Backbone of the Inca Empire (Cartagena to Santiago)

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Backbone of the Inca Empire (Cartagena to Santiago) - Dragoman
Backbone of the Inca Empire (Cartagena to Santiago) - Dragoman
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Start in Cartagena and end in Santiago! With the adventure tour Backbone of the Inca Empire (Cartagena to Santiago), you have a 79 day tour package taking you through Cartagena, Colombia and 41 other destinations in Latin America. Backbone of the Inca Empire (Cartagena to Santiago) includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, transport and more.
Age range
18 to 99 year olds
Hostel, Hotel, Camping
Train & Rail, Jeep & 4WD, Overland Truck, Boat
Travel style
Adventure, Camping, Overland truck
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    5.0 - Excellent

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    5.0 - Excellent

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    5.0 - Excellent

    The variety of activities was great. Truck life is fun and the fellow passengers were really enjoyable to travel with.

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  1. Introduction
  1. Day 1: Cartagena
  2. Day 2: Cartagena
  3. Days 3 to 4: Tayrona National Park
  4. Days 5 to 6: Lorica
  5. Days 7 to 9: Medellín
  6. Days 10 to 11: Manizales
  7. Days 12 to 13: Salento
  8. Days 14 to 15: Popayán
  9. Day 16: Ipiales
  10. Day 17: Otavalo-Ipiales
  11. Day 18: Quito
  12. Day 19: Quito
  13. Day 20: Ecuadorian Amazon-Tena
  14. Days 21 to 22: Ecuadorian Amazon
  15. Day 23: Rio Verde
  16. Days 24 to 25: Baños-Rio Verde
  17. Day 26: Chugchilán
  18. Day 27: Chugchilán-Lake Quilotoa
  19. Day 28: Cuenca
  20. Day 29: Cuenca
  21. Day 30: Punta Sal
  22. Day 31: Punta Sal
  23. Day 32: Lambayeque-Huanchaco
  24. Day 33: Huanchaco
  25. Day 34: Huaraz
  26. Days 35 to 36: Huaraz
  27. Day 37: Lima
  28. Day 38: Lima
  29. Day 39: Huacachina-Paracas
  30. Day 40: Nazca-Huacachina
  31. Day 41: Puerto Inca-Nazca
  32. Day 42: Arequipa
  33. Day 43: Arequipa
  34. Day 44: Chivay
  35. Day 45: Chivay
  36. Day 46: Raqchi
  37. Day 47: Cuzco
  38. Day 48: Cuzco
  39. Day 49: Inca Trail-Sacred Valley
  40. Day 50: Inca Trail
  41. Day 51: Inca Trail
  42. Day 52: Inca Trail
  43. Day 53: Cuzco-Machu Picchu
  44. Day 54: Cuzco
  45. Day 55: Puno
  46. Day 56: Isla Del Sol-Copacabana
  47. Day 57: Copacabana-Isla Del Sol
  48. Day 58: La Paz
  49. Day 59: La Paz
  50. Day 60: La Paz
  51. Day 61: Uyuni
  52. Day 62: Salar De Uyuni
  53. Day 63: Bolivian Altiplano
  54. Days 64 to 65: San Pedro De Atacama
  55. Days 66 to 67: Salta
  56. Days 68 to 69: Cafayate
  57. Day 70: Recreo-Quilmes Ruins
  58. Days 71 to 73: Estancia
  59. Day 74: Córdoba
  60. Days 75 to 76: Mendoza
  61. Days 77 to 78: Santiago
  62. Day 79: Santiago

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  • Accommodation

  • Guide

  • Transport

  • Additional Services

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  • Additional Services


  • Main Page Video
  • What Is Overlanding?
  • Dragoman - 2017
  • Peru in 60 Seconds
  • Overlanding with Dragoman
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Questions & Answers

Here we have collected and answered the most frequently asked questions about this tour.

  • What is the kitty payment?

    Dragoman's Kitty for Cartagena<- ->Santiago (from Santiago to Cartagena) is a group fund for this tour. The group fund pays for camping, hotels, food while camping, activities the group does as a whole (based on the itinerary mentioned above and in the brochure).

    The Kitty allows the group to be flexible as the hotels and campsites are not pre booked and booked by the crew while travelling which makes the whole itinerary more adabtable than the traditional tours. Sometimes you can stay an extra night at one location due to a special activity happening at the location, based on the groups wishes. All of these costs are paid at cost price and Dragoman makes no money out of it. Therefore, if money is left over in the Kitty after the tour, it will be paid back to the group members.

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    I found TourRadar website extremely easy to navigate, whenever I had an inquiry they replied very promptly in really good detail with suggestions. An excellent travel company, one who I can't fault.



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About the countries

Useful things to know before you go


Colombia , Chile and Argentina

Plugs & Adapters

Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and BoliviaPeru, Bolivia, Chile and ArgentinaChileArgentina


Here is an indication for which countries you might need a visa. Please contact the local embassy for help applying for visas to these places.


These are only indications, so please visit your doctor before you travel to be 100% sure.
Recommended for Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile and Argentina. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
Hepatitis A
Recommended for Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile and Argentina. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
Recommended for Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia. Ideally 3 months before travel.
Hepatitis B
Recommended for Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile and Argentina. Ideally 2 months before travel.
Recommended for Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile and Argentina. Ideally 1 month before travel.
Yellow fever
Recommended for Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Argentina. Ideally 10 days before travel.


Cartagena is the starting point and Santiago is the endpoint.
Hold my space
TourRadar can request Dragoman to hold spaces for you for up to 48 hours without any credit card details.
TourRadar only requires a deposit of $500 to confirm this Dragoman booking. The remaining balance is then payable 60 days prior to the departure date. For any tour departing before 8 February 2019 the full payment of $5,600 is necessary.
Cancellation policy
No additional cancellation fees! You can cancel the tour up to 60 days prior to the departure date and you will not need to pay the full amount of $5600 for Backbone of the Inca Empire (Cartagena to Santiago), but the deposit of $500 is non-refundable.
Credit Cards
The following cards are accepted for Dragoman tours: Visa - Master Card - American Express


Covering a total distance of approx 7,971 km.
  • Cartagena (Colombia)
  • 179 km
  • Mompos (Colombia)
  • 357 km
  • Medellin (Colombia)
  • 46 km
  • Guatape (Colombia)
  • 135 km
  • Manizales (Colombia)
  • 215 km
  • Cali (Colombia)
  • 108 km
  • Popayan (Colombia)
  • 214 km
  • Ipiales (Colombia)
  • 95 km
  • Otavalo (Ecuador)
  • 51 km
  • Quito (Ecuador)
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