DURATION

12 DAYS

WHEN

Dec to Mar

DESTINATION

Colombia

TYPE

PRIVATE

Colombia

Colombia – a country associated with color, beauty, tropical warmth, and endless bounty. The natural riches found within its borders aren’t found here by chance, however. It’s Colombia’s rugged, broken and unique geography that makes it one of the world’s most diverse countries, a literal treasure trove of biological evolution, where this same geography has created many restricted-range species, found across Colombia’s 5 main geographical regions – Andean, Pacific, the Caribbean, Llanos (plains) and Amazon.

WHAT MAKES THIS TRIP EXTRAORDINARY

  • Explore Bogota in full, including the Gold Museum, Botero Museum and a welcome dinner at Cerro Monserrate, overlooking the city, during sunset.
  • Travel deep, by plane and 4×4, to the heart of the Colombian Llanos in search of South American mammals, reptiles, amphibians and birds by boat, 4×4 and on horse (Optional).
  • Return to Bogota for a deeper immersion in the Colombian culture. Gourmet coffee tasting included.
  • Climb to the recently-opened-to-travelers Santa Marta Highlands for superb panoramas, a coffee plantation experience, and to bird watch at one of the most important habitats on earth.
  • Travel down to the Caribbean coast, to the beautiful Tayrona National Park, for more impressive birding, and to interact with the Kogi tribe. Leisure time on this remote piece of paradise is included.
  • Spend three amazing days in colonial Cartagena, one of the greatest UNESCO sites in South America.
  • 4-Day extension to the Colombian & Peruvian Amazon for superb wildlife encounters.

Live with no excuses and travel with no regrets.

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Itinerary in Brief

Day 1 

Arrive in Bogota.

Arrive in Bogota (8530 ft). Transfer to the hotel. Early check-in guaranteed. Rest. 2 PM Detailed brie ng and geographic orientation by your Leader. Visit the impressive Gold Museum. Visit Cerro Monserrate for sunset photographs. Early welcome dinner.

Overnight at B.O.G Hotel (Dinner) NOTE: If you wish to arrive a day early, your room will be ready and paid for, but extra transfer charges may apply.

Day 2

Fly to Yopal & Wildlife observation in Llanos Savannah.

Early AM commercial flight to Yopal. Full morning 4×4 transfer with packed breakfast to the lodge, in route we will penetrate very remote territories in the Llanos savannah with wildlife that can be spotted at any time. Lunch at the lodge. PM: Boat ride (2-3 hrs), and Safari. Sunset over Llanos + introductory talk. Dinner at the lodge.

Overnight at Juan Solito Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 3 

The Llanos Wildlife.

4×4 Wildlife search excursion (Horseback riding available if desired). Typical lunch at the lodge. PM: at leisure to relax. Nighttime wildlife excursion. Dinner at the lodge followed by folklore show.

Overnight at Juan Solito Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 4

Birding & Visit to La Aurora original farmhouse

Possible fishing if wished. Lunch at the lodge. Early PM: Transfer to Yopal and flight to Bogota. Transfer to the hotel.

Overnight at B.O.G Hotel (B, L)

Day 5

Bogota City Tour

Bogota city tour; Botero Museum, Plaza de Bolivar, and La Candelaria walking tour. Upscale coffee sampling included. PM: short rest time followed by a visit to Usaquen township for arts, crafts, and local culture. Dinner at a local restaurant.

Overnight at B.O.G Hotel (B, L, D)

Day 6

Fly to Santa Marta – Birding time at Mica on route to the lodge

Morning transfer to the airport. Fly to Santa Marta and transfer to the Lodge (5 hrs). This drive climbs from sea level to over 7217 ft asl up a winding mountain road. Along the way, stop for a picnic lunch at a co ee plantation, and to learn all about Colombian coffee. Check-in and rest at the lodge. PM: Late birding for endemics in the reserve. Dinner.

Overnight at El Dorado Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 7

Cuchilla de San Lorenzo

Drive up to the Cuchilla de San Lorenzo gap, for more birdwatching, nature walks, and outstanding views. Lunch at the lodge. PM: Leisure birding around the lodge or enjoy a nature walk and panorama photography. Dinner.

Overnight at El Dorado Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 8

To a Remote Corner of the Caribbean

AM: Optional early AM birding for those interested. After a leisure breakfast, drive down to the coast, arriving at our beach and jungle hotel for lunch. Evening at leisure to enjoy the beautiful setting. Short lecture followed by dinner.

Overnight at Villa Maria (B, L, D)

Day 9

Tayrona National Park and the Kogi Tribe

At 7.30 AM, transfer to Tayrona National Park for morning birding. Return to the hotel for lunch and then visit a Kogi settlement and interact with this fascinating human group. Dinner at hotel.

Overnight at Villa Maria (B, L, D)

Day 10

The Caribbean Coast and Cartagena

7 AM: Transfer to Cartagena along the coast highway (5 hrs). Lunch. PM: City tour part 1. Free time to explore and photograph Cartagena.

Overnight at Tcherassi Hotel & Spa (B, L, D)

Day 11

Cartagena

Complete Cartagena tour including Barrio Manga, Popa Monastery, Saint Philip Castle, The Vaults. Farewell dinner in a cozy upscale restaurant.

Overnight at Tcherassi Hotel & Spa (B, L, D)

Day 12

Fly Home

Time to further explore Cartagena until your transfer to the airport to catch the flight back to the US (B)

Lodgings

Bogota: The B.O.G. Hotel

A new and very stylish luxury hotel located in the heart of Bogota’s Chico sector and between the Zona ‘T’ and Zona ‘Rosa’ nightlife districts which o er the very best regarding restaurants, bars, and shopping centers.

Your comfortable room offers a wide space including a work desk, hydro-massage shower, 500 thread count bedding, and subtle details that help create the perfect balance to live the B.O.G. Hotel experience. Wi wireless is available from the commodity of your room.

La Aurora: Juan Solito Lodge

This lodge, part of a working ranch and private wildlife reserve, o ers very basic accommodations given its location at over 5 hours from the nearest city (Yopal). There is no hot water here, but temperatures dictate that nobody complains about the lukewarm showers. Bathrooms are private, and furniture is basic. Everything is very clean. Mosquito nets are provided for each bed. Food is full board.

Due to its remote location, no wi-fi is available.

Santa Marta: El Dorado Lodge

This is Colombia’s most beautiful location for a lodge. We have selected rooms, which are small and basic, but clean and with great views. Rooms are in a wood cabin type building with amazing views over the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, and the Caribbean Sea can be seen on a clear day. The rooms are cool, given the lodge’s altitude.

They also have “The Kogihabs” their new constructions with morning panoramic views of the Sierra Nevada itself. Even though we love the Kogihabs, they are located at about a 15 minutes inclined walk from the main house of the lodge. Because of this, we have only blocked 4 of the Kogihabs. Please let us know if you would like to enjoy the beautiful Kogihabs (If you are a hiker, this rooms would be perfect for you)

Free wi-fi access is available in the social parts of the Lodge, though service could fail.

Tayrona: Villa Maria Lodge

Villa Maria combines natural beauty with the comfort of a luxurious resort and the intimacy of your personal country retreat. Surrounded by lush jungle overlooking the Caribbean ocean. A 5-minute walk through a jungle path takes you to the virgin, white sand beach. All rooms are quite beautiful, with AC. This is the best hotel close to Tayrona National Park, and we have selected ocean view rooms for all our guests. Wi is available, though, due to the remoteness of the lodge, service could fail. Please also note that the beach, even though particularly beautiful, may provide choppy waters.

When to go

The best time for the country as a whole is between December and March as it rains the least during these months, especially in the Andean regions. The rainy season hits the Andes between May to July and October to December when heavy rains can fall on a daily basis though they’re usually followed by bright sunshine. Elsewhere, the Caribbean coast experiences its heaviest rainfall in September and October, and is relatively dry for the rest of the year while the lowlands experience little variation with a tropical climate.

QUESTIONS?


If you have any questions, please let us know. We are here to help you!

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