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Colombia Essentials

Visit some of Colombia’s main destinations, such as the vibrant capital, Bogota, the time-warp town of Villa de Leyva or the jewel in the Caribbean’s crown, Cartagena. You’ll get to relax on some stunning Caribbean beaches and visit the unique Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira.

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Colombia Essentials

This tour gives you an opportunity to visit three of the top five Colombia destinations: Bogota, Villa de Leyva and Cartagena. In addition to this you’ll have time to explore the fascinating architecture at Zipaquira’s Salt Cathedral and relax on one of Colombia’s best beaches.

There’s also plenty of things you can opt to do, such as horseback riding and trekking. Your first destination, Bogota, is a thriving metropolis with a healthy dose of culture and a buzzing nightlife. Cartagena is Colombia’s tourist destination of choice, and is a must-see in any visit to Colombia. Villa de Leyva is a prized town in Colombia, managing to retain all of its colonial character despite the rapid modernisation of surrounding cities and towns.

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Itinerary

 

Day 1. Cartagena

Upon arrival one of See Colombia Travel´s representatives will be on hand to transfer you in regular service to your chosen hotel where you can relax and prepare for your upcoming adventure with us.

Day 2. Cartagena. Hop on - off bus city tour

Today you will take the Hop On, Hop Off bus around Cartagena, visiting the city, including the modern residential neighborhood of Bocagrande and the Walled City. The Old City maintains all the charm of the colonial days, with its narrow, cobbled streets flanked by charming balconies and heavy, characteristic doors. You will visit the Clock Gate, the main entrance to the old town. A walking tour of the Walled City is included and begins at 3:45 pm. Later you can visit the church of San Pedro Claver, the oldest church in the city before seeing the Castle of San Felipe – an imposing stone structure regarded as the masterpiece of the Spanish military engineering in the Americas. Finally, the Convent of La Popa is a cloister built on top of a hill that dominates the entire urban complex. Your tickets for the bus are valid all day long, so you can see the city at your leisure.

Day 3. Cartagena. Rosario Islands day tour

Only 1 hour from Cartagena, Cocoliso is one of the 27 beautiful islands on the Caribbean coast of Colombia. This is the perfect place to enjoy the beach and tropical Caribbean climate, and a great opportunity to taste the local cuisine, mostly consisting of fish and rice flavored with coconut. The tour takes you to discover this paradise, far from the bustling city. The journey is by boat from Cartagena, crossing the bay and docking at the coast of Cocoliso.

Day 4. Cartagena – Bogota

After breakfast transfer to the airport/bus terminal for your journey to Bogota. Upon arrival, transfer to your chosen hotel. Take the rest of the day to relax, acclimatise and explore the surroundings at your leisure.

Day 5. Bogota. Bike Tour

This tour allows you to discover the colorful history and culture of la Candelaria neighborhood, located in the historic center of Bogota. The tour is adjustable to suit various weather conditions and preferences. It enables you to visit the city in a more fun way, allowing a closer interaction between the visitor and Bogota. The tour starts at 10:30am and lasts for 3 to 5 hours, passing by the Plaza del Chorro, the Botero museum, the National Museum, Plaza Bolivar, local market plaza, central cemetery, Egipto Neighborhood, the Colombian National University, the Gabriel Garcia Marquez cultural center, the Bullfighting Stadium, when available, and many other interest sites. It is very flexible, so if you have suggestions feel free to mention them to the guide.

Day 6. Bogota- Zipaquira – Villa de Leyva

Departure towards Villa de Leyva. On the way we will visit the salt mines of Zipaquira, from where the monumental Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira was excavated. This unique structure is almost 400ft deep and it occupies an area of around 8000m², with four sections, each one 300ft long and 42ft wide. It presents 12, 30ft high impressive salt columns that support the structure. In the first tract of the underground journey, you will find the XIV Stations of the Via Cruxis, each designed by a local artist. Subsequently, a 175 meter long ramp descending to the last 13 meters towards the balconies on the cameras and the church choir. The final tract leads to the center of the Cathedral where we find the three monumental cameras and the 16m tall cross. We continue on our way to Villa De Leyva.

Day 7. Villa de Leyva. Half day city tour

The visit begins through the Ricaurte Square, also known as San Agustin Square and continues to the house of Antonio Nariño, who was a journalist, politician, and militant. He played an important role in the independence of the country. The visit continues through the Main Square. Covering over 14000m², it is the biggest square in Colombia. There you will see the notorious Cathedral, and the facade of what used to be the house of Luis Alberto Acuña, a painter, sculptor, and Colombian historian who transformed it into a museum. The tour ends with a visit to the church of El Carmen and its surrounding park. Rest of the day is free to get lost in any of Villa de Leyva’s enchanted cobble stone streets or to join any of the optional activities available.

Day 8. Villa de Leyva – Raquira – Bogota

After breakfast we start heading back to Bogota. On the way we make a short stop in Raquira. A colorful town, which in Chibcha means “the town of pots”, that is known as the handicrafts center of Colombia, and has also been named one of the prettiest towns in Boyaca thanks to the unique decorations of its many facades. At the chosen time we continue our journey back to Bogota.

Day 9. Bogota. Free day

Free day to do your final bits shopping in Bogota’s famous outlets or to take some of our optional activities, such as an easy trek to la Chorrera, the tallest waterfall in Colombia, or rock climbing in Suesca.

Day 10. Bogota

At the chosen time you will be transferred to the airport. All good things must come to an end, after all. Of course, if 10 days just isn´t enough time in Colombia, our tours are 100% customizable and we´d be happy to extend your stay with us. Just ask for more details..

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Welcome to See Colombia Travel, your number one resource for vacations to Colombia. We are a team of international experts boasting vast experience of traveling the world, and we’re here to help you discover the treasures of our beloved Colombia.

At See Colombia Travel all our Colombia tours are tailor-made. We’re determined to ensure your experience is 100% to your liking. Colombia is a stunningly varied country boasting idyllic beaches, lost cities asleep in the mountains and, of course, coffee galore in its bustling city-centers.

Whatever you’re looking for from your Colombia vacation, we’re here to guide you and ensure your trip is up to our highest standards of safety, value and quality. We’re sure that once you’ve been to Colombia, like us, you’ll want to spread the word about this fantastic, diverse country.