Historic Places of Colombia Tour



Historic Places of Colombia Tour

The historical places of Colombia are famous for their colonial history and architecture. Most offer travellers a unique cultural experience, like a soothing balm to otherwise hectic world to which they belong. Bogota, its capital is referred to as the 'Athens of South America', due to its many colonial styled edifices located in the district of La Candelaria. It's home to popular museums and theatre.

To the northeast, lies the historic city of Bucaramanga. Located in the scenic Río de Oro valley, it’s known for its many museums, Catedral de la Sagrada Familia and Capilla de los Dolores, a significant chapel. Along the Colombian Caribbean Coast, is the colonial city of Cartagena, with magnificent monuments and old edifices. Perhaps the prettiest colonial town is Barichara in Santander with unique charm and romantic atmosphere, dominated by the Church of Santa Barbara. Also visit Tayrona National Park and Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountain range.

And, also experience gorgeous beaches on the Caribbean coast.

What We Love
  • Visit Cartagena, once a jewel in the Spanish crown and UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • Tayrona National Park has gorgeous beaches, deep bays with shaded by coconut palms. 
  • Explore Colombia’s historic cities, Spanish architecture and vibrant culture.
  • Exclusive tour, guided privately by a multilingual guide throughout the trip.
  • All touring is flexible and can be customised to incorporate special interests.
  • Depart and return whenever you choose – shorten or lengthen the tour to suite your wishes.
What to Know
  • This tour is designed to provide maximum outdoor experience and may require walking on rough surfaces. 
  • Bring proper walking gear and outdoor clothing. Do not forget your skin and eye protection items
  • We offer 24/7 support during your tour to give you complete peace of mind during your holiday.
  • Our Colombia tours easily combine with touring other destinations in South America
  • We strongly recommend that you take travel insurance for this holiday.

Historic Places of Colombia Tour Bogota, Bucaramanga, Barichara, San Gil, Cartagena, Santa Marta
(13 Days – Travel Any Day)

Day 01 – Arrive
Bogotá Meet and greet at El Dorado airport in Bogotá and transfer to your hotel.
Overnight at Grand House.

Day 02 – City Highlights Tour
Bogotá With you private guide take a tour of the historic centre known as La Candelaria. Explore the Plaza Bolívar and various places of interest, including Museo Botero that houses works donated by Fernando Botero, Picasso, Renoir, Dalí, Matisse, Monet and Giacometti.

Later depart north towards Zipaquirá, travelling for one hour and fifteen minutes across the central region of the savanna, home to Colombia’s famous flower cultures, evidenced in the greenhouses along the road. On arrival, visit the impressive Salt Cathedral, widely considered a magnificent work of engineering.
Overnight at Grand House (B)

Day 03 – Transfer
Bucaramanga Transfer to the airport and depart by commercial flight to Bucaramanga. Arrival and private transfer to your hotel. Bucaramanga is a vibrant and continually growing city. It is famous for its cigar production and numerous parks. Visit to the town of Girón to explore its Colonial heritage – walk along cobble stone streets, and admire houses painted in white quicklime, with “tapia” walls, tobacco coloured doors and windows and large balconies. Founded in 1631 on the banks of the Río de Oro, it is a national monument.
Overnight at hotel (B)

Day 04 – Spanish Town
Barichara After a breakfast amid the spectacular views of Cañón del Chicamocha and of Chicamocha National Park, depart for Barichara. Enjoy a tour of the Colonial style Spanish town. Admire the buildings constructed in traditional materials such as “tapia”, “bahareque”, tiles and quick lime white walls, as well as the cobblestone paths and roads which make it one of Colombia’s most beautiful Colonial towns. Barichara means “land of the barefooted” in the native language of the Guane community who inhabited the area.

Continue to the town of Guane, Most of the buildings date back to Colonial times and are built in “tapia”. Visit the central park and the Museo Paleontológico y Arqueológico which houses a rich collection of fossils and objects manufactured by the Guane.
Overnight at hotel (B)

Day 05 – Nature Tour
San Gil Today enjoy a visit to the Valle de San José and the Páramos and Socorro municipality- rich in parks and well preserved Colonial convents. It was the centre of the “Revolución de los Comuneros” one of the first “criollo” rebellions in America which, although failed, set the foundation for the Independence struggle. Later enjoy a visit to Parque Natural El Gallineral, famous for the enormous ceiba trees.
Overnight at hotel (B)

Day 06 – Transfer
Cartagena This morning visit Curutí, famous for the “fique” or pita fiber artisan work and travel on to Parque Nacional de Chicamocha. Transfer to Bucaramanga Airport and depart by flight to Cartagena, connecting through Bogotá. Arrival, transfer and hotel check-in.
Overnight at La Passion (B)

Day 07 – City Highlights Tour
Cartagena Delight in 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 a free afternoon for individual activities.
Overnight at La Passion (B)

Days 08 & 09 – At Leisure
Cartagena Enjoy these two days free for your own activities and explorations. An excursion to the Archipiélago del Rosario is recommended.
Overnight at La Passion (B)

Day 10 – Tayrona National Park
Santa Marta Take a four hour transfer to Tayrona National Park after breakfast. Arrival and hotel check-in.

Enjoy the beautiful natural wilderness of the park which is sits between the Caribbean coast and Sierra Nevada de Santa Maria coastal mountain range. Explore the equatorial rain forest area and spectacular bio-diversity. The sight of dusky Titi monkeys, red squirrels, collared peccaries, jaguars and a wide range of bird species are not uncommon.
Overnight at Hotel Boutique Santorini Villa (B)

Day 11 & 12 – The Surrounds
Santa Marta This morning visit the Colonial centre, the cathedral, and the Anthropological and Ethnographic Museum which houses a wonderful Tayrona collection. Visit Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, the house in which Simón Bolívar died, and delight in the panoramic views of Taganga bay and El Rodadero.
Overnight at Hotel Boutique Santorini Villa (B)

Day 13 – Depart
Santa Marta Transfer to the airport today for your outbound flight (B)

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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

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. From the Amazon region, it’s possible to cross to or from Colombia into Manaus, Brazil, and Iquitos, Peru, by taking a riverboat.

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.