Travel to Colombia and discover a flourishing, vibrant country

Be a part of Columbia's revival on this exciting overland trip. Start the adventure in Ecuador's capital, Quito, and travel through the Colombian countryside to Cartagena. Discover quaint cities, coffee plantations, sleepy seaside towns and grand volcanic landscapes. With lots of opportunity to interact with outgoing, friendly locals, this is a great chance to have a genuine travel experience to talk about for years to come. Taking in the best spots and attractions of this fascinating country, this trip provides a unique insight into a nation that is rapidly evolving. Visit Colombia and be touched by the authenticity of this flourishing country.

Start
Quito, Ecuador
Finish
Cartagena, Colombia
Countries
Colombia,
Ecuador
Themes
Overland
Code
GDOQ
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 12
Group size
Min 4, Max 22
Carbon offset
519kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Explore the old and new quarters of Quito
  • Kick back lakeside at the quaint town of Guatape
  • View dramatic volcanic landscapes in Purace National Park
  • Get a caffeine-fix at a plantation in Los Nevados National Park
  • Travel to Medellin to discover Colombia's chequered past
  • Relax on the beach in tranquil Tolu
  • Tour the diverse landscapes of the San Bernardo Islands
  • Admire the colonial architecture in Cartagena

Itinerary

Begin the trip in captivating Quito, Ecuador's enthralling capital. Visit ornate churches in the Old Town for a dose of architecture and history. Sample local cuisine in one of the many cafes that line the cobblestone streets.
Farewell Ecuador and travel across the border into Colombia. Browse through the array of bright textiles and colourful crafts available at the famous markets of Otavalo.
Explore the town of Ipiales. Perhaps take time to visit the area's prime attraction, Santuario de Las Lajas - believed to be the site of many miracles and apparitions. Set dramatically amid impressive mountain scenery, Las Lajas is a hidden highlight of Colombia.
Discover the old town of Popayan and take a day trip to admire the spectacular volcanic landscapes of the Purace National Park.
Visit Cali, a culturally diverse town, famous for its lively nightlife.
Head to Manizales for a three-night stay at a hacienda. Tour a coffee plantation and admire scenic mountain vistas on a trip to Los Nevados National Park.
Stay by the lake at the quaint town of Guatape. Bargain at the stalls on the board walk and climb El Penon de Guatape, the famous granite monolith that give stunning views of the natural surrounds.
Travel to Medellin and explore the streets of this city, which has played a pivotal role in recent Colombian history. In free time, why not take a day trip to Santa Fe de Antioquia to admire its colonial architecture.
Drive to Sincelejo.
Take a ferry across Rio Magdalena to the historic colonial town of Mompos.
Wander around beautiful Cartagena on a guided city tour. Discover Cartagena's old town, an exceptionally well preserved area full of cobblestone laneways, charming buildings and busy cafes. Experience the therapeutic effects of a mud bath on an optional visit to a bubbling mud volcano.
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Inclusions

Meals
n/a
Transport
Overland vehicle
Accommodation
Camping (with facilities) (3 nights), Hostel (6 nights), Hotel (9 nights)
Included activities
  • City tour
  • Coffee Plantation Tour, Manizales
  • El Penon de Guatape
  • Guided tour of Cartagena
  • Mitad del Mundo
  • Visit to Santuario la Lajas

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Important notes

1. This trip is run by our experienced overland partner Dragoman.
2. Please note that this trip requires minimum numbers to depart, and may be cancelled up until 56 days prior to departure. The places showing on the dates and availability page are an indication only so please contact Intrepid to check if your preferred date will depart before making any final arrangements, such as booking non-changeable flights.

Trip notes

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