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In-depth Colombia Adventure

PRIVATE TOUR - 12 DAY SAMPLE ITINERARY

FROM £$ 4829

Private Tour Highlights

  • Venturing underground at Tierradentro Archaeological Park to come face to face with the tombs in Alto de Segovia and Alto del Duende, a fine showcase of pre-Columbian funerary art.
  • Strolling through Popayan, the “White City”, to admire its all-white facades, colonial art museum, churches and the Humilladero Bridge.
  • Glimpsing the local customs on a private tour to Silvia, a mountain village in the picturesque Purace National Park.
  • Taking in the beauty of UNESCO-stamped natural sights: Alto de los Idolos and Alto de las Piedras, home to the Colombian Massif and staggering waterfalls.
  • Lapping up the extraordinary atmosphere of Cartagena, the picturesque walled city awash with cobbled streets and pretty plazas.
  • Exploring Colombia’s capital, Bogotá, on a private city tour encompassing the beautiful colonial architecture in La Candelaria, the Emerald Museum and Gold Museum; to name a few.
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Tour Overview

The In-depth Colombia Adventure begins in Bogotá, Colombia’s 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).

Next up: a private tour of the San Agustín archaeological park, the Mesitas A, B, C and D, Ceremonial del Lavapatos and the Museo Arqueológico followed by another private tour of two parks listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites: Alto de los Idolos and Alto de las Piedras (where you’ll take in the Colombian Massif, Mortino waterfalls (180 meters), Salto de Bardones (320 meters) and more).

And as if that weren’t enough, after that, you’ll set off for Alto de Segovia and Alto del Duende and see large underground temples that showcase pre-Columbian funerary art. (Many of the columns and ceilings of the tombs are decorated with geometric motifs and even murals).

You’ll then head to Popayán (known as the White City on account of its white gesso facades) and Silvia (a small, mountain town with quaint houses, where the Guambiano Indians, dressed in their traditional “anacos,” or blue knee-length skirt-like wraparounds, come to town to sell their fruit and vegetable products and craftsmanship on market days).

Your last stop will be 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 pack your camera. Words don’t seem to do Cartagena justice.

Inclusions
Prices include: Domestic air transportation from Bogotá to Neiva, from Popayán to Cartagena via Bogotá and Cartagena to Bogotá, private land transportation from San Agustín to Tierradentro and from Tierradentro to Popayán, 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 £$4532 £$4829 £$5136 £$5639
Single £$8033 £$8660 £$9178 £$10186

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.

Bogota-PlazadeBolivar-Colombia
Day
2

Bogota City Tour

This guided visit to the Colombian capital starts in the Plaza de Bolivar, the city’s main square, which is surrounded by federal government buildings, and then 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.
After the tour Enjoy lunch in Bogota at Gato Gris.
Afterwards, heading north out of Bogota, cross the savanna landscape to the town of Zipaquira. Upon arriving, visit the fully functioning Salt Cathedral. This unique building was constructed approximately 120 meters underground in a former salt mine. The trip ends with a visit to Zipaquira’s charming central square. Return to the hotel for the evening.
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Bogotá-Clocks-Colombia
Day
3

Bogota – Neiva – San Agustin

Transfer to the airport and flight to Neiva. Arrival and reception and immediate transfer to San Agustin. Arrival and hotel check-in.
In the afternoon, take a private tour to the San Agustin archaeological park, the Mesitas A, B, C and D, Ceremonial del Lavapatos and the Museo Arqueologico. Return to the hotel, dinner and overnight stay.

Transfer to the airport and flight to Neiva. Arrival and reception and immediate transfer to San Agustin. Arrival and hotel check-in.
In the afternoon, take a private tour to the San Agustin archaeological park, the Mesitas A, B, C and D, Ceremonial del Lavapatos and the Museo Arqueologico. Return to the hotel, dinner and overnight stay.

San-Agustin-Colombia
Day
4

San Agustin – San Jose de Isnos – San Agustin

Full-day, private visit to two other parks listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites: Alto de los Idolos and Alto de las Piedras. After that, see the Colombian Massif, Mortino waterfalls (180 meters) and Salto de Bardones (320 meters). Return to the hotel, dinner and overnight stay.

Full-day, private visit to two other parks listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites: Alto de los Idolos and Alto de las Piedras. After that, see the Colombian Massif, Mortino waterfalls (180 meters) and Salto de Bardones (320 meters). Return to the hotel, dinner and overnight stay.

Colombia-Massif
Day
5

San Agustin – Tierradentro

After breakfast head off to the Tierradentro archaeological area. Ascend the central mountain range and continue along the banks of the Paez River until reaching the town of San Andres de Pisimbala. Upon arrival check-in in a “casa campesina” or simple peasant house. Dinner included.

After breakfast head off to the Tierradentro archaeological area. Ascend the central mountain range and continue along the banks of the Paez River until reaching the town of San Andres de Pisimbala. Upon arrival check-in in a “casa campesina” or simple peasant house. Dinner included.

Tierradentro-Colombia
Day
6

Tierradentro

After breakfast, take a private tour of Parque Arqueologico Tierradentro and see the underground tombs in Alto de Segovia and Alto del Duende. These large underground temples showcase pre-Columbian funerary art; many of the columns and ceilings of the tombs are decorated with geometric motifs and even murals. In the afternoon, visit the Museo Arqueologico y Antropologico. Dinner included.

After breakfast, take a private tour of Parque Arqueologico Tierradentro and see the underground tombs in Alto de Segovia and Alto del Duende. These large underground temples showcase pre-Columbian funerary art; many of the columns and ceilings of the tombs are decorated with geometric motifs and even murals. In the afternoon, visit the Museo Arqueologico y Antropologico. Dinner included.

Tierradentro-underground-tombs-Colombia
Day
7

Tierradentro – Popayan

After breaktast, begin a 5-hour private trip to Popayan. Upon arrival transfer to the hotel.
Known as the White City (on account of its white gesso facades), Popayan's prime location—between Cartagena and Quito—made it a key player in colonial trade. Though the 1983 earthquake damaged the original town (founded in 1537 by Sebastian de Belalcazar), all of the historic buildings have since been completely restored. (Popayan is famous for its Easter celebrations, a tradition that dates back to colonial times.)
In the afternoon, walk through the colonial center and visit the Casa Museo Valencia, the colonial art museum, several churches and the Humilladero Bridge.
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Day
8

Popayan – Purace National Park – Popayan

Half-day private tour to Silvia, a small, mountain town with quaint houses. Each Tuesday, on market days, the Guambiano Indians, dressed in their traditional “anacos,” or blue knee-length skirt-like wraparounds, come to town to sell their fruit & vegetable products and craftsmanship. After exploring Silvia, return to Popayan.

Half-day private tour to Silvia, a small, mountain town with quaint houses. Each Tuesday, on market days, the Guambiano Indians, dressed in their traditional “anacos,” or blue knee-length skirt-like wraparounds, come to town to sell their fruit & vegetable products and craftsmanship. After exploring Silvia, return to Popayan.

Purace-Volcano-Colombia
Day
9

Popayan – Bogota – Cartagena

After breakfast transfer to the airport to take the flight to Bogota. Transfer to the flight to Cartagena. Upon arrival transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day is free.

After breakfast transfer to the airport to take the flight to Bogota. Transfer to the flight to Cartagena. Upon arrival transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day is free.

Cartagena-night-Colombia
Day
10

Cartagena City Tour

After breakfast, set off on a private tour with a panoramic view of the city from the monastery and church of La Popa. There will be the chance to check out the church of La Popa, built in 1606 and perched on the area’s only noteworthy elevation. The church used to be known as “La Popa del Galeon” on account of its strong resemblance to the stern of a galleon.
Next up: a visit to the fortress of San Felipe de Barajas, built on the San Lazaro hill in order to defend the city from pirate attacks.
From there, head to the old town to visit the convent of San Pedro Claver and the artisan center in Las Bovedas. Afternoon at leisure.
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Plaza-Santo-Domingo-Cartagena-Colombia
Day
11

Cartagena

Day at leisure. An excursion to Islas del Rosario is recommended.

Day at leisure. An excursion to Islas del Rosario is recommended.

Islas-del-Rosario-Colombia
Day
12

Cartagena

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

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

Cartagena - Bolivar, Colombia

Popayán, Cauca Department, Colombia

San Agustín, Huila, 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.

  • macaw-popayan-colombia

    Popayan

    Popayan has played a huge part in Colombian history, dating back to the early days of the Spanish conquest, and has provided a number of Colombia’ s presidents. Visit some of the many architectural gems of colonial style while walking or biking through this picturesque city.

  • 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

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 : Sofitel Bogota Victoria Regia – Suite

Bogota : Four Seasons Hotel Casa Medina Bogota

Cartagena : Hotel Casa San Agustin

Cartagena : Charleston Santa Teresa

Testimonials

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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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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