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$200 per person valid on new bookings only. Applicable on 2019 South America Tours. May not be combined with any other promotional offer. Additional restrictions may apply.
Prices include airfare, fuel surcharges, airport taxes and fees. All prices are per person based on twin occupancy. Air & land tour prices apply from the gateway airport or city specified in the Package Highlights. Prices will vary from alternative gateway airports or cities and may be higher. The total price will be clearly displayed prior to any deposit being required. Additional baggage charges may apply. Applicable for U.S. bookings only.
Prices include airfare, fuel surcharges, airport taxes and fees. All prices are per person based on twin occupancy. Air & land tour prices apply from the gateway airport or city specified in the Package Highlights. Prices will vary from alternative gateway airports or cities and may be higher. The total price will be clearly displayed prior to any deposit being required. Additional baggage charges may apply.
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DAY 1, Friday - Depart for Colombia
Depart for Colombia, a country of great diversity, culture, and natural beauty. Arrive in the cosmopolitan capital city of Bogotá; transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore the city independently, with its more than 60 galleries and museums
DAY 2, Saturday - Bogota City Tour
After breakfast, visit the colorful Paloquemao market. Your knowledgeable Tour Manager will provide insight into the delicious and often overlooked Colombian cuisine. Hot tamales are a favorite staple here, stuffed with chicken and corn in a banana leaf. You may have a chance to sip freshly pressed tropical fruit juice or try other Colombian specialties. Continue to the colonial section of La Candelaria, stopping at Plaza de Bolivar, the city's main square surrounded by the Cathedral, Palace of Congress, the Cardinal's Palace and the colonial church of El Sagrario. On to the astonishing Gold Museum with its impressive collection of pre-Hispanic native gold crafts and to the Fernando Botero Museum, housing some of the major paintings and sculptures of this contemporary Colombian artist. The afternoon is at leisure to further explore the city or, join the optional Funicular Train Ride* that takes you up to Monserrate Mountain. At more than 10,000 feet above sea level, see outstanding views of downtown Bogota and visit the 17th-century church and its El Señor Caído Shrine. Tonight, enjoy a light dinner with your fellow travelers and an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager on the delightful journey of Colombia that awaits you*Funicular train may be substituted with a cable car ride without notice
Optional: Monserrate Funicular Train Ride (PM)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 3, Sunday - Zipaquira Salt Cathedral
Depart this morning for Zipaquira. Upon arrival, visit the amazing Salt Cathedral, “The First Wonder of Colombia”, built within the chambers of a salt mine. Afterward, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Later, stop to play an energetic local game of Tejo*, the national sport of Colombia. Originally, gameplay consisted of hurling golden discs into a hole, at a distance of about 65 feet. However, the Conquistadors did make their own subtle improvement to the game - they added explosives. Today, the game is played with metal disks in fields across the country. Learn how to play and try your hand at throwing the disk. The afternoon is at leisure. Tonight, perhaps dine at one of the restaurants offering delectable Colombian cuisine or walk through the trendy Zona Rosa district, known for its lively pub scene or Parque 93, a commercial and recreational hub of the city*Colombian laws prohibit all people under 18 from entering places where tejo is played
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 4, Monday - Flight to Pereira, Tour the Cocora Valley and Salento Tour
Depart Bogota on a flight to Pereira in the center of Colombia's Zona Cafetera (Coffee Zone), a region of great natural beauty, charming colonial towns and welcoming people. Upon arrival, drive to the lush Cocora Valley, one of the most striking landscapes in Colombia, part of Los Nevados National Park. Here you may see hummingbirds and endemic yellow-eared parrots that made the park their home. Time for a walk in the valley before heading into the cloud forest to enjoy the biodiversity of the flora and fauna. Walk along an ecological pathway through the tallest wax palms in the world, the national tree of Colombia, reaching up to 200 feet tall. Enjoy lunch at a traditional restaurant and sample grilled trout - a local favorite before heading towards Salento with its beautiful traditional architecture. At Bolivar Square, see the colorful balconies and rows of handicraft shops. Before continuing to an approximate 3 hours drive to Manizales, linger at the Cocora Viewpoint to see the breathtaking panoramic views of the valleys below
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 5, Tuesday - Tour a Coffee Plantation
This morning, explore the lovely city of Manizales with its beautiful parks, mountain views, and streams. Walk to the Plaza Bolivar in the city center, highlighted by the massive Cathedral of Manizales, famous for its elaborate gold canopy and beautiful, large stained-glass windows. Be sure to stop at a local café or shop to try some of the regional favorites. Afterward, visit the Hacienda Venecia coffee plantation to understand the complicated process of producing the world's finest coffee. The highlight of the tour is a genuine coffee experience - you'll analyze the aroma, flavor, and body of a great cup of coffee. After all, coffee is Colombia's main agricultural export!
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 6, Wednesday - Medellin
Early wake up for a long drive* today but extremely rewarding. Depart Manizales for Medellin and admire the stunning scenery as you journey through coffee plantations, running rivers, and majestic mountain ranges. Discover Medellin located in the beautiful Aburra Valley, surrounded on four sides by lush green mountains and rugged peaks. Named the "City of Eternal Spring" because of its year-round mild temperatures, the city bustles with non-stop activity. Head first to Botero Plaza accented by the artist's huge metal sculptures and home to the Museo de Antioquia with its outstanding collection of Botero's paintings as well as other famous international artists. Continue to Barefoot Park, a delightful zen-inspired public area that encompasses a small bamboo forest and sandy areas. Return to your hotel in the late afternoon. The rest of the day is free to enjoy this lovely city on your own. In the evening, try a typical Antioquian dinner or, visit the upscale and very chic El Poblado neighborhood known for its trendy restaurants and clubs*Due to road construction, this drive may take longer than expected
DAY 7, Thursday - Medellin City & Santa Elena
Today, see a different side of Medellin with a visit to the barrios. Witness the transformation of the city once known for its drug violence, to a safe venue to soak up culture and everyday life. Begin with a Metrocable cable-car ride that takes you high over the barrios offering a bird's eye view of the city. Visit the barrio of Santo Domingo and the Biblioteca España,* an integral project to the city’s urban infrastructure improvement. This ultra modern library complex, on a hillside above the city consists of three buildings, covered in black stone tiles. Next, visit the Santa Elena area, near Medellin and one of the most typical “Antioqueño” towns, where the “Silleteros” tradition, linked to the flower production of the area, was born. Enjoy a traditional lunch with a local family and experience a unique opportunity to learn about the values and traditions of the Antioqueños. Afterward, continue with a visit to the town, including a flower production garden, where you'll learn more about the “Silltero” tradition*Biblioteca España is closed for an indefinite period of time, due to construction
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 8, Friday - Magical Cartagena on the Sea
A flight takes you to Cartagena (Cartagena de Indias), a magical city nestled on the Caribbean Sea with magnificent architecture, massive fortifications and fabulous sea breezes. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is considered one of the continent's cultural treasures with its remarkably intact historic walled city. Upon arrival, time permitting, meet children at a local school before continuing to your hotel. The afternoon is yours to start your exploration of Cartagena either in the Old City with its maze of cobbled alleys, or at one of the volcanic beaches. Restaurants and open-air cafes abound on the lively coastline with superb cuisine and fish fresh from the sea
DAY 9, Saturday - Cartagena
This morning, see expansive views of the city, sea and the port zone as you make your way to the San Felipe castle-fortress built on San Lazaro Hill, the largest in South America, to defend the city from pirate attacks. At the Walled City, walk through the multicolored houses and buildings of the Old City of Cartagena. Visit San Pedro Claver Sanctuary and Church built in the mid-17th century. Proceed to the city's colonial district beginning at Bolivar Park shaded by large trees and a statue of the great Liberator in the middle. Surrounding the square is the Gold Museum, which exhibits its fine collection of archaeological objects dating back to the pre-Colombian period. The visit continues to Santo Domingo church, the Cathedral and ends at the Terraces. Pass by the house of the famous Nobel Prize Laureate novelist, Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Then, on to ‘the Vaults', archways built within the walled city that were used to store armaments and later as a prison. Today, this entire area is a thriving artisans' center with beautiful local handicrafts. The afternoon is at leisure to discover this charming city on your own or, participate in the optional jewelry making class. Learn the art of jewelry making from trained craftsmen at FEJOCAR, a private non-profit jewelry school. Using .925 sterling silver and raw emeralds you will create jewelry. Upon completion of the class, you will receive a diploma and one piece of jewelry that you designed
Optional: Jewelry Making Class (PM)
DAY 10, Sunday - Full Day in Cartagena
Enjoy a full day at leisure in Cartagena to further explore the city on your own or, join the optional half day La Boquilla Mangrove. Enjoy a tour of the mangroves of La Boquilla, a fishing village located twenty minutes north of Cartagena. Glide through the dense growth of mangroves, on an original wooden canoe and view up-close this rich and diverse ecosystem. In the afternoon perhaps, participate in the optional Colombian National Aviary Tour. Visit the second biggest aviary in Latin America, and sixth in the world, that houses more than 1,750 birds, representing 135 species. During the tour, enjoy a refreshing drink or ice cream before returning to Cartagena. Tonight, a festive Farewell Dinner with your fellow travelers marks the end of a truly wonderful adventure in Colombia
Optional: Half Day La Boquilla Mangrove (AM)
Optional: Half Day Colombian National Aviary Tour (PM)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 11, Monday - Depart Colombia
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Escorted Package Includes
†Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates
Optional tours and gratuities.
Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers, but does include flights Bogota-Pereira & Medellin-Cartagena.
The route and program may vary according to weather conditions, seasonal changes, and local events.
Triple Rooms at the Hyatt Regency Cartagena will be accommodated in a Single Room & a Twin Room
Hotel El Dorado
This first class hotel is a five minute walk from Parque 93.
Hotel Estelar Recinto Del Pensamiento
This tourist class hotel is a 25 minute drive away from the city center of Manizales.
Hotel Poblado Plaza
This superior tourist class hotel is situated in the Poblado neighborhood of Medellin.
Hyatt Regency Cartagena
This superior first class hotel overlooks the Caribbean Sea.
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