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Explore the Amazon

5 Days / 4 Nights

Explore the fascinating Amazon rainforest on this tour and live a true nature experience. On this adventure, spend the first night in a tree house, listening to the magical sounds of the nocturnal jungle. Visit an indigenous Ticuna community and learn about their lifestyle in the Amazon. Discover the green village of Colombia, Puerto Nariño, and learn about the rich wildlife of this region.

Try to spot some exotic pink dolphins in the Tarapoto Lakes before you explore Tabatinga, Brazilian town on the border to Colombia. Finish your visit in beautiful Leticia and watch the hundreds of parrots above the bird park. Don’t miss this exotic nature adventure!

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

• Spend a night in a tree house
• Meet local communities and learn about live in the jungle
• Enjoy nature hikes through the dense jungle
• Go canoeing on the Loretoyacu River
• See the impressive Amazon River
• Explore the Brazilian town of Tabatinga
• Visit a local street market in Leticia
• Observe the thousands of parrots in Santander Park

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Included

• Travel Insurance
• Pick-Up Service at your hotel & private transport
• Partly fluvial transportation (shared speedboat)
• Accommodation (tree house and hotels)
• Meals (4x breakfast, 4x lunch, 4x dinner)
• Environmental guide
• Entrance to the reserves, foundations and communities
• Visit to the Tarapoto Lakes to observe pink dolphins
• Visit of the Marasha Natural Reserve
• City tour in Leticia y Tabaringa
• Taxes

Accommodation

Amazon

Tree House in the Amazon Jungle

Calanoa

Calanoa Jungle Lodge
www.calanoaamazonas.com

Leticia

Hotel Waira****
www.wairahotel.com.co

 

Day 1: Leticia – Night in a tree house (L, D)

Welcome to Leticia, small town in the Colombian Amazon region. After lunch we drive through the rich vegetation towards Omagua or the Tanimboca Reserve (depending on availability). Here you will move into your tree house. Later, visit Maloca Huitoto, the typical living and social space of the indigenous Huitoto people. Meet the community and learn about their interesting culture. After dinner, go to sleep in your tree house and listen to the wildlife and jungle sounds in the night.

Accommodation: Tree house in the Amazon

Day 2: Jungle Hike, Local Community Experience and Puerto Nariño (B, L, D) After breakfast we visit the indigenous Mocagua Community. Enjoy a hike through the dense jungle and take the chance to interact with the locals. Afterwards, we continue towards Puerto Nariño by boat. Go on a canoeing tour across the Loretoyacu river. Floating on the river in the silent canoes you can perfectly observe the abundant flora and fauna of the Amazon. You will spend the night in a jungle lodge in Calanoa.

Accommodation: Calanoa Jungle Lodge

Day 3: Puerto Nariño, Natatuma Foundation and Pink Dolphins (B, L, D) Today we explore the town of Puerto Nariño. On a walk through this small village you will get to know the Natutama Foundation, dedicated to the education and conservation of the Amazon Communities. Enjoy a typical Amazonian lunch in the village before we continue to the Tarapoto Lakes. These lakes are famous for their dolphin population, and if you are lucky you can even spot one of the pink Amazon river dolphins.

Accommodation: Calanoa Jungle Lodge

Day 4: Speedboat to Marasha, exploring Tabatinga and Leticia (B, L, D) In the morning depart in a speedboat to the Nature Reserve Marasha. After a jungle hike (about 45min), get to a beautiful spot where you can relax or enjoy some free time for exciting activities like kayaking or Piranha fishing. Later, we continue towards Tabatinga, a town located in the Brazilian Amazon on the border with Colombia. Visit the “Casa del Chocolate” (the Chocolate House). Back in Colombia we visit the town of Leticia to explore the street market, the local medicine plant pharmacy and the famous Santander Park, where you can watch and listen to hundreds and thousands of parrots every evening.

Accommodation: Hotel Waira****

Day 5: Departure from the Amazon (B) After breakfast, we will transfer you to the airport to take your flight back out.

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

Pacific Coast – Local communitiy project and pristine nature

4 Days / 3 Nights

Explore the unique Pacific Coast of Colombia. Get to know afro-colombian communities of the pacific coast. Hike through tropical forest observing colorful exotic frogs and discover stunning waterfalls surrounded by rainforest and relax in thermal water at the local hot springs. Journey up a pristine jungle river in a traditional canoe and explore endemic mangrove forests. All activities are organized and guided by the participating communities, which are directly supported with health and education projects within their villages. Discover beautiful landscapes with jungle waterfalls, mangrove forests and deserted beaches. This trip has a perfect mixture of active as well as relaxing elements, and guarantees an unforgettable Colombian experience.

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Explore three Afro-Colombian communities
  • Paddle through Colombia’s best preserved mangrove forests
  • Swim under jungle waterfalls & hike through mountainous rainforest
  • Relax in natural hot springs surrounded by tropical forest
  • Enjoy remote sandy beaches and the jungle of Colombia’s Pacific Coast
  • Support environmental projects in the local communities to conserve the rainforest
  • Be part of an authentic community experience

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Included

  • Boat-Transfer Nuqui – Playa Guachalito / Playa Guachalito – Nuqui
  • Accommodation (3 nights – double room)
  • Meals (3 x per day)
  • Visit of 3 afro-colombian communities (Jovi, Coqui & Termales)
  • Boat-Transfer Guachalito – Jovi – Coqui – Guachalito (day 2)
  • Guided canoe-ride on the Jovi River
  • Guided boat-ride on the mangroves of Coqui
  • Boat-transfer Guachalito – Termales – Guachalito (day 3)
  • Guided jungle hike to “4 Encantos” Falls
  • Rubber boots for the jungle hike
  • Entrance fee hot springs of Termales
  • Water, juices, coffee, tea
  • Taxes
  • Contribution to environmental projects in local communities

Accommodation

Guachalito

Eco-Lodge El Cantil
http://www.elcantil.com/de/hotel-nuqui-choco-colombia

Eco-Hotel La Joviseña
http://www.lajovisena.com/es/hotel-ecologico-nuqui-choco

Eco-Posada Posada Mar y Rio

Day 1: Flight Medellín – Nuquí (L, D)

Arrive in the morning in Nuquí, where your guide from the Community Tourism Alliance will meet you and bring you by boat to your hotel. The hotel is located at Guachalito beach, half an hour down the coast from Nuquí. On the way, enjoy the incredible landscapes where the mountains descent to the sea. After a fresh lunch, enjoy a free afternoon on the beaches of Guachalito, where you can snorkel, swim or just relax in a hammock in front of your eco-hotel.

Day 2: Community visits: Pristine Jungle River in Jovi & mangrove forest of Coqui (B, L, D)

After breakfast you visit the Joví community. A local guide will provide information about the community tourism organisation of the locals, before boarding a chingo, an artisanal canoe. Travel by chingo up the Joví River, a shallow, slow moving river where you can see birds and other animals. After an hour, you arrive at a waterfall in the rainforest, where you can take a dip in the crystal-clear water in the middle of the jungle. Return by chingo to Joví. Afterwards trave to the neighbouring community of Coquí, where you will enjoy a traditional lunch prepared by some of the best cooks in the Choco region. Coquí is located on a small island surrounded by mangrove forest. Explore the nearby mangrove forests, which is considered to be one of the best-preserved mangroves in Colombia. Here, you can spot rare birds and tropical plants. After the tour you return by boat to your eco-hotel at Guachalito beach.

Day 3: Community visit: Jungle hike, tropical frogs, waterfalls & hot springs in Termales (B, L, D)

This morning you travel to Termales, a small community south of Guachalito. Upon arriving in Termales the guides from the local community tourism association will lead you on a jungle path where you can observe different species of colourful tropical frogs as well as other animals like birds and monkeys. You arrive at a four picturesque waterfalls, which form wide, deep pools where you can swim. After relaxing at the waterfall you return to the community of Termales. At the end of the trail you will find a natural hot spring, for which the town is named. Here you can relax before returning by boat to Guachalito Beach.

Day 4: Depart from Nuquí (B)

This morning after breakfast you return to Nuquí by boat to take your flight back to Medellin.

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

National Park La Macarena Caño Cristales Tour – River of the Seven Colours

4 Day / 3 Nights

One of the most impressive nature destinations is waiting for you. Due to the special climate and the mixture of certain minerals the algae grow some months of the year in different colors. Due to that the river is also called “River of the seven colors” or “Rainbow River” and was declared as one of the most beautiful rivers of the world. Spend 4 days within the Macarena National Park and explore pristine waterfalls surrounded by stunning tropical nature. This is a community-organized tour that guarantees that the local communities benefit from tourism creating decent work and life conditions.

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Explore the Rainbow River
  • Hike through tropical forest and explore pristine rivers
  • Enjoy life in a jungle village
  • Support the local communities
  • Panorama flight above the Macarena National Park

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ITINERARY

Included

  • Travel Insurance
  • Local guide
  • Charter Flight Bogota – La Macarena (roundtrip)
  • Pick up-service from & to La Macarena Airport
  • Activities (4x breakfast/ 3x lunch/ 3x dinner)
  • Accommodation (3 nights / double room)
  • Meals (as mentioned in the program)
  • Taxes

Accommodation

Day 1: National Park La Macarena – Caño Cristales (B,L,D)

Today you fly from Bogotá deep into the central Andean mountain range. The unique Caño Cristales River is located at the southern part of the National Park “Serranía de Macarena”. After your arrival in the tiny settlement La Macarena you will be picked up by members of the local community tourism association and transferred to you hotel in the village. Afterwards you start immediately exploring the area. A short boat ride gives you the chance to observe the local flora and fauna of the north-western part of the Colombian amazon such as exotic birds, freshwater turtles and caimans. Afterwards a 4x4 vehicle brings you to the Caño Cristales River where you do an eco-hike with a local guide. Today you visit the following sights: “Piscina Karol Cristal”, “Cascada Los Ochos” and the “Piscina del Turista”. In the afternoon arrive the village again. Spend the night at hotel in the Macarena village.

Day 2: NP La Macarena – Caño Cristales (B, L, D)

This morning you travel again to the Caño Cristales River and do another guided eco-hike to other natural highlights of the river such as waterfalls and natural swimming pools. The sights of today are: “La Silla del Tinigua”, “Los Tres Espejos”, “Pozo Cuadrado” and “Las Escaleras”. Enjoy a typical lunch at the river before heading back to the Macarena village in the late afternoon. After dinner a local guide tells stories and legends of the region in your hotel. Spend another night in your accommodation in La Macarena.

Day 3: NP La Macarena – Caño Cristales (B, L, D)

This day after breakfast you head again towards the Caño Cristales River and visit the following sights: „Cascada de los Cuarzos“, „Los Pianos“ and „Cascada de la Virgen“. Another time you have a delicious traditional lunch at the river and return tot he village late afternoon. After dinner there will be a presentation of traditional music and culture presented by lcal families.

Day 4: Return to Bogotá (B)

After breakfast take the boat along the Guaybero River and pass by some of the local viewpoints before arriving at the local airport. Before noon take the flight back to Bogotá.

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

Popayan & National Park Purace

3 Days / 2 Nights

Discover the magic of the “White City” and hike through one of Colombia’s most beautiful national parks! In Popayan, also known as the “White City” due to its houses with white facades and many magnificent churches you will explore the historic center considered as one of the most beautiful and best preserved ones in Latin America. Since colonial times, Popayan has been the religious center on the road from Cartagena to Quito in Ecuador. It was home to many poets, presidents and writers from Colombia.

During your hike within a unique flora and fauna in the National Park Pucaré, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the hot springs of this volcanic landscape. The National Park is about 2500 to 4800 about sea level and is home of the unique “frailejones” and about 200 different orchids. If your lucky you can even admire the majestic Condor.

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Explore the “White City” of Colombia
  • Visit of the indigenous market in Silvia (only Tuesdays)
  • Walk through one of the most beautiful colonial centers of Latin America
  • Hike in the National Park Purace
  • Hot springs and waterfalls in the Puracé National Park
  • Discover the rich fauna of the Andean region

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ITINERARY

Included

  • Travel Insurance
  • Pick-Up Service from your hotel & Private transport
  • Bilingual guide
  • Accommodation
  • Meals (2x breakfast)
  • Entrance fees
  • City Tour in Popayan
  • Guided Hike in the Puracé National Park
  • Taxes

Accommodation

Popayan

Hotel La Plazuela
http://hotellaplazuela.com.co/ 

Day 1: Arrival in Popayan

Arrival at the airport of Popayán and transfer to the Hotel. In the afternoon you will learn about the history and the importance of Popayan since the colonial time. The city was founded in 1537, and was once one of the most important cities of Colombia, due to its strategic location on the way to Quito, Ecuador. Popayan has a lot of cultural treasures to offer, from beautiful churches to
colonial arquitecture. One highlight are the famous white house facades.

Day 2: Hiking in the Puracé National Park (B)

Early in the morning you will start your half an hour ride to the beautiful Puracé National Park. Enjoy hiking through the amazing landscapes of the Andes and try to spot one of the majestic condors. You will be astonished by volcanoes, many lakes, unusual flora and fauna and a friendly Indian population. In the afternoon you can relax in one of numerous sulfur hot springs before returning to Popayan.

Day 3: Leaving Popayan (B)

After breakfast you leave Popayan to your next destination.

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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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.

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