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 Gotsezhi Village/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
Opt to go paragliding over the city or catch a ride on the cable car.
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/Tatacoa Desert (1B)
Enjoy the ride to the Tatacoa Desert to spend the night under the stars.
Day 15 Tatacoa Desert/San AgustÍn (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 San Agustin.
Day 16 San AgustÍn (1B)
Visit the San Agustin Archaeological Park, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site with more than 500 sculptures scattered through the hillside.
Day 17 San AgustÍn/PopayÁn (1B)
In the morning travel to PopayÁn and explore this beautiful colonial town.
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/Otavalo (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 Otavalo for the night.
Day 20 Otavalo/Quito
Visit the famous Otavalo artisan market for a morning perusing colourful textiles, art, carvings, and jewelry made by people from nearby communities. In the afternoon, drive back to Quito.
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 to the jungle city of Tena and continue by truck to a jungle community.
Days 23-24 Tena
Head out on nature walks and learn about local traditions at an overnight homestay.
Day 25 Tena/BaÑos (1B)
Travel to BaÑos, an adrenaline junkie’s paradise.
Day 26 BaÑos
Opt to soak in the nearby hot springs or get€tive by hiking, horseback riding, or mountain biking.
Day 27 BaÑos/Cuenca
Travel to historic Cuenca.
Day 28 Cuenca
Enjoy a free day to visit Cajas NP or the Inca ruins of Ingapirca.
Day 29 Cuenca/MÁncora
Cross the border into Peru and head to the beach.
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)
Explore Peru’s capital on an optional city tour, try paragliding, or simply relax. Be sure to try the tasty ceviche and pisco sours.
Day 35 Lima
Enjoy the day exploring the city.
Day 36 Lima/Paracas (1B)
Free morning in Lima before travelling by bus to Paracas.
Day 37 Paracas/Nazca (1D)
Optional visit to Ballestas Islands before travelling to Nazca. En route, stop at a winery and at the oasis of Huacachina.
Day 38 Nazca/Arequipa
Opt for a flight over the Nazca Lines. Overnight bus to Arequipa.
Day 39 Arequipa
Opt to visit the Santa Catalina Convent or a local hot spring.
Day 40 Arequipa/Colca Canyon (1B)
Take a full-day tour of the spectacular Colca Valley, and opt for a soak in hot springs.
Day 41 Chivay/Arequipa (1B)
Set out looking for the majestic soaring condors over Colca Canyon. Head back to Arequipa to enjoy the city in the evening.
Day 42 Arequipa/Cusco (1B)
Explore Arequipa and opt to take a city tour. Take an overnight bus to Cusco.
Day 43 Cusco
Free time to explore Cusco. Opt for a city tour or go whitewater rafting, horseback riding or mountain biking.
Day 44 Cusco (1B)
Enjoy another free day in Cusco.
Day 45 Cusco/Ollantaytambo (1B)
Learn about the Sacred Valley en route ...
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