- Beach escape.
- Sunset chasers.
- Nature lovers.
- Slow pace trip that allows you to connect with nature.
Enjoy a full weekend in one of Colombia's most beautiful territories, discover yourself why this is truly a magical place. Visit Tayrona Park recognized by its beautiful lush green jungle, and warm water beaches or enjoy the calm and the diversity of Colombia's nature in our kayak experience at Buritica River.
Be amazed by the beauty of Santa Marta Sea in our sailboat experience, a full day of beach, a full day of beach, sea, paddle board and more!
The foothills of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, the highest coastal mountain in the world, sink into the sea like the fingers of a gigantic hand between which bays and coves of singular beauty are formed: with its white sand beaches bounded by, mangroves, bushes, or forests, and all bathed by the crystalline waters of the Caribbean Sea. There are many attractions offered by the Tayrona National Park. For those looking for contemplation and rest, the Park offers magnificent beaches and the relaxing panorama of an intensely blue sea. Those who are attracted to more exciting activities can enjoy hiking, kayaking down the river, snorkeling, and autonomous diving. This experience is for nature lovers, those in search of quiet and biodiverse places, willing to live the adventures of the river, sea, and jungle, as well as learn more about the indigenous culture and environment of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta.
Who This Experience Is Good For
For nature lovers how wants to enjoy their weekend surrounded by green mountains, rivers and sea.
Meet Our Local Host
My name is Mario, I've been living in Santa Marta for years after I got back from working in cruises. I've back packed in Latin America and fell in love with Santa Marta after pandemic and decided to stay and live there. I'm a yogui and I do also enjoy outdoors activities. I love the nature of Santa Marta and the food. And I'm very excited to meet you and explore together this great beach city!
DAY 1 (FRIDAY)
9:30 am: Departure flight to Santa Marta (NOT INCLUDED).
10:40 am: Arrival To Santa Marta.
1:00 pm: Welcome lunch (included).
3:00 pm: Check-in at accommodations (Explore the city, accommodations are in the central area with a uniquely local feel).
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm: Sunset and chill at a beach hostel (Chair and $15.000 COP consumption - Transportation not included).
DAY 2 (SATURDAY)
OPTION 1: Parque Tayrona (hike to Beach) *Min 4 people to operate*
6:00 am Breakfast
7:00 am Private transport to Tayrona Park estimated time of arrival from 9 to 9:30 am
Start hiking the valley (3-hour walk/hike) consider the same time to return, walking paths are along the track but some parts are steep and muddy or tough rocks, the trophy is to reach the beautiful beaches of Cabo San Juan. Free time to stroll around lunch included at the Beach front restaurant (vegan and vegetarian options available). This hike is a 3.8 in a 1 to 5 level. The weather is hot and humid and will vary in the 28C - 34C approx 84F- 90F
5:30 pm Return to the accommodation.
OPTION 2: Buritaca (River kayaking to the Beach) *Min 4 people to operate*
7:00 am: Breakfast.
7:30 am: Private transport to Buritica River, estimated time of arrival from 9:30 to 10:00 am.
We will get on a kayak and travel down the river, where the waters of the mountain join the sea. You will see many typical animals of the area. Once there, we will hike for 25 minutes (crossing the river by foot and getting wet) up river. After the hike, we will get on the kayaks and paddle down river for about 1 hour and 30 minutes until we meet with beach. At the beach, you will have time to walk, connect with the sea majesty or just chill. The van will pick us up 30 minutes after arriving to the sea and take us back to a nice hostel close by the river.
1:30 pm: Lunch and time to enjoy the river and chill.
We will start our drive back to Santa Marta at 4:00 pm.
DAY 3 (SUNDAY)
8:00 am: breakfast.
8:45 am: Check out from hotel (your bags will stay at the hotel).
9:15 am: Meeting at the International Navy Pier of Santa Marta.
10:30 am: Departure by motor passing through Taganga, Garnet and Punta Aguja to Bahia Concha (departure time is strict).
Noon once anchored in Bahia Concha enjoy the beach, bathe, swim. Included for you are water, ice, 1 beer and fruits. Lunch is freshly grilled onboard. (vegetarian and vegan options available).
Included: paddleboarding and kayak.
3:30 pm Sailing, living the experience of navigation return to the marina between 5:00 and 5:30 pm.
8:00 pm Shuttle to the airport.
- 3 days & 2 nights accommodation at hotel in shared rooms (2 single beds plus a private bath per room).
- Breakfast Saturday and Sunday.
- Lunch Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
OPTION 1 on Saturday: Parque Tayrona: Hike to the beaches of Cabo San Juan
OPTION 2 on Saturday: Buritaca: Downriver in kayaks ending at Buritaca beaches.
Sail experience to Bahía Concha (snorkeling, kayaking, paddle boarding) available on Sunday.
Transportation during the experiences and to/from the airport (at Santa Marta).
Airport shuttle on Friday and Sunday.
**The sailing experience on Sunday is not private for RY customers there might be other participants and staff on board.**
What’s Not Included
-Any extras that were not mentioned above.
-Flights from Medellin to Santa Marta (once we reach the minimum and we confirm the side trip, we will communicate recommended flights).
-Transfer to/from Medellin airport and back.
Know Before You Go
- Minimum Needed: 6 people.
- Maximum Capacity: 18 people.
- Booking Deadline: 2 weeks before event.
- Weather Dependent: No.
- Difficulty Level:
Easy: Kayak experience
Moderate/difficult: Tayrona hike.
- Special Clothing Required: Yes.
Bring clothes for warm weather.
- Special Dietary Restrictions: All dietary needs catered
- Extra Cash: Needed for tipping and to buy snacks and water.
- Transportation: Included during the experiences.
Frequently Asked Questions
I almost did not buy this trip and am so glad I did! Santa Marta exceeded my expectations. I absolutely loved this trip! Mario is an excellent, fun guide. He took us to El Rio hostel to do our hike, kayaking trip and hang out (and have lunch). El Rio is well known among travelers from the U.K. because it is fantastic. I loved chilling in the hammocks with my book after our adventurous kayaking trip that included linking arms to cross a river with a strong current, hiking beautiful terrain, kayaking to a rock to jump off of, jumping from a rope swing, and going down a giant water slide into the river. We had a blast! Dinner in Santa Marta at El Mexican we fabulous, too. The second day, we boarded a beautiful sailboat to hang out and have lunch on a pretty beach. The choppy water bothered one in our group, but she still enjoyed the ride. I got the Cartagena add-on as well, which was enjoyable, but not the blast that Santa Marta was! Do this trip! You will not be sorry. It was the highlight of my Medellin month.
We had a wonderful time in Santa Marta. Sailing in the ocean and kayaking in the river was SOOO fun! The hostel that we spent the day on Saturday was beautiful and very vibey. Also, I wasn't expecting that we were staying at the Marriot hotel, and that was a very nice surprise to everyone! This trip was perfect to connect with the community, in comparison with other side trips this is not a GO GO trip therefore we had the chance to go on our own pace and not to feel tired afterwards. Also the experiences that RY curated for us where so well done and our host (MARIO) was very kind and he brought a very cool energy to our group. It was definitely one of the highlights of our month in Medellín!
A jam packed weekend of adventure
Santa Marta offers incredible landscapes to be a part of! The surrounding landscape is ocean, desert, and jungle, all within a couple hours drive. It was also eye-opening to see the humble living conditions of the surrounding community.
We had the best weekend with Cata and Juan in Santa Marta! They took us to a bar looking over the marina to watch one of the most beautiful sunsets we had ever seen. Kayaking on the river and hanging out at El Rio hostel (amazing vibes and delicious vegan food) hostel was so much fun (day 1) , and we had an amazing day swimming/boating/ snorkeling on day 2. They take care of everything and you just need to show up :)