Venture through the diverse cultures, eco-systems and landscapes along the Caribbean coast. Mangroves, beaches, the world’s tallest coastal mountain range, and overland through the desert.

ITINERARY

  • Fitness Level: 2 out of 5
  • Explore Parque Tayrona – the famous national park where the mountains meet the Caribbean
  • Hike to mirador at Cerro Kennedy in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountains
  • Visit the floating fishing village of Cienega and its surrounding mangroves
  • Learn the traditional coffee process in a picturesque hillside farm
  • Wander the streets of Cartagena, a UNESCO heritage site
  • Sail out of the port of Cartagena into the Caribbean Sea with a champagne toast at sunset

Welcome to Santa Marta, Colombia’s oldest continuously inhabited Spaniard settlement. Meet your guide in the morning and depart from Santa Marta to Tayrona National Park. Explore the park’s many hiking trails that bring you into the mountains, jungle and palm lined beach. Cool off from your hike while you relax on the beach enjoying freshly prepared fish. After your day exploring the pearl of Colombia’s Caribbean return to Santa Marta.  In the evening stay at a boutique hotel which is perfectly located in the historic center of Santa Marta. 

What to Bring:

  • Swimsuit
  • Hiking shoes or sandals
  • Lightweight clothing
  • Beach towel
  • Sun protection
  • Refillable water bottle

Begin the day with a breakfast including fresh fruit and coffee from the coastal region. Meet your guide to drive to Minca. The peaceful village is nestled in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountain range. 4×4 journey to La Victoria coffee plantation. The farm still uses the impressive equipment which they brought from New York in the 1890s. Explore the grounds of plantation with views of surrounding mountains and the Caribbean sea. Depart La Victoria to begin your hike from the village of La Tagua to a rural farmhouse. Enjoy a farm to table dinner and the famous Colombian hospitality at the finca.

What to Bring:

  • Hiking shoes
  • Lightweight clothing
  • Sun protection
  • Camera
  • Refillable waterbottle

Wake up early for a fresh breakfast before beginning your hike in the mountains. Trek for 3 hours up to the mirador at Cerro Kennedy. Cross streams and witness the diverse birdlife that is most active early in the morning. Watch the sun rise over the Caribbean sea from your panoramic viewpoint at 3100 meters. From your viewpoint you can also see the snowcapped mountains surrounding you. After relaxing at the mirador hike down to the Finca for a hot traditional lunch. Return to Santa Marta in the evening and stay at Casa Verde, a boutique hotel in the historic old town.

What to Bring:

  • Hiking shoes
  • Sun protection
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Lightweight clothing
  • Camera

After breakfast in Santa Marta drive to Cienega Grande. The delta created by Colombia’s largest river, the Rio Magdalena and it’s convergence with the Caribbean Sea. The confluence creates a diverse ecosystem. Explore the area by boat as you float through the delta’s mangroves in search of colorful and exotic birdlife. The traditional floating fishing village is known as “Colombia’s Venice” since there are no roads, only the canals created by the buildings on stilts. Enjoy a locally caught fresh seafood lunch in the village. Depart for the 16th century spanish colonial old town of Cartagena. Stay in the historic centre in one of the boutique hotels.

What to Bring:

  • Sun Protection
  • Lightweight clothing
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Camera

Take your time in the morning as you have a relaxing day ahead of you. Enjoy breakfast at the colonial hotel. Wander the colorful cobblestone streets of this UNESCO heritage site. Soak in the Caribbean sunshine. Dine on Spanish & Afro-Caribbean fusion.  At night the city comes to life as cumbia musicians and dancers perform in the city squares. Practice your dance moves in one of the many salsa bars in the town before returning to the hotel.

In the morning take a stroll on the boardwalk. Explore the fortress and the massive walls which protected Colombia’s gold from European superpowers and Caribbean pirates. Sail out of port into the Caribbean sea. Navigate around the coast with a champagne toast to your trip well done!

Return to port for one more night in Cartagena and at the colonial hotel.

What to Bring:

  • Windbreaker
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Camera
  • Sunglasses

FITNESS LEVEL

  • 3 out of 5

The hike to Cerro Kennedy is moderate to advanced. The more physically fit you are the easier the hike will be. The rest of the trip is relaxing.

PRICE

Please contact us for customized trips & special offers.

  • Private 2 person trip  starting at $1489 USD/Person*
  • Group departure starting at $945 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
  • Professional driver for in-country travel
  • Dinners are only included on Cerro Kennedy trips. Our guides are happy to offer dinner recommendations based on your preference and budget
  • Expert multi-lingual adventure and cultural guides (languages: Spanish, French, English)
  • Constant communication and recommendations from Expedition Colombia team based in Medellín
  • Opt to purchase bottled water or drink treated water
  • Please notify us for vegetarian, vegan, gluten- free, and other dietary options.
  • Boutique hotels days 1,3,4,5,6
  • Rural homestay day 2

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