This adventurous journey takes in one of South America’s most fascinating and least-visited countries: Colombia. It's not your average tourist destination yet the country seems to have it all: idyllic Caribbean beaches, elegant colonial architecture and amazing Andean scenery. Journey the length of the country top to bottom, beginning by exploring the historic town of Cartagena – a World Heritage Site – stopping off to relax at the spectacular San Bernardo islands before having the chance to take part in numerous adventure activities around the beautiful lakeside setting at Guatape. Our travellers tell us that their favourite part of the trip (and unique to Dragoman) is a stay on a Fairtrade coffee plantation in the Zona Cafeteria, located high in the Andes amidst stunning mountain scenery, closely followed by enjoying the nightlife of Medellin and Cali (the latter with mobile discos!). This camping and hotel-based trip ends in Quito, the capital of Ecuador.
Mainly hotels, some campsites and camp homestay (3 nts) Upgrades from camping to rooms usually available on the road.
2 crew, local guides as necessary
Visit the jaw dropping Santuario La Lajas on the outskirts of Ipiales
Overnight in the beautiful old town of Popayan
Visit to Sagrada Familia childrens project
Enjoy a night of traditional live Colombian music
Explore Manizales on a city tour
Stay On A Coffee Plantation Near Manizales
2 Nights to explore the vibrant city of Medellin
Take a boat trip out to the spectacular San Bernardo islands for the day
2 nights in vibrant Cartagena
Explore Cartagena on a guided walking tour
Overnight stay in historic Quito
Visit the equator at Mitad del Mundo
Overnight stay in the market town of Otavalo
Take a trip on El Telerifiqo, the world's second highest cable car
Visit the Museo De La Cuidad
Horseriding, rafting, biking or village tour around Otavalo
Explore Cali in the evening on a chiva bus
Learn to Salsa like a local
Visit Cali Zoo, probably the best in South America.
Get wet at Cali's Water park!
Visit Museo Arqueológico la Merced, Cali's best museum.
Visit the Museo del Oro in Cali, with it's wonderful gold collection.
Explore a working Colombian coffee plantation
Cilmb the 644 steps to the top of El Peñón de Guatapé for spectactular views.
Waterfall treks around Guatapé
Hire kayaks to explore the lakes around Guatapé
Rent mountain bikes to explore Guatapé
Day trip to Santa Fe de Antioquia
Visit the Catedral Metropolitana in Medellin
Visit Medellin's beautiful Palacio de la Cultura Rafael Uribe Uribe
Relax and unwind on a stroll though the Medellin's gorgeous Botanical Gardens.
Visit the mudbaths at the Totumo Volcano
Go Diving Or Snorkelling Out To the Islas Del Rosario
Visit the historic Castillo San Fellipe
This is a truck based overland tour. The trip runs in both directions. Departures Quito to Cartagena are marked with an *. KITTY NOTE These are group funds paid on the road.