F.A.Q’s – Facts and Questions Over 50 High-End Shared Group Tour 29-Day Complete Colombian Adventure

F.A.Q’s – Facts and Questions Over 50 High-End Shared Group Tour 29-Day Complete Colombian Adventure

All of the following facts and questions apply to the 29-Day Complete Colombian Adventure, Over 50 High-End Shared Group Tours. If you still have any questions please book a chat with one of our destination experts by clicking here!

  • 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)

    • 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. You will notice the locals are well-equipped for every eventuality!
    • Yopal is a decent-sized city with a hospital, pharmacies, supermarkets, and ATMs. However, once out in Los Llanos, there is not much to be found. So be sure to take plenty of cash and any needed medications or other things you might need. During the dry season, it is hot and sunny, so bring appropriate clothes. The wet season is also still fairly hot and humid with frequent rains, so come prepared for that. Quick dry, looser long sleeve shirts and long pants like you might wear hiking work well to protect from the sun and bugs. You will also want comfortable shoes, preferably waterproof hiking boots, especially during the wet season. Have slightly thicker long pants or jeans for horseback riding.
    • 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 somewhat 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. Again, it goes without saying, have a hat or cap as the sun is really strong in Antioquía, and some sunscreen close by you.
    • The Amazon is very close to the equator with an average annual temperature of 26c/80f, so it is crucial you are 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 own water-resistant boots for hiking, great. If not, the lodge will provide some. Additional pairs of socks are a great idea. Definitely take a hat or cap with you so that your head, face, and neck are protected from the sun. Swimsuit too. A light wind or rain jacket is nice to have.
    • Villa de Leyva is somewhat warmer than Bogotá and at times during the day can be quite hot, with fresh evenings.
      Likewise to the other pueblos you will visit, Raquira, Barichara, and Guane are warm during the day with pleasant evenings.
    • The Caribbean coast is generally hot and humid, so tropical wear is advised. A hat and sunscreen are strongly recommended along with good sandals or something similar. Flip Flops are not the best idea – leave them for the pool.
      • 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. 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. You will need decent sneakers or tennis shoes.
      • Hiking to Cabo San Juan beach is about 2 hours, remember that it is hot, so bring some liquid refreshments with you. After plenty of time to refresh and recharge at the beach, you will return on foot as well. For those who prefer not to walk, there is the option of traveling on horseback. Remember your long trousers!
      • The visit to the Lost City of Taironaka is by boat, but there is an element of walking around the ruins. Good footwear is thoroughly recommended.
  • 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

    • 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. Remember that you are at an altitude of 9,000´/2,743m, so take it easy until you become accustomed to the thin air. Drink plenty of fluids to aid you. The altitude will have an impact on the level of activity you feel.
    • In Los Llanos, much of the trekking will be done in a Jeep or Willys and also on horseback. At times there are walking safaris to more appreciate Los Llanos. The activity level would be easy to moderate. Remember the heat and humidity will affect you more than the activity itself.
    • 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 entail 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. The vista at the summit makes it all worth the while!
    • Once you arrive in Leiticia 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 on a regular basis. 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 the towns of Zipaquira, Raquira & Villa de Leyva there is a good amount of walking, so again comfortable shoes are best. There are many cobbled streets, particularly in Villa de Leyva.
    • The Barichara to Guane hike would be rated in the moderate category. Here you need a good pair of boots and carry some light refreshments.
    • On the Caribbean coast, it is the heat you need to pay attention to in all activities. Touring around Cartagena is nothing more than an easy effort, but with the heat factor, it might become a moderate level for some. The level of activities on the tour at Tayrona Park and The Lost City would be easy to moderate. The visit to the Lost City of Taironaka is by boat, but there is an element of walking around the ruins. Good footwear is thoroughly recommended.
  • 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 day in Medellín, a free day in Barichara, a free afternoon in Cartagena, and a free afternoon in Santa Marta

  • Helicopter tour of the lakes at Guatapé
    • This is something really special. You get a spectacular view of the lakes and islands if you climb to the top of La Piedra, but a sensational experience in the helicopter.
    • Be sure to have your camera ready for photos and videos! Not everyone has this opportunity.
  • What do I need for the Rosario Islands?
    • Most importantly do not forget your sunscreen protector, along with a hat.
    • Also, bring some mosquito repellent with you just to be sure.
    • We’ll be providing you with a quick-dry towel for your time in Colombia, that you can take back home with you.
    • There are numerous water sports to enjoy, and equipment is available for hire.
  • Is Tayrona Park as good as they say?

Tayrona Park is one of the most important Natural Parks in Colombia and is undoubtedly a place for contemplation and rest. This spectacular Natural Nirvana has magnificent beaches with crystalline water.

    • Be sure to wear a hat or cap and some sunglasses.
    • Cool cotton clothes are best to wear. Pants and a long-sleeved shirt protect the skin from insects, branches, and the sun.
    • Water-resistant and appropriate footwear for walking long distances through exuberant bushes and sandals for beach areas.
    • Good idea to carry a photocopy of your passport for identification.
    • There is only internet service in the Cañaveral section, so be prepared for a day of no communication!
  • 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.

    • 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 best enjoy 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 Los Llanos, you will be staying in the typical housing of Los Llaneros (cowboys). They are called hatos and are relatively basic but have everything you need for yourself to be a llanero!
    • 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. This is a great city for a small group to explore together with your guide, so do take advantage of it.
    • In the Amazonas, you will be staying at the lodge associated with your tour. Be mindful that they are not everything that you would expect to find in major cities, but comfortable and safe in the jungle. Communication is difficult at best.
    • Far from the hustle and bustle of the city, you will experience life in the pueblos, such as Villa de Leyva, El Socorro, Guane, and Barichara, “the most beautiful town in Colombia”. We have found some wonderful, small hostelries, mostly family-run, which will give you the flavor of life in rural Colombia.
    • In Cartagena, we try to use small private lodgings in Getsamaní, the most delightful and picturesque of neighborhoods. Excellent restaurants and lively bars abound in the Old City.
    • Tayrona has a few excellent eco-lodges which we have carefully selected for you. They are well positioned for the park entrance and also to good restaurants if you wish to dine out.
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