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Bogota, Salt Cathedral & Biking Tour

3 Day / 2 Nights

This 3-day tour package is an ideal mixture of cultural, historic and natural activities and provides a great selection of the must-see destinations in Bogota, as well as area of Zipaquira. Explore the Colombian capital on our Bogota city tour (guided walking tour), ride the famous cable-car up to the Monserrate Mountain and enjoy the breathtaking views of the city.

Explore the unique Gold Museum and the cultural hot-spots of the colonial heart of Bogota. Experience the ancient sacred indigenous lake of Guatavita and get to know the legend of the gold of El Dorado and the world´s biggest underground cathedral of the old salt mine in Zipaquira. Furthermore, bike along the cycle routes of the city, passing some of the most famous and interesting places of Bogotá.

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Enjoy amazing views over Bogotá from the Monserrate Mountain
  • Explore Bogotá’s historic Candelaria District
  • Visit the largest library of South America, Gold Museum and Emerald Museum
  • Bike along the extensive network of cycling routes of the city*
  • Visit the famous Lake Guatavita and get to know the legend of El Dorado
  • Explore the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira – the biggest underground cathedral of the world

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ITINERARY

Included

  • Pick-Up Service from your hotel & private transport
  • Accommodation
  • Entrance fees
  • Rental and Equipment Bike*
  • Lunch on 1st and 2nd day
  • Water during Bike Tour
  • Bilingual Attendance
  • Travel-Insurance
  • Water & Snacks
  • Taxes

Accommodation

Bogotá

Hotel la Opera*****
www.hotelopera.com.co

Hotel Casa Deco***
www.hotelcasadeco.com

*Please note that this part of the tour is not available on Sundays and holidays.

Day 1: Arrival in Bogotá & City Tour

Upon your arrival at the airport El Dorado of Bogotá, there will be a driver awaiting you to bring you to your hotel. Discover the capital of Colombia on this tour, enjoy amazing views and visit the most iconic parts of the city. Go up the impressive Monserrate Mountain, a traditional symbol of the capital of Colombia. From here, you can see the whole city at 3,152 meters above sea level. Afterwards, walk through the Candelaria district. This historical district is considered the place where the city of Bogotá was founded and where the very first church was constructed.

Explore the Plaza de Bolivar, the Palace of Justice, the Presidential Palace and walk by the old colonial houses that have shaped the history of the city. See the largest library of South America and pay a visit to the famous Gold and Emerald Museum. To complete the picture, discover the northern parts of Bogotá and learn about cultural differences within the city.

Day 2: Laguna de Guatavita & Salt Cathedral Zipaquira (B,L)

This daytrip combines Andean nature and cultural experiences visiting two of the most characteristic touristic destinations of Bogota´s surroundings. In the morning you get to know the famous lake Guatavita. Since the days of the Spaniards, the Laguna de Guatavita represents the origin of the “El Dorado“ legend. The lake belongs to the sacred sites of the indigenous Muisca tribe who used to live in the region. According to the legend of “El Dorado“, the lake is filled with sacrificial offerings and artefacts made of gold that the Muisca indigenous dropped into the lake during their sacred ancient rituals.

From there, you will head towards the tiny town of Zipaquira. The wealth of the Muisca indigenous did not derive from the gold but the salt. Until today, salt mines exist in and around the area of Zipaquira. In one of the former tunnels of the salt mine Colombian engineers have built the biggest underground cathedral of the world. The place is unique and one of the main attractions of Bogota. Explore this fascinating place and return to Bogotá in the evening.

Day 3: Bogotá Bike Tour* (B)

Bogotá is the city in Latin America with the widest extension of bicycle paths. There is a total of 576 miles dedicated to the mobility of citizens. On this tour, you will bike along the cycle routes of the city, passing some of the most famous and interesting places of Bogotá. See the emblematic park of Simon Bolivar, visit places of cultural importance like the Plaza Lourdes and the Virgilio Barlo Library and spot the sports stadiums and theaters of the city.

Biking through Bogotá’s traditional neighborhoods you will hear stories of history and culture. A local will show you the unique fingerprint of Bogotá, and you will learn how the city was formed and developed. Depending on the time of your flight, on your last day you will have more time to explore Bogota and afterwards our driver will pick you up and drive you to the airport.

In case of unforeseen circumstances and to assure the passenger’s comfort and safety the itinerary might be subject of change.

Medellin & Santa Elena

3 Days / 2 Nights

Get to know the history and present of Medellín and learn more about the transformation of this fascinating metropolis. Visit Comuna 13, formerly one of the most dangerous neighborhood of Medellín, get to know the urban artists and understand the graffiti’s artistic, cultural and political context in Medellin. Stroll through the hustle and bustle of downtown Medellín and visit the most known touristic spots – Plaza Botero, Parque Berrio and Santo Domingo. Get to know a traditional flower farm and the unique “Silletero” culture of Medellín. Explore the world of the local markets and discover the tiny corridors full of flavours, exotic fruits and typical Colombian food.

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Visit the most known touristic spots – Plaza Botero, Parque Berrio, Santo Domingo
  • Understand the graffiti’s artistic, cultural and political context in Medellín
  • Learn more about the city’s transformation while using the innovative transport-system in the poorer neighbourhoods
  • Get to know a traditional flower farm and the unique “Silletero” culture of Medellín
  • Enjoy a cable car ride to Medellín with breath taking views
  • Experience the hustle and bustle of the “Minorista” market and try exotic fruits
  • See an authentic part of the city of Medellín

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ITINERARY

Included

  • Travel insurance
  • Bilingual attendance
  • Accommodation (2 nights)
  • Coffee break
  • Graffiti-Tour through the Comuna 13
  • Private transport & pick up service your hotel
  • Public transport (Metro & Funicular)
  • Tasting of some exotic tropical fruits & free fruit juice at the “Minorista” market
  • Visit of a traditional flower farm & introduction of the Silletero Culture
  • Tour of the historic center of Medellín and Santo Domingo
  • Traditional lunch *
  • Water & snacks
  • Taxes

Accommodation

Medellín 

Hotel Boutique la Campana***
www.lacampanahotelboutique.com

Hotel Park 10*****
www.hotelpark10.com.co

Day 1: Graffiti Experience

Upon your arrival at the airport Jose Maria Cordova of Medellin, there will be a driver awaiting you to bring you to your hotel.The City of Medellín offers a great variety of urban arts due to the city’s transformation over the last 20 years. Nowadays, the city is so full of countless street art expressions that the local authorities declared urban art a cultural landmark of Medellín.

Graffiti is not only about strong artistic and cultural elements, it is a way of political expression. See the graffiti of the Comuna 13 guided by some of the local artists themselves. This tour gives you an insight on history and daily life in this area and the importance of street art for social communication and identity.

Day 2: Flower Farm & City Tour (B,L)

This tour combines a visit of traditional flower farm in Santa Elena with a Medellín city-tour, including a stunning cable-car ride into town. Travel to the flower village of Santa Elena located in the highlands above Medellín. Growing flowers has a long tradition in the region and visiting a flower farm to get to know the so-called “Silletero” culture is a unique experience.

Afterwards, take the cable car to Medellín`s Santo Domingo neighborhood to start your city-tour. The cable car was constructed to make the inner city more accessible to people from the outskirts, and allows visitors a glimpse into the lives of the marginalized population.Visit downtown Medellín and listen to local musicians and the traditional “Guasca” music while visiting the Parque Berrío. Stroll through the hustle and bustle of downtown Medellín to the famous Botero Plaza with an exhibition of the Colombian artist Fernando Botero, whose sculptures have become a landmark of the city.

Day 3: Local Market Experience (B)

Explore the centre of Medellín and visit one of its typical local market areas. Stroll through stalls brimming with fresh fruits, vegetables and flowers at Medellín’s local market “La Minorista”. Try exotic fruits and interact with the local vendors bargaining for a good price. Explore the world of the local markets and discover the tiny corridors full of flavors and exotic products and typical Colombian food.

You will taste a variety of delicious tropical fruits and finish your trip with a 100% pure fruit juice.After this exciting insider’s trip through the “authentic” centre of Medellin, you will have free time to explore the city on your own. On request our driver can pick you up and drive you to the airport Jose Maria Cordoba of Medellín.

In case of unforeseen circumstances and to assure the passenger’s comfort and safety the itinerary might be subject of change.

Cartagena – Urban Experience

2 Days / 1 Nights

Explore the beauty of Cartagena de Indias and experience the colonial atmosphere that brings you closer to the Caribbean Soul. Cartagena is one of Latin America’s top destinations thanks to its colourful history that is visible everywhere in the “walled city”. The old walls, narrow streets and beautiful buildings will make you fall in love with the Caribbean pearl of Colombia. Taste the different flavors of Caribbean Rum while learning about the history and manufacturing processes of Rum. Furthermore, discover the culinary culture of this Caribbean city and try all the different tastes and flavors the Caribbean Coast offers you.

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Explore the colonial centre of Cartagena de Indias on a guided tour
  • Visit the hill “cerro de la Popa” to have a unique overview of Cartagena and its colonial beauty
  • See the Fort of San Felipe de Barajas, the biggest military construction of the Spaniards in their former colonies
  • Try Cartagena’s food: from fruits over salty snacks to desserts
  • Taste the different flavors of Caribbean Rum

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ITINERARY

Included

  • Private transportation incl. pick-up service
  • Travel insurance
  • Bilingual attendance
  • Accommodation
  • Entrance fees
  • Food samples for tasting
  • Rum tasting
  • Snacks & Water
  • Taxes

Accommodation

Cartagena

Hotel Boutique Tres Banderas***
www.hotel3banderas.com

Hotel Boutique Bantu*****
www.bantuhotel.com

 

 

Day 1: City Tour & Rum Tasting

Upon your arrival at the Rafael Nunez airport of Cartagena, there will be a driver awaiting you to bring you to your hotel. Our City-Tour will start visiting the Cerro de La Popa, a former Augustinian convent rising 150 meters above the city, where you will have the best view of Cartagena. After that, visit the largest military construction ever built by the Spaniards in their colonies, the Fort of San Felipe de Barajas. Then, head to the historic centre where you can visit the plazas, churches and the most beautiful and important streets and buildings of the city. When thinking of the Caribbean Coast, rum is what comes in the mind of many. Rum is one of the most-consumed alcoholic beverages in whole. Learn more about the history of rum, the different styles of manufacturing and their origins during this degustation. Taste different rums in various combinations and discover their rich aromas and flavors.

Day 2: Street Food Tour (B)

For this adventure, do not forget to bring your appetite! Come with us and explore the streets of Old Town Cartagena like locals do. Whether you are looking for tasty snacks, a health alternative or a sweet dessert, on Cartagena’s streets you can find everything. Discover the culinary culture of this Caribbean city, try all the different tastes and flavors and eat like a Cartanegenero. The street sellers will fascinate you with their arepa creations, exotic fruits and things you would have never imagined to taste.

Afterwards you will have more time to explore Cartagena. Our driver can pick you up and drive you to the airport if you want to continue your trip on the same day.

In case of unforeseen circumstances and to assure the passenger’s comfort and safety the itinerary might be subject of change.

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