NATIONAL PARKS TOURS COLOMBIA

ALL CULTURAL HIGHLIGHTS COMBINED WITH FABULOUS NATURE

 

20 BEST PLACES TO VISIT IN COLOMBIA

COLOMBIA CULTURE AND PARKS TOUR

20 BEST PLACES TO VISIT IN COLOMBIA ALL IN ONE TRIP: The great monuments & 10 best national parks in one tour accompanied by naturalist guide

Now that peace has returned to most of Colombia, you can safely travel through the Andes and the Caribbean Coast. This allowed us to develop 2 fabulous modules to get to know some fantastic national parks as well as the colonial cultural highlights of the country. Colombia is a huge country, so we had to make a selection of what places can be visited in Colombia in a 2 weeks trip. So we built 2 separate modules, one surrounding the Anders of Bogotá and one along the Caribbean coast. If you want to combine both modules, make sure your international flight flies into Bogotá and leaves from Cartagena, while including the local flight Bogotá - Cartagena in your international schedule. That way your local flight will be hardly any cost extra.

As the Amazon of Colombia is not safe, we offer the Amazon Ecuador module, which you can include in your international flight at very little additional costs.

 

 

Andes Surrounding Bogota Program

TOP 20 THINGS TO DO IN COLOMBIA

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This module provides a fantastic program for visiting the most fabulous highlights of the Andes surrounding Bogota. The latter serves as the hub for the Colombia's National Parks Tour and all other As the Amazon of Colombia is not safe, we offer the Amazon Ecuador module, which you can include in your international flight at very little additional costs.. This module is the baseline for our National Parks Tour Module, each components of the Colombia National Parks Tour. The Ecuador Amazon module can be taken at the beginning and the end of your visit to Colombia.

 

Things to do in Colombia

 

Day 1 of the Andes program

  • Transfer from the airport to your hotel, 10 minutes away from the airport;

  • Depending on your arrival time, we like to take you on a brief city tour to historic Bogota to enjoy it in the late afternoon sunlight;

  • Dinner may be taken in the center, so that you may walk back to the Plaza Bolivar at night to enjoy the buildings in the splendor of their evening illumination;

  • Return to your hotel.

TOP 20 THINGS TO DO IN COLOMBIA: Bogota, capital of Colombia, with 8 million inhabitants seen from the funicular rail track.TOP 20 THINGS TO DO IN COLOMBIA: The Primada or National Cathedral and Capilla Sagrada and Cardinal's Palace.

The dynamic city of Bogota seen from the Montserrat Church.

The National Cathedral in Bogota at the Plaza Bolivar.

 

Day 2 of the Andes program

  • Morning walk along the highlights of old town Bogota with its gorgeous colonial churches, palaces, manors and streets;

  • Lunch somewhere in old town Bogota;

  • Visit the Montserrat Church with the cable cart or funicular train;

  • Visit the famous Gold Museum with a fantastic Pre-Colombian collection - the best in the country;

  • Spend the night in the hotel.

TOP 20 THINGS TO DO IN COLOMBIA: The San Agustin Church, exterior.TOP 20 THINGS TO DO IN COLOMBIA: Old town Bogota, the Calandaria, with cobbled streets.

The San Agustin Church, exterior.

Cobbled stones in the center of old town create a wonderful ancient atmosphere.

 

Day 3 of the Andes program

  • Travel by road to Villa de Leyva;

  • On the way stop at the Boyaca national monument, where the deciding independence battle took place, liberating Colombia, Venezuela and Ecuador from Spain.

  • Visit Villa de Leyva in after light;

  • Have diner in one of the many cozy restaurant in the center of town;

  • Spend the night at your hotel near the plaza central.

TOP 20 THINGS TO DO IN COLOMBIA: Villa de Leyva is the second most famous colonial town in Colombia after Cartagena.TOP 20 THINGS TO DO IN COLOMBIA: Lovely cobbled streets with typical Spanish colonial balconies line the streets.

Villa de Leyva is the second most famous colonial town in Colombia after Cartagena.

Lovely cobbled streets with typical Spanish colonial balconies line the streets.

 

Day 4 of the Andes program

  • Leave early in the morning for a day hike to the paramo of Iguaque Flora and Fauna Reserve;

  • Visit the Fossil and the Paleontological Research Center museums;

  • Spend the night at your hotel near the plaza central.

TOP 20 THINGS TO DO IN COLOMBIA: The Santuario de Fauna and Flora Iguaque.TOP 20 THINGS TO DO IN COLOMBIA: Gorgeous flowers can be found, depending on the season.

The Santuario de Fauna and Flora Iguaque has fabulous oak cloud forest as well as splendid lakes and paramos.

Gorgeous flowers can be found, depending on the season.

 

Day 5 of the Andes program

  • After breakfast, travel by road back to Bogota;

  • Visit the cute pottery town of Raquira with pottery varying in size from 2 cm to 2 meters high;

  • After lunch in the the uninteresting town of Chiquinquira, boat excursion on the peat bordered Fúquene Lake;

  • Time permitting, visit the most visited attraction around Bogota, the Zipaquirá Salt Mine church;

  • Spend the night in your Bogota hotel.

TOP 20 THINGS TO DO IN COLOMBIA: Raquira pottery is famous in Colombia.TOP 20 THINGS TO DO IN COLOMBIA: A fabulous shop with café in Raquira.

Raquira pottery is famous in Colombia and varies in size from 2 cm to 2m tall,.

A fabulous shop with café in Raquira.

 

TOP 20 THINGS TO DO IN COLOMBIA: Fuquene Lake excursion.TOP 20 THINGS TO DO IN COLOMBIA: The main chapel as seen from a balcony above.

 Fuquene Lake excursion.

The main chapel of Zipaguira Salt Mine Church as seen from a balcony above.

 

Day 6 of the Andes program

  • Early in the morning departure for Chingaza National Park;

  • Visit old town Bogota and spend the night in your hotel or board your flight to Cartagena.

TOP 20 THINGS TO DO IN COLOMBIA: White Tailed Deer are extremely common in Chingaza.TOP 20 THINGS TO DO IN COLOMBIA: The Chingaza paramo

White Tailed Deer are extremely common in the park and remarkably tame.

The Chingaza paramo has some of the best frailejones vegetation in the entire country, just at a short distance from Bogota.

TOP 20 THINGS TO DO IN COLOMBIA

 

 

HIGHLIGHTS of the Caribbean Coast MODULE

20 BEST THINGS TO DO AT COLOMBIA's CARIBBEAN COAST TOUR

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This module provides a fantastic tour for things to do at Colombia's Caribbean Coast. You may actually arrive in Cartagena out of San Salvador or out of Bogota at hardly any additional costs to your international flight.

 

Things to do at Colombia's Caribbean Coast Tour

Day 1

  • Arrival at the Cartagena Airport;

  • Transfer to your hotel;

  • Depending on the hour of your arrival flight, a walk through the city or watching the sun set from the Cartagena wall;

  • Dinner after sunset;

  • Return to your hotel downtown Cartagena.

THINGS TO DO AT COLOMBIA's CARIBBEAN COAST TOUR: The Western wall of Cartagena with visitors watching the sun set.THINGS TO DO AT COLOMBIA's CARIBBEAN COAST TOUR: Watching the sun set at Cartagena.

The Western wall of Cartagena with visitors watching the sun set.

Watching the sun set at Cartagena.

 

Day 2

  • Morning walk along the highlights of old town Cartagena with its gorgeous colonial churches, manors, cobbled streets and over the wall;

  • Visit the San Pedro Claver Church and Monastery;

  • Lunch downtown oldtown Cartagena;

  • Visit the Inquisition palace;

  • visit the gold museum;

  • Enjoy the sunset from the wall;

  • Stroll the illuminated city after dark;

  • Spend the night in your hotel downtown.

THINGS TO DO AT COLOMBIA's CARIBBEAN COAST TOUR: The clock tower in Cartagena.THINGS TO DO AT COLOMBIA's CARIBBEAN COAST TOUR: The San Pedro Claver Church.

The clock tower in Cartagena.

The San Pedro Claver Church.

 

Day 3

  • Morning visit to San Filipe de Barajas Fortress;

  • Lunch downtown;

  • Viaje a Riohacha;

  • Spend the night at your hotel in Riohacha.

THINGS TO DO AT COLOMBIA's CARIBBEAN COAST TOUR: The Castillo San Filipe de Barajas fortress.THINGS TO DO AT COLOMBIA's CARIBBEAN COAST TOUR: Canons at the Castillo San Filipe of Cartagena.

The Castillo San Filipe de Barajas fortress.

Canons at the Castillo San Filipe of Cartagena.

 

Day 4

Guajira.

  • In the morning drive to the Manaure Salt flats to watch the flamingos;

  • Lunch at the Manaure Beach;

  • Visit Cabo de Vela Rock and beach;

  • Return to your hotel in Riohacha.

THINGS TO DO AT COLOMBIA's CARIBBEAN COAST TOUR: Flamingos at the Manaure Salt Flats. THINGS TO DO AT COLOMBIA's CARIBBEAN COAST TOUR: The Cabo de Vela rock at Guajira peninsula.

Flamingos at the Manaure Salt Flats.

The Cabo de Vela rock at Guajira peninsula.

 

Day 5

  • An early excursion to the Flamengos Sanctuary to watch flamingos in their pristine environment;

  • Drive to your hotel at or near Tayrona National Park to spend the night.

THINGS TO DO AT COLOMBIA's CARIBBEAN COAST TOUR: The Flamengos Sanctuary .THINGS TO DO AT COLOMBIA's CARIBBEAN COAST TOUR: Tayrona National Park.

The Flamengos Sanctuary .

Tayrona National Park.

 

Day 6

  • In the morning hike the 9 Piedras (stones) trail while watching wildlife and birds;

  • Lunch in a local restaurant in the park;

  • Take the shuttle bus to the visitor center / museum;

  • walk to the trail to Piscina Beach - while watching wildlife on the way - to spend the afternoon on the virgin beach;

  • Walk back to the visitor center and return to the hotel to spend the night;

THINGS TO DO AT COLOMBIA's CARIBBEAN COAST TOUR: Virgin beaches at the Tayrona National Park.THINGS TO DO AT COLOMBIA's CARIBBEAN COAST TOUR: Nature trail at the Tayrona National Park.

Virgin beaches at the Tayrona National Park.

Nature trail at the Tayrona National Park.

 

Day 7

  • Morning visit in fishing canoe trough the Cienaga de Santa Marta Mangrove Sanctuary;

  • Return to Cartagena;

  • An Airport transfer (depending on fight schedule) finalizes your Colombia Caribbean Coast Tour or spend another night in Cartagena.

THINGS TO DO AT COLOMBIA's CARIBBEAN COAST TOUR: Fishermen at the Cienega de Santa Marta Sanctuary.THINGS TO DO AT COLOMBIA's CARIBBEAN COAST TOUR: Red mangrove.

Fishermen at the Cienega de Santa Marta Sanctuary.

Red mangrove.

COLOMBIA CARIBBEAN COAST TOUR

 

This fantastic trip combines the 20 BEST PLACES TO VISIT IN COLOMBIA in one trip, and unlike any other trip on the market, it gets you into Colombia's unknown historic treasures, as well as its fabulous national parks system, one of the best in South America.

 

What makes us different from so many other tour operators?

Just look at the quality of our high resolution pictures. We took them all ourselves. We have thousands of high resolution pictures on this website, that you can see enlarged by clicking on them. These pictures show that we have been everywhere in the country of your interest and really know the details. We are professional explorers and biologists with MSc and PhD.

 

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Parks Man Dr. Daan Vreugdenhil is author of this website. He dedicated his life to the conservation of nature. https://www.facebook.com/DrDaanVreugdenhil, https://www.linkedin.com/in/drdaanvreugdenhil/. He was part of the team that selected the first 39 protected areas of Ecuador, including. Yasuní and Cuyabeno, the latter of which he he later recommended to be expanded from originally 150,000ha to 600,000ha, together with then Cuyabeno director Prof. Dr. Flavio Coello and Parks and Tribes partner. Daan is also the founding father of the Cuyabeno Lodge and co-manager of the Cofan Lodge.