THE BEAUTY OF COLOMBIA: FROM THE ANDES TO THE CARIBBEAN COAST!

For outdoor enthusiasts we have developed a fascinating tour around Colombia that shows the most interesting places of the country. During the tour you will meet the cultural and historical parts of Colombia and visit various regions that till these days have been hardly touched by tourism. You make your way through the jungle to the "Lost City" in northern Colombia, walk between the seventy-meter high palm trees of the Cocora Valley, enjoy the azure blue coast of the island of Rosario and stroll between the colonial facades of Cartagena. Join our travel team and get an unforgettable experience from this country!
Tour-Code: KOL01
Walking-tour
Land, history & nature
21 Days/ 20 Nights
Together with the days of arrival and departure
Number of participants
Small groups: 6-14
Accommodation
Boutique Hotels, guesthouses, tents
Features
Hike to Laguna de Otun & Lost City, visit the island of Rosario & Cartagena, rest on the white sand of Caribbean coast!
Meals:
Full board during hikes, all breakfasts, farewell dinner
Transfer
From & to the airport, all excursions
Guide
English speaking guide during the whole trip
ITINERARY
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INCLUDED CERVICES
EXCLUDED SERVICES
Day of arrival
• Arrival and transfer to the hotel
Your guide will meet you at the airport and accompany you to a beautiful colonial hotel in the historic part of Bogota.
• Overnight at the hotel in Bogota
• Breakfast at the hotel
• Sightseeing tour

Early in the morning we take the cable car up to the Montserrat mountain with a great panoramic view of the city. Then we see the famous sights of Bogota, such as the colonial old town, Bolivar Square, some beautiful churches and the Gold Museum. On the way we stop in a local café and try national Colombian dishes.
• Overnight at a hotel in Bogota
Included meals: breakfast
• Breakfast at the hotel
• Drive to Villa de Leyva

After breakfast we drive north from Bogota to the one of most beautiful villages of Colombia - Villa De Leyva. On the way we stop in Zipaquira and join the tour of the unique salt cathedral, which was only reopened in December '95. It lies at the depth of 120 m and was excavated from a salt pit. In the early afternoon we arrive to the Villa de Leyva and check into a hotel that is located in the central square. After the lunch we take a tour around this beautiful colonial town surrounded by hills.
• Overnight at the hotel in Villa de Leyva
Included meals: breakfast
• Breakfast at the hotel
• Bike tour through Villa de Leyva

Today we get to know the history of the city. In order to explore the important historical objects as well as the extremely scenic surroundings of Villa de Leyvas, we do our tour by bicycles. We visit an archaeological town "Observatorio Muisca", a former monastery "Ecce Homo" and then drive to Casa Terracotta with a huge, pottery house with all sorts of works of art to admire. We have our lunch break and dinner in a local café.
• Overnight at the hotel in Villa de Leyva
Included meals: breakfast
Bike tour: approx. 45 km, ascent: approx. 500 m ascent, descent: approx. 500 m
• Breakfast at the hotel
• Hike to the sacred lagoon "Iguaque" with lunch break

After breakfast we drive up to the visitor center of the Iguaque National Park, our starting point for the day hike, which leads us up to the "Laguna de Iguaque" located at about 3,600 m., the cradle of the Muisca Indians. Today we enjoy the great panoramic landscapes and feast our eyes on Frailejones, specific, man-high plants.This hike is also ideal for getting used to the altitude and for the preparation to the trek in the Los Nevados National Park.
• Overnight at the hotel in Villa de Leyva
Included meals: breakfast, lunch
Hike: approx. 5 hours, ascent 800 m, descent 800 m.

• Breakfast at the hotel
• Flight to Salento

Today we drive back to Bogotá and fly in the afternoon to the coffee zone in Pereira. After the transfer to the Salento village at the eveningwe take a tour in this small town, which has retained its traditional architecture and is beautifully plased in the green landscape of the coffee zone.
• Overnight at the hotel in Salento
Included meals: breakfast
• Breakfast at the hotel
• Trekking tour: Cocora Valley - Finca La Argentina

Around 8:00 a.m. we set off for the Cocora Valley by the typical local Jeeps. Here you can admire the wax palms that grow up to 70 m. We start the trek at 2,450 m, which leads us to the first refuge "Finca La Argentina" on the first day (3,450 m).
Included meals: breakfast, lunch break, dinner
Ascent: 1000 m / 6-7 hours
Included in the tour are: mules for the transportation of luggage and local guides with a lot of mountaineering experience

• Trekking tour: Finca La Argentina - Finca Berlin
On the second day of trekking we go through the Andean forest and enjoy the typical panoramic landscape and the beautiful Freilejones. In the second half of the day we reach the refuge "Finca Berlin" (3,900 m), where we stop for a nicht.
Included meals: breakfast, lunch break, dinner
Trekking: ascent 850 m, descent 450 m, approx. 6 hours
Included in the tour are: mules for the transportation of luggage and local guides with a lot of mountaineering experience

• Trekking tour: Finca Berlin - Laguna de Otun
Today we continue our tour along wide green high mountain meadows that wear hoarfrost in the morning and come to crystal-clear lakes surrounded by mountains. The last few hours of the tour we have a chance to feast our eyes on the great glacier of the Nevado Santa Isabel till we come to the dreamlike Laguna de Otun. Here we sleep in tents.
Included meals: breakfast, lunch break, dinner
Ascent: 500 vertical meters, descent: 350 vertical meters, approx. 6 hours
Included in the tour are: mules for the transportation of luggage and local guides with a lot of mountaineering experience

• Trekking tour: Laguna del Otun - Potosi
In the morning after the tasting breackfast made on the fire we head along the Laguna del Otun to the direction of the small town named Potosi. Here we will be picked up and taken to the town of Manizales. At the afternoon you can freely plan your time.
Included meals: breakfast
Ascent: 250 m / descent: 250 m / 3 hours
Included in the tour are: mules for the transportation of luggage and local guides with a lot of mountaineering experience

• Breakfast at the hotel
• We get to know the coffee production

In the morning in our hotel Hacienda Venecia we learn everything about growing coffee and processing the important export product. In the afternoon you can hike and explore the area around the hacienda with its coffee and cocoa plantations.
• Overnight at the hotel in Manizales
Included meals: breakfast
• Breakfast at the hotel
• Flight to Santa Marta

After breakfast we fly via Bogotá to Santa Marta. On drive meet us on arrival and bring to the hotel of Santa Marta, a beautiful port city on the Caribbean Sea in northern Colombia. It city was the first Spanish settlement in this country.
• Lunch break, dinner and overnight at the hotel in Santa Marta
Included meals: breakfast
• Breakfast at the hotel
• Trekking tour from Mamey to Camp Adán

We will be picked up at our hotel in Santa Marta and drive by jeeps for about three hours till we reach the village Mamey. Here first we have a lunch and briefly reviewe the upcoming four-day trekking tour to the "Lost City" before we start the hike from Machete to Camp "Adán". On arrival tj the Camp you can enjoy a refreshing swim in natural pools .
• Dinner and overnight at the camp
Included meals: breakfast, lunch break, supper Ascent: 600 m, descent: 300 m, approx. 3.5 hours
• Breakfast
• Trekking tour: Camp Adán - Camp 2 - Camp 3

After breakfast we start the hike towards Camp 2 (about 470 m above the see level), where we have lunch and rest for few hours. An afternoon we continue to ascend and reach an indigenous Koguis village. On the way guide tells us about the Indian culture of the Sierra Nevadas. On arrival to the Camp 3 (about 900 m asl) we have a dinner and stay for a night. Now we are only one hour away from the Ciudad Perdida, the "Lost City".
• Dinner and overnight at Camp 3
Included meals: breakfast, lunch break, dinner. Ascent: 800 m, descent: 400 m, approx. 7.5 hours
• Breakfast
• Trekking tour: Camp 3 - Lost City (approx. 1,200 m) - Camp 2

Now only 1,200 steps separate us from the "Lost City". Already during the ascent we can admire the terraces, which are over 1,000 years old. As soon as we reach the archaeological excavation site, which was once the main settlement of the Tayrona culture, our guide tells us detailed history about this place. We enjoy the breathtaking landscape and also have an opportunity to take a bath in the "Pozo de Juventud", the fountain of youth, which supposedly has magical influence on the body and spirit. Our lunch we have at the Camp 3 and then proceed to the Camp 2. Another highlight awaits us there: a cultural exchange that gives us an impression of the cosmic visions, the lifestyle and the art of the indigenous people.
Included meals: breakfast, lunch break, supper Ascent: 600 m / descent: 900 m / approx. 8.5 hours
• Breakfast
• Trekking tour: Day Camp 2 - Camp Adán - Mamey

Our trekking is slowly coming to an end and it is time to return to the city. In the early morning we hike from Camp 2 to El Mamey. Here we enjoy our lunch before jeeps take us to the Caribbean coast, where the tour ends in the late afternoon.
• Dinner and overnight at the EcoLodge Papaya la Roca
Included meals: breakfast, lunch break
Ascent: 500 vertical meters / descent: 900 vertical meters / approx.7.5 hours

• Breakfast at the hotel
• Full day hike in the tropical dry forest with lunch break

After breakfast we set off on a full-day hike in the tropical dry forest of Tayrona Park to the dream beaches of San Juan del Cabo. Tayrona National Park extends 85 km north of Taganga. This place is untouched by civilization and has a beautiful coastline, where we can meet monkeys, iguanas and other animals in their natural habitat. The park covers approximately 1,200 square kilometers of the coast and mountains, which are up to 975 m above sea level. From the highest points of the park we have a wonderful view of the surrounding hills and beautiful beaches. We also have enough time to relax and bathe here.
• Dinner and overnight at the EcoLodge Papaya la Roca
Included meals: breakfast
• Breakfast at the hotel
• Drive to Cartagena

Today we continue to Cartagena, directly to the hotel in the old town, where we will stay for the next three nights. Cartagena de Indias is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful cities on the American continent. The historic old town district surrounded by a coral wall from the colonial period has retained its original architecture and fills the city with its endless colors and Caribbean love of life. In the evening you can freely organize your time and explore the evening Kartagena on your own.
• Overnight at the hotel in Cartagena
Included meals: breakfast
• Breakfast at the hotel
• City tour

The fascinating history of Cartagena is one of the most important hubs of the colonial era. Here were brought gold treasures of South America and was the largest slave port on the American continent. Numerolous pirate attacks and legendary battles between the Spanish and English Armada left their mark on the countless fortifications that are still intact today. The meter-thick city wall around the old town in colonial style has been recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. From here we can enjoy a beautiful view on the sea and the city! Today we visit the most important churches, museums and squares in the old town and have time to browse the shops and jewelry stores.
In the afternoon you have time for your own explorations in Cartagena.
• Overnight at the hotel in Cartagena
Included meals: breakfast
• Breakfast at the hotel
• Drive to the island of Rosario

Full day trip to the island of Rosario: In the morning we take a speedboat from the port "Muelle Santa Cruz" towards "Islas del Rosario". Upon arrival it is time to swim and relax on the sandy beaches of the small island. In the morning we visit the island of San Martin with its natural underwater zoos. Afterwards the trip goes back to the island of Majagua. After a typical lunch for this place (fish, coconut rice, plantains, drink and a delicious Dessert) we still have time to relax, swim and snorkel. In the afternoon you will return to Cartagena.
• Farewell dinner and overnight at the hotel in Cartagena
Included meals: breakfast, lunch break, dinner
• Breakfast at the hotel
• Transfer to the airport and flight to Bogota

Your driver will bring you to Cartagena Airport, from which you will fly to Bogota.
Included meals: breakfast
• 14 x overnights in cozy mid-range hotels
• 5 x overnights in camps
• 1 x overnight in tents
• 20 x breakfasts
• 9 x lunches
• 6 x dinners
• Farewell dinner
• Transfers from & to the airport
• All transfers in an air-conditioned and comfortable vehicle
• Mules to carry luggage during the hikes (days 7-10)
• Experienced drivers
• Bike tour through Villa de Leyva
• All described excursions
• Entrance tickets
• English speaking guide during the whole trip
• All domestic flights
International flights
Meals and drinks that were not mentioned
Self-organized excursions
Insurance
Tips
DATES & PRICES
We will be glad to prepare this tour on other dates upon your request!

Guaranteed discounts:
- 8% for groups of 10 people or more