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Bogota – Coffee Region – Cartagena

  • Colombia

  • Colombia

  • Colombia

BOGOTA / COFFEE – REGION / CARTAGENA – 07 DAYS / 06 NIGHTS

Day 1 – Bogota ( B/-/-)

  • Private Transfer International Airport to Hotel + English Speaking Tour Guide
  • Lodging at the selected Hotel

Day 2 – Bogota / City Tour + Zipaquira Salt Cathedral+ Lunch (B/L/-)

  • City Tour + Gold Museum Botero Museum+ Zipaquira Salt Cathedral + on private service + English Speaking Tour Guide
  • Typical Lunch Included
  • Lodging at the selected Hotel

Day 3 – Bogota / Pereira / Hacienda Venecia (B/-/-)

  • Private Transfer selected Hotel to Bogota’s Airport+ English Speaking Tour Guide
  • Flight to Pereira (Not Included)
  • Private Transfer  Airport of Pereira to selected Hotel + English Speaking Tour Guide
  • Visit to Hacienda Venecia + Coffee Tasting on private service + English Speaking Tour Guide
  • Lodging at the selected Hotel

Day 4 – Pereira / Salento & Cocora Valley (B/L/-)

  • Visit to Salento & Cocora Valley on private service + English Speaking Tour Guide
  • Lunch Included
  • Lodging at the selected Hotel

Day 5 – Pereira / Cartagena / City Tour (B/-/-)

  • Private Transfer selected Hotel to International Airport + English Speaking Tour Guide
  • Flight to Cartagena (Not Included)
  • Private Transfer  Airport of Cartagena to selected Hotel + English Speaking Tour Guide
  • HD City tour + Monuments of Cartagena on private service + English Speaking Tour Guide
  • Lodging at the selected Hotel

Day 6 – Cartagena / Rosario Islands (B/L/-)

  • Transfer Hotel-Port-Hotel
  • Boat Transportation to Rosario Islands 1 hour 30 min
  • FD Rosario Islands + Lunch
  • Lodging at the selected Hotel

Day 7 – Cartagena / …. (B/-/-)

  • Transfer Selected Hotel- Airport of Cartagena on private service + English speaking tour guide

CONDITIONS

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Day 1– Bogota

Welcome to Bogota and Colombia. Upon arrival at the international airport El Dorado, a representative greets you and takes you to your selected hotel, giving you a short briefing on Bogota and the country in general.

Bogota is the capital of the Republic of Colombia since its foundation by the Spanish Gonzalo Jimenez de Quesada in 1538.  Nowadays it’s a fast growing modern city and one of the most important cities in Latin America.  Bogota lies at an altitude of 8,660 ft. (2,640m) above sea level, with a population of seven million people.

Day 2 - Bogota / City Tour + Zipaquira Salt Cathedral + Lunch

We depart from our hotel to La Candelaria, the historic neighborhood in downtown Bogota that features Spanish and Baroque architecture. We walk from Luis Angel Arango library to Bolivar Plaza, from where we can see the Cathedral, the National Capitol, Palacio Cardenalicio (former Archbishop’s Palace), El Sagrario Colonial Church, Casa del Florero (House of the Independence), Justice Palace, Lievano Palace (Principal Mayor’s office).  Then we go to Casa de Nariño (Presidential Palace), the official home and principal workplace of the President and finally the colonial church of San Agustin, its architecture and interior decoration are worth seeing.

One of the highlights of this day is the visit to Museo del Oro (Gold Museum) whose collection has been declared a National Monument and it’s considered the world’s largest collection of indigenous gold objects with more than 30,000 pieces from all regions of Colombia. Later visit the Botero Museum. Housed in a renovated colonial mansion the works on display are all donated by Fernando Botero, Colombia’s most famous artist. Though Botero is a ‘Paisa’ from Medellin, around 120 pieces of his own work are displayed at the museum including his famous sculptures, paintings and drawings. His work is best remembered for the ‘proportionally exaggerated’ fat figures such as ‘La Gorda’ which, though initially amusing, has a voluptuous quality about them. In addition to his own work his personal collection by Picasso, Renoir, Dalí, Degas, Chagall, Matisse, Monet and Giacometti are also exhibited.

Finally driven through the northern residential area of the city and through the fertile plateau to the small colonial town of Cajica, where there’s a short stop at the main plaza. The tour then continues to the town of Zipaquira famous for its underground salt cathedral. Experience the sights extraordinary architecture where the Stations of the Cross and three naves are eerily illuminated along with other sculptures and cavernous pools all hewn from the salt mine tunnels under the Halite Mountains. Though a popular tourist destination, it is still a place of pilgrimage for the local community. Return to Bogotá. Lunch Included.

Day 3–Bogota / Pereira / Coffee Tasting

Breakfast in the morning and be transferred to Bogota’s Airport to take the flight to Pereira. Arrival in Pereira meet be greeted by the representative and transfer to the selected Hotel.

Later visit the Hacienda VENECIA to learn about the coffee culture and production. This attractive hacienda belongs to a family with four generations dedicated to coffee cultivation and production. In this beautiful Hacienda an excellent coffee is produced, which is exported since 8 years ago to Japan, Belgium and Canada. Also, Venecia distributes their roasted beans to an exclusive group of hotels, restaurants and bars. In addition, for seven years Venecia distributes roasted coffee to an exclusive group of hotels, restaurants and bars.

Also known as the ‘Coffee Triangle’ or the ‘Gold Triangle’; coffee plantations have existed in the Central mountain range of the Colombian Andes since the beginning of the 19th century and has since developed into one of the most important export products for the country. The high quality and distinctive taste of the famous smooth aromatic coffee owes much to the fertile green highlands of the Andes region where the beans are harvested, and then processed under the rolling foothills of the mountains.

The three main coffee producing cities in the region are Armenia, Manizales and Pereira and many plantations in these centres have renovated their old fincas to accommodate the surge in tourism to the region where travellers can learn about the coffee procedure in the settings of typical hacienda architecture with a backdrop of the beautiful landscapes, recently recogniced as cultural patrimony of Humanity.

The coffee Region is formed by 47 towns and 24 thousand coffee farms.

Day 4 - Pereira / Salento & Cocora Valley

Breakfast and visit the town of Salento. This town is a typical ‘Paisa’ town in the Coffee Region where some of the best examples of bahareque architecture in the area can be found. Take in the sights and sounds of Antioquian life and breathe the fresh air of the Andes.

Continue to COCORA National Park. The Cocora valley which is tucked into the foothills of the central Andean range is the home of the Wax Palm Tree, the National symbol of Colombia. The importance lain on the tree has rendered Cocora a sanctuary by the Colombian Government. The valley, which is also a wildlife sanctuary, is part of the bigger Parque Nacional de los Nevados and boasts a menagerie of wildlife including the Speckled Bear and the Andean Guan, a fowl species. Navigating along the valley on horseback, which is recommended, the regal Wax Palm trees can be seen standing tall and proud, as if guarding over this most stunning of valleys. Return to the hotel and overnight. Lunch Included

Day 5 - Pereria / Cartagena / City tour + Monuments of Cartagena

Breakfast in the morning and be transferred to the Airport of Pereira to take the flight to Cartagena.

Arrival in Cartagena, meet be greeted by the tour guide and transfer to the selected Hotel

Although the Colombian coasts were already known since 1501, the city of Cartagena de Indias was only founded in 1533 because of the difficulty in the provision of fresh water.  Before the Spanish arrival, the city was known by the indigenous name of Calamarí that means “Crab Region”.  From its beginnings as a colony, Cartagena was the only city port in South America until the foundation of Buenos Aires.

In the Afternoon visit the most important monuments of Cartagena.  The first stop is at La Popa, Convent of La Candelaria, built in the early seventeenth century on top of the hill with the same name, from where we have a stunning view of the city and bay.  Then we head to San Felipe Fort which was built on the seventeenth century to protect the city from pirates. After a tour of this fortress, we go to “Las Bóvedas” (The Vaults) which were used as dungeons in days of yore and now we find shops and craft stores.  We then continue our way to Plaza San Pedro Claver whose name honours the Spanish monk, known as the ‘Slave of the African slaves’.  Time at leisure to take some photos before returning to the hotel.

Day

The Rosario Island Natural Park is a marine paradise that offers an abundance of activities both water bound and on the island. Visit the impressive outdoor aquarium built around the reefs and spend the day active or lazing on the beach; these are just some of the pursuits available on the island and outlining waters.

Breakfast and morning transfer to the tourist pier and departure by motorboat to the beautiful Islas del Rosario archipelago, located an hour and a half south of the Bay of Cartagena. These islands have been declared a National Natural Park as it has one of the most important coral reefs of the Caribbean Colombian coast. Populated with a great variety of reef fauna; white sandy beaches and beautiful crystal clear waters all harmonise to make this impressive scenery. There will be opportunity to swim or snorkel, or laze in a hammock and let the imagination drift as one soaks in the heady atmosphere of this sensual island. Lunch included, return and overnight in Cartagena.

Regular tour for individuals.

Day 7 - Cartagena / ....

Breakfast in the morning and be transferred to the airport of Cartagena to take the flight to the final destination.

Option 1

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Hotel Information Option 1

Hotels Option 1 City Hotel name & web link
Bogota The Orchids Hotel – Deluxe Room
www.theorchidshotel.com
Medellin The Charlee Hotel – Standard Room
www.thecharlee.com

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Hotel Information Option 2

Hotels Option 2 City Hotel name & web link
Bogota Sofitel Victoria Regia – Superior Room
www.sofitel.com
Medellin Diez Hotel – Standard Room
www.diezhotel.com

INCLUSIONS

  • Transportation airport / Hotel / airport
  • Nights of accommodation in a double room.
  • Entrance fees and activities as described in the program
  • Meals as described in the program
  • Hotel taxes
  • Private services with local English-speaking guides
  • Permanent assistance by our offices in each city

EXCLUSIONS

  • International air fares or domestic air fares
  • Meals or any other item not described in the itinerary
  • Early check-in, late check-out, services and non-mentioned meals in the itinerary
  • Personal expenses
  • Drinks during meals, hotel extras and personal spending
  • Tips for guides and hotel staff
  • Activities not described in the program
  • Meals not described in the program
  • Airport taxes
  • Tips or personal expenses

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