Colombia to Bolivia Discovery
55 days from £3,999
- Visit four incredible countries as you travel across beautiful South America
- Enjoy blissful beach time and party nights with new friends in Taganga and Máncora
- Discover the Lost City of Teyuna on an epic Colombian trek
- Explore the stunning Tatacoa Desert, and star gaze from the observatory
- Trek across the legendary Inca Trail to mighty Machu Picchu
- Experience unique cultural homestays in the Amazon rainforest and on Lake Titicaca
Jet over to Colombia and enjoy 55 days in South America. This epic tour takes you through four stunning countries, from Colombia to Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia, and shows you everything these countries have to offer, from must-see tourist sights to unique off-the-beaten track experiences. Two unmissable treks are included, to the Lost City of Teyuna and the legendary Machu Picchu, and you will also enjoy unique cultural homestays, awesome excursions and a range of optional activities at each stop, allowing you to build an experience that suits you! Alongside the stunning natural landscapes of South America, you will also visit sizzling cities packed with markets, museums and adventure activities. For the complete South American experience, don’t miss this epic 55-day group tour!
Interested and want to find out more? Download more trip information and detailed itinerary HERE!
Day 1: Welcome to Colombia! Arrive in Cartagena
Touch down in Cartagena and make your way to your starting accommodation where you’ll meet your group and guide. Your epic 55-day adventure has begun!
Day 2: Cartagena
Get involved with a range of optional activities today. Join a city tour, visit the Palace of the Inquisition or check out the Totumo Mud Volcano. Alternatively, join a boat trip to the gorgeous Rosario Islands and spend the day snorkelling in the shallows and relaxing on the beach.
Day 3: Cartagena to Santa Marta
Today we hop on a bus and leave Cartagena behind. We’ll arrive in Santa Marta and enjoy some relaxation and beach living. Our trek to Teyuna begins tomorrow, so make the most of this chill out time! Swim in the glittering sea and watch the sunset with a few drinks. Make sure you pick up anything you need for the trek while you’re here.
Day 4-8: Lost City Trek
This morning we’ll transfer to Machete Pelao, the starting point for our trek to the Lost City of Teyuna, an ancient city that was founded in c.800. Each day we’ll trek for around 4-5 hours, passing through sizzling jungles, beautiful farmland and isolated Kogi communities. This is an incredibly unique way to discover this stunning area and gain an understanding of local ways of life. The last day of our trek will take us across rolling hills and meandering streams to Gotsezhi Village where we'll join the Wiwa indigenous community for lunch before making our way to Taganga.
Day 9: Taganga/Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
The lush landscape of Tayrona National Park welcomes us today. With stunning sweeping coastlines and dense green forests, this gorgeous area offers plenty of opportunities for exploration and adventure. We’ll spend the day wandering the shore and swimming in the sparkling Caribbean waters.
Note: In February, the National Park is closed and we will visit the chilled-out town of Minca instead.
Day 10: Taganga to Medellin
Today we’ll take a short flight down to Medellín. We’ll take an orientation walk on arrival and then hit the town on an optional big night out with the group.
Day 11: Medellin
You'll get to enjoy some free time in Medellín today. Explore the city on a tour and discover the museums, churches, and markets of this buzzing place. For the thrill seekers among you, why not leap from a hill and enjoy an unbeatable bird’s eye view of the city from a paraglide?!
Day 12: Medellin to Salento
Today we're hitting the road, so say goodbye to Medellín and enjoy the journey to beautiful Salento on a picturesque bus ride through the stunning Colombian landscape.
Day 13: Salento
Enjoy some free time to explore this fascinating place at your leisure today. You could hike through the magnificently lush green Cocora Valley, go on a coffee plantation tour, or simply spend time in the colourful streets and peruse the local craft shops.
Day 14: Salento to Bogotá
Climb aboard a local bus and journey through the Colombian countryside to the nation’s capital – Bogotá. Settle into your accommodation and start exploring this famous city.
Day 15: Bogotá
Today is a free day to explore Bogotá at your leisure. Opt to glimpse the sparkling treasures that are housed in the Gold Museum or take a cable car up to Monserrate Hill for spectacular views across the city.
Day 16: Bogotá to Tatacoa Desert
We'll make our way into the incredible Tatacoa Desert today where we'll view an incredible sea of stars free from light pollution.
Day 17: Tatacoa Desert to Popayán
Spend some time in Tatacoa Desert today with a hike to the rocky canyons where you'll be able to cool off with a swim in a local pool hidden among the rocky trails. We’ll then set off to our next destination, the pretty colonial town of Popayán. You'll have some time to yourself in the afternoon to wander through the picturesque streets and check out the local hotspots.
Day 18: Popayán to Pasto
Leaving Popayán today, we'll make our way down to Pasto at the foot of the Andes mountains, where you might want to catch a local football match or visit the beautiful La Cocha Lake.
Day 19: Pasto to San Clemente
We'll spend the first half of the day visiting the stunning Lajas Sanctuary, the basilica church built within the canyon of the Guáitara River. Make sure you've got your camera handy, as you'll want to capture this incredible sight. Afterwards, we'll make our way to the indigenous community of San Clemente, who will be hosting us for the evening. Enjoy an optional cultural performance and tuck into some traditional local food.
Day 20: San Celemente to Quito
After saying farewell to our indigenous hosts, we’ll journey to Otavalo, famous for its incredible artisan market. Take your time to soak up this quaint town's lovely laidback atmosphere and wander through the market to find beautiful handmade textiles, jewellery, artwork, and carvings, and bag yourself a bargain to take home. Later this afternoon, we'll drive to Quito.
Day 21: Quito
A full free day to explore Quito. There are loads of optional activities on offer. Why not take a city tour, which includes the chance to straddle both sides of the equator at the Mitad del Mundo (‘middle of the world’)? Another must is the Teleférico – a sky tram that takes you up Volcán Pichincha.
Day 22-24: Tena
On day 22 we’ll travel down to the edge of the Amazon, before transferring by truck to a local community deep in the jungle. Here we’ll stay with a Quichua family for three nights and take part in a range of activities, including rainforest hikes, waterfall swims, and tropical plant lessons. We’ll also learn about Quichua culture as we experience their local customs and traditions.
Day 25: Tena to Baños
A local bus transports us down to Baños, home to adrenaline-pumping outdoor activities. We arrive in the afternoon, at which point you’re free to head out to go horse riding, canyoning, mountain biking, climbing, rafting, and a whole host of other optional activities.
Day 26: Baños
Get involved with some horse riding or mountain biking in the countryside. If you fancy something less energetic, then sink into some relaxing hot springs and watch the sun slide across the sky. Bliss!
Day 27 Baños/Cuenca
Leave Baños behind and head over to historic Cuenca. Wander this charming town’s cobbled streets, discovering art galleries and museums, and sip an afternoon coffee in the shade of the plazas.
Day 28: Cuenca
Enjoy the freedom to explore by yourself today with a free day in Cuenca. Hike the trails at Cajas National Park, visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Ingapirca Ruins, learn a new craft in Gualaceo and Chordeleg, or unwind in Cuenca’s mud baths and hot springs.
Day 29 Cuenca to Máncora
Another border hop today as we head into Peru. Our destination is Máncora, a village of fishermen and surfer dudes enjoying life on the golden beach. Arrive, settle in, and relax.
Day 30: Máncora
With a free day to do as you please, you might opt for a day at the beach (a wise choice), but for those looking to burn off excess energy, why not visit the local surf shack and take a board out on the waves, or go horse riding across the sand?
Day 31: Máncora to Huanchaco
Enjoy another free day in beautiful Máncora and get to know this quaint village a little better before hopping on the overnight bus to Huanchaco this evening.
Day 32: Huanchaco
Further down the coast is our next destination, Huanchacho, where you'll get to take it easy, either by spending some time on the beach or trying out some optional activities. Peruse the handmade wares in Trujillo or take a trip to the Chan Chan Ruins – Peru’s largest pre-Incan empire.
Day 33: Huanchaco to Lima
In Huanchaco, we can enjoy some more time chilling on the beach and soaking up the sun. For the more adventurous among us, there are optional visits to nearby pre-Incan ruins and the colonial town of Trujillo. In the evening, we'll board a night bus to Lima.
Day 34-35: Lima
We’ll cruise into Lima this morning with two full free days of exploration ahead of us. There are plenty of optional activities on offer, including a city tour, paragliding, museum visits, and Incan excursions. Take some time to just chill and soak up the city vibes, too.
Day 36: Lima to Paracas
After a free morning in Lima we take a local bus down to Paracas, a stunning area of impressive sand dunes, cliffs and blue sea. Enjoy some free time to explore and relax with the rest of the group.
Day 37: Paracas to Nazca
Before we leave Paracas, there is an optional boat trip to the nearby Ballestas Islands, which are home to some incredible wildlife, including sea lions, penguins and pelicans. Don’t forget your camera! Back on the mainland, we’ll jump on a bus to Nazca, stopping off at the town of Ica en route. Here you can spend some time boarding down the enormous sand dunes or sample some local tipples at one of the many wineries in the area.
Day 38: Nazca to Arequipa
Today we'll spend the day in Nazca, where you can go on a highly-recommended optional flight over the Nazca Lines to get a bird's eye view of the ancient patterns and pictures carved into the ground. We'll get on the overnight bus to Arequipa tonight.
Day 39: Arequipa
Today, you'll have the opportunity to visit Santa Catalina Monastery, a 16th-century religious building famed for its stunning architecture. A panoramic bus tour is also on the cards as well as a visit to a Picantería, a restaurant that serves delicious spicy one-plate stews.
Day 40: Arequipa to Colca Canyon
A special treat today as we take a full-day tour of the gorgeous Colca Valley. This is one of the deepest canyons on earth, and is home to majestic condors, alpacas, and llamas. As we journey to the canyon we'll stop off at ‘miradors’ – the scenic lookouts that offer spectacular views over the Andes.
Day 41: Chivay to Arequipa
It's an early start today to go condor spotting. We'll travel from Chivay to a condor viewpoint and look out on these incredible birds as they soar and dive through the air. On our return journey, we'll stop off at local villages to see magical old terraces and sections of the canyon.
Day 42: Arequipa to Cusco
Heading back to Arequipa today, we'll make the most of a bit of free time in the town. Head to Juanita Museum to learn about a young Incan girl who was sacrificed to the gods, or simply peruse the market stalls in town. Later, we’ll climb aboard a night bus down to Cusco.
Day 43-44: Cusco
Enjoy two free days in beautiful Cusco with an array of different activities to choose from. Visit the Inka Museum, go on a city tour, or take to the rapids and go whitewater rafting! A good option is to buy a Cusco Tourist Ticket for access to 16 different city attractions.
Day 45: Cusco to Ollantaytambo
This morning we’ll leave Cusco to head to Ollantaytambo. Join an optional trip to a women’s weaving cooperative, where you’ll learn about weaving techniques and enjoy a guided tour of the breathtaking Pisac Ruins. Tonight, we settle into our hotel ready for tomorrow’s hike!
Day 46-49: Trek to Machu Picchu
Over the next four days we will trek the legendary Inca trail to Machu Picchu. This breathtaking hike offers stunning views and unforgettable experiences. On day 49 we'll arrive at Machu Picchu for sunrise and spend some time at the ruins before heading back to Cusco. Enjoy a big night out to celebrate.
Please note that Inca Trail hike permits are subject to availability. In the event that Inca Trail permits are not available, an alternative route such as the Lares Trek will be offered.
Day 50: Cusco
You'll have a free day today, which you might want to spend doing very little following our trek and night out. If you missed out on any activities the first time round, now's your chance to go and try them out!
Day 51: Cusco to Puno
A long driving day today as we climb through the Altiplano region and travel to Puno on Lake Titicaca. Sit back, relax, and watch the South American landscapes sweep by.
Day 52: Puno to Lago Titicaca
This morning we cruise across Lake Titicaca on board a boat and head to Taquile Island. Here, we tuck into a tasty Peruvian meal before shopping for handwoven clothing at a local cooperative. We then head across to a neighbouring village where we'll stay overnight in the local community.
Day 53: Lago Titicaca to Puno
Enjoy a morning with your host family before heading back out on the water this afternoon. We'll visit the incredible floating islands of Uros and meet the locals, learning how they built the islands and their homes out of totora reeds.
Day 54: Puno to La Paz
We'll hit the final country of the tour today as we cross the Bolivian border. We'll drive along the borders of Lake Titicaca and venture through the Altiplano en route to the city, which sits nearly 4,000m above sea level! When we arrive, enjoy some free time to explore the local area, including the Witches’ Market and the Valley of the Moon.
Day 55: La Paz
Your epic South American adventure has come to an end! Depart at any time, or stick around for more exploration in Bolivia!
Please note itineraries and activities are subject to change.
- 54 nights’ accommodation
- 35 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 12 dinners
- All in-country transport (including domestic flights) as per itinerary
- Knowledgeable tour guide and driver
- Trek to Lost City of Teyuna
- Visit to Wiwa community and lunch at Gotsezhi Village
- Amazon Jungle experience in Tena
- Winery excursion in Huacachina
- Night out in Cusco
- Local homestay at Lake Titicaca
- Overnight in Tayrona National Park (except February)
- Overnight camping in the desert at Tatcoa
- Free time in the buzzing capital, Bogotá
- Homestay in San Clemente
- Otavalo Market visit
- City orientation walks in Medellín and Quito
- Beach chilling in Taganga, Mancora, and Huanchaco
- Pachamanca Ceremony at Nazca
- Inca Trail Trek (Inca Trail permits are subject to availability, an alternative route will be offered in the event that the Inca Trail isn't available)
- Guided tour of Machu Picchu
- Amazon Jungle and Colca Canyon excursions
- Lake Titicaca boat trip
- 24/7 emergency support
- International Flights
- Travel Insurance
- Some meals
- Personal expenses
- Optional activities
Multi-share accommodation is included in this trip. You will stay in a combination of simple hotels, hostels, hammocks or rustic cots, overnight buses, homestays and camping.
35 breakfasts, 13 lunches and 12 dinners are included. You will need to purchase the rest of your meals yourself. Please allow between USD1065 and 1385 for additional meals.
You will need to arrange your flights to arrive into Cartagena on day 1 of the tour. You can take a taxi from the airport to your starting hotel, where you will meet your group during the welcome meeting in the evening. Detailed arrival information will be provided before you travel in your Online Account.
Your trip finishes in La Paz, Bolivia on your programme end date/day 55 of your itinerary, there are no activities planned for this day and you are free to depart at any time.
The minimum age for this trip is 18.
Please check the relevant embassies for up to date visa information.
Please note: Due to recent changes, the authorities in Bolivia now require all visitors to present a valid Yellow Fever 'Certificate of Vaccination' on arrival into Bolivia. You should keep your Yellow Fever Certificate with your travel documents when entering Bolivia. As we are not medically qualified we are unable to give you advice regarding vaccinations, we recommend that you make an appointment with your GP or local travel clinic before travelling to get up to date information and advice about receiving the vaccination and other health considerations.
What Can You Tell Me About My Guide?
Your guide will be a helpful source of information throughout your tour. They’ll have valuable local knowledge and will ensure that your safety and enjoyment is at the forefront of the trip. Your guide can help you to choose things to do during your free time, give you recommendations on where to eat, and help you to get the most out of a new location!
Can I Travel Solo?
Absolutely! In fact, most our travellers choose to travel solo, mainly because our trips are really social and you’ll find that you soon make friends!
How Many People Will Be In My Group?
The average group size for this trip is 14 people. The maximum is 18. You will be travelling with people aged between 18 and 39.
Do I Need To Be Physically Fit For This Trip?
This trip includes some physically strenuous activities – including two multi-day hikes. While you do not need to be an Olympic athlete, a good level of fitness is advisable. We recommend embarking on a few practice hikes before your trip begins.
Do I Need Any Vaccinations For This Trip?
We are not medically trained, so we are not legally able to advise you on this. We recommend making an appointment with your doctor 6-8 weeks before you travel to find out about any vaccinations or medication you might need. Take a copy of your itinerary with you to show your GP.