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Colombia Highlights Vacation

PRIVATE TOUR - 8 DAY SAMPLE ITINERARY

FROM £$ 2850

Private Tour Highlights

  • Stepping underground to visit the fascinating and beautifully illuminated Salt Cathedral, built in the caverns of a former salt mine.
  • Lapping up the extraordinary atmosphere of Cartagena, the picturesque walled city awash with cobbled streets and pretty plazas.
  • Picking up locally made souvenirs at the bazaars of Las Bóvedas (The Dungeons), formerly an underground prison during the 19th century civil wars.
  • Delving into the jungle at Tayrona National Park to glimpse the pre-Columbian civilization of the Tayrona at the archaeological site of Pueblito, before finishing up at heavenly beaches.
  • Admiring sweeping views of Bogotá and beyond from the top of Monserrate Hill, reached by cable car and promising unforgettable vistas.
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Tour Overview

Before too many other travelers catch on to Colombia, see three of the most exceptional and distinctive Colombian national highlights with Yampu’s Colombia Highlights Vacation! Bogotá, a capital city rife with culture and spirit; Cartagena, an archetypal Colombian city, and a UNESCO World Heritage site; and Tayrona a national park with a notably high concentration of biodiversity, where you’ll have 37,000 acres of white Caribbean beaches and the foothills of the Sierra Nevada at your feet.

During your 4 days in Bogotá, you’ll visit the Gold Museum, Monserrate, Plaza Bolívar, La Candelaria and Zipaquirá’s Underground Salt Cathedral, and after that, during your 3 days in Cartagena you’ll see the walled city of Old Cartagena, and you’ll have the option to see the Rosario Islands (or the Totumo Volcano).

Then you’ll take a 5-hour transfer from Cartagena to Tayrona National Park, located on Colombia’s northern Atlantic coast near Santa Marta. The main entrance to the park at El Zaino leads to solitary bays, unspoiled beaches, coral reefs, mangroves and mountains.

Inclusions
Domestic air transportation from Bogotá to Cartagena and from Santa Marta to Bogotá, private land transportation from Cartagena to Tayrona National Park, private airport transfers including one piece of luggage, hotel accommodation including breakfast, meals where specified, tours with bilingual guide and entrance fees. Local airport taxes that are payable in the country of destination are not included. You may have to pay a surcharge if you book a trip during late December, early January or Easter.

*A Yellow Fever vaccine is recommended to enter Tayrona National Park.
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Pricing Details
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Double £$2288 £$2850 £$3096 £$3718
Single £$4136 £$5306 £$5800 £$7052

Prices shown above are per person. Hotel categories do not adhere strictly to international ratings; Yampu has evaluated the hotels according to destination and availability. Prices include local airfare (where applicable), hotel accommodation including daily breakfast; all transfers with baggage handling, all guided tours in English and all entrance fees.

Please note that prices are subject to change based on availability and seasonality, especially during the holiday season from December 20th through January 5th each year. Please contact a Yampu Travel Specialist for more information on best times to travel.

Trip Type:

All our trips are operated on a private basis unless specified otherwise. This is only a sample itinerary; your Yampu Tour Consultant will personalize this trip for you according to your available dates, interests and type of hotels. This is your trip and we will work on making it perfect!

Tour Itinerary

Day
1

Bogota

Upon arrival transfer to the hotel. Bogota is a modern capital city with stand-out cultural, intellectual and social draws as well as rich colonial heritage.

Upon arrival transfer to the hotel. Bogota is a modern capital city with stand-out cultural, intellectual and social draws as well as rich colonial heritage.

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2

City tour of Bogota with Monserrate

First, visit the Museo del Oro (whose collection features nearly 34,000 gold objects and 20,000 in stone, ceramic, textiles and precious stones from the Quimbaya, Calima, Tayrona, Sinu, Muisca, Tolima, Tumaco and Magdalena cultures). The Museo de Oro's collection is considered one of the most meaningful and substantial collections of its kind—worldwide. Then, head to the historic center known as La Candelaria. Old “casonas” (grand houses marked Spanish influence) with iron windows, thick wooden doors, balconies and internal patios and gardens line the ancient streets. La Candelaria unfolds around the Plaza Bolívar, named after Simon Bolivar, El Libertador. Originally called Plaza Mayor, it was used for civil and military events and as a marketplace, bull ring and execution platform.
After leaving this area, continue on to la Quinta de Bolivar, the country house of Simon Bolivar. Set at the foot of Cerro de Monserrate and surrounded by impressive gardens, the museum is filled with documents, letters, maps, uniforms and personal possessions.
Notes: Travel by cable car up to 10,500 feet to the top of the Mountain that looks over Bogota; museums closed on Monday.
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3

Zipaquira's Underground Salt Cathedral

While heading to the Salt Cathedral, see the central region of the savanna and pass typical Colombian villages as well as greenhouses (in the Flower Region). The structure of the Salt Cathedral is impressive, to say the least. The visit there begins in a tunnel that exhibits the fourteen stations of the Way of the Cross and leads to the dome from which one can observe the great cross sculpted in low relief. Then arrive at the three naves of the cathedral joined by openings that represent the birth and death of Christ. The central nave houses the main altar; a 16-meter cross; and the Creation of Man, a marble statue sculpted by Carlos Enrique Rodríguez. ...read less

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4

Bogota – Cartagena

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Transfer to the airport to take the flight to Cartagena. Upon arrival transfer to the hotel. Cartagena is the fifth largest city in Colombia and a pivotal, Caribbean port. After numerous pirate attacks in the colonial era, a wall was built to surround the historic city center and protect its inhabitants. Cartagena is now a popular tourist destination that retains its colonial architecture and charm.
Afternoon Old Town Walk
Guided walk along the walled old town. (The walled, colonial city center of Cartagena was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1980.) See churches; colonial houses (their balconies and other architectural nuances); the Museum that was the residence of the five-time president of the Republic, Rafael Nuńez; the Santa Catalina bastion; and Las Bóvedas (The Dungeons), where one can find hand-crafted souvenirs.
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5

Cartagena

Day set aside for personal activities. A full-day tour of Rosario Islands (South of the Bay of Cartagena) is highly recommended.

Day set aside for personal activities. A full-day tour of Rosario Islands (South of the Bay of Cartagena) is highly recommended.

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6

Cartagena – Tayrona National Park

After breakfast 4-5 hour private transfer to Tayrona National Park. Upon arrival check-in at Ecohabs. Afternoon at leisure.
Tayrona National Park, located on Colombia's northern Atlantic coast near Santa Marta, boasts expansive grounds and high concentration of biodiversity.

After breakfast 4-5 hour private transfer to Tayrona National Park. Upon arrival check-in at Ecohabs. Afternoon at leisure.
Tayrona National Park, located on Colombia's northern Atlantic coast near Santa Marta, boasts expansive grounds and high concentration of biodiversity.

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7

Tayrona National Park

Free day. Explore Pueblito, lie out on the beach, try snorkeling, go horseback riding, rent a bike or just kick back.

Free day. Explore Pueblito, lie out on the beach, try snorkeling, go horseback riding, rent a bike or just kick back.

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8

Tayrona National Park – Santa Marta – Bogota

Morning transfer to Santa Marta airport after breakfast followed by a connection to Bogota to take flight back home or overlap with an add-on of one’s choice.

Morning transfer to Santa Marta airport after breakfast followed by a connection to Bogota to take flight back home or overlap with an add-on of one’s choice.

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Bogotá - Bogota, Colombia

Cartagena - Bolivar, Colombia

Tayrona National Park, Magdalena, Colombia

Places You'll See

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    Bogota

    Located in the center of Colombia, the city of Bogota appeals to all types. The La Candelaria area draws in the lovers of art and culture with its many museums including the Botero Museum and the Gold Museum. Other notable attractions include botanical garden Jose Celestino Mutis, the National Observatory, and over 100 shopping malls.

  • Cartagena-Colombia

    Cartagena

    The walled city of Cartagena, with its cobblestone streets and gorgeous colonial architecture, is full of exciting and engaging sites and activities. Visit the Palacio de la Inquisicion, where the Spanish Inquisition condemned men accused of crimes against religion. Or spend the day at the Playa Blanca beach, enjoying the surf and the sand.

  • Tayrona-National-Park-Colombia

    Tayrona National Park

    Tayrona National Park is a protected area in northern Colombia, encompassing over 50 square miles of land and some of the loveliest coastlines of Columbia. With its two ecosystems between the sea and the mountains one may see some of the local wildlife including the elusive Titi Monkeys.

Hotel Options

3 Star Properties

Bogota : Hotel Casa Deco

Bogota : Abadia Colonial

Cartagena : Hotel Bantu

Cartagena : Alfiz

Tayrona National Park : Playa Koralia

4 Star Properties

Bogota : Hotel de la Opera – standard Room

Bogota : Andino Royal

Bogota : Sonesta

Cartagena : Sofitel Santa Clara (Classic)

Cartagena : Hotel Casa Pestagua

5 Star Properties

Bogota : The Orchids Real – Suite

Bogota : Sofitel Bogota Victoria Regia – Superior Room

Cartagena : Ananda Hotel Boutique

Cartagena : Sofitel Santa Clara (Superior)

Cartagena : Casa del Arzobispado

Tayrona National Park : Ecohabs Tayrona

Luxury Properties

Bogota : Sofitel Bogota Victoria Regia – Suite

Bogota : Four Seasons Hotel Casa Medina Bogota

Cartagena : Hotel Casa San Agustin

Cartagena : Charleston Santa Teresa

Tayrona National Park : Hotel Merecumbe

Testimonials

Edoardo

Traveled February 2016

It was a most memorable trip and we enjoyed every minute of it

It was a most memorable trip and we enjoyed every minute of it, thanks to the impeccable Yampu’s organization and the great support offered by your local agents.
Claudia is feeling much better and thinks it was thoughtful of you to send her some teas.

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Barbara

Traveled February 2016

First and foremost, we had a fabulous trip!

Thank you and the whole local team so much!! We truly appreciate the immediate attention and swift action due to the missed flight connection. It was handled very professionally with lots of communication, so we had no anxiety, and while we missed some sleep since we arrived in San Agustin quite late, we were very pleased not to have to sacrifice any of the planned tour as a result of it.

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Claudia ed Edoardo

Traveled February, 2016

It was a most memorable trip

And we enjoyed every minute of it, thanks to the impeccable Yampu organization (it is not a novelty…) and the great support offered by your local agents. Excellent guides, interpreters and drivers. Remarkable choice of hotels. To sum it up: a fantastic trip. Would you please convey our deepest thanks to all of your local agents for their generous assistance and their willingness to satisfy our requests.
A special grateful thank you to you, Wendy. I did appreciate your unstinting support, your professional approach and your astonishing ability to interpret and develop your customer’s project.
We do not say addio but arrivederci, hoping to travel with Yampu again.

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