Overview & Map

This 135-day overland tour is operated by Dragoman Overland

Starting in either Cartagena, Colombia or Rio de Janeiro, Brazil this overland tour travels via Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile & Argentina (including Patagonia) and Brazil (including Rio Carnival).

Cartagena to Rio de Janeiro overland tour map

Is this trip for me?

Accommodation – this trip is about 40% camping, including some wild camps with no facilities. In towns, dorm accommodation is often used, upgrades may be available, but sharing a dorm with your fellow expedition members is just another part of the overland experience!


Altitude – this trip spends some time above 2,800m, so you should talk to your doctor about the potential effects of altitude especially if you have any pre-existing medical conditions and/or medications.

Activity Level – South America is a hiker’s paradise, so if you are keen on day hikes or multi-day hikes, South America will be a fantastic destination for you, and this trip offers you lots of opportunities to stretch your legs.

Nature vs Culture – South America has a huge amount to offer in terms of nature (including wildlife) and culture, so there is something for everyone!

Activities – This trip has a huge number of included activities which is great news if you are the type of person who wants to get fully immersed in every activity available along the way.

Language – In South America you will need to be able to speak a little bit of Spanish in order to enjoy your travels.  You don’t need to be fluent but a few key phrases will make life a lot easier for you!

Carnival – Rio Carnival is one of the world’s great parties, and is something that has to be experienced to be believed! But if the idea of partying all night doesn’t float your boat, take a look at Buenos Aires to Cartagena which covers the same itinerary between Colombia & Argentina (including Patagonia), but doesn’t include Brazil.

Salento’s main square

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