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

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.”

Overview:                                  

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 archeological 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 archeological 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.

Trip Highlights:

  • Explore the colonial city Bogota
  • Trekking to the Lost city- an archaeological site of an ancient city in Colombia’s Sierra Nevada and learn a lot about the Tayrona Culture
  • Day trip to one of the most beautiful National Parks of Colombia, the Tayrona National Park known for its palm-shaded coves, coastal lagoons, rainforest and rich biodiversity
  • Hike through the Tatacoa desert.
  • Visit of San Agustin- one of the most important archeological sites in South America
  • Exciting river rafting along the river Magdalena

Facts

Activities:  nature/ bird watching, trekking, cultural sightseeing,rafting

Our operation:

All Rahhalah’s ground handlers and guides are locally employed ensuring more authentic experience for travelers, as well as sensitivity to local customs and cultures.

Sustainability:

We run a low impact operation and we leave no traces behind, contributing to the efforts of protection of the local land, its people and culture.

All our local guides and staff are properly employed and adequately equipped. In addition we emphasize on making extensive use of local products and enhance maximum economic benefits to the local communities.

As you all know 1% of our revenue go back to a local cause and Rahhalah directly takes care of that. This is our pay back promise.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival Bogota

Upon arrival in Bogota you will be met by a Rahhalah representative and accompany you to your hotel.

Check in and rest.

Hotel Casa Deco  or similar.

Day 2: Bogota City Tour – Santa Marta (B/L/D)

In the morning  we will explore Bogota´s colonial city center, the so-called Candelaria, visit the famous gold museum, where you can get some first impressions of the pre-Columbian art. We will continue to the Botero museum, where you will not only see some contemporary Colombian art, but also a vast collection of paintings from renowned artists from all over the world.

In the afternoon, hike up the Monserrate Hill at about 3.150 masl (alternatively you can also ride up in cable car). From there, you will have a stunning view over the entire city!

In the late afternoon, we will continue to the airport and take a flight to Santa Marta at the Caribbean Coast.

Santa Marta is a city on the Caribbean Sea in the northern Colombian department of Magdalena. A busy port, it was also the first Spanish settlement in Colombia. It’s the gateway for trips into the Tayrona National Natural Park, and for multiday guided trek to the Lost City (Teyuna) archaeological site in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountains.

In Santa Marta transfer to the hotel Casa del Farol or similar.

Day 3: Santa Marta – Ciudad Perdida (B/L/D)

Transfer to Mamey which is the starting point of the trekking (approx . 2h) and we will hike to Cabana Adan, where we sleep in bunk beds or  hammock with mosquito nets. On the way, we rest at the natural river basin of Buritaca.

Hiking:  approx 4h / Distance: 7,6km

Day 4: Ciudad Perdida (B/L/D)

Today we will hike through rivers and across huge stones to the indigenous village Mutanyi, below the Ciudad Perdida.

After arrival, sightseeing tour in the village and overnight stay at the farm of a Kogi shaman (Mamo).

Hiking: approx  8h Distance: 14,7km

Day 5: Ciudad Perdida (B/L/D)

Climb of the 1183 steps up to the Ciudad Perdida. We will explore the extensive archeological site of the Ciudad Perdida and learn a lot about the Tayrona Culture that built this ancient village as their political and spiritual centre, until the Spanish arrived.

 

Ciudad Perdida (Spanish for “Lost City”) is the archaeological site of an ancient city in Colombia’s Sierra Nevada. It is believed to have been founded about 800 CE, some 650 years earlier than Machu Picchu. This location is also known as Teyuna and Buritaca.

In the afternoon, return towards the camp.

Hiking: approx 7h /Distance: 12km

Day 6: Ciudad Perdida – Santa Marta (B/L/D)

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 or similar.

Hiking: approx  6h /Distance: 15,7km

Day 7: Tayrona National Park (B/L/D)

Today you will embark on a day trip to one of the most beautiful National Parks of Colombia- the Tayrona National Park. The beautiful beaches invite to take a bath and in the jungle that almost reaches the sea, you will see and hear some howler monkeys and observe birds, iguana and many other species.

Tayrona National Park, in northern Colombia, is a large protected area covering the foothills of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta as they meet the Caribbean coast. It’s known for its palm-shaded coves, coastal lagoons, rainforest and rich biodiversity. At its heart, the Pueblito ruins are an archaeological site accessed via forest trails, with terraces and structures built by the Tayrona civilization.

Dinner and overnight stay in Barlovento Maloka or similar.

Day 8: Santa Marta – Tatacoa (B/L/D)

Transfer to the airport Santa Marta and flight via Bogota to Neiva. Transfer to the Tatacoa desert and hike through the desert (1 hour). In the evening there is possibility to watch the stars in the nearby observatory.

Overnight stay in the hotel Yararaka Boutique or similar.

Day 9: Tatacoa – San Agustin (B/L/D)

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

San Agustin is one of the most important archeological 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 center 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 Akawanka Lodge or Monasterio de San Agustin.

Day 10: River rafting / San Agustin – Bogota (B/L/D)

In the morning enjoy river rafting along the river Magdalena (approx 3 hours). Afterwards transfer to the airport in Pitalito and flight back to Bogota.

Overnight stay in Hotel Casa deco  or similar.

Day 11: Departure Bogota ( B)

Transfer to the airport of Bogota for departure flight.

3,360 USD / 1024 KWD

per person in a group of min 6 pax. Double occupancy.

Trip Dates

30th November 2018

NOTES

This cost is based on Double Occupancy. Single Supplement Applies.

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:

Transportation as per the itinerary
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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