Colombian Culture, Caribbean & Lost City

Colombian Culture, Caribbean & Lost City
Colombian Culture, Caribbean & Lost City
Colombian Culture, Caribbean & Lost City
Colombian Culture, Caribbean & Lost City
Colombian Culture, Caribbean & Lost City
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Embracing nature in Colombia and the Caribbean is like nowhere else on Earth. Imagine picturesque beaches, busy cities, and the freshest coffee you’ve ever had. And you’re only scratching the surface of what’s in store for you on this 22-day trip. Check out the resurgence of culture, art, and food in Bogotá and Medellín, dive deep into the Caribbean vibe of Cartagena, learn about Indigenous culture from the Wiwa people of Gotshezhy, get back to nature in Minca, and trek to ancient Ciudad Perdida (Lost City), known to the locals as Teyuna. Colombia will change you. All you have to do is let it.

Highlights
  • Hike to the Lost City.
  • Spend time with the Gotshezhy Indigenous community.
  • Learn about the history of Medellín.
  • Discover the beauty in Tayrona National Park.
  • Discover the different neighbourhoods of Bogotá.
  • Savour the tastes and aromas of Colombian coffee.
  • Relax on the beach in Santa Marta.
Meals Included
21 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 4 dinners
Transport
Plane, private van, public bus, 4x4, walking
Accommodation
Hotels/guesthouses (15 nts), hacienda (2 nts), camping (4 nts in hammocks or rustic bunks)
Destinations
  • South America
  • North America
  • Colombia
Tour Types
  • Active
  • Adventure
  • Small Group
  • Museum
  • Paragliding
  • Snorkeling
  • Trekking
  • Art
  • Beaches
  • Cultural
  • History

Location: Bogota, Zipaquirá, Villa de Leyva, Bogota

Arrive at any time.<p>There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting.</p><p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Your opportunity to meet your CEO and fellow travellers, and learn more about your tour. Opt to join the group for a local meal afterwards. Don't forget to see the notice in the lobby (or ask reception) for the official time and place to meet up with the group.</p>

Accommodation: ,Hotel,

Accommodation Name: Hotel Regina (or similar)

Meals: ,No Meals,

Location: Bogotá, Armenia

Visit Paloquemao market before an afternoon flight to Armenia, in Colombia's coffee region. Spend two nights outside Armenia in a traditional hacienda.<p><strong>ACTIVITY: MORNING</strong> Visit the city's historic, bustling market centre. Frequented daily by Bogota's residents and chefs alike, Paloquemao offers everything from new-age ingredients to traditional Colombian staples. Get caught up in the whirlwind of food stalls, flower shops, boutiques and cafés before determining your route through the market to sample the best the city has to offer.</p><p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Spend the night in a traditional hacienda (Spanish for "estate") and coffee farm and get a closer look at life in Colombia’s beautiful coffee region.</p>

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Accommodation Name: Hostal Mi Monaco (or similar)

Meals: ,Breakfast,

Location: Armenia

Enjoy a tour of a coffee farm in the Calarcá area to learn more about the coffee culture here. <p>Visit Armenia town before heading out for a tour of a coffee farm in the area and learn more about this important export.</p><p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Visit a local coffee farm to learn more about the production of this important crop, from the planting stage all the way to your coffee mug, and savour a taste of this famous export.</p><p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Spend the night in a traditional hacienda (Spanish for "estate") and coffee farm and get a closer look at life in Colombia’s beautiful coffee region.</p>

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Accommodation Name: Hostal Mi Monaco (or similar)

Meals: ,Breakfast,Lunch,

Location: Armenia, Cocora Valley, Bogota, Salento

Take a morning hike through the Cocora Valley before an afternoon arrival to Salento. Continue the full coffee experience in the region of Quindío.<p>Enjoy exploring Salento and getting a feel for the town.</p><p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Head into the Cocora Valley by 4x4 and take in magnificent views. Get active with a hike through the area and learn more about this fertile region. Want to mix it up? Opt to explore the landscape on horseback.</p><p><strong>TRANSPORT: </strong> Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.</p>

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Accommodation Name: Hotel Salento Real (or similar)

Meals: ,Breakfast,

Location: Salento, Medellín

Drive through beautiful landscapes to Medellín. Opt to explore the city in the evening.<p><strong>TRANSPORT: </strong> Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.</p>

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Accommodation Name: Hotel Florencia Plaza (or similar)

Meals: ,Breakfast,

Location: Medellín, Nutibara Hill, Medellín

Enjoy a neighbourhood tour of the city and learn the fascinating recent history of the city's ongoing transformation. Spend the rest of the day with free time to explore this vibrant city.<p><strong>ACTIVITY: MORNING</strong> Really get to know Colombia’s second largest city with a neighbourhood tour. Medellín has been revitalized since the issues of the 80s and 90s and is now one of South America’s most innovative and artistic cities. Explore the city’s varied barrios filled with shops, green parks, museums, churches, markets, and delicious cuisine. </p><p><strong>FREE TIME: FULL DAY</strong> Opt to visit the famous rock El Peñol or hop on a sightseeing bus. Ride the MetroCable, part of Medellín’s public transportation, for sweeping views of the city and surrounding mountains.</p>

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Accommodation Name: Hotel Florencia Plaza (or similar)

Meals: ,Breakfast,

Location: Medellín, Guatapé, Nutibara Hill, Medellín

Enjoy another free day and opt to visit the nearby town of Guatapé, with its colourful houses and famous rock. Or ride the metrocable, a cable car part of Medellín’s public transportation, for sweeping views of the city and surrounding mountains.<p><strong>FREE TIME: FULL DAY</strong> Enjoy another full day to explore one of Colombia's most popular cities. </p>

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Accommodation Name: Hotel Florencia Plaza (or similar)

Meals: ,Breakfast,

Location: Medellín, Cartagena

Hop on a morning flight to Cartagena and arrive in time to spend the afternoon exploring the old walled city. Opt for dinner and a night out in this lively town.<p><strong>TRANSPORT: </strong> Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.</p><p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.</p>

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Accommodation Name: Hotel Don Pedro de Heredia (or similar)

Meals: ,Breakfast,

Location: Cartagena, Rosario Islands, El Totumo, Cartagena

Enjoy a free day exploring all Cartagena has to offer. Opt to enjoy the beautiful coast or explore the charming colonial city.<p><strong>Additional Information: </strong> Opt to pre-book the "Totumo Mud Volcano" activity on the checkout page ahead of time to include this optional on your tour.</p><p><strong>FREE TIME: FULL DAY</strong> Get out and explore.</p>

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Accommodation Name: Hotel Don Pedro de Heredia (or similar)

Meals: ,Breakfast,

Location: Cartagena, El Totumo, Cartagena

Enjoy a city tour, visiting the colonial walled city and fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy free time to take in the Caribbean vibe of the city and beach.<p><strong>Additional Information: </strong> Please note hot water is uncommon in the Caribbean region of Colombia. Showers are likely to only have cold water while visiting this area. Opt to pre-book the "Totumo Mud Volcano" activity on the checkout page ahead of time to include this optional on your tour.</p><p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Learn more about Cartagena’s history from a bilingual guide on a tour of this lively city. Travel between sights by private transport and visit the clock tower, Plaza Bolivar, and the Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas. Take in sweeping views of the city from the hilltop Convento De La Popa and enjoy a walking tour from San Pedro Claver Church to Santo Domingo Church. </p><p><strong>FREE TIME: AFTERNOON</strong> Get out and explore this vibrant colonial town. Refuel with some local fare—"patacones" or fried plantains are a must!</p>

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Accommodation Name: Hotel Don Pedro de Heredia (or similar)

Meals: ,Breakfast,

Location: Cartagena, Minca

Travel to the small town of Minca, breathe in the fresh mountain air and enjoy free time to explore.<p><strong>Additional Information: </strong> Please note that if the group is full, we may be required to use multi-share rooms in Minca due to the small size of this unique hotel. </p><p><strong>TRANSPORT: </strong> Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.</p><p><strong>FREE TIME: </strong> Enjoy free time to explore the lovely town of Minca. Go looking for unique birds, explore the area on foot or hang out at a local café by the river. </p>

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Accommodation Name: Hotel Minca La Casona (or similar)

Meals: ,Breakfast,

Location: Minca, Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona

Head into Tayrona National Park for a moderate hike with a local guide. This is a perfect opportunity to experience nature and learn a little more about the rich, natural diversity of northern Colombia. Stay in a lodge close to the park.<p><strong>Additional Information: </strong> Please note that Tayrona National Park is usually closed during the month of February. The indigenous groups in the area believe that mother nature needs a month of rest, and maintenance to the park is done during this time. If your trip falls in February, you will visit Taironaka Park, to learn more about the local Kogi people and their cultural practices.</p><p><strong>TRANSPORT: </strong> Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.</p><p><strong>TRANSPORT: </strong> Lace up your hiking boots and get to the next stop under your own power.</p><p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Get outside with a hike into this beautiful park! Learn more about the rich diversity of Tayrona's natural heritage and explore Tayrona's gorgeous scenery with a local guide. Spend the night surrounded by nature in a lodge close to the park.</p>

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Accommodation Name: Posada Villa Margarita (or similar)

Meals: ,Breakfast,Lunch,

Location: Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona

Spend the day with the Gotshezhy indigenous community. Enjoy a G Adventures-supported lunch prepared by women from the community. Learn about Wiwa customs on a village visit and then lounge in a hammock by the river or opt to explore nearby waterfalls.<p><strong>FREE TIME: </strong> This evening get to know the area surrounding Tayrona National Park, enjoy the tranquil setting or relax in a hammock.</p><p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Visit the Gotshezhy community and enjoy a meal cooked by women from the community with local ingredients. Visit the nearby village where youth from the four indigenous tribes in the region come to school to learn about their cultural customs and languages. Upon entry into the village, experience a soul-cleansing ceremony and learn about traditional customs, stories and handicraft methods from this region. After, jump in the river for a cool dip, visit nearby waterfalls and natural swimming pools, or rest in a hammock and reflect on your accomplishment before returning to Santa Marta.</p>

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Accommodation Name: Posada Villa Margarita (or similar)

Meals: ,Breakfast,Lunch,

Location: Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona, Taganga

In the afternoon, travel from Tayrona to Taganga. Orientation walk with CEO upon arrival.<p><strong>TRANSPORT: </strong> Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.</p><p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Take a CEO-led orientation walk of this traditional fishing village and get acquainted with the main sites.</p><p><strong>FREE TIME: </strong> Soak up the Caribbean feel of this coastal town with some free time. Be sure to indulge in the area's fantastic fresh seafood or hang out in one of the many cafés along the beach</p>

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Accommodation Name: Ocean Taganga (or similar)

Meals: ,Breakfast,

Location: Taganga, Santa Marta

With a free day at leisure, tour Taganga by foot or don a snorkel and mask and explore the water. This evening, travel to Santa Marta and join your group for an optional evening out on the town.<p><strong>FREE TIME: </strong> Take advantage of free time in this coastal town by relaxing on the beach or exploring the waters with a snorkel.</p><p><strong>TRANSPORT: </strong> Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.</p>

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Accommodation Name: Hotel Tayromar (or similar)

Meals: ,Breakfast,

Location: Santa Marta

Relax on the beautiful Caribbean coast in Santa Marta or go further afield to explore.<p>Use the day to soak up some sun or make any last minute purchases before starting the big trek.</p><p><strong>FREE TIME: FULL DAY</strong> Get out and explore.</p>

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Accommodation Name: Hotel Tayromar (or similar)

Meals: ,Breakfast,

Location: Santa Marta, MACHETE PELAO

Wake up and hit the road to Machete Pelao where your trek to the Lost City of Teyuna begins. Trek through farmland, steamy jungle, and rural Kogi communities. Enjoy and let it all soak in – this is your opportunity to get a glimpse into the local way of life in the remote river valleys of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.<p><strong>TRANSPORT: </strong> Roads? Where this rough-and-ready vehicle's going, we don't need roads.</p><p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Leave Machete Pelao and start trekking through the jungle along the Buritaca River. Pass by farmland and get a glimpse into daily life in the small communities en route to the campsite. This first day of trekking is relatively straightforward and a good way to ease yourself into it. There is a combination of uphill and flat sections that lead the way to the first campsite. Continue uphill to reach Ricardito Camp, known locally as vista hermosa or beautiful view, sit back and soak them in. If the weather is right, sunsets and sunrises here are not to be missed.</p>

Accommodation: ,Camp,

Accommodation Name: Ricardito Camp (similar)

Meals: ,Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner,

Location: Ricardito Camp, Wiwa Tour

Venture further into the lush jungle en route to Ciudad Perdida. Be prepared – today is a tough portion of the trek with a lot of steep views. Arrive at the campsite in the afternoon for some much needed relaxation by the river.<p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Begin trekking alongside the Buritaca River early in the morning. Pass through more farmland used for growing coffee or raising cattle. Climbing on this part of the trek can be challenging as the route progresses uphill from the riverbed and through the humid jungle. Take a look at the unique, circular huts that make up some of the Kogi villages in the area. Once you make it to the camp, cool off with a swim in the river before dinner.</p>

Accommodation: ,Camp,

Accommodation Name: Ricardito Camp (similar)

Meals: ,Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner,

Location: Wiwa Tour, Cuchilla San Lorenzo

Wake up early feeling refreshed, recharged (hopefully!) and start your trek to Paso Lorenzo Camp. Settle in at the campsite around noon and eat some lunch. If the weather is nice, take a dip in the Buritaca River. Learn about Wiwa customs in the afternoon and then kick back and relax in a hammock.

Accommodation: ,Camp,

Accommodation Name: Paso Lorenzo Camp (similar)

Meals: ,Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner,

Location: Cuchilla San Lorenzo, Wiwa Tour

Today is the day to discover the wonders of La Ciudad Perdida. Climb the 1200 ancient steps and explore the different sacred sites of Lost City. Later, continue trekking through the deep jungle today on winding paths through banana trees and cacao plants as you make your way to Wiwa Camp.

Accommodation: ,Camp,

Accommodation Name: Wiwa Camp (similar).

Meals: ,Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner,

Location: Santa Marta, MACHETE PELAO, Santa Marta

In the morning, take in your last views of the jungle as you trek back to Machete Pelao. Transfer to Santa Marta where the rest of the day is yours to relax.<p><strong>TRANSPORT: </strong> Roads? Where this rough-and-ready vehicle's going, we don't need roads.</p><p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Continue the hike back down to Machete Pelao following the same route that you took in. The farmland will look familiar, but the scenery remains spectacular. Take in your last views of the jungle and local village life before heading back on the grid.</p>

Accommodation: ,Hotel,

Accommodation Name: Hotel Tayromar (or similar)

Meals: ,Breakfast,Lunch,

Location: Santa Marta

Depart at any time.<p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure. </p>

Accommodation: ,

Meals: ,Breakfast,

Included
  • -Your Foodie Moment: Coffee Farm Tour, Calarcá
  • - All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • - Tayrona National Park (excluding February departures) hike with local guide (5hrs)
  • - City tour in Cartagena
  • Accommodation
    -Hotels/guesthouses (15 nts), hacienda (2 nts), camping (4 nts in hammocks or rustic bunks).
  • - Trek to the Lost City with an indigenous guide (5 days)
  • - Taganga Orientation Walk
  • - Guided tour of the Lost City
  • -Your G for Good Moment: Wiwa Community Visit & Lunch, Gotshezhy Village
  • Fully Guided
    -CEO (Chief Experience Officer) throughout, indigenous local guides.
  • - Valle de Cocora hike
  • -Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group
  • - Medellín city tour
  • - Hacienda stay
  • Meals
    -21 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 4 dinners Allow USD450-585 for meals not included.
  • -Your Discover Moment: Cartagena. Hacienda stay.
  • - Wiwa Community Visit & Lunch
  • - Internal flights

Not Included
  • Tipping and Gratuities
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Hotels/guesthouses (15 nts), hacienda (2 nts), camping (4 nts in hammocks or rustic bunks)
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Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
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Max 16, avg 12
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Discover the different neighbourhoods of Bogotá, Savour the tastes and aromas of Colombian coffee, Learn about the history of Medellín, Relax on the beach in Santa Marta, Hike to the Lost City, Spend time with the Gotshezhy Indigenous community, Discover the beauty in Tayrona National Park
Please note that this tour combines with other G Adventures tours. Some staff and travel companions may be continuing together on another G Adventures tour after your trip concludes. Lost City Trek Please Note: The Lost City Trek is closed for the month of September each year in order to preserve the trail and complete general maintenance and upkeep. Hiking days are between 4-6 hours a day, and the highest altitude reached is 1,200 m (3,937 ft) at the Lost City itself. The humidity and the heat makes the trek challenging. Throughout the year the temperature is generally between 35-45 degrees, and there can be heavy rain and muddy conditions. Along the trek, you will be required to carry your own gear. We recommend not carrying more than is necessary for the route. One or two changes of clothes is enough to give you a change for each day on the trek. Please bring a bag that is sufficient in size to carry what you might need. It is possible to hire a mule to carry equipment for the trek, at a cost of 40-50USD per day. Dry season (December - March), the trail can be dry and dusty. When the rains arrive (April - November), the trail can be muddy and slippery underfoot. This also affects the numerous river crossings, as the rainy season brings higher rivers. This can mean that river crossings can be as high as waist height, so we recommend that you bring a dry bag or a plastic bag to cover your daypack as you might need to carry this above your head to keep it out of the river. As the majority of this trek is through the jungle, please be aware of the presence of mosquitos and other bugs. We highly recommend bringing some form of insect repellent. While the campsites have mosquito nets over the beds and hammocks, mosquitos can be unavoidable at times. A sleep sheet can help to prevent bug bites at night as well.
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21 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 4 dinners
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Nights 3-4: Armenia, Night 11: Minca, Night 13,14: lodge near Tayrona NP, Nights 17-20: Lost City Trek.
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Bogotá - National Museum of Colombia Visit (3000COP per person) - Gold Museum Visit (4000COP per person) - Monserrate Hill Cable Car (20000COP per person) Zipaquirá - Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral Visit Medellín - Paragliding (45-60USD per person) - Modern Art Museum (10000COP per person) - Explora Park (24500-37500COP per person) - El Peñol Stone (La Piedra Del Peñol) Visit Cerro Nutibara - Nutibara Hill (Cerro Nutibara) Visit Cartagena - Islas del Rosario National Park (165000COP per person) - Gold Museum Visit (7000COP per person) - Palace of Inquisition (Museum) Visit (30000COP per person) - Naval Museum of the Caribbean Visit (6000COP per person) - Night Exploration on Chiva (45000COP per person, 50000COP per group) - Museum of Modern Art (Museo de Arte Moderno) Visit (5000COP per person) El Totumo - Totumo Mud Volcano Taganga - Snorkelling (80000COP per person) - Playa Grande Santa Marta - Quinta San Pedro Alejandrino (21000COP per person) - Gold Museum Santa Marta (Free)
Documents: • Flight info (required) (Printouts of e-tickets may be required at the border) • Insurance info (required) (With photocopies) • Passport (required) (With photocopies) • Required visas or vaccination certificates (required) (With photocopies) • Vouchers and pre-departure information (required) Essentials: • Binoculars (optional) • Camera (With extra memory cards and batteries) • Cash, credit and debit cards • Day pack (Used for daily excursions or short overnights) • Ear plugs • First-aid kit (should contain lip balm with sunscreen, sunscreen, whistle, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, bandaids/plasters, tape, anti-histamines, antibacterial gel/wipes, antiseptic cream, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, rehydration powder, water purification tablets or drops, insect repellent, sewing kit, extra prescription drugs you may be taking) • Flashlight/torch (Headlamps are ideal) • Fleece top/sweater • Footwear • Hat • Locks for bags • Long pants/jeans • Moneybelt • Outlet adapter • Personal entertainment (Reading and writing materials, cards, music player, etc.) • Reusable water bottle • Shirts/t-shirts • Sleepwear • Small travel towel • Sunglasses • Toiletries (Preferably biodegradable) • Watch and alarm clock • Waterproof backpack cover • Windproof rain jacket Health & Safety: • Face masks (required) • Hand sanitizer (required) • Pen (Please bring your own pen for filling out documents.) • Rubber gloves Lost City Trek: • Day pack (Large enough to carry gear for the hiking days) • Hiking boots/sturdy walking shoes • Hiking pants (Convertible/Zip-off and quick dry recommended) • Pack liners to waterproof bags • Sleeping bag liner/sleep sheet • Sport Sandals or Water Shoes (Suitable for water if you plan to do rapeling and/or rafting) • Walking poles • Waterproof footwear (For river crossings) Warm Weather: • Sandals/flip-flops • Shorts/skirts (Longer shorts/skirts are recommended) • Sun hat/bandana • Swimwear Note: On the Lost City Trek you must carry the gear you require for the trek. Your main luggage will be stored at the hotel, so please bring a day pack (30-40L) to use during the trek. Quick dry clothes are recommended to keep the weight of the bag down.
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Please take care when wandering about the main cities on your own, as pickpockets and purse-snatchers are common. Be safe and leave your passport, credit cards, traveller’s cheques and cash you don’t need in the hotel’s safety deposit box. Most Colombianos are honest and genuinely helpful and friendly, but be safe and enjoy the city!
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Most people automatically assume that the weather is hot in South America, but because of the higher altitude in the Andes, the temperature can feel quite cold, especially at night. Remember that although near the Equator, the higher altitude on some parts of the trip make for cool evenings and you will need a warm sweater or pullover. It’s best to layer clothes rather than bring a heavy parka so that you can take layers off. We recommend using a backpack for your convenience, or a medium-sized suitcase if you prefer. A daypack (30-40L) is also essential for carrying everyday items. Space is limited on transportation, so there is a limit of one main piece of luggage per person. You will be responsible for carrying your own luggage.
Your G for Good Moment: Wiwa Community Visit & Lunch, Gotshezhy Village Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your Foodie Moment: Coffee Farm Tour, Calarcá Your Discover Moment: Cartagena. Hacienda stay. Valle de Cocora hike. Medellín city tour. City tour in Cartagena. Tayrona National Park (excluding February departures) hike with local guide (5hrs). Wiwa Community Visit & Lunch. Taganga Orientation Walk. Trek to the Lost City with an indigenous guide (5 days). Guided tour of the Lost City. Internal flights. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

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Start:Bogotá
Finish:Santa Marta
Group size:12 - 16
Suitable for: You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a G Adventures tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.
Accommodation:Hotels/guesthouses (15 nts), hacienda (2 nts), camping (4 nts in hammocks or rustic bunks)
Physical rating:4 - Demanding
Meals:21 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 4 dinners
Diets:Vegetarians, Vegans
Tour operated in: English
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