Cartagena To Quito On A Shoestring

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Run by: G Adventures

Reference number: SMQS

From: £1656.65

Colombia is an underrated country for travellers, but with our safe, social, and budget-friendly group trips, we want to change that. After all, there’s so much culture and beauty to this region that it would be a shame to let it go unexplored – plus you can say you got here before everyone else. Over three weeks, you’ll go from Colombia to Ecuador, hiking to the Lost City of Teyuna, relaxing on warm beaches and camping under the stars in the Tatacoa Desert. You’re sure to find something you love in these countries.

Day 1 Cartagena

Arrive at any time.

Day 2 Cartagena (1B)

Free day to explore this coastal colonial city. Wander the historic old town, check out the San Felipe fortress, or get dirty with a mud bath and massage at Totumo Volcano.

Day 3 Cartagena/Santa Marta (1B)

Travel by public bus to this coastal port town. Free time to visit the Gold Museum with its collection of Lost City artifacts, chill out on the beach and pick up any last minute necessities for the upcoming trek.

Day 4 Santa Marta/ Wiwa Camp (1B, 1L, 1D)

Transfer to Machete Pelao, where the trek to the Lost City of Teyuna begins. Trek through farmland, steamy jungle, and rural Kogi communities. Get a glimpse into the local way of life in the remote river valleys of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

Day 5 Wiwa Camp /Teyuna Paraiso Camp (1B, 1L, 1D)

Continue trekking along the route to Ciudad Perdida. Today is a tough portion of the trek with a lot of steep inclines, make sure to rest and take in the beautiful views. Arrive at the campsite in the afternoon and relax by the river.

Day 6 Teyuna Paraiso Camp/ Wiwa Camp (1B, 1L, 1D)

Get started early to climb the 1,200 steps up to the Lost City. The view of the surrounding Sierra Nevada Mountains makes it well worth the hike. Explore the Lost City and learn what is known of its origins from the indigenous guide, before making the descent back to Wiwa Camp for the night.

Day 7 Wiwa Camp /Ricardito Camp (1B, 1L, 1D)

Follow the path back through the deep jungle, wind through banana trees, cacao plants and small Kogi communities on the way to Ricardito Camp. The nickname for this camp is vista hermosa or beautiful views, sit back and soak them in.

Day 8 Ricardito Camp/Taganga (1B, 1L)

Head€ross grassy hills and gentle streams to reach the Gotsezhi Wiwa indigenous community. Enjoy a G Adventures-supported community lunch cooked by women from the community with local ingredients. Learn about Wiwa customs on a village visit and then lounge in a hammock by the river. In the afternoon, return to Taganga for a well deserved night in a hotel.

Day 9 Taganga/Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona (1B, 1L)

Head into Tayrona National Park for a moderate hike with a local guide. This is a perfect opportunity to experience nature and learn a little more about the rich, natural diversity of northern Colombia.

Day 10 Taganga/MedellÍn (1B)

Fly inland to infamous MedellÍn, now one of Latin America’s safest cities. Enjoy an orientation walk upon arrival and an optional night out with the group.

Day 11 MedellÍn

Choose what to explore today on a free day. Opt to visit the nearby town of GuatapÉ, with its colourful houses and famous rock. Or, ride the metrocable, a cable car part of MedellÍn’s public transportation, for sweeping views of the city and surrounding mountains.

Day 12 MedellÍn/Salento

Drive through beautiful landscapes to Salento.

Day 13 Salento

Opt to take a morning hike through the towering palms of the Cocora Valley, or choose from a variety of other optional€tivities in the coffee region of QuindÍo.

Day 14 Salento/BogotÁ (1B)

Enjoy the ride to Colombia’s capital, BogotÁ.

Day 15 BogotÁ (1B)

Enjoy a free day to explore the capital of Colombia. Opt to ride the funicular up for a stunning view, visit the impressive gold museum, or check out the street art.

Day 16 BogotÁ/Tatacoa Desert

Enjoy the ride to the Tatacoa Desert to spend the night under the stars.

Day 17 Tatacoa Desert/PopayÁn (1B)

Head out into the impressive Tatacoa desert and explore the rocky canyons. The morning is free to choose how you wish to explore, opt to go for a hike or go horseback riding. After, travel to PopayÁn.

Day 18 PopayÁn/Pasto (1B)

Head further south to Pasto, wander around and keep an eye out for local ice cream makers out in the streets.

Day 19 Pasto/San Clemente (1B)

Visit the striking Lajas Sanctuary, built on a bridge in a lush gorge, this neo-Gothic church is sure to impress. After, cross the border into Ecuador and continue on to the indigenous community of San Clemente for the night.

Day 20 San Clemente/Quito (1B)

Enjoy the morning in the indigenous community of San Clemente. Interact with the locals and learn about their traditional ways. Later, travel to Otavalo market before heading on to Quito for the night.

Day 21 Quito (1B)

Depart at any time.


Departure Date Return Date Availability Price
28/07/2019 17/08/2019 0 £1949.00
11/08/2019 31/08/2019 0 £1949.00
25/08/2019 14/09/2019 0 £1949.00
29/09/2019 19/10/2019 0 £1949.00
20/10/2019 09/11/2019 0 £1949.00
27/10/2019 16/11/2019 6 £1656.65
03/11/2019 23/11/2019 0 £1799.00
17/11/2019 07/12/2019 5 £1799.00
01/12/2019 21/12/2019 3 £1799.00
05/01/2020 25/01/2020 9 £1949.00
02/02/2020 22/02/2020 15 £1949.00
16/02/2020 07/03/2020 12 £1949.00
01/03/2020 21/03/2020 15 £1879.00
22/03/2020 11/04/2020 16 £1879.00
29/03/2020 18/04/2020 0 £1879.00
05/04/2020 25/04/2020 15 £1879.00
12/04/2020 02/05/2020 0 £1879.00
19/04/2020 09/05/2020 15 £1879.00
24/05/2020 13/06/2020 15 £1879.00
21/06/2020 11/07/2020 16 £1949.00
12/07/2020 01/08/2020 16 £1949.00
26/07/2020 15/08/2020 16 £1949.00
16/08/2020 05/09/2020 16 £1949.00
30/08/2020 19/09/2020 16 £1949.00
13/09/2020 03/10/2020 16 £1949.00
20/09/2020 10/10/2020 16 £1949.00
18/10/2020 07/11/2020 0 £1949.00
25/10/2020 14/11/2020 13 £1949.00
08/11/2020 28/11/2020 16 £1799.00
22/11/2020 12/12/2020 16 £1799.00
06/12/2020 26/12/2020 16 £1799.00
20/12/2020 09/01/2021 16 £1799.00

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