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Historical Colombia Tour: Megaliths, Museums and Heritage Sites

PRIVATE TOUR - 10 DAY SAMPLE ITINERARY

FROM $3532+

Private Tour Highlights

  • Witnessing the elaborate architecture of San Agustin Archaeological Park, with its corridors, columns and statues of stone found within its many tombs.
  • Eyeing up curious artifacts at the Museo Paleontologico, including the remains of a giant sloth - megaterio - that reached up to 5 meters in size!
  • Marveling at the sublime colors of the Tatacoa Desert, with its russet red earth, green cacti and undulating golden sand dunes.
  • Peering down the strait at Magdalena River, a rocky gorge that forces the water into a tiny space just over 7ft wide.
  • Listening to stories about the “walled city” of Cartagena at the Museo de Las Fortificaciones, before strolling along cobbled streets that reflect a time gone by.
  • Exploring Colombia’s capital, Bogotá, on a private city tour, encompassing fascinating museums like the Emerald Museum and Gold Museum; to name a few.
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Tour Overview

Get ready for adventure and history with Yampu’s Historical Colombia Tour: Megaliths, Museums and Heritage Sites! On this Colombia tour you’ll explore Bogotá, Colombia’s capital; Cartagena, a city filled with historic streets, alley ways and stories; the Tatacoa Desert, known for its eroded rock formations, red earth, cacti and yellow sand dunes; AND the largest collection of religious monuments and megalithic sculptures in South America.

This Colombia tour begins in Bogotá (the capital city). Set high in the Andes (at more than 8,000 feet), Bogotá is replete with culture and rich colonial heritage. You’ll see main squares, churches and museums, such as the Museum of Botero (home to the artwork of Picasso, Renoir, Matisse and Monet, to name a few). From there, you’ll head to Cartagena, a city filled with historic streets, alley ways and stories. Take in the old, walled city’s tiled roofs, balconies and courtyard gardens, and be sure to pack your camera. Words don’t seem to do Cartagena justice.

Next up: the department (or state) of Huila, next to the Alto Magdalena River, where you’ll see the largest collection of religious monuments and megalithic sculptures in South America (from the 5,000-year-old, Augustinian civilization). It’s no shock that this collection constitutes a UNESCO World Heritage site; the preservation of the details of the monuments and sculptures is almost unbelievable. You’ll wrap up your tour in the Tatacoa Desert, or the Valle de la Tristeza, where you’ll see eroded rock formations, red earth, many cacti and yellow sand dunes.

Inclusions
Prices include: Domestic air transportation from Bogotá to Neiva, from Neiva to Cartagena and from Cartagena 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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Double £$3532 £$3872 £$4133 £$4739
Single £$6271 £$6984 £$7517 £$8734

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.

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.

Day
2

Bogota City Tour

After breakfast start a guided tour to the Colombian capital starting in 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", the San Francisco Church and the Gold Museum (closed on Mondays). The tour finishes with a trip in a cable car to the top of the Monserrate Hill, which offers a spectacular view of the city.
Afternoon at leisure. (If possible, it is recommended to check out another city museum)
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Bogota-Colombia
Day
3

Bogota – Neiva – Tatacoa Desert

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Transfer to the airport and flight to Neiva. Upon arrival transfer to the hotel. After that, set off on a private tour to the Tatacoa desert (named by the conqueror Jimenez de Quesada in 1538). The climate there is hot and dry, and the temperature tends to be around 27 degrees (80F). That wasn't always the case though. In the Tertiary period, the Tatacoa was a garden with thousands of flowers and trees to its name, and to this day, it's not uncommon to come across petrified mollusks.
Formerly inhabited by the Totoyoe and Doche Indians, the Tatacoa extends from the middle of the fertile valley to the banks of the Magdalena River and boasts eroded rock formations, red earth (known as "Cuzco") and many types of cacti. In “Los Hoyos,” the landscape changes, and yellow sand dunes, not rock formations, prevail.
After exploring the desert, transfer to San Agustin.
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Tatacoa-Desert-Colombia
Day
4

San Agustin

After breakfast, take private visits of the San Agustin Archaeological Park; the Mesitas A, B, C, and D; the Fuente Ceremonial del Lavapatos; and the Museo Arqueológico.
In the afternoon, head to Colombian massif and the strait of the Magdalena River, a rocky gorge that forces the river to pass through a space that's only 7.22 feet wide. Return to San Agustin, and take a short visit of the town.

After breakfast, take private visits of the San Agustin Archaeological Park; the Mesitas A, B, C, and D; the Fuente Ceremonial del Lavapatos; and the Museo Arqueológico.
In the afternoon, head to Colombian massif and the strait of the Magdalena River, a rocky gorge that forces the river to pass through a space that's only 7.22 feet wide. Return to San Agustin, and take a short visit of the town.

San-Agustin-Colombia
Day
5

San Agustin – San Jose de Isnos – San Agustin

After breakfast, (privately) visit two other parks listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites: Alto de los Idolos and Alto de las Piedras. Later that day, visit the Colombian Massif, the Mortino waterfalls (600 feet) and Salto de Bardones (1,050 feet). After visiting the waterfalls, return to the hotel.

After breakfast, (privately) visit two other parks listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites: Alto de los Idolos and Alto de las Piedras. Later that day, visit the Colombian Massif, the Mortino waterfalls (600 feet) and Salto de Bardones (1,050 feet). After visiting the waterfalls, return to the hotel.

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Day
6

San Agustin – Neiva – Cartagena

After breakfast transfer to Neiva’s airport to take the flight to Cartagena. Upon arrival transfer to the hotel.

After breakfast transfer to Neiva’s airport to take the flight to Cartagena. Upon arrival transfer to the hotel.

Cartagena-night-Colombia
Day
7

Cartagena City Tour

After breakfast, take a private tour of the tour of the Old City. Start off in Parque Bolivar, a central part of the district, surrounded by large trees and four fountains with a statue of El Libertador at their center. Around the square, see the Museo del Oro and the Palace of the Inquisition distinguished by its baroque entrance door. The meetings of the tribunal took place in the palace, and the palace also housed the prison and torture chambers for the alleged opponents of the Catholic Church. The tour continues to the Santo Domingo church and the cathedral and ends in the Ramparts and the Museo de Las Fortificaciones. Afternoon at leisure. ...read less

Plaza-Santo-Domingo-Cartagena-Colombia
Day
8

Cartagena

Day at leisure. An excursion to the Rosario Archipelago is highly recommended.

Day at leisure. An excursion to the Rosario Archipelago is highly recommended.

Islas-del-Rosario-Colombia
Day
9

Cartagena

Day at leisure. Explore Cartagena.

Day at leisure. Explore Cartagena.

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Day
10

Cartagena – Bogota

After breakfast transfer to the airport for the flight to Bogota. Once in Bogota, take the international flight back home or overlap with an add-on of one’s choice.

After breakfast transfer to the airport for the flight to Bogota. Once in Bogota, take the international flight back home or overlap with an add-on of one’s choice.

Bogotá - Bogota, Colombia

Tatacoa Colombia, Huila, Colombia

San Agustin

Cartagena - Bolivar, 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.

  • Rio-Magdalena-River-Neiva-Colombia

    Neiva

    The provider of Colombia, the Magdalena River, gives life to Neiva, the capital of the department of Huila. This city of southwestern Colombia, founded in 1612, grows in a fertile valley consisting of arid plains and fertile lands which offers a number of interests to travelers. Travelers can visit the desert of La Tatacoa, where the dry cilia makes it easy to observe stars on clear nights. Visitors should be sure to stop by the local museums in the city and learn of the area’s history and culture.

  • parque-arqueologico-san-agustin-colombia

    San Agustin

    Known for its pre-Columbian archaeological sites, known as the San Agustín Archaeological Park, San Augustin is the gateway for visiting numerous stone statues. Stones cast from the nearby, now inactive, volcanoes are carved in many shapes from contorted humans to sacred animals like frogs and jaguars.

  • 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.

Hotel Options

3 Star Properties

Bogota : Hotel Casa Deco

Bogota : Abadia Colonial

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)

Cartagena : Hotel Casa Pestagua

Cartagena : Hotel Casa San Agustin

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

Luxury Properties

Bogota : Four Seasons Hotel Casa Medina Bogota

Cartagena : Charleston Santa Teresa

Testimonials

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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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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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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