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Culture And Nature Of Colombia

Culture and Nature of Colombia

Culture and Nature of Colombia

HIGHLIGHTS

Bogota, Cartagena, Coffee, Tayrona National Park and Markets

FROM

US$3,292

DURATION

13 Days

Why choose this trip?

Colombia is a country blessed with an abundance of unbelievable natural and cultural riches.

Its diverse geography means that Colombia is home to a range of unforgettable landscapes such as glaciers, cloud forest, humid jungle, savannahs, desert and a beautiful coastline among others.

Our nature and culture tours incorporate a wonderful mix of these different landscapes, visiting sites which aren’t readily available to the average tourist. We choose our accommodation based on relaxing but also allow our clients to immerse themselves in the local culture, wherever we may be visiting. Beautiful wildlife and scenery and remote walks in the cloud forest leave our clients spellbound with Colombia.

We have access to the best national parks, nature reserves and fauna and flora sanctuaries in the country, places that we have been visiting for years and know intimately.

What’s the Activity level?

An active itinerary with an in depth look at Colombia’s diverse Nature and cultures. There is moderate walking involved throughout the tour, with a few tricky spots of scrambling and crossing rivers. You will need to have good general fitness.

What’s the transport and accommodation like?

We travel on in private transport and local flights. Accommodation is 3-4* standard, comfortable with en-suite rooms. Hotels are chosen for their safety, location, ambiance and friendly staff. 

*All our tours are non-smoking

TRIP SUMMARY

Duration: 13 Days from Bogota to Santa Marta
Trip focus: A moderately active sightseeing trip exploring Colombia
Accommodation: 3 – 4* smaller local and Boutique accommodation
Transport: Vehicles and Flights
Group size: Maximum 12 + Local tour leader, Minimum 6
Single Supplement: USD650
Operator: This tour is run by one of our trusted local partners

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • All transfers and road transport
  • All accommodation
  • Tours as included in this itinerary
  • All entrance fees to all museums, parks and reserves
  • All meals as noted in itinerary
  • Bilingual local guides
  • All snacks and water on day tours

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED:

  • Any internal flights (approx USD200)
  • Any international flights
  • Laundry
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
  • Travel Insurance and Visas
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Drinks or beverages
  • Meals not specified in the meal plan as detailed in the itinerary

PAYING LOCALLY:

Many of our tours involve a local payment, which is part of your overall trip cost, and is deducted off the amount you pay to us prior to departure. These funds are then paid to your leader upon arrival in cash, on day one of the trip and put towards local expenses. In some developing countries the transferring of funds is at times problematic and many small hotels and operators only deal in cash payments. This in turn helps us support small local businesses, rather than turning to large operations.

All prices are approximate and subject to currency fluctuations until final payment has been made.

DAY 1 – ARRIVAL DAY

Arrive in Bogota. Transfer to your hotel for early check-in. Depending on arrival time, you are picked up at 8:00am and taken to Zipaquira Salt Cathedral, where you will have a guided tour.

You have the option of lunch in Zipaquira, and will return to Bogota and visit Cerro Monserrate in the afternoon for panoramic views over the city. You will be returned to the hotel for a welcome dinner followed by an evening at leisure.

Meals Included: Dinner

DAY 2 – MARKETS AND CITY TOUR

We have an early start today and leave the hotel at 7:30am for visit to Paloquemao market. Walk around market, sample some of the local foods and enjoy some of the local handicrafts. Followed by a Bogota City Tour: we will visit the Gold Museum, Botero Museum, Plaza de Bolivar and La Candelaria walking tour

Optional lunch during city tour, restaurants will be recommended. We will then return to hotel to freshen up, before a transfer to Usaquen Flea Market (if on a Sunday) and additional cultural tour of the colonial township. You then have the evening at leisure. Dinner at typical restaurant in Usaquen.

Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 3 – VILLA DE LAYVA

After breakfast, we depart around 8:30 am for a 3 hour transfer to Villa de Leyva. Villa de Leyva is a Colombian town northeast of Bogotá. Known for its whitewashed colonial buildings, cobbled lanes and vast Plaza Mayor. On arrival we will be taken to our hotel for check-in. We will enjoy lunch in one of the local eateries in Villa de Leyva, before an afternoon walking tour of the town and / or visit local Monquira Archaeological park. Dinner will be in one of the local restaurants.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 4 – VILLA DE LEYVA AND BOGOTA

This morning enjoy a tour of Villa de Leyva, to explore some of the attractions it has to offer. Visit an array of the following sites, the Villa de Leyva Cathedral, the Antonio Nariño Museum, the Antonio Ricaurte Museum, the Convent of San Francisco, the Convento del Carmen, the Cloister of St. Augustine, the Royal Factory of Aguardiente and the Congress House. There’s also the Luis Alberto Acuña Museum and the Museo del Carmen. The Fossil Museum houses the bones of a Kronosaur, found in 1977.

Lunch in a local restaurant in Villa de Leyva, before the transfer back to Bogota. Tonight you have an evening at leisure, local restaurants will be recommended.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 5 – MANIZALES AND COLOMBIAN COFFEE

This morning we have an early start to transfer to El Dorado airport to catch the flight to Manizales and the UNESCO Colombian Coffee Cultural Landscape. We then travel to the colonial coffee town of Salento. Known for its coffee estates and lush, green mountain scenery. We have lunch in one of its many restaurants. After lunch we’ll transfer to a working coffee hacienda for an afternoon coffee tour at 2:00pm. Coffee lovers will see the process from beginning to end and also gain an insight into the main agricultural activity of the region that defines the local culture. So strong is this link that UNESCO named the Colombian Coffee Cultural Landscape as a World Heritage Site back in 2011.

On arrival into Salento you will be taken to your check-in. Evening walking tour of Salento. Dinner in Salento.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 6 – COCORA VALLEY

This morning we depart the hotel at 7:30am for a 30 minute transfer to the Cocora Valley. Here we can observe the tallest wax palms in the world. We will start our walk at 8:15am and ascend up to Acaime Reserve (at 2710 masl / 8,891 ft, 10km, 350m ascent, medium-grade walk, 5hrs approx.). Be prepared for the 5 river crossings, some of which are along logs and there will be a few wet rock hazards along the way. Ensure you pack some good footwear. We then return via the main path back to the Valley floor. A packed lunch is provided for during or after the trek, depending on the pace. This evening you can enjoy a game of ‘Tejo’ (only found in Colombia) and then onto dinner or vice-versa. Local restaurants will be recommended, depending upon your tastes.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 7 – EL ROBLE TREK TO THE RIVER OTUN AND OTUN-QUIMBAYA

An early transfer takes us to El Roble to begin a medium level difficulty trek to the River Otun basin, a 10km walk through cloud forest and La Patasola Reserve. The total ascent/descent is approximately 250m/450m. From here we continue to walk along unpaved roads through the Flora and Fauna Sanctuary Otun-Quimbaya (national park), observing flora and fauna along the way. Lunch will be in the sanctuary; followed by an afternoon walk looking for the sanctuary’s emblematic red-howler monkeys and excellent birdlife, including the rare and endemic Cauca Guan and local Red-ruffed Fruitcrow. We’ll transfer in the late afternoon to Pereira for quick tour of the city with time for dinner before leaving to Pereira airport for your flight to Cartagena. You will be transferred to your hotel for check-in.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 8 – CARTAGENA

After a leisurely breakfast we will depart for a City Tour of Cartagena. Cartagena is a port city on Colombia’s Caribbean coast. You will visit some of the sights like the Barrio Manga, Bocagrande, Popa Monastery, Saint Philip Castle, The Vaults and various battalions. You have the option of lunch at a local restaurant, followed by an afternoon and evening at leisure.

Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 9 – DAY AT LEISURE IN CARTAGENA

Day at leisure in Cartagena. You could escape the city and head on a full day trip to somewhere like Rosario Islands or Playa Blanca for a day exploring and relaxing on the beautiful beaches. Take a half day tour to the mud Volcano, or spend your day meandering the cobble streets of Cartagena. If you are feeling a little more energetic, you could do one of the bike tours of the city.

Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 10 – SANTA MARTA

Morning at leisure in Cartagena. After lunch you will transfer to Santa Marta and onwards to a private beach hotel which is approximately 4 hours away. After check in the afternoon and evening will be at your leisure. Dinner will be at the hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner

DAY 11 – TAYRONA NATIONAL PARK

Today we spend a Full day at Tayrona National Park where there is time for relaxation on its various famous gorgeous beaches. Lunch will be one of the great restaurants. You will have a late afternoon transfer back to the hotel for an evening at leisure on hotel grounds and beach.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 12 – SANTA MARTA

This morning we have a City Tour of Santa Marta and enjoy a visit to Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino. We will then return to the hotel for a late lunch. The rest of afternoon and evening is at leisure in the hotel and on the beach, why not try out some of the hotels great facilities and spa.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 13 – DEPARTURE DAY

Morning at leisure and check out. Lunch at the hotel, followed by afternoon transfers to Santa Marta airport (1hr) for your flights to Bogota and connections onwards.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

TESTIMONIALS

SightseeingWildlife WatchingCultural ExperiencesNatureFood and CookingPlaneHiking

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Bogota city tour
  • Zipaquira Salt Cathedral
  • Cerro Monserrate
  • Usaquen Flea Market
  • UNESCO Colombian Coffee Cultural Landscape
  • Santa Marta
  • El Roble
  • Flora and Fauna Sanctuary
  • Cartagena
  • Sampling local foods at the Paloquemao Markets
  • Exclusive trek to Otun-Quimbaya
  • Villa De Leyva
  • Wildlife including Howler Monkeys

DATES

Start Date End Date Availability Cost
4th Sep 2021 16th Sep 2021 AVAILABLE US$3,292
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