ItineraryTag1Arrival BogotáTag 2Day hike in the Chingaza National ParkTag 3City Tour Bogotá & Lagoon GuatavitáTag 4Transfer to Hato la AuroraTag 5 - 6Hato la AuroraTag 7Return to Bogotá and flight to the Coffee TriangleTag 8Visit Salento and the valley of CocoraTag 9Tour around a coffee plantation “Experience the world of coffee”Tag 10Flight to Riohacha & visit “Camarones” / La GuajiraTag 11Transfer to Cabo de la Vela / La GuajiraTag 12Visit indigenous community of Wayúu Indians / La GuajiraTag 13Transfer to Tayrona National ParkTag 14Free Day in Tayrona National ParkTag 15Departure Santa Marta
- Tag1Arrival 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 2Day hike in the Chingaza National Park
Your trip starts with a drive out of the city to the Bogotá Savannah. From here you will visit the Paramo de Chingaza in the Chingaza National Park where you will enjoy a hike (different levels) around different lakes and frailejon trees. These mysterious lakes are part of the El Dorado legend. The park is of very high importance for the area of Bogotá as it provides 80% of the high quality portable water of this area. Furthermore the park inhabits a high quantity of animals such as bears, deer, pumas, opossums etc. and up to 180 bird species. The park ranges between ca. 800 and 4.000 meters of altitude and contains about 40 lakes. The largest one is called Lake Chingaza and is located at about 3.250 meters altitude. Enjoy your day in this mystical landscape and admire the amazing flora and fauna. (B/L/-)Tag 3City Tour Bogotá & Lagoon Guatavitá
During your city tour you will visit the historic downtown of Bogotá “La Candelaria” with its magnificent churches, the government palace and the "Plaza Bolivar.” Furthermore you will visit the famous gold museum “Museo del Oro” with a breath-taking collection of gold pieces.
After your visit at the famous gold museum, you will follow the legend of “El Dorado” by visiting the “Laguna de Guatavita” in the afternoon. 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. Afterwards you will head back to the bustling capital 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 4Transfer to Hato la Aurora
In the morning you will be picked up at your hotel and be brought to the national airport. From here you will take a flight to the city of Yopal. At the airport awaits you your driver who will take you to the 16,000 hectare reserve Hato La Aurora in the Casanare department. The reserve comprises a very unique ecosystem which offers fantastic bird watching and wildlife viewing opportunities. Discover the paradise of wildlife of this country! (B/-/D)Tag 5 - 6Hato la Aurora
These two days you will explore the amazing flora and fauna of the Hato – La Aurora.
Here you can find many species of birds, capybaras, caimans, iguanas, white-tailed dears, jaguars and giant anteaters in the middle of savannas, forests, lakes and streams in the state of innocence. You have the opportunity to do this safari by horse, 4x4 vehicle or a combination of both! For sure, this “Colombian Safari” with its natural beauty will leave you speechless!
Discover the beauty of this region by walking and a tour by canoe along the river Ariporo and its creeks. Besides you will get to know the way of life and culture of the Llanero by enjoying their culinary delicacies or listening to the traditional music of the area. Surely this trip will be a unique experience in your stay in Colombia. (B/L/D)Tag 7Return to Bogotá and flight to the Coffee Triangle
In the morning you will head back to Yopal and from there catch your flight to Bogota. From here you will continue your journey to the Coffee Triangle. (B/-/-)Tag 8Visit Salento and the valley of Cocora
Salento is located 24 km northeast of Armenia. 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. (B/L/-)Tag 9Tour 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! (B/L/-)Tag 10Flight to Riohacha & visit “Camarones” / La Guajira
Today you will continue your journey and will be welcomed to the very north of Colombia: La Guajira. This is a peninsula full of contrasts provided by the sea, sand, coal, cactuses, and a small green oasis. It is the home of the Wayúu Indians – sons and daughters of the land and the rain - where reality blends with fantasy and the weaving of very artistic handicrafts.
You will be picked up at the airport by your bilingual guide and will be brought to your hotel in Riohacha. In the afternoon you will head to “Camarones” – a sanctuary of flamingos and tortoises where you can enjoy the beautiful flora and fauna. (B/-/-)Tag 11Transfer to Cabo de la Vela / La Guajira
Today you head to Cabo de la Vela. During a long ride (about 4 hours) you will enjoy beautiful and diverse landscapes. On your way you will visit Manaure where you will learn more about the salt production. Furthermore you will visit and spend some time at the beautiful beaches of “Pilón de Azucar”, “Playa Ojo de Agua” and “El Faro”. Tonight you will spend in a hammock or cabaña right in front of the beach at a Rancheria. (B/-/-)Tag 12Visit indigenous community of Wayúu Indians / La Guajira
Today you will visit the indigenous community of the Wayúu Indians and get to know more about their culture. They will also present you their typical dance and you will get to try typical food and drinks. After this visit you will return to Riohacha where you will spend the night. (B/-/-)Tag 13Transfer to Tayrona National Park
Today you head on to Tayrona National Park, which is about three hours from Riohacha and half an hour from Santa Marta, where the foothills of the highlands meet the Caribbean Sea. (B/-/-)Tag 14Free 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.
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 /-/ -)
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 15Departure Santa Marta
Today it is time to say goodbye to this beautiful region 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 from there head back home or to your next destination with a lot of new impressions and experiences that will last a lifetime. (B/-/-)