F.A.Q’s – Facts and Questions Over 50 Comfort Shared Group Tour 13-Day Colombian Culture and Nature

F.A.Q’s – Facts and Questions Over 50 Comfort Shared Group Tour 13-Day Colombian Culture and Nature

All of the following facts and questions apply to the 13-Day Colombian Culture and Nature, Over 50 Shared Group Tours. If you still have any questions please book a chat with one of our destination experts by clicking here!

  • How do I know the hotels are up to standard?

BnB Colombia Tours has a wealth of options to choose from and the focus is on quality rather than quantity. You can rest assured that we carefully select accommodations for consistently high standards of cleanliness and service. This tour has Comfort standard accommodation, so should you wish to upgrade your lodging (such as a single room), let us know in advance. In this way, you can be assured of having your request confirmed.

    • Medellín is a major city spread over a large area. We choose mainly boutique hotels which are centered in the best areas near everything you might want during your stay – bars, restaurants, shopping malls, etc.
    • In the Amazonas, you will be staying at the lodge associated with your tour. Be mindful that they are not what you would find in major cities, but comfortable and safe in the jungle. Communication is difficult at best.
    • The capital city of Bogotá has a great variety of places to stay, as you would expect. We mainly place our guests on the north side, areas like Chapinero, Usaquen, and Santa Barbara. Here you will be able to enjoy best the vibrant city as well as have green areas to explore.
    • In Cartagena, we try to use hostelries in Centro or Getsamaní, the most delightful and picturesque of the neighborhoods.
  • What clothes should I bring?

Colombia has an incredible variety of weather conditions in relatively short distances, mostly due to altitude. (This is a great link for weather details for the cities you will visit)

    • Medellín on the other hand is known as the city of eternal spring, with spring weather to accompany it. So, light clothing is best with a jersey for the evening.
      • Outside of Medellín for Guatapé and the coffee plantation tour, it will be warmer, so cotton shirts and light pants are a good option. It is an excellent idea to have comfortable walking shoes for this part of your adventure.
    • The Amazon is very close to the equator with an average annual temperature of 26c/80f, so you must be well prepared for your tour.
      • Long sleeves and long trousers are probably the best tips we can give you because they help you avoid being bitten by mosquitos or other insects.
      • If you have your water-resistant boots for hiking, great. If not, the lodge will provide some.
      • Additional pairs of socks are a great idea.
      • Take a hat or cap with you so that your head and neck are protected from the sun.
      • Swimsuit too.
      • A light wind or rain jacket is nice to have.
    • Bogotá, where you will start your trip, is very high at nearly 9,000 ́, so it is generally cooler than many other places.
      • A light jacket or sweater is good to have but at night you certainly need warmer clothing as it gets very chilly.
      • Rain is never far away so an umbrella or a waterproof coat is advisable.
      • A hat is useful as when the sun shines it is very intense since the air is very thin at altitude.
    • The Caribbean coast is generally hot and humid, so tropical wear is advised.
      • In Cartagena, the wet season (April – December) is overcast, the dry season is windy and partly cloudy while it is hot with high humidity all year round.
      • During the year, the temperature typically varies from 76f/24c to 88f/31c and is rarely below 73f/23c or above 91f/33c.
      • A hat and sunscreen are strongly recommended along with good sandals or something similar.
      • Flip Flops are great for the beach, but not the best idea when doing a lot of walking.
  • What are the activity levels in this package?

All our shared group tours for the over 50 are rated easy or moderate, based on the level of activity you can expect. This is noted on every itinerary page, next to the tour name.  In general, where tours include more than a mile of walking per day you will need the ability to remain on your feet for extended periods of time. You can see the specific activity level details for each tour under the itinerary details.

    • In Medellín too you need comfy footwear to enjoy the city tour and visit Comuna 13. The day trip to Guatapé and the coffee plantation entails some walking, of course. For the spirited ones, you can ascend the 702 steps to the crest of La Piedra, which would be a moderate effort at a slow pace.
    • Once you arrive in Leticia for the Amazona part of your tour, you will immediately notice the high humidity. This will of course ultimately determine the intensity of your hiking. Very important to hydrate regularly. The trails are mostly flat and the activity level would be easy. However, given the high humidity, the actual effect might be moderate for most people.
    • For Bogotá you will be moving around quite a bit, so comfortable walking shoes are in order especially as some of the streets are cobbled. Those who are energetic can scale the steps up to Monserrate (2,000 ́) for a glorious view of the city or otherwise take the teléferico.
    • In Cartagena, it is hot and humid during the day, best are comfortable sandals to enjoy this fabulous city. The streets are mostly level, so getting around is easy. Remember to hydrate frequently.
  • Will I have any free time?

Each itinerary offers the perfect balance of downtime and discoveries. Evenings are often yours to explore or just relax. If you wish to opt out of a particular excursion let us know. Remember however that this is an inclusive tour, so there is no refund available if you decide to miss something on the itinerary. In this itinerary, you have a free afternoon in Medellín, a free day in Bogota, and a free afternoon in Cartagena.

  • How do I know the hotels are up to standard?

BnB Colombia Tours has a wealth of options to choose from and the focus is on quality rather than quantity. You can rest assured that we carefully select accommodations for consistently high standards of cleanliness and service. This tour has Comfort standard accommodation, so should you wish to upgrade your lodging (such as a single room), let us know in advance. In this way, you can be assured of having your request confirmed.

    • Medellín is a major city spread over a large area. We choose mainly boutique hotels that are centered in the best areas, El Poblado for example, near to everything you might want during your stay – bars, restaurants, shopping malls, etc.
    • In the Amazonas, you will be staying at the lodge associated with your tour. Be mindful that they are not what you would find in major cities, but comfortable and safe in the jungle. Communication is difficult at best.
    • The capital city of Bogotá has a great variety of places to stay, as you would expect. We mainly place our guests on the north side, areas like Chapinero, Usaquen, and Santa Barbara. Here you will be able to enjoy best the vibrant city as well as have green areas to explore.
      Big as Bogotá is, in these barrios, you will be able to live like a local.
    • In Cartagena, we try to use hostelries in Getsamaní, the most delightful and picturesque of neighborhoods.
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