Colombia Off The Beaten Track - Sample Itinerary

26 DAYS

TOTAL PRICE: € 3.299 PER PERSON

TRIP INFORMATION | ITINERARY

  

Day 1: ARRIVAL BOGOTÁ

 

Today you start your Colombian adventure!  You will arrive in the international airport of Bogotá in the late afternoon. A driver will await you and bring you to your cozy hotel in the north of Bogotá.

 

Don´t forget to take out out cash from one of the many cash machines or to exchange your currency in one of the exchange offices in the airport.

 

Accommodation: Hotel Le Manoir.

Day 2: TATACOA DESERT

 

After waking up in Colombia and having a typical breakfast it is time to set course to the south. A driver will pick you up and bring you to the beautiful Tatacoa desert. This is a drive of about 6 hours on which you will drive through the mountains surrounding Bogotá. You will feel the temperature change the closer you are getting to the Tataoa desert. The last hour is a wonderful drive through the desert itself so you can already get some first impressions.

 

Your hotel is located in the middle of the desert and has a pleasant swimming pool with views over the desert. Furthermore, you will not spend the night in a normal room but you will do some glamping in of their bioeggs that are specially constructed to be able to fully enjoy the starry nights in the hot desert.

 

Accommodation: Hotel Bethel Bio Luxury

    

Day 3: EXPLORING THE TATACOA DESERT

 

After breakfast it is time to start the full day Tatacoa desert tour. Together with a local guide, who lives with his family in the desert, you will discover the peculiar landscapes one of Colombia´s most arid zones. You will notice that part of the desert has a specific reddish color while other parts of the desert are rather yellowish. Both of them are home to many giant cacti and weird rocks. (click here for more information about this tour).

 

You will have lunch, not included, in a local restaurant in the desert. We recommend you to try out some goat meat as it is one of the specialties of the region..

 

Accommodation: Glamping in Bethel Bio Luxury hotel

 

    

Day 4:  TRANSPORT TO SAN AGUSTIN

 

Today you will go even deeper to the south of Colombia. You will be brought by a driver to the mysterious and greenly surrounded San Agustin!

 

This is a drive of about 6 hours, but luckily for you, along breathtaking landscapes so you can let your eyes feast. The hotel in San Agustin is located in the middle of the typical green mountains of the San Agustin region.

 

Accommodation: Akawanka Lodge

Day 5: THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL MYSTERIES OF  SAN AGUSTIN

 

Day 5 is ment to learn more about the interesting pre-columbian culture that dominated the south of Colombia centuries ago.

 

After breakfast you will go by horse to some more difficult to reach archaeological sites in the surroundings of San Agustin. The horses will bring you over green little roads and through many different fruit and vegetable plantations to the different places of interest. These places are typical pre-columbian tombs that are decorated with special statues that are so characteristics for the San-Agustin culture.

 

In the afternoon you will change your horse for a jeep and your driver guide will drive you to some places that are even more difficult to reach from San Agustin. You will visit a variety of archaeological sites, including the famous statue´El doble Yo´. Additionally, you will also stop at El Estrecho, the place here the Magdalena river, the biggest river of Colombia, has to flow through its narrowest point. Admire in this beautiful landscapes also some waterfalls.

 

Accommodation: Akawanka lodge

 

 

Day 6: ARCHAEOLOGICAL PARK & FLIGHT TO BOGOTÁ

 

Today you have a flight back to Bogota at 14:52. This flight leaves from Pitalito, at 45 minutes of San Agustin, and arrives in Colombia´s capital at 16:05.

  

This means that you will have the morning available to still enjoy beautiful San Agustin and that you still have the chance to visit the archaeological park. An English speaking guide will show you around in this park so you can learn more about the mysterious pre-columbian San Agustin culture. The park itself is an open air museum and is an official UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 

 Accommodation: Hotel Le Manoir in Bogotá

Day 7: TRANSPORT TO SANTA MARTA

 

After breakfast it is time to set course to the airport of Bogotá so you can take your morning flight to Santa Marta. A driver will pick you up at your accommodation and make sure you get there on time.

 

You will get to Santa Marta in the early afternoon and be brought to your beautiful boutique hotel in the historic center of the city. Like this you can already take in some impressions of this bustling coastal city with a small colonial center and discover its beauty. Don´t forge to try out some delicious seafood or ceviche for diner!

 

Accommodation: Hotel Casa del Farol

   

Day 8 to 11: CIUDAD PERDIDA TREKKING

 

One of the most amazing places in Colombia is Ciudad Perdida. In this 4-days tour, you will hike your way to this ancient ruined city in the middle of the jungle of la Sierra Nevada. This trek will astonish you with natural richness, splashing waterfalls with natural pools, indigenous villages and mysterious archaeological sites. The hike can be challenging form time to time but will totally be worth it. Each day you will walk for a couple of hours and relax the rest of the day by swimming in natural pools and unwinding in hammocks.

 

The last day, you will be brought back to Santa Marta in the late-afternoon so you will have some time to rest and relax in your hotel´s swimming pool before dinner.

 

You will spend the nights in rustic huts in the middle of the jungle. All meals are included in this fantastic tour (click here for more information about this tour).

 

Your hotel in Santa Marta is located at 5 minutes walking distance of the Turcol offices from where the tour starts. You will be expected to be there at 09:00 and you can leave some luggage in their offices so you can travel as light a possible. ( Turcol office: Calle 13#3-13).

 

Accommodation: shared areas in hammocks and beds in rustic jungle huts

 

Included:

  • Ciudad Perdida Tour: includes accommodation, meals, snacks, water, and guide.
  • Accommodation: In La Casa del Farol upon returning to  Santa Marta on the last day of the tour

 

 

Day 12: A RESTING DAY OR VISIT TAYRONA NATIONAL PARK

 

After 4 days of serious hiking it would be nice to be given time to recuperate a little bit and what would be better than doing so in your boutique hotel with swimming pool and with a beach at walking distance?

 

However, if you feel fit enough and want to see some of Colombia´s most beautiful beaches than you can always arrange with the hotel to be brought tot the entrance of Tayrona National Park. Here you can make a calm but gorgeous walk along the amazing beaches. The entrance of the park is located at more ore less an hour drive of the hotel. The park closes at 17:00 so make sure to bring a watch to keep an eye on the time. The walk itself is of easy level and not challenging so you won´t have to warm up your muscles again.

 

Accommodation: Hotel La Casa del Farol

 

Day 13 : TRANSPORT TO CARTAGENA

 

Today is the day you will get to know Cartagena! We have arranged for you to be picked up at your hotel in Santa Marta after your breakfast. You will be driven in 4 hours to Cartagena along a beautiful coastline and through different little villages so make sure to keep your eyes open for this Caribbean uniqueness.

 

Your boutique hotel is perfectly located in the middle of the colonial center of the city. After arrival and settling in your hotel you can immediately start discovering the city and its pleasant atmosphere.

 

Accommodation: Hotel 3 Banderas

 

Day 14: CARIBBEAN PARADISE IN THE ISLAS ROSARIOS

 

Admit it, your days at the Caribbean coast of Colombia have to be celebrated in style! At 08:45 you will be brought to the local harbor of Cartagena to take a speedboat to Isla Grande. This is one of the beautiful islands of Islas Rosarios that can be found at on hour navigating from the shore of Cartagena.

 

This island has a sublime hotel that is called San Pedro de Majagua where you will spend one night. This hotel has its own beach and restaurant. It will be a day of pure pampering and relaxing.

 

Your hotel can always help you out in case you want to some other activities besides sunbathing and enjoying the Caribbean sea. They organize bird watching tours, diving courses, snorkeling trips, kayaking, massages, or walks  through the mangroves.  

 

Accommodation: Hotel Majagua on Isla Grande

 

 

Day 15: ISLAS ROSARIOS & CARTAGENA 

  

Today you will still have time until 14:00 to enjoy the beach and other activities the island has to offer.

 

Around 15:00 ou will be brought back to the harbor of Cartagena by speedboat. From the harbor you will be transported back to your hotel in the colonial center of the city.  Like this you will be able to perfectly enjoy the sunset and enjoy a nice diner in one of the many delicious restaurants of Cartagena.

 

Accommodation: Hotel 3 Banderas

 

 

Day 16:  CARTAGENA & BOGOTÁ

 

You will have the morning and early afternoon available to discover the city of Cartagena. Get lost in the beautiful little streets with colorful houses of the city center and visit the different touristic highlights the city has to offer. In the later afternoon you will be brought to the airport so you won´t miss your flight back to Bogotá.

 

Today it might be a good idea to go to bed early because the next days are going to be one big adventure when you are discovering the breathtaking east of Colombia, more specifically Los Cerros de Mavecure!

  

Accommodation: Hotel Le Manoir

 

Day 17 to 20: CERROS DE MAVECURE ADVENTURE

 

This all-in package of 4 days/3nights offers you the best of the easternmost part of Colombia. Your trip will start with a early morning flight from Bogotá to Inírida where you will spend your first afternoon looking for the unique pink dolphins in a nearby lake.

 

Day two begins with a boat trip to a very important geographical spot in Colombia, La Estrella Fluvial del Sur. This is the place where three main rivers merge into one before continuing its way to nearby Venezuela. After taking a swim and spotting the occasional pink dolphin, you´ll set course to the main goal of this trip, Los Cerros de Mavecure. Right after arriving you will climb the first hill, El Cerro Pajarito. A challenging but absolutely rewarding walk as the views are unbelievably beautiful. You will spend the night in the church of the indigenous village of El Venado, at the bottom of the hills.

 

After a delicious typical breakfast made by the locals, you will cross the river to explore the other two hills of the Cerros de Mavecure.  After a morning of climbing, walking, and taking pictures it will be time to relax and you will go by boat to a little beach to cool down and give your mildly challenged muscles a break. The water of the river has a unique color that ranges from dark brown to reddish-orange and even bright yellow. After this worthwhile swim you will be given a final look at the Cerros de Mavecure before heading back to Inírida.

 

The last and fourth day has different activities in store for you. You will learn more about the local flower, la flor de Inírida, view special indigenous symbols drawn on rocks in a local village, and have your last swim in the reddish waters of the rivers. An afternoon flight will take you back to Bogotá.

 

Included in tour: 4 days/3 nights tour,  2 nights of accommodation in a basic hotel in Inírida, 1 night of accommodation in  El Venado, 3 meals a day on the tour, drink water and snacks, professional Spanish-speaking guide, all activities, and entrance fees.

Included: Hotel when back in Bogotá – Le Manoir.

 

To keep in mind:

1. There are only 3 flights a week available to Inírida.

2. The night in El Venado will be – or on inflatable mattresses with a mosquito net – or in a hammock.

3. All activities are weather depended and might change order.

 

Day 21: COFFEE ZONE & COFFEE TOUR 

 

Today is the day you are going to the beautiful coffee zone. At 08:55 you have a flight planned to Pereira which means that you will be dropped off at the airport  at 07:30.

 

You will land in Pereira at 09:55 and be brought by a driver to your hotel near the coffee town of Salento, a drive of about 1 hour. The hotel itself is a gorgeous hacienda located 10 minutes outside of Salento itself.

 

You will spend your time in the coffee one in a hotel that is a traditional coffee hacienda, surrounded by a lush exotic garden and active coffee plantations.  Around it you will see the typical green mountains of this impressive region.

 

You will take part in a coffee tour in the plantations of the hotel in the afternoon. This allows you to discover everything there is to know about Colombia´s main export product! You will not only see how the coffee beans grow and are processed but you will also be given the chance to try out different kinds of coffees.

 

Accommodation: Reserva El Cairo, Salento

Day 22: VALLE DE COCORA

 

After your breakfast in the exotic garden of the hotel it will be time to go discover and explore the impressive Valle de Cocora with a local guide. You will hike your way up the mountains and through the beautiful Cocora valley  that is dotted with huge palm trees. These are the national trees of Colombia, the Quindio Wax palm trees, that can grow to as tall as 60 meters! The hike will last for more or less 6 hours and will  bring you to a resting point where hundreds of hummingbirds live.

 

Afterwards you will visit Salento, a colonial villages nested at the feet of the Cocora valley. Here, you will have to opportunity to enjoy the cozy streets of the center and take pictures of the colorful houses.

 

Accomodatie: Reserva El Cairo, Salento

Day 23:  VILLA DE LEYVA

 

Now you have discoverd the coffeezone time has come to go to Villa de Leyva. First, you will fly back to Bogotá,where you will be picked up in the airport and be brought directly to Villa de Leyva.

 

This is  a three hour drive from the airport of Bogotá. After arriving and having settled down in your traditional decorated hotel you can immerse yourself in the beauty of gorgeously white Villa de Leyva. Make sure to walk through the narrow cobblestone streets with its many little shops, traditional facades and beautiful arts and crafts.

 

Accommodation: Hotel La Posada de San Antonio

 

Day 24:  TIME TRIP TOUR IN 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.

 

Accommodation:  La Posada de San Antonio

DAG 25 – ZAT 22/7:  ZIPAQUIRA EN TERUG NAAR BOGOTÁ

 

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.

 

Accommodation: Hotel Le Manior, Bogotá.

 

   

Day 26: BOGOTÁ BIKE TOUR & END OF TRIP

 

After breakfast, you will be taken to La Candelaria, the charming colonial old town of Bogotá. At 10:30, you will start the famous Bogota Bike Tour and discover the most amazing things this city offers. You won´t only visit the most touristic spots but will also be introduced to a coffee factory, a local fruit market where you will try some exotic fruits, and a tejo place where you will learn more about the “national sport” of Colombia. (click here for more info about this tour)

 

After a lunch, you will have some free time and we advise you to pay a visit to the iconic museums of Bogotá: The Gold Museum and the Botero Museum.

 

After having briefly discovered Bogotá it will be time to start thinking about home again.  You will be dropped off at the airport at 18:00 for your flight back to your country which means the end of your trip has come. We are sure you are returning home full of great memories of a fantastic trip that you won´t forget soon!

 

  

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TRIP INFORMATIE |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

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  • This is a sample itinerary to be used only as an example.
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Colombia Off The Beaten Track - Sample Itinerary

26 DAYS

TOTAL PRICE: € 3.299 PER PERSON

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