Independent Magical Colombia with Medellín ( ISU2)

10-Day Package from Bogotá to Medellin

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Colombia has been called the happiest country in the world, and this Independence by Globus vacation in South America is the happiest way to bring a smile to your face with expert Local Guides in Bogota, Pereira, and Cartagena. Peruse the impressive collection of pre-colonial gold in Bogotá’s glittering Gold Museum and take a fantastic ascent on a funicular ride to 10,000-foot Mount Monserrate for soaring views of the city below. Indulge in the I-time you deserve with a day to explore on your own. Take you pick from 50 fabulous museums, and the markets and shops you’ll find hard to resist. Consider a visit to the popular pilgrimage site at the underground salt cathedral of Zipaquirá. Next, fly to Pereira in the heart of the Coffee Triangle and see what’s brewing with a visit to a local coffee farm, plus many more awakening experiences in the Cocora Valley and Filandia. Hop a flight for Cartagena on the Caribbean Coast and join your Local Guide to explore the must-see streets and squares of this ancient city. Capture your imagination with pre-Colombian artifacts and pristine beaches on the Caribbean Sea. From Cartagena, fly to Medellín--one of the most beautiful towns in South America and dubbed the “City of Everlasting Spring” for its plentiful coffee plantations, flower farms, orchids, and butterflies! Ascend by cable car to the mountain valley and enjoy guided sightseeing in this magical South American beauty!

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 DESTINATIONS & SIGHTSEEING

Sightseeing:

10-Day Package from Bogotá to Medellin

Notes:

Maximum elevation on vacation is 8,660 ft.

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Colombia has been called the happiest country in the world, and this Independence by Globus vacation in South America is the happiest way to bring a smile to your face with expert Local Guides in Bogota, Pereira, and Cartagena. Peruse the impressive collection of pre-colonial gold in Bogotá’s glittering Gold Museum and take a fantastic ascent on a funicular ride to 10,000-foot Mount Monserrate for soaring views of the city below. Indulge in the I-time you deserve with a day to explore on your own. Take you pick from 50 fabulous museums, and the markets and shops you’ll find hard to resist. Consider a visit to the popular pilgrimage site at the underground salt cathedral of Zipaquirá. Next, fly to Pereira in the heart of the Coffee Triangle and see what’s brewing with a visit to a local coffee farm, plus many more awakening experiences in the Cocora Valley and Filandia. Hop a flight for Cartagena on the Caribbean Coast and join your Local Guide to explore the must-see streets and squares of this ancient city. Capture your imagination with pre-Colombian artifacts and pristine beaches on the Caribbean Sea. From Cartagena, fly to Medellín--one of the most beautiful towns in South America and dubbed the “City of Everlasting Spring” for its plentiful coffee plantations, flower farms, orchids, and butterflies! Ascend by cable car to the mountain valley and enjoy guided sightseeing in this magical South American beauty!

 Meals & Itinerary

 Meals

Buffet breakfast daily; 2 lunches

 Itinerary

Day 1

ARRIVE IN BOGOTÁ, COLOMBIA
Arrive in Bogotá, where your hotel is available for mid-afternoon check-in.

Day 2

BOGOTÁ
• Included private sightseeing starts in a lively local market in the heart of the city, where you will learn about traditional Colombian food.
• Continue walking through the well-preserved colonial part of the city, La Candelaria, before visits to the Gold Museum, housing one of the largest collections of pre-Hispanic gold, and the Botero Museum, featuring famous paintings from well-known artist Fernando Botero.
• Cap your day off with a funicular ride up to Mount Monserrate at 10,000 feet for expansive views of Bogotá.


Breakfast Breakfast

Day 3

BOGOTÁ
• Today is free to explore the modern city of Bogotá on your own.


Breakfast Breakfast

Today’s I-Time Tips
Today, perhaps take an optional tour to Zipaquirá’s fascinating underground salt cathedral. More than 600 feet underground, you will find this monumental architectural masterpiece built inside a salt mine. Following the labyrinth of tunnels, you will find Stations of the Cross, angels, and the Madonna statue inside this unique underground cathedral. Today, it is still a popular pilgrimage site.

Day 4

BOGOTÁ–PEREIRA (COFFEE TRIANGLE AREA)
• Board your flight for Pereira in the heart of the Coffee Triangle of Colombia, the third-largest producer of coffee in the world.
• After lunch in a typical restaurant, your Local Host takes you on a visit to a coffee farm to learn about the process, from planting and roasting to tasting. Walk through lush plantations, uncover the secrets of the production process, and expand your palate with the help of local baristas who share the fine art of coffee tasting.
• Stay in a beautiful hacienda dating back to 1888 for the next two nights.


Breakfast Breakfast Lunch Lunch

Day 5

PEREIRA (COFFEE TRIANGLE AREA). EXCURSION TO COCORA VALLEY, SALENTO & FILANDIA
• Drive through the region of Quindío to Cocora Valley with your Local Guide, where you will find Colombia’s national tree, the Palma de Cera—the highest palm tree in the world. Help preserve this protected species of tree through a small ritual that includes planting one of these very rare palm trees.
• Next, stop in Salento, a typical village of this region, where you have time to walk through the small but vibrant streets.
• Continue to Filandia, another village boasting gorgeous views of the vast Andes Mountain range.


Breakfast Breakfast Lunch Lunch

Day 6

PEREIRA (COFFEE TRIANGLE AREA)–CARTAGENA
• Fly to Cartagena on the Caribbean coast, a UNESCO World Heritage Site full of well-preserved colonial architecture.
• Remainder of the day is free to explore on your own.


Breakfast Breakfast


TODAY’S I-TIME TIPS
Perhaps take an optional excursion to see the old colonial city by horse carriage. Ride past churches, squares, and old houses with balconies full of flowers.

Day 7

CARTAGENA
• This morning, a private guided tour includes a visit to the Monastery of La Popa. Built on a hillside at the beginning of the 17th century, it features panoramic views of the city, its beaches, and the bay.
• Next, tour San Felipe Fort, built to protect the city from pirates as well as the British and French. Head into the walled colonial city and see the brightly hued streets and plazas of Old Cartagena.
• Your sightseeing concludes with a tour of the San Pedro Claver Convent, housing impressive Pre-Columbian artifacts.
• Remainder of the day is free to explore on your own.


Breakfast Breakfast

Day 8

CARTAGENA–MEDELLÍN
• Fly to Medellín, the second-largest and most progressive city in Colombia. Cradled in the Aburra Valley, Medellín is one of the most beautiful in South America and is dubbed the “City of Everlasting Spring” due to its mild, year-round climate.
• Upon arrival, you will be met by your Local Guide and transferred to your hotel.


Breakfast Breakfast

Day 9

MEDELLÍN
• Your included private sightseeing begins in the area of Santo Domingo Sabio, located between mountains. Ascend via cable car up the side of mountains and into the valley, taking in impressive views of the narrow streets full of visual and musical delights.
• Learn about local culture as you reach the Biblioteca España, a unique structure that has become a symbol of the revitalization that has happened in the area.
• Next, visit Parque Berrio to see one of Fernando Botero’s most famous sculptures, La Gorda (The Fat Lady).
• Also visit the Antioquia Museum that houses the largest collection of Botero’s works.
• End your day at the Paisa Village, a replica of the quaint villages of the region.


Breakfast Breakfast

Day 10

MEDELLÍN
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.


Breakfast Breakfast

 Tour Director

With Globus, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

ANDRES A

Escorting tours for more than 10 years

" Meet Andres! Andres is a native Colombian with valuable tips for you and an expert guide on everything Colombia has to offer. No matter your interests, nature walks, shopping, dining or recreation, Andres can help you plan your time in Colombia and help you feel right at home."

Tour Director -  ANDRES A

ALVARO CASTANEDA

Escorting tours for more than 1 years

" Welcome to Colombia! My name is Álvaro Castañeda, and I was born in Bogotá. I have more than 10 years of experience in guiding my guests throughout my beautiful country with easy-going, informative, and excellence in customer service for your best experiences. With my extensive knowledge of local history, I also enjoy sharing local hints and recommendations with guests...from the best exotic fruits in a marketplace, to unique and authentic street food, or where to find both international and local flavors in high-profile restaurants. I am a also a coffee enthusiast and a bike lover!"

Tour Director -  ALVARO CASTANEDA

 Accommodations

BOGOTA

MORRISON HOTEL 114

Hotel as shown or similar
  Free Wifi

PEREIRA

HACIENDA SAN JOSE

Hotel as shown or similar
  Free Wifi

CARTAGENA

HOTEL CASA DON LUIS

Hotel as shown or similar
Superior First-Class
  Free Wifi

MEDELLIN

HOTEL ESTELAR MILLA DE ORO

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
  Free Wifi

 Optional Excursions

Contact your Travel Consultant for more information.
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