourist Office websitehttp://www.colombia.co/en/
Remember to download your e-ticket to confirm the times of your flights and to complete online check-in using the airline’s website, or directly at the check-in desk at the airport.
Accommodation at the hotels is as indicated. In the event of any changes to accommodation, they will always be of the same, or a higher category. The category of hotels is not standardized across all countries in the world. For this reason, the criteria may differ depending on the destination country's own standards.
In the case of adverse weather conditions, for safety reasons or for any other reasons deemed appropriate, the order and duration of the excursions included in the itinerary may be changed or cancelled without prior notice.
Galapagos transit control card (TCC) is mandatory and is checked at the airport in both Quito and Guayaquil before travel to the Galapagos Islands. Cost US$20 per person (subject to change) and made by cash payment.
At the airport Galapagos passengers must present their transit control card (TCC) with their passport and pay the entrance fee to the Galapagos National Park. Cost: US$100 per person.
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