18 days / 17 nights
Duration
Between 20°C and 35°C
Temperature
Discovery of the jewels of the country
Strong points
All year round
Dates

BOGOTA – SAN AGUSTIN – POPAYAN – PEREIRA – SALENTO – VALLE DEL COCORA – ZIPAQUIRA – VILLA DE LEYVA – BARICHARA – CARTAGENA – ROSARIO ISLANDS


On this tour, Colombia will reveal its most beautiful jewels. Discover a variety of landscapes, from the colonial village of Barichara to the iconic Cartagena de Indias and the heavenly beaches of the Caribbean islands, to the coffee region and the enigmatic archaeological remains of San Agustin for an emotionally rich experience.
The Jewels of Colombia Tour is a fully customizable travel idea. It is ideal for anyone who wants to mix culture, nature and rest. Our team is made up of French-speaking Colombians, expert travellers to the country and we will create an exceptional experience for you.
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Highlights of the Jewels of Colombia Tour

 Discover an exceptional archaeological site of a mysterious civilization

 Visit Popayan and Cartagena, the two jewel cities of Colombian architecture

 Sleep in a coffee farm surrounded by nature

 Visit the picturesque village of Salento, with its 1000 colours

 Cross the Chicamocha Canyon by cable car

 Enjoy the heavenly beaches on a small island in the Caribbean

 Observe tropical birds in the mangroves of Cartagena

 

Stages of the trip


Day 1: Departure for Colombia


Day 2: Visit of the historical centre of Bogotá, the emeralds and lunch typical of the region


Day 3: Day at the Archaeological Park of San Agustin


Day 4: Excursion to Isnos Park, Estrecho del Magdalena and Salto del Mortiño


Day 5: Guided tour of Popayan, the white city


Day 6: Departure to the coffee region


Day 7: Guided day among charming villages in the region of the best coffee in the world


Day 8: Visit the picturesque village of Salento and the Valle de Cocora.


Day 9: Departure to Zipaquirá and visit of the incredible salt cathedral


Day 10: Guided tour of Villa de Leyva


Day 11: Crossing the departments of Boyaca and Santander


Day 12: Day in Barichara, the prettiest village in Colombia


Day 13: Visit of Chicamocha National Park and the longest cable car in Latin America


Day 14: Cartagena and the mangroves of the Virgin Mary’s Marsh


Day 15: Beach day, rest and sharing with the inhabitants of the Rosario Islands


Day 16: Free day in the Rosario Islands


Day 17: Historical walk in Cartagena and discovery of the most important monuments


Day 18: Transfer to Bogotá by plane and flight back to France


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The Jewels of Colombia tour is a travel idea and is fully customizable.


1

Day 1: Departure for Colombia

The D-Day has finally arrived. Departure from France to Colombia.
  • Arrival in Colombia
  • Reception at the airport and transfer to your hotel
  • Night in Bogotá
2

Day 2: Bogotá, 2,600 meters closer to the stars

Discover the capital of Colombia, which is after La Paz and Quito, the 3rd highest capital in the world.
  • Breakfast (breakfast)
  • Visit Plaza Bolívar, the central square in the historic centre of Bogotá, bordered by the presidential palace known as the Palacio de Nariño, the Palace of Justice, etc.
  • Discovery of the Gold Museum, which houses 35,000 gold objects decorated with precious stones
  • Stroll in the Candelaria, the heart of the city’s historic centre, dotted with Spanish colonial-style villas
  • Walk in the main streets of the city to discover the magnificent street art
  • Night in Bogotá
3

Day 3: San Agustin

Discover the archaeological park of San Agustín, a collection of religious monuments and megalithic sculptures in the heart of the Andes mountain range.
  • Breakfast
  • Private transfer to the airport to fly to Neiva
  • On arrival, transfer by private car to San Agustin
  • French-speaking guided tour of the San Agustin Archaeological Park: 300 realistic or abstract monumental sculptures dot this park
  • The sculptures bear witness to the art of a civilization that reached its peak during the first eight centuries of our era
  • It is a site inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List
  • Night in San Agustin
4

Day 4: The surroundings of San Agustin

The Alto de las Piedras de Isnos park is a sacred place dedicated to religious ceremonies, it is the 2nd archaeological site in the area.
  • Breakfast
  • Guided tour of Isnos Park with the Alto de los Ídolos
  • Excursion to Salto del Mortiño, a 170-metre waterfall and Salto de Bordones, the 2nd highest waterfall in Latin America with a height of 220 metres
  • Discovery of the Estrecho del Magdalena, where Colombia’s most important river is only 2.20 metres wide, due to geological constraints.
  • Night in San Agustin
5

Day 5: Popayan, the white city

Nicknamed this way because of its many white buildings.
  • Typical breakfast
  • Transfer to the city of Popayan
  • The best architects and craftsmen of the colonial period worked in Popayán, which, together with Cartagena de Indias, is one of the most important cities in Colombia for its architecture.
  • On the way, enjoy the magnificent Páramo, a unique ecosystem of the tropical highlands. It’s the tropical water factory.
  • French-speaking guided tour of the city to visit the most important places
  • Night in Popayan in a charming hotel known for its patios
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Day 6: The coffee region

Colombian coffee is internationally recognized for its incomparable aroma and quality. Discover this magnificent region.
  • After breakfast, transfer by private car to the coffee area
  • Arrival in a hacienda cafetera, i. e. a colonial house located in a coffee farm
  • You will be entirely surrounded by tens of hectares of coffee plantations, the change of scenery is guaranteed.
  • Afternoon free to enjoy the hacienda swimming pool or to stroll among the fruit trees and coffee plantations
  • Dinner and night at the hacienda
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Day 7: Charming villages

Hidden villages in unique and green landscapes.
  • Breakfast
  • Visit the village of Cordoba where you will learn a lot about coffee production
  • Tasting of the region’s drinks, as well as “chicharron”, the delicious fried pork belly
  • Stroll through the picturesque alleys of Pijao, a colonial village hidden among the mountains.
  • Visit the Mina coffee farm to enjoy a magnificent view of the hills and the art of making good coffee.
  • Night at the hacienda
8

Day 8: Wax palm and hummingbirds

The coffee region is full of picturesque villages of all colours and majestic valleys with a wide variety of plants and animals.
  • A typical breakfast of corn cakes, fresh bread, exotic fruits and eggs
  • Early morning departure to a nature reserve known for its great variety of hummingbirds
  • Walk of about 5 hours in this hilly region which is full of water and you guessed it, hummingbirds
  • Possibility to do, instead, another walk of 1 or 2 hours maximum
  • Arrival at the Cocora Valley, cradle of the national tree: the wax palm tree. These trees, which seem to defy the sky, rise to a height of more than 70 metres
  • Typical lunch in one of the best restaurants in the region
  • A jeep ride in Willis, an all-terrain vehicle from the 1940s, widely used in the region to get to Salento
  • Visit Salento, known as the village of 1000 colours and one of the most beautiful villages in Colombia. Surrounded by mountains and filled with balcony houses, it will transport you to another era
  • Plant a wax palm tree to help reforest this endangered tree. It was widely used to extract wax and make candles from it, but it is now a protected species
  • At the end of the day, return to your home in the coffee farm
  • Night at the hacienda
9

Day 9: The incredible Salt Cathedral

  • Breakfast
  • Transfer to the airport to catch your flight back to Bogotá
  • Reception at the airport and transfer by private car to Zipaquirá
  • Discovery of the salt cathedral. A former mine converted into a place of worship, it has a beautiful collection of salt and marble sculptures.
  • It has been called the architectural jewel of modernity.
  • Visit of the village of Raquira, nationally recognized for its artisanal terracotta products
  • Night in Villa de Leyva
10

Day 10: Villa de Leyva

A small mountain town known for its colonial architecture. Its immense paved central square and the buildings surrounding it are inscribed on the Colombian Heritage List.
  • Breakfast
  • Guided tour of Villa de Leyva to visit the Antonio Nariño Museum, Calle Caliente, its incredible main square, etc.
  • The city is known to have been the final resting place of Antonio Nariño, leader of the independence movement who translated the Declaration of Human Rights into Spanish.
  • Afternoon free to stroll through the charming cobbled streets of the city.
  • Night in Villa de Leyva
11

Day 11: The cradle of national independence

Discover the magnificent road between the departments of Boyacá with a green landscape and Santander, cradle of the Chicamocha Canyon.
  • After breakfast, departure by private car to Barichara
  • Visit of the village of Socorro, a very important village in the history of Colombia because it is here that the country’s independence movement began in 1781
  • Continuation of the journey to the final destination, Barichara
  • Night in Barichara in a charming colonial house
12

Day 12: Barichara, the most beautiful village in Colombia

The cobbled streets, white houses, its huge stone cathedral that turns orange under the sun’s rays and the peaceful atmosphere of the place give Barichara an undeniable charm.
  • Breakfast
  • Take advantage of this free day to stroll along the royal road or from Lengerke to the village of Guane
  • Guane is known in the region for its large collection of marine fossils dating back more than 60 million years
  • Guane is also the cradle of Guanan culture, the indigenous people who have now disappeared.
  • Night in Barichara in a charming colonial house
13

Day 13: Chicamocha Canyon

Covering an area of 10,000 hectares and crossed by the river of the same name, the Chicamocha Canyon is the largest in Latin America and the deepest in the world.
  • Breakfast
  • Departure to Chicamocha National Park, Panachi.
  • On the way, cross the road that outlines the contours of the Canyon for a magnificent view of it.
  • Crossing from one cliff to another on board the Chicamocha cable car, the longest in Latin America
  • Walk to the Belvedere to enjoy a 360-degree view of the Canyon
  • Continuation of the road to Giron, a charming colonial village known for its white basilica
  • Night in Giron
14

Day 14: The Pearl of the Caribbean

You will leave this beautiful region to discover the Fantastic, the Pearl of the Caribbean: Cartagena de Indias.
  • After breakfast, transfer to the airport to catch your flight from Bucaramanga to Cartagena
  • Arrival in Cartagena and transfer to your hotel within the fortified city
  • In the afternoon, guided walking tour in the walled city walking of the most important monuments such as the palace of the Inquisition, it was used to bring to justice the “sinners”; the Plaza Santo Domingo; the street of the martyrs; the clock tower…
  • Night in Cartagena in a beautiful colonial house
15

Day 15: The turquoise sea of the Caribbean

The Rosario Archipelago has 27 easily accessible islands with white sandy beaches, coconut palms and turquoise sea. Enjoy all that the sea has to offer
  • After breakfast, departure by boat to the Rosario Islands
  • On the way, enjoy a magnificent panoramic tour of the islands
  • Rest day to enjoy the warm and crystal clear waters of this corner of paradise
  • Night in the Rosario Islands.
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Day 16: Rosario Islands

National natural park founded in 1988 to protect one of the most important coral reefs in the Colombian Caribbean
  • Breakfast
  • Free day to stroll around the island and search for hidden and majestic beaches
  • Snorkel in the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean
  • Night in the Rosario Islands
17

Day 17: In the centre of the Spanish Empire

Filled with historic monuments Cartagena will not leave you indifferent!
  • Breakfast
  • Last hours in this corner of paradise
  • In the middle of the afternoon, return to Cartagena
  • Night in Cartagena in a beautiful colonial house.
18

Day 18: Return to France

After breakfast, transfer to the airport to catch your flight back to France

THE PRICE INCLUDES

THE PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • Domestic flights on scheduled airlines
  • Accommodation 17 nights in double rooms in charming 3* hotels with breakfast
  • The meals specified in the itinerary
  • Visits and activities indicated in the program in French private service
  • All land transport in private service without guide with Spanish-speaking driver
  • Maritime transport for the Rosario Islands
  • 24/7 French-speaking telephone assistance
  • Estimated price per person and on a basis of 4 participants
  • International flights
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips and luggage carrying
  • The drinks
  • Meals not mentioned in the program
  • Visits, excursions and activities not mentioned
  • Colombian VAT in accommodation (foreigners are exempt)
  • Insurance (please consult us)
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popayan, ville blanche
Vallée du Cocora
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