Colombia is finally getting the attention it deserves and becoming one of the 'go to' destinations when in South America. It is now known for its beautiful wonders such as the Andean Summits, the Colombian Caribbean coast or the mysterious Amazon jungle.
On this 11 night trip, we bring you something even more breathtaking - Colombia's best Archaeology and History. You will visit Bogota, San Agustin, Medellin and Cartegena, and will be taken out through several cultural gems of these Colombian towns.
Get your camera ready as there will be several unique sights worth capturing!
Bogotá City Tour
The Salt Cathedral
Zipaquirá & Guatavita
San Agustín Archaeological Park
Medellin Half Day City Tour
Piedra de el Peñol & Guatape
Cartagena Full Day City Tour
Any element of this holiday can be tailormade to your requirements, including the places you want to see and the things that are important to you. Just contact one of our Travel Specialists today.
Arrive at the El Dorado airport in Bogota. Transfer to the hotel and check-in.
After breakfast, you will head to Bogota for a half day tour of this historic city. You will witness first hand the great architectural and cultural heritage present in the large Spanish colonial buildings which definitely is one of the big highlights of this town. Visit as well the Plaza de Bolivar and the famous Simon Bolivar statue located there, as well as the Cathedral on the eastern side of the plaza which houses an important collection of religious artefacts such as textiles and artwork that has been collected over four centuries. You will pop by Capilla del Sagrario, the Capitol, Palacio de Justicia, Edificio Liévano (the Mayor's office), the oldest school in the county called San Bartolome, and finally, Casa De Los Comuneros which a colonial building that remembers those who participated in the first movements towards independence from Spain and the formation of the Replubic. Continue the city tour as you head to Museo Botero which includes a vast collection of pieces donated by Fernando Botero with the intention of spreading the arts and culture in general, throughout the country. Finish the tour with the Museo del Oro which has an exhibition of 32,000 pieces of gold 20,000 stones, as well as various ceramics and textiles. This museum is also considered one of the most important ones of its type.
Free afternoon for individual activities and overnight stay.
Have breakfast before departing to another city tour, this time towards Zipaquirá. As the flower production is an important industry for the many horticulturalists that live in this area, a tour here means encountering lots of greenhouses that are used for the cultivation of carnations and roses. Next on the tour will be the Salt Cathedral, this monument is often referred to as a 'Jewel of Modern Architecture' and features an immensely big cross measuring 16m in height and 10m in breadth. It has been made by the Colombian artist Carlos Enrique Rodriguez and is the largest cross made from salt in the world. Continue on after lunch, and reach the legendary Laguna de Guatavita which is located within the forest reservation of Cacique Guatavita and Cuchilla de Penas Blancas. This mystical place has a rich variety of fauna and flora and was once inhabited by the Muisca people. Spot hummingbirds, hawks, blackbirds flitting between the trees as well as a great variety of unique trees with exotic names such as Mano De Oso, Uvos De Monte and Te De Bogotá. Visit the town of Guatavita and the lake at Tomine. The town is filled with beautiful little white houses and there is also a market on Sundays which adds a little extra movement to the town as many people come to visit. Return to Bogotá and overnight stay.
You will be transferred to the local airport to take a flight to Neiva. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to the north to visit Villavieja town, the Museo Paleontológico and Tatacoa Desert. Afterwards, you will take a scenic journey with views along the extensive floodplains of the Magdalena River valley. After travelling for roughly 6 hours you will arrive at San Agustin and check-in at the hotel. Overnight stay.
Your morning will be dedicated to the San Agustín Archaeological Park, a World Heritage Site declared by the UNESCO in 1995. You will be marvelled at the beauty of these stone statues when up close. You will walk on the ceremonial Fuente de Lavapatas and after head up to the hill and onto the Lavapatas terrace from which you can enjoy a stunning panoramic view of the surrounding countryside. There will also be an opportunity to visit the small Museo Arqueológico. After lunch, visit the impressive Colombian massif as well as the source of the Magdalena River, a beautiful rocky gorge that forces the river to pass through. After this, it will be time to drive back to San Agustin to have a short visit to the town. Return to the hotel and overnight stay.
Start the day with a delicious breakfast after which you will be transferred to Neiva for a flight to Medellin (via Bogota). Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel and check-in. Overnight stay.
You will explore Medellin on this day and take a half day tour of the city. Get to know this innovative metropolis, nowadays known as the “City of Eternal Spring”. This tour will show you the symbolic areas of Medellin from the 1980s, when the city was one of the most dangerous in the world, up to today many projects that fostered the city’s change. It is absolutely incredible to see how this city has completely changed in the last 20 years, going from a hunt field over Pablo Escobar, to a fresh, safe, and beautiful, urban sprawl. You can explore Medellin’s newest invention, the electric stairways of the district Comuna 13 and also go to La Plazoleta located in the city centre where you will be able to see 23 Fernando Botero sculptures, donated by this famous local artist back in the year 2000. Overnight stay.
You will head to Guatapé which is a city located on the outskirts of Medellín, particularly famous for its enormous rock; 'The Penol Rock'. The interesting fact is that due to its size, this massive rock is believed to be a meteorite. If you would like to reach its top, you can, all you have to do is go up 654 steps. Visit as well the picturesque village of Guatapé where all of the houses are painted in quaint pastel colours, and after lunch visit Guatapé's lovely reservoir.
Transfer to the local airport to take a direct flight to Cartagena. Upon arrival reception and transfer to the hotel. Overnight stay.
In the morning you will be taken out to visit San Felipe Fortress which has been erected as a homage to a Cartagena poet, Don Luis Carlos López. Walk around the fortress and learn more about the castle. Afterwards, continue on to Ciudad Vieja (Old City) to visit the Convent and Church of San Pedro Claver (built in the middle of the XVII century) and then to the Bovedas zone, where you will find a collection of archways built into the city wall of Cartagena. This area is now an artisan centre so you can also enjoy the local handcraft. After lunch, you will visit Bolivar Park, Zenú Gold Museum, Inquisition
Palace all part of the city's colonial district. Finalise this tour with a visit to Santo Domingo Church, the Cathedral, Terraplenes and to the Museum of the City’s Fortifications.
Free day for individual activities and overnight stay.
On the departure day, you will start by enjoying your breakfast, after which you will be transferred to the airport for flight to Bogota.
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