Honeymoon trip in colonial Colombia

Our suggestion of itinerary to discover Colombia during your honeymoon

From Villa de Leyva to Salento and Cartagena, enjoy the charm of the most beautiful and colorful villages of Colombia.

Length of stay: 12 days

Kind: Romantic getaways

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 Abadia Colonial Hotel in Junior Suite.

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Day 2 : Bogota

Half 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.

– 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.

– Botero Foundation, dedicated to the Colombian artist Fernando Botero, which exhibits his own works (one hundred drawings, paintings and sculptures) as well as his private collection which has no fewer than 85 masterpieces of artists renowned (Renoir, Dali, 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.

Note 3 : Montserrate is very popular on Sundays and you will meet a lot of visitors on that day. Free afternoon to enjoy Bogota at your own pace.

Note : Be careful, the Gold museum is closed on Mondays and the Botero museum is closed on Tusdays. Overnight at Abadia Colonial Hotel in Junior Suite.

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Day 3 : Bogota

Let´s go to Boyaca departmen t.

On the way, you will stop at Zipaquira to visit its famous Salt Cathedral , built within the tunnels of a salt mine. The church we visit nowadays is a replica of the original cathedral which was built in 1951 dedicated to Our Lady of Rosary. Situated 60 metres deeper, it covers 8500 square meters.

Tranfer to your hotel and free time to enjoy the colonial atmosphere of Villa de Leyva .

Note : 5 hours drive.

Overnight at Plazuela San Agustin hotel in Suite room.

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Day 4 : Villa de Leyva

Half day city tour of Villa de Leyva. You will discover the main sites of this preserved colonial town :

-Casa Antonio Nariño et Casa Antonio Ricaurte,

-El Carmen Church

-Plaza Mayor

Note 1: about 2 hours walking.

Note 2: non-exhaustive list. Certain places may be closed during the visiting day. Free afternoon in Villa de Leyva. Options (please contact us): – Half-day hiking in Paso del Angel – City tour of Raquira – Horse-riding around Villa de Leyva Overnight at Plazuela San Agustin hotel in Suite room.

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Day 5 : Villa de Leyva

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 villages 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 on foot. Approximately 3 hours.

Overnight at Casa Barichara hotel in Deluxe room.

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Day 6 : Barichara

Early in the morning, departure for another day in the Santander region. You will enjoy the impressive landscapes of Chicamocha Canyon .

Then, transfer to Bucaramanga airport for your domestic flight. Domestic flight to Pereira .

Note : kindly note that luggages are limited to 10kg on this flight 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 Hacienda, a large traditional landed estate. Overnight at Sazagua hotel in Suite room.

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Day 7 : Salento

This journey will be dedicated to the discovery of typical villages and landscapes of the coffee region .

– A tour in a traditional “ jeep Willy ” in the heart of the green valley of Cocora

– Hiking among the wax palm trees (Colombian national tree)

– Lunch break

– Coffee plantation visit . 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.

– Visit of Salento village : discovering of the local architecture and traditional buildings made of bamboo (guadua). Transport between your hotel and Salento. Overnight at Sazagua hotel in Suite room.

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Day 8 : Armenia

Departure for the surroundings of Filandia. You will go to a “trapiche” (sugar cane plantation farm) to see all the process of, what we call here in Colombia, “panela”.

You will visit the small and colorful village of Filandia, which has nothing to envy to its neighbor, Salento.

There, you will discover the “guadua”- these large and green bamboos typical of the region – and the different methods of construction as well as the local handicraft made with it. Domestic flight to Cartagena . Arrival in Cartagena de Indias , the undisputed queen of the Caribbean coast , a 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 the plazas.

Transfer to your hotel in the historical center. Free time to enjoy the rest of the day. Overnight at Casa Pestagua hotel in Superior 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. It is on foot that we invite you 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 at your own pace. Overnight at Casa Pestagua hotel in Superior room.

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Day 10 : Cartagena de Indias

Free morning to enjoy Cartagena at your own pace. Departure for an adventure in Getsemani district , at a stone’s throw from the walled city… You will go for a walking tour in the streets of this Bohemian district to discover the foo d the “local” way , the real Colombian food that the Cartageneros love!

Whether you are looking for a snack or something more substantial, a healthy starter or a sweet dessert, the streets of Cartagena offer everything! This is one of the best ways to get insight into the daily life and culture of the local people.

The visit will allow you a more personal contact with the Authentic Cartagena , with street vendors filling your bellies with their delights and warming your hearts with their hospitality! You will taste tropical fruits, arepas, buñuelos, chicharrones, limonada and other cocadas…

Note: About 2 hours

Overnight at Casa Pestagua hotel in Superior room.

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Day 11 : Cartagena de Indias

Transfer between your hotel and the port of Cartagena . Free day of relaxation in the heart of the beautiful Rosario archipelago .

On the program: relaxing on the beaches, swimming in the heart of the Caribbean sea, exploring the mangrove, deep sea exploration and tasting local dishes based on fish and coconut rice …

Note 1: when you will arrive at Cartagena port, you will have to pay a tax (19 500 COP on this day).

Note 2 : 2 hours of boat. Transfer between the port and your hotel in Cartagena . Overnight at Casa Pestagua hotel in Superior room.

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Day 12 : Cartagena de Indias

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 . Arrival at Bogota El Dorado airport and connexion for your international flight.

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