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Colombia Walking & Hiking Tour

The Coffee Triangle, Caribbean Coast & Cartagena

From $4,398 pp dbl. occ. | 7 days / 6 nights

(+$790 for sgl. occ.)

Internal air: $210


It's all amazing. All the way from the verdant Cocora Valley to the jagged peaks that loom high above it. All the way from the coast—where thick jungle gives way to white-sand beaches and the stunning blue sea—to Cartagena, the colonial jewel of the Caribbean. Colombia casts a seductive spell. Enjoy it all.

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Highlights

  • Hike in Cocora Valley and through coffee farms to cozy haciendas in Colombia's world-famous coffee-growing region
  • Discover colorful birds in Tayrona National Park, praised by the New York Times as “one of the most beautiful corners of South America”
  • Share time with the indigenous Wiwa people along the Santa Marta coast and witness their traditions, undiscovered by most travelers
  • Soak up the romance and intrigue of Cartagena's colonial old town during a guided city walk
Colombia

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Colombia Walking and Hiking Tour Map

Itinerary

Days 1-2 Hike amid bamboo and vibrant flowers in the Coffee Triangle, a World Heritage site | Savor lunch at a sustainable coffee farm amid endless rows of coffee plants | Venture into the Cocora Valley, beloved for its biodiversity, including the wax palm, Colombia's national tree | Aboard a classic Willys Jeep, motor to the coffee village of Salento, known for its well-preserved colonial architecture | Spend time strolling palm-lined Plaza Bolívar and browsing artisan shops.

Day 3 Walk to a local farm and learn about the traditional Colombian Paso Fino (Fine Step) horses | Fly to the Caribbean coast and enjoy a relaxing afternoon at our hotel | Settle into your elegant minimalist room or bliss out on the pristine secluded beach.

Days 4-5 Discover Tayrona National Park, one of Colombia's most stunning natural areas, keeping an eye out for wildlife | Tropical forest gives way to a gorgeous white-sand beach and a brilliant turquoise bay | In the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, a World Heritage site, follow centuries-old trails to meet with indigenous Wiwa community members.

Days 6-7 Into birds? You'll spot many on our riverside jungle walk | With howler monkeys watching from the canopy, embark on a leisurely tube float on the river | Join a guide to explore Cartagena's walled city, a World Heritage site | Perhaps catch an impromptu performance by local musicians and dancers.

The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind — you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due. View cancellation policy.

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2018 Private Trip Pricing
  • 10 or more guests: from $3,998 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $4,398 pp dbl occ

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Prices

From $4,398 pp dbl. occ.
7 days / 6 nights

(+$790 for sgl. occ.)

Internal air: $210


Casual Hotels*

Hacienda hotel San Jose
Hotel Hacienda San José

Pereira (2 nights)

Merecumbe Hotel
Merecumbe Hotel

Buritaca (3 nights)

Ananda Hotel Boutique Cartagena
Anandá Hotel Boutique

Cartagena (1 night)

Activity Level

This trip is rated Levels 2-4

What's Included

Services and equipment are included.

Why Backroads

Why Travel with Backroads in Colombia

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Casual Hotels*

Accommodations may vary based on departure date. Any difference from what is listed below can be found by clicking on your desired date on the View Scheduled Dates or Private Dates tabs.

Hacienda hotel San Jose

Hotel Hacienda San José

Pereira (2 nights)

Each of the finely furnished rooms in this charming hacienda built in 1888 feature Spanish colonial interiors and look out onto the beautiful surrounding bamboo gardens. (pool)

Merecumbe Hotel

Merecumbe Hotel

Buritaca (3 nights)

Seamlessly integrated into the jungle, these elegantly minimalist "ecohabs" have wide wooden decks and are just steps from the beach.

Ananda Hotel Boutique Cartagena

Anandá Hotel Boutique

Cartagena (1 night)
* Premiere Hotel

In the heart of the colonial walled city, this lovingly restored hotel exudes luxury and charm. (pool)

This Trip Is Rated Levels 2-4

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next—and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.

Daily Route Options (drag to see full )

Daily Route Options
Day EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 2 150 4 300 6 1000
2 5 1100 7 1600 7 2100
3 3 200
Local Farm Walk (1.5 Hours)
4 6 500 9 600 10 1400
5 3* 600 6 700
6 3 300 4 500
River Tubing (1.5 Hours)
7 Guided City Walk (2 Hours)
 

Note: The terrain on this trip features dirt roads through villages and farmland, mountain trails through rain forest and some beach paths.

* Includes shuttle.

Learn more about how we determine our activity level and fully support a range of abilities and interests.

Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources (such as Map My Ride and Garmin devices) may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies. Readings from a Garmin or a smart phone are influenced by other factors such as air pressure.

Meals

All breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners

Also Included

  • Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
  • Snacks and beverages between meals
  • Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
  • Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
  • Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
  • On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
  • Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
  • Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
  • Park and other entry fees
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
  • Select coach transfers
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Get the Straight Talk about This Trip

We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Travel Time

This trip involves an ample amount of travel time which allows us to visit a great variety of Colombia's different geographic zones (including an internal flight which requires a forced layover in Bogotá). The small winding roads to access national parks can make traveling by car a slow—but scenic!—endeavor.

Accommodations

The hotels on this trip are among the best each region has to offer, adding unique elements to the trip, whether it's architectural, historical or a beautiful location. They may, however, be more rustic than other Backroads hotels, with open-air designs and rooms in varying sizes. Hotel Hacienda San José is a charming casual property with historic character located in the temperate Andes foothills, where air-conditioning is not used. Merecumbe Hotel, a casual hotel we've chosen for its optimal proximity to Tayrona National Park, is an eco-friendly lodge cooled by ocean breezes rather than air-conditioning.

Why Travel with Backroads in Colombia

Our Colombian Connection Delivers

Born and raised in Colombia, the Trip Expert behind this unique adventure has led Backroads trips all over Latin America, as well as in Europe. That experience, combined with a passion for the landscapes, culture and food of his homeland, have yielded a memorable hiking journey that takes you from the stunning beaches of Tayrona National Park to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Cartagena—and, of course, along farmers' hillside trails in the Coffee Triangle.

The Best Leaders in Colombia

Backroads has the best-qualified people to lead your trip in Colombia, and our guests back that up, rating our Trip Leaders an average of 9.75 out of 10 for all-around quality of performance. Get the facts (and no fluff) on how we recruit and develop the very best people for your trip.

The Right Local Pairings

Our Trip Leaders combine deep local expertise with a firm grasp of North American expectations around quality of service. By the same token, we pair experienced Backroads leaders with local guides who know how to cater to your needs while cracking open the culture or natural history in ways that are meaningful, memorable and often magical.

We Speak the Language

If we told you many companies' leaders can't actually speak the language where they lead trips, you'd say incroyable... ridicolo... không the tha thú. At Backroads, fluency in the local language is a given. Find out more on the best leader recruitment, training and development in the business. (And by the way, that was "unforgivable" in Vietnamese.)

Experts with Secrets to Share

In choosing the ideal experts to enrich your travel experience, we look for people with a wealth of local knowledge, but also the ability to convey their insights in English. Too often travelers find themselves smiling politely, not quite understanding what they're being told. Our experts share intriguing facts, anecdotes and inside stories that stay with you forever.

Our Cultural Roots Run Deep

Thanks to our extensive connections in Colombia, Backroads takes you off the beaten track and deep into the region's culture in ways that traditional travel can never hope to do. We know the people and their customs, the legacy of art and architecture, the complex history and politics – and if we're not sure, our amazing local experts can fill in the blanks.

We Stand Behind Our Trips

Most companies' trips in Colombia are run by local operators. At Backroads we manage our own trips; we would never subcontract your precious vacation to a third party. So as you enjoy the support of your seasoned Trip Leaders, along with our expert local guides and drivers, you have the confidence of knowing we're with you every step of the way.

Everyone at Their Own Pace

We design and support our Colombia trips to suit mixed abilities and varied interests—so you can set your own pace, then change things up as the day unfolds. And all guests are free to do the same, traveling together or apart, with no one cramping anyone else's style. Which sounds easy in theory, but it's hard to pull off. Here's more on how we do it.

Your Hotels Are Locked In

It may seem obvious to say the great hotels we tell you about are the ones you'll actually stay in. But the fact is many companies haven't even booked the places they promise and are later forced to settle for inferior alternatives. We book our hotels and exact rooms long in advance—often over two years—so you stay where you expect to stay.

We Know Where We're Going

Tom Hale has been keeping Backroads on track, with one eye on the horizon, since 1979. His passion for active travel, and for ensuring the highest-quality travel experience, is evident in every detail we add to make a guest's trip unforgettable—and the fact he's right there in the office, making it happen. To hear Tom describe his vision, watch our video.  

A Variety of Routes Each Day

In Colombia you head off each morning after choosing among several expertly designed routes—all with detailed directions, mileage and shuttle options. Unlike trips with one fixed daily route (or worse, one guide that everyone's obliged to follow), you're free to enjoy the best of the region at your pace, stopping wherever you want to explore further.

Choose Your Fellow Travelers

With Backroads you won't end up with kids on what you thought was an adult trip; we have exclusive departures for families, so they're off having their own adventures. As you browse our unrivaled selection of trips and dates, you can count on finding a trip in Colombia that's geared exclusively to your choice of traveling companions.

Quality You Can Measure

Since 1979, Backroads Founder and President Tom Hale has shown that staying #1 means constantly evaluating our performance using the best possible source of information: our guests. As we systematically analyze your feedback on our trip consultants, leaders, hotels, meals and on-trip activities, we never stop working to make a great company even better.

We've Set the Standard

For nearly four decades we've worked to earn and maintain our right to call Backroads the world's #1 active travel company. In pursuing that vision on behalf of our guests, we believe we've set the standard for our industry—captured in the Backroads Quality Guide, which clearly sets out the benchmarks of excellence, choice and support that we live by

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Straight Talk

We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Travel Time

This trip involves an ample amount of travel time which allows us to visit a great variety of Colombia's different geographic zones (including an internal flight which requires a forced layover in Bogotá). The small winding roads to access national parks can make traveling by car a slow—but scenic!—endeavor.

Accommodations

The hotels on this trip are among the best each region has to offer, adding unique elements to the trip, whether it's architectural, historical or a beautiful location. They may, however, be more rustic than other Backroads hotels, with open-air designs and rooms in varying sizes. Hotel Hacienda San José is a charming casual property with historic character located in the temperate Andes foothills, where air-conditioning is not used. Merecumbe Hotel, a casual hotel we've chosen for its optimal proximity to Tayrona National Park, is an eco-friendly lodge cooled by ocean breezes rather than air-conditioning.
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