12 Day itinerary in Colombia, South America

Colombia Nature & Adventure

This itinerary is perfect for intrepid and adventurous travellers. During this trip you will enjoy nature, outdoor activities (and a little extreme) to finish with a flourish discovering the mysterious Lost City, hidden in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. All these while you discover that Colombia ... Read More

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By Pamela, Montserrat, Ivonne, Eleonore, Juliana and Matilde


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Hike through the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta until you reach the Lost City (Teyuna).


Visit San Gil, considered the one of the best towns do to outdoor activities.


Explore the colonial town of Villa de Leyva.


Discover ancient roads built by the Muisca indigenous while walking on the Royal road of Barichara (



Day 1

place Arrival in Bogota

Once you arrive in Bogota you'll be warmly welcomed and taken to your accommodation. Your hotel will be located in a lively and trendy neighborhood close to Park 93 and the Zona T which is surrounded by Bogota's best bars and restaurants. Having settled in, you'll be able to spend some time with one of our local specialists who are always happy and excited to hear about your travel plans in Colombia and beyond - now's the time to make the most of their many years of local know-how and ask questions until your heart's content! You will have the rest of the day free to explore the area of your hotel. Situated in the northern part of the capital, the Zona Rosa is known for its fashionable shops, excellent restaurants and chic nightlife. Within the Zona Rosa, the Zona T has several blocks of pedestrian-only streets where you can freely browse the boutique shops of the Calle de la Moda or sit out in one of the many cafes and bars with open air patios and terraces. Tonight, you can go to one of the many nearby restaurants in the Zona Rosa to discover the liveliness of both, the city and its people at the thriving bars nearby. Meals - None.


  • LUXURY CLASS HOTELS: B.O.G Hotel - 5 Estrellas de Lujo
Day 2

place Journey to Villa de Leyva

In the morning you will begin your journey to the colonial town of Villa de Leyva. Along the way you'll stop off at Colombia's First Wonder, the Zipaquira Salt Cathedral. As you go 590 ft. below ground into this former salt mine, the cavernous naves swallow you whole as the sheer size of each room and detail of the salt sculptures will leave you speechless. From outside the Salt Cathedral you'll be able to enjoy an aerial view of the terracotta rooftops of the City of Salt, Zipaquira, which is one of Colombia's historical and cultural heritage sites. Depending on the time of your arrival in Villa de Leyva, you will have the rest of the day free to explore the area near to where you're staying. Villa de Leyva is a labyrinth of cobblestone streets with local restaurants, bars and coffee shops to discover behind unassuming whitewash colonial facades. Simply meandering your way through its colonial streets is an adventure in itself. In the evening, many of the locals head to the main square which is the biggest in the Americas and is enclosed by the town's typical colonial architecture. Here you'll find small grocery stores called tiendas where friends meet to enjoy an evening beer with the most popular tiendas spilling out onto the steps of the church. Enjoying a beer alongside the locals on the church steps on the Plaza Mayor is one of the most authentic experiences in Villa de Leyva. Meals - Breakfast Note: In Villa de Leyva the comfort hotel does not include breakfast, but there are restaurants walking distance from the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast


  • COMFORT CLASS HOTELS: Hotel Antonio Nariño
  • SUPERIOR CLASS HOTELS: Hotel Posada de San Antonio
  • LUXURY CLASS HOTELS: Hotel Casa Terra
Day 3

place Bike tour & onto San Gil

The surroundings of Villa de Leyva are ideal for cycling. The little traffic on the country roads, makes this activity the perfect one for visiting places of interest. Accompanied by an expert guide who will also assist you in any eventuality, you can ride the total route of 15 km to visit Pozos azules, the archeological park of Moniquira to explore the history of the local Muisca at the Muisca observatory called El Infiernito or 'Little Hell' and Terracota clay house. Important note: Medium - Low Level Bike Tour, with several ups and downs of 300 meters. Suitable for people in good health and condition, not older than 65. Weather is cold with moderate rainfall likelihood, wear suitable clothing for riding and trekking shoes. In the afternoon you will start your journey to San Gil. Upon arrival in San Gil you will have the rest of the evening to realx. Meals - Breakfast (only in the Superior and Luxury hotels)

Meals: Breakfast


  • COMFORT CLASS HOTELS: Meraki Boutique Hostel
  • SUPERIOR CLASS HOTELS: Meraki Boutique Hostel
  • LUXURY CLASS HOTELS: Meraki Boutique Hostel
Day 4

place Rafting Adventure

The Suarez River was the first Colombian river for rafting. The river that accompanies the exciting life of the locals became the ideal destination for adventurers and positioned Colombia among the seventy countries in the world that carry out this type of adventure. In its turbulent waters with rapids of level II to V, you feel the vertigo of being at the mercy of the river and being able to dominate it with paddles and boats for eight people under the voice of a guide. You will be picked up from your hotel and will depart from San Gil to the starting point, which is an hour by car, there you will be given the personal equipment consisting of: helmet, life vest and paddle. Then your guide will give you a technical safety briefing so that immediately after you will start the safe experience full of excitement! Meals - Breakfast

Meals: Breakfast

Day 5

place Trekking Pinchote & The road to Barichara

You will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to connect with Mother Nature in this fantastic circuit of 16 adventure activities. Ideal for couples, families and intrepid tourists who want to enjoy the beautiful scenery from a natural area known as 'Salto El Mico'. First, there is a technical talk about the activities. You will start your adventure with a cable flight of 180 meters and go through the combination of several bridges or challenges between trees and rock. Here, you'll test your balance and expertise. These challenges range from 6 to 8 meters in length. Then, you do a descent of 70 meters of height that allows you to enjoy a beautiful view of the city. After doing the Rappel, you continue through different challenges, like Vertical Trunks, Tarzan Jump, Flying Carpet, Line of Trains and others. Come and live a great experience that will sharpen your senses! In the afternoon our local representative will give you the bus tickets to Barichara, then you will make your own way to the bus station in San Gil. Upon arrival in Barichara you will make your own to the hotel and the rest of day is free to explore this beatiful colonial town. Meals - Breakfast

Meals: Breakfast


  • COMFORT CLASS HOTELS: Hotel Cogollo Barichara
  • SUPERIOR CLASS HOTELS: Casa Barichara Boutique
  • LUXURY CLASS HOTELS: Casa Barichara Boutique
Day 6

place Self-guided Camino Real

To start the Camino real hike, you need to take a public bus from the bus station in San Gil to Barichara, there are buses every 30 minutes and the journey takes around 40 minutes. When you arrive to Barichara, considered the most beautiful of Colombia, you can explore its cobblestoned streets and admire the colonial houses. Then from the main square, continue uphill until Carrera 10 and turn left. There you will find a stone slab marking the start of a path to the village of Guane. The Camino Real was built by the Guane Indigenous people and afterwards it was used by the Spaniards. The Camino Real, as it is known today, dates back to 1867, when the German Geo Von Lengerke used the footprints of the natives and was built stone by stone. It did not use cement or other artificial glue to make it passable in winter times and to facilitate the flow of products between the different regions. The trail Barichara to Guane is well preserved and marked, therefore a guide is not needed. It takes around 2 hours (5 km approx.) to complete the trek and when you arrive to Guane you can take a public bus back to San Gil. The buses from Guane are less frequent, however in the main square you can find information about departure times. You can also do the Camino Real from Guane to Barichara, however you will go uphill most of the time. Take into account that it could be very sunny and hot during the trek, therefore it will be a bit easier to do it from Barichara to Guane. Meals - Breakfast

Meals: Breakfast

Day 7

place Journey to Santa Marta

Your private transfer will take you to the airport in Bucaramanga for your flight to Santa Marta. Having arrived in Santa Marta, the oldest city in Colombia and one of the first cities founded in Latin America, you'll have time to settle in to your accommodation. The rest of the day is free to spend at leisure, exploring the area near to where you're staying and soaking up the city's perfect combination of pristine beaches and history. Walk around the historical center or along the bay, and get the vibe of this quiet city before sitting down to a refreshing cocktail while watching the sunset over the Caribbean. Meals - Breakfast (depending on your flight departure)

Meals: Breakfast

Day 8

place The adventure begins

The Lost City (Teyuna) has been compared to the ruins of Machu Pichu, for being a city built by indigenous people before the conquest (that is to say, it is a pre-Hispanic work), but it is worth to bear in mind that the architecture of The Lost City has not been restored, and its terraces, roads and architecture are as they were during the passing of several centuries. You will begin the trip at 8:30 am, traveling for about 2 hours in a 4 × 4 vehicle from Santa Marta to the Mamey sector (Machete Pelao), where you will have lunch and then start one of the best Treks of South America. You will start the hike through ecological trails (approximately 7.6 km) until you reach the first camp, Adan's Cabin. In this rural community, you will be at 450 meters above sea level, here you will spend your first night and rest from today's demanding trek. During the tour, you will spot a crystal clear river where you can enjoy a bath and will be able to observe the great richness of the flora and fauna of the area. Some tourists complete the Trekking in 3 hours, others in 5 hours; everything depends on your physical condition and weather conditions. Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Note: This itinerary is a reference, the camps can change according to the availability.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9

place Trek to Paraiso Teyuna Camp

You will begin with a demanding walk of 14.7 km (approximately 10 hours), from Adan's Cabin to the Paraiso Teyuna Cabin, a Indigenous Community, located at 830 meters above sea level. Here you will be very close to The Lost City (Teyuna), a Sacred City of the Tayronas. During this tour, you will pass by the Community of Mutanzhi, where you will appreciate the harmony that the indigenous people share with nature and you will also observe the native fauna and flora of the Sierra Nevada. In the afternoon, you can relax and take a bath in the magical river with crystal-clear waters. At night, before sleeping, the Indigenous guide will tell you more about the place and the sacred meaning for the indigenous people of the Sierra Nevada. Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10

place Into the Lost City

You will have an early breakfast and then leave to The Lost City. During this trek of about 1 km to the sacred city, you will be climbing 1200 steps built by the ancient Tayronas. Here, you will be at an altitude of 1200 meters above sea level and, accompanied by the Indigenous Guide, you will take a tour to the different terraces and sacred sites of the Lost City, taking pictures and enjoying the magical moment. At approximately 11 am, you will return to the Paraíso Teyuna Cabin to have lunch and, right after, organize your backpack to start the trek of 9.6 km (5 hours approximately) to the Wiwa Cabin, an Indigenous community where you will spend the night. Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11

place Return to Santa Marta

After breakfast, on the last day of the adventure, you will continue the return trek, walking approximately 12.7 km, until you reach the point where it all began. During the descend, you will find rivers and waterfalls to enjoy a refreshing swim. You will finally reach Mamey, where you will have lunch and depart right away in the 4×4 vehicle, which will be waiting for you to go back to Santa Marta. You will arrive around 5 pm, having fully enjoyed an enriching and new experience in the Sierra Nevada. Meals - Breakfast, Lunch

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 12

place Leavign Colombia

Your transfer will take you to the airport in Santa Marta for your flight back home, via Bogota. If you would like to spend more days in this magical city we can help you organize an extension. Meals - Breakfast (depending on your flight departure)

Meals: Breakfast

What’s Included

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  • Bh Parque 93
  • Hotel Antonio Nariño
  • Meraki Boutique Hostel
  • Hotel Cogollo Barichara
  • Click Clack
  • Hotel Posada de San Antonio
  • Meraki Boutique Hostel
  • Casa Barichara Boutique
  • B.O.G Hotel - 5 Estrellas de Lujo
  • Hotel Casa Terra
  • Meraki Boutique Hostel
  • Casa Barichara Boutique

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  • Breakfast (11)
  • Lunch (4)
  • Dinner (3)

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