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A Colombian Journey

Coulourful houses in Candelaria, Bogota San Agustin
 
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Duration
14 days
Date
16 – 29 Oct 2014
Price pp
£3,945
£2,995 excl. flight
Single supp.
£325
Flight time
14 hours
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  • UNESCO sites of Cartagena, San Agustín and Tierradentro
  • The colonial town of Villa de Leyva
  • Andean scenery, friendly people and local markets

Colombia is one of the most remarkable countries in the Americas; a land of extraordinary natural beauty and diversity, as well as outstanding history. From Bogotá, with its fabulous Gold Museum, and charming Villa de Leyva, this tour then heads south to the extraordinary archaeological region of San Agustín, before finishing in Cartagena, one of the most iconic cities in all the Americas.

Day 1  London/ Bogotá – Arrive in Bogotá.

Day 2  Bogotá – Tour the historic centre, the magnificent Gold Museum and the Botero Art Museum. Afternoon cable car up to Cerro Monserrate for incredible panoramic views.

Day 3  Zipaquirá, Villa de Leyva – Journey north to Zipaquirá visiting the labyrinthine underground Salt Cathedral. Continue on to the beautifully preserved colonial town of Villa de Leyva.

Day 4  Villa de Leyva – Morning sightseeing including the 17th century Dominican Ecce Homo Convent, founded in the 1620s by the Dominicans, it is an important point of evangelization in a region populated by indigenous communities. Visits also include the Museo El Fósil, with its gigantic 120 million year old fossil, and Parque Archeológico de Moniquiera, an interesting Pre-Columbian site.

Day 5  Bogotá/ Popayán – Return to Bogotá to catch a flight to Popayán.

Day 6  Silvia, Tierradentro – Morning visit to the small town of Silvia for market day. Silvia transforms every Tuesday into a colourful, bustling, picturesque place when the Guambiano Indians come into town dressed in their traditional anacos to sell their produce and handicrafts. Afternoon scenic journey to Tierradentro along unpaved roads.

Day 7  Tierradentro, Popayán – Morning visit to Tierradentro Archaeological Park exploring the incredible subterranean galleries and museums. Visit San Andrés de Pisimbaláto to learn about the Paeces community who inhabited this region. Afternoon scenic journey through the Andes to San Agustín along unpaved roads, passing through La Plata.

Day 8  San Agustín – Morning at San Agustín Archeological Park, a UNESCO site, touring the enigmatic mesitas, some almost five metres tall. Continue to the ceremonial Fuente de Lavapatas, followed by San Agustín’s archaeological museum. An afternoon visit to the Strait of the Magadalena River, a spectacular rocky gorge.

Day 9  Isnos – Head to the remote archaeological sites of Alto de los Ídolos and Alto de las Piedras, which boast tombs displaying original paintwork.

Day 10  Neiva/ Cartagena – Scenic drive to Neiva. Fly from Neiva to Cartagena, the beguiling jewel in Colombia’s crown, with the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 11  Cartagena – Full day exploring the Cartagena, one of the most fascinating cities in all the Americas, with its Caribbean charm and wellpreserved colonial architecture.

Day 12  Cartagena – Day at leisure.

Day13 & 14  Cartagena/ London – Fly overnight back to London.

Sarah Woods

Sarah Woods

Sarah Woods is an award-winning freelance writer and author of the Bradt guide to Colombia. She has lived and travelled extensively throughout Latin America, but her foremost love is Colombia.

Her travels include an extended road-trip from the US-Texas border along the diversities of the Ruta Panamericana into Paraguay - a route that tops 20,000 miles, all told. Sarah has completed numerous trans-oceanic transits along the Panama Canal together with several jungle treks and expeditions into The Amazon, The Darien and the lesser known Colombian rain forests of the Pacific Coast. She has spent extended periods living amongst indigenous tribes, appears regularly on Colombian TV and radio, and is actively involved in sponsoring two children's charities based in Bogota and David.

Sarah is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, a Member of the British Guild of Travel Writers, a Travel Expert on British daytime TV (ITV1) and works extensively for Europe's largest wildlife conservation charity, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB).  In 2012 Sarah won the PSA travel broadcast journalism award for an item on Panama cruises. She was the recipient of the prestigious Kenneth Westcott Jones Award in both 2007 and 2008 as well as the British Travel Guide Writer of the Year Award in 2006.

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