Colombia: Mystery, History & Adventure10 days & 9 nights, Private Journey
Handcrafted itineraries for one or more travelers with on-the-ground support, a private guide, and a private vehicle. Private Journeys represent the best of the custom programs we've designed over the years. Our insider knowledge and destination expertise make these innovative journeys truly unique experiences.Private Journey
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Day 1Arrive Bogota
Upon arrival in Bogota, you will be welcomed by your Cox & Kings local representative and escorted to your hotel.Elite: Four Seasons Bogota
Preferred: Hotel Morrison 114 - 2 Nights
Embark upon a morning tour of La Candelaria, the historic center of the city. Discover the lovely colonial mansions, the Plaza de Bolivar, the grand cathedral and the capital building. Then marvel at the fantastic collection of art in Museo Botero and the acclaimed Museo del Oro. After lunch, ride the cable car to the summit of Santuario de Monserrate. Then drive through the city before ending your travels in the lovely district of Usaquen - home to colonial churches, plazas and good shopping.Elite: Four Seasons Bogota
Preferred: Hotel Morrison 114 (B, L)
Day 3To Medellin
Travel through the Sabana de Bogota, home to the country's rose and carnation cultivation industry, before arriving at the salt mines of Zipaquira. Descend into the earth to tour the ancient mines, in which an entire cathedral (complete with the world's largest cross made of salt) has been carved from the salt deposits. This afternoon, say goodbye to Bogota as you transfer to the airport for your flight to Medellin.
Upon arrival, enjoy the balance of the day at leisure to relax or begin your explorations of this fascinating city.Elite: Four Seasons Bogota
Preferred: Hotel Morrison 114 - 2 Nights (B, L)
Join your local guide to trace the course of social change in the city of Medellin. Visit the collection of sculptures by Fernando Botero in La Plazoleta as well as the suburb of Santo Domingo Savio, which is connected to the central city by cable car. Here you can find the Biblioteca Espana Park, a stirring symbol of the urban regeneration that has transformed the social and cultural landscape of the city.Elite: Four Seasons Bogota
Preferred: Hotel Morrison 114 (B)
Day 5To Cartagena
After breakfast, fly to the Caribbean city of Cartagena, one of the most historically rich and scenically beautiful in the country. Upon arrival, check in to your hotel.Elite: Hotel Casa San Agustin
Preferred: Bastion Luxury Hotel - 3 Nights (B)
Embark on a culinary journey through the streets of old town, where you will have the opportunity to sample many of the foods that are local to the region of Colombia. The cuisine in Cartagena focuses on seafood, so don't miss a bowl of the local sancocho, a typical Colombian stew made with fresh fish, plantains, and yucca. Also, make sure to try a deep-fried empanada.Elite: Hotel Casa San Agustin
Preferred: Bastion Luxury Hotel (B)
Embark on a full-day exploration of the Archipielago del Rosario, a national park ringed by coral reefs and clear, blue waters. Do some snorkeling, marvel at the profusion of brightly colored tropical fish and sea life, and enjoy lunch before returning to the city this afternoon.Elite: Hotel Casa San Agustin
Preferred: Bastion Luxury Hotel (B, L)
Day 8To Tayrona National Park
Depart Cartagena for the scenic drive to Tayrona National Park. Upon arrival, check in to your comfortable eco-lodge and enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure.Ecohabs - 2 Nights (B)
Day 9Tayrona National Park
Savor a full day to relax on the beaches and explore the jungles of this splendid national park. Soak up some rays on the pristine beaches and search for tropical birds and other wildlife in the rainforest.Ecohabs (B)
Day 10Depart Santa Marta
Transfer to Santa Marta this morning to catch your onward flight.(B)
Generally, road travel in Latin America is reasonably good, however conditions vary greatly between the modern capital cities and the more remote areas. When traveling off the beaten track, roads are frequently narrow, bumpy, pot-holed and have stretches which are not paved, or which are under reconstruction. In Costa Rica, northern Chile and Bolivia particularly, conditions are very dusty and / or bumpy, and the road journeys tend to be quite strenuous. Road conditions change throughout the year and heavy rain and extreme weather patterns can affect journey times. Types of vehicles vary according to the country visited and the numbers on a tour: on escorted groups, transport will usually be in the form of a European-style coach or, for smaller groups, may be by mini-bus. On individual journeys, transport will generally be by sedan car. In destinations where conditions require it, off road driving will be in 4 x 4 vehicles.
Internal Flights / Delays / Insurance: Many countries within Latin America have their own air pass and, wherever possible, our tours will be constructed with the appropriate air pass, which will minimize the costs of the internal flight. Please note that the majority of air passes have restrictions; therefore if you require an itinerary with full flexibility, please contact your tour consultant who will advise the additional cost to provide you with a more flexible ticket. Please also note that in certain cases we may not be able to book internal flights under an airpass. In this event a supplement may be payable.
Because of increased air traffic, government restrictions and/or changing weather conditions, flight delays have become more commonplace. These delays can cause problems with your holiday arrangements, and additional costs may well be involved. This may be in the form of added accommodation costs, transfers and/or onward tickets. If this should occur, everything possible will be done to minimize the inconvenience. Cox & Kings will endeavor to ensure that arrangements go as smoothly as possible. As services are paid for in advance any services missed due to delays and/or schedule changes are non-refundable. Please also bear in mind that many international flight tickets are non-changeable and non-refundable. The insurance policy offered by Cox & Kings is designed to mitigate the costs and effects of such delays in certain circumstances and we strongly advise that you are insured against such eventualities.
Flight Amendments: Flights on these tours are in general quoted separately and use special airfare. These have certain conditions, which normally restrict changes of date, route and airline. Any such change made after a ticket has been issued will normally necessitate the purchase of a new ticket at the passenger’s expense.
Airport Departure Taxes: Most cities in Latin America levy a departure tax for passengers departing on international flights, which have to be paid in local currency or the equivalent in US dollars. Other cities within a country may also levy a small charge for departures on domestic flights. Occasionally, taxes may be included on your ticket and we will advise you accordingly. Since there is no standard charge between countries, and taxes are subject to change, it is not possible to list the taxes in this brochure. We will advise you of the current charge with your final documents, and our local agents will confirm the amount payable on arrival. Please ensure you keep enough local currency or US dollars to cover these taxes.
During some itineraries, it may be necessary to depart for excursions or transfers to the airport very early in the morning, sometimes before dawn. This is normally either due to the flight schedules within Latin America, or in order for us to maximize the opportunities for sightseeing during your tour. A number of flights to Latin America arrive / depart early in the morning and, while we will endeavor to schedule your tour with a flight which arrives / departs at a reasonable time, sometimes there is little or no alternative and early check-in / check-out times may be required.
Accommodation standards vary dramatically throughout Latin America. In the larger cities, the hotels we use are fully modernized and have excellent facilities, unless you choose to opt for the more colonial style property, where facilities may be limited. In some smaller cities and more remote areas, we try to offer the best hotels available. However, these may be quite simple - sometimes small colonial-style properties, in which rooms may vary in size - and often have relatively basic facilities. Please note, all rooms reserved on your tour are standard; however, if you wish to upgrade your room (e.g. to a lake or falls view, deluxe or suite etc.), please speak to your tour consultant, who will be able to advise you about the options and the applicable supplements.
Check-in & Check-out Times: For all group and individual tours, hotel check-in / out time is normally 3:00 pm, but this does vary between hotels.
Jungle Lodges & Remote Areas: Accommodation in some wildlife lodges in the Amazon rainforest, are not comparable to the better properties found in parts of Africa and Asia. Accommodation is often reached via narrow and unpaved roads, or by boat, and can be a long way from other civilization. Even when you travel off the beaten track with Cox & Kings, you can be sure that your accommodation is the best available; however sometimes the best hotel may be the only hotel, which may be very modest. In these cases, we feel that the inconvenience of such accommodation is outweighed by the experience of staying in these more remote areas.
Currency: Colombian Peso
Official Language(s): Spanish
Colombia offers an intriguing mix of forgotten ancient cultures, colonial architecture and Caribbean beaches. The country is much safer now than it has been in recent years. The most popular place to visit in Colombia is the colonial city of Cartagena, on the Caribbean coast - one of the best preserved in all of Latin America.
What To See
Colombia is the only country in South America with coasts on the Pacific and Caribbean. It’s a beautiful country, with the Andes, beaches, colonial cities and archaeological treasures.
When To Go
Colombia’s proximity to the equator means its temperature varies little throughout the year. The temperature does change with altitude, creating various climatic zones from hot lowlands to freezing Andean peaks, so you can experience completely different climates within a couple of hours of travel. The most pleasant time to visit Colombia is in the dry season, between December and March or in July and August.
Colombia: Mystery, History & Adventure
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