Check your preconceived notions of Colombia at the door and discover the region’s riches on this well-paced adventure. From the convenience of Bogotá, fly to the natural and cultural wonders of the northern coast. Walk the cobblestone streets of colonial Cartagena, enjoy a boat and snorkelling tour of the San Bernardo Islands and sleep in hammocks in Tayrona National Park – home to lush vegetation and endless beaches. Your expert guide will take the hassle out of planning and help you find the secluded spots only the locals know, leaving you free to enjoy the amazing scenery of this friendly country.
Check out Columbia County’s museums and historical sites. Experience world-class music and performing arts in a dozen or more eclectic venues. Stroll and shop for art, antiques and one-of-a-kind treasures. Stop by a country store that offers fresh produce, baked goods, and a you-can-pay-me-tomorrow attitude. Best of all, wherever you wander–to shop, hear music, dine, or just explore–you’ll meander along some of best country roads in America.
Lumped these two together since time outdoors is time well spent in Colombia. Bogota is a high-fashion business and education center with ample history, sites to visit, and a nightlife to rival any city in South America.
Nestled against the Caribbean and bordered by small mountains, Tayrona National Park offers deserted beaches fringed by jungle, coral reefs, deep bays, and an established visitors infrastructure. Also within striking distance of of Ciudad Perdida, the Lost City, which every adventure-minded person should experience.
The town that time forgot, stuck in a giant swamp in the northeastern part of the country. Famous for hospitality and rocking chairs, this is supposedly the town that Gabriel Garcia Marquez based Macondo off of in One Hundred Years of Solitude.
Children Policy: Children two and under are permitted within maximum occupancy at no additional cost using existing bedding. Up to two children three to 12 are permitted in addition to the double occupancy for $40 per child, per night, using existing bedding or a roll-away bed (for an additional cost).
Additional Adult Policy: Up to two adults 13 and over are prmitted in addition to the double occupancy for $40 per adult, per night, using existing bedding or a roll-away bed (for an additional cost).Roll-away beds are based on availability and cannot be guaranteed; they can be requested for $5 per bed, per night.
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Handicap-Accessible: No, the resort is not accesible by wheel chair.
Arrive into Bogotá at any time, and spend the rest of the day at leisure exploring Colombia’s capital city. Meet up with your Tour Leader and the rest of your group in the evening, and see what the night has in store!
Free time this morning before boarding the flight to Cartagena in the afternoon. You’ll love the Caribbean charm of this beautiful colonial city and you’ll learn about its fabled past on an included city tour. Cartagena is split into its modern beach district and its historic downtown, which has varied architecture, mainly colonial in style but you’ll also see Republican and Italian style buildings, such as the Cathedral’s bell tower. Many of the world’s great explorers dropped anchor at Cartagena, and walking around its old city walls and past the stone arches which were used to house arriving slaves, you get a real sense of its colourful past. You can take a ‘chiva’ bus tour by night and visit the Islas del Rosario National Park. This area was declared Natural National Park due to the necessity to preserve and protect the coral reefs, sea grass and mangroves plus the animals that inhabit them. Chill out on the stunning white sand beaches, snorkel over the coral and soak up the chilled-out island lifestyle. Here, the equivalent to a spa treatment is a soak in the crater of the Totumo mud volcano. (B)
Yet to be fully discovered by foreigners, this is a charming, laid-back beach town popular with holidaying Colombians. Enjoy the seafood specialities and party in the unique local discos. More delicious seafood and fantastic snorkelling opportunities are on tap during your included boat tour of the San Bernardo Islands. This is a beautiful collection of pristine Caribbean islands one of which, Isla Palma, contains an impressive ecological park.
Santa Marta / Taganga / Tayrona National park
Travelling along the coast you’ll arrive at Colombia’s oldest city, Santa Marta. Located between the Santa Marta Mountains and the Caribbean Sea, the city is a popular tourist destination due to its history, colonial architecture, beaches and nearby nature reserves. Continue on to Taganga. From here you will explore the surrounding beaches, villages and Tayrona National Park – renowned for its unique combination of coral formations and jungle vegetation. You’ll head off on an overnight excursion to sleep in hammocks within the park (mosquito nets are provided). Why not try a fruit juice mix of ‘lulo’ (a fleshy yellow fruit indigenous to the Caribbean coast) and banana or maracuya which is a local brand of passion fruit – mmmm! The park boasts fascinating wildlife including black howler and titi monkeys, red woodpeckers, iguanas, jaguars (which are rarely seen as they hunt at night), a variety of lizards, tropical marine life, and more than 400 species of birds, such as eagles and condors. You’ll also visit the pre-Hispanic village of Pueblito while hiking through forests to waterfalls and lookouts with great views of the Sierra Nevada. (B, L, D)
You’ll return to Santa Marta to catch a flight back to Bogotá where you’ll have a free afternoon and evening for an optional city tour or to explore on your own. Enjoy a night out to celebrate the discovered gems of this fantastic country. The bars here, as elsewhere in Colombia, can rustle up a pretty mean mojito or a cool caipirinha, so you can enjoy a last few drinks on a night out with your tour buddies.
Your adventure ends after breakfast and its time to bid farewell to Colombia. (B)