Smile Train La Ciudad Perdida Trek – Charity Challenge
April 9 – 16, 2023
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HOTEL EL PRADO
Located in the heart of Barranquilla, the historic Hotel El Prado exudes charm and tranquility. The hotel first opened its doors in 1930 and was considered the first “tourist hotel” in Latin America. The hotel is constructed in a horseshoe shape, creating space for the sprawling courtyard complete with lush palms, swimming pool, and pool bar.
Hotel El Prado features a main restaurant and pool bar, both of which serve typical Colombian Caribbean cuisine. There is also an in-house pizzeria. The rooms are modern, elegant, and equipped with internet service, room service, wake-up call availability, 24-hour reception, safety box, hair dryer, and iron.
Cra. 54 #70-10, Nte. Centro Historico, Barranquilla, Atlántico, Colombia | +57 605 3100800 | https://www.hotelelpradobarranquilla.com/
HOTEL CATEDRAL PLAZA
Santa Marta was the first city in Colombia to be settled by the Spanish (and one of the oldest in South America), with remnants of colonial times found throughout the town. Hotel Catedral Plaza is situated in the historic city center within walking distance of the Old Town and Parque Bolivar.
All 69 rooms are equipped with air conditioning, mini bar, smart TV, and Wi-Fi. The common areas are draped in greenery, and the rooftop pool offers panoramic views of the city and Catedral Basilica de Santa Marta. The on-site restaurant, Basilica, serves expertly prepared seafood and Cupula Bar is a relaxed yet elegant place to unwind after your day. Both offer views over Santa Marta.
Cl. 16 #517, Comuna 2, Santa Marta, Magdalena, Colombia | +57 313 5179932 | https://www.hotelcatedralplaza.co/
CABANA ADAM, CABANA MUMAKE, PARAISO TEYUNA (campsites)
You will stay overnight at three different campsites during the trek. These campsites are shared with other trekkers. Each camp has 80-100 beds in shared rooms, although because you are traveling in low season, it’s unlikely all the beds will be full. The group and your guides will sleep in the same area of the shared space, on single mattresses arranged in bunk beds. Each bed has its own mosquito net. The space is not divided by gender.
Bathrooms are shared, with about 5-10 showers available for the entire camp to use. There are shared outdoor tables you can use to gather together in the evenings, play games, listen to music, or have a drink.
Provided amenities: hand soap, toilet paper, clean drinking water to refill your bottles.
Available to buy: snacks like local fruit, plus beer and wine.
Bring with you: shampoo, conditioner, toothbrush, toothpaste, other personal amenities. Feminine hygiene products are available to purchase, but we recommend bringing these items with you as they are more expensive at the camps. Granola bars and trail mix are good things to carry with you on the trek.
*Please note: everything you carry in, you must carry out, including trash. The camps dispose of any items purchased from the camp itself.
Maloka Barolovento’s tranquil oceanfront hotel is the perfect place to rest and recuperate after accomplishing your 4-day trek to La Ciudad Perdida!
This boutique hotel’s eco-cabins are shrouded in lush vegetation which you can soak up from your private balcony or the large wooden deck in the hotel’s common area, overlooking the river. Located at the intersection of Rio Piedras and the Caribbean Sea, the waterfront views from the hotel’s property are second to none. The on-site restaurant is laid back with a thatched roof and bright decor – the perfect place to put your feet up, socialize, and reminisce about your trip to Colombia.
KM 33.1 Via Riohacha, Finca Barlovento Cabaña & Maloka, Los Naranjos, Magdalena | +57 3166952112 / +57 3232885966 | https://sendahotels.com/en/hotel/maloka-barlovento/