Colombia Central

14 days from £2,200 pp incl flights, accommodation & transfers

The land of Cumbia and great dances, Cali for salsa and Vlledepur for vallenato, the finest coffee in the world too

Bogotá Cathedral

Colombia is arguably the most vibrant country in Latin America where jungles, mountains, tropical beaches and savannah vie with each other to create a cultural and natural smorgasbord of colour, sound, vision and experiences to encapsulate the continent in general.

Cali style

Bogotá is perched on a mountain and is the gateway to the country, it’s colonial La Candelaria district has not been recognised formally by UNESCO but ought to be with colour and style evoking the early establishment of the city, the world renowned Museo del Oro is also situated there as is the Botero museum exhibiting the works of the acclaimed artist Fernando Botero.

Colombia's open spaces

Treks into the eastern Llanos and up into the sierras are also available as are excursions to the salsa hotbed of Cali and the uptempo city of Medellín shaking off it’s troubled past to becoming one of the most progressive cities in latin America
Day 1 - Bogota

• Day 1: Arrival at the El Dorado airport in Bogota and transport to the hotel in the historical center for your first night.

Day 2 -Cerro Monserate, Bogota

• Day 2: At 08.00 the city tour starts with a short walks to the cableway that will bring us to Cerro Monserate (3050m) for an amazing view over the city. When we get back down we will make a walk through the historical center and we will visit Plaza de Bolivar, the Gold and the Botero museum. Free afternoon and second night in Bogota.

Day 3 -  Villavieja

• Day 3: In the early morning with the bus to Aipe which will take approximately 5 hours. In Aipe we will cross the Magdalena River with a canoe and we will arrive in Villavieja. Here we will stay in a simple hotel in the village center. The hotel is situated in a colonial house where once Simon Bolivar lived.

Day 4 - Tatacoa desert.

• Day 4: At 05:00 in the morning we will start our walk to the Tatacoa desert. We leave early to enjoy the sunrise and to avoid the desert heat. Together with the local guide we make an ecological walk and we receive explanation over the area. Eventually we arrive at a dessert pool where we can take a refreshing dive before going back in a 4x4 jeep to Villavieja for the night.

Day 5 - San Agustin

• Day 5: With a bus we will go via Neiva and Pitalito before we arrive in San Agustin, the ride will take approximately 6 hours. Here we will stay in a beautiful Hacienda just outside the village.

Day 6 - Bosque de Estatuas archeological park

• Day 6: In the morning we will visit the archaeological park of San Agustin, ‘Bosque de Estatuas’ and the museum, with a local guide. In that afternoon we will have horse riding tour to 4 other archaeological sites with amazing views, among others we will visit ‘El Tablón’ and ‘El Chaquira’. The second night on the Hacienda.

• Day 7: Via Pitalito, La Plata and Inza we will go by bus to San Andrés de Pisimbalá, a drive of approximately 5 to 6 hours, This little village is better known as Tierradentro. After our arrival in the afternoon we will take a short walk to the village and we will visit one of the archaeological sites. We spend the night with a local family in the village.

Day 8 - San Andrés de Pisimbalá

• Day 8: Today we will walk the whole day and visit the most important archaeological sites. Among others we will visit the tombs of ‘El Aguacate’ from which we have an amazing view on the many valleys, ´ El Duende’ and ‘Segovia’. After a long but interesting day we will go back to the village for our second night with the local family.

Day 9 - Popayan

• Day 9: In the morning we will go by bus to Popayan, a stunning ride through the Paramo with a view on the Puracé volcano. In Popayan, also called ´The white colonial city´, we will stay in a hotel in the center of the city. The rest of the afternoon you are free to explore the city with the guide.

Day 10 - Popayan

• Day 10: Day tour to the hot springs of San Juan in the National Park Puracé. On Tuesday there is the possibility to visit the Indian market of Silvia, on that day the Indians from the region gather to sell their products on the market.

Day 11 - San Cipriano

• Day 11: In the morning we will go by bus through Cali to San Cipriano a little village that lies next to a crystal clear river in the jungle. The ride by bus will take us approximately 5 hours, then we have to take a ride on an old train rail on a self made wagon driven by a motor through the jungle. This spectacular train ride will take around 30 minutes before arriving to little wooden huts at the river.

Day 12 - Cali

• Day 12: In the morning we walk around 3 hours though the jungle to reach a beautiful waterfall. In the afternoon we will go via Buenaventura back to Cali where we will stay in a hotel in t

Day 13 - Cali

• Day 13: Free day in Cali to explore the city or buy some last souvenirs. In the weekend we visit a salsa club in the suburb Juanchito or in consultation with the guide a Salsa Show. The second night in Cali.

• Day 14: Transport to the airport of Cali, end of the tour.

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