Bogotá / Armenia / Cartagena

Highlights:

  • City tour of Bogotá
  • Visit the famous Salt Cathedral in Zipaquirá
  • Learn about coffee farming while living on a 96 acre coffee farm
  • Plant a wax palm in the Cocora Valley
  • Experience the city of Cartagena like a local

Notes:

Our transfer fee includes transportation of one bag per person of up to 23kg (50 lbs) plus one carry on. If you plan to travel with additional luggage please let us know in advance, so that we can assign a different vehicle capacity for the transfer. Please keep in mind that additional costs may be charged.

It is important to remember, when visiting churches, monasteries, and shrines, women should not wear shorts or miniskirts and men should not wear shorts.

ACCOMODATIONS

CITYNIGHTSHOTELS
Bogotá3Cite Hotel (Deluxe Room)
Armenia2Hacienda Combia (Superior Room)
Catagena3Ananda (Superior Junior Suite)
DAY 1
Arrival in Bogotá

Upon arrival in Bogotá, you will be met and taken to your hotel.

DAY 2
Bogotá

Begin the day with an early morning visit to the Paloquemao’s Market, one of the largest and most important markets in the country. Taste some fresh exotic fruits and enjoying a small snack. Afterwards, visit the historical colonial quarter of La Candelaria. See popular attractions like Plaza de Bolivar,the Palace of Justice, the Congress Palace, the Cardinal’s Palace and colonial churches. Then continue to the forested mountains in the east, a find a white catholic church located at the top that has been a site of worship since 1657. Next, visit the Museo del Oro (Gold Museum), displaying one of the largest collections of Pre-Columbian gold. Afterwards, visit Botero Museum, a renovated colonial mansion exhibiting artwork of some of the greatest artists in history. (B,L)
Note: The Gold Museum is closed on Mondays and Botero Museum is closed on Tuesdays.

DAY 3
Bogotá

This visit begins with a panoramic view of the city and the vast plateau of the northern area of Bogotá.
Arrive at the small town of Zipaquirá and take an underground tour of the famous Salt Cathedral that was carved inside an active salt mine formed 250 million years ago. Continue to Usaquén, an ancient village founded in the 16th century, and walk through the narrow-cobbled streets and observe the beautiful houses with exceptional architecture, multicolored facades and gardens. (B,L)

Note: Not recommended for people who might be claustrophobic.

DAY 4
Bogotá | Armenia

Transfer to airport for your flight to Armenia (not included in land price). Upon arrival, you will be met and taken to your hotel, located on a family-owned 96-acre coffee farm. Tour the coffee plantation and through a series of interactive educations stations, learn about the entire process of growing, harvesting and processing coffee beans. (B)

DAY 5
Armenia

Visit the beautiful Cocora Valley and view wax palms, Colombia’s national tree and the tallest variety of palm tree in the world, growing to 190 feet tall and living more than 120 years. Visit the misty forest and learn about beautiful ecosystem. You will also have the opportunity to join people from all around the world who have contributed to the park, by planting your own palm tree for eternity. Next, visit a settlement establish in 1842 and view its preserved its colonial bahareque architecture and stroll its main street lined end to end with restaurants, bars, handicrafts shops and souvenir stores. Enjoy a latte art demonstration by one of the baristas and finally a delicious cup of coffee. (B,L)

DAY 6
Armenia | Cartagena

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Cartagena (not included in land price). Upon arrival you will be met and taken to your hotel. Be captivated by the city’s breathtaking colonial architecture, horse-drawn carriages and narrow cobbled streets. It is a city full of history, which has been an inspiration for artists, writers, historians and musicians. (B)

DAY 7
Cartagena

Your city tour begins at Convento de la Popa, the city’s highest point, where you can enjoy the best view of the beautiful city. Continue with a visit to a castle with a complex system of tunnels from the 1600’s, which is the greatest and strongest fortress ever built in a Spanish colony. Afterwards, walk through Las Bóvedas, a set of 23 vaults that were built in the 18th century as storerooms for munitions and later as jail cells. Nowadays, they are used as crafts markets. Your next stop is the Iglesia y Convento San Pedro de Claver, a convent founded in the early 17th century by San Ignacio de Loyola with an imposing stone facade, fine stained-glass windows and a high altar made of Italian marble. (B)

DAY 8
Cartagena

Enjoy a walking tour through the inner walled section of the colonial city, and experience Cartagena like a local resident in a neighborhood where people live, eat and shop. Taste the best of what the city has to offer with seven authentic food stops, each with different delicious tastings. The maximum tour size is 10. Later, learn the basic Latin moves at a dancing lesson and feel the sensuality and flavor of Cartagena. (B)

DAY 9
Depart Cartagena

Transfer to the airport for your return flight. (B)

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