17 Days Colombia & Ecuador

Code: B4-17SQ
2019: 25/11
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Salt Cathedral
Historic centre of La Candelaria
Plaza de Bolivar
Capilla del Sagrario
Palacio de Justicia
The capitol
Emerald museum
Museum of regional costume
Monastery de Popa
San Felipe fortress
Convent and Church of San Pedro Claver
The Gold Museum
Inquisition Palace
The Independence Square
The Archbishop’s Palace
The Metropolitan Cathedral
IntiñanMuseum
The Antisana volcano
The Devil’s Nose
Galapagos Island
Santa Cruz Island
Puerto Ayora Village
Cacao plantation
Malecon 2000
Santo Domingo Church

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Day 1: Singapore – Los Angeles – Panama City

SIN/LAX                 SQ12               0920/1150
LAX/PTY                CM303           2250/0811+1
Assemble at Singapore Changi Airport for your flight to Los Angeles. Embark on a fascinating journey with Singapore Airlines-It’s a great way to fly! Check in airport hotel for rest upon arrival in the afternoon. At night,take a flight to Panama City for a connecting flight to capital of Colombia, Bogotá.

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Day 2: Panama City – Bogotá(D)

PTY/BOG                 CM627               0928/1103
Take a morning flight to Bogotá, capital of Colombia. Upon arrival, met by our friendly representative who will help to assist and transfer for an early dinner. Check into hotel for overnight stay.

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Day 3: Bogotá (B/L/D)

After breakfast, depart to the north towards Zipaquira. On the way, you will see scenery made of greenhouses used to cultivate carnations and roses. One of the stops will be the impressive Salt Cathedral, a true feat of engineering built by an arithmetician. In here, you could see the massive 16m tall Cross made from salt and an auditorium. Next, we start the City Tour by proceeding to historic centre of La Candelaria to see the great architectural and cultural heritage of Spanish colonial buildings. Continue to see a statue of the great liberator Simon Bolivar at the Plaza de Bolivar. Also, have an outside view of Cathedral to the east of plaza, Capilla del Sagrario, Palacio de Justicia and the capitol. Carry on visit the Emerald museum where you can learn the process of extraction of gem to refining it. Next, move on to Museum of regional costume to be fascinated by traditional colourful costume as well as learning the process of weaving them. Return to hotel for dinner.

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Day 4: Bogotá – Cartagena (B/L/D)

Domestic Flight
Bogota /Cartagena
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your domestic flight to Cartagena, a city declared as UNESCO World Heritage in 1984 which lies in its massive fortifications. After lunch, take a look at the panoramic view of city and coastline in 360o from Monastery de Popa at a height of 140metres above sea level. Next, visit San Felipe fortress which is erected to defend the city from pirate attacks in the past. Continue to the Old City to visit Convent and Church of San Pedro Claver. Lastly, follow to the handicraft zone of Bovedas which is a centre to appreciate local handicrafts nowadays.

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Day 5: Cartagena – Bogotá – Quito (B/L)

Domestic/ International Flight
Cartagena/Bogota
Bogota/ Quito
After breakfast, embark on a Half-day visit to the city’s colonial district, starting in Bolivar Park, shaded by large trees and with four fountains the park has a statue of the great Liberator at the centre. Around the square is the Gold Museum, which exhibits a fine collection of archaeological objects dating back to the pre-Hispanic period; and the Inquisition Palace, recognized for its large baroque style door. The Inquisition held its meetings here and it was also the prison and torture chambers of presumed heretics, opponents of the Catholic Church. Next, transfer to CartagenaAirport for our next destination situated 2600 metres above sea level, Quito- Ecuador. Quito, the capital city of Ecuador, was one of the first UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 1978. Despite intensive restoration, the old town retains the vibrant working class and indigenous character that has always defined it.Upon arrival, transfer to hotel for overnight stay.

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Day 6: Quito (B/L)

This sightseeing excursion offers the best of Quito with its rich cultural legacy, ornate facades and dazzling gilt altars. Visit the Independence Square, The Archbishop’s Palace, The Metropolitan Cathedral, etc.
Next, get ready to plant your feet on both Hemispheres of the earth at IntiñanMuseum. Here, you could carry out fascinating experiments where the physics laws show us the unique events that happen at the middle of the world.

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Day 7: Quito – The Northern Highlands – Quito (B/L)

An early start will take you north on a beautiful scenic drive to the province of Imbabura, a magic land of lakes and mountains of outstanding beauty. Next visit the Otavalo Community, well known around the world for their weaving patterns and textiles which pre-date the Spanish conquest. Also visit the Peguche community known for the manufacture of wind instruments.
Then head back to Quito and hotel for overnight stay.

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Day 8: Quito – Antisana – Riobamba (B/L/D)

The Antisana volcano is the fourth largest mountain in the Ecuadorian Andes. Fifty percent of the Andean Condors chose Antisana as their home, as well as many other species of highland birds. We will spend the day in a nice hacienda located in this area. There are plenty of possibilities to see condors flying around the area.
After lunch, continue to the city of Riobamba located at the heart of Andes. The route there offers beautiful panoramic views of the highlands and a good opportunity to see some of the ethnic groups living in the country.

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Day 9: Riobamba – Alausi – Nariz Del Diablo (The Devil’s Nose Train) – Alausi – Guayaquil (B/L)

Today take a mountain train to Alausi and the architecture of Alausi is the first thing that will attract your attention like churches, main squares, houses and streets with more than 100 years old combined with the ancient train station that gives off a unique charm. You will then find the Devil’s Nose where the train goes down a steep 300m cliff. Then transfer to city of Guayaquil. Guayaquil is located on the western bank of Guayas River and it is the largest and most popular city in Ecuador.

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Day 10: Guayaquil – Galapagos Island – Santa Cruz Island (B/L/D)

Domestic Flight
Guayaquil/ Galapagos Island
Transfer to airport in Guayaquil. Arrive in Galapagos Island, located in the Pacific Ocean. This Ecuadorian Archipelago is made of 14 major islands and more than 60 smaller islands and islets, surrounded by the world’s second largest Marine Reserve. Then, take a ferry to Santa Cruz Island where a bus will be waiting for you to drive to an Ecological reserve, located in the highlands of Santa Cruz Island; Cerro Mesa, Manzanillo or El Chato. While you are there, it is possible to see giant tortoises in their natural habitat. After lunch, drive to Puerto Ayora Village, located at the south of the island and the rest of the day is left for you to explore the town on your own.

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Day 11: Santa Cruz Island (B/L/D)

Early in the morning transfer to the pier or meeting point to take the tour to a nearby island, either Isabela, Plazas, Santa Fe, Seymour, Bartolome or San Cristobal. This visit will allow you to discover the fascinating flora and fauna of the archipelago. *Boats for daily excursions are tourist class and sailings are subject to change by the Galapagos National Park and subject to availability* The Galapagos National Park is the organism who regulates the visits in the islands in order to avoid any damage in the environment. According to its regulations all boats in Galapagos have been assigned the visiting site for everyday in the week which means that the availability of visits per island is limited and all excursions are subjected to availability.

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Day 12: Santa Cruz – Baltra – Guayaquil (B)

Domestic Flight
Galapagos Island / Guayaquil
After breakfast, transfer to airport and return to Guayaquil. Check in at the hotel and the day is left free for you to take a stroll around this island and explore on your own.

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Day 13: Guayaquil (B/L)

Morning departure to the Pacific coast to Hacienda El Castillo which has crops of Cacao, mago, teca, mahogany caoba and other forestall species. It also has a big extension of native woods as guayacan Holi stick, carob tree, ceibo and other varieties. You will visit the cacao plantation to learn the process of exportation from the little crops to the gathering. Typical lunch and return to Guayaquil in the afternoon.

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Day 14: Guayaqui – Panama City – Los Angeles (B)

GYE/PTY                 CM272               1504/1714
PTY/LAX                 CM302               1823/2235
After breakfast, go on a half day city tour in the morning. Visit Malecon 2000, a one and a half mile waterfront. Pass the Municipality building and continue to the north to visit Las Penas neighbourhood, the oldest residential neighbourhood of the city in the 19th century. We will end the tour with a visit to Santo Domingo Church, the oldest church in Guayaquil built in the 16th century and was later restored in 1938. It is decorated with the famous paintings of Salas Artist..
After that, transfer to airport enroute to Panama to return to our homeland – Singapore. Check into airport hotel at Los Angeles.

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Day 15: Los Angeles – Singapore(B)

LAX/SIN                 SQ7               1605/0600+2
After breakfast, transfer to airport for your flight back to Singapore by Singapore Airlines.

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Day 16: Los Angeles – Singapore

Spend the day flying from Los Angeles to Singapore.

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Day 17: Singapore

Tour ends here and hoped that you had enjoyed your tour in Ecuador and Colombia with Universal Travel.

Tours Info

Airline
Singapore Airlines (SQ)
Flying hours (Approx)
Singapore/Los Angeles – 16 hrs 15 mins
Los Angeles/Panama City – 6 hrs 4 mins
Panama City/Bogotá – 1 hr 39 mins
Guayaquil/ Panama City – 1 hr 49 mins
Panama City/ Los Angeles – 6 hrs 4 mins
Los Angeles/Singapore – 17 hrs 15 mins
Note: Domestic flights details will be available nearer to departure date.
Time Difference Los Angeles is 16hours behind Singapore
Colombia is 13 hours behind Singapore.
Ecuador is 13 hours behind Singapore.
Galapagos island is 14 hours behind Singapore.
Panama is 13 hours behind Singapore.
Passport Travellers must hold an international passport with a minimum validity of six months from the date of departure from each country is required.
VISAS Ecuador and Colombia visa is not required for Singapore/Malaysia/Indonesia passports for stay up to 90 days. However, Singapore passports need to apply for ESTA for transit in America. Malaysian and Indonesian need to apply America Visa. For other nationalities, please check with our office or the embassy directly.
Travel Insurance Travel insurance is highly recommended by us. It covers unforeseen circumstances such as delays, baggage loss, personal accidents, injuries or illnesses. Please approach our staff for your complete insurance needs.
Itinerary subject to changes Itinerary & order of sightseeing tours may be reshuffled due to unforeseen circumstances

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