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Essential Colombia

Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,586

Journey into the heart of what makes Colombia such a spectacular choice for a trip to Latin America.


This 8 day visit to one of Latin America’s most colourful countries will challenge everything you think you know about the land that invented ‘magical realism.’ If you’ve never heard that phrase before, pack a book by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the local literary star who popularised it.

The cosmopolitan city of Bogota is rich with colonial history, particularly around La Candelaria, Plaza de Bolivar and the Cathedral of Salt. You’ll also visit the world’s best gold museum. Santa Marta with its magical beaches and gateway to the “Lost City” and an ideal Colombian flop and drop spot.

Finally, Colombia’s most popular ‘tourist’ city Cartagena was one of the first sanctuaries for freed African slaves in the Americas. That heritage gives the city a distinctly different feel from its neighbours. Pay your respects at the monastery of La Popa, or visit the impressive San Felipe de Barajas Fortress.


 

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Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,586

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Day 1

Arrive Bogota

On arrival into Bogota, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The balance of your day is at leisure.

Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Cite Hotel Bogota

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    Cite Hotel Bogota



    Modern, exclusive, and sophisticated. Located in a comfortable urban zone in the most important business and entertainment area of the city and surrounded by the natural beauty of the Virrey Park. The Cite Hotel Bogota offers a calm atmosphere, where you will enjoy an unforgettable ...

    Modern, exclusive, and sophisticated. Located in a comfortable urban zone in the most important business and entertainment area of the city and surrounded by the natural beauty of the Virrey Park. The Cite Hotel Bogota offers a calm atmosphere, where you will enjoy an unforgettable experience through personalized service, style, and constant effort to guarantee a pleasant stay.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Room Service
    • Air Conditioning
    • Bar
    • Business Centre
    • Coffee/Tea Making Facilities
    • Cooked Breakfast Available
    • Hairdryers
    • Internet Access - Wireless
    • Lobby
    • Meeting Rooms Available
    • Mini Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Swimming Pool
    • TV

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Day 2

Bogota City Tour

After breakfast you are transferred to the historical quarter of La Candelaria in downtown Bogota, reminiscentof the colonial times of Bogota. You walk from Luis Angel Arango library to Bolivar Plaza, from where you can see the Cathedral, the National Capitol, Palacio Cardenalicio (former Archbishop's Palace), El Sagrario Colonial Church, Casa del Florero (House of the Independence), Justice Palace, Lievano Palace (Principal Mayor's office). Then you go to Casa de Narino (Presidential Palace), the official home and principal workplace of the President and finally the colonial church of San Agustin. The Botero's Museum is located here, in a renovated colonial mansion in which there are over 120 pieces of artwork, including sculptures and paintings of the famous Colombian artist Fernando Botero. His work is easily recognized by the exaggerated proportions of his characters.

One of the highlights of any visit to Bogota is a visit to Museo del Oro (Gold Museum) which collection has been declared a National Monument and is considered the world's largest collection of indigenous gold objects with more than 30,000 pieces from all regions of Colombia.

Later you drive through the northern residential area of Bogota and through a fertile plateau to the small colonial town of Cajica, where you enjoy lunch at San Alejo Restaurant. After a hearty lunch the tour continues to the town of Zipaquira famous for its underground salt cathedral. Experience the extraordinary architecture where the Stations of the Cross and three naves are eerily illuminated along with other sculptures and cavernous pools all hewn from the salt mine tunnels under the Halite Mountains. Though a popular tourist destination, it remains a place of pilgrimage for the local community.

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Day 3

Bogota to Santa Marta

Breakfast at the hotel before a private transfer to Bogota airport to take your flight to Santa Marta (not included). On arrival into Santa Marta, you are met and transferred to your hotel. The balance of your day is at leisure.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Irotama Resort

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    Irotama Resort



    Located in the Pozos Colorados area, 20 minutes from Santa Marta, Irotama captures all the magic and enchantment of a luxurious Caribbean hotel. This breathtaking resort is surrounded by nature and has tennis courts, a golf course and a kilometer long beach. With 350 rooms ...

    Located in the Pozos Colorados area, 20 minutes from Santa Marta, Irotama captures all the magic and enchantment of a luxurious Caribbean hotel. This breathtaking resort is surrounded by nature and has tennis courts, a golf course and a kilometer long beach. With 350 rooms and a capacity for 1,200 people, Irotama Resort offers different types of guestrooms, from cabanas, surrounded by beautiful gardens, to luxury buildings with all kind of amenities.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Children's Activities
    • Gift Shop
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Tennis

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Day 4

Pueblito Tour

Today you will embark on a full day Pueblito Tour.

Deep in the lush forests of Tayrona National Park, lies the Pre-Hispanic village of Pueblito. A stroll along the stone path leads you to the archaeological remains of an ancient city built in terraces with water channels and bridges. Pueblito is considered by the Kogi people (descendants of the Tayrona culture), a sacred place.

You will depart by vehicle from Calabazo before beginning the trek to the archaeological site. You wander around the site before heading down to Tayrona National Natural Park for some beach time before being taken back to Santa Marta in the late afternoon.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 5

Santa Marta to Cartagena

After breakfast, you are transferred to Cartagena by road. This transfer is approximately three to four hours tracing the coast lines and rejuvenating wetlands. On arrival to Cartagena you are transferred to your hotel with the remainder of your day at leisure.

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Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Hotel Ananda

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    Hotel Ananda



    Ananda is located in the heart of the historical center. It is just a few blocks ways from historical monuments and buildings such as the Cathedral Santo Domingo's Square and the Inquisition Palace. The hotel is surrounded by restaurants, art galleries and boutiques.

    Ananda is located in the heart of the historical center. It is just a few blocks ways from historical monuments and buildings such as the Cathedral Santo Domingo's Square and the Inquisition Palace. The hotel is surrounded by restaurants, art galleries and boutiques.

    Facilities

    • Bicycles
    • Concierge
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Golf
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Library
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Spa
    • Watersport Activities

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Day 6

Cartagena Monuments

Depart from your hotel to visit the most important monuments of Cartagena. The first stop is at La Popa, Convent of La Candelaria, built in the early seventeenth century on top of the hill with of the same name, from where you have a stunning view of the city and bay.

Later, you head to San Felipe Fort which was built in the seventeenth century to protect the city from pirates. After a tour of this fortress, you head to "Las Bovedas" (The Vaults) which were used as dungeons in days of yore and now are filled with shops.

Continue your way to Plaza San Pedro Claver whose name honours the Spanish monk, known as the "Slave of the African slaves". You then visit Bocagrande, the new town - a modern hub of activity situated between Cartagena Bay and the Caribbean.

You will have some leisure time to explore on your own before returning to your hotel for your overnight stay.

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Day 7

Cartagena

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the tourist pier and depart by motorboat to the beautiful Islas del Rosario archipelago, located an hour and a half south of the Bay of Cartagena. These islands have been declared a National Natural Park as it has one of the most important coral reefs of the Caribbean Colombian coast. Populated with a great variety of reef fauna; white sandy beaches and beautiful crystal clear waters all harmonise to make this impressive scenery.

The Rosario Island Natural Park is a marine paradise that offers abundance of activities both water bound and on the island. Visit the impressive outdoor aquarium built around the reefs and or relax on the beach.

After you will return to your hotel in Cartagena.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 8

Depart Cartagena

After breakfast you are transferred to Cartagena Airport for your onward journey.

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PRICE INCLUDED:

7 nights moderate accommodation, Bogota and Cartagena City tour, all road transfers, and meals as indicated.

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