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 you try to dream up the perfect city, you think of crisp moderate weather, Andean mountain peaks, vibrant colors, beautiful architecture, incredible people, rich 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.
One of the marvels of Colombia, the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira, is well worth the visit for any traveler. Some consider this is a religious monument, while others see it as a celebration of engineering or maybe even an artistic masterpiece. For the beauty of its landscapes, the richness of its earth and the hidden jewel beneath the earth’s surface, Zipaquira is simply unforgettable. Your journey there will take you traveling north of Bogota, through countryside once occupied by the native Muisca Indians. Zipaquira is most famous for its Cathedral carved underground in a still functioning salt mine, which you will explore today.
The subtle lighting pronounces the fourteen Stations of the Cross, as you descend into the mine, each station sculpted by a different artist. At the deepest point of the cathedral, 180m below the earth’s surface, you will encounter the north and south aisles dominated by the 16m high central cross. The illumination and execution of the work here 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. However you view this construction, you are guaranteed to be impressed by its size and grandeur.
Enjoy a three course meal lunch with a non alcoholic beverage, during the tour at Zipaquira today. At the end of your exploration, you will be returned to your hotel. (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 greeted at the airport by your driver and transferred to your hotel. (This service is on a private basis.)
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 Bahía Solano. Upon arrival in Bahía Solano, you will be greeted at the airport by your driver and transferred to your hotel. (This service is on a private basis.)
This is the part of Colombia where dense tropical jungle meets the stunning coastline. The Colombian Pacific coast is wildly different from its charmed Caribbean counterpart, yet equally enticing and full of its own rugged and wild character. Unlike the Caribbean the beaches of the Pacific are fine and grey in color adding to the rugged and raw feel of the region. The area is home to a large Afro-Colombian population and this is reflected in the history, architecture, culture and food of the region. Access to the region is limited and infrastructure often simple, however for the more adventurous traveler looking to see a less tamed side of Colombia the Pacific coast is an amazing destination. Spend your time wandering the beaches, exploring the jungle backdrops, interacting with the locals and sampling their famous food and culture, or more adventures pursuits like the scuba diving or deep sea fishing. All in all a truly unique Colombia experience.
Bahia Solano is a small jungle town located on the Pacific coast. The population is largely of African descent. The principal industry of the town is fishing and the slowly developing tourist trade. This is a simple little town and the infrastructure is minimal however for anyone wanting to gain an insight in to the region and its cultures so different from that of the rest of the country it’s a great place to start.
Every year whales living in the waters in the Antarctic of the southern coast of Chile begin their 8000km migration up to the Colombian Pacific coast to give birth and raise their young. The whales are humpbacks often considered the most emblematic of the whale family, growing up to 18m and weighing over 25 tons. The season in Colombia runs from July through to November and this section of Colombian coast is some of the best in the world for spotting these amazing creatures. You will take a trip out in to the water of the Pacific looking for the whales, often, due to the density of population they are encountered with considerable ease. You will have time to watch, observe and photograph these mammals. Of all the animal encounters the world has to offer few come close to the sight of a giant humpback breaching in the open water. (This service is on a group basis.)
Departing from the hotel you board a local launch and head own the coast for 45 minutes passing the dramatic coastline of beaches and jungle clad cliffs. The richness of mangroves and the abundance of the Pacific Ocean’s marine wildlife converge in a fascinating way in the Utría National Natural Park, which located in the Colombian department of Chocó, in the Nuqui and Bahia Solano municipalities. South of the Utría Cove, foothills covered with thick tropical jungle, semi-hidden in the mist, break into the sea whilst the landscape of the inlet itself changes as the tide rises and falls.
The Utría Park is a privileged area for nature tourism due to its countless natural attractions, the beauty of its landscapes, the excellent condition of its ecosystems and its great cultural wealth, all part of the unique heritage of the Pacific Region of northern Colombia. Many activities such as trekking & observation of fauna and flora as well as interacting with the local culture are among multitude of activities that visitors can engage in. You will have time to enter the mangroves along a wooden board walk way which allows you to experience the ecosystem from a unique perspective and also visit the beautiful rugged beach of Playa Blanca, the only light colored sandy beach in a region where most of the beaches are black sand. Bring your snorkeling gear as Utria has a number of locations to snorkel over live coral.
After enjoying the peace and tranquillity of this stunning national park, relatively untouched by human beings, you return by launch along the coast line to the hotel. (This service is on a private basis.)
In the morning, you will be picked up at your hotel in Bahía Solano and transferred to the airport in good time to board your domestic flight to Medellin. Upon arrival in Medellin, you will be greeted at the airport by your driver and transferred to your hotel. (This service is on a private basis.)
In the morning, you will be picked up at your hotel in Medellin 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.
The Almejal Reserve and Lodge is right where the tropical rainforest merges with the stunning Pacific Ocean. It is a set of 12 independent cottages with comfortable private bathroom and balcony, and an exclusive private-suite cabin built under sustainable architecture parameters to rest comfortably while enjoying the surrounding nature. The sound of the sea, the singing of birds and the rustle of the stream all accompany you during your stay.
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