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Classic Colombia 1490 , 9 Days
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 Colorful colonial towns, vast coffee plantations and pristine Caribbean beaches – this is Colombia’s way to give you a warm welcome and invite you to explore this South American jewel which recently has been gaining more and more popularity amongst travelers. On this 9 day adventure you will learn more about Bogota's history, walk around the lofty Quindío wax palms in Cocora Valley and get a taste of local life at l El Ocaso Coffee farm and the fisherman village of Barú. 

Highlights:

The historic district of Candelaria - Bogota's vibrant heart. 
Cartagena - a beautiful colonial old town on the Caribbean coast.
Finca El Ocaso - a traditional coffee farm 
Isla Barú - scenic fisherman village where we will experience the authentic life of the locals


Itinerary:

Day 1. Arrival to Bogota.
Arrival to Bogotá - the capital city of Colombia. Situated at 2600 meters (8530.1837 feet) above sea level, the city is quickly becoming one of Latin America's urban highlights with more than 7 million inhabitants. Check in at your hotel, located in the old historical district of La Candelaria and surrounded by plenty of cafes, museums and churches. (-/-/-/).

Day 2. Zipaquira Salt Cathedral - Guatavita Lagoon
After breakfast at the hotel we drive for about an hour to visit one of the Colombia's most famous landmarks - the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquir. This huge underground salt cavern is built almost 200 meters below ground and dates back to pre-Colombian cultures. It was once used as a place of worship before converting into a Catholic Church. Get stunned at the towering religious effigies carved by local artists out of the very rock itself as you wander amongst the monolithic caverns. Lunch on own and time to explore the town of Zipaquira where you will find interesting historic buildings and a charming street market. Right after that, we head towards Lake Guatavita - a pristine lake to the northeast of Bogota, famous for its link to the legend of El Dorado - The Lost City of Gold, which apparently started around the lake, where priests made offerings and carried out important religious ceremonies. We will drive back to Bogota for overnight. (B/-/-).

Day 3. Bogota
We begin our day with a fueling breakfast at the hotel. Then we're off to enjoy a tour of the city, starting with a ride on the world-famous Bogota cable car. You will enjoy breathtaking views of the city and surrounding nature as the cars climb 3160 meters to the peak of Cerro Monserrate (10,367 feet). We will then walk trough the historical suburb of La Candelaria, with its old churches and cobblestoned streets, surrounded by colonial architecture, baroque churches, art deco houses and street art. We will visit Plaza Bolivar and its stunning Cathedral. We will also visit the Museo del Oro (The Gold Museum) to see the most iconic and amazing gold artifacts of Colombia, and Fernando Botero’s permanent exhibition at the Banco de la República. For lunch you will be on your own and provided with ample time to explore and sample the incredible tastes of the city. We will take a flight to Pereira at night. Airport pick up and overnight in Salento, a colorful and peaceful town located in the Andean Mountains of Colombia and providing an easy access to the Cocora Valley. (B/-/-)

Day 4. Valle de Cocora - Salento
After breakfast at the hotel we will visit the amazing Cocora Valley, inside Los Nevados National Natural Park. It is home to the national tree and symbol of Colombia, the Quindío wax palm, reaching impressive height of 60 meters. During the 5 hour hike there is a chance that we might see the largest flying bird in the world - the Andean Condor, as well as some Long Tailed Sylph Hummingbirds and the Blue-capped Motmot. Lunch at local restaurant and return to Salento in the afternoon.You have the rest of the day to enjoy the local cuisine, architecture, and handicrafts. Overnight at Salento Plaza Hotel or similar. (B/-/-)

Day 5. Salento- Cartagena de Indias
Breakfast at the hotel and then heading to El Ocaso Coffee farm. Here you will learn all about the coffee process: from the seed to the cup at an authentic coffee farm that goes beyond tradition. After this experience we will drive back to Pereira for a flight to Cartagena in the afternoon. Airport pick up and overnight in Cartagena. (B/-/-)

Day 6. Cartagena de Indias
Breakfast at the hotel.Today you have free time to explore one of the most iconic Caribbean cities. Places of interest might be the Convent La Popa, San Felipe Castle and the working-class district of Gestemani. Overnight in Cartagena. (B/-/-)

Day 7. Isla Barú
We will have breakfast at the hotel and then drive out to the fisherman village of Barú. We will get up close and personal with the authentic way of life of the people living there, in an intimate and unique way. After that, we will take a scenic boat ride through a mangrove forest to reach Barú beach; a secluded, picturesque bay with warm water and beautiful sandy beaches. For lunch and afternoon relax at the beach we will head to Isletas. Before returning to Cartagena, we will visit the village again, go to the local museum, visit local houses,thus relishing in one of the most authentic and awe-inspiring experiences of Colombia. Overnight in Cartagena. (B/L/ -)

Day 8. Cartagena de Indias
Free time to explore Cartagena on your own.


Optional excursion: Playa Blanca-Corales del Rosario National Park
Transfer to the tourist dock of Cartagena. Boat trip to Corales del Rosario National Park, where you can witness a stunning 27 small coral islands archipelago with clear turquoise waters. We will navigate through the Cartagena Bay passing between the Bateria de San José and Fuerte de San Fernando Spanish forts. After that we will visit the Oceanarium Aquarium or snorkel for an hour and will go for a tasty lunch at Playa Blanca on Isla Barú. Boat ride back in the afternoon.

Day 9. Departure

Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to the airport. 


Price Includes:
8 nights in standard hotels
land and water transportation as per program
English speaking guide
tours as per program

Not Included:
international and domestic flights
travel insurance (mandatory)
porters in Salento
Coffee Tour
meals and drinks not mentioned in the program
tips
personal expenses

Additional Services:
Flight ticket Pereira-Cartagena ca. 60 EUR
Flight ticket Bogota-Pereira ca. 60 EUR


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Classic Colombia (Rated 4.89 / 5 Based on 26 Reviews.)
Price
1490 EUR
Duration
9 Days
Single Supplement
390 EUR
Status
Open for booking
Price may be higher during high season in Colombia: December/January

Currency fluctuations might cause correction of price at any time.

Group Size
2-8
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