Cartagena to Quito Itinerary

Take an exciting overland trip through Colombia. Travel from Cartagena to Quito visiting Tayrona NP, Tolu, Medellin, Los Nevados NP, Cali and more.

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    • Trip Price tool tip
      USD $1,375
      CAD $1,490
      AUD $1,460
      EUR €1,005
      GBP £810
      NZD $1,630
      ZAR R14,585
      CHF FR1,215
    • Kitty tool tip
      USD $533
    • Total price tool tip
      USD $1,875*
      CAD $2,031*
      AUD $2,012*
      EUR €1,370*
      GBP £1,141*
      NZD $2,221*
      ZAR R19,901*
      CHF FR1,657*
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Couple busking, Ecuador

Church in Cartagena

Typical architecture in Colombia

Hummingbird, Colombia

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.
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Days 3-4 Mompos

Take a ferry across the Rio Magdalena to the historic town of Mompos.
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Day 5 Lorica

Travel back across Rio Magdalena to Lorica.
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Days 6-7 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.
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Days 8-9 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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 before this memorable trip draws to an end.
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