col-bandera col-bech col-artesanian col-pine-apple col-person-colombia col-woman col-mambu col-providensa col-amazon

Home > Colombia off the beaten track (from July to October)

Colombia off the beaten track (from July to October)

This tour is made for those who love to travel off the beaten track : Caño Cristales, the most beautiful river of the world, the lush Amazon rainforest with its people and its fauna and flora, the Pacific Coast and its majestic whales... This trip will be the experience of a lifetime!

Map

Itinerary

  • Day 1: Bogota
  • Day 2: Bogota
  • Day 3: Bogota - Villavicencio - La Macarena - Villavicencio - La Macarena
  • Day 4: Caño Cristales - La Macarena
  • Day 5: Caño Cristales - La Macarena
  • Day 6: La Macarena - Villavicencio - Bogota
  • Day 7: Bogota - Leticia - Calanoa Reserve - Leticia - Calanoa Reserve
  • Day 8: Calanoa Reserve
  • Day 9: Calanoa Reserve - Tarapoto Lake - Puerto Nariño - Calanoa Reserve
  • Day 10: Calanoa Reserve - Leticia - Bogota - Medellin
  • Day 11: Medellin
  • Day 12: Medellin - Ñuqui
  • Day 13: Ñuqui
  • Day 14: Ñuqui
  • Day 15: Ñuqui - Medellin - Bogota

TRAVEL BOOK

Day 1: Bogota

Arrival at Bogota El Dorado International airport.

Transfer to your hotel in the Candelaria district.

Free time to enjoy at your own Colombia´s capital city where modern districts and historic center, urban architecture and green parks stand alongside.



Overnight at Abadia Colonial hotel in Classic room.


Included : transfer arrival, room & breakfast

Day 2: Bogota

Explore Colombia´s capital city of Bogota, known for its colonial and authentic atmosphere. Walking through its cobblestoned streets, you will discover colorful restored colonial mansions, splendid carved wooden balconies as well as churches built in baroque style.


- The Gold museum displays one of the most dazzling collection in South America. It brings together around 34.000 pieces of goldsmith work, considered as the world´s largest pre-Colombian collection of its kind. Those artifacts come from different civilizations : Quimbayas, Taironas, Muiscas or Tolimas.


- Botero Museum is dedicated to the most famous colombian artist, Fernando Botero. The Museum contains both his works (around a hundred of drawings, paintings and sculptures) as well as his private collection with no less than 85 masterpieces of well known artists, such as Dali, Renoir, Chagall, Picasso, Miro ...


- Bolivar Square (la Plaza Bolivar) surrounded by Bogota´s grandest buildings, including the Town Hall, the Palace of Justice, Primatial Cathedral, Congress Building...


Note 1 : the tour in La Candelaria is a walking tour (3 to 4 hours)


Note 2 : the order of visits may vary depending on the weekday (The Gold Museum is closed on Mondays. Botero Museum is closed on Tuesdays).


Free afternoon to enjoy Bogota as you desire.


Overnight at Abadia Colonial hotel in Classic room.


Included : entrance fees, excursion (private), room & breakfast

Day 3: Bogota - Villavicencio - La Macarena

Transfer to Bogota airport for your domestic flight.
Domestic flight to Villavicencio.

Departure from Villavicencio where you will board a plane to reach La Macarena, the starting point of Caño Cristales excursions.


Once in La Macarena, you will take boat to sail on Guayabero river, before continuing by jeep to the entrance of Caño Cristalito site. Situated nearby Caño Cristales, you will discover, after a small walk of an hour and half, the beautiful wilderness of this area.


IMPORTANT: The access to the sites of Caño Cristales is highly regulated. The protection authority, the “Cormacarena”, issues the entry permits day by day. Descriptions of the tours are therefore indicative only; the order and content are subject to change.


In addition, the site is highly protected. Access to the sites where the algae are, is only permitted from the second day of excursion. It is forbidden to use sunscreen. Appropriate equipment will be recommended before departure.


Note 1: Depending on your arrival time at La Macarena, you will either discover this first day Caño Cristalito site or Caño Piedra, closer to La Macarena.


Note 2: Hotels in La Macarena city are all basic comfort, maximum two stars.


Note 3: Departure from Bogota at 6:00am by charter flight. 15kg checked luggage are allowed, 5kg in the cabin.



Overnight at La Cascada hotel in Standard room.


Included : transfer departure, domestic flight, lunch (no drinks), dinner (no drinks), local guide, entrance fees, excursion (shared), shared transport, room & breakfast

Day 4: Caño Cristales - La Macarena

After breakfast in a local restaurant, you will board a boat for about ten minutes before continuing by 4x4 to reach the entrance of Caño Cristales site. Depending on the paths opened by the park that day, you will discover several waterfalls with poetic names: Quartz waterfalls, the Virgin Rock, the Pianos or the Waterfalls of Love. You will discover the famous river known for its hundreds of shades of red and green.
Return to La Macarena (walking, boat and 4x4) and end of day free.
Note: a “fiambre” (typical dish served in a plantain leaf) will be served for lunch during your hike.


Overnight at La Cascada hotel in Standard room.


Included : lunch (no drinks), dinner (no drinks), local guide, excursion (shared), shared transport, room & breakfast

Day 5: Caño Cristales - La Macarena

Third day on spot where you will have the chance to see other parts of Caño Cristales site, such as Tablas de la Ley, Casada Escalera, Salto del Aguila or Los Pailones (as per the paths opened that day by the park).
Return to La Macarena (walking, boat and 4x4) and end of day free.
Note: a “fiambre” (typical dish served in a plantain leaf) will be served for lunch during your hike.


Overnight at La Cascada hotel in Standard room.


Included : lunch (no drinks), dinner (no drinks), local guide, excursion (shared), shared transport, room & breakfast

Day 6: La Macarena - Villavicencio - Bogota

Last day in Meta department, where you will enjoy a half-day excursion in Caño Piedra.
Lunch in La Macarena and transfer to the airport for your domestic flight.
Note 1: Depending on your departure time from La Macarena, you will either discover this last day Caño Cristalito site or Caño Piedra, closer to La Macarena.
Note 2: Departure from La Macarena at 2pm by light aircraft. 15kg checked luggage are allowed, 5kg in the cabin. In Villavicencio, connection with a regular flight to Bogota.
Note 3: At the airport, you would have to pay a local tax of 5 000 COP per person.
Domestic flight to Bogota.

Arrival at Bogota El Dorado International airport.

Transfer to your hotel in the Candelaria district.

Free time to enjoy at your own Colombia´s capital city where modern districts and historic center, urban architecture and green parks stand alongside.



Overnight at Casa Deco hotel in Standard room.


Included : lunch (no drinks), local guide, domestic flight, excursion (shared), shared transport, transfer arrival, room & breakfast

Day 7: Bogota - Leticia - Calanoa Reserve

Transfer to Bogota airport for your domestic flight.

Domestic flight to Leticia.
Arrival to Leticia and transfer by private boat on the Rio Amazonas to reach the lodge. After 1h30 of navigation, check into your lodge.
After dinner, night jungle walk to soak up noise, and discover species of insects and animals that only come out at night.
IMPORTANT : The Calanoa lodge is an Ecolodge which works closely with local communities.
Located in the heart of the Amazon rainforest, it functions ecologically: use of rain water, electricity only between 3 PM and 11 PM, meals prepared according refueling and fishing.
The activities are generally organized as follows: a first excursion in the morning at 9 AM, returning in the late morning, then lunch at the lodge. A second one is planned between 3 and 5 PM. The order of activities may be reorganized with your guide depending on weather conditions or your interests.
Note 1: at Leticia airport, you will have to pay the Amazon tourist tax (21000 COP / person to date) .
Note 2: possibility to spend a first night in Leticia and visit the city. Starting at the lodge the next day.
Note 3: excursions are organized in pool service together with a local Spanish speaking guide. The lodge only has 4 bungalows, so the group never exceeds 6 to 8 people. For a private tour with a private guide, please contact us.
Overnight at Calanoa Lodge in Bungalow.
Included : transfer departure, domestic flight, dinner (no drinks), boat ticket, local spanish-speaking guide, excursion (shared), room & breakfast

Day 8: Calanoa Reserve

After breakfast, visit of the indigenous community of El Vergel.
This community is composed mainly of the Tikunas tribe.
Meeting with the Indian ancestral culture and discover their crafts. Lunch at the lodge.
In the afternoon, walking in the nature reserve surrounding the lodge. Your guide will show you the secrets of the flora and fauna, medicinal plants, giant trees, the adaptation of different plants to the jungle. You might cross families of micos (monkeys), parrots, armadillos and many tropical birds.
You can then return to the lodge by canoe, through the Quebrada Matamata, the limits of Amacayacu Park.
Note 1: donations of school supplies and light clothing are welcome to the village El Vergel .
Note 2: about two hours walking.
Note 3: because of rain, returning in canoe might not be possible between July and November.
Overnight at Calanoa Lodge in Bungalow.
Included : lunch (no drinks), dinner (no drinks), local spanish-speaking guide, excursion (shared), room & breakfast

Day 9: Calanoa Reserve - Tarapoto Lake - Puerto Nariño - Calanoa Reserve

In the morning, navigation to Puerto Nariño.
We cross Tarapoto lake, a favorite spot for pink dolphins in the Amazon. One can also observe several species of caimans, many birds (parrots, toucans ...), several species of monkeys (howler, capuchin ...) and various mammals such as armadillos and tapirs. Here it is possible to swim.
Lunch in Puerto Nariño, a village famous throughout Colombia for its ecology initiatives. End of the day free in the village.
Overnight at Calanoa Lodge in Bungalow.
Included : lunch (no drinks), dinner (no drinks), local spanish-speaking guide, excursion (shared), room & breakfast

Day 10: Calanoa Reserve - Leticia - Bogota - Medellin

After breakfast departure for Leticia in a private boat.
Note: according to your flight schedule, you can visit the city of Leticia. You can then reach the airport (located 10 minutes from the city) in "Cocotaxi".

Domestic flight to Bogota.

Domestic flight to Medellin.
Arrival at Medellin and transfer to your hotel.
End of the day free to enjoy the city of "eternal spring".


Overnight at Diez hotel in Standard Double room.


Included : domestic flight, transfer arrival, room & breakfast

Day 11: Medellin

This day will be dedicated to Medellin City tour.
You will start the day by a guided walking tour of Carabobo district to discover the different types of architecture of the city: from Palacio Nacional to Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria basilica, before reaching Plaza Botero, where you will discover the unique style statues of Colombia´s famous artist Fernando Botero.
In the afternoon, a ride on the Metrocable will take you up to the hills of the city to enjoy Medellin from above. Then, you will head to the beautiful botanical garden before visiting Santo Domingo district.
You will go back down to Nutibara hill, considered one of the city's seven "guardian" hills, and also one of the few ecosystems that is conserved in Medellín.
The end of the day will be free for you to enjoy Medellin’s posh and most popular neighborhood, El Poblado, at your own pace.
Note: Optional visit of Antioquia museum. Located in the Grand Art Deco Palacio Municipal, this museum houses the largest collection of works donated by Medellin native Fernando Botero as well as pre-Colombian, colonial and modern art collections. Entrance fees are not included.



Overnight at Diez hotel in Standard Double room.


Included : lunch (no drinks), entrance fees, private transport, excursion (private), room & breakfast

Day 12: Medellin - Ñuqui

Transfer to Olaya Herrera airport (Medellin national airport) for your domestic flight.
Domestic flight to Ñuqui.


Overnight at El Cantil hotel in Bungalow room.


Included : transfer departure, domestic flight, room & breakfast

Day 13: Ñuqui


Overnight at El Cantil hotel in Bungalow room.


Included : room & breakfast

Day 14: Ñuqui


Overnight at El Cantil hotel in Bungalow room.


Included : room & breakfast

Day 15: Ñuqui - Medellin - Bogota

Domestic flight to Medellin.

Transfer between Olaya Herrera airport (Medellin national airport) and Medellin International airport.


Domestic flight to Bogota.

Arrival at Bogota El Dorado airport and connexion for your international flight.

Included : domestic flight, private transport

Night at the Abadia Colonial hotel - Classic room   Bogota

Level : 3*
Included : room & breakfast

Housed in a charming colonial-style interior patios, Abadia Colonial offers rooms with wooden floors and wooden furniture just 100 meters from Candelaria Church. All have large windows that make them very bright. An American breakfast is served daily. Italian and Colombian specialties can be enjoyed in the hotel restaurant, which offers views of the hill of Monserrate.

Night at the La Cascada hotel - Standard room   La Macarena

Level : 2*
Included : room & breakfast

Small hotel with basic comfort but ideally located in the department of Meta for a stay to discover the most beautiful river in the world!

Night at the Casa Deco hotel - Standard room   Bogota

Level : 2*
Included : room & breakfast

Situated in an Art Deco building in the neighborhood of "La Candelaria", the historic center of Bogota, the hotel has 21 modern and bright rooms. The hotel is a few minutes’ walk from the main monuments and museums.

Calanoa Lodge   Calanoa Reserve

Level : ecolodge
Included : room & breakfast

In harmony with its environment, Calanoa Ecologde offers an invigorating experience in the heart of the Amazon rainforest, just 1h30 by boat from the town of Leticia. The 4 bungalows of this property have been imagined by Diego Samper combining traditional techniques and a more contemporary approach.

Night at the Diez hotel - Standard Double room   Medellin

Level : 3*
Included : room & breakfast

Located in the heart of the city of Medellín, the refinement of Diez Hotel only equaled his greatness. A building of majestic beauty, decorated with taste and quality is the guarantee of a successful stay in the capital of Antioquia. Each room at this hotel offers spectacular views of downtown and promises unforgettable sunsets over the mountains.

Night at El Cantil hotel - Bungalow room   Ñuqui

Level : ecolodge
Included : room & breakfast

El Cantil Ecolodge, located on the coast about 45min away from Ñuqui village by boat, is at the forefront of ecotourism on the Colombian Pacific coast. Between the greatness of the Pacific Ocean and the tropical jungle of Choco department, this hotel transforms into your home for a stay alongside nature in one of its 7 bungalows. Here, very little network and no electricity in the rooms: the oil lamps give a magical atmosphere to this already heavenly place... Also, there is no hot water in the bathrooms, but this is generally lukewarm due to the climate of this region. And you will appreciate even more a fresh shower after a good hike in this tropical region!

Ask us for
a quote
Array ( [sport-adventure] => Array ( [86036] => Array ( [name] => Colombia beyond the thrill! [category] => Découverte [technical_name] => TCOL EN - Colombia beyond the thrill [open] => [code] => _dec [nb_days_valid_circuit] => 30 [min_days_notice] => 1 [duration] => 18 [client] => Web Angleterre [first_day_date] => [region] => Array ( [178] => 178 [179] => 179 [283] => 283 [296] => 296 [297] => 297 [294] => 294 ) [country] => Array ( [10] => 10 ) [place] => Array ( [4335] => 4335 [4358] => 4358 [2512] => 2512 [4391] => 4391 [3889] => 3889 [3854] => 3854 [3891] => 3891 [3894] => 3894 [3895] => 3895 [3892] => 3892 [4378] => 4378 [3942] => 3942 [3941] => 3941 [4414] => 4414 [4376] => 4376 [4013] => 4013 [4368] => 4368 [4370] => 4370 [4795] => 4795 [4796] => 4796 ) [level] => Array ( [name] => Trek level difficult [description] => Trekking between 6 and 8 hours daily. Ascent: can exceed 1000 meters some days (3280 feet). Good fitness requested. [icon] => http://terra.toogo.in/media/common/icon/small_levele2303016e3596454d613eedde607e276.jpg ) [type] => Array ( [17] => Array ( [name] => Long trip (> 15 days) [icon] => http://terra.toogo.in/media/common/icon/small_durationd461d79ca812c21264bcf56263831775.jpg ) ) [dates] => Array ( [0] => 2016-09-27 ) [pictures] => Array ( [135838] => Array ( [filename] => http://terra.toogo.in/media/62001217919d0a2ca248039e2f40588cc70963571e0cca676344dc8091896dd5/circuit/big_bd-finca-la-quintac2a9terra-colombia204.jpg [name] => bd-finca-la-quintac2a9terra-colombia204.jpg [tag] => bd-finca-la-quintac2a9terra-colombia204.jpg ) ) [translations] => Array ( [seo_title] => Colombia beyond the thrill! [seo_description] => A perfect tour to discover the main areas of Colombia and enjoy different activities in each region : an unforgettable experience! [seo_keywords] => tailor made trip, colombia, adventure, trek, andes, coffee region, tayrona [seo_url] => adventure-trip-beyon-the-thrill.html [seo_h1] => Colombia beyond the thrill! [name] => Colombia beyond the thrill! [description] => A perfect tour to discover the main areas of Colombia and enjoy different activities in each region for an unforgettable experience : bike tour in Bogota, hiking in the Andean region, canopy in a coffee plantation, trekking in Tayrona National Park and so much more! ) [tags] => Array ( [306] => Array ( [name] => Sport adventure [icon] => http://terra.toogo.in/media/common/icon/small_sport.png ) ) ) [85378] => Array ( [name] => Bogota, Caribbean Coast and Adventure [category] => Découverte [technical_name] => TCOL EN - Caribbean Coast and Adventure [open] => [code] => _dec [nb_days_valid_circuit] => 30 [min_days_notice] => 1 [duration] => 18 [client] => Web Angleterre [first_day_date] => [region] => Array ( [178] => 178 [295] => 295 [294] => 294 [376] => 376 ) [country] => Array ( [10] => 10 ) [place] => Array ( [4335] => 4335 [4358] => 4358 [3931] => 3931 [3933] => 3933 [3934] => 3934 [3935] => 3935 [4359] => 4359 [3936] => 3936 [4370] => 4370 [3929] => 3929 [4368] => 4368 [4344] => 4344 [4625] => 4625 ) [level] => Array ( [name] => For all public [description] => for all [icon] => http://terra.toogo.in/media/common/icon/small_level03703efbb0719b525ef55fd13fa1e053.jpg ) [type] => Array ( [5] => Array ( [name] => Private [icon] => http://terra.toogo.in/media/common/icon/small_privates.jpg ) [20] => Array ( [name] => Escape (≥10 to ≤15 days) [icon] => http://terra.toogo.in/media/common/icon/small_durationd461d79ca812c21264bcf56263831775.jpg ) ) [dates] => Array ( [0] => 2017-10-10 ) [pictures] => Array ( [134742] => Array ( [filename] => http://terra.toogo.in/media/62001217919d0a2ca248039e2f40588cc70963571e0cca676344dc8091896dd5/circuit/big_img_6142.JPG [name] => img_6142.JPG [tag] => img_6142.JPG ) ) [translations] => Array ( [seo_title] => Bogota, Caribbean Coast and Adventure [seo_description] => Experience the Caribbean Coast in an other way : trek in the lost city, discovery of the Guajira Peninsula, hiking in Tayrona National Park… [seo_keywords] => tailor made trip, colombia, adventure, trek, lost city, tayrona, guajira [seo_url] => adventure-trip-bogota-caribbean-coast.html [seo_h1] => Bogota, Caribbean Coast and Adventure [name] => Bogota, Caribbean Coast and Adventure [description] => After visiting Bogota by bike, let´s go for an authentic tour through the Caribbean Coast : trek in the lost city, discovery of the Guajira Peninsula, hiking in Tayrona National Park, visit of small coastal villages… A perfect trip to discover Colombia in a different way! [seasonality] => ) [tags] => Array ( [306] => Array ( [name] => Sport adventure [icon] => http://terra.toogo.in/media/common/icon/small_sport.png ) ) ) ) ) 1

OTHER SIMILAR CIRCUITS

By continuing your visit to this site, you must accept the use of cookies. Those help us to improve your navigation experience. For more information, click here