Experience the cultural side of Colombia in the country's three major cities.
Discover Bogota by day and by night - history and culture, museums and theaters, markets and restaurants.
Continue to Medellin - The "City of Eternal Spring" - with a perfect climate year-round.
Stroll the many parks and plazas, sampling local cuisine at local restaurants in this exciting and modern city.
Finish on the Caribbean coast in historic Cartagena. With its breathtaking colonial architecture, horse-drawn carriages and narrow cobbled streets, the city of Cartagena de Indias is one of the most exciting destinations in Colombia.
Lost World Adventures itineraries can be tailor-made according to your plans and preferences: budget, hotel selections, travel dates, optional excursions, length of trip, etc.
Arrive in Bogota. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel.
Overnight Bogota hotel, breakfast included - 2 nights.
Bogota City Tour with Monserrate Hill and Paloquemao
The tour starts with an early morning visit to the Paloquemao’s Market. This is one of the largest and most important markets in the country. Paloquemao presents the perfect mix of the old and new Bogotá and offers a great insight into the life and customs of the people from Bogotá.
You will find a large variety of flowers, exotic fruits, vegetables, meat, seafood, cheese, medicinal herbs as well as typical food. Everything is fresh and arrives daily to Bogotá from all regions of Colombia. You will have the opportunity to experience a unique cultural experience, tasting some exotic fruits and enjoying a small snack during the visit.
Afterwards visit the famous and well preserved historical colonial quarter of La Candelaria. Steeped in history, this area is a must for photographers with its splendid colonial architecture. You will want to take the opportunity to capture the sights and sounds of this fascinating part of Bogotá.
Walk through the streets permeating with the heady atmosphere of the past, as revealed by the library of Luis Angel Arango and down to the prominent Plaza de Bolivar, the heart of Bogotá, where locals and visitors mingle amongst the magnificent and foreboding structures.
You will want to discover the history of this old part of the city by visiting the Cathedral, the Congress Palace, the Cardinal’s Palace, the colonial churches of El Sagrario and San Agustin, the Independence House, the Palace of Justice and the City Hall which are all located in this impressive square.
Continuing to the east, on top of the forested mountains, you will find “Cerro de Monserrate”. This mountain has a white catholic church located at the top and has been a site of worship since 1657. On a clear day you will have the opportunity to enjoy a spectacular view of the city. You also might see snowcap of “Nevado del Tolima” to the west.
The tour then follows with a visit to the “Museo del Oro”, the most important gold museum in the world and a ‘must see’ when traveling to Bogotá. This museum displays one of the largest collections of pre-Columbian gold. Galleries on three levels display exquisitely crafted pieces dating back nearly 2,500 years.
Visit the vault-like room on the top floor where the most treasured pieces are displayed, as well as the Offering Room, where visitors enter a black circular area that is gradually illuminated with indigenous music playing in the background. The light begins to dawn, and finally a remarkable display of gold offering collection is discovered.
The tour ends with a visit to the “Museo de Botero”, housed in a renovated colonial mansion. The works on display are all donated by Fernando Botero, Colombia’s most famous contemporary artist. Around 120 pieces of his own work are displayed at the museum including his famous sculptures, paintings and drawings. His work is well-known for the ‘proportionally exaggerated’ fat figures.
In addition to his work, his personal collection by Picasso, Renoir, Dalí, Degas, Chagall, Matisse, Monet and Giacometti are also exhibited.
Lunch is included during the tour at a local restaurant with a set menu.
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Medellin.
You will be met at the Medellin Airport and transfer to your hotel. Overnight Medellin hotel, daily breakfast included - 2 nights.
The Peñol Boulder is one of the most spectacular destinations in the surrounding area of Medellín. The 200-meter-high monolith can be climbed through a staircase of 740 steps.
Enjoy breathtaking views over the stunning surroundings full of green mountains and blue lakes. The village of Guatapé is famous for its church and its beautiful, colorful paintings that decorate the houses of the village.
You will be taken on a scenic drive through the Eastern Highlands of Antioquia. You can climb the Peñol Boulder, enjoy a delicious typical Colombian lunch on the waterfront of the Guatapé reservoir, explore the lake on a boat ride and take time to stroll and relax.
Our guide will meet you at the lobby of your hotel for the transfer to José María Córdova International Airport. Your guide will assist you with check-in.
Upon arrival at the Rafael Núñez Airport, you will be met by our representative and will be taken to your hotel.
Overnight Cartagena hotel, daily breakfast included.
The tour begins with a visit to the “Convento de la Popa”, where the city’s highest point is located and you can enjoy the best view of the beautiful city of Cartagena. This convent was built in the 17th century by the Augustinian Monks. Initially it was just a small wooden chapel, but later it was replaced by a strong construction which still remains.
Continue with a visit to the “Castillo de San Felipe”. This castle was built by the Spaniards in the 1600s and it is the greatest and strongest fortress ever built in a Spanish colony.
Located at the top of San Lázaro hill, its purpose was to protect and guard the city’s landward side from any attack or invasion. This fortress provides a complex system of tunnels connected with strategic points to distribute provisions and facilitate a possible evacuation.
Additionally, the tunnel’s architecture was built so that any noise would echo along them, in order to make internal communications easier and hear even the slightest sound of the enemies approaching.
Afterwards, a walk through “Las Bóvedas” is included. These 23 vaults were built in the 18th century and they are considered the last major colonial construction made within the city walls for military purposes. The vaults were used as storerooms for munitions and provisions by the Spaniards, and later on, they became jail cells.
Nowadays, they are used as crafts markets where you can find handicrafts, antiques, galleries, jewelry, clothing and souvenirs, among other things.
At the end of the tour you will visit the “Iglesia y Convento San Pedro de Claver”. This convent was founded in the early 17th century by San Ignacio de Loyola. The name of the church was given in honor to San Pedro Claver, a Jesuit priest who spent his life ministering to the enslaved people brought from Africa.
This baroque church has an imposing stone facade and inside there are fine stained-glass windows and a high altar made of Italian marble. You will also find a beautiful cloister surrounded with trees, a museum and the place where San Pedro Claver lived and died.
It is time to step outside the walls of Cartagena and experience the beauty of one of the many islands located in Islas del Rosario - Isla Grande. You will be met at your hotel for a private transfer to the Cartagena port. Depart on a shared motorboat transfer from the port to Isla Grande.
You will head out from the port into open water for a 60-minute ride approximately to the island. Upon arrival you will disembark and have time to explore the island or just to relax. *Private boat service available at additional cost.
The Rosario Islands are located about 30 miles away from the city. An archipelago formed by coral reefs with small white sand beaches, and clear Caribbean waters that invite you to appreciate the diverse marine life. These small islands have been protected by the authorities since 1977, when they were declared a National Park. The park’s 500 square miles of coral reefs, mangrove habitats and lagoons support more than 1,300 different species .
You can relax on the small beach, enjoy a walk around the island, sign up for a diving course around the coral reefs, swim or relax with a massage session. The hotel has a beachfront bar and snacks can be purchased throughout the day. Return by speedboat to Cartagena, arriving between 4:00 and 4:30 pm.
Lunch is included with a set menu.
You will be met at your hotel and transferred to the airport.
|$1,995.00 per person, based on double occupancy
Based on double occupancy for 2 travelers, reduced prices for parties of 3 or more.
Due to fluctuation in air ticket prices, these are not included in the pricing. We are happy to manage this aspect of your trip for you though.
Andrew at this South America travel agency was quickly responsive to my emails and gave us many options from which to choose our itinerary, all of which were appealing and appropriate for our interests, budget, and activity level.
The descriptive literature was very informative and helpful in making our decisions. Once the trip was confirmed, the documentation was thorough and clear. We were met promptly at each location by our local guide and driver, each of whom was friendly and professional.
- Sara H, Apr 2015