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Road Trips From Colombia to Other Latin American Countries


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Traveling and exploring new destinations is an exciting experience, but it can be expensive, especially if you choose to fly. However, many Colombians with cars opt for the adventure of road trips to neighboring countries in Latin America such as Ecuador, Peru, and Brazil.

In addition to being a more economical way to travel, it allows for greater flexibility and the opportunity to enjoy the landscapes along the way. Here is an idea of how much time and money a road trip from Colombia to these exciting destinations might require.

Peru: Exploring the Land of the Incas

Peru is an incredibly diverse destination, offering everything from the mystical ruins of Machu Picchu to the bustling city of Lima. If you decide to travel by car from Colombia to Peru, you have several options. You can cross the border in the Putumayo department and head towards Lima, or take the route through Ecuador. The journey from Colombia to Peru is a long and exciting adventure that could take around 40 hours of driving, depending on road conditions.

Approximate Costs for the Trip to Peru:

Gasoline: 2,000,000 COP

Tolls: 200,000 COP

Food: 700,000 COP

Lodging: 300,000 COP

Ecuador: Colorful Landscapes and the Amazon Jungle

Ecuador, known for its biodiversity and beautiful landscapes, is another destination accessible from Colombia by road. From the city of Ipiales, you can cross the border into Ecuador and explore places like Tulcan before heading to Huaquillas, which marks the division between Ecuador and Peru. The car trip from Colombia to Ecuador will take you approximately 22 hours.

Approximate Costs for the Trip to Ecuador:

Gasoline: 1,500,000 COP

Tolls: 100,000 COP

Food: 500,000 COP

Lodging: 200,000 COP

Brazil: Samba, Beaches, and the Amazon Rainforest

Brazil is an exciting destination but also the farthest from Colombia. To reach Brazil from Colombia by car, you would have to cross several borders. From Bogota, you can head to the Ecuadorian border in Ipiales, then travel through Peru until you reach the border with Brazil. Once there, you can explore cities like Rio de Janeiro or São Paulo. Keep in mind that this trip is significantly longer and could take several weeks.

Approximate Costs for the Trip to Brazil:

Gasoline: 2,500,000 COP

Tolls: 300,000 COP

Food: 900,000 COP

Lodging: 400,000 COP

It’s important to remember that these costs are approximate and can vary depending on various factors, such as the type of car you drive, toll fees, and your preferences for accommodation and food. Additionally, you should be aware of the traffic regulations and customs requirements of each country you plan to visit. Traveling by road can be a unique adventure, but careful planning of your itinerary and ensuring you meet all travel requirements is essential.

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