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  • Santa Marta: Multi-Day Trek to The Lost City

    1. Santa Marta: Multi-Day Trek to The Lost City

    Embrace your inner explorer with a multi-day trek through the jungle from Santa Marta to the Lost City. Follow an experienced professional guide through the Colombian jungle, learning about the flora and fauna as you go. Encounter the archaeological site of an ancient city in Santa Marta's Sierra Nevada, believed to have been founded around 800 CE, some 650 years earlier than Machu Picchu. Choose between a 4,5 or 6-day trek. See a series of 169 terraces carved into the mountainside, a network of tiled roads, and several small circular plazas. Access the entrance by climbing up 1,200 stone steps through dense jungle. 4 or 5-Day Trek Day 1 - The adventure to the Lost City starts around 9:30 AM with a 3-hour drive by 4WD to El Mamey, a place where you will have lunch and begin the trek in search for the sacred place of the Tayronas. The first day will c...

  • Santa Marta: Museum of the Sea and Playa Blanca Beach Tour

    2. Santa Marta: Museum of the Sea and Playa Blanca Beach Tour

    You will be picked up from your accommodation a little before 9:00AM, from where you will go to the Rodadero sector. Once there you will board a boat to travel to the aquarium and Museum of the Sea. Once at the aquarium you will enjoy a live dolphin show throughout touring the museum for approximately 1.5-2 hours. Following your visit of the aquarium, you will return to the boat to make your way to Playa Blanca. In Playa Blanca you will spend between 3-4 hours throughout which you can enjoy the beach, sit in the sun, and have lunch. At 3:30PM you will board the boat to begin your return journey to the dock of the taxiway, and your tour will later conclude as you return to your accommodation at approximately 5:00PM.

  • Santa Marta: Cristal Beach Day-Trip

    3. Santa Marta: Cristal Beach Day-Trip

    After being collected from your Santa Marta accommodation, you will travel for 15 minutes by vehicle to the Neguanje sector and enter an area of ​​the Tayrona park (nature reserve). Once here you will be able to enjoy a spectacular sun day, before you board a boat for an 8-minute journey by the beautiful beaches of the Colombian Caribbean. You can then walk while enjoying an excellent view of the 7-wave viewpoint. Cristal Beach, also called Calm Beach, is the perfect setting for snorkeling and diving. Thanks to its beautiful clear, calm waters and white sands that allow it visitors to snorkel easily. It is widely considered one of the most beautiful and paradisaical beaches in Colombia, and is not to be missed when traveling through this area. Cristal Beach is located in a bay alongside many other small beaches. The water in these beaches, unlike the rest of the park, is very calm, and...

    Traumhafter Strand, schöne Schnorcheltour, nette Tourteilnehmer, leider nur ein spanischer Führer statt ein englischsprachiger Guide, was für diese Tour nicht schlimm, aber anders versprochen war.

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

    4. 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.

  • From Santa Marta: Ciudad Perdida 4-day Trek

    5. From Santa Marta: Ciudad Perdida 4-day Trek

    Explore the scenic backcountry of Colombia on this 4-day trek to the legendary Ciudad Perdida hidden deep in the jungle. On this adventure hike, you'll pass through the beautiful hinterlands, unspoiled waterfalls, and majestic rivers, eventually reaching this amazing archaeological site. Depending on the length of the trek you choose, you’ll have time to visit some local indigenous villages along the way, swim in natural pools. You'll be camping each night in the lush wilderness of the Colombian Jungle.  Itinerary Day 1: Santa Marta – Mamey – 1st Camp (Lunch, Dinner) Your first day begins meeting between 7:30 AM and 8:30 AM to start a 3-hour road trip to a small town called El Mamey. There, you’ll stop for lunch at a local restaurant serving typical Colombian food. After lunch, the first trek begins. You'll have a 4-hour hike to the first campsite. When you reach the camp, you will have...

  • Minca: Day-Trip

    6. Minca: Day-Trip

    Close to Santa Marta, in Sierra Nevada's foothill lies the town of Minca. Famous for its dense forests, waterfalls, fresh climate and coffee farms, this place will amaze you with all richness and tranquility. After being picked up from your hotel in Santa Marta you will embark on a short uphill trip to Minca. Your first stop will be at La Victoria for a coffee tour that will make you understand the special traits of Sierra Nevada's coffee and the differences between coffee from other regions of Colombia. Here you will be able to taste the flavor and get to know the process it takes to produce a cup of coffee. Enjoying the mountainous scenery of Minca, and the faraway view of Santa Marta, you will make a stop for a delicious lunch. Afterward, you will go through the town of Minca to arrive at Marinka, a relaxing place surrounded by a dense forest and marvelous waterfalls. With just a s...

  • Santa Marta: Guided Walking Food Experience

    7. Santa Marta: Guided Walking Food Experience

    Your tour starts at the local market of Santa Marta, where together with the wonderful locals you will learn how to cook an arepa, and will also try the traditional fish rice of the Caribbean coast of Colombia. You'll then encounter exotic local fruits as well as the delicious yuca con suero. Following that, travel around some of the most important historical places in the city such as Bahia de Santa Marta, Bahia, the Catedral de Santa Marta, Parque de Los Novios, Santa Marta Colombia, and the Public Market. This stage of the tour will teach you about the culture of the samarios, as well as the history of the oldest city in South America, the point where the Spanish first arrived. Along the way you will interact with the locals and will also stop at the best places to try more food. These stops will include shrimp cocktails, various fruit juices, and coffee f...

  • From Santa Marta: 4-Day Lost City Discovery Tour

    8. From Santa Marta: 4-Day Lost City Discovery Tour

    Day 1: After being picked up from your Santa Marta hotel at 9:30AM, you will travel by car for approximately 2.5 hours to the region of Mamey, where lunch will take place. After lunch, you will begin walking at approximately 3:00PM until you reach the first station, known in the region with the names of "Cabañas de Adam". Here you can enjoy the Honduras Creek, which is a beautiful natural pool. Dinner will be served later on at 6:30PM, and your bedrooms for the first day will consist of hammocks with mosquito nets. Day 2: After breakfast at 7:00AM, you will depart at 8:00AM and begin a hike which will last for approximately 14.7 kilometers before you arrive at the second station: "Cabaña de Romualdo", home of the respected Mamo Indígina. In this same place you can enjoy the fabulous waters of the Buritaca River, with dinner being served at 6:00PM. Whil...

  • Santa Marta: Flexible Bike Rental Service

    9. Santa Marta: Flexible Bike Rental Service

    Get acquainted with Santa Marta and Taganga on two-wheels. Whether you just want to go for a relaxing ride and cruise around as you watch the sunset, or embark on a full-day adventure, you will be covered with this rental service. Rent a bike and explore Santa Marta at your own pace, enjoying all the freedom as you ride through the city’s picturesque streets. The bikes will make it easier for you to ride up the stiff hills of Minca and get to the highest viewpoints. The team members will also be pleased to recommend specific routes, must-see attractions and great restaurant options should you require them. The bikes will be available for rental from 9:00AM, with the rented bikes being required to be returned before the shop's closing time at 9:00PM. At the time of the pick-up, a valid I.D must be provided in order to fill in a rental contract, and you can choose between a 2-hour, 3-hou...

  • Santa Marta Street Food Tour

    10. Santa Marta Street Food Tour

    Be picked up at 10:00 AM to head to Santa Marta's historical center and ride in the car to the most delicious places to taste local gastronomy. You will start with a stop to taste envueltos and the exquisite sauces that always join these recipes. There you will taste the typical Costeño cheese the best complement for yucca. You will continue to a hot spot of street food next to Santa Marta’s Cathedral. There you will be able to taste many foods offered and combine them with a delicious tropical fruit beverage. You will be surprised by the fruit offered at this place because for sure you’ll get to know some that you didn’t even know existed. Finally, you will end with one of the most iconic recipes of the Caribbean Coast, the Shrimp Ceviche. You will go to the best place in Santa Marta to eat this dish, where you can even upgrade it with delicious suggestions like avocado, octopus, or s...

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Overall rating

3.0 / 5

based on 7 reviews

Good tour, exciting information about bamboo, coffee and cocoa.

Nice hike to the waterfall. The description is not quite consistent with the actual tour. From the 2 hour hike nothing was mentioned and the big hammocks were also missing ... The tour but we still liked it and we would book it again.