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Best of Colombia 1490 , 9 Days
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Home to the Noble prize winning writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Colombia was once infamous for its bloody drug cartels and constant civil conflicts. The country has, however, come a long way since then and has now become a symbol of remarkable transformation. It is slowly becoming a favourite destinations for travelelrs from all over the world who are amazed by what they find here - modern and colonial cities, gorgeous beaches, coffee plantations and green jungles. Here at the equator, with the sun over your head, the fertile earth beneath your feet, amazing views in every direction and the warmth of the local people – you may find it very difficult to leave.

Highlights:

Bogota - one of the most iconic Carribean cities 
The Tayrona National Natural Park - Colombia's most famous natural wonder
♦ The colourful city of Guatape
♦ The Salt cathedral of Zipaquirá - built in a salt mine 200m underground


Itinerary:

Day 1. Arrival

Arrival in Bogota. Overnight in a hotel in the city center.-/-/-

Day 2. Bogota

Today we will explore the capital city of Colombia. Located at 2600 meters above sea level, Bogota is quickly becoming one of Latin America's urban highlights with more than 7 million inhabitants. We will visit the old historical district of La Candelaria, Bolivar Square and the Museum of Gold, where we will see Colombia's most famous historical artifacts. Overnight at the hotel. B/-/-

Day 3. Bogota - Zipaquirá - Bogota

Today we will take a trip to the Salt cathedral of Zipaquirá, some 50 km north from the capital. The catherdral is dug out in the tunnels of a salt mine 200m underground and is considered one of Colombia's greatest architectural landmarks. Upon returning to Bogota, you will have some free time to explore the city on your own. B/-/-

Day 4. Bogota - Medellin

Today we take a morning flight to Medellin. The city was once infamous as the capital of murder and home to drug lord Pablo Escobar, but has already put its past behind and is now a thriving cosmopolitan city. It can now offer its visitors many historical sights, interesting museums and delicious local cuisine. Our city tour here includes a visit to the art Museum of Antioquia, where we will see some of the best works of Fernando Botero and Pedro Nel Gómez. B/-/-

Day 5. Medellin

Today you have free time to explore the city on your own or take a short trip to the most colourful city in the world - Guatape. The famous inselberg El Penol Rock is located here as well. You can climb the 200-meter-high hill to ejoy the view of the lagoon and the small islands around.B/-/-

Day 6. Medellin – Santa Marta - Tayrona National Park

Transfer to the airport to catch our flight to Santa Marta. From here we will continue to Tayrona National Park – one of the most famous natural wonders of Colombia. With its sandy beaches, coconut palms and rainforests, it’s considered one of the most beautiful beaches in Latin America. B/-/-

Day 7. Tayrona National Natural Park - Cartagena

Today we take a 4-hour bus to Cartagena. In the afternoon, we will explore the old part of the city – we will visit San Felipe Fortress, Adolfo Mejia Theatre and Plaza de la Merced square. B/-/-

Day 8. Cartagena – Bogotá

Today there is an optional tour to Corales del Rosario y de San Bernardo National Natural Park – an archipelago consisting of 27 small coral islands. We will navigate through the Cartagena Bay passing between the Bateria de San José and Fuerte de San Fernando Spanish forts. After that you can visit the Oceanarium Aquarium or snorkel for an hour before going for a tasty lunch at Playa Blanca on Isla Barú. We will get back to Cartagena and you will have the rest of the day to explore one of the most iconic Carribean cities. You can visit the Convent La Popa, San Felipe Castle and the working-class district of Getsemani. B/-/-

Day 9. Departure 

Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to the airport for departure.B/-/-


Price Includes:
8 nights in standard hotels rooms with en-suite facilities
airport transfers and ground transportation
meals according to the itinerary
English speaking guides
tour leader from Penguin Travel
tours as per program
domestic flights Bogota-Medellin,Medellin-Santa Marta,Cartagena - Bogota
entry fees to the national parks as per program

Not Included:
meals and drinks not mentioned in the program
tips
personal expenses
fees for optional tours


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Best of Colombia (Rated 4.67 / 5 Based on 11 Reviews.)
Price
1490 EUR
Duration
9 Days
Single Supplement
180 EUR
Status
Open for booking

Currency fluctuations might cause correction of price at any time.

Group Size
8-12
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