Green Colombia - Sample Itinerary

17 days

TOTAL PRICE: € 2.431 PER PERSON

TRIP INFORMATION | ITINERARY

  

Day 1: ARRIVAL IN BOGOTÁ

 

Today you start your Colombian adventure!

 

 

A driver will be waiting for you at arrivals and bring you directly to your cosy hotel in the historic center of Bogotá. Depending on your arrival time, you will have some free time to calmly acclimatize, get used to the altitude, and relax.

 

Accommodation: A double room in  Hotel Casa Deco

 

Day 2: FLIGHT TO PITALITO & DISCOVER SAN AGUSTIN 

 

After your breakfast you will be brought back to the airport so you can take a flight to the beautiful, green and mountainous south of Colombia.

 

From the airport you will be brought to your hotel in San Agustin that is surrounded by the green mountains that are so characteristic for the area.

After installing yourself in the beautiful lodge, you will leave the accommodation to get a first impression of the mysterious San Agustin and its rich history.

  

Accommodation: A double room in Akawanka Lodge

    

Day 3: ARCHAEOLOGICAL PARK & CIRCUIT

 

You will start day 3 with a visit to the archaeological park of San Agustin. This is the perfect place to learn more about the mysterious pre-columbian San Agustin culture. The park is an open air museum and is an important UNESCO world heritage site.  An English speaking guide will make sure to tell you everything there is to know about the many statues the park holds. 

 

After visiting the park it will be time to visit a couple of places in the surroundings of San Agustin. Your guide will drive you to some locations in the mountains where you can find different statues and tombs belonging to the San Agustin culture so you can admire these archaeological findings in their original site. Click here for more information on this tour.

 

Don´t forget to keep your eyes open while driving around because the surroundings are wonderfully green, with all kind of plantations on the hillsides, and with hidden waterfalls between the bushes and forests.

 

Accommodation: A double room in Akawanka lodge

 

 

    

Day 4:  SAN AGUSTIN & TRANSPORT TO POPAYAN

 

You will have the morning to enjoy the last moments in San Agustin so you will take advantage of this time to visit some more archaeological sites and natural attractions in the surroundings with an experienced guide.

 

In the afternoon you will set course to Popayan, La Ciudad Blanca. This drive will take around 4 hours but, luckily for you, it will take you through gorgeous landscapes on which you can let your eyes feast! The hotel in Popayan is located right in the historical center so immediately after arriving you can start discovering this “white” city. Click here for more information on Popayan.

 

Accommodation: A double room in Hotel La Plazuela

Day 5: CONDOR SPOTTING & MOUNTAIN WALK

 

Early in the morning you will be picked up by a driver to be brought to a specific place in the mountains of which it is known that condors live in the surroundings. This particular spot is located at 1,5 hours driving of Popayan and the gorgeous condors can usually be spotted flying over the immense valley.  An indigenous guide will accompany you and feed the condors on a rocky outcrop.

 

You will have to hide in the bushes and then hopefully see the condors descend to devour the meat.  This spectacle will happen at a distance of more or less 10 meters of your hiding place. The guide will make sure that everything goes smooth and safe. For more information on this Condor Feeding Tour, click here.

 

After condor spotting you will be taken for a walk in the surrounding mountains so you can admire the typical mountain flora and fauna of this area. If it is a clear day you will be able to see the Purace Volcano. After the walk it will be time to return to Popayan.

 

Accommodation: A double room in Hotel La Plazuela

 

Day 6: SILVIA MARKET & TRANSPORT TO TIERRADENTRO

 

 

Today is Tuesday and this is a very important day in the whole province. It is the day that the indigenous group, The Guambianos, gather in the village of Silvia. They live scattered in the mountains around Popayan and are known for their gorgeous traditional blue and pink clothing, with a special type of hat.  On this day, market day, they wear their typical clothes and come to the village to sell their produce and buy products they need for the week.  This market day offers an interesting insight in the lives of this indigenous community.

 

You will be brought to Silvia after your breakfast and after checking out so you can witness this colorful local event with your own eyes. Remember to go have a look in the market hall where many of them come together, but the Guambianos will also be selling their products in the streets itself. They come and go to this event in their typical colorful buses called ´Chivas´ by Colombians. Click here for more information on the Silvia Indigenous Market.

 

In the afternoon, when the market is finishing, you will be brought with your luggage to Tierradentro. Silvia is on the way to Tierradentro from Popayan so you won´t have to spend too much time anymore in the car. After a drive of 2 hours through the beautiful mountains you will arrive to your hotel in Tieradentro.

 

 Accommodation: A double room in Hotel El Refugio

Day 7: TIERRADENTRO ARCHAEOLOGICAL TOUR

 

The archaeological tour of Tierradentro will take a full day. You will leave in the morning with a local indigenous guide to discover this area by foot. He will bring you to the first circular tombs that can be found all over the region. Not only the tombs are absolutely beautiful but also the spectacular mountains of Tierradentro and the department. The not to be underestimated walk will take 4 to 5 hours but you will be given time to rest, enjoy the views, get explanations by your expert guide, and have lunch in time. For all details on this archaeological tour, click here.

 

Accommodation: A double room in Hotel El Refugio

 

 

   

Day 8: TRANSPORT TO THE TATACOA DESERT

 

On day 8 you will leave the green and mountainous Tierradentro and go to the dry and reddish Tatacoa desert. This is drive of about 6 hours and you will be able to see the landscapes gradually change, as well as the temperature upon getting closer to the desert.  You will be brought directly to your hotel that is located in the middle of the desert. The hotel has an outdoor pool and offers, thanks to its location, spectacular views over the desert.

 

This hotel is an absolute must-visit because you will GLAMP in their specially constructed tents or bio eggs. You can check pictures of the hote here.

 

 

Accommodation: Glamping in Bethel Bio Luxury hotel

 

Day 9:  DISCOVERING THE  TATACOA DESERT

 

You will start the day with a typical Colombian breakfast and after that it will be time for the Tatacoa desert tour. This is also a full day tour. Together with a local guide you will discover the weird landscapes of one of the most arid zones in Colombia. You will notice that part of the desert is reddish while another part is rather yellowish. Everywhere you will see giant cacti and weird formations.  (click here for more information about this tour).

 

Lunch will be served in a local restaurant in the desert. You should definitely try the goat meat since it is the specialty of the region.

 

Accommodation: Glamping in Bethel Bio Luxury hotel

 

Day 10: TRANSPORT TO THE COFFEE ZONE

 

After a delicious breakfast it will be time to set course to the famous coffee zone of Colombia. It will be a serious drive of about 8 hours, but you will make the necessary stops and you will always be able to ask the driver to stop to take pictures of the impressive landscapes.

 

By nightfall you will arrive in your hotel, a traditional coffee hacienda. It is surrounded by a gorgeous garden and an active coffee plantation. You will be able to enjoy an outdoor pool with Jacuzzi, and visit the different viewpoints over the plantations and the green mountains that are so characteristic for this region. If you arrive before the sun sets you will be able to take in the beauty of the exotic flowers and birds that are richly present

 

Accommodation: A double room in Finca del Café

 

Day 11: SALENTO & THE COCORA VALLEY

 

In the morning you will leave your beautiful hacienda to pay a visit to the Cocora Valley. You will make an amazingly beautiful walk in the valley that is dotted with large palm trees. These peculiar trees are the national tree of Colombia, the Quindio Was Palm tree, and they can get as high as 60 meters.

 

Afterwards you will visit Salento, a colonial town nested at the feet of the Cocora valley and where you will have the opportunity to walk around and take pictures of the cute colorful houses. Click here to see all details of this fantastic tour.

 

Accommodation: A double room in Finca del Café

 

 

Day 12: COFFEE TOUR & TRANSPORT TO MANIZALES

  

In the morning it will be time to discover Colombia´s alternative gold: coffee! You will take part in a coffee tour on the plantations of the hotel. Like this you will learn, from seed to end product, how the processes are to get to a coffee as delicious as the Colombian one. Of course, you will will given the chance to try out different coffees from the region.

In the early afternoon you will have some free time to relax in the hotel and enjoy the birds and flowers of the garden. After this free time you will be brought to Manizales.  This little city will serve as the starting point of the different tours of the coming days.

 

Accommodation: A double room in Quo Quality Hotel

 

Day 13:  DISCOVERY OF A PÁRAMO 

 

Day 13 will start early and at 05:00 you will be picked up by our English speaking guide at your accommodation. You will drive all the way in the mountains to Parque de los Nevados. This s a national park with glaciers, impressive valleys, paramos and snow-capped mountain peaks.

Around 08:30 you will arrive by 4×4 in El Potosi, where you will be served a typical Colombian breakfast. After fueling your stomach and mussels you will start your walk to La Laguna del Otun. This is a walk at an altitude of 4000 meter  and of about 5 hours.  It is a walk of medium difficulty and it will be relatively relaxing because you don´t have to change altitude. At this elevation there is a 100% paramo vegetation which is so unique and specific for the mountains in Colombia.

 

Around two you are expected to be back in El Potosi  to have lunch. From there you will start your return to Manizales. We will pick up your luggage and switch car to be able to be brought to the true birding paradise of Hotel Tinamú Nature Reserve. This reserve is located at 1 hour of Manizales and is famous for its superbe bird spotting. 

 

Accommodation: A double room in Tinamu Birding Nature Reserve

 

Day 14: BIRD WATCHING & BACK TO BOGOTÁ

 

Today is bird watching day! Your day will start at 06:00 with a discovery walk in the reserve since the earlier the better to spot birds. You will be guided and accompanied by a bird watch specialist.

 

At 08:00 you will have breakfast and half an hour later it will be time for the next guided walk in the reserve with your bird watching specialist.

Around 12:00 it will be time for lunch and afterwards you will go for a third bird watching walk in the reserve.

Each trail is specifically made for bird watching and there have been at least 220 different bird species been spotted in the reserve. Your guide is a true specialist and will give you as much explanation as possible.

 

By nightfall you will be brought to the airport of Pereira, at 45 minutes, so you can take a flight back to Bogotá.

 

Accommodation: A double room in Casa Deco

 

Day 15: IMMERSION IN BOGOTÁ

 

Time has come to discover the historical center of Bogotá.  An English speaking guide will pick you up after breakfast and take you for an exploration tour through La Candelaria.   

 

You will walk over the picturesque cobblestone streets of the oldest neighborhood in Colombia, La Candelaria. This neighborhood is home to a collection of interesting museum, like the Botero museum. This is one of the most prominent places where you can admire the work of Colombia´s most famous contemporary artist, Fernando Botero.  Bogotá also holds the famous Gold Museum where you can let yourself be amazed by the biggest collection of pre-latin gold artifacts. You will also pay a visit to Plaza de Bolívar, Chorro de Quevedo, and Eje Ambiental with your passionated guide.

Accommodation: A double room in Casa Deco

Day 16 : ZIPAQUIRA & GUATAVITA

 

Today you will explore the beautiful surroundings of Bogotá. Your English speaking guide will pick you up after breakfast for an awesome day to the mysterious Guatavita lake and the impressive salt cathedral of Zipaquira.

 

You will start by visiting Guatavita and continue your exploration day with a typical lunch in a former salt factory. After lunch it will be time to discover the salt cathedral. This is an active salt min , 120 meter deeps, with statues and crosses carved out of salt.

 

Around the start of the evening you will be dropped off at your hotel in Bogotá center. Click here for more information on this Guatavita and Zipaquira tour.

 

Accommodation: Double room in Casa Deco

Day 17:  END OF TRIP

 

After two weeks of intensively discovering the green areas of Colombia time has come to start thinking about turning back to your country. You will be dropped off at the airport and this will mean the end of your beautiful trip. We hope you had a fantastic expierence that you won´t forget any time soon!

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TRIP INFORMATION |TERMS AND CONDITIONS

The quoted price includes:

– All local flights

– Transport, tours, and accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary

– Breakfast in each hotel

– 24/7 support from the Lulo Colombia staff.

 

The quoted price does not include:

– International flight

– Travel insurance

– Not mentioned services and meals

TRIP INFORMATION |DISCLAIMERS

  • Price based on group of 2.
  • Price is subject to change, depending on availability of hotels and flights.
  • By booking this trip you agree with the Terms and Conditions as mentioned here.
  • This is a sample itinerary to be used only as an example.
  • Prices mentioned in this sample itinerary are only for illustration purposes and do not represent an official quote.

Green Colombia

17 days

TOTAL PRICE: € 2.431 PER PERSON

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