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Colombian Treasures

9 days & 8 nights, Private Journey

Bogota, Pereira & Cartagena

Begin your Colombian journey in the mountain capital of Bogota, with its fine historic center and lovely colonial architecture. Then traverse the hills and verdant valleys of the ruggedly beautiful coffee country before ending in the colonial port of Cartagena, a city full of history and passion set on the shores of the Caribbean. Along the way, discover a unique salt mine, ride on horseback through forested terrain, and relax on one of the continent's most blissful beaches.

  • Day 1
    Arrive Bogota

    Upon arrival in the mountain capital of Bogota, you will be welcomed by your Cox & Kings local representative and escorted to your hotel.

    Elite: Sofitel Bogota Victoria Regia
    Preferred: Hotel Morrison 114 - 2 Nights
  • Day 2
    Bogota

    Embark upon a morning tour of the charming neighborhood 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, including pieces by Picasso, Renoir, Dali, Matisse, Monet and Giacometti. Discover the incredible variety of precious artifacts at the acclaimed Museo del Oro. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure before taking an evening tour that ends with a cable car ride to the summit of Santuario de Monserrate for panoramic views and a festive dinner.

    Elite: Sofitel Bogota Victoria Regia
    Preferred: Hotel Morrison 114
    (B, D)
  • Day 3
    To Pereira

    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 deposits. This afternoon back in Bogota, catch your flight west to Pereira, a beautiful town in the foothills of the Andes.

    Enjoy the afternoon at leisure to enjoy the amenities of your hotel or begin exploring the town on your own.

    Elite: Sazagua
    Preferred: Hacienda San Jose - 3 Nights
    (B)
  • Day 4
    Pereira

    Depart for the verdant valley of Cocora to admire the Quindian wax palm, the national tree of Colombia, which can grow to a height of almost 200 feet. Hike or ride a horse through the spectacular terrain before crossing the Rio Quindio to enjoy lunch at a local trout farm. This afternoon, browse for handicrafts at colorful markets and marvel at the colonial architecture of Salento and Filandia.

    Elite: Sazagua
    Preferred: Hacienda San Jose
    (B, L)
  • Day 5
    Coffee Plantations

    Spend the morning exploring the coffee plantations that cling to the steep hills which eventually rise into the snowcapped peaks of the Andes. Meet with a hacienda owner to learn about the process of growing, harvesting, drying and roasting Colombia's famed coffee beans.

    Elite: Sazagua
    Preferred: Hacienda San Jose
    (B, L)
  • Day 6
    To Cartagena

    After breakfast, fly via Bogota to the charming city of Cartagena on the Caribbean coast. Upon arrival, check in to your hotel.

    Elite: Sofitel Santa Clara
    Preferred: Ananda Hotel Boutique - 3 Nights
    (B)
  • Day 7
    To Cartagena

    Embark on a culinary journey through the streets of the old town, during which you will have the opportunity to sample many of the foods that are local to this 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 from one of the many street vendors.

    This afternoon, you will have the balance of the day at leisure to explore the beautiful walled city on your own.

    Elite: Sofitel Santa Clara
    Preferred: Ananda Hotel Boutique
    (B)
  • Day 8
    Rosario Islands

    Embark on a full-day exploration of the Archipielago del Rosario, a national park ringed by coral reefs and clear, blue waters. Relax and enjoy the sea air, beautiful coral reefs and the abundant marine life including sharks and dolphins. Do some snorkeling and enjoy lunch before returning to the city this afternoon.

    Elite: Sofitel Santa Clara
    Preferred: Ananda Hotel Boutique
    (B, L)
  • Day 9
    Departing Cartagena

    Return to Bogota this morning to catch your onward flight.

    (B)
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