Colombia & Venezuela Tour
The Zona Cafetera, Colombia’s Coffee Triangle, consists of three departments; Pereira, Manizales, and Armenia. It lies in the country’s southwest which now supports a well-trodden tourist trail between luxury lodges and coffee farm tours. Most farms look out on lush slopes, interspersed with banana plants and bamboo-like guadua forests. Many will also arrange hiking and horseriding in the surrounds, and make an ideal base to explore the region’s many attractions.
This tour begins in Bogota, the vibrant capital city, known for its colonial architecture. Journey into Colombia’s coffee region and visit coffee farms and Parque de Nacional de Café, a theme park dedicated to coffee. To the north-west, is the ancient walled city of Cartagena on the warm Caribbean coast. Nearby, Tayrona National Park has some of South America’s most beautiful beaches. Wildlife includes Howler Monkeys, Iguanas, parrots and even the occasional jaguar.
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Start in Bogotá, capital of Colombia, located at an altitude of 2,600m. Its privileged location results in an enjoyable spring weather and beautiful flowers year round. Spend your day exploring the ancient quarters, with grand houses of profound Spanish influence, churches and museums.
Continue to Cartagena, once a jewel in the Spanish crown. Included in the UNESCO World Heritage list, Cartagena’s history is evident by just walking through its alleys and streets. The cultural wealth resulting from the mix of races, its architectural beauty, the sea and the warm evening wind make Cartagena one of the most fascinating towns in the Caribbean.
Next to Canaima National Park, a location of unsurpassed splendour – home of the highest waterfall in the world, the Angel Falls, more than 15 times higher than Niagara Falls, spectacular flat-topped mountain plateaus, known as 'tepuis', and grand, surging rivers.
End your adventure at the Los Roques Archipelago National Park, created to protect the exceptional beauty of its coral reefs, mangroves, and seagrass beds. Located in Caracas, it is the largest marine park in the Caribbean Sea. Here, the warm sparking water and dazzling corals will let you unwind after your expedition into the wild interior, or there are many options to further explore the many exciting islands nearby.
Colombia’s biggest international airport is Bogatá’s Aeropuerto Internacional El Dorado. Direct services from Europe to Bogotá are offered by Iberia (Madrid and Barcelona), Air France/KLM (Paris), Avianca (Barcelona and Paris) and Lufthansa (Frankfurt). Avianca also operates flights from Madrid to Cali and Medellín. In South and Central America, Lan links Bogotá with major Latin American cities.
By boat from Brazil, Peru and Panama: From the Amazon region it’s possible to cross to or from Colombia into Manaus, Brazil, and Iquitos, Peru, by taking a riverboat.
Colombia and Venezuela
Bogota, Cartagena, Caracas, Canaima and Los Roques National Parks
(12 Days – Travel Any Day)
Day 01 – Arrive
Bogotá Meet and greet at El Dorado airport in Bogotá and transfer to your hotel.
Overnight at Grand House.
Day 02 – City Highlights Tour
Bogotá Enjoy a half day visit to La Candelaria (Old Bogota), a lively section of the city that features small shops and ancient churches. Highlights include The Plaza de Bolivar, The Bogota Cathedral and the fabulous Museo Botero, which houses famous works by Monet, Renoir and Picasso. Your afternoon is free to explore the many tiny shops and a visit to The Gold Museum is recommended.
Overnight at Grand House (B)
Day 03 – Transfer
Cartagena This morning you’ll fly north-east across the country to the ancient walled city of Cartagena, on the Caribbean coast. Meet and greet at the airport and transfer to your hotel.
Enjoy a half-day visit to the city’s Colonial district, starting in Parque Bolívar. Visit the Museo del Oro, which exhibits pre Hispanic objects, the Palace of the Inquisition and end in the Ramparts and the Museo de Las Fortificaciones.
Overnight at Charleston Cartagena Hotel Santa Teresa (B)
Day 04 – City Highlights Tour
Cartagena Begin the day with a stunning panoramic view of the city from the monastery and church of La Popa. Built in 1606, it is perched on the area’s only major elevation and was formerly called “La Popa del Galeón”, for its incredible resemblance to the stern of a galleon. Visit the fortress of San Felipe de Barajas, built on the San Lázaro hill in order to defend the city from
pirate attacks. Continue later to the old town to visit the convent of San Pedro Claver and the artisan centre in Las Bóvedas.
Overnight at Charleston Cartagena Hotel Santa Teresa (B)
Day 05 – Transfer
Caracas After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport for your flight to Caracas, the capital of Venezuela, connecting back through Bogota. Meet and greet at the airport and transfer to your hotel.
Overnight in Caracus (B)
Day 06 – View Dramatic Scenery
Canaima National Park Transfer to the airport and depart to Canaima National Park, home to the world’s highest waterfall, the legendary Angel Falls. After checking into your lodge we’ll take an afternoon cruise along the tannin-coloured Canaima Lagoon, one of the most popular destinations in Venezuela which is fed by six stunning waterfalls. Few places on the planet have scenery as dramatic as this with towering table-top mountains and water crashing in every direction.
Overnight in Canaima NP (B, L, D)
Day 07 – View Angel Falls
Canaima National Park Free day for individual activities. Visits to the base of the Angel Falls, to Isla Orquídea, Kavak or Salto El Sapo are recommended.
Overnight in Canaima NP (B)
Day 08 – At Leisure.
Los Roques National Park Enjoy the morning at your leisure. We recommend a flight over the spectacular Angel Falls.
Later, return to Canaima and depart for Los Roques through a series of connecting flights through Puerto Ordaz and Caracas. This is where you’ll discover the Los Roques Archipelago National Park, an exceptionally beautiful natural area and the largest marine park in the Caribbean. Meet and greet at the airport to transfer to your posada.
Overnight in Los Roques NP (B, D)
Days 09, 10 & 11 – Explore
Los Roques National Park Enjoy a full-day of excursions to neighbouring islands (Madrisquí and Francisquí). Trips to other islands in the archipelago or sports activities such as diving, snorkelling and windsurf can be organized locally.
Overnight in Los Roques NP (B)
Day 12 – Depart
Caracas This morning fly back to Caracas in plenty of time to connect with your ongoing flight. (B)
The true price is customised based on final choice of hotels, travel dates, and other custom preferences. All prices exclude international flights.
Price Includes: hotels, airport transfers and transportation within the country, unique experiences guided by local experts and 24X7 support during your trip.
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Overview Most of Columbia is an unknown territory and some of the Columbians. Although there is mist and mystery about Columbia, it is without a doubt, a dramatically beautiful country with diverse terrain and weather. It is the only country in South America to border the Pacific and the Caribbean, Colombia offers a huge range of ecosystems, from the Amazon rainforest near Leticia to the snowcapped mountains of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta and the tropical islands of San Andrés and Providencia.
Where to go Colombia’s three major cities; Bogotá, Medellín and Cali are cosmopolitan in nature, with a vibrant cultural scene and festive nightlife. But it is the small towns scattered throughout the country that are more interesting. Colombia’s coffee-growing region, the Zona Cafetera, offers breathtaking walks in the foothills where the bean is grown, accommodation in authentic fincas (coffee farms) and excellent trekking.
In the West, the Andes Mountains extend into the country in three ranges running north-south. In the southeast are the grassy prairies, the jungles and the rainforests of the Amazon. The country’s jungles also hide wondrous archaeological treasures, like the ancient city of La Cuida Perdida and the monuments, tombs and burial mounds at San Augustin and Tierrodentro.
In the centre of the country lies its capital Bogotá; the city blends Colombian tradition with Spanish colonial influences. A major drawcard for tourists is the Spanish colonial port of Cartagena with its spectacular walled old town, a medieval wonderland of palaces, monasteries, plazas and overhanging balconies. Historical landmarks include the Capitol Municipal Palace and the Plaza Bolivar cathedral; Santa Marta’s modern hotels and white beaches. The two are also great bases for a five-day trek to the archaeological ruins of La Ciudad Perdida, the Lost City.
Almost un-Colombian in their feel, the remote Caribbean islands of San Andrés and Providencia both offer great diving, crystal-clear waters and – particularly in Providencia’s case – a unique Raizal culture.
When to go December through March is Colombia’s high season with plenty of sunny days; ideal for exploring the country’s charming towns and cities, the coffee district, and relaxing on the beach. April brings sporadic rain but persistent rainfall is very unusual. Remember, Easter is a popular time for regional tourism.
July and August brings a short dry season and a good time to visit Colombia. September onwards, tourism begins to decline but it can still be a good time to visit as dry weather can still be enjoyed, and the advantage of off-peak travel should not be overlooked.
Visas British nationals can enter Colombia for up to 90 days as a visitor without a visa at the discretion of the Colombian Immigration Officer on arrival. You may need to provide evidence of return or onward travel. Check the latest entry requirements with the Colombian Consulate General in London before you travel.
If you enter Colombia by land from either Ecuador or Venezuela, make sure you have your passport stamped by the immigration authorities. Failure to do so may result in a fine on departure. If the immigration office on the border is closed, seek help at the nearest office of Migración Colombia.
Passport validity: Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Colombia.
Visa information source: www.gov.uk