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Amazonian and Caribbean flavors

An exceptional trip to discover two very different facets of Colombia: The Amazon with its lush tropical forest and Cartagena, the undisputed queen of the Caribbean Coast.

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Itinerary

  • Day 1: Bogota
  • Day 2: Bogota
  • Day 3: Bogota - Leticia - Calanoa Reserve - Leticia - Calanoa Reserve
  • Day 4: 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 - Bogota

TRAVEL BOOK

Day 1: Bogota

Arrival at Bogota El Dorado International airport.
Transfer to your hotel in Zona Norte 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 Four Seasons Casa Medina hotel in Premier 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.


- 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.


- 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.


- 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 Four Seasons Casa Medina hotel in Premier 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.
Overnight at Calanoa Lodge in Bungalow.
Included : transfer departure, domestic flight, lunch (no drinks), dinner (no drinks), boat ticket, excursion (private), local english-speaking guide , room & breakfast

Day 4: 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 : 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.


Overnight at Casa Pestagua hotel in Superior room.


Included : domestic flight, transfer arrival, room & breakfast

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.


Overnight at Casa Pestagua hotel in Superior room.


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

Day 9: Cartagena de Indias

Half Day tour to visit the main historic and cultural sites of Cartagena:

- The Convento de la Popa
- The fortifications San Felipe Barajas
- The historic center : the Palace of the Inquisition, Santa Catalina Alejandria Cathedral, Basilica Menor

Free time to immerse yourself in the tropical atmosphere of the old town.

Note : the order of visits may be modified.
Free afternoon to enjoy the city according to your desires.


Overnight at Casa Pestagua hotel in Superior room.


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

Day 10: 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 Casa Medina Four Seasons hotel - Premier room   Bogota

Level : 5*
Included : room & breakfast

Recognized as one of the finest hotels in Bogota, the Casa Medina, a jewel in the capital city, is now a Four Seasons signature. Perfectly situated for a business or leisure trip, this hotel is near the Zona G (G for Gourmet), where are the best restaurants of Bogota. With its stone columns and its beautiful brick facade, the hotel was declared “Monument of Cultural Interest” by the Colombian Ministry of Culture. Step through the doors and you will be surprised by the beauty of the building, where the Spanish colonial accents blend with the contemporary. The place is intimate and invites to comfort. The Spa is as the expectations of the prestigious Four Seasons brand.

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 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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