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Southern Colombia Explorer

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 14 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 15 people
Destination(s): Colombia  
Specialty Categories: Cultural Journey  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 400 Pound Sterling (GBP)
Maximum Per Person Price: 2800 Pound Sterling (GBP)

Southern Colombia is a region of great diversity in landscape, people and culture. Few outsiders have discovered this beautiful area. Discover the verdant coffee region, colonial cities, mysterious pre-Columbian statues, unique wildlife and perhaps the world`s most unusual desert.

Day 1: Arrive into Bogota airport where you will be met by our representative and driven to your hotel. Evening free to relax. Meal plan: N/A.

Day 2: Half day tour of Bogota incl. Gold museum, historic Candelaria area and Monserrate. Afternoon free to explore/relax. Overnight in Bogota. Meal plan: B, L.

Day 3: Drive to Zipaquirá, explore the stunning Salt Cathedral and visit the small museum. Lunch in Zipaquirá followed by a short wander through the historic centre. After lunch drive to heritage site of Villa De Leyva. Relax and overnight in Villa De Leyva. Meal plan: B, L.

Day 4: Day around Villa De Leyva including half day walking tour of this beautiful village where time seems to have stood still. Afternoon free to go walking, horseriding or check out a 120m year old dinosaur fossil. Overnight in Villa De Leyva. Meal plan: B

Day 5: Breakfast, then drive to Bogota. Fly to Manizales at 13.50. Transfer to traditional finca (farmhouse) with a couple of hours of daylight to enjoy the property and its beautiful surroundings. Overnight in the finca. Meal plan: B, D.

Day 6: Jeep tour to Los Nevados de la Ruiz, a national park in the central Andes. Climb a volcano and discover the diverse beauty of the park. On the way back stop off to soak in the natural hot springs to revive yourself. Overnight in finca. Meal plan: B, L, D

Day 7: Breakfast, then drive to the quaint village of Filandia. Short stop for coffee and a snack, a wander and a traditional craftshop visit. Get into Willys (jeeps) and drive to Cocora. Lunch in Bosques de Cocora restaurant (we recommend their famous trout). Two hours to wander or horseride through the wax palm landscape around Cocora. Drive to picturesque Salento village for a wander. Drive to finca, relax. Overnight in finca. Meal plan: B, L, D.

Day 8: Half day to relax. Optional use of pool, chill by river, coffee tour by owner, Lunch at finca. Drive to Popayan. Evening to relax. Overnight in hotel in Popayan. Meal plan: B, L.

Day 9: Short tour of Popayan (2-3 hours). Rest of day free to soak up the atmosphere and explore the culinary delights of this colonial town yourself. Overnight in hotel in Popayan. Meal plan: B.

Day 10: Take the bumpy road to the World Heritage site of San Agustin, one of the gems of Southern Colombia. On arrival take some time to unwind and enjoy the unique atmosphere. Overnight in comfortable lodge. Meal plan: B.

Day 11: Morning visit to the breath-taking Archaeological Park where you will discover stunning collection of statues dating from the 1st Century onwards. Very little is known about the mysterious culture that produced this statues that has since vanished without trace. Afternoon free. There are options for hiking, rafting, horse-riding and hammock snoozing! Overnight in comfortable lodge. Meal plan: B.

Day 12: Free day. Options are available to take a jeep tour, go hiking, horse-riding or rafting. Or simply relax. This is the place to do it. Overnight in comfortable lodge. Meal plan: B.

Day 13: Early start - drive to Neiva. Lunch and drop bags. Drive to Villavieja. Pick up open-air buggy and driver for Tatacoa desert. Drive through this stunning semi-arid desert. Stop in pool for a while. Take a dusk walk around the lunar landscapes of El Cuzco. Drive back to Neiva. Overnight in Neiva. Meal plan: B.

Day 14: Morning flight to Bogota. Drop bags at hotel. Rest of the day to relax, wander or go souvenir shopping. Transfer to airport and fly out of Bogota to UK or elsewhere. Meal plan: B.

Supplemental Tour Information:
Tour Highlights:
- Wandering cosmopolitan Bogota
- The colossal Salt Cathedral
- Rustic beauty of Villa de Leyva
- Colonial villages in the Coffee Triangle
- The `White City` of Popayan
- The mysterious statues of historic San Agustin
- The stunning Tatacoa desert.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

- Single Supplement: £400
- £2,100 (minimum group of 4 people, unless run as private trip)
- Including flight: £2,800 (minimum group of 4 people, unless run as private trip).

Price Includes:
- International return flight (where indicated)
- Airport pick-up & drop-off
- All internal flights
- Ground transport
- Accommodation
- Entrance fees to sites
- Activity fees
- Breakfasts and an occasional lunch/dinner (refer to itinerary for meal plan)
- Drivers and guides
- Climate Care contribution.

About This Supplier
Location: England
Joined InfoHub: Sep 2009

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