Colombia

Mystical Adventure

Level

moderate

Duration

11 days

Time to travel

The best months for doing the trips are in dry season between November and March

Route

Arrival Bogota- Santa Marta- Ciudad Perdida –Santa Marta- Neiva- San Agustin–- Departure Bogota

In 1979, the Sierra Nevada of Santa Marta was declared as a biosphere reserve by the UNESCO. It is the highest coastal mountain range in the world and homeland to various indigenous groups, like the Arhuacos and Kogis. Their heritage is represented in one of the richest archaeological places like the Ciudad Perdida, surrounded by thick jungle and located between 900 and 1.300 m.a.s.l. The city was populated by the Tayronas between the 6th and 16th century and was probably the capital of their empire. It was forgotten for a long time and rediscovered in 1975. But not only the place itself is special, with its terraces, bridges and irrigation canals but also the 5-day hike through a variety of climates and ecosystems is unforgettable. Trekking time is about 6 hours per day and accommodation will be in hammocks or tents.

Coming back from the hike, the Caribbean sea is welcoming you to take a day of rest, before going on to the south of Colombia where the hot Tatacoa Desert and another UNESCO World Heritage, the archaeological park of San Agustin are waiting to be explored. High up there in the Colombian massive the country´s most important river, the Magdalena originates and passes deep canyons, ideal for adventurous river rafting

Facts

The Republic of Colombia received its name in honor of Christopher Columbus, the explorer who discovered the Americas. Because Colombia is located in the northwest corner of South America it has coasts on both the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. It also has jurisdiction of a section of the Amazon River in the Amazonian trapeze. For this reason, Colombia has been called “Home of Three Seas.”

ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrival Bogota

Arrival in Bogota and onward flight to Santa Marta. In Santa Marta transfer to the hotel Casa Carolina.

Day 2: Start Hike to the lost city

Transfer to the starting point of the trekking and hiking to Mamey, where we sleep in hammocks. On the way, we rest at the natural river basin of Buritaca.

Day 3: Continue hiking

Hiking through rivers and across huge stones to the village Mutanyi, below the Ciudad Perdida. After arrival, sightseeing tour in the village and overnight stay at the farm of a Kogi shaman (Mamo).

Day 4: The lost City

Climb of the 1280 steps up to the Ciudad Perdida. Whole day sighting, in the afternoon return to the Finca of the Mamo.

Day 5: Hiking

5 hours hiking, along the river Buritaca to Mamey

Day 6: End of Hike

Hiking to the final point of the trekking and transfer to the hotel at the beach, near the National Park Tayrona. Dinner and Overnight stay in Barlovento Maloka

Day 7: Free day

Day at free disposal. Dinner and Overnight stay in Barlovento Maloka.

Day 8: Santa Marta –Neiva

Transfer to the airport Santa Marta and flight via Bogota to Neiva. Transfer to the Tatacoa desert, 1 hour hike through the desert. In the evening possibility to watch the stars in the nearby observatory. Overnight stay in Bethel Bio Luxury hotel.

Day 9: Transfer to San Agustin

Transfer to San Agustin (about 5 hours) and in the afternoon visit of the archaeological park of San Agustín.

San Agustin is one of the most important archaeological sites in South America, located in a beautiful countryside.San Agustin is located within the majestic Andes, on a flat towards the Amazon lowlands. At the same time the village is not far away from the elevation of the Páramo, wherefore the variety of climate and vegetation zones made this area to a densely populated centre in pre-Colombian times.

A high-standing culture was developed, which has left to the posterity monumental grave-sites and hundreds of stone sculptures. Still, a little is known about the so-called San Agustin culture. Many of the statues, which are between one and seven meters high and weigh over one ton, express the duality of life between sun and moon, and between death and birth.

Since 1995 the park is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Overnight stay in Monasterio de San Agustin or Akawanka Lodge.

Day 10: River rafting

In the morning, river rafting along the river Magdalena (~ 3 hours). Afterwards transfer to the airport in Pitalito and flight back to Bogota. Overnight stay in Hotel de la Opera

Day 11: City tour/Departure Bogota

City tour through the colonial city center, the so-called Candelaria and ride in cable car or hike up the Monserrate hill. Transfer to the airport of Bogota

 

3,511 USD

per person in a group of min 6 pax.

Trip Dates

29 December 2017

NOTES

  • This cost is based on Double Occupancy. Single Supplement Applies.
  • This cost is valid till Dec 2017
  • Full payment should be made 30 days prior the departure.
  • All services stipulated above are subject to availability at the time of booking / reservation. All prices are subject to change.
  • All accommodation subject to change to similar one depending on availability.
  • The itinerary and schedule are subject to change due to weather, road condition and operating conditions.

This includes:

  • Private transport
  • Entrances
  • Accommodation in double rooms in middle class or boutique hotels, during the Lost City trekking in hammocks or tents
  • Meals from Dinner on day 1 to Breakfast on day 11
  • Bilingual guide
  • Domestic flights as described

This excludes:

  • International airfare
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa and visa fees
  • Additional/optional activities
  • Beverages or additional meals
  • Single supplement
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone
  • International departure tax
  • Gratuities and tips

Important: The itinerary and schedule are subject to change due to weather, road condition and operating conditions. In any case the guide has the RIGHT to change the program for the safety and convenience of the travelers

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