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Roundtrip Vamos Sur - 14 days

This Vamos Sur tour will bring you to the most beautiful places that the southern region of Colombia has to offer. From an impressive Tatacoa dessert, to archaeological sites in a breathtaking green environment. From the white colonial city Popayan, through the jungle to San Cipriano and from there on the way to the Capital of Salsa, Cali. This all in one tour in Southern Colombia…

We start in cultural and colonial Bogota en will go on to the south where we will visit the Tatacoa desert before travelling to the most important archaeological sites of Colombia, San Agustin and Tierradentro. Besides culture and history these destinations also offer a lot of breathtaking landscapes.

Through the Paramo we arrive in the ´White colonial city´ Popayan, an important religious center that after an earthquake has been restored in old glory. From here we go through the jungle on the Pacific coast, experience and a spectacular train ride, on a self made wagon driven by a motor, to the capital of Salsa, Cali. On the program we also have a night of Salsa dancing which at the same time is a nice ending for this Vamos Sur tour.

Eventually the tour ends in Cali, you have the option to extend your trip with a package to the Caribbean coast or to the Zona Cafetera. With or without extension is this a unforgettable journey through the south of Colombia where we not only visit the most special and important archaeological sites but also the historical city of Popayan and the jungle of San Cipriano.

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.

Tatacoa desert

San Agustin

Popayan

Salsa in Cali

Day 1: Arrival at the El Dorado airport in Bogota and transport to the hotel in the historical center for the first night.

Day 2
: At 08.00 the city tour starts with a short walks to the cableway that will bring us to Cerro Monserate (3050m) for an amazing view over the city. When we get back down we will make a walk through the historical center and we will visit Plaza de Bolivar, the Gold and the Botero museum. Free afternoon and second night in Bogota.

Day 3
: In the early morning with the bus to Aipe which will take approximately 5 hours. In Aipe we will cross the Magdalena River with a canoe and we will arrive in Villavieja. Here we will stay in a simple hotel in the village center. The hotel is situated in a colonial house where once Simon Bolivar lived.

Day 4
: At 05:00 in the morning we will start our walk to the Tatacoa desert. We leave early to enjoy the sunrise and to avoid the desert heat. Together with the local guide we make an ecological walk and we receive explanation over the area. Eventually we arrive at a dessert pool where we can take a refreshing dive before going back in a 4x4 jeep to Villavieja for the night.

Day 5
: With a bus we will go via Neiva and Pitalito before we arrive in San Agustin, the ride will take approximately 6 hours. Here we will stay in a beautiful Hacienda just outside the village.

Day 6
: In the morning we will visit the archaeological park of San Agustin, ‘Bosque de Estatuas’ and the museum, with a local guide. In that afternoon we will have horse riding tour to 4 other archaeological sites with amazing views, among others we will visit ‘El Tablón’ and ‘El Chaquira’. The second night on the Hacienda.

Day 7
: Via Pitalito, La Plata and Inza we will go by bus to San Andrés de Pisimbalá, a drive of approximately 5 to 6 hours, This little village is better known as Tierradentro. After our arrival in the afternoon we will take a short walk to the village and we will visit one of the archaeological sites. We spend the night with a local family in the village.

Day 8
: Today we will walk the whole day and visit the most important archaeological sites. Among others we will visit the tombs of ‘El Aguacate’ from which we have an amazing view on the many valleys, ´ El Duende’ and ‘Segovia’. After a long but interesting day we will go back to the village for our second night with the local family.

Day 9
: In the morning we will go by bus to Popayan, a stunning ride through the Paramo with a view on the Puracé volcano. In Popayan, also called ´The white colonial city´, we will stay in a hotel in the center of the city. The rest of the afternoon you are free to explore the city with the guide.

Day 10
: 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 11
: 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 12
: 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 13
: Free day in Cali to explore the city or buy some last 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 14
: Transport to the airport of Cali, end of the tour.

Bogota

Desierto Tatacoa

San Agustin

San Agustin

Tierradentro

Popayan

Coconuco

Cali

San Cipriano
Price per person 2013/2014*
With minimal 4 people:
With 3 people:
With 2 people:

975 euro
1100 euro
1425 euro
single room charge: 135 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

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

17 November 2013
12 January 2014
03 August 2014
23 November 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.

Details

This tour starts in Bogota and ends in Cali. The international flights can be booked with connections on these cities. Off course it is possible to leave from a different city but then an additional flight needs to be booked.

Sleep hights and average temperature

Bogota

Villavieja

San Agustin

Tierradentro

2600m / 10-20ºC

380m / 20-40ºC

1730m / 10-25ºC

2000m / 10-27ºC

Popayan

San Cipriano

Cali

1740m / 10-25ºC

50m / 22-35ºC

1000m / 20-35ºC

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 program with numerous packages to the Pacific or Caribbean coast or with one of our packages inland.
See for these and other possibilities our website:
packages

Important

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