Backbone of the Inca Empire

Cartagena - Santiago

79 days through Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina
FROM: $10185 USD
Transport:
Overland Expedition Vehicle, Jeep, Boat, Private Bus, Train
Crew:
Two Dragoman Crew Members, Local Guides where necessary
Accom:
Comfortable Hotel 15 nights
Hammocks 2 nights
Basic Hotel 19 nights
Multishare Hostel 18 nights
Camping 16 nights
Guesthouse 2 nights
Homestay 1 night
Wild Camp 5 nights
Meals:
Breakfasts x 65, Lunches x 31, Dinners x 26
Physical:
Lifestyle:
Code:
JTS
Deposit:
$870 USD per person
Foreign Travel Advice

This 79 day trip is the true Andean experience, as it journeys the length of the Andes, with the magnificent high plateau of Bolivia, the Altiplano. Along the way will be plenty of opportunity for trekking, either with other travellers along the Inca Trail, or away from the hordes on our Wild Andes Trek. Further north around the town of Huaraz, is the Cordillera Blanca, with some of Peru's most spectacular trekking trails, and in Ecuador we have some wonderful trails around spectacular lakes.

But there is more to this trip than mountains and walking, and we head into the Ecuadorian Amazon Jungle as well as to some beautiful tropical landscapes on the Caribbean coast of Colombia. Perhaps Colombia is the jewel of the whole trip, with its beautiful ancient colonial cities, towns and churches and its charming people.

It contrasts the historic cities of La Paz and Salta with the cosmopolitan centres of Mendoza and Santiago, capital of Chile. It offers a wonderful insight into the life and culture of the Argentinean Gauchos as we spend a couple of days exploring the cordilleras with gauchos on their horses at a working Estancia.

2 nights in vibrant Cartagena
2 Nights in the stunning Caribbean beach national park of Tayrona
3 nights to explore the infamous streets of Medellin
Explore the region of Salento and visit a coffee finca
Guided trek through spectacular Cocora Valley
2 night stay in the historic colonial city of Popayan
Photograph the iconic church bridge of Ipiales
Visit the equator monument en-route to Quito
Full day coffee experience and plantation tour
3 night stay in a community run eco lodge to explore the Amazon Jungle

A great trip for those who want to experience more than just the tourist highlights of South America. A good mix of driving and time to explore with plenty of physical activity, culture and history. Accommodation will range from wild camping to hostels, hotels and home stays. A mix of high altitude Andean crossings, with Argentinean local life.

Explore Cartagena on a guided walking tour

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

Head out on a fascinating guided tour of Medellin and learn all about it's tumultuous past

Head out on a half-day guided trek through the spectacular Cocora Valley and see the incredible 50m-tall Quindio wax palms the tallest plam trees in the world!

Learn about Colombia Coffee and wander the plantation

Day 1 - Cartagena (15th July 2021)

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.

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.


Accommodation: Comfortable Hotel


Day 2 - Cartagena (16th July 2021)
Day 3 - Tayrona NP (17th July 2021)
Day 4 - Tayrona NP (18th July 2021)
Day 5 - Lorica (19th July 2021)
Day 6 - Lorica (20th July 2021)
Day 7 - Medellin (21st July 2021)
Day 8 - Medellin (22nd July 2021)
Day 9 - Medellin (23rd July 2021)
Day 10 - Manizales (24th July 2021)
Day 11 - Salento (25th July 2021)
Day 12 - Salento (26th July 2021)
Day 13 - Salento (27th July 2021)
Day 14 - Popayan (28th July 2021)
Day 15 - Popayan (29th July 2021)
Day 16 - Ipiales (30th July 2021)
Day 17 - Otavalo (31st July 2021)
Day 18 - Quito (1st August 2021)
Day 19 - Quito (2nd August 2021)
Day 20 - Ecuadorian Amazon (3rd August 2021)
Day 21 - Ecuadorian Amazon (4th August 2021)
Day 22 - Ecuadorian Amazon (5th August 2021)
Day 23 - Rio Verde (6th August 2021)
Day 24 - Rio Verde (7th August 2021)
Day 25 - Rio Verde (8th August 2021)
Day 26 - Chugchilán (9th August 2021)
Day 27 - Chugchilán (10th August 2021)
Day 28 - Cuenca (11th August 2021)
Day 29 - Cuenca (12th August 2021)
Day 30 - Punta Sal (13th August 2021)
Day 31 - Punta Sal (14th August 2021)
Day 32 - Huanchaco (15th August 2021)
Day 33 - Huanchaco (16th August 2021)
Day 34 - Huaraz (17th August 2021)
Day 35 - Huaraz (18th August 2021)
Day 36 - Huaraz (19th August 2021)
Day 37 - Lima (20th August 2021)
Day 38 - Lima (21st August 2021)
Day 39 - Huacachina (22nd August 2021)
Day 40 - Nazca (23rd August 2021)
Day 41 - Puerto Inca (24th August 2021)
Day 42 - Arequipa (25th August 2021)
Day 43 - Arequipa (26th August 2021)
Day 44 - Chivay (27th August 2021)
Day 45 - Chivay (28th August 2021)
Day 46 - Raqchi (29th August 2021)
Day 47 - Cuzco (30th August 2021)
Day 48 - Cuzco (31st August 2021)
Day 49 - Inca Trail (1st September 2021)
Day 50 - Inca Trail (2nd September 2021)
Day 51 - Inca Trail (3rd September 2021)
Day 52 - Inca Trail (4th September 2021)
Day 53 - Cuzco (5th September 2021)
Day 54 - Cuzco (6th September 2021)
Day 55 - Puno (7th September 2021)
Day 56 - Isla del Sol (8th September 2021)
Day 57 - Copacabana (9th September 2021)
Day 58 - La Paz (10th September 2021)
Day 59 - La Paz (11th September 2021)
Day 60 - La Paz (12th September 2021)
Day 61 - Uyuni (13th September 2021)
Day 62 - Uyuni (14th September 2021)
Day 63 - Altiplano (15th September 2021)
Day 64 - San Pedro de Atacama (16th September 2021)
Day 65 - San Pedro de Atacama (17th September 2021)
Day 66 - Salta (18th September 2021)
Day 67 - Salta (19th September 2021)
Day 68 - Cafayate (20th September 2021)
Day 69 - Cafayate (21st September 2021)
Day 70 - Recreo (22nd September 2021)
Day 71 - Estancia (23rd September 2021)
Day 72 - Estancia (24th September 2021)
Day 73 - Estancia (25th September 2021)
Day 74 - Cordoba (26th September 2021)
Day 75 - Mendoza (27th September 2021)
Day 76 - Mendoza (28th September 2021)
Day 77 - Santiago (29th September 2021)
Day 78 - Santiago (30th September 2021)
Day 79 - Santiago (1st October 2021)

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15 Jul 21 Cartagena
01 Oct 21 Santiago

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28 Jul 21 Cartagena
14 Oct 21 Santiago

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15 Oct 21 Cartagena
01 Jan 22 Santiago

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19 Oct 21 Cartagena
05 Jan 22 Santiago

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21 Nov 21 Cartagena
07 Feb 22 Santiago

$10,240 USD

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13 Jan 22 Santiago
01 Apr 22 Cartagena

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13 Jul 22 Cartagena

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26 Jul 22 Cartagena

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30 Sep 22 Santiago

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18 Oct 22 Santiago

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24 Dec 22 Santiago

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28 Dec 22 Santiago

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30 Jan 23 Santiago

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12 Jan 23 Santiago
31 Mar 23 Cartagena

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18 Apr 23 Santiago
05 Jul 23 Cartagena

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20 Jul 23 Cartagena

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Jonathan P

A really great trip with an excellent leader and driver.

Rania Kouatli H

I loved seeing new places and amazing views . I loved the hikes , riding on the top of the truck and just seeing the world 🌎