Cartagena to Quito

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Group Size: Max 16

Trip code: SMQS

Duration: 21 days

Journey through the awe-inspiring landscapes of Colombia and Ecuador on this epic adventure! Discover sizzling city streets, perfect coastlines and long-lost civilisations as you travel with a group of fellow adventurers and a dedicated tour guide. You’ll spend 5 days trekking through dense Colombian jungles in search of the Lost City of Teyuna, you’ll relax on perfect beaches in Taganga and Tayrona, and you’ll wander the sandy slopes of the the Tatcoa Desert! This is an epic adventure through some of the most untouched regions of South America. 

Trip highlights

  • Discover Colombia and Ecuador with a group of like-minded adventurers!
  • Spend 5 unforgettable days trekking to the Lost City of Teyuna
  • Explore the beautiful landscapes of Tayrona National Park
  • Live alongside an indigenous community at a fantastic homestay in Ecuador
  • Check out charming city of Medellin!
Further trip information

Day 1: Welcome to Colombia! Arrive into Cartagena and make your way to your accommodation. Meet the rest of your group at an evening welcome meeting where you’ll learn a little more about the adventures to come!

Day 2: Explore Cartagena. Today is a free day to explore colourful Cartagena. Why not visit the impressive Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, climb to the summit of Convento De La Popa, or wander the multicoloured neighborhood of Getsemani.You could even try a mud bath at VolcanTumuto!

Day 3: Santa Marta. Hop on a bus to the laid-back coastal town of Santa Marta. Here you can chill out on the beach and take a dip in the heavenly waters or have a look around the Gold Museum.

Day 4-8: Lost City Hike. 5-day round hike to beautiful Ciudad Perdida. On day 8 you will enjoy lunch at a local community project.

Day 9: Tayrona National Park. This morning you’ll travel to the perfect paradise of Tayrona National Park. Spend the day here lazing around on the shores or paddling in the turquoise sea.

Please note: Tayrona National Park is closed in February. Travellers will visit the waterfalls and coffee farms of Minca instead during this period.

Day 10: Taganga/Medellín. Hop on a short domestic flight across to the big city of Medellin. Wander among the varied neighbourhoods and explore the museums, churches and markets. In the evening, there’s a chance to enjoy the city’s sizzling nightlife with your group.

Day 11: Free time in Medellin. Do anything you missed yesterday and if you fancy a different angle on things you could go paragliding over the city! As the day comes to a close, climb aboard an overnight bus that will take you to Bogota.

Day 12: Medellín/Salento. A full driving day through shifting Columbian landscapes to Salento in the Cocora Valley.

Day 13: Salento. Today you will have free time in this famous coffee region. Opt to hike through stunning landscape or chill in the beautiful nature.

Day 14: Salento/Tatacoa Desert. Did you know that Colombia has a desert? Today you will venture into the Tatacoa Desert and drink in the stars with a visit to an observatory.

Day 15: Tatacoa Desert/San Agustín. Drive through the desert, and hike to a swimming pool surrounded by canyons and arrive in San Agustin this afternoon.

Day 16: San Agustín. Visit San Agustin Archaeological Park which is a designated UNESCO World Heritage site and check out the weird and wonderful monuments and sculptures here.

Day 17: San Agustín/ Popayán. In the morning head across to colonial Popayán and explore the local architecture and hang out in the street side cafes.

Day 18: Popayán/Pasto. Explore further south to impressive Pasto and sample the local ice cream and colonial buildings.

Day 19: Pasto/Otavalo. Visit Lajas Sanctuary this morning which is famous for it’s church built on a bridge! Cross the border into Ecuador and spend the night in colourful Otavalo.

Day 20: Otavalo/Quito. Visit the famous Otavalo market and hunt down some souvenirs, colourful textiles and jewellery.

Day 21: Quito. Tour ends. Depart at any time.

2019 Departures
This is the 2018 itinerary. If you are travelling in 2019, you will follow a slightly different route. Instead of visiting San Augustín, you will visit the capital of Colombia, Bogotá. On day 19, you will spend the night with an indigenous community in San Clemente. For more information, please speak to a travel advisor.
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