Magic Colombia Program (Flights not included)

BOGOTA / ZIPAQUIRA / MEDELLIN / CARTAGENA

9 days

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8 nights
Classic Programs
Colombia
9

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8
Classic Programs
Colombia
  • Day 1 Arrival to Bogota
  • Day 2 Bogota
  • Day 3 Bogota / Zipaquira / Bogota / Medellin
  • Day 4 Medellin
  • Day 5 Medellin / Santa Fe de Antioquia / Medellin
  • Day 6 Medellin / Guatapé & Peñol / Cartagena
  • Day 7 Cartagena
  • Day 8 Cartagena
  • Day 9 Cartagena OUT

Useful Information

  • Guaranteed departure by 2 participants
  • Groups of maximum 16 pax
  • Assistance throughout the journey of our team on site.
  • Services of an Englishspeaking guide.
  • Visit of the 2 main museums in Bogotá: the Gold Museum in Bogotá, which host the largest collection of pre- Columbian gold
    objects, witnesses of the art and culture of the country’s indigenous people and the Botero Museum.
  • Discover the “Street Art” side of the capital in the Candelaria neighborhood, in the historical center.
  • Visit of the Paloquemao market or similar in Bogotá, emblematic markets of the capital with the discovery of the flower market and the fruit and vegetable market.
  • Visit of the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá, the famous Colombian Salt Mine.
  • Visit Medellin, the city of the eternal spring.
  • Discover the cultural and natural heritage of the Colombian coffee region.
  • City tour of Cartagena, classified Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO, walled town with sumptuous
    colonial mansions.
  • Discovery of the Caribbean vibes of Cartagena in the square of Santo Domingo, the meeting point of
    the population.
  • Tasting of typical dishes at each stage to discover the delicious Colombian cuisine.
  • Domestic flights can be booked through our office in Colombia.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival to Bogota

Arrival at the El Dorado International Airport in Bogotá.

Transfer and check-in at the hotel BH BICENTENARIO OR SIMILAR.

Dinner not included. Overnight at the hotel.

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Day 2 Bogota

Breakfast at the hotel.

Visit to Historic Center of the City called “La Candelaria”.

The course begins with “Street Art”, then the church of El Carmen, a small church built in the mid-17th century and rebuilt in 1926 in larger, to accommodate the growing number of faithful to the Virgin del Carmen. On the way to the Bolívar Square, enjoy the Nariño palace, home of the President of Colombia, and gardens in the heart of which is an astronomical observatory. The austere facade of the church Santa Clara today contains a museum of Colonial Art. Around the Bolivar Square is located the National Capitol, the Courthouse, the City of Bogotá,
but also the Cathedral Primada, the Chapel del Sagrario and the Archbishop's Palace.

Lunch not included.

Visit of the Gold Museum (Closed on Mondays)
This Museum is part of the Bank of the Republic; it was created at the initiative of Julio Caro and Luis Angel Arango to avoid the disappearance of many pre-Columbian treasures. Since the museum was created in 1939,
the Bank of the Republic has purchased authentic items directly to private collectors as well as from “guaqueros”, grave robbers. Today there are about 36000 pieces of gold and splendid emeralds. It is the largest collection ever assembled of pre-Columbian gold items.

 

Optional: Visit of Monserrate

The Monserrate, a magnificent vantage point of the town and valley from a height of 3200 meters above sea level, is accessible by cable car or funicular. In 1650, a Spanish cleric and a bachelor, built atop this hill a chapel dedicated to Santa Maria de la Cruz de Monserrate.

 

Dinner not included.

Overnight at the hotel.

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Day 3 Bogota / Zipaquira / Bogota / Medellin

Breakfast at the hotel.

Visit to the Paloquemao Market or Codabas or similar.

Departure at 8:00 to Bogota’s largest food markets, which are open daily, and supplies the ingredients for most of the city’s best restaurants. Tasting of a fresh juice.

Departure to Zipaquirá, a small Andean town located 1 hour drive from Bogotá.

Visit of the Salt Cathedral

Zipaquirá is a small town fifty kilometers north of Bogotá. In addition to its well-preserved old town, Zipaquirá is
especially famous for its salt cathedral, the only one in Poland along with two other salt cathedrals. Built underground in a salt mine, the religious site is over 120m long and made entirely of salt. Even the crosses and
other sculptures are made of salt. Underground corridors connect the different stations of the cross, which represent the crucifixion of Jesus. The unique atmosphere inside the salt mine is further intensified by the
irradiation of colored lights in certain sculptures and rooms.

Lunch not included.

Transfer to El Dorado International Airport to take the flight to Medellín, in the heart of the Antioquia region.
(Flight suggested: BOG/MED – flight 9546 – 18h33-20h10. Flight subject to change – not included).

Arrival at the airport and welcome by your guide.

Transfer and accommodation at the hotel BH EL POBLADO*** OR SIMILAR.

Dinner not included.

Overnight at the hotel

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Day 4 Medellin

Breakfast at the hotel.

City Tour of Social Transformation

The tour starts at El Poblado Park and Lleras Park. Afterwards, you will go to Pueblito Paisa for cultural interpretation and gastronomic tasting. Then, transfer to the Commune 13, one of the most affected places in the 90s and a clear example of the social transformation lived in the city, there, you will walk the electric stairs. After, start the journey in Metro Cable and Metro to go to the center of the city. You will visit the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Junin commercial passage, Botero Square to have a look at the famous statues from the artist and visit the Museum of Antioquia to admire several of these works. Finally, visit of the “Pueblito Paisa” then continue to the “Sabaneta” sector with discovery of the main square.

Lunch not included.

Cultural tour in a coffee plantation

The “Farm Capilla del Rosario” will tell the history of Colombian coffee and at the same time invite you to discover all the stages of the preparation of the beans: sorting, roasting and grinding. You will learn how to make Colombian coffee in the rules of the art and of course you will enjoy the national drink in a picturesque setting.

Return to the hotel.

Dinner not included.

Overnight at the hotel.

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Day 5 Medellin / Santa Fe de Antioquia / Medellin

Breakfast at the hotel.

Departure to Santa Fe de Antioquia.

Visit Santa Fe de Antioquia.
Built between 1887 and 1895, the wooden Western Bridge, which is suspended over the Cauca River, welcomes visitors to Santa Fe de Antioquia, a Colombian Heritage Village founded on December 4th, 1541, by Jorge Robledo and considered the “cradle of the paisa (Antioqueño) people.” This town of cobblestone streets and colonial architecture is located 35 miles northwest of Medellín.

Transfer to the typical town of Santa Fe de Antioquia. On the way there will be two scenic stops. Once we arrive at the town of Santa Fe de Antioquia, we walk through its colonial streets, visit its churches, entrance to the Juan del Corral museum and craft workshops. Visit to the Western Bridge where we will appreciate the wooden architecture of this hanging bridge icon of this Antioquia area and gastronomic tasting.

Lunch and dinner not included.

Return to Medellin.

Overnight at the hotel

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Day 6 Medellin / Guatapé & Peñol / Cartagena

Breakfast at the hotel.

Excursion to El Nuevo Peñol and Guatapé
Excursion to the oriental part of the department and visit of the typical villages of El Nuevo Peñol and Guatapé. The houses with walls painted with scenes of the daily life of the inhabitants give a particular cachet to the streets of colonial architecture and have made the reputation of this village. The main sites of interest are the “Calle de los Recuerdos”, the place “Peñol de Guatapé”, the park of the “Culebra” and the island of the Sun.

Visit of the huge monolith La Piedra del Peñol and its 750 stairs to reach the top from where the visitor can appreciate the amazing view of the reservoir that surrounds it.

Lunch not included.

Return to Medellín.

Transfer to José María Córdova International Airport to take the flight to Cartagena.
(Flights suggested: MDE/CTG – Flight 9566 – 17h59-19h15. Flight subject to change – not included).

Arrival at the airport and welcome by your guide.

Transfer and accommodation at the hotel NACAR CURIO COLLECTION BY HILTON**** OR SIMILAR.

Cartagena de Indias
Undisputed queen of the Caribbean coast is a fairy-tale and legendary city, whose romantic charm has been beautifully preserved within 13 km of impressive and ancient stone walls. Its old town, a veritable maze of cobbled streets, with balconies full of bougainvillea and large churches that shade old squares, has been included by UNESCO in the list of World Heritage sites.

Dinner not included.

Overnight at the hotel

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Day 7 Cartagena

Breakfast at the hotel.

Visit of Cerro de La Popa
The “Cerro de la Popa” is the perfect place to be able to enjoy Cartagena but also the sea, the island of Tierrabomba, the tourism sector, the historical center and “La Boquilla”. Cartagena City Council found it
necessary to find 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.

Visit San Felipe Castle
The castle of 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 “Plaza de Armas” to the residence of the Lord through the kitchens and other sites of interest. He was a loyal defender of the city until it fell to the hands of the Baron de Pointes.

Lunch not included.

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. The tour begins at the “Torre del Reloj”, the “Iglesia San Pedro Claver” through the “Plaza de la Aduana”. The tour continues to the “Plaza Santo Domingo”, very lively at night, and its spectacular church. The “Parque Bolívar” pleasantly shaded by large trees.

Dinner not included.

Overnight at the hote

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Day 8 Cartagena

Breakfast at the hotel.

Free day in Cartagena to enjoy the atmosphere of the city, make its last purchases or simply finish discovering this city at your own pace, according to your desires.

Lunch and dinner not included.

 

Optional visit at the afternoon:

Visit of Getsemani’s neighbor
In 1811, Getsemani’s district is where Pedro Romero, a popular leader, launched the cry of rebellion against Spanish rule. We will discover the statue in its tribute in the small square in front of the Church of the Holy Trinity. Today, Getsemani has maintained its authentic character with its alleys, its old houses and its small-town atmosphere that lives to the rhythm of the Caribbean. This district is full of different graffiti that you will discover during the visit.

Rum tasting at El Arsenal
At the end of the afternoon Rum tasting at El Arsenal: The Rum Box (Visits at 16h, 18h or 20h). In this place, you will enjoy a private Rum tasting. This is a unique experience that delves you straight into the history of Colombian rum. The various rums are paired with truly interesting bites to eat, and you will enjoy the fun atmosphere of this unique bar. You will make your own way back to the hotel after your tasting (a 14-minute walk through the colorful and cobblestoned streets).

Return to the hotel

 

Overnight at the hotel.

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Day 9 Cartagena OUT

Breakfast at the hotel.

Transfer to Rafael Nuñez International Airport to take the flight to Bogotá and the international flight (NOT INCLUDED).

Lunch and dinner not included.

 

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