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Day 1: Arrival in Bogota
Upon arrival in Bogota, Colombia's capital, we are met and transferred to our hotel. This evening, we have our welcome dinner. Overnight in Bogota
Day 2: Exploring Colonial Bogota; Gold Museum
We start our tour of Bogota with a visit to a typical, authentic market. We can try some exotic fruits and learn about market traditions in Colombia. After lunch, we visit Plaza de Bolivar (the city's main square), government buildings, the old colonial district known as La Candelaria, San Francisco Church. We conclude our activities with a ride in a funicular railway or cable car to the top of Monserrate Hill, offering spectacular views of the city. Overnight in Bogota.
Day 3: Amazon Adventure: Fly to Leticia, boat to Puerto Narino
After breakfast, we visit the impressive Gold Museum before we depart for the domestic airport for our flight to Leticia, Colombia's gateway to the Amazon. Upon arrival, we transfer to the peer, to begin our jouney by boat on the Amazon to the small village Puerto Narino. We stop at Amacayacu National Park where we may be greated by monkeys and other wildlife. Puerto Narino is a terrific example of how a town can be beautiful, functional and practise sustainability. The people really seem to take pride in their town. Overnight in Puerto Narino.
Day 4: To Tarapoto Lake, search for Grey & Pink Dolphins; to Palmari
Early in the morning, we depart on our boat journey to Tarapoto lake. Enjoy the lush verdant beauty of the Amazon rainforest as locals travel in their boats and birds fly overhead. Keep your eyes and cameras ready as we search for grey and pink dolphins, monkeys, caymen and a myriad of exotic and colourful birdlife.
Days 5 - 6: Palmari Jungle Lodge - Brazilian Amazon Experience
Enjoy 2 days at Palmari Jungle Lodge in the Brazilian Amazon. Activities include trekking through the jungle, visits to indigenous communities, enjoy natural pools, and search for the unique, colourful flora and fauna of the Amazon. Overnight at Palmari Jungle Lodge, Brazil.
Day 7: To Leticia, Fly to Pereira, Coffee Region
Transfer by boat to Leticia and fly via Bogota to Pereira in Colombia's beautiful Coffee Region. Arrival in Pereira and transfer to our hacienda for dinner and overnight.
Day 8: Periera, Exploring Colombia's Coffee Region
After Breakfast, we visit a special coffee growing farm (finca) which includes technical and practical introduction about the whole coffee cultivation and production process. Many consider Colombian coffee to be the best in the world.We will see first hand how coffee is grown and produced. Of course everyone can try a cup or two to appreciate the taste and aroma of Colombian coffee. Overnight in Pereira.
Day 9: Walk or horseback in stunning Cocora Valley
After breakfast, we depart for the Cocora Valley. We can explore Its breathtaking landscapes on foot or by horseback. This is one of the most beautiful places in Colombia. Here we will find the impressive Palma de Cera, the Colombian national tree and one of the tallest varieties of palm in the world. On the way back, we stop in Armenia in Salento, a picturesque village in the middle of the coffee landscape. Overnight in Pereira.
Day 10: To Popayan; Indigenous Andean Market of Silvia
After Breakfast, we start our long but beautiful day of driving from Pereira to Popayan, one of Colombia's most beautiful colonial cities. We will make several stops including Buga, famous for the most important pilgrim church of Colombia, and the vibrant city of Cali. We also stop at Silvia, with it's colourful, local market. The locals dress in their traditional Andean garb. We continue to Popayan for dinner and Overnight.
Day 11: Exploring the Colonial Charm of Popayan
We explore the plazas, churches and cathedrals, monuments, views and colonial gems of Popayan.
Day 12: Drive over the Andeas to San Agustin
After breakfast, drive from Popayan to San Agustin, crossing the marvelous Purace National Park. Today is a long drive made nicer by spectacular mountain scenery. In the afternoon, we visit the famous strait of Magdalena. Here the longest river in Colombia crosses a narrow throat of just 2 meters wide. We continue to San Agustin for dinner and overnight.
Day 13: Ancient & Mysterious Statues of San Agustin
The Statues of San Agustin are an ancient wonder of Colombia. Spread over a vast area and clouded in mystery, the approximately 600 statues date from 1000 - 5,000 years old. The statues vary from small to giant (21'), from human figures to animals to part human and animal and even pregnant women.
Day 14: Drive and fly to Colonial Barichara
We leave the beautiful and mysterious region of San Agustin and drive to Neiva for our flights to Bucaramanga (via Bogota). Upon arrival, we drive to the small colonial village of Barichara. We will make several stops and enjoy sites enroute during this long day of travel. Overnight in Barichara.
Day 15: Barichara - One of Colombia's most Beautiful Villages
In the morning, we visit and explore the beautiful, colonial village of Barichara. In the afternoon, hike to the small village Guane. Overnight in Barichara.
Day 16: To Historic Villa De Leyva
Today we drive from Barichara to Villa de Leyva, one of the oldest and loveliest towns in Colombia.The large plaza is surrounded by the church and whitewashed buildings, many dating back to the late 1500's. We explore the history of Villa de Leyva through it's colonial structures, a perfect town to meander about on foot. We will also drive to a 160 million year old fossil and Ecce Homo. An evening walk will be filled with charm and ambience with historic colonial buildings lit by lanterns lining the cobblestone lanes. Overnight in Villa de Leyva.
Day 17: Villa de Leyva to Santa Marta
We depart Villa de Leyva and drive to Bogota, stopping at the world famous Salt Cathedral. We continue to Bogota airport for our flight to Santa Marta. Upon arrival in Santa Marta, drive to our unique lodge called Ecohubs, surorunded by green, built with thatched roof and boasting spectauclar ocean and coastline views, located in Tayrona National Park. Overnight in Ecohubs, Tayrona National Park.
Day 18: Tayrona National Park; Playa Crystal; to Cartagena
In the morning, we have time to enjoy Tayrona National Park. Go for a hike, horseback ride or do nothing but breathe the ocean air enjoy the breathtaking scenery. Later in the day, we transfer to Cartagena. Overnight in Cartagena.
Day 19: Cartagena - Colombia's Colonial Gem
Today, we explore Colombia's Colonial Gem of Cartagena, arguably the most beautiful colonial city in the Americas. Our exploration includes the Convent of La Popa, the highest point of the city with it's impressive views of Cartegena. We continue to the massive fort of Castillo de San Felipe, with it's history and mysteries hidden in its stone-walled tunnels. We visit the monument of Zapatos Viejos, the Old Shoes. However, most impressive is the huge defensive walls that surrounds the old city, which overlooks the sea and its well-preserved colonial architecture within these walls. Every street looks more beautiful than the last. During your exploration, you will see cathedrals, museums, plazas, restaurants and cafes. Cartegena has the best shopping in Colombia. Cartagena proudly deserves it's designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as you will never forget this wonderful destination. Dinner and overnight in Cartagena.
Day 20: Cartagena; El Rosario Islands
We depart by speed boat from Muelle de los Pegasosi pier, crossing Cartagena Bay, passing through Bocachica and skirting the north coast of the island of Baru towards El Rosario Islands. Our first stop is at Cholon beach to enjoy the crystal clear waters before continuing towards Pirate Island. We have time to swim or relax on the small island. After a typical lunch, the trip continues to San Martin Island with a chance to see dolphins and sharks, followed by a return to Pirate Island, where you will have time to relax, swim or snorkel. In the afternoon we return to Cartagena. Tonight we enjoy our farewell dinner, to toast all of the sites, memories and locals encountered on your Colombian adventure. Overnight in Cartagena.
Day 21: Depart Cartagena
Our Colombian Adventure concludes with a transfer to Cartegena International Airport for your departure flight.
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