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Cartagena to Quito on a Shoestring
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Colombia & Ecuador

Cartagena to Quito on a Shoestring

Colombia is an underrated country for travellers, but with our safe, social, and budget-friendly group trips, we want to change that. After all, there’s so much culture and beauty to this region that it would be a shame to let it go unexplored – plus you can say you got here before everyone else. Over three weeks, you’ll go from Colombia to Ecuador, hiking to the Lost City of Teyuna, relaxing on warm beaches and camping under the stars in the Tatacoa Desert. You’re sure to find something you love in these countries.
This trail-blazing journey allows you to explore its natural highlights, including the golden beaches and dense tropical vegetation of the Tayrona National Park, the fertile rolling hills of the coffee country and the culturally rich, historic city of Cartagena.

Off the beaten track, you’ll explore the picture-perfect colonial town of Mompós, on the banks of the River Magdalena and the intriguing ancient sculptures and burial chambers set in the lush countryside around San Agustín.

Colombia's distinct and heady mixture of Hispanic, colonial, indigenous and African heritage influences its food, music, architecture and culture. Its vibrancy, welcoming people and extraordinary natural and architectural features make it an engaging country, and this an unusual and captivating journey. The country has entered a period of peace and security and this is reflected in a growing interest in visiting one of the friendliest and most unspoilt countries on the continent.
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  • Duration
    21 Days
  • Starting From
    $2,399
    /person
    Twin sharing
  • Travel Operator
    G Adventures
  • Flights
    Not Included
    Flight booking assistance will be provided.

Trip highlights

Verdant wonderland in Columbia
Highlight #1
Verdant wonderland in Columbia
Soaring Andean summits, unspoiled Caribbean coast, enigmatic Amazon jungle, cryptic archaeological ruins and cobbled colonial communities. Colombia boasts all of South America's allure, and more.
Ecuador: A stunning package!
Highlight #2
Ecuador: A stunning package!
There's plenty to do in Ecuador for all kinds of travellers. You can see whales off the coast, birds in the cloud forest, and caimans' eyes gloating red in the waters of the Amazon.
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Have a glance at a trip to Colombia which boasts of wonderful cities of Medellin, Salento, Cartagena, Tayrona Park, Cano Cristales and Bogota.

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Itinerary

Cartagena

Arrive at any time. Tonight, check out the local flavor of bustling Plaza Trinidad and head to a local bar to get to know your fellow travellers. Get to know the group over a few drinks and get excited for the adventure of a lifetime.

  Hotel:  None

Cartagena

The day is yours to explore this coastal colonial city. Wander through the streets of historic old town, check out the San Felipe fortress, or get dirty with a mud bath and massage at Totuma Volcano.

   Meals:   Breakfast,

  Hotel:  None

Cartagena/Santa Marta

Travel like a local by hopping on a public bus to the port town of Santa Marta. Take advantage of your free time with a visit to the Gold Museum, go shopping for any last minute necessities (You probably forgot something, right?) or chill out on the beach.

   Meals:   Breakfast,

  Hotel:  None

Santa Marta/Ricardito Camp

Wake up and hit the road to Machete Pelao where your trek to the Lost City of Teyuna begins. Trek through farmland, steamy jungle, and rural Kogi communities. Enjoy and let it all soak in – this is your opportunity to get a glimpse into the local way of life in the remote river valleys of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

   Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  Hotel:  None

Ricardito Camp/ Wiwa Camp 

Venture further into the lush jungle en route to Ciudad Perdida. Be prepared – today is a tough portion of the trek with a lot of steep views. Arrive at the campsite in the afternoon for some much needed relaxation by the river.

   Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  Hotel:  None

Wiwa Camp /Paso Lorenzo Camp

Wake up early feeling refreshed, recharged (hopefully!) and start your trek to Paso Lorenzo Camp. Settle in at the campsite around noon and eat some lunch. If the weather is nice, take a dip in the Buritaca River. Learn about Wiwa customs in the afternoon and then kick back and relax in a hammock.

   Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  Hotel:  None

Paso Lorenzo Camp/ Wiwa Camp 

Continue exploring the deep jungle today on winding path through banana trees, cacao plants as you make your way to Wiwa Camp.

   Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  Hotel:  None

Ricardito Camp/Taganga

Head across 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.

   Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch,

  Hotel:  None

Taganga/Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona

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.

   Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch,

  Hotel:  None

Taganga/Medellín

Wheels up! Fly inland today to Medellín. A once infamous city, vibrant Medellín has transformed into one of Latin America's safest destinations. Get to know your surroundings with an orientation walk and an optional night out with the group.

   Meals:   Breakfast,

  Hotel:  None

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.

  Hotel:  None

Medellín/Salento

Drive through beautiful landscapes to Salento.

  Hotel:  None

Salento

Opt to take a morning hike through the towering palms of the Cocora Valley, or choose from a variety of other optional activities in the coffee region of Quindío.

  Hotel:  None

Salento/Bogotá

Enjoy the ride to Colombia's capital, Bogotá.

   Meals:   Breakfast,

  Hotel:  None

Bogotá

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.

   Meals:   Breakfast,

  Hotel:  None

Bogotá/Tatacoa Desert

Enjoy the ride to the Tatacoa Desert to spend the night under the stars.

  Hotel:  None

Tatacoa Desert/Popayán

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.

   Meals:   Breakfast,

  Hotel:  None

Popayán/Pasto

Head further south to Pasto, wander around and keep an eye out for local ice cream makers out in the streets.

   Meals:   Breakfast,

  Hotel:  None

Pasto/San Clemente

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.

   Meals:   Breakfast,

  Hotel:  None

San Clemente/Quito

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.

   Meals:   Breakfast,

  Hotel:  None

Quito

Depart at any time.

   Meals:   Breakfast,

  Hotel:  None

Inclusions

 Your G for Good Moment: Wiwa Community Visit & Lunch, Gotshezhy Village Your First Night Out Moment: Connect With New Friends Your Local Living Moment: Indigenous Community Homestay, San Clemente

  Lost City of Teyuna trek (5 days)

  Guided tour of the Lost City

  Tayrona NP Excursion (excluding February departures)

  Beach time in Taganga

  Overnight desert excursion (Tatacoa)

  Visit to Otavalo Market

  San Clemente homestay

  Orientation walks in Medellín and Quito

  Internal flights

  All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

 Meals and Accommodation

Not Included

 Additional 5% GST

 International Flights and VISA fees

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