DAY 1, December 06, 2019 | Bogota
¡Bienvenidos a Colombia! Welcome to Colombia!
After your arrival in Bogota you will have a meeting with the group and guide, who will explain you the itinerary for the following days.
Private transfer from El Dorado International Airport in Bogota to your hotel with English speaking guide.
You will spend the night at Hotel NH Royal Andino.
DAY 2, December 07, 2019 | Bogota
The area of modern Bogotá was first populated by groups of indigenous people that migrated from Mesoamerica. Among these groups were the Muiscas
that settled in what are now mainly the Departments of Cundinamarca and Boyacá. With the arrival of the Spanish colonizers the area became a major
settlement, founded by Gonzalo Jiménez de Quesada and later capital of the Spanish provinces and the seat of the Viceroyalty of New Granada. With
independence Bogotá became capital of the Gran Colombia and later the capital of the Republic of Colombia. Located at 2.600 meters M.S.L. Bogotá
is a big city with over 8 million people that has 2 different faces for tourism. The old Candelaria Historic District is blessed with colonial
houses and very close to government buildings and the modern Bogotá to the north where tourists wil find all sort of shops, restaurant and bars
surrounded by brick constructions all over.
Today you get to know the Colombian capital Bogotá in a 8-hour walking tour with an English speaking guide. On of the highlights is the visit of
the mountain "Monserrate" by cable car, from where you have an amazing view over the impressive city. Then you will get to know Bogota's historical
center called "La Candelaria" and its impressive churches, the Governmental palace and the main square "Plaza Bolívar". Furthermore, you will visit
different museums in the city center: The world famous Gold museum "Museo del Oro" (closed on mondays), the Emerald museum (closed on sundays) and
the museum of the famous Colombian artist Fernando Botero.
Bogotá is an inspiring city which has something new to explore every single day. 2010 the capital was chosen as a must see destination by the
renowned daily newspaper New York Times. Experience a city with art, culture, recreation, sport and science.
For hotels located in downtown Bogotá, this will be a complete walking tour. For hotels located in the north of Bogotá, transportation will be
Entrance fees and lunch is included.
The city tour is accompanied by an English speaking guide.
Afterwards you are going to visit the local chapter of People to People in Bogota, transportation is included.
DAY 3, December 08, 2019 | Pereira
In the morning you will be driven from your Hotel to the town of Zipaquirá to visit an underground Salt Mine that has a Cathedral inside.
Walking inside the Salt Cathedral is a very special experience with a catholic taste due to the country´s traditions and the miner’s devotion
for The Holy Virgin of Guasca who protects them. Once at the bottom of the Cathedral you will see the 3 sections and the big cross in the main
one. A simple but complete movie will show you the dimensions of the mine as well as the history behind it.
Get impressed by one of the biggest
religious constructions worldwide!
A private transport brings you from Bogota to Zipaquirá, which has the only Cathedral of Salt in the country. It is a monumental building in an old salt mine.
After spending the day in the unique setting of Zipaquira, you are driven back to the capital of Colombia, Bogota.
(Alternative Entrance fee to Salt Cathedral Nemocon instead of Entrance fee to Salt Cathedral)
Today you will visit the salt mine of Nemocon. This adventure leads you 60 meter underneath the ground with shafts of a total length of 2.500 meters. Be amazed by impressive rock and salt formations, the mirror like lakes and fond of wishes. Furthermore you will visit the chapel “La Virgen del Carmen” and the heart of the Nemocon mine.
On top of that you will be able to see the movie set of "La 33". This movie is about the mining tragedy taken place in Chile which was recorded in the salt mine Nemocon.
Entrance fees and local guide included.
Private transfer from your hotel to the Bogota airport.
You will have a domestic flight from Bogota to Pereira (included).
Private transfer from Pereira to your hotel in Salento with english-speaking guide.
DAY 4, December 09, 2020 | Salento
Valle del Cocora & Colonial Town of Salento
Today you will go on another tour visiting the colonial town of Salento and Valle del Cocora. The area of Salento will impress you with great
scenery - led by the stunning nature of Valle del Cocora. Wax palms, which are among the highest in the world and can reach a height of up to
70 meters, will catch your attention. Enjoy a walk in this beautiful environment of Colombia's national tree. Besides you will visit the small
town of Salento, in which you can explore the interesting and ancient architecture.
The tour includes lunch.
Coffee farm tour
Later you learn everything about the world of coffee. The entire process - from the bush until the finished cup of coffee during this
unique tour you can experience this process on a coffee plantation first hand. Your coffee expert shares his whole knowledge of coffee
with you and reveals some secrets of planting, harvesting, washing and drying the coffee. Get carried away by the smell and taste of
one of the best.
DAY 5, December 10, 2019 | Medellin
This finca is famous for its orchids garden. During the orchid tour you will walk along the natural paths that cross the crops, native forests and
water sources at the farm.
Once the walk around these trails is finished, the most vivid part of this tour begins: the guided tour to the orchid nursery and farmhouse. This
unique experience will open your mind to the wonders of the agricultural production, and it's is a great example of how it can go hand in hand
with conservation and protection of native flora and fauna.
Colombia has the second most species of orchids in the world, therefore becoming a paradise for viewing and enjoying their beauty. Finca Romelia
possesses one of the largest and varied private collections in the country, including approximately 200 genres and 400 species, with special
attention to the native species.
With your tour you will have lunch included.
After your visit to the orchid farm, a private transfer from your hotel in Quindio area to the Pereira airport will be waiting for you.
Your will have a domestic flight from Pereira to Medellin (included).
Arriving in Medellin, you will be expected by a private transfer from the Enrique Olaya Herrera airport to your selected hotel in Medellin. With
the transfer an english speaking driver is included.
Optional: Medellin Tango Tour
Explore the famous tango culture of Medellín and visit the tango hot spots of the city. Follow the footprints of Carlos Gardel who turned Medellín
into the biggest tango metropolis outside of Argentina. Get to know the Tango Museum (Casa Gardel), the Gardel square as well as other Gardel
monuments and memorials before entering a tango bar and enjoying a tango live show. Be impressed by that little known part of Colombian dance and
music culture. Enjoy this perfect combination of culture and live-dance, and experience Medellín in a di?erent way. An English speaking guide will be included during the excursion.
DAY 6, December 11, 2019 | Medellin
Slightly more than 20 years ago, Medellin was one of the most dangerous cities in the world. Back in the early 90's, hunting on Pablo Escobar,
the head of Medellin's drug cartel was at its peak. Thus the reign of "El Patron" came to its end. Until the turn of the millennium the
struggles about Escobar's successor continued, but since 2002 Medellin began to change. Intelligent local politicians started to invest heavily
in infrastructure and public education - successfully. Today the "City of Eternal Spring" is one of the most innovative metropolises in the
world. Join us on an exciting tour through the history and present of Medellin and learn more about the transformation of this fascinating metropolis.
English speaking guide and lunch are included.
After the city tour focused on the transformation of the city, you are going to visit a local orphanage or project. Lunch included.
Tonight you will have dinner in a local restaurant.
DAY 7, December 12, 2020 | Cartagena
Flower Farm of Santa Elena
The small village of Santa Elena is located less than an hour outside of Medellín in the mountains of Antioquia (over 2000 m high). It is home
to a great variety of traditional flower farmers. The flower arrangements of the Flower Festival (“Feria de Flores”), called “silletas”, have an
impressive history and are today a cultural symbol of Medellín. On this tour we visit an organic flower farm and experience the traditional peasant
culture of Santa Elena. An English speaking guide will accompany your and tell you more about the farm.
Afterwards, an English speaking driver will bring you with a private transfer from your selected hotel to the José Maria Córdova International Airport in Medellin.
From here you keep traveling to the beautiful city Cartagena.
A delicious lunch in Medellin is included in the program.
You will have a domestic flight from Medellin to Cartagena (included).
Private transfer from the airport to your selected hotel in Cartagena. English speaking guide included.
City tour through the historical center.
During your walking tour through the old city of Cartagena you will pass the representing streets and squares of the colonial city.
San Felipe de Barajas is a fortress in the city of Cartagena, Colombia.
The castle is located on the Hill of San Lázaro in a strategic location,
dominating approaches to the city by land or sea. It was built by the Spanish during the colonial era. Construction began in the year 1536, and
it was originally known as the Castillo de San Lázaro, It was expanded in 1657.
Also you get to visit the church and the monastery of San Pedro
Claver, the palace of inquisition, the church and barricade of Santo Domingo, Santiago and San Francisco Javier as well as other famous places.
Enjoy strolling through charming, romantic alleys and admire impressive colonial buildings as well as the city wall and the castle of San Felipe
de Barajas, which was built during Spanish colonial times. The Inquisition Palace and the historic clock tower also bear memories of old times
which make them liven up again in current times. Besides enjoy the nice warm breeze and relax in one of the beautiful natural parks in Cartagena.
Optional: Rum Tasting
Rum is the most consumed alcoholic drink in Latin America and it´s obtained from a fermentation process of Sugar Cane that later can be put to
an aging process, usually in wood barrels. During our rum tasting experience, we will learn about the different processes and its origin. We will taste different rums and learn to distinguish their taste and scents and also learn how to combine them with other soft drinks. The experience
includes some snacks. The experience is 2 hours long and it takes place at Augua de Mar Tapas Gourmet & Gin Bar in the Walled City. Transport
provided at an additional fee if clients are not staying in The Walled City.
DAY 8, December 13, 2020 | Drum Safari
Canoe Tour La Boquilla
After arriving in La Boquilla (about 30 minutes from the city center), you get on the canoe and cross the mangrove forest and the lagoon Cienaga
de Juan Polo. Going through some natural mangrove tunnels (Tunnel of Friendship, Love and Luck). At the lagoon, you will see fishermen working. The
perfect word for describing this gorgeous scenario is peace. The mangrove forest offers great flora and fauna. Among other things, you may see
different species of birds and crabs and with a little luck, a coon or a green parrot may appear on the riverbanks. After the canoe tour, you
receive a cold coconut. Then, you take a walk through the village and along the beach whereas the English- speaking guide tells you more about
the daily life of the people that live mainly of fishing. Hereafter, you can enjoy your included lunch.
DAY 9, December 14, 2020 | Cartagena
A day of leisure in Cartagena to enjoy all the beauties of the city. Some interesting places where you could go are the Walled City, or San
Felipe Fortressa, built by the Spaniards in the Colony period, located in the historical center of Cartagena. There you can also find the most
amazing colonial architecture, and some attractions like The Museo de Arte Moderno, The Palacio de la Inquisicion, The Plaza de los Coches and more.
Tonight you will have farewell dinner in a local restaurant.
You will spend the night at Hotel Capellan de Getsemani.
DAY 10, December 15, 2019 | Cartagena
A driver will you escort you to the airport by private transfer and drop you off at the side-sliding glass doors at Cartagena Airport.
Transfer with English- speaking guide.
Departure from Cartagena
At your last day in Colombia you will be thinking about the gorgeous time you had. Your guide will be driving you to the airport and
accompany you for your last hours before you leave Colombia. For now all the memorable moments you had and insights you had will be
stamped in your memory. At home you will find time to tell your friends and family about your time in Colombia. Most probably the
experiences will induce a long lasting smile on your lips.