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Colombia is the only South American country with both Atlantic and Pacific coastlines. Its enterprising people are famed for their music, footballers, fruit and coffee. The legendary Magdalena river runs vertically from the south, between two Andes mountain ranges towards the Caribbean Sea. Islands near and far are visited by those seeking tranquil white sands. Famous cities such as Bogotá, Medellín, and Cartagena are complemented by many smaller towns with charming colonial histories. Colombia has also developed its eco/agro tourism, where local guides share rural customs in its authentic context.

Day 1: Bogota D.C.

You will have an English speaking guide.

You will have a private transfer from the airport to your selected hotel in Bogotá.

Please be aware of the sign with your name on it upon arrival.

You will spend the night at Hotel Tryp Usaquen, in a Standard Room.

Day 2: City Tour Bogota (Breakfast, Lunch)

BOGOTÁ CITY TOUR - LA CANDELARIA HISTORIC DISTRICT (Full Day)

Private services

Today you will explore the Colombian capital of Bogotá during a walking tour with an English speaking guide. The area of modern Bogotá was first populated by indigenous groups who migrated from Mesoamerica. Among these groups were the Muiscas who settled in what are now the neighborhoods of Cundinamarca and Boyacá. With the arrival of the Spanish, the area became a major settlement, founded by Gonzalo Jiménez de Quesada. The city later became the capital of the Spanish provinces and the seat of the Viceroyalty of New Granada. When independence came, Bogotá became the capital of Gran Colombia and later the capital of the Republic of Colombia. Located at 2,600 meters above sea level, Bogotá is a city of over 8 million inhabitants.  Bogotá has 2 different sectors for tourism. The first is the old Candelaria Historic District scattered with traditional colonial houses and cobblestoned streets. The second sector and by contrast, the north of the city boasts modernity and innovation. Tourists will find government buildings, as well as a variety of trendy shops, restaurants and bars.

Bogotá's historic city center "La Candelaria" with its impressive churches, the State Palace and the "Plaza Bolívar" will be explored with the company of your guide explaining each building’s history in detail. Furthermore, you can visit the world famous gold museum "Museo del Oro", the Emerald Museum and the museum of the famous Colombian artist Botero.

Bogotá is an inspiring city that offers something new every day. In 2010, the capital of Colombia was chosen as a "Must See" destination by the prestigious New York Times newspaper. You can discover a city that offers a wide range of opportunities in the fields of art, culture, recreation, sports and science.

*Please note that the Gold Museum is closed on Mondays, the Emerald Museum on Sundays and the Botero Museum on Tuesdays.

Gold Museum

The Gold Museum in Bogotá has an exhibition of jewelry and pottery from the indigenous cultures of the pre-Columbian period to present-day Colombia. It has more than 34,000 pieces and works of gold, 20,000 stone objects, ceramics, precious stones and textiles that belonged to the Quimbaya, Calima, Tayrona, Zenú, Muisca, Tolima, Tumaco and Magdalena cultures.

Note: The museum is closed on Mondays.

Cerro de Monserrate

The mountain of Cerro de Monserrate rises over downtown Bogotá, dominating the skyline of Colombia‘s capital. A church high up on the mountain is one of the city’s most popular tourist attractions, while taking in the view from the summit is a must-do activity. You can either go up via panoramic aerial tramway or via funicular. Many people from Bogotá enjoy the two hour hike from the city to the top of the mountain.

Lunch in a local restaurant.

You will spend the night at Hotel Tryp Usaquen, in a Standard Room.

 

Day 3: Caribbean Region (Breakfast)

You will have a private transfer from your hotel to the airport in Bogotá.

Visit to National Park & fruit tasting

Today, before leaving towards the airport, you will visit the Enrique Olaya Herrera National Park, one of the most traditional and important parks in Bogotá. This park is a green lung in the middle of the city and is a space where a diversity of Andean trees, fauna, some streams, fountains, monuments and public space are preserved for the enjoyment of all citizens. This park was inaugurated in 1934 by President Enrique Olaya Herrera and since then it has become an icon of the city and was even declared a national monument by the Colombian Congress in 1996. You will then visit one of the city's most iconic marketplaces to taste some of the exotic fruits found in the country. The markets are a very important space where traditional jobs are combined with the diversity and gastronomic richness of Colombia represented in fruits that are harvested all year round, vegetables, food and many other products.

You will have a flight from Bogotá to Santa Marta (Not included around $ 59 USD per person)

You will have a private transfer from the airport to your hotel in Santa Marta.

Please be aware of the sign with your name on it.

You will spend the night at Hotel GIO Santa Marta (Standard Room).

 

Day 4: Tayrona Natural National Park (Breakfast, Lunch)

TAYRONA NATIONAL PARK - CAÑAVERAL, ARRECIFES & CABO SAN JUAN (10 hours)

Private services

The foothills of the Sierra Nevada of Santa Marta is the highest coastal mountain range on the planet.  They rise from the sea, where bays and coves of singular beauty are to be found. The white sandy beaches in this park are bordered on one side by tropical dry forests and on the other, by the crystal clear and blue waters of the Caribbean Sea; making the Tayrona National Park one of the most beautiful in the country.  You can also find a variety of trails that pass through the rainforest and the tropical dry forest with amazing archaeological sites along their paths.

You will leave Santa Marta to take the scenic route along a coastal road to reach the eastern entrance of the park. From the Cañaveral sector you begin to walk through the dry forest until arriving at the Arrecifes sector.  This is a perfect time for you to rest and refresh before continuing to the Arenilla Beach, Piscina Beach and to Cabo San Juan.  You’ll have plenty of time to enjoy the beach and in the afternoon you’ll return to Cañaveral where your transportation will be waiting after hiking back for about two hours.  You will then return to Santa Marta.

Lunch à la carte.

*Note: it is recommended to begin the tour at 08h00. The Tayrona Park has a tropical and humid climate, so it is advisable to bring comfortable clothes, walking shoes, a hat and sunscreen. Also bring a swimsuit for the beach.

You will spend the night at Hotel GIO Santa Marta (Standard Room).

 

Day 5: Walking Tour Santa Marta (Breakfast)

STANDARD CITY TOUR SANTA MARTA

The City of Santa Marta, privileged for its location between the sea and the Sierra Nevada, is the oldest existing city in Colombia and the second oldest in South America. Every Samario will proudly say that he lives at the most beautiful Bay of the American continent. Undoubtedly, Santa Marta stands out among the most precious destinations in Colombia for combining the authentic atmosphere of a colonial coastal city with the maximum diversity that nature can offer - and all just around the corner.

We continue to the center of Santa Marta, where we visit the oldest Cathedral in the country, then stroll through the old, colonial center with its rich history - pirate attacks, the importance of the port during the banana boom, the Gold Museum Tayrona (closed on Mondays), San Francisco Church, Simón Bolívar Park, the Parque de los Novios.

You will spend the night at Hotel GIO Santa Marta (Standard Room).

 

Day 6: Cooking Class in Barranquilla (Breakfast, Lunch)

You will have a private transport from Santa Marta to Cartagena.

The distance from Santa Marta to Cartagena is around 4 hours by road. At the halfway point, in Barranquilla, you will make a stop to do an activity.

STOPOVER IN BARRANQUILLA: COOKING CLASS & LUNCH

In the middle of your trip you will make an interesting visit to Barranquilla, one of the most important cities of the Colombian Caribbean. Barranquilla has historically been an industrial and commercial city, through its port all goods entered Colombia during the 19th and 20th centuries. Today it is home to the most important carnival in Colombia as well as being an important business center in the region. The city has cultural and heritage traditions derived from the indigenous culture, the African heritage, the Spanish contribution and immigrants from the Middle East and Europe who arrived in the 19th century.

During the stop you will have a fascinating activity: you will participate in a cooking class where you will learn about the process of preparing the local gastronomy as well as the products and techniques. After the activity you will have time to have lunch and rest a bit and then continue your way to Cartagena.

You will spend the night at Hotel GIO Cartagena (Standard Room).

 

Day 7: Cartagena de Indias (Breakfast)

WALKING CITY TOUR IN CARTAGENA (3 hours)

The colorful streets of Cartagena are made for a walk, explore the walled city with your personal guide who will tell you about Cartagena’s past and present when visiting monuments such as the Clock Tower or Don Pedro de Heredia´s statue, the city’s founder as well as other less visited parts of the historic center. During the walk, you may notice many influences – Romanesque, Moorish, colonial, military, Arabic, Spanish and North American that have given shape to Cartagena.

You will also cross by Parque Bolivar, facing the Palace of the Inquisition, which is one of the most beautiful buildings in the city and San Pedro Claver square, dedicated to the Spanish-born monk known as “Slave of the Slaves” for his life spent ministering African slaves brought to the Spanish colonies. Also the Getsemani district, named by Forbes Magazine as one of the coolest neighborhoods in the world, will not be missed on this city tour.

You will spend the night at Hotel GIO Cartagena (Standard Room).

Day 8: Free day Cartagena (Breakfast)

FREE DAY CARTAGENA DE INDIAS

Cartagena de Indias was founded in 1533 by the Spanish conqueror Pedro de Heredia. This charming Caribbean city was one of the most important ports of the Spanish Empire in America during the colonial era. Nowadays it is one of the most important and preferred destinations for travelers during their stay in Colombia. The city was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1984 due to its historical center, its history and the set of fortresses, walls and military infrastructure built by the Spanish to defend the city from the English pirates during the 17th and 18th centuries. In the diversity and cultural richness of the city the mixture between the indigenous and African cultures, as well as the Spanish influence is clearly evident.

During the colonial era, Cartagena was besieged by English pirates who tried to steal the gold that was sent to the port of the city to be shipped back to Spain. Due to this, the Castle of San Felipe and the walls that surround the old city were built. The Castle of San Felipe is in fact, one of the largest military fortresses built by the Spaniards in South America. During the wars of independence, this city was the most crucial in order to defeat the Spanish army and that is why Cartagena is called the "Heroic City". Cartagena therefore preserved its architecture, walls and histories and became the most important tourist destination in the country. In the city you can walk among the old streets, walk on the top of the walls, try the traditional cuisine and listen to the musical rhythms known as Colombian Caribbean. You can also visit the modern area of Bocagrande and El Laguito. If you are a sun, sand and beach enthusiast, you can visit the Rosario Islands. They are an archipelago of islands that belong to the city. There you can bathe in the warm and crystal clear waters of the Caribbean and enjoy beautiful, white sandy beaches.

You will spend the night at Hotel GIO Cartagena (Standard Room).

 

Day 9: Rosario Island (Breakfast, Lunch)

You will have a private transfer from your hotel in Cartagena to the harbour.

ROSARIO ISLAND - SAN PEDRO DE MAJAGUA SILVER PLAN (Full day)

Shared Services

The Rosario Islands are located approximately 40km (approx. 1 hour by boat), south-west of Cartagena. They consist of 27 islands with 20 hectares of coral reefs. Explore the impressive, beautiful landscapes of the Rosario Islands with their clear waters, gentle breezes, and maritime life such as dolphins. Today, the entire surrounding area, including the Islas de Barú and the Islas de San Bernardo, are officially protected sites

During this day trip on Majagua Island you will have enough time to explore the beautiful nature and relax on the beach. There you will also be served a typical lunch. In the afternoon you will return to Cartagena.

Included:

Transportation in a Shared boat Cartagena – San Pedro de Majagua – Cartagena (The boat from Cartagena to Majagua leaves La Bodeguita Dock at 8:30 am. It is recommended to arrive at 8:00 am / The boat returns from Majagua to Cartagena at 2:30 pm)

Welcome Cocktail (fruit cocktail)

Refreshing wet towels and bath towel (one per person)

Lunch: Main course will be a whole fried fish (the fish can also be fried or be exchange for grilled chicken or meat or vegetarians rice with vegetables) with coconut rice, patacones, one drink (water, soda, natural juice of a national beer), typical sweets from Cartagena and Colombian coffee

You will have a private transfer from the harbour to your selected hotel in Cartagena.

Please be aware of the sign with your name on it.

You will spend the night at Hotel GIO Cartagena (Standard Room).

 

Day 10: Return Home

You will have an English speaking guide for transfer to airport.

You will have a private transfer from your hotel to the airport in Cartagena.

Cartagena Hotel Gio Cartagena

Cra. 3 ##7-171, Cartagena, Provincia de Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia

+57 5 6930692

Santa Marta Hotel Gio Santa Marta

Vía, Santa Marta, Magdalena, Colombia

+57 5 435 8286

Bogota TRYP Bogota Usaquen

Cl. 120a #No. 7-33, Bogotá, Colombia

+57 1 6576200

TOUR THROUGH THE MANGROVES (3 hours) (USD $66/person)

Private services
This tour will lead you to the small fishermen village of La Boquilla highly recommended for nature lovers.
After arriving in the fishing village of La Boquilla about 30 minutes from the Cartagena city center, you will get on the canoe and cross the mangrove forest and the lagoon Ciénaga de Juan Polo. You will go through some natural mangrove tunnels like the Tunnel of Friendship, Love and Luck. At the lagoon, you will see fishermen working on their daily catch. The perfect word for describing this gorgeous scenario is peace. The mangrove forest offers great flora and fauna. Among other things, you may see different species of birds and crabs and with a little luck, a coon or a green parrot may appear on the riverbanks.
After the canoe tour, you will receive a cold coconut drink. Then, you will take a walk through the village and along the beaches whereas the English- speaking guide will tell you more about the daily life of the people that make their living mainly fishing. You will arrive at a restaurant, where we can have lunch and try the typical local dishes like fried fish with coconut rice, plantains and salads. After lunch, you can take a dip in the Caribbean Sea or relax on the beach.
Return transfer will be by taxi.

DRUM WORKSHOP (USD $135/person)

Private services (3 hours)
La Boquilla is an afro descendant fshermen village that for more than 200 years until today they still continue in a heroic struggle of cultural resistance to preserve their ancestral traditions, where drums play a leading role. Today we invite you to an exciting tour to observe and play these Afro Colombian wild drums in their habitat, for this reason: Play it even if you don´t play, dance even if you don´t dance, sing even if you don´t sing. Together We can!
Our Drum Workshop of about an hour duration, is a unique opportunity to connect yourself with the typical rhythms of Afro Colombian folk music such as Cumbia, Mapalé and Champeta, through immersion by playing traditional drums.
The team of Batambora Drum Workshop School invites you to live an extraordinary experience; frst a little theory, then the presentation and interaction: execution of Drums.
BATAMBORA is a project led by a group of pushing young people from the Afro descendant community of La Boquilla, who are committed to human and economic development that is aimed at rescuing and preserving the cultural traditions of the African heritage. We love to support young people who make a difference, we invite you to live it!.

 

MOUNTAIN BIKE TOUR ON THE ISLAND TIERRA BOMBA (USD $147/person)

We will start our tour in the early morning at 7 am. A Van will bring us to the beach of Castillo Grande, where our professional Mountain Bikes are waiting for us, as well as the boat which will bring us to Tierrabomba Island (Duration: 15 min.). The adventure begins … When were you ever on a small motorboat with your bicycles?
After arriving on the island we will start our 3 to 4 hours bike tour across the undulating countryside, up – and downhill included!
The whole distance is about 68 km, but we will adjust, change or shorten the distance due to your physical ability. There are varied easy and challenging paths. We can have breaks and photo stops as you like. We highly recommend a break at the Mirador. This tour is very demanding and only suitable for sporty clients. When the sun reaches the peak at midday, we will go to the beach Punta Arena, where we will have lunch. During our leisure time, until 3 pm and 4 pm, we will get the chance to cool down in the ocean or to relax at the beach. After that, we will take the boat back to Cartagena and the transportation by Van to our hotel.

 

RUM TASTING (USD $122/person)

Spaniards brought many things and customs to America that transformed the continent. In the same way, we have adapted many of them to our culture and created an identity and products of our own. This is the case of sugar cane, which was taken to another level and today is the basis of one of the most exquisite drinks on the planet. Join us in this space of knowledge and fun where we would learn from the most famous drink of the Caribbean, the Rum.
We will pick you up at your hotel and start our tour by walking to the bar, where an expert mixologist will tell us about the history and characteristics of this drink. This journey of flavors will take us to taste different Colombian rums, some of them cataloged as the best in the world. We will learn their secrets and discover how wide and rich the world of Rum can be and how small changes in the process give life to so many different flavors and emotions.
After getting to know and living rum from a different perspective, enjoying one will be a real experience. The tour lasts approximately 2 hours
Availability: Every day
Suggested starting time: 16:00 hrs onwards
Recommendations: Comfortable clothes, walking shoes, sun protection

 

SALSA TOUR QUIEBRACANTO (USD $88/person)

Private services
A complete guidance through the salsa history in the traditional Salsa Bar Quiebra Canto. Benefit from the exclusive music collection from our host, Lácides Patrón, in the popular Salsa Bar Quiebra Canto. Lácides Patrón, who is originally Cartagena has more than eighteen years of experience in administrating this magic place. Discover with him the secrets of the salsa world. Lácides’ music collection is one of the biggest in Colombia. He has more than five thousand CDs and three thousand LPs, that summarize the development and history of salsa throughout the years. During the speech about salsa you have the opportunity, to learn and practice the different salsa rhythms. During the event you can enjoy a refreshing cocktail.
*Please note: this experience is available after 16h00.

 

ROASTING AND TASTING OF COFFEE IN GETSEMANI (Half day) (USD $57/person)

Private services
“Life is like a cup of coffee. It’s all about how you prepare it, but above all, how you drink it”, so let us show you how to make your best coffee in this adventure where you will experience the process from the seed to the cup, learning about the different types of roasting and preparations, and the impact of this seed on Colombian culture.
Once we pick you up at your hotel, we will start our tour by walking to the charming neighborhood of Getsemaní. There we will meet our barista or coffee expert and get to know first hand the different roasting techniques, made from a popcorn machine to industrial roasters. We will also learn about the different spices that can be added to the process to make a more interesting coffee and give it specific characteristics. Finally, it is time to try it and for this, there are many ways, each culture has created its preparations and recipes, from Italians to Cubans, each coffee is different. Dare to go around the world in a cup of coffee!
The tour lasts approximately 3 hours
Availability: Every day / Suggested start time: 09h00
Recommendations: Comfortable clothes, walking shoes, sun protection
You will have an English speaking guide included.

 

Tour Gabriel Garcia Marquez (USD $76/person)

Gabo loved Cartagena and Cartagena loved him, it only remains to look at the fragment of his autobiography Vivir para Contarla; “It was enough for me to take a step inside the wall of Cartagena de Indias to see it in all its grandeur in the mauve light of six o’clock in the afternoon. I could not repress the feeling of having been born again. So it’s no wonder that two of his novels take place there, Love in the Times of Cholera and Love and Other Demons, because the ghosts, stories and magic that Europeans called magical realism, in Cartagena is pure reality.
In this tour we will tour the Cartagena de Gabo, that full of stories, where each corner has a character and each window has a story to tell, we will visit the houses and squares that appear in their books, like the Portal de Los Dulces where Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza meet, The Plaza Fernández de Madrid where Fermina lives and the Plaza de la Aduana where Florentino dances with the madwoman, as well as the Casa del Márquez de Valdehoyos where Sierva María de Todos los Ángeles lived and the Convent of Santa Clara where she was interned and buried, and the streets and the
atmosphere of the city that is undoubtedly present in each of his works. So much was Gabo’s love and fascination for Cartagena that he decides to build his house in the San Diego neighborhood and leaves the saying before dying that his ashes must rest in the Cloister of La Merced, which at the same time is the headquarters of the University of Cartagena. We finish with a visit to the emblematic Heredia Theater and then return to the hotel.
You will have an English speaking guide included.

 

Tour to the Mud Volcano Totumo (USD $121/person)

Mud Bath: Pick up in a private vehicule with an english speaking tour guide to go to the Volcano of Totumo. The cone shaped volcano is located on the coast of the fresh water lagoon El Totumo. We will have this opportunity once in a lifetime, taking a bath in the warm mud pool that is 500 meters deep. Do not worry, the mud is so thick that it is impossible to sink. Afterwards, we will be rinsed by local women in the lagoon nearby. They also offer massages in the mud pool. When we fnish the washing in the lagoon we stay for a moment to enjoy the unique atmosphere at this place before we head back to Cartagena.
Important: The locals are used to ask for tips for all kind of services, (take pictures, save your belongings like cámara, shoes, towel, to help with the steps etc), please accept these services of the natives only in case that you carry small change in pesos with you. Remember, you have a guide that will assist you and a private vehicule to keep your personal things!
The tour can be done in the morning or in the afternoon, we recommend to do it in the afternoon as there are usually less people.
Optional: Lunch (additional cost), there a many rustic restaurants at the beach close to the volcano, or you can have lunch at a grill restaurant on the road.
You will have an English speaking guide included.

 

MINCA, MARINKA VALLEY & COFFEE FARM LA VICTORIA (USD $136/person)

This tour is about 4 – 5 Hours.

Minca is a small town located 20 kilometers from Santa Marta and 600 meters above the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. Its ever-changing temperature and the flowing of the Minca river endow it with an exuberant vegetation and make it home to numerous exotic birds, many of them endemic.
From Santa Marta you leave in a 4×4 car to first visit the coffee farm La Victoria, located 900 meters above the sea, and about 1 hour from Santa Marta. The coffee farm La Victoria makes the most of their coffee in Colombia. The German Micky Weber, owner of the farm, managed to make use of machines dating from the year 1892, turning the place into a real living museum. Their ideas led the farm to self-sufficiency – from electricity to crop fertilizer, everything is produced on the farm. On a tour of approx. 2 hours you will learn all about the ingenious process of coffee La Victoria 1892, from the production to the cup of coffee.
You will also have the opportunity to visit a very special draft beer brewery. The Nevada Beer is produced in the old chapel of the Victoria Farm and uses only water from its own springs. The beer’s taste is, undoubtedly, as exquisite and exotic as its history. With some luck, you also meet Jonas, founder and master brewer from Bavaria, Germany. After a good coffee and/or beer, you continue in the 4×4 and stop to visit Don Camaritas, famous for preparing the best sausages and smoked fish of the region in their traditional oven. You continue towards the beautiful Marinka Valley and visit the Waterfall of Arimaka, where you will have time for a refreshing swim surrounded only by nature. Once arriving in Minca, you have a short tour through this small town of art and nature lovers, and then return to Santa Marta.

 

WEAVING PEACE – SHORT VERSION (USD $144/person)

This tour takes about 3 hours.

Understand Colombia’s most important historical events, focusing on its rebirth and future through the city, geography, and the voices of true Peace Weavers. In this tour you will get to know Bogotá in a different way. You will have the opportunity to visit some iconic places in Bogota that represent initiatives around the peace and reconciliation process in Colombia. You will visit Distrito Chocolate, a local chocolate company in which a small group of peasants who some years ago were affected by the war and were dedicated to the cultivation of coca, today they bet on building peace in Colombia and produce cocoa to transform it into a very special chocolate.
Afterwards you will visit the Historical Centre of La Candelaria where you will take a tour in which you will learn some historical facts about the origins of the political and armed conflict in Colombia. As part of the peace agreement between the Colombian State and the former Farc guerrilla, it was agreed to create some memorials to honour the victims of the conflict. You will visit one of the memorials in honor of the victims located in the center of Bogotá.
With this experience you will get to know the history of Colombia in a better way and you will be supporting initiatives and efforts of communities that are betting on change and peace in Colombia.

* In this tour your guide will be an expert in Colombian history and conflict.

 

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For U.S. and Canadian Passport holders, tourist visa is not required to enter Colombia. A tourist stay can be granted for up to 90 days.

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  • Domestic transportation indicated in the itinerary
  • Deluxe & Exotic Hotel accommodations
  • Meals and featuring regional delicacies mentioned in the itinerary
  • All visits and admission fees including entertainment shows mentioned in the itinerary
  • English speaking guides
  • Taxes and fuel surcharges

Price does not include

  • International flights (Home to destination & back home)
  • Tips (Gratuities to tour guides and drivers)
  • Travel insurance
  • Optional tours
  • Visa fee (if applicable)

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