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Colombia's Caribbean Coast & Lost City

Colombia has a certain kind of magic that you wont find anywhere else in the Caribbean. On this trip, youll experience it first-hand via visits to rural villages, treks through Tayrona National Parks picturesque trails (where youll spend the night in eco-huts within the park itself), and (of course), downtime on the beach. Later, head to deep into the jungle to Teyuna the fabled Ciudad Perdida (Lost City) older than Machu Picchu a place crowded with history and free of crowds. Colombia is mysterious. Come figure out the riddle.

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Duration: 14 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Physical rating: Demanding
Accommodation standard:   Budget% Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 145019
Starts: Cartagena, Colombia Finishes: Santa Marta, Colombia
You will visit
  • Cartagena
  • Santa Marta

Itinerary

01

Day 1: Cartagena

Arrive at any time.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

02

Day 2: 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.

Included Activities:
Cartagena City Tour

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Day 3: Cartagena/Santa Marta (1B)

Travel by bus to Santa Marta with free time to explore this beautiful coastal city.

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.

Transport:
Local bus (5.00 hour(s))

04

Day 4: Santa Marta/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 (0.50-1.00 hours)
Private Vehicle (0.75 hour(s))

05

Day 5: 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.

06

Day 6: 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.

Included Activities:
Tayrona National Park Excursion

Transport:
Hiking (3.00-4.00 hours)

07

Day 7: Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona/Santa Marta (1B)

Hike out of the park and return to Santa Marta for an optional evening out on the town.

Transport:
Hiking (3.00-4.00 hours)
Private Vehicle (1.50 hour(s))

08

Day 8: Santa Marta (1B)

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

09

Day 9: 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

10

Day 10: 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 11: 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 12: 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 your guide, before making the descent back to Wiwa Camp for the night.

Included Activities:
Lost City Trek Day 4

13

Day 13: 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

14

Day 14: Santa Marta (1B)

Depart at any time.

Included Activities:
Departure Day

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • City tour in Cartagena
    • Hike to Poza Azul (2hrs)
    • Coffee farm tour and chocolate preparation
    • Tayrona National Park (excluding November departures)
    • Hike with local guide (5hrs)
    • 5-day trek to the Lost City with indigenous guide
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels/guesthouses (9 nts), hammocks/camping in the national park (4 nts)
    Meals Included
    • 12 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 5 dinners
    Transport
    • Private van, public bus, 4x4, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Wander the old walled city of Cartagena
  • Soak in the Caribbean Sea in Santa Marta
  • Hike through the lush jungle to the Lost City
  • Spend a night in a remote area of Tayrona NP.