Amerindian Colombia

Amerindian
Colombia

This 7-day adventure covers two of the most authentic experiences of Colombia: The Lost City Trek and Punta Gallinas. 
Visit the land of the Tayrona people in one of the most amazing treks of South America complete this journey with a visit  Wayuu while enjoying stunning views of the wild landscapes combining blue beaches and desert, far away of the beaten track.

Itinerary

Iguana

Day 1.Santa Marta – Camp Site #1

We will depart from Santa Marta and ride in a jeep for about 45 minutes on the highway. After a short stop, we turn off the highway, up a dirt track into the mountains to reach Machete. Lunch and a short swim to cool off and hike a steep uphill grade for around 45 minutes before a long descent into the valley where Campsite #1, is located.

(L& D/ ½ day hiking to Adán – 7.6 km (4.7 mi) 
1,900 ft ascent, 900 ft descent)

Day 2.Adan- Camp site # 3

Today’s 15 Kms journey takes you through a varied landscape, deeper into the tropical jungle, across rivers and past a couple of Kogi villages. We will walk uphill and across some beautiful terrain, including some local farms. After a jump in a swimming hole and lunch at Camp Site #2 we will continue to Camp Site #3, located only 1km downhill from the Lost City

(B,L,D/14.7 km -9.1 mi  3500 ft ascent, 2000 ft descent)

Lost City Colombia

Day 3.The Lost City

We set off at dawn and enjoy the Lost City in the softest light and coolest air possible. We will climb up the 1,200 stone stairs that ascend to the terraces of the city above reaching the lower chambers of Teyuna, aka The Lost City. It is believed that this was a capital city built by the Tayrona civilization in 800 A.D., approximately 600 years before the Incas built Machu Picchu in Peru. After lunch we will head to Campsite #2 for overnight.

(B,L,D/12 km -7.5 miles,  1800 ft ascent, 3500 ft descent)

Day 4.Camp Site # 2 – Palomino

We will start early again and after a stop for fruit at the first campsite and a jump in the swimming hole, we’ll find ourselves back in Machete, for lunch.     
We will drive to Palomino to end this exciting trek, and check in in a nice hotel with swiming pool to get ready for our next adventure: Punta Gallinas

(B,L/½ day hiking to El Mamey, Drive to Palomino
12.7 km (7.9 mi) 2200 ft ascent, 3000 ft descent
)

Jungle in Costa Rica
Salt Pool and Blue Sky

Day 5. Santa Marta-Punta Gallinas.

We depart early from Palomino heading to La Guajira peninsula, The entire region is inhabited by the Wayuu people who have lived there for hundreds of years and is considered sacred. .After breakfast we will visit Manaure salt flats, Colombia’s largest salt complex and have a guided tour to learn about the process of extraction.
After crossing the majestic Guajira desert in a 4×4 vehicle journey and reach Cabo de la Vela, we will have lunch + relaxation before visiting Playa Dorada and Pilón de Azúcar beaches and enjoy a fascinating sunset from the lighthouse. We will overnight in a Wayuu shelter and known as Rancherias to spend the night in hammocks, with dinner included.

Day 6. Punta Gallinas- Dunas de Taroa

We leave around 8:00 am, heading north through the desert passing by to the Wind Park or Parque Eolico to finally reach our destination Punta Gallinas, northernmost edge of South America. After breakfast we can enjoy Taroa Dunes, a remarkable area where golden sand extends far beyond the spotless beaches. Enjoy the balance of the day swimming, relaxing and and enjoy one of Colombia’s most beautiful sunsets from the lighthouse. Overnight at local Rancheria in hammocks.

Punta Gallinas

Day 7.- Punta Gallinas- Palomino or Santa Marta

We leave early around 7:30 am through the Guajira desert to Uribia where we will have breakfast and then by car to Rio Hacha for a panoramic tour on the promenade to observe the colorful handicrafts of the Wayuu people. After lunch we will drive back to Palomino or Santa Marta and drop you off at your hotel.

Tour info

The Lost City: there is no porter service in this trek, so all your personal belongins will be carried by you!
Please don’t take more than 6 kilos in your backpack.

You can leave your bags at our office in Santa Marta and we give it back to you on the last day of The Lost City.  

Read/ Download our “What to pack?” Checklist here

The Lost City: The area of the Northern part of Colombia has 2 very different seasons: “winter” (rainy season) and “summer” (drought) .
From the middle of May until September you can count on heavy rain in the Sierra Nevada where the Lost City trek takes place.
Don’t let this stop you from taking this trek and travelers actually seem to like it, simply keep it in mind as an extra challenge.
If you think it is going to be quite difficult then consider taking it in the dry season.

Punta Gallinas:  It is so hot that rain makes it even nicer, if it rains in La Guajira area! 

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US$ 620-675  per person /DBL room all inclusive.

Book with only US$ 100 and pay the balance on the same day of departure. 

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The Lost City Trek:

It is not a walk in the park!
It’s a challenging jungle trek – not for the black out fainted.
This trek is a physical challenge but 90% humidity and hot conditions make them way more difficult.
You will find clear spots but mud is an issue especially in rainy season.
4-5 days like that? By the end of the trek, you will be really proud!


Punta Gallinas: 
Easy! You spend most of the time driving and only stop in great natural areas to enjoy. 
High temperatures and probably not the most comfortable accommodation.
You will love it for sure!

 

We can arrange your flights IN & OUT Santa Marta. 
If you land in Cartagena you can reach Santa Marta by bus or private taxi.

Please note that we dont provide the car transfer from the end of The Lost City Trek to Palomino.
We can arrange it for extra US$ 15.

Tour ends in Palomino or Santa Marta.

 

Disclaimer: The accommodation and food spaces belong to the local communities, we collaborate together to provide a quality service, however they are independent and the standards of the facilities depends exclusively on them.
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The Lost City Trek: Bunks and hammocks.
Punta Gallinas: Hammocks also known as Chinchorros in a local shelter called “Rancherias”.
Bedrooms are also available at extra symbolic cost payable on spot.
Community bathroom in both tours.
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Accommodation in Palomino: standard, private bathroom, beds, wifi.

 

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Includes

Excludes

  • Accommodation
    5 night(s) in rustic shelter camps with hammock/bunk beds/beds in Punta Gallinas.
    1 night in standard hotel in Palomino.

    Transportation
    Travel by Private vehicles, 4x 4 vehicle,  foot.

    Meals
    As outlined in the itinerary (B,L,D)

    Entrance fee to Ciudad Perdida
    Luggage storage at our office in Santa Marta. 
    Indigenous Local Guide in both tours

  • Gratuities.
    Hotel in Santa Marta or surroundings.
    Porter to carry your bags.
    Car transfer from the end of The Lost City Trek to Palomino.
    Beds in Punta Gallinas, payable as optional on spot.
    Alcohol drinks.

     

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