Colombia’s Political history is well versed around the world however what is less well known is the incredible diversity of nature and wildlife that lives within the countries borders. On this trip you will be immersed into a world of steaming jungles, sweet scented mountain flowers and dazzling bird life living the good life on the Caribbean coast. Your Amazon adventure will be spent exploring the jungle as well as meeting and learning form the local Mocagua Community. Canopy walkways, river trips and a stunning lodge all help make this a real Amazon adventure. You will then get to explore the sleepy cobbled streets of Cartagena before descending into the ancient Tayrona National park, between the mountains and the Caribbean, where nature surrounds you and the forest covered hills wait to be discovered.
Day 1: Upon arrival into Bogota airport you will be met my one of our representatives and transferred to your hotel for the evening.
Day 2: There is only one way to get the most out of exploring Bogota and that is by bike. You will explore the La Candelaria, the most beautiful part of this vibrant city, including streets lined with stunning old colonial buildings, The Plaza de Bolivar and some of the most beautifully constructed churches to be found in Latin America. (B)
Day 3: It is time to fly deep into he Amazon jungle and to the frontier town of Leticia. Once you have settled into your hotel you will be met for a walking tour of this fascinating town , starting with the Museo Etnográfico to learn about the indigenous cultures of the region, before enjoying the city’s parks, handicrafts shops and a taste of a local brew of “chuchuhuaza”, an Amazonian aphrodisiac drink made from an endemic species of tree.(B/D)
Day 4: Head further into the jungle as you take a 30 minute boat trip to the Calanoa lodge. After you have settled into your jungle retreat, you will take a walk to the Mocagua community. The lodge has a strong relationship with the village and their people and it will give you a wonderful understanding of how people still live and thrive in the rain forest today. After lunch embark on a hike through the jungle where your guide will point out all the weird and wonderful things that call the Amazon home. At the end of the hike you will return to the lodge by canoe, riding along the Matamata stream which marks the border with the Amacayacu Natural National Park. (B/L/D)
Day 5: Today you will take a trip along the Amazon River. You will start the day in the human world with a visit to Puerto Nariño, the second largest town in the department of Amazonas after Leticia. The town is considered to be the cradle of the Amazon given its unequalled natural & cultural setting. The afternoon will then be spent int he natural world as you travel up river to Tarapoto Lake where it might be possible to see a great deal of interesting species including the grey and pink river dolphins.(B/L/D)
Day 6: From The canopy to the Caribbean. Today is a day that will test your senses as you will go from the deep Amazon Jungle to the incredible streets of old town Cartagena. After your last morning exploring around the lodge you will head back tot he airport for your flight to Cartagena. As you enter the old town from the airport you will feel like you have stepped into a different world. Sumptuous colonial buildings and a riot of colour fill the small streets, taking you back to a different time.(B)
Day 7: Today you will travel about 20 minutes to ¨La Boquilla¨, a small fishing village just outside of Cartagena where you will be able to experience the local culture of Cartagena not often seen by other tourists. Take a canoe trip through the mangrove ecosystem which is one of the most remarkable natural environments around Cartagena due to its rich fauna and diversity of vegetation. You will then have a chance to explore the little village of La Boquilla before heading back to Cartagena where you will have the afternoon free to explore on your own. (B/L)
Day 8: Today is free for you to walk lazily through the stunning old town, explore the Isla De Rosarios, or simply spend the day relaxing, its totally up to you. (B)
Day 9: After saying goodbye to the charms of Cartagena you will be transferred to the awe inspiring Tayraona National Park. Tayrona National Park covers almost 12,000 hectares of land and 3000 hectares of sea and with the scenery varying from sandy beaches to rain forest covered hills. Along with 56 endangered species that call the park home, this really is It is s truly stunning area for you to explore 56 endangered species call the park home, but most stay out of sight, deep within the forest. (B)
Days 10-12: Free Days for you to enjoy this incredible area of Colombia. (B)
Day 13: It is time to say goodbye to his wonderful country as you are driven back to Santa Marta Airport in time for your return flight to Bogota. (B)
Prices from: £1500 per person
Services included: hotels on shared room basis, meals, transfers and activities as mentioned, entry fees, English speaking guide.
Services not included: flights, drinks, tips and personal expenses.
This is a suggested itinerary. Dates, stops & activities are all flexible.
Best Time To Travel
Best time to visit: Dec - Mar
Colombia’s proximity to the equator keeps regional temperatures stable throughout the year, around 24°C (75°F) along the coast and 7–17°C (45–63°F) as you move higher inland. However, rainfall does vary with the seasons. In the Andean region there are two dry and two wet seasons per year, and the driest months, being from December to March and July to August. In low-lying areas, especially southern Colombia, rainfall is more constant but showers never last very long