Colombia: History, Jungle, & Beach
DAY 1: BOGOTA
To ensure your comfort, an English-speaking guide will be waiting for you outside of Customs, holding a sign with your name on it. This representative will direct you to your awaiting vehicle and driver, and accompany you to your hotel to assist with check-in.
DAY 2: BOGOTA
Bogota’s Paloquemao Market, abundant with fresh food and flowers, is the second largest market in the city and one of the most important retailers in the country. Some 750 merchants offer an incredible variety of fruit, vegetables, diary products and meats, though it’s the flowers that stand out. Florists from the surrounding countryside fill their stalls with helicons, carnations and lilies, among many others.
Carry onward to La Candelaria, the oldest part of the city. Here you’ll visit Plaza Bolivar, where a statue dedicated to Simon Bolivar – father of Colombian independence – is featured prominently. Visit the Gold Museum, situated in the northeast of Parque Santander. The museum is host to one of the finest collections of Pre-Hispanic gold in the world and is truly a “must-see” when in Bogotá.
Rounding out the day, board a cable car to reach the peak of Monserrate. With outstanding panoramic views of the Colombian capital. After meeting your awaiting vehicle and driver, you’ll be returned to your hotel.
DAY 3: BOGOTA - SANTA MARTA - TAYRONA NATIONAL PARK
You will be privately transferred between Bogota's El Dorado International Airport and your hotel by a professional driver and an English-speaking guide. Approximate travel time is 45 minutes.
Board a flight in Bogota with service to Santa Marta. The flight duration is approximately one hour and 30 minutes.
You will be privately transferred from Simon Bolivar Airport in Santa Marta to your accommodations in Tayrona National Park by a professional driver and an English-speaking guide. Approximate travel duration is one hour.
With waves rushing against shores that lead to the world’s highest coastal mountain range, taking the time to simply appreciate the natural beauty of the Tayrona region is highly recommended. Today, take the time to unwind and absorb the scenery around you. Cozy up on a hammock with a refreshment in hand, or – for the more active – consider setting out to explore nearby beaches.
DAY 4: TAYRONA NATIONAL PARK
Beside the town of Santa Marta, world-famous for its beautiful geography, and the Sierra Nevada Mountains, the highest coastal mountain range in the world, is Tayrona National Park. With a local private guide, embark on a day long tour, starting your walk along natural pathways through semi-tropical jungle vegetation towards the park's beaches, learning about the vegetation, animals and ecosystem along the way.
DAY 5: TAYRONA NATIONAL PARK
The shores of Buritaca are simply gorgeous. Waves crash against the beach, while beyond the creamy-brown sands, a lush jungle rises into the mountainous countryside. For guests aiming to enjoy this beautiful region without expending too much energy, a tour by horseback is highly recommended.
DAY 6: TAYRONA NATIONAL PARK - CARTAGENA
You will be privately transferred from Tayrona National Park to Cartagena by a professional driver and an English-speaking guide. Along the way, break up the five-hour transfer with a leisurely lunch before continuing onward to your hotel in Cartagena.
DAY 7: CARTAGENA
After meeting your English-speaking guide in the lobby of your hotel, set out to discover scenic Cartagena on a four-hour walking tour. Begin with a stroll through the old town heading toward the Puerta Del Reloj, an iconic symbol of the city, and into Plaza de los Coches. Learn about the myth, legends and history of this historic city as you wind you way through tree-lined avenues en route to Plaza Bolivar, a park hosting a range of historic and cultural installations that serves as the ideal place to catch a glimpse of local life. Carrying onward, you’ll next visit the Inquisition Palace, an elegant building that hides a dark past.
Sweet-smelling restaurants, trendy bars, inviting boutique hotels and well-maintained colonial buildings define the city center of Cartagena – also known as the Walled City, or Ciudad Amurallada. Best experienced at leisure, stroll through avenues dotted with colorful homes, passing by sweeping plazas, towering churches and the centuries-old wall that has protected the city since the late 1700’s on this free day in Cartagena.
DAY 8: CARTAGENA
You will be picked up from your hotel by your private guide and vehicle, who will take you to the Santa Cruz pier, a 15 minute drive from the old historical quarters. Your guide will accompany you onto your private boat where a selection of drinks and snacks will be waiting. The Rosario Islands are formed by 23 separate coral Islands, which together constitute one of Colombia’s 46 Natural National Parks. The Rosario Islands are approximately a one-hour ride from Cartagena by motor boat. The route takes you first through the Bahia de Cartagena and then into the open sea, passing through the Bocachica strait between the colonial forts of Batería de San José and Fuerte de San Fernando.
DAY 9: CARTAGENA
You will be privately transferred between your hotel and Cartagena Airport by a professional driver and an English-speaking guide. Approximate travel time varies based on the location of your hotel, typically averaging 30 minutes.
When To Go:
December to March