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Colombia doesn’t usually first spring to mind when thinking of a holiday, but forget what you think you know and be prepared to be amazed. We are proud to offer small group tours and independent tailor made holidays to this newly emerging star of Latin America, a nation with much to offer but that few know much about. Colombia is Latin America’s best kept secret – but it won’t stay that way for long.
Be one of the first to travel to the most exciting country in Latin America. We see the stunning colonial architecture of towns such as Cartagena, stay on a farm in the coffee growing region to learn more about local life and visit the pretty village of Villa de Leyva. As well as this we visit the beautiful Tayrona National Park and head to the remote region of La Guajira, home to little visited Indian tribes with distinct customs and culture.
Day 1: Bogota. Arrive in Bogota and transfer to your hotel, located in the historic heart of the city. The rest of the day is free to explore or relax. Overnight Casona del Patio Hotel or similar.
Day 2: Bogota. Explore this vibrant city on foot and by vehicle, as we walk around La Candelaria – the historical center of Bogota with colonial and baroque style buildings and cobblestone streets and plazas, where we also visit the Gold Museum housing many pre-Colombian pieces. See incredible views of Bogota City from one of its mountainous peaks at the Monserrate monastery. Overnight Casona del Patio Hotel or similar. Includes: (B).
Day 3: Lake Guatavita – Zipaquira. Day trip to the beautiful emerald green Lake Guatavita, once a sacred place for the Muisca Indians, and home to the legend of El Dorado. Later we discover the famous Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira, carved into the tunnels of a salt mine. Return to Bogota for the night. Overnight Casona del Patio Hotel or similar. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 4: Villa de Leyva. Visit the beautifully preserved and traditional town of Villa De Leyva. We take a guided walk through its atmospheric cobblestone streets that boast colourful bougainvilleas spilling from balconies, patios, courtyards and white washed buildings with red tiled roofs. After a typical lunch, we visit El Fossil, a museum built around the giant fossil remains of a prehistoric marine reptile. An afternoon drive back to Bogota with a stop at the town of Raquira, well known for its traditional arts and crafts and brightly colored buildings. Overnight Casona del Patio Hotel or similar. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 5: Armenia. Fly to Armenia and then drive to our accommodation, a working coffee farm. We visit Salento, a typical town of the coffee zone, and then head to the lush natural park of Valle Del Cocora, where we have lunch and then take a nature walk. Overnight Finca el Laurel or similar. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 6: Coffee farm. Spend a full day on the coffee farm to gain an insight into life in the region. Learn about the coffee production process, tour the plantation and working hacienda with the coffee farm owners and sample some of the farm’s very own organic coffee. Overnight Finca el Laurel or similar. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 7: Cartagena. Fly to the atmospheric city of Cartagena. After lunch we have a walking tour of the old walled city to enjoy the romantic and historic atmosphere of Cartagena, visiting museums and other places of interest in a setting of brightly colored colonial buildings, churches and balconies which overflow with flowers into windy roads and pathways. Overnight Hotel Casa Villa Colonial or similar. Includes: (B).
Day 8: Cartagena. We travel through the modern districts of Cartagena before visiting the old monastery of La Popa overlooking Cartagena Bay. Afterwards explore the mighty Fortress of San Felipe, situated in a strategic spot that once defended attacking pirates. Explore its underground passageways, watchtowers and rooms to learn about its historic past. Rest of the day free to continue exploring the churches, plazas and monuments of this UNESCO World Heritage city. Overnight Hotel Casa Villa Colonial or similar. Includes: (B).
Day 9: Totumo Volcano – Taganga. Morning trip to the Totumo Volcano to take a mud bath in its crater, famous for its healing properties. Continue to Taganga, a quaint seaside fishing village on the Caribbean coast. Overnight Casa Holanda or similar. Includes: (B).
Day 10: Tayrona National Park. Early morning drive to the magical Parque Tayrona, with its wild and beautiful beaches and rainforest tracks. We can hike as far as a pre- Colombian archaeological site where the remains of a Tayrona community are evident and where the Kogui Indians live. Back at the Cabo de San Juan del Guia, we visit the Kogui Indians to chat with them about their culture and beliefs. Return to Taganga for the night. Overnight Casa Holanda or similar. Includes: (B).
Day 11: La Guajira. Morning drive heading towards the beautiful desert coastlines of La Guajira, a land with a strong indigenous culture and colorful Wayu Indian population. We start with a visit to the Flamingos Flora and Fauna Sanctuary, where we have a guided walk to see the turtles and pink flamingos that live here. We then head to Riohacha to spend the night. Overnight Hotel Gimaura or similar. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 12: La Guajira. In the morning travel to the Cabo De La Vela, a breathtaking cape sacred to the indigenous Wayu Indians. Visit Pilon De Azucar (the peak of the cape) and visit a lighthouse. We learn about the history of this intriguing region with a local guide before heading to our Rancheria for the night (these are unique Wayu Indian style houses). Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 13: La Guajira. Morning trip to Manure to see the large salt mine that lines the coast. Afterward drive to another typical Rancheria where we have a local lunch with the Wayu Indians and learn about the many aspects of their distinct culture. Return to Riohacha for the night. Overnight Hotel Gimaura or similar. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 14: Santa Marta – Bogota. Early morning drive to Santa Marta to fly back to Bogota for our final evening. Overnight Hotel Casona del Patio or similar. Includes: (B).
Day 15: Bogota. Tour ends. Includes: (B).
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