Take part in one of the most amazing Roadtrips that you can find, The Turn of the South. This marvelous trip of approximately 15 days invites you to go deep inside the south of the Colombian mountains. This is a magical place where the three Cordilleras (three mountain chains) and the Magdalena River, both of which cross the country from south to north, originate. In our tour we will come across ancient and still unknown indigenous vestiges that remain a mystery for archeologists, impressive canyons with 400mt (1,312ft) tall waterfalls and semi desert ecosystems with spectacular clear nights full of bright shining stars.
We will travel together until The End of the World, where the majestic Amazonian jungle begins in Putumayo Region, and on to then climb through the mountains from 400mts (1,312ft) to a height of 3200mts (10,499ft) above the sea level in just few hours, following old and twisted roads opened by military engineers in the 1930s.
This tour will allow us to arrive to a land of ancestral Volcanos and Paramos, full of different kind of greens, home of Frailejones, the Condor of the Andes, as well as beautiful lagoons.
ITINERARY 15 DAYS
Arrive in Bogota. Accommodation at local hotel before departing early the next day on the roadtrip.
First part of the Roadtrip, which is between Bogota and Tatacoa Desert in Huila. We are going to spend the night at a local lodge, having time to visit different areas of the desert, as well as hopefully enjoying a small astronomy class at night with the clear skies surrounding us.
Early in the morning, we are going to see a different area of the desert on foot, and then around midday we are going to continue the trip, this time to San Agustin, making some pauses on the road to see different landscapes, have a fresh drink or take some pictures of the changing topography. At San Agustin we are going to sleep at a lodge outside the town.
During this day, we will have the chance to visit different places around San Agustin on horseback, and in the afternoon we can visit the archaeological museum.
This day we will take the car to go and see some other places around the area with important natural attractions like impressive waterfalls, the Magdalena river Strait and some other amazing views.
Leaving San Agustin early in the morning, we are going to take the road down to Mocoa, Putumayo, right were the Amazonian jungle begins. Taking this road, we will have the chance to see spectacular landscapes with a lot of changes in the vegetation and many rivers. Arriving in Mocoa, we are going to spend the night in a lodge located outside Mocoa in the jungle, where we are going to have the chance to stay two more days to see the amazing nature.
We will hike to a place inside the jungle called Fin del Mundo. This is a middle level hike about 7km, crossing rivers and waterfalls several times, to enjoy the pristine waters of the river which forms Fin del Mundo Waterfall, which is 70 meters tall.
During this day we are going to visit the botanic garden with its butterfly collection and a big tree house, and in the afternoon we can have some free time to relax at the lodge in the jungle.
On this day, we are going to leave Mocoa in the direction of Pasto, taking the famous road called El Trampolin de la Muerte, a narrow and unpaved road that climbs the mountain from 400 meters to 3200 meters. The road crosses immense jungles and the Paramo of the Friar, then Sibundoy Valley, and we will finish our route at La Cocha Lagoon, where we are going to spend the night very near Pasto city.
Early in the morning, we are going to see some of Pasto, then we are going to try to go up the Galeras Volcano to enjoy the view and the different nature there. This is one of the last remaining active volcanos in Colombia and is 4260 meters high. Then we are going to take the road back again to sleep in a lodge in a rural area some kilometres south of Pasto.
Now that we are close to Tuquerres, we will have the chance to hike to see Laguna Verde. This is a 12km hike to an amazing place into the mountains surrounding the Azufral Volcano. Then we will go back to the rural lodge from the previous day to enjoy the charm of the locals.
During this day we are going to have the chance to visit Las Lajas Sanctuary, a Catholic Church built in the middle of a canyon. We are going to cross some small towns, as well as the beautiful rural area of Nariño province, to then visit Cumbal Lagoon and return to the lodge at night.
On this day, we take the road back, from Pasto to Popayan. We are going to enjoy a very scenic drive through canyons and mountains around Buesaco road.
On this day, we can visit Purace volcano or Silvia. This is an Indigenous town with its own traditions.
In the morning of this day, we can take a walking tour around Popayan city centre. After this we take the road to Cali where we are going to spend the night before returning to Bogota the next day.
Return to Bogota and country of origin.