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Day 01
Depart for Quito

Board your flight to Quito (Spanish pronunciation: kito), formally San Francisco de Quito, is the capital city of Ecuador, at an elevation of 9,200Ft (2,850 meters above sea level). It has been declared Heritage of Mankind by the UNESCO as recognition to its extraordinary architectural and artistic colonial heritage.
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Day 02
Quito
On arrival, transfer to the hotel. Rest at leisure to acclimatise to the high altitude. Overnight in Quito.
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Day 03
Quito City Tour - Mitad del Mundo Equator
Today enjoy a full day tour to explore the many places of interest in Quito. Visit Plaza dela Independencia, known locally as the Plaza Grande, this garden-graced square is dominated by La Catedral Metropolitana (Metropolitan Cathedral). At the center of the plaza is a bronze and marble monument celebrating Ecuador’s first declaration of independence against its Spanish rulers. Plus, the Basilica Church and San Francisco Church, built in the 17th century. This afternoon visit “Mitad del Mundo” (Middle of the World) and the Equator monument situated at 0 latitude. Visit the Intinan Solar Museum, where you’ll find scientific experimental aspects of being right at the Equator. Time permitting, enjoy an optional tour by going up the Quito’s Skyrail - Teleferico and have a splendid view of the surrounding mountains. Overnight in Quito.
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Day 04
Quito - Otavalo - Cotacachi
This morning drive across the colourful valleys of Guayllabamba & Cayambe. Observe the local produce of avocado & cherimoya fruit. Visit the Otavalo Craft Market, one of the most famous markets in Sudamerica. Here you’ll find handmade handicrafts from all over Ecuador, in addition you’ll be able to share sometime with this ancestral community and get to know a little bit more about their culture. After lunch, drive to the valley of Cotacachi, famous due to its various leather items from small money keepers till high fashion jackets and shoes. After the short stop in the town, advance to Cayapas Reserve, which is crowned by the inactive volcano Cotacachi where the crater holds the mystic Cuicocha crater lake. Some optional activities can be done in this magical place, maybe a short hike or a boat ride around the two islets nested into the lagoon. Drive back to Quito for overnight stay.
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Day 05
Quito - Indigenious market – Banos - Chimborazo - Riobamba
Early start today in the morning, visit one of the local indigenous markets like Pujilí, Saquisilí or Zumbahua (markets have operational days), walk around the market to discover new fruits and vegetables which are trade with any kind of products even small animals like chickens or the famous guinea pig or cuy. Take the road down to the Pastaza river canyon so called “Route of Waterfalls” where we find Cascada de la Virgen, the Bride’s Mantle, Machay, Pailon del Diablo (the Devil’s Cauldron)optional walk down to observe this waterfall from a breath-taking suspension bridge. Drive to the city of Riobamba passing at the foothills of Chimborazo Volcano, the highest summit in Ecuador. Overnight in Riobamba.
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Day 06
Riobamba - Ingapirca - Cuenca
Today after breakfast drive to Ingapirca archaeological ruins, this complex was an important religious Center and today is the standing proof of the Andean ancient society’s development, such us the Cañaris and the Incas. On arrive at the city of Cuenca, check in and rest of the evening at leisure. Overnight stay in Cuenca.
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Day 07
Cuenca City Tour - Panama Hats Factory
Enjoy of a day in the lovely city of Cuenca, walking through its old and narrow streets will bring you back to the times of the Spaniard colony filled with art and legends. Our guide will accompany you during the city tour which includes a visit to the straw-hat factory, known as Panama hats. During the afternoon, have free time to get in touch with the city and its habitants, enjoy an Ecuadorian chocolate or coffee in one of the cosy bars and restaurants the city has to offer.
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Day 08
Cuenca - Cajas National park - Guayaquil
Leaving Cuenca on the way to the Coast region, pass through Cajas National Park. This park shows a complex lake system and an enchanted forest filled with polylep is know as “Paper Tree” ideal scenario to do some trekking in the area. Afterwards continue to the Coast and witness the change of environments from the paramo to the Coast and arrive at the cosmopolitan city of Guayaquil. Guayaquil is one of the largest cities and the most important commercial port of Ecuador which makes it an ideal spot for shopping and night life. Later drive around the city where Las Peñas hill see its particular colourful houses. Overnight stay in Guayaquil.
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Day 09
Guayaquil - Bogota
Today fly from Guayaquil to Bogota, on arrival meet your representative and transfer to the hotel to check in and relax.
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Day 10
Mount Monserrate - Bogota walking City tour - Gold Museum
This morning visit to The Monserrate, a magnificent vantage point of the town and valley from a height of 3200 meters above sea level. Take a cable car or funicular to the top for the views. In 1650, a Spanish cleric and a bachelor, built atop this hill a chapel dedicated to Santa Maria de la Cruz de Monserrate. Later take a walking tour around the historic centre of the city. Tour begins with“Street Art”, then the church of El Carmen, a small church built in the mid-17th century and rebuilt in 1926 in larger, to accommodate the growing number of faithful to the Virgin del Carmen. On the way to the Plaza Bolívar, enjoy the Nariño palace, home of the President of Colombia, and gardens in the heart of which is an astronomical observatory. Around the Bolivar Square is located the National Capitol, the Courthouse, the City of Bogotá, but also the Cathedral "Primada", the Chapel "del Sagrario" and the Archbishop's Palace. The tour includes a visit to the Gold Museum is part of the Bank of the Republic; it was created at the initiative of Julio Caro and Luis Angel Arangoto avoid the disappearance of many pre-Columbian treasures. Since the museum was created in 1939, the Bank of the Republic has purchased authentic items directly to private collectors as well as from “guaqueros”, grave robbers. Today there are about 36000 pieces of gold and splendid emeralds. It is the largest collection ever assembled of pre-Columbian gold items.
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Day 11
The Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá - Guatavita – Bogota - Pereira
Have a tour through La Sabana de Bogota to the town of Zipaquira, which means 'city of our Father' in the language of the Chibcha. In pre-Colombian times, salt around the area was the most important commodity and the ‘saltcakes’ were the only currency for trading. Over time, technology improved and the indigenous tribe, Muiscas, began to extract larger amounts of salt. As a result, an underground salt deposit was formed, and it is where the Salt Cathedral was built, 180 meters below the surface. Inside, there is a chapel,“capilla de los mineros” built as a tribute to the Virgin “Our Lady of the Rosary of Guasá” (Guasá means 'mine' in Chibcha). Afternoon visit to Guatavita, a small town also called "Guatativa la Nueva" ("The New Guatavita"), as it was built in the 1960s to relocate the inhabitants of the original Guatavita that was flooded during the construction of the Tominé reservoir. Late afternoon, transfer to airport for flight to Pereira. On arrival in Pereira, meet our representatives and transfer to your hotel. 
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Day 12
Pereira - Valle Del Cocora - Salento - Pereira
This morning you head towards Valle Del Cocora, along the way, appreciate the beautiful landscape. Once you reach the Valley, take a walk into the cloud forest where we will appreciate the biodiversity of fauna and flora. Later you drive to the typical colonial town of Salento, where you can take a walk visiting the Plaza de Bolivar with its colourful and typical balconies, art studios and the Cocora view point. Return to hotel for overnight stay and dinner. 
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Day 13
Coffee Tour - Medellin - Medellin
After breakfast experience the Coffee tour. Since UNESCO declared Colombian Coffee Cultural Landscape as World Heritage. The Route of the Coffee Culture is a tour that allows visitors to share the experience of peasants working in coffee farms in a fun and educational way. It is also an opportunity to explore the mythical and fantastic history of coffee growing in Colombia. Later drive towards Medellin for overnight stay.
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Day 14
Santa Elena - Metro Cable - Medellin City tour – Graffiti Tour
This morning, the tour includes visit to Santa Elena, where you could buy some souvenirs and visit a flower farm, get information about the evolution of the Silletero culture. Later drive back to Medellin to start a social transformation tour with a visit to the Comuna 13 of Medellin where we can see its spectacular graffiti and know the history behind each one, later we will have a tour in Metro and Metro cable to finish with a panoramic tour through sites such as Plaza Botero, Parque delos Pies Descalzos and Pueblito Paisa.
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Day 15
Marinilla - El Penol Guatape walking city tour - Medellin
Today pass through the towns of Marinilla, where you will find colonial buildings and fervent religious traditions. Continue the drive to the new El Penol, a municipality that replaced the old El Penol that was flooded to build the reservoir El Penol Guatape in the late 1970s. Next, visit "LaPiedra de El Penol", a 220 meters high rock (from outside). Later drive to Guatape town and see facades from the twentieth century. Return back to Medellin for our night stay.
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Day 16
Medellin - Cartagena City Tour
This morning fly from Medellin to Cartagena. On arrival, visit The San Felipe Castle (from outside). The castle of San Felipe, initially called Castillo de San Lázaro, the largest Spanish military building of the New World; the original construction dates of 1536 and was enlarged as required until 1657. Later walk along the colonial streets of the historic center to admire the major attractions of the old city. The tour begins at the “Torre delReloj”, the “Iglesia San Pedro Claver” through the “Plaza de la Aduana”. The tour continues to the “Plaza Santo Domingo”, very lively at night, and its spectacular church. The “Parque Bolívar” pleasantly shaded by large trees. Further ahead, up at the Cerro de la Popa, you will have the opportunity to appreciate the heart of Cartagena as well as the whole city. The historic centre of Cartagena was declared Heritage of the Humanity by UNESCO in 1984. After dinner, at night take an optional ride on a Chiva. Chiva is a typical and colourful Colombian bus with wooden benches that drives around the city and the streets of the historic centre of Cartagena. You can enjoy some national liquors and music like vallenato in the Chiva.
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Day 17
Cartagena - Free Day at seaside
Breakfast in the hotel. Day at leisure by seaside to enjoy and relax. Or take an optional day trip to Rosario Island
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Day 18
Fly to UK
Today depending on your flight time, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight onward destination flight.
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Day 19
Arrival
 
Ecuador & Colombia 19 Days
CityNights
With Flight From UK   Rating Without Flight   Rating
Quito
3 N
Wyndham Garden or Similar
4 Star