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BnB Colombia, 23 Day Ultimate Colombia Experience Full Tour Itinerary

The following itinerary has been complied with much care and is provided in good faith. However small changes may occur during your tour or prior to your departure date. This may be caused by extreme weather, safety concerns or just recommendations from previous clients that will improve your experience.
VERY IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.
VALIDITY: Valid for all trips departing January 1st, 2020 – December 31st, 2021  (Last Updated: April 7, 2020)

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Itinerary 2020 / 2021

Day 1 – Bogotá, Welcome to Colombia!

Upon arrival at Bogotá, your driver will be waiting to pick you up from the airport and take you to your hotel. There are no activities planned for this day, so just relax and drink a lot of water to help you adjust to the altitude.

If you arrive early, we may be able to organize an additional tour for you.

Day 2 – Bogotá, La Candelaria, and Mount Monserrate

You’ll be collected from your accommodation in Bogotá and taken on a guided excursion, where you’ll encounter the most important historical locations within La Candelaria. Learn, where the rebellion against the Spanish was first planned; see the Palace of Justice; Plaza Bolivar, and many more.

Later, you’ll ascend to the summit of Monserrate, on 10,341 ft (3152m). Choose between the teleferico (aerial tramway) or, the funicular.

Wander through the artisan markets, visit a beautiful 17th-century monastery and enjoy some of the most spectacular panoramic views of the capital.

You’ll learn, how this mountain was sacred to the indigenous Muisca people for hundreds of years, where during the June solstice the sun rises exactly behind Monserrate and where thousands of pilgrims journey to every year.

Day 3 – The Majestic Amazon Jungle

After your flight into the Amazonian area, you’ll be collected from the airport and taken on a short drive through Leticia to the wharf, where you’ll catch a boat up the Amazon River to your lodgings for the next 3 nights.

You’ll be arriving in the mid-afternoon after a boat ride of approximately 2 hours, and just in time for a bit of relaxation before dinner.

Following dinner, you’ll venture out into the darkness on a night safari in the jungle. Search for tarantulas, giant insects, mammals, and the various Amazonian fauna and flora.

nb. This is an example Amazon itinerary. Your itinerary can be varied and adapted to the weather conditions and preferences of travelers.

Day 4 – Hike the Exciting Rainforest

Today you’ll enjoy a fantastic breakfast followed by a wonderful tour of the most important locations in and around Villa de Leyva.

You’ll enjoy a good breakfast followed by a day hike into the rainforest, where you’ll learn about the local plants and animals. After lunch, you’ll visit a native community of Mocagua, the Maikuchiga monkey sanctuary, and a rehabilitation center where you’ll have a close-up view of a number of native primates.

After this, you’ll head back to the eco-lodge to relax before a wonderful dinner. Tonight, after dinner you’ll be going in search of Caimans!

nb. This is an example Amazon itinerary. Your itinerary can be varied and adapted to the weather conditions and preferences of travelers.

Day 5 – The Famous Pink Amazon Dolphins

After a great breakfast, you’ll embark on another boat cruise. This time in search of pink and grey dolphins, which are unique to the Amazon region.

Enjoy your lunch at Puerto Nariño before heading to the Black Water Lake to see some amazing bird species, do some more dolphin spotting and take a chance to go for a swim. (don’t forget your swimsuit)

If there is some time you can go fishing for the mighty, but oh so tiny Piranha and other local fish, before heading back to the eco-lodge for dinner.

nb. This is an example Amazon itinerary. Your itinerary can be varied and adapted to the weather conditions and preferences of travelers.

Day 6 – Back to Extraordinary Bogotá

Following an early morning breakfast, you’ll be taken back to Leticia by boat and on to the airport for the next part of your Colombian Adventure. Once in Leticia, you’ll enjoy a transfer to the airport for your flight to Bogotá.

On arrival, you will be collected and taken directly to your hotel, with the remainder of the free afternoon to relax or explore.

Please note, your boat will leave approximately 6 am. An extra day/night in Leticia can be arranged if you would prefer to take a boat later in the day. In this case, you would be flying to Bogotá the following day.

Day 7 – Explore the Breath-taking Salt Church

Today, your driver will take you to the salt mine of Zipaquirá. Here, you’ll uncover the ingenuity of the people who converted this ancient 590 ft (180 m) deep underground salt mine into the amazing church that receives around 3000 people every single Sunday.

Your next destination is the town of Zipaquirá where you’ll check out the Grand Plaza, Independence Square and one of the oldest churches in Colombia.

Next on the itinerary is the wonderful town of Ráquira, a town full of artisans and a paradise for anyone who likes to shop Colombian-made items from hammocks to pottery. Fantastic streets and a wonderful town plaza full of clay statues are waiting for the photo-enthusiasts.

In the late afternoon, you’ll arrive at the final destination – Villa de Leyva. Take a quick tour with your guide, before you enjoy a night in cobblestone streets, lit with romantic lanterns.

Day 8 – Meet the Dinosaurs

Enjoy a fantastic breakfast, followed by an amazing tour of the most important locations in and around Villa de Leyva. Visit the Monasterio Del Santo Eccehomo, part of Colombia’s architectural heritage, founded in 1620. This beautiful monastery is built on a hillside and consists of a wonderful cloister, church, cemetery, and plaza, with beautiful views.

Explore the worldwide largest piece of pottery, the Terracotta House. Wander through the many rooms and take photos from different angles. This is really quite amazing!

Another interesting place not to be missed is the Fossil Museum. See, touch and feel the bones of dinosaurs, that once ruled this world.

Enjoy the remainder of the day to relax in town or check other beautiful locations nearby.

Day 9 – Exceptional Beauty of the Santander Region

Today, you’ll begin your voyage into Santander, the region that is home to one of the most beautiful towns of Colombia; Barichara, and other wonderful locations like El Socorro, San Gil, Guadalupe, Juan Curí, Giron, Bucaramanga, and the Chicamocha National Park. Today’s first stop will be the beautiful and important town Socorro, where the movement towards independence started.

After a brief tour and a quick coffee, you’ll visit San Gil, the adventure capital of the world. It is full of exciting activities: bungee jumping, rafting, canyoning, caving, and more. An extra day of extreme sports in San Gil can be arranged.

After a brief stop, you will head to your final destination, Barichara, consistently voted the most beautiful town of Colombia. Within a few minutes after arrival, you’ll understand why. Discover the beauty during some free “me time” in the evening.

Day 10 – Barichara and Impressive Juan Curi Waterfalls

You’ll have the complete morning to explore the town and its environs. Barichara is renowned for its colonial architecture, cobbled roads, artisan workshops, adobe houses, and craft shops. Visit remarkable chapels, churches, graveyards, parks, sculptures, and more.

Treat yourself to a wonderful lunch at the Plaza and continue to the Juan Curí Falls. Fall in love with the spectacular views of the 820 ft (250 m) waterfalls surrounded by native rainforest. Take the opportunity to climb or hike to the very top, take amazing photos, or simply relax in the natural pools.

After this beautiful experience in unspoiled nature, you’ll travel back to Barichara for another wonderful night in this beautiful town!

Day 11 – Spectacular Colombian National Heritage Towns

After another wonderful breakfast, you’ll start your voyage to Giron, one of the 17 Colombian towns with a national heritage rating. As the colonial architecture is so well preserved, you will find it easy to visualize how individuals lived 300 years earlier.

Next, go to Bucaramanga and take a cable car ride to the Santisimo Ecoparque. Suck in the spectacular views from a viewing platform above a 121 ft. giant statue of Christ. Along with this, you’ll also enjoy the beautiful water and light show and simply sensational sunset.

Day 12 – Medellín

You’ll be collected from the airport and taken directly into an amazing tour of the city of Eternal Spring (so named for its consistent weather all year long).
On this tour, you’ll see the most important locations in this grand city, and enjoy a wonderful mix of culture, history, and local traditions, including a tram and cable car ride.

Day 13 – Guatape, What a Rock!

You’ll be driven through some of the most beautiful scenery on to the replica town of Old Peñol. This town was actually flooded and is the bottom of Guatape Lake now. The only part of the original town that is still visible is the church spiral that sticks out of the water.

Next on today’s adventure will be La Pierda (The Rock or better know as Guatape Rock). This is simply a wonderful and huge stone standing tall and overlooking Lake Guatape far below. Once here you’ll have the opportunity to climb the 740 steps up to the very top, with breathtaking views every step of the way.

Following this, you’ll explore the colorful town of Guatape itself and stop for a spot of lunch at one of the many restaurants.

Day 14   !¡! The Pacific Coast !¡!

On arrival to Nuquí you’ll be collected from the airport and taken directly to the marina for your boat ride to your home for the next 2 nights; La Bayka eco-lodge. Set in an amazing scene just a short stroll to the water’s edge, La Bayka is an idyllic location to escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.

You’ll be arriving late-morning and have time to organize your things before enjoying a wonderful fresh lunch.

Following lunch, you’ll be going out in search of some of the many humpback whales that visit every year between the months of May and November (best months July to October). 

Following this wonderful experience (Please bear in-mind occasionally whales may only be seen at a distance) you’ll return to the eco-lodge to relax and enjoy this beautiful setting.

If you wish on your return you can enjoy an easy 30 min walk to the Cascada del Amor (The waterfall of Love) where you can enjoy a refreshing swim in this peaceful location.

nb. This is an example Pacific Coast itinerary. Your itinerary can be varied and adapted to the weather conditions and preferences of travelers.

Day 15 – More Whales and Thermal Pools

You’ll wake to the wonderful relaxing sounds of the ocean and the native birds singing at the start of another beautiful Pacific Coast day!

After breakfast, you’ll be off in search of some of those amazingly wonderful humpback whales and their baby that will be swimming nearby.  You’ll be enjoying 2 hours out on the ocean before heading back to the eco-lodge for another fresh lunch.

Following lunch, you’ll be walking along the beach for approximately an hour until you come to some wonderful thermal hot springs. Once here you’ll soak in the pools and relax in this amazing dream-like setting. You’ll then venture back to the eco-lodge in time for a beautiful sunset and another wonderful dinner.

nb. This is an example Pacific Coast itinerary. Your itinerary can be varied and adapted to the weather conditions and preferences of travelers.

Day 16 – Pacific / Medellín

You’ll be waking once again to the soothing sounds of the waves and the singing birds searching for their morning meal.

You’ll have time for a quick swim or a short hike, and another wonderful breakfast before taking a boat back to Nuquí and on to the airport for your flight back to Medellín.

On arrival, you’ll be collected and taken directly to your hotel to check-in and relax in the city of the eternal spring.

Day 17   !¡! THE COFFEE ZONE !¡!

You’ll start your day with a tour of Comuna 13 in Medellín; something that would certainly have been unimaginable 15 years ago due to the violence and lack of security. Not only is this location the most significant street art district in Medellin, yet it is additionally where the very first open-air electrical escalators in the world were mounted. You’ll get to ride these escalators and get the chance to learn the meanings behind much of the graffiti.

Next, it’s off to take a flight to the heart of the coffee zone; Pereira!
Once here you’ll be transferred to the magical town of Salento and your waiting hotel.
You’ll then enjoy a free afternoon to roam these colorful streets and check out all the artisan shops.

Day 18 – Filandia and Thermal Hot Springs

The Thermal Pools of Santa Rosa is truly one of the most picturesque locations you can visit while in Colombia. Set in a valley surrounded by tropical rain-forest the hot springs are quite simply amazing! You can move through the pools finding your perfect temperature, as the boiling hot water enters from the center and the cool refreshing mountain water enters from the sides. You’ll absolutely fall in love with the amazing waterfall that is an absolute must to visit.

Once it’s time to leave you’ll journey to one of the most colorful towns in Colombia; Filandia. Here you’ll enjoy a walking tour where you’ll be able to take many photos of the beautiful buildings, along with a trip to the mirador (lookout) where you’ll be amazed at the spectacular 360′ views you receive.

Day 19 – Wax Palms and Coffee!

This morning you’ll start your day with some beautiful views from the Salento Mirador (Lookout), and a look down into the valley you will soon venture through.

Next, you’ll take a trip into the lush Cocora Valley and a guided tour of the Wax Palm Forest. This valley is spectacular by itself, but when combined with the forest filled with the tallest wax palms in the world, it becomes an almost spiritual experience. You’ll get to spend a few hours walking through this peaceful zone with more beautiful views in every direction.

After you’ve stopped for a wonderful lunch you’ll continue onto a sensational coffee tour. This is one of the best coffee tours in Colombia and so very unique. The reason being the philosophy of this single lady owner. She has created a Finca that is completely pesticide and machinery free. Every part of the entire process is done by hand and with this, you’ll discover the traditional methods of growing the perfect coffee bean. You’ll also get to explore this wonderful Finca and find so much more than just coffee is grown here, such as a large variety of fruits as well. You’ll learn the complete process from the seed to the cup, including handpicking a few beans yourself.

You’ll then enjoy this wonderful peaceful Finca for the night, with only the sound of the birds and the river down below.

Day 20   !¡! CARTAGENA !¡!

Take a mid-morning flight to Cartagena, with a short stop in Bogotá along the way. Arriving around 2 pm, you’ll be collected and taken to your hotel to check-in and freshen up.

At 3:30 pm, you will be picked up for a magnificent city tour. You’ll love traveling with us through this amazing city, going to the most interesting locations of the city in an air-conditioned vehicle.

Your bilingual guide will explain the history behind every important site you visit. Be amazed about the panoramic views of the city from La Candelaria; a convent built-in 1606. Explore the fort of Castle San Felipe, travel through Manga, Getsemani and the modern city of Bocagrande, before enjoying a walk in the historic center. This is simply a wonderful way to get to know this ancient city. Starting this tour around 3:30 pm will mean you’ll have the added bonus of seeing this beautiful city by both, day and night!

Day 21 – Cruising to the Rosario Islands

Enjoy a breathtaking ocean cruise to the Rosario Islands to arrive at a beautiful picturesque beach. Once there, you’ll be assigned your personal beach space, which is exclusively reserved for you and the members of your group. You’ll receive full beach service, a fantastic typical lunch; use of deckchairs and umbrellas; a cocktail on arrival and English-speaking hosts. You will not experience any annoying beach vendors trying to sell you souvenirs or anything you do not wish.

You will have the full day to relax and enjoy your space, along with the ability to hire gear for snorkeling, paddle-boarding or kayaking.

Day 22 – Food, Mangroves, and a Mud-Volcano

Enjoy an extraordinary experience: a mud bath in the mineral-rich, world-famous El Volcán de Lodo El Totumo, the mud volcano of Totumo. Locals will help you massage the mud onto your skin. Feel the relaxation!

After your mud bath, a group of local women will clean your whole body. Afterward, head to the beautiful beaches of Manzanillo del Mar where you’ll enjoy a swim in the tropical waters, before you will be served a fabulous typical Caribbean lunch, including Coconut rice, fried fish, green salad and patacones (think of them as banana fritters).

Next on your program is the exploration of the Cartagena Mangroves in a canoe skippered by an expert local fisherman. Get to know the fishing community during a walk through their village, to see how the locals truly live.

Day 23 – Farewell

At the appropriate time for your flight, you will be taken to the airport.

Not ready to leave? Let us know if you’d like to extend your stay in this beautiful region. Perhaps you’d like to add a tour to San Basilio de Palenque, the first slave-free African settlement in the Americas, where you can try traditional African food and listen to a unique African dialect.


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Bookings

  • Required a minimum of 60 days prior to the tour start date.
  • 20% deposit at the time of booking.
  • 80% remaining payment 35 days prior to the tour start date.

Transport
Planes, Private Vehicles, Willys (4×4), Walking
All local flights are excluded in the cost of your tour unless otherwise noted. It is important that we have your passport information at the time of booking in order to process any tickets.

Airport Transfer
Your arrival transfer will be arranged based on the flight information provided to us. If you are advised of a flight schedule change within 48 hours of your scheduled arrival time, we will do our best to rearrange your arrival transfer however we cannot guarantee this.

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