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Colombia, Andes & Galápagos

62 days with G Adventures   Rating: Budget

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/ Wiwa Camp 
Transfer to Machete Pelao, where the trek to the Lost City of Teyuna begins. Trek 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 Wiwa Camp /Teyuna Paraiso Camp 
Continue trekking along the route to 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. Arrive at the campsite in the afternoon and relax by the river. (1B, 1L, 1D)

Day 6 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 7 Wiwa Camp /Ricardito Camp 
Follow the path back through the deep jungle, wind through banana trees, cacao plants and small Kogi communities on the way to Ricardito Camp. The nickname for this camp is vista hermosa or beautiful views, sit back and soak them in. (1B, 1L, 1D)

Day 8 Gotsezhi Village/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. (1B, 1L)

Day 9 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. (1B, 1L)

Day 10 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 11 Medellín
Opt to go paragliding over the city or catch a ride on the cable car.

Day 12 Medellín/Salento
Drive through beautiful landscapes to Salento.

Day 13 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.

Day 14 Salento/Tatacoa Desert 
Enjoy the ride to the Tatacoa Desert to spend the night under the stars. (1B)

Day 15 Tatacoa Desert/San Agustín 
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 San Agustin. (1B)

Day 16 San Agustín 
Visit the San Agustin Archaeological Park, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site with more than 500 sculptures scattered through the hillside. (1B)

Day 17 San Agustín/Popayán 
In the morning travel to Popayán and explore this beautiful colonial town. (1B)

Day 18 Popayán/Pasto 
Head further south to Pasto, wander around and keep an eye out for local ice cream makers out in the streets. (1B)

Day 19 Pasto/Otavalo 
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 Otavalo for the night. (1B)

Day 20 Otavalo/Quito
Visit the famous Otavalo artisan market for a morning perusing colourful textiles, art, carvings, and jewelry made by people from nearby communities. In the afternoon, drive back to Quito.

Day 21 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 22 Quito/Santa Cruz Island 
Fly to the Galápagos Islands and transfer to the campsite located in highlands of Santa Cruz. Explore the highlands to see giant tortoises in the wild and hike to the lava tunnels. (1B, 1L, 1D)

Day 23 Santa Cruz Island/Floreana Island 
In the morning, visit the Charles Darwin Station to see Galápagos giant tortoises. After, transfer by speedboat to Floreana Island. Get settled at the G Adventures-supported community guesthouse and opt to explore the small town or catch the sunset at Playa Negra beach. (1B, 1D)

Day 24 Floreana Island 
Enjoy an included snorkelling excursion to Loberia, and visit the highlands of Floreana. (1B, 1L, 1D)

Day 25 Floreana Island/Isabela Island 
Take a speedboat over to Isabela Island and hike the Sierra Negra Volcano for spectacular views from above. (1B, 1D)

Day 26 Isabela Island 
Enjoy free time in the morning for optional activities, opt to go snorkelling, surfing or hit the beach. In the afternoon, visit the Flamingo Lagoon and the Tortoise Breeding Centre. (1B)

Day 27 Isabela Island/Santa Cruz Island 
Transfer by speedboat back to Santa Cruz Island, and enjoy a night in the town of Puerto Ayora. Hike to beautiful Tortuga Bay, and opt to go kayaking or just lounge on the beach. (1B)

Day 28 Santa Cruz Island/Quito 
Say goodbye to the Galapagos Islands, and take a morning flight back to Quito. Upon arrival in Quito, transfer to the hotel and enjoy a night in the city. (1B)

Day 29 Quito/Tena 
Travel to the jungle city of Tena and continue by truck to a jungle community. (1B, 1L, 1D)

Days 30-31 Tena
Head out on nature walks and learn about local traditions at an overnight homestay.

Day 32 Tena/Baños 
Travel to Baños, an adrenaline junkie's paradise. (1B)

Day 33 Baños
Opt to soak in the nearby hot springs or get active by hiking, horseback riding, or mountain biking.

Day 34 Baños/Cuenca
Travel to historic Cuenca.

Day 35 Cuenca
Enjoy a free day to visit Cajas NP or the Inca ruins of Ingapirca.

Day 36 Cuenca/Máncora
Cross the border into Peru and head to the beach.

Day 37 Máncora
Opt to relax on the beach, discover Mancora, go horseback riding, or take a surf lesson.

Day 38 Máncora/Huanchaco
Free time in Mancora. Overnight bus to Huanchaco.

Day 39 Huanchaco
Enjoy more beach time or opt to visit pre-Inca sites or the city of Trujillo.

Day 40 Huanchaco/Lima
Full day in Huanchaco before boarding a night bus to Lima.

Day 41 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 42 Lima
Enjoy the day exploring the city.

Day 43 Lima/Paracas 
Free morning in Lima before travelling by bus to Paracas. (1B)

Day 44 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 45 Nazca/Arequipa
Opt for a flight over the Nazca Lines. Overnight bus to Arequipa.

Day 46 Arequipa
Opt to visit the Santa Catalina Convent or a local hot spring.

Day 47 Arequipa/Colca Canyon 
Take a full-day tour of the spectacular Colca Valley, and opt for a soak in hot springs. (1B)

Day 48 Chivay/Arequipa 
Set out looking for the majestic soaring condors over Colca Canyon. Head back to Arequipa to enjoy the city in the evening. (1B)

Day 49 Arequipa/Cusco 
Explore Arequipa and opt to take a city tour. Take an overnight bus to Cusco. (1B)

Day 50 Cusco
Free time to explore Cusco. Opt for a city tour or go whitewater rafting, horseback riding or mountain biking.

Day 51 Cusco 
Enjoy another free day in Cusco. (1B)

Day 52 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 53 Inca Trail 
Depart Ollantaytambo by van to km 82 where the hike begins. (1B, 1L, 1D)

Day 54 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 55 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 56 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 57 Cusco 
Free day to explore more of Cusco or just relax. (1B)

Day 58 Cusco/Puno 
Travel through the high Altiplano region to travel to Puno on Lake Titicaca. (1B)

Day 59 Puno/Lago Titicaca 
Guided tour of Lake Titicaca with a homestay in a local village. (1B, 1D)

Day 60 Lago Titicaca/Puno 
Visit the floating islands of Uros. Optional visit to the Sillustani burial site. (1B, 1L)

Day 61 Puno/La Paz 
Cross over into Bolivia for a night out in the highest city of the trip. Oxygen bar anyone? (1B)

Day 62 La Paz
Depart at any time.
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All This Included
Got two months? Want to make the most of them? There can be no better way to do so than one of the most sprawling of all our South American trips. Imagine 60 solid days spent exploring Colombia’s Lost City, ambling around Machu Picchu after conquering the Inca Trail in Peru, enjoying a homestay deep in the Amazon jungle, and snorkeling with sea lions in the Galápagos Islands. With a week of camping in the Galápagos included, there’s no possible way you’ll go home feeling like you missed out on anything in South America.
  • G Adventures for Good: Wiwa Community Visit & Lunch, Gotsezhi Village G Adventures for Good: Floreana Community Restaurants, Floreana Island G Adventures for Good: Floreana Community Guesthouse, Floreana Island 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)
  • Tayrona National Park excursion (excluding February departures)
  • Overnight desert camping (Tatacoa)
  • San Agustin ruins visit
  • Visit to Otavalo Market
  • Orientation walks in Medellin and Quito
  • Visit to Otavalo Market
  • Highlands visit (Floreana Island)
  • Loberia snorkelling excursion
  • Visit to Flamingo Lagoon and Tortoise Breeding Centre (Isabela Island)
  • Full-day hike of Sierra Negra Volcano
  • Charles Darwin Research Station (Santa Cruz Island)
  • Lava tunnels
  • Opportunities for snorkelling, swimming, and incredible wildlife encounters (Galápagos Islands)
  • 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 (41 nts, some multi-share), camping (7 nts), G Adventures-supported community guesthouse (2 nts), hammock or rustic bunks (4 nts), overnight buses (4 nts), homestays (3 nts).
  • 42 breakfasts, 15 lunches, 16 dinners.
  • Transportation: Local bus, 4x4, boat, truck, speedboat, van, motorized canoe, train, hiking, plane, minibus.
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO). Local naturalist guide for included activities in the Galápagos Islands (certified by the Galápagos National Park Service). Specialist Inca Trail CEO on hike. Local guides.
Highlights
  • Trek to the Lost City of Teyuna
  • Snorkel with sea lions in the Galápagos
  • Experience local life in a Peruvian homestay
  • Conquer the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Accommodations
Simple hotels (41 nts, some multi-share)
Camping (7 nts)
G Adventures-supported community guesthouse (2 nts)
Hammock or rustic bunks (4 nts)
Overnight buses (4 nts)
Homestays (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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