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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

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 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 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

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.

Afterwards, we visit Calanoa Natural Reserve, Monkey Island and an Indiginous Tikuna Village.

We return to Puerto Narino and overnight.

 

Day 5: Marasha Reserve, To Leticia

Once again we travel along the Amazon to Marasha reserve, where we can search for the unique, colourful flora and fauna while on a hike, from the Canopy or even while sport fishing. Later we continue by boat to Leticia.

Overnight in Leticia.

 

Day 6: Fly to Pereira, Coffee Region

Today, we fly via Bogota to Pereira in Colombia's beautiful Coffee Region. Experience the contrast of the Amazon, filled with dense flora and exotic wildlife to the mountainous landscape of Colombia's coffee region.

Arrive in Pereira and transfer to our hacienda for dinner and overnight.

 

Day 7: 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 8: 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 9: To Popayan

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 being the most important pilgrim church of Colombia, and then to the vibrant city of Cali.

We continue to Popayan for dinner and overnight.

 

Day 10: Andean Market of Silvia & Colonial Charm of Popayan

Today, we drive to Silvia, with its colourful, local market. The locals dress in their traditional Andean garb.

Later in the day, we explore the plazas, churches, cathedrals, monuments and colonial gems of Popayan.

Time permitting, we are going to play Tejo, Colombia's popular game and national sport near Popayan. This ancient sport was played over 500 years ago by the indigenous groups in Colombia.

Overnight in Popayan.

 

Day 11: 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 just 2 meters wide.

We continue to San Agustin for dinner and overnight.

 

Day 12: 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.

After breakfast, we visit several sites in the San Agustin Archaeological Park. We end the day with a visit to the Archaeological Museum.

Overnight in San Agustin.

 

Day 13: Drive and fly to Bogota, Gold Museum

We leave the beautiful and mysterious region of San Agustin and drive to Neiva for our flights to Bogota. We will make several stops and enjoy sites enroute during our day of travel including the Gold Museum in Bogota.

Overnight in Bogota.

 

Days 14 - 15: To Villa De Leyva

Today we drive 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 1500s. We explore the history of Villa de Leyva through its colonial structures, a perfect town to meander about on foot. An evening walk in Villa De Leyva will be filled with charm and ambience with historic colonial buildings lit by lanterns lining the cobblestone lanes.

Enroute to Villa De Leyva, we stop at the world famous Salt Cathedral and also visit a 160 million year old fossil. During our stay in Villa De Leyva, we will also visit Ecce Homo.

Overnight in Villa de Leyva.

 

Day 16: To Colonial Barichara - One of Colombia's most Beautiful Villages

Today we drive to Barichara to explore this quaint and beautiful village. Founded in 1741, Barichara's colonial architecture of white-washed buildings and red-tiled roofs are simply stunning.

We also hike the Camino Real to the small and sleepy one horse village of Guane. Along this stone path, you can see the mountains and canyon in the distance while passing farms and horse ranches.

Overnight in Barichara.

 

Day 17: Fly to Santa Marta, Ecohubs in Tayrona N. P.

We depart Barichara and drive to Bucaramanga for our flight to Santa Marta via Bogota. Upon arrival in Santa Marta, we drive to our unique lodge called Ecohubs, surorunded by green, built with thatched roofs 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 and 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 its impressive views of Cartagena. We continue to the massive fort of Castillo de San Felipe, with its 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. Cartagena has the best shopping in Colombia. Cartagena proudly deserves its designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as you will never forget this wonderful destination.

Dinner and overnight in Cartagena.

 

Day 20: Cartagena - Afrocolombian neighbourhood of La Boquilla by canoe

Today we explore La Boquilla, an afrocolombian neighborhood in Cartagena by canoe (made of wood), through the natural tunnels of the mangrove forest while we learn about their community, including their fishing techniques. Enjoy some free time in the afternoon before 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 Cartagena International Airport for your departure flight.

 
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