Ecuador and Colombia: Vibrant culture and natural wonders
Day 1-3 Quito
Explore Ecuador’s delightful capital, located in the Andean foothills and built over an ancient Incan city. Its old town is where you’ll find many of its best museums and historic buildings, but also make sure you visit the Casa de la Cultura with its collection of Ecuadorean art and the Museo del Banco Central which houses much of the country’s pre-Columbian gold. Close by, take a trip to the Mitad del Mundo where you can straddle the Equator.
Transfers to Galapagos Islands 1h50m
Day 4-6 Galapagos Islands
Considered one of the best places in the world for viewing wildlife, the Galapagos Islands are a volcanic archipelago. The plant and animal diversity here is unequalled elsewhere and indeed, it’s the place that inspired Darwin’s theory of evolution. The blue-footed booby is one of the unusual birds you will see, but the islands are home to so much more: albatrosses, sea lions and of course, Galapagos giant tortoise, the largest species of tortoise alive today.
Transfers to Guayaquil 1h50m
Day 7-8 Guayaquil
The pulsing commercial heart of Ecuador and jumping off point for flights to the Galápagos Islands, this is a riverine city justifiably renowned for its seafood. With a thriving arts scene, countless museums and revitalised squares, Guayaquil has energy, attitude and personality in spades.
Transfers to Bogota 28h00m1h50m
Day 9-11 Bogota
Stroll through the old heart of Colombia’s capital city and you’ll see plenty of evidence that the Spanish were once here. Focused on the cobbled streets of La Candelaria, there are enough landmarks to hold your attention for the whole of your stay. But head out into the grittier barrios and discover a vibrant, colourful and welcoming modern city that will make a visit to Bogota a stand out.
Transfers to Cartagena 16h24m1h20m