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9-Day Treasures of Colombia

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Day 1 : Arrive in Bogota

Visiting: Bogota

Welcome to Colombia! This is the start of your exciting journey through a country that has so much diversity and beautiful places it will take your breath away. On arrival, you will receive a warm welcome at the airport and your private driver will take you to your centrally located hotel in Bogota, the capital city of Colombia. "Bienvenido a Colombia!"

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  • Standard Lodging: NH La Boheme

Day 2 : Bogota city tour, then travel to San Agustin Archeological Park

Visiting: San Agustin Archeological Park

Today you will visit the historic downtown of Bogotá, “La Candelaria,” with its magnificent churches, the government palace, and the "Plaza Bolivar.” Furthermore, you will visit the museum of Botero (closed on Tuesdays) where you can marvel at the many great artworks of the famous Colombian artist – for example, the “Mona Lisa” in exaggerated shape. Then, you will head up the Monserrate hill. The cable car will take you up to the top of Monserrate, where you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the bustling metropolis of Bogotá. Here you will visit the church which is located on top of the mountain and enjoy an amazing view of the huge capital city.

Bogotá is an inspiring city that has something new to offer every day. In 2010, Bogotá was selected as a Must See Destination by the renowned newspaper, The New York Times. Dive into a city that offers a variety of art & culture, recreation, sports, and science. Following the tour, we will transfer you to the airport, where you will catch a flight to Pitalito (flight not included), where we will meet you and transfer you to your hotel near the San Agustin Archeological Park proper.

  • Meals: B
  • Standard Lodging: Hotel Akawanka

Day 3 : Visit archaeological sights in San Agustin Archeological Park & surroundings

Visiting: San Agustin Archeological Park

Get to know this fascinating area and be inspired by the pre-Colombian culture which can be found in San Agustin Archeological Park. Today enjoy a tour by jeep to discover all the archaeological sites in the surroundings of San Agustin and the narrowest part of the river Magdalena. The San Agustin Archeological Park consists of two parts: Alto de los Ídolos and the hills Chaquira La, La Pelota and Puruta. Alto de los Ídolos is the archaeological part that belongs to the Isnos region, and is characterized by artificially erected grave mounds, which are connected with each other by raised paths. The hills Chaquira La, La Pelota and Purutal are part of the Huila department, which is characterized by different symbols which are carved into stone. Especially outstanding and not-to-be missed are the figures at the edge of the Magdalena River.

  • Meals: B
  • Standard Lodging: Hotel Akawanka

Day 4 : Travel from San Agustin Archeological Park to Popayan / afternoon walking tour

Visiting: Popayan

We will explore the cultural treasures of Popayan, also known as the White City. Since colonial times, Popayan has been the religious center on the road from Cartagena to Quito, Ecuador. On this tour, you will visit several important churches, the Parque Caldas, the Puente del Humilladero, and other representative sights in Popayan, which is also known as the city of faith. Popayan was also home to many poets, presidents, and writers from Colombia.

  • Meals: B
  • Standard Lodging: Hotel Camino Real

Day 5 : Hike in Puracé Volcano National Park

Visiting: Puracé Volcano

Just half an hour away from Popayan, we will find the beautiful Puracé National Park. You will enjoy hiking through amazing landscapes and observe condors. You will be astonished by volcanoes, many lakes, unusual flora and fauna and a friendly Indian population. The volcanic character of Puracé is reflected in numerous sulphur hot springs, like the Termales de San Juan and the waterfall Cascada del Bedon. Explore one of Colombia’s most beautiful national parks!

  • Meals: B
  • Standard Lodging: Hotel Camino Real

Day 6 : Full day leisure drive to the coffee heartland

Visiting: Armenia

Following breakfast, we will start a scenic and interesting 6-7 hour drive from your San Agustin hotel to Colombia's lush coffee heartland. Settle into your hotel and enjoy the quiet lush green and romantic atmosphere of the coffee landscape.

  • Meals: B
  • Standard Lodging: Hotel Estrella del Monte

Day 7 : Free day in coffee country

Visiting: Armenia

You can choose to take it easy and stroll the area and take it all in. You may want to choose, however, from among a number of interesting optional tours available, at extra cost. Among the available tours are: a coffee experience tour, a day tour to attractive Salento and the Cocora Valley, a visit to the orchid farm, or a botanical gardens visit. You may also want to visit the hot springs or the nature parks in the region for birders and hikers.

  • Meals: B
  • Standard Lodging: Hotel Estrella del Monte

Day 8 : Transfer to airport, depart for Cartagena

Visiting: Cartagena

Today, we will transfer you to the airport, where you will catch your flight to beautiful Cartagena. Here, grab your bag, enter the easy taxi queue, and head to your central hotel, maybe a 20-minute taxi ride away. You will check in and have the evening to enjoy Cartagena which really comes alive at night as musicians, dancers, and more fill the public squares.

  • Meals: B
  • Standard Lodging: Hotel Don Pedro de Heredia

Day 9 : Depart Cartagena

Visiting: Cartagena

Many international flights depart in the evening, so try to take one of those so you can enjoy a day here, strolling the colonial streets. Let us know, however, if you would like to add a night here to extend your stay in Cartagena.

  • Meals: B

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