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Highlights of Colombia

6 Days FROM USD 830

Overview

Colombia has something for everyone so join us on an adventure through Colombia's highlights. Enjoy the countries natural and urban wonders, including pristine coastlines, dense and wild Amazonian forests, beautiful architecture and a rich and fascinating colonial history. On this trip visit Bogota and visit the original Plaza Mayor, central Cathedral and Palacio de Justicia as you take a journey back in time to the era of Spanish rule and conquer.
In Cartagena, marvel at the artesian centre of the city and visit the famous Monasterio before heading to paradise at Rosario Island for some relaxation and delicious local food.

Trip Code: CMTSHOC

Location: Colombia

ITINERARY INSPIRATION

On arrival in Bogota, you will be greeted and transferred to your hotel. (with English-speaking Guide)

Colombia’s capital Bogotá is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city located in central Colombia on a vast plain 2,600m above sea level, cradled by the Andean mountains. The “Old City” of La Candelaria is the historic cultural centre of the city. Its cobbled streets are lined with colonial buildings housing museums, libraries, restaurants, hotels and bars set amongst convents, churches and homes that date back 300 years. Bogotá's most famous museum is the Gold Museum with over 55,000 pieces of gold, bone, ceramic and textiles from the Pre-Hispanic cultures such as the Tayrona, San Agustin, Chocó, Quimbaya, Muisca and Tierradentro.

Bogota

After breakfast enjoy a half day visit to the historic centre known as La Candelaria. This antiquated barrio is of great architectural and cultural heritage and has beautiful architecture. Visit the Plaza de Bolivar, where a statue of the great liberator Simon Bolivar is located. This Plaza, originally called the Plaza Mayor, was used for civil and military purposes, as a marketplace, a bullring and a gallows. Then visit the Museo Botero, a colonial house filled with works of art (that includes pieces by Picasso, Renoir, Dalí Matisse, Monet and Giacometti). Next is the Museo del Oro that has a permanent exhibition of some 32,000 pieces of gold, 20,000 stones, ceramics and textiles. The Museo del Oro is considered as one of the most important museums of its type internationally and it has been functioning since 1939. Free afternoon for individual activities (we recommend visiting the city’s various museums).

Half Day Tour Bogota

On arrival in Bogota, you will be greeted and transferred to your hotel. (with English-speaking Guide)

On arrival in Cartagena, transfer to you hotel (private car, bilingual guide)

The beautiful city of Cartagena lies within massive fortifications on Colombia’s northern coast. The walled city and fortress were designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984. The old town is a maze of cobbled streets, plazas, churches and bougainvillea-covered balconies. Its rich architecture includes Spanish colonial buildings, the Palace of the Inquisition, the Clock Tower and the Castle of San Felipe de Barajas.

Cartagena

Starting with a panoramic view of the city from the Monasterio and Iglesia de La Popa, you will continue to the San Felipe fortress, built on San Lázaro hill to defend the city from pirate attacks. Walk around the fortress and learn how the castle was constructed with its engineering feats, tunnels, underground galleries and passageways. Then go on to the Ciudad Vieja (Old City) to visit the Church of the San Pedro Claver compound that was built in the middle of the XVII century and owes its name to the “apóstol de los esclavos”. Lastly, visit the handicrafts zone of the Bovedas, a collection of archways built into the city wall of Cartagena that were used until the end of the 1700’s to house armaments and then later as a prison in the XIX century. Nowadays it’s an artisan centre for local handcrafts.

Half Day Panoramic Tour Cartagena Private

All day tour by boat to the Archipelago 'Islas del Rosario' located 45km southeast, approximately one hour from Cartagena bay. The boat will leave from Cartagena pier at around 8:00am, The national park is surrounded by coral reefs and lapped by clear blue waters and is the natural habitat for a large variety of marine fauna. Three ecosystems thrive here: coastal lagoons, mangroves surrounding them and tropical forest. Free time for snorkeling and relaxation. Enjoy lunch during the tour. At around 4:00pm, the boat will leave to Cartagena pier.

Full Day Rosario Island & Baru

Departure from your hotel in Cartagena and transfer to the Airport (Private car, Bilingual guide)

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Accommodation

We believe that appropriate accommodation should add to the authentic travel experience, as well as providing utmost enjoyment. For that reason our accommodation is scrutinised by our staff on the ground frequently, ensuring the properties adhere to our high standards. This key will help you understand the levels of accommodation available on this tour.

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Talk to one of our Destination Specialists to plan your South American adventure and turn your dream into a reality. With exceptional knowledge and first hand experience, our consultants will assist in every way possible to make your journey the most memorable it can be, matching not only the itinerary, but the accommodation and activities to suit your style of travel and budget.

Sustainability

Chimu Adventures undertakes a number of sustainability measures within its operations including:

1) Only using local guides and office staff to both maximise local employment opportunities and minimise carbon footprints. Local guides also ensure you benefit from the intimate knowledge, passion and culture of the country you’re visiting.

2) Where possible, using locally owned and operated boutique hotels to maximise the return to the local community.

3) Chimu’s “Pass it on” programme has provided funding to hundreds of local community projects in Latin America. Our aim is to empower local communities, helping them to develop their own infrastructure for the future. Since 2006, we have been working with Kiva (a well-known Non-Governmental Organisation), providing hundreds of loans to local businesses all over South America.

4) In our pre tour information we provide a range of tips and advice on how to minimise your impact on both local environments and communities.

5) Chimu Adventures’ offices also take a number of sustainability measures including carbon offsets for company vehicles and most staff travel. Chimu Adventure’s internal processes are also structures to create a paperless office and to reduce waste. There are also internal programmes to help staff minimise their carbon footprint such as our staff bike purchase assistance plan which encourages office staff to commute to work via bicycle. Currently almost half of our office based staff commute to work via bicycle.

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