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Coast to Coast Colombia

Best time to travel
Nov – Apr
Ideal Length
16 nights
Perfect for
Hikers

At a glance

  • International flights from Dublin to Medellin and home from Cartagena.
  • All private transfers, internal flights and guiding requirements.
  • 16 nights’ luxury accommodation in Medellin, Guatape, Chocó, Santa Marta, Tayrona and Cartagena.
  • Hike to the lost city of Tayrona over the course of four days with an experienced guide.
  • Enjoy excursions in each city, discovering the culture, cuisine and history with the help of a private guide.
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Introduction

In this suggested itinerary, you will have the chance to get under the skin of Colombia’s dramatic recent past as well as its rich cultural landscape. Begin in Medellin where large scale urban transformation has taken place over the last ten years. Then, be amazed by the beautiful landscape of Guatape, a stunning area of water, forest and dramatic mountain peaks. Discover a love for hiking with a four night trek to Tayrona’s lost city. Perfect for experienced hikers or those looking for an adventure, this route will challenge and excite all who embark on it. End your trip with relaxing stays in Tayrona and Cartagena where luxury and relaxation are the top priorities.

Trip Overview

Depart from Dublin to Medellin.
You will be greeted on arrival by your driver and privately transferred to the Poblado district. Spend two nights in a boutique property getting to know the city.
Discover the incredible history of Medellin on a private city tour.
Explore the streets of the city with your guide and stop at key landmarks that have shaped the city’s transformation from one of the most dangerous places in the world to a must-visit tourist destination.
Medellin aerial view
Privately transfer to Guatape to a unique glamping site.
Spend two nights in a luxurious geometric pod becoming one with nature. Spend your days hiking through the forest, kayaking along the river and visiting the nearby town.
Guatape rock Colombia
Next up is Bahia Solano.
You will take a short flight to Chocó and transfer to the quaint coastal town. Spend three nights in a high end eco-luxury property.
Chocó, Colombia
Enjoy the beach lifestyle with a host of fun activities.
Try beach yoga, volleyball and even Tai Chi during your stay in Bahia Solano.
Tayrona Beach
From Chocó, you’ll then fly north to Santa Marta, a busy port that is home to the Tayrona National Natural Park.
Check-in to a hand selected property located on the beachfront. Relax with a cocktail on the beach or go for a stroll around the town.
Santa Marta Colombia
During your stay, get to know the city with a privately guided tour.
With the help of your guide, learn about Tayrona culture, visit Santa Marta’s historic centre and enjoy the scenery from Taganga’s Lookout point.
Taganga, Colombia
Your hiking adventure begins as you privately transfer to the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
Over four days, experience the stunning landscapes of the Sierra Nevada mountains on foot with the assistance of a guide. This challenging trek will take you through jungle until you reach the steps to the ancient lost city.
Colombia Forest
Reach the top via 1200 stone steps.
Carefully climb the steps higher and higher into the sky for your final challenge. When you reach the lost city, there will be time to explore the magnificent ruins and appreciate the achievement you have undertaken.
Colombian Jungle
Descend back to Tayrona and unwind in a unique, eco-friendly property.
You’ll need to rest after your trek so relax by the pool or head to the nearby beach for a walk to clear your mind. Spend two nights in this seaside paradise.
Beach and palm trees, Colombia
Privately transfer to the culturally rich city of Cartagena.
Spend two nights in a stunning colonial-style boutique hotel. Spend your first evening relaxing by the pool with a cocktail in hand.
Colourful houses Cartagena Colombia
Get to know this fascinating city on a privately guided tour.
Allow us to arrange a private excursion, with an English speaking guide. You will see the main city sights and visit Bazurto market, Cartagena’s largest and busiest market. Meet local vendors, watch craftsmen at work and sample local delicacies from the colourful stalls.
Local women Cartagena, Colombia
Transfer to Cartagena Airport for your flight home.
Arrive in Dublin.

Tailoring your holiday

OROKO Itineraries are created with you in mind and no two are the same. These can be used to help plan your trip - or we can design a completely different itinerary to suit you.

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Patio del Mundo

Patio del Mundo

Patio del Mundo is a small boutique hotel located in Medellín’s Poblado district. The unique property has just seven rooms and is a tropical getaway from the busy city surrounds. A spacious garden lies at the heart of the property and is an explosion of colour and perfume. Bursting with orchids, mango trees and pineapple bushes, the garden is a beautiful spot for some relaxation and breakfast is served in this mini paradise each day. Each room is decorated based on a country theme. For example, the India room is adorned with Indian textiles collected by the owner Agnes on her travels. This attention to detail and personal touch is part of what makes Patio del Mundo so unique.

El Bosko Glamping

El Bosko Glamping

Become one with nature in the middle of the Guatapé forest. This incredible experiential property offers guests the chance to stay in geometric pods, surrounded by forest, mountains and water. Explore the territory with hikes, kayaking, paddle-boarding and much more. The camp is located just one kilometre from the famous Piedra del Peñol and the town of Guatapé ensuring there is plenty to see and do close-by. Spend each evening warm by the bonfire getting to know the inhabitants of the other ‘mush-rooms’ , watching the sunset and stargazing.

El Almejal

Ecolodge El Almejal

Situated in the beautiful area of Chocó, El Almejal is a beautiful eco-lodge that sit harmoniously within the surrounding communities and ecosystem. The property lies a few steps away from a beautiful beach which stretches for two kilometres. At low tide, the beach becomes a playground for lodge activities which include yoga, volleyball, tai chi and much more. Utria National Park is not far from the lodge and is home to incredibly diverse flora and fauna which guests love to explore. The lodge supports local families by acting as a facilitator of local start-ups. This has allowed the lodge to become an integral pillar for the community and guests are welcomed in the village with open arms.

Ecohabs Tayrona

Ecohabs Tayrona

Ecohabs Tayrona offers the most comfortable accommodation in Tayrona National Park. Located on the beautiful Canaveral beach, enjoy peace and privacy in their cosy bungalows. The bungalows are made of native woods with high palm ceilings, a design inspired by the ancient Tayrona tribes. Each bungalow offers a magnificent view of the Caribbean Sea and the green landscapes of the park. Tayrona Ecohabs gourmet restaurant has a terrace where you can enjoy lunch and dinner, with the option of both local and international cuisine.

Ananda Boutique Hotel, Cartagena

Ananda Boutique Hotel

Enjoy a luxury stay in Cartegena’s walled city, close to historic landmarks like Iglesia de San Pedro Claver. Ananda Boutique Hotel exudes colonial charm through its period architecture and traditional wooden interiors. Relaxation areas are beautiful and calming, with the hotel evoking an overall homely feel. Unwind in the courtyard or by the outdoor pool, surrounded by day beds and tropical foliage.

Bonita-Bay-Concept-Hotel

Bonita Bay Concept Hotel

Bonita Bay Concept Hotel is an avant garde property located in the bay of Santa Marta. The property is located on the seafront and boasts stunning ocean views. The unique design of the building has been carefully thought out and plays with shapes, colours and textures for an exciting and inspriring interior. The property is situated close to the towns main sights, and there is plenty to visit in the nearby area such as Santa Marta Cathedral.

Ecohabs Los Naranjos

Ecohabs los Naranjos

This newly built property is located in one of the most central areas of Santa Marta, where the Piedras river meets the Carribbean Sea. The idyllic retreat is home to 8 luxury cabins whilst retaining the high end atmosphere of a boutique hotel. The nearby beach is just five minutes away and is the perfect place for a swim, walk or game of volleyball. The property also boasts a sizeable swimming pool at its centre surrounded by comfortable sun loungers and pretty landscaped gardens.

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