Classic: Colombian Culture, Caribbean & Lost City (SMBS)
Trip Style: Classic - Designed for maximum variety, these trips are geared towards travellers searching for a healthy mix of active exploration, uncommon landscapes, amazing wildlife and local cultures.
Service Level: Standard
Physical Demands Rating: 4 - You might encounter a few high-altitude hikes or other more strenuous activities. Pro tip: Put down that pastry, buster.
Group Size: Max 16, avg 12
Meals Included: 20 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 5 dinners
Accommodations: Hotels/guesthouses (14 nts), hacienda (2 nts), eco-huts in the national park (1 nt, multi-share), camping (4 nts)
Discover the different neighbourhoods of Bogota, Savour the tastes and aromas of Colombian coffee, Learn the history of Medellin, Relax on the beach in Santa Marta, Hike to the Lost City, Discover the beauty in Tayrona NP
Embracing nature in Colombia and the Caribbean is like nowhere else on Earth. Imagine picturesque beaches, busy cities, and the freshest coffee you've ever had. And you're only scratching the surface of what's in store for you on this 22-day trip. Check out the resurgence of culture, art, and food in Bogota and Medellin, dive deep into the Caribbean vibe of Cartagena, explore Tayrona National Park, get back to nature in Minca, and trek to ancient Ciudad Perdida (Lost City), known to the locals as Teyuna. Colombia will change you. All you have to do is let it.
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- Tour Operator
- G Adventures
- Offer valid through 12/31/2020
- 22 Days
- Escorted - Yes
|Day 1||Bogota||Day 1 Bogota|
There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
|Day 2||Villa de Leyva||Day 2 Bogota/Villa de Leyva (1B)|
Spend some time exploring Villa de Leyva, an excellent example of a colonial town in Colombia. Visit the Plaza Mayor, the town square, and check out the church, restaurants and shops. Included Activities: Paloquemao Market Visit ZipaquirA Salt Cathedral Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))
|Day 3||Armenia||Day 3 Villa de Leyva/Armenia (1B)|
Enjoy a morning in Villa de Leyva before an afternoon flight to Armenia, in Colombias coffee region. Spend two nights outside Armenia in a traditional hacienda. Included Activities: Hacienda Stay Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours) Flight (1.00 hour(s))
|Day 4||Armenia||Day 4 Armenia (1B, 1L)|
Visit Armenia town before heading out for a tour of a coffee farm in the area and learn more about this important export. Included Activities: Coffee Farm Tour Hacienda Stay
|Day 5||Salento||Day 5 Armenia/Salento (1B)|
Enjoy exploring Salento and getting a feel for the town. Included Activities: Cocora Valley Hike Transport: Private Vehicle (0.50 hour(s))
|Day 6||Medellin||Day 6 Salento/Medellin (1B)|
Drive through beautiful landscapes to Medellin. Opt to explore the city in the evening. Transport: Local bus (8.00-9.00 hours)
|Day 7||Medellin||Day 7 Medellin (1B)|
Enjoy a neighbourhood tour of the city and learn the fascinating recent history of the citys ongoing transformation. Spend the rest of the day with free time to explore this vibrant city. Included Activities: Medellin City Tour
|Day 8||Cartagena||Day 8 Medellin/Cartagena (1B)|
Hop on a morning flight to Cartagena and arrive in time to spend the afternoon exploring the old walled city. Opt for dinner and a night out in this lively town. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Plane (1.00-1.50 hours)
|Day 9||Cartagena||Day 9 Cartagena (1B)|
Enjoy a free day exploring all Cartagena has to offer. Opt to enjoy the beautiful coast or explore the charming colonial city.
|Day 10||Cartagena||Day 10 Cartagena (1B)|
Enjoy a city tour, visiting the colonial walled city and fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy free time to take in the Caribbean vibe of the city and beach. Additional Notes: Please note hot water is uncommon in the Caribbean region of Colombia. Showers are likely to only have cold water while visiting this area. Included Activities: Cartagena City Tour
|Day 11||Minca||Day 11 Cartagena/Minca (1B)|
Travel to the small town of Minca, breathe in the fresh mountain air and enjoy free time to explore. Additional Notes: Please note that if the group is full, we may be required to use multi-share rooms in Minca due to the small size of this unique hotel. Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))
|Day 12||Taganga||Day 12 Minca/Taganga (1B, 1L)|
Journey into the hills around Minca and hike to a beautiful waterfall. Take a tour of a coffee farm, learn about chocolate preparation and indulge in a local lunch. Continue to Taganga, a perfect base for exploring nearby Tayrona National Park. Included Activities: Minca Excursion Transport: Head downhill in a 4x4 on a jungle road, take in the scenery and hold on tight, it can be a bumpy ride. Private Vehicle (0.75 hour(s))
|Day 13||Taganga||Day 13 Taganga (1B)|
Spend the day exploring Taganga. Opt for more active options like snorkelling or hiking or hit one of the beaches and relax in a hammock.
|Day 14||Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona||Day 14 Taganga/Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona (1B, 1L, 1D)|
Head into Tayrona National Park for a moderate hike with a local guide. This is a perfect opportunity to experience nature and learn a little more about the rich, natural diversity of northern Colombia. Stay in a lodge close to the park. Additional Notes: Please note that Tayrona National Park is usually closed during the month of February. The indigenous groups in the area believe that mother nature needs a month of rest, and maintenance to the park is done during this time. If your trip falls in February, you will visit Taironaka Park, to learn more about the local Kogi people and their cultural practices. Included Activities: Tayrona National Park Excursion Transport: Hiking (3.00-4.00 hours)
|Day 15||Santa Marta||Day 15 Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona/Santa Marta (1B)|
Return to Santa Marta for an optional evening out on the town. Transport: Private Vehicle (1.50 hour(s))
|Day 16||Santa Marta||Day 16 Santa Marta (1B)|
Use the day to soak up some sun or make any last minute purchases before starting the big trek.
|Day 17||Adan Camp||Day 17 Santa Marta/Adan Camp (1L, 1D)|
Transfer to Machete Pelao, where the trek to the Lost City of Teyuna begins. Trek for 4-5 hrs each day through farmland, steamy jungle, and rural Kogi communities. Get a glimpse into the local way of life in the remote river valleys of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Included Activities: Lost City Trek Day 1 Transport: 4x4
|Day 18||Wiwa Camp||Day 18 Adan Camp/ Wiwa Camp (1B, 1L, 1D)|
The route starts along the Buritaca River, taking you further into the vivid green jungle past small villages en route to the camp for the evening. After a long day of trekking, enjoy a refreshing dip in one of the natural swimming pools. Included Activities: Lost City Trek Day 2
|Day 19||Teyuna Paraiso Camp||Day 19 Wiwa Camp /Teyuna Paraiso Camp (1B, 1L, 1D)|
Continue trekking along the route to the Ciudad Perdida. Today is a tough portion of the trek with a lot of steep inclines, make sure to rest and take in the beautiful views. Included Activities: Lost City Trek Day 3
|Day 20||Wiwa Camp||Day 20 Teyuna Paraiso Camp/ Wiwa Camp (1B, 1L, 1D)|
Get started early to climb the 1,200 steps up to the Lost City. The view of the surrounding Sierra Nevada Mountains makes it well worth the hike. Explore the Lost City and learn what is known of its origins from the indigenous guide, before making the descent back to Wiwa Camp for the night. Included Activities: Lost City Trek Day 4
|Day 21||Santa Marta||Day 21 Wiwa Camp /Santa Marta (1B, 1L)|
In the morning, take in your last views of the jungle as you trek back to Machete Pelao. Transfer to Santa Marta where the rest of the day is yours to relax. Included Activities: Lost City Trek Day 5 Transport: 4x4
|Day 22||Santa Marta||Day 22 Santa Marta (1B)|
Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day
Local Flights: All local flights are included in the cost of your tour unless otherwise noted. It is important that we have your passport information at the time of booking in order to process these tickets. Internal flight tickets are issued locally and will be given to you prior to the flight departure.
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Itinerary Disclaimer: While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Aboard expedition trips visits to research stations depend on final permission.
Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.