Cartagena to Ushuaia Overview

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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      USD $6,865
      CAD $7,010
      AUD $7,155
      EUR €5,225
      GBP £4,280
      NZD $8,480
      ZAR R65,105
      CHF FR6,135
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      CAD $10,693*
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      NZD $12,502*
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  • 2014-01-01 - 2014-11-10

Cross the Americas on an Overland Adventure from Anchorage, Alaska to Ushuaia, Argentina

As far as ultimate South American adventures go, this trip from Cartagena to Ushuaia ticks all the boxes. Spanning the length of the continent's west coast, the tour starts in Cartagena, Colombia, and ventures down through Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile and finally ends in Ushuaia, Argentina - the world’s southernmost city. Loaded with culture, history, architecture and natural wonders, this incredible American adventure will leave you breathless. This exciting itinerary balances exploring vibrant cities, kayaking down emerald rivers, snorkelling over reefs and taking part in all manor of outdoor activities with just the right amount of relaxation, with beaches, forests and unspoilt nature to enjoy. So if you’re after a life-affirming, awe-inspiring and never-to-be-forgotten adventure, then this epic trip is it.

  • Feel the rhythm during a night of live Colombian music
  • Experience the beauty of the Ecuadorian rainforest
  • Spot condors at Peru’s Colca Canyon
  • Call shotgun in a jeep and set off across the salt flats of Bolivia
  • Explore and trek through Chile’s rugged Torres del Paine National Park
  • Sip local wine and go whitewater rafting in Argentina

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Cartagena, Colombia
  • Finish:

    Ushuaia, Argentina
  • Group size:

    Min 4 , Max 22
  • Ages:

    Min 18
  • Meals:

    All meals when camping
  • Accommodation:

    Bush camp (no facilities) (6 nts), Camping (with facilities) (42 nts), Guesthouse (1 nt), Homestay (1 nt), Hostel (9 nts), Hotel (37 nts), Lodge (3 nts)
  • Transport:

    Boat, Ferry, Overland vehicle, Train
  • Included activities:

    3 night/3 day Amazon Adventure, Alternative Inca Trail and Quechua Community trek, Ballestas Island entrance fee, Chan Chan Archaeological Site, Chauchilla cemetery, City tour, Coffee Plantation Tour, Manizales, Colca Canyon entrance, Colgante Glacier, El Penon de Guatape, Guided tour of Cartagena, Isla del Sol boat trip, Jeep tour of Uyuni Salt Flats, Lord of Sipan Museum, Los Glaciaries National Park, Mitad del Mundo, Moreno Glacier, Paracas National Park, Pyramids of Sun and Moon, Quilmes Ruins, Raqchi Artisan Centre and ruins, Sillustani Ruins and Museum w/Guide, Thermal baths, Torres del Paine National Park, Tour of the Sacred Valley, Sacsayhuaman and Ollantaytambo, Trek from Quilotoa to Chugchilan, Trip to Los Nevados National Park, Uros Island boat trip on Lake Titicaca, Vineyard Tour, Visit to Banos, Visit to Santuario la Lajas

  • Notes:

    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.

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    CAD $7,010
    AUD $7,155
    EUR €5,225
    GBP £4,280
    NZD $8,480
    ZAR R65,105
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    CAD $10,693*
    AUD $10,913*
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    GBP £6,532*
    NZD $12,502*
    ZAR R101,259*
    CHF FR9,143*
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    CAD $105
    AUD $108
    EUR €76
    GBP £64
    NZD $123
    ZAR R1,002
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Cartagena to Ushuaia Summary

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Days 1-2 Cartagena

Legendary both for its history and beauty, the colonial architecture and huge city walls of Cartagena's picturesque old town perch alongside the sparkling Caribbean.

Days 3-4 Covenas/San Bernardo Islands

Located on the Gulf of Morrosquillo, Covenas is our base for exploring the spectacular San Bernardo islands - a beautiful archipelago with fine beaches and diverse wildlife.

Days 5-6 Medellin

Blessed with a perfect climate and a wealth of culture, Medellin has turned itself around to become one of the most exciting cities in South America.

Days 7-9 Guatapé

Beautifully located beside a lake in rolling countryside, Guatapé is famous for the towering El Peñón de Guatapé, a granite monolith that offers amazing views from the top.

Days 10-12 Manizales

Manizales is a relaxed and friendly city right in the heart of Colombia's coffee region with a comfortable climate and plenty to see and do.

Days 13-14 Cali

The salsa capital of Colombia, Cali is a big and bustling city with a warm climate and a lively social scene in its many fashionable bars and restaurants.

Day 15 Popayan

Nicknamed the White City, Popayan is a beautiful colonial town of whitewashed houses and grand churches encircled by rolling green hills.

Day 16 Ipiales

Set on the Colombian side of the Colombia/Ecuador frontier, Ipiales has some pleasant plazas and the sight of locals using a horse and cart gives it a quaint, countryside feel.

Day 17 Otavalo

Otavalo is a small town famous for its market - villagers from the surrounding countryside descend on the town once a week to sell everything from handmade goods to livestock.

Days 18-19 Quito

Quito is a cultured city with a wonderous Old Town, a dynamic nightlife and atmospheric streets showcasing Ecuadorian life in all its splendour.

Days 20-24 Coca/Amazon Jungle

The Amazon Rainforest, over 1.7 billion acres in size and spilling over into 8 countries, is a wondrous place with a bounty of plantlife, animals and fascinating communities.

Days 25-27 Rio Verde

Rio Verde is a beautiful little town set in a valley with great hiking and close to several lovely waterfalls, including the San Miguels falls.

Days 28-29 Chugchilan/Quilotoa Loop

Nestled in amongst the Andes, Chugchilan is a picturesque village with amazing mountain scenery, wonderful hiking trails and is a perfect base to explore the area. The Quilotoa Loop starts in Latacunga and journeys through local villages, stunning mountain vistas, cloud forests and valleys, and to the beautiful Laguna Quilotoa.

Day 30 Riobamba

Ecuador's mountain-climbing and trekking capital, Riobamba is a lovely city at the starting point of the Nariz del Diablo (Devil's Nose) train ride.

Days 31-32 Cuenca

With roots tracing back to 8000BC, Cuenca is a fascinating and beautiful city, and World Heritage-listed due to its wonderfully preserved heritage buildings.

Days 33-34 Punta Sal

Gorgeous secluded beaches, blue skies and a relaxed pace of life are on offer in Punta Sal, a lovely beachside town in the very north of Peru.

Days 35-36 Huanchaco

Famed for its 'surfing' fishermen, Huanchaco was once a small fishing village but is now a relaxed beach haven for travellers keen on seeing the nearby ruins.

Days 37-38 Lima

Lima is a large, fascinating hotchpotch of architectural styles, coastal scenes, world cuisines, impressive museums, traditional culture and modern arts and nightlife.

Day 39 Paracas/Ballestas Islands

Home to a large number of birds and wildlife species, Paracas National Reserve helps preserve Peru's marine ecosystem and the cultural heritage of the Paracas people. With birds circling ahead, a dramatic coastline with stone arches and caves, and animals galore lazing on rocks and beaches, the Ballestas Islands are a visual feast.

Day 40 Nazca

Rebuilt completely after a devastating earthquake in 1996, Nazca is home to the mysterious Nazca Lines and a city of colourful houses with a pretty main square.

Day 41 Puerto Inca

Puerto Inca is a tiny, sandy place with an abundance of ruins and beautiful coastal scenery to enjoy.

Days 42-43 Arequipa

The beautiful 'White City' of Arequipa is surrounded by volcanoes, is rich in Spanish colonial architecture and abounds with local culture and cuisine.

Days 44-45 Chivay/Colca Canyon

Known for its love of karaoke, Chivay is a small town located near the Colca Canyon with an interesting market and some relaxing hot springs close by. Over twice as deep as the Grand Canyon, and with Andean Condors soaring high above, the Colca Canyon commands reverie.

Day 46 Raqchi Homestay

Traditional houses, customs and handicrafts are a signature part of Raqchi, a small village just outside of Cuzco.

Days 47-48 Cuzco

Cuzco is the gateway to Machu Picchu and a city with majestic architecture, impressive ruins, a lively town centre and cultural significance around every cobblestone corner.

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

Winding around mountains, through valleys and up steep slopes, the iconic Inca Trail is a series of beautiful vistas and challenging hikes all the way to Machu Picchu.

Days 53-54 Machu Picchu/Cuzco

Built sometime in the 15th century and rediscovered in 1911, the staggering ruins of Machu Picchu were thought to be an estate for the Incan emperor, Pachacuti. A World Heritage site set among red-green hills with ruins scattered close by, Cuzco is impressive in every way - be it history, culture, nightlife or architecture.

Day 55 Puno

Puno is a colourful town on the Peruvian shores of Lake Titicaca, expect to see traditionally dressed locals, chaotic markets and, if lucky enough, even dancing in the streets.

Days 56-57 Lake Titicaca/Copacabana

A lovely little town situated between two hills and looking out over Lake Titicaca, Copacabana has beautiful scenery and coastline, great eateries and a fascinating religious culture.

Days 58-60 La Paz

Built in a canyon, the unique and bewtiching city of La Paz is filled with steep, cobbled streets, fascinating markets, evident tradition and captivating sights.
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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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