8 days with Monograms Rating:
Day 1 ARRIVE IN BOGOTÁ, COLOMBIA.
Arrive in Bogotá, where your hotel is available for mid-afternoon check-in.
Day 2 BOGOTÁ.
Included private sightseeing starts in a colorful local market in the heart of the city, where you will learn about traditional Colombian food. Continue walking through the well-preserved colonial part of the city, La Candelaria, before visits to the Gold Museum, housing one of the largest collections of Pre-Hispanic gold, and the Botero Museum, featuring famous paintings from well-known artist Fernando Botero. Cap your day off with a funicular ride up to Mount Monserrate at 10,000 feet for expansive views of Bogotá. (B)
Day 3 BOGOTÁ.
Today is free to explore the modern city of Bogotá on your own. Alternatively, take an optional tour to Zipaquirá’s fascinating underground salt cathedral. More than 600 feet underground, you will find this monumental architectural masterpiece built inside a salt mine. Following the labyrinth of tunnels, you will find Stations of the Cross, angels, and the Madonna statue inside this unique underground cathedral. Today, it is still a popular pilgrimage site. (B)
Day 4 BOGOTÁ–PEREIRA (COFFEE TRIANGLE AREA).
Board your flight for Pereira in the heart of the Coffee Triangle of Colombia, the third-largest producer of coffee in the world. After lunch in a typical restaurant, your Local Host takes you on a visit to a coffee farm to learn about the process, from planting and roasting to tasting. Walk through lush plantations, uncover the secrets of the production process, and expand your palate with the help of local baristas who share the fine art of coffee tasting. Stay in a beautiful hacienda this evening. (B,L)
Day 5 PEREIRA (COFFEE TRIANGLE AREA). EXCURSION TO COCORA VALLEY, SALENTO & FILANDIA.
Drive through the region of Quindío to Cocora Valley with your Local Host, where you will find Colombia’s national tree, the Palma de Cera—the highest palm tree in the world. Help preserve this protected species of tree through a small ritual that includes planting one of these very rare palm trees. Next, stop in Salento, a typical village of this region, where you have time to walk through the small but colorful streets. Continue to Filandia, another village boasting gorgeous views of the vast Andes mountain range. (B,L)
Day 6 PEREIRA (COFFEE TRIANGLE AREA)–CARTAGENA.
Fly to Cartagena on the Caribbean coast, a UNESCO World Heritage Site full of well-preserved colonial architecture. Upon arrival, your private guided tour includes a visit to the Monastery of La Popa. Built on a hillside at the beginning of the 17th century, it features panoramic views of the city, its beaches, and the bay. Next, tour San Felipe Fort, built to protect the city from pirates as well as the British and French. Head into the walled colonial city and see the colorful streets and plazas of Old Cartagena. End the day with a tour of the San Pedro Claver Convent, housing impressive Pre-Columbian artifacts. (B)
Day 7 CARTAGENA.
Today is free to explore on your own. Perhaps take an optional excursion to see the old colonial city by horse carriage. Ride past churches, squares, and old houses with balconies full of flowers. (B)
Day 8 CARTAGENA.
Your vacation ends after breakfast this morning. (B)
All This Included
According to the 2014 WIN/Gallup International Association’s End of Year Survey of 65 countries, Colombia is the second-happiest country in the world. Monograms wants to bring you happiness, which is why we’ve handled all of your Colombia travel details, so you can experience this fascinating country and remain happy throughout your vacation. On this 8-day vacation package, we’ve arranged your hotel accommodations (including porterage), daily breakfast and a couple of lunches, private airport transfers to/from your intra-vacation flights, and sightseeing. Plus, we want you to feel comfortable and know you have a friend in each city to help you. That’s why we’ve arranged the one-of-a-kind feature of a Monograms Local Host® in Bogota, Pereira, and Cartagena. This local expert will greet you with a warm welcome, present you with materials to familiarize you with each city, and help ensure your vacation runs smoothly by answering questions, arranging optional excursions, and offering suggestions for restaurants, shops, and more.
Your vacation begins the moment you arrive in Bogota, where your Local Host will greet you and help you get settled. The next day, we’ll pick you up at your hotel for private sightseeing with a local expert, someone who will share the city’s inside stories and interesting history as you walk through the colonial part of the city and visit a colorful market. You’ll visit the Gold Museum, with one of the largest collections of Pre-Hispanic gold, and the Botero Museum, with paintings from well-known artist Fernando Botero. You’ll top your day off with a funicular ride to 10,000-foot Mount Monserrate, where expansive views of Bogota await you. A full day in Bogota on your own will give you the opportunity to explore one of the roughly 50 museums, browse the markets and shops, or take an optional excursion to the Zipaquirá’s underground salt cathedral, a popular pilgrimage site.
The following day, we’ll pick you up at your hotel and take you to the airport for a flight to Pereira, where you’ll be greeted by your Local Host, who will help you get settled and ready to explore this area in the heart of the Coffee Triangle. This area is the third-largest producer of coffee in the world, and we’ll take you to a coffee farm so you can learn about the process and walk through the plantations. You’ll also enjoy an excursion to Cocora Valley, where you can take part in a ritual to plant one of Colombia’s national trees; Salento, where you’ll explore this typical village; and Filandia, a traditional Colombian village.
We’ll once again escort you via private transportation from your hotel to the airport, where you’ll board a flight for Cartagena on the Caribbean Coast. In Cartagena, a UNESCO World Heritage Site founded in 1533, you’ll be greeted by your Local Host, who will escort you on a tour of the must-see sights: the Monastery of La Popa, built on a hillside at the beginning of the 17th century and offering beautiful views of the city, its beaches, and the Caribbean Sea; San Felipe Fort, built to protect the city; Old Cartagena, with its colorful streets and plazas; and San Pedro Claver Convent, home to impressive pre-Colombian artifacts. You’ll also have a full day to explore Cartagena on your own. Be sure to ask your Local Host for suggestions.
As we’ve mentioned, Colombia equals happiness. Add the sightseeing and guides we’ve arranged, the hotels we’ve reserved, the daily breakfast we’ve included, and the services of a Local Host in each city, and you’ve got a vacation sure to make you happy—just like the Colombians!
Bogota: Morrison Hotel 114
Pereira: Hacienda San Jose
Cartagena: Don Pedro de Heredia
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