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Colombia's Caribbean Coast & Lost City
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Until Dec 17 February Tayrona NP Closure Feb 18 to Feb 18 From Jan Jan 18 to Jan 18

Colombia has a certain kind of magic that you won’t find anywhere else in the Caribbean. On this trip, you’ll experience it first-hand via visits to rural villages, treks through Tayrona National Park’s picturesque trails 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
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  • Physical rating: Demanding
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
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  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: SMCS.A/201873
  • Starts: Cartagena, Colombia
  • Finishes: Santa Marta, Colombia
You will Visit
  • Cartagena
  • Minca
  • Taganga
  • Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
  • Santa Marta
  • Adán Camp
  • Wiwa Camp
  • Teyuna Paraiso Camp

Itinerary

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Day 1: Cartagena

Arrive at any time.

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Day 2: Cartagena

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.

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Day 3: Cartagena/Minca

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

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Day 4: Minca/Taganga

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.

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Day 5: Taganga

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.

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Day 6: Taganga/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.

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Day 7: Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona/Santa Marta

Return to Santa Marta for an optional evening out on the town.

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Day 8: Santa Marta

Relax on the beautiful Caribbean coast in Santa Marta or go further afield to explore.
Use the day to soak up some sun or make any last minute purchases before starting the big trek.

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Day 9: Santa Marta/Adán Camp

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.

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Day 10: Adán Camp/ Wiwa Camp

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.

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Day 11: Wiwa Camp /Teyuna Paraiso Camp

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.

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Day 12: Teyuna Paraiso Camp/ Wiwa Camp

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.

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Day 13: Wiwa Camp /Santa 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.

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Day 14: Santa Marta

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • City tour in Cartagena
    • Hike to Pozo Azul (2hrs)
    • Tayrona NP (excluding February departures)
    • Hike with local guide (5hrs)
    • Trek to the Lost City with indigenous guide (5 days)
    • Guided tour of the Lost City
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels/guesthouses (9 nts), camping (4 nts in hammocks or rustic bunks)
    • 12 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 5 dinners
    Transport
    • Private van, public bus, 4x4, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, indigenous local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Wander the old walled city of Cartagena
  • Sip a cold beverage by the Caribbean Sea
  • Hike through the lush jungle to the Lost City.