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Tour Colombia's Classic Cities - Bogota and Medellin

7 Days/ 6 Nights

Package Overview

Immerse yourself in these two beautiful but distinctively different cities in Colombia. From the modern capital city of Bogota to the cultural and both renaissance and renewal city of Medellín once the home of Pablo Escobar now known as the “city of eternal spring”. These two cities offer you two experiences of history and gracious hospitality.

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Package Pricing

Package starting at: $1525.00 PP * Prices based on double occupancy. Prices per person in USD.

Travel Itinerary

Day 1

Private transfer international airport to hotel + guide

Private transportation with English speaking driver and English speaking guide.

Upon arrival at the International Airport El Dorado, you will be met by our representative and will be taken to your hotel. Our guide will assist you at the hotel with the registration procedures (check-in) and give you a detailed itinerary of all the services included in your trip. You will also receive information about our office contact details including our 24 hour emergency phone number.

Bogotá is Colombia’s capital city with approximately 8 million people; it is a cosmopolitan center of sophistication and has become an epicenter of business, politics and entertainment. The city has been transforming itself into a surprising tourist destination and welcoming city. Bogotá has a thriving nightlife, superb al fresco dining and bar culture as well as international shopping. Its privileged location and international airport makes it highly accessible and functional as a main gateway to destinations throughout the country.

Day 2

- City Tour with Monserrate Hill & Paloquemao + Lunch (B/L/-)

Private service with English speaking driver and English speaking guide, 8 hour duration, all entrance fees are included.

The tour starts with an early morning visit to the Paloquemao’s Market. This is one of the largest and most important markets in the country. Paloquemao presents the perfect mix of the old and new Bogotá and offers a great insight into the life and customs of the people from Bogotá. You will find a large variety of flowers, exotic fruits, vegetables, meat, seafood, cheese, medicinal herbs as well as typical food. Everything is fresh and arrives daily to Bogotá from all regions of Colombia. You will have the opportunity to live a unique cultural experience, tasting some exotic fruits and enjoying a small snack during the visit.

Afterwards visit the famous and well preserved historical colonial quarter of La Candelaria. Steeped in history, this area is a must for photographers with its splendid colonial architecture; you will want to take the opportunity to capture the sights and sounds of this fascinating part of Bogotá. Walk through the streets permeating with the heady atmosphere of the past, as revealed by the library of Luis Angel Arango and down to the prominent Plaza de Bolivar, the heart of Bogotá, where locals and visitors mingle amongst the magnificent and foreboding structures. You will want to discover the history of this old part of the city by visiting the Cathedral, the Congress Palace, the Cardinal’s Palace, the colonial churches of El Sagrario and San Agustin, the Independence House, the Palace of Justice and the City Hall which are all located in this impressive square.

Continuing to the east, on top of the forested mountains, you will find “Cerro de Monserrate”. This mountain has a white catholic church located at the top and has been a site of worship since 1657. On a clear day you will have the opportunity to enjoy a spectacular view of the city. You also might see snowcap of “Nevado del Tolima” on the far west side.

The tour then follows with a visit to the “Museo del Oro”, the most important gold museum in the world and a ‘must see’ when traveling to Bogotá. This museum displays one of the largest collections of pre-Columbian gold. Galleries on three levels display exquisitely crafted pieces dating back nearly 2.500 years. Visit the vault-like room on the top floor where the most treasured pieces are displayed, as well as the Offering Room, where passengers enter a black circular area that is gradually illuminated with indigenous music playing in the background; the light begins to dawn, and finally a remarkable display of gold offering collection is discovered.

The tour ends with a visit to the “Museo de Botero”, housed in a renovated colonial mansion. The works on display are all donated by Fernando Botero, Colombia’s most famous contemporary artist. Around 120 pieces of his own work are displayed at the museum including his famous sculptures, paintings and drawings. His work is well-known for the ‘proportionally exaggerated’ fat figures. In addition to his work, his personal collection by Picasso, Renoir, Dalí, Degas, Chagall, Matisse, Monet and Giacometti are also exhibited.

Lunch is included during the tour at a local restaurant with a set menu.

Day 3

Chingaza Excursion

Private transportation with English speaking driver and English speaking guide. This is a full day tour, 10 hours approx.

The Chingaza National Natural Park, is a natural and cultural treasure of the center of Colombia, the magic of its mountains keeps secrets and thoughts inherited from the Muiscas and the Guayupes, indigenous peoples that protected this territory, as well as from peasant communities that inhabited the region less than 40 years ago. Nowadays it is a refuge of fauna and flora of the Andes that reveal to the visitor the secret of life.

It is located in the eastern cordillera of the Andes, northeast of Bogotá; formed by 11 municipalities, 7 of Cundinamarca: Fómeque, Choachí, La Calera, Guasca, Junín, Gachalá and Medina, and 4 municipalities of Meta: San Juanito, El Calvario, Restrepo and Cumaral.

Its predominant ecosystems, high Andean forests, sub-Andean and paramo, are the refuge of majestic relicts of fauna and flora.

Day 4

Private transfer hotel to international airport + guide(B/-/-)

Private transportation with English speaking driver and English speaking guide.

Our guide will meet you at the lobby of the hotel and will take you to the International Airport El Dorado or Puente Aéreo (depending on your flight). We will assist you at the airport during the check-in at the airline counter to help you connect to your next destination.

Day 5

Guatapé & Peñol (B/L/-)

The Peñol Boulder is one of the most spectacular destinations in the surrounding area of Medellín. The 200-meter-high monolith can be climbed through a staircase of 740 steps. Enjoy breath-taking views over the stunning surroundings full of green mountains and blue lakes. The village of Guatapé is famous for its church and its beautiful, colourful paintings that decorate the houses of the village.

On this day trip we will take you on a scenic drive through the Eastern Highlands of Antioquia. You can climb the Peñol Boulder, enjoy a delicious typical Colombian lunch on the waterfront of the Guatapé reservoir, explore the lake on a boat ride and take time to stroll and relax.

Day 6

Flower Experience in Santa Helena (B/-/-)

The small village of Santa Elena is located less than an hour outside of Medellín in the mountains of Antioquia (over 2000 m high). It is home to a great variety of traditional flower farmers. The flower arrangements of the Flower Festival (“Feria de Flores”), called “silletas”, have an impressive history and are today a cultural symbol of Medellín. On this tour we visit an organic flower farm and experience the traditional peasant culture of Santa Elena.

Day 7

Private Transfer Hotel to José María Córdoba Airport (B/-/-)

Private service with English speaking driver and optional English speaking guide service.

Our guide will meet you at the lobby of your hotel on time to transfer you to José María Córdova International Airport. The transfer will take approximately 45 minutes with normal traffic. Once at the airport, the guide will assist you with the registration procedure at your airline’s counter.

Additional Package Information

 Package Includes

  • Transfers as listed in itenerary
  • Meals as listed in itenerary
  • English Speaking Guide

 Package Does Not Include

  • International airfare
  • Domestic air
  • Meals not mentioned in itinerary

 Package Notes

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General Information

  • Capital: Bogotá
  • Government: Republic; executive branch dom
  • Currency: Colombian peso (COP)
  • Area: 1,138,910 km2
  • Population: 45,393,050 (March 2010 est.)
  • Language: Spanish (official), indigenous languages in tribal regions
  • Religion: Roman Catholic 90%
  • Electricity: N/A
  • Calling Code: +57
  • Time Zone: UTC -5

Points of Interest

  • Monserrate Hill & Paloquemao’s Market
  • La Candelaria
  • Museo de Oro in Bogota
  • Chingaza National Natural Park
  • Graffitti of Medellín
  • Guatapé & Peñol
  • Antioquia, Flower region