16 days tour
Cartagena To Ushuaia (98 Days) Tip To Tail
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Accommodation is included.
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Itinerary of your trip Cartagena To Ushuaia (98 Days) Tip To Tail
- Day 1 Day 1-6: Cartagena To Tayrona National Park
Day 1-6: Cartagena To Tayrona National Park
A highlight of any trip to Colombia is undoubtedly Cartagena. With its colonial past and Unesco World Heritage status, an old city is an ideal place to just wander the maze of cobbled alleys amongst churches, monasteries, plazas and bougainvillaea draped balconies. Las Murallas, the thick walls built around the old city to protect it from pirates, are wonderfully preserved and make for an interesting walk, before stopping off in one of the hidden patio cafes. We spend 2 nights here to get a flavour of both the old city and also the trendy area of Bocagrande. We will also include a boat trip to Playa Blanca, with its turquoise waters and golden sand it is one of Cartagena's most famous beaches. We set off in our overland truck eastbound with a quick dip in Volcan de Lodo el Totumo before we continue to Taganga where we spend a night in this chilled-out Caribbean town with a strong alternative feel. Some of South America's loveliest coastline lies east of Taganga in Tayrona National Park. We spend 2 days exploring trails to beaches set in deep bays, shaded by coconut palms. We have the option to snorkel and possibly scuba dive in some of the bays. Lack of roads means that we will probably have to hike with our gear to our overnight spots where we sleep in hammocks!
- Day 2 Day 6-14: Tayrona National Park To Bogota
Day 6-14: Tayrona National Park To Bogota
We then head south into the heart of Colombia, with a roadside bush camp on the way before arriving in the lively city of Medellin. Here is a good spot to get a few Salsa or Tango lessons in before trying out your moves in the many discos and clubs. For those wanting a little culture, there are several art galleries and museums worth visiting or also an option to travel via local bus to the sleepy colonial town of Santa Fe de Antioquia. Continuing south, our Colombian overland adventure takes us into the mountains to the pleasantly cool climate of Salento. Here, deep in the heart of the coffee-growing area, we have the option to visit one of the numerous coffee farms. Parque Los Nevados, with peaks topping 5000mtrs, and weirdly tall Palm trees making it a great place to spend a day trekking, before checking out some of the town's funky bars in the evening. Bogota is our next stop and we have 2 or 3 nights to see the different sides of this once notorious capital city. Having had the accreditation in the '80s and '90s of being one of the world's most dangerous cities, things have turned around for Bogota. The city is cradled by Andean Peaks and great views can be seen from a trek up the Cerro de Monserrate. Pop into the cobbled historic centre, La Candelaria, and as well as taking in a few cafes and picturesque buildings, enjoy the age-old tradition of adding cheese to your hot chocolate!
- Day 3 Day 15-17: Bogota To Parque Purace
Day 15-17: Bogota To Parque Purace
We now travel through the Tatacoa Desert, an arid area of striking eroded cliffs surrounded by distant peaks of over 5000mtrs. The result is a unique ecosystem, and due to the dry, clear conditions, the area is an excellent stargazing spot and we will try to camp here to appreciate the view. Turning west through stunning mountain scenery towards the Pan American Highway, and after a gruelling drive, we eventually take an unpaved road into Parque Purace. The park is the only place to see Condors in Colombia, and it is also home to some good walking trails. The adventurous can scale Volcan Purace (4750mtrs), but there are a few other less strenuous hikes to the Sulphur Mine and Termales de San Juan - a spectacular hot spring complete with water slides!
Tour leaving from Cartagena
Cartagena is a charming city located on the Caribbean coast of Colombia. With its historic old town and beautiful turquoise sea, Cartagena is a popular tourist destination. Enjoy its beaches, explore its cobblestone streets, and savor the delicious local cuisine.
There will be challenging activities such as hiking, biking, canyoning and trekking, but you’re also going to have other means of transportation and relaxed moments to just chill.
This accommodation includes essential services like a hot shower, electricity, and a nice and comfy bed.
You’ll be accompanied by a small group of travelers just like you.
There are several physical activities that last from 2 to 6 hours in easy terrains, low altitude flats, or water experiences. Please ask if you’re not sure this applies to you.
Min: 18 / Max: 99
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