Northwestern South America is one of the most rapidly growing, dynamic, invigorating regions of the Latin continent, and this two-week overland trip—from Quito, Ecuador, to Cartagena, Colombia—is a great way for travellers in their 20s and 30s to see those two star countries.
You’ll begin in the capital of Ecuador, the second-highest capital city in the world, exploring its old-town shops, sloping streets and colonial architecture before heading north to the famed market town of Otavalo. Then you’ll cross into Colombia, continuing north through coffee country and spectacular countryside, stopping in bustling Medellin before reaching the Caribbean city and UNESCO World Heritage site of Cartagena.
Arriving in Ecuador for free time around Quito and the famed market town of Otavalo.
Crossing into Colombia to take in Las Lajas Sanctuary, a stunning feat of human achievement, built into a deep canyon with a 50-metre-tall bridge; traversing the coffee paradise of Salento, one of the region’s earliest settlements and well off the beaten track.
Spending two nights on a coffee farm, touring the plantation and tasting the local brews.
Discovering the sights and sounds of Medellin, Colombia’s second largest city, and Guatape, a city as lovely as a postcard, for optional adventures and hikes.
Walking around historic Cartagena, a colonial beauty on the northern coast that pulses with nightlife, cafes, bars and culture.