This itinerary features of few of the best reasons to travel to Colombia. Beginning in the beating cultural heart of Bogota to sample some of the best Colombian culture has to offer, and continuing into Medellin, a revitalized city with a unique Andean spirit. End the trip on Nuqui, a secluded beach that is one of the best off the beaten path destinations in the country.
In the evening, you will be picked up at the airport in Bogota and transferred to your hotel. (This service is on a private basis.)
When we sit down to dream up our perfect city, we take crisp moderate weather, Andean mountain peaks, vibrant colors, beautiful architecture, even more beautiful people, South American food, and a nightlife that will not quit. It doesn't take long for travelers to realize that Bogota is the urban playground they've been seeking their whole lives.
La Candelaria is the cultural center of the city, where colonial architecture now houses museums, bars, restaurants and hotels. Locals are rightfully proud to call Bogota their home, and celebrate this fact nightly as drum beats, delicious gastronomy, and generous drinks take over the streets. Life is a party, and Bogota is the host.
Today you’ll visit the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira. Traveling north of the city, through countryside once occupied by the native Muisca Indians, Zipaquira is one of the more popular tourist destinations in Colombia. Zipaquira is home to a Cathedral carved underground in a still functioning salt mine just west of the town.
The subtle lighting pronounces the fourteen Stations of the Cross as you descend in to the mine, each station sculpted by a different artist. At the deepest point of the cathedral, 180 meters below the earth’s surface, you encounter the nave and the north and south aisles which are dominated by the 16m high central cross. The illumination and execution of the work is a tribute to modern techniques and years of work from the miners and artists. Your guide will explain all about the cathedrals construction and how it and the mine still function in harmony.
Enjoy lunch at Zipaquira. (This service is on a private basis.)
In the morning, you will be picked up at your hotel in Bogota and transferred to the airport in good time to board your domestic flight to Medellin. Upon arrival in Medellin, you will be picked up at the airport and transferred to your hotel.
Contained in a bowl-shaped valley between two mountain skylines, Medellin's crowded urban sprawl reaches up into the skies around you. What was once the setting for the drug violence of the 80's and 90's is now home to a population moving proudly into a peaceful and prosperous new century. A powerful economy is helping them reach that admirable goal, and with it comes public arts projects and neighborhood beautification.
Locals here hold themselves a little apart from the rest of Colombia. It may be the moderate temperatures, or the Andean culture, but Medellin holds itself to a more European ideal. You'll hear less Caribbean drums here, and more western music. The people are definitely still Colombian though, so expect bars packed with beautiful people, restaurants overflowing with good food and a hopeful energy difficult to find anywhere else in the world.
Enjoy this free time at your leisure.
In the morning, you will be picked up at your hotel in Medellin and transferred to the airport in good time to board your domestic flight to Nuquí. Upon arrival in Nuquí, you will be picked up at the airport and transferred to your hotel.
While the majority of beach travelers in Colombia crowd the Caribbean beaches, you can find yourself on the beautiful Pacific coast. Nuqui is very much off the beaten path. The group tours and resort-provided jet skis are replaced here by meeting locals, and renting a paddle board from a man on Playa Olimpica down the road. The culture in Nuqui is heavily influenced by Colombia's African roots, as well as the indigenous tribes that live a short distance up the river.
Perfect beaches with this much elbow room are hard to come by in the 21st century. You may meet the odd surfer or diver who have somehow found their way here, but the secret is still pretty safe about Nuqui, so sit back and enjoy the peace and quiet.
Today you'll enjoy a half day tour with a nature walk to "Love Waterfall".
The hotel is surrounded by nature, which makes our activities not only possible but unique and exciting. The itinerary includes two hikes (on separate days): one to the Waterfall of Love and another to the nearby community of Termales and its natural hot springs. We will tailor the hikes and walks according to your physical capacities and preferences. These activities are run by our local guides who will take you through natural jungle paths and rivers. They're experts on the region and their traditions and will show you the richness of the culture, the fauna and the flora of Chocó's tropical rainforest and the Pacific Ocean, ensuring you return renovated and invigorated from your holiday.
You will also enjoy a whale watching experiences today/tomorrow. Your hotel has its own fiberglass speed boats, both Eduardoño brand and in optimal condition. Each boat is fully equipped with life vests for each passenger and a guide from the hotel will be with you during the outing. Whale season in Nuquí starts in early June and continues until October (meaning it lasts for more than four months). Your guide will instruct you with the rules you must keep in mind so your whale watching boat trip is comfortable and safe, and so you can enjoy the whales and take amazing photographs. Your guide will also tell you about the whales and their environment, all with the typical warmth and kindness of our staff. (This service is on a private basis.)
Enjoy this free time at your leisure.
In the morning, you will be picked up at your hotel in Nuquí and transferred to the airport in good time to board your domestic flight to Bogota. Upon arrival in Bogota, you will be picked up at the airport and transferred to your hotel.
In the morning, you will be picked up at your hotel in Bogota and transferred to the airport. (This service is on a private basis.)
The Abadia Colonial Hotel is a colonial-era hotel, carefully restored respecting the architecture and history of this beautiful town, maintaining most of its essence, details, finishes and its interior gardens that still conserve its native trees. The hotel offers twelve rooms, exceptionally set in the charm of the oldest colonial architecture. All this makes the hotel an inviting corner where the visitor can submerge himself in the subtle magic of the historic La Candelaria district of Bogota.
Located in one of the most exclusive areas of Medellin, Hotel Florencia Plaza allows quick and easy access to places of interest, such as the financial and trade centers, the Milla de Oro and the Zona Rosa. This hotel offers modern well-equipped accommodations. Rooms at Hotel Florencia Plaza feature a contemporary décor with a light design, combined with dark furniture. They come equipped with LCD cable TV, work desk and Wi-Fi. Wellness facilities offered include a rooftop hot tub with panoramic views of the city. Guests can relax in the hammam or enjoy a Turkish steam bath.
This award winning ecolodge is situated amidst jungle on the wild Pacific coast of Colombia's Choco region. It is built on the highest principles of sustainability and offers unforgettable experiences for travelers. It is listed as one of National Geographic's favourite places to stay in South America and rated highly on Trip Advisor. Overall the accommodation is simple but extremely thoughtfully built and maintained to provide maximum comfort with minimal environmental impact. There's a dining area (African 'banda' style) where fantastic food is prepared by two lovely women. There's no internet, wifi or TV - leave all that behind and listen to the sounds of waves crashing as you sleep and the sounds of the jungle right behind. You can watch the stars at night or look for whales and birds from the hammock on your balcony. Enjoy whale-watching trips by launch, a jungle walk and a visit to thermal pools and a local community. Kayaks and paddle boards are also available for hire and you can take lessons in surfing and paddle-boarding (the owners are extremely competent in both). The surf nearby (and right on the beach in front) can be fantastic - around 2 meters on a good day, and a generally reliable and clean surf.
Experience a whole new level of comfort at Habitel Hotel, conveniently located just 600 meters from the El Dorado International Airport and less than 20 minutes from beautiful downtown Bogotá. All of our spacious rooms and suites include a minibar, wireless Internet access, iPod docking station, flat-screen TV and cozy bedding, so you can feel right at home. With over 70 security cameras monitoring the property, you’ll also feel safe and sound 24 hours a day. Habitel’s unique design blends brick, wood, marble and steel to create a warm and contemporary space for guests. First-class amenities like our beauty salon, gym and steam room deliver the ultimate in relaxation at an unbeatable value in Bogotá. At the center of the hotel, visitors will find a tropical garden that’s perfect for relaxing amongst nature. For a real treat, head to our luxurious spa for a massage, or take a dip in our soothing Jacuzzi tub. Also, don’t forget to dine with us during your stay. No visit is complete without a delicious meal and a glass of wine in one of our signature restaurants, Manduka or La Tiendita.