Quito to Cartagena Itinerary

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

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    • Trip Price tool tip
      USD $1,300
      CAD $1,330
      AUD $1,355
      EUR €990
      GBP £810
      NZD $1,605
      ZAR R12,335
      CHF FR1,160
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      USD $490
    • Total price tool tip
      USD $1,790*
      CAD $1,851*
      AUD $1,896*
      EUR €1,366*
      GBP £1,134*
      NZD $2,247*
      ZAR R17,265*
      CHF FR1,624*
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Day 1 Quito

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.
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Day 2 Otavalo

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.
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Day 3 Ipiales

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.
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Day 4 Popayan

Discover the old town of Popayan and take a day trip to admire the spectacular volcanic landscapes of the Purace National Park.
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Days 5-6 Cali

Visit Cali, a culturally diverse town, famous for its lively nightlife.
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Days 7-9 Manizales

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.
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Days 10-12 Guatapé

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.
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Days 13-14 Medellin

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.
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Days 15-16 Covenas/San Bernardo Islands

Travel to Covenas on the Morrosquillo gulf and visit the ten islands of San Bernado. A myriad of wildlife species traverse the varying landscapes of stunning beaches, marshes and mangroves.
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Days 17-19 Cartagena

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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