Experience South America's best kept secret on this tour of Colombia

Discover South America's best-kept secret on this adventure through the verdant mountains and powdery beaches of Colombia. Discover Bogota's colonial heart, laze on palm-fringed stretches of Caribbean shoreline and meet the locals that make Colombia one of the world's friendliest countries. If you're looking for an adventure full of rhythm, music, colour and life, then jump onboard this trip and experience the best that Colombia has to offer.

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Terms & Conditions

Start
Cartagena, Colombia
Finish
Bogota, Colombia
Country
Colombia
Style
Original
Theme
Explorer
Code
GGSC
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why we love this trip

  • Wander beneath the floral balconies of Cartagena, the World Heritage-listed town combining Carribean splendour and irresistable old-world charm

  • Tayrona National Park seems to have it all, from perfect beaches and mountain backdrops to wildlife-filled jungle.

  • Admire the colonial-era architecture of Barichara, considered by many Colombia's prettiest town. Get lost on the cobblestone streets or head to San Gil – a hotspot for adventure sports

Is this trip right for you?

  • Colombia enjoys a stable year-round climate, but it can get particularly hot and humid on the coast. Be sure to drink plenty of water and wear adequate sun protection.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2018 to 31 December 2018. View the itinerary for departures between 14 January 2017 - 31 December 2017

Bienvenidos a Colombia! Welcome to Colombia. Cartagena is one of South America's most historic cities. The old city, particularly the inner walled town, is the main attraction – it's packed with beautiful churches, monasteries, plazas and mansions. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6pm. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader. Your leader will take you on an orientation walk in Cartagena after the meeting.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
Your hotel in Cartagena doesn't provide hot water. Thankfully, this isn't much of a problem in the tropical heat on the coast.

Some departures of this trip are part of a combination trip. As such, some of your fellow travellers may have started their trip 7 days ago in Bogota on Best of Colombia (GGSSC).
Enjoy a free day getting to know Cartagena's Old City under your own steam. Shop for local handicrafts, head up to San Felipe de Barajas Castle (the largest of the city's fortresses), or perhaps head out of town to the Volcan de Lodo El Totumo. Instead of lava, this strange volcano emits a cream-like mud that is said to contain many healing properties. Enter for a wallow, then wash the muddy goodness off in the nearby lagoon.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Cartagena - San Felipe de Barajas - COP20000
  • Cartagena - Day Trip to Playa Blanca - COP50000
  • Cartagena - Volcan de Lodo El Totumo - COP50000
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
This morning take a shared van transfer (approximately 5 hours) North of Cartagena to Guachaca, our home for the next two nights. The remainder of the day is free.

Included Activities
  • Tayrona National Park - Entrance fee
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today you have an included Full day visit to Tayrona National Park.
Tayrona National Park, a protected plot of wilderness encircled by the massive Santa Maria mountain range on one side and picture-perfect Caribbean on the other. Later, head back to Guachaca where we'll spend the night.
Accommodation
  • Family Posada (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Enjoy a nice continental breakfast at the hotel, then spend the day relaxing. With the beach just a short walk away, you can come and go from the hotel quite conveniently. While the white sands and lovely clear waters of the beach are hard to beat, the hotel itself is also a nice place to spend some time, especially if the weather turns. You can take to one of the hammocks in the garden with a good book. Mid afternoon take an included flight from Santa Martha to Bucaramanga (approximately 3.5 hours including a stop in Bogota) From Bucaramanga transfer approximately 3 hours to Barichara.
Accommodation
  • Overnight bus (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
With its quaint, cobbled streets, stuccoed houses and verdant backdrop of rolling hills, Barichara is widely considered the prettiest and best-preserved colonial-style village in all Colombia.
Today is a free day in Barichara. You may choose to take an optional excursion to San Gil which is only approximately 30 minutes drive away.

Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
After breakfast, set out on a two-hour walk along the Camino Real to the village of Guane. This ancient walkway, which was declared a national monument in 1988, was built by the indigenous Guane people many centuries ago. The trail starts off with a gentle descent down the rim of a canyon before crossing a valley filled with cacti. The walking is mostly downhill, and you'll likely spot a few fossils embedded in the stones that pave the trail en route. On arrival in Guane, refresh with a cooling drink before catching the local bus back to Barichara.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Transfer to Bogota Via San Gil (approximately 8 hours)
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today, head up Cerro de Monserrate by cable car, where a 17th-century church overlooks the sprawling capital. Then meander through the colourful laneways of the city's historic heart, La Candelaria. Boasting a wealth of cosy cafes and colonial churches, this is a neighbourhood full of surprises. Next visit the Gold Museum to learn about the wealth this country once had.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Bogota - Montserrate cable car
  • Bogota - Gold Museum
Optional Activities
  • Bogota - Museo Nacional - COP20000
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
There are no activities planned for the final day and you are free to depart the accommodation at any time.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners

Transport

Plane, Private Bus, Private vehicle, Public bus, Van

Accommodation

Hotel (9 nights)

Included activities

  • Tayrona National Park - Entrance fee
  • Bogota - Montserrate cable car
  • Bogota - Gold Museum

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Important notes

PASSPORT:
We require passport information at time of booking to purchase domestic flights which are included in this trip.

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Reviews

Our Explore Colombia trips score an average of 4.64 out of 5 based on 25 reviews in the last year.

Explore Colombia, July 2017

Matthias Schmid

Explore Colombia, July 2017

Matthias Schmid