Colombia: Treasures of El Dorado

From the Mountains to the Caribbean Coast

Colombia: Treasures of El Dorado route-map

Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: TBA  
Length: 11 days
Arrive: Bogota, Colombia
Depart: Bogota, Colombia
Lodging: 10 nights in hotels, lodges, and family-run haciendas
Meals: All meals included except 1 lunch and 4 dinners
Activity: Hiking / Trekking, Wildlife & Natural History, Cultural Adventures
Trip Level: Rugged road travel, moderate day hikes, altitudes up to 8,612 feet
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Highlights

  • Hike in Andean cloud forest and in the deep Cañon de Chicamocha
  • Explore the beach and coastal trails of ecologically diverse Tayrona National Park
  • Visit Cartagena, an atmospheric walled city on the Caribbean
  • Enjoy delightful accommodations, including a family-run coffee hacienda and a seaside lodge with its own private beach

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Hike cobblestone roads to perfectly preserved colonial villages, picnic beside waterfalls in the lush cloud forest, and discover the ruins of an ancient civilization along the Caribbean coast. Colombia is one of the most vibrant destinations in South America, and our magical journey explores the best of it. Our overnights include a charming coffee hacienda and a beachside lodge, and we end our journey in magnificent Cartagena, a gorgeous walled city by the sea—juepa je Colombia (viva Colombia)!

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-3
Bogotá / Villa de Leyva / Iguaque Cloud Forest

After a walking tour of old Bogotá and a visit to the impressive Gold Museum, we head to Villa de Leyva, one of the most beautiful colonial towns in Colombia, followed by a hike with a local naturalist amid the giant tree ferns, bromeliads, and orchids of the Andean cloud forest.

Days 4-6
Barichara / Camino Real to Guane / El Roble Hacienda

From the magical village of Barichara, set atop a vast plateau and seemingly lost in time, we set out for hikes on colonial-era cobblestone paths called caminos reales and into the rugged scenery of the deep Cañon de Chicamocha, where spectacular cliffs rise above the river. Colombia has a 100-year legacy of growing the world’s finest coffee, and we overnight at a family-run coffee hacienda to sample some of Colombia’s best brew.

Days 7-8
Tayrona National Park

Set on the Caribbean, Tayrona is our base for hikes to the small ruin of an ancient Tayrona settlement, into a cloud forest alive with monkeys and colorful birds, and across palm-fringed beaches.

Days 9-11
Cartagena

In Cartagena, a World Heritage Site, we explore the Spanish-built Castle of San Felipe de Barajas, visit a hilltop for superb views of this port city, and roam the market, where women sell fruit from baskets balanced on their heads. Depart on Day 11.

What the Trip is Like

The trip is Level 3, Moderate. It features hikes and hotel accommodations. We have five hiking days, varying from 2-3 hours of hiking to one all-day hike of 8-9 hours on Day 8 (on this day, a shorter version of this hike will be available, as well as the option of enjoying the coast from our lodging). Although you carry only a daypack, there are a few steep ascents and descents and there are some sections that cross rocky trails. Some of the hikes are on stone stairs and trails that can be muddy, so we recommend bringing hiking poles. The trip’s most strenuous hike is our final one on Day 8, a full-day hike that includes a 600-foot descent down steep steps in Tayrona National Park. We will have a few long drives on curving mountain roads (the longest drive is 5.5 hours). Snacks and water will be available in our vehicle and we stop to stretch our legs at points of interest en route. For your own enjoyment, we recommend you make a special effort to be in good physical condition for the trip. Daily walking and/or regular hiking (or using a stair-climbing machine at your gym) are excellent preparatory exercises. You should wear sturdy, well-broken-in hiking boots for maximum comfort on the trail.

Explanation of Trip Levels

 

Departures

2016
Aug 8-18, 2016

Trip Cost

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Trip Cost Includes:

  • Expert leadership of a Wilderness Travel Trip Leader and local guides
  • Accommodations in hotels
  • All meals included except 1 lunch and 4 dinners
  • Land transportation and airport transfers as noted

Trip Cost Does Not Include:

International airfare, transfers for independent arrival or departure, any meals not specified after each itinerary day, airport departure taxes, optional tipping or gratuities to leaders or staff, additional hotel nights that may be necessitated by airline schedule changes or other factors, pre-trip expenses of medical immunizations (if any), travel insurance, passports and visas, and other expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.).

Trip Payment Schedule

At time of reservation: $500
120 days prior to departure: 20% of trip cost
60 days prior to departure: Balance

Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule

More than 90 days prior to departure: No charge!
46-90 days prior to departure: 25.0% of trip cost
45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

Hotel de la Opera

Hotel de la Opera

Day 1 (1 night), Bogota, Colombia

Located in the historic Candaleria section of Bogota, just a few blocks from Simon Bolivar Square, the Gold Museum, and the Botero Museum, the Hotel ...
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La Posada de San Antonio

La Posada de San Antonio

Days 2 to 3 (2 nights), Villa de Leyva, Colombia

La Posada de San Antonio is a hacienda that has been transformed into a charming hotel in  the classic colonial town of Villa de Leyva.  ...
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Hotel Mision Santa Barbara

Hotel Mision Santa Barbara

Days 4 to 5 (2 nights), Barichara, Colombia

This delightful hotel just two blocks from Barichara’s main plaza has peaceful gardens, an inviting swimming pool for a refreshing dip, a ...
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Hotel Hacienda el Roble

Hotel Hacienda el Roble

Day 6 (1 night), El Roble, Colombia

Hotel Hacienda El Roble is highly regarded 740-acre organic farm that produces some of Colombia’s best coffee. It’s also a tranquil and ...
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Playa Koralia

Playa Koralia

Days 7 to 8 (2 nights), Buritaca, Colombia

A nature-getaway with a remote location, Playa Koralia has a lovely setting right on the beach and simple but comfortable thatched beachside cabanas ...
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Hotel Cartagena de Indias

Hotel Cartagena de Indias

Days 9 to 10 (2 nights), Cartagena, Colombia

This hotel is set within the Cartagena city walls just a short walk from the city’s restaurants and shops. The service is excellent and the ...
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Note: Listed above are our signature accommodations for this trip. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.