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Colombia -Trek to the Lost City

Trek through remote Colombian jungle to the Lost City

15 days

from £4,125pp

If you are looking for an intrepid journey that combines cutting edge Colombia with contemporary hotels and adventure, then look no further, this holiday to Colombia has it all.   

  • Trek to the Lost City
  • Take a Graffiti Art tour of Bogota by bicycle
  • Explore Cartagena by horse drawn carriage
  • Dine in innovative restaurants
  • Be pampered with spa treatments

Check into the luxurious and quirky Hotel B.O.G in Bogota’s new town.   With your guide, explore the city over the next few days. Visit the famous Botero and gold museums, take a ride on the cable car for panormamic views of the city. Cycle through the old town on a graffiti art tour and dine out at one of the most remarkable and eccentric restaurants in town.

Continue your Colombia holiday to Zipaquira, home to the extraordinary Salt Cathedral. Stay in the charming white washed village of Villa de Leyva.  Visit the Saturday market and explore the art museums before flying to Santa Marta to embark on a 5 day mule assisted trek to La Ciudad Perdida (The Lost City). 

With only hammocks for accommodation, this remarkable journey through the Sierra Nevada will take you to meet remote tribes and visit one of the most revered archaeological sites in the Americas that has been off limits for so long.   No longer accessible by helicopter, only the determined embark on this incredible hike to experience true jungle trekking to a magical city hidden deep in the Colombian jungle.

Finally, emerge from the jungle and drive to the fabulous city of Cartagena to continue your journey at the delightful hotel Sofitel Santa Clara. Revel in the luxury of its fine linen and sink into the soft pillows. Be pampered in the spa, lap the pool, and sip cocktails on the terrace.   Explore the city at night by open horse drawn carriage, go rum tasting, take a boat out on the bay and dine in one of the town’s finest seafood restaurants.

For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

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what is included

  • All accommodation and meals as stated in the itinerary
  • All transfers

what is excluded

  • Gratuities

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Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Fly London to Bogota


Once a byword for crime and poverty, Bogota is rapidly developing into one of Latin America's most interesting and cosmopolitan capital cities.

Rivalling London for size, this sprawling metropolis is still fringed with shanty towns to the south. However, beautiful churches, engaging museums, cultural events and gastronomic experiences fill the centre of the city, while the cool mountain air and smattering of public parks make for a relaxed and genial atmosphere. The Baroque and Spanish colonial architecture and plazas of historic La Candelaria neighbourhood is one of Bogotá's big draws while the modern uptown zone is packed with restaurants, bars and cafes that buzz with a new generation of Rolos enjoying an era of peace and stability.


You will be staying at B.O.G Hotel, Bed & Breakfast

Day 2

Paloquemao Market
In Paloquemao you'll be introduced to typical Colombian produce - try the delicious 'Lulo' fruit and see the various potato varieties that are a speciality of the high Andean Cundi-Boyacense plateau. Walk around the various stalls, familiarising yourself with typical Colombian food and eateries in a mix of sounds, smells and sights in one of Bogota's largest and most well-known markets.


Full day Bogota Tour
First head to La Plaza de Mercado Paloquemao, one of the biggest and most recognised local markets in Bogotá, where all traditional produce and ingredients of Colombian cuisine can be found.
Continue with a walking tour through the historic centre of La Candelaria. This antiquated barrio is of great architectural and cultural heritage. Visit the Plaza de Bolivar, where a statue of the great liberator Simon Bolivar is located. This Plaza, originally called the Plaza Mayor, was used for civil and military purposes, as a marketplace, a bullring and a gallows. The visit continues with the Botero Museum, a colonial house exhibiting some of Fernando Botero´s works of art and pieces from his own personal collection that includes works by Picasso, Renoir, Dalí Matisse, Monet and Giacometti.
Next is the Gold Museum which has a permanent exhibition of some 32,000 pieces of gold, 20,000 stones, ceramics and textiles all precious to the Quimbaya, Calima, Tayrona, Sinu, Muisca, Tolima, Tumaco and Magdalena cultures.
A traditional lunch is included, after which you will continue north travelling on the Carrera 7, one of Bogotá’s principal Avenues (called the Vía Real del Comercio in colonial times) used as the main exit to the north to the salt mines.
The trip will end in Usaquén, a colonial district that was formerly a town in its own right but has now been absorbed by the city. Appreciate the atmospheres of a barrio that is slightly rural, colonial in style and at the same time modern. Take in the colonial plaza and wander through its narrow streets to find small boutiques, art galleries and restaurants.
Return to your hotel.


You will be staying at B.O.G Hotel, Bed & Breakfast

Day 3

Graffiti Art Tour By Bicycle
Bogota is home to many renowned artworks but perhaps less recognised are the street artists. Historic central Bogota holds great architectural and cultural interest but it's the highly imaginative and colourful graffiti and murals of the modern zones that are the main focus of this tour. They often convey strong social and political messages relating to current and past injustices. This tour is exciting to do by bicycle, and gives the chance to immerse oneself in the city atmosphere.


Dinner at Andres Carne de Res
Andres Carne de Res is an iconic restaurant and one the most original in Colombia. Traditional Colombian fare is on offer in an eccentric and bohemian environment with a party atmosphere. Transfers are included and the vehicle and guide will be at your disposal for four hours.


You will be staying at B.O.G Hotel, Bed & Breakfast

Day 4

Drive from Bogotá to Villa de Leyva via Zipaquirá


Depart Bogotá and journey to Zipaquirá, passing through a region rich in the cultivation of roses and carnations. The journey will take approximately an hour. Zipaquirá is a salt mining town that is most famous for its incredible underground cathedral. Explore this amazing subterranean complex, created within a disused salt mine. Opened in 1995, the beautifully lit caves are decorated with carved crosses, altars and statues.
Afterwards, continue on to Villa de Leyva, which is around two hours away.The route passes through a region of dairy farming and if time permits, your guide will stop at one of the roadside restaurants for you to taste some of the delicious regional produce. You can also stop at the small town of Sutatausa to visit the fascinating old Spanish church. Only very recently, stucco was removed from the interior walls to reveal frescos that were painted by the Spanish and the enslaved indigenous community. Your guide will describe the process by which the Spanish converted the local population to Catholicism.


Declared a national monument in 1954, Villa de Leyva contains some of the finest examples of Spanish colonial architecture in Colombia. The town is beautifully preserved and modern architecture is almost completely absent amidst the cobbled streets and whitewashed buildings.

Among this array of colonial buildings, the town's square stands out. The largest in Colombia, this flagstone construction is vast in comparison to Villa de Leyva's modest size.


You will be staying at Posada de San Antonio, Bed & Breakfast

Day 5

Spend Half a Day Sightseeing in Villa de Leyva
Spend several hours exploring this colonial jewel. The town's sights include its enormous plaza surrounded by Spanish style houses, the maze of small alleys, perfectly-preserved cobblestone streets and a seventeenth century parochial church.

Also visit the Museo El Fósil, which houses a gigantic 110 million-year-old marine fossil. Identified as a kronosaurus, this impressive find was discovered close to Villa de Leyva.


You will be staying at Posada de San Antonio, Bed & Breakfast

Day 6

Drive from Villa de Leyva to Bogotá via the Convento del Santo Ecce Homo


Depart Villa de Leyva and travel to Bogotá, which is approximately three hours away. En route, stop at the Convento del Santo Ecce Homo. Founded by the Dominicans in 1620, this was an important point of evangelisation in a region populated by indigenous communities. The convent is built from local rocks and is notable for the small fossils that are visible throughout its stonework. If you have time, it may also be possible to visit the National Monument to Simon Bolivar. Lunch is included.

Fly Bogota to Santa Marta


You will be staying at Hotel Boutique Don Pepe, Bed & Breakfast

Day 7

The Lost City Trek
Depart Santa Marta today by 4x4 to Machete Pelao (2-3 hours). From here your hike begins through the Mamey region. Mules will carry luggage. Lunch is taken in a local finca before continuing to the first Wiwa Indigenous camp on the shores of the Buritaca River. Dinner will be served in camp before retiring to hammocks for the night.

Walking Time: 5 Hours.

Day 8

The Lost City Trek
The trek continues today hiking the valley of Buritaca. Stop by the Kogui Village of Mutanyi and the Vereda of Koskunguena with beautiful panoramic views over the Sierra Nevada. Crossing the Buritaca River, arrive at the farm of Mamo Kogui for lunch and a refreshing swim at a beautiful waterfall. Dinner and the night at Mamo Kogui's farm in hammocks.

Walking Time: 5 Hours.

Day 9

The Lost City Trek
Today arrive at the gates to the Lost City. There are 2000 stone steps to climb to reach the citadel.

The Lost City (La Ciudad Perdida) was the most important urban centre of the ancient Tayrona culture. The city is a true feat of engineering and was built on a system of terraces connected by stone paths supported by a canal circuit. At its peak the population reached 3000 people. The inhabitants lived in circular stone houses with thatched roofs. Today, inhabitants of the area, such as the Kogui, Arhuaca and Wiwa are the descendants of the Tayrona and continue to preserve their traditions.

Spend time visiting this fascinating archaeological site with its numerous terraces and ceremonial centres all in the middle of the Colombian jungle. Lunch by a waterfall before returning to the farm.

Walking Time: 3 Hours.

Day 10

The Lost City Trek
Hike the Sierra Nevada today and return to the Mamey region for lunch near Mutanyi. Dinner and accommodation tonight back at the indigenous camp.

Walking Time: 5 hours

Day 11

The Lost City Trek
Today visit a magnificent waterfall before hiking back to Machete Pelao. Lunch and transfer to Cartagena (approximately 4 hours).

Walking Time: 3 Hours.


You will be staying at Sofitel Santa Clara, Bed & Breakfast

Day 12

Rest at the beautiful Santa Clara hotel and make use of the facilities after your jungle trek.


Horse Drawn Carriage Evening Tour
This evening take magical tour of the walled city and see the sights from an open horse drawn carriage. This romantic tour takes you through the cobbled streets of the walled city. Clatter through the many squares of the historic district, past the elegant colonial houses with balconies draped in tumbling bougainvillea whilst taking in the city's exuberant nightlife.

One of the most vibrant and colourful cities in South America, Cartagena should not be missed. Founded in 1533 by the Spanish, the city was one of the most important ports in South America, sending plundered riches back to the mother county whilst attracting an eclectic combination of African and Caribbean cultures. This mix lives on and can be seen through the love of music and dance that the city's inhabitants thrive on today.

A meander through the old city's labyrinth of lively streets and plazas, all encased within several miles of thick, fortified, sea walls, is like a step back in time.

This is a captivating, vibrant city and veritable highlight for any visit to Colombia.


You will be staying at Sofitel Santa Clara, Bed & Breakfast

Day 13

Evening Cruise Around Cartagena Bay
This evening enjoy a night cruise on Cartagena Bay. This is a wonderful way to view the city before being dropped at one of the most beautiful restaurants in the city, Marea by Rausc, for a romantic dinner and views of the bay.


You will be staying at Sofitel Santa Clara, Bed & Breakfast

Day 14

Fly Cartagena to Bogota

Fly Bogota to London overnight

Accommodation

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Sofitel Santa Clara

Sofitel Santa Clara

A former convent of Clarissa nuns built in 1621, whose walls have acted as a defensive shield in the past, the Hotel Sofitel Santa Clara is a luxury hotel in the historical heart of Cartagena....

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B.O.G Hotel

B.O.G Hotel

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