The green side of Colombia
Colombia through its breath-taking nature
Discover the green side of Colombia, one of the most biodiverse country in the world! You travel throughout its diverse territory and discover exclusive and natural places at a slow pace. This trip is ideal for nature lovers and slow travelers.
Length of stay: 12 days
Fix: For all public
Countries visited: Colombia
Otún Quimbaya Sanctuary
Cartagena de Indias
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Day 1 : Bogota
Arrival at Bogota El Dorado International airport.
Transfer to your hotel in the Candelaria district and free time to enjoy at your own pace Colombia´s capital city where modern districts and historic center, urban architecture and green parks stand alongside. Overnight at Casa de la Vega hotel in Standard room.
Day 2 : Bogota
Full day to explore Colombia´s capital city of Bogota, known for its colonial and authentic atmosphere.
– Cerro de Monserrate is the 3152m peak flanking the city´s east. Over there, you will enjoy a stunning view over the city and its surroundings. At the top, there is a white church (accessible by cable car or by funicular railway), it is a sanctuary for pilgrimages and particularly crowded on holy days.
-The Candelaria district: Bogota’s historical centre. You will be walking through its cobblestoned streets, you will discover colorful colonial mansions, splendid carved wooden balconies as well as churches built in baroque style.
– The Gold museum displays one of the most dazzling collections 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 features 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 greatest 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). Trasnportation 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).*
*Note 3 : Montserrate is very popular on Sundays and you will meet a lot of other visitors.*
Overnight at Casa de la Vega hotel in Standard room.
Day 3 : La Vega
You will head toward the hotel La Nuit.
On the way, you may stop to San Francisco, small authentic village, and you can visit the tiny Garden of Colibri (Jardin Encantado) where you can observe more than 30 especies of colibris.
After, you will head to eco hotel La Nuit.
*Note 1 : 3 hours driving*
*Note 2 : Entrance in the Garden of Colibris not included – 12.000 COP / person.* Overnight at La Nuit boutique hotel in standard room
Day 4 : Honda
Road to Honda.
After, you can have a break in Guaduas, one of the most beautiful historical center of Colombia. Place of birth of national independance hero Policarpe Salavarrieta.
On the road you may stop to point of view the Pierra Capilar from where you can have a nice point of view on 3 summits of Los Nevados when climate is nice.
Arrival to Honda.
*Note : Around 3 hours driving.* Hike in a exclusive hacienda : Hacienda El Triunfo. You will enjoy beautiful landscapes and may see a lot of birds, monkeys, turtle and beautiful big trees.
*Note : Around 3 hours walking.* Overnight at Posada Las Trampas hotel in Standard room.
Day 5 : Honda
Road toward Pereira.
On the way, you may stop to the plant nursery Vivero Tierra Negra, one of the biggest of Colombia. You also may stop to Medina waterfalls if you want.
*Note : Between 5 and 6 hours driving.*
*Note 2 : Entrance to the waterfall not included.* Overnight at Sazagua hotel in Standard room.
Day 6 : Pereira
Discover the Risaralda Valley during a horseback ride, enjoy the peacefulness and admire the beauty of the landscapes.
A gourmet picnic will be served half-way through.
*Duration: 2h horse riding* Night at the Lumbre Glamping in Standard tent.
Day 7 : Otún Quimbaya Sanctuary
Day dedicated to the natural attractions of the coffee area with the visit of the Sanctuary Otún Quimbaya, natural site dedicated to the protection of fauna and the local flora.
On site, hiking trails to discover the nature of this reserve: wax palms, orchids, waterfalls, howler monkeys … The sanctuary is a popular destination for bird watchers. Spanish speaking guide. Night at the Lumbre Glamping in Standard tent.
Day 8 : Cocora Valley
Today, we will discover typical villages and landscapes of the region.
The program includes :
– A tour with a local Willys Jeep in the heart of the green Cocora Valley
– Hiking overviewing the impressive Quindian Wax Palms (national tree)
*Note : around 3 hours walking*
Transfer to Pereira airport for your domestic flight. Domestic flight to Santa Marta. Arrival at Santa Marta airport.
Transfer to your hotel near by Tayrona National Park. End of the day free to enjoy, between jungle and Caribbean sea, the beautiful landscape of the Sierra Nevada. Overnight at Ecohabs Los Naranjos hotel in cabin room.
Day 9 : Tayrona surroundings
Departure for the Sierra Nevada.
You sail up the Don Diego river on a little boat to reach the Tayronaka reserve. Tayronaka is a lost city of the Tayrona Indigenous people. Mythical city, it is precisely here that the movie *Mission* starring Robert de Niro has been shot. With your guide, you retrace the history of this ancient civilization.
After this short visit of the natural reserve, it is time to glide down the Don Diego river in a swimming ring! You will be able to watch howler monkeys and beautiful birds on the way. The arrival in the ocean is spectacular!
A boat will get you back to the reserve to have lunch in the heart of the jungle.
*Note 1: 1 hour down the river to the sea*
*Note 2 : do not forget your swimsuit, sunscreen, and a hat for the sun* Overnight at Ecohabs Los Naranjos hotel in cabin room.
Day 10 : Tayrona surroundings
Departure to Santa Marta.
*Note: 45 min ride.*
On the way to Santa Marta, we offer you a meeting with farmers’ community, in a village located on the border of the departments of Atlantico and Bolivar. This project is supported by Terra Colombia and your visit contributes to the development of the latter. Arrived in the village de los Limites and welcomed by the volunteers of the project. The association has for goal to promote the agro-forester agriculture to generate new sources of income to the population. Those ones have for main tasks to farm by tilling the earth, to return her fertile, and they can so benefit from crops to feed their families. You will have the opportunity to visit these plots of land, and to discuss the project with the persons in charge of its. The ground also shelters a big nature reserve of jungle where you can watch howler monkeys. Finally, you will go to meet a woman of the village who produces her jams from fruits of the plots of land.
Lunch on the spot.
Note 1: around one hour of road from Cartagena.
Note 2: possibility of spending the whole if wished. Consult us. Upgrade excursion: Overnight at Casa Pizarro hotel in Standard room.
Day 11 : Cartagena de Indias
Today, you will visit the foundation “Fundacion pescador de letras” which is a non-profit organization, founded in the year 2017. It´s purpose is to provide quality education to the children of La Boquilla, which is a fishing village just outside of the City of Cartagena.
Additional to regular education the foundation tries to develop different skills of the children, which allow them, to improve their quality of life, their physical and intellectual development, and the conditions in which they relate to their environment, as well as the way to face life after school.
By visiting them, you will contribute to the foundation’s developpment. Half day dedicated to the visit of the historic center and the main sites of Cartagena. With your guide you walk through the past and present of Cartagena by visiting the most beautiful monuments of the city such as the Clock Tower or Don Pedro de Heredia.
During the visit you will notice the different influences that shaped Cartagena – Romanesque, Moorish, Colonial, Military, Arab, Spanish and North American.
You will also discover the Palace of the Inquisition, one of the most beautiful buildings in the city, and the San Pedro Claver sanctuary, formerly dedicated to Spanish priests and missionaries. Overnight at Casa Pizarro hotel in Standard room.