2023 Colombia Hiking Adventure
A curated hiking holiday by Zanna
11 Days/ 10 Nights
19th January- 29th January 2023
£2,200 (flights not included)
An adventure created by Zanna and managed by Intrepid Travel for 16 like-minded women who want to explore the very best of Colombia.
5 PLACES REMAINING
- Hike through the Colombian jungle to the sacred site of the Lost City on an incredible 4 day trek
- Climb 1200 steps to the archaeological site thought to be 650 years older than Machu Picchu
- Wonder at the biodiversity found within the cloud jungles of Colombia’s Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta
- Adventure through the mystic lands of Guatavita and the legend of El Dorado.
- Hike and immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the Tayrona Natural National Park and relax on the crystalline beaches of the Caribbean Coast
- Explore the historic cities of Bogota and Cartegena
Colombia has been high up on my list of places to go for a long time. And whilst I won’t be on this particular trip, I have curated what I think is the adventure of a lifetime – combining incredible hiking, historic cities, stunning beaches and biodiverse landscapes – I think it might just have it all! Seriously, this is a very special trip, one that has been meticulously planned to provide you with 11 days of adventure through a fascinating country with an all female group of like-minded women.
The tour starts in Bogota, a city high up combining the old and new in a cosmopolitan centre with plenty of energy. Here, you will settle in and meet your team. Rest well, it’s going to be busy from here on, starting with a welcome breakfast and a full briefing on the adventures that lie ahead. The first stop after Bogata takes you into the cloud jungles of Matarredonda. With lush vegetation and more bird and animal species than you can possibly imagine, it’s easy to expect David Attenborough to pop out at any moment. We will hike through this natural paradise and take in La Chorrera Water Falls along the way. The following day we travel north to Guatavita to explore the historical city, home to the legend of El Dorado. You may be able to feel the mystical energy as we visit the sacred lake set within the mountains of this lush nature reserve. From here we fly to Santa Marta to prepare for the Lost City trek.
The next 4 days and 3 nights will be quite an adventure as you take on the trail to the Lost City, a sacred archeological site that is believed to be 650 years older than Machu Picchu. It’s not a difficult hike in terms of ascent, but it will be hot and sticky and challenging at times. There will be refreshing pools where we will stop along the way, and of course the freshest fruit and vegetables that will fuel us along the way. We will be camping in indigenous villages, where facilities are basic but the welcome is joyful.
The third day of the hike takes us to our goal. Climbing 1,200 steps we will reach the majestic stone settlement in which you will see interconnected roads, retaining walls and circle-shape terraces where the dwellings of the ancient Tayronas rested, all surrounded by cloud forests and stunning vegetation. Here we hope to meet the Mamo, leader and protector of Mother Nature. After our tour we begin our descent to the final camp. We will fuel up ready for another big day of hiking before ending up at the Caribbean coast to experience the famous reef and natural park of Tayrona. Here you can chose to rest and relax or take on a coastal hike within this park especially created for eco-tourism.
From Tayrona, we head to Cartegena, a historic city and port, developed by the Spaniards in the 16th Century. Here you will see the biggest fort in South America and be shown the best of the city during a tour. On the final day we will head to the Totumo volcano for a one-of-a-kind attraction home to mineral-infused mud that’s reputed to have healing properties. With a farewell dinner to reminisce on this incredible adventure, I’m not sure I will want to be leaving Colombia at all.
The full 11-day itinerary for the Colombian adventure is available to download. It includes essential day by day trip information as well as packing lists, medical notes and other helpful guidance.
For more information and to book your place please email with your contact details. You can also call the Intrepid team should you prefer to speak to a consultant. The number is 0203 308 9763.
The trip is sold out but there are sometimes a few drop outs. If you would like to be added to the waitlist, the team will be in touch as soon as a place becomes available.
About Intrepid Travel
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