We invite you to discover the golden beaches and luscious, breathtaking mountains where the culture matches the warmth of the land on this quick Caribbean getaway.

ITINERARY

  • Fitness Level: 3 out of 5

In the morning, meet your professional bilingual guide in Santa Marta and depart into the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountains. Rising out of the Caribbean sea, the mountains make up the world’s highest coastal range. The ecosystems transform from jungle and desert to snow-capped peaks. Begin your Caribbean adventure with a visit to the tranquil village of Minca, nestled in the foothills of the mountains.

 

From Minca journey by 4×4 for 1 hour up the mountain to La Victoria Coffee farm. The plantation has been in operation since the late 1800s and still uses the same impressive mechanical equipment. Learn about the entire coffee-making process from planting to roasting. After sampling a handcrafted cup of coffee, drive to La Tagua. Once in La Tagua, hike up the mountain to Finca Santa Elena. Enjoy Colombian hospitality during your homestay with delicious meals and comfortable beds.

What to Bring Today:

  • Appropriate clothing: Lightweight pants or shorts, breathable shirt
  • Hiking boots or sandals (No flip flops)
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Repellent
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Camera

In the morning rise early for a typical Colombian breakfast with fresh fruit and coffee. Begin the mountain trek to the Mirador at Cerro Kennedy. Learn about the history of the region and native flora and fauna in the second most biodiverse country in the world. Once you arrive to the panoramic viewpoint, observe the sunrise over the Caribbean sea. Enjoy a well-deserved snack as you relax, soaking in your beautiful surroundings.

When you are ready, hike back down the mountain to the Santa Elena Finca.  A bountiful local lunch will be served back at the Finca (farmhouse) to satisfy your hunger after the trek. In the afternoon drive to Taironaka Natural Reserve for well-deserved rest after your hike. Stay in comfortable cabanas with a free evening to explore the grounds of the reserve before dinner at the lodge.

What to Bring Today:

  • Appropriate clothing: lightweight pants, breathable shirt
  • Hiking boots or sandals (No flip flops)
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Repellent
  • Camera
  • Refillable water bottle

Enjoy a restful morning with a fresh breakfast of tropical fruits at the lodge. Head to Taironaka, an archaeological site of the Koguis who are an indigenous group of people living in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. It features over 300 pieces of pre-Hispanic artifacts such as axes, and vases. Tour the site with a knowledged indigenous guide.

In the afternoon float along the Don Diego River in kayaks or inner tubes. The warm rivers winds through the jungle and mountains. While floating through the trees, keep an eye out for the howler monkeys and tropical bird life as they flock to a canopy that hangs over the river banks. Arrive at a secluded beach that is only accessible from the river. Wander the beach or relax before taking a boat back upstream to Taironaka. At night, dine on local specialties at the lodge.

What to Bring Today:

  • Appropriate clothing: Shorts or bathing suit
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Towel
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Change of clothes (End of activity)

After breakfast at the lodge, depart from Taironaka to Tayrona National Park, the pearl of Colombia’s Caribbean coast. The park protects stunning sandy beaches, hidden coves and plethora of plants and animals. Explore the park on foot as you hike through the tropical mountains and palm-lined beach.

Hikes can be custom-suited to your physical ability and craving for adventure. After the hike, cool off in the turquoise water and relax on the pristine beach. Enjoy refreshments and fresh fish as you toast to the end of your trip. Return to Santa Marta in the evening with your guide.

What to Bring Today:

  • Appropriate clothing: Lightweight pants or shorts, breathable top, swim clothes
  • Hiking boots or sandals (No flip flops
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Camera
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Change of clothes (End of activity)

FITNESS LEVEL

  • 3 out of 5

The trek to Cerro Kennedy is moderate trek with areas with steep incline. Though no physical preparation is needed, the more physically fit you are the more enjoyable the activities will be.

PRICE

Please contact us for customized trips & special offers.

  • Private 2 person trip  starting at $990 USD/Person*
  • Group departure starting at $645 USD/Person*

All payments by credit cards are subject to a 4 % extra charge. Read our Booking Policy before you book! Thanks for choosing Expedition Colombia!

*Pricing based on double occupancy accomodation

  • All accommodation
  • Airport pickup and drop-off
  • Professional bi-lingual driver for in-country travel
  • Water
  • Breakfasts
  • Lunches days 1 & 2
  • Dinners days 1, 2 & 3
  • Our guides are happy to offer meal recommendations based on your preference and budget
  • Expert bilingual adventure and cultural guides (languages: Spanish, French, English)
  • Travel Insurance
  • First night in Santa Elena finca, a rural farmhouse. Accomodation is simple but clean and comfortable
  • Nights 2 & 3 in cabanas at Taironaka Nature Reserve

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