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Explore the buzz of Bogota and Cartagena and the natural beauty of Tayrona National Park

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This ten-day trip lets you experience the highlights of this beautiful vibrant and Latin American country. You’ll get to experience two of its iconic cities as well as enjoy some down time in the jewel of Colombia’s crown – Tayrona National Park.

Your adventure starts in the capital, Bogota, where you’ll learn about its history and culture as you explore its museums and historic centre. You’ll also take the cable car up to Monserrate Sanctuary which offers unparalleled views over the city. You’ll also get a taste of day-to-day life at Paloquemao market, a lively hub where locals come to stock up from the colourful piles of tropical fruit and fresh flowers.

It’s then time to explore Tayrona National Park – a beautiful patchwork of white sandy beaches, turquoise sea and lush green hills. Enjoy a tranquil trip down the Don Diego River, keeping your eyes peeled for howler monkeys, tropical birds and caymens. You’ll also visit the Katanzama community, who have succesfully preserved their cultural traditions through minimal contact with outside civilisation. Learn about their traditional culture, beliefs and connection with nature.

The final stop is the coastal city of Cartagena. Undeniably Caribbean, Cartagena is filled with colourful houses where flowers tumble down from the balconies, the sound of music drifts through the air and street stalls overflow with fruit and sweet coconut candy. As well as exploring its picturesque streets with your local guide, you’ll unlock the secrets of the rum production and put on your dancing shoes for an evening of salsa.

Example Trip Itinerary

Days 1-4

Bogota

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Meet and greet at Bogota airport

Transfer

Private transfer to your hotel in Bogota

Accommodation in Bogota

Three nights in Bogotá Three nights in Bogotá

Colombia's capital is as recognisable and enjoyable as any other in this continent. It is packed with beautiful architecture, charming historical districts and museums recounting ancient to modern treasures and times. There are also sophisticated restaurants, great bars, local markets and much more.

Bogota's highlights Bogota's highlights

Gain a deeper insight into the history and culture of Colombia’s buzzing capital city with a local expert. Wander the cobbled streets of the historic centre, La Candelaria, full of colonial buildings, plazas and cathedrals. Visit the Botero Museum to admire Fernando Botero’s iconic voluptuous figures and see the world's largest collection of Pre-Columbian gold at the Gold Museum. You will also take a cable car up to Monserrate Sanctuary at a staggering 3,152m to enjoy unrivalled views over the city.

National Museum National Museum

The National Museum is one of the oldest in Latin America, originally built as a prison in 1823. Today it exhibits Colombia’s art, history and culture with a collection of over 20,000 invaluable pieces that represent different time periods. Permanent collections range from archaeology and ethnography samples dating 10,000 years BC, to Spanish colonisation pieces and Afro-Colombian art.

Paloquemao market Paloquemao market

Early in the morning you will experience the excitement of the largest market of Bogota. Discover Paloquemao and its vast and colourful array of fruits, vegetables and flowers. This is where chefs and locals come to shop for some of the best ingredients in the city. Step off the tourist trail and meet friendly vendors, learn about traditional cuisine and enjoy tasting exotic fruits from Colombia’s most remote regions.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to Bogota airport

Flight

Flight from Bogota to Santa Marta

Transfer

Private transfer to your accommodation near Tayrona National Park

Days 4-7

Tayrona Region

Accommodation in the Tayrona Region

Two nights in the Tayrona Region Two nights in the Tayrona Region

Tayrona National Park is one of the prettiest stretches of coastline in Latin America, where lush tropical rainforest meets golden sandy beaches and the blue waters of the Caribbean. It makes for a perfect combination of relaxation and exploration in an area which is home to more than 100 species of mammal, 200 species of bird and many reptiles. Time here is for relaxing and enjoying the picturesque views, scuba diving, snorkelling and exploring the nature of the park.

Don Diego river safari Don Diego river safari

Take a private transfer to the Don Diego river. After a 15-minute trek up a lush mountain, you will arrive at the river bank from where you will float down a crystalline river all the way down to the ocean. Keep your eyes peeled for exotic birds, howler monkeys and small caymans which are harmless and very shy.

Katanzama indigenous community Katanzama indigenous community

Today you will drive to the outskirts of the indigenous Katanzama community, where you will walk 1km to find the town used by Arhuaco families as a place of transit when moving around the Sierra Nevada. These families have succesfully preserved their cultural traditions through minimal contact with outside civilisation and in a unique cutural exchange, you will learn about their traditional culture, beliefs and connection with nature first hand, which requires significant humilty and respect. Although this community is well preserved, you may come across other likeminded explorers. The Kogui should not be photographed/filmed without their permission. Please wear comfortable walking shoes, long trousers and cover your shoulders.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to Cartagena

Days 7-10

Cartagena

Accommodation in Cartagena

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Three nights in Cartagena Three nights in Cartagena

Cartagena is Colombia's coastal gem and its most romantic city. The warm Caribbean breeze gathers up sounds of salsa music and the scent of the flowers that cascade down from the balconies of the rainbow-coloured houses that line its cobbled streets. Steeped in colonial and nautical history, Cartagena boasts impressive ramparts, forts and bastions as well as plenty of Spanish-style architecture. This is a city made for exploring: wind your way through the historic centre passing carts laden with juicy fruit and women selling coconut candies under the shade of the arches that ring the plazas. There are also fortifications to explore, museums to discover and lots of rooftops from which to sit and watch the world go by.

History and culture tour History and culture tour

Wander the winding streets of Cartagena's colourful historic centre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will be accompanied by a local historian who will recount the fascinating stories behind the iconic plazas, cathedrals and colouful houses that characterise El Centro and Getsemani. Learn about Spanish colonisation, pirate sieges and Cartagena's festive culture, and taste exotic fruits and traditional snacks along the way.

Rum tasting Rum tasting

Enjoy a tasting experience in which your local rum expert will guide you through how rum is processed and aged, in order to recognise its unique characteristics.

Salsa class Salsa class

Put on your dancing shoes and learn how to dance salsa with professional dancers who will teach you their best moves to dance the night away!

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to Cartagena airport

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