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Cartagena to Quito on a Shoestring

19 days with G Adventures   Rating: Budget

Click for Dates and Prices Day 1 Cartagena
Arrive at any time.

Day 2 Cartagena 
Free day to explore this coastal colonial city. Wander the historic old town, check out the San Felipe fortress, or get dirty with a mud bath and massage at Totumo Volcano. (1B)

Day 3 Cartagena/Santa Marta 
Travel by public bus to this coastal port town. Free time to visit the Gold Museum with its collection of Lost City artifacts, chill out on the beach and pick up any last minute necessities for the upcoming trek. (1B)

Day 4 Santa Marta/Adán Camp 
Transfer to Machete Pelao, where the trek to the Lost City of Teyuna begins. Trek for 4-5 hrs each day through farmland, steamy jungle, and rural Kogi communities. Get a glimpse into the local way of life in the remote river valleys of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. (1B, 1L, 1D)

Day 5 Adán Camp/ Wiwa Camp 
The route starts along the Buritaca River, taking you further into the vivid green jungle past small villages en route to the camp for the evening. After a long day of trekking, enjoy a refreshing dip in one of the natural swimming pools. (1B, 1L, 1D)

Day 6 Wiwa Camp /Teyuna Paraiso Camp 
Continue trekking along the route to the Ciudad Perdida. Today is a tough portion of the trek with a lot of steep inclines, make sure to rest and take in the beautiful views. (1B, 1L, 1D)

Day 7 Teyuna Paraiso Camp/ Wiwa Camp 
Get started early to climb the 1,200 steps up to the Lost City. The view of the surrounding Sierra Nevada Mountains makes it well worth the hike. Explore the Lost City and learn what is known of its origins from the indigenous guide, before making the descent back to Wiwa Camp for the night. (1B, 1L, 1D)

Day 8 Ciudad Perdida/Taganga 
After a final morning trek back to Machete Pelao, transfer to the fishing village of Taganga for an afternoon of rest and relaxation. (1B, 1L)

Day 9 Taganga/Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona 
Enjoy an overnight excursion to beautiful Tayrona NP. Explore the park's lush greenery, extended beaches and turquoise Caribbean waters. (1B, 1D)

Day 10 Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona/Taganga 
Enjoy a half-day in the park, then return to Taganga for one more night on the Caribbean. (1B)

Day 11 Taganga/Medellín 
Fly inland to infamous Medellín, now one of Latin America's safest cities. Enjoy an orientation walk upon arrival and an optional night out with the group. (1B)

Day 12 Medellín/Bogotá
Opt to go paragliding over the city or catch a ride on the cable car. Board a night bus to Bogotá.

Day 13 Bogotá
Orientation walk around the vibrant La Candelaria area. Free time to explore Colombia's capital city; check out the riches at the Gold Museum, take a funicular car up Monserrate Hill for sweeping views of the city, or catch a fútbol (soccer) match if it's game day.

Day 14 Bogotá 
Enjoy a second day to explore Colombia's capital. (1B)

Day 15 Bogotá/Otavalo 
Fly to Quito and transfer to Otavalo and spend one night at an indigenous community. Interact with the locals and learn about their traditional ways during a homestay. Opt to enjoy a cultural evening and show with typical food. (1B, 1D)

Day 16 Otavalo/Cotopaxi
Visit the famous Otavalo artisan market for a morning perusing colourful textiles, art, carvings and jewelry made by people from nearby communities. Afternoon bus to Cotopaxi to enjoy a couple of nights in Andean beauty.

Day 17 Cotopaxi 
Opt to visit a lagoon at elevation, hike national park trails or go down Cotopaxi Volcano by mountain bike. (1B)

Day 18 Cotopaxi/Quito 
Enjoy the morning in Cotopaxi before travelling back to Quito for an orientation walk and optional night out. (1B)

Day 19 Quito 
Depart at any time. (1B)
All This Included
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 two and a half weeks, you’ll go from Colombia to Ecuador, hiking to the Lost City of Teyuna, relaxing on warm beaches, and checking out Medellín and Bogotá. With two flights included, you’re sure to find something you love in this hidden gem of a country.
  • Local Living: Indigenous Community Homestay, Otavalo
  • Lost City of Teyuna trek (5 days)
  • Guided tour of the Lost City
  • Overnight excursion to Tayrona NP (excluding February departures)
  • Beach time in Taganga
  • Visit to Otavalo Market
  • Orientation walks in Medellín, Bogotá, and Quito
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
  • Simple hotels (11 nts, some multi-share), camping (5 nts in hammocks or rustic bunks), overnight bus (1 nt), homestay (1 nt).
  • 15 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners.
  • Transportation: Local bus, 4x4, hiking, plane, minibus.
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
  • Trek to the Lost City of Teyuna
  • Party in Colombian cities
  • Get active in Cotopaxi
  • Experience local life in an Ecuadorian homestay.
Simple hotels (11 nts, some multi-share)
Camping (5 nts in hammocks or rustic bunks)
Overnight bus (1 nt)
Homestay (1 nt)
  • Small group experience; Max 16, avg 14.
  • Some high-altitude hikes or more strenuous activities, but accessible to most healthy travellers.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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