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Welcome to Colombia - From the Andes to the Caribbean Coast

7 Days / 6 Nights

Package Overview

Take in the beautiful architecture of Colombia dating back thousands of years. Learn the history behind certain places of Colombia while taking in the beauty of its people, places, and foods! Traveling from the Andes to the Caribbean you will have the opportunity to see and enjoy all this one amazing country has to offer!

Agent Commission Starting At: $199.90

Package Pricing

Package starting at: $1999.00 PP * Prices based on double occupancy. Prices per person in USD.

Travel Itinerary

Day 1

Bogotá - transfer in (-/-/-)

Private transportation with driver and English speaking guide.

Overnight accommodations at selected hotel.

Day 2

City Tour + See and taste (B/-/-)

Private service with driver and English speaking guide, 4 hour duration, all entrance fees are included.

The tour begins with a transfer to the famous and well preserved historical colonial neighborhood of La Candelaria. Steeped in history, this area is a must for photographers with its splendid colonial architecture; you will want to take the opportunity to capture the sights and sounds of this fascinating part of Bogotá. Walk through the streets permeating with the heady atmosphere of the past, as revealed by the library of Luis Angel Arango and down to the prominent Plaza de Bolivar, the heart of Bogotá, where locals and visitors mingle amongst the magnificent and foreboding structures. You will want to discover the history of this old part of the city by visiting the Cathedral, the Congress Palace, the Cardinal’s Palace, the colonial churches of El Sagrario and San Agustin, the Independence House, the Palace of Justice and the City Hall which are all located in this impressive square.

The tour then continues with a visit to the “Museo del Oro”, the most important gold museum in the world and a ‘must see’ when traveling to Bogotá. This museum displays one of the largest collections of pre-Columbian gold. Galleries on three levels display exquisitely crafted pieces dating back nearly 2.500 years. Visit the vault-like room on the top floor where the most treasured pieces are displayed, as well as the Offering Room, where passengers enter a black circular area that is gradually illuminated with indigenous music playing in the background; the light begins to dawn, and finally a remarkable display of gold offering collection is discovered.

The tour ends with a visit to the “Museo de Botero”, housed in a renovated colonial mansion. The works on display are all donated by Fernando Botero, Colombia’s most famous contemporary artist. Around 120 pieces of his own work are displayed at the museum including his famous sculptures, paintings and drawings. His work is well-known for the ‘proportionally exaggerated’ fat figures. In addition to his work, his personal collection by Picasso, Renoir, Dalí, Degas, Chagall, Matisse, Monet and Giacometti are also exhibited.

Day 3

Zipaquira's Underground Salt Cathedral (B/L/-)

Private service with driver and English speaking guide, 6 hour duration, all entrance fees are included.

This visit begins with a panoramic view of the city and the vast plateau of the northern area of Bogotá. You will arrive to the small town of Zipaquirá where you will take an underground tour to discover the famous Salt Cathedral. Passengers will have the opportunity to experience the extraordinary architecture and engineer of this remarkable underground mine. This cathedral was carved inside an active salt mine formed 250 million years ago, under the Halite Mountains. Here you will find 14 small chapels that represent the Stations of the Cross and Jesus Christ’s crucifixion, a sanctuary and a main cathedral. Although this is a popular tourist destination to be visited, this is also a place of pilgrimage for the local community.

Afterwards continue to visit the town of Zipaquirá which was founded on 1600 and still conserves its colonial heritage. Stop at the main square, where you will find whitewashed houses decorated with olive-green trim and base as well as the most important municipal buildings.

Lunch is included during the tour at a local restaurant with a set menu.

Day 4

Bogotá/ Cartagena + Real food + people + places (B/-/-)

Our guide will meet you at the lobby of the hotel and will take you to the International Airport El Dorado or Puente Aéreo (depending on your flight). We will assist you at the airport during the check-in at the airline counter to help you connect to your next destination.

Day 5

City tour + Monuments of Cartagena (B/-/-)

The tour begins with a visit to the “Convento de la Popa”, where the city’s highest point is located and you can enjoy the best view of the beautiful city of Cartagena. This convent was built in the 17th century by the Augustinian Monks. Initially it was just a small wooden chapel, but later it was replaced by a strong construction which still remains.

Continue with a visit to the “Castillo de San Felipe”. This castle was built by the Spaniards in the 1600s and it is the greatest and strongest fortress ever built in a Spanish colony. Located at the top of San Lázaro hill, its purpose was to protect and guard the city’s landward side from any attack or invasion. This fortress provides a complex system of tunnels connected with strategic points to distribute provisions and facilitate a possible evacuation. Additionally, the tunnel’s architecture was built so that any noise would echo along them, in order to make internal communications easier and hear even the slightest sound of the enemies approaching.

Afterwards, a walk through “Las Bóvedas” is included. These 23 vaults were built in the 18th century and they are considered the last major colonial construction made within the city walls for military purposes. The vaults were used as storerooms for munitions and provisions by the Spaniards, and later on, they became jail cells. Nowadays, they are used as crafts markets where you can find handicrafts, antiques, galleries, jewelry, clothing and souvenirs, among other things.

At the end of the tour you will visit the “Iglesia y Convento San Pedro de Claver”; this convent was founded in the early 17th century by San Ignacio de Loyola. The name of the church was given in honor to San Pedro Claver, a Jesuit priest who spent his life ministering to the enslaved people brought from Africa. This baroque church has an imposing stone facade and inside there are fine stained-glass windows and a high altar made of Italian marble. You will also find a beautiful cloister surrounded with trees, a museum and the place where San Pedro Claver lived and died.

Day 6

Boquilla Mangroves + Getsemani (B/-/-)

The tour begins with a visit to “La Boquilla”, an old fishing village located twenty minutes north from the city. This community was once a slave colony and it has been home to many Afro-Colombian inhabitants.

Once you arrive, you will find yourself on a stretch of beach located at a narrow peninsula flanked by the clear waters of the Caribbean Sea on one side and the "Ciénaga de la Virgen" – a large lake and mangrove swamp – on the other.

You will go on board a traditional wooden canoe steered by a native person and you will navigate around the tunnels of the mangrove swamps where you will be able to observe the fauna and flora that inhabits in this unique ecosystem.

After this visit, you will enjoy a walking tour through the Getsemaní district, an outer walled neighbourhood with Spanish colonial architecture. This was an extension of the “Centro Histórico” (down-town) and originally it was occupied by the working-classes back in the 16th I century, when Cartagena was ruled by the Spanish empire.

Day 7

Cartagena/ Next destination (B/-/-)

Private transportation with driver and English speaking guide.

Additional Package Information

 Package Includes

  • Transportation airport / hotel / airport.
  • Nights of accommodation in single / double rooms.
  • Entrance fees and activities as described in the program.
  • Meals as described in the program.
  • Private services with local English-speaking guides.

 Package Does Not Include

  • International air fares or domestic air fares.
  • Meals or any other item not described in the itinerary.
  • Early check-in, late check-out, services and non-mentioned meals in the itinerary.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Drinks during meals, hotel extras and personal spending.
  • Gratuities
  • Activities not described in the program.
  • Meals not described in the program.
  • Airport taxes.

 Package Notes

  • Rates are subject to confirmation and price change.
  • No reservations have been placed.
  • All entrance fees are subject to change without previous notice.
  • Rates are quoted in single & double rooms, for other accommodations such as triple please re-quote.
  • Net estimated prices for 2019, except on Easter, Christmas & New Year (15th of December to 15th of January 2020) and other national or religious holidays, which may have special rates; please verify.
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7 Days / 6 Nights Colombia Vacation Package

General Information

  • Capital: Bogotá
  • Government: Republic; executive branch dom
  • Currency: Colombian peso (COP)
  • Area: 1,138,910 km2
  • Population: 45,393,050 (March 2010 est.)
  • Language: Spanish (official), indigenous languages in tribal regions
  • Religion: Roman Catholic 90%
  • Electricity: N/A
  • Calling Code: +57
  • Time Zone: UTC -5

Points of Interest

  • Bogotá
  • La Candelaria, Museo del Oro, Museo de Botero
  • Zipaquira's Underground Salt Cathedral
  • Zipaquirá
  • Cartagena
  • Convento de la Popa, Castillo de San Felipe, Las Bóvedas, Iglesia y Convento San Pedro de Claver
  • Boquilla Mangroves + Getsemani