FASCINATING COLOMBIA
Cultural tour of Colombia

Colombia is an emerging tourism destination with an astonishing diversity: pre-Columbian ruins, colonial cities located in the Andes and on the Caribbean Coast, coffee plantations and amazing natural parks. On this tour we will discover Bogota, Colombia's capital, the Cultural Landscape of Salt Towns, the Archaeological Park of San Agustín and the lovely colonial city of Popayan abd the fascinating indigenous market in Silvia. We then head to the historic city of Cartagena and the lovely beaches of Santa Marta and the ruins of the native Tayrona people.

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Tour Information
Tour Duration : 15 days
Min. Tour Size : 02 persons
Max. Tour Size : 16 persons
Includes international air
Tour Price (from) : US$
Day 01: Arrive Bogota
Day 02: Bogota
(B)
Day 03: Bogota
(B)
Day 04: Bogota/Villa Vieja
(B, L)
Day 05: Villa Vieja/San Augustin
(B)
Day 06: San Augustin
(B)
Day 07: San Augustin/Popayan
(B)
Day 08: Popayan
(B)
Day 09: Popayan/Cali
(B)
Day 10: Cali/Cartagena
(B)
Day 11: Cartagena
(B)
Day 12: Cartagena/Santa Marta
(B)
Day 13: Santa Marta
(B, L)
Day 14: Santa Marta
(B)
Day 15: Santa Marta/Departure
(B)
Please contact us for any other programs of Colombia or a tour that combines Colombia with other country in South America
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Day 01: Arrive Bogota

This afternoon we are scheduled to arrive Bogota Airport, where we will be met & transferred to the hotel. Check in time starts from 1500 hrs. The rest of the day is free at leisure.
Overnight: Hotel in Bogota (3 nights)

Day 02: Bogota

This morning we visit Bogota´s market place and take in the sites and sounds of local people going on about their daily lives.  We may want to take a break at one of the simple but delicious food stands to sample the typical dishes of that region.  Visit La Candelaria, which is a historic neighborhood in downtown Bogotá. It is the equivalent to the Old City in other cities. The architecture of the old houses, churches and buildings has Spanish Colonial and Baroque styles. It houses several universities, libraries and museums. Walk across the main square Simon Bolivar, along the government buildings and reach the famous Gold Museum, which houses the world’s largest collection of pre-Hispanic gold art. Visit also Fernando Botero Museum, the well-known Colombian painter and sculptor.  Drive between of the main mountains of Bogotá up to the statue of Guadalupe. Here we can enjoy an incredible view over the town. (B)

Day 03: Bogota

Today we drive to the fertile plateau to Zipaquirá to visit the famous underground salt cathedral, 120 m (394 ft) long and a total of more than 8500 square meters.  A monumental architectural masterpiece built by the miners' own hands. Inside we find crosses, angels and the Madonna statue. In addition to the main cathedral, there are small chapels and Stations of the Cross; its 14 stations are interconnected through labyrinthine tunnels.   Next we will be driving  up to over 3000 m (9840 ft) to the entrance of the legendary lagoon of Guatavita. From here, we take a half hour walk to the lagoon.  Then in the afternoon we drive on a non-paved road to reach the house of local farmers where you we will be having lunch with local families. (B, L)

Day 04: Bogota/Villa Vieja

Transfer to the airport and take a flight to Neiva (air ticket not included).  We will be met & transferred to our hotel.   Walk through the little village, founded in 1550, where time stood still. Visit a local family and learn how they make their famous crackers and visit a small private museum, where we will be surprised what locals make from Totumo (gourd tree). In the late afternoon take a taxi and enjoy the airy ride to the entrance of the Tatacoa Desert.   The landscape here is just amazing.
Overnight: Hotel in Villa Vieja (1 night) (B)

Day 05: Villa Vieja/San Augustin

Today we drive along the river Magdalena, the largest river in the country and finally reach the archeological area of San Agustín. In the afternoon visit the archeological Park of San Agustín with its significant graves and statues in a forest with a variety of sculptures. Transfer to the hotel.
Overnight: Hotel in San Augustin (2 nights) (B)

Day 06: San Augustin

In the morning we visit a coffee farm to learn about the whole process. In the afternoon visit the archeological park of Alto de los Ídolos, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (B)

Day 07: San Augustin/Popayan

Today we will have a 6 hours drive to Popayan. On the way we pass along the National Park of Puracé, which extends from an altitude of 2500 meter to 5000 meter. The hilly Paramó landscape is dotted by ravines as well as volcanoes with some craters still smoldering. Visit to the sulfurous hot springs of the volcano Puracé Termales Agua Hirviendos.
Overnight: Hotel in Popayan (2 nights) (B)

Day 08: Popayan

Today we will be visiting the bustling market of Silvia. It is where a colourful mix of Guambiano- and Paeces-Indians.  We’ll have the opportunity to buy local handicraftworks. In the afternoon we head back to Popayan to enjoy the colonial town. (B)

Day 09: Popayan/Cali

In the morning our journey travels northwards to Cali, the city of the Salsa. In the afternoon, we explore the city and visit a social dance project for children.
Overnight: Hotel in Cali (1 night) (B)

Day 10: Cali/Cartagena

Transfer to the airport for our flight to Cartagena (not included). Reception and transfer to the hotel. Cartagena was founded in 1533 by the Spaniard Pedro de Heredia. For a long time Cartagena was a hub of goods and also slaves. Only in 1822, Cartagena became independent. Today Cartagena's old town is a historic gem. Outside the old town, the modern age has developed. Upstream island chains and beaches around the city make the city a popular tourist destination.
Overnight: Hotel in Cartagena (2 nights) (B)

Day 11: Cartagena

Today’s city tour includes the monastery of La Popa. The monastery is situated on the highest mountain in the city.  Next is a photo-stop to Fort San Felipe, whose mighty fortress dominates the city's image. From there continue into the colonial old town of Cartagena.  We’ll take a stroll through the city and its magnificent mansions, narrow alleys and churches. Finally, we visit the Jesuit church and its monastery of San Pedro Claver. (B)

Day 12: Cartagena/Santa Marta

In the morning, we drive to Santa Marta, on the way a stop will be made at the volcano El Totumo, a healing mud bath can be taken (optional, not included). Continue via Barranquilla, the largest port of Colombia to reach Santa Marta. You make a short visit to the Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, where Simon Bolivar lived his last days.
Overnight: Hotel in Santa Marta (3 nights) (B)

Day 13: Santa Marta

Our tour continues to Taironaka, where a short walking tour will introduce us to the abundant flora and numerous bird species. A visit will also be made at the ruins of the native Tayrona, to visit its small museum, which is equipped with original ceramic stones. At lunchtime, we will be enjoying the local regional dishes before heading back to Santa Marta. (B, L)

Day 14: Santa Marta

Day at leisure, explore the city, relax on the beach and enjoy the beautiful landscape. (B)

Day 15: Santa Marta/Departure

Check out time is by 1100 hrs. We will be transferred to the airport for your flight out. (B)

* Please contact us for any other programs of Colombia or a tour that combines Colombia with other country in South America.

B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Departure Dates
English Speaking Departures (Please contact us for information on French, German, Italian and Spanish speaking departures).

2016

Jan 12, Feb 09, Mar 01, Apr 05, May 10, Jun 14, Jul 12, Aug 16, Sep 13, Oct 11, Nov 08 & Dec 06

Tour Price

We accept payment in US $ (US Dollars), CA $ (Canadian Dollars) or equivalent EURO (for clients outside North America). Bestway Tours & Safaris offers conversion rate protection. Once full payment has been received, and no modification has been made to the tour itinerary, we will honour that rate. For complete payment procedures, please click here

Hotel Category Per Person on Twin Sharing Single Room Supplement
Option 1 US$ 2660 US$ 595
Option 2 US$ 2995 US$ 720


Hotels below or similar for Option 1 (3-Star) & Option 2 (4-Star)

City Option 1 Option 2
Bogota
(3 Nights)
Hotel Excelsior Hotel Morrison
Villa Vleja
(1 Night)
Hotel Boutique Yararaka Hotel Boutique Yararaka (3*)
San Agustin
(2 Nights)
Hotel Hacienda Akawanka Hotel Hacienda Akawanka (3*)
Popayan
(2 Nights)
Hotel La Plazuela Hotel Dann Monasterio
Cali
(1 Night)
Hotel San Antonio Hotel Obelisco
Cartagena
(2 Nights)
Hotel Don Pedro De Heredia Hotel Urban Royal Torre Del Reloj
Santa Marta
(3 Nights)
Hotel Zuana Beach Resort (4*) Hotel Zuana Beach Resort 

Notes

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Inclusions


Tour Price Includes
  • Accommodation as mentioned or similar, including hotel taxes
  • Meals as mentioned (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch)
  • All sightseeing and transfers on seat-in-coach basis
  • Services of local English speaking guides/drivers
  • Entrance fees to museums and sites included in the itinerary
Not Included
  • International airfares
  • Domestic/intra airfares (from US$ 480.00)
  • Airport/Departure taxes
  • Insurance/visas
  • Tips/gratuities

Estimated International Airfare (International airfare is NOT included in this tour)

CANADA(West Coast)
US$ 1400

USA(West Coast)
US$ 1400

CANADA(East Coast)
US$ 1300

USA(East Coast)
US$ 1300

Participants

This tour operates on a minimum of 02 and a maximum of 16 participants

Customised Itinerary

If you would like to have a tour on dates other than the above ones or with a customised itinerary, please contact us and we will be happy to work out an exclusive program for you.

Contact Info
You may e-mail us at bestway@bestway.com or call 1-604-264-7378. Residents of U.S.A./Canada may call us toll free at 1-800-663-0844.