Colombia to Bolivia Discovery
53 days from £3,949 (was £4,149)
- Discover the Lost City of Teyuna on an epic Colombian trek
- Explore the stunning surroundings of Cotopaxi National Park, home to the world’s highest active volcano
- Enjoy blissful beach time in Taganga and Mancora
- Trek the legendary Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
- Experience unique cultural homestays in the Amazon rainforest and on Lake Titicaca
Jet over to Colombia and enjoy 53 days in South America. This epic tour takes you through four stunning countries, including 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 53-day group tour!
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Day 1: Cartagena
Touch down in Cartagena and make your way to your starting accommodation where you’ll meet your group and guide. Your epic 53-day adventure has begun!
Day 2: Cartagena
Get involved with a range of optional activities that are available in the city. Join a city tour, visit the Convento De La Popa or check out the Totumo Mud Volcano. Alternatively, join a boat trip to the gorgeous Rosario Islands and spend the day snorkeling in the shallows and relaxing on the beach.
Note: All optional activities in this itinerary are at extra cost.
Day 3: Cartagena/Santa Marta
Today we hop on a bus and leave Cartagena behind. We’ll arrive into 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 4-7: 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.
Day 8: Ciudad Perdida/Taganga
This morning we’ll return to Machete Pelao, enjoying our final moments in these spectacular surroundings. We’ll then hop onto a 4x4, which will whiz us over to Taganga, a beautiful fishing village in the north.
Day 9: Taganga/Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
The lush landscapes of Tayrona National Park welcome 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: Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona/Taganga
We’ll enjoy a relaxing morning in the National Park, with an optional walk to the El Pueblito Ruins, before returning to Taganga. Enjoy a final night in the Caribbean. We fly south to Medellín tomorrow.
Day 11: Taganga/Medellín
Today we’ll board a short flight down to Medellín. We’ll enjoy an orientation walk when we arrive and then hit the town on an optional big night out with the group.
Day 12: Medellín/Bogotá
A free day 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 paraglider! Tonight, we’ll jump on an overnight bus to Bogotá.
Day 13-14: Bogotá
Wake up as we roll into beautiful Bogotá. After grabbing some breakfast, we’ll head out on an orientation walk of the La Candelaria area of the city. The rest of the day is yours to do as you please! Why not visit the Gold Museum or plunge into the sounds and smells of Paloquemao Market?
Day 15: Bogotá/Otavalo
We leave Colombia behind and take a 4-hour flight down to Quito. From here we transfer to Otavalo and spend a night with an indigenous community. Get to know the locals and learn about their way of life. In the evening, we’ll enjoy an optional cultural show and tuck into some tasty local delicacies. A unique insight into indigenous life!
Day 16: Otavalo/Cotopaxi
This morning we’ll say goodbye to our indigenous hosts and check out the incredible local art and textiles at the Otavalo Handicrafts Market. This afternoon, we board a bus and climb into the Andes for a night in the mountains.
Day 17: Cotopaxi
Cotopaxi National Park welcomes us today, home to the incredible Cotopaxi Volcano. 5,897m high and snow-capped, this stunning volcano is the highest active volcano in the world! Some wonderful wildlife also makes its home here, including deer, bears and condors. Why not hire a bike and cycle through the forests?
Day 18: Cotopaxi/Quito
We’ll enjoy a final morning in Cotopaxi and then head into Quito for a guided orientation walk and a night out! Make the most of your first night in the big city!
Day 19: 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 20 -22: Quito/Tena
Today 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 days 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 23-24: Tena/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 start chasing thrills! Get involved with some horse riding or mountain biking in the countryside. If you fancy a less energetic activity, then sink into some relaxing hot springs and watch the sun slide across the sky. Bliss!
Day 25-26: 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 27: Cuenca/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 28-29: Máncora
We enjoy two free days on this stunning coast. Play some beach games with your travel buddies, ride the waves with some optional surfing, explore the area from the back of a horse, or stretch out and enjoy a cocktail as the day passes by. Overnight bus to Huanchaco on day 29.
Day 30-31: Huanchaco/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. On day 31, we board a night bus to Lima.
Day 32-33: Lima
We’ll cruise into Lima this morning with two full free days of exploration ahead of us. There are a whole host optional activities on offer, including a city tour, paragliding, museums and Incan excursions. Make the most of these opportunities, and take some time to just chill and soak up the vibes of the city.
Day 34: Lima/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. Here we enjoy some free time to explore and relax as a group.
Day 35: Paracas/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 whizzing down the enormous sand dunes on a sandboard, or sample some local wine at one of the many wineries in the area.
Day 36: Nazca/Arequipa
We spend the day in Nazca, where you can opt for a highly-recommended flight over the Nazca Lines, a patchwork of patterns and pictures that are carved into the ground. Overnight bus to Arequipa tonight.
Day 37: Arequipa
Today, we have the option of visiting the Santa Catalina Monastery, a 16th Century religious building that is 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 38: Arequipa/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 it is home to majestic condors, alpacas and llamas. As we journey to the canyon we will stop off at ‘miradors’, scenic lookouts that offer spectacular views over the Andes.
Day 39: Chivay/Arequipa
An early start to go condor spotting! We 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 will stop off at local villages to see magical old terraces and sections of the canyon. A captivating day of nature!
Day 40: Arequipa/Cusco
We head back to Arequipa and make the most of some free time in the town. Later, we’ll climb aboard a night bus that takes us down to Cusco. Not long until our epic Inca trail hike!
Day 41-42: Cusco
Two free days in Cusco coming up! Enjoy all the activities on offer in this city surrounded by mountains. When you’re not exploring, chill out in the city’s countless cafes and bars and watch the world go by.
Day 43: Cusco/Ollantaytambo
This morning we’ll leave Cusco to head to Ollantaytambo. Join an optional trip to a Women’s Weaving Cooperative today, where you’ll learn about weaving techniques and enjoy a guided tour of the breath taking Pisac Ruins. Tonight, we settle into our hotel ready for tomorrow’s hike!
Day 44-47: Trek the Inca Trail
Over the next four days we will trek the legendary Inca trail to Machu Picchu. This breath-taking hike offers stunning views and unforgettable experiences. On day 47 we will arrive at Machu Picchu for sunrise and spend some time at the ruins before heading back to Cusco.
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 48: Cusco
We can spend today recovering from our trek and getting involved with any Cusco activities we missed the first time around.
Day 49: Cusco/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 50: Puno/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 will stay overnight with a local community.
Day 51: Lake Titicaca/Puno
We enjoy a morning with our host families and then head back out on the water this afternoon. We 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 52: Puno/La Paz
We hit our final country of the tour as we cross the Bolivian border. We 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 53: 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.
More Trip Info
- 52 nights’ accommodation
- 33 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 14 dinners
- Indigenous homestay, Otavalo
- Jungle homestay, Tena
- Winery excursion, Huacachina
- Local homestay, Lake Titicaca
- Trek to Lost City of Teyuna
- Overnight in Tayrona NP (except February)
- Otavalo Market visit
- City orientation walks
- Beach chilling in Taganga, Mancora and Huanchaco
- Inca Trail Trek (Inca Trail permits are subject to availability, an alternative route will be offered in the event that the Inca Trail in not available)
- Guided tour of Machu Picchu
- Lake Titicaca boat trip
- All in-country transport (including domestic flights) as per itinerary
What's Not Included
- International Flights
- Travel Insurance
- Some meals
- Personal expenses
- Optional activities
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Accommodation & Meals
Multi-share accommodation is included in the price of this trip. You will stay in a combination of simple hotels (34 nights), hammocks or rustic cots (5 nights), overnight buses (5 nights), homestays (5 nights) and camping (3 nights).
33 breakfasts, 12 lunches and 14 dinners are included. You will need to purchase the rest of your meals yourself. Please allow between USD995 and USD1295 for additional meals.
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Eligibility & FAQ's
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.
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