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Colombia Caribbean Coast Tour

A Fun Beach Holiday in Colombia

Enjoy the tropical atmosphere along Colombia’s Caribbean coast during this exciting 13-day tour. You will soak up sun rays and history in the charming city of Cartagena, where flowers spill from balconies and cobbled streets lead from one colourful building to another. This tour also takes you to the Lost City, an important archaeological site even older than Machu Picchu.

Venture to La Guajira, a department in the northern-most part of Colombia where desert landscapes meet the Caribbean Sea, creating an incredible combination and unique environment. This is your chance to visit one of the most vibrant and fascinating areas of Colombia, hike through jungles, learn more about indigenous Colombian culture and have an unforgetable holiday in Colombia – just don’t forget your bathing suit!


EXPERIENCE TYPE Beach, Hiking, History & Culture

Tour Highlights

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Cartagena

Cartagena de Indias is one of the most fascinating, romantic and beautiful colonial cities in Latin America. Located on the Caribbean coast, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is full of history, colourful streets and great people, making it a fairy tale city of romance.

Beach holiday in Colombia

The Lost City

Called the Ciudad Perdida in Spanish, this landmark consists of 169 terraces carved into the mountainside, a net of tiled roads and several small circular plazas. It is the archaeological site of an ancient city in Colombia's Sierra Nevada. It is believed to have been founded about 800 CE, some 650 years earlier than Machu Picchu in Peru. 

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Riohacha

This is the capital city of La Guajira and the gateway to the peninsula. It is about 170km east of Santa Marta. Riohacha was founded on August 6, 1545 and is located next to the Ranchería River. The town’s sites can be explored in a few hours beginning with the beachfront Paseo de la Marina, the Cathedral of Nuestra Señora de los Remedios and the colonial plaza.

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Cabo de la Vela

This fishing village is located 180km northwest of Riohacha and is one of the first places visited by Europeans in the South American continent. Cabo de la Vela is hardly swamped with travellers just yet (although it can get very busy on holidays) but it’s generally seen as a fairly important spot to visit on a Colombian adventure. The real beauty in this area is 2km north of the village at Playa del Pilon, where tangerine sands are cusped in a cove beneath Pilon de Azucar, a headland of blue-gray shales. From the top of this Pilon you will get stunning views of La Guajira.

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Punta Gallinas

Punta Gallinas is the northern-most point of South America. It is a remote place with one of the most dazzling landscapes on the continent. 

Detailed Itinerary

AM Travel to Cartagena

PM City Tour

Day 1

Travel to Cartagena in the morning. Upon arrival in Cartagena, we will transfer you to the hotel.

In the afternoon (3 pm), we will have the opportunity to visit the old city and the iconic Castillo San Felipe, the largest and strongest fortress ever built by the Spaniards in any of their colonies. The Castle was built on top of the San Lazaro Hill and defended the city from many attacks including a British siege in 1741. We will finish the tour at the famous Café del Mar to admire the spectacular sunset over the Caribbean Sea while having a refreshing cocktail. 

Overnight: Cartagena              
Meal Plan: None

At Leisure

Day 2

Today, you can explore other parts of the old city, hit the beach or perhaps do a bit of shopping. We will be happy to assist you and provide you options if required.

Overnight: Cartagena
Meal Plan: Breakfast

Travel to Santa Marta

Day 3

In the morning, we will pick you up at your hotel to start our trip towards Santa Marta. Along the way, you will have the opportunity to admire the beautiful landscape of the Caribbean region. The total journey will take around 3.5 hours.  

You will have the afternoon at leisure to start exploring the city on your own.

Overnight: Santa Marta
Meal Plan: Breakfast

The Lost City Trip (Day 1)

Day 4

The trip to The Lost City will start at 8 am. We will travel by car to the Mamey region. From there, we will start the journey up to the Lost City. We will walk up to our first stop where you will spend the night. You can swim and refresh yourself in the natural pools in the area.

Overnight: Camp 1 
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The Lost City Trip (Day 2)

Day 5

After breakfast, you will start your journey to Buritaca River where you will see a small indigenous village called Mutansh. You will spend the night at the Camp 3.

Overnight: Camp 3
Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Arrive to the Lost City (Day 3)

Day 6

Today, you will finally arrive to the Lost City, you will stay there for about 3 hours before starting your journey back to the Cabin No. 2 where you will spend the night.

Overnight: Camp 2
Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

AM The Lost City Trip (Last day)

PM Trip Back to Santa Marta

Day 7

Today is your last day. Early in the morning, you will start your journey back the Mamey Region, have lunch there and then go back to Santa Marta. 

Overnight: Santa Marta
Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch

 

At Leisure

Day 8

You will have the day at leisure to relax by the beach or explore the city on your own.

Overnight: Santa Marta
Meal plan: Breakfast

AM Transfer to Riohacha

PM At Leisure

Day 9

In the morning, we will transfer you to Riohacha. You will have the afternoon free to explore this city.

Overnight: Riohacha
Meal Plan: Breakfast

Cabo de la Vela

Day 10

Today we will go to Cabo de la Vela where you will spend the night in one of the Rancherias managed by the local community. On our way to Cabo de la Vela, we will visit Manaure, famous for its salt flats and salt production. Here, you can see a salt production plant as well as see the salt drying out in the salt flats. The water here is almost white due to the high salt concentration. We will also visit the beautiful beaches called Ojo de Agua (Water Eye) and Pilon de Azucar.

Overnight: Cabo de la Vela
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Punta Gallinas

Day 11

Today we will go to Punta Gallinas, the most northern point in Colombia. You will spend the night.

During our way to Punta Gallinas, we will visit various places where you will be able to enjoy the spectacular landscape of this region of Colombia. Some of these places are:

  • Jepírachi Wind Farm: Jepírachi in Wayuu Language means winds from the northeast. The wind farm is the first of its kind in Colombia. It has 15 wind turbines each with 1.3 MW, generating 19.5 MW of installed rated power capacity. The park went into operation on April 19, 2004. 
  • Puerto Bolivar: This is the largest port in Colombia located 75km north of Uribia and 166km of Riohacha in an area of low rainfall and permanent winds. Coal mines Cerrejon, 150km south, is the main product exported through this port. The port receives ships of up to 175,000 deadweight tons, 300 meters long and 45 meters wide. 
  • Bahia Honda (Honda Bay): We will have a short trip in a boat around this bay and we will visit Punta Soldado and Punta Aguja. You will have the opportunity to swim and relax at this place.
  • Dunas de Taroa: Some of the most spectacular beaches in the area.

Overnight: Punta Gallinas  
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Return to Riohacha

Day 12

Today, we will start our journey back to Riohacha, we will be in Riohacha early evening.

Overnight: Riohacha
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch

 

End of Tour in Riohacha

Day 13

The tour ends today. At the time required, we will transfer you to the airport.

Meal Plan: Breakfast

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • 12 nights' accommodation (hotels in Cartagena, Santa Marta and Riohacha, Camp sites – hammocks in the Lost City and La Guajira)
  • Private ground transportation (4x4 vehicles)
  • Local English-speaking tour guide
  • Activities mentioned in the itinerary

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • International / Domestic flights (*)
  • Meals not listed in the itinerary
  • Tips and other discretionary expense

Note (*): If you want to include the domestic flight, please contact us

Accommodations

Cartagena, Santa Marta and Riohacha: During your time in these cities, you will stay in comfortable hotels in the historic area or by the beach.  

Lost City: Each night, you will stay at one of camp sites available on the way up to the Lost City. You will sleep in hammocks. If you wish, you can bring your own light sleeping bags.

Cabo de la Vela: You will stay for one night at one of the Rancherias Wayuu in the area managed by the local community. The accommodation is very basic but clean.

Punta Gallinas: You will stay for one night at one of the cabins available in the area. You will sleep in a hammock. 
 

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