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Bogotá | Medellin | Cartagena (7 Days)

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Bogotá | Medellin | Cartagena (7Days)

 

Code:- Luisa

Itinerary:
 
DAY 1 | Bogotá

Arrival to El Dorado airport in Bogotá on an intercontinental flight. Reception and transfer to the hotel. Overnight stay.
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DAY 2 | Bogota Full day City Tour

Enjoy a Full Day visit to the historic centre of Bogotá known as La Candelaria. This archaic suburb has great significance in the country´s history due to its cultural heritage and is also a great example of Spanish colonial time architecture. Visit the main square Plaza de Bolivar, where a statue of the great emancipator Simón Bolívar is located. The plaza, originally called the Plaza Mayor, was used for civil and military purposes such as a marketplace, a bullring and it was also the place where many executions were held.

The Cathedral, on the eastern side of the plaza, is constructed on the same spot where the first church was built in Bogotá in 1539 and houses an important collection of religious artefacts such as textiles and artworks, collection that has been built over four centuries. The Capilla del Sagrario is just beside the Cathedral and is a gem of religious architecture, it houses valuable pieces of colonial religious art by Gregorio Vásquez de Arce y Ceballos.
Around the Plaza de Bolívar are buildings such as the Palacio de Justicia, the Mayor of Bogotá’s offices called the Edificio Liévano, the oldest school in the county called San Bartolomé and the Casa de los Comuneros, named after the leaders that participated towards the end of the XVII Century in some of the first movements towards independence from Spain and the formation of the Republic.

The visit continues with the Botero Museum, a colonial house exhibiting some of Fernando Botero´s works of art and in addition pieces from his own personal collection that includes works by Picasso, Renoir, Dalí Matisse, Monet and Giacometti. Next is the Gold Museum which has a permanent exhibition of some 32,000 pieces of gold, 20,000 stones, ceramics and textiles all precious to the Quimbaya, Calima, Tayrona, Sinu, Muisca, Tolima, Tumaco and Magdalena cultures. The Gold Museum is considered one of the most important museums of its type internationally and it has been operating since 1939. In 2007 it underwent a complete renovation making it possible for visitors to enjoy an interactive experience. The Museum belongs to the International Network of Museums (ICOM).

After a traditional lunch visit in the Santuario de Monserrate, a symbol of Bogotá. Take the cable car or funicular up to Monserrate at 500 mts above Bogotá (total of 3140masl). The site offers the incredible panorama of the city on one side and the Andes on the other.
Then, head north travelling along on the Carrera 7, one of Bogotá’s principal Avenues. Called the Vía Real del Comercio in colonial times it was used as the main exit north to the salt mines. Along this avenue we can appreciate the contrasts of Bogotá passing by various styles of architecture, old and modern, with influences from all over the world and combined with touches from our Pre-Columbian ancestors. Go pass parks, the Centro Internacional, Museo Nacional, gastronomical, shopping and entertainment districts such as the Gourmet Zone or otherwise referred as Zona G, the Zona T and Zona Rosa. These last two areas are renowned for its shopping centres, pubs, cafes, fashion boutiques, jewellery stores and night time entertainment options.

The trip will end in Usaquén, a colonial district that was formerly a town in its own right but has now been taken by the city. Appreciate the atmosphere of the area that is slightly rural, colonial in style and at the same time modern. Walk through the streets, take in the colonial plaza and wander through its small boutiques, art galleries and restaurants. On Sundays there is a Flea Market where you can have the opportunity to admire or even purchase high quality products, try exotic platters and a great deal more, therefore Sundays is one of the busiest days in Usaquén.
Overnight stay.
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DAY 3 | Bogotá – Visit to Paloquemao & Graffiti tour – Medellin

Leave in the morning in the company of guide for local markets and Colombian cooking traditions. Head to La Plaza de Mercado Paloquemao, one of the biggest and most recognized local markets in Bogotá, where all traditional produce and ingredients of Colombian cuisine can be found. Try some of the exotic fruits, local doughs, and Colombian cheese. Known to the vendors and the local cooking techniques; visit the flower market and the popular food stalls to feel a true local experience.

Enjoy a graffiti tour in the historic center known as La Candelaria. This antiquated neighborhood is of great architectural and cultural heritage and is made up of old “sta tely homes” or large Spanish colonial buildings with iron windows, thick and sturdy wooden doors, balconies and internal patios with beautiful yet hidden gardens.

Bogotá’s got a great variety of colorful graffiti, murals and street art on its walls, that can be found in the historical center, that are an artistic, social and political form of expression of the city inhabitants. Transfer to the airport and flight to Medellin. Arrival, transfer and hotel check-in
Overnight stay.
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DAY 4 | Medellin – Full Day Piedra de el Peñol & Guatape

Leaving Medellín and heading to the town of Guatapé in order to visit the enormous rock. Guatapé is located in the outskirts of Medellín and has a reservoir created by the Colombian government for a hydro-electric dam, in the middle of the reservoir it is the Peñol Rock. The Peñol Rock is possibly a meteorite due to its size.

From the top by foot up the stairs if you are full of energy (there are 654 steps to get to the top), the whole Guatapé reservation can be seen, this is an optional activity and it is not included. Visit the picturesque village of Guatapé where all of the houses are painted in quaint pastel colours.

The way to El Peñol takes around two hours, during which passengers can appreciate the outstanding landscape of Antioquia. After lunch, visit to the Guatapé reservoir, which tour of one hour is made by boat.
Overnight stay.
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DAY 5 | Medellin – Half day Transformation tour - Cartagena

In the morning, half day tour to visit those places that best represent the social transformation that has taken place in Medellín. The tour will show the symbolic areas of Medellín from the 1980s, when the city was one of the most dangerous in the world, up to today many projects that fostered the city’s change. Enjoy an exciting tour through the history and present of Medellin and learn more about the transformation of this fascinating metrópolis. 20 years ago, Medellin was one of the most dangerous cities in the world. Back in the early 90s, when the hunt for Pablo Escobar took place, the head of Medellin's drug cartel was at its peak. Thus, the reign of “El Patrón” came to its end. Until the turn of the millennium the struggles about Escobar's successor continued, but since 2002 Medellin began to change. Intelligent local politicians started to invest heavily in infrastructure and public education. Today the “City of Eternal Spring” is one of the most innovative metropolises in the world.

Visit the barrio San Javier, which used to be one of the most unsafe suburbs of Medellín Located some 7km from the city centre, it is a clear example of the social transformation that has taken place in the last few years. Arrive here by the metrocable car that joins the north-east area with the city centre, which has been life changing to many of the inhabitants of Medellín. Learn more about the city’s transformation after the death of Pablo Escobar and also get to know the innovative transport-system in the poorer neighborhoods at first hand. Explore Medellin’s newest invention: the electric stairways of the district Comuna 13, discover stories about its past by visiting the most important places marked by historical events and see some graffiti that symbolizes a form of expression of the community. Here it is possible to have a beautiful view over the city from the balconies of San Javier.


Then, go on to La Plazoleta located in the city centre, in an area that fell into decline in the 1980s and today houses 23 sculptures of Fernando Botero, donated by this famous local artist in year 2000. Since that time, the city has undergone a social and cultural transformation around these works placed in a public space.
After lunch, transfer to Medellin airport to take a flight to Cartagena. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel
Overnight stay.
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DAY 6 | Cartagena - Half Day City Tour Panoramic & Street Food

Start with a visit to the San Felipe Fortress, erected in honor of the poet from Cartagena, Don Luis Carlos López, made famous for his sonnet “A mi ciudad nativa” It was built on San Lázaro hill to defend the city from pirate attacks. Walk around the fortress and learn how the castle was constructed, the engineering feats, the tunnels, underground galleries and passageways.

Then continue on to the Ciudad Vieja (old city) to visit the Convent and Church of San Pedro Claver which was built in the middle of the XVII century and owes its name to the “apóstol de los esclavos” and also visit the Zenú Gold Museum, inaugurated in 1982 by the Bank of the Republic, which has a gold and ceramics collection from the main pre-Columbian cultures. Within the main content of the museum's halls are the most important cultural manifestations of the Zenú indigenous culture.

Lastly, continue to the handicrafts zone of the Bovedas, a collection of archways built into the city wall of Cartagena and that were used until the end of the 1700s to house armaments and then later as a prison in the XIX century. Nowadays it’s an artisan center where one can appreciate local handcraft.
Cartagena’s vibrant historic center hosts a huge a variety of cuisine, combining Spanish flavours with African influences brought across by the slaves and migrants of 19th century. Locals have taken over this culinary tradition and culinary artisans are found throughout the streets of Cartagena.

During this walking tour, there will be 10 different stops in the historic center. In addition, you will learn about Cartagena’s typical food by tasting 15 different types of food, all prepared by local cooks in different places along the streets. You will also have the chance to have a go at preparing a selection of typical food with the local vendors.
Overnight stay.
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DAY 7 | Cartagena – Bogota

Transfer to the airport to take a flight to Bogota.
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