Colombia

Colombia

Overview With a newly found exuberance, confidence and security, Colombia is set to be the next major Latin American hotspot in the years to come. From the cosmopolitan vibrancy of Bogota you can start your journey through its cultural gems. The pre-Colombian Gold Museum is a must, highlighting the country’s fame for the mythical legend of El Dorado. From here discover the humorous as well as dramatic art pieces of Fernando Botero, Colombia’s most famous artist.  Then there is the incredible underground Salt Cathedral at Zipaquira, a short drive from the hustle and bustle of this 8m strong city, an astounding architectural feat. West of Bogota lie the cities of Medellin and Pereira, famous respectively for their wildlife, culture and Coffee Triangle, one of the country’s most famous exports; or if dancing is more your thing, head south to Cali, which wrestles for the title as the ‘Home of Salsa’. From the populous Andes, you can head west to the remote Pacific west coast. An excellent and mysterious destination often shrouded in low clouds and high humidity it offers the more adventurous traveller superb trekking, whale watching and surfing. No trip however to Colombia is complete without a trip to Latin America’s best preserved colonial city, Cartagena. Deservedly named the ‘Jewel of the Caribbean’ this colourful city will enchant with its handsome colonial mansions, churches, and bougainvillea laden balconies. Enjoy excellent boutique hotels in the city’s historic heart and superb cuisine in some of the country’s finest restaurants. From here you can explore a hugely diverse coastline offering excellent trekking to the Ciudad Perdida (Lost City) in the Sierra Nevada Mountains; the pristine beaches of Tayrona National Park and the wild and fascinating La Guajira peninsula and its indigenous Wayuu population. Too long regarded as off-limits to international visitors, the second most populous country in South America has changed dramatically in the last 10 years, bringing the world’s attention to the marvels Colombia has to offer. Contact us today for more details and how best to maximise your time in Colombia and Latin America.

Ultimate Colombia

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Bogota

Day 2 Full day trip to Gold Museum. Lunch. Trip to Zipaquira Salt Cathedral

Day 3 Flight to Pereira

Day 4 Private tour of Filandia, Cocora Valley & Salento including Lunch

Day 5 Private Hummingbird and bird watching tour at Rio Blanco Reserve

Day 6 Flight to Medellin. Evening at leisure

Day 7 Half day city tour with metro cable-car

Day 8 Flight to Nuqui and on to your jungle lodge

Day 9 Half day trek to Thermal Spings. Optional afternoon sea kayak

Day 10 Half day trek to Rio Terco. Optional afternoon snorkelling

Day 11 Flight to Medellin. Airport change and flight to Cartagena

Day 12 Private Half day city tour and Monuments of Cartagena

Day 13 Day at leisure

Day 14 Private Transfer to Santa Marta and to Tayrona National Park

Day 15 Day at leisure

Day 16 Transfer to Minca and overnight at EcoHabs Minca

Day 17 Day at leisure. Transfer to Riohacha, La Guajira Peninsula

Day 18 Visit wildlife sanctuary “Flamencos Rosado Camarones”

Day 19 Visit Uribia, Manaure and the salt desert

Day 20 Morning beach and Visit “Pilón de Azúcar”. Lunch. Sunset trip and on to hotel

Day 21 Depart for Manaure Salt plain. Flight to Bogota. Evening at leisure

Day 22 Flight to Dublin via Paris

Day 23 Arrival into Dublin

Price from €6,995 per person sharing + taxes Includes all flights, indicated tours (optional tours are not incl.), transfers and accommodation (bed and breakfast basis unless otherwise specified)

Casa San Agustin Hotel is located in Cartagena close to University of Cartagena, Puerta del Reloj and San Pedro Claver Church and Convent.
Casa San Agustin Hotel is located in Cartagena close to the University of Cartagena, Puerta del Reloj and San Pedro Claver Church and Convent.

Colombia

Colombia Profile

Size
15 times Ireland
Population
45.7 million
Capital
Bogota (8.7m)
Other Main Cities
Medellin, Cali
Currency
Colombian Colon
Climate
Tropical and Highland Temperate
Language
Spanish
Time Difference
GMT -5
Health
Consult GP and/or Tropical Medical Bureau