Our adventure begins by inviting you to the EXOTIC CARIBBEAN, we will begin with our WORLD HERITAGE destination, "CARTAGENA DE INDIAS” and its colonial treasures with the support of a charismatic and fun guide. We will take you on an eco-tour riding bikes for a great view of the Walled City, “La Ciudad Amurallada”, we will appreciate the preserved architecture of its fortifications, take a carriage around its narrow cobblestone roads and take pictures of traditional balconies. We will do snorkeling on the coral reefs or paddle in a canoe around the mangrove swamps of THE ROSARIO ISLANDS; then, we will be immersed in the culture of the historical heritage of the oldest city in South America, "SANTA MARTA" where the Caribbean Sea and the snow meet. During our stay we will hike along the TEYUNA PATH, a sacred road leading to the Lost City in the Sierra Nevada of Santa Marta. After sleeping near to the Tayrona Park, we will live enigmatic and Archaeological experiences in an old KOGUI CAVALCADE. We will head to Bogotá, the Capital City, to enjoy it on a tour through the city with visit to the Gold Museum, Plaza de Bolivar, Palacio Liévano, and La Candelaria neighborhood, in the evening, we will go for an ascent to Cerro de Monserrate. Finally, we will visit to the town of Zipaquirá to visit one of the wonders of the world, the Salt Cathedral.
Why book with Tours of Exploration?
- We specialize in customized, personalized tours that can suit your needs, interests, and hobbies. You may shorten or lengthen this itinerary as you please, to fit it in with another "chapter" of your travels.
- We choose to work with local partners, not only to guarantee an immersive, culturally and naturally authentic experience; but also to economically support the area's local population. We carefully choose those we work with, to ensure that local wildlife conservation efforts are being valued.
- Book with confidence as deposits are risk-free and refundable.
2022 Departure dates & costs
Daily departures based on 2 or more persons
Tour Cost: $ 2,480 USD per person from Bogota
Domestic flights $ 150 additional
Day 1: Arrival at Barranquilla (D)
Reception at El Dorado International Airport for transferring to the hotel. Check-in at the hotel, welcome by our Certified Bilingual Guide, dinner if the itinerary allows it, and accommodation.
Day 2: Cartagena (B,L,D)
Breakfast at the hotel early in the morning. Transportation to El Dorado Airport to take a domestic flight to Cartagena. Check-in at the hotel, lunch at a special restaurant in the Walled City In the afternoon, we will ride an eco-bike for a 2-hour tour around the Walled City and Getsemani; this is, without doubt, one of the activities that we cannot miss if we are in Cartagena to discover in an ecological and fun way the colorful streets and colonial houses of Cartagena’s historical center. We will tour around the Ancient City’s main attractions, including town squares, parks, monuments, churches, and the Getsemaní neighborhood. Visit to the Castle of San Felipe, San Pedro´s Claver Church and Tomb, Santo Domingo´s Square for a coffee break with coffee degustation, we will continue to San Felipe Castle, Gold Museum of the Zenú culture, Inquisition Palace, Santa Catalina Cathedral, and Church of Santo Domingo. In the middle of ourbiking we will have a refreshing stop to be hydrated and get back to pedaling! Dinner and accommodation.
Day 3: Cartagena (Islas del Rosario and San Bernardo Reefs) (B,L,D)
Breakfast at the hotel early in the morning. Transfer at 8:00am to la Bodeguita dock in Cartagena to sail for 1 hour approx. in a speedboat, which can hold from 20 to 50 people, to the hotel located in Isla Grande, an island within the Rosario islands archipelago. Full day experience in Isla Grande, an excellent spot to swim or snorkel. Discover the spectacular marine life and gorgeous landscapes surrounding the resort, we can practice in the companion of an ecological guide snorkeling to encounter a magical submarine world or experience canoe rowing with a tour along the mangrove fringe that borders the islands. Buffet lunch. In thWe afternoon, we will have a relaxing spa experience, we will receive a relaxing massage surrounded by tropical vegetation and the sounds of the ocean. Buffet dinner. Optional Nocturnal experience: at night luminous plankton and environmental conservation talk. Accommodation on the island.
Day 4: Islas del Rosario and San Bernardo Reefs) - Cartagena (B,L,D)
Breakfast at the hotel Visit to the aquarium and guided tour along natural pools with a great variety of submarine species (groupers, rays, tortoises, dolphins and sharks shows); marine tunnel. Traditional lunch. In the afternoon, we will return to Cartagena in speedboat. Early in the evening, check-in at the hotel. We will live an unforgettable experience when entering to the fantastic universe of history, being seduced by the Caribbean Sea breeze in a romantic tour around the colonial streets of the Walled City in a horse-drawn carriage, carriage also known as Victoria, Carroza or Calandria. A Carriage Ride through the streets of Cartagena
Day 5: Cartagena - Santa Marta (B,L,D)
Breakfast at the hotel early in the morning. Panoramic tour from Cartagena to the Tayrona National Natural Park alog the stunning coastline. On the way to the Tayrona Park, we will enjoy a traditional lunch. Cultural guided tour about the history enclosed in America’s most beautiful bay around ‘el Rodadero’, Santa Marta, ‘Catedral Mayor’, ‘La Quinta De San Pedro De Alejandrino’, where Simon Bolivar passed away, ‘Museum of Gold’, Pibe Valderrama’s Monument, Tayrona Deity’s Monument, Lovers Park. Arrival to the hotel. Check-in, dinner, and accommodation.
Day 6: Tayrona National Park (B,L,D)
The Tayrona National Natural Park is located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta and is one of the most important National Natural Parks of Colombia. It is known for its terrestrial and marine biodiversity being habitat for a large number of species that are distributed in regions with different thermal levels ranging from sea level to heights of 900 m. During the hike to the first floor, we will enjoy the beautiful green trails that the park has to offer, which will take us to its paradisiac beaches until we get to San Juan Del Guía Cape, where we will relax in its clear, serene waters. The Tayrona is highly valued for its biology and archeology. Its gorgeous beaches and wild landscapes encourage all visitors to enjoy the tranquility of nature and the ecotourism of this paradisiac place. In its 19,256 protected hectares, Tayrona has 34 beaches, in which only six are permitted to swim: Neguanje, Gayraca, Cristal (also called Playa del Muerto), Concha Bay, La Piscina and Cabo San Juan de Guía. Full day in the natural beauty of the protected park. Field lunch included. Dinner back at the hotel.
Day 7: Minca and El Dorado (B,L,D)
Early morning drive to Minca n the foothills of the Sierra Nevada this village of coffee growers with primary forests that conserve a great diversity of birds and flora. Breakfast in town after an early morning nature walk. Continue to El Dorado Nature Reserve for more trail walking in the beautiful landscape of the Sierra Nevad range. Return to our hotel for dinner.
Day 8: Santa Marta Departure (B)
Transfer to the airport for onward flight
Extensions to Medillin, Cartagena, Coffee culture region, or the Colombian Amazon can compliment this trip. Ask for details.
Included in the price
~ Accommodation (double occupancy) ~ Meals as indicated ~ Local transport ~ Entrance fees ~ Hotel taxes ~
* International or domestic air * Activities or services marked as 'optional' * Meals not included in the itinerary * Tips and personal expenses * Alcoholic or other drinks * Travel or medical insurance
Note: * Passport must be valid for at least six months