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Highlights of Colombia Tour

$3,125.00

BOGOTA. PEREIRA. MEDELLIN. CARTAGENA. SANTA MARTA.

Ready to be blown away by a country that brims with diversity in all its facets? Check out this 16-day fully-customizable Highlights of Colombia Tour and discover the charm of this amazing country. Whether we are talking about its history, culture, climate, landscape, languages or people, diversity is what describes it best. Colombia is El Dorado. Colombia is Gabriel García Márquez. Colombia is salsa. Colombia is paradise.

Going back in time, it was the El Dorado legend that brought Spanish conquerors to the country. The arrival of the Europeans marks the beginning of a fairly dark era for native people. Since then, the continent has never been the same. Today, when looking at it from another perspective, we can state that Colombia has turned into a beautiful melting pot formed by indigenous people and people from Africa and Europe; all of them contributing to the country’s rich culture.

Colombia is home to the world’s most renowned coffee, tropical Caribbean beaches, dense jungle, snowcapped Andes, and vibrant metropolises; but above all Colombia is home to the friendliest people in Latin America. Today, people travelling to Colombia are received with open arms and a warm smile.

THIS TOUR CAN BE CUSTOMIZED TO BEST SUIT YOUR NEEDS. AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST.

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Highlights Include:
  • Exploring Medellin – the City of Eternal Spring
  • Wandering the beautiful colonial streets of Cartagena
  • Visiting some of the most beautiful towns in Colombia
  • Trekking through gorgeous valleys and along trails in Parque Tayrona
  • Learning about indigenous cultural practices along the coast
  • Walking around the Candelaria, a traditional area in Bogota
  • Enjoying the stunning scenery, warm people and diversity of Colombia

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Day 1: Arrival in Bogotá
On arrival in Bogotá we will transfer you from the international airport El Dorado to your hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel De la Opera*, Bogota

Day 2: Bogotá – Walking tour Candelaria + Museum of Gold
There is no better welcome than to take a walk through the traditional neighbourhood of La Candelaria; in it you will find stories, anecdotes, art, culture, architecture and gastronomy that have built the identity of its inhabitants in Bogotá and Colombia.

Come and live Bogotá through In the eyes of a local guide, enjoy a fun and unforgettable tour and have the opportunity to visit the Gold Museum that shelters inside one of the most important goldsmiths collections in our country.

Accommodation: Hotel De la Opera*, Bogota
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3: Villa de Leyva Tour
Going through the main square of Villa de Leyva is to travel that ground undertaken by the soldiers and generals on their horses marched during the Spanish conquest and the war of independence of Colombia.

Stones polished by the steps of boots, espadrilles and horseshoes covering an area of ​​14,000 square meters, the largest in its style in the country and one of the most representative tourist attractions of a municipality with 444 years has much to show. After a trip of approximately three hours through the beautiful landscape, you will reach the town center of Villa de Leyva, a lovely space for its colonial architecture, where the Plaza Mayor stands out, famous for its size and paved floor; from there you get to know two attractions of its wide historical, cultural and natural offer.

Back to Bogotá, we pass through the town of Ráquira, a picturesque and charming place famous worldwide for its long tradition of work in ceramics. Come and meet our colonial legacy!

Once the tour ends, transfer to the airport for flight from Bogotá to Pereira. Arrival to Pereira and transfer to the hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel Casa San Carlos Lodge*, Pereira
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4: Bird Watching Experience (or coffee experience)
Colombia is the country with the highest diversity of birds in the world, with over 1900 species. The entire topography of the Coffee Cultural Landscape features in this region of the central Andes, different species, where the specialty is the rich bird mountain, famous for its humming birds, and tanagers.

This exciting tour begins at Quimbaya Fauna and Flora Sanctuary, located on the westerns lopes of the central mountain range,the Rio Otún has a checklist with about 330 species of birds.Just 14 kilometers away from Pereira, it is possible to have a birdwatching activity that will be focused on finding endemics, such as Chestnut-WoodQuail, Bar-crested Antshrike, Multicolored Tanager, CrestedAnt-Tanager, CaucaGuan, Torrent Tyrannulet, y Torrent Duc

Accommodation: Hotel Casa San Carlos Lodge*, Pereira
Meals: Breakfast

Day 5: Acaime and Cocora Valley Trekking
The mountains of the Coffee Cultural Landscape are the ideal setting for a great mountain hike in a unique setting, for the beauty and vastness of the wax and green palms changing on the horizon.

We moved to the Cocora Valley to start a nature circuit where you walk through the mists towards the biodiverse forest of fog between the reserves “La Montaña” and “Acaime” where humming birds fly among the flowers. There you can enjoy a typical drink and a snack. It descends in the middle of the Andean mountains where the Quindío river descends until you reach the meadows where the cattle graze. It is a rural landscape not to forget. After enjoying the mountain hike you visit one of the best restaurants in the region next door of the best view.

Included services:
Transportation Pereira– cocora valley -Pereira
Mountain-Acaime-Cocora Tour
Acaime Entrance
Local environmental interpreter guide

Accommodation: Hotel Casa San Carlos Lodge*, Pereira
Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Day 6: Morning Free to Explore Pereira
After a free morning, transfer from hotel to the airport for your flight to Medellin, the City of Eternal Spring.

Upon arrival in Medellin, you’ll be transferred to your hotel in Medellin.

Accommodation: Hotel Estelar Latorre Suite*, Medellin
Meals: Breakfast

Day 7: Tour Guatapé and Piedra del Peñol
La Piedra del Peñol is one of the most spectacular destinations in and around Medellín. You can climb the monolith that has a height of 200 meters by stairs (they are 740 steps). Enjoyment of breathtaking landscapes of the wonderful surroundings such as Islands and green mountains within a large blue lake. The Guatapé village is a quiet and small place with a pleasant climate.

Famous for its church and colourful facades or baseboards on the walls of all the houses in the village. On that day trip we take you on a picturesque journey through the mountainous regions of the west from Antioquia. You can climb the Piedra del Peñol, enjoy a typical Colombian lunch on the shore of the Guatapé reservoir and explore the lake on a boat trip and take time to wander around the town and relax.

Accommodation: Hotel Estelar Latorre Suite*, Medellin
Meals: Breakfast

Day 8: Medellín City Experience and Antioquia´s Museum
This tour takes you in just 4 hours to the most important touristic sights of the “City of Eternal Spring” –Medellín–. Explore downtown Medellín and the historical centre. Listen to local musicians and the traditional “Guasca” music while visiting Parque Berrío. Stroll through the hustle and bustle of downtown Medellin to the famous Botero Plaza with an exhibition of the Colombian artist Fernando Botero, whose sculptures have become a landmark of the city.

Take the Metro Cable up to Santo Domingo, which was once a notorious area of gang violence in Medellín. The cable car was constructed to make the inner city more accessible to people from the outskirts and allows visitors a glimpse into the lives of the marginalized population.While enjoying the spectacular view you learn more about the transformation of Medellín from one of the most dangerous cities in the world to a fascinating melting-pot of cultures with possibly the warmest and friendliest people in the world

Accommodation: Hotel Estelar Latorre Suite*, Medellin
Meals: Breakfast

Day 9: Tour to Jardin Antioquia
On the way to Jardin you will see the brightly painted Chivas (the traditional public buses of the region) at the square in the small town in the Andes. Jardin is surrounded by hills with coffee and banana plantations. You can see the nature reserve La Cuchilla with its cloud forests and diverse flora and fauna in the background making the scenery very impressive.

Spend the night in an idyllic hotel in the historic centre of Jardin.

Accommodation: TBD, Jardin
Meals: Breakfast

Day 10: Travel to Cartagena
After breakfast you will leave Medellin and fly to Cartagena. You reach Cartagena in the afternoon and enjoy a Caribbean sunset along the ancient wall in the colonial city centre.

Accommodation: Hotel Sophia*, Cartagena
Meals: Breakfast

Day 11: Colonial Cartagena – City-Tour
Cartagena de Indias is one of the most beautiful cities in America. Its fascinating history make it a place of big importance and colonial highlights. This city tour begins at the Clock Tower, a construction that serves as the gateway to the renowned Walled City. From here, you will walk to the Customs Square, where the slave market was once built. The tour continues, walking through the streets of Gethsemane until you reach the Plaza de Bolívar and the Gold Museum; In addition, you can admire the Palace of the Inquisition, where you will appreciate the sumptuous architecture of the Heredia Theater.

The tour will also take you to San Felipe Castle, one of the most important forts in the city built on the mountain by the Spanish during the colony to protect themselves from attacks by pirates and invading armies. You will be able to contemplate a spectacular view of the city and its coasts, in addition, you will be able to tour the tunnel system that was used during the battles.

Finally, it ends in Las Bóvedas, which during the colony worked as dungeons or prisons within the Walled City and has now been recovered to house a colourful artisan market that will give you the perfect opportunity to acquire some memories of your vacation in Colombia.

Accommodation: Hotel Sophia*, Cartagena
Meals: Breakfast

Day 12: Fishing in Mangroves with Indigenous Guide
The changing of colours, the sound of birds unleashing the flight, the waves over the water, the quietness of the forest to be mangled, the cold bright of the maelstrom of the local fishermen are combined to create a real-time reality where the time seems to go more slowly and all the worries disappear.

The Juan Polo Swamp is located at the northern end of the Tesca Wetland on the northeastern border of Cartagena. Those who visit this wildlife sanctuary find themselves on an exciting journey through lagoons and marshes interconnected by beautiful natural channels and mangrove labyrinths.

The tour begins with the pick up at your hotel by our local guide and transfer to the fishing village of La Boquilla. There, our canoes will be waiting for you to start a journey of approximately 2 hours where we will pass through natural mangrove tunnels, learn different fishing techniques and enjoy the biodiversity of the mangrove ecosystem.

Return to the hotel, and afternoon off.

Accommodation: Hotel Sophia*, Cartagena
Meals: Breakfast

Day 13: Free Morning, Travel to Santa Marta
Ground transportation from Cartagena to Santa Marta

Accommodation: Hotel Placita Vieja, Santa Marta
Meals: Breakfast

Day 14: Tayrona National Park and Cañaveral Reefs
The foothills of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, the highest coastal mountain in the world, sink into the sea like the fingers of a gigantic hand between which bays and inlets of unique beauty are formed.Its white sand beaches of limited in This sector by tropical dry forests and bathed all by the blue and crystalline waters of the Caribbean Sea, make the Tayrona Park one of the most beautiful in the country.

It has a diversity of trails that penetrate the rainforest and with important archeological sites.

Accommodation: Hotel Placita Vieja*, Santa Marta
Meals: Breakfast

Day 15: Trekking and Visit to Indigenous Village Kogui Tungueka
The Kogui, related to the ancient Tayrona civilization, inhabit the valleys of the Palomino, Don Diego, San Miguel and Ancho rivers. Their population is estimated at about 10,000 members, all inhabiting the foothills of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. Our so-called “Elder Brothers” take care of the natural treasure of the Sierra, a mountain that in its culture represents the center of the world and the source of all life. Even today they naturally assume the role of guarantors of cosmic equilibrium and are considered one of the most valuable ancestral cultures on the planet.

From Santa Marta we travel along the interesting coastal road to the town of Rio Ancho, Guajira (90km, 2 hours). Here we receive a community guide and after a short talk we start a walk (9km, approx. 2h) through the humid forest tropical, bordering parts of the Ancho River, until reaching the village of Tungueka. After a tour of the village, where we closely know the way of life of this ethnic group, we made a brief cultural exchange with the authorities of the village.Finally we settled on a beautiful rock deep into the River and enjoyed a delicious Picnic. We have time to enjoy a delicious swim in the river before starting our walk back to Rio Ancho.

Return to Santa Marta.

Accommodation: Hotel Placita Vieja*, Santa Marta
Meals: Breakfast

Day 16: Departure Day
Thanks so much for travelling with us! After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport to catch your international flight.

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*All hotels are subject to change due to availability. Option to upgrade to luxury properties.

Bogotá: Hotel de la Opera
Pereira: Casa San Carlos Lodge
Medellín: Hotel Estelar Latorre Suite
Santa Marta: Hotel Casa del Farol
Jardin: TBD
Cartagena: Hotel Sophia
Santa Marta: Hotel Placita Vieja

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Tour Inclusions:

    • Services of local guides
    • 15 nights accommodation (based on double occupancy)
    • All transportation per itinerary ( private vehicles, etc)
    • Domestic flights – 3 Domestic flights (Bogotá – Pereira /Pereira – Medellin / Medellin – Cartagena)
    • Meals as per itinerary
    • All sightseeing, activities, and entrances as per itinerary
    • All applicable taxes

Tour Exclusions:

    • International flights (can be arranged through [email protected])
    • Mandatory travel medical insurance and optional cancellation insurance (can be arranged through [email protected])
    • Activities and services not mentioned in itinerary
    • Meals and beverages not mentioned in itinerary
    • Items of a personal nature
    • Tips for included meals, guides, drivers, porters, etc.

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Date: AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST

Important Information
Travel Visa requirements and passports are the responsibility of the participants. Travel, Flight and Health insurance are required and are the responsibility of the participant to research and secure the appropriate coverage. We are happy to send you quotes for cancellation and travel insurance as well as flights.

Passport & Visa Information
Please note that most countries require passports to be valid for 6 months from the date of your return flight. We are not responsible if you are refused entry to a country because you lack the correct passport, visa or other travel documentation.

For More Important Information:
https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/colombia

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