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Colombia out of the Beaten Path – 11 Days

The Caribbean cost of Colombia is full of adventure, discoveries and history.  From the Tayrona National Park to the beautiful colonial UNESCO Historical City of Cartagena. This is a unique way of seeing one of the bests sights of Colombia. For those with an adventurers heart.

 

 

Suggested itinerary:

 

 

Day 1 – Sierra Nevada

 

Transfer from Santa Marta Airport to Casa Oropéndola with English-speaking driver. NOTE • Between Minca and the lodge, the transfer includes 45 minutes (15 km) of off-roading in a traditional 4×4 SUV, which is the vehicle adequate for the mountainous terrain in the Sierra Nevada.

Includes: Transportation with Spanish-speaking driver, Host, Hydration. Duration: 1h 30mins . Lunch and dinner will be provided on-site by the chef.

 

Day 2 Trekking

 

10:00 AM • Guests can choose from short 1-3 hours treks, to more demanding 6-8 hour treks to visit spectacular waterfalls. At Casa Oropéndola, guests can find trekking poles and water bottles, and the chef will prepare snacks and a picnic lunch to enjoy along the way.

 

 

Day 3 – Coffee Hacienda La Victoria

 

 

Walk down to Hacienda La Victoria, founded in 1892, walk through the hacienda’s spectacular processing center, where traditional equipment from the early 20th century is still used. With a guide, learn about coffee harvesting and the washing and drying processes. Duration: 20 minutes driving and 45-60 minutes walking • NOTE: It is recommended to walk down and take a 4×4 back to the lodge. Please note the experience might not be private at the Hacienda.  Includes: English-speaking Host, duratiion 1 hour transfer and on hour walk . Lunch and dinner included on site by the chef

 

 

Day 4 – Tayrona

 

 

Transfer from Casa Oropéndola to Parque Tayrona. NOTE • Between Minca and the lodge, the transfer includes 45 minutes (15 km) of off-roading in a traditional 4×4 SUV, which is the vehicle adequate for the mountainous terrain in the Sierra Nevada.

Includes: Transportation with Spanish-speaking driver, Host, Hydration. Duration

VILLA PLAYA • Check in at your hotel. Rooms will be ready at 3:00 PM. Please note that the staff does not speak English, Wi-Fi signal is limited to some of the social areas.

 

 

Day 5 -River Expedition

 

 

Drive to the banks of Don Diego river, and after a short trek, go down the river paddle boarding, kayaking, or tubing all the way down to the ocean. Along the way enjoy the view of the jungle, exotic birds, howler monkeys, and small Caymans which are harmless and very shy! • NOTE:  Don’t forget to wear long trousers, closed shoes, wet suit or bathing suit and take your refillable water bottle. Sunscreen and insect repellent are a must!  • NOTE:  Please reconfirm in advance your choice between paddle board, kayak or tubes in order to guarantee availability. Guests can visit the Tayronaka ruins, entrance fee of 25,000 COP is to be paid in cash directly upon arrival.

Includes: Transportation, Paddle Boarding,  Kayak or Tubing Equipment selected in advance. Duration: 2-3 hours, and ± 30 minutes transfer each way

PICNIC LUNCH • Enjoy a light lunch on a private picnic while enjoying an outstanding view of the ocean! • NOTE:  This picnic includes a light lunch and an advance set up with gazebo in a exclusive area.

 

 

Day 6 – Nature & trekking

 

 

Explore the jungles, rivers and cascades of the Tayrona region with treks ranging from 2 to 3 hours. Discuss with your host the route options that best fit your interests and physical endurance. • NOTE:  Don’t forget to wear long pants and comfortable shoes, bring bathing suit, extra clothes and your refillable water bottle. Sunscreen and insect repellent are a must!

Includes: Transportation, Hydration Duration: From 2 to 3 hours

 

 

Day 7 – Tayrona – Cafrtagena

 

 

Meet your driver at the hotel lobby and your English speaking host for a private 4.5 hour transfer to Barichara. Transportation, Hydration, English Speaking Host, Duration: 4.5 Hours. arrival  CASA SAN AGUSTIN • Check in at your hotel. Rooms will be ready at 3:00 PM

Includes: Private boat with Captain, Skipper, English-speaking Host, Snorkeling Equipment, Fresh fruit, Hydration, Snacks, Towels, Transportation from and to the dock Duration: 7 Hours (flexible)

 

 

Day 8 – Walking tour

 

 

Enjoy your morning at leisure. 3:00pm STORIES & PEOPLE OF THE CENTRO – wander the streets of Carganena historic center a UNESCO world Heritage Site. Alongside a fascinating expert who will provide in-depth historical context and captivating stories of the city’s people and culture. NOTE don’t forget your confortable shoes, hat ad sunscreen Duration 2.30 hours

 

 

Day 9 – Caribbean cooking

 

 

A local chef will teach you how to make some of Cartagena’s most typical dishes such as ceviche, seafood soup in coconut milk and white wine, coconut rice, plantain chips, and a few other Colombian secrets. The menu can be designed based on your preferences. The class takes place at a private location in the Old City. • NOTE: Menu can be adapted for cooking with children. Please let us know of any dietary requirements or allergies.

Includes: Transportation, Host, Chef, Sous-chef, Hydration, Beer/juice, Three-course Meal (wine per bottle not included) Duration: 3 hours (including ± 15 mins transfer each way)

 

 

Day 10 – Islas del Rosario

 

 

Meet your driver and local host at the hotel for a private transfer to Cartagena’s dock where your boat will be waiting. Aboard a 38-foot speedboat, and depart towards the Islas del Rosario archipelago, located 50-minutes from Cartagena. These rugged islands are blessed with clear blue waters, colorful coral reefs, and diverse marine life. Spend the day cruising between island and snorkel at your leisure. You will be accompanied by an English-speaking host who will look after you for the day. Please request our speedboat and yacht options to upgrade to a bigger boat, and our Snacks and Drinks menu to find your selection of wines, beers, liquors, and snacks when you board the boat. • NOTE: Please bring cash with you as some island restaurants don’t accept CC.

 

 

Day 11-Transfer out

 

 

Meet your English-speaking Host and driver at the hotel lobby for a private transfer to Cartagena’s Rafael Nuñez International Airport. Approximate transfer time is 15 minutes.

Includes: Transportation, English-speaking Host, Hydration