Explore the mountains and markets of Ecuador
Experience the diversity of Colombia
|Tour Provider||Bunnik Tours|
|Number of Days||
4 to 20
|27 Jan 2020||19 Feb 2020||Available||AUD $11,810|
|24 Feb 2020||18 Mar 2020||Available||AUD $11,810|
Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Bienvenido a South America and the city of Lima!
This morning we fly to Quito, Ecuador's colonial capital. We'll discover the old town on a city tour, visiting the incredible gilded La Compania Church and San Francisco Monastery. Tonight we'll enjoy a group welcome dinner. [B,D]
After stopping at the equator and visiting the fascinating Intiñan Museum, we make our way into the enchanting Bellavista cloud forest. This paradise is home to botanical treasures such as bromeliads and orchids and more than 330 species of birds, as well as the most recently discovered mammal - the olinguito! We'll take a guided birdwatching hike to enjoy the surroundings. [B,L,D]
We take a picturesque journey through the Andes to Otavalo, stopping for lunch at a beautiful hacienda and rose plantation. We’ll also visit the town of Cotacachi, Ecuador’s leather capital. Our accommodation for the next two nights is the historic Hacienda Pinasqui. [B,L,D]
Begin the day at Otavalo’s Plaza de Ponchos, the famous Handicraft Market - a tradition dating back to pre-Incan times! The afternoon is at leisure for you to enjoy the hacienda and its grounds. [B]
This morning we cross the border into Colombia and visit the incredible Las Lajas Sanctuary, one of Colombia’s most important churches, built into the canyon of the Guáitara River.
Special Experience: Travel down through the canyon to the stunning basilica by cable car.
Sit back and enjoy the Colombian countryside this afternoon as we travel to the city of Pasto, at the foot of the Galeras volcano. Tonight we'll dine at a local restaurant. [B,D]
Today we'll explore nearby Laguna de la Cocha, a spectacular lake setting featuring the Isla de La Corota, a unique national park housing an evergreen cloud forest that sits in the centre of the lake. We'll also be able to try a typical local drink. [B]
This morning we depart for 'La Cuidad Blanca', Popayán, famous for its white facades. The town is also one of Colombia's most impressive colonial settlements. [B]
Special Experience: Today we visit the town of Silvia to explore the colourful, bustling market. We’ll also see the indigenous Guambiano people, dressed in their traditional “anacos”, selling produce and handicrafts.
We'll discover the sights of Popayán on a city tour this afternoon. [B]
We travel to the city of Cali, near the Pacific coast, and take a city tour before transferring to the airport for our flight to Bogotá, Colombia's vibrant capital nestled high in the Andes. [B]
Our day begins at the colourful Paloquemao Market, where we’ll find produce and ingredients for our cooking class.
Special Experience: Learn to cook some traditional Colombian dishes and enjoy them for lunch.
This afternoon we’ll visit the fantastic Gold Museum and wander through the Candelaria neighbourhood, the city’s historic heart. We'll also ride the cable car up Monserrate Hill for panoramic city views. [B,L]
This morning we tour Zipaquirá’s incredible Salt Cathedral, buried deep within a salt mine, and one of only two in the world. We then travel to the beautiful colonial town of Villa de Leyva and explore on a walking tour. [B]
Today we visit the Convento del Santo Ecce Homo and the Fossil Museum. We then return to Bogotá for our flight to Pereira, gateway to the Coffee Triangle. [B]
Considered by many to be the best in the world, we take an in-depth look at Colombian coffee’s journey ‘from the grain to the cup’ on a traditional plantation tour and tasting. [B]
Today we take a scenic journey to the small town of Salento, gateway to the Cocora Valley. Enjoy the bright colours of the balconies and facades that line the streets. [B,L]
Special Experience:Board a local jeep and travel into the Cocora Valley to explore the cloud forest and towering palm trees.
Enjoy the scenic route to Medellin, the City of Eternal Spring. We'll witness the city’s social transformation on a tour of the districts and projects that fostered its change. [B,D]
Spend the day in the picturesque town of Guatapé and visit famous La Piedra del Peñol, an enormous rock that affords incredible views over the lake and surrounding countryside from its peak. [B]
Special Experience: Enjoy a scenic cruise on magnificent Lake Guatapé, dotted with many beautiful islets.
Today we fly to Cartagena, on Colombia’s Caribbean coast. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure to relax or begin exploring. [B]
The beautiful walled city of Cartagena is full of fine Spanish colonial architecture. Our sightseeing today includes the San Felipe de Barajas Fortress and La Candelaria Church. In the afternoon we’ll visit the Monastery of San Pedro Claver, and the Church and Barricade of Santo Domingo. [B]
Today is at leisure to discover more of this colourful city. Tonight we'll enjoy a group farewell dinner. [B,D]
We fly to Lima via Bogotá. [B]
Today we begin our journey home. [B]