Is my departure guaranteed?
Yes! All departures are guaranteed! However, please do not make travel arrangements until you receive confirmation from OneSeed Expeditions.
What is the best way to get to the trip start location? What should I consider when booking my flights?
Fly into El Dorado International Airport in Bogotá, Colombia (BOG), where you'll be met and transferred to your bed & breakfast. When selecting your flights, be sure that your departing flight on Day 8 does not depart until after 2:00 pm.
What does the 10% investment to local community (included in my trip cost) go toward?
OneSeed invests 10 percent of their revenues in trusted local microfinance banks which provide affordable loans to women living in poverty. When you travel with OneSeed, you are investing back into the local communities you visit.
How physically challenging will the trekking expedition be? What should I expect?
This adventure has a difficulty rating of intermediate. Expedition difficulty is determined by number of hours walking per day, elevation gain, trail quality, etc. Intermediate adventures require that you are at the least at an average fitness level. Activities will be mandatory and occasionally physically demanding. Experience with trekking is not necessary. This is a great first trek and a perfect fit for people looking for a challenge without daily exhaustion. Typical days (depending on the particular itinerary) range from 3 to 7 hours of trekking. Elevation gain will be gradual and the pacing is reasonable for people with a bit of hiking experience. It is a good idea to prepare for the trek with training hikes of similar distance or other aerobic activity. Make sure to break in your hiking boots before you go!
What are the accommodations like?
Pricing is based on double occupancy (shared rooms) in OneSeed partner hotels / bed & breakfasts (2 nights in Bogotá and 1 night in Santa Marta), as well as 4 nights of camping during your trek to Santa Marta. On the trail, you'll be sleeping in an open-air basic shelter with shared dorm-style bunk beds and nearby bathroom facilities. Mosquito nets are provided as are sleeping pads. A comfortable sleeping bag and earplugs are highly recommended! These overnight stops are a great place to meet other travelers, take a refreshing shower, or have a beer after a long day of hiking. Just don't forget to bring a little extra cash for beverages and snacks.
Can solo travelers get their own room? Is there a single supplement fee?
If you are a solo traveler, you'll need to pay a $200 single supplement to OneSeed Expeditions for your own room.
What is the weather like?
The weather in this region is warm and wet year-round. It is the jungle! With the average highs in the upper 80s, having streams to jump into periodically will be a nice treat to cool you off during your trek. The lows in the evening tend to stay in the upper 60s, which is why a warm sleeping bag is not needed for this expedition. Because the Lost City is at 3,937 feet, temperatures are a few degrees lower than in Santa Marta.
How does the luggage portage service work?
This trip is self-carry as the packing list is minimal and bags are light. You'll be responsible for carrying your personal clothing and items but you won't need to worry about carrying group equipment such as shelters, cooking utensils, etc. Your guides will take care of those items in order to keep your load at a minimum. You may leave any luggage or clothing not required on the trail in storage at your hotel in Santa Marta.
What is the food like? Are meals included?
While on the trek, all meals are included. During your time in Bogotá, a few meals are at your own expense, see the itinerary for details. Food on the trail is rich in carbohydrates and protein since you'll be burning calories like a champ. Breakfast on the trail may include toast, eggs, bacon or sausage, fresh fruit, and coffee. Lunch is always a sit-down meal that may include fried chicken or fish, fried plantains with beans and rice, or slaw salad. Dinner may include meals like fried chicken or fish, fried plantains with beans and rice, pasta and red sauce, slaw salad, and fresh fruit. OneSeed is able to accommodate most allergies and dietary preferences, vegan travelers may wish to bring extra protein bars.
What should I pack?
You are responsible only for personal clothing and gear listed below. OneSeed will take care of everything else. A gear check will be completed before you depart for the trail. This list does not include additional clothing/items you may want for travel or for your time off the trail. Any luggage not needed on the trail can be left at the hotel in Santa Marta during your expedition. This expedition does not include porters, so you'll be responsible for carrying all of your personal gear in your own pack. Rentals are not available on this expedition.
Documents & logistics:
- International flights booked and confirmed to Bogotá
- Flight information submitted
- Passport valid for 6 months after arrival date (to be carried at all times)
- Photocopy of passport
- Medical insurance card
- Cash for tipping guides, buying souvenirs, incidental costs, etc. (note: please bring crisp US bills. Many places will not accept torn, wrinkled, or worn bills.)
- Change of clothes for Bogotá/Santa Marta - to be kept in storage during expedition
- Synthetic shorts (zip-away pants are a great option)
- Rain jacket
- Synthetic long underwear or tights
- Light fleece top
- Synthetic t-shirt (2-3)
- Waterproof hiking boots
- Nylon-wool blend socks (3)
- Water sandals (for river crossings walking around the camp in the evening)
- Synthetic pants for evenings and bug protection
- Water bottles - 2
- Quick-dry towel
- Personal toiletries and medicine (basic showers are available on trail)
- Sleeping bag liner (blankets are available for cooler nights)
- Backpack cover
- Insect repellent (long sleeves also provide protection)
- Toilet paper in ziplock bag
- Ditty bag and extra ziplock baggies for toilet paper waste on the trail
- Reading materials
- Hand sanitizer or wet wipes
- Hotel reservations for extended time in Bogotá (if applicable)
- Zip-lock bags for waterproofing passport and other valuables
How much should I budget for tips and other expenses?
Tipping is much appreciated but not mandatory. Average tips for the lead guide range from $6-$8 USD per day, and $2-$5 for the assistant guides/porters. You should plan on bringing about $150 - $200 USD for tips, food, and other expenses, more if you wish to purchase souvenirs.
Do I need any vaccinations?
It is important to receive required (or recommended) vaccinations before traveling abroad. Check with your physician and the CDC's recommendations for Colombia here.
Can I create a custom departure?
Custom departures are available for groups of 2 or more for $1695 per person. If interested, please email us.
Should I purchase travel insurance? If so, do you have a recommended provider?
We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance for all trips. Travel insurance allows you to seek reimbursement if you are forced to cancel your trip for unforeseeable reasons, or if you need to cover medical help, emergency transport, and/or theft or accidental damage while traveling. For travel insurance, we recommend World Nomads.
What does the included medical/evacuation insurance cover? Should I purchase trip cancellation insurance too?
OneSeed Expeditions includes medical and evacuation coverage in the cost of every expedition through Travelex Insurance. All U.S. and Canadian residents are automatically enrolled. OneSeed Expeditions is unable to provide medical and evacuation coverage to non-U.S./Canadian residents.
It is recommended that you purchase trip cancellation insurance, which is NOT included in your cost. Travel insurance allows you to seek reimbursement if you are forced to cancel your trip for unforeseeable reasons, or if you need to cover medical help, emergency transport, and/or theft or accidental damage while traveling. We recommend World Nomads as a provider.
Can I cancel the trip?
Book confidently with Free Cancellations within 72 hours of booking. After 72 hours, cancellation fees will apply. Cancellations are subject to the full discretion of OneSeed Expeditions. For more information on our Travel Cancellation Policy please Click Here.