Bogotá to Bogotá

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COLOMBIA

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Spend time at a traditional hacienda on a working coffee farm, ride the famous hillside escalators of Medellín, indulge in the Caribbean beauty of Tayrona’s lush jungle & perfectly pristine beaches, and wander the cobblestoned streets of historical Cartagena.

Days
12

Style
Active

From
$3099

Bogotá to Bogotá

 

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December 23rd, 2017 – January 3, 2018  –  $3299.00 USD

January 13th – January 24th, 2018           – $3099.00 USD

February 24th – March 7th, 2018             – $3099.00 USD

March 10th – March 21, 2018                  – $3099.00 USD

May 5th – May 16th, 2018                        – $3099.00 USD

June 2nd – June 13th, 2018                     – $3299.00 USD

June 30th – July 11th, 2018                      – $3299.00 USD

August 25th – September 5th, 2018        – $3299.00 USD

 

 

Tour Highlights

  • 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

Full Itinerary

BOGOTÁ

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.

Modern Bogotá 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.

We recommend booking pre- or post-accommodation to experience all this city has to offer.

 Bogotá, Bogota, Urban Landscape, View, Mountain
Private Vehicle
El Dorado International Airport – Bogotá

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
1h

The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.

Accommodation

Hotel Augusta (or similar)

BOGOTÁ/ARMENIA

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.

 Dancers, Colombia, Brazil, Vacation
Plane
El Dorado International Airport – Armenia1h

Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s… yup, it is a plane, actually.

Private Vehicle
Armenia 30m

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Coffee Farm Visit

Immerse yourself into coffee culture, staying two nights at a traditional hacienda on a working coffee farm. Spend the afternoon with a coffee expert exploring elements that inspire coffee production including earth, water, fauna, flora, sun, and shade. This hands-on experience allows us insight into why Colombian coffee is considered some of the best in the world and why it is an intrical part of the culture of this region. And of course, a tasting of the various brews, round out our day.

Hacienda Stay
Armenia

Spend the night in a traditional hacienda (Spanish for “estate”) and get a closer look at life in Colombia’s beautiful coffee region.

Accommodation

Hacienda Combia (or similar)
Lodge

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

ARMENIA

Enjoy a full day excursion to Salento and hiking the Cocora valley. Enjoy some free time to visit shops and the village.

 Valley, Cocora, Salento, Silhouettes
Salento and Cocora Valley Excursion
Salento

Visit Salento, a charming town typical to Colombia’s coffee region, and enjoy hiking the beautiful landscape of the Cocora Valley. Spend the rest of your visit strolling the quaint streets of Salento—this is a great place to appreciate traditional architecture and shop for gifts.

Tower Lapilli, Porto Cesareo, Salento

Free Time
SalentoAfternoon

Enjoy some free time to explore the town.

Hacienda Stay
Armenia

Spend the night in a traditional hacienda (Spanish for “estate”) and get a closer look at life in Colombia’s beautiful coffee region.

Accommodation

Hacienda Combia (or similar)
Lodge

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

ARMENIA/MEDELLÍN

Drive to historic Medellín. Enjoy time to explore this historic city upon arrival.

The drive to Medellin can be quite long, depending on road and traffic conditions. Sit back and relaxing, enjoying the passing scenery.

 Medellín, Colombia, Pueblito Paisa
Private Vehicle
Armenia – Medellín8h-10h

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Accommodation

Hotel Florencia Plaza (or similar)
Hotel

Meals included:

Breakfast

MEDELLÍN

Visit Comuna 13­ – a community transformed. Once controlled by the cartels, this neighbourhood is a shining example of Colombia’s 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 Colombia’s history and revitalization. Option to take a historical tour, visit museums or go shopping in the afternoon.

National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Medellin Community Walk

Discover another side of Medellín as you travel on the city’s innovative transportation system and head to Comuna 13­ – a community transformed. Once controlled by the cartels, this community is a shining example of Colombia’s progress in overcoming its notourious past. Meet a local guide and begin the journey upward with a ride on the city’s unique public cable cars. Head farther up the hillside to the outdoor electric escalators that serve Comuna 13. The extensive escalator system has renewed the impoverished district, which clings to a steep hillside, and provided much relief to residents whose daily commutes have become safer and faster. Arrive at the top to explore this welcoming and safe urban neighbourhood and enjoy panoramic views of the city.

Free Time
MedellínFull Day

Free time to explore the city or set out on an optional excursion.

Optional Activities – Day 5

Medellín City Tour
Medellín

25USD per person

Really get to know Colombia’s second largest city with a neighbourhood tour. Medellín has been revitalized since the issues of the 80s and 90s and is now one of South America’s most innovative and artistic cities. Explore the city’s varied barrios filled with shops, green parks, museums, churches, markets, and delicious cuisine.

Nutibara Hill (Cerro Nutibara) Visit
Cerro Nutibara

For a breath of fresh air 80m (263 ft) above the city, visit Nutibara Hill. Ride a colourful bus, take a taxi, or climb winding paths through the greenery to get to the top of the hill and enjoy great views of the city. Pueblito Paisa waits at the summit: stroll through this replica of a traditional Antioquian town and enjoy the charm of whitewashed buildings, bright-coloured doors and tiled roofs. Try some local food here or shop for souvenirs.

Paragliding, Colombia, City, Adventure
Santa Fe de Antioquia Visit
Medellín – Santa Fe

Explore the quaint streets of Santa Fe de Antioquia – a national monument – on foot and admire the original colonial architecture and Andean landscape. Take photos of traditional Antioquian homes and get lost in the charm of the past. Explore the town’s beautiful churches and cross the Cauca River on the Bridge of the West, a suspension bridge built in 1887.

Guatapé Dam Visit
Medellín – Guatapé

Visit this hydroelectric dam created by flooding a valley. The Guatapé Dam has greatly changed the natural landscape, which now has the look of lush islets in a blue lake with 500km (310 mi) of shoreline.

El Peñol Stone (La Piedra Del Peñol) Visit
Medellín – Guatapé

Formed approximately 70 million years ago, El Peñón de Guatapé, also known as El Peñol, is a giant monolith rising 2,135m (7,005 ft) above sea level. Climb the 649 steps that have been built into one side of this famous rock and enjoy breathtaking views of the Guatapé Dam and surrounding area from the peak.

Paragliding
Medellín

45-60USD per person

Get ready for a thrilling ride! Take off from one of the surrounding hills and enjoy spectacular views of this sprawling city and the picturesque green mountains that encircle it as you glide through the air.

Accommodation

Hotel Florencia Plaza (or similar)
Hotel

Meals included:

Breakfast

MEDELLÍN/PARQUE NACIONAL NATURAL TAYRONA

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 Colombia’s most pristine and beautiful white sand beaches.

Plane
José María Córdova International Airport – Santa Marta1h30m

 

Private Vehicle
Santa Marta – Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona 45m-1h

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Optional Activities – Day 6

Swimming
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona

Take an invigorating dip in the ocean and relax on some of Colombia’s most pristine beaches.

 Parque Tayrona, Beach, Santa Martha, Sea
Hiking
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona

Explore the lush jungles or picturesque beachside trails of this national park on a hike. Keep an eye out for macaws, monkeys, and other local wildlife.

Accommodation

Playa Koralia (or similar)
Hotel

Meals included:

Breakfast | Dinner

PARQUE NACIONAL NATURAL TAYRONA

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.

Free Time
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona

Relax beachside in this tropical paradise or hike through the jungle.

Optional Activities – Day 7

Tayrona National Park Visit
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona

Get active with a moderate hike into this beautiful park with a local guide. Experience the gorgeous scenery of Tayrona.

 Park, Tayrona, Colombia
Hiking
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona

Explore the lush jungles or picturesque beachside trails of this national park on a hike. Keep an eye out for macaws, monkeys, and other local wildlife.

Swimming
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona

Take an invigorating dip in the ocean and relax on some of Colombia’s most pristine beaches.

El Pueblito Ruins Visit
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona

Tie up your laces and hike through the jungle, crossing streams and passing giant boulders, to the ruins of the ancient town of Pueblito. Explore this pre-Hispanic site before returning to the beautiful beaches of Tayrona.

Accommodation

Playa Koralia (or similar)
Hotel

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

PARQUE NACIONAL NATURAL TAYRONA/CARTAGENA

Drive to tropical Cartagena and experience the Caribbean charm and beauty of the city.

Private Vehicle
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona – Cartagena 4h-5h

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Free Time
Cartagena Evening

Discover more of the city on foot or laze on the beach: the choice is yours.

Cartagena, Spain, Landscape, Mountains

Optional Activities – Day 8

Night Exploration on Chiva
Cartagena

45000 COP per person 50000 COP per group

Get ready to party and explore the city by chiva bus. These colourful vehicles are a national symbol and feature open sides making it easy to truly experience vibrant Cartagena as you go. Drink, dance and enjoy Colombian music on this fun-filled ride.

Accommodation

Hotel Don Pedro de Heredia (or similar)
Hotel

Meals included:

Breakfast

CARTAGENA

Enjoy a walking tour through the old part of Cartagena visiting key sites throughout the historical centre of the city that were inspiration for Colombia’s most famous author, journalist and Nobel Prize winner; Gabriel García Márquez. Relax in the afternoon before we learn the basics of Colombian Salsa, known as Cali style in a private lesson by 2 local dancers.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez Old City walk
Cartagena

Enjoy a walking tour through the old part of Cartagena visiting key sites throughout the historical centre of the city that were inspiration for Colombia’s most famous author, journalist and Nobel Prize winner; Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Salsa Dance Class

Salsa is not just a dance; it is an intrical part of social life in Latin America. Learn the basics of Colombian salsa, known as Cali style, in a private lesson by two local dancers.

Free Time
Cartagena

Visit Playa Blanca, take a boat to the Islas del Rosario National Park with its stunning beaches, or soak in the crater of the Totumo mud volcano.

Optional Activities – Day 9

 Castle, Cartagena, Wall
Museum of Modern Art (Museo de Arte Moderno) Visit
Cartagena

5000 COP per person

Housed in two historic buildings, one a former weapons storehouse, is the collection of the Museo de Arte Moderno de Cartagena. Stroll through the unique space and admire Latin American paintings from the 1950s along with contemporary Colombian art.

Palace of Inquisition (Museum) Visit
Cartagena

30000 COP per person

Visit the museum and learn about the Spanish Inquisition in Colombia. Explore this fine example of colonial and Baroque architecture and see artifacts and torture equipment on display.

Naval Museum of the Caribbean Visit
Cartagena

6000 COP per person

Located in the historic walled city, visit this spacious museum housed in two heritage buildings. Explore the various exhibits relating to the naval history of the Caribbean Sea and enjoy the charming patios.

Accommodation

Hotel Don Pedro de Heredia (or similar)
Hotel

Meals included:

Breakfast

CARTAGENA

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.

 Wave, Surf, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura
Carte Blanche
CartagenaFull Day

There’s plenty to see and do in Cartagena, and we wanted to make sure that you had some time to take it all in. Feel free to relax or try optional activities like taking a day trip to Rosario National Park, visiting Castillo de San Felipe, and exploring the Gold Museum. Your CEO has more ideas if you need them. Just ask!

Optional Activities – Day 10

Islas del Rosario National Park
Cartagena – Islas del Rosario

165000 COP per person

Take a boat to this park with a lengthy name—Rosario and San Bernardo Corals National Natural Park—and be wowed by the beauty of the Rosario Islands. Admire the clear blue water and natural landscape of the islands. Opt to snorkel and explore the park’s lively reefs or sit back and relax on the beach.

Playa Blanca Visit
Playa Blanca

Take a boat to the island of Baru and visit idyllic Playa Blanca. Relax on the white sand, go for a swim, or snorkel in the warm water. To refuel head to one of the charming beach shack restaurants.

Museum of Modern Art (Museo de Arte Moderno) Visit
Cartagena

5000 COP per person

Housed in two historic buildings, one a former weapons storehouse, is the collection of the Museo de Arte Moderno de Cartagena. Stroll through the unique space and admire Latin American paintings from the 1950s along with contemporary Colombian art.

Palace of Inquisition (Museum) Visit
Cartagena

30000 COP per person

Visit the museum and learn about the Spanish Inquisition in Colombia. Explore this fine example of colonial and Baroque architecture and see artifacts and torture equipment on display.

Gold Museum Visit
Cartagena

7000 COP per person

Head to Plaza Bolivar and pay a visit to this well-curated and informative museum. Admire the intricate, pre-Columbian gold works and pottery of the indigenous Zenú people while learning about their history and traditions—all on display in a charming colonial home.

Naval Museum of the Caribbean Visit
Cartagena

6000 COP per person

Located in the historic walled city, visit this spacious museum housed in two heritage buildings. Explore the various exhibits relating to the naval history of the Caribbean Sea and enjoy the charming patios.

Night Exploration on Chiva
Cartagena

45000 COP per person 50000 COP per group

Get ready to party and explore the city by chiva bus. These colourful vehicles are a national symbol and feature open sides making it easy to truly experience vibrant Cartagena as you go. Drink, dance and enjoy Colombian music on this fun-filled ride.

Totumo Mud Volcano
El Totumo

90000 COP per person

Climb up the stairs and descend into the healing mud of the Totumo Mud Volcano. As your body become weightless, lie back and relax in the cool mud. The mud is packed with rejuvenating minerals, so you’re bound to come out looking ten years younger.

Accommodation

Hotel Don Pedro de Heredia (or similar)
Hotel

Meals included:

Breakfast

CARTAGENA/BOGOTÁ

Fly back to Bogotá 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.

Plane
Cartagena – El Dorado International Airport1h30m

 

Free Time
Bogotá Afternoon

Enjoy a free afternoon and evening for independent exploration.

Bolivar Park, Bogotá, Colombia, Church

Optional Activities – Day 11

National Museum of Colombia Visit
Bogotá

3000 COP per person

Visit the largest museum in the country and one of the oldest on the continent. Built in 1823 and originally used as a prison, the National Museum of Colombia houses a collection of over 20,000 pieces. Explore exhibits of archeological and ethnographic artifacts and admire works of art by masters including Andrés de Santa María and Fernando Botero.

Gold Museum Visit
Bogotá

4000 COP per person

Explore this veritable treasure trove! Be amazed by the Bogotá Gold Museum’s collection of over 30,000 gold pieces in addition to thousands of bone, stone, ceramic, and textile artifacts from 13 different pre-Hispanic societies.

Gold, Coin, Museum, Treasure, Thaler

Accommodation

Hotel Augusta (or similar)
Hotel

Meals included:

Breakfast

BOGOTÁ

Depart at any time.

We recommend booking additional post-trip accommodation if you want more time to explore the city.

 Plantani, Food, Colombia, Lemonade
Departure Day

Meals included:

Breakfast

Inclusions

Meals

  • Stay at a traditional hacienda with coffee tour and tasting.
  • 11 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners

Transport

  • Arrival transfer
  • Internal 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.
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • Bus, van, jeep, plane, walking.

Activities

  • Excursion to Salento and Cocora Valley.
  • Medellín community walk.
  • Santa Marta orientation tour.
  • Admission and hike in Tayrona National Park (excluding February departures).
  • Gabriel García Márquez Old City walk.
  • Salsa dance class.

Accommodation

  • Hotels (9 nts), hacienda/farm (2 nts).

Exclusions

Transport

  • International Air Fare

Insurance

  • Travel Insurance is mandatory for all Brave Women Travel tours.  Please forward a copy of your signed policy to our office

Ready to book this trip?

This tour is operated by
G Adventures

Departing: December 23, 2017

From: $3099 USD

Days: 12

Style: Active

Physical Rating: +3 Moderate

Age Requirement: +18

At A Glance

  • 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

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