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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.
Day 2: Exploring the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira, Gold Museum & Colonial Bogota
We begin our day with a visit to the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira, an underground church built within the tunnels of a salt mine 200m (655ft ) underground. After lunch, we will explore the very impressive Gold Museum, home to one of the largest collections of pre-Columbian gold work in the world. We then see Plaza de Bolivar (the city's main square), government buildings, the old colonial district known as La Candelaria and San Francisco Church.
Day 3: Fly to Pereira, Coffee Region
Today, we fly 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.
Day 4: Colombia's Coffee Region
This morning 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.
Day 5: Walk or Horseback in Stunning Cocora Valley
Today, 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.
Day 6: 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 being the most important pilgrim church of Colombia. We also stop at Silvia, with its colourful, local market where the locals dress in their traditional Andean garb.
Day 7: Exploring the Colonial Charm of Popayan
Today, we explore the colonial plazas, churches, cathedrals and monuments of Popayan.
Day 8: Drive Over the Andeas to San Agustin
After breakfast, we 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.
Day 9: 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 approximate 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 10: Drive and Fly to Bucaramanga
We leave the beautiful and mysterious region of San Agustin and drive to Neiva for our flights to Bucaramanga (via Bogota). We will make several stops and enjoy sites enroute during our day of travel.
Day 11: To Colonial Barichara - One of Colombia's Most Beautiful Villages
In the morning, 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.
Day 12: Hike Camino Real, to Villa De Leyva
Before departing for Villa De Leyva, we 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.
Day 13: Fly to Santa Marta, Ecohabs in Tayrona N. P.
We depart Villa de Leyva and drive to Bogota, where we continue to Bogota airport for our flight to Santa Marta. Upon arrival in Santa Marta, drive to our unique lodge called Ecohabs. Located in Tayrona National Park, the lodge is surrounded by green, built with thatched roofs and boasts spectacular ocean and coastline views.
Day 14: Tayrona National Park, to Cartagena
In the morning, we have time to enjoy Tayrona National Park. Go for a hike or do nothing but breathe the ocean air and enjoy the breathtaking scenery. Later in the day, we transfer to Cartagena.
Day 15: Cartagena - Colombia's Colonial Gem
Today, we explore 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.
Day 16: Cartagena - Afrocolombian Neighborhood 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.
Day 17: Depart Cartagena
Our Colombian Adventure concludes with a transfer to Cartagena International Airport for your departure flight.
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