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COLOMBIAN CULTURE, CARIBBEAN & LOST CITY

22 Days, Bogota to Santa Marta
COLOMBIAN CULTURE, CARIBBEAN & LOST CITY

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Embracing nature in Colombia and the Caribbean is like nowhere else on Earth. Imagine picturesque beaches, busy cities, and the freshest coffee you've ever had. A read more...

IS THIS Classic TRIP FOR ME ? YES ! IF YOU...
    • Think local transport—buses, taxis, trains the most colourful way to travel
    • Enjoy travelling with a like minded mix of couples, friends and solo travellers, from the world over
    • Like the idea of staying in character-rich accommodations that reflect the culture of the places you visit
What's Included
  • Overseas Medical Insurance for the duration of the tour (Sum of US$ 2,50,000 covered).
  • 21 nights accommodation (Hotels/guesthouses (15 nts), hacienda (2 nts), camping (4 nts)).
  • 20 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 5 dinners.
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  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities (Plane, private van, public bus, 4x4, walking).
  • Internal flights.
  • Zipaquira Salt Cathedral (Villa de Leyva).
  • Coffee farm visit (Armenia).
  • Valle de Cocora hike.
  • Medellin city tour.
  • City tour in Cartagena.
  • Hike to Poza Azul (2hrs).
  • Coffee farm tour and chocolate preparation.
  • Tayrona National Park.
  • Hike with local guide (5hrs).
  • 5-day trek to the Lost City.
  • Services of Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout the tour, local guides.
VERY IMPORTANT
Please ensure that you print a final copy of your trip details provided by Cox & Kings as pdf format.
Important Notes
We recommend you to have a meal budget of USD440-575 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.
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Itinerary
Day 1 Arrive Bogota
Day 2 Bogota/Villa de Leyva
Day 3 Villa de Leyva/Armenia
Day 4 Armenia
Day 5 Armenia/Salento
Day 6 Salento/Medellin
Day 7 Medellin
Day 8 Medellin/Cartagena
Day 9 Cartagena
Day 10 Cartagena
Day 11 Cartagena/Santa Marta
Day 12 Santa Marta/Taganga
Day 13 Taganga
Day 14 Taganga/Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
Day 15 Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona/Santa Marta
Day 16 Santa Marta
Day 17 Santa Marta/Ciudad Perdida Trek Campsite 1
Day 18 Ciudad Perdida Trek Campsite 1/Ciudad Perdida Trek Campsite 2
Day 19 Ciudad Perdida Trek Campsite 2/Ciudad Perdida Trek Campsite Teyuna Paraiso
Day 20 Ciudad Perdida Trek Campsite Teyuna Paraiso/Ciudad Perdida
Day 21 Ciudad Perdida/Santa Marta
Day 22 Depart Santa Marta
Departures
  • Jan
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  • Start
  • Finish
  • Sat, 06 Jan '18
  • Sat, 27 Jan '18
  • Sat, 13 Jan '18
  • Sat, 03 Feb '18
  • Sat, 20 Jan '18
  • Sat, 10 Feb '18
  • Sat, 10 Feb '18
  • Sat, 03 Mar '18
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  • Sat, 17 Mar '18
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  • Sat, 14 Apr '18
  • Sat, 05 May '18
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  • Sat, 12 May '18
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  • Sat, 02 Jun '18
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  • Sat, 07 Jul '18
  • Sat, 28 Jul '18
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  • Sat, 28 Jul '18
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  • Sat, 06 Oct '18
  • Sat, 27 Oct '18
  • Sat, 13 Oct '18
  • Sat, 03 Nov '18
  • Sat, 27 Oct '18
  • Sat, 17 Nov '18
  • Sat, 10 Nov '18
  • Sat, 01 Dec '18
  • Sat, 17 Nov '18
  • Sat, 08 Dec '18
  • Sat, 24 Nov '18
  • Sat, 15 Dec '18
  • Sat, 08 Dec '18
  • Sat, 29 Dec '18
TRIP SPECIFIC SAFETY

Cox & Kings takes all reasonable measures to ensure your safety and enjoyment while travelling with us. The aim of this document is to give you an insight into ways you may further enhance your own personal safety while abroad.

Places Visited
  • Bogota
  • Villa De Leyva
  • Armenia
  • Salento
  • Medellin
  • Cartagena
  • Santa Marta
  • Taganga
  • Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
  • Ciudad Perdida Trek Campsite 1
  • Ciudad Perdida Trek Campsite 2
  • Ciudad Perdida Trek Campsite Teyuna Paraiso
  • Ciudad Perdida
  • DAY 1 Arrive Bogota

    Arrive at any time.

    There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting.

    Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
    1h 18:00
    The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore, but make sure you're back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 2 Bogota/Villa de Leyva

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

    Paloquemao Market Visit
    Bogota 1h Morning
    Visit the city's historic, bustling market centre. Frequented daily by Bogota's residents and chefs alike, Paloquemao offers everything from new-age ingredients to traditional Colombian staples. Get caught up in the whirlwind of food stalls, flower shops, boutiques and cafes before determining your route through the market to sample the best the city has to offer.

    Private Vehicle
    Bogota - Villa de Leyva 4h
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Zipaquira Salt Cathedral Visit
    Zipaquira
    Marvel at this large church constructed over 60m (200 ft) underground in the tunnels and caves of an old salt mining operation. Explore the unique architecture, lighting, and features of this subterranean place of worship, including 14 small chapels representing the Stations of the Cross. (Breakfast)

  • 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.

    Free Time
    Villa de Leyva Morning
    Get out and explore this picturesque colonial town.

    Private Vehicle
    Villa de Leyva - El Dorado International Airport 3h-4h
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Private Vehicle
    El Dorado International Airport - Armenia 1h
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Hacienda Stay
    Armenia
    Spend the night in a traditional hacienda (Spanish for "estate") and get a closer look at life in Colombia's beautiful coffee region. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 4 Armenia

    Enjoy a tour of a coffee farm in the Calarca 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.

    Coffee Farm Tour
    Calarca 6h
    Visit a local coffee farm to learn more about the production of this important crop, from the planting stage all the way to your coffee mug, and savour a taste of this famous export.

    Hacienda Stay
    Armenia
    Spend the night in a traditional hacienda (Spanish for "estate") and get a closer look at life in Colombia's beautiful coffee region. (Breakfast,Lunch)

  • DAY 5 Armenia/Salento

    Stretch your legs with a morning hike through the Cocora Valley before an afternoon arrival to Salento town. Continue the full coffee experience in the region of Quindio.

    Enjoy exploring Salento and getting a feel for the town.

    Cocora Valley Hike
    Valle del Cocora 2h-3h
    Head into the Cocora Valley by 4x4 and take in magnificent views. Get active with a hike through the area and learn more about this fertile region. Want to mix it up? Opt to explore the landscape on horseback.

    Private Vehicle
    Armenia - Salento 30m
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 6 Salento/Medellin

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

    Local bus
    Salento - Medellin 8h-9h
    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 7 Medellin

    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.

    Medellin City Tour
    Medellin Morning
    Really get to know Colombia's second largest city with a neighbourhood tour. Medellin has been revitalized since the issues of the 80s and 90s and is now one of South America's most innovative and artistic cities. Explore the city's varied barrios filled with shops, green parks, museums, churches, markets, and delicious cuisine.

    Free Time
    Medellin Full Day
    Opt to visit the famous rock El Penol or hop on a sightseeing bus. Ride the MetroCable, part of Medellin's public transportation, for sweeping views of the city and surrounding mountains. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 8 Medellin/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.

    Plane
    Medellin - Cartagena 1h-1h 30m
    Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.

    Orientation Walk
    30m-1h
    Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended. (Breakfast)

  • 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.

    Free Time
    Cartagena Full Day
    Get out and explore. (Breakfast)

  • 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.

    Cartagena City Tour
    Cartagena 4h-5h
    Learn more about Cartagena's history from a bilingual guide on a tour of this lively city. Travel between sights by private transport and visit the clock tower, Plaza Bolivar, and the Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas. Take in sweeping views of the city from the hilltop Convento De La Popa and enjoy a walking tour from San Pedro Claver Church to Santo Domingo Church.

    Free Time
    Cartagena Afternoon
    Get out and explore this vibrant colonial town. Refuel with some local fare--"patacones" or fried plantains are a must!

    Optional Activities
    Volcan Tutumo

    El Totumo
    Delight in a mud bath at the Volcan Tutumo. Ascend a small staircase about 15m (49 ft) to the top of the mud volcano. At the crater take a dip in the warm mud (a slurry of thermal water and subterranean mineral deposits) believed to have healing properties. Afterwards, de-mud with a bath in the nearby lagoon.

    Islas del Rosario National Park Boat Tour
    Cartagena - Islas del Rosario
    165000COP per person
    Take a boat to this park with a lengthy name--Rosario and San Bernardo Corals National Natural Park--and be wowed by the beauty of the Rosario Islands. Admire the clear blue water and natural landscape of the islands. Opt to snorkel and explore the park's lively reefs. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 11 Cartagena/Santa Marta

    Travel by bus to Santa Marta with free time to explore this beautiful coastal city.

    Local bus
    Cartagena - Santa Marta 5h
    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

    Free Time
    Santa Marta Afternoon
    Start exploring this historic city. Opt to visit the La Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, the large estate is famed for being the death place of Simon Bolivar. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 12 Santa Marta/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.

    Private Vehicle
    Santa Marta - Minca 30m-1h
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Minca Excursion
    Minca 2h-3h
    Nestled in the rainforest of the Sierra Nevada Mountains--Minca is beautiful! Explore the town before taking an invigorating dip in the scenic watering holes of Pozo Azul. After a challenging hike enjoy a swim under a waterfall and then head to a coffee farm to learn more about the production of one of Colombia's most important crops.

    Private Vehicle
    Minca - Taganga 45m
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride. (Lunch,Breakfast)

  • 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.

    Free Time
    Taganga Full Day
    Spend the day soaking up the Caribbean feel of this coastal village. Be sure to indulge in the area's fantastic fresh seafood or hang out in one of the many cafes along the beach.

    Optional Activities
    Snorkelling

    Taganga
    Strap on some fins and a mask and explore the active reefs in Taganga's clear water. Keep an eye out for fascinating brain coral! (Breakfast)

  • 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.

    Hiking
    Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona 3h-4h
    Lace up your hiking boots and get to the next stop under your own power.

    Tayrona National Park Excursion
    Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona 5h
    Get outside with a hike into this beautiful park! Learn more about the rich diversity of Tayrona's natural heritage and explore Tayrona's gorgeous scenery with a local guide. Spend the night surrounded by nature in a lodge close to the park. (Lunch,Dinner,Breakfast)

  • DAY 15 Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona/Santa Marta

    Hike out of the park and return to Santa Marta for an optional evening out on the town.

    Hiking
    Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona 3h-4h
    Lace up your hiking boots and get to the next stop under your own power.

    Private Vehicle
    Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona - Santa Marta 1h 30m
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle. (Breakfast)

  • 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.

    Free Time
    Santa Marta Full Day
    Get out and explore. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 17 Santa Marta/Ciudad Perdida Trek Campsite 1

    Transfer to Machete Pelao, where the trek to the Lost City of Teyuna begins. Trek for between 4-5 hrs each day through farmland, steamy jungle, and rural communities, and get a glimpse of local families going about their daily lives. The route runs along the Buritaca River, and there are natural swimming pools at the campsites to enjoy a refreshing dip before relaxing in a hammock.

    4x4
    Santa Marta - Machete Pelao
    Roads? Where this rough-and-ready vehicle's going, we don't need roads.

    Lost City Trek Day 1
    Machete Pelao - Ciudad Perdida Trek Campsite 14h-5h 7-8km
    Leave Machete Pelao and start trekking through the jungle, following along the Buritaca River. Pass by farmland and get a glimpse of the daily life of families in the small communities on route to the campsite. This first day of trekking is relatively straightforward and a good way to ease yourself into the trek. Beginning from Machete Pelao, the land is flat and a well-marked track leads the way to the first campsite. Unwind at camp with a dip in the natural swimming pools or take a nap in a hammock. (Dinner,Lunch)

  • DAY 18 Ciudad Perdida Trek Campsite 1/Ciudad Perdida Trek Campsite 2

    Continue trekking along the route to Ciudad Perdida.

    Lost City Trek Day 2
    Ciudad Perdida Trek Campsite 1 - Ciudad Perdida Trek Campsite 24h-5h 7-8km
    Begin trekking alongside the Buritaca River early in the morning. Pass through more farmland used for growing coffee or raising cattle. Climbing on this part of the trek can be challenging as the route progresses uphill from the riverbed and through the humid jungle. Take a look at the unique, circular huts that make up some of the Kogi villages in the area. This is the longest day of the trek, and with uphill climbs can be the hardest day along the route. In the dry season, this can be dry and dusty underfoot which can make for challenging climbs. During the rainy season, rivers are higher and crossings can be more of a challenge. Once you make it to the camp, cool off with a swim in the river before dinner. (Lunch,Breakfast,Dinner)

  • DAY 19 Ciudad Perdida Trek Campsite 2/Ciudad Perdida Trek Campsite Teyuna Paraiso

    Continue trekking along the route to Ciudad Perdida.

    Lost City Trek Day 3
    Ciudad Perdida Trek Campsite 2 - Ciudad Perdida Trek Campsite Teyuna Paraiso 4h-5h 7-8km
    In the morning start the most difficult length of the Lost City Trek. The route continues along the river but this stretch has a steep incline. If the group wants a break, take the opportunity to jump in the river and cool off. Trekkers should carry water today, especially if the weather is hot and humid. There are some points where the hike passes narrow ledges that can present a challenge if for anyone who is not too steady on their feet. Arrive at the Teyuna Paraiso campsite around mid-afternoon. (Breakfast,Dinner,Lunch)

  • DAY 20 Ciudad Perdida Trek Campsite Teyuna Paraiso/Ciudad Perdida

    Early start to climb the 1,200 steps to get to the Lost City, but the view across the surrounding mountains is more than worth the hike. Return to the campsite to rest before beginning the hike back towards the start point. Camp along the trek tonight.

    Lost City Trek Day 4
    Ciudad Perdida Trek Campsite Teyuna Paraiso - Ciudad Perdida 4h-5h
    Get ready for the last part of the trek to the Lost City, followed by exploring this historic site with a local guide. The once-forgotten city is only one more hour away and requires climbing 1,200 steps built by the ancient Tayrona people. This is a very steep climb and if it is humid, this can be tough. Similarly, when it is wet, it can be slippery underfoot, but the rewards of the climb are more than worth it. Learn about the site's origins and feel free to explore. The guide will be able to tell you about the history of the Lost City and what is known of it's origins. Remember when at the site, it is estimated that only 10% of this has yet been discovered. Head back to the campsite for lunch and a swim before beginning the trek back down to Machete Pelao, following the route which was the way in. Most of the trek today is downhill and while this can be easier, it can be hard on the knees, so a walking stick might be useful. (Breakfast,Dinner,Lunch)

  • DAY 21 Ciudad Perdida/Santa Marta

    In the morning, trek the last leg of the hike back to Machete Pelao, and transfer back to Santa Marta and relax for the rest of the day.

    Lost City Trek Day 5
    Ciudad Perdida - Machete Pelao 4h-5h 7-8km
    Continue the hike back down to Machete Pelao, following the same route as on the way up. The farmland that you pass will look familiar, but the hike features a variety of ascents and descents but the views remain spectacular. Enjoy the view of the jungle and local villages before heading back on the grid.

    4x4
    Machete Pelao - Santa Marta
    Roads? Where this rough-and-ready vehicle's going, we don't need roads. (Breakfast,Lunch)

  • DAY 22 Depart Santa Marta

    Depart at any time.

    Departure Day
    Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure. (Breakfast)

  • Meal basis

    As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals

  • TRIP DETAILS

    If you have booked this trip or are curious about all of the details, you can download this trip's information as a PDF.

    Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

  1. We recommend you to have a meal budget of USD440-575 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.

  2. This programme is operated on a Coach tour. Maximum Group size is 16 passengers, at an average there are 12 passengers travelling on this tour.

  3. Itinerary descriptions are guaranteed with the exception of unforeseen conditions which include, but are not limited to, road closures due to weather, acts of God, safety concerns, changes to highway legal restrictions, and acts by third parties beyond the control of Service Provider.

  4. There is no refund for any non-utilization of any services.

  5. All holiday prices are subject to Govt. Service Tax of 5% payable to Govt of India.

  6. At this point of time no services are confirmed and the same is subject to availability.

  7. Request for an early hotel check in or late checkout is at the discretion of the accommodation unless pre-booked and pre-paid in advance.

  8. All payment to be made strictly by cheque / Demand Draft / Direct bank transfer in favour of 'COX AND KINGS LIMITED'.

  9. The trekking on this trip is not all that challenging by itself. The hiking days themselves are between 4-6 hours a day, and the highest altitude reached is 1,200 m (3,937 ft) at the Lost City itself. However, what can make this a challenge is the humidity and the heat. Throughout the year the temperature is generally between 35-45 degrees, and there can be heavy rain and muddy conditions.

  10. Along the trek, you will be required to carry your own gear. We recommend not carrying more than is necessary for the route. One or two changes of clothes is enough to give you a change for each day on the trek. Remember, while on trek, it's not a beauty contest, comfort is more important. You will need space for clothes, water bottles and anything specific that you think you should take with you - mosquito repellent, towel, waterproofs. So, please being a bag that is sufficient in size to carry what you might need. If you are struggling with the amount of gear that you are carrying, it is possible to hire a mule to carry equipment for the trek, at a cost of 25USD per day.

  11. As with any activity, the best clothing to wear while trekking is quick drying, lightweight gear. Ideally, this should be synthetic or wool. In hotter climates, synthetic clothing or merino wool are the best options. While trekking, the best suggestion is to layer clothing, so that it is easier to regulate temperatures and manage with the changeable climate.

  12. A good level of fitness is required to enjoy this trek, and preparation for the humid conditions is essential. For the most part, the trail is well-maintained and an easy route to follow, although the terrain can vary throughout the year. In the dry season (December - March), the trail can be dry and dusty. When the rains arrive (April - November), the trail can be muddy and slippery underfoot. This also affects the numerous river crossings, as the rainy season brings higher rivers. This can mean that river crossings can be as high as waist height, so we recommend that you bring a dry bag or a plastic bag to cover your daypack as you might need to carry this above your head to keep it out of the river. The Buritaca River criss-crosses the route along the Lost City Trek. At times there will be the need to cross this. This can be over bridges, across rocks, or even on foot. The river also serves as an opportunity for swimming along the way.

  13. As the majority of this trek is through the jungle, please be aware of the presence of mosquitos and other bugs. We highly recommend bringing some form of insect repellent. While the campsites have mosquito nets over the beds and hammocks, mosquitos can be unavoidable at times. A sleep sheet can help to prevent bug bites at night as well.


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