This explorer’s expedition is a perfect way to experience the full richness of South America’s culture. With a journey that takes you all the way from the Caribbean beaches of Colombia and€ross the Andes, where you will witness the beautiful cloud forests, banana and coffee plantations and the lively cities along the way.
Later, explore the Ecuadorian jungle and northern beaches of Peru, giving you a true taste of the diversity of this part of the world. Days 1 to 2 Cartagena
Isle Rosario and Playa Blanca boat trip.
Cartagena, a UNESCO World Heritage site, wander cobbled alleys of the old city amongst churches, monasteries, plazas and bougainvillea draped balconies and also the trendy area of Bocagrande.
Days 3 to 5 Totumo Mud Volcano for a quick dip!!
Spend the night in Tangana a little beach town near to Tayrona NP (option to stay here instead of the trekking in the national park)
Tayrona National Park, on the Caribbean coast - walk trails to beaches set in deep bays, snorkel and possibly scuba dive, beach camping.
Days 6 to 12 Medellin - a good spot to get a few Salsa or Tango lessons and great nightlife. Option to travel via local bus to the sleepy colonial town of Santa Fe de Antioquia.
Salento - a mountainous region with a cool climate, visit one of the many coffee plantations in the area.
Parque Cocora Valley, a great place to spend a day trekking (optional).
Days 13 to 19 Bogota - trek up the Cerro de Monserrate or wander around the historic centre of La Candelaria, and take in a few cafes and picturesque buildings.
Tatacoa Desert, an arid area of striking eroded cliffs, an excellent area for camping and star gazing.
San Agustin - spend a day either horse riding or exploring the archeological sites with the carved volcano stone figues. Also home to some good walking trails.
Popayan - explore the city’s white washed colonial buildings and churches
Ipiales - visit Santuario De Las Lajas, a neo-Gothic church built on a stone bridge spanning a gorge.
Days 20 to 22 Ecuador, overnight stop in Cotacahi - a great place to walk around lake Cuicatcha.
Quito, the capital, where we may have more travellers joining us.
Days 23 to 30 Ecuador
Depart Quito, the capital & cross the Equator.
Otavalo - a small market town famous for its colourful arts & crafts.
Amazon Jungle - journey to our jungle camp where we spend two or three nights to view the exotic wildlife - our guide will show us examples of medicinal, edible and hallucinogenic plants.
Days 31 to 40 Banos - a spa town where Ecuadorians go to relax in the thermal baths and hike the various mountain trails by foot or horseback plus the opportunity to go canyoning!
Cuenca - UNESCO World Heritage site.
Pacific Ocean coast - Punta Sal/Mancora, chill out by the beach and try your hand at surfing.
Chan Chan & Temple of Sun and Moon - built by the pre-Inca Chimu Kings, the largest mud brick city in the world.
Lima - the capital city with many plazas, museums and great local seafood (Ceviche). 40 Days - South America - FALSE Please note there may be a kitty contribution - please check the website
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