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Our team here at BnB Colombia Tours is super excited to share with you our 29-Day Complete Colombian Adventure Tour Over 50s. A journey to Colombia is one you will never forget.
29 Day Complete Colombian Over 50’S
On the evening of the day of your arrival, you will experience a fabulous Welcome Dinner in a fine Bogotá restaurant. This will allow you to meet your fellow travelers and join the excitement of the moment.
With a rich history, Bogotá is a fascinating city to explore. The sprawling city is far larger than most imagine. The perfect city to start the adventure.
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You will experience the pulsating center of Bogotá including La Candelaria, the neighborhood where the Colombian capital was founded.
The colonial architecture mixes with urban art in the historic center of Bogotá, the bohemian neighborhood of La Candelaria.
Brimming with art, history, and good food, take a colorful stroll along the cobbled streets to discover it among museums, restaurants, and shops that connect the past, present, and avant-garde. The streets are full of amazing colonial buildings along with the opulent Presidential Palace and seat of Government.
First up is a visit to witness street art (graffiti) in downtown Bogotá. It is famous throughout the world and is both beautiful and political. You will see examples that illustrate artistic interpretations of the country’s history and current events.
See local neighborhoods where graffiti expresses social ideas and thoughts of local artists. They express their feelings about the present communal situation, social troubles, Colombian history, and the armed conflict on street walls.
Many works by the famed artist Fernando Botero are on display at the Botero Museum.
Even if you are not familiar with Fernando Botero, you probably will recognize his highly distinctive paintings of oversized characters. Colombia’s most famous living artist is also a prolific sculptor and his curvaceous bronze statues display an equally generous girth. Many works by Botero and other famous artists are on display at the Botero Museum.
Continue on with a visit to the famous Museo D´Oro (Gold Museum) which is stunning. On display is an extraordinary selection of pre-Hispanic gold work. It is the largest collection in the world with more than thirty thousand pieces of gold artifacts and twenty thousand pieces of ceramics, textiles and so on from pre-Columbian cultures that is now Colombia.
One of the most recognizable attractions in Bogota is Cerro de Monserrate, a hill towering above the city with a church perched on its top.
In 1620 the construction of a hermitage in honor of the Virgin of Monserrat was commenced and affords spectacular views. To reach the monastery of Monserrate, you ascend the heights either by climbing, cable car, or funicular.
The views of Bogotá it affords are the most spectacular.
Casanare, our next destination, is a region in eastern Colombia that has preserved, like a few others, the link between nature and the urban landscape.
Wedged between the Andes Mountains and the Amazon Rainforest is the Llanos. An area of plains and savannah that go for miles and miles. Much of the land is occupied by cattle ranchers, or Llaneros as they are known.
At first, it may seem desolate, but it is anything but. The Llanos is filled with weird and wonderful Colombian wildlife.
In the wet season, the plains turn lush green and flowers bloom in vivid colors. The huge variety of birds that inhabit the region also does their best to show off their most eye-catching colors. This results in a gorgeous palette that can be discovered by horse or canoe.
During the dry season (June to October) the plains turn brown with fewer lakes and streams for the animals to drink from. The advantage at this time is that the animals gather together around the remaining water sources, making it a lot easier to see them.
The people of Casanare traditionally live close to their horses and cattle. A typical family lives together on a ranch where they have an open-air kitchen and sleep in hammocks. You will notice that most do not wear shoes as they are used to doing everything barefoot, including horseback riding.
Having lived the life of a llanero, now we progress back to civilization and the grand city of Medellín.
The second city of Colombia is known as the City of Eternal Spring. With its near-perfect weather, you will find plenty of parks and plazas where you can enjoy the sunshine with fresh juice and an empanada from a street food vendor.
Medellín has transformed itself perhaps more than any other city in the world. Though its violent, tumultuous past is well-known, today the city is modern, innovative, and generally charming. We are in the most modern and dynamic city in Colombia. You will understand the turbulent history of the city and appreciate the amazing progress made over the last 15 years.
Medellín is one of the most visited destinations in Colombia throughout the year. Its climate, surrounding towns, the warmth of its people, and its nightlife make it an unmissable attraction for travelers from all over the world.
Once one of the most dangerous of neighborhoods in Medellín, Comuna 13, which clings to the mountainside above the San Javier metro station, has undergone an impressive metamorphosis in recent times and is now safe to visit. The nucleus of a trip to the Comuna is the area around the escaleras electricas, the outdoor escalators that provide access to homes in marginalized barrios that were formerly isolated from the rest of the city.
Medellín is also famous for its festivals. From Colombia Moda (Fashion Week) in July to Feria de las Flores (Flower Festival) in August, to the International Jazz Festival in September, to the most spectacular of Christmas light displays in December, there is rarely a dull moment in the city.
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Guatapé is a sensational area created from the flooding of two pueblos to create a dam.
Cobblestone streets are adorned with houses painted in multiple colors.
El Peñón de Guatapé, or La Piedra del Peñol, is a 220m/722´ high monolith located between the municipalities of Guatapé and El Peñol and has 702 steps to climb to the top! A wonder of nature, from where you can see a panoramic view of the reservoir of more than 2,200 hectares/5,436 acres. Once there the views are literally out of this world.
The highlight here undoubtedly will be the helicopter ride.
The lake and numerous tiny islands make for a spectacular sight. This is a bucket-list experience everybody needs to have at least once in their lifetime.
Visit a Cacao Finca (chocolate farm) where you will have the opportunity to even make your own!
Here we will experience an Artisan Cacao Tour like no other in Colombia. Walk through the cacao trees under the glorious sunshine, following all the processes until you make your own chocolate, rich and delicious.
Headed next for the Colombian Amazon, which is the perfect playground for adventurers.
The Amazon region not only has one of the most bio-diverse ecosystems in the world, but it is also rich in ancient wisdom and traditions maintained by the indigenous communities residing in the area.
It is a magical area full of surprises coupled with outstanding beauty populated by an amazing variety of wildlife.
Observe nature at its finest. A lush jungle with medicinal plants, pink and grey dolphins, monkeys, tarantulas, alligators, and others all make this home. Fish for piranhas. Explore the wildest and most rugged part of Colombia.
This incredible tour will take you into the heart of the Amazon where you will take river trips to visit remote Amazonian tribes.
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Overnighting in Bogotá we will travel early out of the city as
once out of the metropolitan area there are some outstanding places of natural beauty, which we will visit.
Zipaquíra is one of them, home to a Catedral de Sal (Salt Cathedral) which is composed of salt deposits that are millions of years old. Venture underground to see chapels and altars carved directly into the solid rock. This spacious cathedral is sculpted into a warren of salt mines 600´/183m) below the ground.
Not far away is the picturesque artisanal pueblo of Ráquira, the so-called city of pots. Handcrafts are everywhere to be seen. A river of orange clay in the form of cups, plates, pots, decorative figures, and so on. Even the main square is adorned with large figures made from clay.
Each sidewalk appears as a rainbow, adorned with personal touches that the owners of the houses and tiendas (shops) have given them. Every corner is the perfect setting for magical moments.
Time seems to have stopped in Villa de Leyva, a Boyacá town that through its architecture provides the most authentic examples of the colonial past.
This town, surely one of the most beautiful in all of Colombia, is famous for its historical importance and its magnificent plaza. The largest in Colombia and one of the most impressive in South America, with its 14,000sm/151,000sf of cobblestone.
Barichara located at the high end of the river Suárez canyon has a privileged vista of the entire area, blessed with an almost perfect climate. It is often described as the loveliest town in Colombia and not without good reason. It is a truly glorious pueblo with stunning architecture along with beautiful natural surroundings.
Guane a small pueblo 9 k/5 m from Barichara, has a certain calm about it. Relaxed and laid back with more locals than tourists. Here you will enjoy a fabulous gastronomical tour, experiencing local cuisine particular to the region.
Of course, Cartagena and the Caribbean coast are something really special, so off we go there!
The walled city of Cartagena de Indias, a UNESCO heritage site, is unique in its beauty that fascinates travelers from all over the world.
Cartagena, the fifth most populous city in Colombia, is surrounded by a great wall that protected it from pirate invasions. A city full of contradictions and charms, laced with amazing architecture, magnificent colonial houses, and picturesque streets, all cooled by a delightful sea breeze that makes up the unique charm of this illustrious city.
Considered the most beautiful colonial city in South America, the soft nights of Cartagena, illuminated with colors that contrast with its colonial history, make it the ideal Caribbean destination.
The city is divided into two parts, the old town or walled city and a more modern area full of skyscrapers.
This slice of Caribbean paradise offers colonial charm and history, with lots of fantastic restaurants, great shopping, and bustling nightlife.
A collection of 28 dazzling islands off the Caribbean coast of Colombia, the Rosario Islands are known for their fine beaches complete with pure white sand and crystal clear ocean waters. The Rosario Islands are the ideal place to enjoy the magic of the Caribbean without the crowds. As home to incredibly calm waters and vibrant coral reefs, the islands are a natural wonder and part of Colombia’s protected national park system.
Your day of island hopping will be like no other. The islands are surrounded by coral reefs, where the color of the sea is an incredible combination of cerulean and turquoise. There is nothing more carefree than a day at the beach.
Relax, soak up the sun and enjoy the most delightful seafood.
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Santa Marta is pure flavor. The city’s diversity is unmistakable through its people and each and every aspect of its culture. It is a destination that truly embraces its visitors and makes them feel at home.
A city that has made culture and expression an inspiration for singers, painters, and writers. The beauty of its beaches, the friendliness of its people, and the colors of its sunsets all make Santa Marta one of the main tourist attractions for both locals and foreigners.
The downtown area is bustling with restaurants, bars, and attractions that are absolutely worth a visit.
Minca, in the Sierra Nevada, has a rich archaeological history and is an ecological paradise with the crystal clear Minca River and its immense green vegetation.
Minca is a small quiet town at the foot of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountains, just half an hour from Santa Marta.
With a cooler climate, refreshing mountain streams and waterfalls, incredible biodiversity, coffee, and cocoa farms,
Minca is the perfect destination to relax in the most beautiful of settings, thanks to the mountains and fantastic panoramic views.
Lost to memory for 400 years before its accidental rediscovery in the 1970s, La Ciudad Perdida (The Lost City) is stunning in its scale and complexity. Some of which date to the seventh century, with terraces, plazas, canals, storehouses, stone paths, and staircases, many of them remarkably preserved.
But exploring Ciudad Perdida is a hard-earned prize as the only way to reach the site is by completing the nearly 30-mile round-trip trek through the unbearably hot, mountainous, mosquito-infested Colombian rainforest.
However, we have a helicopter waiting to fly over La Ciudad Perdida for you which will be truly memorable. See a world from long ago from a totally different perspective.
Cabo San Juan in Tayrona Park will be your next haven on this phenomenal tour.
Stroll barefoot on a beach of soft, white sand with gentle waves of turquoise, crystalline waters lapping at your feet, enveloping you with a sense of peace and tranquillity.
This is arguably one of the outstanding areas in Tayrona National Park.
This stunning park, located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, offers nature lovers a unique experience with outstanding landscapes and unforgettable sunsets, where you can immerse yourself in the incredible serenity that abounds there.
The Lost City of Taironaka will be an amazing discovery.
It is reached by crossing forests full of exotic fauna and flora, hanging bridges, mountains, and waterfalls. In the midst of a tropical forest are found the ruins of the great Tayrona Empire.
The Taironaka Reserve is located near the Don Diego River where the Tairona people lived in a flourishing society in the times before the Spanish conquest. They were an advanced civilization that lived in stone structures in the jungle. Their descendants, the Kogui people, have inhabited the same mountain area where they have been able to maintain their traditional way of life to this day.
The Taironaka Reserve is an archaeological site that has preserved artifacts from this pre-Colombian culture, where old stone terraces, walkways, drainage systems, and old mountain pathways can still be seen.
Our great adventure comes to a conclusion and now it is time to say adios.
Catch up on memories and enjoy the last moments of an unforgettable journey at an amazing Farewell Dinner at one of Santa Marta´s exceptional restaurants
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