Colombian Highlights Tour

Travel itinerary - Colombia in 10 days.

An ideal itinerary to have a first insight of Colombia with essential steps: Bogota, in the heart of the Andes; the coffee region, between nature and traditions; Tayrona National Park in the middle of the jungle; Cartagena de Indias, the colonial city on the Caribbean coast.

Length of stay: 10 days

Kind: Must-see

Fix: For all public

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 De La Opera hotel in Standard room.

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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 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 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 De La Opera hotel in Standard room.

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Day 3 : Bogota

Transfer to Bogota airport for your domestic flight. Domestic flight to Armenia . Tranfert to Salento village. Overnight at Bio Habitat Hotel in Aviarios room.

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Day 4 : Armenia

Welcome to the « Coffee Triangle », including the departments of Caldas, Risaralda and Quindío, which together make up the heart of the Zona Cafetera, also called the Eje Cafetero. This area is famous for growing and producing the majority of the Colombian coffee, considered by some as the best coffee in the world.

Transfer to your hotel in Salento Village. This journey will be dedicated to the discovery of typical villages and landscapes of the coffee region .

You will take a ride in a traditional “ jeep Willy ” in the heart of the green valley of Cocora before starting a hike among the wax palm trees (Colombian national tree).

Note: The hike lasts 2 hours. If you prefer you can choose the shorter one which lasts about 15minutes.

Lunch break in a typical hacienda .

After lunch, you will visit a coffee plantation . Inside a typical “finca”, 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.

The day will end with the visit of Salento village : discovering of the local architecture and traditional buildings made of bamboo (guadua). Transfer back to your hotel. Overnight at Bio Habitat Hotel in Aviarios room.

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Day 5 : Armenia

Private transport to Pereira. 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 Villa Maria hotel in Standard room with sea view.

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Day 6 : Tayrona National Park

In the morning, your driver will drive you to the pier located at the entrance of Tayrona Park , a small coffee break will be offered on this beautiful fishermen beach.

You will embark on small lanchas (motor boats) that will take you to a beautiful beach of the park. You will cross a wild bay where turtles like to meet, with a little luck you can observe them.

You will spend the day in Playa del Amor , wild beach with turquoise waters and white sand. In the shade of trees you will have at your disposal chairs, cooler with refreshments and snorkelling equipment.

Possible walks with your guide on the trails along the bays, the view is spectacular.

Then traditional lunch on the beach , catch of the day, coconut rice and plantain.

Afternoon on the beach, back at the end of the day at the hotel.

Note 1 : your passport will be asked to enter the National Park

Note 2 : make sure to take walking shoes, comfortable clothes and bathing suits

Note 3 : depending on your hotel location, transport (vehicle + boat) can take between 1h and 1H15. Overnight at Villa Maria hotel in Standard room with sea view.

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Day 7 : Tayrona surroundings

Departure for the Sierra Nevada .

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 will retrace the history of this ancient civilization.

Then you will board a lancha, a small motorboat, to go down the Don Diego river till the Caribbean Sea. On the way, you will have the chance to see many monkeys and colorful birds.

Return to the reserve and lunch in the heart of the Sierra Nevada. Overnight at Villa Maria hotel in Standard room with sea view.

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Day 8 : Tayrona surroundings

Free morning to enjoy the Tayrona aera between Sierra Nevada and Caribbean sea : walking in the jungle, relaxing on the beautiful beaches…

Note: Swimming can be hazardous at some beaches due to strong currents and undertows. We strongly do not recommend it.

In the morning, departure to Cartagena de Indias , on the Caribbean Coast . Transfer to your hotel.

Enjoy the end of the day to mix with the locals and soak up the regional atmosphere of this splendid colonial city designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Note : 4 to 5 hours ride.

Overnight at Casa Canabal hotel in Deluxe double room.

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Day 9 : Cartagena de Indias

Half day dedicated to the visit of the historic center and the main sites of Cartagena. We invite you to a walk, to discover 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 – Romanesque, Moorish, Colonial, Military, Arab, Spanish and North American – that shaped Cartagena.

You will also discover the Palace of the Inquisition , one of the most beautiful buildings in the city, or the San Pedro Claver sanctuary , formerly dedicated to Spanish priests and missionaries. Free afternoon to enjoy the city according to your desires. Overnight at Casa Canabal hotel in Deluxe double room.

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Day 10 : Cartagena de Indias

Free morning to enjoy Cartagena at your own pace. Transfer to the Cartagena de Indias airport for your international flight to New-York.

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