Colombia Archaeology Tour

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Colombia Archaeology Tour

San Agustín is a small town in the Colombian southwestern Andes Mountains. It’s known for the nearby archaeological site with hundreds of large volcanic rock stone figures and tombs, in the Valley of the Statues. The statues in the park are in situ, though some have been set up on end and fenced. Of particular interest are the carved rocks in and around the Lavapatas Springs, where ceremonial waters run through the reptilian shaped carved channels. 

On this holiday to Columbia, experience the diverse colonial architecture found in the urban areas, to the eroded rock formations and petrified molluscs of the inhospitable Tatacoa Desert. In the Upper Magdalena, lies San Agustín, one of Latin America’s ancient archaeological sites. Continue to the colonial city of Cartagena, known for its cultural wealth and architectural beauty. It’s especially liked for its warm evening see breeze, making it the most fascinating towns in the Caribbean.

TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 10-DAY COLOMBIA ARCHAEOLOGY ADVENTURE…
And, experience cultural history that dates back to almost 5,000 years. 
 

What We Love
  • Compare the architectural and treasures of two fabulous cities, Bogota, and Cartagena
  • Explore areas of archaeological interest including two World Heritage parks.
  • At Tatacoa Desert, see the bright red iron-stained and sun baked sand in the evening when the lighting is particularly beautiful and the area is swarming with interesting species of birds.
  • Travel any day – shorten or lengthen the tour to suite your wishes.
  • 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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In the Alto Magdalena, lies one of the UNESCO World Heritage gems. It belongs to a civilization of mystical and enigmatic sculptors who used volcanic rock to develop their art and silence and the mind to immortalize their work.

Approximately 5.000 years ago, one of Latin America’s most ancient cultures rose in this location. Its exact name is unknown and San Agustín derives from the archbishop of Popayán, Agustín de la Coruña, who regularly travelled to Timana crossing the area that now is the archaeological park.

The Agustinians were born sculptors: they sculpted enormous statues on sacred ground, imposing and silent monuments five tones in weight and 1 to 4 meters in height. Here are the tombs of their ancestors, protected by the legendary sculptures, huge monoliths that represent a diversity of figures: pumas, serpents and eagles devouring serpents. The neatness of the details stubbornly preserved through time is striking. In the same region is the Tatacoa desert, formerly inhabited by the Totoyoe and Doche Indians, it is a favourite habitat for wolves, vipers, spiders and bats.

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.

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 Archaeology Tour Colombia

Colombia Archaeology

Bogota , Tatacoa Desert, San Agustín, Cartagena
(10 Days – Travel Any Day)


Day 01 – Arrive
Bogota Arrive at El Dorado airport in Bogotá by intercontinental flight. Reception and transfer to the hotel.
Overnight at Grand House.

Day 02 – City Highlights Tour
Bogota Enjoy a half day visit to the historic centre known as La Candelaria. Explore the central area and a variety of places of interest including the fabulous Museo Botero which houses works donated by the artist Fernando Botero including works by Picasso, Renoir, Dalí, Matisse, Monet and Giacometti.

Your afternoon is free to explore at your own leisure. Many people find a visit to the Gold Museum to be of particular interest.
Overnight at Grand House (B)

Day 03 – Transfer & Tour
San Agustin Transfer to the airport for your flight to Neiva.
Visit to the Tatacoa Desert formerly inhabited by the Totoyoe and Doche Indians, now a favourite habitat for wolves, vipers, spiders and bats. The semi arid area extends from the middle of the fertile valley to the banks of the Magdalena River. The climate is hot and dry and the temperature is around 27 degrees. It is populated by eroded rock formations and a great variety of cactus and red earth in the area known as “Cuzco”. In “Los Hoyos”, the landscape changes and the rocks transform into yellow sand dunes. In the middle of this region eroded by the wind, it is frequent to come across petrified mollusks. A wonder for geologists and paleontologists. Later, private transfer to San Agustín.
Overnight at Hacienda Anacaona (B, D)

Day 04 – City Highlights Tour
San Agustín Take a morning visit to the San Agustín archaeological park and explore the various attractions to investigate the history of the region. Enjoy an afternoon visit to the strait of the Magdalena River and a walk around the small town centre of San Agustín.
Overnight at Hacienda Anacaona (B, D)

Day 05 – The Surrounds
San Agustín Today a full day tour of two UNESCO World Heritage listed parks: Alto de los Idolos and Alto de las Piedras. Explore the majestic landscape of the Colombian Massif and the spectacular waterfalls of Mortino and Salto de Bardones.
Overnight at Hacienda Anacaona (B, D)

Day 06 – Transfer
Cartagena Private transfer to Neiva airport for your flight to Cartagena with a changeover in the Bogotá airport.
Overnight at La Passion (B)

Day 07 – City Highlights Tour
Cartagena Enjoy a half-day visit to the city’s colonial district, starting in Parque Bolívar. Explore the square, the Museo del Oro, which exhibits pre Hispanic objects, and the Palace of the Inquisition, recognizable from its baroque entrance door. The meetings of the tribunal took place in the palace, and it housed the prison and torture chambers for the alleged opponents of the Catholic Church. Take time to experience the Santo Domingo church and cathedral before ending in the Ramparts and the Museo de Las Fortificaciones. The afternoon is free for you to enjoy at your own leisure.
Overnight at La Passion (B)

Days 08 & 09 – The Surrounds
Cartagena Enjoy a free day for individual activities. AwimAway recommend an excursion to the Archipiélago del Rosario.
Overnight at La Passion (B)

Day 10 – Depart
Bogota Private transfer to the airport for your flight to Bogotá and onward flight. (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.

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  • 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