The Dazzling Diversity of Colombia

# Tailor-Made Tour

The Dazzling Diversity of Colombia

12 Days from $4,211 per adult. All trip details below can be tailored just for you
12 Days
Tailor-Made Tour
Birding
Culture and Archaeology

This sample tailor-made tour showcases the astonishing mix of wildlife, culture, archaeology and history that makes Colombia such an enthralling country to explore.

Based initially in Bogota, enjoy the smells and flavours of vibrant Paloquemao Market, walk colonial streets and take in the spectacular city panorama from Cerro de Monserrate. Descend into the Zipaquira salt mines to admire the magnificent Salt Cathedral, regard the remains of a large kronosaurus and explore colonial Villa de Leyva. Sample coffee in the verdant UNESCO Coffee Cultural Landscape, and admire the towering wax palms of the Cocora Valley. Continue to the Caribbean to the UNESCO World Heritage Cartagena de Indias with its intact Spanish colonial walled town. Finally, relax on the Caribbean coast and enjoy the coconut fringed beaches and wildlife of Tayrona National Natural Park before flying homewards. This would indeed be a truly memorably journey through Colombia.

Itinerary

Price from $4,211 per adult. Based on sharing double / twin rooms

Day 1 - Arrive in Bogota

Met on arrival in Bogota and transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon begin exploring La Candelaria district accompanied by a private guide. Visit Bolivar Square and several important colonial and republican style buildings including the Palace of Justice, Congress, and cathedral, the Botero Museum with a permanent exhibition of the work of Fernando Botero, Colombia’s most famous artist, and the gold museum. The tour finishes at Monserrate with panoramic views over Bogota before returning to the hotel.

Staying at Hotel de la Opera. Includes Lunch.

Day 2 - Villa de Leyva

Visit Paloquemao Market, Bogota's largest food market which sells a variety of produce which is unique to Colombia and the Andes. Continue to Zipaquira, best known for its impressive Salt Cathedral, and then travel to the colonial town of Villa de Leyva.

Staying at Hotel La Posada de San Antonio. Includes Breakfast.

Day 3 - Villa de Leyva

In the morning enjoy a walking tour of Villa de Leyva. Declared a National Monument and National Heritage Site, time seems to stand still in this beautiful colonial town. A perfect mix of 17th century Spanish colonial architecture, altiplano (high plain) culture, lush nature, and interesting palaeontology and archaeology makes this little town a place worth exploring in depth.

In the afternoon visit the pre-Colombian Monquira Archaeological Park which was a centre of religious ceremonies and spiritual purification rites, and also served as a solar observatory. The tour finishes with a visit to El Fosil Museum where different fossils are exhibited, including a complete skeleton of a 110 million year old Kronosaurius boyacensis hampe.

Staying at Hotel La Posada de San Antonio. Includes Breakfast.

Day 4 - Salento

Transfer to Bogota Airport and fly to Pereira. Met on arrival and transfer to Salento in the UNESCO Coffee Cultural Landscape.

Staying at Reserva El Cairo. Includes Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 5 - Salento

In the morning explore the Cocora Valley, home to the world’s tallest palm and Colombia’s national tree – the endemic Colombian wax palm.

In the afternoon enjoy a coffee tour in a beautiful colonial coffee hacienda.

Staying at Reserva El Cairo . Includes All Meals.

Day 6 - Cartagena

Transfer to Pereira and fly to Cartagena, one of the first cities founded by the Spanish in South America and Colombia's first commercial port. Met on arrival and transfer to hotel.

In the afternoon enjoy a walking tour of the city including Plaza de los Coches, Plaza de la Aduana, Parque Bolivar, and Plaza de Santa Teresa.

Staying at Alfiz Boutique Hotel. Includes Breakfast.

Day 7 - Cartagena

In the morning enjoy a guided tour of the Castillo San Felipe and the Gold Museum, then enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Staying at Alfiz Boutique Hotel. Includes Breakfast.

Day 8 - Cartagena

Spend the day relaxing, or snorkelling from a private island in the Islas de Rosario.

Staying at Alfiz Boutique Hotel. Includes Breakfast and Lunch.

Day 9 - Tayrona

Transfer to Tayrona National Natural Park on the Caribbean coast. The rest of the day is at leisure to relax or explore on own.

Staying at Villa Maria Tayrona. Includes Breakfast.

Day 10 - Tayrona

Accompanied by a private guide spend the morning exploring Tayrona National Natural Park. Tayrona is a mixture of dry and humid forest with an impressive biodiversity including over 700 species of plant and 300 species of bird. The park also has some of the most beautiful beaches in the region with healthy coral reefs offshore and remnants of ancient tribal settlements. The afternoon is at leisure.

Staying at Villa Maria Tayrona. Includes Breakfast.

Day 11 - Tayrona

At leisure to relax or explore on your own.

Staying at Villa Maria Tayrona. Includes Breakfast.

Day 12 - Bogota

After a morning at leisure transfer to Santa Marta Airport for the flight to Bogota and onward international connections.

Staying at Villa Maria. Includes Breakfast.

Travel Info

Are International Flights Included?
No. Please contact us for a quote if required.

Best Visited:
November to March

Area Specialist

John Melton

If you have any queries about this tour please feel free to call me directly on +44 (0)1803 866965 or...

Route Map

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Hotel De La Opera: 4.596818, -74.074742
Alfiz Hotel Boutique: 10.423205, -75.550230
La Posada de San Antonio: 5.632368, -73.522954
Reserva El Cairo: 4.639057, -75.548020
Villa Maria Tayrona: 11.284335, -73.880093