The Definitive South American Overland

Cartagena - Rio de Janeiro

130 days through Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, Brazil
FROM: $16095 USD
Transport:
Overland Expedition Vehicle, Jeep, Boat, Private Bus, Train, Local Bus, Ferry, Canoe
Crew:
Two Dragoman Crew Members, Local Guides where necessary
Accom:
Comfortable Hotel 22 nights
Hammocks 2 nights
Basic Hotel 21 nights
Multishare Hostel 32 nights
Camping 41 nights
Guesthouse 2 nights
Homestay 1 night
Wild Camp 8 nights
Meals:
Breakfasts x 99, Lunches x 61, Dinners x 56
Physical:
Lifestyle:
Code:
JTR
Deposit:
$1015 USD per person
Foreign Travel Advice

For anyone who wants to experience most of the highlights and the hidden gems of South America, this journey will take you the length and breadth of the continent and through the jungles, deserts, grasslands and mountains; it really is a catch all trip.

It is both a great road journey and a trip for the active. For lovers of trekking, you will get the change to hike the Inca Trail, through the Cordillera Blanca in northern Peru, through the Andes of Ecuador and the W Walk in Torres del Paine National park in Patagonia. If you enjoy horse riding you will ride across the beautiful northern cordillera near Cordoba in Argentina with the Gauchos and through the waters and ranches of the Pantanal in Brazil.

You will visit most of the continents great historic cities, including Cartagena, Quito, Lima, Cusco, La Paz, Santiago, Buenos Aires and Rio; but it's the less well known places that will surprise you most; places like the beautiful cities of Salta, Cuenca or Popayan.

Then there are the must do's and a multitude of national parks; too many to mention but all building to create the trip of a lifetime.

2 nights in vibrant Cartagena
2 Nights in the stunning Caribbean beach national park of Tayrona
3 nights to explore the infamous streets of Medellin
Explore the region of Salento and visit a coffee finca
Guided trek through spectacular Cocora Valley
2 night stay in the historic colonial city of Popayan
Photograph the iconic church bridge of Ipiales
Visit the equator monument en-route to Quito
Full day coffee experience and plantation tour
3 night stay in a community run eco lodge to explore the Amazon Jungle

This is a great road journey and there will be long days driving but these are split with plenty of activity, trekking, riding, rafting and exploring historic or cosmopolitan cities. The accommodation will be mixed from wild camps, campsite, hostels and small hotels. Lifestyle will range from the relaxed to challenging.

Explore Cartagena on a guided walking tour

Explore some of Tayrona National Park's scenic walking trails including a hike to the mysterious ancient ruins of Pueblito hidden in the jungles high above the coastline

Head out on a fascinating guided tour of Medellin and learn all about it's tumultuous past

Head out on a half-day guided trek through the spectacular Cocora Valley and see the incredible 50m-tall Quindio wax palms the tallest plam trees in the world!

Learn about Colombia Coffee and wander the plantation

Day 1 - Cartagena

Border Information: if joining in Cartagena, you will most likely enter Colombia at Cartagena Rafael Núñez International Airport (IATA code: CTG).

There will be an important group meeting at 6:00pm at the joining hotel - please look out at the hotel reception for a note from your leader with more details about this important meeting.

Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Cartagena before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Cartagena.

If you are continuing on from Panama, then your leader will have assisted you with airport transfers for your included flight to arrive in time for the joining meeting.


Accommodation: Comfortable Hotel


Day 2 - Cartagena
Day 3 - Tayrona NP
Day 4 - Tayrona NP
Day 5 - Lorica
Day 6 - Lorica
Day 7 - Medellin
Day 8 - Medellin
Day 9 - Medellin
Day 10 - Manizales
Day 11 - Salento
Day 12 - Salento
Day 13 - Salento
Day 14 - Popayan
Day 15 - Popayan
Day 16 - Ipiales
Day 17 - Otavalo
Day 18 - Quito
Day 19 - Quito
Day 20 - Ecuadorian Amazon
Day 21 - Ecuadorian Amazon
Day 22 - Ecuadorian Amazon
Day 23 - Rio Verde
Day 24 - Rio Verde
Day 25 - Rio Verde
Day 26 - Chugchilán
Day 27 - Chugchilán
Day 28 - Cuenca
Day 29 - Cuenca
Day 30 - Punta Sal
Day 31 - Punta Sal
Day 32 - Huanchaco
Day 33 - Huanchaco
Day 34 - Huaraz
Day 35 - Huaraz
Day 36 - Huaraz
Day 37 - Lima
Day 38 - Lima
Day 39 - Huacachina
Day 40 - Nazca
Day 41 - Puerto Inca
Day 42 - Arequipa
Day 43 - Arequipa
Day 44 - Chivay
Day 45 - Chivay
Day 46 - Raqchi
Day 47 - Cuzco
Day 48 - Cuzco
Day 49 - Inca Trail
Day 50 - Inca Trail
Day 51 - Inca Trail
Day 52 - Inca Trail
Day 53 - Cuzco
Day 54 - Cuzco
Day 55 - Puno
Day 56 - Isla del Sol
Day 57 - Copacabana
Day 58 - La Paz
Day 59 - La Paz
Day 60 - La Paz
Day 61 - Uyuni
Day 62 - Uyuni
Day 63 - Altiplano
Day 64 - San Pedro de Atacama
Day 65 - San Pedro de Atacama
Day 66 - Salta
Day 67 - Salta
Day 68 - Cafayate
Day 69 - Cafayate
Day 70 - Recreo
Day 71 - Estancia
Day 72 - Estancia
Day 73 - Estancia
Day 74 - Cordoba
Day 75 - Mendoza
Day 76 - Mendoza
Day 77 - Santiago
Day 78 - Santiago
Day 79 - Santiago
Day 80 - Buchupureo
Day 81 - Pucon
Day 82 - Pucon
Day 83 - Bariloche
Day 84 - Bariloche
Day 85 - Futaleufu
Day 86 - Futaleufu
Day 87 - Puyuhuapi
Day 88 - Cerro Castillo NR
Day 89 - Cerro Castillo NR
Day 90 - Rio Pinturas
Day 91 - El Calafate
Day 92 - El Calafate
Day 93 - Tierra Del Fuego
Day 94 - Ushuaia
Day 95 - Ushuaia
Day 96 - Tierra Del Fuego
Day 97 - Torres Del Paine NP
Day 98 - Torres Del Paine NP
Day 99 - Torres Del Paine NP
Day 100 - Torres Del Paine NP
Day 101 - Torres Del Paine NP
Day 102 - El Chalten
Day 103 - El Chalten
Day 104 - El Chalten
Day 105 - Jaramillo Petrified Forest
Day 106 - Camarones
Day 107 - Puerto Madryn
Day 108 - Puerto Madryn
Day 109 - Bahia Blanca
Day 110 - Buenos Aires
Day 111 - Buenos Aires
Day 112 - Buenos Aires
Day 113 - Buenos Aires
Day 114 - Yapeyu
Day 115 - Foz do Iguacu
Day 116 - Foz do Iguacu
Day 117 - Foz do Iguacu
Day 118 - Bonito
Day 119 - Bonito
Day 120 - Bonito
Day 121 - Pantanal
Day 122 - Pantanal
Day 123 - Campo Grande
Day 124 - Brotas
Day 125 - Brotas
Day 126 - Paraty
Day 127 - Paraty
Day 128 - Paraty
Day 129 - Rio de Janeiro
Day 130 - Rio de Janeiro

Lorna D

Always activities to do, our guides were fantastic and some of the destinations were incredible!

Hedie B

I really enjoyed how the group become like a family. We were able to share amazing travel experiences together which is a lot better than being in your own.