Experience Bogota and Cartagena

Main destination Colombia 9 Days Tour

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Experience Bogota and Cartagena
Welcome to Colombia! On this 9-day tour, you will have a chance to explore both Bogotá and Cartagena. Bogotá is situated high in the Andes, and as the capital of a diverse country, truly has something for everyone. During your visit, you will have a walking tour of the Candelaria district, where interesting colonial architecture and narrow streets bustle with backpackers. Another highlight during your time in Bogota will take place when visiting La Chorrera, the highest waterfall in the country! While the culinary scene plays such a big part of visiting this destination, we couldn’t let you visit without a cooking class in Cartagena! Learn about some of the region's best local dishes on this trip that blends the mountainous region of Bogota and the Caribbean coast of Cartagena which offers some of the most picturesque beaches in the world!

Included

  • Accommodation as described or similar based on standard double room including breakfast
  • Transfers with Spanish speaking driver, English speaking assistance to airports
  • Tours with an English speaking guide

Not included

  • Excursions and meals not mentioned in the program
  • Drinks, tips and personal expenses
  • International and national flights

Key Info Country

  • Please note that you are responsible for checking your destination country's visa requirements and then getting the visa accordingly.
  • Furthermore, most countries require travelers to have a passport that is valid from at least 6 months from the day of entry into the country, so please confirm that you satisfy your destination country or countries passport, visa and medical (if any) requirements well in advance of your trip.

Accommodation:

  • Bogota- Hotel de la Opera
  • Cartagena- Hotel Bantu
The listed hotels are subject to change and depend on availability.

Day 1

Bogotá

Welcome to Colombia’s sprawling, high-altitude capital of Bogota. Upon arrival at the airport, you will be transferred to your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. 
Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a traditional meal at a local restaurant. We have carefully selected Casa Vieja for our welcome dinner as its menu and setting make it a perfect place to kick off our Colombian adventure. 
Meals: Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel de la Opera
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Day 2

Bogotá

After breakfast, you will be introduced to the biggest Páramo in the world: Sumapaz, or “heaven's door.” So, what is exactly a Paramo? People describe it as a moorland, wetland or high plateau. This experience is a dream for those who love nature as we hike over 6 kilometers and enjoy the scenic views once we reach altitudes of over 3600 meters above sea level. To keep you fueled for your journey you will stop for a picnic and enjoy some of the most beautiful views Colombia has to offer. After your nature experience, enjoy the evening at your leisure.  
Meals: Breakfast & Snacks
Accommodation: Hotel de la Opera


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Day 3

Bogotá

After breakfast, we prepare for our hike to the highest waterfall in Colombia! Just an hour drive from the bustling capital, you will be in the middle of nature. The moderate hike with both up and downhill terrain is surrounded by beautiful landscapes as you take in the scenery. Once we arrive at the summit, enjoy the vistas and photo opportunities before we make our way back downhill. After the hike, we will stop at a local restaurant in La Chorrera before continuing back to Bogota. Upon arrival at the hotel, the rest of the evening is at your leisure to explore the bustling capital city. 
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel de la Opera
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Day 4

Bogotá

This morning we will explore the history of Colombia’s capital on a city tour. Discover Bogota’s colonial and indigenous past as our local guide brings history to life as we discuss everything from art deco architecture to local customs and daily life. No city tour of Bogota would be complete without taking a break for a “Chicha” (traditional fermented drink) as well as enjoying some local snacks (arepas) along with indulging in a game of Tejo (a local drinking game).
This afternoon we will delve into the Colombian food scene on a regional cuisine tour. Colombia is the second most biodiverse country in the world and this diversity is also expressed in the cuisine. Thousands of varieties of vegetables, fruits, tubers, meats and flavors are used to tantalize even the most sophisticated palette. On this truly unique tour you will experience 8 different dishes from the 5 different regions of Colombia: Amazon, Andes, Caribbean Coast, Pacific Coast and Orinoquia. After we finish our last empanada, you have the rest of the evening to explore. 
Meals: Breakfast & Late Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel de la Opera

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Day 5

Bogotá - Cartagena

This morning after breakfast we will be transferred to the airport for our flight to Catagena! After the short flight, you will be transferred to your hotel for check in. Later in the evening, freshen up and get get ready for a highlight Caribbean inspired culinary experience at Cande! 
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel Bantu



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Day 6

Cartagena

Cartagena de Indias is one of the most beautiful cities in the Americas. It’s historic center, walled by fortifications built in the colonial period, retains its original architecture and displays a full-color palette that fills it with Caribbean life and joy. It’s fascinating history as 'The Pearl of the Caribbean” in Hispanic times makes it one of the most interesting cities in the world to explore.
This morning after breakfast we do just that on an extensive walking tour. The tour starts at your hotel and covers the Plaza de San Diego, the Plaza Fernandez of Madrid, the Park Bolivar, the Plaza de los coches and the Plaza Santo Domingo. We also get to walk on the walls and visit the bastions of Santo Domingo and San Francisco Javier, this is where we will learn all about the history and defense strategy of the city. After the formal tour stay in the historic city center before going back to the hotel for the rest of the day to enjoy on your own.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel Bantu

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Day 7

Cartagena

After breakfast, we head to The Juan Polo Ciénaga located at the northern end of the Tesca Wetland, near the north-eastern border of Cartagena. At the wildlife sanctuary, you will find yourself experiencing the sanctuary in a multitude of ways including an exciting boat trip through lagoons and marshes which are interconnected by beautiful natural canals and mangrove labyrinths of exotic, natural beauty.
After we get back on dry land and have worked up an appetite it’s time to start our cooking class. Enjoy your culinary creation before heading back to your hotel for a free evening of rest and relaxation.  
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel Bantu
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Day 8

Cartagena

After breakfast, the morning is at leisure to enjoy the hotel's amenities and relax. Later we visit to the Bazurto Market & Cooking Class The Bazurto market is a traditional market offering fish, meat, fruit, clothing and is as important in Cartagena as the La Popa Convent or the Castle of San Felipe. It is a very traditional market, barely visited by tourists. We can buy food or traditionally prepared Colombian dishes or just enjoy the local market of Cartagena in the early hours. Let this “underground” part of Cartagena enchants you; it is ideal for an adventure. We will walk through a maze of alleys, where the tour guide will introduce you to all kind of fruit, herbs, vegetables, fish, seafood and meat. There are also a spice market and natural healing pharmacies. Gastronomy is an important part of the local culture and the Cartageneros are proud of their Caribbean cuisine. Apart from tasting it, what would be better than learning how to prepare seafood, coconut rice and other specialties of Cartagena´s cuisine? The cooking class takes place in a colonial house in the city center or in Getsemaní. The Chef will give us a presentation about the ingredients before showing us how to prepare typical dishes. The class takes about three hours before we all eat together and taste our creations.
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel Bantu



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Day 9

Cartagena

After breakfast, we prepare to say goodbye to Colombia and transfer to the airport for your flight home. 
Meals: Breakfast
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The activity Level for this tour is:

Itinerary

Day 1

Bogotá

Welcome to Colombia’s sprawling, high-altitude capital of Bogota. Upon arrival at the airport, you will be transferred to your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. 
Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a traditional meal at a local restaurant. We have carefully selected Casa Vieja for our welcome dinner as its menu and setting make it a perfect place to kick off our Colombian adventure. 
Meals: Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel de la Opera
GettyImages-1182337590.jpg
Day 2

Bogotá

After breakfast, you will be introduced to the biggest Páramo in the world: Sumapaz, or “heaven's door.” So, what is exactly a Paramo? People describe it as a moorland, wetland or high plateau. This experience is a dream for those who love nature as we hike over 6 kilometers and enjoy the scenic views once we reach altitudes of over 3600 meters above sea level. To keep you fueled for your journey you will stop for a picnic and enjoy some of the most beautiful views Colombia has to offer. After your nature experience, enjoy the evening at your leisure.  
Meals: Breakfast & Snacks
Accommodation: Hotel de la Opera


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Day 3

Bogotá

After breakfast, we prepare for our hike to the highest waterfall in Colombia! Just an hour drive from the bustling capital, you will be in the middle of nature. The moderate hike with both up and downhill terrain is surrounded by beautiful landscapes as you take in the scenery. Once we arrive at the summit, enjoy the vistas and photo opportunities before we make our way back downhill. After the hike, we will stop at a local restaurant in La Chorrera before continuing back to Bogota. Upon arrival at the hotel, the rest of the evening is at your leisure to explore the bustling capital city. 
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel de la Opera
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Day 4

Bogotá

This morning we will explore the history of Colombia’s capital on a city tour. Discover Bogota’s colonial and indigenous past as our local guide brings history to life as we discuss everything from art deco architecture to local customs and daily life. No city tour of Bogota would be complete without taking a break for a “Chicha” (traditional fermented drink) as well as enjoying some local snacks (arepas) along with indulging in a game of Tejo (a local drinking game).
This afternoon we will delve into the Colombian food scene on a regional cuisine tour. Colombia is the second most biodiverse country in the world and this diversity is also expressed in the cuisine. Thousands of varieties of vegetables, fruits, tubers, meats and flavors are used to tantalize even the most sophisticated palette. On this truly unique tour you will experience 8 different dishes from the 5 different regions of Colombia: Amazon, Andes, Caribbean Coast, Pacific Coast and Orinoquia. After we finish our last empanada, you have the rest of the evening to explore. 
Meals: Breakfast & Late Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel de la Opera

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Day 5

Bogotá - Cartagena

This morning after breakfast we will be transferred to the airport for our flight to Catagena! After the short flight, you will be transferred to your hotel for check in. Later in the evening, freshen up and get get ready for a highlight Caribbean inspired culinary experience at Cande! 
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel Bantu



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Day 6

Cartagena

Cartagena de Indias is one of the most beautiful cities in the Americas. It’s historic center, walled by fortifications built in the colonial period, retains its original architecture and displays a full-color palette that fills it with Caribbean life and joy. It’s fascinating history as 'The Pearl of the Caribbean” in Hispanic times makes it one of the most interesting cities in the world to explore.
This morning after breakfast we do just that on an extensive walking tour. The tour starts at your hotel and covers the Plaza de San Diego, the Plaza Fernandez of Madrid, the Park Bolivar, the Plaza de los coches and the Plaza Santo Domingo. We also get to walk on the walls and visit the bastions of Santo Domingo and San Francisco Javier, this is where we will learn all about the history and defense strategy of the city. After the formal tour stay in the historic city center before going back to the hotel for the rest of the day to enjoy on your own.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel Bantu

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Day 7

Cartagena

After breakfast, we head to The Juan Polo Ciénaga located at the northern end of the Tesca Wetland, near the north-eastern border of Cartagena. At the wildlife sanctuary, you will find yourself experiencing the sanctuary in a multitude of ways including an exciting boat trip through lagoons and marshes which are interconnected by beautiful natural canals and mangrove labyrinths of exotic, natural beauty.
After we get back on dry land and have worked up an appetite it’s time to start our cooking class. Enjoy your culinary creation before heading back to your hotel for a free evening of rest and relaxation.  
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel Bantu
GettyImages-522627822.jpg
Day 8

Cartagena

After breakfast, the morning is at leisure to enjoy the hotel's amenities and relax. Later we visit to the Bazurto Market & Cooking Class The Bazurto market is a traditional market offering fish, meat, fruit, clothing and is as important in Cartagena as the La Popa Convent or the Castle of San Felipe. It is a very traditional market, barely visited by tourists. We can buy food or traditionally prepared Colombian dishes or just enjoy the local market of Cartagena in the early hours. Let this “underground” part of Cartagena enchants you; it is ideal for an adventure. We will walk through a maze of alleys, where the tour guide will introduce you to all kind of fruit, herbs, vegetables, fish, seafood and meat. There are also a spice market and natural healing pharmacies. Gastronomy is an important part of the local culture and the Cartageneros are proud of their Caribbean cuisine. Apart from tasting it, what would be better than learning how to prepare seafood, coconut rice and other specialties of Cartagena´s cuisine? The cooking class takes place in a colonial house in the city center or in Getsemaní. The Chef will give us a presentation about the ingredients before showing us how to prepare typical dishes. The class takes about three hours before we all eat together and taste our creations.
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel Bantu



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Day 9

Cartagena

After breakfast, we prepare to say goodbye to Colombia and transfer to the airport for your flight home. 
Meals: Breakfast
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