Cartagena to Ushuaia Itinerary

Travel the length of the Americas, from the North through Central to the very tip of the South. From Anchorage to Ushuaia, jump onboard the ultimate adventure trip from Alaska to Argentina.

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    • Trip Price tool tip
      USD $6,865
      CAD $7,010
      AUD $7,155
      EUR €5,225
      GBP £4,280
      NZD $8,480
      ZAR R65,105
      CHF FR6,135
    • Kitty tool tip
      USD $3,400
    • Total price tool tip
      USD $10,265*
      CAD $10,693*
      AUD $10,913*
      EUR €7,710*
      GBP £6,532*
      NZD $12,502*
      ZAR R101,259*
      CHF FR9,143*
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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.
Bird in Patagonia, Argentina

Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina

Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

Peruvian family

Lake Titicaca, Peru

Architecture in Lima, Peru

Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

Days 1-2 Cartagena

Wander Cartagena's Old Town expecting to get lost. After all, the city was designed to outwit marauding pirates. With labyrinthine 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 of museums and vibrant local night-life 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 boardwalk, 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, it's 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 hot spots 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

Punta Sal is a haven of sun, surf and sand. Nestled in a long bay on the shores of the Pacific Ocean, it is the perfect place to try your hand at some deep-sea fishing.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Days 35-36 Huanchaco

Visit the Museum of the Royal Tombs of Sipan before setting up camp in Huanchaco. Watch skilfull surfing fishermen balance on reed canoes among the rolling waves before exploring the Temple of the Sun, the Temple of the Moon and the ruins of Chan Chan - the largest pre-Colombian city in South America.
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 - 2

Day 39 Paracas/Ballestas Islands

Leave the city behind and travel south along the coast of Peru. Pitch a tent in Paracas, which spans over 335,000 hectares and is one of the world's most important marine reserves. Take a walk along the coastline and spot the vibrant birdlife Paracas is famous for.

Day 40 Nazca

Spot penguins, sea lions and boobies during a boat tour through the Ballestas Islands. Learn about the mysterious sand images on a Nazca Lines tour and perhaps take an overhead flight to fully appreciate the scale of this puzzling creation.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 41 Puerto Inca

The windswept graves at the Chauchilla Cemetery display the eerie skeletons and mummified bodies of the Nazca people, some of which are thought to be over 1,000 years old. Camp overnight near Puerto Inca.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 42-43 Arequipa

Explore the scenic city of Arequipa and perhaps stop by the Museo Santury to view Juanita, the ice princess. The body of this frozen Inca maiden is thought to be more than 500 years old, and was found at a sacrificial site on the summit of Nevado Ampato.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 44-45 Chivay/Colca Canyon

Try to spot the mighty Andean condors as they silently take to the sky thousands of metres above the floor of the breathtaking Colca Canyon.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Day 46 Raqchi Homestay

Get to know a local family as guests at a homestay in Raqchi. Spend the evening sitting around a crackling fire, sharing a meal, and discovering traditional Peruvian song and dance.
ACCOM: Homestay - 1

Days 47-48 Cuzco

Arrive in the city set high in the mountains of Peru, Cuzco. Wander through cobblestone streets lined with massive Inca stone walls and Spanish-colonial architecture. Perhaps enjoy a traditional dance performance or sign up for one of the many adventure activities on offer in Cuzco, including quad-biking and whitewater rafting.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 49-52 Classic Inca Trail/Quechua Community Trek/Ollantaytambo

Follow ancient footpaths through the Andes on a four-day alternative Inca trail trek that winds through traditional Quechua communities. Pass soaring mountain peaks, trek amid grazing herds of llamas and camp beside ancient forests. Meet the locals and discover lesser-known Inca pathways before descending into the Sacred Valley to explore the massive Inca fortress at Ollantaytambo.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 4

Days 53-54 Machu Picchu/Cuzco

Rise early to discover the ruins of Machu Picchu bathed in golden morning light. Hike to the Sun Gate for breathtaking views and spend a memorable day exploring the 'lost Inca city'. For those wishing to unwind post-trek, perhaps seek out the bustling markets and cosmopolitan cafes in Cuzco.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Day 55 Puno

Spot the ancient funerary towers of Sillustani rising from the windswept antiplano. Spend the night in Puno, located on the shores of Lake Titicaca.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 56-57 Lake Titicaca/Copacabana

Sailing across the glassy surface of Lake Titicaca is a memorable experience. Hike around the car-free Island of the Sun and discover its scenic heart. This island is widely believed to be the birthplace of Inca culture - there are plenty of ancient ruins and traditional villages to explore here.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 58-60 La Paz

Arrive in La Paz and set off on foot to explore the myriad of winding streets. La Paz is a colourful, enigmatic city, packed full of markets, restaurants and cultural attractions.
ACCOM: Hotel - 3

Days 61-62 Potosi

Soak up the barren but impressive Andean landscapes en route to Bolivia's colonial mining town, Potosi. An optional tour of a working mine provides a fascinating, if somewhat hair-raising, insight into life in the region.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 63-64 Salar de Uyuni

Gaze in awe at the seemingly endless expanse of Bolivia's largest salt flats before admiring the remarkable red waters of Laguna Colorada.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1, Hotel - 1

Day 65 Bolivian Altiplano

Journey towards the Argentine border, camping among scenery as spectacular as it is sparse.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 66-67 San Pedro de Atacama

Visit the extraordinary Moon Valley, home to stunning sunsets, other-worldly rock formations and awesome stargazing opportunities. Stay in the oasis of San Pedro de Atacama, where low-lying buildings hug narrow streets, surrounded on all sides by the huge dunes and salt-lake lagoons of the world's driest desert.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Days 68-69 Salta

Settle in to the laidback atmosphere of Salta, Argentina's elegant colonial city. Relax in the main plaza, discover the pumping night-life, or head out of town to Quebrada de Humahuaca – a narrow valley flanked by spectacularly colourful mountains and giant cacti clusters.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Day 70 Cafayate

Learn about Argentina's wine production on a guided vineyard tour, perhaps taking the opportunity to sample some renowned regional blends.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 71-74 Quilmes

Stop by the Quilmes ruins, ancient homes of a tribe that resisted the Incas, and even the Spanish, over the centuries. In its heyday, the city would have housed almost 5,000 people.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 3

Day 72 Estancia stay

Experience Argentine hospitality while staying on a working cattle ranch. Perhaps explore the Pampas on horseback before savouring the mouth-watering aromas and succulent flavours of a traditional barbecue.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 75-77 Mendoza

Traverse the steep peaks and winding passes of the Andes on the road to Mendoza. Visit the city's local art galleries, take to the rapids for some whitewater rafting and – come evening – steam it up in the buzzing local night-life.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1, Hostel - 2

Days 78-79 Santiago

Arrive in Chile's cosmopolitan capital, Santiago, and perhaps get a bird's-eye view of the city on a cable car ride up Cerro San Cristobal.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Day 80 Salto del Laja

Travel down the spine of the Andes, through the heart of Chilean wine country.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 81-82 Pucon

Opt to climb the nearby volcano of Villarrica or relax in the thermal springs around Pucon.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Days 83-84 Bariloche

Perhaps explore the area around the mountain resort town of Bariloche on horseback or mountain bike. Otherwise, just stay in town and sample some of the delicious chocolate the region is famous for.
ACCOM: Hostel - 2

Days 85-88 Carretera Austral

Visit Patagonia and camp in the wilds, amid the intense beauty and isolation of one of the world's final frontiers.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 3, Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 89-91 Los Glaciares National Park/El Chalten

Arrive in Los Glaciares National Park. Trek over glaciers, admire stunning views of mountain ranges or take a boat trip on Viedma Lake.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 3

Days 92-93 Perito Moreno Glacier/El Calafate

Listen to the moan of the advancing glacial ice and watch as huge chunks break off Perito Moreno Glacier and collapse into the channel below.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 94-98 Torres del Paine National Park

Spend four days exploring the rugged Torres del Paine National Park, punctuated by granite cliffs, piercing barren plains and home to guanacos and flightless rhea birds.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 5

Day 99 Strait of Magellan

Travel to the end of the world and enter the wilds of Tierra del Fuego.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1

Days 100-101 Ushuaia

End this epic South American adventure at the world's southernmost town, Ushuaia, set between the Beagle Channel and looming glacial peaks.
ACCOM: Hostel - 1