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Colombia Intenso

Action, Adventure & Wild Tour

Overview

Upon arrival a guide will assist you at the hotel and give you a detailed itinerary of all the services included in your trip. You will also receive information about our office contact details including our 24-hour emergency phone number. Blessed with an abundance of different natural landscapes from arid deserts and huge savannahs, to snow-capped volcanoes and white sand beaches, Colombia offers the visitor a staggering variety of experiences.

Itinerary

Day 1: Bogota
Bogotá is Colombia’s capital it is a cosmopolitan centre of sophistication. The city has been transforming itself into a surprising tourist destination and welcoming city. Bogotá has a thriving nightlife, superb al fresco dining and bar culture as well as international shopping. Its privileged location and international airport makes it highly accessible and functional as a main gateway to destinations throughout the country. 

Day 2: Bogota – City Tour with Monserrate Hill and Paloquemao
The tour starts with an early morning visit to the Paloquemao’s Market. This is one of the largest and most important markets in the country. Afterwards visit the famous and well preserved historical La Candelaria. Steeped in history, you will visit Plaza de Bolivar, at the heart of Bogotá. You will then visit the “Cerro de Monserrate” mountain where you can enjoy a spectacular view of the city.

Day 3: Taste of Bogotá: Bravo Bogotá
This outing based on Bravo Bogotá! New Emerging Gastronomical Capital, invites you to taste a select sample of new flavors and innovative gastronomic spaces that are arising from city’s ever more dynamic and cosmopolitan atmosphere. Creative chefs have found in Bogotá the ideal showcase to develop and propose new initiatives outside traditional schemes, enriching the leisure options of a capital that has become one of Latin-American trendiest. 

Day 4: Bogotá – Zipaquirá’s Salt Cathedral / Villa de Leyva
Take a trip to the iconic Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá, an underground Roman Catholic church built within the tunnels of the halite mountain near the town of Zipaquirá. The Salt Cathedral is considered one of the most notable achievements of Colombian architecture, being described as a "Jewel of Modern Architecture". Next you will visit Villa de Leyva known for its whitewashed colonial buildings, cobbled lanes and vast Plaza Mayor which was declared a national monument in 1954.

Day 5: Villa de Leyva – Walking tour & Wine yard visit
Enjoy a walking tour and the quiet surroundings and solitude of its streets and the easygoing life of its friendly inhabitants. During the afternoon there will be a visit to the Ecce Homo. Later on visit to Marques de Villa de Leyva wine yard for tasting one of their experimental wines and doing a guided tour through the yard and installations.

Day 6: Villa de Leyva – Walking tour / Coffee Cultural Landscape
Take another tip of Villa de Leyva in the morning to visit any site which still might have not been discovered during your stay & visit the local markets of grab a taste of Colombian cuisine at a restaurant. In the evening you will depart to Bogotá’s airport to take your flight to the Coffee Cultural Landscape.

Day 7: Finca Romelia Tour - Birdwatching & Orquideary
Next you spend the day at Finca Romelia, a stunning farm that offers spectacular mountain landscapes. Enjoy a tranquil stroll through the Finca gardens and paths, where you may appreciate the great natural richness of world’s second more bio-diverse country. This is the land where one of world’s best coffees is produced.

Day 8: Coffee Cultural Landscape – Filandia, Salento & The Cocora Valley
Visit to the traditional village of Filandia, where you will enjoy a tour around the small town where attractions like the Plaza de Bolívar. Continue to Cocora Valley located in the department of Quindío. This majestic valley is home to the wax palm, Colombia’s national tree and the tallest variety of palm tree in the world.  Next, you will visit the town of Salento, which main street lined end to end with restaurants, bars, handicrafts shops and souvenir stores so there plenty to keep you entertained. 

Day 9: Coffee Cultural Landscape – Combia Inspiration tour & Butterfly Garden
Visit the Inspiration Coffee Tour of Hacienda Colombia, which is a coffee farm that has developed a unique tour composed of nine stops that recreates the essential elements, environmental conditions and technical processes that are needed to grow Colombia’s high quality coffee. 
Next stop will be at Quindío’s Botanical & Butterfly garden. The garden has a vast diversity of flora and fauna, including 500 species of plants, 1500 species of butterflies and 126 species of birds. Also, you will find one of the most beautiful butterfly gardens of the world with 2000 specimens of 60 different native butterfly species.

Day 10: Coffee Cultural Landscape / Neiva / San Agustín 
Departure from Neiva’s airport to San Agustín, where the journey follows the winding Magdalena Valley, and then arriving at the town of San Agustin. Several stops will be made to observe tobacco, rice and cacao plantations. The mountainous landscape, valleys and canyons like the Pericongo are marvelous attractions to ease the journey that rises from 400 meters above sea level to 1,800 meters where San Agustin is located. 

Day 11: San Agustin – Archeology Day
The day begins with a morning visits to San Agustin Archaeological Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site of pre-Columbian archaeological significance and considered the largest such site in South America.  Visit to the tombs, architecture and structures of Mesitas sites A, B and C; the Lavapatas Fountain which is a complex maze of canals and pools carved into the bedrock; the Forest of Statues where some of the finest sculptors are gathered and finally the Archaeological Museum.  

Day 12: San Agustin –Nature & adventure
After breakfast, you will be invited to choose one of the following activities to enjoy this day:
•A gentle hiking to La Chaquira, enjoy some of the most stunning views of Magdalena Rivera.
•Horse riding to different archaeological points (La Chaquira, La Pelota, El Purutal).
•Tour by “Chiva” (typical old-fashioned Colombian bus) visiting Isnos, Alto de los Idolos and the beautiful Magdalena Straight.

Day 13: San Agustin / Popayán - City tour
Morning depart to Popayán with an approximate 6 hours’ duration. Even though the road is not totally paved, the landscape offered by Puracé National Park’s mountains is worth to be enjoyed. Continue to the colonial city of Popayán, one of Colombia’s most beautiful. Walk along the old area of the city to see the architecture of this city. In 2003, UNESCO declared it as the first city of gastronomy because of its variety. 

Day 14: Popayán – Tour to Silvia / Cartagena
Departure from your hotel in Popayán to the small town of Silvia, where the indigenous market of the Guambiano community takes place every week. People from near settlements as Pueblito or La Campana come to the market to exchange their products such chilies, wool clothes or trout stocking up of groceries.
Departure from Silvia to Popayán’s airport to take the flight to Cartagena, a Caribbean colonial jewel which was the first Spanish colony on the South American mainland and one of the main ports for the Spanish fleet that turned the city into an important center of trade in the 16th century. It is a city full of history, which has been an inspiration for artists, writers, historians and musicians. 

Day 15: Cartagena – The Boquilla Mangrove Swamp and Getsemaní Walking Tour & Cartagena’s Colonial Tour  
The tour begins with a visit to “La Boquilla”, an old fishing village located twenty minutes north from the city. 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.
After this visit, you will enjoy a walking tour through the Getsemaní district, an outer walled neighborhood with Spanish colonial architecture. In the afternoon, we invite you to visit Cartagena’s historical heritage. The tour starts at “Convento de la Popa”, city’s highest point where you can enjoy the best view of the beautiful city of Cartagena.

Day 16: Cartagena – Cartagena’s Colonial Tour & Real Food, Real People, Real Places Tour 
Take a walking tour through the colonial city will let you experience Cartagena like a local resident in a neighborhood where people live, eat and shop.This experience takes you to discover different sites and people from the colonial city, with whom the local residents relate on a daily basis as they pass by and stop for breakfast, lunch, dinner or typical snacks. 
Along the way, your guide will entertain and tell you stories and insights into Cartagena’s culture and history. Take a break from being a tourist and discover the real Cartagena.

Day 17: Cartagena / Next destination
After completing your amazing trip of Colombia your guide will meet you at the lobby of the hotel and will take you to the Rafael Núñez Airport. We will assist you at the airport during the check-in at the airline counter to help you connect to your next destination.  

Location

During this trip you will see a beautiful mix of big cities to the rural towns Colombia has to offer allowing you to get a true glimpse of what Colombian culture is all about. You will start your trip in Bogota, the capital of Colombia but will make your way to smaller towns like Villa de Leyva.

Highlights

  • Bogotá – Colombia’s 16th century capital is a modern-day El Dorado 
  • National Gold Museum – The World’s most fabulous ancient gold collection 
  • Cali – Colombia’s third city and gateway to San Agustín Archaeological Park 
  • Cartagena – Heart of the old Spanish Main, great beaches, dining, nightlife 
  • San Andrés – Colombia’s popular Caribbean freeport isle with great diving 
  • Santa Marta – Fashionable beach resorts and nearby mystery ruins of Tairona

Accommodations

During your amazing journey you will be staying in a mix of luxurious 5 Star hotels to properties. In destinations like San Agustín, Popayán and Villa de Leyva, we have included the best available hotel choices available or you have an alternative option to stay in luxurious properties. In each location you will be able to choose your accommodation which best suits yourself.  

Useful Info

Low Season (Oct–Nov)
Flash floods often wash out roads in the Andean region Cartagena and the Caribbean coast is disproportionally wet in October Low water levels in the Amazon means excellent hiking and white-sand beaches Prices everywhere are at their lowest

Shoulder (Mar–Sep)
Bogotá, Medellín and Cali suffer a secondary rainy season in April/May Best whale-watching is July to October on the Pacific coast Cartagena shines through April, hard rains begin in May

High Season (Dec–Feb)
Sunny skies and warmish days throughout the Andes Dry everywhere but the Amazon San Andrés and Providencia are gorgeous Prices country-wide are at their highest

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