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Rebecca Adventure Travel offers a unique experience to explore the North of Colombia within a set of active activities that will make you discover all the highlights of the region. 

Capture the true spirit of Colombia with an adventurous and active trip that combines the best nature and cultural highlights of this country. Immerse yourself in the astonishing beauty of the Caribbean region. Visit Santa Marta, the first Spanish settlement in Colombia. It is the oldest surviving city in that country, and second oldest in South America. From here you can visit the Tayrona National Park.  It’s known for its palm-shaded coves, coastal lagoons, rainforest and rich biodiversity. At its heart, the Pueblito Ruins are an archaeological site accessed via forest trails, with terraces and structures built by the Tayrona civilization. Relax on white-sand beaches and explore the surrounding tropical forest on two wheels. 

Trek through lush jungles and across rivers in Sierra Nevada to reach the mysterious “Lost City” ruins of Teyuna. Ciudad Perdida was discovered in 1972, when a group of local treasure looters found a series of stone steps rising up the mountainside and followed them to an abandoned city. It is believed to have been founded about 800 CE, some 650 years earlier than Machu Picchu. Ciudad Perdida was probably the region’s political and manufacturing center on the Buritaca River and may have housed 2,000 to 8,000 people.

Finally, visit the fairy-tale town of Cartagena, whose beautifully preserved colonial old town of cobblestone streets and plazas is a Unesco World Heritage Site.

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12 DAY ACTIVE COLOMBIA MULTISPORT

ITINERARY

DAY 1
BOGOTÁ ARRIVAL DAY
Welcome to Colombia! Officially named Bogotá D.C. (Capital District), and once known as Santa Fe de Bogotá, the capital city of Colombia is home to more than seven million inhabitants. The city is located at an elevation of about 2,650m (8,660 ft) on a plateau in the Andes Mountains. Modern Bogotá offers residents and visitors a wide variety of activities and amenities, combined with the picturesque beauty of its cultural and architectural past. Enjoy colonial churches and pre-Colombian art in contrast with the futuristic high-rise buildings of a busy metropolis. There are no planned activities on your arrival day, so check into our hotel and enjoy the city. Your trip expert leader will hold a general briefing in the evening, normally between 7pm and 8pm (a note will be posted in the arrival hotel with details). Accommodation at Hotel Augusta or similar. 

DAY 2 (B):
SANTA MARTA & CARIBBEAN COLOMBIA
Morning transfer to the airport and flight to Santa Marta, located on the Caribbean coast and taking its name from the Santa Marta Mountain range, home to the ancient Tayrona culture and full of outstanding natural attractions, including beaches, national parks, local cultures, old ruins and colorful coral reefs.Once in Santa Marta, you will have a transfer to Taganga village, a small mecca for tourists located just outside of the big city on a beautiful beach, and probably the best diving site in Colombia. Optional activities are snorkeling and fishing, alternatively just relax at the beach. This location also boasts fantastic cuisine and vibrant nightlife! Accommodation at Ocean Taganga or similar.

DAY 3 (B,L):
BIKING TRIP IN SANTA MARTA CLOUD FOREST
You start your adventure at 700mt altitude, biking down through the cloud forest for about 2-3 hrs, surrounded by an incredible nature. On the way, you will make multiple stops to visit a local coffee farm and a hummingbirds sanctuary, jump into the fresh waters of a little river and watch a chocolate making demonstration. You will stop for your lunch break in Minca village, enjoying the amazing panoramic views, before hopping on your bike again to reach sea level. Accommodation in Ocean Taganga or similar. 

DAY 4 (B,L,D):
TAYRONA NATIONAL PARK
In the morning, you will head north along the Carribean coast. You will arrive at one of the most beautiful national parks of the Caribbean, the divers’ paradise of Tayrona Park. Here, the white sandy beaches of the coral reefs contrast with the tropical forests of the Santa Marta mountain range, a paradise home for more than 350 species of birds and 100 types of mammals living among flower gardens situated along the different trails in the park. You will camp by the beach at Cabo San Juan camp site where you will spend a magical night sleeping in a hammock. Accommodation at Tayrona National Park camping site.

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DAY 5 (B):
SANTA MARTA CITY
After breakfast, you will go for a 4 hour round trip hike to the Pueblito Ruins, located 270 meters above sea level. During the hike through the jungle, you can spot multicolored land crabs, bright blue and green reptiles and butterflies of a variety of colors and sizes. At this pre-Hispanic archeological site you can find more than 200 terraces which are the remains of a small village belonging to the Tayrona culture, which dates back to between 800 ac to 1500 Ac. You will admire the volcanic rocks of Santa Marta Range, carved by the people of this ancient culture to build their temples, and the trails that connect with the Lost City. After lunch, you will have some free time to enjoy the beach before you take a scenic boat ride along the coast of the Tayrona National Park back to Taganga Village, from where you will be transferred to Santa Marta city. Accommodation at Casa de Isabella or similar 

DAY 6 (B,L,D):
LOST CITY TREK
You will start the day with an adventurous 3 hour drive on a 4×4, on a small road climbing up to the Santa Marta Range, to reach a small countryside town called Mamey. Here, you will have your lunch and you have to get ready for the first part of your trek to the magical Lost City. After 4 hours (5 miles), you will arrive at the first campsite where you will spend the night surrounded by the impressive landscapes of the tropical forest. The overall climb on the first day is about 520 meters. You will have a hearty, well-earned, and relaxing dinner by candlelight. Accommodation at Lost City Trek camping.

DAY 7 (B,L,D): ­
LOST CITY TREK
On your second day, you will hike for approximately 5 to 7 hours in total (9.5 miles). On the way, you will make a stop at the Indian Kogi’s settlements in the valley of the Buritaca River, which will be good opportunities for you to get a feel for the local Indigenous cultures and their own way of living in these pristine villages. You will stop at campsite nr 2 for lunch before you continue your hike until campsite nr. 3, located on the foothills of Teyuna Lost City. You can also take a refreshing dip in the Buritaca River. Accommodation at Lost City Trek camping. 

DAY 8 (B,L,D):
LOST CITY OF TEYUNA -CIUDAD PERDIDA

This is the final hiking day to Ciudad Perdida. You will start early in the morning, climbing up steps for one hour in the last part of the well-designed Tayrona trail that will take you to the monumental city of the royal Tayrona Culture. On the way, you will have magnificent views overlooking the dense jungle and rugged terrain, feeling the weather changing and the ecosystems morphing as you get higher in altitude and closer to the sacred place. You will finally arrive and explore the Lost City for about 3 hours with a local guide that will give you a better understanding of how large and spectacular this place originally was and of the importance of the Tayrona Culture. After the visit, you will hike down for 2-3 hrs back to campsite nr. 2 where you will spend the night. Accommodation at Lost City Trek camping. 

DAY 9 (B)­:
END OF LOST CITY TREK
On the last day of your expedition up in the Sierra range, you will walk back to Mamey town and take your transportation that will take you back to the hotel in Santa Marta. This evening you will celebrate the accomplishment of your challenge! Accommodation at Casa de Isabella or similar. 

DAY 10 (B)­:
CARTAGENA COLONIAL CITY
In the morning, you will have a transfer for 4 ½ hours on the main Pan-American highway to Cartagena De Indias old city. As a UNESCO World Heritage Site on the coast of the Caribbean Sea, Cartagena is Colombia’s most famous and visited city. The main attractions are the remarkably intact historic walled colonial city (“ciudad amurallada”) and the beachfront area of Bocagrande. After checking into the hotel, you will spend the afternoon exploring the fantastic narrow streets with colorful balconies and great atmosphere.

Before it gets dark, you will join the best salsa place in town to be part of a local salsa lesson with the expert salsa dancers in Cartagena. Once you get a bit into party mode, you will join in the best and most authentic way of partying in the Caribbean, on a CHIVA. This is a typical bus that drives around the best and most scenic parts of the city while partying with some good local rum and traditional Colombian music. Accommodation at Don Pedro de Heredia or similar. 

DAY 11 (B):
CARTAGENA
In the morning, you will have a guided city tour where you will learn about the characteristic sights such as: San Felipe de Borajas Fortress, considered the biggest label from the Spanish in Latin-America, La Popa hill and monastery known as the highest point in the city, Cartagena bay, as well as a walking guided tour in the old town, which is the most impressive conservation of the Spanish architecture. Free afternoon to relax and chill out in town. Accommodation at Don Pedro de Heredia or similar. 

DAY 12 (B):
DEPARTURE DAY
You finish your tour in Cartegena where you can either take a transfer back to Bogotá or continue your journey in Colombia. End of service. 

INCLUDED:
Activities: Lost City trek 4 days/3 nights, Camping in Tayrona National Park, Optional Snorkeling in Tayrona Park, Hike to Pueblito ruins, Visit to the coffee farm, Biking in Santa Marta cloud forest, Chocolate making demonstration, Cartagena city tour, Party bus and salsa lesson.

Accommodations based in double occupancy: 4 star hotel in Bogota, 3- star hotel in Taganga, 4-star hotel in Santa Marta, 1 night camping in hammocks in Tayrona National Park, 3-nights camping on the Lost City trek
Transportation: Airfare Bogota-Santa Marta one way and related airport transfers, private and comfortable land transportation, motorized boat, chiva party bus
Meals Included: 11 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches and 4 Dinners.
Gear: Mountain bikes, helmets, life jackets.
Trip Leader: Certified expert leaders and local guides.

NOT INCLUDED:
My Own Room supplement $350

International flights
Travel insurance (mandatory)
Extra meals, alcoholic drinks.
Meals not described in the itinerary – estimated budget USD $280 USD
Tips

PRICE
12 Days/ 11 Nights – $2.095.- p.p. based on 2 guest

ADVANTAGES OF BOOKING WITH REBECCA ADVENTURE TRAVEL

  • Personal attention: the team would like to get to know the customers so they can create the perfect holiday;
  • The staff: the staff use their passion and own travel experiences to create tours of high quality;
  • Authenticity: the tours are personally selected by Rebecca and are a unique and authentic experience;
  • Tailor made: tell the team your preferences and they will create an unforgettable experience;
  • 24/7 assistance: our team can be contacted 24/7 by phone in case of emergencies or unexpected situations (they speak English, Spanish and Dutch!);
  • Insurances: customers will be traveling safely with Rebecca Adventure Travel because they are insured by Dutch guarantee funds (GGTO & VvKR).

When you book (the moment you sign the registration form or submit a booking request through Anyguide) a tour with Rebecca Adventure Travel you agree on the following terms and conditions: https://www.rebeccaadventuretravel.com/conditions/

* You will have a guide during the whole day tours
* Please let your guide know if you decide to have dinner outside of the hotels.
* This itinerary is fixed, it can’t be changed. If you are looking for a customized itinerary, please send us an email.
* It is important that you will have current travel insurance including personal medical insurance. Please inform us of any known medical conditions you have.
* The operator reserves the right to change the itinerary without previous notice due to weather, National Park regulations or notifications and unforeseeable circumstances.

 

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