The Colombian Extreme Adventure

The Colombian Extreme Adventure is the ultimate round trip for those seeking thrills and excitement amidst beautiful Colombian landscapes. Trekking, mountain biking, horse riding, quad bikes, white water rafting, caving, paragliding, diving, snorkelling and camping all in one round trip.

Tour Plan

From Bogotá we initially drive north to Villa de Leyva in the Boyacá department for the beginning of the your adventure in the Andean highlands. Villa de Leyva not only boast beautiful colonial architecture and the largest plaza in the whole of Latin America but also has an enviable wealth of activities.

From Villa de Leyva it is onwards by road to San Gil and Barichara, Barichara being the undisputed prettiest village in Colombia, and located just a 30 minute ride away from San Gil, Colombia’s outdoor sports and activities mecca.

We then continue onwards to Bucaramanga in order to fly to Santa Marta on Colombia’s Caribbean coast where we stay 2 nights in Taganga, a fishing village where you can go diving, snorkelling or simply take in the spectacular Caribbean sunsets.

From Taganga we head to Parque Tayrona, the most exotic and pristine of Colombia’s beaches and the perfect spot on the map to enjoy walking through the coastal jungle. You also have the option to add on a visit to El Pueblito, a traditional Kogi Indian village which also offers superb trekking opportunities.

The round trip culminates in Cartagena where we include a guided tour of the historic old town and a day trip excursion to Playa Blanca and the Rosario Islands

Climate

This tour takes you from the cool highland climates of Bogotá and Villa de Leyva, onwards to the warmer mountain landscapes of San Gil and Barichara. Finally to the Caribbean where temperatures can reach up to 40ºC

Group sizes

This trip is available for groups of 2 people and upwards, we are able to provide tour guides in both English and German.

Day 1

You will be met by one of our representatives at Bogotá’s El Dorado Airport and taken by private transfer to your hotel in La Candelaria, Bogotá’s historic colonial centre.

Bogotá is 2640m above sea level and if you happen to have arrived on a flight from Europe, you will have landed early evening. The evening of day 1 has no formal plans to allow you to relax, aclimatise to the altitude and adjust to the time difference.

Day 2

Your chance to get to know our capital city, we begin the day with a journey to the top of Monserrate, the Cerro overlooking the Bogotá Savannah. At a height of 3150m the mountain affords spectacular views across Bogotá and great photo opportunities. Normally we will ascend the Cerro by cable car, subject to local conditions we can also guide you up to the peak by foot.

In the afternoon, we have a social outing and take you to play tejo, Colombia’s national pastime. Itself an extreme sport as it involves beer and explosives.

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Villa de Leyva

Day 3

We hit the road and take you on the 4 hour journey to Villa de Leyva. Our hotel is located just outside of the town in quiet and idyllic surroundings about 15 minutes from the impressive Plaza Mayor. The afternoon is yours to enjoy at your own pace, walk around the town and enjoy the craft shops and excellent restaurants that the town has to offer.

Day 4

A tour around the beautiful surroundings of Villa de Leyva. Mountain bike, horseback or quad bikes. You pick your group’s mode of transport.

Day 5

We depart in the morning to San Gil in the Santander Department. Arriving late afternoon to check into your hotel just outisde the town. The afternoon you can spend in the hotel’s pool or go into San Gil itself.

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Paragliding in San Gil

Day 6

Two activity sessions, take your pick from caving, river rafting or paragliding.

Day 7

Trip to Barichara to undertake a 3 hour ecological walk to Guane

Day 8

We drive through the Canyon of Chicamocha to Bucaramanga where we leave the Andean region of Colombia and travel by plane to the Caribbean Coast, arriving late afternoon in Santa Marta, from where you will be transfered to your accommodation in Taganga, a lively fishing village that is popular for its beautiful sunsets and is a big destination for international travellers.

Day 9

Parque Tayrona
Parque Tayrona

After breakfast we go on a diving excursion, ideal for beginners and seasoned divers alike. We return late afternoon and you have the rest of the day to enjoy Taganga at your own leisure.

Day 10

After breakfast we head for Parque Tayrona where we spend two nights camping. After arrival the whole day is free to enjoy the beach and the Caribbean Sea.

Day 11

Trek to El Pueblito a traditional Kogi Indian village

Day 12

Transfer from Parque Tayrona via Taganga to Cartagena

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Cartagena de Indias

Day 13

Cartagena city tour including San Felipe castle, the historic walled city and Getsemaní. The city tour ends mid afternoon, as you near the end of your round trip with us this gives you a chance to have a couple of hours of downtime before taking yourself to Café del Mar to watch the spectacular sunset across the Caribbean whilst sipping on a long tall drink.

Day 14

Snorkelling amongst the beautiful coral reefs of the Rosario Islands, returning early evening to the Marina.

Day 15

Transfers to Cartagena airport for onwards travel. Flights back to Bogotá or another part of Colombia can be arranged for you.

Day 2

If you would prefer, we can offer a city tour instead of tejo

Day 4

Full day trekking outing to the Páramo de Iguaque

Day 7

Instead of the ecological trek to Guane take a bicycle trip to San Jose del Valle

Day 12

Choose to break your trip by adding in a 5 day trek to La Ciudad Perdida, the lost city of the Kogi Indians

Included in the price of this tour is the following.

  • Private transfers from the airport to your accommodation,
  • A mixture of private transfers & public transport between all the destinations included in the schedule
  • All accommodation, hotels and camping as included in the schedule including breakfast each day.
  • Private city tour in Cartagena
  • A bilingual guide during the whole tour
  • All activities as highlighted in the programme
  • All local taxes, hotel insurance fees and entrance fees to Parque Tayrona

NOT included in the price.

  • Sundry personal costs as listed in our Terms and Conditions
  • Meals and beverages not specified in the schedule
  • Optional items not listed in your travel booking schedule
We recommend you take out comprehensive travel insurance that includes cover for the sports and activities listed in the itinerary.

Destination information

This tour visits the following destinations. Click the links below for more comprehensive information on each destination.

Bogotá

Villa de Leyva

San Gil and Barichara

Santa Marta and Tayrona

Cartagena