Caribbean Colombia Express

Classic, Cartagena to Santa Marta

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

Take it from us — the nature of Colombia and the Caribbean is like nowhere else on Earth. On this one-week trip packed with active highlights and laid-back moments, you’ll get the best of beach relaxation and wilderness exploration. Beach time and Tayrona National Park are on the bill here, including chances for hikes down picturesque trails. Get back to nature in the jungle town of Minca — it’s the great outdoors with a chill Caribbean twist.

What’s included

  • City tour in Cartagena
  • Hike to Pozo Azul (2hrs)
  • Beach time in Taganga
  • Tayrona NP (excluding February departures) hike with local guide (5hrs)
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Relax to the caribbean rhythms on the coast
  • Hike through lush jungle with an indigenous guide
  • Meet the locals and learn about coffee in minca
  • Indulge in fresh seafood and colombian specialties

Itinerary

Day 1 Cartagena Arrive at any time. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
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. 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. Included Activities: Cartagena City Tour
Day 3 Cartagena/Minca (1B) Travel to the small town of Minca, breathe in the fresh mountain air and enjoy free time to explore. Additional Notes: 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. Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))
Day 4 Minca/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: 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))
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.
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. Additional Notes: 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. Included Activities: Tayrona National Park Excursion Transport: Hiking (3.00-4.00 hours)
Day 7 Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona/Santa Marta (1B) Return to Santa Marta for an optional evening out on the town. Transport: Private Vehicle (1.50 hour(s))
Day 8 Santa Marta (1B) Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day
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