Cartagena to Bogota: Colonial Cities & Trekking

18-to-Thirtysomethings, Cartagena to Bogotá

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

Witness the transformation and resurgence of Colombia first-hand on a 21-day tour through bustling cities, ancient lands, and natural landscapes. Embark on a multi-day trek to the Lost City of Teyuna, passing farmland, steamy jungle, and rural communities along the way, take free time to explore the cities of Medellín, Cali, and Bogotá, and relax in nature with mud baths and thermal waters.

What’s included

  • Your First Night Out Moment: Connect With New Friends Your Hands-On Moment: Coffee Farm Tour, Armenia Your Discover Moment: Salsa Class, Cali
  • Trek to the Lost City with an indigenous guide (5 days), Tayrona National Park excursion, Medellín orientation walk, Berracas de la 13 Visit with Lunch, Plaza Botero visit, Tierra Viva Thermal Baths, Cocora valley hike, Cristo Rey visit, Salsa class, La Candelaria orientation walk, Gold museum visit, Internal flights, All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Explore the coastal colonial city of cartagena
  • Trek to the lost city of teyuna
  • Wind through banana trees and small kogi communities
  • Take a full free day to discover the city of medellín
  • Learn to dance like a local in cali

Itinerary

Cartagena Arrive at any time. Tonight, check out the local flavor of bustling Plaza Trinidad and head to a local bar to get to know your fellow travellers. Get to know the group over a few drinks and get excited for the adventure of a lifetime.
Cartagena The day is yours to explore this coastal colonial city. Wander through the streets of historic old town, check out the San Felipe fortress, or get dirty with a mud bath and massage at Totuma Volcano.
Cartagena/Santa Marta Travel like a local by hopping on a public bus to the port town of Santa Marta. Take advantage of your free time with a visit to the Gold Museum, go shopping for any last minute necessities (You probably forgot something, right?) or chill out on the beach.
Santa Marta/ Wiwa 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.
Wiwa Camp /Teyuna Paraiso 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.
Teyuna Paraiso Camp/ Wiwa Camp Wake up early feeling refreshed, recharged (hopefully!) and ready to climb the 1,200 steps up to the Lost City. The view of the surrounding Sierra Nevada Mountains is well worth the hike. Explore the Lost City and learn its origins from the indigenous guide before descending back to Wiwa Camp for the night.
Wiwa Camp /Ricardito Camp Continue exploring the deep jungle today on winding path through banana trees, cacao plants, and small Kogi communities as you make your way to Ricardito Camp. The nickname for this camp is "vista hermosa" (beautiful views)...so sit back and enjoy it.
Ricardito Camp/Taganga Take in your last views of the jungle this morning as you trek back to Machete Pelao. Transfer to Tangaga where the rest for the day is yours to relax. (You've earned a few drinks after that trek!)
Taganga/Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona Head into Tayrona National Park for a moderate hike with a local guide. Experience the incredible nature that surrounds you while learning more about the rich, natural diversity of northern Colombia.
Taganga/Medellín Wheels up! Fly inland today to Medellín. A once infamous city, vibrant Medellín has transformed into one of Latin America's safest destinations. Get to know your surroundings with an orientation walk and an optional night out with the group.
Medellín Explore Medellín today with a visit to the Comuna 13 neighbourhood, complete with a walking tour and delicious lunch provided by community organization Berracas de la 13. After, tour a local park filled with statues from Colombia's favourite sculptor, Fernando Botero.
Medellín Make the most of a free day in Medellin and start exploring. Opt to visit the nearby town of Guatapé, with its colourful houses and famous rock. Ride the metrocable—a cable car part of Medellín’s public transportation—for sweeping views of the city and surrounding mountains.
Medellín/Manizales Say "Adios!" to Medellín and hop on a bus to Manizales. Known as "The City of Open Doors" for its welcoming residents, you will fall in love with this mountainside city. And if you're a coffee lover — you won't want to leave. Spend the day exploring and learning about coffee cultivation, or visit a nature reserve.
Manizales/Salento Soak in the therapeutic waters of the Tierra Viva thermal baths for a relaxing start to your morning. Later, take the scenic route to Salento, admiring the beautiful landscapes along the way.
Salento Venture out on a morning hike through the towering palms of the Cocora Valley. This afternoon, choose from a variety of optional activities in the coffee region of Quindío.
Salento/Armenia Climb aboard a local bus to Armenia for a coffee farm tour. Learn about coffee production before enjoying lunch on the farm. Don't worry, there will be an opportunity to shop so you can bring one of Colombia's most important exports home with you. The perfect souvenir!)
Armenia/Cali Travel to the bustling city of Cali by bus. Admire the 26m high Cristo Rey monument on a guided tour. Later, learn (or attempt) to dance like a local with a salsa class.
Cali Choose your own Cali adventure today. For aerial views of the city, you can ride the MIO cable car, or get active and hike to Cerro de las tres Cruces. Or stroll along the Cali River and visit the wonderfully weird Cat Park along the banks. Meander through the colourful neighbourhood of San Antonio and sample some tasty local delicacies.
Cali/Bogotá Fly to Bogotá this morning. Take an orientation walk of the Candelaria neighbourhood led by your CEO, and visit the Gold Museum to admire thousands of gold artifacts. The afternoon is yours to wander through the streets of Candelaria at your own pace.
Bogotá Explore the capital of Colombia with a free day. You can ride the funicular up for stunning views of the city, check out the street art, or explore the underground tunnels and caves of Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral.
Bogotá Depart at any time.
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