Bogota – Cartagena Adventure
We travel north from the capital city to Colombia’s northern coast in this final stage of our epic Andes Overland 72-day adventure! Bring warm clothes, and sunscreen too!
Over the next 13 days we’ll explore Bogota (the 4th largest city in Latin America), and then picturesque villages, colonial towns, a national park, valleys, farms, canyons, Caribbean white sand paradises, and finally the tropical city of Cartagena!
Note: Optional excursions are listed in bold. Full information on these can be found here. Optional Excursions
- Arrival Bogota / Day 1
- On the first day, after a flawless arrival in Bogota, we meet our fellow travelers and tour guide at the hotel (17:00pm). After a full briefing and questions, we get a good night's rest.
- Bogotá / Day 2
- We awake in Bogota, high on an Andean plateau. The sprawling metropolis has two main areas of interest for the tourist: the narrow colonial streets and official buildings of the Candelaria district, and the more upscale north, with shopping, restaurants and nightlife. As you'd expect, there is a lot to see! (Optional excursion: City Tour Bogota)
- Bogota - Villa de Leyva / Day 3
- Now for one of the oldest towns in all of Colombia, seemingly frozen in time: Villa de Leyva, full of history, vintage architecture and bohemian ambience. The main square, and most surrounding streets, are still cobbled with stones, and more beautiful than ever. A natural panorama complements the urban scene.
- Villa de Leyva / Day 4
- Today you can spend the day at leisure. You can, for example, get to know the town, walk around, enjoy the beautiful architecture and discover the surroundings of the place. Another good way to do so is by means of the mountain bike trip we offer as optional excursion. Of course you can also explore the city by foot! Tonight we sleep another night here in Villa de Leyva before we continue our trip. (Optional excursion: Mountain Bike Tour)
- Villa de Leyva - Barichara / Day 5
- We travel to Barichara, an even smaller colonial town where you're likely to be the only tourists. You can rest in preparation for tomorrow's activity, soaking in the provincial atmosphere.
- Barichara / Day 6
- Our second day in Barichara is best spent hiking (at the pace of your choice) the wonderful areas along the Camino Real (Royal Path). The trail leads from the upper plains down into a valley towards the village of Guane. Through forest and farmlands, our guide can regale us with tales of old, and maybe translate some conversations with the people we meet along the way. There is a mystic quality to the rich texture of the landscape, at times reminding travelers of Frodo's journeys in the Shire. After hiking for approximately 3 hours, we arrive at Guane, right on the edge of the forest, where time really stands still. We'll say no more for now! (Optional excursion: Camino Real Hike)
- Barichara - Bucaramanga / Day 7
- Onwards on bus to Bucaramanga, capital of the region of Santander. En route to the bustling city we can pass through the Chicomocha National Park, where Colombia's largest canyon is viewable via aerial tram. After a stunning hike, we continue to the big city, where the specialities are textiles and shoes. (Optional excursion: Chicamocha National Park)
- Bucaramanga - Santa Marta / Day 8
- After breakfast, we head to Santa Marta, a small beach town on the Caribbean coast. The journey takes most of the day, but you will be spoilt by the views! Tonight's rest will be the perfect prelude for tomorrow's treats.
- Tayrona Park / Day 9
- Waking to the sound and smell of the ocean, our first and only plan for the day is the stunning Tayrona National Park. Its white sand beaches, palm trees and crystal clear water paint a true picture of paradise. The most beautiful beaches of all are at Cabo San Juan, after an enjoyable hike along the coast. Here we relax in hammocks, and even spend the night in one!
- Tyrona Park - Santa Marta / Day 10
- The first thing on your mind will be a morning dip in the sea, and the second will be an exotic Caribbean breakfast. Pleasant weather will accompany us back to Santa Marta, where we spend the night.
- Santa Marta - Cartagena / Day 11
- Heading just a little south towards our final destination, Cartagena, we take it easy, as the climate and people of the region expect and sometimes demand! This coastal city's colonial walled inner city and fortress were designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is certainly one of Colombia's highlights.
- Cartagena / Day 12
- Our full day in Cartagena is either yours to explore at leisure, or the stage for our guided city tour. It's far more interesting to have a local explain everything, than to read a guide book! (Optional excursion: City Tour Cartagena)
- The end! / Day 13
- It's the end of the epic Andes Overland journey for everybody, whether you joined us in Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, or Colombia! Your memories are the eternal souvenirs. Have a safe trip home!
- 1. English Speaking local guide thoughout the journey
- 2. All public Bus tickets
- 3. Accommodation based on double rooms including breakfast
- 4. Spending the night in a hammock in Tayrona National Park
- 1. Not mentioned meals, personal expenses, extras and tips
- 2. Additional service or optional excursions
- 3. International flight tickets