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Mountains, Jungles & Bays: Bogota, Tayrona & Cartagena

9 Days
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US$ 2,548

FIRST-CLASS | PRIVATE-GUIDED: Discover the magical contrasts within Colombia on this 9-day Columbia vacation. Immerse yourself in the expansive mountain ranges, windswept coastal jungles, and gorgeous colonial cities from the bustling capital Bogoda to Santa Marta and Cartagena along Columbia's northern shores. Explore each region in-depth with the help of local private guides, taking you across Columbia's most incredible landscapes.

Begin your 9-day Columbia discovery in the capital, Bogota. Make your way from the Paloquemao Market's maze of over 750 stalls, sampling local fruits, juices, vegetables, and fruits while immersed in the colourful aromas of the surrounding flowers. Continue to La Candelaria, Bogota’s oldest city quarter and vibrant cultural heart, where you'll discover elegant colonial buildings and churches as you wander through the Plaza Bolivar. Marvel at the works of famed Columbian artist Fernando Botero at La Candelaria’s Botero Museum and explore over 55,000 pieces of goldwork at the Gold Museum. Ascend 3,153 m / 10,341 ft above sea level in a cablecar to the 17th-century Monserrate Monastery, overlooking the city below and beyond.

Fly north to the city of Santa Marta, where you’ll find the expansive Tayrona National Park, home to the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range, the highest coastal mountain range in the world. Immerse yourself in the region’s predominantly year-round hot and humid climate, creating the lush tropical forests along its coast. Embark on a 15 km / 9.5 mi hike through the lush tropical palm tree forests to the warm ocean waters and beachfront restaurant at Cabo de San Juan. Remember to keep your eyes peeled for iguanas, macaws, toucans, monkeys, and other incredible wildlife throughout your journey.

Venture west to the living museum of Cartagena, a port city boasting a dynamic blend of African, European, and indigenous cultures. Explore impressive merchant houses, blossom-adorned balconies, and ornate churches surrounded by the city’s ancient stone fortification. Immerse yourself in the rich history within San Felipe de Barajas, wandering through the 16th-century fortress engrained in the city’s defence against pirates throughout its history. Continue to the flower-filled courtyards, stone columns, and gold-plated altar dedicated to the Virgin de la Candelaria inside La Popa Convent atop Mount la Popa.


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9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,548

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Day 1

Arrive to Bogota

Upon arrival to El Dorado International Airport in Bogota, pass through Customs, collect your baggage and proceed through the Arrivals exit. Here you will find a local representative holding a sign with your name on it. After meeting this representative, you will be directed to an awaiting vehicle and transferred to your hotel. Approximate transfer time is 45 minutes.

Duration2 Nights

The Artisan D.C. Hotel, Autograph Collection

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    The Artisan D.C. Hotel, Autograph Collection

    Located in the heart of the financial district, The Artisan D.C. Hotel, Autograph Collection features an OSAKI Restaurant and tailored made design and concept. Free WiFi access is available. The two buildings combine unique urban expressions such as brick walls and contemporary elements. it also …

    Located in the heart of the financial district, The Artisan D.C. Hotel, Autograph Collection features an OSAKI Restaurant and tailored made design and concept. Free WiFi access is available.

    The two buildings combine unique urban expressions such as brick walls and contemporary elements. it also features a lounge Bar, The Cooper, which is the perfect setting to rediscover the art of conversation. Each room here will provide you with a TV, air conditioning and a minibar. There is also a coffee machine. Private bathroom also comes with a shower. Extras include a safety deposit box.

    At The Artisan D.C. Hotel, Autograph Collection you will find a 24-hour front desk, a garden and a bar. Other facilities offered at the property include luggage storage.

    El Dorado International Airport is 11 km away.

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Day 2

Full Day Exploring Bogota Tour

Experience Bogota's diversity in a day. Begin at Paloquemao Market, a bustling maze of over 750 stalls offering a colorful array of tropical fruits, vegetables, and fresh-cut flowers. Sample exotic fruits and juices, immersing yourself in Bogota's gastronomic heritage. In La Candelaria, the oldest city quarter and Bogota's heart, discover Plaza Bolivar, which is surrounded by grand colonial buildings and churches. Wander the charming side streets and alleys, connecting with the neighborhood's vibrant past and present. The Botero Museum in La Candelaria highlights Fernando Botero's iconic "oversized" art across two floors. Nearby, the Gold Museum reveals its pre-Columbian gold treasures openly, boasting one of the world's finest collections with over 35,000 pieces. A short drive away, the hilltop Monserrate monastery offers panoramic views of the city. Reach the summit by cable car or funicular railway and explore the church, originally built in the 17th Century. After a day exploring the highlights of Bogota, your guide will return you to your hotel.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration9 Hours
Day 3

Depart Bogota and Arrive to Santa Marta

Enjoy one last Bogota breakfast before heading out to the airport and making your way to Santa Marta. Upon arrival, relax during a private transfer to your hotel and spend the rest of the day exploring at your leisure!


Accommodation: Cayena by Masaya

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration3 Nights
Day 4

Exploring Tayrona National Park

Tayrona National Park is probably the most visited across Colombia's impressive park network. A day spent wandering the jungle trails and rugged picture-postcard shorelines while leaving sandy footprints along the palm-fringed beaches is one of the pleasures of the Caribbean region. Located east of Santa Marta, the park covers a vast swath of protected land and marine reserve. Elevations range from sea level through into the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range; the highest coastal mountain range in the world, and whose lofty peaks tower over the park below. Tayrona has a predominantly year-round hot and humid climate, which has created along its coastal flanks a lush tropical forest ecosystem. From the main entrance, the road continues 10 minutes to the trailhead, from where the walking begins. Walks can be tailored to individual requirements and it's possible to flop down and relax on the first beach, Playa Cañaveral, or continue to the primary goal of Cabo de San Juan beach, a total round trip of almost 15 kilometers (roughly 9.5 miles). The full walk takes 4 to 6 hours depending on scenery breaks and meanderings, perhaps to see the beautiful beaches of Arricifes and La Piscina, for example. The scenery of huge white rocks, smoothed by wind and waves, and the turquoise water lapping at the white sands is blissful. Apart from the spectacular scenery, there are opportunities for wildlife viewing including iguanas, monkeys, macaws and even toucans. It's also possible to see the often-recluse members of local indigenous communities like the Kogi people, known for their distinctive white traditional woven clothing. The return trip is via the same trails, but for those looking for an easier option, horses can be rented for a more sedate experience.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration8 Hours
Day 5

Day at Leisure

Enjoy a day at leisure.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 6

Depart Santa Marta and Arrive to Cartagena

Enjoy one last breakfast before heading out to the airport and making your way to Cartagena. Upon arrival, relax during a private transfer to your hotel and spend the rest of the day exploring at your leisure!


Accommodation: Hotel Nacar Curio Collection

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration3 Nights
Day 7

Full Day Exploring Cartagena Tour

This full-day experience takes in the most iconic sights in Cartagena. Carved from a colourful history rife with piracy, sultry Caribbean heat, with fusions of African, indigenous and European culture, Cartagena is a living museum. The historic centre with its imposing merchant's houses, blossom bedecked balconies and ornate churches, are all encircled by the city's ancient stone fortification. A walk through the famous clock tower entrance, on through the leafy Bolivar square and narrow-cobbled streets is a walk through the pages of history. The old town is still however part of a modern Colombia, one of the city's main universities has its principal faculties located here, students rub shoulders with visitors and there is a vibrant commercial life here too. La Heroica (The Heroic city) with its 500 plus years of antiquity has a wealth of myths, legends and stories to enthral visitors. Wandering the picturesque streets of Cartagena is to step through the pages of a Gabriel Garcia Marquez novel watching history come to life. Just outside the historic old town, the imposing San Felipe de Barajas fortress is one of the city's most distinctive landmarks. San Felipe is the largest Spanish-built fortification in the New World, and along with the ramparts and stonewalls was part of the city's defence against pirates. Built on a hill, construction began in 1536 and continued for some 200 years. The La Popa Convent sits in a privileged position and is the highest landmark in the city. The cool, flower-filled courtyard with its dominant stone columns lead out to a viewing platform. Inside the small chapel is the immaculate gold-plated and carved alter and ornate decoration dedicated to the "Virgin de la Candelaria". The convent still plays an important role in the life of the city's Catholics.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration8 Hours
Day 8

Day at Leisure

Today is yours to discover! Enjoy the day to explore the streets or relax by the beach!

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 9

Depart Cartagena

Following breakfast, collect your belongings and prepare for your onward travels. You will soon be met by a private driver who will transport you to the airport ahead of your flight. Bon Voyage!

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  • Private arrival and departure airport transfers (international and domestic)
  • 2 nights in first-class accommodations in Bogota
  • 3 nights in first-class accommodations in Tayrona National Park
  • 3 nights in first-class accommodations in Cartagena
  • Private-guided tour of historic Bogota 
  • Private-guided tour of Tayrona National Park
  • Private transfer from Tayrona National Park to Cartagena 
  • Private-guided tour of historic Cartagena
  • Breakfast daily (excluding Day 1), 3 lunches


  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Visa fees if applicable


Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season (advertised pricing based on 11 March 2022 departure – alternative dates available). Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

14 Dec 2024
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