Day 1. Bogota Arrival
Today you arrive in Bogota. Our team will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel. After a short briefing, there are no more activities planned and you can take the time to rest and explore Bogota on foot.
Day 2. Bogotá – Zipaquira - Villa de Leyva
In the morning we drive toward Villa Leyva in the department of Boyaca. On our way we will stop at Zipaquira and visit the Cathedral of salt. This cathedral is a replica of the original which has been built in 1951. We continue to Villa de Leyva which is considered one of Colombia’s finest colonial villages. It was declared a national monument in 1954.
Base on remain time we will visit the town by foot.
Day 3. Villa de Leyva – Bogotá – Medellin
Early in the morning we return to Bogota and fly to Medellin. Our team will wait for you at the airport and base on our arrival we will visit Medellin. We start by taking the Metro cable and go up the hills and enjoy the view from above this way we also be able to understand better the city. Then we will continue to the botanical garden before visiting Santo Domingo neighborhood and further down the Natibura hill. After lunch we will walk in the Carabobo neighborhood from the basilica of Nuestra Senora de Candelaria to the Palacio National. In the late afternoon we will walk in the El poblado the wealthiest neighborhood of Medellin
Note: Optional visit of Antioquia museum. Located in the Grand Art Deco Palacio Municipal, this museum houses the largest collection of works donated by Medellin native Fernando Botero as well as pre-Colombian, colonial, and modern art collections. Entrance fees are not included.
Day 4. Medellin - Santa Fé de Antioquia – Medellin
After breakfast we will drive to the village of Santa Fe and appreciate the colonial architecture, we will discover several buildings listed as country's historic heritage, such as its Cathedral and churches (La Ermita, Santa Barbara, San Ignacio) or its Spanish mansions (The Casa Negra). After lunch close the Cauca river we will drive back to Medellin and drive through the typical villages of Sopetran and San Jeronimo.
Day 5. Medellin – Santa Marta
You will enjoy the last moment in Medellin before heading to the airport. We will change the landscape and reach the North of Colombian and flight to Caribbean coast.
Our team will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel. There are no more activities planned and you can take the time to rest and explore Santa Marta on foot.
Day 6. Santa Marta – Tayrona national park
The day will be free. After your transfer from your hotel in Santa Marta to your Bungalow in Tayrona you will be able to enjoy the beaches and jungle. Walk or relax you will find the perfect activity for you during this day.
Note: Be careful because swimming can be hazardous at some beaches due to strong currents and undertows. We strongly discouraged it.
Day 7. Tayrona - Santa Marta
The morning will be free and after lunch we will pick you up to visit Santa Marta (Bahia, historic center and its cathedral, San Francisco, Quinta San Pedro) later will go to the botanic garden. We will go back at the hotel in the afternoon and the rest of the day will be free.
Day 8. Santa Marta – Cartagena
The morning will be free and after lunch we will drive along the coast to reach Cartagena de Indias, the pearl of the Caribbean a gorgeous city full of stories and legends and an impressive 13km of centuries-old colonial stone walls. Cartagena's old town is a UNESCO World Heritage site – small street with flowers all over the city make this place a Caribbean monument.
Day 9. Cartagena
In the morning we will visit the city by foot walking through the town discover the beautiful areas such as Plaza Santo Domingo, Getsemani, San Diego and other places. We will return to the hotel around midday and the rest of the day will be free for you to enjoy the city by yourself.
Day 10. Cartagena - Rosario Archipelago - Cartagena - Port de Carthagène - Cartagena de Indias
Today we will sail to the Corales Island del Rosario archipelago located 100km off the coat of Cartagena. We will spend the day on the beaches exploring the mangroves and also rest in this marvellous National park created 1988 to safeguard one of the principal coral reefs of the Colombian Caribbean coast.
Note 1: when you arrive at Cartagena port, you must pay a harbor tax (15 500 COP at this day)
Note 2: leaving around 8:30 / return around 16:30. About 2h45 hours sailing total
Day 11. Cartagena de Indias – Bogota
In the morning we will be transfer to the airport of Cartagena to flight back to Bogota.
Our team will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel.
After a short refresh at the hotel you will start the visit of Bogota and we will walk along the Jiménez Avenue to the foot of Cerro Monserrate. This mountain has a nice overlook on the city. We will take the cable car to get to the top of Cerro Monserrate. From there we will enjoy the spectacular vie won the city. Later we will visit Santuario de Monserrate church on the top of the mountain and the gorgeous gardens.
We will continue our visit to the center of La Candelaria and appreciate the historic buildings. We walk through La Plaza de Chorro de Quevedo where the city has been established in 1538
From Candelaria neighbourhood we will go to the block of Banco de la republica and visit the Botero Collection an impressive collection from Botero but also Botero own collection of renowned artist masterpieces like Picasso, Chagall, Dali, Renoir and Max Ernst
After this impressive visit we carry on forwards to Plaza Bolívar where stand El Capitolio Nacional, the household of Colombian congress, the Bogota city hall, The Palace of Justice, Edificio Liévano, and Catedral la Primaria.
To end our tour we will visit The Gold Museum.
- The Gold museum displays one of the most dazzling collection in South America. It brings together around 34.000 pieces of goldsmith work, considered as the world´s largest pre-Colombian collection of its kind. Those artifacts come from different civilizations : Quimbayas, Taironas, Muiscas or Tolimas.
Note 2 : the order of visits may vary depending on the weekday (The Gold Museum is closed on Mondays. Botero Museum is closed on Tuesdays).
Day 12. Bogota - Lima – City tour
In the morning we are transferred to the airport for our flight back to Lima and upon arrival in Lima we are transferred to the hotel. After lunch we go for a city tour of Lima and the evening is free.
Ancestral Lima: We start our tour with a panoramic view of the “Pucllana Pyramid” a magnificent ceremonial and archaeological centre built in the 4th century a.D. and considered a “Sacred Village” by the Incas. The Viceroyalty of Perú was the most important of the Spanish Empire and Lima was its capital.
Colonial Lima: We visit the Historical Centre of Lima, where you will see more than fifty monuments and Colonial buildings, such as the Paseo de la República, the San Martín Square, the Main Square, the Government Palace, the Archbishop’s Palace, the Cathedral Basilica, and the City Council Palace. We also visit the museum of the Banco Central de Reserva where we can admire the “Treasures of Perú” collection which is a fine selection of objects made of gold, ceramics and textiles from different pre-Columbian cultures. During the tour we also visit the monumental San Francisco convent, which displays the largest collection of religious art in America. Our highlight will be the visit of the underground vaults, known as “Catacumbas” or Catacombs.
Contemporary Lima: We visit some traditional residential areas of Lima, such as El Olivar of San Isidro, Miraflores and Larcomar.
Day 13. Lima – Cuzco – City Tour
After breakfast we head to the airport for your flight to Cuzco. Upon arrival we are transferred to the hotel and after lunch we start our city tour where we visit the archaeological sites of the town; Koricancha, the Cathedral, Sacsayhuaman, K’enkho, Puca Pucara and Tambo Machay. The evening is free to enjoy Cuzco.
Day 14. Cuzco – Sacred Valley – Aguas Calientes
After breakfast, we visit the Sacred Valley and all the important Inca ruins in the area. We’ll see the ruins of Pisac with (depending on the day) the market, Urubamba and Ollantaytambo - a superb Inca fortress made of megalithic stones. In the evening we take the train to Aguas Calientes - a small village where all the buildings are concentrated along the railway giving it a “gold-digger” ambiance where we spend the night.
Day 15. Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu – Cuzco
We leave at 07h00 or earlier by bus to visit the famous Machu Picchu. After this impressive visit we return to Aguas Calientes to take the train back to Ollantaytambo, where upon arrival we are transferred to the hotel in Cuzco and the evening is free.
The Citadel of Machu Picchu is the most important attraction in Cuzco. It was discovered in 1911 by the American explorer, Hiram Bingham, and is considered to be one of the most extraordinary examples of scenic architecture in the world. In Quechua Machu Picchu means “old mountain”. The Citadel was built on a hilltop which dominates the deep valley of the Urubamba river in the middle of tropical rainforest. Machu Picchu was both a centre of worship and astronomical observation and the private domain of the family of the Inca Pachacuteq.
Day 16. Cuzco – Puno
In the morning we are transferred to bus station to take the touristic bus that goes to Puno. On our way we visit the church Andahuaylillas from the XVIIth century where we can observe some beautiful paintings. The tour continues through the valley of Cuzco close to the Huacarpay Lake where we make a halt at the pre-Inca site Pikillaqta from the Wari culture (XIIth century) which is partly destroyed. We continue to the Raqchi ruins where we can observe the remains of the central wall of the Wiracocha temple, which was one of the highest covered buildings constructed by the Inca. We stop at Sicuani for lunch before we pass the Raya mountain pass at 4321m/14.180ft and we visit the thermal springs in the region. Our last visit is the ruins of Pukará and we except to arrive in Puno around 19h30 where the evening is free.
Day 17. Puno – Uros – Taquile – Puno
We leave at 07h30 to visit the floating island of the Uros. The small islands are made of totora reeds, which grow in the lake. The dense roots that the plants develop and interweave form a natural layer called Khili (about one to two meters thick) that support the islands. They are anchored with ropes attached to sticks driven into the bottom of the lake. The reeds at the bottoms of the islands rot away fairly quickly, so new reeds are added to the top constantly, about every three months. The islands last about thirty years. The islands were originally created by the Uros to prevent attacks from their neighbours the Incas. After this fantastic visit, we continue to the Taquile island. This is quite a unique place at the lake where the inhabitants speak Quechua while all the other islands speak Aymara and the island is famous for its traditions and the lifestyle of the inhabitants. We return to Puno where the evening is free.
Day 18. Puno – Arequipa
After breakfast* we are transferred to the bus terminal for our bus to Arequipa. Upon arrival in Arequipa we are transferred to the hotel and the rest of the day is free to explore the town on your own.
Day 19. Arequipa - Chivay/Cañon de Colca
At 08h00 we start our tour to the majestic Colca Valley, also called the “Inca’s lost valley”. We visit Pampa Cañahuas and the Salinas National Reserve and at Aguadas Blanca we can observe Vicuñas, Lamas and Alpacas. We pause at Tojrapampa where we can observe the Bofedales (wetlands) and see different species of migration birds as well as flamingos. Later we stop at Patapampa at the viewpoint of the Andes where we can admire the surrounding volcanoes. This will be our highest point on our tour at 4900m/16.080ft. From here we walk down into the Colca Valley to 3600m/11.810ft where we get installed in the hotel. After lunch we go for a trek (3-4 hours) to discover the archaeological site Uyo Uyo and we enjoy the landscape and the thermal baths of Yanque. Early evening we return to the hotel and the evening is free.
Day 20. Canyon de Colca – Arequipa
After a very early breakfast we head towards the Cruz del Condor from where we can observe the depths of the canyon and the flight of the Condors. From the Cruz del Condor we walk to the Cruz del Cura and we visit the small traditional villages Pinchollo Yanque and Maca where we can see amphitheatre, church and terraces. We return to Chivay and after lunch we return to Arequipa where the evening is free.
Day 21. Arequipa – Lima
We will leave early for Arequipa airport to go to Lima. Upon your arrival our team will be waiting for you to accompany you to the hotel.
Day 22. Lima Departure*
According to your time of departure you are transferred from the hotel to the airport in Lima. For international flights it is recommended to arrive at the airport 3 hours before scheduled departure. End of our services.
Important: Itinerary can change because of weather or social conditions and some sights are not always accessible – Lipiko Tours cannot be held responsible for any changes in itinerary and sights not visited as a result.
Porterage: Your luggage will be transported either by plane, car, boat, and bus. You will have to carry the personal belongings (camera, water, etc.) which you need during the day.
Service: For group above 4 people you will be accompanied by a tour leader in the chosen language. His role is to make sure that everything goes smoothly during the tour and that each individual and the group as a whole are safe. Don’t hesitate to ask him if you are unsure of anything and, very important, to follow his advice.
Included in the price:
- Water, air and land transfers as indicated in the program
- Accommodation in hotel/hostel in double rooms, Ecolodge, shelter, home stay, camping, bus and plane as indicated in the program.
- Meals as mentioned in the program
- The assistance of specialized local English speaking guides, their fees and expenses
- The assistance of our local teams; driver(s) and logistics department (24/7)
- Visits as outlined in the program
Not included in the price:
- Entrance fees to sites visited, national parks and museums as indicated in the program (allow for approx. 1500 Argentine Peso (Argentian national currency) per person – in Brazil (allow for approx. 150 Brazilian Real (Brazilian national currency) per person – this is an estimate and actual prices may vary)
- Meals not mentioned, drinks, tips, individual equipment, everything not mentioned in “included in the price” and all personal expenses
- Individual obligatory personal travel insurance (this could be included with your credit card – please check with your credit card provider)
- The supplement for a single room: 390 USD (subject to availability, must be reserved and paid upon reservation). Attention; no single room available for the nights with accommodation in shelter, home stay and camping.
- Possible visa expenses
- International flights