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.
There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting.
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
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.
Paloquemao Market Visit
Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral Visit
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))
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.
Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours)
Flight (1.00 hour(s))
Visit Armenia town before heading out for a tour of a coffee farm in the area and learn more about this important export.
Coffee Farm Tour
Enjoy exploring Salento and getting a feel for the town.
Cocora Valley Hike
Private Vehicle (0.50 hour(s))
Drive through beautiful landscapes to Medellín. Opt to explore the city in the evening.
Local bus (8.00-9.00 hours)
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.
Medellín City Tour
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.
Plane (1.00-1.50 hours)
Enjoy a free day exploring all Cartagena has to offer. Opt to enjoy the beautiful coast or explore the charming colonial city.
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.
Please note hot water is uncommon in the Caribbean region of Colombia. Showers are likely to only have cold water while visiting this area.
Cartagena City Tour
Travel to the small town of Minca, breathe in the fresh mountain air and enjoy free time to explore.
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.
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))
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.
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))
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.
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.
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.
Tayrona National Park Excursion
Hiking (3.00-4.00 hours)
Return to Santa Marta for an optional evening out on the town.
Private Vehicle (1.50 hour(s))
Use the day to soak up some sun or make any last minute purchases before starting the big trek.
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.
Lost City Trek Day 1
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.
Lost City Trek Day 2
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.
Lost City Trek Day 3
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.
Lost City Trek Day 4
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.
Lost City Trek Day 5
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Trip Name: Colombian Culture, Caribbean & Lost City
Duration: 22 Days
From Price: 2158
Trip Code: 145016
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