Arrival in Bogotá, welcome by the bilingual travel guide and transfer to a pleasant and well located hotel. Three -3- nights including American breakfast.
We begin with a walk to Bogotá's main square, the Plaza de Bolívar and the government buildings around it, before entering the nearby "Candelaria" old town, the colonial centre of the city. We follow this with visits to San Francisco church and to the world-famous Museo del Oro (closed on Mondays), which contains more than 30.000 pre-Columbian gold artifacts. We end with a trip by cable car to the summit of Monserrate hill, Bogotá's best-known landmark, with a wonderful view of the whole city and the savannah beyond.
Early morning departure from Bogotá northwards. After 2 hours, we arrive at one of the most significant national monuments in Colombia: the "Boyacá Bridge". On this bridge Simón Bolívar won his most decisive battle against Spanish settlers. We will visit to Ráquira, a village of quaint and colorful small houses, famous for its pottery and ceramics. Arrival to Villa de Leyva, we will visit the main square and enjoy the magic of this beautiful preserved colonial town. Return to Bogotá
Morning flight Bogotá–Armenia. On arrival, transfer to a coffee-growing farm located near Armenia. Two nights including breakfast. In the afternoon visit of a special coffee growing farm which includes a technical and practical introduction about the whole coffee cultivation and production process and a visit of the botanical garden with its impressive butterfly raising.
After breakfast trip to the Cocora Valley. With breathtaking landscapes which will be explored by a horse riding or walking trip this is one of the most beautiful places in Colombia. Here we will find the impressive "Palma de Cera", the Colombian national tree and one of the tallest varieties of palm in the world. On the way back to Armenia visit to Salento, picturesque village of the coffee culture.
After breakfast, flight to Neiva via Bogotá. Then an 5 hour overland journey along the Magdalena river to San Agustín. In the countryside surrounding this pleasant rural village can be found some of the most important archeological remains in the whole continent. On arrival in San Agustín, around noon, transfer to a medium-class central hotel. Two nights including American breakfast.
After breakfast, visit of "San Agustín Archaeological Park", to Mesitas A – B – C and D, the "Fuente Ceremonial de Lavapatas" and the "Archaeological Museum". Around noon, trip to the nearby village of San José de Isnos which also includes the spectacular landscapes surrounding the "Salto del Mortiño" waterfall. Towards the end of the afternoon, return trip to San Agustín. Time to rest and explore the village.
Morning horseback ride to "El Tablón" and "La Chaquira" archaeological sites, or, alternatively, a trip to the nearby straits of the Magadalena, the narrowest point the river passes through. Followed by overland return trip to Neiva and flight to Bogotá.
-All transfers and transportation in good, well-equipped vehicles: automobiles, vans or buses
-Lodging including breakfasts
-Local bilingual travel guide
-All other services mentioned in the program: walks, excursions and meals
-High interest information material
SERVICES NOT INCLUDED:
-Domestic flights within Colombia
-Personal expenses and tips
-Services not mentioned in the program