GTMT-930 – COLOMBIA BOGOTA, PEREIRA AND CARTAGENA


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Nine Days / Eight Nights
Weekly Friday departures from USA
For travel during Easter, Christmas & New Year’s Eve please check with us for dates and quotes.
Minimum two persons

ITINERARY

DAY 1: Friday arrival in Bogota

Upon arrival at the International Airport El Dorado, you will be met by our representative and will be taken to your hotel. Our guide will assist you at the hotel with the registration procedures (check-in) and give you a detailed itinerary of all the services included in your trip. You will also receive information about our office contact details including our 24 hour emergency phone number.
Overnight accommodations Hotel Movich Chico 97

DAY 2: Bogota (B)

Private City Tour in Bogota
Breakfast in the hotel. The tour begins with a transfer to the famous and well preserved historical colonial neighborhood of La Candelaria. Steeped in history, this area is a must for photographers with its splendid colonial architecture. Walk through the streets permeating with the heady atmosphere of the past and down to the prominent Plaza de Bolivar, the heart of Bogotá, where locals and visitors mingle amongst the magnificent and foreboding structures. You will want to discover the history of this old part of the city by visiting the Cathedral, the
Congress Palace, the Cardinal’s Palace, the colonial churches of El Sagrario and San Agustin, the Independence House, the Palace of Justice and the City Hall which are all located in this impressive square.

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The tour then continues with a visit to the “Museo del Oro”, the most important gold museum in the world and a ‘must see’ when traveling to Bogotá. This museum displays one of the largest collections of pre-Columbian gold. Galleries on three levels display exquisitely crafted pieces dating back nearly 2.500 years. Visit the vault-like room on the top floor where the most treasured pieces are displayed.

GTMT-510-7The tour ends with a visit to the “Museo de Botero”, housed in a renovated colonial mansion. The works on display are all donated by Fernando Botero, Colombia’s most famous contemporary artist. Around 120 pieces of his own work are displayed at the museum including his famous sculptures, paintings and drawings. His work is well-known for the ‘proportionally exaggerated’ fat figures. In addition to his work, his personal collection by Picasso, Renoir, Dalí, Degas, Chagall, Matisse, Monet and Giacometti are also exhibited.
Overnight accommodations Hotel Movich Chico 97

DAY 3: Bogota (B/L)

GTMT-510-8Private Tour of Zipaquira’s Underground Salt Cathedral
Breakfast in the hotel. This visit begins with a panoramic view of the city and the vast plateau of the northern area of Bogotá. You will arrive to the small town of Zipaquirá where you will take an underground tour to discover the famous Salt Cathedral. Passengers will have the opportunity to experience the extraordinary architecture and engineer of this remarkable underground mine. This cathedral was carved inside an active salt mine formed 250 million years ago, under the Halite Mountains. Here you will find 14 small chapels that represent the Stations of the Cross and Jesus Christ’s
crucifixion, a sanctuary and a main cathedral. Although this is a popular tourist destination to be visited, this is also a place of pilgrimage for the local community.

Afterwards continue to visit the town of Zipaquirá which was founded on 1600 and still conserves its colonial heritage. Stop at the main square, where you will find whitewashed houses decorated with olive-green trim and base as well as the most important municipal buildings.
Overnight accommodations Hotel Movich Chico 97

DAY 4: Bogota/Pereira (B)

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Genova Coffee Farm
Breakfast at the hotel. Our guide will meet you at the lobby of the hotel and will take you to the airport where we will assist you during the check-in at the airline counter for your flight to Pereira. Upon arrival you will be met by our representative and will be taken to your hotel. Out guide will assist you at the hotel with the hotel registration.
Overnight accommodations Hotel Movich Pereira

DAY 5: Pereira – Coffee Region (B/L)

Private Tour of Salento & Cocora Valley
Breakfast at the hotel. Join us for a visit to the beautiful Cocora Valley located in the department of Quindío. This majestic valley is home to the wax palm, Colombia’s national tree and the tallest variety of palm tree in the world. These palms can measure up to 190 feet tall and live more than 120 years.

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Be amazed by the natural beauty and diversity of fauna and flora that you will encounter throughout the valley. Once you arrive, you will be welcomed with a typical cocktail called “canelazo”. Afterwards you will visit the misty forest where our guide will explain to you the importance of protecting and conserving this beautiful ecosystem. It is a great opportunity to take some pictures. The tour continues with the “Ritual de la Palma”, a way to help preserve the wax palms. Visitors from all around the world have helped plant future wax palms at the park, you will also be able to grow your own palm tree for eternity.

Next you will visit the town of Salento. Founded in 1842, Salento was one of the first settlements in the Quindío state and still today it preserves its colonial bahareque architecture. Salento’s centuries buildings are awash in harmonious color, especially along Calle Real, the main street lined end to end with restaurants, bars, handicrafts shops and souvenir stores. A typical lunch with smoked trout is included at the Cocora Valley.
Overnight accommodations Hotel Movich Pereira

DAY 6: Pereira /Cartagena (B)

Breakfast at the hotel. Our guide will meet you at the lobby of the hotel and will take you to the airport where we will assist you during the check-in at the airline counter for your flight to Cartagena. Upon arrival at the Rafael Núñez Airport, you will be met by our representative and will be taken to your hotel. Our guide will assist you at the hotel with check-in.
Overnight accommodations at Movich Cartagena de Indias Hotel.

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DAY 7: Catagena (B)

Cartagena – City tour + Monuments
Breakfast at the hotel. The tour begins with a visit to the “Convento de la Popa”, where the city’s highest point is located and you can enjoy the best view of the beautiful city of Cartagena. This convent was built in the 17th century by the Augustinian Monks. Initially it was just a small wooden chapel, but later it was replaced by a strong construction which still remains.

Continue with a visit to the “Castillo de San Felipe”. This castle was built by the Spaniards in the 1600s and it is the greatest and strongest fortress ever built in a Spanish colony. Located at the top of San Lázaro hill, its purpose was to protect and guard the city’s landward side from any attack or invasion. This fortress provides a complex system of tunnels connected with strategic points to distribute provisions and facilitate a possible evacuation. Additionally, the tunnel’s architecture was built so that any noise would echo along them, in order to make internal communications easier and hear even the slightest sound of the enemies approaching.

Afterwards, a walk through “Las Bóvedas” is included. These 23 vaults were built in the 18th century and they are considered the last major colonial construction made within the city walls for military purposes. The vaults were used as storerooms for munitions and provisions by the Spaniards, and later on, they became jail cells. Nowadays, they are used as crafts markets where you can find handicrafts, antiques, galleries, jewelry, clothing and souvenirs, among other things.

At the end of the tour you will visit the “Iglesia y Convento San Pedro de Claver”; this convent was founded in the early 17th century by San Ignacio de Loyola. The name of the church was given in honor to San Pedro Claver, a Jesuit priest who spent his life ministering to the enslaved people brought from Africa. This baroque church has an imposing stone facade and inside there are fine stained-glass windows and a high altar made of Italian marble. You will also find a beautiful cloister surrounded with trees, a museum and the place where San Pedro Claver lived and died. Approximated 6 hours duration, all entrance fees are included.
Overnight accommodations at Movich Cartagena de Indias Hotel.

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DAY 8: Cartagena (B)

Real Food, Real Places & Real People Tour
Breakfast at the hotel. We invite you to enjoy this delicious and colorful experience where you will be able to taste some of the local flavors of the city and learn about its culture. This walking tour through the inner walled section of the colonial city will let you experience Cartagena like a local resident in a neighborhood where people live, eat and shop. This experience takes you to discover different sites and people from the colonial city, with whom the local residents relate on a daily basis as they pass by and stop for breakfast, lunch, dinner or typical snacks.
Featuring seven authentic food stops with different delicious tastings, you get to escape the crowds and taste the best of what the city has to offer. Approximated 2 hours duration, all entrance fees are included
Overnight accommodations at Movich Cartagena de Indias Hotel.

DAY 9: Depart Cartagena (B)

After breakfast our guide will meet you at the lobby of the hotel and will take you to the Rafael Núñez Airport. We will assist you at the airport during the check-in at the airline counter to help you connect to your next destination.

RATES PER PERSON BASED ON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY
2 PASSENGERS 4 PASSENGERS 6 PASSENGERS
$ 2,100 $ 1,950 $ 1,900

PLEASE CHECK WITH US FOR INTERNATIONAL AIR FARES
FROM USA TO COLOMBIA ON OUR AIR PARTNERS:
AMERICAN AIRLINES, LATAM AND AVIANCA

TOUR RATE INCLUDES:

All transfers between airport and hotel listed in the itinerary on private basis. Hotel accommodations and hotel service charges and taxes. Daily breakfast. Baggage handling at airports and at hotels. All tours and excursions indicated in the itinerary on private basis. English speaking guides. All entrance fees and transfers needed to operate tours and excursions. All meals indicated in the itinerary.

NOT INCLUDED:

International air between USA and Colombia. Local flights between Bogota, Pereira and Cartagena. Expenses such us beverages on meals, tips, laundry, phone calls and other personal expenses are not included.

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