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Magical Colombia

8 Days / 7 Nights

Package Overview

Come learn and experience what wonderful magic Colombia has to offer! Starting your trip off at one of the country's most important market, Paloquemao, and touring cities like Medellín & Cartagena you'll get to really experience the magic this country has to share with the world!

Agent Commission Starting At: $259.00

Package Pricing

Package starting at: $2590.00 PP * Prices based on double occupancy. Prices per person in USD.

Travel Itinerary

Day 1

Bogota (-/-/-)

Transfer from El Dorado International airport on private service to selected hotel with English-speaking guide. Ovenight at the selected hotel.

Day 2

Bogota – City Tour with Monserrate Hill and Paloquemao (B/L/-)

City tour + Monserrate Hill in private service with English-speaking guide. Visit to Paloquemao central market. Lunch included. Overnight in Bogota at selected hotel.

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

Bogotá / Medellín (B/-/-)

Private transfer from Hotel to Bogotá’s airport + English speaking guide. Flight to Medellín. Private transfer from Medellín’s airport to hotel + English speaking guide. Medellín - History of Transformation. Overnight in Medellín at selected hotel.

Day 4

Guatapé & Peñol (B/L/-)

Day tour to Guatapé & Peñol in private service + English speaking guide. Lunch is included at typical restaurant. Overnight in Medellín at selected hotel.

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 5

Medellin/Cartagena (B/-/-)

Private transfer from Hotel to Medellin´s airport + English speaking guide. Flight to Cartagena. Private transfer from Cartagena’s airport to hotel + English speaking guide. Real Food, Real Places & Real People with English-speaking tour guide. Overnight in Cartagena at selected hotel.

Day 6

Cartagena – City tour + Monuments of Cartagena (Historic Center) (B/-/-)

City tour + Monuments of Cartagena (Historic Center) on private service with English-speaking tour guide. Overnight at the selected hotel.

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 7

Cartagena. Rosario Islands - Majagua (Silver Package) (B/L/-)

Rosario Islands - Majagua. Overnight at the selected hotel.

Private transfer hotel-port-hotel with driver and English-speaking guide. Shared motorboat transfer from the port to Isla Grande and vice versa, this service is provided by the Hotel San Pedro de Majagua.

It is time to step outside the walls of Cartagena and experience the beauty of one of the many islands located in Islas del Rosario: Isla Grande.

The day starts at your hotel where you will be picked up and transferred to the port. The boat usually departs at 9:00 am. You will head out from the port into open water for a 60 minute ride approximately to the island. Upon arrival you will disembark and have time to explore the island or just to relax. You can sit on the small beach and rest, enjoy a walk around the island, sign up for a diving course in the coral reefs, swim or relax with a massage session. The hotel has a beach front bar and snacks can be purchased throughout the day. You will be arriving back to Cartagena between 4:00 and 4:30 pm. Lunch is included with a set menu.

Day 8

Cartagena / Final destination (B/-/-)

Transfer from selected hotel to Cartagena’s airport on private service with English-speaking guide.

Additional Package Information

 Package Includes

  • Transportation airport / hotel / airport.
  • Nights of accommodation in single / double rooms.
  • Entrance fees and activities as described in the program.
  • Meals as described in the program.
  • Private services with local English-speaking guides

 Package Does Not Include

  • International air fares or domestic air fares.
  • Meals or any other item not described in the itinerary.
  • Early check-in, late check-out, services and non-mentioned meals in the itinerary.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Drinks during meals, hotel extras and personal spending.
  • Gratuities
  • Activities not described in the program.
  • Meals not described in the program.
  • Airport taxes.

 Package Notes

  • Rates are subject to confirmation and price change.
  • No reservations have been placed.
  • This is a preliminary costing; hotels may vary according to availability.
  • All entrance fees are subject to change without previous notice.
  • Rates are quoted in single & double rooms, for other accommodations such as triple please re-quote.
  • Net estimated prices for 2018/2019 (Low season starting on Friday in Bogotá), except on Easter, Christmas & New Year (15th of December to 15th of January) and other national or religious holidays, which may have special rates; please verify.
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8 Days / 7 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

  • Bogotá
  • Monserrate Hill and Paloquemao
  • Medellín
  • Guatapé & Peñol
  • Cartagena
  • Convento de la Popa, Castillo de San Felipe, Las Bóvedas
  • Iglesia y Convento San Pedro de Claver
  • Rosario Islands - Majagua