Price
$2420
+ flight to Bogota and back home
Duration
16 days

What you get

Main cities
Wild life, volcano, islands
All transportation
including 5 flights
Guiding
Professional tour leader - traveler
Breakfasts
and all food in some parks
Accommodation
15 nights
Physical grade
Level 4 (demanding) out of 5

Adventures in Colombia. Petroglyphs, whales, and Purace volcano

We travel to lost places that have only recently been opened to foreigners.

  • See sculptures of lost civilizations of the pre-Columbian era and rock paintings in the deep jungle of Guaviar
  • Watch whales and sloths on Gorgona Island, formerly Colombia's high-profile prison
  • Walk along the banks of the world's most colorful Caño Cristales river
  • Conquer the Purace volcano at 4800 meters above sea level
  • Meet the Indians who recently fought with the government
  • Explore colonial cities of Bogora, Cali and Popayan

Trip code
CLAD
Adventures in Colombia. Petroglyphs, whales, and Purace volcano

The price of the trip includes:

  1. All accommodation;
  2. 5 domestic flights;
  3. All transportation;
  4. All breakfasts;
  5. Food during our stay in national parks;
  6. Tickets to all national parks and other places of interest mentioned in the itinerary;
  7. Local guides in national parks;
  8. Professional guiding services.

What is NOT included:

  1. Flight to Bogota and back home. (Let us know if you need help finding the best deals);
  2. Insurance (mandatoty);
  3. Food (if not mentioned above) ($30 per day).

Departures

2021
Price
Book
28 July, Wed 12 August, Thu
$ 2420
Individual Tour
You can choose your date

Day 1 - 3

Evening in Bogota La Macarena National Park Caimans, monkeys, anteaters, birds Jungle waterfalls

We begin our small group trip to Colombia in Bogota, the capital of Colombia and check into a hotel in the center. We will have dinner at the hotel or in the Zona Rosa area enjoying fresh fish and shrimp ceviche, potato and chicken ahiyako soup, and bandeha paisa - rice with beans and several types of meat.

In the morning we fly to La Macarena National Park by a small plane (an hour and a half flight). We check into a bungalow in the park. The most famous place here is the Caño Cristales River, which is also called the liquid rainbow because of the colored algae. The spectacle is mesmerizing!

We will also travel by boat on the Guayabero River and walk along its former bed. We will see caimans, several species of monkeys, anteaters, rare species of birds and dozens of kinds of orchids. Also, a walk to the beautiful jungle waterfalls awaits us where we will swim in the natural pools.

Day 4 - 7

Walks in Bogota Museum of gold Rock paintings in San Jose de Guaviar River dolphins, sloths

We fly to Bogota, and check into a hotel. Time to explore the city, founded by the Spanish colonizers in the 16th century. We enjoy the beautiful architecture, and observe the local life. The most famous Museum of gold is also worth a visit, as it contains thousands of gold items from the pre-Columbian era.

The next day we fly to San Jose de Guaviar, where we will continue our group trip to Colombia. Here we will see unique rock paintings left by people who lived here 10-12 thousand years ago! Interestingly, these places were opened to foreigners only in 2016. Prior to that, the region was controlled by Marxist militants who fought with the government.

In the jungle of Guaviar, we will also see unique animals - river dolphins - common and pink, caimans, monkeys and many birds, and if we are lucky - nocturnal cats and sloths. On the last day we return to Bogota (night bus trip of 8-9 hours), and after lunch fly to Pitalito.

Day 8 - 9

San Agustin National Park Ancient sculptures and tombs Waterfalls Popayan city Hot springs

Our guided tour to Colombia takes us to the San Agustin National Park (1 hour on the way). This is one of the most mysterious places in Latin America. This mountain forest boasts more than six hundred ancient sculptures created about two thousand years ago. The civilization that left them disappeared even before the conquest of these lands by the Incas, leaving no written evidence. Scientists have never been able to determine the purpose of these sculptures. After all, out of 50 square kilometers, only a tiny part has been excavated and explored...

In the park, we will also visit the plateau of idols with ancient tombs, waterfalls, and observation decks. We will spend the night in Popayan (2 hours on the way). It is a colonial city founded in 1537 by the Spanish conquistadors. We will spend the day in this pleasant town and visit the hot springs of Termales de Coconuco.

Day 10 - 12

Purace volcano The city of Cali Colonial architecture Salsa

We wake up early to conquer the Purace volcano which stands 4646 meters above sea level. Jeeps will take us to an altitude of 3500 meters. Then we will walk along the lava field. Over the past hundred years, Purase has erupted a record ten times and died down in 1977. The views are mesmerizing! We admire the 14 craters and a jungle covered with haze under our feet. The snow usually awaits us at the top of the volcano! In the evening we hike down to the jeeps and return to the hotel.

We continue our guided tour to Colombia and leave for Cali (4 hours on the way) - the “capital” of Southern Colombia, the birthplace of the world famous dance - salsa. We will spend two nights and one day here enjoying the relaxed atmosphere, dancing, cathedrals, restaurants and clubs. Do not forget about the local cuisine - let`s try the sweet fruits of the “peach” palm tree chontaduro, juice from the exotic fruit lulo and sugar cane, and carne a la yanera - pork shoulder fried over an open fire.

Day 13 - 16

Guapi town Gorgona island Humpback and blue whales, turtles Sloths, monkeys, venomous frogs Diving

We fly to Guapi (30 minutes) - a sleepy town on the Pacific coast. From here, expeditions to Gorgona Island start (about 2 hours by speedboat). Until 1984, the island served as a prison for two thousand of Colombia's most dangerous criminals. Now it is a nature reserve with a research center and a small hotel in which we will live.

We will meet with humpback and blue whales, which in August come to these places from the cold waters of Antarctica to give birth. Adult whales reach 12-18 meters in length and weigh up to 40 tons! We will also see whale sharks and turtles and walk around the island, meeting monkeys, sloths and reptiles. The latter include, for example, the world's most venomous frogs. Local Indians used their mucus to lubricate arrows. Those who wish can go diving.

On the 15th day, we return to Guapi and fly to Bogota via Cali. Our group trip to Colombia has come to an end. Thank you for exploring with us!

Tour leader

Yevgeniy Ikhelzon
co-founder, tour leader

Is this trip for you?

The trip is very active, of demanding physical grade. It consists of long hiking, city walks, short domestic flights and off-road journeys. Includes many rides along mountain serpentines (up to 12-13 hours) on rented and public transport. Accommodation in double/twin rooms of 3-4 star hotels, and big rooms of houses with basic amenities in national parks. There will be no mobile coverage and no hot water for about half the days of the trip. The trip also involves a short stay at the top of the volcano (4646 meters above sea level), which can cause a slight attack of altitude sickness.

Visa

Citizens of most countries do not need a visa to enter Colombia.

Citizens of the countries who do need a visa should apply in the embassy before the trip.

We provide free visa consulting for our clients.

Additional options

Мобильный интернет в Колумбии
Price: + $10
Сим-карта местного мобильного оператора с пакетом интернета 3G 1GB

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