Los Nevados, Tayrona Beaches and the Lost City
Los Nevados, Tayrona Beaches and the Lost City

Los Nevados, Tayrona Beaches and the Lost City

19 days

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Experience the natural and cultural highlights of Colombia on this epic tour

Colombia is famous for its spectacular natural wonders, rich culture and history, and of course, coffee. You’ll experience the best of all of these on the Los Nevados, Tayrona Beaches and the Lost City tour!

This tour combines trekking in the mountains, exploring incredible beaches, discovering ancient ruins, and great coffee in one epic tour.

The Los Nevados, the Caribbean and the Lost City tour takes you to two of Colombia’s best national parks – Los Nevados National Park and Tayrona National Park. You’ll also learn about the indigenous culture of Colombia, both now and in the ancient past. Explore exotic cities, ride in a 4-wheel drive vehicle across the desert, trek through fantastic nature, and experience the best Caribbean beaches and Colombian coffee. This adventure tour in Colombia truly has it all. Don’t miss the Colombia Off-Road Tour!

Highlights of Los Nevados, Tayrona Beaches and the Lost City Tour

Trek through the spectacular Andes mountains in Los Nevados National Park.
Explore the history and culture of local villages and famous cities, such as Bogota and Cartagena.
Enjoy Colombia’s finest beaches on the Caribbean coast in Tayrona National Park.
Hike to the famous Lost City of the Tayronas and tour this incredible archaeological site.


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Los Nevados, Tayrona Beaches and the Lost City

Los Nevados, Tayrona Beaches and the Lost City Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Bogota

Welcome to Bogota, the capital of Colombia! Transfer from the airport to your first hotel and prepare to start your amazing tour.
Overnight Location: Hotel Casa Real 93, Bogota
Distance: None
Meals: None

Day 2 Bogota City Tour

Spend today on a private walking tour of Bogota’s historic district. Here in the heart of the charming La Candelaria, as the colonial area is called, you can visit Plaza Bolivar and the renowned gold museum. You’ll also ride a cable car to the Monserrate Sanctuary (3,152 m/10,341’), where you will find a spectacular view of the city. You can also choose to visit the museum dedicated to Botero, a famous Colombian artist.
Overnight Location: Hotel Casa Real 93, Bogota
Distance: Tour lasts 6-7 hours
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 Fly to Pereira, Begin Los Nevados Trek

Transfer from your hotel to the airport after breakfast for a one-hour domestic flight to Pereira. Transfer from the airport in Pereira to the trailhead, with a chance to stop along the way to shop for snacks or any last-minute needs. Drive for about 2 hours into the mountains along the Otun River. Pass La Florida and La Suiza rural areas, then begin your trek at the El Cedral trailhead (2,105 m/6,906’). Climb this lovely trail for about 2.5 to 3 hours to reach La Pastora refuge (2,460 m/8,071’). Spend the night tent camping here in the cloud rain forest.
Overnight Location: La Pastora Refuge (2,460 m/8,071’)
Distance: 2.5-3 hours, 5.9 km, 355 m of ascent
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 Trek to Berlin farm

Today you’ll notice that the hiking turns steeper. Hike for about 2.5 hours to reach the well-known El Jordan farm. Stop to enjoy this idyllic location, surrounded by volcanic hills with lovely waterfalls and dense green vegetation. As you continue hiking from here, the forest begins to open as the landscape changes to a paramo ecosystem above the tree line. The final stretch of trail today is very steep, leading up to the El Agrado ridge. Here in this beautiful and remote area you’ll find the Berlin farm (3,848 m/12,625’), where you will camp for the night.
Overnight Location: Camping at Finca Berlin (3,848 m/12,625’)
Distance: 4 hours, 10.9 km, 1,388 m of ascent
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 Trek to La Primavera farm

Begin today’s hike on an old trail that climbs up through the El Agrado river valley and over La Amargura Pass (4,220 m/13,845’). Cross the border here from the state of Risaralda into Quindio. Here you have the option to extend the hike up to the summit of Pico Chispas (4,378 m/14,364’) before rejoining the original trail.

After crossing La Amargura Pass, descend steeply down through the Quebrada Cardenas Valley. Cross the Quindio River (3,804 m/12,480’) then ascend along the muddy trail to La Linea Pass (4,019 m/13,186’). This pass marks the border between the state of Quindio and the state of Tolima. Stop here to appreciate the wonderful view of Paramillo del Quindio (4,745 m/15,568’), which is the tallest peak in Quindio. You can also see the beautiful Nevado del Tolima in the distance. From La Linea Pass, the trail descends gently to La Primavera/La Playa, the farm where you will camp for the night. Sample a local beverage called Agua e Panela, which is a hot drink made with raw sugar.
Overnight Location: Camping at La Primavera / La Playa; (3,769 m/12,365’)
Distance: 5-6 hours, 12 km, 587 m of ascent, 666 m of descent
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 Trek to La Linea Pass, Jeep ride to Salento

Today is the last day of the Los Nevados trek. After breakfast, return to La Linea Pass (4,019 m/13,186’) and descend again back to the Quindio River (3,804 m/12,480’). Cross the river, then a short uphill stretch of trail brings you to an abandoned farm called Buenos Aires. Continue hiking for about an hour and you’ll see a farm called La Argentina. Descend through the rainforest, surrounded by incredible landscapes, the end your hike with a semi-circular climb up to the Cocora Valley (2,425 m/7,956’). Meet your transport here in this beautiful valley full of wax palms, which is the national tree of Colombia. Ride for about 25 minutes in an old traditional Willys Jeep, which has come to symbolize the culture of the coffee region, to reach the town of Salento (1,919 m/6,296’). Settle into your hotel in the colonial area of Salento and enjoy some fantastic local coffee.
Overnight Location: Hotel Salento Real, Salento (1,919 m / 6,296’)
Distance: 6-8 hours, 16.5 km, 250 m of ascent, 1,594 m of descent
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7 Coffee Tour in Salento

Enjoy a relaxing morning to rest and recover from your trekking tour, then take a guided tour of a local coffee farm. Your tour will demonstrate the traditional process of producing coffee, beginning from planting seeds and ending with the product that is sold or exported. You’ll also participate in an educational coffee tasting, learning about the different qualities and varieties of coffee produced here. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant (not included) then explore this peaceful town on your own. You may enjoy browsing and shopping for local handicrafts and other locally produced products. If you would prefer to be active, you can choose to take a guided botanical tour of La Kasa or try a horseback riding or mountain biking tour in the area.
Overnight Location: Hotel Salento Real, Salento
Distance: N/A
Meals: Breakfast

Day 8 Fly from Armenia to Riohacha

After breakfast, take a one-hour drive to Armenia Airport. Fly from here to Riohacha, connecting through Bogota, which takes about 3 hours. Check in to your hotel and spend the afternoon exploring Riohacha’s seaside promenade. Here you can observe Wayuu Indians as they work on their handicrafts and watch the stunning Caribbean sunset.
Overnight Location: Hotel Taroa, Riohacha
Distance: 1 hour of driving, 3 hours of flying
Meals: Breakfast

Day 9 Drive to Punta Gallinas

Drive today from Riohacha to Punta Gallinas. This unique location is the northernmost point of South America and is home to some of the Caribbean coast’s most spectacular beaches. Punta Gallinas (or “Chicken Point”) originally had a lighthouse, but today this lies in ruin. The road trip to get here is quite an experience. Begin with a good-quality road until you reach the 4-way intersection Cuatro Caminos. Follow the main road north, and in the distance, you’ll see Uribia, which is the native Wayuu capital and is also referred to as the Indigenous Capital of Colombia. Drive for another 1.5 hours to reach the desert area known as Colombia’s Outback. Here in this wild landscape, your route follows 4-wheel drive tracks. As you can imagine, daily life is difficult for the indigenous families who live in this region. Pass two bays, the Bahia Hondita and the Bahia Honda, where you’ll see lovely views and surprisingly colorful sandy beaches. After driving for 2 hours through the Colombian Outback, you’ll reach the sand dunes of Taroa. Don’t miss the sunset in this incredible place where the yellow dunes meet the deep blue sea. Near the ruins at Punta Gallinas, enjoy a lovely beach in a remote region where you are unlikely to encounter many other people. Spend the night experiencing the local Wayuu culture by staying in a rustic lodge that is like a local home.
Overnight Location: Hospedaje Luzmila Lodge, Punta Gallinas
Distance: N/A
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 Drive to Cabo la Vela

Spend the morning enjoying the beautiful Punta Aguja beach. From here, you can choose to take a boat to Hondita Bay to see the pink flamingos that live there. (The boat tour is an additional expense and can be ordered a day in advance.) Leave Punta Gallina after lunch, crossing the deserts of La Alta Guajira. When you reach the railroad for the Cerrejon coal mine, you’ll turn onto the road that leads to Cabo la Vela. This area is less deserted than the northern area you have just left. You’ll also pass one of Colombia’s only windmill parks. The drive from Punta Gallinas to Cabo la Vela takes approximately 2-3 hours. Cabo la Vela is on the Guajira peninsula’s western coast and offers fantastic beaches that are rarely crowded. This is a great location for exploring bays or desert trails, for sampling local cuisine and for experiencing cultural traditions. Watch the Wayuu fisherman at work or try kite surfing (course and gear rental for an additional fee). End the day watching the sunset from the lighthouse, then spend the night in a rustic lodge.
Overnight Location: La Posada Wayuu, Cabo de la Vela
Distance: N/A
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11 Visit Beaches and drive to Tayrona National Park

Start the day by visiting the famously beautiful beaches of Pilon de Azucar or the Ojo del Agua. There is plenty of time to enjoy the stunning landscapes and the refreshing water before eating a nice lunch locally, then beginning the drive back to Riohacha. If conditions are dry, you’ll drive through the desert and across a salt flat, then follow the railroad back to the intersection at Cuatro Caminos. Another 1.5-2 hours brings you to Riohacha. Continue down the Troncal del Caribe highway, crossing the southern Guajira, and entering the state of Magdalena. You’ll enter Tayrona National Park and come to your lodge about 2 hours after crossing the Magdalena border. The rest of the day is free to explore the lodge and its incredible grounds.
Overnight Location: Eco Hotel Yachay, Tayrona National Park
Distance: N/A
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 12 Visit Tayrona Natural Park

Get an early start from the Eco Hotel Yachay and make your way to the trailhead for the tourist trail. The trailhead is about 3 km from the lodge, so you can either choose to walk (which takes approximately 1 hour) or take a public bus. From the trailhead, an hour of light hiking brings you to the iconic Arrecife area. Follow the well-marked trail, which begins in the tropical rainforest and ends at a fantastic Caribbean beach. This area boasts some of Colombia’s most beautiful beaches and the foothills of the world’s tallest coastal mountain range, the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. Enjoy a lunch of traditional fish from a local eatery, then take a refreshing dip in the warm Caribbean waters before choosing one of two trails that lead back to the trailhead.
Overnight Location: Eco Hotel Yachay, Tayrona National Park
Distance: N/A
Meals: Breakfast

Day 13 Begin Lost City Trek

Leave the Eco Hotel Yachay in the morning and travel by 4-wheel drive vehicles, following the coast to the northeast. After about 1-1.5 hours, the paved road ends and the off-road adventure begins. About an hour after you leave the paved road, you’ll see the El Mamey, or Machete Pelado, village (150 m/492’). Eat lunch here and then begin your hike to the Lost City (La Ciudad Perdida). There is little protection from the elements on today’s hike so be sure to pack plenty of water and dress appropriately to the weather. Tropical fruit will be available along your hike to help keep your energy up. Take the trail along the Quebrada del Alto Mamey River, which is a pleasant one-hour walk before the path climbs steeply up to the El Mirador Pass (640 m/2,100’). Pause here to enjoy the wonderful view overlooking the town of Mamey and the Buritaca River. Descend again for 1.5 hours to the Donde Adan Lodge, which awaits you in a beautiful location beside the Quebrada Honduras River. Take a refreshing swim in the natural pool by the lodge after a day of hiking. Spend the night in a hammock at the lodge.
Overnight Location: Donde Adan Lodge, (480 m/1,574’)
Distance: 4 hours, 8.9 km, 490 m of ascent, 160 m of descent
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14 Trek to El Paraiso Lodge

Eat breakfast early to have time for a long but rewarding day. Your trek begins with a gentle ascent on a well-marked trail up to the Mumake Pass (680 m/2,231’). Along the way, you’ll cross into the protected land ruled by the Kogi indigenous tribe. Wiwa Indians also settle in parts of these valleys and run some of the hikers’ lodges. You’ll notice how the landscape changes from farmland to a more natural and well-preserved wilderness. After crossing the Mumake Pass, descend quickly to the Buritaca River (430 m/1,411’), where you can get a glimpse of the Kogi way of life at their Montangi settlement. Hike for about an hour, then cross a hanging bridge over the river and begin the ascent to the Koskunguena Pass (824 m/2,703’). Once over the pass, you’ll descend again to the Buritaca River (743 m/2,438’) and cross the river one last time. Follow the river to El Paraiso lodge (870 m/2,854’), where you can swim in the river before spending the night sleeping in hammocks.
Overnight Location: El Paraiso Lodge (870 m/2,854’)
Distance: 7-8 hours, 13.6 km, 721 m of ascent, 327 m of descent
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15 Trek to the Lost City

Hit the trail very early in the morning, following the right bank of the Buritaca River for a short distance, then crossing to the other side. Here you’ll see the ancient stairs that climb steeply up to the Lost City of the Tayrona (1,175 m/3,855’). Climbing these steps is like traveling back in time as you approach this fascinating archaeological site. The original name of the city was Teyuna, and it is all that has been discovered of the lost Tayrona civilization. You’ll spend 4 hours touring the area and learning about the culture and architecture of the city. It is believed that the Kogi people descended from the Tayrona people, and you may also be able to visit the home of a Kogi Mamo, or shaman.

After your tour, return to El Paraiso lodge for lunch, then follow the same trail back toward the Mumake Pass. At the foot of the pass, spend the night at the Mumake Lodge (389 m/1,276’).
Overnight Location: Mumake Lodge (389 m/1,276’)
Distance: 6 hours, 9.4 km, 382 m of ascent, 786 m of descent
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16 Trek to El Mamey Town, Drive to Santa Marta

Complete your Lost City trek today. Begin by hiking up to the Mumake Pass (680 m/2,231’) immediately after leaving the Mumake Lodge. After crossing the pass, you will descend again to the Quebrada Honduras River before climbing once again up to El Mirador Pass (640 m/2,100’). Continue walking to reach the end of the trail in the town of El Mamey (150 m/492’). Eat lunch here in town, then drive for about 2-2.5 hours to reach your hotel in Santa Marta.
Overnight Location: Hotel Boutique La Casa del Farol, Santa Marta
Distance: 4-5 hours, 14.2 km, 451 m of ascent, 690 m of descent
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 17 Drive to Cartagena

Leave Santa Marta today, driving the Caribbean Highway (Troncal del Caribe) to the city of Cartagena. You’ll pass the city of Barranquilla as well as the impressive Salamanca National Park. When you arrive in Cartagena, you’ll check in to your hotel in the historic district, then explore your surroundings with a private guided walking tour. You’ll learn more about the history and architecture as you visit many beautiful places in the old town. As the sun sets and darkness falls, enjoy the romantic lights of Cartagena by night.
Overnight Location: Hotel Casa del Curato, Cartagena
Distance: N/A
Meals: Breakfast

Day 18 Cartagena City Tour

Continue touring Cartagena today. Visit two famous remnants of the Spanish colonial period: The San Felipe Fortress and the Popa Monastery. From the monastery you can see a fantastic view overlooking the city. You can also explore the Bazurto marketplace, a popular place for local people to trade fish, fruits, and vegetables. The beautiful city of Cartagena was founded in 1533 and it was Spain’s most important Caribbean port during the colonial period. After your tour, you have free time to explore on your own, go shopping, or get a drink at the old fortress. Find some place special to watch the sun set on your last full day in Colombia.
Overnight Location: Hotel Casa del Curato, Cartagena
Distance: 4 hours (City tour)
Meals: Breakfast

Day 19 Fly to Bogota, end of Tour

Sadly, your epic Colombia Off-Road Tour has reached its end. Leaving Cartagena, a one-hour flight takes you to Bogota Airport. Have a pleasant journey!
Overnight Location: N/A
Distance: N/A
Meals: Breakfast

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Los Nevados, Tayrona Beaches and the Lost City Tour Price and Dates

This partially-guided tour is always run as a custom tour for your group only and the price per person depends on the number of people in your group.

The prices below are per person sharing a double or a triple room:

  • Groups of 2: $3,495 USD per person
  • Groups of 3-5: $3,095 USD per person
  • Groups of 6: $2,995 USD per person
  • Guided Groups of 7+: on request
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Accommodation on the Los Nevados, Tayrona Beaches and the Lost City Tour

Accommodations on this tour are based in 3- and 4-star hotels in cities and towns where they are available. In rural areas and along treks, you will often be camping, sleeping in hammocks, or staying in rustic lodges.

In some cases, accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other, comparable accommodations.

Single Rooms and Solo Travelers
You can pay a supplement of $495 USD to have a private room in a hotel. Contact us and we can try and match single travelers up, where possible.

Hotels on Standard Tour

Hotel Casa Real 93, Bogota ★★★★

Just a block away from Park 93 in a safe and quiet neighborhood of Bogota, make yourself at home in a hotel that’s more like a residential building.

Night 3-5

Camping in Los Nevados National Park

No experience in Los Nevados National Park is complete without camping. Emerge into the nature surrounded by Colombian Andes.

Hotel Salento Real, Salento ★★★

Enjoy this beautiful hotel with clean, spacious rooms and everything you need for a comfortable stay. Salento’s main street is a short walk away.

Hotel Taroa, Riohacha ★★★★

Excellent service and amenities await you with stunning beach and Caribbean Sea views from the terrace and the rooftop restaurant and bar.

Night 9

Hospedaje Luzmila, Punta Gallinas (Lodge)

Basic, but very friendly lodge in beautiful Punta Gallinas right near the beach will embrace you with homey feeling and beautiful views.

Night 10

La Posada Wayuu, Cabo la Vela (Lodge)

Stay in lovely posada in Cabo la Vela. Beautiful beach, friendly staff and cozy rooms will make you feel like at paradise.

Eco Hotel Yachay, Tayrona National Park (Lodge)

Stay in the heart of Tayrona National Park, surrounded by the jungle and wildlife. This lodge offers a comfortable stay in an amazing location.

Night 13-15

Hammocks at lodges along the trail

Trek in the beautiful rainforest of Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta and sleep in hammocks in lodges along the trail of the Lost City.

Hotel Boutique La Casa del Farol, Santa Marta ★★★

This charming old house has been adapted into a hotel with a rooftop pool in a convenient location just a short walk from Santa Marta’s main street.

Hotel Casa del Curato, Cartagena ★★★

Make yourself at home! This quaint hotel is an excellent base for exploring Cartagena then relaxing at the pool or on the rooftop terrace.

What’s included in Los Nevados, Tayrona Beaches and the Lost City Tour?


18 breakfasts, 11 lunches, and 8 dinners are included on your tour.


Accommodations for 18 nights along the tour are included as described. You will usually stay in 3- or 4-star hotels, except along hikes and in areas where only rustic lodges or camping are available.

Transportation during the Tour

  • Airport transfers
  • Private transportation throughout the tour

Also Included

  • Local English-speaking mountain guide on day 3-6
  • Local English-speaking cultural guide for days 9-11
  • Local English-speaking trekking guide for days 13-16
  • Los Nevados National Park entrance fee
  • Tayrona National Park tour with English-speaking guide and entrance fees
  • Bogota City Tour with English-speaking guide and entrance fees
  • Cartagena City Tour with English-speaking guide and entrance fees
  • Quality mountain tents for camping (2 people per tent)
  • Common camping equipment for the group
  • Mules for carrying camping equipment, food, and personal gear in Los Nevados National Park
  • Pack animal for Lost City trek

Not included

  • Transportation to and from Bogota before and after the tour
  • Domestic flights (expect to pay roughly $300 for the flights)
  • Separate airport transfers in case of multiple arrivals/departures
  • Camping gear
  • Tips
  • Personal equipment and expenses
  • Insurance
  • Anything else not listed as included

Optional Extras

  • Extra night in Bogota at the end of the trip
  • Entrance to Botero Museum in Bogota (day 2)
  • Extra tours in Salento (day 7): botanical tour, horseback riding, mountain biking
  • Boat tour to Hondita Bay from Punta Aguja beach (day 10)
  • Kite surfing course and gear rental in Cabo la Vela (day 10)

Frequently Asked Questions about Los Nevados, Tayrona Beaches and the Lost City

Andes World Travel is a boutique adventure tour operator, founded by mountaineers, grown out of a love for adventure and first-hand knowledge of the Andes region. They offer a wide range of tours throughout South America, including both adventure tours and cultural tours.

Andes World Travel offers climbing, trekking, and hiking tours with an emphasis on safety and professionalism. They also offer “light trekking” trips for less experienced adventurers.

The company runs tours in Colombia, Ecuador, Argentina, Bolivia, Venezuela, and Peru. They focus on sustainable practices and are more than willing to customize their tours to client’s wishes.

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We rate this tour as a 4 / 5. You should be able to hike for up to 8 hours and you will climb to altitudes above 4,000 m in elevation.

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