Colombia's Caribbean Coast & Lost City

Classic, Cartagena to Santa Marta
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Tour description

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 regions, treks through Tayrona National Park’s picturesque trails and (of course), downtime on the beach. Spend time with village communities to learn about Indigenous traditions before heading 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.

What's included

  • Your G for Good Moment: Wiwa Community Visit & Lunch, Gotshezhy Village Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group
  • 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 indigenous guide (5 days)
  • Guided tour of the Lost City
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Wander the old walled city of cartagena
  • Sip a cold beverage by the caribbean sea
  • Learn about wiwa customs on a village visit
  • Hike through the lush jungle to the lost city.

Itinerary

Day 1: Cartagena Arrive at any time.

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.

Day 3: Cartagena/Minca Travel to the small town of Minca, breathe in the fresh mountain air and enjoy free time to explore.

Day 4: Minca/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.

Day 5: Parque 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.

Day 6: Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona/Taganga In the afternoon, travel from Tayrona to Taganga. Orientation walk with CEO upon arrival.

Day 7: Taganga/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.

Day 8: Santa Marta Relax on the beautiful Caribbean coast in Santa Marta or go further afield to explore.

Day 9: Santa 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.

Day 10: Ricardito 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.

Day 11: 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.

Day 12: Paso 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.

Day 13: 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.

Day 14: Santa Marta Depart at any time.