11 Day Classic Colombia (Miami Special)

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Optional tours and gratuities.


Additional Information:
This package is based on pre-confirmed flights and may only be purchased with these flights.


Accommodation Details:
Dec 22 and Dec 29 departures will be accommodated at the Hotel Caribe in Cartagena.

Triple Rooms at the Hyatt Regency Cartagena will be accommodated in a Single Room & a Twin Room

Entry Requirements:
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.



Is This Trip Right for You?

This active trip covers a fair amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours walking every touring day. The pace is active and you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. A couple of short hikes are included in the itinerary. Expect a long 6-hour drive to Medellin which is necessary to cover the territory. This tour is not recommended for people who have difficulty walking or who have heart conditions. Due to the high elevation, travel in the Colombian highlands may cause some passengers to experience the temporary effects of altitude sickness. If you have any concerns about traveling to higher than your accustomed elevation, please consult your healthcare provider.

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Itinerary

DAY 1, Friday - Depart for Colombia
Depart for Colombia, a country of great diversity, culture, and natural beauty. Arrive in the cosmopolitan capital city of Bogotá; transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore the city independently, with its more than 60 galleries and museums
Overnight: Bogota ▲

DAY 2, Saturday - Bogota City Tour
After breakfast, visit the colorful Paloquemao market. Your knowledgeable Tour Manager will provide insight into the delicious and often overlooked Colombian cuisine. Hot tamales are a favorite staple here, stuffed with chicken and corn in a banana leaf. You may also have a chance to sip freshly pressed Amazonian fruit juice. Continue to the colonial section of La Candelaria, stopping at Plaza de Bolivar, the city's main square surrounded by the Cathedral, Palace of Congress, the Cardinal's Palace and the colonial church of El Sagrario. On to the astonishing Gold Museum with its impressive collection of pre-Hispanic Indian gold crafts and to the Fernando Botero Museum, housing some of the major paintings and sculptures of this contemporary Colombian artist. The afternoon is at leisure to further explore the city or, join the optional Funicular Train that takes you up to Monserrate Mountain. At more than 10,000 feet above sea level, see outstanding views of downtown Bogota and visit the 17th-century church and El Señor Caído Shrine. Tonight, enjoy a light dinner with your fellow travelers and a briefing by your Tour Manager on the delightful journey of Colombia that awaits you
Optional: Monserrate Funicular Train Ride (PM)
Overnight: Bogota
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 3, Sunday - Zipaquira Salt Cathedral
Depart this morning for Zipaquira. Upon arrival, visit the amazing Salt Cathedral built within the tunnels of a salt mine. Then, stop to watch an energetic local game of Tejo, the national sport of Colombia. Originally, gameplay consisted of hurling golden discs into a hole, at a distance of about 20 meters. However, the Conquistadors did make their own subtle improvement to the game - they added explosives. Today, the game is played with metal disks in fields across the country. Learn how to play and try your hand at throwing the disk. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. The afternoon is at leisure. Tonight, perhaps dine at one of the restaurants offering delectable Colombian cuisine or walk through the trendy Zona Rosa district, known for its lively pub scene
Overnight: Bogota
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 4, Monday - Flight to Pereira, Tour the Cocora Valley and Salento Tour
Depart Bogota on a flight to Pereira in the center of Colombia's Zona Cafetera (Coffee Zone,) a region of great natural beauty, charming colonial towns and welcoming people. Upon arrival, drive to the lush Cocora Valley, one of the most striking landscapes in Colombia, part of Los Nevados National Park. Here you can see flocks of hummingbirds and endemic yellow-eared parrots that made the park their home. Time for hiking or, horseback riding before heading into the cloud forest to enjoy the biodiversity of the flora and fauna. Cross the Quindio River, walking along an ecological pathway through the tallest wax palms in the world, reaching up to 200 feet tall. Enjoy lunch at a traditional restaurant and sample smoked trout - a local favorite before heading towards Salento with its beautiful traditional architecture. At Bolivar Square, see the colorful balconies and rows of handicrafts shops. Before continuing to Manizales, linger at the Cocora Viewpoint to see the breathtaking panoramic views of the valleys below
Overnight: Manizales
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5, Tuesday - Tour a Coffee Plantation
This morning, explore the lovely city of Manizales with its beautiful parks, mountain views, and running rivers. Walk to the Plaza Bolivar in the city center, highlighted by the massive Cathedral of Manizales, famous for its elaborate gold canopy and beautiful, large stained-glass windows. Be sure to stop at a local café to try some of the regional favorites. Afterward, visit the Hacienda Venecia coffee plantation to understand the complicated process of producing the world's finest coffee. The highlight of the tour is a genuine coffee tasting experience - you'll analyze the aroma, flavor, and body of a great cup of coffee. After all, coffee is Colombia's main export!
Overnight: Manizales
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6, Wednesday - Medellin
Drive to Medellin and discover the beautiful Aburra Valley, surrounded on four sides by lush green mountains and rugged peaks. Named the "City of Eternal Spring" because of its year-round mild temperatures, the city bustles with non-stop activity. Head first to Parque de Bolívar then view the Metropolitan Cathedral of Medellín before arriving at Botero Plaza accented by the artist's huge metal sculptures and home to the Museo de Antioquia with its outstanding collection of Botero's paintings as well as other famous Latin artists. Continue on to Barefoot Park, a delightful zen-inspired public area that encompasses a small bamboo forest, sandy areas, and streams. The rest of the day is free to enjoy this lovely city on your own. In the evening, try a typical Antioquian dinner or, visit the upscale and very chic El Poblado neighborhood known for its trendy restaurants and clubs
*Please note, due to construction on the roads going to Medellin, the drive from Manizales to Medellin may be replaced with a flight Pereira to Medellin
Overnight: Medellin
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7, Thursday - Medellin City & Santa Elena
Today, see a different side of Medellin with a visit to the barrios. Witness the transformation of the city once known for its drug violence, to a safe venue to soak up culture and nightlife. Begin with a Metrocable cable-car ride that takes you high over the barrios offering a bird's eye view of the city. Visit the barrio of Santo Domingo and the Biblioteca España, an integral project to the city's urban infrastructure improvement. This ultra modern library complex, on a hillside above the city consists of three buildings, covered in black stone tiles, it's a stark contrast to the area. Next, visit Santa Elena, a small colonial town near Medellin and one of the most typical "Antioqueño" towns, where the "Silleteros" tradition, linked to the flower production of the area, was born. Enjoy a traditional lunch with a local family and experience a unique opportunity to learn about the values and traditions of the Antioqueños. Afterward, continue with a visit to the town and its surroundings, including a flower production field, where you'll learn more about the "Silltero" tradition
Overnight: Medellin
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 8, Friday - Magical Cartagena on the Sea
A flight takes you to Cartagena, (Cartagena de Indias) a magical city nestled on the Caribbean Sea with magnificent architecture, massive fortifications and fabulous sea breezes. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is considered one of the continent's cultural treasures with its remarkably intact historic walled city. Upon arrival, time permitting, meet children at a local school before continuing to your hotel. The afternoon is yours to start your exploration of Cartagena either in the Old City with its maze of cobbled alleys, or at one of the magnificent beaches. Restaurants and open-air cafes abound with superb cuisine and fish fresh from the sea
Overnight: Cartagena
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9, Saturday - Cartagena
This morning, see expansive views of the city, sea and the port zone as you make your way to the San Felipe castle-fortress built on San Lazaro Hill to defend the city from pirate attacks. At the Walled City, walk through the multicolored houses and buildings of the Old City of Cartagena. Visit San Pedro Claver Convent and Church built in the mid-17th century. Proceed to the city's colonial district beginning at Bolivar Park shaded by large trees, four fountains with a statue of the great Liberator in the middle. Surrounding the square is the Gold Museum, which exhibits its fine collection of archaeological objects dating back to the pre-Colombian period. The visit continues to Santo Domingo church, the Cathedral and ends at the Terraces. Pass by the house of the famous Nobel Prize Laureate novelist, Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Then, on to ‘the Vaults', archways built within the walled city that were used to store armaments and later as a prison. Today, this entire area is a thriving artisans' center with beautiful local handicrafts. The afternoon is at leisure to discover this charming city on your own or, participate in the optional jewelry making class. Learn the art of jewelry making from trained craftsmen at FEJOCAR, a private non-profit jewelry school. Using .925 sterling silver and raw emeralds you will create jewelry. Upon completion of the class, you will receive a diploma and one piece of jewelry that you designed
Optional: Jewelry Making Class (PM)
Overnight: Cartagena
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10, Sunday - Full Day in Cartagena
Enjoy a full day at leisure in Cartagena to further explore the city on your own or, join the optional half day La Boquilla Mangrove. Enjoy a tour of the mangrove swamps of La Boquilla, a fishing village located twenty minutes north of Cartagena. Glide through the dense growth of mangroves, on an original wooden canoe and view up-close this rich and diverse ecosystem. In the afternoon perhaps, participate in the optional Colombian National Aviary Tour. Visit the second biggest aviary in Latin America, and sixth in the world, that houses more than 1,750 birds, representing 135 species. At the end of the tour, enjoy a typical Colombian coffee before returning to Cartagena. Tonight, a festive Farewell Dinner with your fellow travelers at a popular local restaurant marks the end of a truly wonderful adventure in Colombia
Optional: Half Day La Boquilla Mangrove (AM)
Optional: Half Day Colombian National Aviary Tour (PM)
Overnight: Cartagena
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 11, Monday - Depart Colombia
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

▲ Due to the high elevation, travel in the Colombian highlands may cause some passengers to experience the temporary effects of altitude sickness. If you have any concerns about traveling to higher than your accustomed elevation, please consult your healthcare provider.

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Optional Tours

Board the Funicular Train that takes you up to Monserrate Mountain. After a short hike, reach the top of Monserrate. At more than 10,000 feet above sea level, see outstanding views of downtown Bogota. Visit the 17th century church and the "El Señor Caído" shrine that welcomes pilgrims all year long.
*This Optional Tour is not recommended for people who have difficulty walking or who have heart conditions.

Pick-up and Drop-off at hotel. Approximate tour duration is 2 hours.

Day #2 01 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2017 $39.00
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Learn the art of jewelry making from trained craftsmen at FEJOCAR, a private non-profit jewelry school providing opportunities for local students with limited chances to attend college. Create jewelry of .925 sterling silver and raw Colombian emeralds. Learn the history of the emerald trade through high definition video, then melt metals, weld and laminate as you create several pieces of jewelry. Upon completion you will receive a diploma and one piece of jewelry that you created. Your participation helps support the education of less advantaged Colombians.

Pick-up and Drop-off at hotel. Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.

Day #9 18 Apr 2017 - 14 Jan 2019 $39.00
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Enjoy a tour of the mangrove swamps of La Boquilla, a fishing village located twenty minutes north of Cartagena. Take a ride on an original wooden canoe that glides through the dense growth of mangroves, providing a close up view of this rich and diverse ecosystem; you will observe different birds. Your guide will provide facts about the surroundings and talk about the flora and fauna that you will encounter. Afterwards, return to the hotel.

Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.

Day #10 13 Feb 2017 - 31 Dec 2017 $39.00
01 Jan 2018 - 14 Jan 2019 $39.00
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Depart Cartagena and travel south for about an hour through the picturesque countryside to the Colombia National Aviary, which houses more than 1,750 birds, representing 135 species. It’s the second biggest aviary in Latin America, and sixth in the world. This fascinating place, with its unique flora and fauna, aims to educate and create awareness about the diversity of birds found in Colombia. Take a walking tour through the three ecosystems, tropical rainforest, seaboard and desert. At the end of the tour, enjoy a typical Colombian coffee before returning to Cartagena.

Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

Day #10 01 Feb 2017 - 31 Dec 2017 $69.00
01 Jan 2018 - 14 Jan 2019 $69.00
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