Colombia Amazon Tour

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Colombia Amazon Tour

Amacayacu National Park is located along the Amazon River in the south of Colombia. It lies up the Amazon River from Leticia, one of the major ports on the Amazon River and gateway into the Amazon rainforest. Amacayacu is home to over 450 bird species, as well as river dolphins, otters and the Amazonian manatee. Local guides run off the beaten track jungle tours to places such as ‘Mico Island’, with hundreds of monkeys.

Begin this tour with a comprehensive tour Bogota’s old town, full of cobblestone streets and centuries-old houses. Transfer to Leticia in the south and travel 60km by boat on the Amazon River to explore the Amacayacu National Park. Next to the remote Gorgona Island in the Pacific Ocean that accepts only 80 visitors at any one time. Then take a cultural tour of Cali and fly north to Cartagena on the warm Caribbean coast.

TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 13-DAY COLOMBIA AMAZON TOUR…
And, experience watching Humpback Whales with their newborns.
 

What We Love
  • Cruise on the legendary Amazon River to Monkey Island – home to hundreds of Frayle Monkeys.
  • Explore Gorgona Island to see the Humpback Whales with their newborn between August and October.
  • Discover the ancient walled city of Cartagena on the warm Caribbean coast.
  • All touring is flexible and can be customised to incorporate special interests.
  • This tour is designed to provide maximum outdoor experience.
What to Know
  • This is a relaxed tour but may require walking on rough surfaces.  
  • We carefully select the world's best boutique tour companies in each destination.
  • We offer 24/7 support to give you complete peace of mind during your holiday.
  • We strongly recommend that you take travel insurance for this holiday.

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South America is known for its rich diversity of exotic wildlife and this special holiday in Colombia introduces some of its hidden treasures. After taking some time to explore the capital, Bogota’s old town, you will fly down to Colombia’s most southern town, Leticia, to make your way into the fabled Amazon. Here, in Amacayacu National Park you will see creatures such as river dolphins, caimans and hundreds of monkeys.

The second National Park is even more remote. It is actually a small Pacific island just off Columbia’s west coast. The Gorgona National Park is noted for its large number of endemic species resulting from its isolation from the Americas and can only take 80 visitors at any one time. Be warned that there are snakes on this island which is why you would always be accompanied by a guide when away from a beach to keep you completely safe.

Finally you will leave one ocean for another as you cross the country to arrive in the ancient walled city of Cartagena on the warm Caribbean coast. Here you can enjoy the diverse architecture and relax on the beach.

Getting There

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 Amazon Tour Colombia

Colombia Nature

Bogota, Cartagena, Cali, Amacayacu and Gorgona National Park
(13 Days – Travel Any Day)


Day 01 – Arrive
Bogotá Meet and greet at El Dorado airport in Bogotá and private transfer to your hotel of choice.
Overnight at Hotel Charleston Bogotá.

Day 02 – City Highlights Tour
Bogotá Today you will visit the lively neighbourhood section of the city known as ‘La Candelaria’. The many places of interest include Museo Botero, which houses works donated by the artist Fernando Botero including masterpieces by Picasso, Monet, Matisse, Renoir, Dalí and Giacometti. There is much more to see in your free afternoon including the justly popular Gold Museum.
Overnight at Hotel Charleston Bogotá (B)

Day 03 – Transfer
Leticia Private transfer to the airport for your flight to Leticia, Columbia’s southernmost town. Arrive and then transfer to the port for departure by fast boat to the park. Check-in to the Amacayacu National Park and enjoy the afternoon to explore the hotel and area at your own leisure.
Overnight at Heliconia Reserva Natural (B)

Day 04 – Amacayacu National Park
Leticia This morning depart on a fast boat going up-river on the Amazon until you reach Isla de Los Micos (Monkey Island), passing the Indian communities of Vergel, La Macedonia and Santa Sofía.  A 20 minute walk on the island will allow you to observe monkeys of the Frayle species and lead you to a visit with the Yagua community. Return to the lodge, and experience the hospitality of the Santa Sofía community.
Overnight at Heliconia Reserva Natural (B)

Day 05 – Transfer
Cali Depart on a fast boat to Leticia and transfer to the airport for your flight to Cali connecting through Bogotá. Arrive in the evening at Cali and transfer to the hotel.
Overnight at Hotel Casa del Alférez (B)

Day 06 – Transfer
Gorgona Island Private transfer to the airport for your flight to Guapi. On arrival, transfer to the dock for a boat trip (1.5hrs)  to the island of Gorgona on Columbia’s Pacific coast. A penal island until 1985, Gorgona is now a National Natural Reservation Park noted for a large number of endemic species resulting from its isolation from the Americas. Arrive and check-in to a simple lodge. Enjoy the remainder of the day to relax.
Overnight at Isla Gorgona (B, D)

Days 07 & 08 – Gorgona National Park
Gorgona Island Today is free for you to relax on the beach or to enjoy the optional excursions in the area.
Overnight at Isla Gorgona (B, D)

Day 09 – Transfer
Cali Take a morning departure by boat to Guapi and transfer to the airport. Depart to Cali by commercial flight. Arrival and transfer to the hotel.
Overnight at Hotel Casa del Alférez (B)

Day 10 – Transfer
Cartagena After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport and depart by flight to Cartagena. Upon arrival, transfer and hotel check-in.
Overnight stay. (B)

Day 11 – City Highlights Tour
Cartagena Enjoy a half-day visit to the city’s Colonial district, starting in Parque Bolívar, and ending in the Ramparts and the Museo de Las Fortificaciones. Enjoy the afternoon at your own leisure for individual activities.
Overnight stay. (B)

Day 12 – At Leisure
Cartagena Enjoy a free day for individual activities. AwimAway recommend an excursion to the Archipiélago del Rosario.
Overnight stay. (B)

Day 13 – Depart
Cartagena Private transfer to the airport for your flight to Bogotá. (B)
 

 

Recommended price

  • 5-star: From GBP 250 per person per day
  • 4-star: From GBP 200 per person per day
  • 3-star: From GBP 150 per person per day

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.

Make this your holiday

  • Exclusive Tour: your own private multilingual guide throughout the trip  
  • Price Guarantee: costing 25-30% less than similar tours of the same flexibility and quality
  • Tailor Made: customised itinerary to create your dream holiday
  • Duration: shorten or lengthen the tour to suit your wishes
  • Dates: depart and return whenever you choose
  • Hotels: change hotel grade to suit your budget
  • Group Discounts: call 020 8350 6199


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