Best of Colombia

BOGOTÁ  –  VILLA VIEJA  –  SAN AGUSTIN  –  POPAYÁN  –  CALI  –  CARTAGENA
Travel Peru Seat-in-Coach Tour

Colombia – coffee and culture, a diverse country – whether green hills of the Andean foothills, the Caribbean coastal lowlands with their bordering mountains, the Pacific with its lava beaches or the regions of the Amazon and Orinoco.

 

Day 01 – Tuesday                                                                                Bogotá/ Approx. 17 km

  • Transfer airport Bogotá – hotel

Reception at Bogotá Airport and transfer to the hotel.

Bogotá – The Colombian Capital was founded in 1538 by the Spaniard Gonzalo de Quesada Jiménez under the name of Santa Fe. Here you meet both the dilapidated colonial grandeur, and the seething vitality of a modern metropolis. The constant air, fresh morning, warm noon and cool evening makes you forget the fact that there are no seasons. In addition to the vast southern slums ancient buildings are located in quiet, old districts.

Standard:

Overnight at Hotel B3 Virrey 3* (local category 3*) or similar (standard room)

Superior:

Overnight at Hotel Cité 4* (local category 4*) or similar (standard room)

  

Day 02 – Wednesday                                                                           Bogotá/ Approx. 50 km

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Half day city tour with the statue of Guadalupe (6h)
  • Afternoon at leisure

Get to know Bogota´s most famous food market. In the heart of the city you find early in the morning a beautiful flower market. Enter the market place and smell; surprise yourself with the different kind of fruits, vegetables, herbs, fish, seafood, chicken and meat. Take a break at one of the simple but delicious food stands to take the opportunity to try one of the typical meals of that region.

Visit La Candelaria which is a historic neighborhood in downtown Bogotá. It is the equivalent to the Old City in other cities. The architecture of the old houses, churches and buildings has Spanish Colonial and Baroque styles. It houses several universities, libraries and museums. Walk across the main square Simon Bolivar, along the governments buildings and reach the famous Gold Museum which houses the world’s largest collection of pre-Hispanic gold art. Visit also the Fernando Botero Museum, the well-known Colombian painter and sculptor.

Drive between of the main mountains of Bogotá up to the statue of Guadalupe. Here you can enjoy an incredible view over the town.

Standard:

Overnight at Hotel B3 Virrey 3* (local category 3*) or similar (standard room)

Superior:

Overnight at Hotel Cité 4* (local category 4*) or similar (standard room)

 

Day 03 – Thursday                                                                                   Bogotá/ Approx. 185

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch
  • Full day country tour (8h)

Drive from Bogota via the fertile plateau to Zipaquirá. You visit the famous underground salt cathedral, 120 m (394 ft) long and a total of more than 8.500 square meters. First there was the light of day, then darkness. Little by little, a multi-coloured phosphorescent light appeared and illuminated the walls of the Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral, a monumental architectural masterpiece built by the miners' own hands and which became a beautiful temple. Inside you find monumental crosses, angels and the Madonna statue. In addition to the main cathedral, there are small chapels and Stations of the Cross; its 14 stations are interconnected through labyrinthine tunnels. Go on to a little village for a stop on the main square. Driving up to over 3.000 m (9.840 ft) to the entrance of the legendary lagoon of Guatavita. From here, you make a half hour walk to the lagoon. According to the legend, a every young ruler of the Muisca (a Chibcha tribe) gave a sacrifice to the sun god of the lagoon. The naked body of the prince was coated with a paste made of gold dust. The prince went on a raft in the middle of the lake and jumped in the water where the gold dust dropped into the lake together with emeralds and gold which were given by the priest. As evidence applies the miniature of the gold craft today is located in the Gold Museum. From here you drive into the mountains, on a not paved road you will reach the house of local farmers where you have lunch and a chat with the family. You can walk around and take an impression of how farmer’s life looks like. In the afternoon take the road again back to Bogotá, on the way stop to taste typical arepas (corn bread).

Standard:

Overnight at Hotel B3 Virrey 3* (local category 3*) or similar (standard room)

Superior:

Overnight at Hotel Cité 4* (local category 4*) or similar (standard room)

 

Day 04 – Friday                                                              Bogotá – Villa Vieja/ Approx. 52 km

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Transfer hotel – airport
  • Flight Bogotá – Neiva (not included)
  • Transfer airport – hotel in Villa Vieja
  • Walk through the village with visit of the Totumo Museum & a private cracker production
  • Visit of the Tatacoa Desert by “Moto-Taxi”

Transfer to the airport and flight to Neiva. After reception transfer to your hotel. Walk through the little village founded in 1550. Here, time stood still. Visit a local family and learn how they make very famous crackers, loved in whole Colombia and visit a small private museum, where you will be surprised what locals make from Totumo (gourd tree). In the late afternoon take a moto taxi and enjoy the airy ride to the entrance of the Tatacoa Desert. The landscape is crossed by ditches and canals between which grow large cactuses. The cracks in the eroded soil, the shadow of the sun, that colors the site in orange and gray colors, and the roaring wind is the appeal of this landscape. Transfer back to your hotel.

Standard and Superior:

Overnight at Hotel Boutique Yararaka 3* (local category 3*) or similar (standard room)

 

Day 05 – Saturday                                              Villa Vieja – San Agustín/ Approx. 270 km

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Transfer to San Agustín
  • Visit to the archaeological Park

Today you drive along the river Magdalena, the largest river in the country and finally you reach the archaeological area of San Agustín. In the afternoon visit the archaeological Park of San Agustín with its significant graves and statues in a forest with a variety of sculptures.

Transfer to the hotel.

Standard and Superior:

Overnight at Hacienda Akawanka 3* (local category 3*) or similar (standard room)

 

Day 06 – Sunday                                                                         San Agustín/ Approx. 55 km

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Half day visit to a coffee farm
  • Visit to the archaeological Park Alto de los Ídolos

In the morning you will visit a coffee farm to learn about the whole coffee process. In the afternoon visit the archaeological park of “Alto de los Ídolos”, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Standard and Superior:

Overnight at Hacienda Akawanka 3* (local category 3*) or similar (standard room)

 

Day 07 – Monday                                                  San Agustín – Popayán/ Approx. 135 km

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Transfer to Popayán
  • Visit to the hot springs

Today you will have a 6-hour drive to Popayán. On the way you pass along the National Park of Puracé which extends from an altitude of 2.500 meter to 5.000 meter. The hilly Paramó landscape is crossed by ravines and water courses, as well as volcanoes:  their craters still smolder. Visit to the sulfurous hot springs of the volcano Puracé “Termales Agua Hirviendos”.

Standard:

Overnight at Hotel La Plazuela 3* (local category 3*) or similar (standard room) 

Superior:

Overnight at Hotel Dann Monasterio 4* (local category 4*) or similar (standard room)

 

Day 08 – Tuesday                                                                           Popayán/ Approx. 120 km

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Visit to the indigenous market of Silvia

Today you will visit the bustling market of Silvia. It is where a colourful mix of Guambiano- and Paeces-Indians, nuns and tourists meet each other. You have the opportunity to buy craft work. In the afternoon back to Popayán to enjoy the colonial town.

Standard:

Overnight at Hotel La Plazuela 3* (local category 3*) or similar (standard room)

Superior:

Overnight at Hotel Dann Monasterio 4* (local category 4*) or similar (standard room)

 

Day 09 – Wednesday                                                           Popayán – Cali/ Approx. 158 km

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Transfer to Cali
  • City tour with visit of a social “Salsa” dance project

In the morning your journey travels northwards. Drive to Cali, the city of the Salsa. In the afternoon, you will explore the city and visit a social dance project for children.

Standard:

Overnight at Boutique Hotel San Antonio 3* (local category 3*) or similar (standard room)

Superior:

Overnight at Hotel Obelisco 4* (local category 4*) or similar (superior room)

 

Day 10 – Thursday                                                              Cali – Cartagena/ Approx. 30 km

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Transfer hotel – airport Cali
  • Flight Cali – Cartagena (not included)
  • Transfer airport Cartagena – hotel

Transfer to the airport and flight to Cartagena. Reception and transfer to the hotel.

Cartagena was founded in 1533 by the Spaniard Pedro de Heredia. For a long time Cartagena was hub of goods and also slaves. Only in 1822, Cartagena became independent. Today Cartagena's old town is a historic gem. Outside the old town, the modern age has developed. Upstream island chains and beaches around the city make the city a popular tourist destination.Standard:

Overnight at Hotel Don Pedro De Heredia 3* (local category 3*) or similar (standard room)

Superior:

Overnight at Hotel Bantu By Faranda Boutique 4* (local category 4*) or similar (Oroko Premium room)

 

Day 11 – Friday                                                                              Cartagena/ Approx. 18 km

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Half day city tour

Today you get to know Cartagena. During the city tour you will visit the Castillo San Felipe de Barajas, a fortress in the city of Cartagena which is located on the Hill of San Lázaro in a strategic location, dominating approaches to the city by land or sea. In 1984, UNESCO listed the castle, with the historic centre of the city of Cartagena, as a World Heritage Site. Continue to the old city centre and walk along the colourful streets, winding alleyways and main squares of the old Cartagena. At the end you visit the convent San Pedro Claver.

Standard:

Overnight at Hotel Don Pedro De Heredia 3* (local category 3*) or similar (standard room)

Superior:

Overnight at Hotel Bantu By Faranda Boutique 4* (local category 4*) or similar (Oroko Premium room)

 

Day 12 – Saturday                                                                                                     Cartagena

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Day free at leisure

Today you have the day free at leisure to discover the city on your own. Alternatively, you can book the following optional excursions on spot:

Optional: Excursion to Rosario Island El Encanto (8h) : ( Can be booked when at destination with local office )

Depart from the main pier. With a motor vessel it takes about 45 minutes to reach the island. Long beaches with crystal clear water give you the possibility to swim, snorkel or just relax on the beach. Lunch included. In the afternoon return to Cartagena.

**Remark: The excursion is shared with international travellers and accompanied by an English-speaking guide. The transfers from/to port are private.

Optional: Visit of San Basilio de Palenque (approx. 4h) : ( Can be booked when at destination with local office ) 

Founded by escaped enslaved people during the 17th Century, this tiny village was listed as a heritage site by UNESCO in 2005 due to its strong African linguistic, musical and cultural traditions. It is considered the first free town in the Americas. From Cartagena in one and a half hour, you will reach the village to observe a community where Afro-roots and traditions have been preserved and maintained, including a distinct creole language (Palenquero), folkloric dance, cuisine, dress, hairstyles, political organisation and social structure.

Optional: Drums workshop & mangrooves tour at La Boquilla (approx. 4h) : ( Can be booked when at destination with local office )

After approximately a half-hour drive you reach the fishing village La Boquilla, where people are warm and easy-going. Find yourself on a stretch of beach situated on a narrow peninsula flanked by the Caribbean Sea. “La Boquilla” is struggling a cultural resistance to conserve

their ancestral traditions where the drums play a leading role. We invite you to play these drums to connect with typical rhythms of music like cumbia, mapalé and champeta through immersion with drums. Then, board a Dugout-canoe and go off to glide soundlessly through tunnels in the dense ancient growth of mangrooves that meander for a time before giving out onto the placid expanses of lake populated by flocks of easily excited egrets and pelicans.

Optional: Boat trip with on board dinner (2h) : ( Can be booked when at destination with local office )

At pier, you board a deluxe yacht where you will have a three course dinner while sailing the Cartagena bay at sunset. Toast for this extraordinary Colombia farewell (2 glasses of wine will be served).

**Remark: The excursion is shared with international travellers. There is no guide on board. Transfers from/to pier are private.

Standard:

Overnight at Hotel Don Pedro De Heredia 3* (local category 3*) or similar (standard room)

Superior:

Overnight at Hotel Bantu By Faranda Boutique 4* (local category 4*) or similar (Oroko Premium room)

 

Day 13 – Sunday                                                                             Cartagena/ Approx. 6 km

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Transfer hotel – airport Cartagena
  • Flight Cartagena – Bogotá (not included)

At due time, transfer to the Cartagena airport for your flight back home through Bogotá.

 

END OF OUR SERVICE

 

Price Information

 

with accommodation in (room)                                                  Double                   Single*

Seat-in-coach rates from 2 pax on:

Price in US$ and can be paid in sterling at current exchange rate.

Valid from January until December 2021:

 

Standard hotels

per person net in STERLING ( £ )                                                    1.270,00                1.669,00

per person net in USD                                                                      1.556,00                2.046,00

 

Superior hotels

per person net in STERLING ( £ )                                                    1.535,00                2.138,00

per person net in USD                                                                      1.881,00                2.622,00

*Surcharges for single transfers on arrival and departure day can apply for single travelers.

You can book this tour on private basis (from 1 pax on):

Valid from January until December 2021*:

Standard hotels

Basis 1 pax: per person net in STERLING ( £ )                                                              3.480,00

Basis 1 pax: per person net in USD                                                                                4.266,00

 

Basis 2 pax: per person net in STERLING ( £ )                               1.828,00                2.238,00

Basis 2 pax: per person net in USD                                                 2.240,00                2.743,00

 

Superior hotels

Basis 1 pax: per person net in STERLING ( £ )                                                              3.962,00

Basis 1 pax: per person net in USD                                                                                4.857,00

 

Basis 2 pax: per person net in STERLING ( £ )                               2.098,00                2.719,00

Basis 2 pax: per person net in USD                                                 2.573,00                3.333,00

 

* Please note that private departure rates are subject to reconfirmation and might not be valid on the following dates (due to Carnival, Easter, Christmas, New Year’s, local holidays, congresses and important events):

01.01.2021 – 15.01.2021

26.03.2021 – 04.04.2021

08.10.2021 – 18.10.2021

18.12.2021 – 30.12.202

Price Information - Flights

 

 Additional airfares – TRAVEL PERU is not responsible for any changes made by the airlines and the resulting costs (i.e. airfares, schedule changes, cancellations, taxes, fuel- and other charges). Airfares can only be guaranteed upon ticketing and may vary with the number of passengers. Airport taxes are subject to change.

BOG/NVA + CLO/CTG/BOG

January – November 2021:

net p. p. USD 483,00 incl. Q-tax and national airport tax

*REFERENTIAL RATE ONLY, SUBJECT TO CHANGES

BOG/NVA + CLO/CTG

January – November 2021:

net p. p. USD 362,00 incl. Q-tax and national airport tax

*REFERENTIAL RATE ONLY, SUBJECT TO CHANGES.

 Attention:

  • In order to issue local flight tickets, it is important to receive your INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT details latest 10 weeks prior arrival.

General Conditions

 

  1. Departure is guaranteed with a minimum of 02 participants. If this number of persons (2) is not achieved 60 days prior to departure date, tour will be cancelled. Please note that in this case all monies paid will be returned including deposit.
  2. The transfers on arrival and departure day are included in the roundtrip rate from 02 persons onwards; in the case of 01 passenger arrival /departs separately, surcharges for extra transfers will apply.
  3. Group size will be a max of 12 which will be for most of the tours, transfers and excursions for Seat-In-Service, which includes local English-speaking guides (changing in each area). There can be exceptions and these will be clearly stated below and will be known as non-exclusive services and are called, Regular Seat–in–Basis. This is where we will join with other passengers just for the services specified and our group size for these tours can be more than 12. Transfers and excursions are provided together for passengers of both hotel categories: standard and superior.
  4. The great advantage of all these programs called, ‘Seat on Coach ‘, is that they will operate between 2 and 12 passengers. They are guaranteed departures and the group will be together for the duration of the program the maximum size of 12 is small and you can be sure to enjoy all the tours and services provided on this basis. All the tours will be with local English-speaking guides and change according to the region you are visiting. After the tour you will have your own free time, you can mix within the group or just be on your own. There is no over-all Tour Leader for the group, so your free time is yours.
  5. Cancellation Policy:
  • From 59 until 31 days prior departure maximum 50% cancellation fee
  • From 30 until 20 days prior departure maximum 80% cancellation fee.
  • From 19 until 0 days prior departure there will be 100% cancellation fee.
  • Cancellation fees for flights are subject to separate cancellation conditions depending on the Airline. For some airline’s cancellation fees will apply already 60 days before arrival.
  1. Travel Peru is not responsible for any belongings of the passengers carried during any services rendered by Travel Peru, such as transfers or tours.
  2. Travel Peru holds an allotment for the required internal flights and can book/reserve all flights. If you require Travel Peru to book/reserve your flights please confirm and we will invoice you directly for these services. Tickets will be given to you at destination. If you wish to book directly your flights, Travel Peru will confirm the flights that you will need. With this we can try to ensure that the whole group will travel together on the same flights to avoid extra transfer costs.
  3. Our prices includes hotels, transfers, tours in seat coach/service and regular seat on the basis specified in point no 3, taxes, entrance fees. Meals are included as and when mentioned in our program. Unless mention lunch and dinner does not include drinks. (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner).
  4. In case of early transfers breakfast at the hotel cannot be guaranteed. If a dinner is included in the program it cannot be guaranteed in case of unforeseen late arrivals.
  5. The mentioned kilometers do not include the distances covered by airplane, boat or on trekking excursions.
  6. Our prices do not include: airport taxes, international and national airfares, personal expenses, extras in the hotels and tips.
  7. The above mentioned rates for pre- and post-nights at the group hotels are subject to availability and valid for max. 3 nights. From the 4th night on, a higher rate could apply.
  8. If you wish to book additional tours please advice. Travel Peru cannot be held responsible for tours booked via any other supplier.
  9. On booking we will require full name, passport number and validity date, nationality, date of birth and at least 10 weeks prior to starting your program international flight details.
  10. Flights not booked via Travel Peru can only be reconfirmed by Travel Peru with the correct flight details.
  11. For group flight reservations in general, no seat assignments can be made in advance so that preferred seating cannot be guaranteed. Groups are checked in at the airport, when the seats are distributed by the airlin
  12. Rates for hotel services are based on bookings made by non-resident foreign visitors. For nationals or foreign residents in Colombia, rates are not valid and a surcharge of 16% local tax applies on all hotel services.
  13. The hotels will check in the passport that the entrance stamp will be only for tourists: The correct ones are: PIP-5 or PTP-5 or Visa TP-11. If different, the 16% tax will be charge directly to the passenger
  14. Citizens of Canada have to pay a reciprocity fee of 160,000 pesos — about US$70 — when entering Colombia. The amount is subject to change.
  15. Children under 14 and adults older than 79 are exempt from the tax, which is paid to customs officials at points of entry.
  16. Canadian citizens who are headed to the archipelago of San Andres, Providencia and Santa Catalina will also be exempt.
  17. Cash payment must be in Colombian pesos. The tax can also be paid by credit or debit card. Passengers unable to pay will not be allowed into the country.
  18. Please inquire at your Embassy if visa is required and check validity of passport and any vaccination requirements.
  19. Travel Peru liability will be limited to the reimbursement of services supplied for failure of services contracted by us. TRAVEL PERU cannot be held liable for any injury, loss, accident, delay or irregularity occasioned by air-carriers or third-party suppliers and by natural phenomena, sickness, war, quarantine, strike, or any other kind of force major or by attendance to Federal Police, customs and Health Authorities regulations.

All distances given in itinerary are only an approx and does not include any journey by air.

 

Conditions of Payment:

On booking 10% deposit non refundable.

Full payment is due 60 days prior to arrival.

Payment method can be via bank transfer  (Bank details details are provided on each invoice). We also accept credit card payment processed via PayPal ( Please add 2% to cover commission charge from card companies )  - VISA, MasterCard, AMEX or PayPal.  PayPal might require you to set up an account to process payment.


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