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Colombian Culture, Caribbean & Lost City
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2017 From Jan 18 From Jan From Jan 18

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 Medelln, dive deep into the Caribbean vibe of Cartagena, explore Tayrona National Park, 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.

Latin America
  • Duration: 22 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/Link Tour Code: SMBS.A/201852
  • Starts: Bogotá, Colombia
  • Finishes: Santa Marta, Colombia
You will Visit
  • Bogotá
  • Villa de Leyva
  • Armenia
  • Salento
  • Medellín
  • Cartagena
  • Minca
  • Taganga
  • Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
  • Santa Marta
  • Adán Camp
  • Wiwa Camp
  • Teyuna Paraiso Camp

Itinerary

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Day 1: Bogotá

Arrive at any time.
There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting.

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Day 2: Bogotá/Villa de Leyva

Visit Paloquemao market before driving to Villa de Leyva for an overnight. Stop en route to visit the Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral.
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.

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Day 3: Villa de Leyva/Armenia

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.

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Day 4: Armenia

Enjoy a tour of a coffee farm in the Calarcá area to learn more about the coffee culture here.
Visit Armenia town before heading out for a tour of a coffee farm in the area and learn more about this important export.

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Day 5: Armenia/Salento

Take a morning hike through the Cocora Valley before an afternoon arrival to Salento town. Continue the full coffee experience in the region of Quindío.
Enjoy exploring Salento and getting a feel for the town.

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Day 6: Salento/Medellín

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

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Day 7: Medellín

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.

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Day 8: Medellín/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.

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Day 9: Cartagena

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

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Day 10: 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 11: 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 12: 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 13: 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 14: 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 15: Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona/Santa Marta

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

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Day 16: 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 17: 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 18: 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 19: Wiwa Camp /Teyuna Paraiso Camp

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.

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Day 20: 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 21: 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 22: Santa Marta

Depart at any time.

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, indigenous 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 NP