Cross the Americas on an overland adventure from Antigua, Guatemala to Quito, Ecuador

Explore the lesser-known parts of Latin America on this 47 day trip from Guatemala to Ecuador. Starting in Antigua, Guatemala, the tour ventures down through Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, finally ends in Quito, Ecuador. Loaded with culture, history, architecture and bountiful nature, this incredible American adventure will leave you breathless. This exciting itinerary may be full of trekking up volcanoes, exploring vibrant cities, kayaking down emerald rivers, snorkelling over reefs and taking part in all manor of outdoor and cultural activities, but there is also a great balance of down time too, with beaches, forests and unspoilt nature to be enjoyed and relaxed in. So if you’re after a life-affirming, awe-inspiring and never-to-be-forgotten adventure, then this trip is it.

Start
Antigua, Guatemala
Finish
Quito, Ecuador
Countries
Colombia,
Costa Rica,
Ecuador,
El Salvador,
Guatemala,
Honduras,
Nicaragua,
Panama
Themes
Overland
Code
QDOUC
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 18
Group size
Min 4, Max 22
Carbon offset
0kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Experience the beauty of the Ecuadorian rainforest

Itinerary

Discover the cobbled streets of Antigua and perhaps head out of the city to climb up Pacaya, the area’s active volcano.
Discover the verdant forest and biological diversity of stunning El Imposible National Park, complete with pumas, tigrillos and black crested eagles.
Experience amazing views of surrounding volcanoes and countryside in Cerro Verde National Park.
Wander the colourful streets of Suchitoto, which are lined cobblestone roads that lead to beautiful whitewashed houses.
Get up close to the ancient ruins of Copan, one of Honduras’s most striking Mayan sites.
Relax in the blissful, crystal-clear waters of Roatan Island, home to gorgeous beaches, intriguing mangroves and the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, second in size only to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.
Visit Lake Yojoa, where an overnight lakeside camp is the ideal opportunity to take in the surroundings.
Enter Nicaragua and head to the university town of Leon, peppered with derelict buildings and walls adorned with political murals and graffiti.
Experience the wondrous crater and lava flows belonging to the active volcano in the heart of the Masaya National Park.
Explore the oldest city of the ‘new world’, Granada, which is rich in colonial history and a beautiful place to visit.
Cross Lake Nicaragua, Central America’s largest lake, to Isla Ometepe, where two volcanoes, lush vegetation and a wide range of wildlife await.
See Arenal Volcano’s glowing lava flow at night, and marvel at this beautiful area's majesty during the day.
Stay within the rainforest at Costa Rica’s Monteverde, and perhaps witness some of the diverse local flora and fauna during a visit to the Cloud Forest Reserve.
Pay a visit to the capital of Costa Rica, San Jose, and get to know its intriguing neighbourhoods, vibrant markets and lively nightlife.
Sleep in cabins set within the jungle in Manuel Antonio National Park, embarking on jungle walks, relaxing on palm-lined beaches or swimming in cerulean waters.
Panama’s ‘wonderland’, Chiriqui, which offers activities like rafting, hiking and volcano walks, as well as pristine beaches and lush tropical forests.
An ideal opportunity to relax, swim in the lovely Pacific Ocean and camp by the beach before heading to Panama City.
Visit the Panama Canal with enough time left to explore the city’s colourful neighbourhoods and soak up the last of the Central American atmosphere.
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.
Head to the Morrosquillo Gulf and camp on the beaches of Covenas. Tour the free beaches of San Bernado Islands and lookout for the diverse range of wildlife from bright pink flamingos to multi-coloured crabs.
Travel to Columbia’s second largest city and get involved in the vibrant nightlife of Medellin. Perhaps take a day trip to the local markets and open central courtyard of Santa Fe de Antioquia.
Stay lakeside, surrounded by the rolling countryside of Guatapé. Browse stalls on the board walk or climb the El Penon de Guatape, a 650 foot tall granite monolith that provides magnificent views over the water.
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.
Explore the savage but beautiful landscape of Los Nevados National Park, home to a unique combination of wildlife and vegetation as well as a wild, contrasting landscape.
Party the night away as you bar hop through Cali or relax in the bohemian cafes of the city’s San Antonio neighbourhood. Why not step out and take an optional salsa class.
Discover the old town of Popayan and take a day trip to admire the spectacular volcanic landscapes of the Purace National Park.
Drive to the Ecuadorian border and 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.
Farewell Colombia and travel across the border into Ecuador. Browse through the array of bright textiles and colourful crafts available at the famous markets of Otavalo.
Enjoy free time 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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Inclusions

Meals
n/a
Transport
Boat, Overland vehicle
Accommodation
Cabin (2 nights), Camping (with basic facilities) (2 nights), Camping (with facilities) (19 nights), Guesthouse (5 nights), Hostel (2 nights), Hotel (15 nights)
Included activities
  • City tour
  • Coffee Plantation Tour, Manizales
  • El Penon de Guatape
  • Guided tour of Cartagena
  • Guided tour of ruins
  • Mitad del Mundo
  • Visit to Santuario la Lajas
  • Visit to the Panama Canal

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