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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. 

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  • 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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Hiking and beach day inside Tayrona National Park

Hiking and beach day inside Tayrona National Park

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Hike to Tayrona National Park's Cabo San Juan Beach with a local guide with this tour, which includes round-trip transportation from Santa Marta, Taganga, Rodadero, Pozos Colorados, and Bello Horizonte. The hike takes two hours each way and while it can be challenging, your local guide will make it more fun by telling you all about the flora and fauna in the area as you walk.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$110.00
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$110.00

Sailing to Tayrona with Luis and his team: Unique!
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Sailing to Tayrona with Luis and his team: Unique!

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Set sail for Tayrona aboard a 17-meter (56-foot) yacht with this excursion. Your bilingual captain, Luis, will take you and a small group of up to 25 passengers to the coastal park. Once in the park, you will have time to swim, snorkel, sunbathe, or hang out on the beach, and return to Santa Marta in the late afternoon.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$55.00
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$55.00

Tayrona Bay Sailboat trip
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Tayrona Bay Sailboat trip

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Be at Marina of Santa Marta 930 am. Say boat SONATA @ Gate. We depart 10 am. CANT wait past 9:50 am Sonata is a 58ft cutter rigged ketch built in 1979 in Taipei, Taiwan with 26 capacity. 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 & sunbathe. WATER ACTIVITIES ONLY IN DESIGNATED AREAS. Lunch and 1 drink will be provided per person ON BOARD approximately 1 hour after arrival. 3:30pm 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. Keep in mind tayrona park closes Feb 1-15 June 1-15 Oct 19-Nov 2. During these date we will visit nearby bays
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  • 6 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$50.00
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$50.00

Minca Full Day Tour

Minca Full Day Tour

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It is a full day all inclusive * Visit to the coffee farm * Bath in the river * Gourmet lunch * Visit to the Cocoa museum
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  • 6 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$60.29
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$60.29

Tour Minca Pozo Azul and Coffee Farm.

Tour Minca Pozo Azul and Coffee Farm.

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Among the mountains of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, a Natural treasure is hidden (Minca) A perfect place to walk, contemplate its immense flora and fauna and enjoy an excellent climate and waterfalls, rivers, wells, imposing natural viewpoints and the bird watching. Get to know the ecological capital of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, a unique place where you can learn about the artisanal process of organic coffee. 9 hrs departure from your hotel in Santa Marta, Rodadero or Taganga - 10 hrs visit to a 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 p.m. 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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$74.00
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$74.00

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
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$460.00
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$460.00

Private shuttle service from Santa Marta Airport to Hotel in Santa Marta

Private shuttle service from Santa Marta Airport to Hotel in Santa Marta

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Enjoy a stress-free transportation from Simon Bolivar International Airport (SMR) to your hotel in Santa Marta, Rodadero, Pozos Colorados or Bello Horizonte (TAGANGA not included). This service has a duration that varies from 40 to 50 minutes (depending on traffic), on the road to your hotel you will be able to observe the wonderful mountains of the Sierra Nevada which embrace this magnificent, unique and authentic city.
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  • 40 to 55 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$20.00
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Hike for 4 days to the Lost City, Santa Marta

Hike for 4 days to the Lost City, Santa Marta

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We have guides from the region instructed by SENA, with years of experience. Trained to provide cultural, historical and anthropological information on indigenous communities and the area. We work hand in hand with indigenous and peasant communities. We are committed to supporting the development of the region through contributions that contribute to a better quality of life for the locals.
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  • 4 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$425.00
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$425.00

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
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$22.90
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$22.90

2-Day Coastal Motorcycle Tour

2-Day Coastal Motorcycle Tour

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Explore the northern coast of Colombia by motorcycle with this two-day, one-night tour. You'll start in Santa Marta, heading up to Palomino for a day of river tubing adventure. The next day, you'll make your way back to Santa Marta to drop off your bike.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$260.00
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$260.00

Full Day Sierra Minca

Full Day Sierra Minca

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Explore the highlights of Minca your way on this private day trip. You can customize the itinerary to suit your needs, but most travelers love visiting a wide variety of cultural and natural sites. Check out the views and beautiful waterfalls of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta National Park and soak in a thermal pool. Learn about the local culture and gastronomy at the Museo del Cacao and enjoy a cup.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$75.00
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$75.00

Trekking to Minca

Trekking to Minca

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Minca is a small coffee, tourist town and a sanctuary for wildlife in its surroundings, as it is nestled in the mountains of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, has a lush rainforest, coffee and cocoa, waterfalls and friendly and diverse people . Come and visit this eco-tourist paradise in a formidable trekking adventure that will go from the foot of the mountains to the half peaks and slopes of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, and on the way you know about the exuberant bio-diversity and History of the minetraste region you exercise in this demanding trek.
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  • 9 to 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$116.00
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$116.00

Ciudad Perdida - Lost City Colombia

Ciudad Perdida - Lost City Colombia

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Lost City 4 days tour is one of the most awesome treks that you can do in South America, where you will appreciate countless landscapes, lush vegetation, many wildlife animals and a particular indigenous community. It is located in the Sierra Nevada of Santa Marta. If you are an adventurer and you love feel the adrenaline in your body, the 4 days plan will be perfect for you. This tour include:  • Transport • Feeding • Accommodation in hammocks/beds/ tents with mosquito nets and blankets • Qualified guide • Translator • Medical insurance • Contribution to indigenous communities • Contribution to peasant communities • Entrance to the archaeological zone
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  • 4 days
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$450.00
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$450.00

Tour E-Bike Minca
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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
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$65.39
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$65.39
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4-Day Walking Tour to Lost City of Sierra Nevada

4-Day Walking Tour to Lost City of Sierra Nevada

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It is the archaeological territory of an ancient Tayrona city located in the Sierra Nevada whose foundation is attributed to the year 800, many years before Machu Picchu. Tayrona paradise is made up of a series of terraces dug into the mountainside made up of a network of tiled paths and small circular squares. Access to Ciudad Perdida is made by ascending some 1,200 stone steps through the vast jungle of the region.
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  • 4 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$440.00
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$440.00

One amazing day in a private recent sailing boat in the Tayrona Park. The best sail trip from Santa Marta!
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One amazing day in a private recent sailing boat in the Tayrona Park. The best sail trip from Santa Marta!

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Welcome aboard the Beneteau Oceanis 41! A beautiful, spacious, reliable and recent sailboat you can privatize with your friends or your family (until 6 people). Enjoying the bays of the Tayrona Park from the sea is something really unique. You may swim, snorkel, jump from the boat, paddle, relax, take a sunbath, having a drink with your friends or dancing on the deck. We are Tery and Amy, a french couple, who found in love with Colombia and the Tayrona Park, and decided to change our lives from a financial career in Paris to our passion, sailing! Come to enjoy with us the freedom a sailing in one of the most beautiful park of South America! We speak English, Spanish and French and we have all the safety equipment on board.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$590.00
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$590.00
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Minca - Coffee And Cocoa Tour

Minca - Coffee And Cocoa Tour

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Minca is a small village located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta at 700m above sea level, populated by coffee, cocoa and honey producers. Located in one of the richest environments or habitat of Colombia. It has several rivers that run through its territory, full of waterfalls and cold water coming down from the mountains, so we invite you to enjoy unique landscapes in a charming place.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$49.00
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$49.00

Hiking and beach day inside Tayrona National Park

Hiking and beach day inside Tayrona National Park

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Hike to Tayrona National Park's Cabo San Juan Beach with a local guide with this tour, which includes round-trip transportation from Santa Marta, Taganga, Rodadero, Pozos Colorados, and Bello Horizonte. The hike takes two hours each way and while it can be challenging, your local guide will make it more fun by telling you all about the flora and fauna in the area as you walk.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$110.00
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$110.00
Price varies by group size

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
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$579.00
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$579.00

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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$35.00

Organic Coffee Tour and Gorgeous Waterfalls in Minca

Organic Coffee Tour and Gorgeous Waterfalls in Minca

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Visit a Colombian coffee farm and spend time at the Marinka Waterfalls with this private tour from the Santa Marta area. You'll spend time at Finca La Victoria, one of the oldest coffee farms in the country, where you'll learn all about coffee production and get to taste some brew yourself. You'll then continue to Minca, where you'll hike or take a 4x4 ride up to Marinka Waterfalls, perfect for swimming.
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  • 10 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$95.00
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$95.00
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Full-Day Hiking Tour in Minca with coffee & Cocoa Workshop

Full-Day Hiking Tour in Minca with coffee & Cocoa Workshop

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Spend a day exploring the Minca area with this guided, small-group tour from Santa Marta. You'll visit a waterfall that's considered sacred by local Indigenous people, learn about bamboo building, and spend time at coffee and cocoa farms. You'll even get the chance to make your own cacao bar.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$50.00
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$50.00

Private Day Trip to Playa Cristal (Tayrona Park)

Private Day Trip to Playa Cristal (Tayrona Park)

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Discover the beauty of Tayrona National Park at your own pace during a private tour of Colombia's tropical expanse. Exploring with a private guide allows you to set the pace of your excursion, which transports you to Playa Cristal—hailed as one of the park's most beautiful beaches—without having to hike. Plus, you can choose how to spend your time—whether that's snorkeling, swimming or sun bathing.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$109.00
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$109.00
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La Expedición Nativa - Sierra Nevada (3 días Awesomes view points)

La Expedición Nativa - Sierra Nevada (3 días Awesomes view points)

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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
  • Free Cancellation
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$380.00
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$380.00

Tour E-BIKE Tayrona, Bahía Concha, 1 Day
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Tour E-BIKE Tayrona, Bahía Concha, 1 Day

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Enjoy a guided tour in the "Natural National park of Tayrona" from Santa marta city to Bahia Concha Bay. Discover  the landscapes of the dry tropical forest arrives to the bay and enjoy the reef with the practise of snorqueling in one of the most beautiful beach of the park. All on an electric bicycle. Join us and feel the journey!!
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  • 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
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$64.49
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$64.49
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