Exploring the Colombian Caribbean

COL-50-LT / 11-day trip / Grade: T2

Culture: Riohacha, La Guajira peninsula, & indigenous culture
Light Trekking: Trek to the Lost City & Tayrona National Park

Exploring the Caribbean 2

During this trip, we will take you into the cultural and natural diversity of Colombia’s Caribbean coast. Even though geographical distances are relatively short, way of life and landscapes differ greatly from the arid and harsh conditions in the Guajira Peninsula, passing by the tropical forests of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, to the idilic beaches of the Tayrona National Park.

Trip’s highlights:

– 3-day trip to the northernmost point in South America: Punta Gallinas located in the Guajira peninsula, where the amazing sand dunes beaches meet the sea. On top of that, the cultural experience to see the Wayuu indigenous group’s way of life.

– 4-day trek to La Ciudad Perdida of the Tayronas, known as “The Lost City”, one of the best restored and preserved archeological sites in the country. It is located in the Buritaca valley in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, the highest costal range in the world.

– Tayrona National Park and Caribbean beach lodge. Visit to the famous Tayrona park with a easy gentle walk to enjoy some of Colombia’s best beaches in the country.

– All services are in private basis and of the best available quality, according to the area and possibilities.

Day 1 Arrival in Riohacha, La Guajira
Day 2 Punta Gallinas – the Northernmost point of South America
Day 3 Cabo de la Vela
Day 4 Cabo de la Vela – Santa Marta
Day 5 Santa Marta & City tour
Day 6 Lost City – Trekking: “Donde Adan” lodge (480 m)
Day 7 Trekking: “El Paraiso” lodge (870 m)
Day 8 Trekking: Lost City (1175 m)
Day 9 Trekking: El Mamey (150 m) – Tayrona National Park
Day 10 Tayrona National Park
Day 11 Santa Marta – Departure


Requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic:

In order to hike the Lost City trek, the local indigenous communities required a VACCINATION CERTIFICATE with at least the first dosis. Otherwise, for those not vaccinated or that have been previously infected, they must take present an ANTIGEN NEGATIVE COVID TEST taken less that 72 hours prior to the start of the trek. The certificate/test has to be send to us by mail, printed and shown to both your local guide and the control post at the trailhead. If fail to do so, no access will be granted.

Yearly closures:

– The Lost City trek closes once a year due to Indigenous religious ceremonies. It usually takes place in September and for a period of the whole month.

If you are planning your trip around this time of the year, please contact us to confirm the exact restricted dates, as they vary slightly from year to another.

– This itinerary is the regular program, but it can be altered due to climatic and/or force majeure factors.

– Due to local indigenous communities’ regulations the Tayrona National Park will close three times a year in the following periods:

* February 1st to 15th
* June 1st to 15th
* October 13th to November 3rd

If you are planning your trip around these dates, please confirm with us the closure dates as they might change from year to year.

Tags: Colombia, Light Trekking, Tayrona, Caribbean, Santa Marta, Lost City, T2, Guajira, Punta Gallinas, Cabo de la Vela, National Park, Tayrona National Park, Colombian Caribbean