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Roundtrip Los Andes & Caribe - 23 days

This tour will bring your from the ´white colonial city´ in the south to the Caribbean coast with its beautiful beaches. We start the tour in Popayan, an important religious center that after an earthquake has been restored in its old glory.

Then we go through the jungle on the pacific coast, where we will go on a self made wagon on a train rail driven by a motor through the jungle to Salsa, Cali. Here we have a night of Salsa dancing on the program before we go on to the Zona Cafetera where we will stay on an authentic finca and ride on horseback through the Valle Cocora, a breathtaking valley with the highest palm trees in the world.

The next highlight is Medellin, the city of eternal spring, their friendly people, beautiful woman and a vibrant nightlife. From here we visit the colonial village of Santa Fe de Antioquia and we´ll make a tour to a steal hanging bridge over the Cauca River.

The tour ends at the Caribbean coast where we besides the colonial cities of Santa Marta and Cartagena also visit the Nature Park Tayrona for the most beautiful beaches of the Caribbean coast of Colombia and an unforgettable adventure with archaeological sites and native Indian communities. A roundtrip ideal to combine with countries like Ecuador and/or Venezuela as the tour starts in the south of Colombia and ends in the North.

A roundtrip ideal for young and old
, to book as a group tours by choosing one of the planned starting dates or as a private tour on any given date by a group of 2 or more people.


Popayan

Valle de Cocora

Cartagena

NP Tayrona

Day 1: Transport from the airport to the hotel in the colonial center of Popayan. Depending our arrival time we will go and explore the ´White colonial city´.

Day 2
: Day tour to the hot springs of San Juan in the National Park Puracé. On Tuesday there is the possibility to visit the Indian market of Silvia, on that day the Indians from the region gather to sell their products on the market.

Day 3
: In the morning we will go by bus through Cali to San Cipriano a little village that lies next to a crystal clear river in the jungle. The ride by bus will take us approximately 5 hours, then we have to take a ride on an old train rail on a self made wagon driven by a motor through the jungle. This spectacular train ride will take around 30 minutes before arriving to little wooden huts at the river.

Day 4
: In the morning we walk around 3 hours though the jungle to reach a beautiful waterfall. In the afternoon we will go via Buenaventura back to Cali where we will stay in a hotel in the picturesque neighborhood of San Antonio.

Day 5
:Free day in Cali to explore the city or buy some souvenirs. In the weekend we visit a salsa club in the suburb Juanchito or in consultation with the guide a Salsa Show. The second night in Cali.


Day 6
: From Cali we will go by bus to Salento (4 hours) and from there we will take a willys to the beautiful Valle de Cocora. Here we will stay with a local family on a farm with amazing views over the famous valley with the Palma de Cerra.

Day 7
: At 08.30 we will be picked by our local guide for the day and we will make a horse ride from approximately 5 hours through the cloud forest and then through the hills of the Valle de Cocora. In the afternoon we will go back to Salento by willys to stay the night in this colorful little town.


Day 8
: In the morning time to wander around and in the afternoon with the bus to Pereira where we will take the typical chiva to the SFF Otun Quimbaya (a National Park of Colombia).

Day 9
: Today we have time to take several trails to see (endemic birds), howler monkeys and many butterflies with transparent wings accompanied by a local guide and good binoculars.

Day 10
: With the Chiva back to Pereira where we will be picked up from the bus station by willys to be brought to an authentic coffee farm (finca cafetera). Here we will stay with a local family.

Day 11
: Free day on the finca to enjoy the beautiful surroundings and walk through the coffee and banana plantation, to relax by the pool and see the coffee process. Every day around 4 in the afternoon the coffee pickers return to the finca from their hard labor and show us the coffee process. Second night on the finca.

Day 12
: Today we visit the town of Santa Rosa de Cabal famous for it sausages and its hot springs which we both will try!

Day 13
: In the morning with the bus to Medellin (5 to 6 hours) where we will stay in a hotel in the hectic center close to the Botero square.

Day 14
: Bus to Santa Fe de Antioquia (2 hours) where we have the time to visit the colonial village and visit the steal hanging bride over the Cauca river by motor taxi. We will spend the night in a hotel with swimming pool at the square.

Day 15
: Free morning to walk through the village, in the afternoon back with the bus to Medellin. In the afternoon we will have a city tour in which we will visit various squares and monuments and visit the neighborhood Santa Domingo in the mountains of Medellin with the MetroCable for an excellent view over the city.

Day 16
: Transport to the airport of Medellin in Rio Negro and a direct flight to Cartagena. In Cartagena we will stay in a hotel in the colonial area Getsemani.

Day 17
: In the morning we we will take a walk through the historical part of Cartagena and we will visit some important squares and monuments of the city. There after we will go to the Castillo San Felippe de Barajas, the biggest fort ever build by the Spanish in the colonial period. Second night in Cartagena.


Day 18
: At 08:00 o’clock we will take a stroll to the tourist harbor, from there we leave for a day to the Nature Park Los Islas Rosarios. We will stay on one of the islands where we will have a typical lunch (included) and the possibility to snorkel. From there we will go to Playa Blanca. On this beautiful white sand beach with palms we will stay for the rest of the afternoon until around 16:00 o´clock  to go back to Cartagena for our third night in this amazing city.

Day 19
: In the morning we will take the bus to Taironaka located at the Don Diego river. We will stay in cabañas located along side the river in this beautiful scenery.

Day 20
: In the morning the possibility to see the snow topped mountains of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta (with clear weather) and to go down the Don Diego river with an inner tube. After lunch we will go to National Park Tayrona were we will arrive at the sector Arrecifes after a walk of approximately 45 minutes. Here we will stay the night in hammocks at the beach.

Day 21
: You have the whole day in National Park Tayrona to enjoy the beautiful beaches and the surrounding jungle. We will walk through the jungle, over beaches and we will visit the beaches ‘la Piscina’ and ‘el Cabo de San Juan’. For the real passionate walkers there is the possibility to visit ´Pueblito´ an archaeological site of the prior Tayrona civilization. It is a beautiful walk of approximately 3 to 4 hours that will bring you deep into the jungle of the Tayrona park. Later that day back to Arrecifes for our second nights in the hammocks.

Day 22
: Walk back to the entrance of the National Park Tayrona. Here we will be go back by bus to. We will stay in a hotel with swimming pool at the beach in the old town of Santa Marta.

Day 23
: Transport to the airport of Santa Marta, end of tour.

Popayan

Silvia

San Cipriano

Cali

Willys

Valle de Cocora

Finca Cafetera

Medellin

Puente de Occidente

Cartagena

Islas del Rosario

Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta

Taironaka

NP Tayrona
Prices per person 2013/2014*
With minimal 4 people:
With 3 people:
With 2 people:
1675 euro
1950 euro
2500 euro
single room charge: 240 euro

* 5% surcharge during high season (July & August, 15 Dec - 15 Jan)

Inclusive:
- Accommodation in standard hotels based on double or multiple rooms without breakfast.
- Transport mentioned in the program (a combination of private and public transport)
- Mentioned tours and activities including entrance fees.
- A DE UNA guide during the whole program
- Local guides where necessary
- Lunch included with the tour to Islas del Rosario

Exclusive:

- International flight
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Food and drinks not mentioned in the program
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Travel and health insurances
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Personal expenses

Travel dates

25 November 2013
20 January 2014
11 August 2014
01 December 2014

Group or private tour

The planned dates are intended for individual subscriptions, these individual subscriptions will form a group. With at least 2 participants a group tour will be confirmed. Besides a group tour it is also possible to book this tour as a private tour, this way you are not bound to the above mentioned travel dates. In this case as well a tour will be confirmed with 2 participants.

Vaccinations
For vaccinations you are recommended to contact your physician. For areas outside the big cities a vaccination against Yellow Fever is recommendable. For Park Tayrona you are obligated to have a Yellow fever vaccination and be able to show you are vaccinated.

Details

The tour starts in Popayan and ends in Santa Marta. The international flights can be booked with a connection to this cities. Off course it is possible to leave from a different city (Bogota for example) but then an additional flight needs to be booked.

Sleeping hights and average temperature

Popayan

San Cipriano

Cali

Salento

Pereira

Valle de Cocora

SFF Otun Quimbaya

1740m / 10-25ºC

50m / 22-35ºC

1000m / 20-35ºC

1800m / 10-22ºC

1410m / 15-26ºC

2300m / 10-18ºC

1900m / 11-19ºC

Medellin

Santa Fe de Antioquia

Cartagena

Santa Marta

Tayrona

1500m / 15-28ºC

500m / 20-30ºC

sea level / 25-40ºC

sea level / 25-40ºC

sea level / 22-35ºC


Optional

DE UNA can provide international flight as well as national flights.
If necessary please ask us for the possibilities.

Furthermore it is easy to extend the tour with numerous packages. Some possibilities are Ciudad Perdida or la Guajira at the end of the tour or a package in the south before the start of this tour. See for these and other possibilities our destinations page.

Because this tour starts in the south and ends in the north you can perfectly combine this tour with a tour through Ecuador and/or Venezuela, DE UNA doesn´t offer any tours in these countries but we can arrange guidance at the Ecuador-Colombia and Colombia-Venezuelan border. The tour can also, when booked as a private tour, be done in the opposite way from north to south.

Important

Look on our FAQ page for important information about our tours and over travelling in Colombia in general.