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Cartagena to Quito on a Shoestring

Colombia, Ecuador

Cartagena to Quito on a Shoestring

Start: Cartagena
End: Quito

Over three weeks, you’ll go from Colombia to Ecuador

LocationColombia, Ecuador
Duration21 days
Start / EndCartagena / Quito
Tour operatorG Adventures

Colombia, Ecuador

Cartagena to Quito on a Shoestring

21 days·G Adventures
Start: Cartagena
End: Quito


Colombia is an underrated country for travellers, but with our safe, social, and budget-friendly group trips, we want to change that. After all, there’s so much culture and beauty to this region that it would be a shame to let it go unexplored – plus you can say you got here before everyone else. Over three weeks, you’ll go from Colombia to Ecuador, hiking to the Lost City of Teyuna, relaxing o...

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Day 1Cartagena
Arrive at any time.
Day 2Cartagena
Free day to explore this coastal colonial city. Wander the historic old town, check out the San Felipe fortress, or get dirty with a mud bath and massage at Totumo Volcano.
Day 3Cartagena/Santa Marta
Travel by public bus to this coastal port town. Free time to visit the Gold Museum with its collection of Lost City artifacts, chill out on the beach and pick up any last minute necessities for the upcoming trek.
Day 4Santa Marta/ Wiwa Camp
Transfer to Machete Pelao, where the trek to the Lost City of Teyuna begins. Trek through farmland, steamy jungle, and rural Kogi communities. Get a glimpse into the local way of life in the remote river valleys of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
Day 5 Wiwa Camp /Teyuna Paraiso Camp
Continue trekking along the route to Ciudad Perdida. Today is a tough portion of the trek with a lot of steep inclines, make sure to rest and take in the beautiful views. Arrive at the campsite in the afternoon and relax by the river.
Day 6Teyuna Paraiso Camp/ Wiwa Camp
Get started early to climb the 1,200 steps up to the Lost City. The view of the surrounding Sierra Nevada Mountains makes it well worth the hike. Explore the Lost City and learn what is known of its origins from the indigenous guide, before making the descent back to Wiwa Camp for the night.
Day 7 Wiwa Camp /Ricardito Camp
Follow the path back through the deep jungle, wind through banana trees, cacao plants and small Kogi communities on the way to Ricardito Camp. The nickname for this camp is vista hermosa or beautiful views, sit back and soak them in.
Day 8Gotsezhi Village/Taganga
Head across grassy hills and gentle streams to reach the Gotsezhi Wiwa indigenous community. Enjoy a G Adventures-supported community lunch cooked by women from the community with local ingredients. Learn about Wiwa customs on a village visit and then lounge in a hammock by the river. In the afternoon, return to Taganga for a well deserved night in a hotel.
Day 9Taganga/Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
Head into Tayrona National Park for a moderate hike with a local guide. This is a perfect opportunity to experience nature and learn a little more about the rich, natural diversity of northern Colombia.
Day 10Taganga/Medellín
Fly inland to infamous Medellín, now one of Latin America's safest cities. Enjoy an orientation walk upon arrival and an optional night out with the group.
Day 11Medellín
Opt to go paragliding over the city or catch a ride on the cable car.
Day 12Medellín/Salento
Drive through beautiful landscapes to Salento.
Day 13Salento
Opt to take a morning hike through the towering palms of the Cocora Valley, or choose from a variety of other optional activities in the coffee region of Quindío.
Day 14Salento/Tatacoa Desert
Enjoy the ride to the Tatacoa Desert to spend the night under the stars.
Day 15Tatacoa Desert/San Agustín
Head out into the impressive Tatacoa desert and explore the rocky canyons. The morning is free to choose how you wish to explore, opt to go for a hike or go horseback riding. After, travel to San Agustin.
Day 16San Agustín
Visit the San Agustin Archaeological Park, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site with more than 500 sculptures scattered through the hillside.
Day 17San Agustín/Popayán
In the morning travel to Popayán and explore this beautiful colonial town.
Day 18Popayán/Pasto
Head further south to Pasto, wander around and keep an eye out for local ice cream makers out in the streets.
Day 19Pasto/Otavalo
Visit the striking Lajas Sanctuary, built on a bridge in a lush gorge, this neo-Gothic church is sure to impress. After, cross the border into Ecuador and continue on to Otavalo for the night.
Day 20Otavalo/Quito
Visit the famous Otavalo artisan market for a morning perusing colourful textiles, art, carvings, and jewelry made by people from nearby communities. In the afternoon, drive back to Quito.
Day 21Quito
Depart at any time.

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Simple hotels (15 nts, some multi-share), camping (4 nts in hammocks or rustic bunks), desert camping (1 nt).

What's Included

Your G for Good Moment: Wiwa Community Visit & Lunch, Gotsezhi Village Your Discover Moment: Cartagena. Lost City of Teyuna trek (5 days). Guided tour of the Lost City. Tayrona NP Excursion (excluding February departures). Beach time in Taganga. Overnight desert excursion (Tatacoa). Visit to San Agustin ruins. Visit to Otavalo Market. Orientation walks in Medellín and Quito. Internal flights. All ... Read more

Meals Included

16 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 4 dinners

What to Take


€2,049per person
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