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Ecuador & Colombia: A Cultural Journey
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Ecuador & Colombia: A Cultural Journey

10 days & 9 nights, Private Journey

Quito, Zuleta, Bogota, Cartagena, Tulcan & Ipiales

Experience the best of Ecuador and Colombia on this extraordinary journey. Begin your travels in the UNESCO World Heritage center of Quito before traveling north to a luxurious 16th-century hacienda in the scenic highlands. Fly to Bogota and embark on an exploration of its notable neighborhoods, fascinating museums, and the incredible art carved from the earth in an underground salt mine. End your Latin American odyssey on the shores of the Caribbean in the historic city of Cartagena.

  • Day 1
    Arrive Quito

    Upon arrival, you will be met by a local Cox & Kings representative and escorted to your hotel.

    Casa Gangotena - 2 Nights
  • Day 2
    Quito

    With your guide, stroll around the heart of the city, including Independence Plaza, the temple of La Compania de Jesus, and the Monastery of San Francisco, one the of great religious buildings of the New World. After lunch, stand with a foot in each hemisphere at the Equatorial Monument. This evening, join a local family for a wonderful dinner of typical Ecuadorian specialties.

    Casa Gangotena (B, L, D)
  • Day 3
    To Zuleta

    Today, drive north to Hacienda Zuleta, a 16th-century estate and working farm belonging to one of Ecuador's most prominent families. Explore the main building to learn a bit about Zuleta's history - admire ex-President Galo Plaza Lasso's private library, visit the lovely chapel and wander through the beautiful gardens.

    Hacienda Zuleta - 2 Nights (B, D)
  • Day 4
    Zuleta

    Enjoy a full day of activities and leisure at Zuleta. After a tasty breakfast, the day is yours to do as you please. Perhaps take one of the horses out for a ride through the pastoral landscape; or go for a hike or mountain bike ride in the eucalyptus forest. Visit ancient pyramids constructed by the pre-Incan Caranqui civilization along the way. Or learn about the Condor Project, which is dedicated to the survival of the majestic Andean condor.

    Hacienda Zuleta (B, L, D)
  • Day 5
    To Bogota

    After breakfast, you will be escorted to the town of Ipiales to visit the striking sanctuary of Las Lajas, a spectacular neo-Gothic church built on a bridge spanning a river gorge. After your visit, you will be escorted to the local airport for your flight to Bogota.

    Four Seasons Hotel Bogota - 2 Nights (B, L,)
  • Day 6
    Bogota

    Discover the beautiful colonial mansions of La Candelaria, the Plaza de Bolivar, the grand cathedral and the former home of Simon Bolivar. Then marvel at the fantastic collection of pre-Columbian artifacts in the acclaimed Museo del Oro. Later, descend into the earth to see the ancient salt mines of Zipaquira, in which an entire cathedral has been carved from the mineral deposits.

    Four Seasons Hotel Bogota (B)
  • Day 7
    To Cartagena

    After breakfast, fly to the Caribbean city of Cartagena. Upon arrival, see the sights, including the historic convents of La Candelaria and Augustinos Recoletos as well as the city's prime commercial neighborhoods.

    Casa San Agustin - 3 Nights (B)
  • Day 8
    Cartagena

    Begin this unforgettable day with 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. Continue to the mighty San Felipe de Barajas Fortress, the most important military engineer work of the Spanish Empire in the Americas. This evening, join a local family to enjoy a typical home cooked meal from Cartagena.

    Casa San Agustin (B, L, D)
  • Day 9
    Cartagena

    Today, spend the day at leisure exploring Cartagena on your own.

    Casa San Agustin (B)
  • Day 10
    Depart Cartagena

    Bid farewell to Colombia as you are escorted to the airport for your onward flight.

    (B)
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