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Activities

  • Historic Sites
  • Food

    • All breakfasts, 11 lunches and 8 dinners included. A lot of the food in Colombia is food you’ll be used to, protein in the form of chicken, beef or fish along with rice or potato and some salad are fairly common. Beans and plantains are also popular foods in Colombia which you may not commonly have at home. Each day you will also have the opportunity to try a fantastic array of delicious fruit juices - some of them familiar to the UK and some of them more exotic! We recommend you to try these as they taste much better in Colombia than anywhere else and cost a fraction of the price. We typically will have early breakfasts to make the most of our time, this normally includes eggs, bread or arepas (thick corn pancakes), local cheese, and no shortage of great coffee! All meals are included whilst camping and these will be prepared by staff. Elsewhere only breakfast is included. Please note that Colombia is not particularly vegetarian friendly, especially in rural areas, as meat forms a major part of the diet and many soups are often made with a meat base. Bogota is an exception, as there are sufficient options to cater to all dietary requirements.

    Activities

    • Accom: camping
    • Accom: hotel/lodge
    • Archaeology
    • New trip
    • Walking & Trekking
    • Guided Group
  • 1

    Arrive Bogota; walking tour of the old town and Monserrate hill.

    Start Bogota. Passengers on the group flight arrive in the early hours of this morning. After a few hours to rest and have breakfast we will head out on a city tour taking Bogota’s colonial old town including visits to the Gold Museum, the Botero Museum and the main square. There is also an optional visit to Monserrate Hill.

  • 2

    Drive to Chicaque Natural Park for short walk; continue by road to Ibagué.

    Early morning transfer to Chicaque Private Reserve (approx. 1.5hrs). Chicaque Reserve is an area of cloud forest on the Eastern Colombian Andes at about 2,700m with waterfalls and fantastic views and, for those interested in birding, a large variety of birds. Returning to the bus we continue on our way towards the city of Ibague, one of the gateways to the Parque de los Nevados. Hiking approx. 5hr; 4kms.

  • 3

    Transfer to Combeima River; begin trekking in Los Nevados National Park. Juntas to Finca Las Nieves.

    After breakfast we transfer 1hr to the village of Juntas where we meet our local team and start our Nevados trek! We start on a trail within a high Andean forest ecosystem on the side of the Nevado del Tomima (Snow Mountain) we then cross Las Perlas Creek before continuing up a demanding 4hrs climb to our destination at Finca Las Nieves (we sleep at 3,600m). Approx. 6hrs; 11.8kms, total ascent 953m; total descent 503m; maximum altitude 4,043m.

  • 4

    Trekking day; to Termales del Cañon.

    We continue our traverse along the flanks of Nevado del Tomima through high Andean forest for about 1.5hrs climbing to Alto de las Nieves (3,600m). From here we descend a short way to the Berjel Area (3,400m) before heading up again to 4,050m. The high plateau known as the Paramo del Boqueron. We sleep at 3,850m. Approx. 6hrs; 9.1kms; total ascent 1,725m, total descent 92m.

  • 5

    Trekking day; to Laguna del Ecanto.

    Today our trek takes us through fairytale lands as we pass places with names such as the Lake of Enchantment (Laguna del Encanto) and the Valley of Pleasure (Valle del Placer). We spend the day up on the paramo (highland plateau) with its typical scenery including the atmospheric Frailejon trees (which grow about 1cm a year that help store water keeping creeks and rivers flowing throughout the year. We eventually arrive at the Aquilino area where we set up camp. We sleep at 3,700m. Approx. 6hrs, 10kms, total ascent 359m; total descent 367m.

  • 6

    Rest day or optional trek to Paramillo del Quindió (9.2km).

    Today's trek is optional as we return to the same camp so anyone who would rather rest and stay near camp can do so. For those who would like to do the optional trek, it takes us towards the Paramillo del Quindio where we can witness first-hand the effects of global warming. This area used to be covered by a large glacier which has since melted away leaving a stark volcanic landscape. We also reach the highest point on our trip today at 4,753m. We return to our camp this evening. We sleep at 3,700m. Approx 6hrs; 9.2kms; total ascent 896m, total descent 896m

  • 7

    Trekking day; to Estrella de Agua.

    We descend towards the Estrella de Agua and on towards the Acaime Reserve. We’ve now left the paramo behind and experience the change in ecosystems as we make our way down the mountain. Acaime Reserve is a great place to see the many different types of hummingbirds that inhabit the area. We sleep at 3,200m. Approx. 6hrs; 12.5km; total ascent 333m; total descent 1,027m.

  • 8

    Trekking day; to Cocora Valley; jeep transfer to Salento.

    Our final day trekking Los Nevados, we’re now in a completely different environment as we hike through the Cocora Valley known for its Wax Palm trees, the tallest palm trees in the world and a symbol of Colombia. This is also coffee country and our destination today is very much within the country’s famous Coffee Triangle, Salento. After taking the scenic route through the valley we get picked up by a Willy (jeeps used as local transport around this region) and transfer to the Finca for a nice shower and a well-deserved rest. Approx. 6hrs; 7.6kms’ total ascent 941m; total descent 195m.

  • 9

    Free day to rest and evening flight to Cartagena (Saturday).

    Today is a relaxed day to rest after the Los Nevados trek. There’s the option of going to the small colonial town Salento and learning more about the coffee region’s people and culture. Later in afternoon we transfer to the airport in Pereira (about 1hr away) to catch our flight to Cartagena de las Indias on the Caribbean coast. We stay in the vibrant Getsemani neighbourhood, part of Cartagena’s old town.

  • 10

    Morning walking tour of Cartagena; afternoon transfer to Santa Marta.

    This morning we have a walking tour of the walled city with its cobbled streets and colourful houses, squares and churches. Cartagena was the jewel in the colonial crown and its popularity today is understandable. Founded in 1533, the city played a key role in the administration and expansion of the Spanish empire in the Americas. As well as being home to royalty and wealthy viceroys, it attracted pirates and merchants alike and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983. Early afternoon we leave Cartagena and head along the coast about 4hrs to the city of Santa Marta and our hotel in the heart of the old town.

  • 11

    Transfer to Machete Pelao - Lost City Trail day 1.

    Our first day is fairly gentle as we leave the hotel around 10:00 and head to El Mamey (also known as Machete Pelao) village, travelling by shared transfer with other trekkers. We have lunch upon arrival before heading off on a 3hr hike towards our first night’s campsite. The trail takes us through cattle farms in areas that once were covered in coca plantations. There will be opportunities to go for a refreshing swim in the river and enjoy some local fruit. Upon arrival at camp we’ll be assigned a bed or a hammock. The terrain over the next few days involves an undulating trail between 500m and 800m above sea level. Approx. 3hrs; 8.7kms.

  • 12

    Lost City Trail day 2.

    The trail, today, takes us into the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta National Park and the sacred lands of the Kogui, Wiwa and Aruaco communities. Along the way we have more opportunities to go for a swim and to encounter local indigenous settlements. We first make our way to camp #2 where we have lunch before continuing towards camp #3 for the night. Approx. 6hrs; 17km.

  • 13

    Lost City Trail day 3.

    Today we reach the goal of our jungle trek: La Ciudad Perdida (the Lost City). Built by the Tayrona people 1,000 years ago, the city was abandoned after Spanish conquistadors dispersed the Tayronas into the mountains. Over time the jungle reclaimed the city which became ‘lost’ to the world. In the 1970s, however, grave-robbers found gold and the city was rediscovered. The Lost City is earned by climbing more than 2,000 steps. We explore the site and learn more about the city and its history and its various areas. Returning to camp #3 we have lunch before heading back the way we came towards camp #2 where we spend the night. Approx. 6hrs; 10.5kms.

  • 14

    Lost City Trail day 4 and transfer to Caribbean coast.

    Final day of our Lost City trek as we retrace our steps back towards camp #1 and finally El Mamey village marking the end of our time in the jungle. After lunch we transfer to the main road where our bus will be waiting to take us to Finca La Jorara near the village of Palomino. Here we can rest and relax by the ocean. Approx. 6hrs; 16kms.

  • 15

    Free day at the beach.

    Today is a free day to relax. The fishing village of Palomino is nearby and there are a couple nice trails around the finca (farm) for those who want to go on a final hike. Alternatively the beach nearby is a nice place to rest after all the time exploring Colombia on foot.

  • 16

    Transfer to Santa Marta Airport; fly to Bogota; evening depart.

    Returning to Santa Marta we catch our flight to Bogota arriving in time to connect with the international flight home.

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