5 Day Highlights of Colombia (Los Angeles Special)

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5 Day Highlights of Colombia
Estelar Windsor House Bogota
NH Bogota Metrotel Royal Bogota
Hotel Caribe Cartagena

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2017 Dates & Prices
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*Not Included:
Optional tours and gratuities.


Additional Information:
Passengers should select flights to Bogota arriving no later than 7 pm on Day 1.

Zika Virus - Passengers are recommended to visit www.cdc.gov/zika/ for current information. CDC advises pregnant women to avoid travel to the countries visited in this itinerary.

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 moderately active trip covers a fair amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours walking every touring day. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. 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 Bogota, Colombia. Welcome to Colombia, a country of great diversity, culture, and natural beauty. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. Later, join your fellow travelers for a light meal and an orientation briefing with your Tour Manager
Overnight: Bogota ▲
Meals: Dinner

DAY 2, Saturday - Bogota City Tour
Start the day with a walking tour of the colonial section of La Candelaria, stopping at Plaza de Bolivar, the main square of the city. Surrounding the square you'll see the Cathedral, Palace of Congress, the Cardinal's Palace and the colonial church of El Sagrario. Next, to the astonishing Gold Museum, where you'll see the world's greatest collection of pre-Hispanic gold crafts. Continue to the Fernando Botero Museum, housing many of the paintings and sculptures of this world-famous contemporary Colombian artist. Let the Colombian lifestyle sink in during an included coffee break. 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. 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. You will learn how to play and try your hand at throwing the disk. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore the city independently, with its more than 60 galleries and museums and shops with the latest fashions or, join the optional Funicular Ride up to Monserrate for great views of the city. You will also see the church and the Shrine of "El Señor Caído", a popular place for pilgrims and prayers for years. Tonight, join your Tour Manager for a walking tour to Parque de la 93 and its surroundings with many pubs and restaurants showing you the exciting nightlife of Bogota
Optional: Monserrate Funicular Train Ride (PM)
Overnight: Bogota
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 3, Sunday - Bogota to Cartagena
This morning, transfer to the airport for your flight to Cartagena. In the afternoon, take a walking tour of Cartagena, a magical city with a richness of architecture, massive fortifications, and wonderful sea breezes. 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. Then, on to "The Vaults", built in the late 1700's, were the final colonial constructions in the Walled City, and were used to store armaments and later as a prison. Today, the entire area is a thriving artisans' center with beautiful local handicrafts. Remainder of the day is at leisure 
Overnight: Cartagena
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Monday - 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, savor a typical Colombian coffee before returning to Cartagena
Optional: Half Day La Boquilla Mangrove (AM)
Optional: Half Day Colombian National Aviary Tour (PM)
Overnight: Cartagena
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Tuesday - 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.

Virgin Vacations itineraries may contain suggestions for activities for your leisure time; these suggestions do not constitute a recommendation nor an endorsement of any specific service provider and the decision to participate in any such activities should be made independently.

Featured Hotels

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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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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 #4 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 #4 01 Feb 2017 - 31 Dec 2017 $69.00
01 Jan 2018 - 14 Jan 2019 $69.00
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