Got two months? Want to make the most of them? There can be no better way to do so than one of the most sprawling of all our South American trips. Imagine 60 solid days spent exploring Colombia’s Lost City, ambling around Machu Picchu after conquering the Inca Trail in Peru, enjoying a homestay deep in the Amazon jungle, and snorkeling with sea lions in the GalÁpagos Islands. With a week of camping in the GalÁpagos included, there’s no possible way you’ll go home feeling like you missed out on anything in South America.
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/San CristÓbal Island (1B)
Fly to the GalÁpagos Islands. Visit the Interpretation Centre in the afternoon to learn about the natural history of the area. Explore the trails around the centre and opt to snorkel at nearby Las Tijeretas.
Day 22 San CristÓbal Island
Enjoy a free day to explore San CristÓbal Island, where the sea lion population rivals the human one. Opt to snorkel at Kicker Rock, visit Playa Mann, or La LoberÍa.
Day 23 San CristÓbal Island/Isabela Island (1L, 1D)
Travel by speedboat to Isabela Island. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife on the way and enjoy a stop for lunch on Floreana Island. Stretch your legs and enjoy a meal at the G supported-community restaurant to support the local community before continuing on to Isabela.
Day 24 Isabela Island (1B, 1D)
Hike the Sierra Negra Volcano for spectacular views from above. Enjoy free time in the afternoon to go snorkeling, visit the giant Tortoise breeding centre or the Flamingo lagoon.
Day 25 Isabela Island/Santa Cruz Island (1B)
Transfer by speedboat back to Santa Cruz Island, visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and enjoy a night in the town of Puerto Ayora.
Day 26 Santa Cruz Island (1B)
Enjoy free time to explore Santa Cruz Island. Opt to visit the highlands, hike out to the stunning Tortuga Bay, or explore the otherworldly Las Grietas freshwater lagoon.
Day 27 Santa Cruz Island/Quito (1B)
Say goodbye to the Galapagos Islands, and take a morning flight back to Quito. Upon arrival in Quito, transfer to the hotel and enjoy a night in the city.
Day 28 Quito (1B)
Enjoy a free day to explore Ecuador’s capital. Visit the city’s old town, take a day trip to the equator, or Cotopaxi volcano.
Day 29 Quito/Tena (1B, 1L, 1D)
Travel overland to the jungle city of Tena, located on the edge of the Amazon. From there, transfer by truck to the local community of Pimpilala. Stay in rustic wooden huts in the community of a Quichua family, enjoy the hospitality of these wonderful people, and experience life in the jungle first-hand.
Days 30-31 Tena
Head out on nature walks and learn about uses of traditional plants, their cultural beliefs, and local traditions in the Amazon jungle.
Day 32 Tena/BaÑos (1B)
Travel to BaÑos, the perfect setting to get your adrenaline pumping, try out horseback riding, canyoning, hiking, mountain biking, or rafting in the surrounding mountains.
Day 33 BaÑos<...
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