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Discovering Colombia

from US$ 1.995 p.p. / 10 days / Private tour / Group discount

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Andrea
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Guide Included

Transport Included

Highlights

  • Bogotá D.C. the Anden Capital

  • Gold Museum and La Candelaria

  • Colonial towns: Zipaquirá and Villa de Leyva

  • Tayrona National Park and its enchanting beaches

  • Coffee Process, waterfalls and birdwatching in Minca

  • Cartagena de Indias (Unesco World Heritage Site)

Program description

This trip is designed for those interested in everything that Colombia has to offer, but only have a limited amount of time and don’t want to miss the highlights of this extraordinarily diverse country. The journey begins on a plateau of the Andes, and ends in the famed Caribbean Sea.

 

The itinerary shows a truly unique country: Starting from Bogotá you will meet the three majesties of Colombia; our guides will show our guests the impressive mountain ranges, the heavenly beaches of the Caribbean, and quaint colonial villages. You will have access to the famous Gold Museum in Bogota, and see the world’s largest underground cathedral in the salt mines of Zipaquira. Our visitors always enjoy the Andalusian atmosphere in the idyllic villages in the province of Boyaca, and swim in the Tayrona National Park at one of the most beautiful beaches on the continent. At the highest coastal mountain in the world, our guests learn about and taste the well-known Colombian coffee. Last stopover gives you the chance to catch the famous “Pearl of the Caribbean”, Cartagena de Indias.

Route

Bogotá - Villa de Leyva - Santa Marta - Cartagena de Indias

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Itinerary Details

 Day 1 

Arrival in Bogotá D.C. (2 nights). We welcome you at the El Dorado airport in Bogotá at 2600 meters above the sea. The busy capital of Colombia is spectacularly situated on a plateau of the Andes at the foot of the mountains Guadalupe and Monserrate. The journey to the central location in the old city takes about 40 minutes. Tour briefing.

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 Day 2 

Bogota City Tour, Monserrate, Gold Museum and La Candelaria. We begin the tour with an overview of the city from Monserrate mountain (3150m) and enjoy the spectacular view over Colombia’s huge capital. We explore the district of La Candelaria, Bogota’s well-preserved old town, and visit the world famous Gold Museum which is home to the largest pre-Columbian collection, Plaza Bolivar, and some stunning churches such as: San Francisco, San Agustín and Tercera Orden.

 Day 3 

Bogotá, Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá, Farmers market, Villa de Leyva (2 nights). The drive to Villa de Leyva leads us to the largest underground cathedral in the world, which is located in the nearby salt mines of Zipaquirá. You will stop at the beautiful Plaza de Los Comuneros, where the first freedom movement in Colombia started. In Chiquinquira you can’t miss a look at typical Colombian farmer’s market. From there you will experience one of the most beautiful villages in Colombia: Villa de Leyva, a quaint piece of heaven. Its original colonial style and architecture with white houses, tiled roofs, and the centuries-old cobblestone in its Plaza Mayor ( used as a getaway for the Spanish colonialists during the colonial period).

 Day 4 

Villa de Leyva City Tour. Optional: Waterfall el Hayal and Hiketour to Paso Del Angel In the morning, one of our experienced tour guides will bring you in a walking tour: you will discover the history and tradition that characterize the charming city of Villa de Leyva. In the afternoon, you can choose the option to continue exploring and enjoying the flavor of this pearl of the colonial period on your own. Optional: Afternoon Hiketour to the waterfall El Hayal and Paso Del Angel through the mountains and surrounding hills. We also visit the Dominican monastery EcceHomo, founded in 1620.

Optional:

Hiking tour to the waterfall El Hayal and afterwards hike in the area of the Paso del Angel through the impressive mountain and surrounding hills. Visit of the Dominican monastery Ecce Homo founded in 1620.

 Day 5 

Villa de Leyva, Bogotá and flight to Santa Marta (3 nights). On your way to Bogotá, you will stop at the Puente Boyacá”, the site where occurred the battle for Independence in 1819. By plane, our tour continues to the city of Santa Marta on the Caribbean coast. This coast represents one of the most diverse seaside strips in the world. It ranges from a tropical rainforest in the south west, to the Guajira desert in the North-East. In between these two extremes is the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta (the highest maritime mountain in the world). After a panoramic tour of Santa Marta, we will lead our guests to a comfortable hotel in the Old Town.

 Day 6 

Santa Marta - Day trip to Tayrona National Park and Cabo San Juan. Your next destination is the Tayrona National Park, one of the most diversified as well as appealing places in the country. This is where the Sierra Nevada mountain range and the Caribbean meet. Huge stones lie scattered on white sandy beaches, all in front of dense-covered mountains. We depart from Santa Marta in the early morning and walk through tropical forests in the foothills of the Sierra to one of the most splendid bays of Colombia, Cabo San Juan del Guía. In the late afternoon, we will leave Tayrona Park and drive our guests back to the hotel.

 Day 7 

Santa Marta - Day trip to Sierra Nevada: Minca y coffeefarm La Victoria. Our group takes a SUV up into the Sierra Nevada reaching Minca, a charming mountain village caught in the mountains of the Sierra Nevada of Santa Marta. A lush and exotic vegetation palette, fresh coffee, tropical birds, along with the many waterfalls define Minca as a popular destination for nature lovers. After a short visit to the village, our group continues down to the waterfall Pozo Azul, where we take time and give our guests the option to swim in the clear water. After, we venture up to a traditional coffee farm and living museum” called La Victoria. Here, our guests will hear everything about the production and will have the opportunity to taste the red bean” coffee of Colombia.

 Day 8 

Drive to Cartagena de Indias (2 nights), City Tour visiting Convent la Popa and Fort San Felipe. After breakfast, we drive along the coast passing the city of Barranquilla, to Cartagena de Indias, named the Pearl of the Caribbean. In the afternoon, our tour visits the Fort San Felipe de Barajas, the largest fort ever built by the Spanish conquistadors in America. Then you will enjoy the amazing view from the monastery of La Popa Cartagena which was built in 1607 by the Augustinians monks. At the end of the day, you will discover by foot the colonial streets, plazas and churches of the old town Cartagena.

 Day 9 

Cartagena de Indias - Free day in Cartagena. Enjoy  and discover by yourself this beautiful city.

 

Optional:

With the Speedboat, as part of an international group, our guests can go to the archipelago and Underwater National Park Islas del Rosario. We will make a stop on the Isla Del Sol, and enjoy the day on the beautiful Caribbean beaches. Return around 16:00 clock.

 Day 10 

Airport transfer and return flight to origin country. We take you to the airport. The flight from Cartagena to Bogota takes around 1.5 hours. Fflight from Bogotá to your country of origin. End of the program.

 

Optional: Travel extension. Check our trips.

 
Price & Inclusions

From US$ 1.995 p.p.

The price quoted above is the price per person on a double room basis and as a private tour. (+15% High season: Easter & 15.12 - 15.01).

 Included 

  • Itinerary from Bogotá, to Cartagena

  • National flight Bogotá - Santa Marta

  • 9 nights accommodation in double room (Standard)

  • EN/ES - speaking guide

  • Meals: 9xB, 0xL, 0xD

  • All entrance fees as indicated per itinerary

  • Travel insurance

  • All Transfers, all taxes 

 Not Included 

  • Superior or Luxury Accommodation

  • Optional: (DE/IT/FR/PO) guide

  • International flights

  • Flight Cartagena - Bogotá (read below important notes)

  • Personal expenses and tips

  • If required, Port tax of COP 30.0000 in Cartagena

  • All services marked as optional in the program

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Important Notes

Availability

All year round.

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National flight Cartagena - Bogotá

Flight Bogotá - Cartagena not included. This flight should be booked together with the international flight, that means: Your Country - Bogotá und Cartagena - Bogotá - Your country. So you dont need at your return to check in a second time in Bogotá. Thus, If the flight Bogotá - Cartagena should be delayed and you miss the connecting international flight, the airline count it as single and not as two separate tickets.