Border Information: if joining in Quito, you will most likely enter Ecuador at Quito Mariscal Sucre International Airport (IATA code: UIO).
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 Quito 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 Quito.
A note on altitude: If you are joining in Quito, we strongly recommend arriving at least 24 hours before the trip begins to allow additional time to acclimatise.
In Quito we will stay in a friendly local hotel in the 'New Town'.
Visit one of the countless art galleries in Quito, such as the Casa de la Cultura Ecuatoriana or the Museo Guayasamin - Cost: USD 6
Take a trip on El Telerifiqo, the world's second highest cable car - Cost: USD 8.5
Visit the Museo Nacional del Banco Central, showcasing the country's largest collection of Ecuadorian art and housing an impressive gold collection - Cost: USD 2
Today our journey begins with a short drive to Mitad del Mundo, the monument that marks the Equator. After this we will continue north to the charming town of Otavlo.
In Otavalo we will camp in the grounds of lovely Guesthouse..
Estimated Drive Time - 3 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).
Visit the equator at Mitad del Mundo
Take a short walk to the beautiful Peguche Waterfalls near Otavalo (if time allows) - Cost: USD
Village Tour Of Otavalo - Cost: USD
Today we will leave Ecuador behind and travel into Colombia. We will have an included visit to the Santuario de las Lajas en route to our hotel in Ipiales.
Border information: Exit Ecuador at Ipiales, enter Colombia at Ipiales.
Estimated drive time: 4 hours.
Visit the jaw dropping Santuario La Lajas on the outskirts of Ipiales
Today we will drive to the beautiful town and former colonial capital of Popayán.
Estimated Drive Time - 9-10 hours.
On the following day we will have a free day to explore Popayán or take part in some excellent treks or other optional activities in the surrounding area.
In Popayán we stay in dormitory accommodation in a local hostel.
Relax in the volcanic thermal springs near the village of Coconuco, dramatically set in a steep-sided valley
- Cost: COP 60000
Trek to the 4,650m summit of the towering Puracé volcano near Popayán
- Cost: COP 130000
Today we will continue our journey north to the small town of Salento, the gateway to the spectacular Valle de Cocora.
Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.
On the following day we will have a guided trek through the Cocora Valley to see the Quindio wax palm trees, the largest palms in the world and the national tree of Colombia.
In Salento we will camp in a well-equipped campsite, 15 minutes drive out of town.
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!
Today we have a short drive to our Hacienda in the heart of the coffee region. Depending on the weather it may be possible to take a trip into the Los Nevados National Park
Estimated drive time: 1.5hrs
On the following day we will have a tour of the coffee plantation and learn about the cultivation of coffee.
We will stay in twin rooms in a comfortable hacienda.
Stay On A Coffee Plantation Near Manizales
Today we will drive to the vibrant city of Medellín, where we will spend 3 nights.
Estimated Drive Time - 6-7 hours.
On our first full day in Medellín we will have a guided walking tour of the city, and our second day will be free time to independently explore the town, its parks, churches, and museums.
In Medellín we will stay in dormitory accommodation in a centrally-located hostel, allowing you to enjoy the exciting nightlife of the city.
Take the pioneering Metroline cable car up to Santo Domingo, to see a very different area of the city and the revitalising effect the Metroline has had on the communities there - Cost: COP 1750
Visit the colossal Catedral Metropolitana in the city centre, built using over a million bricks between 1875 and 1931 - Cost: COP
Head out and discover some of Medellín's vibrant and unusual nightlife at the Dulce Jesus Mio club - Cost: COP 10000
Discover the story of Colombia's most infamous drug kingpin and the wealthiest criminal in history, Pablo Escobar, on a tour of his old haunts - Cost: COP 60000
Today we have a drive north to the beautiful, colonial town of Santa Cruz de Lorica.
Estimated Drive Time - 10hours.
The following day we have a free day to explore the historic centre, learn about the traditional hates that are made in the region or head to the coast for a final beach sunset at San Bernardo del Viento.
In Santa Cruz de Lorica we stay in a lovely local hotel.
Today we drive north to Tayrona, one of the most popular National Parks in Colombia. Leaving our main luggage stored on the truck, we take a day-pack/night-bag and go on a moderate walk in to the park to where we will stay. Mules to carry your luggage can be hired at an extra cost.
Estimated Drive Time - 7 hours.
The following day is a free day to explore this stunning coastal park. We have the opportunity to trek to El Pueblito, a pre-Hispanic settlement of the Tayrona people, do some snorkelling, or just relax on the beautiful beaches.
In Tayrona National Park we will stay in rented hammocks. The hammocks are equipped with mosquito nets but please note that the nets are not treated with Permethrin or similar pesticides.
There is also an option to bring tents if you prefer to stay in a tent rather than a hammock, but please note that mules will have to ber hired to carry your tent, at an extra cost.
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
Relax and unwind on the unspoilt beaches in Tayrona National Park - Cost: ARS
Time to explore the Cloud Forests of the Sierra Nevada foothills - Cost: USD
We will have some more free time in Tayrona National Park in the morning, before we walk back to the park entrance and complete our epic journey with a drive to the beautiful coastal colonial city of Cartagena.
In Cartagena we will stay in a comfortable hotel just outside the historical centre.
Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.
Today we will have an included walking tour of the city, and then the afternoon will be free to explore the city further, enjoy the many optional activities on offer, or simply relax on the beach.
Explore Cartagena on a guided walking tour
Discover the brutal history of the Spanish Inquisition at their former headquarters in Cartagena, the Palace of the Inquistion - Cost: COP 15000
Learn all about Cartagena's naval tradition and history at the Naval Museum of the Caribbean - Cost: COP 15000
Border information: if you are finishing in Cartagena, you will most likely exit Colombia at Cartagena Rafael Núñez International Airport (IATA code: CTG).
Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Cartagena. Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact the Dragoman Sales team if you are interested in booking extra nights of accommodation in order to fully explore and take part in some of the optional activities listed below.
If you are continuing on to Panama then your leader will assist you with airport transfers for your included flight. You will stay tonight in a comfortable hotel in either Panama City or Cartagena (depending on the flight times and availability).
Visit the historic Castillo San Fellipe - Cost: COP 17000
Visit the mudbaths at the Totumo Volcano - Cost: USD 25