Begeleid: Discover Columbia

During this 14-day tour through Colombia we will visit some of the best known and some of lesser-known parts of the country. The Colombian Intensive Tour takes you from the capital, Bogotá, with its world-famous “Museo Del Oro”, to the virtually untouched region of the Pacific coast, where marvelous beaches and deep tropical forests are waiting to be discovered. We also head into the coffee growing region, before continuing to the village of San Agustín in the southwest of the country. Here, enigmatic stone figures stand in the middle of a spectacular landscape guarding this spectacular Archeological Park. Flying over deep valleys and high Andean mountain peaks, we arrive at the colorful and vibrant Caribbean coast, where we will visit the legendary city of Cartagena, one of the most beautiful and fascinating cities in South America. We guarantee that The Colombian Intensive Tour will take you on a voyage of discovery that would be hard to match anywhere else in the world.

Day 1: Arrival in Bogotá

Upon arrival in Bogotá you will be welcomed by our bilingual travel guide and transferred to a beautiful hotel.

Day 2: Bogotá

We begin our Colombia adventure with a half-day tour in the bustling city of Bogotá, starting with a walk around Bogotá’s main square, the Plaza de Bolívar and the government buildings around it, before entering the nearby “Candelaria” old town, the colonial center of the city. We follow this with visits to San Francisco Church and to the world-famous Museo Del Oro (closed on Mondays), which houses more than 30.000 pre-Columbian gold artifacts. We end with a trip by cable car to the summit of Monserrate hill, Bogotá’s best-known landmark, with a wonderful view of the whole city and the savanna beyond.

Day 3: Bogotá – Nuqui (Pacific Coast)

Our third day starts with a transfer to the airport and a flight from Bogotá - with one stop in Medellín - to our destination, Nuquí, a village on the Pacific coast. After a short walk around, we board a small motorboat to make the one-hour trip south along the coast to Coqui cove. This is the spectacular seaside setting of the El Cantil cabañas. Three -3- nights in the huts, including full board. Daily walks to the sea and into the deep tropical forest surrounding El Cantil.

Day 6: Nuqui (Pacific Coast)  – (Coffee region)

After 3 days of enjoying the Pacific coast, it is time to discover the best-known product of Colombia, coffee. We return by motorboat to Nuquí and transfer to the airport. Flight via Medellín to Pereira or Armenia, where you will enjoy two -2- nights (including breakfast) on a very typical coffee farm.

Day 7: Coffee Region

We start the morning with a visit to the coffee growing area and a farm where we receive a technical and practical introduction to the coffee cultivation and production. We continue our trip to the Cocora Valley; once there we will enjoy breathtaking landscapes, which will be explored by a horse riding or walking trip, this is in one of the most beautiful places in Colombia. Here we will find the impressive “Palma de Cera”, the Colombian national tree and one of the tallest species of palm in the world. On the way back to Armenia, we will visit Salento, a picturesque village in the middle of the coffee growing region.

Day 8: Coffee Region – San Agustin

After breakfast, we transfer to the airport and fly to Neiva (with one stopover in Bogotá). Upon arrival in Neiva, we continue our journey with an overland trip of 4–5 hours through the mountainous landscape of the river Magdalena to San Agustín. Reaching the village you will be transferred to a wonderful hotel where you will enjoy a three-night stay, (American breakfast included).

Day 9: San Agustin

In the morning, an extensive visit of the San Agustín Archaeological Park is scheduled. We will see the Mesitas A-B-C and D, the “Fuente Ceremonial de Lavapatas” and the Archaeological Museum. In the afternoon, horseback ride to the “El Tablón” and “La Chaquira” archaeological sites or alternatively a visit to the nearby strait of the Río Magdalena.

Day 10: San Agustin

After breakfast we start off with a trip to the nearby village of San José de Isnos, to see the treasures of its archaeological park, the “Alto de los Ídolos”, “Alto de las Piedras”, and the “Salto Del Mortiño” waterfalls. In the afternoon we return to San Agustín where you will have free time for exploration.

Day 11: San Agustin – Cartagena

In the morning, overland trip back to Neiva. Flight to Cartagena, via Bogotá. Welcome by the local travel guide. Transfer to hotel. The remainder of the day will be at the tourist’s disposal for exploration.

Day 12: Cartagena 

After a good night's sleep a half-day tour around Cartagena, one of the most impressive urban centers in Latin America awaits us. It is an ancient city constructed in the Spanish colonial style and surrounded by high defensive walls. But don’t be surprised if your own defenses fall and you find yourself falling in love with Cartagena’s heady mix of history and Caribbean charm. The tour takes us around all the historic buildings and plazas of the old city, including the “La Popa” Convent and San Felipe Castle. The afternoon will be free to either explore the streets of the old city or take a bath in the Caribbean Sea.

Day 13: Cartagena

Today will be a day of sea, sun and sand. We start the day with a speedboat ride towards the San Martín Island where we will have a visit of the aquarium and a chance to see performing dolphins and sharks. We continue to the privately owned Pirate’s Island were we will spend the rest of the day. After lunch you will have time to relax, sunbath and snorkel or take a dip in the Caribbean Sea. We return to Cartagena during the late afternoon.

Day 14: Cartagena – Departure

During the course of the morning, transfer to the airport and return flight, to Bogotá.