5 Day Highlights of Colombia
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DAY 1, Friday - Depart for Colombia
Depart for Bogota. Welcome to Colombia, a country of great diversity, culture, and natural beauty. Later, join your fellow travelers for a light meal and an orientation meeting at approximately 8 PM with your Tour Manager. We recommend that you select flights which arrive in Bogota no later than 7 PM on Day 1 of the itinerary, or earlier if possible. (Dinner)
DAY 2, Saturday - Bogota City Tour
Start the day with a walking tour of the colonial section of La Candelaria, stopping at Plaza de Bolivar, the main square of the city. Surrounding the square you'll see the Cathedral, Palace of Congress, the Cardinal's Palace and the colonial church of El Sagrario. Next, to the astonishing Gold Museum, where you'll see the world's greatest collection of pre-Hispanic native gold crafts. Continue to the Fernando Botero Museum, housing many of the paintings and sculptures of this world-famous contemporary Colombian artist. Let the Colombian lifestyle sink in during an included coffee break. Then, 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. You will learn how to play and try your hand at throwing the disk. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore the city independently, with its more than 60 galleries and museums and shops with the latest fashions or, join the optional Funicular Train Ride** up to Monserrate for great views of the city. You will also visit the 17th-century church and its El Señor Caído Shrine, a popular place for pilgrims and prayers for years. Tonight, join your Tour Manager for a walking tour to Parque de la 93 and its surroundings with many pubs and restaurants showing you the exciting nightlife of Bogota. (Breakfast)
*Colombian laws prohibit all people under 18 from entering places where tejo is played
**Funicular train ride may be substituted with a cable car ride without notice
Optional: Monserrate Funicular Train Ride (PM).
DAY 3, Sunday - Bogota to Cartagena
This morning, transfer to the airport for your flight to Cartagena. In the afternoon, take a walking tour of Cartagena, a magical city with a richness of architecture, massive fortifications, and wonderful sea breezes. 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. Then, on to "The Vaults", archways built in the late 1700's, within the walled city that were used to store armaments and later as a prison. Today, the entire area is a thriving artisans' center with beautiful local handicrafts. Remainder of the day is at leisure. (Breakfast)
DAY 4, Monday - Full Day in Cartagena
Spend a full day at leisure in Cartagena to further explore the city on your own or, join the optional half day La Boquilla Mangrove. Embark on 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 half day Bird-watching at the Colombian National Aviary. 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. (Breakfast)
Optional: Half Day La Boquilla Mangrove (AM)
Optional: Half Day Bird-watching at the Colombian National Aviary (PM).
DAY 5, Tuesday - Depart Colombia
Your vacation ends after breakfast. (Breakfast)
Due to the high elevation, travel in the Colombian highlands may cause some passengers to experience the temporary effects of altitude sickness. If you have any concerns about traveling to higher than your accustomed elevation, please consult your healthcare provider.
All This Included
4 nights accommodations
Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
5 meals: 4 breakfasts, 1 dinner
Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
Services of an English-speaking tour manager throughout
Services of English-speaking local guides
Entrance fees per itinerary
Walking tour of the Colonial district of La Candelaria, one of Bogota’s oldest neighborhoods
Visit the Botero Museum in Bogota, housing many of the paintings and sculptures of this world-famous artist
Visit the Gold Museum in Bogota, with more than 55,000 pieces of pre-Hispanic gold and artifacts
Walk through the lively Zona Rosa district in Bogota, with its exciting nightlife
Admire the rich architecture of magical Cartagena, the queen of the Caribbean coast
†Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates
Bogota: Estelar Windsor House
Cartagena: Hotel Caribe
Land Only price does not include arrival/departure transfers, but does include flight Bogota-Cartagena. Passengers should select flights that arrive no later than 7 PM on Day 1 in order to attend welcome meeting and dinner. The route and program may vary according to weather conditions, seasonal changes, and local events.
This moderately active trip covers a fair amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours walking every touring day. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. Due to the high elevation, travel in the Colombian highlands may cause some passengers to experience the temporary effects of altitude sickness. If you have any concerns about traveling to higher than your accustomed elevation, please consult your healthcare provider. Some hotels in Bogota are built in the traditional local style and have no air-conditioning. During heat waves, these hotels can become uncomfortable, even at higher elevations.
Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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