Colombian Caribbean Coast

Carribean Sun & Beaches Tour

5 Days /4 Nights

Explore the beauty of Cartagena de Indias and experience the colonial atmosphere that brings you closer to the Caribbean Soul, then learn more about its colorful colonial history that is visible everywhere in the old city.

Discover the Caribbean National Park Islas del Rosario that is less than one hour by boat from Cartagena and enjoy the white sandy beaches and crystal clear water while snorkeling through coral reefs full of exotic fishes. On your way to Santa Marta you get to see the exotic Totumo volcano before arriving to Colombia’s first colonial city. Here you will learn more about Colombia’s history and its famous “Libertador” Simon Bolivar as well as see the colonial center.

Visit the famous National Park Tayrona, known as one of the top nature destinations on the Caribbean Coast of South America and go hiking in the tropical forest to get to Tayrona’s impressive beaches. There you will also explore ancient indigenous trails in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta.

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Discover the historical centers of Cartagena and Santa Marta and get to know its colonial past
  • Explore coral reefs and the ecosystem of the crystal clear Caribbean waters
  • Follow the footprints of Simon Bolivar and Colombia’s Independence
  • Visit the exotic Totumo Volcano
  • Discover ancient indigenous ruins hidden in the jungle
  • Enjoy some of the most beautiful beaches of South-America

 

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ITINERARY

Included

  • Pick-Up Service from your hotel & private transport
  • Entrance Fees (*The tourist tax for Islas del Roario not included)
  • Bilingual Attendance
  • Travel-Insurance
  • Taxes
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Snacks (like indicated in the description)

Accommodation

Cartagena

Hotel Boutiqué Tres Banderas***
www.hotel3banderas.com

Hotel Boutiqué Bantu*****
www.bantuhotel.com

Santa Marta

Hotel Boutique Casa del Farol***
www.lacasadelfarol.com

Hotel Boutique Don Pepe*****
www.hotelboutiquedonpepe.com

Day 1: Beautiful Cartagena

Upon your arrival at the Rafael Nunez Airport of Cartagena, there will be a driver awaiting you to bring you to your hotel.
Cartagena de Indias is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful cities in America. Its historic centre, walled by the fortifications built in the colonial era, conserves its original architecture and is full of colours that will fill the visitors with the Caribbean life and joy.

The City-Tour will start visiting the Cerro de La Popa, a former Augustinian convent rising 150 meters above the city, where you will have the best view of Cartagena. After that, visit the largest military construction ever built by the Spaniards in their colonies, the Fort of San Felipe de Barajas. Then, head to the historic centre where you can visit the plazas, churches and the most beautiful and important streets and buildings of the city.

Hotel Boutique Tres Banderas*** / Hotel Boutique Bantu*****

Day 2 : National Park Islas del Rosario (B,L)

Today you will enjoy a full day on the Caribbean islands. The Islas del Rosario are ideal for watching colourful coral reefs in shallow waters. Located 45 km from Cartagena Bay, the park protects underwater ecosystems, mainly coral reefs, inhabited by a multitude of invertebrate species and a big variety of fish. Extensive kelp and sea grass are also found in the park. Beautiful beaches are another hallmark of the park. A speedboat will take you to Isla Grande (1 hour), where you will have a typical lunch. Once you are on the island you will have time to go swimming, snorkelling or kayaking. Explore this fascinating place and return to Cartagena in the evening.

Hotel Boutique Tres Banderas*** / Hotel Boutique Bantu*****

Day 3: Totumo and transfer to Santa Marta (B)

45 minutes from Cartagena, driving on the coastal road between Barranquilla and Santa Marta, you will make a stop to get to see a really unique volcano. The mud volcano Totumo is a 20 meter high exotic and natural wonder, surrounded by numerous lakes that can be seen with a beautiful view from the top of the volcano. Afterwards you will drive up the coast to visit the colonial city of Santa Marta.

Boutique Don Pepe*****/ Boutique Casa del Farol***

Day 4: Santa Marta

The tour begins with a visit to La Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, a place of historical importance where Simon Bolivar died in December 1830. You will get to know the former sugar cane hacienda of Don Joaquin de Mier and have a look at objects and tools of the era, including the bed where the Libertador Bolivar died.In the Bolivarian Museum you will learn about the most important events of Simon Bolivar’s life and the historical context of Colombia during that time. We continue to the centre of Santa Marta with a visit to the oldest cathedral in the country, then you have time to enjoy the afternoon in the colonial centre.

Boutique Don Pepe*****/ Boutique Casa del Farol***

Day 5 : National Park Tayrona

With its white sandy beaches surrounded by rocky atolls and tropical forests, washed off by the crystal blue waters of the Caribbean Sea, the Tayrona Park is one of the most impressive destinations of Colombia. It offers a variety of trails that infiltrate the rainforest and archaeological sites, which were of great importance for pre-Columbian Cultures. After arriving at the entrance of the national park, we begin the hike from Canaveral through the tropical forest and along some beaches up to Arrecifes and continue to paradise like beaches of Arenillas, Piscina and Cabo San Juan, where we have time to enjoy a swim in the sea. Afterwards we will bring you back to Santa Marta, where your trip ends.

In case of unforeseen circumstances and to assure the passenger’s comfort and safety the itinerary might be subject of change.

Cartagena City & National Park Islas del Rosario & Mud Volcano

3 Days /2 Nights

Cartagena City & National Park Islas del Rosario & Mud Volcano

3 Days /2 Nights

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Explore the colonial centre of Cartagena de Indias on a guided tour
  • Discover the largest military construction built by the Spaniards  – the Fort of San Felipe
  • Relax in the famous mud volcano and experience its health effects
  • Enjoy a scenic boat ride with an awesome view of the Cartagena skyline
  • Explore coral reefs and the crystal clear Caribbean sea
  • Relax on one of the white sandy beaches in the National Park Islas del Rosario
  • Discover the underwater ecosystem of the Caribbean Sea

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ITINERARY

Included

  • Travel insurance
  • Bilingual attendance (during the activities)
  • Accommodation (2 nights including breakfast – double room)
  • Guided city-tour of the colonial centre of Cartagena
  • Entrance fees „Cerro de la Popa“ & „Fortaleza de San Felipe“
  • Pick-up service at your hotel (according to activities)
  • Boat-Transport National Park Islas del Rosario, including lunch.
  • Entrance fee Mud Volcano Totumo
  • Water & Snacks
  • Taxes

Accommodation

Cartagena

Hotel Boutique Tres Banderas***
www.hotel3banderas.com

Hotel Boutique Bantu*****
www.bantuhotel.com

Day 1: Colonial Cartagena – City-Tour

Upon your arrival at the Rafael Nunez Airport of Cartagena, there will be a driver awaiting you to bring you to your hotel.
Cartagena de Indias is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful cities in America. Its historic centre, walled by the fortifications built in the colonial era, conserves its original architecture and is full of colours that will fill the visitors with the Caribbean life and joy.

The City-Tour will start visiting the Cerro de La Popa, a former Augustinian convent rising 150 meters above the city, where you will have the best view of Cartagena. After that, visit the largest military construction ever built by the Spaniards in their colonies, the Fort of San Felipe de Barajas. Then, head to the historic centre where you can visit the plazas, churches and the most beautiful and important streets and buildings of the city.

Hotel Boutiqué Tres Banderas***/ Hotel Boutique Bantu*****

Day 2: Excursion – National Park Islas del Rosario (B, L)

Today you will enjoy a full day on the Caribbean islands. The Islas del Rosario are ideal for watching colourful coral reefs in shallow waters. Located 45 km from Cartagena Bay, the park protects underwater ecosystems, mainly coral reefs, inhabited by a multitude of invertebrate species and a big variety of fish. Extensive kelp and sea grass are also found in the park. Beautiful beaches are another hallmark of the park. A speedboat will take you to Isla Grande (1 hour), where you will a typical lunch. Once you are on the island you will have time to go swimming, snorkelling or kayaking. Explore this fascinating place and return to Cartagena in the evening.

Hotel Boutique Tres Banderas*** / Hotel Boutique Bantu*****

Day 3: Excursion to the mud volcano Totumo (B)

45 minutes from Cartagena, driving on the coastal road between Barranquilla and Santa Marta, you will enter one of the most unique volcanoes. The mud volcano Totumo is a 20 meter high exotic and natural wonder. With its warm and dense mud flowing permanently, it´s impossible to sink into its 800 meters deep crater. Access to the crater is made through a rustic wooden ladder. When you are inside the crater you can enjoy the healing mud which is said to give “efectos milagrosos” and a healthy skin. It also causes the body to relax and feel peaceful, and will release any anxiety or stress. The volcano is surrounded by numerous lakes that provides a beautiful view of the place. After spending some time in the mud, take a bath in the lagoon Piojó, and then return to Cartagena.

Depending on the time of your flight, our driver will pick you up and drive you to the airport.

In case of unforeseen circumstances and to assure the passenger’s comfort and safety the itinerary might be subject of change.

National Park Sierra Nevada – Lost City Trekking

4 Days /3 Nights

The Lost City was discovered in 1976 by a group of archaeologists from the Colombian Institute of Anthropology. Recent archaeological research in 2006 indicate that this city was founded around 660 A.D. and was abandoned between 1550 to 1600 A.D. It is one of the most important cities of the 250 Tayrona villages discovered on the north part of the Sierra Nevada of Santa Marta. In the surrounding areas, 26 villages were found, and in some of these sites archaeological excavations were carried out. It is located between 900 to 1200 meters above sea level on the heights of the Cerro Correa in the northern part of the Sierra Nevada. The city has construction systems, cobbled roads, stairs and walls linked by a series of terraces and platforms where they built ceremonial centres and homes.

Experience this unique adventure and hike up to the Lost City with professional guides: Cross tropical rivers, enjoy nature, sleep in traditional hammocks and explore this trail, which is far more interesting than the Machu Pichu trek.

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Explore the tropical jungle
  • Discover the ancient indigenous ruins of the famous Lost City
  • Experience a life in balance with nature
  • Swim in crystal clear jungle rivers
  • Visit indigenous villages of the Sierra Nevada

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ITINERARY

Included

  • Transport and pick-up service from your hotel
  • Travel insurance
  • Local guide
  • Accommodation in hammocks / beds / tents
  • Entrance fee for the archaeological site
  • Contribution to indigenous communities
  • Mules to carry the food
  • Taxes

Accommodation

Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta (Lost City)

Mamo Romualdo Hut & Alfredo Hut

Day 1: Beginning of the adventure (L, D)

Early in the morning you start to the foothills of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta National Park by jeep within three hours to the town called Machete Pelao. After a light lunch in the village you walk for 30 minutes to a natural pool where you can take a refreshing bath. From this point it takes about three hours to reach the Alfredo hut where you will spend the first night in hammocks with mosquito nets and wool blankets. Enjoy a full meal and before going to sleep the guide gives you a briefing about the next day.

Day 2: Hiking up to the Buritaca River (B, L, D)

Today, depending on the temperature and the information your guide gave the night before, get up on time to eat breakfast and get ready to start walking towards the second hut. Depending on the time of year and the stars, we can visit the town Kogui Mutanzi. They still live a traditional way of life, protecting their culture and beliefs. After a short break meeting them (if possible), you continue the walk for three hours to reach the second hut, and at this place you will find the river Buritaca, where you have some time to go swimming in beautiful surroundings before having lunch. After walking for about 4 hours you arrive at the hut Mamo Romualdo, where you will have dinner.

Day 3: Exploring the Lost City (B, L, D)

On the third day you will reach Lost City, located 1200 meters above sea level. After climbing 1200 steps to get there, you will get to know a culture who managed to hide from the Spanish invaders. For about three hours, the guide will give information about the buildings, culture and the way of life of the indigenous people who used to live there. Leaving the site you will walk back to the second hut where you will spend the third and last night.

Day 4: Return to Santa Marta (B, L)

The final day starts early as you return to Mamey, walking for about 6 or 7 hours. From there, a special lunch will be prepared and you will have to say goodbye to your fellow travelers. The jeep will be waiting to bring you back again to Santa Marta between 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

In case of unforeseen circumstances and to assure the passenger’s comfort and safety the itinerary might be subject of change.

La Guajira – Community Adventure, Desert & Ocean

3 Days /2 Nights

The Guajira Peninsula is Colombia’s northernmost point. The dry and hot desert climate hast kept it largely isolated, which is why La Guajira remains one of these special places where travelers still feel off the beaten track.

Explore the endless beaches hidden behind immense dunes, get to know local communities and their semi-nomadic way of live in the desert and visit remote fishing villages embedded into a landscape of sand.

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Visit the indigenous capital of Colombia
  • Learn about the industrial and artisanal salt mines of La Guajira
  • Meet the indigenous Ipuana Clan in Cabo de la Vela
  • Enjoy the views from Cerro Kamaichi
  • Climb the Dunes of Taroa
  • Cross the desert landscape of the peninsula
  • Visit the northernmost point of South America in Punta Gallinas
  • Relax at the wide beaches of La Guajira

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ITINERARY

Included

  • Travel Insurance
  • Bilingual Attendance
  • Pick-Up Service at your hotel & private transport
  • Accommodation (guesthouses)
  • Meals (3x breakfast/ 3x lunch/ 2x dinner)
  • City tour Uribia
  • Meetings with the local communities
  • Optional activity: watersport or massage
  • Taxes

Accommodation

Cabo de la Vela

Rancheria Utta
http://www.rancheriautta.com/

Punta Gallinas

Hospedaje Alexandra

Day 1: The Indigenous Capital of Colombia, Salt Mines and Cabo de la Vela (B, L, D)

Early in the morning we will start our tour towards Uribia. Explore the “indigenous capital of Colombia” on a short city tour and enjoy a breakfast in a local restaurant. Later visit the industrial and artisanal salt mines of the region, which play a great role in the local economy. We continue the route towards Cabo de la Vela, where we have lunch. In the afternoon meet the Ipuana Clan, take a walk with their representative and learn about their agriculture-based lifestyle, their perspective on tourism and their sacred place. You can enjoy the view from Cerro Kamaichi before you arrive at the lighthouse of Cabo de la Vela to watch the sunset. Spend the night at a typical guesthouse.

Accommodation: Rancheria Utta

Day 2: Dunes of Taroa, Punta Gallinas and the Northernmost Lighthouse of South America (B, L, D)

After breakfast we leave for Punta Gallinas. On the way we cross the desert and stop at the Dunes of Taroa, where we take a walk up the dunes and along the beach. Later, we visit the northernmost point of South America, where a symbolic lighthouse was constructed. After lunch explore Punta Agujas and enjoy some time at the beach.

Accommodation: Hospedaje Alexandra

Day 3: Beach time in Mayapo (B, L)

In the morning we leave Punta Gallinas. We will stop in Mayapo where you can relax at the beach, try some watersports or enjoy a massage. After lunch you can enjoy some more beach time before we return to Riohacha.

In case of unforeseen circumstances and to assure the passenger’s comfort and safety the itinerary might be subject of change.

Cartagena – Adventure & Culture

3 Days / 2 Nights

Explore the beauty of Cartagena de Indias and experience the colonial atmosphere that brings you closer to the Caribbean Soul. Cartagena is one of Latin America’s top destinations thanks to its colourful history that is visible everywhere in the “walled city”. The old walls, narrow streets and beautiful buildings will make you fall in love with the Caribbean pearl of Colombia.

On the following day you will visit the DAMARTES project and create your very own souvenir out of coconut shells. In the afternoon, get to know the small village La Boquilla and go on a fascinating canoe ride through the dense mangrove forest. On the third day of your tour visit one of the most symbolic towns of Latin America: The World Cultural heritage village San Basilio de Palenque. Learn some basic words of their own, unique language and try to communicate with the Palenqueros in their traditional way.

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Explore the colonial centre of Cartagena de Indias on a guided tour
  • Visit the hill “cerro de la Popa” to have a unique overview of Cartagena and its colonial beauty
  • Meet the women of the DAMARTES association
  • Craft your very own souvenir out of coconut shells
  • Take a canoe through the mangroves
  • Explore the historical village San Basilio de Palenque and get to know their unique language and culture

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ITINERARY

Included

  • Pick-Up Service from your hotel & private transport
  • Travel insurance
  • Bilingual attendance
  • Entrance fees
  • Presentation of the DAMARTES
  • Coconut Craft Workshop
  • Welcome Drink
  • Accommodation (2 nights)
  • Canoe tour (1 hour)
  • Palenquero language class
  • Lunch on 3rd Day
  • Taxes

Accommodation

Cartagena

Hotel Boutique Tres Banderas***
www.hotel3banderas.com

Hotel Boutique Bantu*****
www.bantuhotel.com

Day 1: Cartagena – City-Tour

Upon your arrival at the Rafael Nunez Airport of Cartagena, there will be a driver awaiting you to bring you to your hotel.
Cartagena de Indias is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful cities in America. Its historic centre, walled by the fortifications built in the colonial era, conserves its original architecture and is full of colours that will fill the visitors with the Caribbean life and joy.
The City-Tour will start visiting the Cerro de La Popa, a former Augustinian convent rising 150 meters above the city, where you will have the best view of Cartagena. After that, visit the largest military construction ever built by the Spaniards in their colonies, the Fort of San Felipe de Barajas. Then, head to the historic centre where you can visit the plazas, churches and the most beautiful and important streets and buildings of the city.

Day 2: Coconut Workshop & Mangroves Canoe Tour (B)

Did you know that Coconuts do not only provide a delicious drink but also can be used to craft accessories or decorations? On this tour, visit the DAMARTES project and create your very own souvenir. The “Damas y Madres del Arte – Women and Mothers of Art” form a local association that produces bracelets, necklaces, earrings, vases and accessories out of coconut shells. They are the very first women of La Boquilla to purchase their own income. Get to know the interesting life stories of these ladies and learn how they craft amazing souvenirs out of simple objects. Test your skills and patience on the workshop and design your own coconut souvenir.

Explore the stunning nature that surrounds Cartagena. Visit the small village La Boquilla and go on a fascinating canoe ride through the dense mangrove forest. Cross the lagoon Cienaga de Juan Polo, go through natural mangrove tunnels and pass by the fishermen of the village. On this peaceful and relaxing ride, you can enjoy the abundant flora and fauna of the forest. Observe the incredible variety of birds – if you are lucky you can even spot one of the green parrots on the riverbank! After the canoe ride you explore a small fishing village learn about life of the locals in the mangroves.

Day 3: Cartagena – San Basilio de Palenque (B, L)

Visit one of the most symbolic towns of Latin America: The World Cultural heritage village San Basilio de Palenque was the very first liberated village of America! It was founded by Benkos Biohó, an escaped slave who hid here with 36 other men and women. Until the sixties, San Basilio de Palenque remained mainly isolated without connecting roads and was thereby able to maintain a unique creole language that is not spoken anywhere else in the world. In a language class, you can learn some basic words and try to communicate with the Palenqueros in their traditional way. Enjoy a typical lunch in the village, visit the cultural center together with a local to learn about the historical development of this place, and witness the rhythms, dances and influences of Afro-Colombian music.
Upon your return to Cartagena, our driver will pick you up and drive you to the airport.

Optional Activities:

  • African dance performance
  • Palenquero cooking class
  • African hairdresser workshop

In case of unforeseen circumstances and to assure the passenger’s comfort and safety the itinerary might be subject of change.

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