The beauties of Colombia

BOGOTA / ZIPAQUIRA / VILLA DE LEYVA / ARMENIA / CARTHAGENE

9 days

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8 nights
Classic Programs
Colombia
9

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8
Classic Programs
Colombia
  • Day 1 Arrival in Bogota
  • Day 2 Bogota
  • Day 3 Bogota / Zipaquira / Villa de Leyva
  • Day 4 Villa de Leyva / Raquira / Bogota
  • Day 5 Bogota / Armenia
  • Day 6 Armenia / Salento / Cocora Valley / Armenia
  • Day 7 Armenia / Cartagena
  • Day 8 Cartagena
  • Day 9 Cartagena / Bogota – Europe (Flight not included)

Useful Information

Day 1: Bogotá

Day 2: Bogotá

Day 3: Bogotá / Zipaquirá / Villa de Leyva (4h drive)

Day 4: Villa de Leyva / Bogotá (4h drive)

Day 5: Bogota / Armenia (1 hour flight not included)

Day 6: Armenia / Cocora (Time of drive 55 min) / Salento (Time drive 25 min) / Armenia (1h drive) Full day

Day 7: Armenia / Bogotá / Cartagena– (2 hours flight – 2 flights not included)

Day 8: Cartagena

Day 9: Cartagena / Bogotá – 1hour flight (not included)

 

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival in Bogota

Arrival at El Dorado International airport, reception by someone of our team.

Transfer and installation at the hotel BH BICENTENARIO*** or SIMILAR

Dinner not included.

Overnight at the hotel.

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Day 2 Bogota

Breakfast.

First, visit of The Monserrate, from where you can have a wonderful view of the city, a magnificent panoramic point of the town. This place can be reached by cable car or funicular.

Walking tour in the historic center, La Candelaria and discovery all houses and churches of the XVIII and XIX centuries. On the way to the “Plaza Bolívar”, you will see “Casa de Nariño”, home of the President of Colombia. Around the “Plaza Bolívar” is located the “Capitolio Nacional”, the “Palacio de Justicia”, the “Alcaldía Mayor” of Bogotá, but also the “Catedral Primada”, the “Capilla del Sagrario” and the “Palacio del Arzobispado”

Visit Botero Museum. This Art collection was donated in 2000 by Fernando Botero, the Colombian artist recognized internationally and it is exposed permanently. 

Lunch in a local restaurant where they serve ajiaco (a soup prepared with the potatoes of the highlands, with spices, chicken and corn).

Visit the Gold Museum, owned by the Bank of Colombia. Archaeologists have also contributed greatly in this collection creating a total of about 36000 pieces of gold and splendid emeralds.

Return to the hotel.

Dinner not included. 

Overnight at the hotel.

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Day 3 Bogota / Zipaquira / Villa de Leyva

Breakfast.

Departure towards Zipaquirá (1 hour approximately).

Visit of the Salt Cathedral, an underground Roman Catholic Church built within the tunnels of a salt mine 200 meters underground in a Halite mountain.

Here you will find the salt mines from which a monumental Cathedral was excavated.

Lunch in a local restaurant

Continues towards Villa de Leyva (3 hours approximately).

It is a magical town steeped in a colonial atmosphere and surrounded by very different landscapes.

Arrival in Villa de Leyva, transfer and accommodation at the hotel.

Dinner not included.

Overnight at your hotel.

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Day 4 Villa de Leyva / Raquira / Bogota

Breakfast.

Panoramic visit of Villa de Leyva The course begins with the plaza Ricaurte, also known as Plaza San Agustín and continues to the house of Antonio Nariño, journalist, politician and military, who has played an important role in the country’s independence. The tour continues to the Plaza “Mayor”, its 14,000 m2 makes it the largest square “plaza” in Colombia.

Departure to Ráquira (around 1h drive).

First monastery of Augustinian monks Recoletos in America, it was built in 1604 on the banks of the river Gacheneca by Father Augustine Mateo Delgado in order to gather in community hermits who lived in nearby caves. The convent is now for the novitiate of the Augustinian Fathers and the achievement of spiritual retreats. The ground floor is the Museum of Antiquities and paintings of Ceballos Vasquez are exhibited in the cloister. The choir of the church is decorated with a depiction of the “Virgen de la Candelaria” painted on a cedar trunk in the early days of the founding of the monastery.

Lunch not included.

Free time to enjoy the market. Ráquira market is famous for its handicrafts. There are terra cotta pieces, baskets, clothing, hammocks, silver, etc. This is the place to shop.

Depart towards Bogota. Arrival and accommodation at the hotel.

Overnight at the hotel.

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Day 5 Bogota / Armenia

Breakfast.

Transfer to the airport to take the flight towards Armenia located in the heart of the coffee region. Arrival at “El Eden” airport of Armenia, reception by our local guide.

The Route of the coffee Culture

The Route of the Coffee Culture is a tour that allows visitors to share the experience of peasants working in coffee farms in a fun and educational way. It is also an opportunity to explore the mythical and fantastic history of coffee growing in Colombia. From culture, the visitor passes at harvest, during which he clothes like the farm workers. Coffee beans harvested are then brought to the cooperative where they are pulped and dried. The tour continues to the technique cooperative that fulfills all requirements of the National Federation of Coffee of Colombia. During the visit, the visitor will have the opportunity to sort, toast and grind the coffee, as did past generations, to enjoy an excellent cup of Colombian coffee.

Lunch not included.

Quindío Botanical Garden

Drive 4.3 miles east of Armenia to Calarcá to reach the Quindío Botanical Gardens, where visitors are treated to an amazing tour of the butterfly farm. If you have a bit of patience, one of the 1,500 butterflies from 30 native species here will probably perch on your finger. This is an ideal setting to learn all about palms, ferns, heliconias, and other native plants.

Transfer and accommodation at the hotel.

Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

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Day 6 Armenia / Salento / Cocora Valley / Armenia

Breakfast.

Visit Valley Cocora located in the Colombian Andes by Jeep Willis (4 persons per vehicle)

Travel through the Cocora Valley located in the department of Quindío; on the way you can appreciate the beautiful landscape.

Once you reach the Valley, you will receive a welcome cocktail and assistance by an expert guide from Cocora; take a walk into the cloud forest where we will appreciate the biodiversity of fauna and flora.

Lunch in a local restaurant.

Visit to Salento, city tour in the famous town of Salento, we will visit the Plaza de Bolivar to know their typical colorful balconies, the main street, craft workshops and the viewpoint of Cocora.

Return to the hotel.

Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

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Day 7 Armenia / Cartagena

Breakfast.

Transfer to El Edén Airport and assistance to take the flight to Bogotá and connection with the flight to Cartagena.

Transfer and installation at the hotel.

Lunch in a local restaurant.  

Walking tour in the historic center The walk takes passengers along the colonial streets of the historic center to admire the major attractions of the old city.

Visit to the church of San Pedro Claver

The church and monastery of San Pedro Claver, formerly the Church of San Ignacio de Loyola, were built in the early 17th century by the Jesuit community. Its current name is a tribute to San Pedro Claver, a missionary who lived and died in the convent next to the church and fought for the poor. He was called the “The Black Man’s Apostle.”

Dinner not included.

Overnight at the hotel.

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Day 8 Cartagena

Breakfast.

Visit to « Cerro de la Popa » –  is the perfect place to enjoy Cartagena as a whole but also the sea, the island of “Tierrabomba”, the historic center and “Boquilla”. Cartagena City Council found necessary to make a convent on the summit of “Cerro de la Popa” for the faithful of the region who themselves participated in the cleanup of the area. Fray Alonso de la Cruz Paredes, who received the divine message ordering him to build a monastery on the closest mount to Cartagena, was appointed as the superior of the monastery.

Visit to « Castillo San Felipe » –  initially called “Castillo de San Lázaro”, the largest Spanish military building of the New World. The original construction dates of 1536 and was enlarged as required until 1657. The visit of the castle leads from the Parade Ground to the residence of the Lord through the kitchens and other sites of interest. The castle was a loyal defender of the city until it fell to the hands of the Baron de Pointes.

Lunch not included.

Afternoon time at leisure to enjoy the Beach and visit local surroundings.

Dinner not included. 

Overnight at the hotel.

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Day 9 Cartagena / Bogota – Europe (Flight not included)

Breakfast.

Transfer to the airport and assistance to take the flight to Bogotá (flight not included)

Lunch not included.

Assistance and connection to take the international flight.

 

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