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From Santa Marta: Tayrona National Park Guided Tour

1. From Santa Marta: Tayrona National Park Guided Tour

Hike through the tropical forest, admiring the local flora and fauna. Rest by a beach, swimming, and taking photos with the views behind you. Leave from Santa Marta early in the morning by bus. Travel to the entrance of Tayrona and wait for the doors to open at the box office. Watch a short informative video of 20 minutes with recommendations for the care of the park during your visit. Once the video is finished, begin the ecological walk-through trails that cross the tropical forest. Walk alongside trees that are over 25 meters high and pass beaches on the route through Cañaveral, Arrecifes, Arenilla, and Piscina Natural. Take a break at Cabo San Juan, a beach with transparent waters. Relax under the sun, enjoy a refreshing swim, and buy a delicious lunch made by the locals. Rest here for 3 hours and go up to the viewpoint to enjoy a unique view of this fantastic place. Return along the same trail until you reach the bus and head back to Santa Marta where the driver will drop you off at the same meeting points.

A Pearl In The Caribbean-walking tour in English (Tip based)

2. A Pearl In The Caribbean-walking tour in English (Tip based)

The first place we visit on the tour is known as Casa de la Aduana or Tayrona del Oro Museum, the museum allows us to observe different pieces of pre-Hispanic and modern indigenous art. In this wonderful place we will talk about who the Taironas were and why they became extinct. On the other hand, as its name indicates, we will be able to appreciate gold pieces. The second place we visit on the tour is related to the independence of Colombia, its name is Plaza Bolivar, In every place and corner of Colombia there is some place related to the same name "Simon Bolivar", and here we explain a little of everything; pre-Hispanic history, history of independence, architecture, sculptures, etc. It almost feels like traveling back in time! Continuing, we visit the San Francisco square which is a very old place in Santa Marta, here you can appreciate the daily life and the local economy or well known as "rebusque" in the popular Colombian slang. In this place they talk about the pirate attacks related to the catholic religion in the Caribbean. After San Francisco square we head to the Cathedral square, this church is called the mother of all churches in Colombia, it is here where you will learn about the religious customs in Santa Marta and the spooky superstitions of the city. It's also the perfect place to appreciate the Arab, colonial and Renaissance influences - don't forget your camera! If you are a big fan of gastronomy, in this place we make you some recommendations about the typical dishes of the city and the restaurants you should visit in case you want to try them, it is a mix between colors and gastronomy, very interesting. After a delicious meal maybe you want to do a night activity, then you should go to "", here we talk about the nightlife of the city of Santa Marta, it is an ideal place to spend a night of romance or with friends, its name is not original "Parque de los Novios" and we will talk about it there. And finally, the juice place is the perfect place to talk about the typical fruits found in the Colombian Caribbean coast. Here we will give some explanations as a "fruit class" and we will taste one, remember that part of traveling is to try weird things by yourself. At the end you will be able to buy a 100% natural juice if you wish.

Santa Marta: Sailboat day tour to Tayrona Park

3. Santa Marta: Sailboat day tour to Tayrona Park

We will meet at Charter dock in Marina Internacional de Santa marta 9:30 am Cant wait past 9:50 for passenger as other boats use same dock. 10am we will motor upwind arriving approximately 11:30 am to Bahia Concha. You will experience stunning views from on board passing from a distance (no stopping) Taganga Bay, Granate Bay, Aguja Island. At Bahia Concha the boat will anchor. Yo can hang out on board, swim to beach or we can take you with our auxiliary boat. Please ask for prices before purchasing anything with beach vendors. You can use the paddle boards and snorkel equipment available. Lunch will be served approximately 90 minute after arriving. You will enjoy the day at one of the biggest beaches in Tayrona Park. By 3:30 pm everyone should be back on board to begin our return doing some motor sailing and only sailing ( genoa only) wind permitting and returning to the marina between 4:30pm - 5:00pm where you can enjoy the beautiful sunset Santa Marta is famous for. Make sure you ask for price before buying anything with beach vendors. Beach chairs not included. ( around 3 usd) Wifi on board (5 usd) Food and beverage not allowed into marina. Our destination is Bahia Concha. ( no other stops) Feb 1-15, June 1-15, Oct 19-Sep 3 Tayrona park closes, we will visit taganga half day and inca inca half day.

Minca: Full-Day Coffee and Cocoa Tour from Santa Marta

4. Minca: Full-Day Coffee and Cocoa Tour from Santa Marta

From Santa Marta, embark on a 45-minute drive through the foothills of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta to find the small town of Minca. In the company of a local guide, take a 2.5-hour nature walk passing waterfalls, natural swimming pools, and scenic views of the surrounding mountains.  The walk ends at a coffee farm, where you will learn about the coffee production process and it’s importance to Colombia’s culture. Enter a bamboo house where you will enjoy a gourmet lunch before learning about cocoa, its production, and derivatives.   At the end of the tour, return transfers will be provided to your hotel in Santa Marta.

Descubre los secretos del Cafe, Cacao y Cascada en Minca

5. Descubre los secretos del Cafe, Cacao y Cascada en Minca

At 9 am we'll meet up in the (Centro Histórico Parque de los Novios, Pozos Colorados, Bello Horizonte) and we'll get into a comfortable vehicle that will take us to Minca, where we'll spend a full day! After an hour's drive, we'll start a two-hour hike through the jungle of Minca, enjoying the lush vegetation of the area. Would you like to learn all about the biodiversity of Santa Marta? We'll find out! We'll make a stop at a 'hacienda' or estate, where we'll talk about the preparation of coffee and its derivatives, and we'll even have the chance to drink some delicious freshly brewed coffee! Afterwards, we'll reach the beautiful El Oído del Mundo waterfall for a refreshing swim. Have you worked up an appetite? We'll move on to a bamboo house where we'll enjoy a delicious gourmet lunch consisting of vegetables, meat, side dishes, and an aguapanela - an infusion made from panela which is derived from hardened sugar cane juice. The finishing touch to lunch will be the fantastic views and scenery of the Minca jungle you'll be able to enjoy, the perfect backdrop to your meal! After lunch, we'll enjoy a sweet treat as the icing on the cake of this tour. We'll learn about all the steps in the elaborate process of making this cocoa drink, and we'll get to taste a cup too! Finally, we'll finish the tour by returning to the meeting point in Parque de los Novios, Pozos Colorados, Bello Horizonte at 5 pm.

Santa Marta: Sunset Cruise Around the Bay

6. Santa Marta: Sunset Cruise Around the Bay

Meet your guide and the other participants at the meeting point and head to the marina. Hop on board the boat and get comfortable while the guide gives the safety instructions. Sail around the bay of Santa Marta for about an hour and connect to the speaker if you want music during the cruise. Put your drink in the cooler to keep it cold and enjoy the food you brought with you. Anchor in the bay for another hour to enjoy the sunset from the water. Admire the views as nighttime falls over the city, and capture photos of the incredible sight. Afterward, return to the marina where the tour will end after an exciting evening.

From Cartagena: Barranquilla & Santa Marta Guided City Tour

7. From Cartagena: Barranquilla & Santa Marta Guided City Tour

Embark on a day tour from Cartagena to the neighboring cities of Barranquilla and Santa Marta. Learn about the local history and cultural traditions of each city on a guided tour, with lunch included during the day. Start with pickup from selected meeting points around Cartagena before sunrise. Travel for approximately 90 minutes to reach the city of Barranquilla. Get an overview of the city's history before visiting La Venta del Mundo monument. Stroll along the picturesque Malecón del Río or Malecón del Caimán and learn about the industrial importance of the city. Pause at the Shark's Fin monument, which commemorates the local football club Junior de Barranquilla, one of the top teams in Colombia. Conclude the tour at Pumarejo Bridge, before traveling onward to the city of Santa Marta. Begin by visiting the Pibe Valderrama Monument, which commemorates one of Colombia's most beloved football players, Carlos Valderrama, who is a hero in his native city. Explore the historic center where we will walk through the colonial-era streets of the city. See local landmarks like La Bahia de Santa Marta, Parque de los Novios, the Cathedral, and the Gold Museum. Finally, arrive at the beautiful beach of Rodadero. Enjoy a tasting lunch with 5 different options (chicken, fish, meat, pork, or vegetarian). After lunch, enjoy some time to relax and unwind on the beach, or go for a swim, before boarding the bus for the journey back to Cartagena.

Villa de Leyva Magic Town Day Tour

8. Villa de Leyva Magic Town Day Tour

Declared as a National Monument in 1954, this magical town located 3 hours from Bogotá is a jewel of colonial Spanish architecture built in 1572! This Tour is a journey through time, the encounter with history, science, ceramics, archeology, art, and culture. We will pick you up at your Hotel / Hostel and make a stop on the way to have breakfast near the "Puente de Boyacá" (Bridge of Boyacá) where the final battle of Colombian independence took place. Once we arrive at Villa de Leyva, we will go down to the Plaza Mayor (the second largest colonial plaza in the Americas!) where you will have time to have lunch before we keep going with the group towards Ráquira. This town also known as "the artisanal capital of Colombia", a very picturesque village with decorations on its houses. Join us on this colonial trip!

Santa Marta: Tayrona Park Private Hike to Cabo San Juan

9. Santa Marta: Tayrona Park Private Hike to Cabo San Juan

Immerse yourself in the beauty of Tayrona National Natural Park during this full-day walking trip. Discover lush forests, stroll along pristine beaches, admire Playa Cabo de San Juan, and savor a traditional Caribbean meal (not included). Explore Tayrona National Natural Park during this private full-day hiking tour. Inhale the fragrance of sun-drenched nature as you observe fauna which have made this paradise their home. Experience one of the world's most beautiful beaches and enjoy authentic Caribbean cuisine. Wander about this natural haven on the Caribbean coast, northeast of Santa Marta, one of South America’s oldest cities. Luxuriate in the golden sunshine as you take in lush flora set against the Sierra Nevada Mountains.  Hike along the coast from Cañaveral, pause at the boulder-strewn Playa Arrecife known for its powerful currents, and continue on to La Piscina. Enclosed with rocks, and mild and shallow, this pool is ideal for swimmers of varying skill levels. Playa Brava sits off the beaten path, a secluded beach nestled amid lush vegetation. Tranquil and serene, it is quieter compared to the highly popular Cabo de San Juan beach. To sunbathe on white sands and snorkel in clear water, walk to Playa Cristal and nibble on grilled seafood as well. Playa Cabo de San Juan, a verdant paradise, is the park’s main attraction. Giant palms wave along the shore and massive boulders rise out of the water. Swim and settle down to a traditional Caribbean lunch afterwards. Sunbathe in the golden sunshine and end your day on a glittering high.

Santa Marta: Sunset tour

10. Santa Marta: Sunset tour

We will meet at Charter dock in Marina Internacional de Santa marta 5:00pm. Ask for boat Sonata at marina and one of our colleagues will greet you and show you to the waiting area, Cant wait past 5:20 for passenger as other boats use same dock. We will sail wind permitting into the sunset Santa Marta is famous for. Then we will head towards Taganga Bay where will anchor and enjoy some stunning night views from the boat. Back by 8pm. Marina entry is included and 2 beverages. Meet other travelers and enjoy being on board this classic sailboat.



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the park is beautiful, even if the guide doesn't explain anything about the nature that surrounds you and it's a two-hour walk at a brisk pace to get to the last beach. You are then free to move around independently. to other beaches and to return on horseback or on foot and wait for the guide to return to the hotel if you want to fully enjoy the route!

We had a very enjoyable day at Tayrona! Our guide Edwardo was knowledgeable about the history and made our four hour hike in the forest fun and full of information. The beach was a lot of fun and the lunch excellent. Great value for money and highly recommended.

Absolutely amazing!! Had so much fun snorkeling, came accross a jellyfish(which we moved so people did not touch. Great guides, good food. Definitely recommend.

Great trip by boat! Didn’t see much of Tayrona national park, we were just taken to one beach for the day.

Great 5 hour walk, magnificent beaches. Just missing a little explanation on the hiking trail.