Tours don’t get more access-all-areas than this. You’ll be given a backstage pass to the home of one of Colombia’s indigenous tribes. There are around 70 in the country, all thought to have descended from pre-Hispanic civilizations. You’ll drive out of Santa Marta into the foothills of Sierra Nevada – the highest mountain range in the world. Look out the window and you’ll spot the lush jungle of the Tayrona National Park, and tiny villages where locals make a living selling fresh fruit to passing travellers. After 90 minutes, you’ll reach the Tayronaka Ruins, a crumbling settlement built between 800 and 1600 AD. Close by is the settlement of the Kogi people, said to be direct descendants of the Tayrona tribe. You’ll be treated to demonstrations of the Kogi’s tools and cooking devices, before having a lunch of Sancocho - a Colombian stew made with local veg, meat and potatoes. Then, you'll be led into the jungle to check out the wildlife, where, among the native flowers, you’ll spy wandering peacocks, toucans and parrots.
You’ll need suitable footwear for this one – there’s lots of walking, and the terrain can get pretty rugged.
- SUITABILITY Large amount of physical activity.