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An Essential Colombian Tour to Bogota, Medellin and Cartagena 8-Day

Time will ever be enough, but this trip is made for you to cover Colombia’s must-go destinations and experiences

Duration

8 days

Tour Type

Private Tour

Guaranteed departure

Languages

Eng-Spa

Overview

If you don’t know what to choose, we do it for you: visit the three essential cities in Colombia and get a lifetime experience. You will start in the capital of Colombia, Bogota. You will spend one day discovering the city main spots. On the second day you will explore its surroundings by going to the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira. You will fly to Medellin on the third day to enjoy two other days in this spring city. You will spend one day discovering Comuna 13 and Medellin’s downtown and on the other day you will go to Guatape and Piedra del Peñol. You will fly to Cartagena on the sixth day. You will have one day to wander around the walled city and its colorful spots and on the last day you will relax in a small island near the city. Food, history, and lots of fun by the hand of our welcoming locals.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Getting to know three of the must-visit places in Colombia: Bogota, Medellin and Cartagena.
  • Combining city and nature by visiting the cities downtowns on one day and the top-notch natural destinations on the other.
  • Learning about our diversity through our history.
  • Diving into Colombian culture through its typical food, music, and landscapes.
  • A chance to get in touch with locals.

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Description

Leave everything in our hands. We will welcome you to three places that sum up pretty well all the great things that we are known for.

Day 1. La Candelaria and Monserrate
The first day begins with a tour of La Candelaria, in the historic center of Bogota. You will visit the Plaza de Bolivar, the Casa de Nariño, Chorro de Quevedo and two of the most important museums in the area: the Gold Museum and the Botero Museum. You will enjoy local gastronomic experiences, such as fruits, coffee and a delicious typical lunch. You will also take the cable car up to Monserrate to observe the city from the top, visit the basilica and its natural areas. The rest of the afternoon will be free.

Day 2. Zipaquirá and Guatavita*.
On this day you will visit the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá, one of the wonders of Colombia and the Guatavita Lagoon, where the Legend of El Dorado is said to take place. For this, you will head north of the city, first to the town of Zipaquirá. You will go through the tunnels and roads of the salt mine, to see the only subway Catholic church in the world and its history. Then, you will go to the town of Guatavita and walk to the natural park of Guatavita and learn about its legends. You will enjoy a delicious traditional lunch and at the end of the day you will return to Bogota.

Day 3. Graffiti tour, Comuna 13 and downtown Medellín
The first day will begin with a metrocable tour to take a graffiti tour of Comuna 13 and learn how art has transformed a territory marked by conflict. Afterwards, you will continue the metro tour through downtown Medellin, visiting the Museum of Antioquia, where you will find sculptures by the famous artist Fernando Botero, and other attractions in the area. You will visit important parks such as San Antonio and have various gastronomic experiences: fruits, coffee and a delicious traditional lunch.

Day 4. Piedra del Peñol and Guatape
On this day you will visit one of the most beautiful places in Colombia: Piedra del Peñol and Guatape. You will travel from Medellín to the town and from there to the first stop: the stairs that will take you to the Piedra del Peñol viewpoint, where you will have views of the dam. Then you will tour the town of Guatape and enjoy a delicious traditional lunch.

Day 5. Arrival in the city
On the fifth day you will transfer to the airport to fly to Cartagena de Indias and from there to your hotel. You will have the day at leisure.

Day 6. Walled City and Castle of San Felipe
You will tour the Walled City and the historic center of Cartagena on a private city tour. You will visit the San Felipe Castle, the Palace of the Inquisition, the Clock Tower, the most important squares and the most important colonial houses in the area. During the tour you will have gastronomic experiences with the most typical products of the city, as well as a delicious local lunch.

Day 7. Beach day at Playa Tranquila and aquarium*.
On the last day of the trip you will have a rest day in Playa Tranquila and visit the Aquarium, both places located in the Rosario Islands. You will take a boat to get there and enjoy the Caribbean climate, the typical and fresh food and the scenery. At the end of the day, you will take the boat back to Cartagena and the hotel and finish the tour.

Day 8. Check out and departure
We know it is not an easy task to sum up a whole country in so little time, but this is our best. We are sure you will end up wanting to discover more of our diverse country. A home that welcomes everyone.

Included/Excluded

  • Domestic flights and ground transportation (domestic only)
  • Transfers, visits and entrance fees, according to itinerary
  • Accommodation for 7 nights in scheduled hotels (or similar), according to chosen category
  • Travel insurance
  • 7 breakfasts (at the hotel)
  • 8 lunches
  • Tour with a local guide per destination
  • Dinners
  • Extra purchases
  • International tickets. Arrival at the city where the tour begins and return to the country of origin are at the traveler's expense.
  • Additional nights and hotel reservations, as well as other facilities acquired outside the itinerary of Gran Colombia Tours

Additional Information

Domestic flights include hold baggage of 23 kg.
🟡 In Bogota, the Gold Museum is closed on Mondays and the Botero Museum on Tuesdays

🟡 Please, take into account that most of the experiences and tours of this trip are done by foot

🟡 You can start the journey in any of both cities and finish it in the other one

🟡 Policy cancellation up to 8 days before departing for a 50% refund
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