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Lovely Colombia

Indulge yourself with this 16-days tour in the heart of authentic Colombia and enjoy as it should be your honeymoon: between the green valleys of the Coffee Region, the discovery of colonial cities and the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean… You will fall in love again and again!

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Itinerary

  • Day 1: Bogota
  • Day 2: Bogota
  • Day 3: Bogota - Nemocón - Villa de Leyva
  • Day 4: Villa de Leyva
  • Day 5: Villa de Leyva - Barichara
  • Day 6: Barichara - Guane - Barichara
  • Day 7: Barichara - Chicamocha Canyon - Mesa de los Santos
  • Day 8: Mesa de los Santos
  • Day 9: Mesa de los Santos - Bucaramanga - Bogota - Santa Marta - Tayrona National Park
  • Day 10: Tayrona National Park
  • Day 11: Tayrona National Park - Santa Marta - Cartagena de Indias
  • Day 12: Cartagena de Indias
  • Day 14: Cartagena de Indias
  • Day 15: Cartagena de Indias
  • Day 16: Cartagena de Indias - 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 The Orchids hotel in Deluxe room.


Included : transfer arrival, room & breakfast

Day 2: Bogota

Half-day to explore all the secrets of Bogota, a capital known for its colonial and authentic atmosphere.
- A walk in the universe of the emeralds gems: with your "expert" tour guide, you will walk through the cobblestoned streets of the Candelaria district to discover many retailers and craftsmen. By visiting the workshops, you will learn how to recognize the most beautiful stones.
- The visit of the Gold museum which 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.
- A coffee tasting flight: a trio of small servings of interesting brews, where a knowledgeable barista will guide you through each cup. These tastings will allow you to experience coffee in a new way, providing you a better understanding of the drink and forging allegiances to high-quality cups of coffee in the process.
Note 1: walking tour in the Candelaria colonial center (3 to 4 hours walking in the city). Gold Museum closed on Mondays.
Free afternoon to enjoy Bogota as you desire.


Overnight at The Orchids hotel in Deluxe room.


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

Day 3: Bogota - Nemocón - Villa de Leyva

Departure for the Boyaca department. Along the way you will stop at Nemocón Salt Mine, located thirty minutes from Zipaquira. There, 80 meters underground, you will cross 1600 meters of tunnels through which between 1816 and 1968, eight million tons of salt were extracted. Many optical effects caused by the dissolved rock salt show no less than 28 mirrors.
Among the impressive attractions: the room of the chapel where there is a huge 1,300 kilos stone symbolizing the world, or the salt crystal of 1600 kilos cut into heart shape.
Transfer to the hotel and end of the day free to enjoy the atmosphere of Villa de Leyva.
Note: 5 to 6 hours’ drive during the day.


Overnight at Posada San Antonio hotel in Standard room.


Included : private transport, room & breakfast

Day 4: Villa de Leyva

This day will be dedicated to explore Villa de Leyva and its the surroundings:
- A walk in the middle of the desert will lead you till the blue waters of Pozo Azul lake
- The visit of El Fossil museum with its famous kronosaurus queenslandicus skeleton.
- A walk inside the archeological park of Monquira, or “El Infernito” (which means "The Little Hell"). This pre-Columbian Muisca astronomical site will allow you to understand the knowledge and rites of this civilization.
- The historic site of Convento Santo Ecce Homo. This beautiful monastery holds a mysterious charm with its floors paved with stones containing numerous ammonites and fossils.
- Walking tour of Villa de Leyva to know everything about its historical past.
Note: El Infiernito site is closed on Monday.


Overnight at Posada San Antonio hotel in Standard room.


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

Day 5: Villa de Leyva - Barichara

Departure for the north-central department of Santander with its beautiful craggy mountains and its powerful waterfalls and rivers. Installation in the hotel in Barichara, considered as one of the most beautiful cities of Colombia.

Note: Approximately 4-5 hours drive.


You will visit Barichara, considered as one of the most beautiful cities in Colombia. You will walk among the cobbled streets, visit the churches (Cathedral of Immaculate Conception and Santa Barbara Church) and discover the local workshops (stone carvers, cigar factory, etc…).
The walk will end at the watchtower which offers a splendid panorama over the Rio Suarez and the Cordillera de los Cobardes.
Note: The city tour will be entirely by foot. Approximately 3 hours.


Overnight at Posada La Nube hotel in Standard room.


Included : private transport, entrance fees, room & breakfast

Day 6: Barichara - Guane - Barichara

Let´s go for a walk thought the cactus and the bucolic landscapes of Camino Real. This old paved way was, during pre-Colombian time, the main road for the Guane indigenous people.
Then, you will reach the eponymous village, where you will take the time to discover the colonial homes as well as a small museum that houses numerous fossils and a mummified princess.
Note 1: 4 to 5 hours return walk.
Note 2: about 30 minutes drive.
Free afternoon to enjoy Barichara at your own pace.


Overnight at Posada La Nube hotel in Standard room.


Included : private transport, entrance fees, room & breakfast

Day 7: Barichara - Chicamocha Canyon - Mesa de los Santos

Departure for Mesa de los Santos. On the way, you will enjoy the impressive landscapes of Canyon of Río Chicamocha. Deeper than the Great Canyon, Chicamocha is a real natural wonder.
Transfer to a beautiful hacienda, a large traditional estate, well known for its high-quality organic coffee.
You will walk through the gardens and the plantations to discover the different types of coffee beans but as well learn everything about the coffee process, from seed to cup.



Overnight at Hacienda El Roble hotel in Standard room.


Included : private transport, room & breakfast

Day 8: Mesa de los Santos

A part of the day will be dedicated to the visit of this typical “finca”, where you will learn everything about coffee. The production is as complex and sophisticated as wine. On site, you will have the opportunity to walk among the coffee trees and to be introduced to the process of harvesting and roasting, before enjoying the drink produced on site.



Overnight at Hacienda El Roble hotel in Standard room.


Included : private transport, entrance fees, local spanish-speaking guide, room & breakfast

Day 9: Mesa de los Santos - Bucaramanga - Bogota - Santa Marta - Tayrona National Park

Free time, then transfer to Bucaramanga.



Domestic flight to Bogota.
Domestic flight to Santa Marta.
Transfer from Santa Marta airport to your hotel near by Tayrona National Park.


Overnight at Merecumbe hotel in Standard room.


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

Day 10: Tayrona National Park


Overnight at Merecumbe hotel in Standard room.


Included : room & breakfast, dinner (no drinks)

Day 11: Tayrona National Park - Santa Marta - Cartagena de Indias

Free time to enjoy the beaches of Tayrona National Park.


Departure for Cartagena, on the Caribbean coast. On the road, you will make to stop at Santa Marta for a panoramic tour of the city and a visit to the Hacienda San Pedro Alejandro, dedicated to Simon Bolivar, “el Libertador”.


Transfer to your hotel in Cartagena and end of the day free to discover the unequalled charm of this colonial city, listed as World Heritage by UNESCO.


Note: 5 to 6 hours drive, about 2 hours city tour in Santa Marta



Overnight at Casa Pestagua hotel in Superior room.


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

Day 12: Cartagena de Indias

Transfer between your hotel and the port of Cartagena.
Included : private transport

Day 14: Port de Carthagène - Cartagena de Indias

Transfer between the port and your hotel in Cartagena.
Afternoon dedicated to your wellbeing in one of the most famous spas of Cartagena. A 1-hour massage will be offered during your stay.


Overnight at Casa Pestagua hotel in Superior room.


Included : private transport, spa treatment, room & breakfast

Day 15: 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.


Overnight at Casa Pestagua hotel in Superior room.


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

Day 16: Cartagena de Indias - Bogota

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 Bogota.
Included : transfer departure, domestic flight

Night at The Orchids hotel - Deluxe room   Bogota

Level : 4*
Included : room & breakfast

In the heart of the diplomatic and cultural city of Bogota stands a jewel: declared National Monument in 1933, The Orchids hotel reveals a neoclassical style from 1892 and is distinguished by the elegant combination of the functionality of the modern hospitality and sophistication of classic style. Interior illumination reflects the grandeur of this property, and the central courtyard is a source of fresh air.

Night at the Posada San Antonio hotel - Standard room   Villa de Leyva

Level : 3*
Included : room & breakfast

This charming hotel is ideally located in the center of Villa de Leyva, just a step away from Plaza Mayor, in the historic district. Posada San Antonio features 26 rooms tastefully furnished.

Night at the Posada La Nube hotel - Standard room   Barichara

Level : 3*
Included : room & breakfast

La Nube is a “posada” (the Spanish word for country inn). There, only 8 exclusive rooms are surrounding the courtyard stone colonial cloister. The atmosphere is intimate: with high ceilings, whitewashed walls... The rooms consist of single beds that can come together in king size beds. Vast corridors decorated with works of artists lead you towards the social sector, where the restaurant awaits you.

Night at the Hacienda El Roble hotel - Standard room   Mesa de los Santos

Level : 3*
Included : room & breakfast

Nestled in the countryside of Mesa de los Santos, Hacienda El Roble is a magnificent building in the middle of coffee fields. Sunny, typical, cozy: there are only superlatives to explore this wonderful hacienda. As a bonus, their coffee is among the bests of the country.

Night at the Merecumbe hotel - Standard room   Tayrona National Park

Level : 4*
Included : room & breakfast, dinner (no drinks)

A perfect blend between nature and comfort, Merecumbe hotel is a prestigious choice minutes away from Tayrona National Natural Park. The hotel has a total area of 100,000 square meters including 60,000 square meters of protected area which promotes privacy and exclusivity. Each of the 11 rooms in this hotel has a huge garden where you can observe the local fauna and flora.

Night at the Casa Pestagua hotel - Superior room   Cartagena de Indias

Level : 5*
Included : room & breakfast

Known as "the most beautiful house in Cartagena" Casa Pestagua belonged in the seventeenth century to Count Pestagua, a rich and powerful aristocrat who gave his name to this small luxurious colonial-style palace. This Boutique Hotel offers 11 luxurious rooms, a totally personalized service in an oasis of peace and tranquility protected by its ancient walls. Each room features a refined decor and a very generous size.

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