La Guajira Adventure
La Guajira is a Colombian department on the Caribbean Sea, bordering Venezuela and encompassing most of the Guajira Peninsula. It extends beyond the spotless beaches, where cacti dominate its desert landscape. Few companies with strong ties to the indigenous Wayuu people make the long journey to bleak Punta Gallinas and the neighbouring Taroa Dunes, to the north. Capital city Riohacha with a palm-lined waterfront and beaches serves as the gateway for adventure tourism in the region.
Begin with a tour of Bogota’s architectural and cultural sights. Then travel to La Guajira, in the far northeast Caribbean coast. Here you will discover stunning lakes jammed with Pink Flamingos, sand dunes, deserted beaches and a stunning sea. Continue your way to Tayrona National Park, famous for its deep bays, beautiful coconut tree shaded beaches and coral reefs. Then visit the ancient walled city of Cartagena, bursting with character, colonial architecture and history.
TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 12-DAY LA GUAJIRA ADVENTURE…
And, experience a ‘sunset’ of pink flamingos as they fly en-masse.
After exploring the architectural and cultural sights of the capital, Bogota, you’re off to the far north east Caribbean coast, up to the northernmost tip of South America.
Here you will discover stunning lakes jammed with Pink Flamingos, sand dunes, deserted beaches and a stunning sea. A visit here is all about the discovery of the indigenous Wayuu culture, its traditions, living and gastronomy. Calm, peace and a starry sky are the order of the day...the only thing that rushes is the wind which whistles constantly.
Continue your way around the country to Tayrona National Park, famous for its deep bays, beautiful coconut tree shaded beaches and coral reefs. Here you will lodge in ‘Ecohabs’, Tayrona Indian style, huts to really feel at one with your surroundings.
Before returning to Bogota, we’ll take you to the ancient walled city of Cartagena, fortified against pirates by the Spanish and bursting with character and history.
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.
La Guajira Adventure
Riohacha, Tayrona National Park, Cartagena
(12 Days – Travel Any Day)
Day 01 – Arrive
Bogotá Meet and greet at El Dorado airport in Bogotá and transfer to the hotel.
Overnight at Grand House.
Day 02 – City Highlights Tour
Bogotá We’ll start the day with a guided tour around Bogota’s old town, La Candelaria. Explore Plaza Bolívar and various sites of historical and political significance For art lovers the Museo Botero houses works by, Picasso, Renoir, Dalí, Matisse, Monet and Giacometti.
The afternoon is yours to explore the city as you wish. Of particular interest is the Gold Museum.
Overnight at Grand House (B)
Day 03 – Transfer
Riohacha Transfer to the airport and depart by flight to Riohacha, once an important pearling port on the narrow bay of Boca de Camarón, Enjoy an afternoon visit to the flora and fauna sanctuary of Los Flamencos. This is the ideal place for getting to know the colourful Wayúu culture and for watching flamingos and other exotic tropical birds. In the evening, huge numbers of flamingos take off at once creating the illusion of an early pink sunset.
Overnight at Hotel Arimaca (B, L, D)
Day 04 – Visit Salt Pools
Cabo de la Vela You will today embark on a 60km road trip to visit the salt marshes of Manaure to see the enormous, pastel shaded salt pools. Continue on to Uribia, the most northern city in South America, to visit the artisan centre and admire the skilled weaving of beautiful hammocks and bags.
Travel along a dirt road that runs parallel to the railway used to transport coal from the mines to the port of Bolívar- beyond the railway, the road goes into the desert sporadically interrupted by cacti and Wayuu housing. Arrive in Cabo de La Vela and check-in to a simple hostel. This afternoon visit Playa Pilón de Azúcar where the blue sea breaks onto wild golden beaches. From the top of the Pilón, admire the spectacular panoramic view: the sea and sand on one side, the salt marshes on the other.
Overnight at Rancheria Utta o Pantu (B, L, D)
Day 05 – At Leisure
Riohacha Enjoy a free morning for beach activities.
Overnight at Hotel Arimaca (B, L)
Day 06 & 07 – Explore
Tayrona National Park Today take a three hour transfer to Tayrona National Park. Arrival and lodging in Ecohabs- Tayrona Indian style huts. Enjoy two days at leisure and relax on the beach or join one of the optional excursions.
Overnight at Hacienda Anacaona (B)
Day 08 – Transfer
Cartagena Today take the four to five hour car transfer to Cartagena. On arrival check-in to you hotel. Overnight at La Passion (B)
Day 09 to 11 – City Highlights Tour
Cartagena Begin your day with a panoramic view of the city from the monastery and church of La Popa. Built in 1606, it is perched on the area’s only important 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 to the old town to visit the convent of San Pedro Claver and the artisan centre in Las Bóvedas. Enjoy a free afternoon for individual activities.
Free days for individual activities. An excursion to the Archipiélago del Rosario is recommended.
Overnight at La Passion (B)
Day 12 – Depart
Bogotá This morning transfer to the airport for your flight to Bogotá. (B)
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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