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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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Sailing to Tayrona with Luis: Unique!

Sailing to Tayrona with Luis: Unique!

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Set sail to Tayrona aboard a 56-foot yacht with this tour. Your bilingual skipper, Luis, will take you and a small group of up to 25 passengers out to the seaside park. Once at the park, you'll have time to swim, snorkel, sunbathe, or hang out on the beach, returning to Santa Marta in the late afternoon.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$49.00
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$49.00

Tayrona Bay Sailboat trip

Tayrona Bay Sailboat trip

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Spend a day enjoying the sea and sun at Tayrona Beach with this sailboat expedition. You'll sail from Santa Marta all the way to Tayrona National Park, where you'll have plenty of time to snorkel, paddleboard, kayak, or just relax. Lunch and beer will also be served on board.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$51.29
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$51.29

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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$51.29
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$51.29

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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$15.00
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$15.00
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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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$55.39

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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$750.00
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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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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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$400.00
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$400.00

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
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$386.00
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$386.00

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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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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$333.34

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
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$51.29
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$51.29

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

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
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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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$390.00
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$390.00

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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$589.00
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$589.00

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

Minca - Coffee y Cocoa

Minca - Coffee y Cocoa

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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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$45.00
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$45.00

Organic Coffee Tour and Waterfalls in Minca

Organic Coffee Tour and Waterfalls in Minca

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Come with us to Finca La Victoria, a coffee farm located around 2600 ft above sea level. In this self-sustainable 129-years old organic coffee farm, you will get to know first hand how top-quality Colombian coffee is picked, selected, treated and prepared to later be exported or served in your cup. After visiting La Victoria, our next stop is Marinka waterfalls. The most beautiful waterfalls in Santa Marta and its surroundings. Here you will be able to relax, swim and enjoy. After we are done here, we will go to the restaurant so that you can have lunch (optional), and finally we will return to your place. Highlights: - Perfect option for coffee lovers who wish to visit an authentic Colombian coffee farm - Avoid the crowds: Private car and guide just for you and your companions - No hidden fees: The only thing you have to worry about is your food, the rest is included. - This tour is a fantastic option for solo travelers, couples and families with +8-years-old kids
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  • 10 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$95.00
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$95.00
Price varies by group size

4 hours hike inside Tayrona National Park

4 hours hike 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
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Private Day Trip to Playa Cristal (Tayrona Park)

Private Day Trip to Playa Cristal (Tayrona Park)

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Are you planning on spending a nice and chill day at the beach in Tayrona Park? let's go to "Playa Cristal" one of the most beautiful beaches in Santa Marta and its surroundings. Appreciate the magnificent scenery around this stunning beach located inside the Tayrona National Park. This is the best option for those who would like to experience this famous park without having to hike at all. Let the breeze and the mountains embrace you, and enjoy a wonderful day taking the sun, reading your favorite book, doing snorkeling (not included in price), and swimming throughout the turquoise, tranquil and refreshing waters of Playa Cristal.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$109.00
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$109.00
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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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$490.00

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

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 10 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
per group
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$590.00
per group

Tour E-BIKE Tayrona, Bahía Concha, 1 Day

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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