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Cartagena to Quito on a Shoestring Adventure Tour

South America

  • Colombia
  • Ecuador

Colombia is an underrated country for travellers, but with our safe, social, and budget-friendly group trips, we want to change that. After all, there's so much culture and beauty to this region that it would be a shame to let it go unexplored ' plus you can say you got here before everyone else. Over three weeks, you'll go from Colombia to Ecuador, hiking to the Lost City of Teyuna, relaxing on warm beaches and camping under the stars in the Tatacoa Desert. You're sure to find something you love in these countries.


Trek to the Lost City of Teyuna, party in Colombian cities, discover the rich natural diversity of Tayrona National Park, camp under the stars in the desert, see how Medellín has revitalized into a safe and flourishing city, Explore the street art
filled Bogotá with free time in the capital, haggle at Otavalo market, Spend the night in the Ecuadorian Indigenous community of San Clemente with a homestay

What's Included

Your G for Good Moment: Wiwa Community Visit & Lunch, Gotsezhi Village Your Local Living Moment: Indigenous Community Homestay, San Clemente. Lost City of Teyuna trek (5 days). Guided tour of the Lost City. Tayrona NP Excursion (excluding February departures). Beach time in Taganga. Overnight desert excursion (Tatacoa). Visit to Otavalo Market. San Clemente homestay. Orientation walks in Medellín and Quito. Internal flights. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.


Simple hotels (13 nts), hostel (2 nts multi
share), camping (4 nts in hammocks or rustic bunks), desert camping (1 nt).

Meals Included

16 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 4 dinners


Local bus, 4x4, hiking, plane, minibus.

About our Transportation

This trip combines a variety of transportation types. At G Adventures, we believe that getting there is half the fun. When it comes to getting around, public transport is often the best and most colourful way to go. You'll be using a combination of public buses, private vans, ferries, boats and taxis to get from here to there.

Group Leader Description

All G Adventures group trips are accompanied by one of our Chief Experience Officers (CEOs), a G Adventures representative, or an expedition team. The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. They will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. We also use local guides where we think more specific knowledge will add to the enjoyment of the places we are visiting
we think it's the best of both worlds.

Emergency Fund

Please also make sure you have access to at least an additional USD $200 (or equivalent) as an 'emergency' fund, to be used when circumstances outside our control (ex. a natural disaster) require a change to our planned route. This is a rare occurrence!

Solo Travellers

We believe solo travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi
share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and solo travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.

Spending Money

Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping and tipping. Please also remember the following specific recommendations when planning your trip.

Day 1 Cartagena

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Day 2 Cartagena

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Day 3 Cartagena/Santa Marta

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Day 4 Santa Marta/ Wiwa Camp

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Day 5 Wiwa Camp /Teyuna Paraiso Camp

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Day 6 Teyuna Paraiso Camp/ Wiwa Camp

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Day 7 Wiwa Camp /Ricardito Camp

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Day 8 Ricardito Camp/Taganga

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Day 9 Taganga/Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona

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Day 10 Taganga/Medellín

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Day 11 Medellín

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Day 12 Medellín/Salento

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Day 13 Salento

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Day 14 Salento/Bogotá

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Day 15 Tatacoa Desert/San Agustín

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Day 16 Bogotá/Tatacoa Desert

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Day 17 San Agustín/Popayán

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Day 18 Popayán/Pasto

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Day 19 Pasto/Otavalo

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Day 20 San Clemente/Quito

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Day 21 Quito

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Prices from: €2219.00

Duration: 21 Days

Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings

Service Level: Basic

Physical Demands Rating: 4 - Demanding

Group Size Notes: Max: 16

Call Us: 01 2311889

My Own Room Exceptions

Nights 4
7: Lost City trek, Night 9: Tayrona National Park (hammocks).


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