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Colombia’s Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, the world’s highest coastal mountain range, is an ideal setting for epic hiking adventures. With its unique and complex network of ecosystems, jagged peaks, river ravines, and waterfalls, here are your options for outdoor activities in the wild Sierra Nevada. 

Highlights
  • Trek through the Colombian jungle in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains on a multi-day hiking adventure.
  • Discover archaeological wonders such as the “Lost City” of Ciudad Perdida, once inhabited by the Tayrona people.
  • Explore the Caribbean coastline’s white-sand beaches and lush rain forest in Tayrona National Park.
  • Look out for giant anteaters, white-bellied spider monkeys, and birds such as rusty-headed spinetails and Andean condors.
  • Camp out in the jungle or sleep in a hammock beneath the stars.

Things to Know
  • The Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountain range is located along the northeastern coast of Colombia, less than an hour’s drive from Barranquilla.
  • The mountains reach heights of up to 18,942 feet (over 5,700 meters) above sea level, so hikers should be in good fitness and allow time to acclimatize to the high altitude.
  • Popular trekking tours such as the Lost City typically leave from Santa Marta and include around four to six days of hiking.
  • Hiking may not be possible during the Sierra Nevada’s two rainy seasons, May to June and September to November.
  • Most trekking tours include accommodation, meals, and round-trip transportation.
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Sailing to Tayrona with Luis: Unique!

Sailing to Tayrona with Luis: Unique!

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My name is Luis, I am an Economist and I worked as a consultant for more than 20 years. I changed my work for my passion: sailing and enjoying nature, especially the sea. I have been sailing since I was 10 days old, it is a passion inherited from my family and I love to transmit my knowledge of the sea and navigation to the people who accompany me. Since arriving in Colombia with my family I have had the opportunity to know Tayrona in a way that people do not know, from the sea. It is a unique experience that we want to teach you. We are bilingual (Spanish and English) and we love to talk and tell the local anecdotes, we will take you to live an unforgettable day. I am a yacht skipper and I have all the necessary courses to guarantee you safety and enjoy the experience.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$49.00
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$49.00
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4-Day Lost City Small-Group Tour in Santa Marta

4-Day Lost City Small-Group Tour in Santa Marta

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Trekking through the jungle to Colombia's Lost City (Ciudad Perdida) can be challenging for even experienced hikers. Journey in confidence on this small group guided tour (limited to 12 people) that takes you on an adventure—hiking for four days across varied terrain and through striking scenery—to a 9th-century indigenous archaeological site. Includes round-trip transportation from Santa Marta, accommodation, meals, and entrance fees.
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  • 4 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$400.00
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$400.00
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Walk for 4 days to Ciudad Perdida, Santa Marta

Walk for 4 days to Ciudad Perdida, Santa Marta

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We have guides from the region trained by SENA, with years of experience. Trained to provide cultural, historical and anthropological information of the indigenous communities and the area. We work hand in hand with the indigenous and peasant communities. We are committed to supporting the development of the region through contributions that contribute to improving the quality of life of the locals.
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  • 4 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$386.00
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$386.00
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4 hours Hike inside Tayrona National Park (Cabo San Juan del Guia beach)

4 hours Hike inside Tayrona National Park (Cabo San Juan del Guia beach)

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Let's go on a unique adventure to discover Cabo San Juan del Guia, a stunning beach inside the Tayrona National Park that will leave you speechless. Top highlights: - Enjoy the most rewarding hike through lush, humid forests and mountains. - Appreciate the magnificent coastline views of our tropical beaches. - Live an authentic experience in a nature sanctuary, home to an enriched flora and fauna. - Learn about the different cultures that and tribes that protect the area. - Along the hike, you will be visiting different pristine beaches with golden sand
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$110.00
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$110.00
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Minca Full Day Tour

Minca Full Day Tour

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It's a full day all inclusive * Visit to coffee farm * Bath in the river * Gourmet lunch * Tour of the Bambu * Cocoa Tour
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  • 6 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$51.29
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$51.29

Tour E-Bike Minca

Tour E-Bike Minca

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Enjoy a one day tour in the "Sierra nevada" from the ecological village of Minca. Discover the natural waterfall of Marinka, after appreciating the landscapes of the tropical forest arrives to the coffee farm "La victoria" where you will be explained the entire coffee process. Visit "Pozo Azul", the second waterfall of the day where a bath will refresh you before enjoying the excellent roast beef in the restaurant "El camarita", all on an electric bicycle for climb easier. Join us and feel the journey!!
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$65.39
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$65.39
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Full Day Minca Extreme

Full Day Minca Extreme

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It is a tour in which you will have the opportunity to know different attractions of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta Minca such as the Marinka waterfall, and then arrive at Sierra Minca where you will find the most giant hammock in the world where you will enjoy a beautiful panoramic view of the city of Santa Marta or from our thermal pool then we will taste a cup of chocolate in the minca cocoa museum where we will end the tour
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$51.29
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Taganga snorkeling experience

Taganga snorkeling experience

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The Remanzo is located about 10 minutes from Taganga, does not have a beach and this makes it a quiet place for the fish that live in the small coral reef, the shallow waters are ideal for snorkeling. During snorkeling you will be provided with a gopro-type camera to take underwater photos and videos.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$22.90
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$22.90
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Minca + Marinka Waterfalls + Coffee Farm La Victoria Tour 7H

Minca + Marinka Waterfalls + Coffee Farm La Victoria Tour 7H

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If you enjoy exploring the less known treasures of a region: you are in the right place. In this full-day tour, you will be taken into the woods to meet the small and humble but magical and memorable Minca village. You will be in connection with nature on a hike to Marinka waterfalls and you will have the chance to try Colombia’s world's most famous goods: coffee, after visiting a farm. Let this cozy and cool village enchant you. • A reviving experience in the waters of Marinka waterfalls and Pozos Azules • A brief lesson and tasting of one of the most unique Colombian coffees in La Victoria farm • Eco-walks through Minca’s cool weather and magical nature • A traditional lunch in the small town and quick tour around it • Unforgettable memories of Minca’s landscapes Note: If you have a layover in Cartagena please select the airport as a pick-up point for the layover tour.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$149.00
Price varies by group size
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$149.00
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Tayrona Bay Sailboat trip

Tayrona Bay Sailboat trip

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Be at Marina of Santa Marta 930 am. Say boat SONATA @ Gate. We depart 10 am. Sonata is a 58ft cutter rigged ketch built in 1979 in Taipei, Taiwan with a 26 passenger capacity (currently 18 per covid) With plenty of deck space she makes for a comfortable ride. We will motor up wind to Bahia Concha in Tayrona Park passing at a distance by Taganga, Playa Grande, Aguja Island. At Bahia Concha we`ll anchor. Our auxiliary boat will take you to the beach or you can swim to it. You can snorkel, SUP board, Kayak or sunbathe. WATER ACTIVITIES CAN ONLY BE DONE INTHE DESIGNATED AREAS. Lunch and 1 drink will be provided per person ON BOARD approximately 1 hour after arrival. 3:45pm everyone should be on board again to sail back wind permitting. Back at Marina by 5pm where you can enjoy the Sunset. If weather restrictions by maritime authorities we visit nearby bays. NO REFUND if Maritime Authorities restrict navigation to Tayrona Park. FULL REFUND if ALL navigation is restricted.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$51.29
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$51.29
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Tour Minca Pozo Azul and Coffee Farm.

Tour Minca Pozo Azul and Coffee Farm.

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Get to know the ecological capital of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, a unique place in the Caribbean Region for its diversity of agricultural products, where you can enjoy different landscapes, ecological walk, learn about the traditional process of organic coffee, observe some species of birds and enjoy a delicious bath in one of its waterfalls that descend from the Sierra Nevada. Full Day Walk-Cafe-Waterfalls 9 hrs departure from your hotel in Santa Marta, Rodadero or Taganga - 10 hrs visit to coffee and cocoa producing farm. Where you can discover from the plant until export you can taste a rich coffee or 100% chocolate organic. - 12.30 hrs lunch. Typical of the region in Minca. - 14 hrs visit blue well. Where you can bathe and enjoy its crystal clear waters. - 17 hrs return to your hotel
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$61.29
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Ciudad Perdida: 4 or 5 Day Trek to the Lost City from Santa Marta

Ciudad Perdida: 4 or 5 Day Trek to the Lost City from Santa Marta

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Challenge yourself on a 4- or 5-day hiking adventure through the Colombian jungle as you trek to the mythical Ciudad Perdida, or “Lost City,” hidden in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. This vigorous trekking experience traverses the unspoiled terrain of the Colombian wilderness, culminating in a visit to an impressive indigenous archaeological site dating to the 9th century. Your small-group tour, limited to just 11 participants, also includes a guide, campsite accommodations, entrance fees, round-trip transport from hotels in Santa Marta and included meals as per the itinerary.
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  • 5 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$589.00
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$589.00
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From Sta Marta: Tayrona Park - Cabo San Juan del GuĂ­a

From Sta Marta: Tayrona Park - Cabo San Juan del GuĂ­a

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Sector that identifies the Tayrona park due to its great extension and sites to know, such as reef, sand, natural pool, Cape San Juan del GuĂ­a and the nudist beach. Undoubtedly a tour with lots of adventure, where you will walk for approximately 2 hours 30 minutes one way and 2 hours 30 minutes back through the vast jungle of Tayrona, an ideal tour for those who love nature. - Diving (additional cost) - Hike, trekking (incluided) - Horseback rides (additional cost)
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$75.00
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$75.00
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Waterfall Rappelling in Minca

Waterfall Rappelling in Minca

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Don't miss this unforgettable adventure with nature while you're in the mountains ! We take so much pride in what we do, and we're excited to guide you through the experience. Mountains + Waterfalls + a little bit of Adrenaline = You'll be wishing you were back with us as you continue on your journey; we promise.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$35.00
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Tayrona Sailing PRIVATE

Tayrona Sailing PRIVATE

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We will meet at the Marina of Santa Marta at 9:30 am. We depart 10 am sharply on Sonata boat Sonata is a 58' cutter rigged ketch built in 1979 in Taipei, Taiwan. These ships are famous for their outstanding interior woodwork using asian teak and mahogany. With plenty of deck space she makes for a comfortable cruiser to sip rum on, very apt as she now sails the same path the pirates did not too many years ago. We will motor up wind to a Tayrona beach where we will anchor and spend the day swimming, snorkeling, SUP boarding, Kayaking and relaxing. 1 drink will be provided per person. Additional drinks are available for purchase. In the afternoon wind permitting, we will sail downwind back to the marina while enjoying the beautiful sunset Santa Marta is famous for. For those who are interested in learning how a sailboat sails this is a great intro to sailing. We should be back between 5pm- 6pm. Please keep in mind the sailboat moves in the water.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$750.00
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Lost City Trek 4 days 3 nights from Santa Marta

Lost City Trek 4 days 3 nights from Santa Marta

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A perfect combination between nature, adventure and culture. A tour where you will walk trails of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, with opportunities to swim in the natural pools, contemplate the beautiful sunrises and sunsets and learn about the indigenous culture of the area. A unique experience to visit the sacred city of the Tayrona Indians, a great civilization that inhabited the Sierra Nevada. IMPORTANT: By order of the peasant and indigenous communities, it is an essential requirement to perform the Covid-19 test. In case of not presenting this proof, the traveler will not be able to take the tour
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  • 4 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$515.00
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$515.00

The Native Expedition - Sierra Nevada (4 days Deep In The Jungle)

The Native Expedition - Sierra Nevada (4 days Deep In The Jungle)

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This project was started by a group of peasant families who have decided leave aside activities with a negative impact on the environment (like intensive agriculture and livestock) and work in tourism. These families saw that the place what has always been their home is a paradise of landscapes, biodiversity and cultural experiences. And now they want to show this paradise, and everything it offers, to the rest of the world. This trek is outside of others tourist treks saturated with visitors, wildlife full, ancient rainforests, impressive waterfalls, friendly people and stunning views of the mountains and the Caribbean Sea. Of course, to get to the most beautiful places requires great effort, hiking along steep slopes, grass fields, forests and mountains. As such, it is necessary to be in a good physical and mental condition. You will be rewarded at the end of each day, when we will be welcomed, eat and sleep in the peasants houses where we will have a cultural exchange.
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  • 3 days 13 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Maldindue Tual Tour Discover La Fortaleza

Maldindue Tual Tour Discover La Fortaleza

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Designed to provide an excellent mountain adventure accompanied by beautiful landscapes and surrounded by the wonderful ancestral cultures that still inhabit the imposing Sierra Nevada, the highest coastal mountain in the world. They will share with a Kogui community, a special community since their knowledge is of reflection before the means they inhabit, they have survived trying to maintain their customs, and they are considered the most peaceful group in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. It is a new, exclusive tour with few visitors on a daily basis, having the legal permission to operate with the Koguis natives. We do community tourism by integrating the inhabitants and helping to combat poverty with daily departures. We present a large part of the Tayrona indigenous ancestral culture
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$150.49
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$150.49

Doggy Picnic on the Beach and River

Doggy Picnic on the Beach and River

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In this unique experience not offered anywhere else in the regiĂłn, we have the opportunity to connect with people that share our passion for animal rights and invite them to share in the work that we are doing here for strays along the Palomino coast. The doggy picnic ends up being therapy for everyone! We can proudly say that all of our guests have been 100% satisfied with our experience!
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$25.00
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Private Day Trip to Minca - Organic Coffee Farm Tour and Waterfalls

Private Day Trip to Minca - Organic Coffee Farm Tour and Waterfalls

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Come with us to Finca La Victoria, a coffee farm located between 600 and 800 meters above the level sea, up in the mountain, you will find this self-sustainable 127 years old coffee farm, where you will get to know first hand how coffee is picked, selected, treated and packed. And what makes this even more fascinating is that still use the same machines they imported more than 100 years ago. Would you like to know how the managed to transport those huge machines through that hard and unpaved road? We bet you'd be more than glad to. After visiting Finca La Victoria and eating lunch, our next stop is Marinka waterfalls. Here you will relax, swim and enjoy the rest of the day. These are the most famous waterfalls in Minca and the most recommended one.
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  • 10 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$115.00
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2 Day Coastal Motorcycle Tour

2 Day Coastal Motorcycle Tour

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All inclusive motorcycle tour of Colombia's north coast. Many more tour options available. Come with the longest running / highest rated motorcycle tour company in Northern Colombia!
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$333.34
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Tour E-Bike Playa Grande

Tour E-Bike Playa Grande

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Enjoy a 5 hour guided tour to "Playa Grande" near the fishing village of Taganga. Cross the market square of Santa Marta and appreciate the beautiful view of the bay of Taganga. After riding the electric bike, we take a kayak to go to "Playa Grande", and we will see other small fishing beaches to allow us to take several breaks. Back to the beach of Taganga, we will enjoy a typical Caribbean lunch in one of the kiosks located on the pier. After a final pick up from the village, we will return to our shop in the historical center by the same route. Join us and feel the trip !!
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$49.04
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The Native Expedition - Sierra Nevada (3 days Awesomes view points)

The Native Expedition - Sierra Nevada (3 days Awesomes view points)

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This project was started by a group of peasant families who have decided to leave aside activities with a negative impact on the environment (like intensive agriculture and livestock) and work in tourism. These families saw that the place what has always been their home is a paradise of landscapes, biodiversity and cultural experiences. And now they want to show this paradise, and everything it offers, to the rest of the world. This trek is outside of others tourist treks saturated with visitors, wildlife full, ancient rainforests, impressive waterfalls, friendly people and stunning views of the mountains and the Caribbean Sea. Of course, to get to the most beautiful places requires great effort, hiking along steep slopes, grass fields, forests and mountains. As such, it is necessary to be in a good physical and mental condition. You will be rewarded at the end of each day, when we will be welcomed, eat and sleep in the peasants houses where we will have a cultural exchange.
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  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$490.00
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Nicks 1892 Coffee farm & Brewery

Nicks 1892 Coffee farm & Brewery

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I recently moved to Santa Marta with my wife where we can enjoy the beautiful Sierra Nevada and what it has to offer. Going up the sierra nevada to minca to this antique coffee farm in the middle of the jungle is an amazing experience as well as visiting the local beer brewery at the farm whose secret is the water from the Sierra Mountain. LOCALS DO IT BETTER
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$55.39
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