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Colombia Walking & Hiking Tour - For Families with Older Teens & 20s

The Coffee Triangle, Caribbean Coast & Cartagena

One or more kids 17+ required (siblings 14+ ok)

Family — Older Teens & 20s

Activity Level: 2-4

Casual Hotels

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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Colombia Family Walking and Hiking Tour map
Colombia Family Walking and Hiking Tour map


Start Pereira / End Cartagena

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.


  • Hike with your family in the Cocora Valley and through coffee farms to cozy haciendas in Colombia's world-famous coffee-growing region
  • Trek along the magical coastline surrounding Tayrona National Park, praised by the New York Times as one of the most beautiful corners of South America
  • Discover the culture of the warm Colombian people and spend special time with indigenous communities along the Santa Marta coast, learning their traditions
  • Experience the romance and intrigue of the World Heritage city of Cartagena's colonial old town during a guided walk


Accommodations may vary based on departure date.
Casual Hotels
Accommodations may vary based on departure.
Days 1-2

Hike with your family 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 and learn how the coffee is processed from bean to cup | Venture into the Cocora Valley, home to groves of Colombia's national tree, the wax palm, that grow over 150 feet tall! | Explore the quaint coffee village of Salento, known for its well-preserved colonial architecture | Spend time strolling palm-lined Plaza Bolívar and browsing artisan shops.

Aerial view of Sazagua Boutique Hotel
Sazagua Boutique Hotel
| Casual Hotel

Located in the temperate Andes foothills, Sazagua's colonial wooden guesthouses feature intriguing art and eclectic furniture and are surrounded by beautiful tropical gardens. (pool, spa)

Days 3-5

Walk to a local farm and learn about the traditional Colombian Paso Fino (Fine Step) horses | Fly to the Caribbean coast, settle into our beachside hotel and bliss out on the pristine beach or relax at the pool | ​Discover Tayrona National Park and its lush tropical forests and boulder-strewn Caribbean beaches, one of Colombia's most stunning natural areas | Keep an eye out for unique wildlife, like a monkey found nowhere else in the world: the striking cotton-top tamarin | In the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, a World Heritage site, follow centuries-old trails to meet with indigenous community members, a unique opportunity unavailable to most travelers | ​Float on the crystal-clear Don Diego River | Learn cumbia, Colombia's national dance, and other local dances during our lesson.

Exterior Cayena Beach Villa
Cayena Beach Villa
| Casual Hotel

This lovely villa is situated on a pristine stretch of coastline with palm trees, jungle and the Sierra Nevada mountain range providing a lush backdrop. (pool)

Days 6-8

Arrive in the magical port city of Cartagena, once home to writer Gabriel García Márquez | Join a guide to explore Cartagena's colonial walled city and fortress, learning about its deep history | Take in the postcard-perfect architecture with Spanish-style roots | Visit Getsemani, one of the hippest neighborhoods in Colombia | Relax with a yoga session on the top floor of the hotel before your return home.

The pool at Anandá Hotel Boutique
Anandá Hotel Boutique
| Casual Plus Hotel

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

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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Activity Level: 2-4

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. Several routes and a range of levels are offered each day so you can choose how much or how little activity you want to do. Learn more about how we determine activity levels.

Route notes

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

Daily Route Options

Day 1
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 2 miles | 100 ft. gain
Level 2 | 4 miles | 300 ft. gain
Level 3 | 6 miles | 700 ft. gain
Day 2
Walking & Hiking
Level 3 | 6 miles | 1600 ft. gain
Level 3 | 9 miles | 1900 ft. gain
Level 4 | 7 miles | 2200 ft. gain
Day 3
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 2 miles | 100 ft. gain
Paso Fino Horse Stables Visit (1.5 hours)
Day 4
Walking & Hiking
Level 2 | 5 miles | 500 ft. gain
Level 3 | 8 miles | 600 ft. gain
Level 4 | 12 miles | 1300 ft. gain
Day 5
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 1 miles | 300 ft. gain
Level 3 | 7 miles | 700 ft. gain
Day 6
Cartagena Guided Historical City Walk (2 hours)
Day 7
Getsemani Guided Historical City walk (1.5 hours)
Day 8
1 hour

What's Included

  • All breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners
  • 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

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 enables us to visit a great variety of Colombia's different geographic zones (including an internal flight that requires a layover in Bogotá and a 5½–7 hour shuttle to Cartagena). The small winding roads to access national parks can make ground transportation a slow—but scenic!—endeavor.

Internal Flight

On this trip we travel by plane to reach the hotels and activities this destination has to offer. We will be flying on a commercial flight with Avianca aboard a twin-jet plane.


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 are, however, more rustic than other Backroads hotels, with rooms in varying sizes and simple amenities.

A Cultural Destination

Colombia’s incredible diversity begs to be enjoyed in various ways. For this reason, we’ve complemented the four full days of hiking options on this trip with experiences and cultural encounters uniquely suited to the regions that we visit. While we’ll spend a little less time on the trails, we’re confident that we’ve found the ideal way to experience Colombia on two feet.

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