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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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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
  • Free Cancellation
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US$51.29
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US$51.29

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
  • Free Cancellation
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US$105.00
Price varies by group size
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US$105.00
Price varies by group size

Full Day Minca ExtremePrivate and Luxury

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
  • Free Cancellation
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US$51.29
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US$51.29

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

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
  • Taking safety measures
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US$380.00
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US$380.00
Taking safety measures

Tour Minca Pozo Azul and Coffee Farm.Day Trips

Tour Minca Pozo Azul and Coffee Farm.

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Get to know the ecological capital of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, a unique place in the Caribbean Region for its diversity of agricultural products, where you can enjoy different landscapes, ecological walk, learn about the traditional process of organic coffee, observe some species of birds and enjoy a delicious bath in one of its waterfalls that descend from the Sierra Nevada. Full Day Walk-Cafe-Waterfalls 9 hrs departure from your hotel in Santa Marta, Rodadero or Taganga - 10 hrs visit to coffee and cocoa producing farm. Where you can discover from the plant until export you can taste a rich coffee or 100% chocolate organic. - 12.30 hrs lunch. Typical of the region in Minca. - 14 hrs visit blue well. Where you can bathe and enjoy its crystal clear waters. - 17 hrs return to your hotel
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$51.29
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US$51.29

Ancestral Trekking - Santa MartaHiking

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
  • Free Cancellation
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US$38.03
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US$38.03

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

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
  • Taking safety measures
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US$460.00
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US$460.00
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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
  • Free Cancellation
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US$116.00
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US$116.00

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

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
  • Free Cancellation
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US$490.00
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US$490.00

Experience With Ancestors- Lost City ColombiaHiking

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
  • Free Cancellation
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US$461.54
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US$461.54

Hiking & adventure in Ñymejan-4 days 3 nightsHiking

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
  • Free Cancellation
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US$338.47
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US$338.47

Lost City Trek 3 days - 2 nightsHiking

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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  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
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US$769.24
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US$769.24

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
  • Free Cancellation
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US$333.34
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US$333.34

Motorcycle tours, bicycle, hiking, 4 × 4 jepp.Mountain Bike Tours

Motorcycle tours, bicycle, hiking, 4 × 4 jepp.

It is a very pleasant tour for our visitors as it has the best experience in coffee and is one of the oldest farms in the region with the machinery of its time
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$102.57
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US$102.57

Parque Tayrona - Cabo San JuanDay Trips

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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  • 7 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$13.33
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US$13.33

Experience- Ikigai KoguiHiking

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
  • Free Cancellation
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US$215.39
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US$215.39

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
  • Free Cancellation
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US$115.00
Price varies by group size
From
US$115.00
Price varies by group size

Walk for 4 days to Ciudad Perdida, Santa MartaHiking

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
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$388.72
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US$388.72
Taking safety measures

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
  • Free Cancellation
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US$666.67
per group
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US$666.67
per group

The Native Expedition - Sierra Nevada (2 days Discovering Chorrerón waterfall)Hiking

The Native Expedition - Sierra Nevada (2 days Discovering Chorrerón waterfall)

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This project was started by a group of peasant families who have decided 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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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
From
US$321.00
From
US$321.00

Minca Day trip from Santa Marta including Colombian lunch and coffee farm visitNature and Wildlife

Minca Day trip from Santa Marta including Colombian lunch and coffee farm visit

Close to Santa Marta, in Sierra Nevada's foothill lies the town of Minca. Famous for its dense forests, waterfalls, fresh climate, and coffee farms, this place will amaze you with all richness and tranquility.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
US$173.00
Price varies by group size
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US$173.00
Price varies by group size

Arrecife and Cañaveral tour from Santa MartaNature and 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
  • Free Cancellation
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US$40.00
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US$40.00

Tour Cinto Parque Tayrona ParkDay Trips

Tour Cinto Parque Tayrona Park

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9 hrs departure from your hotel in Santa Marta, Rodadero or Taganga 10 hrs departure from Taganga by speedboat to Cinto beach where we are arriving at 11.15 hrs there we have a kiosk with hammocks where you can have lunch and you can store your belongings and go out to enjoy the magnificent white sand beach and crystal clear waters this beach is characterized for being a very quiet place few people. 16 hrs return to Taganga by speedboat and then to your hotel by land.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$54.36
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US$54.36

Palomino Tubing + Kogi Indigenous VillageNature and Wildlife

Palomino Tubing + Kogi Indigenous Village

This is simply a wonderful day and a fantastic mix of adventure, nature, culture and relaxation. You'll be collected by from your hotel in Santa Marta and relax in your air-conditioned vehicle for the drive to Palomino. Once here you'll change to the back of a motorbike for the next 15-20min before enjoying an ecological walk of approximately 1.3 hours. You'll then arrive at the Kogi Village called Sevianca. Where you'll be greeted by the giant smiles of indigenous children. They'll be expecting a small gift, so don't disappoint; candy, book, toy, etc. (Suggested value of a gift $2 USD). You'll have approximately 30 minutes full of fun and photos before carrying on to tubing down the Palomino River. For this part you'll simply relax and let the current do all the work for the next 3.3-4 hours. Following your tubing tour, you'll be collected by your transportation once again and relax for the journey back to your hotel in Minca or Santa Marta.
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  • 9 to 10 hours
  • Taking safety measures
From
US$236.00
Price varies by group size
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US$236.00
Price varies by group size
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