5D/4N Bogota & Cartagena

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BOGOTA -  Temperature: 12° C (54ª F) Location: It is situated in the center of the country, on the western part of the Bogota savanna. To the south, the Bogotá river forms the falls of Salto de Tequendama. Its tributaries shape valleys with thriving towns whose inhabitants make a living from agriculture, cattle ranching, and handicrafts. How to get there: By land, from the north coast, by the Troncal del Magdalena highway; from the western part of the country, by the Panamerican Highway; from the Llanos to the east, by the road that connects Villavicencio and Bogotá. El Dorado International Airport concentrates 65% of the aerial operations in the country.  Head for the heights of Bogotá, which sits at 2,600m (8,600ft). A city of many parts, Bogotá has a swish, modern side and a windy, narrow streets side, overlooked by a mountain viewpoint. On Sundays and holidays from 0700 to 1400, 121km (75 miles) of the streets are turned into car-free cycle ways, so explore the city on two wheels. Historical landmarks include the Capitol (congress building) and the cathedral (the Capilla del Sangrario) on the main square, the Plaza de Bolivar

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DAY 1 – BOGOTA: Arrival Bogota & City Tour

  • Arrival in Bogota, reception at the airport.
  • Transfer to the Hotel
  • City Tour
  • Lunch is included.
  • Night Tour – Panoramic View
  • Dinner  is included
  • Overnight

CITY TOUR – Today one will ride a Cable Car to Monserrate  Hill, but first, start with a visit to the historical center, looking at the Colon Theater, San Carlos Palace, San Ignacio Church,, Nariño Presidential Palace, Bolivar Square, the Capitol, the City Hall, the Cathedral, and the Gold Museum. Notes: Monday: The Gold Museum is closed and it is replaced by Botero Museum. Sunday: Monserrate is not included and it is replaced by the “Quinta de Bolívar” or Botero Museum.NIGHT TOUR – Depart from your hotel at 06:30 p.m to engage on a panoramic night tour of Bogota visiting the main party areas of the city in Usaquen, Also enjoy the lookout of La Calera, Parque de la 93.

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Day 2 – Salt Cathedral Tour

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Excursion to the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira and Shopping Tour.
  • Lunch   included
  • Dinner  included
  • Overnight

THE SALT CATHEDRAL OF ZIPAQUIRA -  It is located 49 km north of Bogota. On the way, one has a great panoramic view of the Sabana countryside and El Puente del Comun. Upon arrival, there is a preferential entrance to the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira. It is considered to be the first wonder of Colombia. Inside, it is posible to visit the stations of the Cross, the Dome, the Narthez labyrinth and the three naves. After the visit, one engages on a short city tour around the colonial town of Zipaquira. After that, it is time to go back to Bogota for lunch at the Motomachi Restaurant. After lunch, it is time for shopping. Enjoy a variety of shopping malls and retail factories.

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DAY 3 – Bogota and Cartagena

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Transfer to El Dorado Airport to take a flight to Cartagena
  • Arrival at Rafael Nunez Airport.
  • Transfer to the Hotel
  • City Tour
  • Lunch and Dinner  included
  • Overnight at the Hotel

CARTAGENA CITY TOUR -  It starts at Boca Grande, modern part of Cartagena, and continues into Manga, neighborhood where one can appreciate republican architecture. Then, visit the Monastery and Church of La Popa, built in 1606, it is perched on the highest hill of Cartegena from where one has a panoramic view of the city. Also, visit the fortress of San Felipe de Barajas, the most important historic military fortification of the city, that was designed to defend the city from pirate attacks.

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DAY 4 – Cartagena – Walking Tour

  • Breakfast at Hotel.
  • Walking Tour
  • Private Transfer to the Airport.

WALKING TOUR - Visit to the city`s colonial district, starting at Bolivar Square, where it is located the Historic Museum. In the museum it can be seen, an array of archaeological objects from pre Hispanic period. Then proceed on to the Palace of Inquisition, famous for its baroque entrance door.  After visiting the museums, go to San Pedro Claver Church, one of the most important and representative churches of the colonial district. The tour continues to the old town where one will visit Las Bovedas handicrafts center and take a walk along main streets and squares.

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