La Paz to Cartagena

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Soak up some of the very best of South America on this exciting Overland adventure. Starting in the dizzying heights of La Paz, head off to hike Inca trails in Peru and explore colourful markets in Equador before finishing up among the quaint cities and coffee plantations of Colombia. Taking in the best spots and attractions of these fascinating countries, this journey provides a unique insight into nations that are rapidly evolving. Come and be moved by their authenticity and beauty.

Itinerary

Day 1 La Paz

The adventure begins in Bolivia's cultural capital. This atmospheric city is well-worth exploring so be sure to get out to see as many of its sights as possible.

Days 2-3 Copacabana

Cruise to the famous floating islands of Lake Titicaca then head to picturesque Copacabana. Visit the delightful Moorish-style cathedral or admire a sunset at a lake-side restaurant.

Day 4 Puno

Admire the colourful local women in layered dresses and bowler hats.

Days 5-6 Cuzco

Revel in the breathtaking views of this ancient wonder. Discover the site's secrets on a guided tour then explore the citadel at leisure. In Cuzco unwind from trekking in one of the city's great bars or spend some time learning about the region's indigenous culture at the Centre for Traditional Textiles.

Days 7-10 Quechua Community Trek/Classic Inca Trail

Set off on the trek of a lifetime. Hike across high plateaus, pass incredible ruins and visit local Quechua communities before descending into the Sacred Valley. There is also an option to do the classic Inca Trail instead.

Days 11-12 Machu Picchu/Cuzco

Explore South America's oldest continuously inhabited city. Admire the many Baroque churches or discover the city's Inca heritage by visiting the 12-sided stone or the Qorikancha ruins.

Day 13 Raqchi Homestay

Experience some Peruvian hospitality on an overnight homestay with some of Intrepid's long-term friends.

Days 14-15 Chivay/Colca Canyon

Witness the graceful flight of the Andean condor as it swoops and soars above the dramatic Colca Canyon.

Days 16-17 Arequipa

Delight in the distinctive white buildings that dazzle in the sun or perhaps visit the local museum to see the frozen body of a sacrificed Inca maiden.

Day 18 Puerto Inca

Glimpse into the past at the fascinating Chauchilla Cemetery, which houses some remarkably well-preserved ancient human remains.

Day 19 Ballestas Islands/Nazca

Cruise around the Ballestas Islands and spot some of the wildlife that thrives in the area before heading to the ancient Nazca Lines.

Day 20 Paracas National Reserve

Spanning 335,000 hectares of land and sea, Paracas National Reserve is widely regarded as one of the most important marine reserves in the world.

Days 21-22 Lima

An incredible mix of Latin and Spanish influences, Lima has so much on offer. Descend into the catacombs under the Monastery of San Francisco or head to lively Miraflores for some shopping and a quick drink.

Days 23-25 Huaraz

Located high in the Andes, Huaraz has a range of optional activities available. Get active with some mountain biking or perhaps take a day trip to the Pastoruri Glacier.

Days 26-27 Huanchaco

Visit the fascinating Royal Tombs of Sipan Museum and see famous mummies found buried amidst an array of gold, jewels and fabrics.

Days 28-29 Punta Sal

Unwind on the shores of the Pacific or perhaps enjoy some salsa lessons.

Days 30-31 Cuenca

Let yourself be enchanted by this delightful city. Take a stroll along cobblestone streets admiring the red-tiled roofs, flower markets and shady plazas that have earned Cuenca the honour of being listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Days 32-33 Chugchilan/Quilotoa Loop

Enjoy spectacular views while driving along the winding Quilotoa Loop. Stretch legs on a guided trek and overnight in an eco-lodge nestled on the slopes of the Rio Toachi Canyon.

Days 34-36 Rio Verde

Make the most of the year-round temperate climate by enjoying some optional outdoor activities.

Days 37-39 Amazon Jungle

Venture deep into tropical jungle to discover the region's abundant vegetation and rich array of fauna.

Days 40-41 Quito

Enjoy free time in captivating Quito. Visit ornate churches in the Old Town for a dose of architecture and history. Sample local cuisine in one of the many cafes that line the cobblestone streets.

Days 42-43 Otavalo

Browse through the array of bright textiles and colourful crafts available at the famous markets of Otavalo.

Day 44 Ipiales

Drive to the border and explore the town of Ipiales.

Days 45-46 Popayan

Discover the old town of Popayan and take a day trip to admire the volcanic landscapes of the Purace National Natural Park.

Day 47 Cali

Explore the culturally diverse town of Cali, famous for its lively nightlife.

Days 48-50 Manizales/Coffee Zone

Head to Manizales for a three-night stay at a hacienda. Tour a coffee plantation and admire scenic mountain vistas on a trip to Los Nevados National Park.

Days 51-52 Medellin

Journey to Medellin. In free time why not take a day trip to Santa Fe de Antioquia to admire its colonial architecture?

Day 53 Tolu

Drive to the fishing town of Tolu and enjoy the serenity of this seaside retreat.

Days 54-56 Tayrona National Park

Enjoy seaside bliss in the spectacular Tayrona National Park. Wild and untouched beaches are scattered along the coastline, bounded by sea-sculptured boulders and reached only by jungle trails. This is a picture-perfect beachside escape well away from the tourist crowds.

Days 57-59 Cartagena

Wander around beautiful Cartegena on a guided city tour. Experience the therapeutic effects of a mud bath on an optional visit to a bubbling mud volcano.

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