Hacienda Venecia

Hacienda Venecia is a big-hitting heavyweight in Coffee Zone tourism. It is included in our portfolio as a destination in its own right. 

Imagine if you can a beautiful coffee hacienda set in stunning secluded grounds and plunging hills. Now imagine it is also is the home of a large scale coffee processing facility. Finally imagine bringing those two elements together, wrapping it up in slick management, and creating an authentic coffee experience and relaxing stay all in one. That is Hacienda Venecia.

Located a short distance from Manizales, Hacienda Venecia is our suggestion for those wanting to visit the northern end of the coffee zone.

The hacienda offers communal style dining, everyone eats the same meal at the same time. Expect freshly prepared Colombian farmhouse staples. Beverages are available around the clock with an honesty bar system in place.

Hacienda Venecia is not available for families travelling with children under the age of 12.

Programme:

Hacienda Venecia is a short drive from La Nubia Airport in Manizales and is also ideal for those wanting to arrive overland from Medellín for a taste of the Coffee Zone within a short timescale.

Whilst there you can prebook as much or as little as you wish. The hacienda has its own coffee tour which runs daily, you can add on yoga or other activities and destinations in the area.

At Hacienda Venecia you are ideally situated to include our Rio Blanco birdwatching tour in your plan, or for the fit and headstrong, our full day trek to Nevado Santa Isabel. If you prefer to wind down then simply enjoy the grounds and tranquility.

For those that have time to venture south then Hacienda Venecia is also an ideal stop off on the way to Salento and Cocora.

Price:

The price shown on this page is per person for a two night break based on two adults sharing a twin or double room in the main farmhouse. Breakfast is included in the room rate. Other meals and drinks, and any additional services requested from Hacienda Venecia are paid locally.

The price listed does not include the cost of getting there, any additional activities and excursions or onward travel to other destinations.

Please use our contact form to talk to us about including Hacienda Venecia in your Colombia tour.

Cocora and Los Nevados 3-day treks

Three days, three tours and three options for combining the majestic and otherworldly Parque de los Nevados with the spectacular Valle del Cocora. These tours are not for the faint-hearted. All options will place demands on your fitness but you will be rewarded with incredible landscapes and vistas, not to mention a sense of achievement at the end of your trek.

These tours all commence in the accessible town of Salento and can be undertaken as a standalone tour or included within a feature packed tour of the Coffee Zone or indeed an extended tour of Colombia. We can readily transport you to Salento to commence your tour if you are staying in hotels or family-owned fincas in Risaralda or Quindío.

Programmes

We offer three different options for three-day treks in Cocora and Nevado del Quindío.  All programmes are 3 days and 2 nights. All overnight accommodation is based in remote simple family-owned posadas.

Paramillo del Quindío

El Paramillo del Quindío is one of the highest peaks in the Los Nevados National Park. Reaching 4750 metres above sea-level. It is located at the southern end of the park.

Day 1. Valle del Cocora to La Primavera 17km

Your tour will commence in the Cocora Valley after transferring there from Salento. After 8-9 hours of walking through various ecosystems, the Cocora Valley itself and forested mountainsides, you will reach La Primavera at an altitude of 3850 metres above sea-level. Overnight stop in a country house.

Day 2. La Primavera to Cima Paramillo Quindío 18km

On your second day you will cross ancient ancestral walkways that have remained virtually unchanged for centuries. You will pass through unique páramo landscapes and eventually reach El Paramillo del Quindío. After visiting El Paramillo del Quindío you will return to La Primavera to relax and share experiences in the farmhouse’s kitchen.

Day 3. La Primavera to Valle del Cocora 19km

The third and final day of the walk offers you an alternative route back to Cocora from La Primavera. En-route you will stop at Finca La Argentina for lunch with another mountain family. The estimated end time is 5pm

Statistics

Minimum altitude: 2390 metres above sea-level

Maximum altitude: 4750 metres above sea-level

Total walking distance: 54km

Trek Grade: Demanding. Medium-high altitude and some tough ascents.

Glaciar Shimmer, Nevado del Tolima

El Nevado del Tolima is a stratovolcano located in the southern part of the Los Nevados National Park. The volcano’s last major eruption was almost 3600 years ago. Minor eruptions took place in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The last being in 1943. At an altitude of 5215 metres above sea-level it is the third highest volcano in Colombia.

In a three day trek that takes you to the edge of Glaciar Shimmer, you will walk through an impressive páramo landscape, one of the most beautiful and important ecosystems in The Andes. This landscape renowned for its ability to produce water is only found above the Andean forest line and below the limits of the snowy peaks.

Day 1. Valle del Cocora to La Primavera 17km

Your tour starts with a 6.30am breakfast in Salento followed by a transfer to the Cocora Valley. You will ascend through cloud forests until you reach the páramo, finally arriving at La Primavera, your resting place for the night.

Day 2. La Primavera to Glaciar Shimmer 21km

Your second day starts earlier, you have more distance to cover and some steep ascents leading up to the Helipuerto sector. With a final ascent towards the edge of Glaciar Shimmer you will have reached your maximum altitude of 5000 metres above sea-level.

Day 3. La Primavera to Valle del Cocora 19km

The third and final day of the trek takes you back to Cocora via a different route to afford you new panoramas of the ecosystem. Anticipated finish time is 5pm back in Salento

Statistics

Minimum altitude: 2390 metres above sea-level

Maximum altitude: 5000 metres above sea-level

Total walking distance: 57km

Trek Grade: Demanding. Medium-high altitude and some tough ascents.

The Andes and its Communities

The shortest and most laid-back of these three trek options, the trek remains primarily within the Andean forests and affords the participants the chance to connect with ancient customs and traditions. Follow old and well trodden paths through stunning landscapes. Admire El Paramillo de Quindío from farther afield and spend evenings in friendly family fincas high up in the hills.

Day 1. Valle del Cocora to Finca Argentina 9km

Every day of your tour starts with breakfast. On the first day after breakfast you will commence a 5 hours walk to the country house Finca Argentina where you can relax for the remainder of the evening

Day 2. Finca La Argentina to La Primavera 8km

A second leisurely day of trekking will see you ascend to 4200 metres above sea-level where a rest break at a lookout will be programmed for you to enjoy views of El Paramillo del Quindío. From this point you begin your descent towards La Primavera, relaxing once again in the friendly ambience of a family farmhouse.

Day 3. La Primavera to Valle del Cocora 19km

You will be expected to up your pace for day three because it is by far the longest day of walking. You will descend back to the Cocora Valley with an anticipated finish time is 5pm back in Salento

Statistics

Minimum altitude: 2390 metres above sea-level

Maximum altitude: 4200 metres above sea-level

Total walking distance: 36km

Trek Grade: Moderate. Medium altitude

Package

The package price shown on this page is based on a party of 4 people and includes the following

  • Transfers from and back to Salento or accommodation in Armenia, Pereira, Quimbaya, Filandia or The Colombian Way preferred fincas
  • Professional Spanish speaking mountain guide for the duration of the trek
  • Overnight accommodation each night in family run farmhouses
  • All meals, snacks and drinks
  • Entrance to the Los Nevados National Park

Use our contact forms for more information or to begin planning your Cocora and Nevados trek

Cartagena

Breathtaking Cartagena is one of the most beautiful cities in Latin America. Above the historic city walls stands the Tower of San Pedro Claver. The charm of Cartagena is at times overhwelming, historic sites, narrow cobbled lanes and a bustling streetscape. Cartagena exudes the exotic charm of a Caribbean city.

Numerous high quality restaurants and hotels await you in the city, Cartagena is arguably the city most geared towards mainstream tourism in Colombia, a status readily endorsed by the international cruise liners that are making Cartagena a unique and unforgettable stopover in their itineraries.

In 1984 the walled city of Cartagena was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Set behind those walls lies the imposing San Felipe Fortress, the perfect spot to watch the sun go down across the old town. If you prefer your sunsets with a cool tall cuba libre to hand, then check out the Café del Mar and watch as the sun slips below the horizon across the Caribbean.

After dark enjoy an evening at the Plaza Santo Domingo against the backdrop of the vallenato music that is typical of the Caribbean coast. Each night the unique atmosphere of Cartagena descends upon its colonial streets.

A sensational range of excellent boutique hotels awaits you. Typically built within large colonial houses set around multiple communal patios and courtyards, a journey to Cartagena truly is a journey back in time to the colonial era.

For all but the most ardent bus-fanatic, your arrival will be by air at Cartagena’s well appointed international airport. There is roughly one flight each hour from Bogotá’s El Dorado airport.

Tips

  • Do not underestimate Cartagena’s sunshine, especially at lunch time. Always wear a hat, drink plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated and don’t forget a high SPF sunscreen.
  • Cartagena is Colombia’s most famous destination for not only international tourists but also for Colombian nationals. Especially around Easter and Christmas Cartagena becomes busy and the hotels book out rapidly. We urge you to plan well ahead for your visit to the city.

Programme

Cartagena is the perfect place to do precious little apart from soak up the ambience, relax and have yourself a cocktail. We would encourage you to base your visit around one of the colonial hotels in the walled city, and consider combining your stay with a city tour.

Also consider building Cartagena into a larger itinerary. Direct flights to Cartagena are available from both Bogotá and Medellín and it is common for holidaymakers to travel overland afterwards to Santa Marta and Tayrona before returning to Bogotá or elsewhere.

Heritage and architecture buffs should consider heading inland to Mompox, another UNESCO world heritage site and recently voted Colombia’s most photogenic pueblo.

Such is Cartagena’s popularity that it appears in six of The Colombian Way’s round trips. The Colombian Beach Hopper, The Colombian Extreme Adventure, The Colombian Pacific Explorer and our most popular tour The Colours of Colombia.

  • Cartagena is a wonderful place to do nothing, but to go deeper into the city’s history, we recommend a city tour.

Cartagena has far more opportunities for activities than we have listed on our website, contact us to ask also about fishing trips, craft workshops, snorkelling, kayaking, camping and horse riding.

Prices

The headline price on this page is for two adults sharing double accommodation for 3 days/2 nights in Cartagena’s historic Getsemaní district. It does not include flights or transfers. Use our contact forms to ask us about boutique hotels and other accommodation options in the city.

Caño Cristales

Note: The Caño Cristales season runs from mid May to the start of December. It is not possible to book tours outside of these dates

Deep in the Colombian Llanos is a mountain called La Serrania de la Macarena, from this mountain a stream originates which later in its journey evolves to become what is commonly known as the world’s most beautiful river. That river is Caño Cristales.

Caño Cristales is a landscape stretching across several tributaries of the river where the aquatic plant Macarena Claveria is found. The underwater plants produce a spectacular kaleidoscope of almost psychedelic colours.

From deep greens to reds, back to green, to dark orange, all juxtaposed with the deep blue of the river’s waters. This display of colours in both branches of the river is what brings tourists flocking to Caño Cristales.

Due to the low elevation the climate is hot and tropical with brief and intense storms. After such a storm is when a trip to Caño Cristales is best as the aquatic plants will appear at their most vivid. The best time for travel is from mid May to early December.

Important:

  • Yellow fever vaccinations are mandatory. You will be denied services if you are unable to produce a valid certificate.
  • You will need good quality light layered clothes for the daytime and warmer clothes for the night, the area can be very humid. You also need to take a waterproof lightweight coat.
  • Caño Cristales is capacity restricted and only a certain number of permits are issued by NPP La Macarena’s park authority. We recommend early booking to ensure the availability of permits.

Programme:

In Colombia one seldom finds nature’s marvels within easy reach, so even the journey to Caño Cristales is a formidable experience. Your journey begins in Bogotá from where you travel by bus to Villavicencio, the capital of the Meta department. From there you will travel in a chartered aircraft, depending on the group size, this will be a Cessna or a nostalgic flight in a Douglas DC3.

The flight passes over Colombia’s seemingly infinite Llanos plains interwoven with the Amazon’s tributaries. The total flight time is about 40 minutes before you reach your stopover in the village of La Macarena. This part of the Meta department has a troubled and chequered recent past, once it was a centre of coca production where coca paste was traded in the village’s main square in front of the church. It has only recently become viable as a mainstream safe tourist destination and today, La Macerena is home to a Colombian military base. You will be reminded of the village’s role in the cocaine trade as the village now has a heavy and highly visible military presence.

The trip from Bogotá is a 3 day adventure, the first day is an early morning departure to reach La Macarena by approximately 10.30am. Once checked into your hotel you make your first excursion along Río Guayabero to Caño Cristales.

The second day of your trip you spend the full day visiting whichever branch of the river that you did not visit on the previous day, the third day has an early start with more sightseeing before returning to the airport of La Macarena and taking the plane back to Villavicencio.

Our Caño Cristales plans are all inclusive tours. We do not unbundle services for travellers making their own flight and/or accommodation arrangements.

We also have 1 night, 3 night and 4 night packages to Caño Cristales. Contact us for our full schedule of plans and our informative FAQ about Caño Cristales tours.

Price:

The Colombian Way offers the most comprehensively inclusive Caño Cristales package available. Our competitive price shown on this page includes the following.

  • Return air transport from Villavicencio to La Macarena
  • 2 nights in a comfortable hotel in La Macarena village
  • 3 meals per day
  • River and land transfers from La Macarena village to Caño Cristales
  • Expert local guides with a thorough knowledge of the area.
  • Emergency medivac insurance.

Don’t hesitate to contact us, we are waiting to help you plan your trip to the world’s most beautiful and unique river. Use our contact form to begin planning your trip.

Bahía Solano

Bahía Solano is one of the three main ecotourism destinations on Colombia’s Pacific Coast. We offer stays at the beautiful El Almejal eco lodge located on the waterside. The lodge is adjacent to El Valle, a small and authentic fishing village, the perfect way  for the ultimate escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.

The lodge is located immediately upon El Almejal beach, a dark sandy beach typical of the Pacific Coast, immediately behind the beach is lush green dense tropical coastal rain forest. The only way to reach this unspoilt paradise is via aeroplane or boat such is its remoteness.

From July to October, the lodge is an ideal place for spotting the migrating humpback whales, but whales are just one example of the area’s immense biodiversity and Bahí Solano is known for its huge variety of plants and animals. El Almejal also boasts a turtle conservation project, a turtle farm that releases turtles into the wild between September and January. Over the last 16 years, El Almejal has raised and released some 85,000 turtles into the Pacific. The lodge also offers volunteering opportunities for this project, contact us if you would like more information.

The beaches around Bahía Solano are the perfect place for walking and seeing the beautiful forest, tropical plants, wildlife and natural features such as waterfalls. Close to the lodge is the natural park of Utría, home to the Embera Indians. This area is not normally visited by tourists and requires exacting planning, please let us know if you are interested in adding Utría to your trip to Bahía Solano..

All in all, Bahía Solano is the perfect destination for both eco-tourism and unadultered relaxation.

Tips & information

  • The region has particularly high humidity, take a zip-loc bag to keep important possessions dry.
  • Take a torch and batteries with you
  • Travel to the area with a rucksack rather than a suitcase
  • The yellow fever vaccination is obligatory for Bahía Solano
  • The village has fantastic fresh fish caught by local fisherman

Programme

We recommend a minimum of 4 nights at the El Almejal lodge, the destination has a small airstrip which is reached from either Bogotá or Medellín. We organise your transfer from the air strip to El Almejal lodge.

You can tailor your own programme to your personal wishes and we will be happy to work through this with you, focus your trip on nature and wildlife, walking and trekking or between July and November you can also include whale watching. Perhaps you want a mix of all three themes, you decide and it can be planned for you.

Don’t forget to include a visit to the turtle conservation project or plan some walks in the jungle. The area is also a hotspot birding destination. Whatever you want, be sure to enjoy the area’s biodiversity to its fullest.

Please use our contact form and tell us how you would like your visit to be.

Ciudad Perdida

This destination is only available to clients booking an extended tour with The Colombian Way that already passes via Santa Marta, Parque Tayrona or Taganga. We are unable to offer Ciudad Perdida as a standalone destination.

La Ciudad Perdida (The Lost City) is a mythical site of the Kogi Indians. It was only rediscovered in 1975 by grave robbers “working” high in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. It is nested in the world’s highest coastal mountain range. La Ciudad Perdida is one of Colombia’s most famous destinations as it is seen as representative of remoteness and mystery. La Ciudad Perdida is reached via a trek which commences in Santa Marta.

The adventurous trek takes 5 days along the Río Buritaca, the mid-point of which one discovers the remains of this ancient Tairona Indian city. The city consists mainly of the remains of circular Kogi buildings which are still built to this day in the same manner which can be seen along the trek.

Your guide will be able to give you a thorough explanation of the history and archaeological findings of La Ciudad Perdida and its importance on the Caribbean coast.

Not only is the La Ciudad Perdida an unforgettable experience but the trek itself takes you deeper and deeper through lush green slopes into the most remote parts of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. You will also be able to see authentic Kogi shacks in the village of Mutanyi.

Overnight you will sleep in hammocks or simple huts with beds. The tour takes between 3 and 5 nights and you must be in good physical shape to undertake it, not to mention have a stout pair of comfortable walking boots and light layered clothing for the hot days and cooler nights.

Important

  • It is important to remember that to undertake the trek, a yellow fever vaccination is absolutely mandatory.

Programme:

The tour starts in the small village of Mamey, also known as Machete Pelao, two hours from Santa Marta. You travel to Mamey in a 4×4 vehicle to commence the trek.

On the first day the trek is relatively easy, you will sleep in Donde Adán the first finca on the route.

The second day is somewhat more strenuous as you begin to ascend the sierra, you then descend towards a beautiful river where you can swim and relax. Continuing, you pass the Kogi village Mutanyi and shortly afterwards you will stop for the night.

On the third day after crossing the Río Buritaca several times you reach La Ciudad Perdida. In the morning of the third day you will reach the camp where you will spend the night, in the afternoon you then undertake the last section which leads to La Ciudad Perdida via a steep stone staircase. You will have a couple of hours to view the remains.

The fourth day is strenuous as you walk a distance equal to days 2 and 3, to complete everything necessary on day 4 you have a very early morning departure to give you a chance to eat something back at Donde Adán in the afternoon. Once again you spend your final night at Donde Adán.

Day 5 the final day, you will walk back to Mamey where transport to take you back to Santa Marta will be waiting for you.

You can start the tour from any of our accommodation options in Taganga, Santa Marta City or coastal accommodation close to Parque Tayrona. We will pick you up there, return you there afterwards, and organise for the accommodation to keep your luggage safely.

Contact us for detailed 3, 4 and 5 night itineraries

Price includes

The price stated on this page is per person and includes the following

  • Return transport in a 4×4 vehicle from Santa Marta to Mamey and back again when your trek ends. Additional transfer costs might apply for certain pick up locations.
  • A Spanish speaking guide and companion.
  • 3 meals per day
  • Overnight lodgings in the fincas and lodges specified in the package programme
  • Any applicable taxes, park access charges and accommodation insurance fees

Amazonas

The Amazon is vast and along with Brazil and Perú, Colombia also has a large share of it. To unlock the secrets of the Amazon you really have to arrive by aeroplane.

There you will find a wealth of indigenous culture and a pristine wilderness, deep into the Amazon where Amazonian rules apply, a world which offers you many attractions, a world of its own.

Who has not dreamt of one day waking up somewhere deep in the Amazonian jungle? Awakened only by the chirps of tropical birds and the rustle of the wild rainforest?

The starting point of any trip to the Amazon is Leticia, the capital of the Amazonas department. From Leticia you travel by boat along the Amazon River to your chosen Amazonian destination. Before soon the playful pink dolphins are jumping in the boat’s wake. One final farewell to the modern world and thus your journey really begins, accompanied only by the buzz of the boat’s engines and some of the world’s most breath-taking scenery.

After arriving by aeroplane in Leticia, you can commence your journey immediately or spend a night in the town. Leticia is a typical jungle town and the conurbation is shared by Brazil’s Tabatinga. The town is the focal point of local trade and there is always a lively atmosphere. We recommend you consider spending a night there and take in the town’s ambience, fun bars, reasonably priced hotels and simple restaurants.

Our principal programme in Amazonas is at a Brazilian jungle lodge which offers traditional jungle accommodation in an immaculate and unspoiled section of the Amazon Rainforest.

There are various activities that you can choose for yourself such as boat excursions, nighttime caiman watching, long treks through the deep jungle, kayak routes over the river to Perú and jungle camping. Each one is accompanied by an experienced guide using the sun, the stars and local expertise to navigate.

Important

  • The yellow fever vaccination is mandatory. Please obtain a certificate prior to going.
  • You should seek your own physician’s advice as to whether to take malaria tablets or not.
  • The rains come hard and fast and storms can last for hours, you should keep a spare set of clothes in a waterproof bag.
  • A flashlight and batteries will certainly come in handy as the electricity supply in the jungle is limited.
  • Lodgings are in Brazilian territory, You may be required to pay for an entry visa, in most cases this does not need to be planned in advance. Costs vary depending on your nationality.

Programme

Our preferred jungle lodge is about 4 hours away from Leticia by boat

The jungle lodge embodies the essence of the deep jungle, they are vastly removed from your day to day life in Europe or North America.

You spend your entire stay at the lodge and you can decide your daily activities for yourself, the expert guides are ready and willing to fulfil all of your expectations.

The options include:

  • Nocturnal excursions to the jungle
  • A visit to the Indian village of Santa Rita in Perú
  • Hiking and camping in the deep jungle
  • An introduction to the world of indigenous communities and a discussion with a shamen
  • Dosel, a cable ascent to 46 metres, far above the jungle canopy.

The jungle lodge will not be a structured programme, it will be what you want to make it. Whatever you do, it will be a memory that you carry with you for the rest of your life.

You want to live the Amazon dream and unlock the secrets of the jungle? Start by using our contact form to tell us how you would like us to plan it


Comprehensive option or independent travel option?

We have two ways of knowing the Amazon to fit different budgets and travel styles. The comprehensive option includes such luxuries as airport pickup, immigration assistance and private transfers by boat or road to your destination. Once at the reserve you will be accommodated in private cabins.

Save big money by being responsible for your own transit most of the way and you will be collected by a guide in a village nearer to the jungle lodge. Accommodation for the independent travel option is in the enramada or maloka, traditional jungle style dorms.

Once at the lodge, those choosing the independent travel option are treated just like any other staying guest and will enjoy the services of the excellent guides and the delicious fresh food.

We will of course provide full instructions on how to get to your jungle lodge if you choose the independent travel option.

Price includes

The price stated on this page relates to the independent travel option & includes the following

  • Four days three nights in a jungle lodge
  • Dedicated guides
  • Accommodation, 3 meals per day and evening drinks
  • Unlimited activities as highlighted in the programme
  • Any applicable taxes, park access charges, emergency medical assistance and accommodation insurance fees
  • Fully comprehensive adventure travel and medical insurance from 00.00 the day you arrive until 23.59 the day you leave.

Prices for the comprehensive option including airport meet and greet, transfers to the lodge and private cabin accommodation depend on how many people are in your group and how many nights you want to spend at the lodge. If you prefer this option then please provide us the above information so that we can return a quote to you.

Price does not include

  • A COP$19,000 tourism fee (8.50€) is levied at Leticia Airport which must be paid by the visitor in cash.
  • The dosel/canopy activity is provided by a third party and must be paid locally
  • Flights to/from Leticia
  • Fluvial/overland transfers from Leticia/Tabatinga to the jungle reserve. Estimate 150€ per person return for this addition.

Isla Gorgona

Isla Gorgona has been officially closed to tourists since November 2014. We are currently working to put together a package for the island. Use our contact form to register your interest.

Isla Gorgona is an island located 28kms off Colombia’s Pacific Coast, it has a total area of 25km². It is 9kms long and at its widest point it is 2.5kms. The island can only be reached by boat from Guapi.

Its small size belies the incredibly broad variety of wildlife on the island, it is a paradise for eco tourism. Previously the island was the “Alcatraz” of Colombia and housed a prison, today you can visit what remains of the former prison.

Gorgona is one of Colombia’s top highlights for nature lovers, it boasts no fewer than 147 species of birds, more than 100 different insects and over 500 species of marine animals.

The most popular time to visit is between July and October when one can see the migrating humpback whales. You can observe this spectacle from the Islands beaches or on a boat tour. A genuinely incredible experience awaits you.

For the diving fanatics, Gorgona has Colombia’s greatest coral reef and we can also organize diving tours.

Getting there

The journey is out of Guapi by boat. This small town is reached from either Cali or Popayan, we can organize a travel package including accommodation, flights, ground transportation and meals.

Accomodation

The only accommodation option on the island is the “Vedas Cabins” owned by the Gorgona Park Authority. All in all the cabins can accommodate 80 people in 18 rooms divided between 6 buildings. Although the accommodation is basic, it does boast incredible ocean views.

Important

For a visit to Gorgona a yellow fever vaccination is mandatory and you may be required to show a vaccination certificate at the park’s entrance. You should also exercise caution walking around Gorgona, the park has numerous wild snakes.

Gorgona is a protected national park, it is strictly prohibited to remove shells, corals, plants or anything else from the island.

You should take good walking shoes with you, as well as clothes suitable for the tropical climate and sun protection.

Programme

The normal duration of a visit to the island is 4 days / 3 nights. Depending on your wishes, the stay may be lengthened or shortened. Your trip can include numerous ecological walks, a visit to the prison’s ruins, hiking trails and a visit to Playa Palmera. Additionally you may choose to take a boat tour around the island, a great opportunity to watch the playful dolphins.

The best sites for snorkelling are Yundigua, El Planchon and La Parguera.

The museum in the El Payan sector offers an interesting cultural insight

The programmes we offer to Gorgona are always made to measure, Please contact us via the contact form and let us know exactly what you want to experience in Gorgona.

We arrange the flights or ground transportation, the boat trip from Guapi, and whatever tour or activity you could possibly desire.

Golfo de Morrosquillo

The Golfo de Morrosquillo is still a relatively unknown destination and the chances are you will only come across Colombians there. It is away from the typical Caribbean tourist destinations but at the same time is within easy reach of Cartagena. In contrast to the hustle and bustle of of Cartagena, The Golfo de Morrosquillo offers a certain tranquility, peacefulness and natural beauty.

It is the picture postcard view with everything that you would expect from a Caribbean destination, long white sandy beaches, palm trees and perfect sunsets.

Outside of Colombia’s high seasons the Golfo is quiet and calm, you can realistically expect to have the beaches to yourself for some undisturbed Caribbean indulgence. During peak seasons it is a popular destination for the Medellín’s Paisas and becomes a bit busier.

The area has some fascinating highlights such as the beautiful islands of San Bernado or the eco-hotels along the beaches, this is the perfect destination to enjoy Colombia’s Caribbean coast, the roam through mangrove forests and take photographs of the astonishing variety of wildlife in the region.

Thanks to the perfect clear blue Caribbean waters, the Golfo de Morrosquillo offers excellent diving and snorkelling opportunities and for the novice, some hotels in the region offer excellent diving instruction.

For something aboslutely unique, and somewhat out of this world, you can also take a boat excursion to Santa Cruz de Islote, the world’s most densely populated island where 1427 people share 97 houses on an island only a little larger than a football pitch. Santa Cruz de Islote can be visited from the San Bernado Islands.

We recommend the Golfo de Morrosquillo to travellers that want to go further off the beaten track than a triditional trip to Colombia. It offers them a chance to see somewhere that probably none of their friends have heard of, let alone visited. A place where the silence is only punctuated by the sounds of the blue waters washing up against the white beaches, or the occasional call of the native animals that inhabit the region.

Although the area is remote and tranquil, it is somewhat unique in that there is also a degree of tourism infrastructure and a range of interesting activities can be incorporated into your programme.

Programme.

We’d recommend a few days spent in one of the beautiful beach hotels from where you can take in the clue Caribbean and enjoy the unique atmosphere of the area. Enjoy the peace and tranquility, enjoy the excellent fresh fish and simply indulge yourself in the local hospitality.

We offer some spectacular eco hotels in the region, you can also include a trip to the San Bernado Islands depending on your budget and expectations.

The Golfo de Morrosquillo is reached by car in 2-4 hours from Cartagena or by aircraft to Monteria or Corozal.

We organise hotel transfers for you and staff from the hotel will be waiting to meet you when you arrive.

From your base at the eco hotel you can use your time as you wish, there are various activities available such as diving, canoeing and wildlife spotting in nature reserves such as Sanguaré.
To begin an ideal starting point for a journey along the Caribbean coast. If you are still a few hours in Cartagena.

This destination is a secret unique paradise, largely unknown and yours to discover. Please use our contact form to get in touch and let us know exactly how you want your visit to the Golfo de Morrosquillo

Bogotá

Bogotá is the capital, international metropolis and cultural melting pot of Colombia. The city suffered for many years due to rapid population expansion. Then from the mid 1990’s onwards, with a bit of political will from the mayor, and financial resources from the central government, huge leaps forward were made in terms of Bogotá’s infrastructure, cleanliness, safety and general outlook. Part of this concerted development was the implementation of the city’s TransMilenio system, a modern and innovative bus rapid transport system whose success and economy has been copied by many other cities.

Bogotá is described by many as the Athens of Latin America, mainly because of the large number of universities and libraries. Bogotá is also Colombia’s main cultural centre, hosting events such as the annual theatre festival and Rock en Parque, a free open concert held once a year which lasts several days and takes place in the leafy Parque Simon Bolívar.

Bogotá boasts an incredible night life, with an international bar scene, gourmet restaurants and many nightclubs which regularly attract international DJs.

The city is the starting point for many travellers on their journey through Colombia. The El Dorado airport is the largest in the country and offers flights to and from Europe with Lufthansa, Avianca, Iberia and Air France,  connections to the USA with American Airlines, Continental, LAN, Avianca, JetBlue & Spirit and connections to the rest of Latin America with Avianca, LAN, TACA, TAM, Aerogal and Copa Colombia.

We recommend you to book a hotel in the colonial town of La Candelaria. The Candelaria is the heart of the city’s oldest neighborhood. Chorro de Quevedo perched at the top of La Candelaria is the place where the city was founded. In recent years, numerous hotels have been built in old colonial style houses and art deco buildings.

La Candelaria is also home to the outstanding Museum of Fernando Botero. One of the most important art collections in Latin America. The nearby Plaza Santander is where the impressive gold museum is found, this has been beautifully refurbished and offers not only a fascinating insight into the history of the Colombia, but also a glimpse into primitive metallurgy.

Of course we also organize modern hotels in the north if that is your travelling style. With or without airport transfers.

Bogotá features in most of our Colombia trips, if you are just passing through then be sure to make the most of your time there. At the very least go to the top of Monserrate by cable car, funicular or footpath and take in the incredible views of the city.

Gastronauts should consider a visit to the quirky restaurant “Andres Carne de Res”. The old restaurant is found in the suburb of Chía, or it has a new sister restaurant in the Zona Rosa. A comical, boozy and perfectly Colombian night awaits you.

Business travel

Bogotá is also Colombia’s principal destination for business travellers. We are happy to organise hotels in Bogotá’s business districts for you and to arrange secure airport transfers and car services. We hope that you will also have a chance to see the city if you are lucky enough to have some downtime.

Programme

Bogotá offers numerous sightseeing opportunities, we’d recommend a city tour around La Candelaria, the imposing Plaza Bolívar and the capital’s most important museums. Following the walking tour a trip to El Cerro de Monserrate to take in the view of the city. Traditional Colombian dining options are available both in the old town and atop Monserrate. A city tour takes from 5 hours to a whole day.

For the visitor with an interest in architecture and Colombia’s recent violent history we can offer a city tour with an architectural bent. The post-modern and art deco infill willingly tell tales of more turbulent times during the Bogotazo and the ensuing Violencia. The casual visitor is unlikely to know that Le Corbusier left his thumbprint all over Bogotá with his masterplan for reconstruction and his work with Rogelio Salmona.

Also high on your list of must visit places is Bogotá’s Botanical Garden, a tranquil haven betwixt the grey of the city that replicates all of Colombia’s many climates and plant habitats

In the vicinity of Bogotá we also offer a broad selection of day trips, for example the Sacred Laguna of Guatavita, a spectacular lake nestled in a lanscape that resembles a volcanic crater. Nearby the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá, a huge cathedral built within a former salt mine. Want to know more about the salt mines? Then a visit to the spectacular Salt Mines of Nemocón must surely be on your itinerary too.

For nature lovers we recommend a trip to the Cloud Forest of Chicaque, a nature park just beyond Bogotá’s Soacha district, an ideal place for a light to moderate trek or horse riding. Or visit one of the local Andean Páramo landscapes in either Sumapaz or Chingaza, both of which can be visited in one day from your base in Bogotá.

For the adventure traveller, river rafting, rappel and paragliding are also available within the vicinity of Bogotá, or perhaps you would like to brush up your rock climbing skills at an indoor wall before heading on to more challenging climbs elsewhere in Colombia. If you are a solo traveller, we organise active hikes each and every Sunday offering you the chance to not only get to know some of Cundinamarca’s most impressive landscapes but also to meet like-minded people.

For those interested in knowing where their morning cup of coffee starts life, nearby Fusagasuga is home to one of Colombia’s finest coffee haciendas, it is a wonderfully preserved working coffee farm where you will receive an introduction to the world of coffee cultivation

Prefer to take things a little easier? Then check out the thermal baths at Choachí, or add the thermal baths on to the end of a hike to the country’s highest waterfall in the Choachí valley

Still awake after all that? Then ask us to take you on a nightlife tour in the centre, the north or the Chapinero district

Please use our contact form and let us know exactly what you want to see. We can organize your stay in Bogotá for you any which way you like. The possibilities are virtually unlimited.