Colonial Colombia and Caribbean Traditions
In Colombia, even though a small country, widespread singular traditions are always possible to see due to the combination of Indigenous, European, and African culture. One of the rhythms that originated from this combination is salsa music, highly recognized in Colombia and spread all over the Latin America. Cali, Colombia hosts the biggest inheritance of this well-known Caribbean music. This itinerary is designed for those who want to get involved in folklore, beautiful colonial style, and pristine white beaches.
Transfers in – out at every region.
10 nights of accommodation at selected hotels in double rooms.
Breakfast per night of accommodation
Described activities with private vehicle and bilingual tour guide.
Entrance fee to Tayrona Park
Taxes at Cartagena’s dock.
VAT (Value Added Tax) Only for Colombians.
Other expenses not mentioned.
Main City Square / Old Town
Please arrive by 9:15 AM for a prompt departure at 9:30 AM.
Approximately 8:30 PM.
Casual, comfortable athletic clothing, hiking shoes, hat and light jacket.
Colonial Colombia and Caribbean Traditions
Meals, according to itinerary
Non specified expenses, and tips
Arrival to Bogotá and transfer to the Hotel.
Day 2. City Tour Bogotá
Visit to La Candelaria, the historic city center where you will be in touch with the traditional colonial architecture of the city, and the historical places where this nation fought for its independence and other events. This visit gets a better and complete experience when visiting the icon of the city, the sanctuary of the fallen Lord at Monserrate Hill, one of the things to do in Bogotá, You’ll have fun- filled and informative walks where you will also discover how Colombian society is set, and its cultural offers. Approach Bogotá through the eyes of locals: Perceive how people live in Bogotá, customs, old buildings, gastronomy, the social sides and, of course have some fun.
Day 3. Zipaquira’s Salt Cathedral
This is a must see near Bogotá, you will visit the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira, an architectural structure built within a salt mine that is considered as the first marvel of Colombia. Inside the mine you will find a series of architectural and artistic designs that combined with the effects of light create beautiful images of symbols on the walls and ceiling of the cavernous spaces. Also, inside the mine you will learn about the process of salt formation, part of the mining process and witness an incredible light show that will make your day truly magical. Transfer to the airport and flight to Cali. Check in the hotel and time off.
Day 4. Cali is Salsa
On this day you will visit the most recognized places for salsa culture in Cali, such as Barrio Obrero (a local neighborhood) , the pioneer neighborhood that defined the dance identity of Cali. Later in the day visit two of the most important dance schools in the city, where the best dancers of the world have studied since they were children. This activity has an estimated duration of 4 hours. At the end, transfer back to the hotel and enjoy the facilities.
Day 5. Tour aromas, flavors, and crafts
One of the highlights of the Pacific region is the fertility of its land. It is suitable for fruit, vegetables, and flower crops, and together with some traditional crafts, you will have one of the most authentic experiences in the city. Enjoy the aromas, flavors, colors, and textures of Valle del Cauca region, with a tour inside the main food market of the Caleños (people from Cali). Later in the day you visit the craft shops. This activity lasts approximately 3 hours. Transfer to the Airport and fly to Cartagena
Day 6. Cartagena de Indias
The city tour starts visiting the hill of La Popa, an old Augustinian convent located at 150 meters in the highest point of the city. From here you have the best view of Cartagena and you learn the strategies applied to defend the city in the colonial times. Then you will visit the greatest fortress ever built by the Spaniards in their colonies, San Felipe de Barajas. In one hour you will explore this military architectural masterpiece built in coralline stone. Later that day, you will visit the historic center, where in a walk of about 2 hours you get in touch with the most representative and beautiful squares, churches and streets. At night it is recommended to visit Club la Havana in the neighborhood of Getsemaní (Private transfers may have an additional cost)
Day 7. Rosario Island
Rosario Islands in Cartagena form a Natural Underwater Park ideal for the contemplation of colorful coral reef in a shallow water. It is located 45 kilometers far from Cartagena’s Bay, the park protects underwater ecosystems, coral reef mainly, where a variety of colorful fishes can be appreciated while snorkeling. The experience gets completed with the amazing pristine beaches that surround the natural park. A specialized guide will pick you up from the hotel, and take you in a private A/C vehicle to La Bodeguita dock. Here you get aboard a motorboat that will take you to Isla del Sol. The boat transportation to the Island lasts about an hour. Once you get to the Island you will have time to take your time on the beach. As optional activities in the Island, you can find snorkelling, kayaking or a visit to San Martín de Pajarales Aquarium. Your stay in the island includes a traditional lunch. The return to Cartagena starts about 3 pm
Day 8. Santa Marta
Transfer to Santa Marta in a private vehicle at the agreed time. Santa Marta is one of the oldest cities in Latin America, and it is surrounded by the Caribbean Sea. Its history includes battlefields and the life of Simón Bolivar, and its nature is shaped by the highest coastal mountain in the world (5775 meters above sea level).
Day 9. City Tour
This activity begins with a visit to San Pedro Alejandrino’s house, an emblematic sugar cane farm where Simon Bolivar died in December 1830. You will have the opportunity to appreciate some objects that date back to the 18th century. One of them is the bed where Simon Bolivar passed away. You will also have the chance to see other moments of his glorious life as a South American hero. A big memorial dedicated to him is a good example. In addition, you visit the Bolivarian Museum, located in the same premises. There, you can see how Bolivar’s life is depicted in different artworks. Later, you go to Santa Marta’s Historic Centre to visit the Cathedral, the oldest church in Colombia, and see how Catholicism is still very important in Colombian culture. After that, you take the 3rd Ave. to sightsee some places like Simon Bolivar Park, “Los Novios” Park, the Palace of Justice, San Francisco Church and the Bay’s Esplanade.
Day 10. Tayrona’s park
Its white sandy beaches are defined by tropical forests and the Caribbean Sea’s crystal-clear turquoise waters. This makes Tayrona National Park one of the most stunning in the country. It has a diversity of trails that go deep into the forest, taking you to some archaeological sites of great relevance for pre-Columbian indigenous groups in Colombia. The day starts with leaving Santa Marta in a private car to reach the eastern entrance of the park. From Cañaveral area you begin hiking through the tropical dry forest and some beaches until you reach Arrecifes (1h. approx). The hike continues for one more hour, passing by some beaches like Arenillas Beach, La Piscina, and Cabo San Juan Beach, where you have time for bathing and relaxing at this exotic place. Around 4:00 pm you begin the return journey to Santa Marta (1 h.)
Transfer to the airport at the agreed time.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
For the cancellation or modification of each of the reserved rooms, there is a period of 90 calendar days before the arrival of the passengers, exempting them from any penalty. For reservations cancelled between 89 to 30 calendar days before the arrival of the passengers, 50% of the value of the booked package is charged, according to the number of people and the chosen plan. Any cancellations of the booked rooms, which are made during the last 29 calendar days before the arrival of the passengers, will be charged for the entire amount of the cancelled reservation, according to the number of people and the booked plan.
No reservation is refundable. If you comply with the cancellation dates you can reactivate your plan within the next 12 months, taking into account that it will be subjected to availability and rates.
After the start of the trip there might be changes in the accommodation. Hotels reserve the right to make changes according to their own policies.
Any force majeure will be treated according to medical services (emergency events, incapacities, or hospitalization). These documents have to be issued by legal institutions for healthcare. In case of death of one of the passengers or a family member in the first degree of consanguinity, a death certificate has to be presented. Any certification that is presented must match the travel dates.
CHECK IN: The time for the guest to get access to the hotel room, which will be specified in the details of the reservation.
CHECK OUT: The maximum time for the room delivery on the departure day, which will be specified in the details of the reservation.
EARLY CHECK IN: It is understood as the possibility to receive access to the room earlier than the stipulated time, this service is subject to availability and may have an additional cost.
LATE CHECK OUT: It is understood as the room deivering later than the stipulated time, this service is subject to availability and, may have an additional cost.