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BOGOTÁ - COFFEE REGION - CARTAGENA

7 DAYS - 6 NIGHTS

Itinerary

DAY 1                                                                                                                       

Bogotá, Colombia                                                                                                              

Arrival at the city of Bogotá. Overnight at the selected hotel.   

DAY 2                                                                                                                                   

Bogotá                                                                                                                               

The morning, visit to the city. Assistance by the guide to start a panoramic tour through the historic area of Bogotá, passing through Colon Theatre, San Carlos Palace, where the Chancellery operates, the Presidential Palace of Nariño, Bolivar Square, the Capitol, the Town hall and the Primada Cathedral. Visit the gold museum and the Botero museum; later ascend by cable car to Monserrate, from where you can have an excellent view of the Colombian capital. Typical lunch at the restaurant “Santa Clara”, located on the hill of Monserrate.
In the afternoon, tour to the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá. Departure from the hotel to the Municipality of Zipa, located 49 km north of Bogotá. On your way, you can see some interesting sightings such as Bogotá’s Sabana and the Bridge of the Commoners. The Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá was built 190 meters deep in a mine and is considered the first wonder of Colombia. Inside you can visit the Stations of the Cross, the Dome, and the Ramp, the Choir, the Balconies, the Narthex Complex and the large naves of the Cathedral. At the end, a panoramic tour to the town of Zipaquirá will be given. Return to Bogotá In. Includes tickets to the Cathedral.
Included meals: Breakfast, lunch. Overnight at selected hotel.

DAY 3                                                                                                                       

Bogotá, Coffee Region                                                                                                       

Transfer out- Bogotá.
Transfer in- Coffee Region. 2 night accommodation at the selected hotel.

COFFEE-MAKING PROCESS
AT SAN ALBERTO HACIENDA : Transfer to Café San Alberto in Quindío department. In this tour you will be able to appreciate the beautiful coffee cultural landscape, declared by the UNESCO as a world heritage site. Here, you will go through an interactive coffee process that consists of a walk through the plantation, the cherry or wet processing and the awakening of the senses in the laboratory. (Approximate duration: 6 hours). Typical lunch at “Pollo a la Carreta” restaurant.                                                                                                         

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch. Accommodation at selected hotel.                                 

DAY 4                                                                                                                                  

Coffee Region                                                                                                                     

FULL DAY TOUR
COCORA VALLEY AND SALENTO:
Assistance at the hotel by the guide. Transfer to the Cocora Valley where you can appreciate the beautiful landscape of the region. Once you arrive in the Valley, you will receive a welcome cocktail (Canelazo) and get assistance by a Cocora specialized eco-guide who will introduce you to the natural reserve. Walk to the cloud forest where you will see the biodiversity of fauna and flora and take the ecological trail of the highest wax palm in the world and also Colombia’s national tree. Here you will perform the ritual of the Quindío wax palm; this consists of knowing the history of how the aborigines worshiped the palm, followed by a palm tree sowing. In the Valley you can do optional activities that are not included, such as ecological horseback riding and hiking to exclusive and very special places of the valley. Lunch included. Transfer to the typical town of Salento where you will have a walking tour visiting its colonial streets, artisan workshops and the Cocora viewpoint.                                                                               

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch. Overnight at selected hotel.                                                                                                                                                                                             

DAY 5                                                                                                                               

Coffee Region, Cartagena                                                                                                   

Transfer Out - Coffee Region. Transfer In - Cartagena.
CITY TOUR:Assistance in the hotel by the guide to start the panoramic tour through the residential quarters of Bocagrande, Castillo Grande and the republican neighborhood of Manga where you can see the big mansions of the old times. Continue with a visit to the Popa Convent, where you can have a wonderful view of the city. Visit San Felipe de Barajas Fortress, a Spanish military building where you’ll have a walking tour through its underground galleries and tunnels. Transfer to the Walled City to do a walk by the main squares, streets and churches, including the entrance to the Inquisition Palace. (Approximate duration: 4 hours).
Included meals: Breakfast. Overnight at selected hotel.

DAY 6
 
Cartagena       
                                                                                                                 
FULL DAY EXCURSION
“SAN PEDRO DE MAJAGUA” ISLAND
7:30 -08:00 a.m. Assistance at the hotel and private transfer to the pier to take a shared boat to the island. San Pedro de Majagua Island is located 45 minutes away by boat from Cartagena, inside the Corales del Rosario Park, a private island where the sun, the beach and the peaceful sea are the allies of your vacation. Includes: Transfer Hotel-Pier-Hotel, and boat transfer Cartagena- IslandCartagena.
Included meals: Breakfast, lunch. Overnight at selected hotel.
 
DAY 7
 
Cartagena
 
Transfer Out - Cartagena.
 
 
OPTIONAL:
TAYRONA PARK EXTENSION
 
DAY 7
 
Cartagena - Tayrona Park
 
Ground transfer from the city of Cartagena to Tayrona National Natural Park.             
Approximate duration: 5 hours.
Included meals: Breakfast, lunch. Overnight at selected hotel.
 
DAY 8
 
Tayrona Park
 
Leisure day to enjoy personal activities
or take an optional excursion:

OPTION 1:
VISIT TO PUEBLITO
Pueblito is a historic fragment of the pre Hispanic Tyrona culture. Is like travelling back in time to discover what the meaning of life was for the indigenous tribe who built their lives in this difficult access point by using some architectonic characteristics similar to the ones located in the Lost City. Energy and excitement can be felt in the atmosphere while you discover in the middle of the thick jungle, cobbled streets, an old aqueduct system, bridges and the terraces where the households used to be before the arrival of the Spaniards.
Duration: 8 hours.

OPTION 2:
VISIT TO CAÑAVERAL ARRECIFES
The foothills of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, the highest coastal mountain in the world, sink with the ocean to create a one of a kind beauty. The white sand beaches delimited by mangroves and forests touched by the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean Sea are some of the many appeals of the Tayrona Park. For those who seek contemplation and rest, this excursion offer magnificent beaches and the relaxing panorama of the blue sea. Those who are driven by more exciting activities can enjoy trekking, snorkeling and ecotourism.
Included meals: Breakfast, lunch. Overnight at the selected hotel.
 
 
DAY 9
 
Tayrona Park
 
Transfer Tayrona Park - Santa Marta Airport.