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Bogota, Caribbean Coast and Adventure

After visiting Bogota by bike, let´s go for an authentic tour through the Caribbean Coast : trek in the lost city, discovery of the Guajira Peninsula, hiking in Tayrona National Park, visit of small coastal villages… A perfect trip to discover Colombia in a different way!

Map

Itinerary

  • Day 1: Bogota
  • Day 2: Bogota
  • Day 3: Chingaza - Bogota
  • Day 4: Bogota - Riohacha
  • Day 5: Riohacha - Manaure - Uribia - Cabo de la Vela
  • Day 6: Cabo de la Vela - Taroa - Punta Gallinas
  • Day 7: Punta Gallinas
  • Day 8: Punta Gallinas - Uribia - Riohacha - Tayrona National Park
  • Day 9: Tayrona National Park
  • Day 10: Tayrona National Park
  • Day 11: Tayrona National Park - The Lost City
  • Day 12: The Lost City
  • Day 13: The Lost City
  • Day 14: The Lost City - Santa Marta
  • Day 15: Cartagena de Indias
  • Day 16: Palenque San Basilio - Cartagena de Indias
  • Day 17: Cartagena de Indias
  • Day 18: Cartagena de Indias - Bogota

TRAVEL BOOK

Day 1: Bogota

Arrival at Bogota El Dorado International airport.

Transfer to your hotel in the Candelaria district.

Free time to enjoy at your own Colombia´s capital city where modern districts and historic center, urban architecture and green parks stand alongside.



Overnight at Casa Deco hotel in Standard room.


Included : transfer arrival, room & breakfast

Day 2: Bogota

Departure by bike, to discover the new phenomenon of Bogotá: graffiti. In recent years, the walls of the city has been transformed into canvases giving graffiti artists a playground without limits. During this tour you will discover the most beautiful works created, sometimes gigantic and always with a very strong message. Some artists are even paid by the city for their work such as Toxicómano, DJ LU or Lesivo for the most known. On Sundays, you can even join the Colombians on the famous “Bogotanos Ciclovía” a way reserved for cyclists only.


Free afternoon to enjoy Bogota as you desire.


Overnight at Casa Deco hotel in Standard room.


Included : equipment rental, excursion (private), room & breakfast

Day 3: Chingaza - Bogota

Departure to Chingaza, near Bogota. Covering an area of 76,000 hectares, this park is home to a wide variety of plant and animal species (such as the Andean condor). During the hike, you will enjoy the rich ecosystem, between sacred lagoons (Siecha and Guasca are significant sites in the Muisca mythology) and “frailejones” (typical shrubs of high altitude above 3,000 meters).

Note 1: about 5 hours´ driving.
Note 2: hiking through a rough terrain; approximately 3-4 hours´walking. Level: moderate to difficult.
Note 3: picnic lunch included.
Note 4: cold/moderate climate (4 ° C to 21.5 ° C), 800 to 4020m of altitude.


Overnight at Casa Deco hotel in Standard room.


Included : lunch (no drinks), entrance fees, private transport, excursion (private), room & breakfast

Day 4: Bogota - Riohacha

Transfer to Bogota airport for your domestic flight.
Domestic flight to Riohacha.
Transfer from Riohacha airport to your hotel. End of the day free to discover this small city by your own.


Overnight at Taroa hotel in a Junior Suite room.


Included : transfer departure, domestic flight, transfer arrival, room & breakfast

Day 5: Riohacha - Manaure - Uribia - Cabo de la Vela

Riohacha, in the northern Caribbean Region of Colombia by the mouth of the Ranchería River and the Caribbean sea, is capital city of the La Guajira department. From there, you will take the road to explore this mostly desertic area inhabited by the Wayuu ethnic group.
You will head to Cabo de la Vela. On the way, you will make a stop at Manaure, one of the biggest Colombian salt marshes and then, at Uribia, a small town which is known to be the capital of the Wayuu.
Arrival at Cabo de la Vela in the middle of the day.
Overnight in a rancheria (in private room with the minimum comfort or in a traditional hammock).
Included : local guide, private transport, lunch, dinner, excursion (private), room & breakfast

Day 6: Cabo de la Vela - Taroa - Punta Gallinas

You will go for a walk to Ojo de Aguas. Free time to enjoy the beach and the beautiful landscapes, where the desert meets the Caribbean Sea.
Departure for Punta Gallinas. On the way, you will pass by Puerto Bolivar, Bahia Portete before making a stop a Pusheo for the lunch break.
Then, continuation to Taroa desert for a walk in the dunes till Cascares viewpoint.
Transfer by boat till Punta Gallinas.
Note: about 3 hours walk during the day
Overnight in a rancheria (in private room with the minimum comfort or in a traditional hammock).
Included : room & breakfast

Day 7: Punta Gallinas

Transfer by boat till Punta Soldado. From there, a walk in the heart of the Guajira will lead you till Boquita beach.
Lunch break a Punta Aguja before taking the boat for a small cruise in Bahia Hondita and Tres Islas.
Go back to Punta Gallinas in the afternoon.
Note: about 4 hours walk during the day.
Overnight in a rancheria (in private room with the minimum comfort or in a traditional hammock).
Included : room & breakfast

Day 8: Punta Gallinas - Uribia - Riohacha - Tayrona National Park

In the morning, you will walk till Faro de la Vela, a lighthouse located in the extrem north of the South American continent.
Free time to enjoy the beautiful landscapes and departure for Riohacha.
Transfer from Riohacha to Tayrona National Park.
Note: about 3 hours drive.


Overnight at Casa Barlovento hotel in Standard room.


Included : private transport, room & breakfast, dinner (no drinks)

Day 9: Tayrona National Park


Overnight at Casa Barlovento hotel in Standard room.


Included : room & breakfast, dinner (no drinks)

Day 10: Tayrona National Park

Free afternoon to enjoy, between jungle and sea, the beautiful Tayrona National Park: walking in the rainforest, swimming in the crystalline waters of the Caribbean, relaxing on the pristine beaches…
Note: Swimming can be hazardous at some beaches due to strong currents and undertows. We strongly discouraged it.


Overnight at Casa Barlovento hotel in Standard room.


Included : room & breakfast, dinner (no drinks)

Day 11: Tayrona National Park - The Lost City

During the morning, private transfer by jeep to the village of El Mamey, the starting point of the Lost City trek.
After lunch in the village, accompanied by your local guide, you will start hiking in tropical landscapes. This is the start of four days of walking with the aim of arriving at the lost city, a sacred site for the Kogi people.
Note 1: About 1 hour drive to reach El Mamey.
Note 2: About 4 to 5 hours hiking.
Note 3: porting only concerns the collective equipment. You have to carry your own bag during the trek. We advise you to take only the necessary and leave your other luggage at the hotel. The guides are Spanish-speaking, some of them speak a bit English.
Optional, portage of personal bags: Please contact us.
Optional, trek with English-speaking guide: Please contact us.
Included : guide expenses, private transport, insurance, guide (hiking), lunch, dinner, excursion (private)

Day 12: The Lost City

Early departure for a hike into the heart of the upper valley formed by the Rio Buritaca.
Along the way you will pass by small indigenous villages and meet some Kogis people while traversing varied landscapes that lead to the village of Mutanshi.
Lunch by the river where you will have the opportunity to enjoy a relaxing time and swim.
Then, you will walk again to reach your campsite for the night.
Note: About 6 hours hiking.
Included : guide expenses, guide (hiking), lunch, dinner, breakfast, excursion (private)

Day 13: The Lost City

Departure for the Lost City site.
After climbing the 1200 stairs stones, you will reach the archaeological site of Teyuna.
Most of 140 terraces connected by stairs and served by complex water distribution systems have been discovered in years 1975-1976. On these platforms stood the buildings of an ancient lost civilization which is designated as the Tayrona people, whose descendants still live in these mountains.
Return to the camp for the lunch.
Then, you will walk till the last camp of this trek.
Note: About 6 hours hiking.
Included : guide expenses, guide (hiking), lunch, dinner, breakfast, excursion (private)

Day 14: The Lost City - Santa Marta

Last day of hiking. You will go back to El Mamey village.
Lunch in the village and then transfert by car to Santa Marta.
Note 1: About 3 to 4 hours hiking.
Note 2: About 1 hour and half drive.


Overnight at Casa Del Farol hotel in Republicana Room.


Included : guide expenses, private transport, guide (hiking), lunch, breakfast, excursion (private), room & breakfast

Day 15: Cartagena de Indias


Overnight at Casa India Catalina hotel in Standard room.


Included : room & breakfast

Day 16: Palenque San Basilio - Cartagena de Indias

Day dedicated to the visit the village of San Basilo Palenque, south of Cartagena. Onsite discovery of cultural, linguistic, musical and social practices of the descendants of slaves cimarrones. The unique character of this tradition was proclaimed "masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity" by UNESCO.


Note : about 2 hours return drive.



Overnight at Casa India Catalina hotel in Standard room.


Included : private transport, lunch, excursion (private), room & breakfast

Day 17: Cartagena de Indias

In the morning, you will go for a guided walking tour through the Walled City, including the visit of the most beautiful areas such as San Diego, Plaza Santo Domingo, Getsemani and other landmarks with very rich history.
Free afternoon to enjoy the city according to your desires.


Overnight at Casa India Catalina hotel in Standard room.


Included : entrance fees, excursion (private), room & breakfast

Day 18: Cartagena de Indias - Bogota

Transfer to Cartagena airport for your flight to Bogota. Connexion to your international flight.


IMPORTANT : depending on your flight schedule, make sure you have the time for connexion. Otherwise, choose to stay overnight in Bogota the day before departure.


Domestic flight to Bogota.
Included : transfer departure, domestic flight

Night at the Casa Deco hotel - Standard room   Bogota

Level : 2*
Included : room & breakfast

Situated in an Art Deco building in the neighborhood of "La Candelaria", the historic center of Bogota, the hotel has 21 modern and bright rooms. The hotel is a few minutes’ walk from the main monuments and museums.

Night at the Taroa hotel - Junior Suite room   Riohacha

Level : 3*
Included : room & breakfast

Taroa Lifestyle Hotel is the ideal place where to stay in Riohacha: small, intimate, modern and highlighting the quality and attention for each service provided. The hotel is staffed with native Wayúu people whose colorful costumes, kindness and warmth will show you the charm of our town.

Night in Rancherias   

Level : Economical
Included : room & breakfast

The Rancherias are traditional accommodations made by the Wayuu families from the Guajira desert. For each night, you can choose between a bed or chinchorro: the traditional Wayuu hammock. The comfort is modest but the welcome is warm. Water and electricity are provided at certain times of the day only.

Night at the Casa Barlovento hotel - Standard room   Tayrona National Park

Level : 2*
Included : room & breakfast, dinner (no drinks)

This lovely hotel, located 5 minutes from the Tayrona park entrance, is wedged between the sea and the jungle. This is the ideal place to relax and rest. With its 8 rooms and a beautiful swimming pool you will enjoy your stay there.

Night at the Casa del Farol hotel - Republican room   Santa Marta

Level : 3*
Included : room & breakfast

This Hotel Boutique, located in the heart of the historic center of Santa Marta, offers spacious and tastefully decorated rooms. au coeur du centre historique de Santa Marta offre des chambres spacieuses et décorées avec goût. The colonial building, dating from 1720, has two swimmingpools on the top terrace with spectacular views over the city.

Night at the Casa India Catalina hotel - Standard room   Cartagena de Indias

Level : 2*
Included : room & breakfast

Casa India Catalina is located in a magnificent Republican building in the heart of the colonial city of Cartagena de Indias. The hotel offers elegant rooms and a swimming pool in its central courtyard. Casa India Catalina presents an alliance between modern furniture and traditional architectural elements. An enchanting setting for your stay on the Caribbean coast.

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