Pereira / Santa Marta
Transfer to Pereira airport for a flight via Cartagena to Santa Marta.
Box lunch en route. Transfer to the hotel. Check in at the Hotel Casa del Farol where three nights are spent. La Casa del Farol is a quintessential boutique hotel combining tradition with modern amenities. Each room carved out of a classic colonial building displays a unique décor in contemporary style. The hotel also has a rooftop terrace with a panoramic city view, a spa and a swimming pool. Visit the colonial area of Santa Marta including the cathedral, and the Anthropological and Ethnographic Museum at the Casa de la Aduana which houses a wonderful Tayrona collection. Dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 9: Minca
Full day excursion to Minca, a small village of mule drivers located 25 minutes from Santa Marta, surrounded by rainforest, mountains, rivers and waterfalls. It is an area renowned for its biodiversity, including many species of birds, exotic flora and pleasant temperate climate. The forest is also home to the indigenous Kogi Indian tribe, the only tribe to remain unconquered by the Spanish. Take a walk through the rainforest, passing waterfalls and beautiful landscapes, with possibility to swim in rock pools during the walk.
Lunch at a local restaurant. Continue to the outskirts of Santa Marta to visit the Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, the house in which Simón Bolívar died in 1830. There will also be the chance to visit the hacienda’s Botanic Garden and the adjoining Museo Bolivariano of Contemporary Art. Dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 10: Tayrona
Full day excursion to the Tayrona National Park, located on Colombia’s northern Atlantic coast and a few kilometres from Santa Marta. It covers an extension of 15,000 hectares of which 12,000 are on land and 3,000 are maritime with bays, unspoilt beaches, coral barriers, lush vegetation, mangroves and mountains. The Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, a massif that rises independently from the Andean range, houses an eco system unique in the world and is also the habitat of the indigenous communities of the Kogis, Arhuacos and Arsarios. Numerous species inhabit the park: over 100 mammals, 200 birds and numerous reptiles.
Enjoy a gentle walk through the forest and its different micro climates. Birds are in abundance and it may be possible to see squirrels and monkeys playing in the trees. After roughly a 45 minute walk arrive at Arrecifes, one of the park’s most scenic and beautiful areas, with restless seas crashing on huge boulders. Continue walking along the coast to La Piscina, a naturally calm stretch of beach ideal for bathing. Enjoy free time on the beach to rest or swim. Return to Santa Marta the same way. Lunch at a local restaurant. Dinner at a local restaurant.