fbpx

AUTHENTIC COLOMBIA BOGOTA-MEDELLI-SANTA MARTHA – CARTAGENA 11 DAYS

0
Total $2,199.00 USD
Total $2,199.00 USD

Package Request

Save To Wish List

Adding item to wishlist requires an account

469

Find amazing things to do.Anytime, anywhere.

Get a Question?

Do not hesitage to give us a call. We are an expert team and we are happy to talk to you.

+1-888-883-9455

agent@vacationsland.com

Itinerary

Day 1Bogotá

Arrival to El Dorado airport in Bogotá with an intercontinental flight. Reception and transfer to the hotel. Overnight stay.
MEALS: – / – / –

Day 2Bogotá – Half Day City Tour

After breakfast, enjoy a half day visit to the historic centre of Bogota known as La Candelaria. This archaic suburb has great significance in the country´s history due to its cultural heritage and is also a great example of Spanish colonial time architecture. Visit the main square Plaza de Bolivar, where a statue of the great emancipator Simon Bolivar is located. The plaza, originally called the Plaza Mayor, was used for civil and military purposes such as a marketplace, a bullring and it was also the place where many executions were held. The Cathedral, on the eastern side of the plaza, is constructed on the same spot where the first church was built in Bogotá in 1539 and houses an important collection of religious artifacts such as textiles and artworks, collection that has been built over four centuries. The Capilla del Sagrario is located just beside the Cathedral and is a gem of religious architecture, it houses valuable pieces of colonial religious art by Gregorio Vasquez de Arce y Ceballos. The Capitol, built between 1847 and 1926, shows its renaissance and neoclassical influences with its carved stonework and tall columns and, it was the first example of republican civil architecture. The central area of the Capitol, known as the Elliptic Hall, is where congress meets and is the actual chamber for politicians and the Senate. In the internal squares are busts of former presidents such as General Tomás Cipriano Mosquera, president over four terms, and Rafael Núñez, the composer of the Colombian National Anthem. Around the Plaza de Bolivar are buildings such as the Palacio de Justicia, the Mayor of Bogotá’s offices called the Edificio Liévano, the oldest school in the county called San Bartolome and the Casa de los Comuneros, named after the leaders that participated towards the end of the XVII Century in some of the first movements towards independence from Spain and the formation of the Republic. The visit continues with the Botero Museum, a colonial house exhibiting some of Fernando Botero´s works of art and in addition pieces from his own personal collection that includes works by Picasso, Renoir, Dalí Matisse, Monet and Giacometti. Next is the Gold Museum which has a permanent exhibition of some 32,000 pieces of gold, 20,000 stones, ceramics and textiles all precious to the Quimbaya, Calima, Tayrona, Sinu, Muisca, Tolima, Tumaco and Magdalena cultures. The Gold Museum is considered one of the most important museums of its type internationally and it has been operating since 1939. In 2007 it underwent a complete renovation making it possible for visitors to enjoy an interactive experience. The Museum belongs to the International Network of Museums (ICOM).
Overnight stay.
MEALS: B / – / –
Note: The Gold Museum is closed on Mondays & the Botero Museum is closed on Tuesday.

Day 3Bogotá – Medellín

Transfer to El Dorado Airport airport for departure flight to Medellin. Upon arrival, transfer to the selected hotel and check-in.
Overnight stay.
MEALS: B / – / –

Day 4Medellín - Half Day Social Transformation Tour

Half day tour to visit those places that best represent the social transformation that has taken place in Medellín. The tour will show the symbolic areas of Medellín from the 1980s, when the city was one of the most dangerous in the world, up to today many projects that fostered the city’s change.

Enjoy an exciting tour through the history and present of Medellin and learn more about the transformation of this fascinating metrópolis. 20 years ago, Medellin was one of the most dangerous cities in the world. Back in the early 90s, when the hunt for Pablo Escobar took place, the head of Medellin’s drug cartel was at its peak. Thus, the reign of “El Patrón” came to its end. Until the turn of the millennium the struggles about Escobar’s successor continued, but since 2002 Medellin began to change. Intelligent local politicians started to invest heavily in infrastructure and public education. Today the “City of Eternal Spring” is one of the most innovative metropolises in the world.
Visit the barrio San Javier, which used to be one of the most unsafe suburbs of Medellín Located some 7km from the city centre, it is a clear example of the social transformation that has taken place in the last few years. Arrive here by the metrocable car that joins the north-east area with the city centre, which has been life changing to many of the inhabitants of Medellín. Learn more about the city’s transformation after the death of Pablo Escobar and also get to know the innovative transport-system in the poorer neighborhoods at first hand. Explore Medellin’s newest invention: the electric stairways of the district Comuna 13, discover stories about its past by visiting the most important places marked by historical events and see some graffiti that symbolizes a form of expression of the community. Here it is possible to have a beautiful view over the city from the balconies of San Javier.
Then, go on to La Plazoleta located in the city centre, in an area that fell into decline in the 1980s and today houses 23 sculptures of Fernando Botero, donated by this famous local artist in year 2000. Since that time, the city has undergone a social and cultural transformation around these works placed in a public space.
Transfer to hotel. Overnight stay.
MEALS: B / – / –

Day 5Medellín – Santa Marta – area near Tayrona National Park

Breakfast and transfer to the airport for departure flight to Santa Marta via Bogotá. Arrival at Santa Marta airport and then undertake a roughly 1.15hours transfer to the area near Tayrona National Park along the road that leads to Riohacha on the northeastern Colombian Caribbean coast. Check-in and the rest of the day free to relax.
Overnight stay.
MEALS: B / – / –

Day 6Area near Tayrona National Park – -Full day Trekking Cañaveral & Arrecifes

Early breakfast and the transfer to Tayrona Park. Leave from Cañaveral, walking through the forest and its different micro climates begin. Birds are in abundance and on some occasions might be possible to see squirrels and monkeys playing in the trees.
After roughly 45 minutes walking, arrive at Arrecifes, one of the park’s most scenic and beautiful areas, which will astounds you with its beauty and drama with restless seas crashing on huge boulders. Continue by walking along the coast to La Piscina, a naturally calm stretch of beach ideal for bathing. Then, head on to El Cabo de San Juan de Guía which leaves an indelible mark on your memory due to its enormous boulders. Enjoy a free time in the beach to rest or take a bath. Return to Cañaveral in the afternoon and then transfer to the selected hotel near Tayrona.
Overnight stay.
MEALS: B / L / –
Note: This is a reasonably hard trek and requires a degree of physical fitness. We recommend starting the tour between 7:00-8:00 a.m. If the departure is later, the sun is stronger and you will having lunch after 2:00 p.m.

Day 7Area near Tayrona National Park – Full Day Trekking Seyviaka & Tubing Rio Palomino

Breakfast and the transfer to Tayrona Park. Then, a 45 minutes journey by car from Tayrona to Palomino, a town near Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, place where one of the biggest indigenous community of Colombia live. Upon arrival, enjoy an ecological walk for about 2 and a half hour along an indigenous road which leads to Kogui Serhviaka town. Once with the community, learn about their culture and mores, guided by one of its members. Get to know their typical houses called “bohíos”, which are built with mud. Then visit Palomino beaches and then optional tubing activity through Palomino River. Lunch during the excursion. Return by car to the hotel.
MEALS: B / L / –

Day 8Area near Tayrona National Park - Cartagena

After breakfast, 5-hour transfer to Cartagena. Arrival and check-in.
Overnight stay.
MEALS: B / – / –

Day 9Cartagena - Half Day Panoramic City Tour

Start with a panoramic view of the city from the Monasterio and Iglesia de La Popa. Formerly known as the “Popa del Galeon” and famous for resembling the stern of a galleon. Constructed in 1606 this church and monastery are located at a height of 140masl from where one can enjoy 360º views of the city and the sea as well as the port zone, one of the most important in the Caribbean. Continuing to the San Felipe Fortress, erected in honor of the poet from Cartagena, Don Luis Carlos López, made famous for his sonnet “A mi ciudad nativa” It was built on San Lázaro hill to defend the city from pirate attacks. Walk around the fortress and learn how the castle was constructed, the engineering feats, the tunnels, underground galleries and passageways. Then continue on to the Ciudad Vieja (old city) to visit the Convert and Church of San Pedro Claver which was built in the middle of the XVII century and owes its name to the “apóstol de los esclavos”. Lastly, continue to the handicrafts zone of the Bovedas, a collection of archways built into the city wall of Cartagena and that were used until the end of the 1700s to house armaments and then later as a prison in the XIX century.
Nowadays it’s an artisan center where one can appreciate local handcraft. Free afternoon for individual activities.
Overnight stay.
MEALS: B / – / –

Day 10Cartagena – Half Day in Palenque

Depart in the morning and head to San Basilio de Palenque, a town located 60km away from Cartagena and at approximately one hour’s drive along the Vía de la Cordialidad on the way to Barranquilla. Recognized by the UNESCO as Cultural and Intangible Heritage of Humanity, the town’s name comes from the Palenques, communities of fugitive and escaped slaves from the colonial period of the XVII century. This community has survived intact in San Basilio with their practices, customs and traditions. The inhabitants have retained heavy African influences in their daily routines, as for example their palenquera tongue which blends elements of Spanish with Bantu dialects from Africa. Upon arrival in Palenque there will be a tour of the town square, where you will meet a local guide who will take you to visit a typical house and taste an authentic Colombian coffee served in traditional utensils by the ancestors, called “Totumas”. Followed by this, the guide will narrate in first place the process of liberation from bondage and second how the town has preserved their customs to this day.
Then walk around the town to see representative sites such as La Casa de la Cultura and Plaza Benkos Bioho, which takes its name from the Founder of San Basilio de Palenque also known as Domingo Biohó, a leader who led a rebellion of slaves in Colombia during the seventeenth century. Continue with a visit to the main church and to the statue of Antonio Cervantes Reyes “Kid Pambele” who was twice boxing world champion.
Then visit the charismatic community leader, farmer, singer and composer Rafael Cassiani, considered the most important musician of San Basilio de Palenque. Cassiani has a great musical knowledge, he plays several musical instruments and he is an innate musician, everything he knows and plays, he has learned empirically, without going to college. Finally, learn about the ingredients and how to prepare the typical regional sweets by the hand of one of the best women cooks of the community who will be wearing their traditional Palenquero costumes.
Overnight stay.
MEALS: B / L / –
NOTE: It can be included Folklore samples in the experience with an additional cost. These are: Braided weaving, mats weaving, corn pigeons, techniques for the manufacture of the drum, folkloric sample and tambora class.

Day 11Cartagena

Breakfast and transfer to the airport for taking the departure flight.
MEALS: B / – / –

Tour Details
  • Land transfers with English speaking guide Airport/ Hotel RT in Bogota, Medellin and OW from Santa Marta to area Near Tayrona National Park, area Near Tayrona National Park to Cartagena and Cartagena Hotel / Airport.
  • 2 nights of accommodation in Bogota.
  • 2 nights of accommodation in Medellín
  • 3 nights of accommodation in area Near Tayrona National Park
  • 3 nights of accommodation in Cartagena.
  • Meals: 10 breakfast + 3 lunches (3* Program ). 10 breakfast + 2 lunches + 3 Dinners (4* - 5* Program ).
  • Bogota: Half Day City tour in Bogota.
  • Medellin : Half Day social transformation tour
  • Tayrona: Full Day Tayrona National Park Cañaveral & Arrecife & Full Day Trekking Seyviaka & Tubing Rio Palomino.
  • Cartagena: Half Day Panoramic Tour & Half Day in Palenque.
  • Entrances fee.
  • One bottle of water per transfer and excursion.
Video

Hotel

Important Information

  • Hotel upgrade available. Please email or call to request it. 
  • Air ticket is not included.
  • Prices are per person, based on double occupancy. No hidden charges.
  • Travel documents are the responsibility of the passenger. 
  • We recommend you to get travel insurance for your trip. 
Promotions

Subscribe to be the first to receive our discounted deals – It’s Free!

Call Now ButtonCall Us!