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From Santa Marta: Tayrona National Park Guided Tour

From Santa Marta: Tayrona National Park Guided Tour

Hike through the tropical forest, admiring the local flora and fauna. Rest by a beach, swimming, and taking photos with the views behind you. Leave from Santa Marta early in the morning by bus. Travel to the entrance of Tayrona and wait for the doors to open at the box office. Watch a short informative video of 20 minutes with recommendations for the care of the park during your visit. Once the video is finished, begin the ecological walk-through trails that cross the tropical forest. Walk alongside trees that are over 25 meters high and pass beaches on the route through Cañaveral, Arrecifes, Arenilla, and Piscina Natural. Take a break at Cabo San Juan, a beach with transparent waters. Relax under the sun, enjoy a refreshing swim, and buy a delicious lunch made by the locals. Rest here for 3 hours and go up to the viewpoint to enjoy a unique view of this fantastic place. Return along the same trail until you reach the bus and head back to Santa Marta where the driver will drop you off at the same meeting points.

A Pearl In The Caribbean-walking tour in English (Tip based)

A Pearl In The Caribbean-walking tour in English (Tip based)

The first place we visit on the tour is known as Casa de la Aduana or Tayrona del Oro Museum, the museum allows us to observe different pieces of pre-Hispanic and modern indigenous art. In this wonderful place we will talk about who the Taironas were and why they became extinct. On the other hand, as its name indicates, we will be able to appreciate gold pieces. The second place we visit on the tour is related to the independence of Colombia, its name is Plaza Bolivar, In every place and corner of Colombia there is some place related to the same name "Simon Bolivar", and here we explain a little of everything; pre-Hispanic history, history of independence, architecture, sculptures, etc. It almost feels like traveling back in time! Continuing, we visit the San Francisco square which is a very old place in Santa Marta, here you can appreciate the daily life and the local economy or well known as "rebusque" in the popular Colombian slang. In this place they talk about the pirate attacks related to the catholic religion in the Caribbean. After San Francisco square we head to the Cathedral square, this church is called the mother of all churches in Colombia, it is here where you will learn about the religious customs in Santa Marta and the spooky superstitions of the city. It's also the perfect place to appreciate the Arab, colonial and Renaissance influences - don't forget your camera! If you are a big fan of gastronomy, in this place we make you some recommendations about the typical dishes of the city and the restaurants you should visit in case you want to try them, it is a mix between colors and gastronomy, very interesting. After a delicious meal maybe you want to do a night activity, then you should go to "", here we talk about the nightlife of the city of Santa Marta, it is an ideal place to spend a night of romance or with friends, its name is not original "Parque de los Novios" and we will talk about it there. And finally, the juice place is the perfect place to talk about the typical fruits found in the Colombian Caribbean coast. Here we will give some explanations as a "fruit class" and we will taste one, remember that part of traveling is to try weird things by yourself. At the end you will be able to buy a 100% natural juice if you wish.

Santa Marta: Sailboat day tour to Tayrona Park

Santa Marta: Sailboat day tour to Tayrona Park

We will meet at Charter dock in Marina Internacional de Santa marta 9:30 am Cant wait past 9:50 for passenger as other boats use same dock. 10am we will motor upwind arriving approximately 11:30 am to Bahia Concha. You will experience stunning views from on board passing from a distance (no stopping) Taganga Bay, Granate Bay, Aguja Island. At Bahia Concha the boat will anchor. Yo can hang out on board, swim to beach or we can take you with our auxiliary boat. Please ask for prices before purchasing anything with beach vendors. You can use the paddle boards and snorkel equipment available. Lunch will be served approximately 90 minute after arriving. You will enjoy the day at one of the biggest beaches in Tayrona Park. By 3:30 pm everyone should be back on board to begin our return doing some motor sailing and only sailing ( genoa only) wind permitting and returning to the marina between 4:30pm - 5:00pm where you can enjoy the beautiful sunset Santa Marta is famous for. Make sure you ask for price before buying anything with beach vendors. Beach chairs not included. ( around 3 usd) Wifi on board (5 usd) Food and beverage not allowed into marina. Our destination is Bahia Concha. ( no other stops) Feb 1-15, June 1-15, Oct 19-Sep 3 Tayrona park closes, we will visit taganga half day and inca inca half day.

Descubre los secretos del Cafe, Cacao y Cascada en Minca

Descubre los secretos del Cafe, Cacao y Cascada en Minca

At 9 am we'll meet up in the (Centro Histórico Parque de los Novios, Pozos Colorados, Bello Horizonte) and we'll get into a comfortable vehicle that will take us to Minca, where we'll spend a full day! After an hour's drive, we'll start a two-hour hike through the jungle of Minca, enjoying the lush vegetation of the area. Would you like to learn all about the biodiversity of Santa Marta? We'll find out! We'll make a stop at a 'hacienda' or estate, where we'll talk about the preparation of coffee and its derivatives, and we'll even have the chance to drink some delicious freshly brewed coffee! Afterwards, we'll reach the beautiful El Oído del Mundo waterfall for a refreshing swim. Have you worked up an appetite? We'll move on to a bamboo house where we'll enjoy a delicious gourmet lunch consisting of vegetables, meat, side dishes, and an aguapanela - an infusion made from panela which is derived from hardened sugar cane juice. The finishing touch to lunch will be the fantastic views and scenery of the Minca jungle you'll be able to enjoy, the perfect backdrop to your meal! After lunch, we'll enjoy a sweet treat as the icing on the cake of this tour. We'll learn about all the steps in the elaborate process of making this cocoa drink, and we'll get to taste a cup too! Finally, we'll finish the tour by returning to the meeting point in Parque de los Novios, Pozos Colorados, Bello Horizonte at 5 pm.

Minca: Full-Day Coffee and Cocoa Tour from Santa Marta

Minca: Full-Day Coffee and Cocoa Tour from Santa Marta

From Santa Marta, embark on a 45-minute drive through the foothills of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta to find the small town of Minca. In the company of a local guide, take a 2.5-hour nature walk passing waterfalls, natural swimming pools, and scenic views of the surrounding mountains.  The walk ends at a coffee farm, where you will learn about the coffee production process and it’s importance to Colombia’s culture. Enter a bamboo house where you will enjoy a gourmet lunch before learning about cocoa, its production, and derivatives.   At the end of the tour, return transfers will be provided to your hotel in Santa Marta.

Santa Marta: Sunset Cruise Around the Bay

Santa Marta: Sunset Cruise Around the Bay

Meet your guide and the other participants at the meeting point at 4.30pm and head to the marina. Please be on time! At 5.00pm hop on board the boat and get comfortable while the guide gives the safety instructions. Sail around the bay of Santa Marta for about an hour and connect to the speaker if you want music during the cruise. Put your drink in the cooler to keep it cold and enjoy the food you brought with you. Anchor in the bay for another hour to enjoy the sunset from the water. Admire the views as nighttime falls over the city, and capture photos of the incredible sight. Afterward, return to the marina where the tour will end after an exciting evening around 7.00pm.

Barranquilla Unveiled: A Hidden Gem City Tour

Barranquilla Unveiled: A Hidden Gem City Tour

Embark on a captivating 3-hour walking tour through Barranquilla, where history, nature, and culture intertwine to create an unforgettable experience. Led by expert local guides, explore the city's historic center and the scenic Malecón del Río. Highlights: 1. Historic Center Exploration: - Begin your journey in the heart of Barranquilla's historic center, where colonial architecture and modern charm converge. Discover iconic landmarks such as Plaza de la Paz, Cathedral Metropolitana, the Art-Decó buildings gallery, and more, as you unravel the city's fascinating history. 2. Malecón del Río Promenade: - Wander along the picturesque Malecón del Río, a scenic promenade overlooking the majestic Magdalena River, the most important for Colombia. You will learn about its historical importance for the entire development and establishment of Colombia. Take in breathtaking views of the river and surrounding landscapes while learning about the importance of this waterway in Barranquilla's development. 3. Gastronomic Delights: - Indulge in a culinary adventure through Barranquilla's gastronomic scene. Sample traditional Colombian Caribbean delicacies like arepas, empanadas, and fresh seafood at local eateries and market stalls, tantalizing your taste buds with authentic flavors. (Every client pays separately for what they consume). Tour Details: - Duration: 3 hours - Meeting Point: Plaza de la Paz, Historic Center - Language: Bilingual guides available (English/Spanish) - Group Size: Small group tour for personalized experience, up to 10 people and minimum 4. - Includes: Guided tour, transportation between places depending on the case. - What to Bring: Comfortable walking shoes, hat/sunscreen, camera, and an appetite for exploration Join us on this immersive journey through Barranquilla, where history, nature, and culture come alive at every turn. Book your Barranquilla Discovery tour now and uncover the hidden treasures of this vibrant Colombian city, hometown of world famous personalities like Shakira, Sofia Vergara or Édgar Rentería.

From Cartagena: Barranquilla & Santa Marta Guided City Tour

From Cartagena: Barranquilla & Santa Marta Guided City Tour

Embark on a day tour from Cartagena to the neighboring cities of Barranquilla and Santa Marta. Learn about the local history and cultural traditions of each city on a guided tour, with lunch included during the day. Start with pickup from selected meeting points around Cartagena before sunrise. Travel for approximately 90 minutes to reach the city of Barranquilla. Get an overview of the city's history before visiting La Venta del Mundo monument. Stroll along the picturesque Malecón del Río or Malecón del Caimán and learn about the industrial importance of the city. Pause at the Shark's Fin monument, which commemorates the local football club Junior de Barranquilla, one of the top teams in Colombia. Conclude the tour at Pumarejo Bridge, before traveling onward to the city of Santa Marta. Begin by visiting the Pibe Valderrama Monument, which commemorates one of Colombia's most beloved football players, Carlos Valderrama, who is a hero in his native city. Explore the historic center where we will walk through the colonial-era streets of the city. See local landmarks like La Bahia de Santa Marta, Parque de los Novios, the Cathedral, and the Gold Museum. Finally, arrive at the beautiful beach of Rodadero. Enjoy a tasting lunch with 5 different options (chicken, fish, meat, pork, or vegetarian). After lunch, enjoy some time to relax and unwind on the beach, or go for a swim, before boarding the bus for the journey back to Cartagena.

From Bogota: Villa de Leyva Day Magic Town Tour

From Bogota: Villa de Leyva Day Magic Town Tour

Declared a National Monument in 1954, this magical town located 3 hours from Bogotá is a jewel of colonial Spanish architecture built in 1572. This Tour is a journey through time, an encounter with history, science, ceramics, archeology, art, and culture. We will pick you up at your Hotel / Hostel and make a stop on the way to have breakfast near the "Puente de Boyacá" (Bridge of Boyacá) where the final battle of Colombian independence took place. Once we arrive at Villa de Leyva, we will go down to the Plaza Mayor) where you will have time to have lunch before we keep going with the group towards Ráquira. This town also known as "the artisanal capital of Colombia", a very picturesque village with decorations on its houses.

Santa Marta: Sunset tour

Santa Marta: Sunset tour

We will meet at Charter dock in Marina Internacional de Santa marta 5:00pm. Ask for boat Sonata at marina and one of our colleagues will greet you and show you to the waiting area, Cant wait past 5:20 for passenger as other boats use same dock. We will sail wind permitting into the sunset Santa Marta is famous for. Then we will head towards Taganga Bay where will anchor and enjoy some stunning night views from the boat. Back by 8pm. Marina entry is included and 2 beverages. Meet other travelers and enjoy being on board this classic sailboat.

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This incredible adventure is so worth the money and (strenuous) effort! Not only is it the most memorable thing we did during our 2+ week stay in Colombia but I'd rank it among the top tours I've done anywhere in the 23 Latin American countries I've visited! Way better than overcrowded Machu Picchu, which the Lost City predates by 650 years. We were a group of 4 women with 2 Colombian guides, one lead & one sweep so each of us could hike at our own pace. We were fortunate to have exceptionally experienced guides--one even worked as a teenager with the archeological team that reconstructed the site in the 1970s! After long days trekking through dense jungle and challenging terrain, staying in camps was comfortable and allowed us to keep our packs light. The camps are large open air pavilions with beds w/mosquito nets, electricity, bathrooms, showers, and a cook who serves hearty meals. Finally, the site itself is magnificent with its remarkable terraces nestled in the lush rainforest.

Had the opportunity to taste from popular street vendors- which we will not know if we are not locals, and there was a good mix of fruits, appetizers, breakfast meals, different types of drinks ( coffee barista was not available so it was changed to fruit juices), and it was a great ending at a lovely restaurant (the air conditioning helped lots in the midday heat) with a cocktail. The guide Alvaro was wonderful and shared quirky beauty tips that locals use with the different fruits.

My partner and I did the free tour with Javier at Santa Marta and we really enjoy it! Javier is young but very knowledgable and with great vibes. He walked us through the city and explained to us the history of it. At the end of the tour we went to a spot in-front of the beach to watch the sunset and taste Colombian fruits. Thank you Javier and we hope to see you soon again!

Do you have little time and want to see a lot during a day trip? This tour is excellent! It is a varied program with many beautiful and interesting things. Price and quality were in good proportion. Communication was clear. In short, do you have limited time but still want to experience a lot in one day? Then book this tour.

great experience. next time I'd try and spend longer in minca. our guide was lovely and informative. highly recommend