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Discover the sights and culture of stunning Colombia on this small group journey.
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10 nights hotel accommodation, two nights in a hammock with shared facilities, meals as indicated, activities, transport and flights as specified and services of an Exodus tour leader throughout.
18 Aug, 13 Oct, 15 Dec '18, 09 Feb, 12 Oct & 14 Dec '19
From Andean peaks to the Caribbean Sea, explore the vibrant culture and diverse scenery of Colombia. Amble through the rolling hills of the Zona Cafetal and Villa de Leyva and take time out to relax and explore the Caribbean beaches of Tayrona National Park.
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Meander through the valleys of the coffee zone
Explore the beautiful colonial centre of Cartagena
Relax on the tropical beaches or hike to forest-clad ruins in Tayrona National Park
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Arrive in Bogota and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
This morning meet your tour leader and group members. This afternoon enjoy a walking tour, taking in the main buildings around the historic centre. (B)
Depart Bogota and drive for about an hour and a half to Zipaquira to visit the unique Salt Cathedral. This subterranean church was carved out of the salt bedrock in an old salt mine. Continue on to the colonial town of Villa de Leyva. (B)
Enjoy a walking tour of Villa de Leyva and gain an insight into the town’s history and local culture. The afternoon is free to explore the area. (B)
This morning return to Bogota in time to board the flight to Armenia, the heart of Colombia’s ‘Coffee Zone’. Drive to the quaint town of Salento. (B)(L)
Visit Cocora Valley, which has a unique landscape not unlike a lush version of a Swiss valley. The valley is regarded by Colombia as a sanctuary for its national symbol – the wax palm. The palms cover the mountain range, which is now a declared monument to protect the tree itself and the endemic species that depend on it. Transportation will be by local willys. Synonymous with this region, these jeeps still have the same design which made them famous during WWII. (B)(L)
This morning visit a coffee plantation to find out about the whole production process from seedling to cup, as well as learning about the trials and tribulations of the plantations themselves and the many workers who rely on coffee for their livelihoods. Naturally, cups of coffee will be in plentiful supply throughout your visit. The remainder of the day is at leisure. (B)(L)
Fly to Cartagena on the Caribbean coast. Your hotel is located close to the historic walled city. (B)
This morning explore the beautiful colonial centre of Cartagena on foot, wandering through its narrow streets and colourful plazas to discover some of its historical gems. After a break for lunch and an escape from the heat of the day, resume your tour of the city this afternoon with visits to San Felipe Fortress and La Popa Monastery. (B)
A free day to explore Cartagena. (B)
Drive out of Cartagena early this morning to Tayrona National Park, stopping en route at Totumo mud volcano, and bathe in therapeutic mud. Arrival at the park gates will be in the late afternoon and from there, walk for an hour through the jungle to get to the pristine beaches. Spend the night in thatched huts sleeping in hammocks, an authentic Colombian beach experience. (B)
A full day to relax on tropical beaches or hike to forest-clad ruins. (B)
Return to Santa Marta Airport in time to board the flight to Bogota where the trip ends. NOTE Upgrades from hammocks to a tent or a cabana are available.
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