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Colombia through the Andes (Inca Trail)

53 days with G Adventures   Rating: Budget
Restricted to Ages 18-39

Itinerary
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
Enjoy a free day to explore Ecuador's capital. Stay in the city, take a day trip to the equator, or the nearby hot springs.

Day 20 Quito/Tena 
Travel to the jungle city of Tena and continue by truck to a jungle community. (1B, 1L, 1D)

Days 21-22 Tena
Head out on nature walks and learn about local traditions at an overnight homestay.

Day 23 Tena/Baños 
Travel to Baños, an adrenaline junkie's paradise. (1B)

Day 24 Baños
Opt to soak in the nearby hot springs or get active by hiking, horseback riding, or mountain biking.

Day 25 Baños/Cuenca
Travel to historic Cuenca.

Day 26 Cuenca
Enjoy a free day to visit Cajas NP or the Inca ruins of Ingapirca.

Day 27 Cuenca/Máncora
Cross the border into Peru and head to the beach.

Day 28 Máncora
Opt to relax on the beach, discover Mancora, go horseback riding, or take a surf lesson.

Day 29 Máncora/Huanchaco
Free time in Mancora. Overnight bus to Huanchaco.

Day 30 Huanchaco
Enjoy more beach time or opt to visit pre-Inca sites or the city of Trujillo.

Day 31 Huanchaco/Lima
Full day in Huanchaco before boarding a night bus to Lima.

Day 32 Lima 
Explore Peru's capital on an optional city tour, try paragliding, or simply relax. Be sure to try the tasty ceviche and pisco sours. (1B)

Day 33 Lima
Enjoy the day exploring the city.

Day 34 Lima/Paracas 
Free morning in Lima before travelling by bus to Paracas. (1B)

Day 35 Paracas/Nazca 
Optional visit to Ballestas Islands before travelling to Nazca. En route, stop at a winery and at the oasis of Huacachina. (1D)

Day 36 Nazca/Arequipa
Opt for a flight over the Nazca Lines. Overnight bus to Arequipa.

Day 37 Arequipa
Opt to visit the Santa Catalina Convent or a local hot spring.

Day 38 Arequipa/Colca Canyon 
Take a full-day tour of the spectacular Colca Valley, and opt for a soak in hot springs. (1B)

Day 39 Colca Canyon/Arequipa 
Set out looking for the majestic soaring condors. (1B)

Day 40 Arequipa/Cusco 
In the morning head back to Arequipa and enjoy a free day. Overnight bus to Cusco. (1B)

Day 41 Cusco
Free time to explore Cusco. Opt for a city tour or go whitewater rafting, horseback riding or mountain biking.

Day 42 Cusco 
Enjoy another free day in Cusco. (1B)

Day 43 Cusco/Ollantaytambo 
Learn about the Sacred Valley en route to Ollantaytambo. Opt to take a Sacred Valley tour with a visit to a G Adventures-supported women's weaving co-op. (1B)

Day 44 Inca Trail 
Depart Ollantaytambo by van to km 82 where the hike begins. (1B, 1L, 1D)

Day 45 Inca Trail 
Start early to climb the long steep path to Warmiwañusca, better known as Dead Woman’s Pass. This is the highest point of the trek at 4,198m (13,769 ft). Most hikers reach camp by early afternoon, with ample time to rest and relax. (1B, 1L, 1D)

Day 46 Inca Trail 
Cross two more passes and ruins along the way. The first pass is Runquraqay at 3,950m (13,113 ft) where, on a clear day, hikers can catch a glimpse of the snow-capped Cordillera Vilcabamba. Hike through cloud forest on the gentle climb to the second pass of the day, walking through original Incan constructions. The highest point of the pass is 3,700m (12,136 ft). On a clear day, enjoy the spectacular views of the Urubamba Valley. At 3,650m (11,972 ft), reach the ruins of Phuyupatamarca, the "town above the clouds." Camp here or go another 1.5 hrs to the Wiñay Wayna ruins ("forever young") located at 2,650m (8,694 ft). (1B, 1L, 1D)

Day 47 Machu Picchu/Cusco 
The final day of the hike starts pre-dawn to reach the Sun Gate before sunrise. Wake up around 03:30 and walk to the checkpoint. Catch the first views of the breathtaking ruins of Machu Picchu on a clear day. Hike down to Machu Picchu for a guided tour of the site and free time to explore. Opt to visit the Inca Bridge, if time allows. Catch the bus to Aguas Calientes to meet any non-hiking members of your group. Eat and relax before your train back to Cusco in the afternoon. (1B)

Day 48 Cusco 
Free day to explore more of Cusco or just relax. (1B)

Day 49 Cusco/Puno 
Travel through the high Altiplano region to travel to Puno on Lake Titicaca. (1B)

Day 50 Puno/Lago Titicaca 
Guided tour of Lake Titicaca with a homestay in a local village. (1B, 1D)

Day 51 Lago Titicaca/Puno 
Visit the floating islands of Uros. Optional visit to the Sillustani burial site. (1B, 1L)

Day 52 Puno/La Paz 
Cross over into Bolivia for a night out in the highest city of the trip. Oxygen bar anyone? (1B)

Day 53 La Paz
Depart at any time.
Map
All This Included
An epic South America trip ought to be on everyone’s bucket list – so why not tick this one off well ahead of time? Across 53 days and four countries, you’ll see jungles, cities, and all things between, all with a like-minded group of young adventurers eager to see and do everything. And “everything” is definitely an understatement – you’ll hike the Lost City in Colombia, take on the Inca Trail in Peru, partake in a homestay in the Amazon Rainforest, see the highlights of Ecuador, and much more. Plus, at this price point, you’ll be able to do it all and still have cash to spend at the famous markets in Otavalo.
  • Local Living: Indigenous Community Homestay, Otavalo Local Living: Amazon Jungle Experience, Tena Hands-On: Huacachina Winery Visit, Huacachina Big Night Out: Cusco Local Living: Lake Titicaca Homestay, Lago Titicaca
  • Lost City of Teyuna trek (5 days)
  • Overnight excursion to Tayrona National Park (excluding February departures)
  • Visit to Otavalo Market
  • Orientation walks in Medellin, Bogotá, and Quito
  • Beach time in Taganga, Mancora, and Huanchaco
  • Pachamanca ceremony (Nazca)
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu
  • Inca Trail hike with a local guide, cook, and porters (4 days)
  • Amazon Jungle and Colca Canyon excursions
  • Lake Titicaca excursion
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
  • Simple hotels (34 nts, some multi-share), hammock or rustic cots (5 nts), overnight buses (5 nts), homestays (5 nts), camping (3 nts).
  • 34 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 14 dinners.
  • Transportation: Local bus, 4x4, boat, truck, motorized canoe, train, hiking, plane, minibus.
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO), specialist Inca Trail CEO on hike, local guides.
Highlights
  • Trek to the Lost City of Teyuna
  • Party in Colombian cities
  • Experience local life in an Ecuadorian and Peruvian homestays
  • Conquer the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
Accommodations
Simple hotels (34 nts, some multi-share)
Hammock or rustic cots (5 nts)
Overnight buses (5 nts)
Homestays (5 nts)
Camping (3 nts)
Notes
  • Small group experience; Max 18, 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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