An epic South America trip ought to be on everyone’s bucket list – so why not tick this one off well ahead of time?€ross 55 days and four countries, you’ll see jungles, cities, and all things between, all with a like-minded group of young adventurers eager to see and do everything. And “everything” is definitely an understatement – you’ll hike the Lost City in Colombia, take on the Inca Trail in Peru, partake in a homestay in the Amazon Rainforest, see the highlights of Ecuador, and much more. Plus, at this price point, you’ll be able to do it all and still have cash to spend at the famous market in Otavalo.
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
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 22 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 23-24 Tena
Head out on nature walks and learn about uses of traditional plants, their cultural beliefs, and local traditions in the Amazon jungle.
Day 24 Tena (1B, 1L, 1D)
In the morning, cycle to the nearby community of Shandia and discover the beauty of the Amazon with a member of the community as your guide. Learn about traditional uses of cacao by watching a chocolate-making demonstration, eat meals made of fresh local ingredients, and stay at the G Adventures-supported community lodge.
Day 25 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 26 BaÑos
Enjoy a free day in BaÑos, opt to check out the swing at the end of the world, soak in nearby hot springs, or, check out ziplining.
Day 27 BaÑos/Cuenca
Enjoy the scenery on the way to the charming town of Cuenca.
Day 28 Cuenca
Enjoy a free day in beautiful Cuenca. Explore the city’s sights including cobbled streets, red-tiled roofs, art galleries, flower markets, shady plazas, and museums or opt to visit nearby Cajas National Park or the Inca ruins of Ingapirca. Later, catch an overnight but to Mancora.
Day 29 MÁncora
Arrive early into the seaside town of Mancora, a village populated by fishermen and surfers from around Peru and the world. Chill out and breathe in the salty air.
Day 30 MÁncora
Opt to relax on the beach, discover Mancora, go horseback riding, or take a surf lesson.
Day 31 MÁncora/Huanchaco
Free time in Mancora. Overnight bus to Huanchaco.
Day 32 Huanchaco
Enjoy more beach time or opt to visit pre-Inca sites or the city of Trujillo.
Day 33 Huanchaco/Lima
Full day in Huanchaco before boarding a night bus to Lima.
Day 34 Lima (1B)
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