Colombia is a popular tourist destination and increasingly included in any Latin American travel itinerary. With more tourists venturing off the beaten track to explore this enriching country, now is the time to visit. This captivating country is full of rich colonial culture, natural beauty, National Parks and secluded beaches. Colombia has in the last decade made significant efforts to clean up its reputation as a dangerous place to visit. Many travellers who have visited Colombia consider it the highlight of their journey.
|Day 1||Arrive Bogota|
|Day 2||Bogota – visit Bogota Salt Cathedral|
|Day 3||Bogota to Armenia|
|Day 4||Armenia (visit Coffee plantation)|
|Day 5||Free day Armenia|
|Day 6||Armenia to Santa Marta|
|Day 7||Santa Marta|
|Day 8||Tayona National Park|
|Day 9||Tayona National Park|
|Day 10||Santa Marta|
|Day 12||Tour of Cartagena city|
|Day 15||Depart Cartagena|
Day 1: Arrive Bogota
On arrival into Bogota transfer to your hotel and have the remainder of the day at leisure to enjoy this vibrant city
Day 2: Bogota Sightseeing
After breakfast enjoy a half day tour of the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira, 49kilometers away from the city of Bogota. Journey through the northern part of Bogota, the Sabana countryside and ‘El Puente de Comun’. Upon arrival into Zipaquira enter the salt Cathedral a very unique underground Roman Catholic church built within the tunnels of a salt mine and 200meters below the surface. It’s an incredible site to visit while listening to your guide on the Colombian religious beliefs and traditions. After visiting the underground salt cathedral take a small tour around the colonial town of Zipaquira before returning to Bogota Remainder of the day at leisure. Overnight Bogota
Day 3: Bogota to Armenia
The begins with a transfer to the airport to board a flight
from Bogota to Armenia, home of the Coffee plantations.
Upon arrival into Armenia transfer to your hotel and have
the remainder of the day at leisure. Overnight Armenia
Day 4: Coffee Plantations of Armenia
Columbia is famous for coffee and today is your chance to experience Columbia’s finest exports and visit a working coffee plantation. This tour starts off in the town of chinchina in the Caldas department travelling through the endless coffee fields. Upon arriving at the coffee plantation you will begin with an interactive tour of the coffee making process and a walk through of the whole plant taking in each process of creating coffee. The remainder of the day at leisure to enjoy the atmosphere Armenia has to offer. Overnight Armenia.
Day 5: Armenia
Armenia is not just about Coffee, although it’s a great highlight. Armenia is home to a beautiful 13 hectare natural forest with over 200 species of butterflies, hot springs of Santa Rosa, and much more depending on your interests. Overnight Armenia.
Day 6: Armenia to Santa Marta
This morning a departure transfer for your flight to Santa
Marta. Santa Marta is located to the north of Columbia and is
one of Columbia’s most popular beach destinations with
vast amounts of sun, rum and long stretches of sandy
beachfront property. Upon arrival into Santa Marta you have
the remainder of the day at leisure. Overnight Santa Marta
Day 7: Santa Marta
Santa Marta is not all about the beach and nightlife. There is some great and interesting history behind this sea side city. This morning we have included a city tour taking in sights such as the Tayrona Museum, The Pibe Valderrama monument, the historical centre, the Tangaga lookout and many more. This afternoon have the remainder of the day at leisure where you can enjoy the sights and rich culture Santa Marta has to offer. Overnight Santa Marta.
Day 8: Tayona National Park
Santa Marta is also the gateway into Columbia’s finest National parks – Tayona. Tayona national park is set along the Caribbean coast and is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in Columbia and a wide range of native flora and fauna. Apart from the lush vegetation, the park is rich in cultural history, and was home to the ancient Tayrona tribes who roamed the lands many years before the arrival of the Spanish colonizers.
The accommodation in the national park we have selected in this itinerary is located on the beautiful Canaveral beach, travellers can enjoy peace and privacy in cosy bungalows. The bungalows are built with native wood and high roofs covered in palm leaves, a design inspired by the ancient Tayrona tribes. Each bungalow provides a great view of the Caribbean Sea and the green landscape of the park. Overnight Tayona National Park
Day 9: Tayona National Park
Today is a free day to explore Tayrona National Park, choosing from a variety of activities such as bird watching, trekking to the ancient ruins of the Tayrona tribes, or simply taking long walks along the different beaches of the park. Overnight Tayona National Park
Day 10: Santa Marta
Transfer back to Santa Marta and overnight. Remainder
of the day at leisure. Overnight Santa Marta
Day 11: Cartagena
This morning board a tourist bus from Santa Marta along
the Caribbean coast to Cartagena. This town is a maze of cobbled alleys, historical churches, endless amounts of open air cafes, traditional horse drawn carriages and situated on the Caribbean coasts making this colonial town a must see place for all tourists to Columbia. Arriving into Cartagena remainder of the day at leisure. Overnight Cartagena.
Day 12: Cartagena
The best way to soak in the atmosphere of this city is by a half day city tour, this morning enjoy a few hours of history and breathtaking sites starting off with the Pope’s Convent a great place to take the best photos of the City. Then travel over to the San Felipe Castle, the largest traditional Spanish castle in all of Columbia, this castle is a great example of engineering from the colonial period build in 1639. After visiting this site continue onto the Santa Teresa square before returning to the hotel. Remainder of the day at leisure. Overnight Cartagena.
The next two days are to enjoy the colonial city of Cartagena. Apart from walking through the streets, relaxing in an open air café or visiting the historical churches, there are plenty of tours to suit every traveller’s needs. From visiting a sugar cane plantation, the Valencia gorge or a little town just outside the town called Chairama an archipelago zone full of ancient culture and breathtaking scenery.
Day 15: Depart Cartagena
Your journey through Colombia ends in Cartagena. If you want to explore the country further we suggest San Andres a short flight across the Caribbean or Santa Catalina another beautiful colonial coastal town.
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