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Mexico, Central America & Colombia

Dragoman
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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
74 days
From: $ 6,680 $ 90 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Journey to San Cristobal des casas, the heart of Mayan culture
  • Head on a boat trip along the breathtaking Sumidero Canyon
  • Take a boat trip to the remote Mayan ruins at Yaxchilan
  • Guided tour around the famous Chichen Itza
  • Explore the cliff top Toltec Ruins of Tulum
  • 3 nights on Belize island of Caye Caulker
  • 2 night stay in a forest eco lodge at San Ignacio for optional jungle activities
  • Visit the UNESCO world heritage site of Antigua
  • Trek up Santa Ana volcano in Cerro Verde National Park
  • 3 nights on the Caribbean island of Roatan to swim and relax

Short Description

This 74 day overland tour journeys from Mexico City to Quito through Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama.

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Mexico City
End City Quito

Trip Includes

  • All the accommodation
  • Transport
  • Use of the truck and its camping equipment, library, etc.,
  • Camping meals
  • Prices in the brochure are correct at the time of printing, but may vary during the year
  • Up-to-date prices are on the website.
  • All prices are listed on a per person basis, based on shared accommodation where applicable.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Mexico City

Border information: if joining in Mexico City, you will most likely enter Mexico at Mexico City Benito Juárez International Airport (IATA code MEX).

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 Mexico's incredible capital 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 Mexico City 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 Mexico City.

In Mexico City we will stay in a good hotel in the central district of Bellas Artes.

Day 2-3: Oaxaca

Today we head to the wonderful laid-back colonial town of Oaxaca, famous for its cuisine and indigenous cultures.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 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!).

On the following day we will have an included guided visit of the ruined Zapotec city of Monte Alban, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the afternoon we will have free time to further explore the area's highlights.

In Oaxaca we will stay in a good hotel.

Included Activities:

Take a guided tour around the ruined Zapotec capital of Monte Alban near Oaxaca

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Day 4-6: San Cristóbal de las Casas

Today we have a full day drive to the stunning old colonial town of San Cristóbal de las Casas, one of Mexico's most beautiful towns. and well known as the heart of the indigenous Tzotzil Maya culture.

Estimated Drive Time - 12-14 hours.

On the following day we will have a free day for exploration and to take part in some optional activities such as taking a tour to the fascinating Maya village of San Juan Chamula, or exploring the nearby Lagunas de Montebello National Park.

On the next day we will have an included boat trip down the phenomenal Sumidero Canyon, viewing its colossal cliffs from the base and searching for the resident wildlife.

In San Cristóbal de las Casas we will stay in a good hotel in the centre.

Included Activities:

Head on a boat trip along the breathtaking Sumidero Canyon

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Day 7: Frontera Corozal

Today we will have a full day drive to the remote town of Frontera Corozal, on the Guatemalan border. En route, we may have time for an optional stop at the stunning waterfalls of Agua Azul.

In Frontera Corozal we will camp in the grounds of a hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 9-10 hours.

Day 8: Yaxchilan, Palenque

Today we will have an included guided visit to the remote ancient Mayan city of Yaxchilán, which is only accessible via a boat trip down the river. After our visit we will drive to the village of Palenque.

In Palenque we will camp in the grounds of a hotel located within the national park.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

Included Activities:

Take a boat trip out for a guided tour of the stunning and remote Mayan ruins at Yaxchilán

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Day 9: Palenque

Today we will have an included guided visit to the incredible Mayan ruins of Palenque, which rise out of the thick jungle surrounding them. In the afternoon we will have free time to go on a jungle tour, visit the on site museum, or travel to the nearby waterfall of Misol Ha.

Included Activities:

Take a fascinating guided tour around the magnificent ruined city of Palenque deep in the Mexican jungle, including time to freely explore the excellent on-site museum

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Day 10: Mérida

Today we will drive to the beautiful and artistic colonial town of Mérida, the capital of the Yucatan state.

In Mérida we wil stay in a colonial hotel in the heart of the city.

Estimated Drive Time - 10-11 hours.

Day 11: Chichen Itza, Tulum

Today we will have an early start to drive to the world-famous Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World - we have an included guided tour around this spectacular site before continuing our drive to the stunning coastal village of Tulum.

In Tulum we will camp in a basic campsite near to the Mayan ruins.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

Included Activities:

Visit the spectacular Chichen Itza Mayan ruins on a guided tour, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World centred around the world-famous pyramid of El Castillo

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Day 12: Tulum

This morning we visit the Tulum ruins, one of the last cities built by the Maya and one of the best preserved coastal Maya sites. We will have a free afternoon to explore the beaches or take part in some optional activities.

Included Activities:

Explore the phenomenal clifftop Maya-Toltec ruins at Tulum, wonderfully located right on the Caribbean coast

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Day 13-15: Caye Caulker

Border information: Exit Mexico at Subteniente López, enter Belize at Santa Elena.

Today we will travel south across the border to Belize City, where we board a speed boat to the island paradise of Caye Caulker.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.

We will have two full days of free time to explore and enjoy the many optional activities available here, such as snorkelling, diving or taking a scenic flight over the phenomenal Great Blue Hole.

In Caye Caulker we will stay in a local hotel.

Day 16-18: San Ignacio

Today we will head back to the mainland and rejoin the bus in Belize City. We then have a short drive to the village of San Ignacio, home to Belize's best archaeological sites and adventure activities!

Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours.

We will have two full days to take part in the many optional activities available in San Ignacio, including trekking, caving, biking, and exploring the excellent Mayan ruins in the area.

In San Ignacio we will stay in a forest eco-lodge.

Day 19: Tikal

Border information: Exit Belize at Benque Viejo del Carmen, enter Guatemala at Melchor de Mencos.

Today we will have a short drive across the Guatemalan border to the phenomenal Mayan ruins of Tikal, where we have an included guided tour.

In Tikal we will camp at a basic campsite close to the ruins.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

Included Activities:

Enjoy a guided tour of the phenomenal Mayan ruins of Tikal, one of the greatest ancient sites in the world

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Day 20-21: Poptún

Today we have a short drive to the small town of Poptún, stopping in the colonial town of Flores en route. We will arrive at our fantastic eco-lodge near Poptún and have a free afternoon.

Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours.

On the following day we will have free time to take part in the many optional activities offered at our eco lodge.

In Poptún we will camp at an eco-lodge on a working Guatemalan ranch.

Included Activities:

Stay at a wonderful eco-lodge on a working Guatemalan farm near Poptún

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Day 22-23: Rio Dulce, Livingston

Today we will have a short drive to Rio Dulce in Guatemala's beautiful central region. On arrival we will have a free afternoon to take part in some optional activities.

Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours.

On the following day we will have an included boat trip to the village of Livingston on the Caribbean coast, before returning to Rio Dulce.

In Rio Dulce we will stay in an eco-lodge.

Included Activities:

Enjoy a beautiful boat ride down the Rio Dulce to the Caribbean town of Livingston

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Day 24: San Andres Itzapa

Today we will drive day to San Andres Itzapa, a small village located in the mountains around Antigua. We will spend one night at the community centre of Manos Amigas, run by the Italian NGO 'Mani Amiche' in support of local women who have been abandoned and abused, and who are staying in the centre with their children.

In San Andres Itzapa we will stay in dormitories at the community centre (please note that there is no option to upgrade to private accommodation here).

Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.

Included Activities:

Spend a night at the Manos Amigas community project, a centre which has been set up to support local women and their children

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Day 25-26: Panajachel, Lake Atitlan, Chichicastenango

Today we will spend the morning at the Manos Amigas project before heading off on a short drive to Panajachel, situated on the shores of the beautiful Lake Atitlan.

Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours.

On the following day we will have free time to enjoy some optional activities such as a boat on the lake out to some of the small local villages along the shoreline. If possible, we will include a visit to the famous Chichicastenango Market during these days, depending on the weekday. Please note that the market is only open on Thursdays and Sundays so you may not be able to visit during your trip.

In Panajachel we will stay in a nice local hotel.

Included Activities:

Visit the bewildering Mayan markets at Chichicastenango, taking in the incredible sights, smells, and atmosphere (provided it is running while we are in the area)

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Day 27: Antigua

Today we will have a short drive to the magnificent city of Antigua, a UNESCO World Heritage Site situated 60 kms from Guatemala City.

The rest of the day is free to explore the beautiful colonial city and its dramatic surroundings.

In Antigua we will stay in a delightful colonial hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours.

Day 28: 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.

Day 29: 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!).

Day 30-31: 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.

Day 32-33: Copán

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.

Day 34-36: Roatán

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.

Day 37: 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 38: 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 39-40: León

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.

Day 41-42: Granada, 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.

Day 43-44: 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.

Day 45-46: 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.

Day 47-48: 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.

Day 49-50: 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.

Day 51-52: 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.

Day 53: 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 54: 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.

Day 55: Cartagena

Today there will be a flight from Panama City to Cartagena which will have been booked by us for you.

Upon arrival in Cartagena you will be taken to the joining hotel for the next leg of the trip.

Day 56: 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 57: 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.

Included Activities:

Explore Cartagena on a guided walking tour

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Day 58-59: Tayrona National Park

Today we have a short drive to the stunning Tayrona National Park.

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!).

The following day we have an included walk in the National Park. 

In Tayrona we will sleep in Hammocks, no food is provided, but there are restaurants and cafes nearby by.  There is an hour walk from where we park our truck to our campsite.

Included Activities:

Relax and unwind on the unspoilt beaches in Tayrona National Park

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Day 60-61: Lorica

This morning we will walk back to our truck and leave Tayrona National park.  We will head south for the pretty colonial town of Santa Cruz de Lorica on the Sinu River.

We will have a free day to relax and discover the historic centre, learn about the traditional Vueltiao hat or head to the coast and soak up the sun in San Bernardo del Viento.

Day 62-64: Medellín

Today we have a full days drive to vibrant city of Medellin.  the following morning we will have a guided walking tour of the city.  We then have plenty of time to relax or take park in some of activities available here.

In Medellín we will stay in dormitory accommodation in a centrally-located hostel, allowing you to enjoy the exciting nightlife of the city.

Estimated Drive Time - 10 hours

Day 65: Manizales

Today we will head into the heart of the coffee region for a night at a beautiful Hacienda near the town of Manizales.  Tomorrow we can relax in the grounds, take a bird watching walk to spot some of the many hummingbirds that frequent the area.

Estimated Drive time: 7 hours

We will stay in twin share accommodation in a lovely hacienda in the countryside.

Day 66-68: Salento

Today we will continue our journey south to the small town of Salento, the gateway to the spectacular Valle de Cocora. 

Salento will be our base to take a 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 and also to do a coffee plantation tour.

Estimated Drive Time - 1.5 hours

In Salento we will stay in a local guesthouse within a working coffee farm, in dorm room accommodation.

Included Activities:

Learn all about the cultivation and production of Colombian Coffee on a guided tour

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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!

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Day 69-70: Popayán

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.

Day 71: 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 72: Otavalo, Ipiales

We will leave Colombia behind today and cross the border into Ecuador, we will have time for an included visit to the beautiful Santurio de las Lajas, before heading to Otavalo.

Tonight we will camp in the grounds of a pretty Guesthouse in Otavalo.

Estimated drive time: 3 hours.

Border information: Exit Colombia at Ipiales, enter Ecuador at Ipiales.

Included Activities:

Visit the jaw dropping Santuario Las Lajas on the outskirts of Ipiales

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Day 73: Quito

We will head south for the final leg of our journey 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.

Included Activities:

Visit the equator at Mitad del Mundo

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Day 74: Quito

Border information: if you are finishing in Quito, you will most likely exit Ecuador at Quito Mariscal Sucre International Airport (IATA code: UIO).

Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Quito. Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact the 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.

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Every country was an adventure. Enjoyed the culture of the old Mayan ruins as well as the biodiversity of Costa Rica and Colombia. Highlights were snorkeling in Caye Caulker, seeing the native frogs in Costa Rica, sleeping in hammocks and standing on the equator line in Ecuador.
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Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Day 1:

See Mexico City's famous traditional mariachi bands in the evening around Garibaldi Square

USD 1.58

Freely explore the colossal Chapultepec Park, one of the world's largest urban green spaces and a cultural hotspot where you can often see the pole-swinging 'Volador' dancers

Free

Visit some of Mexico City's most important museums and galleries, such as the old house of the iconic artist Frida Kahlo, the former home of revolutionary Leon Trotsky, and the Museo Dolores Olmedo art gallery

USD 13.13

Explore the vast system of waterways and flower gardens at Xochimilco, possibly including a visit to the creepy Isla de las Muñecas (Island of the Dolls)

Free

Freely explore the huge area of the Zocalo in Mexico City's centre, along with its famous Metropolitan Cathedral and the Temple Mayor (the last remains of the old Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan)

USD 3.94

Explore the magnificent ancient Mesoamerican ruins of Teotihuacan near Mexico City

USD 3.94

Visit the beautiful Palacio de Bellas Artes and see it's immense murals by world-famous Mexican artists such as Diego Riviera

USD 3.68

Day 2-3:

Visit the splendid Baroque Dominican church of Santo Domingo in Oaxaca's colonial centre

USD 2.63

See the incredible Tree of Tule, which with a circumference of 42 metres hs the widest trunk in the world

Free

Visit the remarkably well-preserved Zapotec ruins of Mitla near to Oaxaca

USD 3.36

Learn all about the history and cultures of Oaxaca at the incredible Museum of Cultures, one of the best regional museums in Mexico

USD 3.36

Day 4-6:

Visit the atmospheric Tzotzil Mayan villages of San Juan Chamula and Zinacantan

USD 13.13

Head out on a mountain biking tour through the cloud forests and highlands surrounding San Cristóbal de las Casas

USD 23.63

Learn all about the traditional medicines of the Mayan people at the award-winning Mayan Medicine Museum

USD 2.89

Take a day trip to explore the idyllic national park of Lagunas de Montebello, home to pine forests, Mayan ruins, and many beautiful lakes

USD 25.21

See the incredbile showcase of handwoven fabrics from throughout Central America at the Mayan World Textiles Centre

USD 2.73

Explore the wonderful botanical gardens of Orchideas Moxviquil, and discover its collection of over 400 species of native plants and orchids

USD 2.63

Day 11:

Take a swim in the stunning natural cenote of Ik Kil near the ruins of Chichen Itza

USD 6

Day 12:

Go on a scuba diving trip through the ocean reefs near Tulum, or to some of the area's natural cenotes

USD 100

Hire snorkel gear on the beautiful beaches of Tulum

USD 10

Head out to explore some of the incredible cenotes (natural water-filled sinkholes) near Tulum

USD 5.25

Day 13-15:

Take a scenic flight over the phenomenal natural Great Blue Hole off Caye Caulker

USD 260

Head out to the stunning coral reefs off Caye Caulker on a snorkelling trip

USD 60

Head out on a fantastic scuba diving trip through the colossal coral reefs off the Caribbean island of Caye Caulker (there are many different options and sites available)

USD 65 - 260

Hire sea kayaks to explore the deserted mangroves of Caye Caulker's North Island

USD 20

Go on a half-day fishing trip in the idyllic blue ocean near Caye Caulker

USD 250

Day 16-18:

Head on a horse riding trip around San Ignacio

USD 85

Visit the Actun Tunichil Mukwal Cave, a Mayan archaeological site that includes ceramics, stoneware, and skeletal remains such as the famous 'Crystal Maiden'

USD 95

Take a full day tour to the remote ruins of the ancient Mayan capital of Caracol, once twice the size of the modern Belize City

USD 110

Visit the stunning ruins of Cahal Pech, atop a hill overlooking the southern outskirts of San Ignacio

USD 14.89

Explore the ancient ruins of Xunantunich, Belize's most-visited Mayan site and home to the mighty El Castillo pyramid

USD 4.96

Learn about local herbs and plants on a medicinal jungle trail en route to a release program for Green Iguanas near San Ignacio

USD 5.96

Day 20-21:

Trek out to the incredible River Cave near Poptún, walking through the stunning Guatemalan rural landscape and exploring the underground rivers by candlelight

USD 15.00

Take a day tour out to the nearby Mayan ruins of Ixcun, the comprehensive museum of Dolores and the beautiful waterfall of Mopan

USD 19.57

Day 22-23:

Take a kayak out to explore the beautiful waters around Rio Dulce at sunrise

USD 19.57

Explore deep into the Guatemalan rainforest on foot and trek on the canopy bridges near Rio Dulce

USD 17.61

Day 25-26:

Head out on a boat trip to visit the traditional Mayan villages dotted along the coast of Lake Atitlan

USD 30

Take a tour through the spectacular highlands surrounding Lake Atitlan and Panajanchel, visiting picturesque villages and hot springs

USD 45

Day 56:

Days diving or snorkelling trip out to Islas del Rosario, Cartagena

USD 18.68

Head out for a day of scuba diving amongst the reefs surrounding the Islas del Rosario in the Caribbean Sea

USD 60

Discover the brutal history of the Spanish Inquisition at their former headquarters in Cartagena, the Palace of the Inquistion

USD 4.67

Learn all about Cartagena's naval tradition and history at the Naval Museum of the Caribbean

USD 4.67

Day 57:

Visit the historic Castillo San Fellipe

USD 5.29

Visit the mudbaths at the Totumo Volcano

USD 25

Day 58-59:

Time to explore the Cloud Forests of the Sierra Nevada foothills

Free

Day 62-64:

Day trip to Santa Fe de Antioquia

USD 0.93

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

USD 0.54

Visit the colossal Catedral Metropolitana in the city centre, built using over a million bricks between 1875 and 1931

Free

See Medellín's perfect blend of art, culture, and history by visiting the Plaza Botero and the nearby Museo de Antioquia and the Rafael Uribe Palacio de la Cultura

USD 3.11

Relax and unwind on a stroll though the Medellín's gorgeous Botanical Gardens, and discover some of its 1000 different floral species on display

USD 0.78

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

USD 10

Explore the beautiful model Antioquian village of Pueblito Paisa and the interesting sculpture park at Nutibara Hill

Free

Explore the Museum of the University of Antioquia, and marvel at its collectino of visual arts, anthropological exhibits, and over 20,000 pieces of pre-Colombian ceramics

Free

Head out and discover some of Medellín's vibrant and unusual nightlife at the Dulce Jesus Mio club

USD 3.11

See some of Colombia's finest contemporary art at the Museo de Arte Moderno (NAMM), including the complete work of the local painter Débora Arango

USD 1.56

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

USD 18.68

Visit the planetarium and public science exhibits at the Parque de los Deseos

Free

Day 69-70:

Relax in the volcanic thermal springs near the village of Coconuco, dramatically set in a steep-sided valley

USD 18.68

Trek to the 4,650m summit of the towering Puracé volcano near Popayán

USD 40.47

Day 72:

Take a short walk to the beautiful Peguche Waterfalls near Otavalo (if time allows)

Free

Village Tour Of Otavalo

Free

Day 74:

Take a trip on El Telerifiqo, the world's second highest cable car

USD 8.5

Visit the Museo De La Ciudad

USD 3

Take a walk around Quito's incredible Botanical Gardens, which showcases all of Ecuador's various ecosystems and their flora

USD 3.5

Visit the Museo Mindalae, the extremely original project showcasing Ecuador's rich cultural diversity

USD 3

Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Intimate Group - 12 max

Trip ID#:

MexCenDra

Trip Excludes

  • Our trip price and kitty do not include optional activities
  • Travel insurance
  • Connecting flights
  • Airport transfers, border taxes or charges
  • Transportation while not on the trip or while exploring a city, passports, visas, vaccinations, first aid kits or medicines
  • Extra accommodation
  • Upgrades
  • Contingency route expenses in case of emergency or natural disaster
  • Meals at restaurants or cafes or whilst staying in hotels, drinks, tips, or personal spending money.

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