Bogota- - Pereira– Cartagena-Baru Island
10 days/ 9 nights
Soaring Andean summits, unspoiled Caribbean coast, enigmatic Amazon jungle, cryptic archaeological ruins and cobbled colonial communities. Colombia boasts all of South America's allure, and more.
Bogotá is Colombia's beating heart, an engaging and vibrant capital cradled by chilly Andean peaks and steeped in sophisticated urban cool. The city's cultural epicenter is La Candelaria, the cobbled historic downtown to which most travelers gravitate.
Cartagena de Indias is the undisputed queen of the Caribbean coast, a historic city of 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 leafy plazas.
Founded on August 30, 1863, Pereira is part of the territory in 2011 UNESCO declared World Heritage Site: the Coffee Cultural Landscape of Colombia.
Luxury vacation on the island of Baru in the Caribbean sea!
Day 1: Bogota
Welcome and assistance at El Dorado International Airport. Transfer to the Hotel 4 Seasons Casa Medina.
Day 2: Bogotá – City Tour
After breakfast at the hotel you will have a panoramic tour through the historic center of Bogota, also called “La Candelaria”. The Gold Museum will also be visited. There are exhibited about 34,000 pre-Hispanic gold pieces and more than 25,000 pre-Colombian objects. Later, we will visit the Casa de la Moneda and the Botero Donation, where are exhibited artworks of Fernando Botero, an internationally recognized Colombian artist in painting, drawing, and sculpture. The tour will end with a panoramic tour by the Marco de la Plaza de Bolívar: The Cathedral, The House of Nariño (Presidency of Colombia), The Lievano Palace (Bogota´s Mayor hall) and The Palace of Justice. Ascent to Monserrate.
Return to the hotel.
Includes: entrance fee to Gold Museum, Casa de la Moneda and the Botero Donation, guide- service, private transportation.
Note! The Gold Museum is closed on Mondays, the Casa de La Moneda and Botero are closed on Tuesdays.
Day 3: Bogota / Zipaquira + Guatavita
The duration of the excursion day with transfers is 9 hours.
The duration of the Bogota-Guatavita transfer is 2 hours. The average temperature is +19C during the day, +9 C at night.
Breakfast at the hotel. Today we will visit Guatavita and Zipaquira Salt Cathedral: A complete circuit through the so-called "Sabana de Bogotá". The territory now occupied by Zipaquirá, a city where Gabriel García Márquez went to school, was an important centre of trade in salt - vital to preserve food - before the arrival of the conquistadors. This mineral, the essence of the town (founded on July 18, 1600), is abundant in the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá, a religious sanctuary built in an underground salt mine. It is one of the remarkable tourist sites in Colombia, the majestic Salt Cathedral built 180 meters deep in a salt mine. Later we will visit to the center of the town of Guatavita. The tour of the town will be short, as the town is small (it lasts 15 minutes). The lake of the same name is located 10 minutes from the village. The next destination is the Guatavita Lagoon, known historically and worldwide for the legend of "El Dorado". Guatavita, the sacred lake, used to be the ceremonial site where the Indians worshipped Chie, the goddess of water, during lavish ceremonies that gave rise to the legend of El Dorado. According to the legend, the Muisca Indian chief would arrive, covered with dust, on a wooden raft, with four of his priests and the treasures collected in his community. After throwing the treasures into the lake as a symbol of adoration, he would immerse himself in the water. For the natives, the value of gold was not economic, but a means to come closer to their gods.
After the excursion we will return to Bogota, to the hotel.
Note: The Lake is closed for visitors on Mondays
Day 4: Bogota – Pereira
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to El Dorado International Airport for your flight to Pereira (not included). Welcome and assistance at the Matecaña International
Salento and Cócora Valley
Later the journey to Valle del Cócora will begin, appreciating the landscape of this place. Once we arrive at the Valley, we will have a welcome cocktail (Canelazo) and assistance from a specialized eco-guide from Cócora who will make an introduction to the Cócora Natural Reserve. Hiking time, transfer to the palm forest where we can appreciate the biodiversity of fauna and flora of the place where we will take the ecological path of the highest wax palm in the world and national flagship tree, where we will do the ritual of the wax palm of Quindío; which it consists of knowing the history of how the aborigines worshiped this palm. Then, the planting of palm seedlings continues. In the Valley you can do optional activities such as ecological horseback riding, walks to exclusive and very special places in the valley, have a delicious typical lunch in a restaurant in the Cócora Valley (Not Included) and have a barista show of origin coffee in the Salento town at Café Jesús Martín. Transfer to the typical town of Salento where we will have a walking tour visiting its colonial streets, artisan workshops, and the viewpoint of Cocora. At the agreed time, transfer to the hotel.
We start our tour to the Coffee Farm El Ocaso for “coffee-experience”, located
about 1,500 meters above sea level in volcanic soils of the Central Mountain Range of the Colombian Andes. The tour begins in the company of a local expert who will take the tourists through the process of coffee planting, selective manual harvesting and pulping. After this, we will roast specialty coffee beans on a wood fire in the kitchen of the typical country house where we can have an authentic coffee experience. During the tour, we have several stations with beautiful views of the natural environment of the place while we enjoy our cup of coffee.
Finally, we will observe the process of drying the coffee beans and then to the processing plant, ending up at the main house where we will have a delicious coffee lemonade.
Transfer to the Visus Hotel Boutique & Spa
Day 5: Adventure day
Pereira-hot air balloon flight over the coffee valley.
Departure at 5 am for flight in a hot air balloon over the waking up magic coffee valley.
After an amazing flight you will have a second breakfast (not included) and transfer to the canopi adventure under the treetops
Horse riding in the coffee valley.
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Cartagena. Arrival in Cartagena and transfer to the Sofitel Legend Santa Clara.
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Day 6: Cartagena
Breakfast at the hotel.
A panoramic tour in Cartagena, a jewel of world heritage, and in the residential neighborhoods will start.
Cartagena de Indias brings together the charm of colonial architecture, the excitement of a vivid night life, fascinating cultural festivals, and lush landscapes.
Cartagena’s historic center, whose beauty and cultural importance caused it to be declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1984, is surrounded by miles of ancient walls that form the walled city. In addition to the hundreds of years of history behind the area’s cobbled streets, you can explore the Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, a magnificent castle dating back to the 17th century. Also, during this tour, you will visit Bocagrande and Castillogrande, Gethsemane, Monastery "La Popa", Church San Pedro Claver.
With forty-seven arches and twenty-three domes, Las Bóvedas (The Vaults) is easily one of the most architecturally interesting structures within the old city walls.
Contstructed at the turn of the 18th century by the Spanish engineer Antonio de Arevalo, Las Bóvedas was originally intended as a munitions store for the fort and the local garrison. The structure is situated in the San Diego district, along the city wall between Santa Clara and Santa Catalina.
These days, it’s an excellent place to find souvenirs. The area is absolutely buzzing with hawkers selling everything from trinkets to hammocks and paintings.
At the end of this visit, you will return to the hotel along Santander Avenue where you can appreciate the bastions and murals of the historic center.
Day 7: Cartagena Islas del Rosario - (Island of Enchantment)
Breakfast at the hotel. Later departure from Marina Santa Cruz dock. At the Pegasos Pier, you will board a speedboat or yacht, in order to navigate with a panoramic tour of the Bay of Cartagena and Bocachica, where you can admire a beautiful landscape with the forts of San Fernando and San Jose. Navigation along the coast of Baru Island where we will reach the base island in the Rosario Islands. Full-Day in the islands to enjoy its crystal clear waters perfect for scuba diving and snorkeling (activities with additional cost). Free time to enjoy the sea and the facilities. Transfer to the hotel on the island Las Islas private pool sea level bungalow.
Day 8 -9:
Enjoy your time on the luxury island
Boat transfer to Cartagena and then to the airport for your flight.