Colombia can be considered as the door to South America because it is located on the north-western corner of the South American continent, with sea coasts on the Atlantic and the Pacific Ocean. Its strategic position makes Colombia a country rich in biodiversity, regions, cultures and more.
DAY 01: SANTA MARTA – ADAM’S HOUSE
Arrival in Santa Marta reception at the airport and trip by truck with the whole equipment and the porters during 2 hours on the Panamerican Highway towards the north. Then for approximately 1 hour on an unpaved road to the settlement of Machete Pelao. There the mules will be loaded and the trekking will begin. The first 2 ½ hours will be walking up through a zone that has been deforested by colonists to plant bananas, mandioc, etc. On the way, opportunity to take a bath in the river El Machete. Arriving at an altitude of 600 mts, participants will continue walking through places shaded by secondary forest during 2 hours to the colonist Adam’s house; there hammocks will be hung up with its mosquito nets for the night. Opportunity to take a bath in a nearby river. Dinner and overnight.
DAY 02: ADAM’S HOUSE – GABRIEL’S HOUSE
After breakfast, start of trekking through deep forest during 6 hours. Half the way the Indian reservation of the Koguis, descendants of the Tayronas, begins. Trekkers will pass through an Indian village and will have the opportunity to see some of the Indians and perhaps speak to them. This village are only used for special meetings and therefore usually they are almost empty. Inside the Indian reservation the overnight will be in the house of the only colonist of the area, whose name is Gabriel. Before dinner a magnificent bath can be enjoyed in Rio Buritaca. Overnight.
DAY 03: CIUDAD PERDIDA
Breakfast and walking during 6 hours crossing many times the Rio Buritaca; sometimes swimming, sometimes just walking in the river. On the way, spots removed by treasure hunters can be recognized. The last part of the trekking will be climbing more than 2000 stone stairs, built by the Tayronas as far as the legendary CIUDAD PERDIDA.
The afternoon will be dedicated to visit the ruins of this spectacular city discovered in 1976 and built by the Tayrona between 500 and 700 A.C. Ciudad Perdida is until our days the most important settlement of the Tayrona Culture, possibly the capital of the region. It is located at the shore or Rio Buritaca and spreads from 800 to 1300 mts. above sea level. Its axis is a wide stairway that begins at the river shore and continues on the crest of the mountain branching to left and right into secondary paths that go towards the many dwelling terraces. The majority of the terraces served as foundations for 2 to 4 huts.
Close to the ruins, at the visitor´s centre, the camp will be made. Dinner and overnight.
DAY 04: RETURN TO GABRIEL
Breakfast and return during 5 hours till Gabriel’s house, crossing several times the Rio Buritaca and meeting Indians on the way.
DAY 05: RETURN TO ADAM
Breakfast and trekking for 4 hours as far as Adam’s house.
DAY 06: RETURN TO SANTA MARTA
Breakfast and trekking for 3 hours to the settlement of Machete Pelao, where a truck will be waiting for a trip of 3 hours to Santa Marta.
TO TAKE ALONG:
* Articles of personal use
* Sleeping bag
* Insect Repellent
* Water flask
* Jacket for cool nights
* Bilingual guide specialized in ecology and preservation of environment
* Full board
* Entrance fees
* Permission of Inderena
* Hammocks with mosquito nets
* Porters and mules for equipment
NOTE: This short trip is on request and is subject to availability.