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Tropical Colombia

A complete family tour that both, little ones and grown-ups, will enjoy : pink dolphins watching on the Amazon River, discovery of Cartagena, beach stay under the coconut palms in the Caribbean Islands and so much more! The perfect holidays to relax with family!

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Itinerary

  • Day 1: Bogota
  • Day 2: Bogota
  • Day 3: Bogota - Leticia - Calanoa Reserve - Leticia - Calanoa Reserve
  • Day 4: Calanoa Reserve - Amacayacu National Park - Calanoa Reserve
  • Day 5: Calanoa Reserve - Mocagua Island - Calanoa Reserve
  • Day 6: Calanoa Reserve - Tarapoto Lake - Puerto Nariño - Calanoa Reserve
  • Day 7: Calanoa Reserve - Leticia - Bogota - Cartagena de Indias
  • Day 8: Cartagena de Indias
  • Day 9: Cartagena de Indias
  • Day 10: Cartagena de Indias - San Bernardo Archipelago
  • Day 11: San Bernardo Archipelago
  • Day 12: San Bernardo Archipelago
  • Day 13: San Bernardo Archipelago - Cartagena de Indias
  • Day 14: Cartagena de Indias - Bogota - Cartagena de Indias

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 Casa Deco hotel in Standard room.


Included : transfer arrival, room & breakfast

Day 2: Bogota

Full day to 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.


- Cerro de Monserrate is the 3152m peak flanking the city´s east. Over there, you will envoy a stunning view over the city and abouts. On its top, there is a white church (accessible by cable car or by funicular railway) is a major mecca for pilgrims, particularly crowded on religious days.


- La Plaza de Mercado de Paloquemao, is a real messy Colombian market where you will be able to get exostic tastes and buy everything you need to cook a real "Bogotano" receipe.


- 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: walking tour in the Candelaria colonial center (3 to 4 hours walking in the city). A vehicle is included for the visit of Montserrate.

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



Overnight at Casa Deco hotel in Standard room.


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

Day 3: 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, lunch (no drinks), dinner (no drinks), boat ticket, local spanish-speaking guide, room & breakfast

Day 4: Calanoa Reserve - Amacayacu National Park - 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 5: Calanoa Reserve - Mocagua Island - Calanoa Reserve

During the morning, discovery of Monkeys Preservation Fundation. With little money, the foundation began to save and return to the wild monkeys of many different species. They have landed in the foundation for various reasons: abuse, hunting and disease. Some species are endangered. Return to the lodge for lunch.
After lunch, tour of the Mocagua island, with its inland lakes and unique flora and fauna species. Navigation on the tributaries of the Amazon of the Peruvian side and observation of pink dolphins.
Return to the lodge for dinner.
Note 1: about 3 hours walking round trip in the morning to go to the Foundation.
Note 2: Mocagua Island: possibility to add a 2 hours walk, only between July and November.
Overnight at Calanoa Lodge in Bungalow.
Included : room & breakfast

Day 6: 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 : room & breakfast

Day 7: Calanoa Reserve - Leticia - Bogota - Cartagena de Indias

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 Cartagena.


Arrival at Cartagena de Indias, the undisputed queen of the Caribbean coast, a fairy-tale city of romance, legends and superbly preserved beauty lying within an impressive 13km of centuries-old colonial stone walls. Cartagena's old town is a Unesco World Heritage site – a maze of cobbled alleys, balconies covered in bougainvillea, and massive churches that cast their shadows across plazas.
Transfer to your hotel in the historic center. Free time to enjoy the end of the day.
Included : domestic flight, transfer arrival

Day 8: Cartagena de Indias

In the morning, you will go for a guided walking tour through the Walled City, including the visit of the most beautiful areas such as San Diego, Plaza Santo Domingo, Getsemani and other landmarks with very rich history.
Free afternoon to enjoy the city according to your desires.
Included : entrance fees, excursion (private)

Day 9: Cartagena de Indias

Free day to enjoy the many attractions of Cartagena.
You can visit on your own the historic center and enjoy its unique atmosphere, discover the modern area of Bocagrande, or simply go shopping among the numerous craft shops of Las Bovedas. At sunset, we advise you to have a drink at the walls...

Options (contact us):
- Guided tour of the historic center,
- Workshop "catacion" of the best Colombian coffees,
- Privatization of a boat to explore the Rosary archipelago,
- Salsa lessons,
- Sunset sailing,
- Carriage tour at sunset ...

Day 10: Cartagena de Indias - San Bernardo Archipelago

Transfer between your hotel and the port of Cartagena.
Departure for the Archipelago of San Bernardo, a set of coastal coral islands, located in the Caribbean Sea and part of the Corals National Natural Park.
After about 2 hours on board, you will reach Mucura Island.
Welcome drink and installation in the bungalow.
The rest of the day will be yours to relax and swim in the crystalline water of the Carribean sea...
Note: At Cartagena port, before boarding, you will be charged a local tax of 15 500 COP/person.


Overnight at Punta Faro hotel in Standard Superior room.


Included : private transport, room & breakfast, lunch (no drinks), dinner (no drinks)

Day 11: San Bernardo Archipelago

A whole day of relaxation in San Bernardo Archipelago.
In this heavenly place everything is done to make you enjoy your stay: waters activities, scenic tour of the surroundings islands, diving, hiking tour or just simply relax on the beaches…


Overnight at Punta Faro hotel in Standard Superior room.


Included : room & breakfast, lunch (no drinks), dinner (no drinks)

Day 12: San Bernardo Archipelago

A whole day of relaxation in San Bernardo Archipelago.
In this heavenly place everything is done to make you enjoy your stay: waters activities, scenic tour of the surroundings islands, diving, hiking tour or just simply relax on the beaches…


Overnight at Punta Faro hotel in Standard Superior room.


Included : room & breakfast, lunch (no drinks), dinner (no drinks)

Day 13: San Bernardo Archipelago - Cartagena de Indias - Port de Carthagène - Cartagena de Indias

At the end of the morning, departure for Cartagena by boat.
Note: 2 hours boat-ride.
Transfer between the port and your hotel in Cartagena.
Included : private transport

Day 14: Cartagena de Indias - Bogota - Cartagena de Indias

Free morning to enjoy Cartagena at your own pace.

Transfer to Cartagena airport for your flight to Bogota. Connexion to your international flight.


IMPORTANT : depending on your flight schedule, make sure you have the time for connexion. Otherwise, choose to stay overnight in Bogota the day before departure.


Domestic flight to Cartagena.


Included : transfer departure, domestic flight

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 Punta Faro hotel - Superior Standard room   San Bernardo Archipelago

Level : 3*
Included : room & breakfast, lunch (no drinks), dinner (no drinks)

Punta Faro is a charming hotel located on the Mucura island, in the heart of San Bernardo archipelago, off Cartagena. With its 45 rooms, a lovely beach ideal for swimming, the establishment is one of the best seaside options in the region.

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