The equator circumvents the globe, with Ecuador and Colombia straddling the dividing line. From rainforest to the jungle, golden coastline to Andean peaks, each has one foot in both hemispheres and cultures that reflect their history as well as a lively contemporary lifestyle. You will relish the view of cobblestone streets framed by colonial homes, and then your footsteps will echo off of walls in the subterranean tunnels of a Spanish seaside fortress. Traverse the Andean plains to view...
Quito – Arrive in Ecuador’s Capital City to Begin your Remarkable Journey
Ecuador stands as a pearl of colonial architecture set high in the Andean Mountains. Museums depict images of the city and the country’s past with clarity and focus. Ceramics and wood carvings decorate shop windows as corrugated iron balconies adorn the windows of tall buildings to offer views of the cobbled streets below. The Andean culture jumps to life in the form of colorful clothing worn in traditional styles and also well incorporated into modern fashion. Your flight will land at Quito Mariscal Sucre International Airport where you will meet your private transfer. The streets and homes create a dramatic image set against the rugged mountain peaks as you travel into the city.
You will reach the jewel of the city in Old Town, known for its brimming ambiance of daily life wrapped in the wonders of preserved 17th-century facades and public plazas. The aroma of empanadas and tamales emanates from the local cafés that are filled with brightly painted tables and chairs. Your will soon reach your lavish hotel in the heart of the historical city center and settle into the comforts of your accommodation nestled inside a refurbished mansion. The classical architecture blends contemporary opulence with old grandeur with a view of the city life bustling over the cobblestones at Plaza San Francisco.
Quito – Traverse the Historical Highlights
Zuleta – Venture to Otavalo Market
Zuleta – Enjoy the Hacienda at your Leisure
Bogota – Visit Las Lajas Sanctuary before Flying to Colombia
Bogota – Discover the Lavish History of Bogota
Cartagena – Travel to Cartagena and Enjoy an Introductory City Tour
Cartagena – Delight in a Culinary and Historical Tour
Cartagena – Relax in the Caribbean City
Cartagena – Depart for Home
- Explore the colonial charms of Quito, Bogota, and Cartagena as preserved from the original Spanish settlements
- Witness the captivating figures of the world’s largest flying birds while visiting an Andean Condor conservation site near Zuleta
- Wander along the enchanting and dramatic castle ramparts in Cartagena at San Felipe de Barajas Fortress, the largest Spanish fortification in the Americas
- Discover the unique neo-Gothic architecture of Las Lajas Sanctuary near the border of Colombia and Ecuador
- Travel into Tayrona National Park outside of Cartagena to bathe in the natural waterfall and indulge in the pristine beaches as framed by rainforest mountains
- Venture deep into a mountain to traverse the tunnels and galleries of the subterranean Zipaquira Cathedral, constructed in a former salt mine
- Enjoy the rural beauty of the working colonial farm at Zuleta to stroll among the crops, visit the dairy, and sample traditional Andean cuisine
- Relish the culture of the pre-Hispanic peoples of Colombia when strolling the galleries of the Gold Museum in Bogota
- Have one foot in both hemispheres when you visit the Equatorial Monument, which marks the spot where the equator runs through Ecuador
A true journey allows you to experience the wonders of contemporary culture and tradition through a historical lens. Your custom tailored tour will immerse you in the heritage of the Andes and offer insight into the history of indigenous peoples and the arrival of the Spanish, altering the course of the Americas embodied in life, art, and architecture from Ecuador to Colombia. Your adventure will begin with your arrival in Quito, Ecuador. The city is viewed as one of the most beautiful in South America, treasured for its scenic views, relaxed pace, and colonial charm. Your private transfer will escort you from the airport to your luxurious hotel located in the historical city center.
The next day, your guide will meet you after breakfast and lead you on an engaging tour of the city’s monuments, from the Monastery of San Francisco to the treasures in the temple of La Compania de Jesus. Venture to the Equatorial Monument for the unique experience of visiting the point where the equator divides the hemispheres. Wake the next day, and travel from Quito to the enchanting rural luxury of Zuleta. Traverse the grounds of a 16th-century estate to learn the history of the hacienda and see a preserved working farm. Visit the gardens, wander the library, and learn how the estate produces its own cheese. Continue the next day to take in the beauty of the countryside at your leisure. Take a horse and carriage ride through the Andean plain or visit ancient pyramids built by pre-Incan peoples situated on the hacienda property. You could also visit a local condor conservation project.
The following day, you will make your way to the Ipiales to see the breathtaking sanctuary of Las Lajas, a neo-Gothic structure built above a gorge. Continue to the Quito airport for your flight to Bogota, and upon your arrival at El Dorado Airport, your private transfer will escort you to a luxurious hotel in the historical district of La Candelaria. The next morning, your guide will meet you at your hotel eager to take you on a whirlwind tour of Bogota’s fascinating past, embodied in the colonial architecture and artifacts in the Gold Museum. Outside of the city, you will visit the unique Zipaquira Cathedral, located inside ancient salt mines.
Move on the next day as you fly from El Dorado Airport to Cartagena, a city nestled against the Caribbean Sea. Your private transfer will meet you at Rafael Nunez International Airport and take you through the various districts of the city before arriving at a charming hotel in Old Town. Begin the next morning exploring the exotic flavors of regional cuisine on a half-day food tour before continuing to the stunning grounds of San Felipe d Barajas Fortress. The next day is at your leisure to delight in the wonders of Cartagena and the surrounding region. Visit the white sand beach on the Rosario Archipelago or wander the distinctive winding colonial streets of Mompos, a colonial town built on the former banks of Rio Magdalena. Conclude as your private transfer will collect you at the hotel and escort you to Rafael Nunez Airport for your flight home.
$4,545 per person (excluding international flights)
Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.
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