10 DAY - CONTEMPORARY COLOMBIA

10 Days

Witness a special moment in history for a country that is making big transitions from a turbulent past in to a modern and cosmopolitan present.
Experience a mixture of old traditions and fresh ideas that produce a unique local culture captivating and welcoming visitors like you as very special guests!
NOTE: This is an itinerary suggestion and prices are available on request.

Day 1

Bogota

Arrival to Bogotá, meet and greet with your tour guide and private transfer to your hotel.

Day 2

Bogota

Today we visit the historical quarter of La Candelaria, it’s a place that takes us back to the colonial times of Bogotá. 

One of the highlights of the day is the visit to Museo del Oro (Gold Museum) which collection has been declared a National Monument and it’s considered the world’s largest collection of indigenous gold objects with more than 30,000 pieces from all regions of Colombia. The exhibition is presented in two floors and is put in chronological order using explanatory panels.  (Visit lasts about two hours).
Before returning to the hotel, we take the cable car to go up to Monserrate Hill, located 10,340 f.a.s.l. (3,152 m.a.s.l.) and from where we have a stunning view of Bogotá.  At the top of the hill is the Church of the Fallen Lord that has been a place of religious pilgrimage since colonial times. We enjoy lunch at one of the restaurants here (included).

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Day 3

Bogota

The tour commences with a drive through the northern area of the city and through the fertile plateau to the small colonial town of Cajicá; Lunch included. After a hearty lunch the tour continues to the town of Zipaquirá famous for its underground salt cathedral. Experience the sights extraordinary architecture where the Stations of the Cross and three naves are eerily illuminated along with other sculptures and cavernous pools all hewn from the salt mine tunnels under the Halite Mountains.

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Day 4

Bogotá / Pereira / Coffee Hacienda

Breakfast in the morning and private transfer to Bogotá airport to take the flight to Pereira. Arrival at Pereira, meet and greet with the tour guide and transfer to selected hotel. In the afternoon drive to Hacienda Venecia; located in the hart of the coffee culture of the country. Learn about the hacienda’s philosophy and production procedures. Afterwards, enjoy coffee tasting on the farm. Return to the hotel for your overnight stay.

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Day 5

Pereira / Salento / Cocora National Park

Breakfast and full day tour, first to the town of Salento, one of many typical ‘Paisa’ towns in the Coffee Region where some of the best examples of bahareque architecture in the area can be found. Observe Antioquian life and their environment. Continue on to the COCORA National park. This is where the protected national tree of Colombia, the wax palm, and the tallest palm in the world can be seen. Return to the hotel and rest.

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Day 6

Pereira / Medellin

Breakfast and transfer to Pereira airport to take the flight to Medellin. Arrival at Medellin, meet and greet with the tour guide and transfer to selected hotel. After checking in, transfer to the first stop of the Medellín city tour. Founded in 1616 by the Spaniard Francisco Herrera Y Campuzano, the city is nestled in the Aburrá Valley. Since the city lies 1,500 m (4,920 ft) above sea level the climate is classified as spring-like and because of this the city is referred to as ‘The City of Eternal Spring’. Travel about using the metro train to see the city in its glory and take the cable car over the ‘comunas’ (shanty town) to visit the public impressive and bold Library España at the top of the ride. Overnight at selected hotel.

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Day 8

Medellin / Cartagena

Breakfast in the morning and private transfer to Medellin Airport to take the flight to Cartagena (not included). Arrival at Cartagena airport, meet and greet with the tour guide and private transfer to selected hotel. Overnight at selected hotel.

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Day 9

Cartagena

Departure from the hotel to visit the most important monuments of Cartagena.  The first stop is at La Popa, Convent of La Candelaria, built in the early seventeenth century on top of the hill with the same name, from where we have a stunning view of the city and bay.  Then we head to San Felipe Fort which was built on the seventeenth century to protect the city from pirates. After a tour of this fortress, we go to “Las Bóvedas” (The Vaults) which were used as dungeons in days of yore and now we find shops and craft stores.  We then continue our way to Plaza San Pedro Claver whose name honours the Spanish monk, known as the 'Slave of the African slaves'.  Time at leisure to take some photos before returning to the hotel.

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Day 10

Cartagena / Rosario Islands

Breakfast and morning transfer to the tourist pier and departure by motorboat to the beautiful Islas del Rosario archipelago, located an hour and a half south of the Bay of Cartagena. These islands have been declared a National Natural Park as it has one of the most important coral reefs of the Caribbean Colombian coast. Populated with a great variety of reef fauna; white sandy beaches and beautiful crystal clear waters all harmonise to make this impressive scenery. There will be opportunity to swim or snorkel, or laze in a hammock and let the imagination drift as one soaks in the heady atmosphere of this sensual island. Lunch included, return and overnight in Cartagena.

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Day 11

Cartagena / Next destination

Breakfast in the morning and transfer to Cartagena Airport on private service with English speaking tour guide to connect with your flight to your next destination.

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Included:
Not Included:
Notes:

Rates are available on request and are subject to change without notice and availability.
Gold museum is closed on Monday.
All entrance fees are subject to change without previous notice.

MEALS:

B.  Breakfast included
L.  Lunch included
D.  Dinner included

Why Choose BFirst Travel?

BFirst Travel, a wholly owned Australian tour company, ATAS/AFTA accredited and helloworld affiliate. For the past 15 years we have specialised exclusively in Latin America. We know a few parts of the world, and we know them well. Our been there, done that expertise elevates your experience beyond the ordinary, to the level of adventure with comfort! "Travel is all about the experience, which starts with your travel preparations”.

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