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Pan American between Antigua and Lima

Day 1 Antigua

Border information: if joining in Antigua, you will most likely enter Guatemala at Guatemala City La Aurora International Airport (IATA code: GUA). There will be an important group meeting at 18:00 at the joining hotel - please look out at the hotel reception for a note from your leader with more details about this important meeting. The rest of the day is free to explore the beautiful colonial city and its dramatic surroundings, and to take part in some optional activities. Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Antigua 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 Antigua. In Antigua we will stay in a delightful colonial hotel.
Activities(Optional)
Take a trek up to the famous active volcano of Pacaya near Antigua - Cost: USD 59
Visit the old Jesuit church of Santo Domingo, an iconic building in Antigua and home to six fascinating museums - Cost: GTQ 40
Learn all about the culture and history of Antigua at some of its museums, such as the Museum of Ancient Books and the Museum of Colonial Art - Cost: GTQ 30
Visit a traditional coffee plantation in the cool hills surrounding Antigua - Cost: GTQ 200
Participate in a local handicrafts workshop in a village near Quito, learning traditional weaving, cooking, or woodworking skills - Cost: GTQ 200

Day 2 Cerro Verde National Park

Today we will cross the border into El Salvador and drive to the stunning Cerro Verde National Park, where we will be surrounded by awe-inspiring volcanoes and countryside. In the morning we will have will take a guided trek up the nearby Santa Ana volcano (approximately 4 hours). In Cerro Verde National Park we will camp with basic facilities. Border information: Exit Guatemala at Ciudad Pedro de Alvarado, enter El Salvador at La Hachadura. Estimated Drive Time - 9 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).  
Activities(Included)
Visit the spectacular volcanic landscape of Cerro Verde National Park, one of El Salvador's gems

Activities(Optional)
Trek up to the summit of Santa Ana, El Salvador's highest volcano in the heart of Cerro Verde National Park - Cost: USD

Day 3 to 4 Suchitoto

After our trek up the volcano, we will take a short drive to the beautiful town of Suchitoto, where we will have a free afternoon to explore the town, with its cobbled streets and whitewashed houses, and to learn about the incredible work of the Dragoman-supported community centre in which we stay. In Suchitoto we will stay in dormitory rooms at the Centro Arte Para La Paz community centre, which runs many programs for the local communities to build cultural identity, unity, teaching skills, self-sufficiency, environmental equality and a culture of peace. Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours. On Day 4 we will have a day to explore Suchitoto, have a guided walking tour of the town, head out on a sunset boat trip or take a day trip to San Salvador.
Activities(Included)
Spend the night at the wonderful community centre of Centro Arte Para La Paz in Suchitoto, which runs many workshops and projects for the locals in the area

Day 5 to 6 Copan

Border information: Exit El Salvador at Anguiatú, enter Guatemala at Anguiatú. Exit Guatemala at El Florido, enter Honduras at El Florido. Today we will have a full day drive to return to Guatemala and then onwards to Honduras, arriving at the small village of Copán. Estimated Drive Time - 8-9 hours. On the following day we will have an included guided visit to the spectacular Mayan ruins of Copán, followed by a free afternoon to explore some of the other highlights in the area. In Copán we will stay in a local hotel.
Activities(Included)
Enjoy a guided tour of the magnificent ancient Mayan ruins of Copán

Activities(Optional)
Visit the Macaw Mountain Bird Sanctuary in Copán, home to many rescued birds such as macaws, toucans and kingfishers - Cost: HNL 200
Visit the beautiful old Mayan stone carvings of Los Sapos, with fantastic views over the town of Copán - Cost: HNL 30
Visit the Copán Butterfly Gardens, a serene garden bursting with tropical plants and dozens of moths and butterflies flitting about! - Cost: HNL 115

Day 7 to 9 Roatan

Today we will take a short drive to the town of San Pedro Sula and board a short local flight to Roatán, the largest of the famous tropical Bay Islands. On arrival we will transfer to the area of the West End Bay, where we base ourselves for our stay.  Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours. On the following 2 days we will enjoy lots of free time to take part in the wealth of optional activities available on Roatán, and of course to relax and swim on the stunning Caribbean beaches here! In Roatán we will stay in a local hotel near the beach.
Activities(Optional)
Head out scuba diving to the beautiful coral reefs off the coast of Roatán - Cost: USD 50
Rent sea kayaks to explore the magnificent Caribbean waters surrounding Roatán island - Cost: USD
Go on a spectacular snorkelling trip around the highlights of Roatán, such as the Blue Channel and St. Anthony's Key - Cost: USD 30
Head out on a guided tour of Roatán, seeing some of the most beautiful spots on the island and learning all about its history - Cost: USD 65
Go out horse riding across the stunning island of Roatán, through its wonderful eco-system of cacti, palms and orchids - Cost: USD 40

Day 10 Lake Yojoa

Today we will start early to transfer back to Roatán's airport and catch our flight back to the mainland, rejoining the Dragoman Bus! We will then continue our journey east through Honduras to the beautiful countryside of Lake Yojoa In Lake Yojoa we will camp for the night in the grounds of a lodge and brewery. Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours.

Day 11 Somoto

Today we will cross the border into Nicaragua, we will the head to the Somoto Canyon and stay in cabins near a village community. In the morning we will have an included half day canyoning experience, or alternatively for those who wish a farm and village tour. Aprroximate drive time - 364km / 8hrs

Day 12 to 13 Leon

This morning we will enjoy our canyon tour and then drive to the university town of León. Estimated Drive Time - 212km / 4hours. On the following day we will have free time to explore the town's wonderful colonial architecture or to take part in the many optional activities available here. In León we will stay in a centrally-located hotel.
Activities(Optional)
Visit León's many museums and galleries, such as the world-class Ortiz-Gurdián art museum, the Gallery of Heros and Martyrs, and the Museum of Legends and Traditions - Cost: NIO 20
Enjoy a fun and unique trip out to 'sand board' down the ash slopes of the Cerro Negro volcano - Cost: USD 30
Trek up the impressive active Telica volcano near León (please note that this is a fairly strenuous trek and you will need to be in good physical shape to participate - the trek usually takes about 6-7 hours) - Cost: USD 50
Head to the fantastic modern visitor centre at the world-famous Flor de Caña rum factory - Cost: USD 35
Visit the ancient ruins of León Viejo, the original settlement built by the Spanish before the town was moved in 1610 - Cost: USD 35
Head out on a horse riding trip in the stunning countryside near León, including views of the impossibly-circular crater of El Hoyo volcano and the beautiful Asososca lagoon - Cost: USD 40

Day 14 to 15 Masaya National Park

Today we will take a short drive to Nicaraguas's oldest city of Granada, a beautiful town which oozes with colonial charm! En route we will have an included visit to the traditional markets in the small town of Masaya, and witness the incredible active caldera of the nearby Masaya volcano (if its volcanic activity isn't too high). Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours. On the following day we will have free time to explore the historic streets of Granada's old town, or take part in some of the myriad of optional activities that are available here.   In Granada we will stay in a centrally-located hostel, which has a mixture of private and dormitory rooms.
Activities(Included)
Visit the dramatic crater rim of the active Masaya volcano between León and Granada
Visit the traditional markets in Masaya village, famous for its local handicrafts

Activities(Optional)
Visit the incredible San Francisco Convent and Museum in Granada, the oldest building in Central America dating from 1585 - Cost: USD 2
Trek up the beautiful dormant volcano of Mombacho near to Granada, exploring its rugged terrain and dwarf forests - Cost: USD 55
Learn about the cultivation of cocoa and its manufacture into chocolate at the Choco Museo in Granada - Cost: USD
Take a boat or kayak trip around the beautiful Isletas de Granada, in search of the local birdlife and the magnificent views of the surrounding volcanoes - Cost: USD 25
See a fascinating workshop in the village of San Juan de Oriente, demonstrating various local pottery-making techniques - Cost: USD

Day 16 to 17 Ometepe Island

This morning we drive to the small town of San Jorge on the shores of Lake Nicaragua, Central America's largest lake. Here we will board a ferry to the stunning volcanic island of Ometepe, where we base ourselves in the port village of Moyogalpa and enjoy free time to explore on arrival. Estimated Drive Time - 2-3 hours. On the following day we will have free time to explore and take part in optional activities such as the challenging trek to the summit of the Concepción volcano that dominates the island, or seeing some of the mysterious ancient petroglyphs that are dotted through the landscape. On Ometepe we will stay in a small local hotel.
Activities(Optional)
Trek to the summit of the iconic Concepción volcano that dominates over the island of Ometepe (please note that this is a very strenuous trek that will only be possible for those with a high level of fitness and in good shape - the trek is over 1000m of ascent and descent on rugged terrain, and will take between 9-12 hours). - Cost: USD 40
Trek up to the stunning San Ramón waterfall in the forests near Madera volcano - Cost: USD 40
Learn about the fascinating history and geology of the island at the Ometepe Museum in Altagracia village - Cost: USD 3
Freely explore the mysterious pre-Columbian petroglyphs scattered around the island Ometepe - Cost: USD
Visit the mystical and serene emerald-green lagoon of Charco Verde - Cost: NIO 20

Day 18 to 19 La Fortuna

Border information: Exit Nicaragua at Peñas Blancas, enter Costa Rica at Peñas Blancas. Today we will take an early morning ferry back to San Jorge and drive to La Fortuna in Costa Rica, a stunning town under the shadow of the mighty Arenal volcano.  Estimated Drive Time - 4-6 hours. On the following day we will have a free day to take optional treks through the incredible surrounding volcanic landscapes or forest canopies, or get involved in many different adventure activities such as zip-lining, white-water rafting, and canyoning. La Fortuna is also famous for its outstanding hot springs, which we will have the opportunity to visit. In La Fortuna we will stay in excellent cabanas outside of town.
Activities(Optional)
Take a fantastic white-water rafting trip on the Balsa or Sarapiqui rivers near La Fortuna, some of the best rafting areas in Costa Rica - Cost: USD 69
Head out for an evening at the spectacular volcanic hot springs complex of Baldi near La Fortuna - Cost: USD 34
Explore the breathtaking forests and volcanic landscapes of La Fortuna on several mountain biking trails in the area - Cost: USD 75
Take a intense canyoning trip into the rugged gorges of the jungles near Arenal, including several waterfall abseils - Cost: USD 100
Learn all about the intricacies of Costa Rican cuisine on a cooking class in La Fortuna - Cost: USD 45
Learn all about the plants, animals, traditions and agriculture of Costa Rica on a visit to the El Bosque Eco-Farm near La Fortuna - Cost: USD 45
Explore the stunning countryside and lush forests of the Arenal region by foot, where there many excellent guided trekking options - Cost: USD 55
Explore the magnificent countryside and waterfalls around the Arenal volcano by horseback - Cost: USD 65

Day 20 to 21 Monteverde

Today we will leave our overland vehicle behind and transfer by taxi and boat into the dense cloud forests and coffee plantations of Monteverde, a stunning area offering an incredible diversity of flora and fauna. Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours. On the following day we will have an included guided walk on the trails of the Monteverde Cloud Forest National Reserve, followed by a free afternoon to visit some of the town's highlights or enjoy some adventurous activities such as canyoning or horse riding. In Monteverde we will stay in a local hotel.
Activities(Included)
Take a guided trek to explore the stunning forest trails of the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, learning all about the fascinating and beautiful ecosystem there

Activities(Optional)
Fly above the cloud forests and valleys of Monteverde on an exhilarating zip-lining course - Cost: USD 50
Explore the incredible cloud forests of Monteverde at the tree-top level on a 3km canopy bridge circuit - Cost: USD 30
Learn all about the cultivation and processing of the world-renowned coffee of Costa Rica at one of the many incredible coffee plantations near Monteverde - Cost: USD 35
Head out to the cloud forests of the Santamarias Reserve to explore the area by night, when much of the elusive local wildlife comes out - Cost: USD 23
Visit the fantastic Butterfly Gardens of Monteverde, and learn all about the abundant bug-life of Costa Rica's cloud forests - Cost: USD 10
Learn about Costa Rica's spectacular amphibians at the Monteverde Frog Pond  - Cost: USD 13
Explore the magnificent Monteverde Orchid Gardens, home to over 400 species of orchids found in the region - Cost: USD 10

Day 22 to 23 Manuel Antonio National Park

Today we will continue by taxi to the small town of Tilarán, where we will rejoin our overland vehicle and drive to the spectacular beaches of Manuel Antonio National Park on the Pacific coast. Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours. On the following day we will have an included guided walk through some of the beautiful trails within park, learning all about its flora and fauna and immersing ourselves in the idyllic landscape. We will have free time in the afternoon to take part in some optional activities or relax on the wonderful beaches. In Manuel Antonio we will stay in a hostel near the beach, with a mixture of private rooms and dormitories.
Activities(Included)
Take a guided walk through the stunning trails of Manuel Antonio National Park, finishing at the world-class tropical beaches where you can swim and relax

Activities(Optional)
Explore the ocean on a catamaran sailing trip, heading out in search of dolphins, tropical fish and turtles and witnessing an unforgettable offshore sunset - Cost: USD 40
Explore the mangroves of Manuel Antonio by boat or by kayak, in search of rainbow boas, crocodiles and various water birds - Cost: USD 20
Head on an exhilarating guided jet ski trip on the Pacific Ocean near Manuel Antonio - Cost: USD 40
Go on an incredible white-water rafting trip on the Naranjo and Savegre rivers near Manuel Antonio National Park - Cost: USD 40
Take a paddle-boarding lesson to explore the secluded beaches of Manuel Antonio National Park - Cost: USD 20
Join a scuba diving trip to explore the reefs and underwater volcanic rock formations in the oceans near Manuel Antonio - Cost: USD 50
Try your hand at surfing on a short lesson in Manuel Antonio National Park - Cost: USD 10

Day 24 to 25 Boquete

Border information: Exit Costa Rica at Paso Canoas, enter Panama at Paso Canoas. Today we will drive across the Panama border into the Chiriqui highlands, arriving at the town of Boquete. Estimated Drive Time - 3-5 hours. On the following day we will have a free day to take part in some of the many optional outdoor activities which the town is famous for, including the opportunity to take the strenuous trek to the 3,478m summit of Volcán Barú, the highest point in Panama. In Boquete we will stay in a local hostel, with a mixture of private rooms and dormitories.
Activities(Optional)
Head out on a tour of some of the fascinating coffee plantations around the Chiriqui Highlands near Boquete - Cost: USD 30
Head out on an exhilarating white-water rafting expedition on the Chiriqui Viejo river near Boquete, one of the world's best rafting areas with 35 world-class runs to choose from - Cost: USD 65
Trek up to the summit of Volcán Barú, at 3,478m the highest point in Panama - please note this is a strenuous trek and usually takes approximately 8-12 hours, so you will need to be in decent physical condition to participate - Cost: USD 80
Take a dip in the excellent Caldera hot springs near Boquete - Cost: USD 3
Head out on a quad bike tour of the mountains, forests and coffee plantations near Boquete (driver's licence required) - Cost: USD 55
Go on a half-day rock climbing trip to the basalt cliffs near Boquete, one of Panama's best climbing destinations - Cost: USD 45
Take a fascinating bird-watching trip into the Chiriqui Highlands, one of the most abundant areas of birdlife in the Americas - Cost: USD 50
Enjoy a fantastic short canyoning trip through the gorges of Gualaca near Boquete - Cost: USD 25
Trek the famous Quetzal Trail through the cloud forests of the Chiriqui Highlands, or trek to various waterfalls in the rainforest - Cost: USD 35
Explore the spectacular Caldera Highlands around Boquete on horseback, riding through rainforests and local farms and coffee plantations - Cost: USD 35
Head on an excellent 12-line zip-lining course through the cloud forests near Boquete - Cost: USD 65

Day 26 Panama

Today we will continue to Chagres National Park and explore the Grandfather of the Panama Canal: the Camino Real, a cobblestoned road from the Caribbean to the Pacific through the rainforests of Panama, established as the transport route of Gold and Silver by Spanish conquistadors in the 16th Century. The Camino Real was rediscovered only recently, and we will visit and stay overnight at a community, which worked together with researcher Christian Strassnig to identify the original route of the Camino Real in the jungle. At Alajuela Lake we take a dugout boat to observe remains of the Camino Real at the lakeshore, then we arrive at the community and we are warmly welcomed by the people who are inspired with perspective of sustainable development through community tourism at the Camino Real. We have a typical Panamanian lunch and see then a presentation of authentic Panamanian folklore. In the morning we will undertake a hike the Camino Real, see the original cobblestone and be fascinated by stories of the mule trains, gold and pirates. Estimated Drive Time - 6-7 hours.

Day 27 Panama City

After early morning coffee you can go for an optional bird-watching hike on a trail with plenty of tropical birds (free with local guides). At return to community we have a hearty breakfast. We will then take a hike on the trail.  Afterwards it is time to say good-bye and we return by boat to our Overland Bus. We will then drive to the Miraflores Visitor Centre at the world-famous Panama Canal, learning all about its controversial history and incredible role in shaping trade and world politics in the 20th century. After our included visit we will complete the drive to the capital, Panama City. In Panama City we will stay in a local hotel in the Bella Vista district. Estimated Drive Time - 2 hours.
Activities(Included)
Visit the world-famous Panama Canal at the Miraflores Visitors' Centre, and learn all about the fascinating history of this controversial structure
We will have an included hike on the Camino Real, and a community based overnight stay, with all meals included.  

Activities(Optional)
Visit Panama City's Museum of Contemporary Art, one of the best collections of works by local artists in Panama - Cost: USD 5
Visit the phenomenal Biodiversity Museum in Panama City, a striking and iconic building containing a wonderful celebration of the flora and fauna of Panama - Cost: USD 22
See the Panama Canal Museum in the city centre, featuring excellent exhibits about the famous waterway - Cost: USD 5

Day 28 Cartagena

Today there will be a flight from Panama City to Cartagena which will have been booked by Dragoman for you. Upon arrival in Cartagena you will be taken to the joining hotel for the next leg of the trip.

Day 29 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. In Cartagena we stay in a comfortable hotel just outside the historical centre. 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.

Day 30 Cartagena

Today we will have a full day in the beautiful coastal colonial city of Cartagena. In the morning we will have an included walking tour of the city, and then the afternoon will be free to explore the city further, enjoy the many optional activities on offer, or simply relax on the beach.
Activities(Included)
Explore Cartagena on a guided walking tour

Activities(Optional)
Discover the brutal history of the Spanish Inquisition at their former headquarters in Cartagena, the Palace of the Inquistion - Cost: COP 15000
Learn all about Cartagena's naval tradition and history at the Naval Museum of the Caribbean - Cost: COP 15000
Visit the historic Castillo San Fellipe - Cost: COP 17000

Day 31 to 32 Tayrona National Park

Today we have a short drive to Tayrona, one of the most popular national parks in Colombia. Leaving our main luggage stored on the truck, we take a day-pack/night-bag and go on a moderate walk in to the park to where we will stay. Mules to carry your luggage can be hired at an extra cost. Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!). The following day is a free day to explore this stunning coastal park. We have the opportunity to trek to El Pueblito, a pre-Hispanic settlement of the Tayrona people, do some snorkelling, or just relax on the beautiful beaches.   In Tayrona National Park we will stay in rented hammocks. The hammocks are equipped with mosquito nets but please note that the nets are not treated with Permethrin or similar pesticides. There is also an option to bring tents if you prefer to stay in a tent rather than a hammock, but please note that mules will have to ber hired to carry your tent, at an extra cost. Please note that no meals are included in Tayrona National Park, but there are local restaurants to choose from.
Activities(Included)
Relax and unwind on the unspoilt beaches in Tayrona National Park

Activities(Optional)
Time to explore the Cloud Forests of the Sierra Nevada foothills - Cost: USD
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 - Cost: USD

Day 33 to 34 Mompos

Today we will have an early morning walk back to the National Park entrance, rejoin our truck, and drive to the peaceful and rarely-visited colonial town of Mompós, where we will stay 2 nights.  Estimated Drive Time - 8-9 hours. The following day we will go on an included short boat trip down Rio Magdalena to observe the riverside life and do some wildlife spotting. There will also be plenty of free time to explore this historical colonial town, the first town in Colombia to declare independence from Spain, wander the beautiful streets and soak up the atmosphere of the architecture. In Mompós we stay in a lovely local hotel.
Activities(Included)
Explore the area of Mompós by boat, on a beautiful short trip out on the Magdelena River

Day 35 to 37 San Gil

Today we will drive south to San Gil, the outdoor capital of Colombia and a mecca for extreme-sports enthusiasts! Tonight we will enjoy a vegetarian Indian buffet from the campsite's in-house restaurant. Estimated Drive Time - 9-11 hours. The following two days will be free to enjoy some of the myriad of adrenaline activities on offer in the area, or to spend some time relaxing on the farm. In San Gil we camp in a coffee and cattle farm outside town.
Activities(Optional)
Head out on an exhilarating white water rafting trip - the area has options for all levels, from beginner-level rapids on the nearby River Fonce, through the awe-inspiring canyon scenery on the fast rapids of the River Chicamocha, or the crazy Grade 5 rapids of the River Suarez! - Cost: COP 45000 - 130000
Explore the incredible underground caves of Cueva del Indio or Cueva de Vaca underneath the area of San Gil on a fully-equipped caving tour - Cost: USD 10
Get your adrenline flowing on a downhill mountain-biking ride through the spectacular scenery of the down the nearby Suarez Valley or the Chicamocha Canyon  - Cost: COP 250000
Explore the atmospheric old town of Barichara and discover its cobblestone streets, whitewashed buildings, and red-tiled roofs that look almost as new as the day they were created some 300 years ago - Cost: USD
Discover the scenery of the San Gil region on a horse riding trip through the surrounding hills - Cost: USD 40

Day 38 to 40 Medellin

Today we will have a full day's drive to the vibrant city of Medellín, where we will spend 3 nights. Estimated Drive Time - 9-11 hours. On our first full day in Medellín we will have a guided walking tour of the city, and our second day will be free time to independently explore the town, its parks, churches, and museums. In Medellín we will stay in dormitory accommodation in a centrally-located hostel, allowing you to enjoy the exciting nightlife of the city.
Activities(Included)
Head out on a fascinating walking tour of Medellín and learn all about it's tumultuous past

Activities(Optional)
Visit the colossal Catedral Metropolitana in the city centre, built using over a million bricks between 1875 and 1931 - Cost: COP
Take the pioneering Metroline cable car up to Santo Domingo, to see a very different area of the city and the revitalising effect the Metroline has had on the communities there - Cost: COP 1750
See some of Colombia's finest contemporary art at the Museo de Arte Moderno (NAMM), including the complete work of the local painter Debora Arango - Cost: COP 5000
Discover the story of Colombia's most infamous drug kingpin and the wealthiest criminal in history, Pablo Escobar, on a tour of his old haunts - Cost: COP 60000

Day 41 to 42 Salento

Today we will continue our journey south to the small town of Salento, the gateway to the spectacular Valle de Cocora. Estimated Drive Time - 6-7 hours. On the following day we will head out in the morning for an included visit to learn all about the cultivation and producing of Colombian coffee! After a local lunch, we will take an included guided trek through the Cocora Valley to see the Quindio wax palm trees, the largest palms in the world and the national tree of Colombia. In Salento we will camp in a well-equipped campsite, 15 minutes drive out of town.
Activities(Included)
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 all about the cultivation and production of Colombian Coffee on a guided tour

Day 43 to 44 Popayan

Today we will drive to the beautiful town and former colonial capital of Popayán. Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours. On the following day we will have a free day to explore Popayán or take part in some excellent treks or other optional activities in the surrounding area. In Popayán we stay in dormitory accommodation in a local hostel.
Activities(Optional)
Relax in the volcanic thermal springs near the village of Coconuco, dramatically set in a steep-sided valley - Cost: COP 60000
Trek to the 4,650m summit of the towering Puracé volcano near Popayán - Cost: COP 130000

Day 45 Ipiales

Today we will have a full day drive to the border town of Ipiales. In Ipiales we will stay in a local hotel. Estimated Drive Time - 9-10 hours.

Day 46 Ipiales

Border information: Exit Colombia at Ipiales, enter Ecuador at Ipiales. Today we will have an early start to visit the famous Santuario de las Lajas church outside of Ipiales. We will then head south and cross the border into Ecuador and drive to the bustling captial, Quito. En route into the city we will have an included visit to Mitad del Mundo, the monument that marks the Equator. In Quito we will stay in a friendly local hotel in the 'New Town'. Estimated Drive Time - 6-8 hours.
Activities(Included)
Visit the jaw dropping Santuario La Lajas on the outskirts of Ipiales
Visit the equator at Mitad del Mundo

Day 47 Quito

Border Information: if joining in Quito, you will most likely enter Ecuador at Quito Mariscal Sucre International Airport (IATA code: UIO). 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 Quito 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 Quito. A note on altitude: If you are joining in Quito, we strongly recommend arriving at least 24 hours before the trip begins to allow additional time to acclimatise. In Quito we will stay in a friendly local hotel in the 'New Town'.
Activities(Optional)
Visit one of the countless art galleries in Quito, such as the Casa de la Cultura Ecuatoriana or the Museo Guayasamin - Cost: USD 6
Visit the equator at Mitad del Mundo - Cost: USD 3
Take a trip on El Telerifiqo, the world's second highest cable car - Cost: USD 8.5
Visit the Museo De La Cuidad - Cost: USD 3
Take a walk around Quito's incredible Botanical Gardens, which showcases all of Ecuador's various ecosystems and their flora - Cost: USD 3.5
Visit the Museo Mindalae, the extremely original project showcasing Ecuador's rich cultural diversity - Cost: USD 3
Enjoy the fantastic view over Quito's Old Town from the statue of the Virgin Mary on top of the nearby Cerro Panecillo - Cost: USD
Visit the Museo Nacional del Banco Central, showcasing the country's largest collection of Ecuadorian art and housing an impressive gold collection - Cost: USD 2

Day 48 Ecuadorian Amazon

Today our journey begins with a drive to a village on the edge of the Amazon basin, near the town of Tena, where we head to our lodge for an incredible 3-night stay. Our lodge is a great example of eco-tourism, built and run by the local community and volunteers, who work to re-forest the reserve land at the lodge with native trees and medicinal plants. The lodge is set in secondary and primary rainsforest, an area at risk of deforestation.  We will stay in a comfortable ecolodge with meals included. Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).
Activities(Included)
Spend 3 nights at our fantastic Ecuadorian ecolodge, taking in many activities such as boat trips on the Napo River, visits to local communities and treks through the jungle to some spectacular waterfalls and bat caves!

Day 49 to 50 Ecuadorian Amazon

Over the next two days we will head into the Amazon jungle, enjoying rainforest treks exploring the nearby waterfalls and caves, and trips down the Napo River in motorised dugout canoes, hopefully spotting plenty of wildlife on the way. We will also see some ancient fossils and petroglyphs, and visit a local Quichua community.

Day 51 Rio Verde

Today we will drive through the highlands of Ecuador, arriving in Rio Verde near the famous Tungurahua volcano. In Rio Verde we will stay at a well-equipped campsite with great facilities. Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours.

Day 52 to 53 Banos

We will have two full days of free time to take part in a range of optional activities in Rio Verde, such as white-water rafting, trekking, canyoning, cycling, and other options. We will also have the opportunity to visit the nearby town of Baños and its popular volcanic thermal springs.
Activities(Optional)
Explore the beautiful hills surrounding Banos with an abundance of activities on offer - Cost: USD 3
Go on an adrenaline-fuelled half-day rafting expedition on the Rio Pastaza near Banos, one of the best rafting experiences in South America - Cost: USD 25
Head out for an exhilarating half-day canyoning trip through the gorges near Baños - Cost: USD 25
Head out on a horse riding trip through the beautiful volcanic landscapes surrounding Baños - Cost: USD 40
Hire mountain bikes to freely explore the winding trails around Banos - Cost: USD 7
Go out on a half day rock climbing trip to the walls of natural lava rock just outside Banos, which have routes suitable for people of all levels - Cost: USD 30
Take out some quad bikes on a tour around the winding trails near Baños - Cost: USD 36
Take the famous zip-lining course through the Puntzan Canyon near Baños, flying through the forest canopy and past several waterfalls - Cost: USD 20
Explore the stunning gorges, forests, and landscapes of the Baños area by foot, possibly trekking the Machay River trail or visiting the nearby waterfalls of Pailon del Diablo and Machay - Cost: USD

Day 54 Chugchilan

Today we will drive to the remote village of Chugchilán, via the spectacular highland scenery along the road of the 'Quilotoa Loop'. In Chugchilán we will stay in a fantastic local hostel where breakfast and dinner are included, giving you a chance to enjoy traditional Ecuadorian food. Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.

Day 55 Chugchilan

Today we will transfer to the village of Quilotoa to see its stunning crater lake, and take an included day trek back to Chugchilán through the local villages, canyons, and beautiful scenery. This walk is widely considered one of the best day treks in Ecuador!  The mostly-downhill trek usually takes between 4-6 hours, but please be aware that there is a section towards the end of the trek with a steep incline which you will need to be quite physically fit for - although we thoroughly recommend the trek, it can be skipped by anyone if they prefer.
Activities(Included)
Trek from Quilotoa to Chugchilan

Day 56 Cuenca

Today we will drive along the remainder of the Quilotoa Loop and then head south to the beautiful colonial town of Cuenca. We will pass through the stunning landscape of the Cajas National Park en route. In Cuenca we will stay in a centrally-located hotel. Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.

Day 57 Cuenca

Today we will have a free day to explore the colonial city of Cuenca. The town is the birthplace of the famous Panama Hat, and we will have the opportunity today to visit one of the factories to learn about the manufacturing process.
Activities(Optional)
Visit one of the many factories that produce the ever-stylish Panama Hats, Cuenca's most famous export! - Cost: USD
Take a day trip out of Cuenca to visit the site of the Ingapirca ruins, the largest known Inca ruins in Ecuador - Cost: USD 25
Visit the Museo Pumapungo in Cuenca, featuring an impressive range of artistic, historical, cultural, and ethnological exhibits, and most famously housing a collection of shrunken heads from the Shuar civilisation - Cost: USD
Visit some of the volcanic thermal baths near to the colonial town of Cuenca - Cost: USD 6

Day 58 Punta Sal

Border information: Exit Ecuador at Huaquillas, enter Peru at Tumbes. Today we will have a long drive day south, crossing the border into northern Peru. We will stay at a friendly local campsite just outside of Punta Sal, on a beautiful and serene beach on the shore of the Pacific Ocean. Estimated Drive Time - 10-11 hours.

Day 59 Punta Sal

Today we have a full day to relax on the beach and enjoy some activities in and around the stunning coastal area of Punta Sal.
Activities(Optional)
Try your hand at surfing in the ideal waters of the Pacific Ocean near Punta Sal or Mancora - Cost: USD 20
Rent a mountain bike to explore the coast of Punta Sal and the beautiful nearby areas of Canoas and Plateritos - Cost: USD 20
Explore the coastlines of Punta Sal by foot, or head out trekking through the nearby hills and farms of Canoas - Cost: USD
Take a beginner's belly-dancing class with our hosts at the beaches of Punta Sal - Cost: USD 10
Take a yoga session at our beach campsite in Punta Sal - Cost: USD 10

Day 60 Lambayeque

Today we will have a full day's drive to Huanchaco, near the city of Trujillo. We will have an included visit to the phenomenal Lord of Sipán museum in Lambayeque, home of an incredible collection of Chimu-era treasures (please note that this museum is closed on Mondays, so we will be unable to visit if your trip passes through on a Monday). In Huanchaco we will camp in the grounds of a local hotel. Estimated Drive Time - 9-10 hours.
Activities(Included)
Visit to the Lord of Sipan Museum (not available on Mondays)

Day 61 Huanchaco

Today we will have an included guided trip to explore the enormous adobe ruins of Chan Chan and the world-famous Moche archaeological site of Huaca de la Luna (Pyramid of the Moon).
Activities(Included)
Guided tour of Moche Pyramids and the Chimu city of Chan Chan

Day 62 Huaraz

Today we will have a spectacular drive up the winding roads of the 'Casma Route' into the Cordillera Blanca section of the high Andes, reaching the mountain town of Huaraz. In Huaraz we will stay in a local hostel in either dorm accommodation or private rooms, depending on availability. Estimated Drive Time - 8-9 hours.

Day 63 to 64 Huaraz

We have two days in the spectacular area of the Cordillera Blanca for exploration and optional activities such as visiting the incredible pre-Inca ruins of Chavín de Huantar or trekking and climbing to the nearby lakes and glaciers.
Activities(Optional)
Explore the incredible ancient ruins of Chavín de Huantar, the religious centre for the Chavín culture which flourished in the area from 1200BCE-500BCE - Cost: PEN 100
Explore the remarkably well-presevered three-story mausoleum of Wilcahuaín near to Huaraz, built by the Wari civilisation that ruled the area between 600-900CE  - Cost: PEN 15
Learn all about the area's incredible pre-Inca civilisations at the Museo Regional de Ancash - Cost: PEN 15
Take a horse riding trip from Huaraz to the incredible viewpoints of the Cordillera Blanca - Cost: USD 27
Enjoy a half-day rock climbing excursion followed by a rejuvenating dip in the nearby thermal springs - Cost: USD 30
Go canyoning in the waterfalls and gorges of the Huaraz region - Cost: USD 28
Go downhill mountain biking through the stunning mountains of the Cordillera Blanca near Huaraz - Cost: USD 55
Trek out to the phenomenal turquoise glacier lake of Laguna 69 in the shadow of Huascaran, Peru's highest mountain - Cost: USD 45

Day 65 Lima

Today we will have another full day's drive back to the coast via the 'Paramonga Route' and then on to the enormous Peruvian capital of Lima. In Lima we will stay in a comfortable hotel in the city's historical centre. Estimated Drive Time - 10-11 hours.

Day 66 Lima

Border information: if you are finishing in Lima, you will most likely exit Peru at Lima Jorge Chávez International Airport (IATA code: LIM). Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Lima. Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact the Dragoman Sales team if you are interested in booking extra nights of accommodation in order to fully explore and take part in some of the optional activities listed below.
Activities(Optional)
Visit the Gold Museum & Catacombs of Lima - Cost: PEN 33
Visit the beautiful Baroque cathedral of San Francisco in Lima's historical centre, and explore the morbidly fascinating catacombs underneath - Cost: PEN 15
Visit the excellent Museum of the Nation in Lima, which has numerous exhibits highlighting many of the pre-conquest civilisations and an outstanding photo exhibit on Peru's Internal Conflict of the 1980s and 1990s - Cost: PEN Free
Explore the bohemian areas of Barranco and Miraflores on a cycling tour of Lima - Cost: USD 50
See the incredible 'Magic Water Circuit' in Lima's Parque de la Reserva, an astounding evening display of water, music, light, images, and laser effects across 13 huge water fountains - Cost: PEN 4
Explore the Rafael Larco Herrera Museum in Lima, containing the largest private collection of pre-Colombian art in the world - Cost: PEN 30
Take a cebiche and pisco sour class at one of the top restaurants in Miraflores, a lively district of Lima - Cost: USD 40
Summary

What’s included?

Extra expenses at the destination
From USD1910.00

Local transport

Overland expedition vehicle, US style school bus, 4x4, Boat, Ferry, Flight