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Colombian Essentials

$ 4367 9 days Jan, Feb, Mar, Jul, Aug, Dec Private

Tour Highlights

  • Tour the modern Colombian capital city with rich cultural heritage, Bogota.
  • Walk through Bogota’s beautiful main square, Plaza de Bolivar, on the way to the charming colonial part of the city
  • Take a trip up to the top of Monserrate Hill, for breathtaking views of this spectacular city
  • Enjoy shopping in the small colonial village of Usaquen, at the Hacienda Santa Barbara shopping center
  • Take a walk through Cartagena’s Old City, and get caught up in the mysticism of its narrow streetways, and charming nightlife
  • Go snorkeling in the waters of the Islas del Rosario, a National Natural Park
  • See the stunning underwater views of the coral reefs and marine fauna
  • Relax on the warm, white sand of San Luis beach, while admiring its wooden houses, a testament to its English past
  • Take a day to explore the stunning views of San Andres and purchase souvenirs in the local shops
  • See San Andres’ incredible natural phenomena, the Blowing Hole
  • Get carried away by the rhythms of the local Caribbean music on an excursion to Haynes Cay and Johnny Cay
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Tour Details

Discover Colombia with Yampu Tours. Travel through Bogotá, a capital city replete with culture. Ramble around Cartagena, an archetypal Colombian city and a UNESCO World Heritage site enjoying the old city’s tiled roofs, balconies and courtyard gardens. Next travel to San Andrés, a Caribbean island with coral-colored sand that looks out over a clear sea that holds some of the most beautiful coral formations in the world.

On this tour, you’ll spend 3 days in Bogotá (where you’ll visit La Candelaria, Plaza Bolívar, Monserrate and the Museo del Oro), 3 days in Cartagena (where you’ll take a trip to the Rosario Islands and tour the old, walled city center) and another 3 days in San Andrés (where you can lie out on the beach, explore, try out snorkeling and the list doesn’t end there). You may choose to add a few nights in Villa de Leyva or Santa Marta.

Country Notes:

Colombia:

A valid passport is required to travel and should have at least 6 months validity after your return home. You should have at least 2 blank pages per country that you are visiting. If your passport does not meet this requirement at the time of departure, you can be denied boarding for your international flight and may consequently incur additional expenses. You do not need a visa to enter Colombia as a tourist with a US passport. However, we always recommend that you double check this for last minute changes with your local consulate.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a travel alert for countries and territories where Zika virus has been found in Colombia. If you are pregnant or plan to be pregnant, please consult your doctor before traveling to these countries. For up to date information on recommended and required vaccinations and general health travel tips for Colombia please visit https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list , then use the drop down menu to select the countries you are visiting. Please consult with your physician for clarification or concerns regarding recommended or required vaccinations.


Inclusions
Prices include: Domestic air transportation from Bogotá to Cartagena, Cartagena to San Andrés and San Andrés to Bogotá, private airport transfers including one piece of luggage, hotel accommodation including breakfast, meals where specified, guided 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.
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Pricing Details
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Double £$4367 £$4868 £$5261 £$5675
Single £$6946 £$7866 £$8658 £$9808

Prices shown above are per person, in US Dollars ($) or Pound Sterling (£) for residents in the UK. Hotel categories do not adhere strictly to international ratings; Yampu has evaluated the hotels according to destination and availability.

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.

Day
2

City Tour of Bogota with Monserrate

Today, enjoy a private visit to the Colombian capital. It starts at the Plaza de Bolivar (the city’s main square), which is surrounded by federal government buildings, and continues into the old colonial part of the city better known as "La Candelaria". Also visit the San Francisco Church, the Gold Museum (closed on Mondays) and the Emerald Museum. Then, seek higher grounds by taking a cable car to the top of the Monserrate Hill, which offers a spectacular view of the city. The tour finishes in the north read more...

Today, enjoy a private visit to the Colombian capital. It starts at the Plaza de Bolivar (the city’s main square), which is surrounded by federal government buildings, and continues into the old colonial part of the city better known as "La Candelaria". Also visit the San Francisco Church, the Gold Museum (closed on Mondays) and the Emerald Museum. Then, seek higher grounds by taking a cable car to the top of the Monserrate Hill, which offers a spectacular view of the city. The tour finishes in the north of Bogota in a shopping center called Hacienda Santa Barbara in Usaquen, which is a small colonial village now surrounded by the city ...read less

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Day
3

Bogota – Cartagena

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.

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.

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Day
4

Cartagena Old Town Walk

Be carried away by the incredible and majestic tour of the Old City and discover the enchantment of the Cartagena nights. Live it up and be surrounded by the mysticism of its narrow streets and plazas filled with stories and discover the meaning of their names. Don’t hesitate to participate and enjoy this walk as the best alternative to discovering even more of the charm of the "Corralito de Piedra". Afternoon at leisure.

Be carried away by the incredible and majestic tour of the Old City and discover the enchantment of the Cartagena nights. Live it up and be surrounded by the mysticism of its narrow streets and plazas filled with stories and discover the meaning of their names. Don’t hesitate to participate and enjoy this walk as the best alternative to discovering even more of the charm of the "Corralito de Piedra". Afternoon at leisure.

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Day
5

Islas del Rosario

Cruise to Rosario Islands (to the south of the Bay of Cartagena). These Islands constitute a National Natural Park on account of their 23 coral islands and marine fauna. The coral islands were formed by volcano activity that raised the seabed and created ideal conditions for the development of coral reefs. There will be the chance to swim and snorkel. Lunch Included. Return to Cartagena.

Cruise to Rosario Islands (to the south of the Bay of Cartagena). These Islands constitute a National Natural Park on account of their 23 coral islands and marine fauna. The coral islands were formed by volcano activity that raised the seabed and created ideal conditions for the development of coral reefs. There will be the chance to swim and snorkel. Lunch Included. Return to Cartagena.

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Day
6

Cartagena – San Andres

Transfer to the airport to take the flight to San Andres. Upon arrival transfer to the hotel.

Though Christopher Columbus may have discovered San Andres on his second voyage, the English and the Dutch controlled it for over 30 years in a rare collaboration. The English were in charge of colonizing, and the Dutch managed commercial exchange in the Antilles. Nowadays, the island is well-known for its beaches.

Note: No direct flights on Tuesday.

Transfer to the airport to take the flight to San Andres. Upon arrival transfer to the hotel.

Though Christopher Columbus may have discovered San Andres on his second voyage, the English and the Dutch controlled it for over 30 years in a rare collaboration. The English were in charge of colonizing, and the Dutch managed commercial exchange in the Antilles. Nowadays, the island is well-known for its beaches.

Note: No direct flights on Tuesday.

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Day
7

San Andres Island Tour

Tour to some of the island’s highlights: Morgan’s Cave, Blowing Hole, South Bay Beach and San Luis. San Luis is known for its long, white beaches and the wooden houses (testaments to its English past).

Tour to some of the island’s highlights: Morgan’s Cave, Blowing Hole, South Bay Beach and San Luis. San Luis is known for its long, white beaches and the wooden houses (testaments to its English past).

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Day
8

San Andres

Day at leisure to enjoy San Andrés. One can choose to add an optional excursion to Haynes Cay and Johnny Cay, to listen to local Caribbean music and see colorful tropical fish; white beaches; and clear, blue and green water.

Day at leisure to enjoy San Andrés. One can choose to add an optional excursion to Haynes Cay and Johnny Cay, to listen to local Caribbean music and see colorful tropical fish; white beaches; and clear, blue and green water.

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Day
9

San Andres – Bogota

Transfer to the airport to take the flight to Bogota and connect with the international flight back home.

Transfer to the airport to take the flight to Bogota and connect with the international flight back home.

San Andres, Colombia

Cartagena - Bolivar, Colombia

Bogotá - Bogota, Colombia

Places You'll See

  • Plaza-de-Bolivar-Bogota-Colombia

    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.

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    San Andres

    San Andres Island is known for its colorful, tropical fish and long, quiet beaches, one that are surrounded by the clear, blue-green sea with some of the most intricate coral formations in the world. This Caribbean island northwest of Colombia was declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 2000, and is ideal for scuba diving, snorkeling, exploring or just lying out on the beach.

Hotel Options

3 Star Properties

Bogota : Hotel Casa Deco

Bogota : Abadia Colonial

Cartagena : Ananda Hotel Boutique

Cartagena : Hotel Bantu

Cartagena : Alfiz

4 Star Properties

Bogota : Hotel de la Opera – standard Room

Bogota : Andino Royal

Bogota : Sonesta

Cartagena : Sofitel Santa Clara (Classic)

5 Star Properties

Bogota : The Orchids Real – Suite

Bogota : Sofitel Bogota Victoria Regia – Superior Room

Cartagena : Sofitel Santa Clara (Superior)

Cartagena : Casa del Arzobispado

San Andres : San Luis Village

Luxury Properties

Bogota : Four Seasons Hotel Casa Medina Bogota

Cartagena : Charleston Santa Teresa

San Andres : Hotel Casa Harb

Testimonials

Barbara

Traveled February 2016

First and foremost, we had a fabulous trip!

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.
The scheduled drivers were excellent, we felt very safe and well cared for.

The guides were also terrific!  We enjoyed engaging them as people as well as learning so much from them.  For example, in Cartagena after our excellent city tour was over we invited our guide, Juliana, to join us for lunch, not as a guide, just because we found her to be so delightful and wanted to get to know her a bit more.

Speaking of food, Varadero in Barranquilla was so enjoyable that we went twice for dinner.  Very talented Cuban style band, top notch seafood and lively atmosphere. It is clearly a hit with locals too, some couldn’t resist getting up and dancing, which we loved to watch though were too shy to join in.

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Caroline T.

Traveled January, 2016

Our trip was excellent!

Highlights from our trip: Bogota museums and the Sunday bike ride (absolutely fabulous guide for that), Hotel in Villa de Leyva (the best!), Medellin (wonderful Aquarium, also visit to Level 1 neighborhood, also great restaurant), Botero sculptures and museum, walking around in Cartegena, hotel in Cartegena, great restaurants in Cartegena, snorkeling.

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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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