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Colombian Culture, Caribbean & Lost City
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Embracing nature in Colombia and the Caribbean is like nowhere else on Earth. Imagine picturesque beaches, busy cities, and the freshest coffee youve ever had. And youre only scratching the surface of whats in store for you on this 22-day trip. Check out the resurgence of culture, art, and food in Bogot and Medellin, dive deep into the Caribbean vibe of Cartagena, explore Tayrona National Park, get back to nature in Taganga, and trek to ancient Ciudad Perdida (a lost city known to the locals as Teyuna). Colombia will change you. All you have to do is let it.

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  • Duration: 22 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Physical rating: Demanding
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
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  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Tour code: 145016
  • Starts: Bogota, Colombia
  • Finishes: Santa Marta, Colombia
You will Visit
  • Bogotá
  • Santa Marta

Itinerary

01

Day 1: Bogotá

There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

02

Day 2: Bogotá/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
Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))

03

Day 3: Villa de Leyva/Armenia (1B)

Enjoy a morning in Villa de Leyva before an afternoon flight to Armenia, in Colombia's 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))

04

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

05

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))

06

Day 6: Salento/Medellín (1B)

Drive through beautiful landscapes to Medellín. Opt to explore the city in the evening.

Transport:
Local bus (8.00-9.00 hours)

07

Day 7: Medellín (1B)

Enjoy a neighbourhood tour of the city and learn the fascinating recent history of the city's ongoing transformation. Spend the rest of the day with free time to explore this vibrant city.

Included Activities:
Medellín City Tour

08

Day 8: Medellín/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)

09

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.

10

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

11

Day 11: Cartagena/Minca (1B)

Travel to the small town of Minca and enjoy some free time to explore and breathe in the fresh mountain air.

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))

12

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:
Private Vehicle (0.75 hour(s))

13

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.

14

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)

15

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))

16

Day 16: Santa Marta (1B)

Use the day to soak up some sun or make any last minute purchases before starting the big trek.

17

Day 17: Santa Marta/Adán 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

18

Day 18: Adán 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

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Day 19: Wiwa Camp /Teyuna Paraiso Camp (1B, 1L, 1D)

Continue trekking along the route to 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

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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

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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

22

Day 22: Santa Marta (1B)

Depart at any time.

Included Activities:
Departure Day

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Zipaquira Salt Cathedral (Villa de Leyva)
    • Coffee farm visit (Armenia)
    • Hacienda stay
    • Valle de Cocora hike
    • Medellín city tour
    • City tour in Cartagena
    • Hike to Pozo Azul (2hrs)
    • Coffee farm tour and chocolate preparation
    • Tayrona NP (excluding February itineraries)
    • Hike with local guide (5hrs)
    • Trek to the Lost City with an indigenous guide (5 days)
    • Guided tour of the Lost City
    • Internal flights
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels/guesthouses (15 nts), hacienda (2 nts), camping (4 nts in hammocks or rustic bunks)
    • 20 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 5 dinners
    Transport
    • Plane, private van, public bus, 4x4, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Discover the different neighbourhoods of Bogot
  • Savour the tastes and aromas of Colombian coffee
  • Learn the history of Medelln
  • Relax on the beach in Santa Marta
  • Hike to the Lost City
  • Discover the beauty in Tayrona National Park