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Andes & Amazon between Cartagena and Cuzco

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  • Cartagena
  • Quito
  • Cuenca
  • Rio Verde
  • Cuzco
  • Chivay
  • Arequipa
  • Paracas
  • Huacachina
  • Inca Trail
  • Lima
  • Raqchi
  • Otavalo
  • Nazca
  • Machu Picchu
  • Ipiales
  • Lake Quilotoa
  • Punta Sal
  • Coca
  • Cali
  • Guatapé
  • Medellín
  • Mompós
  • Manizales
  • Popayán
  • Sincelejo
  • Huanchaco
  • Ecuadorian Amazon
  • Chugchilan
  • Ballestas Islands
  • Puerto Inca
  • Sacred Valley
  • San Gil
  • Huaraz
  • Salento
  • Honda
  • Lambayeque
  • Aguachica
  • Baños
  • Villa de Leyva
  • Tayrona National Park

Overlanding is the best way to see South America by far! Dragoman have been leading the way in South American overland expeditions since 1990, so take advantage of our years of experience and come with us as we include all the must-see attractions as well as heading to some unique hidden gems, well away from the usual tourist trail. Starting at the incredible colonial town of Cartagena on the Caribbean coast, we explore some of Colombia's best highlights, such as the beautiful beaches of Tayrona National Park, the adventure capital of San Gil and the stunning historic town of Villa de Leyva, before crossing into Ecuador and arriving at its buzzing capital of Quito. From Quito we explore the stunning jungles, hills and towns of Ecuador and then head down to the coast and the idyllic beaches of Punta Sal in northern Peru. We then head south through Peru's deserts to the ruined Moche city of Chan Chan, then climb up to the spectacular Andean town of Huaraz, before heading to the chaotic capital of Lima. From Lima we continue down the coast to the magical dunes of Huacachina, and then overland to the mysterious Nazca Lines. We'll then climb up into the highlands to visit the colonial city of Arequipa and the breathtaking Colca Canyon, before staying at a local Quechua village stay on our way to the phenomenal city of Cuzco. Cuzco is our base for one of South America's best highlights, the Inca Trails and a visit to the legendary ruined city of Machu Picchu. Join Dragoman for this wonderful and unforgettable trip!

  • Day 1 Cartagena

    Border Information: if joining in Cartagena, you will most likely enter Colombia at Cartagena Rafael Núñez International Airport (IATA code: CTG). There will be an important group meeting at 6:00pm at the joining hotel - please look out at the hotel reception for a note from your leader with more details about this important meeting. Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Cartagena before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Cartagena. In Cartagena we stay in a comfortable hotel just outside the historical centre. If you are continuing on from Panama, then your leader will have assisted you with airport transfers for your included flight to arrive in time for the joining meeting.

  • Day 2 Cartagena

    Today we will have a full day in the beautiful coastal colonial city of Cartagena. In the morning we will have an included walking tour of the city, and then the afternoon will be free to explore the city further, enjoy the many optional activities on offer, or simply relax on the beach.

    Activities(Included)
    Freely explore the fascinating colonial city of Cartagena or learn all about its incredible history on a guided walking tour

    Activities(Optional)
    Discover the brutal history of the Spanish Inquisition at their former headquarters in Cartagena, the Palace of the Inquistion - Cost: COP 15000
    Learn all about Cartagena's naval tradition and history at the Naval Museum of the Caribbean - Cost: COP 15000
    Visit the historic coastal Spanish fortress of Castillo San Felipe - Cost: COP 17000

  • Day 3 to 4 Tayrona National Park

    Today we have a short drive to Tayrona, one of the most popular national parks in Colombia. Leaving our main luggage stored on the truck, we take a day-pack/night-bag and go on a moderate walk in to the park to where we will stay. Mules to carry your luggage can be hired at an extra cost. Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!). The following day is a free day to explore this stunning coastal park. We have the opportunity to trek to El Pueblito, a pre-Hispanic settlement of the Tayrona people, do some snorkelling, or just relax on the beautiful beaches.   In Tayrona National Park we will stay in rented hammocks. The hammocks are equipped with mosquito nets but please note that the nets are not treated with Permethrin or similar pesticides. There is also an option to bring tents if you prefer to stay in a tent rather than a hammock, but please note that mules will have to ber hired to carry your tent, at an extra cost.

    Activities(Optional)
    Relax and unwind on the stunning unspoilt beaches of Colombia's Tayrona National Park - Cost: ARS
    Discover some of Tayrona's abundant species of fish and aquatic plants by snorkeling in the calmer areas of the ocean along the coast - Cost: USD
    Freely explore some of Tayrona National Park's scenic walking trails, including a hike to the mysterious ancient ruins of Pueblito hidden in the jungles high above the coastline - Cost: USD

  • Day 5 to 6 Mompos

    Today we will have an early morning start to walk back to the National Park entrance, rejoin our truck, and drive to the peaceful and rarely-visited colonial town of Mompós, where we will stay 2 nights.  Estimated Drive Time - 8-9 hours. The following day we will go on an included short boat trip down Rio Magdalena to observe the riverside life and do some wildlife spotting. There will also be plenty of free time to explore this historical colonial town, the first town in Colombia to declare independence from Spain, wander the beautiful streets and soak up the atmosphere of the architecture. In Mompós we stay in a lovely local hotel.

    Activities(Included)
    Explore the area of Mompós by boat, on a beautiful short trip out on the Magdelena River

  • Day 7 to 9 San Gil

    Today we will drive south to San Gil, the outdoor capital of Colombia and a mecca for extreme-sports enthusiasts! Tonight we will enjoy a vegetarian Indian buffet from the campsite's in-house restaurant. Estimated Drive Time - 9-11 hours. The following two days will be free to enjoy some of the myriad of adrenaline activities on offer in the area, or to spend some time relaxing on the farm. In San Gil we camp in a coffee and cattle farm outside town.

    Activities(Optional)
    Explore the beautiful scenery around San Gil on one of the area's many walking trails, perhaps to the colonial town of Barichala or on the old road to Guane village - Cost: USD
    Discover the scenery of the San Gil region on a horse riding trip through the surrounding hills - Cost: USD 40
    Head out on an exhilarating white water rafting trip - the area has options for all levels, from beginner-level rapids on the nearby River Fonce, through the awe-inspiring canyon scenery on the fast rapids of the River Chicamocha, or the crazy Grade 5 rapids of the River Suarez! - Cost: COP 50000
    Explore the incredible underground caves of Cueva del Indio or Cueva de Vaca underneath the area of San Gil on a fully-equipped caving tour - Cost: USD 10
    Get your adrenline flowing on a downhill mountain-biking ride through the spectacular scenery of the down the nearby Suarez Valley or the Chicamocha Canyon  - Cost: USD 74
    Head out to the natural swimming and diving pools of Pescaderito, an area very popular with San Gil's locals and visitors - Cost: USD
    Freely explore the atmospheric old town of Barilacha, and discover its cobblestone streets, whitewashed buildings, and red-tiled roofs that look almost as new as the day they were created some 300 years ago - Cost: USD
    Take a pleasant stroll and a swim in San Gil's Parque El Gallineral, getting lost amongst the magical forests of trees covered in wispy climbing shrubs - Cost: COP 6000
    Take a short trek to the base of the Juan Curi waterfall, a dramatic 180m-high cascade where you can swim in the natural pool beneath or even abseil down part of the cliff! - Cost: COP 7000

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Transport

Overland expedition vehicle trekking, and local minibus

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