The Jaguar Footprint: Hike & Gaita Jamming

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    We are adventurers, we are cultural explorers, we are believers in the connections that can be built through experiences.
    Taroa Adventures is an ecotourism organizer that specializes in the local heritage of Colombia’s Caribbean. We design unique adventures through hiking, remote islands and more. We don’t believe in being tour guides, we believe in being educators and facilitators so that all of our guests can find their own personal connections to the land that we love.


    • 10 Hours
    • Physicality Moderate
    • San Jacinto

    Explore the nature of Colombia on this unique hike that explores the history of our indigenous people. We will see flora, fauna, petroglyphs, and more before learning about the vibrant culture of the region. Learn how to play La Gaita music and see why we love the region so much!




    • Pick up time: 6:00 a.m.
    • Duration: 11 hours (Approx,)
    • Small and shared group trip.
    • Spots: 8


    • Explore the Montes de Maria region.
    • Hiking to Discover the flora, the fauna and petroglyphs left by the ancestral people of this region.
    • Feel the region´s culture, famous because of its gastronomy, its music and its history.

    Price Includes

    • Hotel pickup and drop-off.
    • Breakfast.
    • Typical lunch.
    • Trip leader.
    • Hiking tour with a local guide.
    • La Gaita Music workshop.

    Price Excludes

    • Services and items not specified in the plan
    • Personal expenses
    • Tips


    At 6:00 am we drive out Cartagena to the Montes de Maria, here we hike to discover the flora, the fauna and some petroglyphs left by indigenous people from this region. At 12:30 p.m. approx., we have the traditional lunch of the area. At 2:00 p.m. approx., we visit San Jacinto to learn from this region its history, its culture and its amazing music through a traditional music workshop. At 3:00 p.m., we leave the region.

    Approximate driving time: 4,5 hours. Approximate hiking time: 3,5 hours (4 miles).

    Area Description

    The Montes de María (MM) is a sub-region of the Colombian Caribbean. The MM is composed of mountains whose highest point is about 1,000 meters above sea level.

    Los Colorados Wildlife Sanctuary is located within the Montes de Maria. This sanctuary is a protected area of great ecological importance because it is one of the last remaining dry forests still intact in the Montes de María. It has around 280 species of birds and 44 species of mammals among which is the red monkey.  The fauna and flora of this ecosystem (Dry Forest) is one of the most threatened ecosystems in the world.

    The Montes de María also is a benchmark of artistic and cultural traditions of the Colombian Caribbean.

    What to Bring

    • Your personal medication
    • Reusable Bottle Water(We provide filtered water to reduce the single-use plastic bottles)
    • Sunscreen (no sweet smell) and a cap
    • Insect repellent
    • A day backpack to carry your personal items
    • Close toe shoes and long pants are mandatory because our hike is in the forest, Mud, streams and rocks are on the path
    • Sandals, Flip Flops, or something else to wear after the hike, due to the shoes may get wet and muddy
    • A light rain jacket or an umbrella. Rain (May – Nov)
    • An extra change of clothes in case if it’s needed
    • Cash for souvenirs

    Physicality, Travel Style & Cultural Shock

    These trips involve hiking or walking for up to 3,5 Hours, 4,5 Miles approx. and 669 ft of Elevation Gain a day at a slow pace on undulating terrain, with small rocks and sometimes mud. We cross shallow streams.  The itinerary takes place in remote areas, involve various types of transport and rough roads. To enjoy these adventures we suggest reasonable fitness and health, a moderately active lifestyle and have a positive attitude. Be prepared for potential variable weather conditions (Rain May-Nov).

    Due to the nature of the activities undertaken in this trip, pregnant women, children under 12 years old and minors unaccompanied by their parents or legal guardians are not allowed.