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Travel Cartagena and Colombian Treasures

Tayrona National Park - City Center of Bogota - Pearl of the Caribbean - Colonial Town Villa de Leyva
Unique about this tour:
  • Take a day trip to Mompos, the sleepy swamp town that was the real world inspiration for the fictional town of Macondo
  • Take a city tour in through the lively streets of Colombia's most attractive tourist destination; Cartagena
  • Hike through the untamed wilderness and discover the unspoilt beaches of Tayrona National Park
  • Take a day trip to the unforgettable beaches on the Isla Encanto

We invite you on a journey through Colombia. Get to know the bustling capital of Bogota and the fascinating nearby colonial village of Villa de Leyva. Here you will be catapulted into a completely different era before leaving the mountainous interior and flying off to the "Pearl of the Caribbean," Cartagena. There you will get to know the city and visit the beautiful island of Encanto. At the end of the trip it is time to experience the untouched gems of northern Colombia which few people get to see. Tayrona National Park is the ideal setting. The flora and fauna here are virtually untouched and will sweep you up into a vortex that brings out the adventurer in everyone. 

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Welcome to Colombia

Bienvenidos a Bogotá! Welcome to Bogotá, Colombia, the largest urban city in Colombia. Situated in a fertile plain nestled against the Cordillera, this is one of the fastest growing cities in South America. We will be waiting for you at the airport to take you to your hotel where the rigors of your long journey will slowly but surely dissolve into happiness.

Standard Accommodation: Hotel Casa Deco

Day 1


Walking tour through Bogota

Get ready to do some major walking. Your city tour begins with a trip up Monserrate hill. The cable car takes you up to the top of Monserrate, where you can enjoy an incredible view over the bustling metropolis of Bogotá. Here you will have lunch in one of the great restaurants overlooking the city below. Afterwards you'll visit the historic downtown of Bogotá, “La Candelaria” where you'll find magnificent churches, the government palace and the "Plaza Bolivar.” Continuing on, you'll pay a visit to the famous gold museum “Museo del Oro” (closed on Mondays), as well as the Esmeralda museum (closed on Sundays), and the museum of Botero, where you can marvel at the many great works of art from the most famous Colombian artists – for example, the “Mona Lisa” in exaggerated form. Bogotá is an inspiring city that has something new to offer every day. 

Standard Accommodation: Hotel Casa Deco

Day 2

Bogotá - Zipaquirá - Villa de Leyva  

Off to Villa de Leyva!!

After breakfast you'll head towards Villa de Leyva, taking a break in Zipaquira, a former center of salt production during the period of Musica (700-1600 AD). The main attraction is the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira. This cathedral is located in a salt mine and is created entirely out of salt. It's one of the largest religious buildings in the world. The Salt Cathedral was opened in honor of the patron saint of miners, Santa Barbera. Continuing the theme from yesterday's visit to the gold museum, you'll then set off in search of "El Dorado“ by visiting the Laguna de Guatavita. This crater lake is situated at an altitude of 3,000 meters, and legend has it that kings and rulers were crowned here. During these ceremonies gold offerings were sunk in the lagoon. According to the legend, alligators, frogs, fish and monkeys made of pure gold have been fished from the lake. However, the legendary treasure of "El Dorado“ has yet to be found. You'll climb a steep path to 3,000 meters to reach the crater rim from which you will see the magical lagoon. And as you walk along the rim, your guide will tell you the history of this magical place. After your visit to the lagoon, you'll continue on to Villa de Leyva.

Standard Accommodation: Hotel La Espanola

Day 3

Villa de Leyva  

Free day in Villa de Leyva

Today you can take a relaxing walk through the old town or venture into the surrounding countryside. Villa de Leyva has many things to offer that you might not see at first glance. Today you have the time to get to know the town. The residents offer a one-hour horse riding tour, or guided quad biking and much more. This free day is entirely yours. In colonial times Villa de Leyva was the location of summer residences for the middle to upper class, thus the beautiful, intricately crafted homes, and the peaceful setting on the town.

Standard Accommodation: Hotel La Espanola

Day 4

Villa de Leyva - Bogotá - Cartagena  

Back to Bogota and a flight to Cartagena

It's time to say goodbye to Villa de Leyva and its inhabitants. The journey takes you back to Bogotá, with a stopover in Raquira to see the beautiful local pottery market and maybe find something that you like. In Bogotá you'll be driven swiftly to the airport where you'll board a plane to Cartagena, the "Pearl of the Caribbean." Enjoy the rest of the evening with a glass of wine at your hotel or in one of the many cozy restaurants in this exciting Caribbean city.

Standard Accommodation: Hotel Casa India Catalina

Day 5


City tour in Cartagena

Cartagena, also called the "Pearl of the Caribbean", is one of the main tourist attractions in Colombia and is the leading destination to explore culture and history. The city of Cartagena was declared a World Heritage Site UNESCO in 1984. You'll start your city tour in the morning, starting off with two historically significant monuments outside the old town. The first is San Felipe de Barajas, a fortress built to defend the city and an excellent place to get a panoramic view over the city and the sea. The second is the monastery and the church of La Candelaria, located on the mountain of La Popa. These are two outstanding examples of religious and colonial architecture, and reflect the colonial history of this historic city.

Standard Accommodation: Hotel Casa India Catalina

Day 6

Cartagena - Isla Encanto - Cartagena  

Daytrip to the "Isla Encanto"

Today you'll take to the waves as you speed over the ocean in a speedboat. The boat takes you to the Rosary Islands about 50km out to sea. The Isla Encanto is one out of 27 islands in total. Once there, you can take a walk or optionally go diving or snorkeling in the clear blue water. Of course you can also just lay on a towel at the beach and relax in the sun, but beware, the sun in Colombia, while pleasant, is also very intense. Be sure to protect yourself with sunscreen. In the evening you'll return to Cartagena for some of the city's famous nightlife.

Standard Accommodation: Hotel Casa India Catalina

Day 7

Cartagena - Mompox  

Off to Mompox!!!

Today you'll travel to Santa Cruz de Mompox, the real world inspiration for Gabriel Garcia Marquez's town of Macondo in his masterpiece novel, One Hundred Days of Solitude. This city exudes history, romance and nostalgia, especially along Calle Real del Medio, or the Royal Main Street, which is full of interesting architectural landmarks. A walk through the ancient streets allows you to observe the people going about their daily business in this sleepy backwater town. In Colombia every place offers a special culinary treat, and you are sure to find a few tasty tidbits here. In the evening you'll head to your hotel in town where you'll spend the night.

Standard Accommodation: Hostal Doña Manuela

Day 8

Mompox - Cartagena  

Free Afternoon in Cartagena

After the morning bus ride from Mompox, you'll arrive at your hotel in Cartagena. The bus ride is 6 hours long, and there is plenty of sightseeing to do along the way. You'll arrive in Cartagena in the late afternoon, and from there you can either visit one of the beautiful beaches or explore the city on your own. In the evening, you can either dine at the hotel or sit at a table in one of the many beautiful restaurants in the city center. Get plenty of rest tonight rest because the next day will be exciting!

Standard Accommodation: Hotel Casa India Catalina

Day 9

Cartagena - Santa Marta - Tayrona National Park  

Journey to the Tayrona National Park

If you have not yet fallen in love with Colombia, there's a good chance it'll happen in the next 2 days, because today you will travel from Cartagena to Tayrona National Park. On the way you will pass Santa Marta, a fishing town and hot spot for travelers. The ecosystem around Santa Marta, particularly the Sierra Nevada Mountains is quite unique. The outgoing streams from the Sierra Nevadas flow into the Caribbean Sea and are always accompanied by macaws and a variety of other birds. From here it goes on into the Tayrona National Park, which is just half an hour from Santa Marta.

Standard Accommodation: Cabanas Arricifes

Day 10

Tayrona National Park  

Free day in the Tayrona National Park

There's no better place to spend your last day than the beautiful Tayrona National Park. There's so much to discover as the park is bubbling with life and untouched wildness. Let your imagination wander! Take a trip to the Rocky surfs and hidden beaches and enjoy this unique environment. Tayrona National Park is located half an hour from Santa Marta where the mouth of the Sierra Nevada runoff streams unite with the Caribbean Sea. There are over 100 species of mammals to discover, as well as 70 different species of bats, 31 species of reptiles (4 of which are turtles), 15 amphibien species and over 300 different bird species. Pure nature! Furthermore, this natural park offers beautiful beaches with hotels, restaurants and a camping area surrounded by breathtaking nature.

Standard Accommodation: Cabanas Arricifes (Hammocks)

Day 11

Tayrona National Park - Cartagena - Bogotá  

Time to Say Goodbye

Unfortunately it is time to say goodbye to a country that has bewitched you with the beauty of its landscapes and warmth of its people. You will return to Cartagena where you'll head to the airport in time for your flight back to Bogotá and your return home. Hopefully you'll be bringing many happy experiences as well as a few souvenirs home with you. We hope to see you again here in Colombia!

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