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Amazon, Andes & Caribbean (itinerary)

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Bogota - Amazon- Cartagena / Santa Marta

11 nights /12 days or 13 nights / 14 days

Day 1 : Bogotá
Arrival to the El Dorado International Airport in Bogota. Reception and transfer to the hotel. Welcome dinner in a cozy local restaurant, where your guide will give you an outlook on Colombia, a few Spanish “basics”, and brief you on the details of your trip.

Day 2 : Bogotá- Leticia- Amacayacu
After breakfast, transfer to the airport to take our flight to the Amazon city of Leticia, where we will catch our boat to the Amacayacu Natural Park.  The Amacayacu National Park is perfect for becoming acquainted with the Amazone Jungle, the largest tropical rainforest with the most copious river in the world.
With an unparalleled biodiversity, it is home to the largest population of living plants and animal species in our planet: jaguars, tapirs, deer, turtles, caimans, river dolphins, snakes, monkeys, insects and many bird species, among other animals; impressive tall trees like the Red Cedar, the Mahogany and the Ceiba tree, and countless varieties of plants, among them the Victoria Regia, the world’s largest lotus.
The Amacayacu National Park, which extends over 293.500 hectares, is known for both its luxuriant fauna and flora, and for the indigenous communities that preserve their ancestral customs in this territory.
After checking in our lodges and having lunch we will take an ecological walk through the rain forest to discover the magnificent vegetation and atmosphere of the Amazon.
Dinner at the lodge´s restaurant. At night we´ll enjoy a canoeing trip to spot caimans in the Amazon River.

Day 3 : Amacayacu Park – Tikuna tribe- Puerto Nariño
29After breakfast we will take a boat to visit a Tikuna tribe, one of the original inhabitants of the region. After spending some time learning about their culture and handcrafts, we will continue to observe the rare and endangered pink dolphins at the Tarapoto lakes, and visit Puerto Nariño (a beautiful town with sidewalks instead of streets and colorful houses with flowered courtyards and gardens), where we will have lunch.
After returning to the Amacayacu Park, we will explore the tree canopies through cord bridges and pulleys, and we´ll see plenty of animals like monkeys, snakes, and various types of birds and butterflies.

Day 4 : Amacayacu Park - Leticia
Free day (take a look at our Amaterra options)
Hotel in Leticia

Amaterra options :
30Navigating house in the magical Amazon River
Spend one night in an amazing navigating house on the waters of the Amazon.  This ecologically built house provides full comfort while allowing you to experience an entire day and night in the jungle on the magical waters of the “Rio-Mar”. Enjoy a cocktail at sunset, a night within the jungle, magnificent views and delicious food prepared especially for you by the friendly staff. This will undoubtedly be a one-of-a- kind, unforgettable experience.

31Tree-house adventure & “Serpentario”
Spend a day in the Tanimboca reserve where you can admire the impressive “Serpentario”(home to various types of endemic snakes), bathe in a crystal clear river, and spend the night in a tree house, 20 m high on the canopy in the middle of the jungle. If you like adventure, you will love this experience!
32Marasha Reserve in the Peruvian Amazon
Spend the day in the Marasha reserve in the Peruvian Amazon, a unique opportunity to navigate upstream and get to know a different area of the Amazon River. Upon arrival at the reserve, you will take an ecological walk in the forest, see monkeys and butterflies, fish for piranhas, and admire the Victoria Regia Lotus, among others. A typical lunch in the reserve will be included.

Day 5 : Leticia – Bogota
After breakfast, we catch a flight back to Bogota. Transfer to hotel and free time for the remainder of the day.
Lunch & Dinner: free

Day 6 : Bogotá
img 2027Breakfast. Guided city tour: we will take the cable car up to Monserrate, a magnificent observation point of the city and the valley, located 3200 m above sea level. We will then visit the Candelaria neighborhood, the colonial heart of Bogotá and an area of great patrimonial and architectural importance. This historically rich area is known for its cobble stone streets, its colorful houses with wooden balconies and internal patios that hide beautiful gardens. Most of the city´s and country´s history has taken place in this neighborhood. We will visit the Colón Theatre, the San Carlos Palace, the San Ignacio Church, the Nariño Presidential Palace, the Bolívar Square, the Capitol Building, the City Hall, and the Cathedral. We will then visit the magnificent collection of the world famous Gold Museum.
Lunch : free. In the Candelaria neighborhood you will find many different types of restaurants to choose from- typical, international, bohemian, trendy- If you wish, we will take you along to one of our favorites.
Afternoon: free (take a look at our Amaterra options)

Amaterra Options :
Going Social (3-4 hours) :
IMG 2028We invite you to visit one of our partners, the Colombianitos Foundation. This international nonprofit organization brings new hope for a better future to thousands of children who are victims of the armed conflict, forced displacement and, consequently, a life of absolute poverty in one of the impoverished city slums in the South of the city, Ciudad Bolivar. It´s time to share a couple of hours with the actors of this beautiful program, which uses sport as a tool to build strong values and life skills, transforming highly disadvantaged communities into social environments that support and reinforce positive lifestyles.

34Going Green(3-4 hours) :
Visit the José Celestino Mutis Botanical Garden. In the heart of Bogotá, but away from the city buzz, you can admire this magnificent garden, home to an impressive sampling of the Colombian flora. A specialized guide will take you along an incredible journey through the different regions of the country and its native species…a nice way to get ready for your « look-outs » during the rest of your trip.
Did you know?
Colombia is the country with the most species of orchids in the world, more than 3000 ! Admire a great number of these in the impressive collection of the botanical garden.
Dinner : free (take a look at our Amaterra options)
Amaterra option :
Andres Carne de Res (3-4 h) : Certainly one of the most original restaurants in Colombia. It´s famous not only for its very special miscellaneous decoration and atmosphere but for its excellent menu. Fun guaranteed !

Day 7 : Bogotá- Guatavita-Zipaquirá (8 h) :
IMG 2030We will be leaving Bogotá after breakfast towards the town of La Calera, which has one of the most amazing views of the city. We will then continue to the town of Sesquilé where we will take an ecological walk to admire one of the most celebrated and sacred lagoons of Pre-Columbian times, the Guatavita Lagoon, where the legendary rite of El Dorado was staged.
Guatavita was formed by a giant meteor, which fell some 2000 years ago and left a huge circular hole shaped like a volcanic crater. The Indians interpreted the phenomenon as the arrival of a golden God who lived thereafter at the bottom of the lake. The lake became an object of worship, where gold pieces, emeralds and food were offered to ensure abundant crops and protection against misfortunes.
We will then continue to Zipaquirá where we will have lunch and visit the renowned Salt Cathedral, carved out in the heart of the mountain in mines that date back to the Muisca period.
Dinner: free (take a look at our Amaterra options)

Amaterra option :
Night out, live music/salsa club (2-4 h) :
Discover one of Bogotá famous salsa clubs, or, according to availability, checkout a live concert in the buzzing & dancing nightlife of the city.

Day 8 : Bogotá- Cartagena
IMG 2035After breakfast we will head towards the airport where we will catch a 1-hour flight to the Caribbean city of Cartagena.
Upon arrival we will be transferred to our hotel in the charming walled city, the oldest and most romantic part of town. You will love to stroll along the colorful narrow streets of this enchanting city, which was declared part of the UNESCO World Heritage in 1984. Its Spanish colonial architecture overlooking the Caribbean Sea, its intense nightlife, cultural festivals, exotic scenery, superb beaches, and wonderful food make Cartagena a truly magical place.
Dinner: Free

Day 9 : Cartagena
IMG 2036After breakfast, we will take a walking tour of the colonial walled city of Cartagena. We will visit the Santiago and Santo Domingo forts, the Plaza de Bolivar, the Plaza de la Proclamación, la Plaza de la Aduana, and the Plaza de los Coches, with its Portal de los Dulces, famous for its typical local sweets. After going through the streets of the historical center, we will visit the Cathedral and the Palacio de la Inquisición, one of the finest buildings in town.
Lunch: free
Afternoon: free (take a look at our Amaterra options)

Amaterra option :
Going Social :
IMG 2037We will visit the quarters of The Colegio del Cuerpo in the Getsemaní neighborhood. Through artistic excellence this non-profit organization contributes to the social, educational, economical and human development of critical populations in the Cartagena area, and has become an internationally recognized contemporary dance company, as well as a model of integral education. We will get a chance to meet the actors of this amazing project and to see the day-to-day life of this unique dance company.
For other activities, such as a guided visit of the Castillo de San Felipe, the Popa Convent, the Boquilla, the Totumo Mud Volcano, or Mompox, please contact us.
Dinner : free

Day 10 : Cartagena
Free day after having breakfast in the hotel (take a look at our Amaterra options)
Amaterra option :
IMG 2038Spend the day in the Islas del Rosario Natural Park, (link a Islas del Rosario & San Bernardo) a magnificent coral archipelago approximately an hour from Cartagena by boat, with fine, white sand and delightful underwater gardens. It consists of 27 small coral islands surrounded by coral reefs, where three eco-systems prevail: coastal lagoon, mangroves, and tropical forests. The color of the ocean ranges from turquoise to purple making it a marvelous spot for lovers of scuba diving and snorkeling as well as sun, beach, and relaxation. This day trip includes a typical local lunch.

Day 11: Cartagena- Bogotá
After breakfast, free day in Cartagena; transfer to the airport to catch a flight back to Bogotá, where you will spend the last night of your trip.
*Amaterra option 3-Day extension : visit Santa Marta and the Tayrona Natural park

Day 12 : Bogotá- International Flight
After breakfast, transfer from the hotel to the El Dorado International Airport to catch your International flight back home!

*3-Day Extension :
Day 11 : Santa Marta & Tayrona Park
IMG 2039You will be picked up in your hotel in Cartagena after breakfast and driven along the coastline towards the Northeast to the Tayrona National Park. The trip will take approximately 5 h and will pass through the cities of Barranquilla and Santa Marta.
The Tayrona National Park is a few kilometers North from Santa Marta and covers an extension of 15.000 hectares of which 12.000 are on land and 3.000 are maritime. It lays on the foot of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, a massif that rises independently from the Andean range and houses an eco system unique in the world-going from sea level to 5780 m- and the habitat of various indigenous communities: Kogis, Arhuacos, Kankuamos and Wiwas.
The park´s scenery varies from pristine sand beaches to rainforest at an altitude of 600 m and is home to 56 endangered species. Within the park there are several archeological sites such as Pueblito, which can be visited in a magnificent 5 h trek from the beaches near our lodges.
Free day and over night stay in an eco-lodge on one of the beaches of the park.

Day 12 : Tayrona National Park
IMG 2040Free day in the park. You can visit many different beaches and the archeological site of Pueblito, or you can just relax, sunbathe, and enjoy the superb scenery of the place.

Day 13 : Parque Tayrona – Quebrada Valencia - Santa Marta
IMG 2041You will be picked up in the morning after breakfast at the Tayrona National Park and driven a little further North to the visit the Quebrada Valencia Natural Reserve. This spectacular place has a rock formation through which the river descends from the Sierra forming natural pools along the way. The visit includes an ecological walk along the river in the midst of a tropical forest, after which you can bathe in these amazing cascades and pools.
Lunch on the way back to Santa Marta in a typical local restaurant.
Once in Santa Marta, we will check in a comfortable hotel and have a free afternoon to relax or stroll along the pleasant streets of this tropical city.
Dinner : free

Day 14 : Santa Marta- Bogotá
IMG 2042After breakfast, a city tour of Santa Marta which includes: the Rodadero beach area, the beautiful Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, where Simón Bolívar died on the 17th of December 1830; the Taganga lookout, from which there is a very nice view of the fishermen town of Taganga and its bay; the bay of Santa Marta, and the colonial historical center of the city.
Free lunch and transfer to the airport to catch the flight to Bogotá.