Cartagena to Quito

Cartagena to Quito information and booking

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Departs from
Camping (with facilities), Hostel, Hotel
Group Size
Maximum of 22 travellers per group
Overland vehicle
Important Notes
Please note that this trip requires minimum numbers to depart, and may be cancelled up until 56 days prior to departure. The places showing on the dates and availability page are an indication only so please contact Intrepid to check if your preferred date will depart before making any final arrangements, such as booking non-changeable flights.


Wander through the fairytale city of Cartagena, Relax by the calm lake waters that lap at the town of Guatape, Travel to Medellin and learn about Colombia's chequered past, Get a caffeine-fix at a plantation in Los Nevados National Park, View dramatic volcanic landscapes in Purace National Park, Wonder at Santuario de Las Lajas, a hidden Colombian highlight, Walk through colourful textile markets, Join the cafe culture of Quito, Visit the wild, unspoilt beaches of Tayrona National Park

Tour description provided by Intrepid

Be a part of Columbia's revival on this exciting overland adventure. Travel through the Colombian countryside and discover quaint cities, coffee plantations, sleepy seaside towns and grand volcanic landscapes. With lots of opportunity to interact with outgoing, friendly locals, this is a great chance to have a genuine travel experience to talk about for years to come. Taking in the best spots and attractions of this fascinating country, this trip provides a unique insight into a nation that is rapidly evolving. Visit Colombia and be touched by the authenticity of this flourishing country before finishing the adventure in Ecuador's capital, Quito.


Days 1-2 Cartagena
Legendary both for its history and beauty, the colonial architecture and huge city walls of Cartagena's picturesque old town perch alongside the sparkling Caribbean.
Days 3-4 Covenas/San Bernardo Islands
Located on the Gulf of Morrosquillo, Covenas is our base for exploring the spectacular San Bernardo islands - a beautiful archipelago with fine beaches and diverse wildlife.
Days 5-6 Medellin
Blessed with a perfect climate and a wealth of culture, Medellin has turned itself around to become one of the most exciting cities in South America.
Days 7-9 Guatapé
Beautifully located beside a lake in rolling countryside, Guatapé is famous for the towering El Peñón de Guatapé, a granite monolith that offers amazing views from the top.
Days 10-12 Manizales
Manizales is a relaxed and friendly city right in the heart of Colombia's coffee region with a comfortable climate and plenty to see and do.
Days 13-14 Cali
The salsa capital of Colombia, Cali is a big and bustling city with a warm climate and a lively social scene in its many fashionable bars and restaurants.
Day 15 Popayan
Nicknamed the White City, Popayan is a beautiful colonial town of whitewashed houses and grand churches encircled by rolling green hills.
Day 16 Ipiales
Set on the Colombian side of the Colombia/Ecuador frontier, Ipiales has some pleasant plazas and the sight of locals using a horse and cart gives it a quaint, countryside feel.
Day 17 Otavalo
Otavalo is a small town famous for its market - villagers from the surrounding countryside descend on the town once a week to sell everything from handmade goods to livestock.
Days 18-19 Quito
Quito is a cultured city with a wonderous Old Town, a dynamic nightlife and atmospheric streets showcasing Ecuadorian life in all its splendour.