Andes Bogota, Villa de Leyva, Barichara & Medellin 9 Days

Bogota, Santander & Medellin Cultural Experience

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On this journey, you’ll experience the traditions and culture of four provinces: Cundinamarca, Boyacá, Santander and Antioquia. The trip begins in Bogotá, with a day dedicated to discovering local food, art and history. After exploring the capital, you’ll travel north, into the Andes and its “pueblos”, or towns, where you’ll meet the locals and access authentic, hands-on cultural experiences. Your next destination, Medellín, is the country’s most modern city, and you’ll finish your trip in the breathtaking coastal city Cartagena where stories, culture and history abound.

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All about the Bogota, Santander & Medellin Cultural Experience.

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Explore Bogotá and surroundings, including the fabulous legend of El Dorado
  • Explore the villages of Villa de Leyva and Barichara
  • Discover Medellín, a vibrant and fascinating city
  • Visit the colorful town of Guatape and climb the Peñol Rock
The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • Accommodation in Comfort hotels
  • English-language guides at each destination
  • All entrance fees
  • Meals as mentioned (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
  • All private ground transportation
What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Internal flights
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Any other non-mentioned item
  • Alcoholic drinks
  1. Day 1 Reception in Bogotá.

    Upon arrival in Bogotá, your guide will be waiting for you to facilitate your transfer to the hotel.

    Comfort Hotel, BH Bicentenario.

    http://www.bhhoteles.com/es/hoteles

  2. Day 2 Bogotá walking tour at the old quarter of la Candelaria and transfer to Villa de Leyva

    In the morning, we’ll have a walking tour through the heart of Bogotá’s old quarter, known as La Candelaria, with numerous restored, 300-year old homes and public buildings. Our tour passes through Plaza Bolívar, San Francisco Church, the lively pedestrian street Calle 11 (known for its countless family-owned local restaurants) and, time permitting, the 17th-century Santa Clara Convent.

    The day’s highlight is a visit to the world-renown Gold Museum, which houses over 33,400 gold pieces from Colombia’s pre-Hispanic cultures. Here, we will learn about how gold was once used for political and social purposes, in myths, offerings and finally, the metallurgical techniques used to work with gold. This is only an introduction to the cultural history around the gold of pre-Hispanic cultures as well as the Spanish’s lust for this precious metal, following the 1502 landing party led by Vasco Nunez de Balboa. After visiting the Gold Museum, we head to the north of Bogotá and make our way to Villa de Leyva (a 3-hour drive). Once in Villa de Leyva, we will check in at the hotel. (B)

    Comfort Hotel, Posada de San Antonio.

    https://www.hotellaposadadesanantonio.com/

  3. Day 3 Villa de Leyva, fossil museum, Infiernito and Terracota House

    This colonial village is strategically located in the desert of La Candelaria and its quaint cobblestone streets and white-washed houses provides a warm welcome to visitors. The main plaza is possibly one of the largest in South America and was once a preferred location by Spanish troops for parades and demonstrations. A visit to Villa de Leyva’s fossil museum provides insight on how the village was created, developed and decorated with thousands of fossils from the surrounding valley. From there, we will visit Infiernito, a site where the first inhabitants of the region used to adore the sun as their god and the earth as the mother of life. The Spaniards considered this place an abomination and thereby named the place El Infiernito (the little hell). Here, several phallic stones where placed into the ground and used in rituals to fertilize the land and are strategically located to accurately mark the winter and summer solstices.

    After Infiernito, we’ll continue to the Terracota House. Built in situ, this huge house took over 10 years to complete and is now considered as an art work. Stroll through its corridors and take in the views from its balconies. This place is sure to give you novel ideas for any changes to interior décor back home. (B)

    Comfort Hotel, Posada de San Antonio.

    https://www.hotellaposadadesanantonio.com/

  4. Day 4 Raquira Pottery work shop and transfer to Barichara

    The day begins with a visit to Raquira, a town famous for its clay handcrafts, where you will get to meet Mr. Guillermo Lozano, a master potter that has traveled the world teaching ancestral techniques used to make unique figurines. Learn the basics to make your very own sculpture during a hands-on experience. From here, we’ll continue on to Barichara where we will check into the hotel upon arrival. (B)

    Comfort Hotel, La Nube Posada

    http://lanubeposada.com/home/

  5. Day 5 Hike to the royal Road of Guane and Architecture tour in Barichara.

    This morning, we’ll hike through a six-mile stone trail originally built by the indigenous Guanes and later by the infamous Geo von Lengerke. This is one of the most scenic roads belonging to a network of thoroughfares used during the colonial era. Enjoy the scenic views of the Suárez Canyon, numerous exotic bird species and rural farm life.

    In the afternoon, we’ll go for a stroll through Barichara, starting at a park near our hotel with a stunning view of the Suárez River in the distance. As we wander through the historical streets, we’ll make our way to a family-run paper factory and observe the papermaking process which uses local plant fiber to create a finished product. We’ll come across three types of traditional architecture the town is famous for, including: rammed earth (tapia pisada), mud and cane (bahareque), and mud adobe brick. We will also visit the elaborately made Cathedral of Barichara, notable for its architecture in yellowstone from the Santander region. (B)

    Comfort Hotel, La Nube Posada

    http://lanubeposada.com/home/

  6. Day 6 Juan Curi Waterfalls, Chicamocha cable car and transfer to Bucaramanga

    In the morning, we’ll leave the hotel and go to the Juan Curi waterfalls, located in a small nature reserve. A 2.5-mile forest hike will take us along a limestone river path to a refreshing pool at the base of a waterfall. Along the hike, you’ll enjoy the sight of butterflies, hummingbirds and other bird species. We will then continue to the Chicamocha Gorge, the second largest canyon in the world, where we’ll cross the canyon in a cable car with an incredible view. We’ll end our day at the hotel In Bucaramanga. (B)

    Premium Hotel, Club Campestre Bucaramanga

    http://www.campestrebucaramanga.com/hotel/

  7. Day 7 Transfer out to Medellín and city highlights.

    In the morning, we will take you to the Bucaramanga airport for your flight to Medellín.

    Once you arrive in Medellín we’ll be waiting to take you to your hotel and will continue with the city tour after checking in. Through a gradual process of transformation that relied on the engagement of each citizen, Medellín has become a remarkably inclusive city. On our tour, you’ll witness the transformative power of art, enjoy the urban graffiti art of the comunas, typical and innovative street food throughout the city, and massive sculptures by Fernando Botero. (B)

    Comfort Hotel, Poblado Alejandria

    https://www.pobladohoteles.com/hotel-poblado-alejandria-en-Medellín/

  8. Day 8 Visit to the town of Guatape

    As we leave the city through the Andes mountains, a huge rock will loom overhead. If you’re up for the challenge, climb up the 637 steps to reach the top of the rock and take in the incredible view. Make your way back and explore the town of the “Zocalos” – Guatape has special decorations made on the base of the facades of all the houses of the place, and every single one has a different meaning. (B)

    Comfort Hotel, Poblado Alejandria

    https://www.pobladohoteles.com/hotel-poblado-alejandria-en-Medellín/

  9. Day 9 Leave Colombia

    Today, at the scheduled time, we will transfer you to the airport for your international flight. (B)

  • hiking shoes
  • swimwear
  • rain jacket
  • water bottle
  • sunblock
  • sun hat
  • Insect repellent
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