Cartagena to Quito

Be a part of Columbia's revival on this exciting overland adventure. Travel through the Colombian countryside and discover quaint cities, coffee plantations, sleepy seaside towns and grand volcanic landscapes. With lots of opportunity to interact with friendly locals, this is a great chance to have a genuine travel experience to talk about for years to come. Taking in the best spots and attractions of this fascinating country, this journey provides a unique insight into a nation that is rapidly evolving. See Colombia and be touched by the authenticity of this flourishing country.

Itinerary

Day 16 Ipiales

Drive to the Ecuadorian border and explore the town of Ipiales. Perhaps take time to visit the area's prime attraction, Santuario de Las Lajas - believed to be the site of many miracles and apparitions. Set dramatically amidst impressive mountain scenery, Las Lajas is a hidden highlight of Colombia.

Day 17 Otavalo

Farewell Colombia and travel across the border into Ecuador. Browse through the array of bright textiles and colourful crafts available at the famous markets of Otavalo.

Days 18-19 Quito

Enjoy free time in captivating Quito, Ecuador's enthralling capital. 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 1-2 Cartagena

Wander around beautiful Cartagena on a guided city tour. Discover Cartagena's old town, an exceptionally well preserved area full of cobblestone laneways, charming buildings and busy cafes. Experience the therapeutic effects of a mud bath on an optional visit to a bubbling mud volcano.

Days 3-4 Covenas/San Bernardo Islands

Head to the Morrosquillo gulf and camp on the beaches of Covenas. Tour the fne beaches of San Bernado islands and look out for a diverse range of wildlife from bright pink flamingos to multi-coloured crabs.

Days 5-6 Medellin

Travel to Colombia's second city and get involved in the vibrant nightlife of Medellin. Perhaps take a day trip to to the local markets and open central courtyard of Santa Fe de Antiquia.

Days 10-11 Manizales

Head to Manizales for a three-night stay at a hacienda. Tour a coffee plantation and admire scenic mountain vistas.

Day 12 Los Nevados National Park

Explore the savage but beautiful landscape of Los Nevados National Park, home to a unique combination of wildlife and vegetation as well as a wild, contrasting landscape.

Days 13-14 Cali

Party the night away as you bar hop through Cali or relax in the bohemian cafes of the cities San Antonio neighbourhood. Perhaps take some optional salsa classes.

Day 15 Popayan

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

Days 7-9 Guatapé

Stay lake side, surrounded by the rolling countryside in Guatape. Browse stalls on the board walk or climb the El Panon de Guatape, a 650 foot tall granite monolith that provides magnificent views over the water.

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