Colombia is a country of dizzying variety. This tour will introduce you to the fascinating blend of adventures offered within Colombia’s borders. You’ll see some of Colombia’s most important cities, such as bustling Bogotá and the enchanting city of Cartagena. You will also wander the desolate beaches of Tayrona National Park, where palm trees sway in the breeze and turquoise waters lap the golden Caribbean shores. Leaving Tayrona you’ll have the opportunity to see one of Colombia’s most famous islands, San Andres. This island is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in Colombia, including Johnny Cay, an unmissable paradise. It is also one of Colombia’s premiere shopping destinations, so leave space in your suitcase. All this and much, much more on your trip to Colombia with See Colombia Travel.
- US$1,985. BH EL Retiro Hotel in Bogota and Bahia Sardina Hotel or Decameron Aquarium Hotel in San Andres
- US$2,001. BH EL Retiro Hotel in Bogota and San Luis Village Hotel in San Andres
- US$2,066. Zona G Hotel in Bogota and Bahia Sardina Hotel or Decameron Aquarium Hotel in San Andres
- US$2,089. Zona G Hotel in Bogota and San Luis Village Hotel in San Andres
- All other hotels remain the same.
Day 1. Bogota
Upon arrival one of See Colombia Travel´s representatives will be on hand to transfer you to your chosen hotel where you can relax and prepare for your upcoming adventure with us.
Day 2. Zipaquira. Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira and 'El Dorado' Sacred Lake of Gutavita
Today 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.
After visiting the salt mines, as an optional activity, we’ll continue to the Lake of Guatavita, where the legend of El Dorado originates. According to this legend, in the pre-Columbian days the Indians held special religious ceremonies in which the Chief (Cacique), with his body totally covered with gold dust, was submerged in the lake as an offering to their gods, while the natives threw precious stones and gold pieces into the lake. In 1967 the area, including the old village, was flooded, forcing the construction of a new town in a style that resembles the old Spanish colonial architecture. Return to Bogota. Meals: B.
Day 3. Bogota - Cartagena
At the chosen time you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Cartagena. Upon arrival one of See Colombia Travel´s representatives will be on hand to transfer you to your chosen hotel. Meals: B.
Day 4. Cartagena. City Tour
We take approximately four hours visiting the city, including the modern residential neighborhood of Bocagrande and, later, 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. Our entry is through the Clock Gate, the main entrance to the old town. We 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 afternoon is free to enjoy the city. Meals: B.
Day 5. Cartagena. Day on the islands
Located on the Rosario Islands about 1 hour from Cartagena, Baru is one of the most beautiful beaches 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. This boat journey takes you to discover this paradise, far from the bustling city, crossing the bay and docking at the coast of Baru. Meals: B.
Day 6 - February 17. Cartagena - Santa Marta - Tayrona
After breakfast, land transfer to Santa Marta and Tayrona National Park (about 5 hours) where you will spend the night. Meals: B.
Day 7. Tayrona National Park
Today you will have the option to walk through Tayrona National Park’s most unforgettable beaches and unmissable sites. Tayrona National Park is where the Colombian jungle meets the Caribbean, and is a great place for nature-lovers and beach-lovers alike. Important archaeological sites and beaches we’ll see include: Calabazo, Pueblito, Cape San Juan, La Piscina (natural swimming pool), Arrecifes and Cañaveral. Meals: B.
Day 8. Tayrona National Park - Santa Marta - San Andres.
At the chosen time you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to San Andres. Upon arrival one of See Colombia Travel´s representatives will be on hand to transfer you to your chosen hotel in the island where you can relax and prepare for your upcoming adventure with us. Meals: B.
Day 9. San Andres - Tour of the Island (optional - not included)
This two-hour excursion will visit the Morgan Grotto, connected to the ocean by a series of tunnels, where, according to the legend, the famous pirate Henry Morgan hid his treasures. We continue to the Blow Hole – an upstream current of water that looks similar to a geyser when the tide is high and the breeze is pushed through the series of tunnels. We will visit Punta Sur, the southernmost point of the island with a magnificent view and, afterwards, San Luis, a traditional area with pleasant beaches. Meals: B, L, D.
Day 10. San Andres
Fabulous free day to enjoy the beautiful white sand beach in Johny Cay, the fascinating aquarium of San Andres islands (not included) or just relax by the caribbean. Meals: B, L, D.
Day 11. San Andres - Bogota
At the chosen time you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back to Bogota. Upon arrival transfer to your chosen hotel for your flight back to Bogota.
Day 12. Bogota - Home
At your chosen time transfer to the airport for your flight back home. All good things must come to an end, after all. Of course, if 12 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. Meals: B.