ItineraryTAG 1Arrival in BogotáTAG 2City Tour BogotáTAG 3Laguna de GuatavitaTAG 4Visit of the Salt Cathedral in Zipaquira & Transfer to Villa de LeyvaTAG 5Villa de Leyva & surroundingsTAG 6Visit the crafts and artists market in Ráquira & flight to Armenia (Coffee Triangle)TAG 7Visit Salento and the Cocora ValleyTAG 8Tour around a coffee plantation “Experience the world of coffee”TAG 9Free day / Flight to CartagenaTAG 10City Tour CartagenaTAG 11Islas Del RosarioTAG 12Transfer to Santa Marta & Visit of the Tayrona National ParkTAG 13Free Day in Tayrona National ParkTAG 14Flight Santa Marta – Bogotá
- TAG 1Arrival in Bogotá
You will be picked up at the airport by your bilingual guide and will be brought to your centrally located hotel in the capital city of Colombia. Bienvenido a Colombia! (-/-/-)TAG 2City Tour Bogotá
On today’s agenda: A city tour through Colombia’s capital.
Visit the historic downtown of Bogotá with its magnificent churches, the government palace and the "Plaza Bolivar.” Furthermore you will visit the famous gold museum “Museo del Oro”. You continue your journey to the Monserrate hill. The cable car takes you up to the top of Monserrate, where you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the bustling metropolis of Bogotá.
Bogotá is an inspiring city that has something new to offer every day. In 2010, Bogotá was selected as a Must See Destination by the renowned newspaper The New York Times.
Dive into a city that offers a variety of art & culture, recreation, sports and science. (B/-/-)TAG 3Laguna de Guatavita
After your visit at the famous gold museum in Bogotá, you will follow the legend of „El Dorado“ by visiting the „Laguna de Guatavita“ today. This crater lake is situated at an altitude of 3.000 meters. This legend is says that heir to the throne were crowned here. During these ceremonies gold offerings were sunk. According to the legend, alligators, grogs, fish and monkeys made of pure gold were fished from the lake whereupon the legendary treasure of the „El Dorado“ is still untraceable. You walk up a steep path up to 3.000 meters until you reach the crater rim. From here you will see the magic looking lagoon. Your guide will tell you the history of this magical place as you walk along the crater rim. In the late afternoon you will return to the bustling capital of Colombia. (B/-/-)TAG 4Visit of the Salt Cathedral in Zipaquira & Transfer to Villa de Leyva
After breakfast you will head towards Villa de Leyva. On your way you will take a break in Zipaquira, the former center of salt production of the Musica Indiana. The main attraction is the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira. It consists entirely of salt, and thus this cathedral is located in a salt mine it belongs to the largest religious buildings in the world. The Salt Cathedral was opened in honor of the patron saint of the miners. In the afternoon you will head on to Villa de Leyva, a nice colonial village in Colombia. (B/-/-)TAG 5Villa de Leyva & surroundings
Today you explore the beautiful colonial town, Villa de Leyva. Discover its churches and Spanish colonial buildings as well as several sights in the surrounding of Villa de Leyva.
This picturesque village gives the impression of another world which is full of stories. You encounter big windows, Moorish balconies and white facades. Get enchanted by the magic of this special and unique town.
Furthermore you visit the Santo Ecce Homo Monastery. In 1620 it was built by Dominicans as a center of evangelization. You also visit the museum El Fosil with its fascinating collection of fossils. Here you will find most of the pieces that were ever found on earth and that have been maintained for thousands of years. (B/-/-)TAG 6Visit the crafts and artists market in Ráquira & flight to Armenia (Coffee Triangle)
After breakfast, you continue your trip to Ráquira. In the language of the Chibcha, Ráquira means something like "city of the pots." It is known as the capital of the Colombian handicrafts. The city itself is painted in primary colors and has got a big place with lots of ceramic statues. Here you can watch how people make their handcrafts and of course, you can buy one or more arts and crafts for yourself. As soon as you arrive in Bogotá, you will get on your flight to Armenia, a city located in the popular coffee triangle of Colombia. (B/-/-)TAG 7Visit Salento and the Cocora Valley
Today you will go on another tour visiting the colonial town of Salento and Valle del Cocora. The area of Salento will impress you with great scenery- led by the stunning nature of Valle de Cocora. Wax palms, which are among the highest in the world and can reach a height of up to 70 meters, will catch your attention. Enjoy a walk in this beautiful environment of Colombian´s national tree.
Besides you will visit the small town of Salento, in which you can explore the interesting and ancient architecture.
Also enjoy a "traditional meeting with the Colombian drink at Cafe Jesus Martin" which includes a discussion group about specials coffees, coffee brewing, art late sample and cappuccino and cake tasting. (B/L/-)TAG 8Tour around a coffee plantation “Experience the world of coffee”
Today you will learn everything about the world of coffee. The entire process - from the bush until the finished cup of coffee – during this unique tour you can experience this process on a coffee plantation first hand. Your coffee expert will share his whole knowledge of coffee with you and will reveal some secrets of planting, harvesting, washing and drying the coffee. Besides that some dancers will perform a typical dance in their traditional clothes for you. Get carried away by the smell and taste of one of the best coffees of the world – the Colombian one!
In the afternoon, you will know the Quindio from another point of view, transported on a Jeep Willys to get the best angles, allowing you to develop a photographic safari, interact with the region inhabitants and enjoy fully the nature of Armenia, Calarcá and Circassia municipalities. Also you will have a typical drinks tasting. (B/L/-)TAG 9Free day / Flight to Cartagena
In the morning you will have some free time to explore the surroundings of the “finca” you are staying at and enjoy the beautiful sceneries of the Coffee Triangle. This region has a rich and divers flora and fauna, so if you feel like you have missed something, now is the time to catch up.
After exploring one of the most beautiful regions of Colombia, you continue your journey by plane to the gorgeous Caribbean coast to Cartagena. Cartagena de Indias is an impressive city that holds the secrets of its history in its walls, in the balconies of its buildings and its narrow, cobblestone streets. (B/-/-)TAG 10City Tour Cartagena
Today you will head to Cartagena which is one of the main tourist attractions in Colombia, also known as the "Pearl of the Caribbean" and it is the main destination for culture and history. 1984 Cartagena has been declared as a World Culture Heritage by the UNESCO. The city combines an impressive, modern and colonial architecture created by the Spanish. It preserves the past and the memories of the struggles of that time. Besides you will experience the attractions, Cartagena offers such as cultural festivals, beautiful beaches, fine dining, a lively nightlife and a significant hotel and tourism infrastructure.
During your walking tour through the old city you will pass the representing streets and squares of the colonial city. Visit the church and the monastery of San Pedro Claver, the palest of inquisition, the gold museum of Zenú (closed on Mondays), the cathedral, the church of Santo Domingo, and the barricade of Santo Domingo, Santiago and San Francisco Javier as well as other famous places.
Furthermore you will visit two monuments which are of great historical value outside the old city. San Felipe de Barajas is a fortress in order to defend the city. The monastery and the church of La Candelaria on the hill de La Popa are outstanding examples of religious and colonial architecture. From here you will enjoy an amazing view.
Enjoy strolling through charming, romantic alleys and admire impressive colonial buildings as well as the city wall and the castle of San Felipe de Barajas, which was built during Spanish colonial times. The Inquisition Palace and the historic clock tower also bear memories of old times which make them liven up again in current times. Besides enjoy the nice warm breeze and relax in one of the beautiful natural parks in Cartagena. Cartagena de Indias is an impressive city that holds the secrets of its history in its walls, in the balconies of its buildings and its narrow cobblestone streets. (B/-/-)TAG 11Islas Del Rosario
The Rosario Islands are located approximately 40km (approx. 1 hour by boat) south-west of Cartagena. They consist of 27 islands and 20 hectares of coral islands and reefs. Some are swampy and consist mainly of mangrove and coconut trees. Explore the impressive, beautiful landscapes of Islas Del Rosario with its clear waters and gentle breezes. Get enchanted by dolphins and other mammals, which enrich the natural beauty of the islands. Today, the entire marine area, including the Islas de Barú and the Islas de San Bernardo are protected areas. (B/-/-)TAG 12Transfer to Santa Marta & Visit of the Tayrona National Park
On day 12, you will arrive to Santa Marta, a beautiful city on the Caribbean coast. It is the oldest city in South America and it is known for its culture, history and its Caribbean beauty. The Sierra Nevada is the highland of Santa Marta and its complex ecosystem is unique in the whole world. The outgoing streams of the Sierra Nevada flow into the Caribbean Sea and are accompanied by flocks of parrots and a variety of other bird species. Santa Marta is a place where you find sun and beach, but also much more than that. Experience it yourself! It is a peaceful place where Caribbean flair, a unique culture and a long-standing and interesting history encounter one another.
In the afternoon you head on to Tayrona National Park, which is about half an hour from Santa Marta, where the foothills of the highlands meet the Caribbean Sea. Discover more than 100 species of mammals as well as 70 different bat species, 31 reptile species of which 4 are turtles, 15 kinds of amphibious and over 300 different bird species. Pure nature! Furthermore, this untouched park provides beautiful beaches with hotels, restaurants and a camping area in the middle of beautiful nature. (B/-/D)TAG 13Free Day in Tayrona National Park
Today you can spend the day on your own. Enjoy the beautiful scenery or just relax on one of the beautiful beaches in Tayrona National Park. (B /-/ D)
Day Hike in Tayrona National Park (about 6 hours)
Today you can also enjoy an eco-adventure between mountains, jungle and beaches. During this day hike you will get to know the beauties of the Tayrona National Park. Here you are at a meaningful place. In the shadow of tropical trees, in the middle of the silence of the ruins of terraces, houses, canals, bridges, stairs and architectural buildings you will be a mute witness of the outstanding civilization „Los Tayronas“.TAG 14Flight Santa Marta – Bogotá
Today it is time to say goodbye to the beautiful country of Colombia which has surely enchanted you with its diverse, beautiful landscapes and its friendly people. You will be taken to the airport in Santa Marta to go to Bogotá and from there head back home with a lot of new impressions and experiences that will last a lifetime. (B/-/-)