18-to-Thirtysomethings: Cartagena to Quito on a Shoestring (SMQS)
Trip Style: Information Not available
Service Level: Basic
Physical Demands Rating: 4 - You might encounter a few high-altitude hikes or other more strenuous activities. Pro tip: Put down that pastry, buster.
Group Size: Max 16, avg 14.
Meals Included: 14 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners
Accommodations: Simple hotels (11 nts), camping (5 nts, hammocks or rustic bunks), overnight bus (1 nt), homestay (1 nt).
Trek to the Lost City of Teyuna, party in Colombian cities, get active in Cotopaxi, experience local life in an Ecuadorian homestay.
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 two and a half weeks, you'll go from Colombia to Ecuador, hiking to the Lost City of Teyuna, relaxing on warm beaches, and checking out Medellin and Bogota. With two flights included, you're sure to find something you love in this hidden gem of a country.
Call (908) 238-9935 for more information or to book today! Mention code 13732337
- Tour Operator
- G Adventures
- Offer valid through 3/31/2018
- 19 Days
- Escorted - Yes
|Day 1||Cartagena||Day 1 Cartagena|
Arrive at any time. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
|Day 2||Cartagena||Day 2 Cartagena (1B)|
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 3||Santa Marta||Day 3 Cartagena/Santa Marta (1B)|
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. Additional Notes: Please note hot water is uncommon in the Caribbean region of Colombia. Showers are likely to only have cold water while visiting this area. Transport: Local bus (4.00 hour(s))
|Day 4||Adan Camp||Day 4 Santa Marta/Adan Camp (1L, 1D)|
Transfer to Machete Pelao, where the trek to the Lost City of Teyuna begins. Trek for 4-5 hrs each day 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. Included Activities: Lost City Trek Day 1 Transport: 4x4
|Day 5||Wiwa Camp||Day 5 Adan Camp/ Wiwa Camp (1B, 1L, 1D)|
The route starts along the Buritaca River, taking you further into the vivid green jungle past small villages en route to the camp for the evening. After a long day of trekking, enjoy a refreshing dip in one of the natural swimming pools. Included Activities: Lost City Trek Day 2
|Day 6||Teyuna Paraiso Camp||Day 6 Wiwa Camp /Teyuna Paraiso Camp (1B, 1L, 1D)|
Continue trekking along the route to the 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. Included Activities: Lost City Trek Day 3
|Day 7||Wiwa Camp||Day 7 Teyuna Paraiso Camp/ Wiwa Camp (1B, 1L, 1D)|
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. Included Activities: Lost City Trek Day 4
|Day 8||Taganga||Day 8 Ciudad Perdida/Taganga (1B, 1L)|
After a final morning trek back to Machete Pelao, transfer to the fishing village of Taganga for an afternoon of rest and relaxation. Included Activities: Lost City Trek Day 5 Transport: 4x4
|Day 9||Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona||Day 9 Taganga/Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona (1B, 1D)|
Enjoy an overnight excursion to beautiful Tayrona NP. Explore the parks lush greenery, extended beaches and turquoise Caribbean waters. Additional Notes: Please note that Tayrona National Park is usually closed during the month of February. The indigenous groups in the area believe that mother nature needs a month of rest, and maintenance to the park is done during this time. If your trip falls in February, you will visit the laid-back town of Minca. Enjoy a visit to a coffee plantation, a hike to a waterfall and learn about local cacao production. Transport: Private Vehicle (0.75 hour(s))
|Day 10||Taganga||Day 10 Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona/Taganga (1B)|
Enjoy a half-day in the park, then return to Taganga for one more night on the Caribbean. Transport: Private Vehicle
|Day 11||Medellin||Day 11 Taganga/Medellin (1B)|
Fly inland to infamous Medellin, now one of Latin Americas safest cities. Enjoy an orientation walk upon arrival and an optional night out with the group. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Plane (1.50 hour(s))
|Day 12||Bogota||Day 12 Medellin/Bogota|
Opt to go paragliding over the city or catch a ride on the cable car. Board a night bus to Bogota. Transport: Overnight bus (9.00-10.00 hours)
|Day 13||Bogota||Day 13 Bogota|
Orientation walk around the vibrant La Candelaria area. Free time to explore Colombias capital city; check out the riches at the Gold Museum, take a funicular car up Monserrate Hill for sweeping views of the city, or catch a fUtbol (soccer) match if its game day. Included Activities: Orientation Walk
|Day 14||Bogota||Day 14 Bogota (1B)|
Enjoy a second day to explore Colombias capital.
|Day 15||Otavalo||Day 15 Bogota/Otavalo (1B, 1D)|
Fly to Quito and transfer to Otavalo and spend one night at an indigenous community. Interact with the locals and learn about their traditional ways during a homestay. Opt to enjoy a cultural evening and show with typical food. Included Activities: Indigenous Community Homestay Transport: Plane (4.00 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))
|Day 16||Cotopaxi||Day 16 Otavalo/Cotopaxi|
Visit the famous Otavalo artisan market for a morning perusing colourful textiles, art, carvings and jewelry made by people from nearby communities. Afternoon bus to Cotopaxi to enjoy a couple of nights in Andean beauty. Included Activities: Otavalo Handicrafts Market Visit Transport: Local bus (2.00 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))
|Day 17||Cotopaxi||Day 17 Cotopaxi (1B)|
Opt to visit a lagoon at elevation, hike national park trails or go down Cotopaxi Volcano by mountain bike. Included Activities: Cotopaxi National Park Visit
|Day 18||Quito||Day 18 Cotopaxi/Quito (1B)|
Enjoy the morning in Cotopaxi before travelling back to Quito for an orientation walk and optional night out. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))
|Day 19||Quito||Day 19 Quito (1B)|
Depart at any time. Additional Notes: Consider booking additional nights in Quito for further exploration of Ecuadors capital city. Included Activities: Departure Day
Local Flights: All local flights are included in the cost of your tour unless otherwise noted. It is important that we have your passport information at the time of booking in order to process these tickets. Internal flight tickets are issued locally and will be given to you prior to the flight departure.
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