19 Days in Colombia, Bogota to Cartagena

Colombia is one of the most magical and wonderful locations in this wonderful world we live in. You have not experienced anything like what Colombia and the exceptional Colombianos can offer.
On this tour, you will explore the cultural hub of Bogotá, go underground to discover a labyrinth of passages and caves in the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira. You will have time to view Bogotá from the peak of Monserrate and from the 400-year-old stone streets in La Candelaria.
You will walk through the Wax Palm Forest of the Valley de Cocora. Stroll the colorful streets of Salento and explore the exquisite architecture of Filandia.

You’ll spend a night in a Finca in the Zona Cafetera; options of traveling to the Fauna & Flora Sanctuary of Otun Qumbaya to go bird and monkey spotting, the amazing Thermal Pools of Santa Rosa, travel to an indigenous village and maybe enjoy floating down the Palomino river on a tube. Perhaps you’d like to enjoy the option of exploring Jardin de Antioquia?

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$5,509

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Duration

19 days

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  • What's included :
    • 18x Breakfast
    • 2x Lunch
    • Accommodation included: 18 nights
    • Bilingual Guide
    • Air-conditioned vehicle
    • Private transportation
    • Entry/Admission - Cabo San Juan Del Guia
    • Entry/Admission - Volcan de Lodo El Totumo (Mud Volcano)
    What's excluded :
    • Experiences and Transportation not mentioned in the plan
    • Meals and drinks not mentioned in the plan
    • Personal expenses and tips

  • Day 1: Bogotá, Colombia

    Stop At: Bogota, Bogota
    Arrive at any time, your driver will be waiting to collect you from the airport and take you to your hotel.
    There are no activities planned for this day, so just relax and drink plenty of water to help you adjust to the altitude.
    Duration: 8 hours

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: Hotel Casona Usaquen or similar

    Day 2: La Candelaria and Monserrate

    Stop At: Candelaria, Candelaria, Valle del Cauca Department
    You’ll be collected from your accommodation in Bogotá and taken on a guided excursion, where you’ll encounter the most important historical locations within La Candelaria. The entire time your private guide will be explaining the significants of each location; where the laws are created and broken; where the plan for independence was devised; where the president sleeps, the most famous church of Colombia; the most important plaza in Colombia; and so much more.
    Once you have visited these beautiful sites it will be time for you to ascend to the great height of 10,341 ft (3152m) and the summit of Monserrate; almost 2,000 ft higher than Bogotá. You’ll have time to wander through the artisan markets, visit a beautiful 17th-century monastery and enjoy some of the most spectacular panoramic views of the capital city of this great nation.
    Duration: 8 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Hotel Casona Usaquen or similar

    Day 3: A Cathedral of Salt

    Stop At: Zipaquira, Zipaquira, Cundinamarca Department
    You’ll be collected from your hotel in Bogotá and be taken directly to the salt mine of Zipaquirá. Where you’ll uncover the ingenuity of the people who 590 ft (180 m) underground converted this ancient salt mine into the amazing church that receives as many as 3000 people every Sunday of the year.
    Once you’ve finished your tour, taken many many photos, and come to understand how important this location has been for hundreds of years to the locals of this area you’ll take the short trip to the town, where you’ll wander the streets of Zipaquirá checking out the grand Plaza (main square), Independence Square and one of the oldest churches you can find in Colombia.
    Duration: 8 hours

    Stop At: Raquira, Raquira, Boyaca Department
    Next, you'll be traveling onto Ráquira; this town is absolutely full of artisans and a dream location for anyone wishing to do a bit of shopping. You'll find everything here from hammocks to pottery and all Colombian made. For those interested in taking photos and not shopping, there are some fantastic streets and a wonderful town plaza full of life-size (and larger) clay statues.
    Following this, you'll continue onto the day's final destination of Villa de Leyva. Arriving in the late afternoon you'll enjoy a wonderful night with the cobblestone streets lite with the romantic light of the lanterns littering the sides and walls of the colonial buildings.
    Duration: 8 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Hotel La Posada de San Antonio or similar

    Day 4: Villa de Leyva / Bogotá

    Stop At: Villa de Leyva, Villa de Leyva, Boyaca Department
    Enjoy a fantastic breakfast, followed by an amazing tour of the most important locations in and around Villa de Leyva.
    Visit the Monasterio Del Santo Eccehomo, part of Colombia’s architectural heritage, founded in 1620. This beautiful monastery is built on a hillside and consists of a wonderful cloister, church, cemetery, and plaza, with beautiful views.
    Explore the worldwide largest piece of pottery, the Terracotta House. Wander through the many rooms and take photos from different angles. This is really quite amazing!
    Another interesting place not to be missed is the Fossil Museum. See, touch and feel the bones of dinosaurs, that once ruled this world.
    After your tour of Villa de Leyva is complete you start your journey back to Bogotá with a stop at El Puente de Boyacá (Boyacá Bridge). This is where the final battle was fought on August 7, 1819, known as the Battle of Boyacá which granted independence to New Granada from Spain.
    Duration: 8 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Hotel Casona Usaquen or similar

    Day 5: Bogotá / Salento

    Stop At: Salento, Salento, Quindio Department
    Enjoy a short flight to Pereira where your transport will be waiting to take you directly to your hotel in Salento.
    There are no tours planned for today so you can simply relax and check-out this wonderful town full of artisan shops, cafes, bars, and restaurants.
    Duration: 8 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Finca La Aurora Salento or similar

    Day 6: Free Day or Optional Tours

    Stop At: Filandia, Filandia, Quindio Department
    Enjoy a free day chilling out in Salento or enjoy one of 2 optional tours:
    Option 1: Filandia and Thermal Pools of Santa Rosa is truly one of the most picturesque locations you can visit while in Colombia.
    Or
    Option 2: The Fauna and Flora Santuario of Otun Quimbaya.
    With over 1900 species, Colombia is the nation with the greatest variety of birds on the planet. The entire topography of the Colombian Coffee Cultural Landscape showcases in this central
    Andes region.
    This amazing scenic tour starts on the western inclines of the central mountain range, in the Quimbaya Fauna and Flora Sanctuary. Here the Rio Otún has a list including approximately 330 varieties of birds.
    Once you have arrived at the sanctuary you'll enjoy a brief explanation of this area, along with a short video, of some of the wildlife you will hopefully soon see.
    Following this, you'll enjoy a typical lunch from this region before heading back to your hotel to relax for the evening.
    Duration: 8 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: El Zorzal or similar

    Day 7: Wax Palms, Salento and Coffee!

    Stop At: Salento, Salento, Quindio Department
    This morning you'll start your day with some beautiful views from the Salento Mirador (Lookout), and a look down into the valley you will soon venture through.
    Next, you'll take a trip into the lush Cocora Valley and a guided tour of the Wax Palm Forest. This valley is spectacular by itself, but when combined with the forest filled with the tallest wax palms in the world, it becomes an almost spiritual experience.
    After you've stopped for a wonderful lunch you'll continue onto a sensational coffee tour. This is one of the best coffee tours in Colombia and so very unique. The reason being the philosophy of this single lady owner. She has created a Finca that is completely pesticide and machinery free. Every part of the entire process is done by hand and with this, you'll discover the traditional methods of growing the perfect coffee bean. You'll also get to explore this wonderful Finca and find so much more than just coffee is grown here, such as a large variety of fruits as well.
    Duration: 8 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    Accommodation included: El Zorzal or similar

    Day 8: Hello Medellín!

    Stop At: Medellin, Medellin, Antioquia Department
    Enjoy a morning flight to Medellín, with your transportation awaiting your arrival.
    Comuna 13 + Medellin City Tour:
    You'll be collected from the airport and taken directly into an amazing tour of the city of Eternal Spring (so named for its consistent weather all year long). On this tour, you'll see the most important locations in this grand city, and enjoy a mix of culture, history, and local traditions.
    Combined with this tour you're also going to enjoy an extraordinary tour through Comuna 13. Once a place unsafe for the police, this is now a hub for tourism with amazing murals and graffiti covering the street walls. Along with this you'll enjoy wonderful views and ride the outdoor escalators.
    Duration: 8 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Obo Hotel or similar

    Day 9: Guatape

    Stop At: Guatape, Guatape, Antioquia Department
    You'll enjoy a beautiful drive through the scenery of Antioquia towards Guatape Rock. On the way, you'll be stopping at a replica of Old Peñol's town plaza. The original town was actually sunk and is now at the bottom of Lake Guatape. The only piece still visible is the spiral from the church tower.
    Next on today's adventure will be La Pierda (The Rock or better know as Guatape Rock). This is simply a wonderful and huge stone standing tall and overlooking Lake Guatape far below. Once here you'll have the opportunity to climb the 740 steps up to the very top, with breathtaking views every step of the way.
    Following this, you'll explore the colorful town of Guatape itself and stop for a spot of lunch at one of the many restaurants.
    Duration: 8 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Obo Hotel or similar

    Day 10: Santa Fe de Antioquia

    Stop At: Santa Fe de Antioquia, Santa Fe de Antioquia, Antioquia Department
    You enjoy the wonderful scenery on the way almost as much as the historic town of Santa Fe de Antioquia, where you will enjoy a fantastic guided tour through this beautiful town. Here you will discover buildings dating back to colonial times, an absolutely delightful plaza (main square), and learn the history of the church that was never completed.
    After you have wandered these stone streets and taken many perfect photos you will continue on to the Western Bridge. This bridge was actually built by an architect that was also involved with building the Brooklyn Bridge in New York. Following more photos of this famous piece of history, you’ll cross this swinging bridge and start on your relaxing journey back to Medellín.
    Duration: 8 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Obo Hotel or similar

    Day 11: Free Day or Optional Tour

    Stop At: Jardin, Jardin, Antioquia Department
    Enjoy a free day exploring more of Medellín or enjoy an optional tour to Jardin.
    To enjoy Jardin you'll want to leave early, as the travel time there can be between 3-4 hours. So you'll be collected at 7 am from your hotel to enjoy a wonderful drive through the Antioquia countryside to arrive at the simply beautiful town of Jardin.
    Once here you'll enjoy a walking tour of this picturesque town wandering the streets marveling at the colonial buildings and balconies full of flowers.
    Next, you'll enjoy some lunch at one of the many fantastic restaurants before enjoying a horseback tour around the surroundings and some simply spectacular views.
    Then in the late afternoon, you'll begin your relaxing ride back to Medellín once again.
    Duration: 8 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Obo Hotel or similar

    Day 12: The Caribbean Life – Santa Marta

    Stop At: Santa Marta, Santa Marta, Santa Marta Municipality, Magdalena Department
    Enjoy a morning flight to Santa Marta, arriving in the early afternoon.
    There are no tours planned for today, so just relax and check out this wonderful setting.
    Duration: 8 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Hotel Sierra Nevada or similar

    Day 13: Minca – Fresh Mountain Air

    Stop At: Minca, Minca, Santa Marta Municipality, Magdalena Department
    Travel to the small town of Minca where you'll breathe in the fresh mountain air and enjoy a tour of this wonderful little mountain pueblo, including its wonderful cafes and artisan shops.
    Following this, you'll receive a coffee tour, where you'll learn everything about the production of the Colombia liquid gold, from the seed to cup.
    Next, it's time to uncover the process of creating chocolate! where you'll discover the wonderful flavors of Colombian Cocoa, and perhaps you'll enjoy a chocolate facemask as well!
    To finish off you're mountain adventure you'll explore some hidden waterfalls, with the opportunity for a refreshing swim (don't forget your swimming trunks)!
    Of course, throughout your journey, you need to keep an eye out for any exotic birds that happen to be hanging out close by!
    Duration: 8 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Hotel Sierra Nevada or similar

    Day 14: Tayrona National Park – Cabo San Juan

    Stop At: Cabo San Juan Del Guia, Tayrona National Park, Santa Marta Municipality Colombia
    Cabo San Juan in the Tayrona Park is a mixture of environments where you can find tropical jungle on one side of you, and beautiful white sands, and the Caribbean blue ocean on the other. Together this mix of nature forms a perfect Caribbean landscape.
    You’ll be taken to Tayrona park and enjoy a 2-hour ecological walk through the jungle and visit 4 beaches along the way including Arenillas, La Piscina, Cabo San Juan, and Los Arrecifes.
    You'll also enjoy some fantastic beach time (approx. 3 hours), along with time to explore the area or partake of some watersports, such as snorkeling.
    After your beach-time has passed you'll enjoy a 1.3-hour walk through the jungle and your waiting transportation.
    During your ecological walks, you will learn about the local environment and the local indigenous. Your guide will also be safeguarding your possessions while you're relaxing in the temperate waters and taking as many photos as you may need.
    Duration: 8 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Hotel Sierra Nevada or similar

    Day 15: Free Day or Optional tours

    Stop At: Tayrona National Park, Tayrona National Park, Santa Marta Municipality, Magdalena Department
    Today is a Free Day for you to simply relax and chill, or if you would prefer we can provide you
    with one of 2 optional tours:
    #1 Playa Cristal: Explore another part of Tayrona, where you'll enjoy crystal clear ocean waters, wonderful views, 2 boat rides, and approximately 5 hours of peaceful beach time
    #2 Visit a Kogi Indigenous Village: You will be collected from your hotel and be driven in a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle to a meeting point in Palomino. Once here you'll be transferred to the back of a motorbike for the next stage of this adventure.
    Cruise with the air in your hair for around 1 hour to get to the Kogi Village of Tungueca. Once here you'll be greeted with the smiling indigenous children, who'll be expecting a small gift, so please don't disappoint; candy, books, toy, etc. (Suggested value of gift $2 USD).
    You'll be in the community for approximately an hour or so before heading off to a simply beautiful waterfall nearby for a quick swim and to cool off.
    Duration: 8 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Hotel Sierra Nevada or similar

    Day 16: Transfer to Cartagena and a Day/Night City Tour

    Stop At: Cartagena, Cartagena, Cartagena District, Bolivar Department
    Relax in a morning drive along the coast for 4-5 hours to your waiting hotel in Cartagena.
    Once here you’ll check into your hotel and enjoy some Free Time in this wonderful setting. Cartagena City Tour - 3:30pm start:
    You’ll love traveling with us through this amazing city, going to the most interesting locations of the city in an air-conditioned vehicle. With our bilingual guide explaining the history behind every important site you visit. You'll discover panoramic views of the city from Cerro de La Popa; a convent built-in 1606. Explore the fort of Castle San Felipe. travel through Manga, Getsemani, and the modern city of Bocagrande, before enjoying a walk in the historic center. This is simply a wonderful way to get to know this ancient city.
    Duration: 8 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Hotel Patio de Getsemani or similar

    Day 17: Rosario Islands

    Stop At: Islas de Rosario, Islas de Rosario, Cartagena District, Bolivar Department
    Enjoy a wonderful ocean cruise on a speedboat to the Rosario Islands; arriving at a beautiful picturesque beach for a typical Caribbean lunch, crystal clear waters, water-sports, white sands, and palm trees.
    You'll be assigned your personal beach space which will be exclusive for yourself and members of your group.
    You'll receive full beach service, a fantastic typical lunch; use of deckchairs and umbrellas; a cocktail on arrival, and English speaking hosts.
    You will have the full day to relax and enjoy your space, along with the ability to hire gear for snorkeling, paddleboarding, or kayaking.
    This will be one of the highlights of your Caribbean adventure!
    Duration: 8 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    Accommodation included: Hotel Patio de Getsemani or similar

    Day 18: Free Day or Optional Tour

    Stop At: Volcan de Lodo El Totumo (Mud Volcano), Santa Catalina, Caribe Colombiano, Cartagena Colombia
    Enjoy parts of Cartagena you haven’t yet explored or simply chill out and relax on your Free Day.
    Or perhaps you'd enjoy a Private Mud Volcano and Mangroves Tour?
    You'll travel to the Mud Volcano of Totumo, where you'll climb up into this natural phenomenon and enjoy a relaxing mud bath and a mud massage by local experts. Following this, you will be cleaned from head to toe by locals dedicated to removing every piece of mud they can find. But there's always some hard to find pieces, which is why you'll be enjoying a swim in the temperate Caribbean ocean.
    Following this you'll enjoy a typical Caribbean Meal and a bit of relaxation before continuing onto the second part of today's tour; a voyage through the Cartagena Mangroves by
    Canoe navigated by a local fisherman. You'll discover the importance of this ecosystem and the vast array of wildlife that lives within. Your navigator lives in a nearby village and you'll get
    a chance to enjoy a walk through their community shortly.
    Duration: 8 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Hotel Patio de Getsemani or similar

    Day 19: Departure Day

    Stop At: Cartagena, Cartagena, Cartagena District, Bolivar Department
    Today it is farewell to Cartagena and Colombia.
    Safe travels home and visit again soon!
    We’ll have transport waiting to take you to the airport at your desired time.
    Duration: 6 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    No accommodation included on this day.
  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    We'll be collecting you for all of the tours from your hotel in Centro or Bocogrande in Cartagena.
    Departure Time :
    7:30 AM
    Return Detail :
    -
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 9 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Service animals allowed
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Face masks provided for travelers
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
    • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
    • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
    • We are always monitoring health and security issues and will always keep our travelers' informed of any necessary changes that may be needed for upcoming travel plans.
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

Language

English - Guide

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

10

Organised by BnB Colombia Tours

Activity ID: V-120276P57

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