Central Holidays

Welcome to Colombia! Upon arrival in Bogota, transfer to your hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure to explore the city. Bogotá, the Colombian Capital was founded in 1538 by the Spaniard Gonzalo Jimenez de Quesada under the name of Santa Fe. Here you will experience both the historic colonial grandeur and the bustling vitality of a modern metropolis. Bogotá is a diverse cosmopolitan city.

Embark on an insightful Bogotá city tour starting at the famous food market, Paloquemao. Drive up Monserrate to 10.000 feet and see the views of the city down below and the 17th century “Fallen Christ” in the chapel. Walk through “La Candelaria,” an old world neighborhood with cobblestone streets, featuring Spanish Colonial and Baroque architectural styles. Visit the Gold Museum which contains nearly 34,000 gold pieces plus a further 20,000 bone, stone, ceramic, and textile articles belonging to 13 Pre-Hispanic societies. From authentic food stands, and galleries of famed artists like Botero, to historic attractions, come explore! (B)

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Medellín. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. Early this afternoon you will get to know the history of Pablo Escobar, the Cartel of Medellín, and their impact on Medellín and Colombia. Visit the former headquarters of Escobar, the place he was imprisoned, and his gravesite. Medellín has had a remarkable turnaround and is now one of the nation’s most important cities in business, politics, fashion, and nightlife. (B)

Experience the traditional coffee culture on a typical Colombian farm outside of Medellín. Observe the entire coffee cultivation process visiting the plantation of Don Octavio Acevedo and his family who produce their own coffee brand on less than three hectares. Before lunch, stroll through the coffee fields learning and collecting coffee beans. After lunch you get an insight into the roasting process and discover the best way to prepare coffee. (B,L)

The history of the city comes to life when you visit the “Pueblito Paisa” and enjoy breathtaking views over the city. Check out an exhibit of Colombian artist Fernando Botero in a local park. Head to Santo Domingo via Metrocable, constructed to make the inner city more accessible to people from the outskirts. Explore Comuna 13 with its electric escalators and see how Colombia's formerly most dangerous area reinvented itself after notorious drug and gang wars. (B,L)

Transfer to the airport to take your flight to Cartagena. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon tour the colonial city. The flat and relatively small colonial center is perfect for a walking tour. Full of historic sites, beautiful architecture, postcard perfect streets, amazing art, tasty street food, friendly locals, lively music, and much more! It’s simply ideal for experiencing by foot. Visit the convent of San Pedro Claver, a jewel of Spanish architecture. (B)

A transfer will pick you up and take you to the harbor. Depart from the main pier via motor boat to the Rosario Islands. Because of its underwater riches, the islands were declared a national park. Crystal clear water and silky sand set the stage for a perfect beach day where you can bask in the sun, lounge under a palm tree, enjoying swimming or snorkeling, and much more. Savor lunch on the island and return to Cartagena in the afternoon. (B,L)

Today is yours at leisure to enjoy Cartagena and its surroundings. Delve into the “Centro Amurallado” or walled old town; visit the fortress Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas; discover Bocagrande and El Laguito known for great shopping, restaurants and nightlife; shop at Las Bovedas, formerly jail cells of the old fortress; or explore beaches, museums and more. The options abound! (B)

After a hearty buffet breakfast at your hotel, transfer to the airport for your flight back home with fond memories and moments to share of your inspired Colombian adventure. (B)

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