Bogotá to Cartagena - A Historical Adventure


Bogotá to Cartagena - A Historical Adventure


12 Days / 11 Nights

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Colombia is one of the undiscovered gems of natural beauty in the world. From its Amazonian jungle regions to its incredibly untouched Andean regions, to the stunning deserts, the country is a fascinating place to get off the beaten track and get back to nature. Stunning waterfalls and crystal waters, rolling valleys and rivers and the ancient history of El Dorado, all combine to astound you. The impressive archaeological parks will take you back in time to ancient pre- columbine civilizations and where the country’s history comes back to life. This historical adventure will take you to some of the lesser-visited destinations on a Colombian tour!

Special features of  12 day Bogota to Cartagena- A Historical Adventure : 

Type of Tourism:  Nature, History, Culture, Adventure, Archaeology

Places to Visit:  Bogota, San Agustin, Popayan, Cartagena.

Duration:  12 Days and 11 Nights. 

Type of Service: group tours. 

Accommodation:  3 star hotels and lodges at every destination that you will visit. These hotels had been carefully chosen and we can guarantee that you will feel comfortable and your every need catered for! 


Today you will arrive to The El Dorado airport in Bogotá. Your driver will be waiting to collect you and take you to the hotel.

    Today, we will head out on a half-day visit to the historical centre of Bogota, also known as La Candelaria. This historical suburb is of great significance to the country ́ due to its cultural heritage and its stunning Spanish colonial architecture. The city’s main Plaza is the Plaza de Bolivar, where the statue of Simon Bolivar is found.  The plaza was originally used for civil and military purposes The Cathedral found on the eastern side of the plaza is constructed on the same spot where the  first-ever  churc...

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      Today we will leave Bogotá, passing through the towns of Tocancipá and Gachancipá, to reach the legendary Guatavita Lake. The lake is located within the reserve of Cacique Guatavita and Cuchilla de Peñas Blancas. This forest steeped in mystery was inhabited by the Muisca people, and we can observe a great variety of flora and fauna native to high - altitude Andean woodlands. Birdlife includes hummingbirds, hawks and blackbirds flying between the different native trees, such as Mano de Oso, Uvos de Monte an...

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        After breakfast, we will head to the local airport for our flight to Neiva, then on to the town of Villa Vieja to the Paleontology Museum. We will then continue through the impressive Tatacoa Desert formed by years of erosion. We will arrive at our final destination of San Agustín, appreciating along the way, the extensive floodplains of the Magdalena River valley.

          After breakfast, we will head to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of The San Agustín Archeological Park. Here we can see the enormous stone statues and the impressive raised plateaus, specifically built to observe the stone monuments and passing over sacred grounds. We will walk on to the ceremonial Fuente de Lavapatas before heading up the hill to the Lavapatas terrace, with its remarkable views over the surrounding countryside. We will also visit the small museum. In the afternoon, we will head to the wonderful Colombian massi...

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            Today we will head out to the rural town of Isnos to see some more Archaeological Parks such as the Alto de Los Ídolos and the Alto de Las Piedras. Here, some well-preserved tombs still show some of the original paintwork and some of the largest stone figures found to this day. Along the way, we can see breathtaking views of the Macizo Colombiano and the incredible waterfalls of The Salto del Mortiño and The Salto de Bordones. We will then visit La Chaquira, on the edge of a river canyon, combining a beautiful geographi...

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              After breakfast, we will drive to Popayán, the capital of the department of Cauca. The spectacular scenery will accompany us on the journey, with the Andean mountains and high-altitude plains.

                Today we will visit the historical centre of Popayan founded in 1537. All around the Parque Caldas, we can appreciate the main religious and government buildings, as well as the Torre del Reloj, considered one of the main sites of the city. We will then head towards the Puente de Humilladero, built in 1873 to allow access from the city centre to El Callejón, the Iglesia de Santo Domingo, a baroque style church designed by the Spanish architect Antonio García, the Iglesia de San Francisco, considered the most beautiful b...

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                  After breakfast, we will go to the local airport for our flight to Cartagena vía Bogota.

                    Today, we will head to Cartagena's colonial district, starting in The Parque Bolívar, which is surrounded by large trees, four impressive fountains and a statue of El Libertador as the centrepiece. Around the square, the Gold Museum exhibits pre-Hispanic objects, and the Palace of the Inquisition, with its impressive baroque entrance. This building housed the prison and torture chambers for the alleged opponents of the Catholic Church. The visit continues to the Santo Domingo church and the cathedral to end at the Museo de Las...

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                      Free day for your chosen activities. We recommend a visit to the Archipiélago del Rosario.

                        Today is our final day and after breakfast, we will head to the airport for our flight to Bogotá, then your onward destination, marking the end of this historic journey!

                          WHAT'S INCLUDED

                          • Daily breakfast & meals listed in the itinerary
                          • Private transfers & excursions with English speaking guide, except the services in pool.
                          • Accommodation in 3* and 4* properties.

                          WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

                          • Extra expenses not indicated in description.
                          • Internal Flights
                          • Airport Tax
                          • Tips and gratuities.
                          • Medical Insurance

                          Trip Preparation & FAQS

                          You can check our safety protocols in the following link:

                          We do not include travel or health insurance and we strongly recommend a comprehensive travel insurance for any unexpected circumstances. This is not obligatory, however. An full travel insurance policy that covers cancellations and delays as well as medical insurance.

                          We suggest that you speak with your doctor to ensure that you are up-to-date with the recommended vaccinations when traveling to the destination.

                          We suggest that you speak with your doctor to ensure what medications you will need to bring to the destination. Pharmacies and drugstores are common in all cities, however, it is not certain that you will be able to find a specific drug that you can find in your country of origin.

                          As in any city in the world, there can be pickpockets in crowded places. We suggest being vigilant at all times, but if you are in a group you will always be safer.

                          We do not include the cost of any domestic or international flight in any of our programs. These services must be booked independently by each guest.

                          Yes, hotels will charge the cost of a double room as standard, so a single supplement will be charged if you are traveling alone.

                          VA Expeditions is supported by Valencia Travel, a company with more than 12 years of foundation with a solid financial position. We have insurance from the insurance company La Positiva, that supports us and protects our guests from any eventuality at the destination, covering our guests for more than 5 million US dollars.

                          Each trip is customizable, but there may be additional restrictions and expenses in each case. We suggest contacting your sales representative for more information.

                          Yes, in addition to multi-day programs, we offer half-day experiences and excursions without overnight, which you can purchase as additional services. In case you wish to purchase one of these services, you can ask your guide, the transfer representative or your sales representative to provide you with the support you need.

                          Yes, you can add additional or optional services to your regular tour. We appreciate contacting your sales representative for any changes you wish to make.

                          Yes, you can travel with children and we have many activities to do as a family, however, depending on your itinerary, some experiences can be a bit demanding for young children. As a recommendation, we suggest that you ask your sales consultant if the tour you wish to book is suitable for children.

                          We work with a maximum group size of 12 passengers for sustainability reasons and a more personaized experience.

                          We suggest making your reservations at least one month before your trip in order to reserve the best hotels, transportation and services for your travel dates, however, in last minute cases, we can reserve up to 15 days in advance.

                          We suggest consulting with your embassy to review any documents, tests or special visa you need for your trip.

                          The official currency in Colombia is the Colombian peso (COP). In large cities there is a good chance that you will find ATMs or ATMs, however, we suggest that you do not rely entirely on this solution, as it may not be enabled to work with your bank.

                          Yes, we cater for all special dietary requirements. Please let us know at the time of booking if you have any allergies or special dietary needs.

                          As a sustainable travel company, we are in constant search of how we can improve the sustainability of our operations, that is why we carry out the following activities to generate a fair and sustainable development in our areas of operation: We are now in the process to get the certification of Travel Life to be more sustainable.  Travel Life is an internationally recognized, GSTC-Global Sustainable Tourism Council accredited training, management & certification program in sustainability in tourism. Travelife is a three-stage certification program for tour operators and travel agents: (1) Travelife Engaged; (2) Travelife Partner and (3) Travelife Certified. We are at stage 1 – Travelife Engaged. We are working to move forward to stage 2 - Travelife Partner.

                          We have implemented different practices to be more sustainable, please find attached our sustainability Policy to know some of them.

                          We promote activities like visits to social and environmental projects.

                          Some experiences that we offer include a donation to support local communities.

                          We decided to stop including single use plastic bottles in our transfers and excursions. We are now suggesting our clients to bring their own bottle of water, or we can include a bottle of water with a filter since it is not always possible to drink water from the tap in Colombia. When passengers arrive we share a list with the places they can refill the bottle according to the itinerary they have.


                          Tips are not included in the cost of the tour. You should plan to tip 10% in restaurants and for your guided services, however, tipping is never required.

                          Cultural norms vary within each Latin American country, even within each city within the country, however, we recommend the following measures to have a pleasant visit in each destination: Latin American culture in general tends to be closer and more informal than in others cultures, so there is usually always a friendly approach in all conversations, and going directly to the point could be considered offensive to some people. Personal space can be much shorter as well, but without being interpreted as sexual in nature.  The schedules are also usually more relaxed and informal, however, this is not the case of VA EXPEDITIONS, since we will always respect the hours indicated in your itinerary. This may be different for other appointments that you can book on your own at other locations.

                          This depends on each itinerary, and will be indicated in the detail of the day. However, our itineraries always usually include free times to offer more flexibility to our guests. 

                          For any emergency, we appreciate contacting the following number: +57 316 694 8013

                          At VA Expeditions we believe that every action we take should generate a positive impact on the communities and the environment of our entire production chain, which is why we carry out various activities focused on this objective. For an example of our sustainable projects, visit the following link:

                          All our guests have 24/7 support for any type of emergency or eventuality. For emergencies you can contact the following number: +57 316 694 8013. For general inquiries, you can write to us at the following email: 

                          This depends on each itinerary, but generally is a ratio of one guide for every nine guests.

                          This depends on the type of the type of Travel insurance that the passenger has. We recommend that you have a comprehensive travel insurance policy for better care and hospital facilities.

                          The tours are carried out by an expert team that has determined the optimal times of visits to make the most of our guests' time, without rushing. All our programs are customizable, so if at any time at the destination you want to adjust the pace of the trip, you can ask your guide to reach a consensus with the whole group in case you need to make adjustments to the pace of the trip.

                          Each trip is customizable, but there may be additional restrictions and expenses in each case. We suggest contacting your sales representative for more information.

                          Yes, you can safely store any luggage at your hotel.

                          For city tours, there are public bathrooms available, in remote destinations bathroom facilities are more sparse.

                          In the mountains and remote places there is no Internet connection. Hotels and public places usually have WIFI available.

                          In cities and tourist centers you will have good telephone reception. In remote areas, there may be no cell phone reception.

                          It depends on each itinerary, we suggest you ask your travel advisor for the specific information of your program.

                          We decided to stop including single use plastic bottles in our transfers and excursions. We are now suggesting our clients to bring their own bottle of water, or we can include a bottle of water with a filter since it is not always possible to drink water from the tap in Colombia. When passengers arrive we share a list with the places they can refill the bottle according to the itinerary they have.

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