Caribbean Colombia 18 days tailor made | Latin America Journeys Guru | Travel Design

Itinerary description: 

Individual tailor made tours with public transport or private transfers, and/or with standard modules integrated. Group roundtravels with a tourguide tailor made. Sample itinery of 18 days.

Day 1: Arrival on the airport of Santa Marta. Here an driver will be waiting for you to bring you to your hotel in Santa Marta. The travelling time will take you in about 30 min.

Options to stay: Hotel la Casa (comfortable), Hotel Rodadero Beach (standard)

Day 2: A free day to discover the oldest colonial town in Colombia. Enjoy the sun on the beach of or make an walk on the lively boulevard. It is also possible to visit Hacienda Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino the beautiful country house where liberator Simon Bolivar died.

Day 3: Today you will go to the most beautiful and famous beaches of Colombia. In the morning your transport will pick you up from the hotel to bring you to the entrance of National Park Tayrona. The trip will take in about one and a half hour. Surrounded by dense jungle you will stay close to the white beaches of the park.

Options to stay: Cabaña on the beach of Arrecifes (comfortable), 45 min walking from the parking space, Ecohab on the beach of Carnaveral (luxury) 15 min walking from the parking space, for both options horses can be rented for personal tranbsport and luggage.

Day 4: A day to relax or explore. You can enjoy the beaches while you hear the sound of the jungle and when you look behind, you see the snow capped mountains of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta emerging from the jungle. It is also possible to make daywalks into the mountains and visit the former Indian village of Pueblito. Second night in Tayrona National Park.

Day 5: In the morning you go to the exit of the park where your transport is waiting for you. A 30 min drive brings you to Taironaka. Build on the lands of the Indians this Eco lodge combines history and nature. After a 15 min boat ride upriver you will enter the Eco lodge. Here you will stay in comfortable cabañas (huts) close to the Don Diego river.

Day 6: An day to relax in Taironaka. Visit the museum of the Kogi Indians and make a trip on the Don Diego river in tubes. Floating in the tubes you will encounter animals like monkeys, toucans and probably an Babilla, after some time you will reach an remote beach where you have time relax a bit before an boat will bring you back to the lodge.

Day 7: In the early morning transport to Uribia, the capital of the Wayuu Indians. Here you will have lunch and you will have time to visit the local market. After lunch you will go to Manaure to see the salt planes. In the late afternoon you will arrive at Cabo de la Vela. Here you will stay in Chinchorros in an simple cabin or hammock at the beach. Options to sleep: Simple cabin or hammock.

Day 8: Whole day to spend at the marvelous beaches like playa de Pilon, playa Ojo de aqua and in the afternoon so will see the sun go down form a lighthouse. Second night in cabin or hammock.

Day 9: Early transfer to the sanctuary Flora and Fauna Los Flamengos. You will make a boat trip through the lagoons to see the flamingos.

Los Flamencos Flora and Fauna Sanctuary is the ideal place for watching flamingoes and other exotic tropical birds. It is located on the Caribbean coast in a dry tropical forest area to the west of the peninsula of La Guajira, in the municipality of Riohacha. On this wide coastal plain, dominated by the colors of the desert, there is an abundance of salty lagoons, many of which become salt during dry seasons. The elegant flamingoes and their exotic tower-shaped mud nests, which can reach a height of sixty centimeters, are the main attraction of the Sanctuary, a site that also offers the possibility of coming into contact with the rich Wayúu culture. It is also a place for enjoying the sun and the beach, hiking, or simply hanging around in a traditional ranchería (village) or going fishing with the locals.

After spotting the birds, your transport brings you to Ecolodge La Roca, an Ecolodge close to the beach. Options to stay: nice cabin close to the beach (3 meals included) at Ecolodge La Roca, or at Playa Koralia.

Day 10: Free day to relax at the beach and enjoy the Caribbean nature, Ecolodge La Roca, or at Playa Koralia.

Day 11: Travel from the beach La Roca / Koralia to Colombia's most famous town: Cartagena de Indias. On your way you will make a stop to visit the Volcano Totumo, and mud volcano where you can take a spectacular mud bath floating in a beautiful scenery. This transfer takes in about 6 hours (the stop in Totumo not included). In Cartagena you will stay in the old historic center.

Options to stay: Hotel 3 Banderas (Standard), Hotel Don Pedro de Heredia (comfortable), more luxury hotels on request

Day 12: Free day to explore to beautiful and colonial Cartagena on your own, or with a local guide for a half or full day.

Cartagena has had an interesting confluence of cultures for over 500 years that include the pre-Columbian native aborigines, the Spanish, the Africans and the Arabs. All of this framed within one of the most beautiful cities in the Caribbean, which brings together the most important cultural events in the world. Its historic center, known as the "Walled City", was declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1984. Cartagena is a city rich in cultural expressions and folklore, you find here a fusion of cultures, sounds, dances, traditions, foods and lifestyles. This unique diversity inherent to the city is one of its main attractions that makes this the Jewel of the Caribbean. Its multicultural and cheerful ambiance will always make you wish to come back and taste more. Cartagena is surrounded by the Caribbean Sea. The beaches are within walking distance of the ancient walls of the Historic Center, locally referred to as El Centro (Down Town). The beaches extend around the peninsula of Bocagrande and Laguito.

Day 13: Transport to the quiet and beautiful colonial town, Mompox with its famous silver handicrafts. You will travel about 4 hours depending if it is with public transport or private.

Founded in 1540 on the banks of the River Magdalena, Mompox played a key role in the Spanish colonization of northern South America. From the 16th to the 19th century the city developed parallel to the river, with the main street acting as a dyke. The historic centre has preserved the harmony and unity of the urban landscape. Most of the buildings are still used for their original purposes, providing an exceptional picture of what a Spanish colonial city was like. You stay in the historical center.

Options to stay: Hotel Boutique Bioma (Comfortable), Hotel Casa Amarilla (standard)

Day 14: Free day to explore Mompox on your own, or with a local guide for a half or full day.

Day 15: Transport back to Cartagena de Indias. In Cartagena you will have the same hotel as before.

Day 16: Daytrip to the Islands of Rosario, evt in combination with snorkeling and/or scuba diving. You will depart in the early morning and may bring a visit to several Islands, have an typical lunch on one of the islands and visit the famous Playa Blanca. In the late afternoon you will be back in Cartagena.

Day 17: Last free day in Cartagena.

Day 18: Transfer to the airport of Cartagena.