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Luxury Foodie Tour in two of Colombia's Classic Cities – Bogota and Cartagena

7 Days / 6 Nights

Package Overview

Calling all foodies to Colombia! Indulge yourself in these two beautiful but distinctly different cities in Colombia. Begin in the modern capital city of Bogota, where you will enjoy tasting different flavors and sampling coffee and beer. Then on to Cartagena where you will experience the Caribbean cultures along with authentic foods.

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Package Pricing

Package starting at: $1929.00 PP * Prices based on double occupancy. Prices per person in USD.

Travel Itinerary

Day 1

Bogota - Private transfer international airport to hotel

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

Bogota City Tour plus See and Taste Bogota (B/-/-)

Private service with Spanish-speaking driver and English/Spanish-speaking guide, 4 hour duration, all entrance fees are included.

The tour begins with a transfer to the famous and well preserved historical colonial neighborhood 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.

The tour then continues 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.

See and Taste Bogota - Private service with Spanish-speaking driver and English/Spanish-speaking guide, 4 hour duration.

After being picked up from your hotel, you will be taken to the Zona Rosa. This is a unique and distinguished area that offers nice restaurants, cafes, bars and clubs. This is the perfect place for a romantic dinner, a friend gathering or a business meeting. Additionally, it is considered as one of the most exclusive shopping area, assembling the best international and national fashion designer’s boutiques. There will be time to walk, visit the area and take some pictures.

Afterwards you will visit “La Plaza de Andrés”, owned by Andrés Carne de Res. The concept of this plaza reminds us of a typical marketplace, since it is divided in 6 big stations; each one specialized in different kinds of food. You can find breakfast and soups, calentados (typical Colombian breakfast), sandwiches, burgers, chicken specials, arepas, fried plantains, meat specials, charcuterie and delicatessen products, seafood and ceviches, crepes and waffles, salad bar, popcorn, cotton candy, bakery products, desserts, juices and fruits. This is a very colorful place; the decoration is lively, simple and is an ideal place to visit with family and friends. You will have the opportunity to try our famous “arepa de choclo”, a mixture of corn flour, milk and sugar that turns into an irresistible sweet griddle corncake served with cheese.

You will be able to enjoy a delicious beer made by a local brewery company called Bogotá Beer Company. This brewery produces beers inspired in the classic European style, which are made from malted barley, water and hops. This is one of the few pubs that makes and offers local beer in Bogotá, and its brews are known by their freshness and excellent quality. This neighborhood bar will amaze you with its different types of beers, such as: cream ale, pale ale, kölsch, lager, witbier, English porter, English stout and IPA, among others.

The tour continues to the 93rd Street Park. A recreational and commercial park located up north of the city with a beautiful view toward the mountains. It is a lovely place to walk around and a great place to find excellent restaurants and nightlife. It's also one of the best places for a picnic surrounded by nature and green atmosphere right in the middle of the city.

Finally enjoy a visit to Usaquén. This ancient village was founded in the XVI century. However, Usaquén has since been swallowed up by the expanding city of Bogotá. Located in the northeast, this old colonial district conserves its essence and style and throughout the years has become a popular attraction for local and foreign tourist.

You will have the opportunity to walk through the narrow cobbled streets and observe the beautiful houses with exceptional architectural value, multicolored facades and gardens. Feel embraced by the bohemian atmosphere of this neighborhood full of restaurants, cafes, bars, shops and local handcrafts.

Finally, you will have a chance to taste one of Colombia’s typical sweets, “the roscón”. It is a sweet bread with filling inside; soft in the center and crunchy on the top. The traditional fillings are arequipe and guayaba, but at La Rosconería you can find all kinds of fillings. You will see roscones with peaches, English cream, passion fruit and chocolate chips, lemon and marshmallows, cinnamon, baileys cream, hazelnut cream and strawberries, apple with nuts, and these are just a few to mention. You will be delighted with this popular and traditional dessert which is the perfect snack to end the evening.

NOTES: This tour includes samples of arepa de choclo and roscón, as well as one glass of beer per person. It operates from Monday through Saturday in the afternoon hours only.

Day 3

Bogota – Zipaquirá’s Salt Cathedral (B/L/-)

Private service with English speaking driver and English speaking guide, 6 hour duration, all entrance fees are included.

This visit begins with a panoramic view of the city and the vast plateau of the northern area of Bogotá. You will arrive to the small town of Zipaquirá where you will take an underground tour to discover the famous Salt Cathedral. Passengers will have the opportunity to experience the extraordinary architecture and engineer of this remarkable underground mine. This cathedral was carved inside an active salt mine formed 250 million years ago, under the Halite Mountains. Here you will find 14 small chapels that represent the Stations of the Cross and Jesus Christ’s crucifixion, a sanctuary and a main cathedral. Although this is a popular tourist destination to be visited, this is also a place of pilgrimage for the local community.

Afterwards continue to visit the town of Zipaquirá which was founded on 1600 and still conserves its colonial heritage. Stop at the main square, where you will find whitewashed houses decorated with olive-green trim and base as well as the most important municipal buildings.

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

Day 4

Bogotá - Private transfer hotel to international airport (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

City tour + Monuments of Cartagena (Historic Center) + Real Food Real Places (B/-/-)

Private service with English speaking driver and English/Spanish-speaking guide, 4 hour duration, all entrance fees are included.

The tour begins with a visit to the “Convento de la Popa”, where the city’s highest point is located and you can enjoy the best view of the beautiful city of Cartagena. This convent was built in the 17th century by the Augustinian Monks. Initially it was just a small wooden chapel, but later it was replaced by a strong construction which still remains.

Continue with a visit to the “Castillo de San Felipe”. This castle was built by the Spaniards in the 1600s and it is the greatest and strongest fortress ever built in a Spanish colony. Located at the top of San Lázaro hill, its purpose was to protect and guard the city’s landward side from any attack or invasion. This fortress provides a complex system of tunnels connected with strategic points to distribute provisions and facilitate a possible evacuation. Additionally, the tunnel’s architecture was built so that any noise would echo along them, in order to make internal communications easier and hear even the slightest sound of the enemies approaching.

Afterwards, a walk through “Las Bóvedas” is included. These 23 vaults were built in the 18th century and they are considered the last major colonial construction made within the city walls for military purposes. The vaults were used as storerooms for munitions and provisions by the Spaniards, and later on, they became jail cells. Nowadays, they are used as crafts markets where you can find handicrafts, antiques, galleries, jewelry, clothing and souvenirs, among other things.

At the end of the tour you will visit the “Iglesia y Convento San Pedro de Claver”; this convent was founded in the early 17th century by San Ignacio de Loyola. The name of the church was given in honor to San Pedro Claver, a Jesuit priest who spent his life ministering to the enslaved people brought from Africa. This baroque church has an imposing stone facade and inside there are fine stained-glass windows and a high altar made of Italian marble. You will also find a beautiful cloister surrounded with trees, a museum and the place where San Pedro Claver lived and died.

Day 6

Boquilla Mangroves + Getsemani (B/-/-)

Private service with English speaking driver and English speaking guide, 4 hour duration, all entrance fees are included.

The tour begins with a visit to “La Boquilla”, an old fishing village located twenty minutes north from the city. This community was once a slave colony and it has been home to many Afro-Colombian inhabitants.

Once you arrive, you will find yourself on a stretch of beach located at a narrow peninsula flanked by the clear waters of the Caribbean Sea on one side and the "Ciénaga de la Virgen" – a large lake and mangrove swamp – on the other.

You will go on board a traditional wooden canoe steered by a native person and you will navigate around the tunnels of the mangrove swamps where you will be able to observe the fauna and flora that inhabits in this unique ecosystem.

After this visit, you will enjoy a walking tour through the Getsemaní district, an outer walled neighbourhood with Spanish colonial architecture. This was an extension of the “Centro Histórico” (down-town) and originally it was occupied by the working-classes back in the 16th I century, when Cartagena was ruled by the Spanish empire.

Getsemaní has experienced a 21st-century renaissance and nowadays, it is an authentic charming neighbourhood with colonial architecture, dance halls, graffiti art, historic buildings converted into boutique hotels, acclaimed restaurants, food vendors and public plazas, which combined creates an elegant and relaxed atmosphere. This area offers so much to do and see which makes visitors easily fall in love with the charm and style of Getsemaní. At the end of the tour, a soft drink will be provided.

Day 7

Cartagena / Next destination. Private transfer hotel to airport(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 Rafael Núñez Airport. We will assist you at the airport during the check-in at the airline counter to help you connect to your next destination.

Additional Package Information

 Package Includes

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

 Package Does Not Include

  • International Air
  • Domestic Air
  • Meals not listed in itinerary

 Package Notes

  • To prevent any loss due to cancellation, travel protection is recommended.
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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
  • Beer Tasting in Bogota
  • Museo de Oro and Museo de Botero
  • Zipaquira’s Salt Cathedral
  • Convento De La Popa
  • Castillo De San Felipe
  • Las Bovedas