A beach in Tayrona National Park | Colombia | South America
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Travel south from Cartagena along Colombia’s beautiful Caribbean Coast to Ecuador's beguiling capital Quito. Discover diverse landscapes and cities en route including the lush jungle and stunning beaches of Tayrona, Valle de Cocora with its spectacular wax palm trees and Otavalo in Ecuador's Andean Highlands.

Inclusions
Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Quito to Cartegena

Trip Highlights

Cartagena - take a walking tour of this coastal city's beautiful Old Town
Santa Cruz de Lorica - learn how traditional Vueltiao hats are made in this colonial town
Cocora Valley – take a hike to see the huge wax palms, the tallest variety of palm tree in the world
Salento – stroll through this charming town with its preserved colonial bahareque architecture and streets lined with restaurants, bars and shops
Ipiales - visit the jaw dropping Santuario Las Lejas church
Quito - independently explore Ecuador's capital and visit the Equatorial Monument
Tayrona National Park – follow trails through this dazzling national park and sleep in a hammock on the beach
Medellin - visit 'the City of Eternal Spring' for a guided walking tour
Manizales & the coffee region - stay at a coffee plantation and take a guided tour to learn all about the coffee making process
Popayan - explore this beautiful former colonial capital and opt to relax in volcanic thermal springs
Otavalo – discover rich cultural heritage and an excellent handicrafts market full of artisan goods

Included

14 breakfasts, 3 lunches & 2 dinners
Services of two crew (drivers/tour leaders), with local guides along the way
Visit to the church of Santuario Las Lejas near the Ecuador/Colombia border
Guided tour of a coffee plantation
Half-day guided walking tour of Cartegena
8 nights multishare hostels, 7 nights basic and comfortable hotels, 1 night camping and 2 nights sleeping in hammocks on the beach
Visit to the equator at Mitad del Mundo
Half-day guided trek through the spectacular Cocora Valley
2-night trip into Tayrona National Park
Transportation in an overland expedition vehicle, plus 4x4 and ferry

Not Included

Items of a personal nature, additional meals and drinks
Tipping – an entirely personal gesture
Local Payment: $590pp, paid in USD
International flights and visas
Sleeping bag and roll mat - please bring your own for camping

Itinerary

Day 1

Cartagena

Welcome to Colombia! Make your own way to our hotel in Cartagena. We have a meeting at 6pm tonight for you to meet the rest of your group and crew.
Overnight: Cartagena

Day 2

Cartagena

Today we spend the whole day in beautiful Cartegena with an included walking tour of the city this morning. The remainder of the day is at leisure for you to further explore, enjoy optional activities such as a visit to the mudbaths at the Totumo Volcano, or just relax by the beach.
Overnight: Cartagena  |  Breakfast

Days 3-4

Tayrona NP

Cartagena - Tayrona National Park. Departing the city today we head to the breathtaking national park at Tayrona. On day 4 we take a moderate walk into the park and during our two nights here we sleep in hammocks on the beach - a truly amazing experience for all nature lovers. Whilst in the park head out and explore or take some other optional activities (see Trip Notes for more details).
Overnight: Tayrona National Park  |  Breakfast x 1

Days 5-6

Santa Cruz de Lorica

Tayrona National Park - Santa Cruz de Lorica. Departing Tayarona we reboard our truck and travel south to the quaint colonial town of Santa Cruz de Lorica on the Sinu River. This town is famous for the traditional Vueltiao hat which is made here. Day 6 is at leisure to either explore the town or soak up some sun at the beaches of San Bernardo del Viento.
Overnight: Santa Cruz de Lorica

Days 7-9

Medellin

Santa Cruz de Lorica - Medellin. Day 7 is a full driving day as we make our way to Colombia's second largest city, Medellin. On day 8 we take a guided walking tour of this exciting city to learn about its troubled past and more peaceful recent times. The remainder of our time in Medellin is at leisure and you have the chance to take part in some optional activities such as a ride on the Metroline cable car up to Santo Domingo. Our accommodation in Medellin is dormitory-style at a hostel in the city centre, so you will be perfectly positioned to enjoy all the city has to offer including its exciting nightlife.
Overnight: Medellin  |  Breakfast x 2

Days 10-11

Coffee region

Medellin - Manizales. Departing Medellin we reach Colombia's coffee region of Manizales where we spend two nights in a beautiful hacienda. On day 11 we take an included tour of the coffee plantation and learn about the whole coffee making process.
Overnight: Manizales  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 1

Days 12-13

Salento

Medellin - Salento. Our destination today is the small town of Salento, the gateway to Colombia's Valle de Cocora. Weather providing, we hope to have the opportunity to explore the Los Nevados National Park on foot and possibly visit some thermal baths. On day 13 there is a guided walk in the Cocora Valley to marvel at the Quindio wax palm trees, which are the world's tallest palm trees and Colombia's national tree.
Overnight: Solento  |  Breakfast x 2

Days 14-15

Popayan

Salento - Popayan. Our journey today takes us to the former colonial capital of Popayan for free time to explore the local area. There are some good walks and thermal springs excursions to do locally (see Trip Notes for more details).
Overnight: Popayan  |  Breakfast x 2

Day 16

Ipiales

Popayan - Ipiales. We spend today driving towards the border with Ecuador and spend the night in the town of Ipiales, known for its Gothic-style church named Santurio de las Lajas.
Overnight: Ipiales  |  Breakfast

Day 17

Otavalo

Ipiales - Otavalo (Ecuador). Today visit Ipiales' stunning church before saying goodbye to Colombia and crossing the border into Ecuador. Our next stop is the city of Otovalo in the Andean highlands, where we spend the night.
Overnight: Otavalo  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 18

Mitad del Mundo

Otavalo - Quito. We take our last drive today and reach our final destination of Quito, Ecuador's colourful capital. Along the way we have an included visit to Mitad del Mundo, the monument that marks the equator.
Overnight: Quito  |  Breakfast

Day 19

Quito

Today marks the end of our time in Colombia and Ecuador! Tour arrangements finish this morning after hotel check out. If you would like to extend your stay in Quito, our reservations team can help arrange post-tour accommodation.
Breakfast

Is This Trip Right For Me?

Overlanding is not a style of travel that will suit everyone so please carefully read the Trip Notes before selecting this tour and be realistic about your ability and desire to join such a trip. If you’re the adventurous type who’d rather spend a night roughing it in a rainforest than luxuriating in a boutique hotel, then overlanding is for you. You just need the right attitude, an open mind, and a desire to participate fully in the trip.

Overland travelling can be demanding and challenging. On your trip you’ll travel in a purpose-built expedition vehicle on an off-the-beaten-track adventure along rugged roads, sometimes across vast distances. You will find the drive times noted on the Trip Notes.

On an overland journey you are more than just a passenger, these are full participation trips and everyone gets involved and pitches in! You will also be expected to erect your own tent and help with camp chores including cooking meals for the group on a rota basis. Like all great adventures, the more you put in the more you'll get out!

The type, variety and standard of accommodation can vary greatly from very basic rooms without electricity or running water to comfortable hotels with good facilities. Generally in hotels most rooms will be twin-share, but some may be triple/quad-share. Hostels are nearly always multi-share and may be mixed sex.

The campsites we use range from basic to those with excellent facilities, including swimming pools, restaurants and a bar. On some occasions we wild camp with no facilities, which means there are no toilets - just the vast expanse of the great outdoors and a shovel!

Our overland journeys are designed to offer freedom, and many of our routes have a large degree of flexibility rather than a strict hour-by-hour or even day-by-day itinerary. We intend to follow the planned route but exact night stops and inclusions cannot be guaranteed and it sometimes happens that we decide to make a change to our planned itinerary.

How Challenging Is This Trip?
Some areas that you travel through may be physically challenging; for example you may be at altitude some of the time and you may be camping for several nights. The pace of the trip can be tiring at times and some facilities will be basic. However there will also be plenty of time to relax and some comfortable accommodation. Your itinerary may include easy-paced day walks, bike rides, and other activities that are not too strenuous.

Prices & Dates

Departure dates noted with a 'G' are guaranteed to operate. All other departure dates are guaranteed with a minimum of 4 persons. Prices shown above are per person travelling.

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Local payment - $590pp, paid in USD

Please note that this is payable locally on day 1 of your trip in the currency specified.

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2019
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Prices & Dates

This trip operates in reverse, travelling from Quito to Cartagena. Please refer to the Northbound Trip Notes below the tour dates for details.

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Local payment - $580pp, paid in USD

Please note that this is payable locally on day 1 of your trip in the currency specified.

Guaranteed Departure
Available
Contact us to book
Sold out
2020
Price /
Person
Single
Supp.
£1,020
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£1,020
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£1,020
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2021
Price /
Person
Single
Supp.
£1,030
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£1,030
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2022
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£1,030
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In Brief

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Cartagena
Ends
Quito
Departs
April - November
Group Size
Min 4 / Max 22
Hotel Rating
Hostels, simple hotels and camping
Local Payment
$590pp, paid in USD
Tour Guide
Escorted by a tour leader
Meals
Breakfast: 14, Lunch: 3, Dinner: 2
Visiting
Countries
Old meets new with the churches and skyscrapers of Cartagena in Colombia
The beautiful coastal scenery of the Tayrona National Park
The thoroughly modern skyline of Medellin city in Colombia
Ecuador's capital city, Quito, surrounded by mountains

Extra Tour Info

About Overlanding
Information about overlanding in South America
Updated
30th October 2019
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