Wild nature of Colombia

Our suggestion of itinerary to discover Colombia in 12 days

This itinerary allows you to immerse yourself in the endless plains of eastern Colombia, the vast rainforest of the Amazon and the Caribbean jungle of Tayrona. During this trip, you will discover the incredible diversity of the Colombian fauna and flora.

Length of stay: 12 days

Kind: Authentic

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Countries visited: Colombia

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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 Deco hotel in Standard room.

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Day 2 : Bogota

Transfer to Bogota airport for your domestic flight. Domestic flight to Yopal . Welcome at Yopal Airport and drive towards the town of Pore. The little village is steeped in history and offers a lovely stop to stretch your legs.

Another half hour drive will take you to Hato Berlín, a typical Llanos farm. On walks around the lagoon and into the forest you can discover capybaras, spectacled caimans, howler monkeys, turtles, various herons, storks, ibises and iguanas. Lunch at the farmhouse, followed by a break in the hammock.

You embark on a canoe tour in the afternoon to observe capybaras, caimans, groups of hoatzins, various species of kingfishers, black skimmers, birds of prey fishing, wood storks, roseate spoonbills and many more.

Transfer to your hotel and dinner.
Overnight at Posada El Diamante hotel in Standard room.

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Day 3 : San Luis de Palenque

Today after breakfast, transfer to the natural reserve of San Luis. Here you embark on a classic 4WD safari to sight hundreds of capybaras, deer, spectacled caimans, tortoises and fascinating birdlife. With some luck you may also see an anteater, an anaconda (especially during dry season in February and March) or armadillos.

Crossing the large farm in a 4WD vehicle allows you to get close to an astonishing amount of wildlife in those typical wide and open Llanos sceneries and provides you a taste of the region’s landscapes and culture. You can opt for walks along the lakes to enjoy the sights of caimans and colourful birds.

Lunch at the farm’s main house followed by a rest in the hammock. In the afternoon the game drive continues until night falls.

Accommodation and dinner at the farmhouse.
Overnight at Posada El Diamante hotel in Standard room.

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Day 4 : San Luis de Palenque

After an early breakfast you set out for a ride into the savannas and wetlands. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife!

Note : Depending on your ability and interest this tour can last up to 4 hours.

If horses are not your fancy, you can embark on observatory walks to discover wildlife and birds. Lunch will be enjoyed at the farm’s main house, followed by a rest in the hammock to contemplate the sceneries.

In the late afternoon you will explore the forest edges for wildlife and enjoy the atmospheric golden hour. You can continue for a nocturnal walk to uncover anteaters and nocturnal species such as reptiles, amphibians, armadillos, porcupines, opossums and nighthawks.

Accommodation and dinner at farmhouse.
Overnight at Hotel Hato Altamira in Standard room.

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Day 5 : Yopal

Early in the morning, as the sun rises, you can take a walk to look for anteaters and other wildlife, which are more active during the early hours. You can also opt for piranha fishing at the lakes of the reserve – fried they make a delicious snack for lunch!

After lunch, you can relax before your return transfer to Yopal’s airport. Domestic flight to Bogota. 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.

Arrival to Leticia and transfer by private boat on the Amazon River to reach the lodge (around 1h30).

After dinner, you have a night walk to soak up the noises of the jungle and spot animal species 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 is ecological: use of rain water, electricity only between 3 PM and 11 PM, meals prepared according to supplies and fishing.
The activities are generally organized as follows: a first excursion in the morning at 9 AM, return in the late morning, then lunch at the lodge. A second one is planned between 3 and 5 PM. The activities’ order may be reorganized with your guide depending on weather conditions or your own interests.

Note: 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.

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Day 6 : Calanoa Reserve

After breakfast, you visit the indigenous community of El Vergel. This community is composed mainly of the Tikunas tribe.

You discover the Indian ancestral culture and discover their crafts. Lunch at the lodge.

In the afternoon, you walk in the natural 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.

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Day 7 : Leticia

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 Santa Marta. Arrival at Santa Marta airport.

Transfer to your hotel near by Tayrona National Park. Enjoy the end of the day between the jungle, the Caribbean sea and the beautiful landscape of the Sierra Nevada.
Overnight at Villa Maria hotel in Standard room with jungle view.

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Day 8 : Tayrona National Park

In the morning, transfer to the Neguanje playa in Tayrona Park. In a little motor boat called lancha, you will reach a beautiful sandy beach.

Surrounded by mountains, a long stretch of white sand is waiting for you for a perfect relaxing day at the beach.

You are back to your hotel at the end of the day.

Overnight at Villa Maria hotel in Standard room with jungle view.

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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 Villa Maria hotel in Standard room with jungle view.

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Day 10 : Tayrona surroundings

Departure for Cartagena de Indias, the undisputed queen of the Caribbean coast.

Transfer to your hotel in the historical center which has been named a Unesco World Heritage site.

Free time to enjoy the end of the day.
Overnight at Bantu Hotel in Superior room.

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Day 11 : Cartagena de Indias

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.

Free afternoon to enjoy the city at your own pace.

Overnight at Bantu Hotel in Superior room.

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Day 12 : Cartagena de Indias

Transfer to the Cartagena de Indias airport for your international flight.

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