Karen Ackland - Your Trip to Colombia • Lulo Colombia

Karen & Larry

Your Trip To Colombia

Total Price: USD 5433 per couple

Book now by paying a 40% deposit of USD 2173

Travel Itinerary - 23 Days

From February 11th till March 5th

TRIP INFORMATION | ITINERARY

  

Day 1: ARRIVAL IN BOGOTÁ

 

Today you start your Colombian adventure!

 

 

Depending on your arrival time, you will have some free time to calmly acclimatise, get used to the altitude, and relax.

 

Accommodation: Hotel Casa Platypus (not included in the quoted price)

 

Day 2: FREE DAY BOGOTA

 

Today you will have the entire day to discover Bogotá on your own.

  

Accommodation: Hotel Casa Platypus (not included in the quoted price)

Day 3: FREE DAY BOGOTA

 

Today you will have the entire day to discover Bogotá on your own.

  

Accommodation: Hotel Casa Platypus (not included in the quoted price)

Day 4: FLIGHT TO PITALITO & TRANSFER TO SAN AGUSTIN 

 

After your breakfast you will be brought back to the airport so you can take a flight (not included in this quote) 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 have some free time to relax and enjoy the surroundings

  

Accommodation: Akawanka Lodge

Day 5: 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: Akawanka lodge

 

 

Day 6: MORE SAN AGUSTIN 

 

Today you will visit more archaeological and nature attractions in the surroundings of San Agustin.

 
You will first visit 2 other archaeological sites located in gorgeous settings: El Tablón y La Chaquira.

 

Afterwards, you will pay a visit to the strait of the Magdalena river. This is the spot in which the biggest river of Colombia passes through its narrowest point.

 

Accommodation: Akawanka Lodge

    

Day 7:  SAN AGUSTIN & TRANSPORT TO POPAYAN

 

In the morning 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: Hotel La Herreria Colonial (not included in this quote)

Day 8: FREE DAY POPAYAN

 

Today you will have the entire day for you to discover the gorgeous Popayan on your own.

 

Accommodation:  Hotel La Herrería

 

Day 9: 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´. Click here for more information on the Silvia Indigenous Market.

 

In the afternoon, when the market is finishing, you will be brought 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:  Hotel El Refugio

Day 10: 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:  Hotel El Refugio

 

 

   

Day 11: TRANSPORT TO THE TATACOA DESERT

 

On day 11 you will leave the green and mountainous Tierradentro and go to the dry and reddish Tatacoa desert. This is a drive of about 6 hours and you will be able to see how the landscapes gradually change and the temperature rises as you get closer to the desert.  You will be brought directly to your hotel that is located in the the village of Villavieja, right at the start of the desert.

 

 

Accommodation: Hotel Casa del Angel

 

Day 12:  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.  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. You will see giant cacti and weird rock formations everywhere along the tour.  (click here for more information about this tour).

 

You will have the opportunity of having lunch in a typical restaurant in the desert. You should definitely try the goat meat since it is the speciality of the region.

 

 In the evening, you will have the chance of enjoying the sky and do some stargazing.

 

Accommodation: Hotel Casa del Angel

 

Day 13: 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:  Finca del Café

 

Day 14: SALENTO, FILANDIA & 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. You will do the hike on your own while your drive waits for you at the base of the trail. The entrance fee to the valley is not included in this quote.

 

Afterwards you will visit Salento and Filandia,  two colonial towns  where you will have the opportunity to walk around and take pictures of the cute colorful houses.

 

Accommodation: Finca del Café

 

 

Day 15: COFFEE TOUR & RELAX TIME

  

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 afternoon you will have some free time to relax in the hotel and enjoy the birds and flowers of the garden.

 

Accommodation: Finca del Café

 

Day 16:  DISCOVERY OF A PÁRAMO 

 

Day 16 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 your hotel.

 

Accommodation: Hotel Finca del Café

 

Day 17: HOT SPRINGS AND TRANSPORT TO TINAMU

 

In the morning, you will be brought to some nearby natural hot springs where you can pamper yourself and recover from the previous day´s hike. These hot springs are located in a gorgeous setting surrounded by impressive landscapes.

 

In the afternoon, you will be brought to the Tinamú Birding Reserve, one of the best spots in Colombia to do bird watching. It´s about a 1-hour drive.

 

Accommodation:  Tinamu Birding Nature Reserve

 

Day 18: BIRD WATCHING

 

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 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 or you could opt to relax in the gardens watching the hummingbirds feed.

 

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

  

Accommodation:  Tinamu Birding Nature Reserve

 

Day 19: LAST BIRDING AND TRANSPORT TO SANTA MARTA

 

In the morning, your will have your last chance for an amazing birding walk in this gorgeous place. After lunch, you will be brought to the airport to take your flight back to Santa Marta.

 

From the airport of Santa Marta, you will be taken to the Villa María Hotel, located right next to the Tayrona natural park, in front of the gorgeous Caribbean sea.

 

Accommodation: Hotel Villa María Tayrona (or similar)

 

Day 20: TAYRONA NATURAL PARK

 

Today you will have the opportunity of visiting the amazing Tayrona Natural Park on your own. Your hotel can advise you on how to easily get to the entrance of the park and back.

 

We advise you to try to enter the park as early as possible as it tends to get quite crowded later in the day.

 

Accommodation: Hotel Villa María Tayrona (or similar)

Day 21 : Transport to Cartagena + Free time Cartagena

 

Today you will be transported to the amazing Cartagena. The drive lasts around 4.5 hours bordering the Caribbean coast.

 

In the afternoon, you will have some free time for you to start discovering this colonial city.

 

Accommodation: Hotel 3 Banderas (or similar)

Day 22 : Free day Cartagena

 

Full free day for you to discover and enjoy this amazing city.

 

Accommodation: Hotel 3 Banderas (or similar)

Day 23:  END OF TRIP

 

After discovering the green areas of Colombia and spending some time at the Caribbean coast, time has come to start thinking about turning back to your home country. You will be dropped off at the airport and this will mean the end of your beautiful trip.

TRIP INFORMATION |MAP

TRIP INFORMATION |TERMS AND CONDITIONS

The quoted price includes:

– All local flights (except the flight from Bogota to Pitalito)

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

– Breakfast in each hotel

– 24/7 support from the Lulo Colombia staff

– The use of one of Lulo’s mobile phones on your trip

– A local SIM card with emergency credit

– A travel application with access to all details of your trip

 

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 quote is valid till the 11th of October 2018 for when the 40% deposit needs to be paid.
  • The remaining 60% needs to be paid 1 month before the start of the trip

Karen & Larry

Your Trip To Colombia

Total Price: USD 5433 per couple

Book now by paying a 40% deposit of USD 2173

Travel Itinerary - 23 Days

From February 11th till March 5th

RNT # 41503 Lulo Colombia | Travel Agency - Handmade @ThePappCorn