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11 Nights / 12 Days
Santa Maria
Bogota

Colombia, officially the Republic of Colombia, is a country in South America. It is bounded on the north by the Caribbean Sea, the northwest by Panama, the south by Ecuador and Peru, the east by Venezuela, the southeast by Brazil, and the west by the Pacific Ocean.

Day 01: Arrival Bogotá
Begin your adventure in the cosmopolitan capital, Bogotá. Upon arrival, your guide will escort you to your hotel. After unpacking your bags, venture outside and explore the city streets nearby. Don’t worry if you don’t have much time to explore, as you will take a guided city tour tomorrow. At night, make sure to taste the local cuisine of Bogotá. It’s mix of new restaurants, and old-school street snacks are sure to make your taste buds dance.

Day 02: Bogotá City Tour & Botanical Gardens
Begin your Colombian adventure with a half-day city tour starting in Bogotá’s Plaza de Bolívar (the main square) and continue to the government buildings before entering Candelaria, the colonial city center.
In the afternoon, enjoy an authentic lunch at a local restaurant before continuing your tour to the Botanical Gardens. Escape the hustle of the city and discover native flowers and plants. Follow pathways around the garden towards exhibits that showcase an abundance of plants. The rose garden is a favorite amongst many, wich has more than 70 varieties of colorful roses to smell and admire. If you have time, check out the Andean forest and admire the tall oak trees before leaving.
End the day with a cable car ride to the summit of Monserrate hill, Bogotá’s best-known landmark, enjoy a beautiful view of the city and the surrounded landscapes. Return to your hotel for a delicious dinner and spend the rest of the day at your leisure.

Day 03: Chingaza National Park Flora Tour
After eating breakfast at your hotel, travel north towards Chingaza National Park, about 50 km (30 mi) from Bogotá. The park covers more than 504 square kilometers (195sq mi) and sits on the Eastern slopes of the Andes. The vegetation ranges from forest to moorlands and lagoons. Along the tour, your local guide will point out different flora particular to the páramo ecosystem. One of the more beautiful plants unique to the region is the frailejón, commonly known as espeletia, a high altitude shrub found in Andean climates. Walk through the park and admire the variety of páramo plants and blooming flowers.
In the evening return to your hotel and spend the rest of the night at your leisure.
Note: Chingaza National Park is open to the public Friday – Sunday.

Day 04: Transfer to Pereira Coffee Visit & Quindío Botanical Gardens
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel and transfer from Bogotá to Pereira, a beautiful destination in the coffee region. Tour some of the quaint local coffee farms and learn the technical process of growing coffee, from harvest to cup. Continue to the Quindio Botanical Garden, Armenia’s beautiful gardens of palms, ferns, orchids and heliconias. Admire the magnificent butterfly garden, flora and waterways. Colombia has the second largest number of butterfly species in the world, making the butterfly garden particularly impressive.
In the afternoon, return to your hacienda in the coffee region and spend the rest of the evening at your leisure.

Day 05: Cocora Valley & Salento Excursion
Today your journey continues through the “Coffee Triangle” of Colombia. Visit the Cocora Valley and Salento where you will see the impressive palm trees “Palma de Cera,” Colombia’s national tree. These plan trees are some of the tallest in the world and look like something you would see in a fairytale. Take some photos before continuing to Salento, a picturesque village sitting amongst coffee farms and surrounded by verdant scenery.

Day 06: Transfer to Medellín & Organic Flower Farm Tour
Church rises above rooftops of valley city
Rise early and transfer to Medellín, nicknamed the “City of Eternal Spring”, for its annual flower festival and comfortable weather. Today your local guide will take you to the nature reserve Arví. While here, ride the cable car and enjoy panoramic views of the nature preserve and Aburrá Valley. Later, continue outside the city to Santa Elena, a small village where many traditional flower farmers live. Tour an organic flower farm and learn about Medellín’s week long Feria de Las Flores (Flower Festival) social event. After touring the flower farm enjoy lunch at a traditional restaurant.

Finish your day with a visit to the Metro Cable Santo Domingo and stroll through the busy downtown past the famous Botero Plaza where you can see the Colombian artist Fernando Botero’s work.
In the evening return to your hotel and reflect on your cultural excursions in the “City of Eternal Spring.”

Day 07: Excursion to East Antioquia, Guatape & El Peñol
Today, head to Guatape, a quaint and picturesque city near Medellín. Guatape is a quiet town with colorful colonial streets surrounded by lush green landscapes. Visit the famous Church and climb the 200-meter high Peñol Boulder, one of the tallest boulders in South America, for a spectacular view of the surrounding mountains and sparkling blue lakes. After working up an appetite, stop for an authentic Colombian lunch along the waterfront of the Guatape reservoir.
End the day with a scenic drive through the Eastern Highlands of Antioquia and return to your hotel in Medellín.

Day 08: Transfer to Cartagena & City Tour
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before flying from Medellín to Cartagena. Cartagena is known as one of the most romantic cities in South America for its colonial and colorful architecture. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel and get ready for a city tour in the afternoon. Start your tour in the city center and venture to La Popa Convent where you can enjoy a spectacular view over the city. From there, visit the San Felipe de Barajas Fortress, the largest Spanish built fortress in South America. Afterward, continue to historical landmarks of Cartagena, including, the official entrance to the “Walled City,” the Clock Tower and see the Monument of Don Pedro de Heredia, the founder of Cartagena.

Finish the day with a visit to the Bazurto market for some traditional Colombian dishes and fun trinkets. They say the best way to experience a new city is to explore the local markets. In the early evening, return to your hotel and spend the rest of the night on your own.

Day 09: Aviario Baru Island & Cooking Class Excursion
Enjoy a delicious breakfast at your hotel before departing for Aviario Baru Island. Colombia has 1,903 bird species, equivalent to 20% of the bird species on Earth. Among them, scientists have counted 197 species of migratory birds and 71 endemic species. Sitting near Cartagena on the peninsula of Baru is the largest aviary on the continent. During your visit to Aviario Baru Island, walk past different environments including, tropical rainforest, coastline, and desert. Look for some of the various bird species including the Harpy Eagle, toucans, pink flamingos, crane crowns and maybe even the condor.
In the evening transfer to your hotel on the Peninsula of Baru and relax before a fun and entertaining cooking class. Gastronomy is an important part of the local culture and what better way to learn the culture than to cook and eat like a local? Enjoy a delicious dinner of Ceviche, fresh fish, plantain, coconut rice and more.

Day 10: Transfer to Tayrona National Park
Huts on hill in Tayrona National Park
Today you will take a private transfer from Cartagena to Santa Marta to explore Tayrona National Park. Tayrona National Park is nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta and extends outward to the gorgeous Caribbean coast. Known for its palm-shaded coves, lagoons, and wildlife, this is the perfect place to spend some time.
Relax in your private bungalow and choose how you will spend the rest of your day. Lounge on the beach or hike through the lush green Sierra Nevadas to the remaining ruins of the Tayrona tribes. The options are endless in Tayrona National Park.

Day 11: Tayrona National Park
Today is another free day in Tayrona National Park. Choose from a variety of activities that include, bird watching, trekking the hills or swimming in the crystal clear Caribbean waters. With an endless amount of activities, there’s never a dull moment in Tayrona National Park.

Day 12: Departure
After breakfast departure transfer to Airport to catch the flight for onward journey

Place Night (s) Hotels
Bogota 03 Double Tree by Hilton
Pereira 02 GHL Hotel Abadia Plaza
Medellín 02 Medellin Marriott Hotel
Baru 01  Hotel Agua Azul Beach Resort
Cartagena 01 Hotel Inter Continental
Tayrona National Park ,Santa Marta 02 Santa Marta Marriott Resort
  • Welcome on arrival with fresh flower garlands.
  • Meet to attend airports / hotels by our office representative.
  • 11 nights in accommodation as per the program.
  • Meals as per program
  • Guide Services ( English language )
  • Entrance fees to the monuments.
  • All taxes.

• International flights
• Personal Expenses.
• Camera / Video Camera Fees.
• Medical Aid.
• Tipping.
• Travel Insurance.
• Visa If any.

• Accommodation in good hotels.

• Check-in / out time is 12 noon at most of the hotels.

• Extension to other places is also possible with a minimal extra cost. – Additional nights are available at each place with minimal supplement.

• A visa is required and must be obtained prior to your departure from your Country.

• If quoted hotel is not available, we will provide one of a similar category and standard.

• Small deviations in the tour program are sometimes necessary, depending on weather, road conditions, flight schedules and room availability.

• In case the government changes presently applicable taxes, increase in airlines prices, fuel surcharge our rates will need to be adjusted accordingly.

• In Asia, there is no relevance between the distance and time of travelling, as it depends upon the condition of the roads and congestion of the traffic.

• While every effort will be made to maintain the itinerary, in view of local strikes etc that are beyond our control all schedule and itineraries are subject to last moment changes.

• Clients must be fully insured, as the company cannot accept liability for loss or damage to client’s property, medical emergencies or any other loss suffered by them whilst on tour.

• In Case of issuing Domestic or International air tickets, SGV is not responsible for any refund if the flight is delayed or cancelled, as it is the responsibility of airline.

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