Von Quito nach Cartagena Ecuador · Kolumbien

Von Quito nach Cartagena

Overland-Tour von den Anden Ecuadors zu den Stränden Kolumbiens

  • Quitos historische Altstadt
  • Salentos grüne Kaffeeplantagen
  • Kolumbiens bewegte Vergangenheit in Medellin
  • Tayronas weiße Traumstrände
  • Cartagenas Kolonialarchitektur
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  • Reiseverlauf
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19 Tage Ecuador · Kolumbien

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Sei Teil dieser spannenden Overland Tour von den ecuadorianischen Andengipfeln zu den karibischen Stränden Kolumbiens. Deine Abenteuertour startet in der Hauptstadt Ecuadors, in Quito, und führt einmal quer von Süd nach Nord durch Kolumbien bis nach Cartagena. Schlendere durch die historische Altstadt Quitos, staune über schneebedeckten Andengipfel und stürze dich in das Marktgetümmel in Otavalo. Entdecke liebenswerte Städte und riesige Kaffeeplantagen, bevor deine Reise an den Traumstränden des Tayrona Nationalpark und in den Kopfsteinpflastergassen von Cartagena ausklingt.

1. Tag: Quito
2. Tag: Quito - Otavalo
3. Tag: Otavalo - Ipiales
4-5. Tag: Popayan
6-8. Tag: Salento
9. Tag: Salento - Manizales
10-12. Tag: Medellín
13. Tag: Lorica
14. Tag: Northern Colombia
15-16. Tag: Tayrona Nationalpark
17-18. Tag: Cartagena
19. Tag: Cartagena

Leistungen enthalten

  • Südamerika Overlandtour gemäß Programm
  • Transporte, Unterkünfte und Mahlzeiten gemäß Programm
  • Ausflüge, Aktivitäten und Besichtigungen gemäß Reiseverlauf
  • Besuch des Äquatormonumentes "Mitad del Mundo"
  • Besuch der Kirche Santuario de las Lajas
  • Besuch einer Kaffeehacienda & des Cocora Tals
  • traditionelles Mittagessen im Bait al Safah Omani House
  • Stadtbesichtigungen in Cartagena und Medellín

Leistungen nicht enthalten

  • Nicht genannte Mahlzeiten und Getränke
  • Optionale Ausflüge und Aktivitäten
  • Persönliche Ausgaben, Trinkgelder


3x Mittelklasse-Hotel
1x Campingplatz
3x Standard-Hotel
8x Hostel
1x Hacienda
2x Hängematte
Die Unterbringung erfolgt in Doppel- und/oder Mehrbettzimmern und geräumigen Zwei-Personen-Zelten. Alleinreisende werden mit Mitreisenden gleichen Geschlechts untergebracht. Die Unterbringung im Einzelzimmer/-zelt ist nicht möglich.
Für das Camping wird ein eigener Schlafsack benötigt.


14x Frühstück, 3x Mittagessen, 3x Abendessen
Mahlzeiten während des Campings inkludiert. Weitere Mahlzeiten sind nicht enthalten. Dies soll dir die größtmögliche Flexibilität bei der Wahl der Mahlzeiten und die Möglichkeit geben die einheimische Küche des bereisten Landes kennenzulernen.


2 englischsprachige Crewmitglieder, lokale Führer


Overland-Truck, Jeep

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1. Tag: Quito

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'.

About Quito:
Quito is the capital of Ecuador, nestled in a hollow in the mountains in between the volcanos Cayambe, Pichincha and Cotopaxi -at 2,850m above sea level, it is the world's highest official capital city. Founded in 1534 by a group of settlers led by Sebastian de Benalcázar, the town slowly grew throughout the Spanish colonial era and after the region's independence from Spain in 1822.
The colonial old town is a maze of steep, cobbled streets with intricately carved, overhanging balconies, and some of the best examples of Spanish colonial art and churches anywhere in the Americas - along with Kraków, Quito was the first ever World Cultural Heritage Sites declared by UNESCO in 1978. The modern area of the town is lively and has some fantastic restaurants and bars. Quito's mix of European and Indian cultures make this a really fascinating city, and you will come across stalls displaying Indian textiles, colourful wall hangings, jewellery, pottery and woodcarvings. Quito has some incredible museums, galleries and parks in the city, and some excellent adventure activities and mountain treks nearby for those with extra time in the area.

Optional Activities:
- Visit one of the countless art galleries in Quito, such as the Casa de la Cultura Ecuatoriana or the Museo Guayasamín - USD 6
- Take a trip on El Telerifiqo, the world's second highest cable car - USD 8.5
- Visit the Museo Nacional del Banco Central, showcasing the country’s largest collection of Ecuadorian art and housing an impressive gold collection - USD 2

Unterkunft: Hotel Fuente de Piedra

2. Tag: Quito - Otavalo

Today our journey begins with a short drive to Mitad del Mundo, the monument that marks the Equator. After this we will continue north to the charming town of Otavlo.

In Otavalo we will camp in the grounds of lovely Guesthouse.

About Otavalo:
Otavalo is a small town in northern Ecuador nestled in beautiful surroundings a short distance from Quito. Many of the local indigenous communities in this area still wear their traditional clothing made from intricately woven and decorated fabrics, and the men tend to wear their hair in long ponytails. The Otovalan weaving skills are quite renowned and they are rightly famous for their textiles - so rugs, wallhangings and knitwear are all well worth buying here!

Optional Activities:
- Take a short walk to the beautiful Peguche Waterfalls near Otavalo (if time allows) - Free
- Village Tour Of Otavalo - Free

Enthaltene Aktivitäten:
Visit the equator at Mitad del Mundo

Fahrzeit: ca. 3 Std.

Unterkunft: Camping

Verpflegung: 1x Frühstück, 1x Mittagessen, 1x Abendessen

3. Tag: Otavalo - Ipiales

Today we will leave Ecuador behind and travel into Colombia. We will have an included visit to the Santuario de las Lajas en route to our hotel in Ipiales.

About Ipiales:
Ipiales is the border town on the Colombian side of the Colombia/Ecuador frontier. The town has some pleasant plazas and the sight of locals using a horse and cart gives it a quaint, countryside feel. The star attraction of Ipiales is the nearby Santuario de las Lajas, the site of many supposed miracles and apparitions over the years. Set amid breath-taking scenery, the Santuario is a spectacular Gothic-style church straddling a dramatic gorge with rushing river below. It is one of the most impressive churches on the continent, and its fantastic setting and quirky museum make it a highlight of any visit to Colombia.

Enthaltene Aktivitäten:
Visit the jaw dropping Santuario Las Lajas on the outskirts of Ipiales

Fahrzeit: ca. 4 Std.

Unterkunft: Standard-Hotel

Verpflegung: 1x Frühstück

4-5. Tag: Popayan

Today we will drive to the beautiful town and former colonial capital of Popayán.

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.

About Popayán:
Nicknamed the White City, Popayán is a beautiful colonial town full of white-washed houses and grand churches encircled by rolling green hills. Although the capital of the Cauca region of southern Colombia, Popayán somehow retains its relaxed small-town feel. The cool and sunny climate of the lower Andes makes Popayán a very comfortable place to stay and as the main university town of the region, there's a young, sociable feel to the city. The leafy parks marked with elegant church towers provide a sociable and relaxed location where you could easily spend an afternoon, while an evenings entertainment could be chatting with the friendly locals in a classy cafe bar or salsa club.
Whilst staying in the town there are some lovely walks offering excellent views of the historic centre, several worthwhile museums and galleries and many good cafes, bars and restaurants to make the most of. There are some excellent treks in the surrounding mountains, including an option to trek to the summit of the nearby Puracé volcano.

Optional Activities:
- Trek to the 4,650m summit of the towering Puracé volcano near Popayán - COP 130000
- Relax in the volcanic thermal springs near the village of Coconuco, dramatically set in a steep sided valley - COP 60000

Fahrzeit: ca. 10 Std.

Unterkunft: Hostel

Verpflegung: 2x Frühstück

6-8. Tag: Salento

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

On the following day we will have 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.

In Salento we will stay at a local guesthouse in dorm rooms set within a coffee estancia.

About Salento:
Salento is a small town on the edge of the Los Nevados mountain range between the cities of Calí and Medellín, in the heart of Colombia's coffee-growing region. There is a very pleasant cool climate in the hills, and we are able to visit some of Colombia's famous fair-trade coffee plantations in the area.
Salento is also the gateway to the Cocora Valley, which as well as its incredible scenery and walking opportunities contains the world's largest palm trees - the Quindío wax palm commonly grows 45m high, and sometimes stretches as high as 60m! We will fully explore the area of Salento and the Cocora Valley during our journey through southern Colombia.

Enthaltene Aktivitäten:
- Head out on a half-day guided trek through the spectacular Cocora Valley, and see the incredible 50m-tall Quindio wax palms, the tallest Palm trees in the world!
- Learn all about the cultivation and production of Colombian Coffee on a guided tour

Fahrzeit: ca. 8 Std.

Unterkunft: Hostel

Verpflegung: 3x Frühstück, 1x Abendessen

9. Tag: Salento - Manizales

Today we have a short drive to our Hacienda in the heart of the coffee region.

On arrival we will have some free time to enjoy the Hacienda or visit the thermal springs nearby.

We will stay in twin rooms in a comfortable hacienda.

About Manizales:
Manizales is a friendly city right in the heart of Colombia's coffee region with a comfortable climate and plenty to see and do. Although still opening up to international tourism, Manizales has a lot to offer the visitor in the way of outdoor activities and ecological attractions. The town itself is a relaxed and friendly place centred around the magnificent cathedral with attractions such as the botanical gardens, thermal springs and eco-parks all easily access able from the centre of town.
Venturing a little further, you will find coffee haciendas and plantations in the surrounding area as well as some beautiful country landscapes perfect for trekking or just taking a relaxing break in the great outdoors. In Manizales we stay on one of these working coffeeplantations covering approximately 480 acres which provides people from around the world a taste of the finest Manizales fair trade coffee. The plantation employs around 100 people all throughout the year and about 400 people during the peak picking season.

Fahrzeit: ca. 1.5 Std.

Unterkunft: Hacienda

Verpflegung: 1x Frühstück, 1x Mittagessen, 1x Abendessen

10-12. Tag: Medellín

Today we will drive to the vibrant city of Medellín, where we will spend 3 nights.

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.

About Medellín:
The rapid transformation that has taken place in Colombia's second largest city is one like no other. Having spent the 1980s and 90s with international reputation of one of the world's most dangerous cities, Medellín has certainly turned itself around. Once synonymous with the infamous Pablo Escobar and the Medellín Cartel, the city suffered a seriously damaged reputation amongst international travellers and has only recently become a popular destination amongst backpackers. The Paisas (as people from Medellín are known) have strived to change the city's reputation, and almost nothing of those former days can be seen in the character of the city today - visitors can comfortably enjoy the beautiful architecture, excellent facilities and all round well-developed city!
Set amid the rolling green hills of the Aburrá valley and with a warm climate and comfortable altitude of 1538 metres, Medellín has seen more and more travellers flocking to the city in the past few years. With some of the country's finest museums, parks and most impressive architecture as well as a much safer and comfortable atmosphere, it’s easy to see why. Medellín is also one of Colombia's easiest cities to get around with the immaculate and convenient metro system passing all the main points of interest. If you use the metro then make sure you head up on El Teléferico, the city’s cable car, as this is included on your metro ticket and gives you a great view of the city.

Optional Activities:
- 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 - COP 1750
- Visit the colossal Catedral Metropolitana in the city centre, built using over a million bricks between 1875 and 1931 - Free
- Head out and discover some of Medellín's vibrant and unusual nightlife at the Dulce Jesus Mio club - COP 10000

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

Fahrzeit: ca. 7 Std.

Unterkunft: Hostel

Verpflegung: 3x Frühstück, 1x Mittagessen

13. Tag: Lorica

Today we have a drive north to the beautiful, colonial town of Santa Cruz de Lorica. Explore the historic centre, learn about the traditional hates that are made in the region.
In Santa Cruz de Lorica we stay in a lovely local hotel.

Fahrzeit: ca. 10 Std.

Unterkunft: Standard-Hotel

Verpflegung: 1x Frühstück

14. Tag: Northern Colombia

Today we will start the journey north towards Tayrona National Park, staying en route in a local Guesthouse.

Unterkunft: Standard-Hotel

15-16. Tag: Tayrona Nationalpark

Today we drive north 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.

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.

About Tayrona National Park:
Tayrona National Park is a wonderful protected area on the northern coast of Colombia, which contains a huge diversity of animal and plant species including 2,000 species of animals and 800 types of plants.This is in part due to the variation in geology of the area - at sea level the climate is arid and the rugged coastline has some excellent beachesand coves, but the terrain quickly rises as you travel inland, where we find a sub-tropical climate and cloud forests on the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
The National Parkc an be thoroughly explored on foot as there are many winding trails through the incredible scenery. Further biodiversity is present offshore in the warm water of the coral reefs, which offer an excellent opportunity for snorkeling and swimming.

Optional Activities:
- Relax and unwind on the unspoilt beaches in Tayrona National Park - Free
- Time to explore the Cloud Forests of the Sierra Nevada foothills - Free

Fahrzeit: ca. 7 Std.

Unterkunft: Hängematte

17-18. Tag: Cartagena

We will have some more free time in Tayrona National Park in the morning, before we walk back to the park entrance and complete our epic journey with a drive to the beautiful coastal colonial city of Cartagena.

Tomorrow 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.

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

About Cartagena:
Cartagena is one of the most historic cities in South America - legendary for both for its history and beauty, Cartagena is often one of the favourite destinations of most travellers who visit it.
The area has been inhabited by various native civilisations for thousands of years before the city was founded in 1533 CE by Spanish conquistador Pedro de Heredia - the settlement was named after the city of Cartagena in Spain, where most of Heredia's sailors were from. Having suffered a tumultuous past full of battles, raids, invasions, destructions and reconstructions, the city became heavily fortified and huge defensive walls surround its narrow cobbled streets and colonial buildings.
The city is made up of various districts - the new town with its high rise hotels, apartments and nightspots, and the older colonial parts of the city. The old city is the main attraction for visitors, particularly the inner walled town which is packed with churches, monasteries, plazas and mansions.

Optional Activities:
- Discover the brutal history of the Spanish Inquisition at their former headquarters in Cartagena, the Palace of the Inquistion - COP 15000
- Learn all about Cartagena's naval tradition and history at the Naval Museum of the Caribbean - COP 15000

Enthaltene Aktivitäten:
Explore Cartagena on a guided walking tour

Fahrzeit: ca. 6 Std.

Unterkunft: Mittelklasse-Hotel

Verpflegung: 1x Frühstück

19. Tag: Cartagena

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

Optional Activities:
- Visit the mudbaths at the Totumo Volcano - USD 25
- Visit the historic coastal Spanish fortress of Castillo San Felipe - COP 17000

Verpflegung: 1x Frühstück

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Tourstil - Overlandtour
Bei einer Overlandtour geht es darum die klassischen Routen zu verlassen. Entlang der Nebenstraßen das echte Land zu erleben, zu hören, zu riechen, zu schmecken. Unterm Sternenhimmel zu campen und der Stille der Nacht lauschen, aber sich auch im komfortablem Hotel mit einer heißen Dusche zu verwöhnen. Durch die Wildnis zu fahren und versteckte Highlights zu entdecken, ebenso wie die klassischen Sehenswürdigkeiten zu besuchen. Und ja, manchmal auch auf Pisten ordentlich durchgeschüttelt zu werden oder lange Fahrttage hinter sich zu bringen, um dann aber wieder eine Pause einlegen zu können.
Und natürlich auch darum die großartige Erfahrung mit Gleichgesinnten zu teilen, denn deine Mitreisenden gehören ebenso zum Abenteuer dazu, wie die Orte zu denen ihr reist.

Einige Highlights sind in den Touren immer inkludiert, sie bieten dir aber viel Freiraum für eigene Erkundungen. So hast du unterwegs die Möglichkeit, dir aus zahlreichen optionalen Aktivitäten je nach Interessen, Reisebudget, Aktivitäts- und Schwierigkeitsgrad dein persönliches Programm zusammen zu stellen.

Diese Flexibilität macht sich natürlich auch in der Route selbst bemerkbar. Du möchtest lieber länger oder in umgekehrter Richtung unterwegs sein? Bitte kontaktiere uns, wir helfen dir gern bei deiner Reisewahl.

Auf einer Overlandtour bist du mehr als nur ein Passagier - du bist Teil des Teams! Jede/r auf der Reise wird benötigt, um beim Aufbau des Lagers, beim Aufschlagen der Zelte, beim Einkaufen von Lebensmitteln und beim Kochen zu helfen. Weitere Aufgaben der Gruppe sind z. B. das Sammeln von Wasser und Brennholz, das Be- und Entladen von Gepäck und das Sauberhalten des Lastwagens. Alle packen mit an und werden Teil des Abenteuers anstatt nur passive Zuschauer zu bleiben.

Die Overland-Trucks
Für die außergewöhnlichen Reisen sind natürlich besondere Fahrzeuge notwendig. Hier kommen robuste, langlebige Mercedes-Benz-Lkw zum Einsatz, die zu maßgeschneiderten Overland-Trucks umgebaut wurden. Während du Platz nimmst in komfortablen Reisebus-Sitzen, ist gleichzeitig alles für ein autarkes Wildcamping an Bord.
Jeder Truck mit seiner markanten orange-weiße Markierung ist ein Unikat. Da sie alle etwas unterschiedlich sind, unterscheidet sich die Ausstattung leicht von Lkw zu Lkw. Meist ist aber folgendes an Bord:

  • Integriertes Fahrerhaus
  • Bequeme Reisebus-Sitze - nach vorne gerichtet, abgesehen von vier nach hinten gerichteten Sitzen an zwei Tischen
  • Seitenmarkise für Sonnen- / Regenschutz
  • Schließfächer fürs Gepäck
  • Trinkwassertank mit einem Fassungsvermögen von ca. 350 Litern sowie 60-80-Liter-Kanistern
  • Große Kraftstofftanks für weite Reisen
  • Tontechnik mit MP3-Player-Anschluss
  • 12V Ladestationen (nur einige Trucks)
  • Versteckter Safe für Geld und Pässe
  • Integrierter Kühlschrank
  • Große Lagerräume für Lebensmittel, Kochutensilien, Expeditionsgeräte usw.
  • Bücherregal / kleine Bibliothek
  • Kartentafel

Standardausstattung für jeden Truck:

  • Zelte mit integrierten Moskitonetzen
  • Notfallausrüstung
  • Campinghocker und Tische
  • Kochutensilien, Gas und Essgeschirr
  • Camping Lichter
  • Verschiedene Werkzeuge und Ersatzteile
  • Sandmatten (falls der Truck mal steckenbleibt)

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