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Colombian Culture, Caribbean & Lost City

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. And you’re only scratching the surface of what’s in store for you on this 22-day trip. Check out the resurgence of culture, art, and food in Bogotá and Medellín, dive deep into the Caribbean vibe of Cartagena, learn about Indigenous culture from the Wiwa people of Gotshezhy, 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.
Tour details
Tour Provider G Adventures
Price From
$5,023
Number of Days
22
Start Location
Bogotá, Colombia
End Location
Santa Marta, Colombia
Age Range
Avg. 30+
Group Size
1 to 16
Tour Style
Standard
Tour Themes
Virtuoso
Physical Rating
Moderate to Challenging
Itinerary Open all
Day 1 - Bogotá
Arrive at any time.
Day 2 - Bogotá/Armenia
Enjoy breakfast in Bogotá before boarding an afternoon flight to Armenia, in Colombia’s coffee region. Spend two nights outside Armenia in a traditional hacienda.
Day 3 - Armenia
Visit Armenia town and market for breakfast before enjoying a tour of a coffee farm in the Calarcá area to learn more about the coffee culture here.
Day 4 - Armenia/Salento
Take a morning hike through the Cocora Valley before an afternoon arrival to Salento. Continue the full coffee experience in the region of Quindío.
Day 5 - Salento/Medellín
Drive through beautiful landscapes to Medellín. Opt to explore the city in the evening.
Day 6 - 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.
Day 7 - Medellín
Enjoy another free day and opt to visit the nearby town of Guatapé, with its colourful houses and famous rock. Or ride the metrocable, a cable car part of Medellín’s public transportation, for sweeping views of the city and surrounding mountains.
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.
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.
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.
Day 11 - Cartagena/Minca
Travel to the small town of Minca, breathe in the fresh mountain air and enjoy free time to explore.
Day 12 - Minca to Tayrona National Park Area
Leave Minca behind as the group heads into the Tayrona National Park area to spend the day visiting a nearby indigenous community. Gain insights into the rich traditional cultures of this region, and the Arhuacos. Enjoy a textile weaving demonstration by members of local families in the Katanzama community. Afterwards, transfer to your accommodations just outside Tayrona National Park, where you will have free time to enjoy the property and its amenities. Relax in a nearby hammock, find a local restaurant for dinner, and enjoy the cool ocean breeze.
Day 13 - 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. Lunch is included during your hike. Afterwards, the group will travel the short distance to our nearby accommodations and spend free time unwinding after a full day of exploring this stunning national park.
Day 14 - Tayrona National Park Area / Taganga
In the afternoon, travel from Tayrona to Taganga. Orientation walk with CEO upon arrival.
Day 15 - 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 16 - Santa Marta
Relax on the beautiful Caribbean coast in Santa Marta or go further afield to explore.
Day 17 - Santa Marta/Ricardito Camp
Wake up and hit the road to the village of El Mamey 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. The group will have lunch at the village and hike about 4 hours to the first basecamp.
Day 18 - Ricardito 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.
Day 19 - Paraiso Camp to Mumake Camp
Wake up early feeling refreshed, recharged (hopefully!) and start your trek to 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 Mumake Camp. The total hiking time today is 8 hours with about 3 hours to explore the Lost City.
Day 20 - Mumake Camp to Las Cascadas Camp
The group will have an early departure from Mumake Camp. Hike past the village of El Mamey and arrive to Ricardito Camp where you'll have lunch and rest for the remainder of the day.
Day 21 - 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 22 - Santa Marta
Depart at any time.
Inclusions
  • Your Welcome Moment: Welcome Moment - Meet Your CEO and Group Your Foodie Moment: Coffee Farm Tour, Calarcá Your Discover Moment: Cartagena
  • Hacienda stay
  • Valle de Cocora hike
  • Medellín city tour
  • 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 an indigenous guide (5 days)
  • Guided tour of the Lost City
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
Departure dates
Start End Availability Price NZD
06 Jul 2024 27 Jul 2024 3 $5,487
21 Sep 2024 12 Oct 2024 6 $5,023
28 Sep 2024 19 Oct 2024 12 $5,023
12 Oct 2024 02 Nov 2024 14 $5,023
19 Oct 2024 09 Nov 2024 11 $5,023
26 Oct 2024 16 Nov 2024 8 $5,023
02 Nov 2024 23 Nov 2024 8 $5,337
30 Nov 2024 21 Dec 2024 4 $5,337
07 Dec 2024 28 Dec 2024 10 $6,119
14 Dec 2024 04 Jan 2025 9 $6,119
21 Dec 2024 11 Jan 2025 9 $7,199
28 Dec 2024 18 Jan 2025 13 $7,199
04 Jan 2025 25 Jan 2025 7 $7,319
11 Jan 2025 01 Feb 2025 14 $7,319
18 Jan 2025 08 Feb 2025 12 $7,319
25 Jan 2025 15 Feb 2025 14 $7,319
01 Feb 2025 22 Feb 2025 11 $7,319
08 Feb 2025 01 Mar 2025 11 $7,319
15 Feb 2025 08 Mar 2025 15 $7,319
22 Feb 2025 15 Mar 2025 7 $7,319
01 Mar 2025 22 Mar 2025 14 $7,579
08 Mar 2025 29 Mar 2025 16 $7,579
15 Mar 2025 05 Apr 2025 16 $7,579
22 Mar 2025 12 Apr 2025 16 $7,579
29 Mar 2025 19 Apr 2025 15 $7,579
12 Apr 2025 03 May 2025 14 $7,579
19 Apr 2025 10 May 2025 16 $7,579
26 Apr 2025 17 May 2025 16 $7,579
03 May 2025 24 May 2025 15 $7,319
10 May 2025 31 May 2025 16 $7,319
17 May 2025 07 Jun 2025 15 $7,319
24 May 2025 14 Jun 2025 16 $7,319
31 May 2025 21 Jun 2025 14 $7,319
07 Jun 2025 28 Jun 2025 16 $7,319
14 Jun 2025 05 Jul 2025 16 $7,319
21 Jun 2025 12 Jul 2025 16 $7,319
28 Jun 2025 19 Jul 2025 16 $7,319
05 Jul 2025 26 Jul 2025 16 $7,319
12 Jul 2025 02 Aug 2025 16 $7,319
19 Jul 2025 09 Aug 2025 15 $7,319
26 Jul 2025 16 Aug 2025 16 $7,319
02 Aug 2025 23 Aug 2025 15 $7,319
09 Aug 2025 30 Aug 2025 16 $7,319
20 Sep 2025 11 Oct 2025 15 $7,039
27 Sep 2025 18 Oct 2025 16 $7,039
04 Oct 2025 25 Oct 2025 16 $7,039
11 Oct 2025 01 Nov 2025 16 $7,039
18 Oct 2025 08 Nov 2025 16 $7,039
25 Oct 2025 15 Nov 2025 16 $7,039
01 Nov 2025 22 Nov 2025 16 $7,039
08 Nov 2025 29 Nov 2025 16 $7,039
15 Nov 2025 06 Dec 2025 16 $7,039
22 Nov 2025 13 Dec 2025 16 $7,039
29 Nov 2025 20 Dec 2025 15 $7,039
06 Dec 2025 27 Dec 2025 16 $7,579
13 Dec 2025 03 Jan 2026 16 $7,579
20 Dec 2025 10 Jan 2026 16 $7,579
27 Dec 2025 17 Jan 2026 16 $7,579