Colombia Discovery

Start: Quito Finish: Cartagena

Visiting: Quito, Otavalo, Ipiales, Popayán, Salento, Manizales, Medellín, Santa Cruz de Lorica, Northern Antioquia, Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona, Cartagena


Duration: 18 Nights

Physical rating: Low

Special diets catered: Vegetarians, Please contact Dragoman with any specific dietary requirements

Tour Operator: Dragoman

Group size: 6 - 22

Age range: 18 plus

Tour operated in: English


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Tour Overview

This is a trip that unveils the true diversity of Colombia and northern Ecuador, from the jungles and stunning beaches of the Caribbean coast in Tayrona National Park to the snow capped peaks of the Andes and the spectacular wax palm trees of the Valle de Cocora. Colombia is home to some of South America's most beautiful colonial architecture as found in Cartagena, Popayan or Santa Cruz de Lorica. This is balanced by the cosmopolitan and contemporary feel of Medellin. No visit to Colombia is complete without exploring the coffee heartland around Manizales and a stay at a Coffee Finca to learn the tricks of the trade. Further south the Afro Caribbean feel gives way to the indigenous mountain peoples of the Andes and before crossing into Ecuador to explore the Indian markets of Otavalo, you must explore the exquisite Santuario de las Lajas in Ipiales. This tour would, however, not be complete without time to explore the wonderful old colonial city of Quito, with its plethora of churches, cathedrals and markets.

Highlights

  • icon2 night stay in the historic colonial city of Popayan
  • iconGuided trek through spectacular Cocora Valley
  • icon2 nights in vibrant Cartagena
  • iconFull day coffee experience and plantation tour
  • iconVisit the equator monument en-route to Quito
  • iconPhotograph the iconic church bridge of Ipiales
  • icon3 nights to explore the infamous streets of Medellin
  • icon2 Nights to enjoy the colonial town of Santa Cruz de Lorica, home of the traditional Vueltiao hat
  • iconExplore the region of Salento and visit a coffee finca
  • icon2 Nights in the stunning Caribbean beach national park of Tayrona

Places You'll See

Countries:
Colombia Discovery
Colombia Discovery
Colombia Discovery
Colombia Discovery
Colombia Discovery
Quito
Colombia Discovery
Ipiales
Popayan
Salento
Salento
Salento
Manizales
Medellin
Medellin
Lorica
Northern Antioquia
Tayrona NP
Cartagena
Cartagena

Itinerary

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icon Day 1 : Quito

Location: Quito

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: No Meals

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.


icon Day 2 : Otavalo

Location: Otavalo

Accommodation: Camp

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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.



icon Day 3 : Ipiales

Location: Ipiales

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

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.


icon Day 4 : Popayan

Location: Popayán

Accommodation: Hostel

Meals: Breakfast

Today we will drive to the beautiful town and former colonial capital of Popayán.

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.


icon Day 5 : Popayan

Location: Popayán

Accommodation: Hostel

Meals: Breakfast

Today we will have a free day to explore Popayán or take part in some excellent treks or other optional activities in the surrounding area.

icon Day 6 : Salento

Location: Salento

Accommodation: Hostel

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Today we will continue our journey north to the small town of Salento, the gateway to the spectacular Valle de Cocora.


icon Day 7 : Salento

Location: Salento

Accommodation: Hostel

Meals: Breakfast

Today 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.

icon Day 8 : Salento

Location: Salento

Accommodation: Hostel

Meals: Breakfast

Today we will have a tour of the coffee plantation and learn about the cultivation of coffee.

icon Day 9 : Manizales

Location: Manizales

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we have a short drive to our Hacienda in the heart of the coffee region.


icon Day 10 : Medellin

Location: Medellín

Accommodation: Hostel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Today we will drive to the vibrant city of Medellin, where we will spend 3 nights.

On our first full day in Medelli­n 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.

icon Day 11 : Medellin

Location: Medellín

Accommodation: Hostel

Meals: Breakfast

Today we will have a guided tour of the city.

icon Day 12 : Medellin

Location: Medellín

Accommodation: Hostel

Meals: Breakfast

Today is free time to independently explore the town, its parks, churches, and museums.

icon Day 13 : Lorica

Location: Santa Cruz de Lorica

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

Today we have a drive north to the beautiful, colonial town of Santa Cruz de Lorica.

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.


icon Day 14 : Northern Colombia

Location: Northern Antioquia

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: No Meals

Today we will start the journey north towards Tayrona National Park, staying en route in a local Guesthouse.

icon Day 15 : Tayrona NP

Location: Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona

Meals: No Meals

Today we arrive in 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.


icon Day 16 : Tayrona NP

Location: Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona

Meals: No Meals

Today we will go for a guided trek in the National park and in the afternoon there is time to do some snorkelling or just relax on the beautiful beaches.

icon Day 17 : Cartagena

Location: Cartagena

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: No Meals

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.

icon Day 18 : Cartagena

Location: Cartagena

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

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.

icon Day 19 : Cartagena

Location: Cartagena

Meals: Breakfast

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 your sales agent 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).

What's Included

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    Visit the equator at Mitad del Mundo

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    Meals

    Breakfasts x 14, Lunches x 3, Dinners x 3

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    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!

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    Explore Cartagena on a guided walking tour

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    Accommodation

    Comfortable Hotel 4 nights Camping 1 night Basic Hotel 3 nights Multishare Hostel 8 nights Hammocks 2 nights

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    Transport

    Overland Expedition Vehicle, Jeep

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    Visit the jaw dropping Santuario Las Lajas on the outskirts of Ipiales

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    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

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    Learn about Colombia Coffee and wander the plantation

What's Not Included

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    International Travel

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    Tipping and Gratuities

Tour Staff

Two Dragoman Crew Members, Local Guides where necessary

Transport

Overland Expedition Vehicle, Jeep

Your Peace of Mind Options

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    Low Deposit

    Dragoman requires a deposit of 300 GBP to secure a place on this tour, and the final balance is not due till 56 days before departure..

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    Secure payments

    All payments to TourHub are deposited into an externally regulated Trust account.


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