National Geographic Journeys: Colombia Journey (SMCNG)
Trip Style: Information Not available
Service Level: Upgraded
Physical Demands Rating: 1 - You'll have to walk around on your own, climb some stairs and carry your own bag. Easy does it.
Group Size: Max 15, Avg 6.
Meals Included: 11 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
Accommodations: Not Availaible
Spend two days in Colombian coffee heaven at a traditional hacienda, learn the basics of salsa with a private lesson from two local dancers, discover another side of Medellin with a visit to Comuna 13, explore the lush jungle and white-sand beaches of Tayrona National Park, wander the cobblestone streets of historic Cartagena
Discover Colombia, a corner of South America that is once again becoming a must-see destination. On a 12-day adventure, spend two nights at a traditional hacienda on a working coffee farm, ride the famous hillside escalators of Medellin, indulge in the Caribbean beauty of Tayrona's lush jungle and perfectly pristine beaches, and wander the cobblestoned streets of historical Cartagena. Get to Colombia before the rest of the world catches on.
- Tour Operator
- G Adventures
- Offer valid through 3/31/2018
- 12 Days
- Escorted - Yes
|Day 1||Bogota||Day 1 Bogota|
Modern Bogota offers visitors a wide variety of activities combined with the picturesque beauty of its cultural and architectural past. Colonial churches and pre-Columbian art contrast with the futuristic high-rise buildings of a busy metropolis. If you arrive early, take a walk around some of the interesting neighbourhoods including La Candelaria, La Macarena, Parque de la 93, La Zona T, La Zona Rosa (bars and restaurants), La Zona G (international cuisine), or visit the Monserrate Santuary and enjoy great views of the city. Additional Notes: We recommend booking pre- or post-accommodation to experience all this city has to offer. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting Transport: Private Vehicle
|Day 2||Armenia||Day 2 Bogota/Armenia (1B, 1L, 1D)|
Catch a flight to Armenia where we immerse ourselves into coffee culture staying two nights at a traditional Hacienda on a working coffee farm. Spend the afternoon with a coffee expert tasting and exploring elements that inspire coffee production including earth, water, fauna, flora, sun, and shade. Included Activities: Coffee Farm Visit Hacienda Stay Transport: Plane (1.00 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (0.50 hour(s))
|Day 3||Armenia||Day 3 Armenia (1B, 1L, 1D)|
Enjoy a full day excursion to Salento and hiking the Cocora valley. Enjoy some free time to visit shops and the village. Included Activities: Salento and Cocora Valley Excursion Hacienda Stay
|Day 4||Medellin||Day 4 Armenia/Medellin (1B)|
Drive to historic Medellin. Enjoy time to explore this historic city upon arrival. Additional Notes: The drive to Medellin can be quite long, depending on road and traffic conditions. Sit back and relaxing, enjoying the passing scenery. Transport: Private Vehicle (8.00-10.00 hours)
|Day 5||Medellin||Day 5 Medellin (1B)|
Visit Comuna 13- - a community transformed. Once controlled by the cartels, this neighbourhood is a shining example of Colombias progress in overcoming its notorious past. Meet a local guide and begin the journey upwards with a ride on the city's unique public cable cars and escalator system and enjoy a walk discussing Colombias history and revitalization. Option to take a historical tour, visit museums or go shopping in the afternoon. Included Activities: Medellin Community Walk
|Day 6||Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona||Day 6 Medellin/Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona (1B, 1D)|
Morning flight to Santa Marta then continue to our beach lodge near Tayrona National Park, on the Caribbean coast. Enjoy fresh seafood and some of Colombias most pristine and beautiful white sand beaches. Transport: Plane (1.50 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (0.75-1.00 hours)
|Day 7||Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona||Day 7 Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona (1B, 1L, 1D)|
Spend the day swimming and enjoying the beach or opt to hike into the national park or into the jungle to see the ruins of Pueblito.
|Day 8||Cartagena||Day 8 Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona/Cartagena (1B)|
Drive to tropical Cartagena and experience the Caribbean charm and beauty of the city. Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00-5.00 hours)
|Day 9||Cartagena||Day 9 Cartagena (1B)|
Enjoy a walking tour through the old part of Cartagena visiting key sites throughout the historical centre of the city that were inspiration for Colombias most famous author, journalist and Nobel Prize winner; Gabriel GarcIa MArquez. Relax in the afternoon before we learn the basics of Colombian Salsa, known as Cali style in a private lesson by 2 local dancers. Included Activities: Gabriel Garcia Marquez Old City walk Salsa Dance Class
|Day 10||Cartagena||Day 10 Cartagena (1B)|
Experience the Caribbean charm and beauty of the city. Free time for optional activities such as a visit to Playa Blanca, a boat tour to Islas del Rosario National Park, or to explore nearby beaches.
|Day 11||Bogota||Day 11 Cartagena/Bogota (1B)|
Fly back to Bogota with free time for optionals including a visit to the National Museum of Colombia, the Gold Museum, or just wander one of the many quaint neighbourhoods. Transport: Plane (1.50 hour(s))
|Day 12||Bogota||Day 12 Bogota (1B)|
Depart at any time. Additional Notes: We recommend booking additional post-trip accommodation if you want more time to explore the city. Included Activities: Departure Day
Local Flights: All local flights are included 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 these tickets. Internal flight tickets are issued locally and will be given to you prior to the flight departure.
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