The beauties of Colombia with Santa Marta

BOGOTA / ZIPAQUIRA / VILLA DE LEYVA / ARMENIA / CARTAGENA / SANTA MARTA

12 days

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11 nights
Classic Programs
Colombia
12

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11
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 / Santa Marta (time road 1h)
  • Day 10 Santa Marta / National Park Tayrona (time drive 1h30, trekking around 1h)
  • Day 11 Santa Marta : Day Free
  • Day 12 Santa Marta Flight to Bogotá

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 Flight to Armenia – 1 hour flight (flight not included)

Day 6:  Armenia/ Cocora – Time of drive 55 minutes – Cocora / Salento –Time drive 25 minutes –  Salento /   Armenia 1h drive. Full day

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

Day 8:  Cartagena

Extension Santa Marta & National Park Tayrona:

Day 9: Cartagena / Santa Marta (time road 1h) 

Day 10:  Santa Marta / National Park Tayrona (time drive 1h30, trekking around 1h)

Day 11: Santa Marta.

Day 12: Santa Marta Flight to Bogotá (1h30 flight – not included) Flight to Europe (not included)

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival in Bogota

Arrival at El Dorado International airport, reception by one 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 funicularWalking tour in the historic center, La Candelaria and discovery all houses and churches of the XVIIIe and XIX centuries. On the way to the “Plaza Bolívar”, you will see “Casa del 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 the 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 MESON DE LOS VIRREYES*** or SIMILAR.

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 place Ricaurte, also known as Plaza San Agustín and continues to the house of Antonio Nariño, journalist, political and military, who has played an important role in the country’s independence. The tour continues to the Place “Mayor”, its 14,000 m2 makes it the largest square “plaza” of 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 LA BOHEME *** or SIMILAR.

Dinner at the restaurant ANDRES D.C.

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 the “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 such as 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 from 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 HACIENDA COMBIA (Coffee Farmor SIMILAR.

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 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 (Flight suggested: AXM BOG AV9840 8h10 / 9h05 – BOG CTG AV9548 11h22 / 12h54, not included). 

Transfer e installation at the hotel DON PEDRO DE HEREDIA*** or SIMILAR.

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 underdog. 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 found 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 superior of the monastery.

Visit to « Castillo San Felipe » – The route continues through the “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 / Santa Marta (time road 1h)

Breakfast at the hotel.

Departure to Santa Marta, arrival, and accommodation at the hotel AC MARRIOTT SMR**** OR SIMILAR.

City tour

The tour starts with the visit of the “Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino”, a wonderful “Hacienda” where Simón Bolivar, the “Libertador” spent its last day before dying. Then, passengers follow toward the football stadium and its monument to Carlos “El Pibe” Valderrama. A stop is planned at the Taganga mirador, beautiful point of view on this fishermen village. To finish, passengers have a walk in the historic center of Santa Marta.

Lunch and dinner not included.

Overnight at the hotel.

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Day 10 Santa Marta / National Park Tayrona (time drive 1h30, trekking around 1h)

Breakfast at the hotel.

Day free to discover the city and surroundings.

Lunch and dinner not included.

Nature has shaped between the snowy mountains of the Sierra Nevada and the tropical beaches of the Caribbean a region where fauna and flora are unique in the world. Tayrona National Park, once inhabited by the proud Indigenous people of the same name, will satisfy the wild nature lovers still very preserved.

IMPORTANT TO KNOW: To preserve the ecosystem of Tayrona Park, the Local Authorities have decided to close the Park three times a year. In case you book this extension and which it falls during the closure, we would therefore offer you an alternative on the theme of hiking.

*The Tayrona National Park will be closed in the following dates: From 1st to 15th February; From 1st to 15 June; and From 19th October to 2nd November. 

 

Optional visit to Tayrona National Park:

Departure in the morning to the Tayrona National Park (about 1h30 drive)

When you enter the Tayrona National Park, you start the journey along a tropical forest road to the beach "Las 7 Olas", from the viewpoint you can enjoy the beautiful landscape. You will go until the “San Juan de Guia” Cape passing by the Arrecifes beach.

Note: This is an intermediate level hike, which can appeal to people who like to walk and do not have locomotion problems.

Free time to enjoy the beach.

Return to Santa Marta. 

 

Overnight at the hotel.  

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Day 11 Santa Marta : Day Free

Breakfast at the hotel. 

Day free to discover the city and surroundings.

Lunch and dinner not included. 

Overnight at the hotel.

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Day 12 Santa Marta Flight to Bogotá

Breakfast at the hotel.

Transfer to Simón Bolívar International Airport to take the flight to Bogotá and the international flight (NOT INCLUDED).

Lunch and dinner not included.

 

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