Roundtrip: Enchanting Colombia

15 DAYS – ENCHANTING COLOMBIA

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Itinerary Description

Colombia is the country of “El Dorado”. For centuries, the supposed gold treasures of the Muisca culture have attracted gold diggers from all over the world. The treasure our guests find embarking on this legendary trail is an open opportunity. Our guests experience a truly charming Colombia and its warm people on this 15-day tour. We embark to discover the largest pre-Columbian gold collection and to take a ride on the Rio Grande de la Magdalena. In the National Park Chicamocha our guests take the longest cable car in South America to cross the impressive Chicamocha Canyon: one of the world’s deepest canyons with a spectacular mountain range. The highlights of the trip include the filigree gold work from the colonial village of Mompox (Unesco World Heritage Site), the sandy beaches at Tayrona National Park, and the wonderful city of Cartagena de Indias.

Available languages: German, English and Spanish
Start: from 2 participants guaranteed, a maximum of 12 participants
Difficulty: Easy

“Bookable as a group travel on fixed dates or as a private and customized travel.”


Itinerary Summary

Day Program
1 Arrival in Bogota
2 Bogotá City Tour, Monserrate, Goldmuseum & Candelaria
3 Lagune Guatavita & Villa de Leyva
4 Villa de Leyva Walking Tour, Optional: Hiking Tour
5 San Gil, Parque Gallineral & Barichara
6 Barichara Walking Tour & Camino Real to Guane
7 Nationalpark Chicamocha & Giron
8 River cruise on the Magdalena to Mompox
9 City-Tour Mompox and filigree gold work
10 Drive over Aracataca to Santa Marta
11  Nationalpark Tayrona & Cabo San Juan
12 Sierra Nevada. Minca & Coffeefarm La Victoria
13 Drive to Cartagena & City Tour
14 Free day, Optional: Rosario Islands
15 Way back from Bogota to origin Country
16 Arrival in origin Country

Map

Hotels

PLACE HOTEL
Bogotá Hotel Casa Platybus
Villa de Leyva Hotel M. de San Jorge
Barichara Hotel Marques Bahiachala
Barrancabermeja Hotel San Gabriel
Mompox Hotel Casa Amarilla
Santa Marta Hotel Aluna
Cartagena Hotel 3 Banderas

Guest Testimonials

“From the first contact, over the recommendations to the guides and drivers, 100% wonderful holiday. Anytime again with Newtours Colombia.”

Gertrude Schattner, Deutschland. Reise im November 2014.

B = Breakfast |  L = Lunch | D = Dinner

Day 1 – Arrival in Bogotá D.C. (2 Nights)

We welcome you at the El Dorado airport in Bogotá at 2600 meters above the sea. The busy capital of Colombia is spectacularly situated on a plateau of the Andes at the foot of the mountains Guadalupe and Monserrate. The journey to the central location in the old city takes about 40 minutes. Tour briefing.

Includes: (- / – / -) Reception at the airport, transfer ** Airport – Hotel, English-speaking tour guide, accommodation in a double room.

Hotel Casa Platybus***>>Casa Platypus offers a pleasant and relaxing stay in a colonial house in the heart of the city.

Day 2 – Bogota City Tour, Monserrate, Gold Museum & La Candelaria

We begin the tour with an overview of the city from Monserrate mountain (3150m) and enjoy the spectacular view over Colombia’s huge capital. We explore the district of La Candelaria, Bogota’s well-preserved old town, and visit the world famous Gold Museum which is home to the largest pre-Columbian collection, Plaza Bolivar, and some stunning churches such as: San Francisco, San Agustín and Tercera Orden.

Includes: (B / – / -), accommodation in a double room, entrance fees, English-speaking guide for city tour.

Day 3 – Bogotá, Lagoon Guatavita, Country Market, Villa de Leyva (2 Nächte)

Drive along the high grassland of Bogotá to the lagoon of Guatavita, where the legend of El Dorado is said to have taken place. We walk to a location from which our guests can enjoy an enchanting view over the lagoon and the prairie. The drive to Villa de Leyva takes us through Samaca, and other typical small farming villages in the province of Boyaca. The colonial town of Villa de Leyva is a National Monument complete with white houses, tiled roofs, centuries-old cobblestone streets, and a Plaza Mayor, which served as a resort for the Spanish colonists.

Includes: (B / – / -), accommodation in a double room, private transfers, entrance fees Salt Cathedral, English-speaking guide. Drive about 4 hours.

Hotel Marques de San Jorge***+ >> A place of peace and relaxation where guests can enjoy the comfort of the rooms and the hospitality of its staff.

Day 4 – Villa de Leyva Walking Tour, Optional: hike to Paso del Angel

In the morning we learn about the history and tradition of Villa de Leyva on a walking tour. We visit the residence of Antonio Nariño, precursor for the independence movement. In the afternoon our guests can continue to explore this pearl of the colonial period on their own to enjoy the ambience. Optional: hiking tour to the waterfall El Hayal and afterwards hike in the area of the Paso del Angel through the impressive mountain and surrounding hills. Visit of the Dominican monastery Ecce Homo founded in 1620.

Includes: (B / – / -), accommodation in a double room, entrance fees and English-speaking guide. Optional services: Tour Paso del Angel & Ecce Homo Convent.

Day 5 – Drive to San Gil, Parque Gallineral & Barichara (2 Nights)

Our tour leaves Villa de Leyva northward in direction of Barichara. Today we visit the Natural Park Gallineral in San Gil, which is between the confluence of the Rio Fonce and Curití stream. Guests can leisurely walk passing the Chimingano trees covered with a silver beard, the orchids, the heliconias, and many colored birds. We arrive to Barichara in the afternoon. Enjoy the great sunset at the Mirador de los Andes.

Includes: (B / – / -), accommodation in a double room, private transfers, entrance nature park Gallineral, English-speaking guide. Drive about 5 hours.

Hotel Marques Bahiachala**>> The Hotel Marques Bahiachala is a small but authentic house of the region, which has a total of 15 simple rooms.

Day 6 – Barichara Walking Tour  und Camino Real nach Guane

Today we discover Barichara, which for many Colombians is considered to be the most beautiful village in the country. After a walk through the beautiful natural stone paved streets of the village we can enjoy the spectacular views from the canyon of the Rio Suarez and the Andes at the Mirador de Los Andes. In the afternoon we walk along the Camino Real, an old Spanish road that follows sections from indigenous trade routes to Guane; an ancient village where the daily life is very similar to what it was like 100 years ago.

Includes: (B / – / -), accommodation in a double room, transfers, English speaking guide.

 

Day 7 – National Park Chicamocha – Girón –Barrancabermeja (1 Night)

The first destination of the day is the National Park Chicamocha. In the longest cable car in South America we cross the impressive Chicamocha Canyon, one of the deepest canyons worldwide. Once on the other side, we continue along a beautiful panoramic road to Girón, a vivid white colonial village near Bucaramanga. In the evening, we reach the Barrancabermeja, a port city in the Magdalena valley.

Includes: (B / – / -), accommodation in a double room, private transfers, entrance fees National Park Chicamocha and cable car ride, German speaking guide.

Hotel San Gabriel***>> Close to the vibrant life in the city center stands the modern building of the Hotel San Gabriel. In just a few minutes you are in the shopping and business district of the city. The hotel features: beautifully decorated rooms.

Day 8 – River cruise on the river Magdalena to Mompox (2 Nights)

The Rio Grande de la Magdalena was an important part of Colombia’s colonial history. The river vein runs alongside the main road for the conquest of the domestic areas by Spain in colonial Colombia in and was used to move of tons of gold to the Caribbean port city of Cartagena and on to Europe. On the trail to El Dorado we get to Mompox; a colonial town in the middle of a floodplain that is surrounded by countless lagoons. Mompox is the home to the best craftsmanship in the field of filigree gold jewelry. We go to the river port of Barrancabermeja, and at 6 a.m. we begin an impressive boat trip to El Banco. From here we take the car until we arrive in Mompox.

Includes: (B / – / -), accommodation in a double room, English-speaking guide, boat trip to El Banco, transfer ** El Banco – Mompox

Hotel Casa Amarilla**+>> Located in the quiet historical center of Mompox. It consists of only 10 rooms in a beautifully restored colonial house.

Day 9 – City Tour and Mompox filigree gold work

Santa Cruz de Mompox has been declared as a national monument and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a cultural gem in the middle of the Magdalena River Delta. The remote location of the city made it possible to miss the independence uprising; so much of its colonial history has been preserved. Today we tour great colonial mansions, numerous churches and plazas, and experience tradition. We visit a traditional craft shop and have a look at the world famous gold filigree work of Mompox.

Includes: (B / – / -), accommodation in a double room, entrance fees, English-speaking guide.

Day 10 – Ride to Aracataca and Santa Marta (2 Nights)

Today’s drive to Santa Marta shows our guests why Mompox seems to stand still in time. With a ferry in Colombian style, we’ll leave the island. Our tour will reach Aracataca, birthplace of Nobel Prize winner Gabriel Garcia Marquez and inspiration for his “magical realism” in the classic “100 years of solitude”. After visiting his birthplace, now a museum, we proceed to the sea side city of Santa Marta.

Includes: (B / – / -), accommodation in a double room, transfers, entrance fees, English-speaking guide.

Hotel Casa Aluna** >> Ideal for leisure travelers, the hotel offers nice and cozy designed rooms, all equipped with the latest amenities.

Day 11 – National Park Tayrona & Cabo San Juan

Today our destination is the Tayrona National Park, one of the richest and most beautiful National parks in the country. This is where the Sierra Nevada and the Caribbean meet. Huge stones lie scattered on white beach, behind are densely-covered mountains whose summits are caught in the mist. We’ll leave Santa Marta in the early morning and walk through tropical forests of the foothills of the Sierra to one of the most beautiful bays of Colombia, Cabo San Juan del Guía. In the late afternoon we leave the park and drive back to the hotel.

Includes: (B /- / -), accommodation in a double room, transfers **, Tayrona National Park entrance fees, English-speaking guide.

Day 12 – Sierra Nevada, Minca & Coffee Farm La Victoria

In an SUV our tour drives 600 meters up the mountains to Minca, a charming mountain village laid between the mountain folds of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. Lush and exotic vegetation, tropical coffee, the many waterfalls and birds in the area make Minca a popular destination for nature lovers. After a brief tour of the village, we continue to the waterfall Pozo Azul, where you have time to swim. Then it goes on up to the traditional coffee finca and “living museum” La Victoria. There we learn about the role of the “red bean” in Colombia.

Includes: (B / – / -), accommodation in a double room, transfers SUVs, entrance fees Finca La Victoria, English-speaking guide.

Day 13 – Drive to Cartagena & City Tour (2 Nights)

After breakfast, we drive along the coast past the city of Barranquilla to Cartagena de Indias, called the Pearl of the Caribbean.  In the afternoon during a city tour we’ll visit the Fort San Felipe de Barajas, the largest fortress in the Americas that was ever built by the Spanish. Then we will enjoy the great view from the monastery of La Popa towards Cartagena. It is 150m high and was built in 1607 by the Augustinians monks. At the end of the day we take to the streets to discover the beautiful colonial streets, plazas, and churches of the old town.

Includes: (B / – / -), accommodation in a double room, transfers **, admissions Fort San Felipe and La Popa Monastery, English-speaking guide. Drive about 4 hours.

Hotel 3 Banderas***+ >> 200 year old colonial house, which has been faithfully restored. The Hotel is located in the historic center of Cartagena de Indias.

 Day 14 – Day at leisure. Optional: Rosario Islands

Free day in Cartagena.

Optional: With the Speedboat as part of an international group we will go to the archipelago and underwater national park Islas del Rosario. We make a stop on the Isla del Sol and enjoy the day at beautiful Caribbean beaches. Return around 16:00 clock.

Includes: (B / – / -), accommodation in a double room. Optional services: (- / L / -), travel by speedboat each 1 hour; Group outing with international participants and guide in Spanish and English.

Day 15 – Returning to origin Country with stop in Bogotá D.C.

Around noon, we take you to the airport. Flight over to Bogota to Europe.

Includes: (B / – / -) Transfer ** Hotel-Airport, German speaking guide. Optional Services: beach extension.

Day 16 – Arrival in origin Country

End of service.

Price per person

from EUR 2.125

The price quoted above is an approximate price per person on a double room basis and will differ based on your actual date and month of visit (see departure dates).

SRS.: Single room supplement from EUR 395.

* Flight Bogota – Cartagena not included. This flight should be booked together with the international flight, that means: Your Country – Bogota & Cartagena – Bogota – Your country. So you don’t need at your return to check in a second time in Bogota. Thus, If the flight Bogota – Cartagena should be delayed and you miss the connecting international flight, the airline count it as single and not as two separate tickets.

** If the journey with only 2 participants are performed, Transfers and domestic voyages partly with taxis and local buses. See relevant tag (**) in the program.

*** On request we can book international flight tickets for you

 Available as a private roundtrip from EUR 2345 per person in a double room for your required dates (+ 15% high season. High Season: Easter + 15/12 to 15/01).

Included Services

  • From Bogota, to Cartagena *
  • River cruise on the Magdalena River
  • English- speaking guide
  • Transfers and domestic services **
  • All entrance fees as indicated per itinerary
  • 14 nights in a double room
  • Meals:: 14xB, 0xL, 0xD
  • EUR 25 for local children tour project
  • All Taxes and Fees

Not included

  • × International Flights ***
  • × Flight Cartagena – Bogota
  • × Personal expenses and tips
  • × If necessary, Port tax of EUR 5 in Cartagena
  • × All services marked as optional