Today you arrive in Bogota. Our team will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel. After a short briefing, we visit the historic centre known as La Candelaria. This antiquated barrio is of great architectural and cultural heritage. We visit the Plaza de Bolivar, which was used for civil and military purposes, as a marketplace, bullring and gallows. The Cathedral, on the eastern side of the plaza, is constructed on the remains of the first church built in Bogotá in 1539. The Capilla del Sagrario is located just beside the Cathedral and is a gem of religious. The Capitol, built between 1847 and 1926, shows its renaissance and neoclassical influences with its carved stonework and tall columns and, it is the first republican piece of civil architecture. The visit continues with the Museo del Oro which is considered as one of the most important museums of its type internationally and it has been functioning since 1939. We return to the hotel and the rest of the day is free.
After breakfast we will ride the Monserrate cable car and enjoy the incredible panorama of the city on one side and the Andes on the other. The hill of Monserrate is one of the symbols of the city and the most recognizable formations of the savannah of Bogotá. To get to the top of Monserrate we can use the funicular service which has been inaugurated in 1929. In the afternoon we will be transfer to the airport to fly to Riohacha in northern Colombia on the Carribean Coast.The rest of the day will be free.
In the morning we will drive to Cabo de la Vela Cabo which is a coastal mirador located in the extreme north of South America in the peninsula of Guajira where we can enjoy a peacefully landscape over the sea and discover El Pilón de Azúcar, La Playa Dorada, El Ojo de Agua and the Rancherías. On our way we will visit the Manaure salt flat recognized mainly for being the most important marine salinas of the country then we continue to Uribia (indigenian capital of Colombia) where the majority of its population is part of the Wayúu people, who inhabit this territory since time immemorial. We arrive around 11:00 to Cabo de la Vela. After lunch we will visit the surrounding sites and take a bath at Playa ojo de agua. Later we will appreciate a nice sunset at the lighthouse of Cabo de la Vela.
After breakfast we will go for a walk on the magnificent and desertic beach of playa dorada. Then we will return to Riohacha via Uribia. After a stop to have a pique-nique lunch we will continue to the Tayrona National Natural Park which located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta
Today you will visit Tayrona Park and enjoy the many beaches of the park and hiking trails. Tayrona National Natural park is a sanctuary of nature and archaeological remains. Mangrove swamps, corals, algae prairies, thorny scrubland, and magical dry, humid, and cloud forests proliferate and are home to a surprising variety of vegetal and animal species.
Enjoy a leisure day in Tayrona National park on your own
After breakfast we will enjoy few hours in the park before driving along the Caribbean Coast and reach Santa Marta one hour away from Tayrona National Park. Santa Marta is the capital of the Colombian department of Magdalena founded in 1525. It’s a city where diversity is present in addition of the charm of its people. After lunch in Santa Marta we will start to visit the town. The city has a historical legacy, represented in the architecture and streets of the historic center, an ideal route to visit the Cathedral, the museums and the Malecón de Bastidas.
In the early morning we leave the coast to get further in the land and reach Mompox. This Heritage Town springs from an island that during the Conquest was a refuge for the gold and silver that the Spanish brought out of their kingdom. Mompox, whose historic center was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, was founded in 1540. After this long drive we will have lunch then we will start a guided tour of the city by moto-taxi and visit the main sites of interest (churches, cemetery, alleys).
Today we will visit by bike (1h bike approx.) the surrounding villages and meet the "campesinos" (peasants). Then you will navigate on a motorboat to La Ciénaga, which is the marsh of Mompox, a real aquatic labyrinth that surrounds the city. During the journey, you will observe a large number of birds and animals ... egrets, herons, water hens, sinful martins, sinful eagles, howler monkeys, iguanas. We will meet fishermen and eventually do a light fishing initiation. Then we will relax and swim before having lunch to the inhabitant before returning to Mompox by boat around 15:30-16:00.
We will enjoy the morning in Mompox and after lunch we will hit the road to reach Cartagena by private vehicle (2h drive). Once arrive at the hotel located in the historical Center. The rest of the day will be free in order to discover this emblematic city, one of the most dazzling examples of Hispanic colonial architecture. After the visits the rest of the day will be free.
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.
Today we will try to fish some crab with an fishing initiation with Boquilla fishermen (20 minutes from Cartagena) we will sail on a canoe and try to be lucky. Lunch in their company on the beach of Boquilla. Because we are by the sea a swim break will be possible after lunch. In the afternoon we will head back in Cartagena.
Enjoy a leisure day in Cartagena on your own.
According to your time of departure* you are transferred from the hotel to the airport. 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 South America cannot be held responsible for any changes in itinerary and sights not visited as a result.