Colombia`s Lost City and the Caribbean Coast
Colombia, Trek & Walk, 15 days - from £1,695 (land only) - from €2,120 (land only) - from $2,965 (land only)
With our combination of Bogota, Cartagena, the Caribbean coastline of Guajira and the trek into the Lost City, this holiday offers the very best of Colombia
- An amazing trekking holiday at the northern tip of South America
- Great variety of landscape: rainforest, desert, paradise beaches
- Meet the Wayuu and Kogi indian people
- Explore the Spanish colonial cities of Bogota and Cartagena
- Trek into a lost city 650 years older than Machu Picchu
At the extreme northern tip of South America, hidden within the rainforest that cloaks the slopes of the 5500 metre-high Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, the archaeological site known as Teyuna or the Lost City (Ciudad Perdida) is Colombia's version of Machu Picchu. Surrounded by forest, rich in exotic bird life, this was the centre of the ancient Tayrona culture and is believed to have been established as long ago as 800AD, some 650 years before Machu Picchu. Travelling to this rarely-visited region via the vibrant Colombian capital of Bogota, we begin our exploration on the wild and beautiful desert coastline of Guajira. Here, we walk on paradise beaches to the lighthouse at Punta Gallinas, the northernmost point of the continent, swim in the Caribbean Sea and overnight in hammocks at coastal camps of the local Wayuu people. Returning to Riohacha and Machete Pelao, we begin our walk-in to the Lost City in the company of Kogi and Wiwa guides who are direct descendents of the Tayrona. Trekking for 6 days, through coffee farms, rustic villages and virgin forest, with riverside camps, there's plenty of opportunity to cool off in clear-water pools. As a final ingredient of this excellent Colombian adventure, we will spend 2 nights in the old pirates-haunt of Cartagena, with a free day to explore one of South America's most colourful cities.
Please note that we are selling this holiday in conjunction with our partners at Allibert (France's leading independent adventure travel operator). As a result, these groups, which are led by an English-speaking locally-based guide, may have an interesting cosmopolitan mix.
Is this holiday for you?
This is a real trekking adventure in two parts. During 5 days in the coastal desert region of Guajira, we will explore by canoe, by motor boat and on foot, with 3 days when we walk for an average of 4 hours each day, along the shore and on sandy trails. The second part of the holiday focuses on the Lost City and here, we have a 6-day trek through rainforest to the Lost City. During this part of the holiday, with between 5 and 7 hours of walking each day, we encounter more humid conditions, with slippery trails and lots of river crossings. Elevation is not an issue - the Lost City is the high point of the trek at around 1160 metres. During the Lost City trek, porters will carry the group's communal gear, but group members will carry their personal equipment which we suggest can be kept to a maximum of 8kg.