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Colombian Culture, Caribbean & Lost City

22 days, Bogotá to Santa Marta

Local women selling fruit at the market in Cartagena, Colombia
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Please note that Tayrona NP is normally closed during the month of February and Taironaka Park will be visited instead. See day 14 in the full itinerary for more information.

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 Bogotá and Medellín, dive deep into the Caribbean vibe of Cartagena, learn about Indigenous culture from the Wiwa people of Gotshezhy, 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.

22 days

Bogotá to Santa Marta

From$3399USD
was $3999
Valid on Sep 18 2021
Trip Code: SMBS

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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 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 Bogotá and Medellín, dive deep into the Caribbean vibe of Cartagena, learn about Indigenous culture from the Wiwa people of Gotshezhy, 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.

Is this tour for me?

Travel Style: Classic

All of the highlights, culture, access, and I-can’t-believe-we-did-that moments, all at a great price.

Service Level: Standard

Comfortable tourist-class accommodations with character; mix of public and private transport.

Physical Rating: 4 - Demanding

Some high-altitude hikes or more strenuous activities, but accessible to most healthy travellers.

Trip Type: Small Group

Small group experience; Max 16, avg 12

Age requirement: 12+

All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Visa Requirements

22 days

Bogotá to Santa Marta

From$3399USD
was $3999
Valid on Sep 18 2021
Trip Code: SMBS

Need a flight? We can help.

Search for the perfect flight at time of booking.

Round-trip to Bogotá from

Looking for another airport? Search when you book. (details)

Special Offers

Expires on Dec 01, 2020 04:59 UTC
Promo Code G21GAA015ADV02Cyber

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The Ripple Score is an honest evaluation of how often we use local businesses and services to create each tour. With this score you can see the percentage of our local expenses that stay in the communities you visit. Learn more

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Places visited

Itinerary

Day 1Bogotá

Arrive at any time.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Welcome Moment Meet Your CEO and Group

Day 2Bogotá/Armenia

Visit Paloquemao market before an afternoon flight to Armenia, in Colombia's coffee region. Spend two nights outside Armenia in a traditional hacienda.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 3Armenia

Enjoy a tour of a coffee farm in the Calarcá area to learn more about the coffee culture here.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Foodie Moment Coffee Farm Tour

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch

Day 4Armenia/Salento

Take a morning hike through the Cocora Valley before an afternoon arrival to Salento. Continue the full coffee experience in the region of Quindío.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 5Salento/Medellín

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

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 6Medellín

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.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 7Medellín

Enjoy another free day and opt to visit the nearby town of Guatapé, with its colourful houses and famous rock. Or ride the metrocable, a cable car part of Medellín’s public transportation, for sweeping views of the city and surrounding mountains.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 8Medellín/Cartagena

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.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 9Cartagena

Enjoy a free day exploring all Cartagena has to offer. Opt to enjoy the beautiful coast or explore the charming colonial city.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Discover Moment

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 10Cartagena

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.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 11Cartagena/Minca

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

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 12Minca/Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona

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.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch

Day 13Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona

Spend the day with the Gotshezhy indigenous community. Enjoy a G Adventures-supported lunch prepared by women from the community. Learn about Wiwa customs on a village visit and then lounge in a hammock by the river or opt to explore nearby waterfalls.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your G for Good Moment Wiwa Community Visit & Lunch

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch

Day 14Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona/Taganga

In the afternoon, travel from Tayrona to Taganga. Orientation walk with CEO upon arrival.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 15Taganga/Santa Marta

With a free day at leisure, tour Taganga by foot or don a snorkel and mask and explore the water. This evening, travel to Santa Marta and join your group for an optional evening out on the town.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 16Santa Marta

Relax on the beautiful Caribbean coast in Santa Marta or go further afield to explore.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 17Santa Marta/Ricardito Camp

Wake up and hit the road to Machete Pelao where your trek to the Lost City of Teyuna begins. Trek through farmland, steamy jungle, and rural Kogi communities. Enjoy and let it all soak in – this is your opportunity to get a glimpse into the local way of life in the remote river valleys of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 18Ricardito Camp/ Wiwa Camp

Venture further into the lush jungle en route to Ciudad Perdida. Be prepared – today is a tough portion of the trek with a lot of steep views. Arrive at the campsite in the afternoon for some much needed relaxation by the river.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 19 Wiwa Camp /Paso Lorenzo Camp

Wake up early feeling refreshed, recharged (hopefully!) and start your trek to Paso Lorenzo Camp. Settle in at the campsite around noon and eat some lunch. If the weather is nice, take a dip in the Buritaca River. Learn about Wiwa customs in the afternoon and then kick back and relax in a hammock.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 20Paso Lorenzo Camp/ Wiwa Camp

Today is the day to discover the wonders of La Ciudad Perdida. Climb the 1200 ancient steps and explore the different sacred sites of Lost City. Later, continue trekking through the deep jungle today on winding paths through banana trees and cacao plants as you make your way to Wiwa Camp.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 21Santa Marta

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.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch

Day 22Santa Marta

Depart at any time.

Meals included:

Breakfast
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What's Included

  • Your G for Good Moment: Wiwa Community Visit & Lunch, Gotshezhy Village
  • Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group
  • Your Foodie Moment: Coffee Farm Tour, Calarcá
  • Your Discover Moment: Cartagena
  • Hacienda stay
  • Valle de Cocora hike
  • Medellín city tour
  • City tour in Cartagena
  • Tayrona National Park (excluding February departures) hike with local guide (5hrs)
  • Wiwa Community Visit & Lunch
  • Taganga Orientation Walk
  • 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

Accommodations

Hotels/guesthouses (15 nts), hacienda (2 nts), camping (4 nts in hammocks or rustic bunks)

Meals

21 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 4 dinners
Allow USD450-585 for meals not included.

Transportation

Plane, private van, public bus, 4x4, walking

Staff & experts

CEO (Chief Experience Officer) throughout, indigenous local guides.

Available extras (Add these to your tour when you book)

Totumo Mud Volcano - From $25.00

Climb up the stairs and descend into the healing mud of the El Totumo Mud Volcano. As your body becomes weightless, lie back and relax in the cool mud. The mud is packed with rejuvenating minerals, so you're bound to come out looking ten years younger. Please bring your own towel, as the hotel will not lend towels for this activity.

My Own Room - From $739.00

If you're travelling solo and would prefer to have your own private room throughout your trip, select this option during the online booking process.

Make it a private tour

Book this tour as a private departure - with your own CEO and all the benefits of a G Adventures group tour - for any group, big or small (even just one traveller).

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