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Cartagena to Bogota: Colonial Cities & Trekking

21 days, Cartagena to Bogotá

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Please note that Tayrona NP is normally closed during the month of February and Minca will be visited instead. See day 9 in the full itinerary for more information.

Witness the transformation and resurgence of Colombia first-hand on a 21-day tour through bustling cities, ancient lands, and natural landscapes. Embark on a multi-day trek to the Lost City of Teyuna, passing farmland, steamy jungle, and rural communities along the way, take free time to explore the cities of Medellín, Cali, and Bogotá, and relax in nature with mud baths and thermal waters.

21 days

Cartagena to Bogotá

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Witness the transformation and resurgence of Colombia first-hand on a 21-day tour through bustling cities, ancient lands, and natural landscapes. Embark on a multi-day trek to the Lost City of Teyuna, passing farmland, steamy jungle, and rural communities along the way, take free time to explore the cities of Medellín, Cali, and Bogotá, and relax in nature with mud baths and thermal waters.

Is this tour for me?

Travel Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings

Fast, fresh, and fun adventures that never slow down, made for young, budget-minded travellers.

Service Level: Basic

Simple and clean hotels and hostels; affordable public and private transport; lots of optional activities.

Physical Rating: 4 - Demanding

Some high-altitude hikes or more strenuous activities, but accessible to most healthy travellers.

Trip Type: Small Group

Small group experience; Max 16, avg 14.

Age requirement: 18-39

Visa Requirements

21 days

Cartagena to Bogotá

Sold Out

There are no departure dates currently available for the rest of this season. Some tours only run during parts of the year.

Trip Code: SMCB

Need a flight? We can help.

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Itinerary

Day 1Cartagena

Arrive at any time. Tonight, check out the local flavor of bustling Plaza Trinidad and head to a local bar to get to know your fellow travellers. Get to know the group over a few drinks and get excited for the adventure of a lifetime.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your First Night Out Moment Connect With New Friends

Day 2Cartagena

The day is yours to explore this coastal colonial city. Wander through the streets of historic old town, check out the San Felipe fortress, or get dirty with a mud bath and massage at Totuma Volcano.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 3Cartagena/Santa Marta

Travel like a local by hopping on a public bus to the port town of Santa Marta. Take advantage of your free time with a visit to the Gold Museum, go shopping for any last minute necessities (You probably forgot something, right?) or chill out on the beach.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 4Santa Marta/Ricardito Camp

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.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 5Ricardito Camp/ Wiwa Camp

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.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 6 Wiwa Camp /Paso Lorenzo Camp

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.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 7Paso Lorenzo Camp/ Wiwa Camp

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.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 8Ricardito Camp/Taganga

Take in your last views of the jungle this morning as you trek back to Machete Pelao. Transfer to Tangaga where the rest for the day is yours to relax. (You've earned a few drinks after that trek!)

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch

Day 9Taganga/Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona

Head into Tayrona National Park for a moderate hike with a local guide. Experience the incredible nature that surrounds you while learning more about the rich, natural diversity of northern Colombia.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch

Day 10Taganga/Medellín

Wheels up! Fly inland today to Medellín. A once infamous city, vibrant Medellín has transformed into one of Latin America's safest destinations. Get to know your surroundings with an orientation walk and an optional night out with the group.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 11Medellín

Explore Medellín today and visit the Comuna 13 neighbourhood—a community transformed. Embark on a walking tour and enjoy a delicious lunch provided by the community organization Berracas de la 13, a G Adventures–supported project. After, tour a local park filled with statues from Colombia's favourite sculptor, Fernando Botero.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your G for Good Moment Berracas de la 13 Visit with Lunch

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch

Day 12Medellín

Make the most of a free day in Medellin and start exploring. Opt to visit the nearby town of Guatapé, with its colourful houses and famous rock. Ride the metrocable—a cable car part of Medellín’s public transportation—for sweeping views of the city and surrounding mountains.

Day 13Medellín/Manizales

Say "Adios!" to Medellín and hop on a bus to Manizales. Known as "The City of Open Doors" for its welcoming residents, you will fall in love with this mountainside city. And if you're a coffee lover — you won't want to leave. Spend the day exploring and learning about coffee cultivation, or visit a nature reserve.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 14Manizales/Salento

Soak in the therapeutic waters of the Tierra Viva thermal baths for a relaxing start to your morning. Later, take the scenic route to Salento, admiring the beautiful landscapes along the way.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 15Salento

Venture out on a morning hike through the towering palms of the Cocora Valley. This afternoon, choose from a variety of optional activities in the coffee region of Quindío.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 16Salento/Armenia

Climb aboard a local bus to Armenia for a coffee farm tour. Learn about coffee production before enjoying lunch on the farm. Don't worry, there will be an opportunity to shop so you can bring one of Colombia's most important exports home with you. The perfect souvenir!)

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Hands-On Moment Coffee Farm Tour

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 17Armenia/Cali

Travel to the bustling city of Cali by bus. Admire the 26m high Cristo Rey monument on a guided tour. Later, learn (or attempt) to dance like a local with a salsa class.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Discover Moment Salsa Class

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 18Cali

Choose your own Cali adventure today. For aerial views of the city, you can ride the MIO cable car, or get active and hike to Cerro de las tres Cruces. Or stroll along the Cali River and visit the wonderfully weird Cat Park along the banks. Meander through the colourful neighbourhood of San Antonio and sample some tasty local delicacies.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 19Cali/Bogotá

Fly to Bogotá this morning. Take an orientation walk of the Candelaria neighbourhood led by your CEO, and visit the Gold Museum to admire thousands of gold artifacts. The afternoon is yours to wander through the streets of Candelaria at your own pace.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 20Bogotá

Explore the capital of Colombia with a free day. You can ride the funicular up for stunning views of the city, check out the street art, or explore the underground tunnels and caves of Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 21Bogotá

Depart at any time.

Meals included:

Breakfast
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What's Included

  • Your G for Good Moment: Berracas de la 13 Visit with Lunch, Medellín
  • Your First Night Out Moment: Connect With New Friends
  • Your Hands-On Moment: Coffee Farm Tour, Armenia
  • Your Discover Moment: Salsa Class, Cali
  • Trek to the Lost City with an indigenous guide (5 days), Tayrona National Park excursion, Medellín orientation walk, Berracas de la 13 Visit with Lunch, Plaza Botero visit, Tierra Viva Thermal Baths, Cocora valley hike, Cristo Rey visit, Salsa class, La Candelaria orientation walk, Gold museum visit, Internal flights, All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Accommodations

Hotels (16 nts), camping (4 nts hammocks/rustic bunks)

Meals

19 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 4 dinners
Allow USD375-490 for meals not included.

Transportation

Plane, 4x4, local bus, walking.

Staff & experts

CEO (Chief Experience Officer) throughout, indigenous local guides.

Departures

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Cartagena to Bogota: Colonial Cities & Trekking

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