COLOMBIA SPECIAL IN 8 DAYS
Schedule: daily Minimum number of participants: 1 person
DAY 01: ARRIVAL IN BOGOTÁ
Arrival in Bogota, welcome by the bilingual travel guide and transfer to a pleasant and well located hotel. Three -3- nights including American breakfast.
DAY 02: BOGOTÁ
Half day tour through Colombia’s capital city. We begin with a walk round Bogota’s main square, the Plaza de Bolívar and the government buildings around it, including the presidential palace, before entering the nearby “Candelaria” old town, the colonial centre of the city. We follow this with visits of the impressive San Francisco and La Tercero churches and to the world-famous Museo del Oro, which contains more than 30.000 pre-Columbian gold artefacts. We end with a trip by cable car to the summit of Monserrate hill, Bogota’s best-known landmark, with a wonderful view of the whole city and the savannah beyond.
DAY 03: VILLA DE LEYVA
Early morning departure from Bogota northwards along the Autopista. After roughly 2 hours, we arrive at one of the most significant national monuments in Colombia: the “Boyacá Bridge”. On this bridge Simón Bolívar fought and won his most decisive battle against Spanish settlers. Short stop in Tunja and continuation to Villa de Leyva, one of the most beautiful colonial small towns in South America. After a quick stroll through the town, lunch (not included) will be served within the colonial surroundings of one of Villa de Leyva’s hotels. After lunch, we continue our trip with a visit of La Ráquira, a village of quaint and colourful small houses, famous for its pottery and ceramics; and then through the pilgrimage location of Chiquinquirá, before returning to Bogota
DAY 04: BOGOTÁ – COFFEE REGION
Flight Bogota – Armenia. On arrival, you will be welcomed by the local travel guide and escorted to a romantic coffee-growing farm located near Armenia. Two nights including breakfast. In the afternoon visit of a special coffee growing farm which includes a technical and practical introduction about the whole coffee cultivation and production process and a visit of the botanical garden with its impressive butterfly raising.
DAY 05: COFFEE REGION
After breakfast visit of the picturesque villages of Salento we can see the impressive “Palma de Cera”, the Colombian national tree and one of the tallest varieties of palm in the world. Continuation to the Cocora Valley with breathtaking landscapes which will be explored by a horse riding or walking trip.
DAY 06: COFFEE REGION – SAN AGUSTÍN
After breakfast, transfer to the airport and flight with transfer in Bogota towards Neiva, capital of the department of Huila. Then an overland journey of 4 – 5 hours along the Magdalena river to San Agustín. In the countryside surrounding this pleasant rural village can be found some of the most important archeological remains in the whole continent. On arrival in San Agustín, around noon, transfer to a medium-class central hotel. Two nights including American breakfast.
DAY 07: SAN AGUSTÍN
After breakfast, visit of “San Agustín Archaeological Park”, to Mesitas A – B – C and D, the “Fuente Ceremonial de Lavapatas” and the “Archaeological Museum”. Around noon, trip to the nearby village of San José de Isnos which also includes the spectacular landscapes surrounding the “Salto del Mortiño” and “Salto de Bordones” waterfalls. Towards the end of the afternoon, return trip to San Agustín. Time to rest and explore the village. 60
DAY 08: SAN AGUSTÍN – BOGOTÁ
Morning horseback ride to “El Tablón” and “La Chaquira” archaeological sites, or, alternatively, a trip to the nearby straits of the Magadalena, the narrowest point the river passes through. Followed by overland return trip to Neiva and flight to Bogota. On arrival, transfer to hotel or (as requested), onward flight to another city.
From USD1227 per person in DBL
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