Colombia and Ecuador Tours Overview

Experience the highlights of Colombia and Ecuador as you embark on a journey to their most captivating sites! These destinations offer incredible experiences, perfect for creating lasting memories with your loved ones. From exploring the unique wildlife and breathtaking landscapes of the Galapagos Islands to immersing yourself in the rich culture and history of Colombia, there is something for everyone. So get ready to wow your senses and build unforgettable memories with our Colombia and Ecuador Tours Package!

What you get

  • Airport transfers
  • 2 nights at Casa Gangotena Boutique Hotel in Quito
  • scenic tour quitoFull-day Quito City Tour
  • Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee
  • INGALA Transit Control Card
  • Roundtrip Domestic Airfare (Quito-Galapagos-Quito)
  • 5-day Galapagos Islands Itinerary aboard any of our expedition vessels
  • 2 nights at a 5-star Hotel in Bogota, Colombia
  • 2 nights at a 5-star Hotel in the Coffee Triangle Region of Colombia

A Sneak Peek

Colombia and Ecuador Tours: Quito City Skyline
Quito City - Skyline
Northern Galapagos Itinerary
Colombia and Ecuador Tours - Northern Galapagos Itinerary
Northern Galapagos - Santa Cruz Island
Colombia and Galapagos Itinerary
Guided day tours - Street of the 7 crosses
Bogota city
Bogota City - Skyline
Coffee Triangle Region Colombia tours
Coffee Triangle Region of Colombia
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Highlights Colombia and Ecuador Tour

A professionally guided tour to Colombia and Ecuador:


  • Historic Quarter
  • Independence Square
  • La Compañía de Jesús Church
  • San Francisco Plaza
  • Metropolitan Cathedral
  • Acclaimed Ecuadorian Artist Oswaldo Guayasamin’s House (with a Chocolate and Wine Tasting, featuring To’ak’s renowned cacao)


  • Bogota City
  • Zipaquira Underground Salt Cathedral
  • Coffee Triangle
  • Salento
  • Cocora Valley

Galapagos Islands:

  • Unique endemic species
  • Wonderful uninhabited islands in the National Park
  • Multi-guided expeditions
  • Small groups per guide
  • Greatest Expedition Vessels in the Galapagos Islands


The following aboard Yacht Isabela II*:

  • Accommodation in a Classic Twin double cabin (ask your Destination Expert for upgrade options)
  • All meals (We cater for all diets: vegetarian, vegan, celiac, gluten-free, etc.)
  • FREE unlimited soft drinks package
  • Island sightseeing with a Naturalist Guide
  • Snorkeling
  • FREE use of wetsuits
  • Glass-bottom Boat
  • Kayaks
  • Paddleboards
  • Onboard Medical Officer

*Please note that this is a sample vessel and itinerary.
Ask your Destination Expert about our fleet and our 5-day itineraries!

Galapagos family tours

Day by Day

Day 1: Arrive in Quito / Transfer to Hotel

Colombia and Quito Tours

Welcome to Quito, Ecuador! At the airport, you will be greeted by a member of our team who will assist you with your luggage and transfer to Casa Gangotena Boutique Hotel. During the ride, you will receive a brief introduction of Quito and Ecuador along with valuable information regarding your stay in the country.

Day 2: Quito City Tour

Quito's Old Town tour

On this day, you’ll visit the Historic Center of Quito. This marvelous place was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978. On this day, we stroll through Independence Plaza where we’ll see the Cathedral, the Presidential Palace, the Municipal Building and the Archbishop’s Palace. After that, we visit La Compañia de Jesus and San Francisco Church and Convent with their impressive, gilded and baroque interiors, respectively. Shortly after, we’ll go to the Metropolitan Cathedral to admire the view from up top, along with its magnificent domes. Lunch will be had at the Plaza Grande Café, where you’ll get to savor Ecuadorian cuisine.

You’ll also want to get your senses ready to experience sublime art pieces and the exquisite flavors that reside in chocolate produced by the renowned To’ak brand. You’ll experience all this over at the home of Ecuador’s most famous painter – Oswaldo Guayasamin.

At the end of the tour you’ll be taken back to Casa Gangotena Boutique Hotel.

Overnight in Quito.

Day 3: Arrive in Galapagos / Transfer to Boat / Santa Cruz Island

Galapagos giant tortoise Santa Cruz Island

On this morning, you’ll be transferred to Quito’s airport to board your flight to the Galapagos Islands!

Please note that the following Northern Galapagos Islands Itinerary aboard Yacht Isabela II is one of the many options you can choose for your Galapagos adventure. Ask our Destination Experts about our fleet and available itineraries.

Baltra Island

We land at Baltra Airport and then make our way to the Itabaca Channel. There, we take a ferry across to Santa Cruz Island. A 30-minute bus ride leads to the fascinating, more humid Highlands of the island where we’ll learn about its unique ecosystems and biodiversity. Lunch to be enjoyed at a local restaurant.

Note: Please make sure to bring comfortable shoes and clothes, a small backpack or satchel and any medication you might need. Sunblock, insect repellent, and sunglasses are also recommended. You’ll board our stunning Yacht Isabela II at the end of the excursion.

Santa Cruz Island’s Highlands and Puerto Ayora

After lunch, we drive to a nearby reserve that is one of the best places in the archipelago to enjoy the imposing site of giant tortoises. The tortoises enjoy lumbering around, munching on grass and leaves, and wallowing in small pools and will happily stay still for all your photos! A short bus ride takes us back to board the Isabela II.

Day 4: Santiago Island

Egas Bay at Santiago Island in Galapagos

Puerto Egas (Santiago Island)

Puerto Egas offers us the opportunity to walk down a black sand beach and the enjoyment of land and marine birds amid a landscape of stunning rock formations and lava flows. At low tide, you can delight with the site of the unique marine iguanas grazing. A nearby colony of fur seals can be spotted down the path.

Chinese Hat Islet

This islet, formed only relatively recently, makes a wonderful afternoon visit as we explore the wildlife along its trail, which begins at a crescent-shaped, white sandy beach. The cove offers excellent swimming and snorkeling opportunities amid and the darling site of Galapagos penguins swimming and frolicking near the rocks.

Day 5: Genovesa Island

Guests in Genovesa Island

Prince Philip’s Steps (Genovesa Island)

We start off with a scenic ride along the cliffs of “Bird Island” as Genovesa is known, followed by a walk up a stone staircase that takes us into the island proper. From here, the trail winds its way through large colonies of Nazca boobies, red-footed boobies, great frigatebirds, and storm petrels. This is a bird watcher’s paradise! Those who do not wish to disembark and walk within the island can enjoy a longer panga ride along the cliffs, or enjoy some snorkeling and kayaking.

Darwin Bay (Genovesa Island)

We land after lunch at the white beach of stately Darwin Bay. We can enjoy a leisurely walk through the winding path and gaze at the resident birds, which include frigatebirds, red-footed and Nazca boobies, as well as gulls, herons, finches, and mockingbirds.

Day 6: Santa Fe Island / South Plaza Island

Santa Fe land iguana Galapagos

Santa Fe Island

We take the dinghy over to this idyllic sandy-white beach populated by colonies of sea lions. The stately Galapagos hawks are rather intrepid and may swoop by you from on high or remain perched in a nearby cactus. The Santa Fe land iguana is also a common site as it scampers after fruit or mates. Evening time is a great opportunity for snorkeling and swimming along a natural wave barrier rock formation where Sea Lions can be seen swimming splendidly.

South Plaza Island

In the afternoon, we make our way around to the northern coast of Santa Cruz Island to the eastern mouth of the Itabaca Channel. Boarding the pangas, we navigate alongside this rocky coastline, enjoying the stunning plant life, and rock formations. Then it’s back to the water for some more snorkeling or a ride around in the glass-bottom boat. This is one of the best snorkeling sites in the whole archipelago and we may enjoy a startling array of surgeonfish, angelfish, groupers, hogfish, hawkfish, parrotfish, blenny, and the occasional reef shark or ray.

Day 7: Baltra Island / Transfer to Airport / Arrival in Guayaquil / Transfer to the hotel

Baltra Island Airport in the Galapagos

Baltra Island Airport

The Galapagos journey ends at Baltra Island, where you will take your transfer to the airport to hop on your flight back to the mainland.


When you arrive in Guayaquil, you will be transferred to the Wyndham Hotel for a well-deserved night of rest.

Day 8: Transfer to Airport / Arrive in Bogota

Bogota Colombia Ecuador tours

On this morning, you’ll take your transfer to the airport to hop on your flight to Bogota.


Welcome to the capital city of Colombia–Bogota! Our guide will meet you at El Dorado International Airport and you’ll take a transfer to the Sofitel Hotel. After assisting you with check-in, the guide will give you a detailed itinerary of all the services included in your trip.

Bogota’s Sofitel Hotel is located in the prestigious neighborhood of La Cabrera, an excellent place for guests given its central location. The surrounding areas are home to museums, monuments, restaurants, and boutiques.

Day 9: Tour of Zipaquira & Bogota

Zipaquira Underground Salt Cathedral

Zipaquira’s Underground Salt Cathedral + City Tour
Today begins with a panoramic city view on the way to Zipaquira. Head underground to experience the extraordinary Salt Cathedral, carved inside an active salt mine formed 250 million years ago.

Afterward, visit the colonial quarter of La Candelaria–a favorite of photographers. We explore the Museo del Oro (Gold), and the Botero Museum, celebrating Colombia’s most famous artist.

Lunch at a local restaurant with a set menu. Overnight at Sofitel Hotel in Bogota.

[NOTE: Appropriate dress is required for visits to sites such as churches. Please avoid wearing shorts, skirts, etc. Museo del Oro closes on Mondays and Botero Museum on Thursdays.]

Day 10: Coffee Triangle / Transfer to Hotel

Ecuador and Colombia tours: Colombia's valley

Airport Transfer + Coffee Triangle
Our guide will meet you in the hotel lobby and you’ll take a transfer to the El Dorado Airport or Puente Aereo (depending on your flight). We will assist you with check-in and connecting to your next destination.

The Zona Cafetera (Coffee Triangle) is Colombia’s principal coffee-growing area. Shaped like an inverted triangle, this region is comprised of three departments: Caldas, Quindio, and Risaralda. Its spectacular natural beauty makes it one of the most beautiful destinations; combining lush green valleys, exotic wildlife, and balmy climate. The perfect place to unwind and relax; sit back and enjoy the freshest coffee you’ll ever taste.

Overnight at Hotel Casa San Carlos Lodge.

Day 11: Salento & Cocora Valley Tour

Cocora Valley in Colombia

Salento & Cocora Valley

This day, we visit Quindio’s beautiful Cocora Valley, home to the wax palm, (Colombia’s national tree and the world’s tallest variety of palm), measuring up to 190 ft.

A traditional canelazo (cocktail) welcome is followed by a visit to the misty forest where our guide explains the importance of conserving this beautiful ecosystem. Guests make a lasting contribution by planting wax palms at the park.

Next, visit Salento, founded in 1842, its well-preserved, colonial bahareque architecture is awash in harmonious color. The town’s Calle Real is lined end-to-end with restaurants, bars, and handicrafts shops.

A typical lunch, featuring smoked trout, is included at the Cocora Valley. Overnight at Hotel Casa San Carlos Lodge.

Day 12: Transfer to Airport / Farewell!

On this day, an easy transfer to the airport gets you there in time to catch your flight to Bogota and make your international connection.

We hope you have enjoyed the wonders of Colombia and Ecuador tours!


  • Published rates don’t apply on Christmas & New Year’s departures.
  • Listed prices are based on double occupancy. For child rates and single supplements please contact your destination expert.
  • This package and its accommodation options are subject to availability.
  • A minimal deposit of 15% per person is required to confirm your reservation.
  • Credit card payments are exempt from additional fees.
  • Breakfasts and taxes are included for your hotel in Quito.
  • Galapagos Itineraries are subject to change due to weather, logistical, operational reasons, and Galapagos National Park restrictions (temporary or otherwise).
  • All entrance fees are subject to change without prior notice.
  • Restrictions may apply.
  • Please be aware that you can combine this Package with any of our Galapagos Cruise itineraries. Our Destination Experts will customize the package based on your request and send you a quote.

Not Included

  • International flights
  • Domestic flights in Colombia
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Tips
  • Wi-Fi (due to the Galapagos’ remote location, internet connection is intermittent and low-bandwidth. The cost for accessing Wi-Fi is $40 + taxes/per device)
  • Personal expenses (late checkout, laundry, gifts, etc)
  • Meals not described in the program
  • Fuel Surcharge*

*ETICA Empresa Turistica Internacional C.A. reserves the right to charge a fuel supplement without prior notice should the closing price of West Texas Intermediate Fuel increase above $70 per barrel on the NYMEX (New York Mercantile Exchange Index). In the event a fuel supplement is charged, ETICA Empresa Turistica Internacional C.A. will have sole discretion to apply the supplementary charge to both existing and new bookings, regardless of whether such bookings have been paid in full. Such supplementary charges are not included in the cruise fare. The fuel supplement charge will not exceed $25.00 per passenger per day.


“We couldn’t have had a better time. Great crew, great staff… We got to get up close to a lot of really cool animals… we just had the most amazing trip. We would love to come back!” ~Brett & Katie 

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