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SMCG - Colombia, Andes & Gal pagos

Got two months? Want to make the most of them? There can be no better way to do so than one of the most sprawling of all our South American trips. Imagine 60 solid days spent exploring Colombia's Lost City, ambling around Machu Picchu after conquering the Inca Trail in Peru, enjoying a homestay deep in the Amazon jungle, and snorkeling with sea lions in the Gal pagos Islands. With a week of camping in the Gal pagos included, there's no possible way you'll go home feeling like you missed out on anything in South America.

Inclusions

G Adventures for Good: Wiwa Community Visit & Lunch, Gotsezhi Village G Adventures for Good: Floreana Community Restaurants, Floreana Island G Adventures for Good: Floreana Community Guesthouse, Floreana Island Local Living: Amazon Jungle Experience, Tena Hands-On: Huacachina Winery Visit, Huacachina Big Night Out: Cusco Local Living: Lake Titicaca Homestay, Lago Titicaca
Lost City of Teyuna trek (5 days)
Tayrona National Park excursion (excluding February departures)
Overnight desert camping (Tatacoa)
San Agustin ruins visit
Visit to Otavalo Market
Orientation walks in Medellin and Quito
Visit to Otavalo Market
Highlands visit (Floreana Island)
Loberia snorkelling excursion
Visit to Flamingo Lagoon and Tortoise Breeding Centre (Isabela Island)
Full-day hike of Sierra Negra Volcano
Charles Darwin Research Station (Santa Cruz Island)
Lava tunnels
Opportunities for snorkelling, swimming, and incredible wildlife encounters (Gal pagos Islands)
Beach time in Taganga, Mancora, and Huanchaco
Pachamanca ceremony (Nazca)
Guided tour of Machu Picchu
Inca Trail hike with a local guide, cook, and porters (4 days)
Amazon Jungle and Colca Canyon excursions
Lake Titicaca excursion
Internal flights
All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
Tour Provider G Adventures
Number of Days
62
Price From
AUD $8,499
Start Location
Cartagena, Colombia
End Location
La Paz, Colombia
Age Range
18 to 39
Group Size
1 to 16
Tour Style
Basic
Tour Themes
Fast and Fun, Small Group, Young Adventurer (18-39)
Physical Rating
Moderate to Challenging
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
06 Jun 201806 Aug 2018Fully BookedAUD $8,499 
08 Jun 201806 Aug 2018Fully BookedAUD $8,499 
27 Jun 201827 Aug 2018Fully BookedAUD $8,499 
29 Jun 201827 Aug 2018Fully BookedAUD $8,499 
04 Jul 201803 Sep 2018Fully BookedAUD $8,499 
06 Jul 201803 Sep 2018Fully BookedAUD $8,499 
11 Jul 201810 Sep 2018Fully BookedAUD $8,499 
13 Jul 201810 Sep 2018Fully BookedAUD $8,499 
01 Aug 201801 Oct 2018Fully BookedAUD $8,499 
03 Aug 201801 Oct 2018Fully BookedAUD $8,499 
17 Aug 201815 Oct 2018Fully BookedAUD $8,499 
17 Oct 201817 Dec 20189AUD $8,499
19 Oct 201817 Dec 2018Fully BookedAUD $8,499 
21 Nov 201821 Jan 20198AUD $8,499
23 Nov 201821 Jan 2019Fully BookedAUD $8,499 
19 Dec 201818 Feb 201913AUD $9,179
21 Dec 201818 Feb 2019Fully BookedAUD $8,499 
13 Jan 201915 Mar 2019Fully BookedAUD $8,499 
27 Jan 201929 Mar 201912AUD $9,179
10 Feb 201912 Apr 201912AUD $9,179
03 Mar 201903 May 201912AUD $8,839
17 Mar 201917 May 2019Fully BookedAUD $8,499 
14 Apr 201914 Jun 201916AUD $8,839
19 May 201919 Jul 201916AUD $8,839
30 Jun 201930 Aug 201914AUD $8,839
07 Jul 201906 Sep 201915AUD $8,839
28 Jul 201927 Sep 201916AUD $8,839
11 Aug 201911 Oct 2019Fully BookedAUD $8,499 
25 Aug 201925 Oct 201916AUD $8,839
29 Sep 201929 Nov 201916AUD $8,839
20 Oct 201920 Dec 201916AUD $8,499
27 Oct 201927 Dec 2019Fully BookedAUD $8,499 
03 Nov 201903 Jan 202015AUD $8,499
17 Nov 201917 Jan 202016AUD $8,499
01 Dec 201931 Jan 202016AUD $9,179
Itinerary
Day 1 - Cartagena
Arrive at any time.
Day 2 - Cartagena
Free day to explore this coastal colonial city. Wander the historic old town, check out the San Felipe fortress, or get dirty with a mud bath and massage at Totumo Volcano.
Day 3 - Cartagena/Santa Marta
Travel by public bus to this coastal port town. Free time to visit the Gold Museum with its collection of Lost City artifacts, chill out on the beach and pick up any last minute necessities for the upcoming trek.
Day 4 - Santa Marta/ Wiwa Camp
Transfer to Machete Pelao, where the trek to the Lost City of Teyuna begins. Trek through farmland, steamy jungle, and rural Kogi communities. Get a glimpse into the local way of life in the remote river valleys of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
Day 5 - Wiwa Camp /Teyuna Paraiso Camp
Continue trekking along the route to Ciudad Perdida. Today is a tough portion of the trek with a lot of steep inclines, make sure to rest and take in the beautiful views. Arrive at the campsite in the afternoon and relax by the river.
Day 6 - Teyuna Paraiso Camp/ Wiwa Camp
Get started early to climb the 1,200 steps up to the Lost City. The view of the surrounding Sierra Nevada Mountains makes it well worth the hike. Explore the Lost City and learn what is known of its origins from the indigenous guide, before making the descent back to Wiwa Camp for the night.
Day 7 - Wiwa Camp /Ricardito Camp
Follow the path back through the deep jungle, wind through banana trees, cacao plants and small Kogi communities on the way to Ricardito Camp. The nickname for this camp is vista hermosa or beautiful views, sit back and soak them in.
Day 8 - Gotsezhi Village/Taganga
Head across grassy hills and gentle streams to reach the Gotsezhi Wiwa indigenous community. Enjoy a G Adventures-supported community lunch cooked by women from the community with local ingredients. Learn about Wiwa customs on a village visit and then lounge in a hammock by the river. In the afternoon, return to Taganga for a well deserved night in a hotel.
Day 9 - Taganga/Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
Head into Tayrona National Park for a moderate hike with a local guide. This is a perfect opportunity to experience nature and learn a little more about the rich, natural diversity of northern Colombia.
Day 10 - Taganga/Medell n
Fly inland to infamous Medell n, now one of Latin America's safest cities. Enjoy an orientation walk upon arrival and an optional night out with the group.
Day 51 - Cusco
Enjoy another free day in Cusco.
Day 52 - Cusco/Ollantaytambo
Learn about the Sacred Valley en route to Ollantaytambo. Opt to take a Sacred Valley tour with a visit to a G Adventures-supported women's weaving co-op.
Day 53 - Inca Trail
Depart Ollantaytambo by van to km 82 where the hike begins.
Day 54 - Inca Trail
Start early to climb the long steep path to Warmiwa usca, better known as Dead Woman's Pass. This is the highest point of the trek at 4,198m (13,769 ft). Most hikers reach camp by early afternoon, with ample time to rest and relax.
Day 55 - Inca Trail
Cross two more passes and ruins along the way. The first pass is Runquraqay at 3,950m (13,113 ft) where, on a clear day, hikers can catch a glimpse of the snow-capped Cordillera Vilcabamba. Hike through cloud forest on the gentle climb to the second pass of the day, walking through original Incan constructions. The highest point of the pass is 3,700m (12,136 ft). On a clear day, enjoy the spectacular views of the Urubamba Valley. At 3,650m (11,972 ft), reach the ruins of Phuyupatamarca, the "town above the clouds." Camp here or go another 1.5 hrs to the Wi ay Wayna ruins ("forever young") located at 2,650m (8,694 ft).
Day 11 - Medell n
Opt to go paragliding over the city or catch a ride on the cable car.
Day 14 - Salento/Tatacoa Desert
Enjoy the ride to the Tatacoa Desert to spend the night under the stars.
Day 13 - Salento
Opt to take a morning hike through the towering palms of the Cocora Valley, or choose from a variety of other optional activities in the coffee region of Quind o.
Day 12 - Medell n/Salento
Drive through beautiful landscapes to Salento.
Day 50 - Cusco
Free time to explore Cusco. Opt for a city tour or go whitewater rafting, horseback riding or mountain biking.
Day 15 - Tatacoa Desert/San Agust n
Head out into the impressive Tatacoa desert and explore the rocky canyons. The morning is free to choose how you wish to explore, opt to go for a hike or go horseback riding. After, travel to San Agustin.
Day 49 - Arequipa/Cusco
Explore Arequipa and opt to take a city tour. Take an overnight bus to Cusco.
Day 16 - San Agust n
Visit the San Agustin Archaeological Park, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site with more than 500 sculptures scattered through the hillside.
Day 22 - Santa Cruz Island/Floreana Island
In the morning, visit the Charles Darwin Station to see Gal pagos giant tortoises. After, transfer by speedboat to Floreana Island. Get settled at the G Adventures-supported community guesthouse and opt to explore the small town or catch the sunset at Playa Negra beach.
Day 21 - Quito/Santa Cruz Island
Fly to the Gal pagos Islands and transfer to the campsite located in highlands of Santa Cruz. Explore the highlands to see giant tortoises in the wild and hike to the lava tunnels.
Day 20 - Otavalo/Quito
Visit the famous Otavalo artisan market for a morning perusing colourful textiles, art, carvings, and jewelry made by people from nearby communities. In the afternoon, drive back to Quito.
Day 19 - Pasto/Otavalo
Visit the striking Lajas Sanctuary, built on a bridge in a lush gorge, this neo-Gothic church is sure to impress. After, cross the border into Ecuador and continue on to Otavalo for the night.
Day 18 - Popay n/Pasto
Head further south to Pasto, wander around and keep an eye out for local ice cream makers out in the streets.
Day 17 - San Agust n/Popay n
In the morning travel to Popay n and explore this beautiful colonial town.
Day 56 - Machu Picchu/Cusco
The final day of the hike starts pre-dawn to reach the Sun Gate before sunrise. Wake up around 03:30 and walk to the checkpoint. Catch the first views of the breathtaking ruins of Machu Picchu on a clear day. Hike down to Machu Picchu for a guided tour of the site and free time to explore. Opt to visit the Inca Bridge, if time allows. Catch the bus to Aguas Calientes to meet any non-hiking members of your group. Eat and relax before your train back to Cusco in the afternoon.
Day 48 - Chivay/Arequipa
Set out looking for the majestic soaring condors over Colca Canyon. Head back to Arequipa to enjoy the city in the evening.
Day 57 - Cusco
Free day to explore more of Cusco or just relax.
Day 23 - Floreana Island
Enjoy an included snorkelling excursion to Loberia, and visit the highlands of Floreana.
Day 59 - Puno/Lago Titicaca
Guided tour of Lake Titicaca with a homestay in a local village.
Day 60 - Lago Titicaca/Puno
Visit the floating islands of Uros. Optional visit to the Sillustani burial site.
Day 30 - Tena
Head out on nature walks and learn about local traditions at an overnight homestay.
Day 29 - Quito/Tena
Travel to the jungle city of Tena and continue by truck to a jungle community.
Day 28 - Quito
Enjoy a free day to explore Ecuador's capital. Visit the city's old town, take a day trip to the equator, or Cotopaxi volcano.
Day 27 - Santa Cruz Island/Quito
Say goodbye to the Galapagos Islands, and take a morning flight back to Quito. Upon arrival in Quito, transfer to the hotel and enjoy a night in the city.
Day 26 - Isabela Island/Santa Cruz Island
Transfer by speedboat back to Santa Cruz Island, and enjoy a night in the town of Puerto Ayora. Hike to beautiful Tortuga Bay, and opt to go kayaking or just lounge on the beach.
Day 25 - Isabela Island
Enjoy free time in the morning for optional activities, opt to go snorkelling, surfing or hit the beach. In the afternoon, visit the Flamingo Lagoon and the Tortoise Breeding Centre.
Day 24 - Floreana Island/Isabela Island
Take a speedboat over to Isabela Island and hike the Sierra Negra Volcano for spectacular views from above.
Day 47 - Arequipa/Colca Canyon
Take a full-day tour of the spectacular Colca Valley, and opt for a soak in hot springs.
Day 58 - Cusco/Puno
Travel through the high Altiplano region to travel to Puno on Lake Titicaca.
Day 46 - Arequipa
Opt to visit the Santa Catalina Convent or a local hot spring.
Day 31 - Tena
Head out on nature walks and learn about local traditions at an overnight homestay.
Day 44 - Paracas/Nazca
Optional visit to Ballestas Islands before travelling to Nazca. En route, stop at a winery and at the oasis of Huacachina.
Day 43 - Lima/Paracas
Free morning in Lima before travelling by bus to Paracas.
Day 42 - Lima
Enjoy the day exploring the city.
Day 41 - Lima
Explore Peru's capital on an optional city tour, try paragliding, or simply relax. Be sure to try the tasty ceviche and pisco sours.
Day 40 - Huanchaco/Lima
Full day in Huanchaco before boarding a night bus to Lima.
Day 39 - Huanchaco
Enjoy more beach time or opt to visit pre-Inca sites or the city of Trujillo.
Day 38 - M ncora/Huanchaco
Free time in Mancora. Overnight bus to Huanchaco.
Day 37 - M ncora
Opt to relax on the beach, discover Mancora, go horseback riding, or take a surf lesson.
Day 36 - Cuenca/M ncora
Cross the border into Peru and head to the beach.
Day 35 - Cuenca
Enjoy a free day to visit Cajas NP or the Inca ruins of Ingapirca.
Day 34 - Ba os/Cuenca
Travel to historic Cuenca.
Day 33 - Ba os
Opt to soak in the nearby hot springs or get active by hiking, horseback riding, or mountain biking.
Day 32 - Tena/Ba os
Travel to Ba os, an adrenaline junkie's paradise.
Day 61 - Puno/La Paz
Cross over into Bolivia for a night out in the highest city of the trip. Oxygen bar anyone?
Day 45 - Nazca/Arequipa
Opt for a flight over the Nazca Lines. Overnight bus to Arequipa.
Day 62 - La Paz
Depart at any time.