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  • Bogota
  • Ibague
  • Armeria
  • Medellin
  • Santa Marta
  • Cartagena

Sublime landscapes, towering mountains, overgrown jungles, fascinating archaeological sites, large cities and small villages. All this and much more awaits you in beautiful Colombia. Relax and discover the land of emeralds and El Dorado.

Individual

Day 1 & 2 - Bogota

You are personally welcomed at Bogota airport and transferred to your hotel. Tomorrow you can enjoy a day at leisure to explore this beautiful capital loacted at 2600 m altitude with its traditional colonial architecture and contemporary buildings at your own pace and taste. Culture buffs will definately marvel at the famous gold museum with the world's largest and finest collection of pre-Hispanic Indian artifacts.

Standard Hotel:  Hostal Anandarmayi
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Day 3 - Bogota - Ibague

Transfer to Ibague located in the Andes. Ibague, the capital of Tolima, lies at the foot of the Central Cordillera on the banks of the river Combeima. Ibague is widely acclaimed as the music capital of Colombia. Simply amazing.

Standard Hotel:  Estalar Altamira (Continental Breakfast)
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Day 4 to 5 - Ibague - Armenia

From Ibague you travel on to the city of Armenia located in the beautiful Cocora valley. Here you can spot colombia's national tree: the Palma de Cera. Next you can  enjoy a delicious cup of Colombian coffee at one of the many coffee plantations or visit a banana plantation.
On day 5 you explore the region according to your own interests We recommend a visit to the wild valley of Cocora with its up to 200 years old and up to 65m high palm trees; the highest in the world. And why not pop in at one of the many coffee houses in the region?

Standard Hotel:  Hacienda Combia (Continental Breakfast)
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Day 6 - Armenia - Medellin

After breakfast you transfer to Medellin. Free afternoon at arrival to explore the city of eternal spring.

Standard Hotel:  Florencia Plaza
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Day 7 to 8 - Medellin - Santa Marta

Transfer to Medellin airport for your flight to Santa Marta. Meet and greet at arrival at the airport and transfer to your hotel Tomorrow you will visit the Santa Marta region at your own pace. Highly recommended is the Tayrona National Park with its white beaches and exotic forests; one of Colombia's most visited nature parks. The spectacular beach with picturesque bays and lush vegetation, os home to more than 100 different species of mammals and a wide variety of birds.

Standard Hotel:  Casa Verde (Continental Breakfast)
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Day 9 - Santa Maria - Cartagena

You travel on to the city of Cartagena, an ancient city built in Spanish colonial style. The city offers an interesting mix of culture and Caribbean charm with several monuments, including palaces, colonial houses and forts bear witness to the glorious past of the city. You'll spend three nights here. Mind you, your nest for the next 3 nights only has cold water available.

Standard Hotel:  Casa Villa Colonial (Continental Breakfast)
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Days 10 & 11 - Cartagena

The next two days you can explore Cartagena and its surroundings to your heart's content. The present Cartagena has become a modern city with an important port, various shopping centers and beautiful beaches fringed with exotic palm trees. A perfect setting to celebrate the end of your trip !!!

Standard Hotel:  Casa Villa Colonial (Continental Breakfast)
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Day 12 - Cartagena

Transfer to the airport of Cartagena.

Hotels & Meals

Colombia offers a very varied cuisine based on ancient, region-specific traditions. Of course it is slightly seasoned with influences from neighbouring countries. Columbia does not really have one national dish, but two competitors come very close. Arepas (a kind of pancake made of cornmeal) and Sancocho (a soup made of a certain kind of banana, potato and meat). For fruit enthusiast Colombia is the place to be. Fruits such as pineapple, banana, pitahaya, etc abound and are juicy and delightful thanks to the ideal climate! What we call exotic fruit grows naturally right in the woods or the countryside.

Travel Documents

  • All Belgian nationals travelling on a Belgian passport (children and babies included) must be in possession of an international e-passport (electronic) containing min. 2 blank pages and valid for 6 months after your return flight date.
  • Travellers with a non-Belgian nationality and / or travellers travelling on a foreign passport are invited to spontaneously report this matter to the Connections travel consultant and shall contact their respective embassy (s) or Consulate (ate) to obtain the latest updates concerning all current travel requirements and documents.

Insurances

Have a safe and carefree trip: travel fully insured with our Protections travel insurance! Our Protections insurance policies offer various formulas in order to offer you the widest possible cover (with even a fly-on-time, natural catastrophes and epidemics) for both single journeys or for the entire year. We guarantee you the best protection at the best price.

Tailored travel

The tours in our brochure is just an example of a possible travel itinerariy. Our trips can be tailored to suit your specific needs. If you want to book a specific destination or combine it with a mini-tour then we will gladly make you a tailor-made offer. For a personalised day-by-day program please contact our destination experts.

Would you like to travel in a group; with your entire family, friends or colleagues? (min. 10 people required). Put our know-how to the test and send us your details and wishes. We will gladly turn the blueprints of your trip into a detailed quote and a lasting memory for you to cherish. Contact our Connections’ Group Service by e-mail at groups@connections.be or by telephone on +32 (0)2 550 01 65. We would love to hear from you.

Health

No mandatory vaccinations. To verify the latest updates on health requirements , please surf to www.itg.be.

Time Zones

  • -6h (winter)
  • -7h (summer)

Currency

Currency
  • Columbian Peso: 100 COP = 0.028 EUR; 1 EUR = 3.525 COP (22/11/17)
Payment Methods

The most convenient method of payment is by credit card but cash euros and dollars in small amount come in handy.Some ATM should be available.

Climate

The country offers a year-round excellent climate for travelling. Temperatures will vary according to your position in relation to sea level. As a general rule, deduct 6°C with every 1000m altitude. Below the 1000 m level Colombia enjoys a tropical climate with an average of 25 ° C, also known as 'Tierra Caliente', but even between 1000m and 2000m the climate is mild and similar to a European summer.

In Colombia there are no real seasons: there is only the difference between winter (rain) and summer (dry). Summer usually lasts from December to March and from July to August. The rainy winter season usually sets in around April, May, October and November. Rainfall is never constant though. Due to the influence of the meteorological phenomena such as El Nino "and" La Nina "it may proff difficult to predict the weather.

Average Temperatures (°C):

Destination J F M A M J J A S O N D
Bogota 20 20 20 19 19 18 18 18 19 19 19 19
Armeria 22 23 20 25 26 25 26 26 25 26 25 26
Santa Marta 30 30 31 31 32 32 31 31 31 31 31 30
Cartagena 31 31 32 32 32 32 32 32 32 31 31 31

What's included?

  • 11 nights incl. breakfast in listed hotels or equivalent
  • Domestic flight Medellin - Santa Marta
  • Transfers with Spanish speaking driver or by bus as indicated
  • Price per person sharing

What's not included?

International and domestic flights (except Medellin - Santa Marta), airport taxes (inbound flight to Bogota, outbound flight from Cartagena), all non-listed services, meals and beverages as well as personal expenses.

Good to Know

The travel quotation is subject to change. The price and the itinerary may vary upto the moment of final confirmation.

ENRICH YOUR TRIP EVEN MORE :

1. Would you like to include major excursions beforehand? Book our comprehensive excursion cluster for only € 570 p/p

Day 2: half day visit to the colonial district of Bogota and the gold museum
Day 4: Visit to a coffee hacienda (in group)
Day 5: entire day visit to Salento & the Cocora Valley
Day 6: half day Visit to Medellin (private guide)
Day 7: half day visit to Santa Marta (not private)
Day 8: entire day visit to Tayrona National Park
Day 10: half day foot tour of Cartagena (not private)

2. Is a trekking to the hidden jungle temples 'Ciudad Perdida' ( 3 nights in hammocks full board plus 1 extra night accommodation in Santa Marta) part of your bucket list? Yes, you can! Some say the trip is even more adventurous and impressive as the lost city itself. Please mind the heat and the humidity may play an important factor. Book early as very popular! Your travel itinerary will look like this :

 

Day 9: Start of your hike to the 'Cuidad Perdida'. After breakfast transfer to the starting point of the walk. (+/- 3 hours) from Mamey to Camp Adan or Cabanas de Alfredo. 3 nights in hammocks on the basis of full board accommodation;
The Ciudad Perdida or lost city is where the Tayrona Indians once lived. The city was overgrown for about 350 years by vineyards, trees and moss.

Day 10: Adán > Gabriel: +/-8-hour hike from Camp Adan to Camp Gabriel.
Day 11: Gabriel > Ciudad Perdida > Teyuna: +/- 6-hour hike from Camp Gabriel to Romualdo and on to the Cuidad Perdida and Teyuna.
Day 12: Teyuna > Gabriel > Santa Marta: ,r+/- 4 hour return hike from Teyuna to Gabriel and to the starting point of the trekking. Transfer to Santa Marta and overnight stay at hotel Casa Verde.
Day 13: Continuation of your trip by coach to Cartagena (from one hotel to the next). This itinerary is followed by the 3 nights stay at cartagena as programed in the day to day route. 

We will be delighted to assist you with any further questions at our Customer Service Center 070.23.33.13, in your favourite Connections travel shop or your local MTA (Mobile Travel Agent).

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