Duration: 10 days / 9 nights
Start / End: Bogota / Bogota
Activities: tours in the city centers of Bogota and Cartagena, relaxed walks in cultural and traditional towns like la Candelaria and Villa de Leyva, visits to various historical museums and cultural sites, sightseeing, option to either relax or do water sports at Cartagena’s beautiful beaches, opportunity to enjoy nightlife
Highlights: Bogota City; colonial towns of Villa de Leyva and Barichara; Salt Cathedral in Zipaquira; ancient path of El Camino Real; Hacienda el Roble; Cartagena City; various historical museums and sites, including Gold Museum in Bogota and Castillo de San Felipe in Cartagena; Isla Rosario
Best Season: December to September
Price: Contact us for pricing
Included: Transportation to all places mentioned in the program, hotel accommodations, meals indicated, activities and entrances specified, local professional guides (English speaking), 24/7 assistance
Not Included: International flights, travel insurance, optional meals/snacks, personal expenses, tips
A former Spanish colony, Colombia has a rich, diverse culture and expertly preserved historical sites. This relaxed cultural heritage tour will take you on an immersive journey to the country’s city centers and colonial towns. It ends with a beach getaway to another island, where you can either relax or engage in water sports.
Airport pick up and transfer to hotel in Bogota. Arrival. Rest of the day free time to discover the ambiance of the capital.
Accommodation: Hotel La Opera | Transport Time: 30 minutes
Morning: Breakfast. Walking city tour in the center. You will discover the colonial district of la Candelaria, the Bogota historical center, and its squares and markets. It is a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture and to understand their way of life.
Afternoon: Visit to the famous Gold Museum (closed on Mondays) and Botero Museum (closed on Tuesdays), where you will be able to admire the masterpieces of the renown Colombian painter and sculptor.
Accommodation: Hotel La Opera | Meals: B | Duration: whole day
Morning: Breakfast. Check out. Travel from Bogota via private transportation to the colonial town of Villa de Leyva. Midway stop at Zipaquira. Declared Columbian heritage, this village is known for its Salt Cathedral, which was built inside a salt mine. Arrival in Villa de Leyva. Free time for lunch.
Afternoon: Guided tour through the famous town – main streets and squares of Villa de Leyva, Plaza Mayor, coffee and handcrafting shops, The Mill of Mesopotamia, a remnant of the Spanish era, El Carmelitas descalzas. Return to the hotel. Free evening.
Accommodation: Casa Terra | Meals: B | Transport Time: 4 hours
Morning: Visit to different museums: the fossil, astronomical site of the Muiscas Indigenous people, and the Convento Santo Ecce Homo.
Afternoon: Visit to Raquira, a typical potter’s village. Free evening.
Accommodation: Casa Terra | Meals: B | Duration: whole day
Morning: Travel from Villa de Leyva to Barichara, a traditional town located in the Andes, also called the red town due to the color of its bricks. Arrival at hotel. Check in. Free time for lunch.
Afternoon: Guided historical, cultural, and artistic tour through Barichara, the “most beautiful village of Columbia” – its churches, central square, cobbled streets, and quiet life. Artisans open their workshops to us: carved stones, weaving with Fique (agave) thread, and cigar manufacturing. To end the evening, we will go to the point of view of the Suarez cannon!
Accommodation: Hotel La Nube | Meals: B | Transport Time: 4 hours | Duration: 3 hours
Morning: Walk through an ancient path « El camino Real » where we will visit Guane, a small town where time seems to stay still. You will experience a journey to the past, seeing houses built of Bareque, sightseeing over the canyon and Suarez river, and visiting their small archeological museum. Possibility to have lunch in town. Return to Barichara; free afternoon.
Accommodation: Hotel La Nube | Meals: B | Duration: 3 hours
Morning: Travel from Barichara to Hacienda el Roble, a traditional colonial house with a coffee plantation. You will learn the production steps of coffee and have a tasting.
Transfer to Bucaramanga airport. Travel to Cartagena via domestic flight. Transfer to a hotel and check in. You will be staying in a colonial hotel in the historic heart of the city. Free evening.
Accommodation: Hotel Quadrifolio | Meals: B | Transport Time: 4 hours / 20 minutes
Morning: Walking tour through the colonial neighborhoods of San Diego and Santo Domingo, Santo Domingo, and the main squares in the historic center. Free time for lunch.
Afternoon: City tour around Cartagena city. Private tour to Castillo de San Felipe, the main architectonic construction from the Spanish army during the colonization. Visit to La Popa, a convent located on the top of a mountain in the middle of the city.
Accommodation: Hotel Quadrifolio | Meals: B | Duration: whole day
Morning: Departure from the Marina Santa Cruz harbor (Manga) at 8:30 AM. The boat will traverse along San Fernando Fort in Boca Chica. Arrival at the island with welcoming cocktails.
Free time to enjoy the beach and common areas of the hotel. You will have the opportunity to enjoy other activities such as eco-walks, kayaking in the mangroves, biking, diving, massages, and a visit to the “Laguna Encantada.”
Return to Cartagena around 4:00 PM.
Accommodation: Hotel Quadrifolio | Meals: B
Morning: Departure to the airport of Cartagena. Travel from Cartagena to Bogota via domestic flight. Connection with your international flight.
Meals: B | Transport Time: 20 minutes