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Top Santa Marta Outdoor Activities

Colombia’s Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, the world’s highest coastal mountain range, is an ideal setting for epic hiking adventures. With its unique and complex network of ecosystems, jagged peaks, river ravines, and waterfalls, here are your options for outdoor activities in the wild Sierra Nevada. 

Highlights
  • Trek through the Colombian jungle in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains on a multi-day hiking adventure.
  • Discover archaeological wonders such as the “Lost City” of Ciudad Perdida, once inhabited by the Tayrona people.
  • Explore the Caribbean coastline’s white-sand beaches and lush rain forest in Tayrona National Park.
  • Look out for giant anteaters, white-bellied spider monkeys, and birds such as rusty-headed spinetails and Andean condors.
  • Camp out in the jungle or sleep in a hammock beneath the stars.

Things to Know
  • The Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountain range is located along the northeastern coast of Colombia, less than an hour’s drive from Barranquilla.
  • The mountains reach heights of up to 18,942 feet (over 5,700 meters) above sea level, so hikers should be in good fitness and allow time to acclimatize to the high altitude.
  • Popular trekking tours such as the Lost City typically leave from Santa Marta and include around four to six days of hiking.
  • Hiking may not be possible during the Sierra Nevada’s two rainy seasons, May to June and September to November.
  • Most trekking tours include accommodation, meals, and round-trip transportation.
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Private full day in Cabo San Juan del Guia (Tayrona National Park)Day Trips

Private full day in Cabo San Juan del Guia (Tayrona National Park)

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In the Magdalena Department, 34 km from the beautiful Santa Marta, Colombia, you can find the Tayrona National Natural Park; a sanctuary of nature and archaeological remains that invite you to encounter yourself. Ecosystems such as mangroves, corals, algae grasslands, thorny thickets and magical dry, humid and cloudy forests proliferate and host a surprising variety of plant and animal species that are a testimony of life. The park's main attraction is its white sand beaches that are preserved in a natural environment. Within the activities you can practice here are: - Sighting of flora and fauna, especially endangered birds. - Snorkeling. - Hiking. - Swimming. If you would like to book this tour with us, we will make all of the arrangements to take you to the park. From transportation to the entrance tickets, let us organize everything so that you perfectly enjoy your time here.
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  • 9 hours
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Minca Full Day TourPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Minca Full Day Tour

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It's a full day all inclusive * Visit to coffee farm * Bath in the river * Gourmet lunch * Tour of the Bambu * Cocoa Tour
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  • 6 to 7 hours
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  • 6 to 7 hours
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4-Day Lost City Small-Group Tour in Santa MartaHiking & Camping

4-Day Lost City Small-Group Tour in Santa Marta

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Trekking through the jungle to Colombia's Lost City (Ciudad Perdida) can be challenging for even experienced hikers. Journey in confidence on this small group guided tour (limited to 12 people) that takes you on an adventure—hiking for four days across varied terrain and through striking scenery—to a 9th-century indigenous archaeological site. Includes round-trip transportation from Santa Marta, accommodation, meals, and entrance fees.
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  • 4 days
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Full Day Minca ExtremeLuxury Tours

Full Day Minca Extreme

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It is a tour in which you will have the opportunity to know different attractions of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta Minca such as the Marinka waterfall, and then arrive at Sierra Minca where you will find the most giant hammock in the world where you will enjoy a beautiful panoramic view of the city of Santa Marta or from our thermal pool then we will taste a cup of chocolate in the minca cocoa museum where we will end the tour
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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Tour Cabo San Juan Parque TayronaDay Trips

Tour Cabo San Juan Parque Tayrona

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Cabo San Juan: This plan is ideal for family outings or groups of friends who wish to enjoy the wonders of nature, meet different species of fauna and flora, bathe in magnificent beaches and the relaxing panorama of an intensely blue sea. Those who are attracted to more exciting and varied activities can enjoy hiking, horseback riding, swimming, snorkeling and autonomous diving.
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  • 9 hours
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Ancestral Trekking - Santa MartaHiking & Camping

Ancestral Trekking - Santa Marta

It is a walk of medium difficulty, you will follow the steps of the local fishermen to reach a beautiful beach without tourists, you can talk to the fishermen who will show their fishing techniques.
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  • 11 hours
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Trekking to MincaDay Trips

Trekking to Minca

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Minca is a small coffee, tourist town and a sanctuary for wildlife in its surroundings, as it is nestled in the mountains of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, has a lush rainforest, coffee and cocoa, waterfalls and friendly and diverse people . Come and visit this eco-tourist paradise in a formidable trekking adventure that will go from the foot of the mountains to the half peaks and slopes of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, and on the way you know about the exuberant bio-diversity and History of the minetraste region you exercise in this demanding trek.
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  • 9 to 11 hours
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Ciudad Perdida: 4 or 5 Day Trek to the Lost City from Santa MartaHiking & Camping

Ciudad Perdida: 4 or 5 Day Trek to the Lost City from Santa Marta

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Challenge yourself on a 4- or 5-day hiking adventure through the Colombian jungle as you trek to the mythical Ciudad Perdida, or “Lost City,” hidden in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. This vigorous trekking experience traverses the unspoiled terrain of the Colombian wilderness, culminating in a visit to an impressive indigenous archaeological site dating to the 9th century. Your small-group tour, limited to just 11 participants, also includes a guide, campsite accommodations, entrance fees, round-trip transport from hotels in Santa Marta and included meals as per the itinerary.
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  • 5 days
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3 Day Trekking + Waterfall Rappelling to Cerro Kennedy Hiking & Camping

3 Day Trekking + Waterfall Rappelling to Cerro Kennedy

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The boldest & most adventurous excursion in Minca. Our 3 day trek is ideal for those who do not have much time, are in good physical condition, & want an unforgettable way to discover the magic and panoramic views of this biodiverse mountain range. The Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, the second-highest coastal mountain range in the world & the source of 36 rivers, contains almost every ecosystem on the planet: deserts, alpine lakes, rainforests, wetlands, tundra, & glaciers. The mosaic of habitats & species found here are like nowhere else on Earth. Separated from the Andes mountain chain by plains & deserts, the Sierra Nevada is a self-contained microcosm of diverse ecoregions & lifeforms containing thick, misty jungles, snow capped peaks, rare & unusual species, ancient lost cities, & isolated indigenous people rich with culture and tradition, all of which steep these mountains in myth and intrigue. This journey is full of wildlife, waterfalls, stunning views, and an adrenaline.
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  • 3 days
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The Native Expedition - Sierra Nevada (3 days Awesomes view points)Hiking & Camping

The Native Expedition - Sierra Nevada (3 days Awesomes view points)

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This project was started by a group of peasant families who have decided to leave aside activities with a negative impact on the environment (like intensive agriculture and livestock) and work in tourism. These families saw that the place what has always been their home is a paradise of landscapes, biodiversity and cultural experiences. And now they want to show this paradise, and everything it offers, to the rest of the world. This trek is outside of others tourist treks saturated with visitors, wildlife full, ancient rainforests, impressive waterfalls, friendly people and stunning views of the mountains and the Caribbean Sea. Of course, to get to the most beautiful places requires great effort, hiking along steep slopes, grass fields, forests and mountains. As such, it is necessary to be in a good physical and mental condition. You will be rewarded at the end of each day, when we will be welcomed, eat and sleep in the peasants houses where we will have a cultural exchange.
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  • 3 days
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Experience With Ancestors- Lost City ColombiaHiking & Camping

Experience With Ancestors- Lost City Colombia

Lost City is a place full of ancestral magic, with a very demanding walk, made for the brave, in which you can appreciate the customs of the peasant families, the history that surrounds this region, have the opportunity to share with spiritual leaders and take from their hands a protection bracelet, know their customs and history all accompanied by expert guides who accompany you and provide all the security and experience acquired in more than 8 years of experience. To reach the Lost City, a series of contributions must be made to the communities of the area, peasants and indigenous people, who are responsible for maintaining peace and harmony in this ancestral place.
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  • 4 days
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Lost City Trek 3 days - 2 nightsHiking & Camping

Lost City Trek 3 days - 2 nights

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Ciudad Perdida (Lost City) is the archaeological territory of an ancient Tayrona city located in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta whose construction is attributed to the year 800 A.D. many years before Machu Picchu. The Tayrona paradise is made up of a series of terraces dug into the mountainside formed by a network of tiled roads and small circular squares. Get to Ciudad Perdida is done by climbing some 1200 stone steps through the vast jungle of the region, an adventure that begins in the city of Santa Marta and forces you to cross kilometers of mountain between rivers and jungle, an unforgettable experience that will allow you to meet the natives of the area, have an experience amid nature and live an extreme journey between the mountain and the sea.
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Parque Tayrona - Cabo San JuanNature & Wildlife

Parque Tayrona - Cabo San Juan

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This tour will take you to discover the magnificent Parque Tayrona destination of thousands of tourists, you can simply relax on Cabo San Juan beach or walk in the lush jungle to discover other beaches such as nudist beach 5 minutes from Cabo San Juan or the Piscina about 20 minutes, enjoy a good plate of fresh fish. There is also the possibility of staying overnight in the park, in a tent, hammock or in a room with a bed.
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Hiking & adventure in Ñymejan-4 days 3 nightsHiking & Camping

Hiking & adventure in Ñymejan-4 days 3 nights

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Walk through mountains of cloud forest, learn about the history of the largest shield of Colombia made in clay, have contact with the Wiwa culture, visit the highest waterfall of the Sierra Nevada also sacred site, find the sunrises with clouds under your feet , walk on unique trails in company only of the animals of the forest.
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  • 4 days
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2 Day Coastal Motorcycle TourDining Experiences

2 Day Coastal Motorcycle Tour

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All inclusive motorcycle tour of Colombia's north coast. Many more tour options available. Come with the longest running / highest rated motorcycle tour company in Northern Colombia!
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  • 2 days
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Walk for 4 days to Ciudad Perdida, Santa MartaHiking & Camping

Walk for 4 days to Ciudad Perdida, Santa Marta

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We have guides from the region trained by SENA, with years of experience. Trained to provide cultural, historical and anthropological information of the indigenous communities and the area. We work hand in hand with the indigenous and peasant communities. We are committed to supporting the development of the region through contributions that contribute to improving the quality of life of the locals.
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  • 4 days
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Private Day Trip to Minca - Organic Coffee Farm Tour and Waterfalls Day Trips

Private Day Trip to Minca - Organic Coffee Farm Tour and Waterfalls

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Come with us to Finca La Victoria, a coffee farm located between 600 and 800 meters above the level sea, up in the mountain, you will find this self-sustainable 127 years old coffee farm, where you will get to know first hand how coffee is picked, selected, treated and packed. And what makes this even more fascinating is that still use the same machines they imported more than 100 years ago. Would you like to know how the managed to transport those huge machines through that hard and unpaved road? We bet you'd be more than glad to. After visiting Finca La Victoria and eating lunch, our next stop is Marinka waterfalls. Here you will relax, swim and enjoy the rest of the day. These are the most famous waterfalls in Minca and the most recommended one.
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  • 10 hours 30 minutes
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Experience- Ikigai KoguiHiking & Camping

Experience- Ikigai Kogui

Our expedition IKAGAY KOGUI Community is the best way to share with ancestral communities, a dynamic and fun tour, learn about their customs and traditions, share dinner, campfire and maloca in the same day. Make food exchange, cocoa experience, learn about exotic and medicinal plants and in the end the adrenaline in tubing to the quietest beach in the region all this in a single experience.
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  • 2 days
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Sierra Nevada Tour We visit the Koguis and Arhuacos IndiansFull-day Tours

Sierra Nevada Tour We visit the Koguis and Arhuacos Indians

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7 HRS 4x4 departure from your hotel or meeting point in Santa Marta, Taganga, Rodadero, Caribbean trunk, palomino. - 9 hrs arrival the creek path of the sun where we will have breakfast and then you will visit the hill of the breast of the Kogui tribe who will give them Welcome to the region and I will place a protective insurance. Then we will visit the different places of interest of the place. - 11.30 am we continue on our way to the Arhuaco Kandumake village where the breast will receive us here they will also place a protective insurance and will welcome you to his tribe which we can Visit and share with your culture. Then we will have lunch at the beautiful sun farm on the banks of the river Don Diego where you can spend an afternoon laughing. 16 hrs return in 4x4 to your hotel or starting point.
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  • 12 hours
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Crystal Beach/Tayrona 2 days with snorkel, food,transportation and accommodationNature & Wildlife

Crystal Beach/Tayrona 2 days with snorkel, food,transportation and accommodation

Discover one of the most beautiful beaches in Latin America, located in Colombia. Playa Cristal gives you the best experience in the middle of the Tayrona Park, a nature reserve that allows you to connect with nature amid crystalline waters, white sand and colorful coral reefs. This is the most complete activity to visit this destination because it includes everything you need for a trip full of wonderful experiences such as transportation, food, snorkeling, walking and even lodging in the camping area if you wish. All these unique qualities make Playa Cristal a true tropical paradise, ready for those who love nature.
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  • 2 days
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Minca - Coffee y CocoaDay Trips

Minca - Coffee y Cocoa

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Minca is a small village located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta at 700m above sea level, populated by coffee, cocoa and honey producers. Located in one of the richest environments or habitat of Colombia. It has several rivers that run through its territory, full of waterfalls and cold water coming down from the mountains, so we invite you to enjoy unique landscapes in a charming place.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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Best Bonda River TrekDay Trips

Best Bonda River Trek

Guests will start from Santa Marta historic center at approximately 6:00AM which we will take a tipicalbus less than one hour to the beautiful Bonda river. We will then go on a guided walk through beautiful tropical flowers and fauna. After, we will enjoy a complete traditional lunch and then have time for river activities. Later, our guide will take us on "Paso del Mango", a beautiful place for enjoy the mor of the river and and to know local pipul This experience is truly magical for nature lovers.
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  • 10 hours
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Learn how to create your own Arhuaca backpack | Sierra NevadaDay Trips

Learn how to create your own Arhuaca backpack | Sierra Nevada

We invite you to live this authentic experience of culture and nature. It will be an enriching activity because you will learn about an ancient tradition that has allowed the indigenous cultures of the Sierra Nevada to express their artistic and cultural values. In the backpack making tour you can reveal a magical Indigenous custom that will surely teach you the importance of nature in our lives, as well as values such as respect, patience, and creativity.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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Arrecife and Cañaveral tour from Santa MartaNature & Wildlife

Arrecife and Cañaveral tour from Santa Marta

Enjoy this full-day tour with a walk along the path from Cañaveral to Arrecife, observe terrestrial ecosystems of the humid forest and delight with landscapes from the viewpoint of Cabo San Juan.
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  • 11 hours 30 minutes
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