Cartagena to Lima Itinerary

Embark on the ultimate holiday in South America. Travel Overland from Cartagena in Colombia to La Paz in Bolivia, and be awe-struck by the beauty and diversity of this amazing part of South America.

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    • Trip Price tool tip
      USD $2,425
      CAD $2,475
      AUD $2,525
      EUR €1,845
      GBP £1,510
      NZD $2,995
      ZAR R22,970
      CHF FR2,165
    • Kitty tool tip
      USD $1,060
    • Total price tool tip
      USD $3,525*
      CAD $3,666*
      AUD $3,741*
      EUR €2,649*
      GBP £2,238*
      NZD $4,296*
      ZAR R34,667*
      CHF FR3,138*
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‡ As our kitty is flexible the indicated amount is indicative only - please click here to view the kitty amount for your departure date.
Bright Salt Flats of Laguna Verde, Bolivia

Long winding mountainside road, Bolivia

Bright green palms of Tayrona National Park, Colombia

Spice Market, Otavalo, Ecuador

Group of women in traditional attire, on street of Ecuador

Inca Warrior Caliente Statue, Peru

Local in colourful dress playing the Flute, Peru

Days 1-2 Cartagena

Wander Cartagena's Old Town expecting to get lost. After all, the city was designed to outwit marauding pirates. With a labyrinthine of cobblestone alleyways and gorgeous colonial dwellings draped in bougainvillea, never before has getting lost been so pleasant.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 3-4 Covenas/San Bernardo Islands

Drive to the Morrosquillo Gulf for a night spent camping by Covenas beach. Island-hop along the string of beaches of San Bernardo, keeping an eye out for the diverse range of critters that call these idyllic sands home.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Days 5-6 Medellin

Travel to Medellin, a city on the upswing, and make yourself at home among the myriad museums and vibrant local nightlife on offer. Perhaps venture out to the charming markets and quaint plazas of provincial Santa Fe de Antioquia.
ACCOM: Hostel - 2

Days 7-9 Guatapé

Surrounded by rolling hills and a winding river network, the town of Guatape makes for a peaceful and scenic waterside retreat. Browse the stalls on the board walk, or climb the granite monolith of El Penon de Guatape for commanding views across the countryside.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 3

Days 10-12 Manizales

Journey into the heart of Colombia's coffee country for a three-night stay at a traditional hacienda. Learn about the coffee making process on a plantation tour before sampling the region's famous beans at a city cafe.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 3

Days 13-14 Cali

Welcome to Cali – Colombia's unabashed party capital. Salsa the night away on a bar-hopping adventure through the city's hippest clubs, or relax plaza-side at one of the cafes of the bohemian San Antonio neighbourhood. If you'd like to brush up on your salsa sass, this is the place for a lesson.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Day 15 Popayan

Discover the whitewashed buildings and cordial vibe of Popayan's Old Town. Perhaps head out on a day trip to the dramatic volcanic landscapes of Purace National Park.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Day 16 Ipiales

Explore the town of Ipiales and its impressive Santuario de Las Lajas – an ornate cathedral snuggled into a tight river gorge. Upheld as the site of many miracles and apparitions, its a hidden highlight of this magical country.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Day 17 Otavalo

Journey across the spectacular high plateaus and deep ravines that characterise Colombia's border country into Otavalo, Ecuador. Peruse the array of bright textiles and colourful crafts on display at the town's famous indigenous markets.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 18-19 Quito

Enjoy some free time in Ecuador's enthralling capital, Quito. Pop into the ornate churches of the Old Town for a dose of history, and dine out at one of the local eateries lining the plaza.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 20-24 Coca/Amazon Jungle

Enjoy some time exploring the upper Amazon Basin, one of the world's foremost hotspots of biological diversity. Trek deep into the jungle, stopping by pools inhabited by caiman, and fall asleep to the nocturnal stirrings of the forest.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2, Lodge - 3

Days 25-27 Rio Verde

Camp in the lush Tungurahua Province and explore nearby Banos, famous for its hot springs and mountainous surrounds. In this lush environment, optional activities abound - from horse riding to mountain biking and even whitewater rafting.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 3

Days 28-29 Chugchilan/Quilotoa Loop

Witness spectacular views while driving along the winding Quilotoa Loop. Stretch the legs on a guided trek through stunning wilderness, before bunking down at the town of Chugchilan.
ACCOM: Hostel - 2

Day 30 Riobamba

Be treated to more magnificent scenery on the journey towards Riobamba.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 31-32 Cuenca

Travel to the beautifully preserved colonial city of Cuenca. Perhaps pick up an original version of the Panama Hat on a visit to the local factory or just meander about the Old Town, admiring its quaint streets and shady plazas.
ACCOM: Guesthouse - 1, Hotel - 1

Days 33-34 Punta Sal

Nestled in a long bay on the shores of the Pacific Ocean, Punta Sal is a haven for sun, surf and sand. Why not try your hand at some deep-sea fishing, saddle-up for a horse ride or book in for a salsa lesson.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Days 35-36 Huanchaco

Visit the Museum of the Royal Tombs of Sipan to discover the finest artefacts from the nearby archaeological finds at Sipan. Pitch a tent at Huanchaco, home to the surfing fishermen, and watch these skilful men bobbing among the waves while balancing on their narrow reed canoes. Spend a full day exploring the ruins of Chan Chan - the largest pre-Columbian city in South America - and stop by the temples of the Sun and the Moon.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Days 37-38 Lima

Discover the colonial heart of downtown Lima or perhaps head to scenic Miraflores for a walk along the seafront boardwalks.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1