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Company: Living Col S.A.S Activity: Travel Agency Tour Operator National Tourism Registry (RNT): 25978 Living Col S.A.S is a travel agency based in Ibague, capital of Tolima Department, focused in incoming tourism. We want to offer new and fascinating experiences which will satisfy the needs of travellers who want to get known to the people, regions and customs of Colombia. Our experience So far gained large experience in meeting the preference of travellers, designing new routes and great attention to customers who look for relax, adventure and learn about the world and cultures. What do we offer? Nature Destinations - Cultural Experiences - Capital Cities - Round Trips - Thematic Routes in all Colombia and the option to connect with more South American destinations. We are waiting to welcome you! More information abouts us and fact of Colombia in www.livingcol.com


Colombia

Country Information Connections Colombia offers 894 direct international flight conections weekly with 20 different airlines that sum about 129.380 available seats. The connections from Europe are Lufthansa, Air France and Iberia, from South America Lan, Avianca and Taca. North America has a large offer with low-cost and regular service airlines, Middle East and Asia connects mainly through Europe or North America. Travel Documents There is no nationality restriction to travel to Colombia, if you travel only for tourism, you may stay in the country for up to 90 days. A visa is required, except for some from countries that have a restriction need to apply for a tourist visa in the Colombian consulate. Health Vaccinations are not mandatory at present, but we recommend yellow fever vaccination in the lowlands of the Amazon as well as in rural areas below 800m.

...The world in one place

_____________________________ Geographically speaking, Colombia has a privileged location on the planet. First, is located in the tropics, the range of biodiversity for excellence in the world, on the other hand, is in the northern corner of South America, with two long coastlines. Also, the three montains ranges of the Andes that traverse nearly the whole country, makes it possible that in Colombia exists every floor heat from the super-hot at sea level, to the icy snowy peaks, coral reefs, rainforests, savannas, wetlands, cloud forests, deserts and more. Moreover, hundreds years of miscegenation had created a fascinating fusion of cultures, history, folclore to discover. _____________________________ THE ANDEN The high mountains of Colombia extend from north to south in the central and western part of the andes. Expect snow-capped mountains that watch over majestic plateaus and fertile valleys.

COFFEE ZONE The green mountains of the region are an ideal growing area for coffee plants which grow in lands between 1000-1700 meters. A stay at one of the many villas of coffee farmers is a very special experience. _____________________________ COASTAL REGION The Colombian Caribbean coast is a colorful mix of evergreen tropical rain forests in the South West, to the arid desserts in the northeast. The Rosario Islands with their beautiful beaches and a bright colorful underwater world and are particularly popular for divers. _____________________________ FLAT LANDS AND THE AMAZON Impenetrable rain forest in the southeast connects to the Amazon region Brasil and Peru. This continues north into a vast savannah area where red sunsets are beautiful.


COLOMBIA SPOTS | Bogota - Coffee Zone - Cartagena | 8 Days

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njoy Colombia highlight´s as Gold Museum, Coffee Cultural Landscape, Cocora Valley where the Wax Palms grow and feel the colorful historical Center of Cartagena and the blue beaches of Rosario Island. Day 1: Bogota Welcome to the Eldorado Airport. Accommodation at the selected hotel. The activities of this day may vary depending on the arrival. Day 2: Bogota Visit to the historic centre, La Candelaria, which boasts bustling plazas, churches and museums. Discover the remarkable collection of gleaming gold pre-Hispanic artefacts and precious stones at the Museo de Oro. Afternoon, journey north through the Sabana de Bogota and explore the amazing underground Cathedral of Zipaquira, which is carved out of salt. At the end of the visit return to the city. Day 3: Bogota - Armenia Transfer to the airport for the flight from Bogota to Armenia. Welcome to UNESCO Coffee Cultural Landscape. Visit a coffee hacienda Combia Inspiración to learn about the coffee-making process from harvesting to toasting, and the superior characteristics of Colombian coffee. Overnigth in a typical coffee farm in Salento. Day 4: Salento Transfer from Montenegro to Salento. One of the heritage towns of Colombia, walking tour aroung the town and then ride horse in the Cocora Valley, a really special ecosystem where the wax palms get until 60 meterls tall. Overnight in Salento. Day 5: One day as “Arriero“ Visit Parque de los Arrieros to enjoy feeling the lifestyle of the region. Overnight in Montenegro.

Day 6: Cartagena Transfer to the airport for flight connection to Cartagena. Situated in a bay in the Caribbean Sea, Cartagena has the most extensive fortifications in South America. In the afternoon, the tour begins in the Walled City to discover the charm of its streets and get involved in the history of American colonial history. Day 7: Cartagena Transfer to the Isla de Majagua, located in the National Park of Islas del Rosario to enjoy a day of blue beaches and nature. Overnight in Cartagena. Day 8: Farewell Transfer to Rafael Nunez International Airport to take the domestic flight to Bogota, to take the international flight. Services Included:

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National Flights in economic class Bogota - Armenia / Armenia - Cartagena with taxes Transfers Airport - Hotel - Accommodation in all of the cities Accomodation in mentionated cities during 7 Nights Meals: Half board. Breakfast and dinner. Transport mentionated (A combination of private and shared transportation) This tour includes local English-speaking guides in each city for sightseeing. Entries to Salt cathedral, museums and parks of the citytour. Activities: Coffee tour, horse riding, tour day in Rosario Island Local assistance card. Coverage USD 3.000

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CAPITAL CITIES |

Bogota - Medellin - Cartagena | 8 Days

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iscover the main cities of Colombia. First, visit Bogota, the biggest city of Colombia, then visit Medellin, reconized in 2012 as the most innovate city in the world and finally fall in love with impressive Cartagena, an Unesco Heritage site. Day 1: Bogota Welcome to the Eldorado Airport. Accommodation at the selected hotel. The activities of this day may vary depending on the arrival. Day 2: Bogota Visit to the historic centre, La Candelaria. Discover the remarkable collection of gleaming gold pre-Hispanic artefacts and precious stones at the Museo de Oro. Afternoon, journey north through the Sabana de Bogota and explore the amazing underground Cathedral of Zipaquira, which is carved out of salt. At the end of the visit we return to the city. Day 3: Bogota - Medellin Transfer to the airport for the flight from Bogota to Medellin. Reception at the airport and transfer to hotel and welcome to one of the most innovative cities in the world. Citytour around the spot as Botero Square, Spain Library, Paisa Little Town, various parks and close with a special dinner with tango dancing. Overnight in Medellin.

Fe de Antioquia is the region’s oldest settlement and it´s best preserved. Visit Sopetran and San Jeromimo, populations with large agricultural potential by mainly fruit: passion fruit, tamarind, mango, soursop are part of many. At the end of the visit we return to Medellin. Day 6: Cartagena Transfer to the airport for flight connection to Cartagena. In the afternoon, the tour begins in the Walled City to discover the charm of its streets and get involved in the history of American colonial history. Day 7: Cartagena Transfer to the Isla de Majagua, located in the National Park of Islas del Rosario to enjoy a day of blue beaches and nature. Overnight in Cartagena. Day 8: Farewell Transfer to Rafael Nunez International Airport to take the domestic flight to Bogota, to take the international flight.

Day 4: Guatape Transfer to Guatape. An artificial reserve that contains smalls islands and a big stone called “El Peñol“ Take a boat trip around the dam and a great panoramic view in a 20 minutes helicopter flight over the montains. At the end of the visit return to the city. Overnight in Medellin. Day 5: Santa fe de Antioquia Journey to south of Antioquia department.Set in valley near the banks of the Río Cauca, Santa

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SALSA & COFFEE | Roundtrip 10/15 Days

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circuit throught the icons of Colombia: Coffee and salsa dancing. Inmerse in the UNESCO Coffee Cultural Landscape, enjoy dancing in the best salsa clubs of Cali and other typical music as Cumbia in Cartagena.

Day 5: Cali Transfer to the airport for the flight from Bogota to Cali. Reception at the airport and transfer to hotel and welcome to Cali - the world capital of salsa - the beat is infectious and its time to go around and enjoy a citytour in Cali. Overnigh in Cali.

Day 1: Bogota Welcome to the Eldorado Airport. Accommodation at the selected hotel. The activities of this day may vary depending on the arrival. Overnight in Bogota.

Day 6: Dancing Salsa Lets meet the salsa experts that will guide and make enjoy the salsa feeling, learning all the basic and advanced steps to get ready to vist the most famous Salsa clubs at nights. Overnight in Cali.

Day 2: Bogota Visit to the historic centre, La Candelaria, which boasts bustling plazas, churches and museums. Visit the Plaza de Bolivarg, continue to the Museo Botero, a colonial house bursting with artworks from famous Colombian painter Fernando Botero as well as a number of other eminent artists such as Picasso, Monet and Matisse. Discover the remarkable collection of gleaming gold pre-Hispanic artefacts and precious stones at the Museo de Oro. Afternoon at leisure to explore the city further. Overnight in Bogota. Day 3: Zipaquira Journey north through the Sabana de Bogota, a high plateau peppered with greenhouses which are used for the cultivation of carnations and roses – an important part of the country’s thriving flower industry. Arrive in Zipaquira (approx. 1¼ hours), one of Colombia’s oldest cities, and explore the amazing underground Cathedral of Zipaquira, which is carved out of salt. In the night continue to the beautiful colonial town of Villa de Leyva (approx. 2 hours). Overnight in Villa de Leyva. Day 4: Villa de Leyva Visit Museo el Fósil, a museum built around the fossil of a 120 million-year old kronosaurus that was found in 1977. In the afternoon, continue to “El Infiernito”, the astronomical center of the Muisca culture and visit the Convento del Santo Ecce Homo, Jorney throught Bogotá. Overnight in Bogota.

Day 7: Cali - Armenia Journey through Armenia. Visit the area’s coffee plantations which blanket an endless panorama of emerald hills dotted with red heliconia flowers. Visit a coffee hacienda to learn about the coffee-making process from harvesting to toasting, and the superior characteristics of Colombian coffee. Afternoon at leisure. Overnigth in a typical coffee farm in Salento. Day 8: Cocora Valley Visit the stunning Valle de Cocora which is nestled in the central mountains of Quindio. This region is part of the Parque National de los Nevados and it is a fantastic spot to view the Quindian wax palm, Colombia’s national tree which can grow up to an amazing 60 metres tall. The valley is also renowned for its abundance of birdlife and you may see hummingbirds and the endangered palm parrot in the cloud forest. Overnight in Salento Day 9: Montenegro Visit Parque de los Arrieros to enjoy feeling the lifestyle of the region and also learn the typical dancing of this region, called Guabina and enjoy show of “trovas” a interesing representation of popular folclore of this region. Then, rafting in River Barragan and leasure at the coffe farm.


Bogota D.C | Coffee Cultural Landscape | Cali | Cartagena Day 10: Armenia - Cartagena Transfer to the airport for flight connection to Cartagena. Enjoy the spectacular panoramic views of the city and bustling port from the 17th Century Monasterio and Iglesia de La Popa which sits high in the hills and resembles the stern of a galleon. In the citytour visit the San Felipe Fortress which was originally built to protect the city from pirate attacks and it´s replete with tunnels, cannons and bastions. Continue to Ciudad Vieja, the Old City, to visit San Pedro Claver Convent before exploring Las Bovedas which is well-known for its handicrafts. Overnight in Cartagena. Day 11: Rosario Islands Transfer to the Isla del Encanto located in the National Park of Islas del Rosario in order to enjoy a day of blue beaches and nature. Day on the beach. Overnight in Cartagena. Day 12: Cartagena In the morning, take some lessons of Cumbia and typical music of the Caribbean region. Afternoon of leasure. In the night, enjoy a Chiva Party bus, a typical and colofull bus getting around the city, then get off in one of the historical center clubs. Overnight in Cartagena. Day 13: Cartagena Day of leasure to explore the beaches or visit Bovedas for shopping typical artcraft. Overnight in Cartagena. Day 14: Cartagena - Bogotá Transfer to Rafael Nunez International Airport to take the domestic flight to Bogota. Overnight in Bogota. Day 15: Farewall Transfer to ElDorado Airport to take the international flight.

Good to Know Services Included: An exceptional example of a sustainable and productive cultural landscape that is unique and • National Flights in economic class representative of a tradition that is a strong symBogota - Cali/ Armenia - Cartagena with bol for coffee growing areas worldwide - encomtaxes passes six farming landscapes, which include 18 • Transfers Airport - Hotel - Acomodation urban centres on the foothills of the western and in all the cities central ranges of the Cordillera de los Andes in • Accomodation in mentionated 14 Nights the west of the country. It reflects a centennial • Meals: Half board. Breakfast and Dintradition of coffee growing in small plots in the ners. One (1) lunch in Rosario Island high forest and the way farmers have adapted daytour. cultivation to difficult mountain conditions • Transport mentionated in shared transfers between cities. • This tour includes local English-speaking Location Highlights Temperature guides in each city for sightseeing. Bogota D.C Goldem 14 °C • Entries to coffee tour, arrieros park and Museum museums in Cartagena. • Activities: Salsa lessons, coffee tour, Cali Salsa Lessons 26 °C horse riding. Montenegro Coffee Tour 21 °C • Local assistance card. Coverage USD Salento Cocora Valley 20 °C 3.000 Cartagena Historical 30 °C Not Included: International Flight ticket to Center Colombia. 2% Bank Fee. Tips. Services not Check more facts in www.livingcol.com mentioned Individual Roundtrip, daily departures, from/to Bogota, minimum 2 Persons Group Roundtrip, daily departures, from/to Bogota, minimum 2 Persons [SALCOF] List of Accommodation Featured accommodation meets conditions of comfort of tourist standard. Bogota D.C: Casa Platypus Cali: Hotel La Casa Azul Montenegro: Finca Hotel La Tata Salento: Finca Hotel La Moraleja Cartagena: Arsenal Hotel Boutique Check hotels in www.livingcol.com

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COLOMBIA NATURAL | Roundtrip 21 Days

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iscover the increible diversity. A circuit throught the inmensity of the natural parks to relax, get in touch with nature, enjoy the privilege of feeling exotic beaches, andean forest, perpetual snow peaks, jungles and happiness.

herbaceous, aquatic birds and pink dolphins. From here, we will go by boat towards Zacambu Lakes, this part is located in the Amazon River in Peru.

Day 1: Bogota

Welcome to the Eldorado Airport. Accommodation. The activities of this day may vary depending on the arrival.

In the morning visit to Monserrate Hill to get a full view of Bogotá and also the National Museum. About 19:00 transfer to the bus terminal Salitre in Bogotá and gets the public bus en towards El CocTown in Boyaca Department. Overnight in the bus.

Day 2: Leticia - Towards the Amazon rainforest

Day 8: El Cocuy Town

Transfer to the airport for your flight from El Dorado to Leticia. The program in the jungle is focused on eco and ethno-tourism, designed to provide opportunities for knowledge, real adventure, cultural exchange and close contact with nature. Geographically this area represents the tri-border heart (Colombia - Peru - Brazil) of the Amazon rainforest.

Day 3: Puerto Nariño - Birdwatching

Walking tour to observe birds with an specialized guide. Walking in the jungle and visit the homes of indigenous tribe Huitoto maloka of the river Takana. Cultural Exchange where you will appreciate traditional food crops and indigenous architecture, observe or participate in the rituals of coca and tobacco. Hike and climb the jungle canopy, tree climbing platforms at 35 m height.

Day 4 - 5: Paddling down the Amazon River

Paddling through the Yahuarcaca river, there you can make the observation of floodplain forest, the famous Victoria Regia lotuses, other

Day 6: Leticia - Bogotá

Transfer to the airport to get the flight to Bogota. Free night to relax.

Day 7: Bogotá - El Cocuy Natural Park

El Cocuy National Park has been considered to be one of the best places to pass trekking routes in Latin America, with many peaks higher than 5000 meters. In this park you can find countless glaciers, rivers and lagunes of crystal clear water, and “frailejones”, a typical andine plant found at altitudes above 3000 meters. Arrival in El Cocuy early in the morning. Overnight in El Cocuy Park.

Day 9: El Cocuy National Natural Park

Beginning of an aclimatiazion trek to the route of the “Cuatro Cascadas” (four waterfalls), getting known to the mountains and trails. Overnight in El Cocuy Park.

Day 10: Trekking in Andes Mountains

This journey contains two parts: The horse-riding and the hike with 3 hours of ascent and 2 hours of descent, passing through a single trail surrounded by wounderful mountains, valleys between glaciers and wetlands. Arriving at the snow edge at 5.000 meters above the sea at the Púlpito del Diablo. Free time to enjoy the landscape views. Return to the cabins, time to rest with campfire and a hot drinks. Overnight in El Cocuy Park.


Trekking Andes Mountains | Caribbean Beaches | Amazon Jungle Day 11: El Cocuy - Bogota Day 20: Cartagena - Bogotá:

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During the day visit some of the Lakes around according to the physical condition. In the night transfer back to Bogota. Overnight in the Bus.

Transfer to Rafael Nunez International Airport to take the domestic flight to Bogota, to take the international flight.

Day 12: Bogota

Good to Know

Arrival to Bogota in the morning, free time and overnigh in Bogota.

Day 13: Bogota - Santa Marta Transfer to the airport to get flight connection to Santa Marta AV9774 at 11:35. Cultural and historical tour begins, visiting the Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, the monument of Carlos “El Pibe” Valderrama, Santa Marta Bay and transfer to the cabins. Overnight in Tayrona Park.

Day 14: Tayrona National Natural Park

Boat ride for ten minutes from Neguanje to Playa Cristal. The largest coral area of the Park is situated here, and you can snorkel to observe the coral reefs. The Seven Waves beach from which visitors can enjoy an amazing landscape. Overnight in Tayrona Park.

Day 15 - 17: Caribbean time

Explore the wonderful landscape. From there you get to nearby beaches and enjoy the beautiful bays. Overnight in Tayrona Park.

Day 18 - 19: Cartagena

Early in the morning land transfer to Cartagena. Situated in a bay in the Caribbean Sea, Cartagena has the most extensive fortifications in South America, therefore deserved to be Unesco Heritage. In the afternoon, the tour begins in the Walled City to discover the charm of its streets and get involved in the history of American colonial history, through the old center and monasteries, the Convento de la Popa, the Castillo de San Felipe, military fortress built by the Spanish in the colonial period.

Location

Altitude

Bogota D.C

2.600 m.a.s.l

14 °C

96 m.a.s.l

26 °C

Leticia El Cocuy

Temperature

3.800 m.a.s.l

14 °C

Santa Marta

6 m.a.s.l

27 °C

Tayrona Park

0 m.a.s.l

27 °C

Cartagena 10 m.a.s.l 30 °C Check more facts in www.livingcol.com Notes: For entering to Amazon, passengers must have the yellow fever vaccine and must be placed at least 10 days before the trip. Considering the trip goes to different weathers and ecosystems,for passager´s comfort the luggage is storage in the hotel in Bogota, so when the connection is placed you can pack again and just take the needed stuff according to the number of days you will stay in each place.

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National Flights in economic class Bogota - Leticia - Bogota / Bogota - Santa Marta / Cartagena - Bogota with taxes Transfers Airport - Hotel - Accommodation in all the cities Accomodation in mentioned places 19 nights Meals: Half board in Bogota and Cartagena and Full board in Leticia, El Cocuy Park and Tayrona Park. Transport mentioned (A combination of private and public transportation) Public transportation in El Cocuy and shared transfers between cities. This tour includes local English-speaking guides in each city for sightseeing. Entries to National Parks Activities: Birdwatching, canopy, trekking, Local assistance card. Coverage USD 3.000

Not Included: International Flight ticket to Colombia. 2% Bank Fee. Tips. Services not mentioned

Individual Roundtrip, daily departures, from/to Bogota, minimum 2 Persons Group Roundtrip, daily departures, from/to Bogota, minimum 8 Persons [COLNAT] List of Accommodation Bogota D.C: Casa Platypus Leticia: Reserva Natural Aguas Claras El Cocuy: Cabañas Guaicani Santa Marta. Posada Ecoturística Jasayma Cartagena: Arsenal Hotel Boutique Check hotels in www.livingcol.com

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COLOMBIA COLONIAL | Roundtrip 15 Days

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rom intriguing Spanish colonial towns, pre-Hispanic artefacts and fine museums to sun-kissed beaches, experience places that maintain their colonial splendor that seems like they have been frozen in time, plus interaction with local cultures and some extreme sports.

Day 1: Bogota

Welcome to the Eldorado Airport. Accommodation at the selected hotel. The activities of this day may vary depending on the arrival.

Day 2: Bogota

Visit to the historic centre, La Candelaria, which boasts bustling plazas, churches and museums. Visit the Plaza de Bolivar which has served as a marketplace, bullring and gallows over the years. Continue to the Museo Botero, a colonial house bursting with artworks from famous Colombian painter Fernando Botero as well as a number of other eminent artists such as Picasso, Monet and Matisse. Discover the remarkable collection of gleaming gold pre-Hispanic artefacts and precious stones at the Museo de Oro. Afternoon at leisure to explore the city further.

Day 3: Zipaquira

Journey north through the Sabana de Bogota, a high plateau peppered with greenhouses which are used for the cultivation of carnations and roses – an important part of the country’s thriving flower industry. Arrive in Zipaquira (approx. 1¼ hours), one of Colombia’s oldest cities, and explore the amazing underground Cathedral of Zipaquira, which is carved out of salt. In the night continue to the beautiful colonial town of Villa de Leyva (approx. 2 hours). Overnight in Villa de Leyva.

Day 4 - 5: Villa de Leyva

Visit Museo el Fósil, a museum built around

the fossil of a 120 million-year old kronosaurus that was found in 1977. In the afternoon, continue to “El Infiernito”, the astronomical center of the Muisca culture and visit the Convento del Santo Ecce Homo, which was founded by the Dominicans in 1620 and boasts an ethnography museum and pretty courtyard. Overnight in Villa de Leyva.

Day 6: Mongui - San Gil

Journey through San Gil, known as the Capital of Adventure Sports in Colombia. Arrive in Mongui (approx. 2¼ hours), one of Colombia’s heritage towns reconized by being located in the middle of beautiful “Paramo” and its production of soccer balls. Explore the old streets and churches. Then continue to San Gil (approx. 2 hours). Overnight in San Gil.

Day 7 - 8: San Gil

Visit Parque El Gallineral in the middle of the city and experience rafting in Fonce River during 1 hour. Continue to enjoy a beautiful waterfall of 200 meters high outside of town called Juan Curi, where is possible to swim. In the afternoon you can choose to flight in paragliding or practice speleology to discover inside the cave tunnels and interesting rock formations. Overnight in San Gil.

Day 9: Barichara

Journey through Barichara, called the “most beautiful little town“ in Colombia. A place built in one hundred per cent in stone, being a really photogenic landscape. Visit the main square, some churches and the ride bike through Guane, a small village full of peace and beutiful views. Then continue to Bucaramanga (approx. 3 hours). Overnight in Bucaramanga.

Day 10: Bucaramanga Cartagena

Transfer to the airport for the flight from Bucaramanga to Cartagena. Reception at the airport and transfer to hotel. Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore the city’s pretty plazas and narrow streets lined with colourful buildings. Overnight in Cartagena.


Heritage Charming Towns | Caribbean Beaches | Adventure Sites Day 11: Cartagena

Enjoy the spectacular panoramic views of the city and bustling port from the 17th Century Monasterio and Iglesia de La Popa which sits high in the hills and resembles the stern of a galleon. In the citytour visit the San Felipe Fortress which was originally built to protect the city from pirate attacks and is replete with tunnels, cannons and bastions. Continue to Ciudad Vieja, the Old City, to visit San Pedro Claver Convent before exploring Las Bovedas which is renowned for its handicrafts. Overnight in Cartagena.

Day 15: Cartagena - Bogotá

Transfer to Rafael Nunez International Airport to take the domestic flight to Bogota and get the international flight. Good to Know Most of the destinations in this route belong to the Heritage Towns Network, looking for magnify cultural past and memories of Colombian history.

Day 12: Mompox

Journey through Mompox (approx. 5¼ hours) The first 4 hours are by land shared transportation to the town of Magangué from where you will take a ferry to Mompox across the Magdalena river. Founded in 1540 on the banks of the River Magdalena, Mompox played a key role in the Spanish colonization of northern South America. From the 16th to the 19th century the city developed parallel to the river, with the main street acting as a dyke. The historic centre has preserved the harmony and unity of the urban landscape. Once in Mompox, visit Calle Real del Medio which is home to the town’s most beautiful manor houses from the colonial period. Overnight in Mompox.

Day 13: Cartagena

Visit the Cultural museum and the goldsmith workshops and continue a trip in a typical boat along the Magdalena River from where we can enjoy the surrounding flora and fauna of the reigon. Journey through Cartagena. Overnight in Cartagena.

Day 14 : Rosario Islands

Transfer to the Isla de Majagua, located in the National Park of Islas del Rosario to enjoy a day of blue beaches and nature. Overnight in Cartagena.

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Temperature

Bogota D.C

Location

1.538

14 °C

Villa de Leyva

1.541

26 °C

Mongui

1.555

13 °C

Barichara

1.702

20 °C

Mompox

1.540

31 °C

Cartagena 1.533 30 °C Check more facts in www.livingcol.com

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National Flights in economic class Bucaramanga - Cartagena / Cartagena Bogota with taxes • Transfers Airport - Hotel - Airport in Bogotá, Cartagena and Bucaramanga • Accomodation as mentioned 14 Nights • Meals: Half board (Breakfast and Dinners) Lunch included in Rosario Island Day • A/C transport between cities (A combination of shared and public transportation) Public transportation in Ferry in Mompox and shared transfers between cities. • This tour includes local English-speaking guides in each city for sightseeing. • Entries to Museums in Bogotá, Villa de Leyva and Cartagena. • Extreme activities in San Gil: Rafting, speleology and paragliding with transfers • Local assistance card. Coverage USD 3.000 Not Included: International Flight ticket to Colombia. 2% Bank Fee. Tips. Services not mentioned

Notes: Head to the coastal city of Cartagena and Mompox you’ll experience hot and humid conditions all year. Individual Roundtrip, daily departures, from/to Bogota, minimum 2 Persons Group Roundtrip, daily departures, from/to Bogota, minimum 2 Persons [COLCON] List of Accommodation Bogota D.C: Casa Platypus Villa de Leyva: Posada de San Antonio San Gil: Hotel Monchuelo Spa Bucaramanga: Hotel Chicamocha Mompox: Bioma Boutique Hotel Mompox Cartagena: Arsenal Hotel Boutique Check hotels in www.livingcol.com

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COLOMBIA MAGICAL | Roundtrip 15 Days

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circuit to live a unique festival in the world The Flowers Fair in Medellin, held once a year where the streets fulls with thousand of flowers made into art and then relax in exotic beaches of Pacific Coast, waterfalls, beautiful birds, taste exquisito sea food and enjoy the spectacular whales arrival to the bay.

Day 1: Bogota

Welcome to the Eldorado Airport. Accommodation. The activities of this day may vary depending on the arrival.

Day 2: Armenia

Transfer to the airport for the flight from Bogota to Armenia. Welcome to UNESCO Coffee Cultural Landscape. Visit a coffee hacienda Combia Inspiración to

learn about the coffee-making process from harvesting to toasting, and the superior characteristics of Colombian coffee. Overnigth in a typical coffee farm in Salento.

Day 3: Salento

Transfer from Montenegro to Salento. One of the heritage towns of Colombia, walking tour aroung the town and then ride horse in the Cocora Valley, a really special ecosystem where the wax palms get up to 60 meters tall. Overnight in Salento.

Day 4: Medellín

Journey north through the Oriental Cordillera, rounded by green mountains which are used for the cultivation of many agricultural products . Arrive in Medellin (approx. 5¼ hours). Welcome to one of the most innovative cities in the world. Citytour around the li as Botero Square, Spain Library, Paisa Little Town, various parks and close with a special dinner with tango dancing. Overnight in Medellin.

Day 5: Guatape

Transfer to Guatape. An artificial reserve that contains smalls islands and a big stone called “El Peñol“ Take a boat trip around the dam and a great panoramic view in a 20 minutes helicopter flight over the montains. At the end of the visit return to the city. Overnight in Medellin.

Day 6: Santa Fe de Antioquia

Journey to south of Antioquia department. Set in valley near the banks of the Río Cauca, Santa Fe de Antioquia is the region’s oldest settlement and it´s best preserved. Visit Sopetran and San Jeromimo, populations with large agricultural potential by mainly fruit: passion fruit, tamarind, mango, soursop are part of many. At the end of the visit we return to Medellin.


Flowers Festival | Whales Watching Season | Coffee Cultural Landscape Day 7: One day as “Silletero”

Visit an organic flower farm, beautiful waterfalls, enjoy the local food and get in touch with the traditional culture of the mountain villages of Antioquia.

Day 8 -9 : Flower Festival

Enjoy the parades and concerts already programmed in the Flower Festival.

Day 10: Nuqui

Transfer to the airport for the flight from Medellin to Nuqui. After arriving in the small town of Nuqui, travel by boat along the coast to the paradise like beach of Guachalito. In the charming ecologde right at the beach spend the next few days. In the afternoon stroll along the sandy beaches or explore the rainforest .

Day 11: Whales watching

Transfer by boat some kilometer to observe the unforgettable nature spectacle from the humpback whales.

Day 12: Nuqui

Guided hike along the beach and through the jungle to the peaceful settlement Termales. Here encounter a natural thermal spring of sulfurous water surrounded by tropical vegetation. The fresh river water is mixed with the hot water and diverted into a pool in the forest. In the afternoon, relax at the beach in front of your room or explore the underwater world with mask and snorkel.

Day 14: Medellin

Transfer by boat along the coast and enjoy the unique scenery of the Pacific beaches and tropical rainforest. After an hour reach Nuquí and fly back to Medellin and then get the flight connection to Bogota. Good to Know Hundreds of humpback whales arrive punctually in the Colombian Pacific every year in July, fleeing the cold of winter near the South Pole and avid for warm water. These tropical waters of Colombia enable the females to give birth, feed, and teach their young how to breathe, Check more facts in www.livingcol.com Individual Roundtrip, daily departures, from/ to Bogota, minimum 2 Persons Group Roundtrip, daily departures, from/to Bogota, minimum 2 Persons [COLMAG]

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National Flights in economic class Medellin - Nuqui - Bogota Transfers Airport - Hotel - Accommodation in all the cities Accomodation in mentioned 14 nights Meals: Half board in Bogota, Cartagena, Salento and Full board in Nuqui. Transport mentioned (A combination of private and public transportation) This tour includes local English-speaking guides in each city for sightseeing. Entries to Flowers Parade Activities: Whale watching, coffee tour, horse riding. Local assitance card coverge USD 3.000

Not Included: International Flight ticket to Colombia. 2% Bank Fee. Tips. Services not mentioned

List of Accommodation Bogota D.C: Casa Platypus Salento: Finca Hotel La Morajela Medellin: Hotel Plaza Rosa Nuqui: El Cantil Ecologde Check hotels in www.livingcol.com

Day 13: Nuqui

Spend the morning at your leisure. Relax on the beach or in a hammock, and watch the rich flora and fauna. In the afternoon our local guide will lead you to the Cascada de Amor waterfall.

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BOTANICAL EXPEDITION |

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circuit to discover the world diversity and revival the spirit of old time adventurers following the steps of two remarkable men, the german Alexander Von Humboldt and the Spanish Jose Celestino Mutis who discovered in the Colombian lands awesome findings in botanical, geography and medicine. Those studies of the Royal Botanical Expedition of the New Kingdom of Granada held between 1.783 to 1.808 represent nowadays great advances for science. This trip meets the past and present, meeting local cultures, nature, adventure and the best of each destination.

7/10 Days bia’s oldest cities, named a Heritage Town and explore the amazing “Caminos Reales“ the old way used to comunicated Santa Fe with Magdalena River in the old times. Then, transfer to Honda, the main port in the colonial time because everything in the New Kingdom of Granada should pass through. Walking tour around the historical center and visit the Magdalena River Museum. Overnight in Honda.

Day 4: Honda - Mariquita

Transfer about 20 minutos to Mariquita, the heart of the Botanical Royal Expedition, where J.C Mutis created a The Painter´s House to illustrate the flora of the new world and grew his famous “Canelos” (Cinammon). Visit the Mutis Forest and the Botanical Expedition House. Overnight in Mariquita.

Day 5: Falán - Mariquita Day 1: Bogota

Welcome for a baptism of America. In this day you will start an amazing trip to discover the lands where both scientifics, the german Alexander Von Humboldt and the Spanish Jose Celestino Mutis started to discover a world full of diversity and life. Upon arrival to Bogota, you will visit Monserrate and Guadalupe Hill, where the steps of Humboldt started in the New Kingdom of Granada and then visit two key places in the Royal Botanical Expedition, the astronomical observatory and the Botanical Garden Jose Celestino Mutis. Overnight in Bogotá.

Day 2: Bogota - Zipaquira

Visit to the historic centre La Candelaria, which boasts bustling plazas, churches and enjoy the Goldem Museum. Journey north through the Sabana de Bogota. Arrive in Zipaquira (approx. 1¼ hours), one of Colombia’s oldest cities, and explore the amazing underground Cathedral of Zipaquira, which is carved out of salt. Overnight in Zipaquira.

Day 3: Guaduas - Honda

Journey south through the Sabana de Bogota. Arrive in Guaduas (approx. 3¼ hours), one of Colom-

Land transportation to Falan, the place where still remain tunnels used in XIX Century to exploit silver and its part of the legacy of the Gold fever in the New Granada time. Explore the old paths, observe some species of endemic frogs and birds and enjoy nature waterfalls. Overnight in Mariquita.

Day 6: Ambalema - Ibague

Journey north to Ibague. On the way, visit Ambalema (approx. 2 hours), a town with an impressive past for being one of the most important comercial points of the New Granada and were declared National Monument in 1.980 for its particular architecture of clay and wood. Walking tour around the historical center and boat trip along the Magdalena River. Arrive in Ibagué for leasure time and overnight in this city.

Day 7: Ibagué

City tour around Ibague, known as the musical city of Colombian and for being the place where was concerted the support to the Botanical Expedition. In the afternoon transfer to Armenia. Overnight in Salento.

Day 8: Cocora Valley


Tolima Department | Steps of the Scientific Humboltd & Mutis | Services Included:

Early in the morning transfer to Salento and visit the Cocora Valley, named as an indiguenous Quimbaya princess. In this rich environment highligts the Wax Palms, that grow aproximately 60 meters and time to discover the Coffee Cultural Landscape and the coffee culture around it. Overnigh in Salento.

Location

Altitude

Bogota D.C

2.600 m.a.s.l

14 °C

Zipaquira

2.608 m.a.s.l

16 °C

Guaduas

992 m.a.s.l

23 °C

Honda

225 m.a.s.l

28 °C

Day 9: Montenegro

Mariquita

495 m.a.s.l

25 °C

Ambalema

259 m.a.s.l

30 °C

Ibague

1.285 m.a.s.l

25 °C

Armenia

1.483 m.a.s.l

27 °C

Transfer to Montenegro and enjoy Rafting in River Barragan. In the afternoon visit Quimbaya Gold Museum and Recuca Park.

Day 10: Armenia - Bogota

Transfer to the Airport for the flight connection to Bogota. Posibility to take the extension to Cartagena - Mompox or for Armenia.

EXTENSION FROM ARMENIA 10 Days: PNN Purace - Popayan - Cali Cartagena - Mompox

Good to Know Nowadays, the original paintings result of the Royal Botanical Expedition are keep it safe in the Botanical Garden in Madrid, which represents a unique example of the rich biodiversity in Colombia. Photo: Ruta Quetal BBVA 2012

Temperature

Cartago 1.435 m.a.s.l 27 °C Check more facts in www.livingcol.com

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National Flights in economic class Armenia - Bogota with taxes Transfers Airport - Hotel - Accommodation in all the cities Accomodation in mentioned 9 Nights Meals: Half board in all the cities Typical lunch in Honda Transport mentioned (Private transportation for the group) This tour includes local English-speaking guides in each city for sightseeing Entries to Museums, botanical gardens and mentioned places Activities: Boat trip, rafting, walking tours, horse riding and coffee tour Local assistance card. Coverage USD 3.000

Group Roundtrip, daily departures, from/to Bogota, minimum 8 Persons [BOTEXP]

List of Accommodation Featured accommodations meets the conditions of comfort of tourist standard. In the Coffee Zone, the lodges are traditional coffee farms.

Not Included: International Flight ticket to Colombia. 2% Bank Fee. Tips. Services not mentioned

Bogota D.C: Casa Platypus Honda: Hotel Belle Epoque Mariquita: Las Gaviotas Ibagué: Hotel Ecostar Salento: Finca Hotel La Morajela Montenegro: Finca La Tata Check hotels in www.livingcol.com

Towns where J.C Mutis lived and towns that Humboldt mentionated in Narrative of the journeys in the equinoctial regions of America.

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