Colombia offers stunning scenery, colonial cities, a wonderful coastline and impressive national parks.
Highlights: Bogota – Salt Cathedral – Villa de Leyva – Tayrona National Park – Cartagena – Islands.
We can adjust this Colombia holiday to include a stay in Cali, the Amazon rainforest, coffee plantations, or other of Colombia’s islands.
Welcome to Colombia! You will be met on arrival in Bogota and driven to your hotel. Enjoy an afternoon city tour to visit the Bogotá’s historic centre and both the Gold and the Botero Museums.
Day at leisure to explore Bogota at your own pace. Optional activities and excursions available include a salsa lesson, a cycling tour, a cable car trip to Monserrate mountain for fine views of the city or a gastronomic flavour of Colombia.
Travel north to Zipaquira, through countryside once occupied by the native Muisca Indians. Visit the Salt Cathedral in the mine here before continuing on to the attractive colonial town of Villa de Leyva which has the largest main square in South America (2nd in the whole of Latin America to the Zocalo in Mexico City).
Visit Villa de Leyva. Villa de Leyva, which is today a national monument, was founded in 1572 and is renowned for its beautifully conserved and restored buildings. Afterwards, enjoy a walking tour of the town, to take in some of the principal highlights of the city, which include the house of Antonio Marino and the Carmelite nunnery.
Return to Bogota in time for your flight to Santa Marta. You will be met on arrival for the transfer to Tayrona National Park, where the tropical rainforest reaches the Caribbean coast. It is home to a hundred species of mammals, 200 species of birds and 50 kinds of reptiles.
Full day tour of the Tayrona National park. Your specialist guide will provide in-depth knowledge and information regarding the wildlife, history and indigenous peoples that call this impressive National Park home. Keep your eyes peeled for iguanas, monkeys and some spectacular birdlife.
Free day in the Tayrona National Park. There are numerous jungle trails for wildlife spotting and paths that link the various palm-fringed beaches and bays. Please let us know if you would like to book a tour guide for a full day’s trek to the archaeological site and indigenous community of Pueblito.
Transfer from Tayrona to Cartagena. Founded in 1533, Cartagena was the Caribbean gateway used by the Spanish to store gold, silver and goods whilst waiting for ships to arrive and be loaded before retuning to Spain. Cartagena thus became the richest port in the New World.
City tour of Cartagena. Your guide will take you on a stroll tour around the old city bringing to life the rich and vibrant history and legends of Cartagena from its origins to present times. The fortifications, defensive walls and ramparts that we see today were begun following the attack on Cartagena by Francis Drake in 1586.
Day at leisure in Cartagena. Optional excursions include a visit to the San Felipe Fortress on the high ground overlooking the city, cooking lessons for a taste of Caribbean cuisine with a Colombian twist or a bird-watching trip by canoe through the mangrove swamps of La Boquilla – a small fishing village.
Travel by motor-boat across to the Rosario Islands – a series of twenty-three coral islands with some of the most diverse and richest marine ecosystems in Colombia.
Time at leisure in the Rosario Islands to relax and unwind on the picturesque white sand beach, overlooking the sparkling, crystal clear water. Opportunities for snorkeling also.
The above sample Colombia holiday can be varied in any way you choose to suit your exact requirements so give us a call now on 01932 424252 to discuss any modifications.
Colombia has a wide range of types & styles of hotels, at a variety of price-points to suit all budgets. Please chat to one of our Travel Consultants to get informed advice as to which hotels they would suggest for your tailor-made Colombia holiday.
The tours, excursions & activities mentioned in the above sample Colombia holiday are just a selection of what is available in each location. The programme can be adjusted to fit your particular requirements for this holiday; please liaise with your Travel Consultant to confirm what other activities are available and what you would like to include in your tailor-made Colombia holiday.
If you like the broad sweep of the above sample itinerary but have fewer days to spend on your Colombia holiday, or wish to extend it in any way, please ask your Travel Consultant for ideas on how to shorten or lengthen the holiday, or how to reorganise the itinerary.
We would be delighted to email you a no-obligation, fully-detailed itinerary & quote, containing images of the hotels we suggest for your tailor-made Colombia holiday along with a link to the hotel’s website, plus details of any included tours & excursions. The quote will clearly state what is, and what is not included in the quoted price. If you thereafter wish to make any changes to the initial itinerary – be it an alternative hotel, different activities, a different duration in any location etc. – that’s not a problem and we will continue to work with you to adjust the programme until it exactly matches what you’re looking for from your tailor-made Colombia holiday.