INTENSE COLOMBIA IN 14 DAYS
Schedule: daily Minimum number of participants: 1 person
14 day tour through Colombia visiting some of the best-known as well as some of the most out-of-the-way parts of the country. This tour has already been scheduled six times this year. Intense Colombia takes the tourist from the capital, Bogota with its world-famous “Museo del Oro”, to the virtually untouched region of the Pacific Coast, where marvellous beaches and deep tropical forests are waiting to be discovered. We also traverse the coffee growing region, making a leisurely climb to the vicinity of the Nevado del Ruiz volcano crater, located at an altitude of approximately 5000 meters, before continuing to the village of San Agustin in the south-west of the country. Here, enigmatic stone figures standing sentinel in the middle of a spectacular landscape, will carry you back in time to an era before the conquest. Travelling over deep valleys and high Andean mountain peaks, we arrive at the colourful and vibrant Caribbean coast, where we will visit the legendary Cartagena de las Indias, one of the most beautiful and fascinating cities in the whole South America. We guarantee that Intense Colombia will take you on a voyage of discovery that for variety and diversity would be hard to match anywhere else in the world.
DAY 01: ARRIVAL IN BOGOTÁ
Arrival in Bogota followed by welcome by our bilingual travel guide and transfer to a beautiful 4 star hotel, which itself is a listed building. Two nights including Breakfast-Buffet.
DAY 02 : BOGOTÁ
Visit of 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 Tercera churches and the world-famous Museo del Oro, which contains more than 30.000 pre-Columbian gold artefacts. The highlight of the day will be 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: BOGOTÁ – NUQUÍ (PACIFIC COAST)
After breakfast, transfer to the airport and flight from Bogota with one stop in Medellín, destination Nuquí, a village on the pacific coast. After a short walk around, we board a small motor-boat to make the one hour trip south along the coast to Coqui cove. This is the spectacular seaside setting of the El Cantil cabañas. Three -3- nights in the huts, including full board. Daily walks to the sea and into the deep tropical forest surrounding El Cantil. “EL CANTIL” PROGRAM: The combination of coast and jungle that is provided by the “El Cantil” site represents one of the most interesting and diverse jungle programs in all South America. “El Cantil” consists of more than 8 rustic chalets, all equipped with shower-baths and hammocks, with mosquito nets and oil lamps in the rooms (electricity is available only in the restaurant). Each chalet also has a sea-view. Meals are excellent. There are opportunities to dive and snorkel. The guide (who is also an expert on the natural phenomena of the area), and the diving instructor are brilliant. Something new is programmed for each day of your stay, with different outings to explore the jungle, the various beaches, or the sea.
DAY 06: NUQUÍ (PACIFIC COAST) – COFFEE REGION
After breakfast, return by motor-boat to Nuquí and transfer to the airport. Flight from Nuquí to Pereira, capital of Riseralda. Two nights including breakfast in a very typical coffee farm. 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 07: COFFEE REGION
After breakfast visit to 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 08: COFFEE REGION – SAN AGUSTÍN
After breakfast, transfer to the airport and flight to Neiva with one stop in Bogota. After reaching Neiva, an overland trip of 4–5 hours through the mounainous landscape of the river Magdalena to San Agustín. Reaching the village, transfer to a wonderful hazienda hotel. Three nights stay including american breakfast.
DAY 09: SAN AGUSTÍN
In the morning, an extensive visit of the “San Agustín Archaeological Park” touring Mesitas A-B-C and D, the “Fuente Ceremonial de Lavapatas” and the Archaeological Museum. In the afternoon, horseback ride to “El Tablón” and “La Chaquira” archaeological parks or alternatively a visit to the nearby straits of the Magdalena.
DAY 10: SAN AGUSTÍN
After breakfast, trip to the nearby village of San José de Isnos, to see the treasures of its archaeological park, the “Alto de los Ídolos”, “Alto de las Piedras”, and two waterfalls the “Salto del Mortiño” and “Salto de Bordones”. In the afternoon, return to San Agustín with free time to look around the village.
DAY 11: SAN AGUSTÍN – CARTAGENA
In the morning, overland trip back to Neiva. Flight from Neiva to Bogota and then out again to the Caribbean coast and the city of Cartagena. Welcome by the local travel guide. Transfer to the first class Caribe Hotel, located in Cartagena´s Bocagrande district, directly overlooking the beach. The remainder of the day will be at the tourist’s disposal.
DAY 12: CARTAGENA
After breakfast, half a day’s trip around Cartagena, one of the most impressive urban centres in Latin America. It is an ancient city constructed in the Spanish colonial style and surrounded by high defensive walls. But don’t be surprised if your own defenses fall and you find yourself falling in love with Cartagena’s heady mix of history and Carribean charm. The tour takes us around all the historic buildings and plazas of the old city, including the “La Popa” convent and “San Felipe” castle. The afternoon will be at the tourist´s disposal to either explore the streets of the old city at your leisure or take a bath in the Carribean.
DAY 13: CARTAGENA
Day-trip to the Islas del Rosario underwater national park, including lunch. Tour of island of San Martín’s natural aquarium. Opportunity, among others, to see performing dolphins and sharks. Continuation to the privately owned Pirate’s Island, with time to relax, sunbathe and take a dip in the Carribean. Return to Cartagena during the afternoon. At night, dinner in one of the old city’s picturesque restaurants.
DAY 14: CARTAGENA – DEPARTURE
During the course of the morning, transfer to the airport and return flight, with stop in Bogota, back home, or continuation of trip to one of the following coastal resorts: Cartagena, Capurganá, Santa Marta, San Andrés or Providencia.
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