Wild and Wonderful Colombia

Now considered one of the top ‘new’ destinations in the world and easily one of the most exciting countries in Latin America. This fully guided 8 day trip includes visits to some of the top wild and wonderful places in Colombia and is offered all year round for a minimum of 2 persons.

We start in the cosmopolitan capital of  Bogota then move on to Santa Marta on the northern coastline with a visit to a small fishing village; Mompox (the town that time forgot) and the nearby Cienaga de Pijino for a myriad of birdlife; Tayrona National Park, famous for its wild, natural beaches and excellent hiking trails; Cartagena, the beautiful colonial jewel of the Caribbean.

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  • Duration:  8 days/7 nights
  • Start dates:  All year round
  • Cost:  from £1,875 per person (for minimum of 2 persons)

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“Such a beautiful country, with amazingly diverse landscapes and fascinating places to see. The Colombian people we met were some of the friendliest and most welcoming we have ever come across on our travels”

KB, Edinburgh (Feb 2013)

This 8 day trip to some of the wild and wonderful highlights of Colombia includes visits to the largest gold museum in the world in Bogota; exploring colonial Santa Marta on the Caribbean coast; hiking in the Tayrona National Park and discovering some truly wild beaches; exploring Mompox, ‘the town that time forgot’ and a visit to a silver filigree workshop to see a local master craftsman at work; a boat trip to the wonderful Cienaga de Pijeno to see a wide range of indigenous and migrating birds; walking around the old city of Cartagena, widely regarded as the jewel of the Caribbean due to its colourful colonial architecture and now a UNESCO world heritage site. Tailormade tour, available on any dates all year round for a minimum of 2 people

  • Day 1 - Bogota

    Arrive Bogotá, meet your English-speaking guide and transfer to hotel x 2 nights in Bogota

  • Day 2 - Bogota

    After breakfast we start exploring the Colombian capital city.  We start with a trip to the top of the Monserrate Hill offering a spectacular view of the city, and then walk through the old town, La Candelaria, with its colonial architecture and the main square Plaza Bolivar. Visit the famous Gold Museum, which houses the world’s greatest collection of pre-Hispanic Indian gold artefacts and jewellery then end the day with a visit to Paloquemao, an authentic market place, where we will see and taste typical fruits

  • Day 3 - Bogota to Santa Marta (flight), Tayrona National Park

    After breakfast, transfer to the airport and departure flight to Santa Marta, the first European settlement in Colombia located close to the highest coastal mountain in the world, the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. After arrival, visit the colonial centre of Santa Marta, see the oldest cathedral in Colombia and the small fishing village of Taganga. Then continue to the Tayrona National Park located east of Santa Marta. 2 nights including breakfast.

  • Day 4 - Tayrona National Park

    We explore the park and its beaches on a full day guided walking tour visiting the most important beaches such as Arrecifes, Arenilla, La Piscina and Cabo San Juan del Guia.

  • Day 5 - Tayrona - Aracataca - Mompox

    Early in the morning we start our long journey to Mompox via Aracataca, where the Colombian Nobel Prize winning author Gabriel Garcia Marquez was born. We visit the most important places related to his life, then continue overland crossing the Magdalena River twice until we reach Mompox by late afternoon

  • Day 6 - Mompox

    After breakfast, guided tour of Mompox, the town often referred to as ‘the town that time forgot’.  We will visit some of its important churches and the main squares, and in the afternoon we will  have a boat ride through small river channels leading to the large Cienaga de Pijiño, with plenty of birdlife to spot en route.

  • Day 7 - Mompox to Cartagena

    In the morning, we explore other parts of Mompox and visit a local silver filigree workshop, one of the most famous products of the town. We continue by car until we reach Magangue where we cross the Magdalena River in a ferry. Once on the other side of the river we continue by car until San Basilio de Palenque, considered to be first village of free slaves in South America and birthplace of Afro-Colombian culture.  Our visit allows us to meet with local people and learn about their history and customs. Continue to Cartagena to our hotel in the old area of the city.

  • Day 8 - Cartagena

    After breakfast, we will have morning guided tour including the best known monuments of the UNESCO world heritage city of Cartagena. We start at the Convent of La Popa (the highest point of the city) and continue to the Castillo de San Felipe, an immense fortress ffull of history and mystery. We walk along the huge defensive  wall that surrounds the old city, overlooking the sea on one side and the well-preserved colonial architecture on the other.  Transfer to the airport. End of trip!

Price includes:

  • All transfers and transportation in private professional vehicles
  • Hotel accommodation (standard or superior on request), ensuite bathroom
  • Bilingual local travel guides
  • Meals mentioned in the itinerary
  • Entrance tickets to national parks and museums in the programme
  • Domestic flights: Bogota – Santa Marta

 

Please note that the price does not include: 

  • Personal expenses and tips
  • Departure tax
  • Optional and additional tours
  • Services not mentioned in the programme

Price per person in shared double/twin room:

2 persons: from £1,895 (Standard category hotels)  or £2,150 (Superior category hotels)

3 persons: from £1,575 (Standard category hotels) or £1,795 (Superior category hotels)

4 – 6 persons: from £1,495 (Standard category hotels) or £1,650 (Superior category hotels)

Single supplement: 

from £395 (Standard category) £625 (Superior category)

“Such a beautiful country, with amazingly diverse landscapes and fascinating places to see – in addition, the Colombian people we met were some of the friendliest and most welcoming we have ever come across on our travels’”

KB, Edinburgh (Feb 2014)