Start your journey deep in the Amazon jungle and travel past the flat topped Tepuis mountains of the Grand Savannah to Angel Falls. Explore Caribbean beaches and the wildlife filled wetlands of the Llanos, before taking in a few adrenaline€tivities in Merida. Enjoy the cobbled streets and colonial architecture of Cartagena and the vibrant nightlife of Bogota, travelling south down the back of the Andes through coffee plantations to the colourful markets of Otavalo and our final destination of Quito - the gateway to the Galapagos. Days 1 to 8 Leave Manaus and head north passing through the Waimiri Indian Reserve area.
Boa Vista - spend a day in the vast grounds of Parque Anaua, or take a day trip out on the Rio Branco to Serra Grande and go hiking.
2 nights in Santa Elena.
Optional climb (5 days) of Mt. Roraima (2810mtrs) - the flat topped Tepuis that inspired Sir Arthur Conan Doyles ’The Lost World’. Shorter hikes, white water rafting or paragliding are also options!
La Gran Sabana (Great Savannah) - an endless sky extends over a wide open grassland.
Days 9 to 17 Ciudad Bolivar - Casco Historico - wander the historic centre and along the waterfront of the Rio Orinoco.
Optional excursions into Parque Nacional Canaima and the famous Angel Falls.
Cross the Orinoco River and continue north to the Caribbean Coast.
Beautiful drive in to Parque Nacional Henri Pittier. Hang hammocks from palm trees and hike the trails in search of the local Criollo (chocolate).
Days 18 to 24 Optional excursions into the immense Los Llanos savannah wetlands to see caiman, capybara (the world’s largest rodent), anaconda, anteaters, tapirs and possibly a jaguar, amongst other wildlife.
Merida, Venezuela’s mountainous ’adventure capital’, opportunities to hike and trek in the mountains trails as well as paragliding, canopy tours, zip-lining, canyoning and white water rafting.
Great nightlife as well as bars, cafes and restaurants.
Optional overnight stay on the edge of Catatubmo Lightning Lake
Days 25 to 34 Drive north to Cabimas, on the edge of Lake Maracaibo
Cross into Colombia to Taganga
Tayrona National Park, on the Caribbean coast - walk trails to beaches set in deep bays, snorkel and possibly scuba dive, beach camping
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 35 to 42 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.
Manizales - a mountainous region with a cool climate, visit one of the many coffee plantations in the area.
Parque Los Nevados, a great place to spend a day trekking (optional) and hang out at some funky bars in the evening.
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.
Days 43 to 50 Tatacoa Desert, an arid area of striking eroded cliffs, an excellent area for camping and star gazing.
Parque Purace - the only place to see Condors in Colombia, also home to some good walking trails.
Climb Volcan Purace or hikes to a Sulphur Mine and Termales de San Juan - a spectacular hot spring.
Ipiales - visit Santuario De Las Lajas, a neo-Gothic church built on a stone bridge spanning a gorge.
Ecuador, overnight stop in Otavalo - a great place to stock up on Andean handicrafts such as jewellery, woollen goods, blankets and bags.
Quito, the capital, and our trip ends here on arrival.
Quito is the gateway to the Galapagos Islands and a playground for hikers and mountain bike fans, and it’s certainly worth taking an extra couple of days to explore the city and surrounding areas. 50 Days - South America - Overland Adventures Please note there may be a kitty contribution - please check the website
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