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Adventure and Nature experiences in Colombia

13 Days / 12 Nights

Package Overview

Nature and Beauty of Colombia and the different micro climates make this destination a unique travel destination to experience a little of everything. On this particular package you will experience the beautiful Capital of Bogota and the sub Andean forest. Experience Colombia like the Spanish conqueres did while exploring the different reserves and nature parks around Colombia. You will also visit the “Coffee Triangle” region to enjoy fresh coffee and the different villages located throughout. End your remarkable week with a visit to the Otún Quimbaya Wildlife Sanctuary.

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Package Pricing

Package starting at: $3919.00 PP * Prices based on double occupancy. Prices per person in USD.

Travel Itinerary

Day 1

Bogotá - 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

Bogotá - 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

Chicaque Excursion - Full Day (B/-/-)

With more than 300 hectares of sub Andean forest, Chicaque is a natural reserve dedicated to environmental conservation and education, which keeps a significant sample of this area native vegetation. The reserve is located approximately two hours out of Bogotá, and offers a very particular way to experience the city by an ecological approach, being the perfect complement for those who enjoy of contact with nature and outdoor activities.

Our guide will pick up early in the morning (suggested time: 6:30 am.) at your hotel’s lobby to begin a transfer that will cross the city to the southwest, with direction to San Antonio del Tequendama. The transfer will takes around 2 – 3 hours depending on traffic conditions.

At your arrival, the local guide will introduce you the park and its conservation project as also the trails you may walk depending on your interests. This remain of peace and nature is located between 2.000 – 2.700 meters above mean sea level, and has eight trails with different difficulty levels (from moderate easy to high) and duration (from 1 to 3 hours approximately).

Enjoy a forest full of ferns, oaks and native orchids, following the tracks of the Spanish conquerors that used part of these paths to reach Bogotá’s plateau from the Magdalena river valley. Lunch is included in one of the local restaurants that are surrounded with a relaxing forest panoramic.

After lunch, approximately at 15:30, you will be transferred back to your hotel.

Day 4

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

Private transportation with Spanish-speaking driver and English/Spanish-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

Filandia, Valle del Cocora and Salento (Pereira) (B/L/-)

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

Join us for a visit to the traditional village of Filandia, where you will enjoy a tour around the small town. You will visit main attractions like the Plaza de Bolívar, the colonial streets and houses as well as the typical “fondas” (restaurant-bars) for a taste of the local liquor of the region. Next visit Quindío’s Viewpoint for an amazing view of the Coffee Triangle. Continue with a visit to the beautiful Cocora Valley located in the department of Quindío. This majestic valley is home to the wax palm, Colombia’s national tree and the tallest variety of palm tree in the world. These palms can measure up to 190 feet tall and live more than 120 years. Be amazed by the natural beauty and diversity of fauna and flora that you will encounter throughout the valley. Once you arrive, you will be welcomed with a typical cocktail called “canelazo”. Afterwards you will visit the misty forest where our guide will explain to you the importance of protecting and conserving this beautiful ecosystem. It is a great opportunity to take some pictures. The tour continues with the “Ritual de la Palma”, a way to help preserve the wax palms. Visitors from all around the world have helped plant future wax palms at the park, you will also be able to grow your own palm tree for eternity.

Next you will visit the town of Salento. Founded in 1842, Salento was one of the first settlements in the Quindío state and still today it preserves its colonial bahareque architecture. Salento’s centuries buildings are awash in harmonious color, especially along Calle Real, the main street lined end to end with restaurants, bars, handicrafts shops and souvenir stores.

A typical lunch with smoked trout is included at the Cocora Valley.

Day 6

Otún Quimbaya Wildlife Sanctuary (Pereira) (B/-/-)

Private service with English speaking driver and English speaking guide, 5 to 6 hour duration + transfer time, all entrance fees are included. Early in the morning (05:00 a.m.) we will pick you up at your hotel and take you to Río Blanco, a natural reserve located 3 miles away from Manizales. This forest reserve is considered as one of the best birding sites of the country and it is owned and protected by the water company of Manizales. At arrival you will visit the “Casa de Colibries”, named for the 23 species of hummingbirds that whir around the feeders placed at the reserve. You will be able to observe different species of hummingbirds and then enjoy an ecological hike with our expert guide who will assist you throughout the day. During the hike you will be able to observe different migratory birds as well as endemic bird species.

Day 7

Pereira. Private transfer hotel to airport (Qui, Ris, Cal) (B/-/-)

Private transportation with English speaking driver and English speaking guide.

Upon arrival 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).

The Coffee Triangle is a perfect name for the “Zona Cafetera”, Colombia’s principal coffee-growing area. Shaped like an inverted triangle, this region is formed by the three departments of Caldas, Quindío and Risaralda. Its spectacular natural beauty, makes it one of the most beautiful destinations to visit combining lush green valleys, exotic wildlife and balmy climate. This is the perfect place to unwind and relax, while you sit back and enjoy the freshest coffee you'll ever taste.

Day 8

Walking to Arrecifes (B/-/-)

Private driver service and English speaking guide provided.

Our guide will meet you at the lobby of your hotel to start a walking tour of four hours in which you can know the Arrecifes sector at the Tayrona National Park. A private vehicle will take you north of the city of Santa Marta and after 1 ½ hour drive you will pass the park reception in the Cañaveral sector, where the trek begins. While the total walking time is 4 hours, the tour lasts a total of eight hours.

On this walk through the rainforest you can see different species of birds, monkeys, squirrels, peccary and other species in their natural habitat. After an hour's walk you get to the beach Arrecifes (Reefs), with spectacular beauty. You’re not allowed to swim at this beach because of the strong waves and currents.

The hike continues for another 20 minutes until Piscina Natural (natural pool), beach on which you can swim and then visit the Cabo San Juan de Guía after another 25 minute walk away and where you’ll have lunch.

We recommend bringing a small backpack with sandals, bathing suit, insect repellent, sunscreen and any attachment you might need. It is also recommended to wear comfortable clothes and walking boots or sneakers.

Day 9

Taironaka (B/-/-)

Private driver service and English speaking guide provided.

Our guide will meet you at the lobby of your hotel to start a tour of eight hours in which you will know the Taironaka reserve. A private vehicle will take you north of the city of Santa Marta to reach the reserve after a 2 hours drive. Taironaka is a natural and archaeological reserve whose territory extends over what was once an ancient Tayrona city. The walking trails through the reserve will take you through the history of this thriving civilization. Know the drainage systems, terraces, stairs, houses and relive the daily life of the people that inhabited this territory for over 1.000 years touring the Tayrona Museum, which features more than 300 authentic pieces of pottery.

Typical lunch is included at the reserve’s restaurant.

After taking lunch, there will be a short walk to the river to reach Don Diego: enjoy a nice boat ride contemplating natural wealth and landscape the area.

Day 10

Private Transfer Santa Marta to Cartagena (B/-/-)

Private Service with English speaking driver and English speaking tour guide service. Transfer will take approximately between 4 to 5 hours depending on traffic.

Day 11

Bike Tour in Cartagena (B/-/-)

Private service with English speaking guide, 2 to 4 hour duration, all entrance fees are included.

Discover Cartagena’s rich history and beautiful colonial architecture where you will admire the old houses, stunning balconies and different little squares. You will know more about the culture of Cartagena and its interesting architecture as you walk through the different cobbled streets and plazas; each street has a different story to tell. You will also see this city alive, with its students, vendors, and all the people that live there.

Passengers will pass by the main square called “Plaza de Bolívar”. In this beautiful plaza you will find many trees and a statue of the most important leader of South America’s Independence movement, the liberator Simón Bolívar. Initially it was used for military parades; however, after 1610 it was called “Plaza de la Inquisición”, because the Inquisition Palace was located on the west side of the plaza. Then you will pass by the “Plaza de la Proclamación”, where the town gathered to support the declaration of independence on November of 1811.

The tour then continues to the “Plaza de San Pedro de Claver”, a small plaza named after the saint that fought to help the slaves that came from Africa and were sold in the city. 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. Next, you will visit the “Plaza de la Aduana”, the largest and oldest square where the important governmental and administrative buildings were located in the colonial times.

Afterwards, visit the “Plaza de los Coches”. A triangular plaza surrounded by the old city wall, houses with Spanish colonial architecture and buildings with colonial arches at ground level. This arcade walkway is known as “El Portal de los Dulces”, a whole street full of stands that sell typical Colombian sweets. There you will also find the main entrance to the inner walled city, which was originally called “Boca del Puente”. This gateway was complemented years later with a Republican-style clock tower, which is known as a symbol of Cartagena.

You will also visit the “Plaza Santo Domingo”. This plaza is full of life and entertainment and it is a perfect place for social interaction and relaxation while enjoying the open air restaurants that are located there. You will also see the church of Santo Domingo, a beautiful colonial church with a stunning facade.

Day 12

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 13

Cartagena / Next Destination. Private transfer hotel to airport + guide (B/-/-)

Private transportation with Spanish-speaking driver and English/Spanish-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

  • Rates are subject to confirmation and price change
  • To prevent any loss due to cancellation, travel protection is recommended.
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13 Days / 12 Nights Colombia Vacation Package

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 and Botero
  • Chicaque Natural Reserve
  • Pereira and the Coffee Triangle
  • Otún Quimbaya Wildlife Sanctuary