Colombian Highlights Sample Itinerary

17 days

TOTAL PRICE: € 2.496 PER PERSON

TRIP INFORMATION | ITINERARY

  

Day 1: ARRIVAL IN BOGOTÁ

 

Your Colombian adventure starts today! A driver will await you upon arrival at the international airport of Bogotá. He will bring you to your charming hotel in the old center of Bogotá so you are near all the touristic sites for the next day.

 

Don´t forget to take out cash from one f the many cash machines in the airport or to change Euros to Colombian pesos in one of the currency exchange offices. 

 

Hotel: Hotel Casa Deco

Day 2: LA CANDELARIA & TRANSPORT TO TATACOA

 

You will discover part of the historic center of Bogotá in the morning. An English speaking guide will take you on a discovery tour through  La Candelaria, the oldest part of the city.  The main square of Bogotá will be your first stop and from there on you will start you informative tour through the colorful and bustling streets of Colombia´s capital.

 

A driver will bring you to the airport in the afternoon for you to take a flight to Neiva. From Neiva you will drive to the magical Tatacoa desert and your hotel that is located in the middle of this astonishing place. The hotel has an outdoor swimming pool and restaurant to enjoy. You will sleep in some specially built bioeggs in the middle of the desert. After checking in you will go to the astronomical observatory for some stargazing.

 

Hotel: Bethel Bio Luxury Hotel

   

Day 3:  TATACOA DESERT & TRANSPORT TO TIERRADENTRO

 

You are picked up after a typical local breakfast to explore the Tatacoa desert.  A local Spanish speaking guide will show you around and tell you everything there is to know about this special place.  You will see the reddish part of the desert, with its special rock formations and giant cacti that dot the landscape, and the yellowish part that differs slightly in views.

 

After this awesome half a day tour it is time to set course to remote but absolutely beautiful Tierradentro! This is a 5 hours drive from Tatacoa, through mountains and cozy traditional villages.

 

Hotel: Hotel El Refugio

Day 4: ARCHAEOLOGICAL TOUR OF TIERRADENTRO

 

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.

 

Hotel: Hotel El Refugio

 

Day 5: TRANSPORT TO SAN AGUSTIN

 

Tody you are going to San Agustin. A driver will bring you directly from Tierradentro to your beautiful lodge in San Agustin. This is a drive of about 6 hours over winding little roads and through spectacular landscapes. San Agustin is famous for its collection of mysterious ceremonial burying grounds thar are decorated with peculiarly looking statues.

 

The village itself is rather small but cozy and tourist friendly.

 

Hotel: Hotel Akawanka Lodge

   

Day 6: JEEP TOUR IN SAN AGUSTIN

  

Early in the morning you will start a jeep tour to discover the surroundings of San Agustin. By doing it by jeep you will be able to visit some archaeological sites that are a bit more difficult tot reach. One of the most important statues you will see is the famous statue of  ´El doble Yo´.  You will also stop at  El Estrecho, the exact place where the Magadalena river has to flow through its narrowest points.  Admire also some gorgeous and impressive waterfalls in the region, for example the Salto de Bordones.

 

Hotel: Hotel Akawanka Lodge

Day 7:  ARCHAEOLOGICAL PARK OF SAN AGUSTIN & FLIGHT  BOGOTÁ

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You will start day 7 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 set course to the airport of Pitalito so you can take a flight back to Bogotá. The night will be spend in a comfortable hotel near the airport because you will have to take another flight to go to the precious coffee zone on day 8

 

Hotel: Hotel Habitel

Day 8: EXPLORING COFFEE ZONE & COFFEE TOUR 

 

You will leave the airport of Bogotá at 09:06 with a flight to the astonishingly beautiful coffee zone of Colombia. First, you will be brought to your accommodation at 30 minutes of the airport. This is a colonial coffee hacienda with a beautiful garden and mountainous surroundings full of coffee plantations.

                                         

Next, it will be time to get to know more about the world famous Colombian coffee. You will be guided around by an English speaking guide on an active coffee plantation so you can learn more about the complete production process of the coffee. You won´t only see how the coffee is processed from seed to coffee bean, but you will also get the chance to try out different kinds of coffee.

 

Hotel: Hacienda Combia

Day 9: 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 Wax 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.

 

Hotel: Hacienda Combia

 

 

 

Day 10: BIRD WATCHING & TRANSPORT CARTAGENA 

 

Early in the morning you will leave the hotel for a bird watching tour with a specialized birding and English speaking guide in the surrounding forests. The coffee zone is home to an enormous amount of birds of which many are endemic.

After this birding experience it will be time to head to the airport so you can take your flight to Cartagena. Your flight will arrive in the early evening so you will still have time to take in some first impressions of this beautiful colonial city.

 

Hotel: San Lazaro Art Lifestyle Hotel

Day 11: ROSARIO ISLANDS TOUR & CARTAGENA  

 

On this fascinating tour, you will visit the Rosario Islands, a group of idyllic islands dotted with palm trees and white-sand beaches.

 

You will leave Cartagena in the morning around 08:30 by speedboat and be back around 16:00 when the ocean is still calm. Different islands will be visited and you will have the opportunity to visit an open-air aquarium and snorkel. Lunch on one of the islands is included (click here for more information about this tour).

 

As you are back around 16:00 you will still have time to discover Cartagena and its colonial grandeur.

 

Hotel: San Lazaro Art Lifestyle Hotel

 

Day 12: CARTAGENA CITY TOUR & TRANSPORT SANTA MARTA 

 

Today you will be guided around in the pearl of the Caribbean. An English speaking guide takes you to the most beautiful and important places of interest in the city. Enjoy the narrow, colorful little streets and learn more about the Spanish domination it had to deal with. .

 

You will be picked up at your hotel around 14:00 and be transported to the coastal city of Santa Marta. This is a drive of about 4 hours near the coastline and through many little villages. Santa Marta is the place to be if yo are looking for cozy restaurant and bars.

 

Hotel: La Casa Del Patio Hotel Boutique

  

Day 13: TAYRONA NATIONAL PARK

 

You will be picked up by a driver at your hotel after breakfast. He will bring you to Tayrona National Park. This is a national park that is mostly famous for its pristine bays and breathtaking nature. It is a protected reserve at 40 minutes driving from Santa Marta.

 

 

Your guide will take you to for an interesting walk through the jungle near to the beautiful beaches. You will be guaranteed  time at each place to hang around, relax, snorkel and take in the views over the sea. In this full day tour you will walk for approximately 3 hours.

  

Hotel: La Casa Del Patio Hotel Boutique

  

Day 14: TRANSPORT BOGOTÁ & VILLA DE LEYVA 

 

On this day you will fly at 09:39  from Cartagena to Bogotá. A driver will pick you up in the airport and bring you to Villa de Leyva. This is a drive of about 4 hours and after arrival you can already discover the beauty of this sleepy but gorgeous colonial village.

 

The white colored village has one of South-America´s biggest squares and is home to many great restaurants in its cobblestone streets.

 

Hotel: La Posada de San Antonio

Day 15: VILLA DE LEYVA

 

You will be picked up by an English speaking guide at your hotel in the morning. He will take you on a trip back in time to the prehistory of Villa de Leyva. On your way you will learn where once the prehistoric sea was located and you will see weird rock formations and natural phenomena like Pozo Azules. You will also visit a couple of museums that are dedicated to the study of the many fossils found in the region. One of them exhibits a giant Kronosaurus. Furthermore, you will discover a museum about the colonial history of the place, an old monastery, and “el infiernito“, which is a sacred place for the local Muisca people. At the end of the tour you will pay a visit to the Terracota house to see how local natural materials are used for house building.

 

Hotel: La Posada de San Antonio

  

Day 16: SALT CATHEDRAL OF ZIPAQUIRA 

 

A driver will pick you up in the morning and bring you back to Colombia´s capital. On your way to Bogotá you will make a stop in Zipaquira where you will pay a visit to an impressive underground salt cathedral. A English speaking guide will show you around in this 120 meter deep salt mine that is decorated with crosses and statues made of salt.

 

Zipaquira is a 2,5 hours drive from Villa de Leyva and from there it is another 2,5 hour to bustling Bogotá.  After arriving and settling down in your hotel it is time to mentally prepare yourself for your last moments in Colombia.

 

 

Hotel: Hotel Casa Deco

  

Day 17: BOGOTÁ CITY TOUR & END OF TRIP

 

You will start your last day by leaving your hotel with an English speaking guide who will bring you to the old center for a city tour. You will visit all the places you didn´t have the chance to visit on your first day in Bogotá. One of the main activities will be to take a cable car ride to the 3150 meter high located Monserrate Sanctuary.  The views over Bogotá from this place are spectacular.

 

You will walk over the picturesque streets in the oldest neighborhoods of Colombia, La Candelaria. This is the neighborhood of the Botero Museum, where you can admire the work of Colombia´s most famous artist. Also the Gold Museum is located in this part. Here you can find the biggest collection of pre-latin gold artifacts. You will also visit Plaza de Bolívar, Chorro de Quevedo, Eje Ambiental and an interesting artisan market where you can buy souvenirs.

 

After this tour you will be brought to the international airport of Bogotá. This means that the end of your trip has come. We are sure you are going to fly home with  good memories of this magical country with its impressive lush nature, kind people, and beautiful beaches and mountains!

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TRAVEL 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

TRAVEL INFORMATION | DISCLAIMERS

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  • This is a sample itinerary to be used only as an example.
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Colombian Highlights Sample Itinerary

TOTAL PRICE: € 2.496 PER PERSON

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