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Colombia Essentials Bogota & Cartagena

8 Days / 7 Nights



P/P Double Occupancy

This package will give a glimpse of two top destinations in Colombia: Visit Bogota -Graceful churches, excellent museums, cultural events and a thriving nightlife can keep you busy for several days. And Charming Cartagena, a fantastic city that guards the secrets of history in its walls, balconies, buildings and narrow cobbled streets; and don't forget the white-sand beaches of Rosario Archipelago

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Map of Colombia  -  Multi-Day Travel Package

Day 01 Arrival at Bogota

Arrival at Bogota, meet with guide and transfer to hotel One of the biggest cities in Latin America. Historic riches—its well preserved historic quarter has a good claim to be the original capital of Spanish colonial South America, as the capital of the vast New Kingdom of Granada, placed strategically close to mythical El Dorado. Artistic riches—the small historic quarter alone is home to dozens of experimental theaters, and diverse art galleries dot the most popular neighborhoods pressed against the dramatic Eastern Andes peaks. Culinary riches—its several dining districts play host to world-class restaurants representing all the world's cuisines, traditional and modern, frequented by the local jet set crowd Casa deco hotel is located in the most important governmental and cultural centre of the Colombian capital. Most of the mayor historical monuments, colonial spots and tourist attractions, such as the gold and the Botero museums vanguards theatres and the cathedral situated in front of the plaza de Bolivar, are just few minutes away by foot. Overnight at Hotel Casa Deco

Day 02 Full Day City Tour (B)

Today visit to the historic center known as La Candelaria. This antiquated barrio is of great architectural and cultural heritage and is made up of old stately homes or large Spanish colonial buildings with iron windows, thick and sturdy wooden doors, balconies and internal patios with beautiful yet hidden gardens. Visit the Plaza de Bolivar, where a statue of the great liberator Simon Bolivar is located. This Plaza, originally called the Plaza Mayor, was used for civil and military purposes, as a marketplace, a bullring and a gallows. The Cathedral, on the eastern side of the plaza, is constructed on the remains of the first church built in Bogota in 1539 and houses an important collection of religious artefacts such as textiles and artwork that has built over four centuries. The Capilla del Sagrario is located just beside the Cathedral and is a gem of religious architecture and which houses valuable pieces of colonial religious art by Gregorio Vasquez de Arce y Ceballos. The Capitol, built between 1847 and 1926, shows its renaissance and neoclassical influences with its carved stonework and tall columns and, it is the first republican piece of civil architecture. The central area of the Capitol, known as the Salon Eliptico, is where congress meets and is the actual chamber for politicians and the Senate. In the internal plazas are busts of former presidents such as General Tomas Cipriano Mosquera, president on four occasions, and Rafael Nunez, the composer of the Colombian national anthem. Around the Plaza de Bolivar are the Palacio de Justicia, the Mayor of Bogota' s offices called the Edificio Livano, the oldest school in the county called San Bartolome and the Casa de los Comuneros who participated towards the end of the XVII Century in some of the first movements towards independence from Spain and the formation of the Republic. The visit continues with the Museo Botero, a colonial house filled with works of art done by and donated by Fernando Botero in addition to artwork from his own personal collection that includes pieces by Picasso, Renoir, Dala Matisse, Monet and Giacometti. Next is the Museo del Oro which has a permanent exhibition of some 32,000 pieces of gold, 20,000 stones, ceramics and textiles all precious to the Quimbaya, Calima, Tayrona, Sinu, Muisca, Tolima, Tumaco and Magdalena cultures. The Museo del Oro is considered as one of the most important museums of its type internationally and it has been functioning since 1939. In 2007 it underwent a complete overhaul to make this an interactive museum that would awake senses to the objects on display and it belongs to the International Network of Museums (ICOM). After a Half Day visit in Bogota (above), end the visit in the Santuario de Monserrate, a symbol of Bogota. Ride the cable car or funicular up to it, at 500 mts above Bogota (total of 3140masl). The site offers the incredible panorama of the city on one side and the Andes on the other. Note: The Museo del Oro is closed on Mondays; the Museo Botero is closed on Tuesday and the Museo de la Esmeralda on Sundays (except from the last Sunday of the month). Overnight at Hotel Casa Deco

Day 03 Day at leisure (B)

Today you can explore on your own, or have an optional tour to Zipaquira and Salt Cathedral or Guatavita Lake -not included Overnight at Hotel Casa Deco

Day 04 Bogota/Cartagena (B)

Transfer to local airport. Flight Bogota-Cartagena not included. Arrival Cartagena and transfer to your hotel. Cartagena de Indias, was founded in 1533 and today is probably the most attractive city in South America. In the old part of the city, “the walled city”, Cartagena conserves the beauty of its colonial past, in narrow streets flanked by heavy oak doors and gorgeous flowered balconies. Cartagena is the perfect combination of colonial history and modern Caribbean joie de vivre plus beautiful beaches lapped by crystal clear water on the Rosario Islands. You’ll meet warm and friendly people and have a large variety of excursions and tours to choose from. Hotel Monterrey is located in front of the Independence Square and the entrance to the Historic Center of Cartagena Walled City. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at Hotel Monterrey

Day 05 Cartagena Half Day Private City Tour (B)

Start with a panoramic view of the city from the Monasterio and Iglesia de La Popa. Formerly known as the Popa del Galeon and famous for resembling the stern of a galleon. Constructed in 1606 this church and monastery are located at a height of 140masl from where one can enjoy 360 views of the city and the sea as well as the port zone, one of the most important in the Caribbean. Continuing to the San Felipe fortress, erected in honor of the poet from Cartagena, Don Luis Carlos Lopez, made famous for his sonnet A mi ciudad nativa It was built on San Lazaro hill to defend the city from pirate attacks. Walk around the fortress and know how the castle was constructed, the engineering feats, the tunnels, underground galleries and passageways. Then, go on to the Ciudad Vieja (old city) to visit the Convert and Church of the San Pedro Claver compound which was built in the middle of the XVII century and owes its name to the Apostol de los esclavos Lastly, follow to the handicrafts zone of the Bovedas, a collection of archways built into the city wall of Cartagena and that were used until the end of the 1700s to house armaments and then later as a prison in the XIX century. Nowadays it' s an artisan center to appreciate local handcraft. Overnight at Hotel Monterrey

Day 06 Full day Majagua Island Tour (B, L)

All day excursion by boat to the Archipelago del Rosario, located approximately one hour from Cartagena. The national park is ringed by coral reefs and lapped by clear blue waters and is the habitat for a large variety of marine fauna. Free time for snorkeling and relaxation. Lunch during the excursion.

Day 07 Day at leisure (B)

Today you can explore on your own, or enjoy any of the additional tour in the área. Overnight at Hotel Monterrey

Day 08 Departure (B)

Transfer out to airport

Prices Include
  • All transfers and transportation in good, well-equipped vehicles: automobiles, vans and buses
  • Half Day Private city tour in Bogota and Cartagena
  • Full day tour to Rosario Archipelago with lunch
  • Lodging in the hotels mentioned
  • daily breakfast
Prices Do Not Include
  • International & Domestic flights within Colombia
  • Services not mentioned in the program
  • Airport fees for international flights (U$D 28 per person at this momment)
  • Rates are per person - double occupancy
  • Price per person based in double occupancy
  • Prices are subject to change without previous notice