CARTAGENA, COLOMBIA - 5 nights from $559 double occ, LAND ONLY
The walled city of Cartagena , a UNESCO World Heritage site, is one of the most stunningly beautiful small cities in the Americas. Spanish colonial two story homes were built with balconies filled with cascading bougainvilleas, painted different colors. Every street is a kaleidoscope of color . The city was walled to keep the pirate, whom we honor as Sir Francis Drake, from looting the city of the gold the Spaniards were shipping back to Spain . The home with the most beautiful balcony does not have to pay property taxes for an entire year. Very motivating. Small cobblestone streets, old world charm, beautiful beaches nearby, and islands off the coast to explore.
5 nights at the hotel of your choice with breakfast
Roundtrip airport transfers
Half day city tour including the old walled city, the Palace of Inquisition , San Pedro Church, the old Fort that protected the city from pirates. (seat-in-coach)
Full day trip to Isla Rosario, part of the Rosario archipelago, for swimming, snorkeling and water sports, or just exploring the island with lunch. (seat-in-boat)
COLOMBIA: Bogota, the ESSENCE OF COFFEE, and Cartagena – 8 nights from $1257, LAND ONLY
3 nights in Bogota with breakfast.
Bogota City tour, including Monserrate.
Tour of Zipaquira Salt Cathedral
2 nights in Pereira, the coffee-growing region of Colombia, with breakfast
Full day tour of Hacienda San Alberto , to learn the process of coffee bean production including growing, harvesting, toasting, tasting, packaging and export.
Guided tour of the Cocora Valley with a nature guide and lunch.
Visit to Salento, the oldest coffee town in Colombia , to admire the colonial architecture and beauty of the coffee fields in the region.
3 nights Cartagena with breakfast.
City tour of Cartagena
Full day Rosario Islands tour with lunch
All airport transfers, hotel taxes.
Airfare and fuel surcharges not included.
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Day 1 Bogotá
Arrival at the El Dorado International Airport in Bogota. Reception and transfer to the hotel.
Day 2 Bogotá
Breakfast at the hotel. Visit the historic heart of Bogota and walk around Plaza de Bolivar and surrounding areas, the National Capitol, which is the seat of the Colombian Congress; la Casa de los Comuneros, the Presidential Palace (Casa de Nariño) and the Museum Santa Clara Church. Learn about the metalworking processes of the ancient peoples of Latin America through the more than 34,000 pieces of metalwork displayed at the Gold Museum. From there, visit Simon Bolivar's house (Quinta de Bolivar) and the iconic symbol of Bogota, the Monserrate Hill, that rises at 3,152 meters above the sea level. It can be accessed by a funicular. There, you can visit the sanctuary and enjoy the best view of Bogota. Museums are closed on Mondays.
Day 3 Bogotá
Breakfast at the hotel. Visit the town of Zipaquira, the salt capital of Colombia. Zipaquira means ‘City of our Father’ in the language of the Chibchas. Back in pre-Columbian times, salt was the most important commodity and ‘salt cakes’ were the only currency for trading. Over time, technology improved and the Muiscas began to extract larger amounts of salt. As a result, an underground salt deposit was formed and it is where the Salt Cathedral was built, 180 meters below the surface. Inside, there is a chapel, “Capilla de los Mineros” built as a tribute to the Virgin “Our Lady of the Rosary of Guasá” (Guasá means ‘mine’ in Chibcha). Return to Bogotá.
Day 4 Bogotá / Coffee Region
Breakfast at the hotel. Pick-up and transfer to the airport as scheduled. Fly to the Colombian coffee Triangle “Eje Cafetero” On arrival, head out to the municipality of Buenavista and take a tour around Hacienda San Alberto, to learn about the fascinating world of coffee growing. The Hacienda has the most extraordinary view, where you will be able to appreciate the beauty of the coffee plantations in the mountains in the south of el Quindio. Learn about the process of coffee step-by-step and enjoy a tasting of high quality coffee awarded internationally in countries like Russia, South Korea, and Belgium.
Day 5 Coffee Region
Breakfast at the hotel. Today visit the national tree and the world’s tallest palm, the Quindio wax palm in the Cocora Valley in the town of Salento. A local guide will take you into the natural cloud forest to enjoy the spectacular landscapes. There, enjoy some free time before going to Salento. A town of colorful balconies, handicraft workshops, and a great viewpoint of the whole area.
Day 6 Coffee Region / Cartagena
Breakfast at the hotel. Pick-up and transfer to the airport as scheduled. Flight to Cartagena. Transfer to the hotel.
Day 7 Cartagena
Breakfast at the hotel. Take a city tour of Cartagena starting with the neighborhoods of Bocagrande and Manga, to see the contrast between modern architecture and the beauty of the old houses from the twentieth century. Further ahead, up at the Cerro de la Popa, take in a view of the whole city at this historically-important convent. The historic center of Cartagena was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1984. From here, visit the Castle where the Spaniards sought to protect the city from the attacks of the English in the seventeenth century, “el Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas.” Finish the tour with a stroll through the narrow streets of the old walled city where you can see the charming old colonial architecture.
Day 8 Cartagena
Breakfast at the hotel. Pick-up at the hotel and transfer to the port of Cartagena. Take a boat to Corales del Rosario National Park and San Bernardo. This natural park on the coast of the Caribbean Sea is the perfect place for a relaxing day. It offers great food and fun activities, including snorkeling over the coral reefs. Return to Cartagena.
Day 9 Cartagena/Fly Home
AMAZING COLOMBIA - 8 nights from $999 per person, double occ., LAND ONLY
3 nights in Bogota at the hotel of your choice, breakfast
Half day Bogota city tour (seat-in-bus)
5 nights at the hotel of your choice in Cartagena, breakfast.