Colonial Colombia

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If you've been dreaming of a South American country with perfectly preserved colonial cities and villages, Colombia is it. From countryside to coast, Colombia enchants visitors with romantic balconies to quiet cobbled courtyards.  Begin in Bogota, where a bustling modern metropolis meets charming colonial side streets. Tour La Candelaria district, take photo...

Overview

Trip type
Self-Guided / Independent Tour
Lodging level
Standard - 3 star
Physical level
Easy
Trip pace
Flexible schedule

Highlights

    • Half-day Bogota City Tour with funicular to Monserrate and lunch (morning)
    • Transfer from Bogota to Villa de Leyva, with visit to Zipaquira Salt Cathedral and lunch
    • Visit to the Fossil Museum and Ecce Homo Monastery with lunch
    • Visit to the town of Raquira (en-route to Bogota Airport)
    • Cartagena city tour (half-day)

What's this trip about?

    If you've been dreaming of a South American country with perfectly preserved colonial cities and villages, Colombia is it. From countryside to coast, Colombia enchants visitors with romantic balconies to quiet cobbled courtyards.  Begin in Bogota, where a bustling modern metropolis meets charming colonial side streets. Tour La Candelaria district, take photos in Plaza Bolivar, and admire gold artifacts at the Gold Museum. Dine at La Puerta Falsa, one of Bogota's oldest restaurants serving traditional Colombian snacks.  Drive about four hours to your next destination, Villa de Leyva. This village is one of the most beautiful in Colombia! Learn about the region's fascinating prehistoric past while you relax in the peaceful village surrounded by mountains. Your vacation ends in Cartagena, where the Caribbean sea meets a fascinating colonial history. Scale the fortress of San Felipe then visit a convent inside the walled city on an included tour. Explore the vibrant city on your own before heading home.

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Details

Itinerary focusClassic Highlights
Group sizeIndependent
Age rangeNo age restrictions
Flights and transportRound trip airfare and all internal transport included
Start CityBogota
End CityColombia

Travel Themes

  • Local Immersion & Homestays
  • Relaxing Retreats

Destinations

  • South America
  • Colombia

Attractions

  • Bogota
  • Cartagena

Activities

  • Culture
  • Historic sightseeing
  • History
  • Homestays & Cultural Immersion
  • Relaxing Retreat
  • Ruins & Archaeology
  • Independent

Trip includes

    • Round-trip economy class airfare into Bogota (BOG) and out of Cartagena (CTG)
    • Round-trip airport transfers in Bogota and Cartagena
    • 2 nights in Bogota at the Hotel Dann Carlton Bogota, or similar
    • Bogota city tour with funicular to Monserrate and lunch (half-day)
    • Transfer from Bogota to Villa de Leyva, with visit to Zipaquira Salt Cathedral and lunch
    • 2 nights in Villa de Leyva at the Hotel Posada de San Antonio, or similar
    • Visit to the Fossil Museum and Ecce Homo Monastery with lunch
    • Visit to the town of Raquira (en-route to Bogota Airport)
    • One-way, economy class flight from Bogota (BOG) to Cartagena (CTG)
    • 3 nights in Cartagena at the Hotel Caribe by Faranda Grand, or similar
    • Cartagena city tour (half-day)
    • Breakfast daily

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Itinerary

Day 1 Welcome to Bogota!

¡Bienvenidos a Colombia! Upon arrival in Bogota, you will have a transfer from the airport to your hotel. 

Bogota is the Colombian capital and was founded in 1538 by the Spaniard Gonzalo Jimenez de Quesada under the name of Santa Fe. Here you will experi...

Day 2 Bogota

Wake up and enjoy a half-day city tour taking you to Paloquemao market, La Candelaria district, Plaza de Bolivar, the Gold Museum and Monserrate!

In the evening, head to the trendy Zona Rosa neighborhood for dinner and a shot of aguardiente, an anise-flavored liquor beloved by Bogotanos.

Day 3 Bogota - Villa de Leyva

Say goodbye to Bogota as you depart for Villa de Leyva. En route, stop at the famous Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira and see this architectural marvel up close!

After your tour, continue to the colonial town of Villa de Leyva, founded in 1572 and declared a ...

Day 4 Villa de Leyva

After breakfast, walk around the pretty village of Villa de Leyva with the finest examples of colonial architecture: wooden balconies, arches, and heavy wooden and brass laden doors in contrast to the white buildings. Enjoy the quiet surroundings and solitude o...

Day 5 Villa de Leyva - Bogota - Cartagena

Say goodbye to Villa de Leyva as you transfer to Bogota airport. En route, stop in the colorful town of Raquira, the pottery capital of Colombia. Then head for your flight to the colonial jewel of Colombia, Cartagena.

Cartagena was founded in 1533 by the ...

Day 6 Cartagena

Today you will visit some of Cartagena's highlights on an included city tour. Cartagena was given the name La Heroica (Heroic City) by Simon Bolivar in 1815 after the city resisted 105 days of siege by the Spanish. 

After the tour, stroll over to Plaza de...

Day 7 Cartagena

Today you will have a full day to see Cartagena at your leisure. Consider visiting the Palace of the Inquisition, one of Cartagena's most visited tourist sites that documents the darkest period in the city's history. Enter through the baroque limestone doorway ...

Day 8 Depart Colombia

Your Colombian vacation comes to an end today. At the scheduled time, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home.

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