Columbia – Colonial

Columbia makes a perfect introduction to South America for those visiting the continent for the first time. For lovers of the Caribbean, it has warm, sunny beaches and islands escapes, with the advantage of having an entire continent attached to it.

Columbia combines the appeal of the Pacific Ocean, the Andes Mountains, the Amazon Forest, the Caribbean Sea and the Orinoco River savannah in one small package.

Because of heat, December and January are most popular times to visit this region.

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Sample 7 Days Colonial Columbia

Day 1: Bogota

Arrive in Bogota and transfer to hotel.

Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Bogotá / Villa de Leyva

In the morning, visit the historic center of Bogota, La Candelaria, to walk its colonial streets surrounded by buildings of different architectural styles, the Tapia Pisada houses are some of the most antique of the area. Lunch will be at a typical Colombian restaurant and then transfer to Villa de Leyva (approx. 3 hours) with a visit on the way to the salt cathedral in Zipaquira.

Arrive in Villa de Leyva in the afternoon enjoy tours to the Ecce Homo Convent, the ruins of Monquira, “El Fosil” museum, the archaeological park ”El Infiernito. In late afternoon take time for a relaxing walk on the town’s cobblestone streets, and a visit to the Main Square. Villa de Leyva is a lovely colonial village that is said to have the largest stone plaza in South America.

Night at hotel in Villa de Leyva

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3: Villa De Leyva / Barichara

In the morning, you will transfer to Barichara, “The Most Beautiful Village in Columbia”. (approx. 3 hours). Its’ here that one can appreciate the rammed earth houses and the peacefulness of the town. You will enjoy a regional lunch just before beginning the rammed earth techniques workshop, during which one can see and participate in the different traditional processes involved. Start with building the containing walls, which will then be filled with earth that will be manually pressed (by stepping on it) to become “Tapia Pisada”.

Night at hotel in Barichara

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Barichara / Cartagena

In the early morning, you will be transferred in a private vehicle (driver only) to the Chicamocha National Park (closed on Monday and Tuesday), where you will enjoy a nice trip in a cable car to the Village Mesa de los Santos, crossing the magnificent Chicamocha Canyon. Continue in the vehicle to the local airport in Bucaramanga for your flight to Cartagena via Bogota in the afternoon. You will be met and transferred (driver only) to your hotel located within the walled City.

Accommodations in Cartagena.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Cartagena

In the morning, you will take a walking tour with an English-speaking guide through the colonial part of the city, where you will visit two important monuments, the Palace of Inquisition and the Church of San Pedro Claver. This tour will take about half a day. You will have the rest of the day free to enjoy and explore the city on your own.

Accommodations in Cartagena.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 6: Cartagena / Rosario Islands

Today you will take a full day tour to the Rosario Islands (National Natural Park). In the morning, you will be privately transferred from your hotel to the pier Marina de Santa Cruz, where you will take a speedboat to Majagua Island. Needed items for the day include a small bag with your swimsuit, sun block, personal toiletries and pocket money.
A welcome fruit punch drink, swimming, a towel, boat transfer to the aquarium and lunch are included in your day at the Rosario Islands.

Return to Cartagena and privately transfer to your hotel. The rest of the evening is free to relax and explore the city on your own.
Accommodations in Cartagena.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7: Cartagena

Transfer to local airport for return flight home.

Meals: Breakfast


  • 6 nights accommodations
  • Meals mentioned in itinerary
  • Entrance fees
  • All transfers and land transportation
  • Bilingual guides


  • International and domestic flights
  • Meals not mentioned
  • Alcoholic and bottled drinks
  • Airport taxes and baggage fees
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Incidentals

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