Colombia - History, Jungle and Beach

9 days from $4,401 per person*
  • Learn the history of Bogotá and wander the lively Plaza de Paloquemao market with an expert guide.
  • Explore the thick rainforests of Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona, go horseback riding, or relax on its golden beaches.
  • Take a romantic stroll through charming UNESCO-protected Cartagena, the “Venice of Colombia.”
  • Take to the sea and cruise the inlets and coves of the beautiful Islas del Rosario.
  • Stay at a handpicked selection of premium accommodations.
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The captivating cities and wildlife-rich rainforests of this South American nation are on full display on this magical journey. Striking a perfect balance between urban delights and natural splendor, this trip showcases the wonders of Colombia that, while unfamiliar now, aren’t likely to stay undiscovered for long. Our advice: Get there first.

After getting settled, the adventure begins in Bogotá, Colombia’s vibrant capital, where you’ll be introduced to the country’s unique cuisine and fascinating history. At Plaza de Paloquemao, one of the city’s largest produce markets, you’ll browse the busy stalls and learn about the city’s historic downtown with an expert private chef. Later, explore the cafés, high-end restaurants, and nightspots of the lively Zona Rosa district at your leisure.

A short flight north from the capital brings you to Santa Marta, the gateway to the enveloping rainforests of Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona. Accompanied by a private guide, you’ll head deep into this stunning environment nestled amid the Sierra Nevadas in search of wild creatures and if the seas are cooperative, a spot to swim. Later, you’ll have the chance to explore some of the nearly 30,000-acre (12,000-hectare) park in search of the hundreds of exotic bird species that inhabit it on your own, explore majestic seaside Buritaca on horseback, or just unwind from the confines of your sea-view retreat before moving on to your next destination: Cartagena.

Cartagena comes by its nickname – “the Venice of Colombia” – naturally. Protected by 17th-century fortifications and UNESCO alike, a romantic allure exudes from its every winding alley and cobblestone street. You’ll experience the city’s charm first-hand on a privately guided walking tour of the old town, beginning at the iconic Plaza de los Coches and continuing to Plaza Bolivar before stopping in at the infamous Inquisition Palance. Later, get to know the city by devoting an afternoon to exploring it on your own. As incredible as that sounds, we’ve saved the best for last. Bid Colombia a fond adiós on a private full-day cruise around the majestic Islas del Rosario archipelago, a chain of 27 tiny coral islands set amid a postcard-worthy seascape of turquoise and sky-blue waters. ... Show More »

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Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Bogota
    Bogota
    • Private Transfer - Airport with Meet & Greet - 45 min - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 2 Bogota
    Bogota
    • Private Tour - Quintessential Bogota (with Lunch, 6.5 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
    • Zona Rosa at Leisure
  • Day 3 Bogota to Santa Marta to Tayrona National Park
    Bogota to Santa Marta to Tayrona National Park
    • Private Transfer - Airport - 45 min - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Air - Bogota - Santa Marta [1.5 hrs] - Economy
    • Private Transfer - Santa Marta - Tayrona National Park [Airport - 1 hr] - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Villa Maria Tayrona at Leisure
  • Day 4 Tayrona National Park
    Tayrona National Park
    • Private Tour - Tayrona National Park Tour (with Lunch, 8 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver (Inside Park)
  • Day 5 Tayrona National Park
    Tayrona National Park
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day Horseback Riding in Buritaca (with Lunch, 4 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
  • Day 6 Tayrona National Park to Cartagena
    Tayrona National Park to Cartagena
    • Private Transfer - Tayrona National Park - Cartagena [via Santa Marta - with Lunch, 7 hrs] - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
  • Day 7 Cartagena
    Cartagena
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day Historic Walking Tour with Cathedral, Inquisition Palace & San Pedro (4 hrs) - Guide/Entrance
    • Self-Guided - Cartagena at Leisure
  • Day 8 Cartagena
    Cartagena
    • Private Tour - Rosario Islands Tour by Private Boat (with Lunch, 8 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Boat
  • Day 9 Cartagena
    Cartagena
    • Private Transfer - Airport - 30 min - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
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Day 1: Bogota

To ensure your comfort, an English-speaking guide will be waiting for you outside of Customs, holding a sign with your name on it. This representative will direct you to your awaiting vehicle and driver, and accompany you to your hotel to assist with check-in.

Accommodation: Sofitel Victoria Regia

Prime location, pure elegance, comfort and luxurious service are the trademarks of the Sofitel Bogota Victoria Regia, impressing guests with an ideal combination of the classic and contemporary. Located north of Bogota in the exclusive area of La Cabrera, Zona T, easy access is offered to the city’s major business and financial centers as well as the best art galleries, restaurants, and renowned international designer boutiques. This hotel boasts rooms decorated in the latest trends, offering both luxury and comfort. Incorporating the use of bold colors such as eggplant and terracotta and an array of contemporary furniture, you will feel yourself embraced by a chic and cozy ambience. Offering an atmosphere of delight and sophistication enhanced by delicate Colombian flower arrangements, this hotel exemplifies the luxurious Sofitel style.

Colombia - History, Jungle and Beach Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Bogota
Bogota
Colombia - History, Jungle and Beach Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Sofitel Victoria Regia Hotel
Sofitel Victoria Regia Hotel

Day 2: Bogota

Bogota’s Paloquemao Market, abundant with fresh food and flowers, is the second largest market in the city and one of the most important retailers in the country. Some 750 merchants offer an incredible variety of fruit, vegetables, diary products and meats in a labyrinth of stands, though it’s the flowers that stand out. Florists from the surrounding countryside fill their stalls with helicons, carnations and lilies, among many others, creating vibrant and fragrant boutiques that are usually found alongside kiosks filled with fresh-picked fruits that are all but irresistible. After a tasting or two, carry onward to La Candelaria, the oldest part of the city. Here you’ll visit Plaza Bolivar, where a statue dedicated to Simon Bolivar – father of Colombian independence – is featured prominently. As you wander the away from the main square of the district, stop for a refreshment in a café and then visit the Gold Museum, situated in the northeast of Parque Santander. The museum is host to one of the finest collections of Pre-Hispanic gold in the world and is truly a “must-see” when in Bogotá; there are more than 35,000 pieces of pre-Colombian gold work in the exhibit. Rounding out the day, board a cable car to reach the peak of Monserrate. With outstanding panoramic views of the Colombian capital, break for a tasty meal before returning to ground with your guide. After meeting your awaiting vehicle and driver, you’ll be returned to your hotel.

Zona Rosa, found in the north of Bogota, is a joy by day and night. Here you will find shopping malls, designer boutiques, charming cafes and lively bistros open during daylight hours that are among the most popular in the city. In the evening, the barrio transforms into the go-to destination for haute culinary delights and trendy nightclubs. Animated and dynamic throughout the week, the festivities take on a new air on Friday evenings when many locals flooding the area to enjoy the nightlife. During your time at leisure, be sure to make a visit to Zona Rosa.

Accommodation: Sofitel Victoria Regia
Colombia - History, Jungle and Beach Tours 2019 - 2020 -  La Candelaria
La Candelaria
Colombia - History, Jungle and Beach Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Bogota at Night
Bogota at Night

Day 3: Bogota - Santa Marta - Tayrona National Park

You will be privately transferred between Bogota's El Dorado International Airport and your hotel by a professional driver and an English-speaking guide. Approximate travel time is 45 minutes, though varies based on the location of your hotel.

Board a flight in Bogota with service to Santa Marta. The flight duration is approximately one hour and 30 minutes. Please note, this flight is non-refundable.

You will be privately transferred from Simon Bolivar Airport in Santa Marta and your accommodations in Tayrona National Park by a professional driver and an English-speaking guide. Approximate travel duration is one hour.

With waves rushing against shores that lead to the world’s highest coastal mountain range, taking the time to simply appreciate the natural beauty of the Tayrona region is highly recommended. Today, take the time to unwind and absorb the scenery around you. Cozy up on a hammock with a refreshment in hand, or – for the more active – consider setting out to explore nearby beaches. As the night begins to set, walk across the suspension bridge from your villa to the hotel’s restaurant, or take the longer route along a stone path that leads past an ancient aboriginal stone idol set inside a large rock. Whatever you choose to do, you’re sure to enjoy your downtime at Villa Maria Tayrona.

Accommodation: Villa Maria Tayrona

Villa Maria is located 3 kilometers from the entrance to Tayrona National Park, keeping you close to the park's legendary beaches while giving you the privacy of your own home. The Villa combines natural beauty with the comfort of a luxurious resort and the intimacy of your personal country retreat. Surrounded by lush jungle overlooking the ocean, relax in the shade next to your private swimming pool or on the virgin, white sand beach. Attended by a 24-hour staff, Villa Maria provides daily cleaning, breakfast using locally produced and fresh ingredients, air conditioning and meals upon request. All rooms are truly unique, each one giving you its own experience, only possible at Villa Maria. The Villa offers an option for all tastes and styles.

Colombia - History, Jungle and Beach Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Tayrona
Tayrona
Colombia - History, Jungle and Beach Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Villa Maria
Villa Maria

Day 4: Tayrona National Park

Beside the town of Santa Marta, world-famous for its beautiful geography, and the Sierra Nevada Mountains, the highest coastal mountain range in the world, is Tayrona National Park. With a local private guide, embark on a day long tour, starting your walk along natural pathways through semi-tropical jungle vegetation towards the park's beaches, learning about the vegetation, animals and ecosystem along the way. Walking along one of the spectacular beaches you may have the opportunity to swim, depending on the condition of the seas. Lunch is included during your tour.

Accommodation: Villa Maria Tayrona
Colombia - History, Jungle and Beach Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Tayrona National Park
Tayrona National Park

Day 5: Tayrona National Park

The shores of Buritaca are simply gorgeous. Waves crash against the beach, while beyond the creamy-brown sands, a lush jungle rises into the mountainous countryside. For guests aiming to enjoy this beautiful region without expending too much energy, a tour by horseback is highly recommended. Today, join your guide and set out to a nearby estancia where you will be paired with a steed, then - following a brief safety briefing – begin tracking along the coastline, stopping after an hour or two to enjoy a replenishing lunch. After your beach-side meal, mount your horse again and begin the return trot back to the ranch. A day of riding under your belt and with plenty stories to bring home, you’ll be returned to your accommodations.

Accommodation: Villa Maria Tayrona
Colombia - History, Jungle and Beach Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Landscape near Buritaca
Landscape near Buritaca

Day 6: Tayrona National Park - Cartagena

You will be privately transferred from Tayrona National Park to Cartagena by a professional driver and an English-speaking guide. Along the way, break up the five-hour transfer with a leisurely lunch before continuing onward to your hotel in Cartagena.

Accommodation: Sofitel Legend Santa Clara

Originally built as a monastery in 1621, the Sofitel Santa Clara Hotel is a reference point in the heart of Cartagena de Indias, where its walls, which acted as a shield in ancient times, combine with colonial balconies and republican structures to evoke the splendor of days gone by. In recognition of its great cultural and architectural wealth, the fortified city, with its castles and bastions, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984. The influence of materials, techniques, and architectural details of the Republican era in Colombia is apparent in the luxurious guest rooms, offering a charming experience enhanced by French culture. Furthermore, with exquisite cuisine of an international standard infused with local flavors, the colonial-style restaurants offer a menu that caters to everyone’s tastes, from simple brasserie-style dishes to haute cuisine.

Colombia - History, Jungle and Beach Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Cartagena
Cartagena
Colombia - History, Jungle and Beach Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Sofitel Legend Santa Clara
Sofitel Legend Santa Clara

Day 7: Cartagena

After meeting your English-speaking guide in the lobby of your hotel, set out to discover scenic Cartagena on a four-hour walking tour. Begin with a stroll through the old town heading toward the Puerta Del Reloj, an iconic symbol of the city, and into Plaza de los Coches. Learn about the myth, legends and history of this historic city as you wind you way through tree-lined avenues en route to Plaza Bolivar, a park hosting a range of historic and cultural installations that serves as the ideal place to catch a glimpse of local life. Carrying onward, you’ll next visit the Inquisition Palace, an elegant building that hides a dark past. From the outside, it is easy to be impressed by the colonial architecture, but a walk through the building reveals a museum showcasing instruments of torture that were used in more turbulent times. With an expert guide leading the way, discover Cartagena in-depth and your preferred pace. After the tour, feel free to continue to explore the city on your own, or return to your hotel to relax and beat the afternoon sun.

Sweet-smelling restaurants, trendy bars, inviting boutique hotels and well-maintained colonial buildings define the city center of Cartagena – also known as the Walled City, or Ciudad Amurallada. Best experienced at leisure, stroll through avenues dotted with colorful homes, passing by sweeping plazas, towering churches and the centuries-old wall that has protected the city since the late 1700’s on this free day in Cartagena. Consider stopping for lunch at the acclaimed Restaurante Donjuan Cartagena found in the heart of the city. A trip to the Caribe Museum is a must-see for jewelry aficionados. And for those seeking to simply relax in the comfort of the refreshing Caribbean breeze, miles of rocky shores are yours to explore just steps beyond the city walls.

Accommodation: Sofitel Legend Santa Clara
Colombia - History, Jungle and Beach Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Historic Cartagena
Historic Cartagena
Colombia - History, Jungle and Beach Tours 2019 - 2020 -  The Walled City, Cartagena
The Walled City, Cartagena

Day 8: Cartagena

You will be picked up from your hotel by your private guide and vehicle, who will take you to the Santa Cruz pier, a 15 minute drive from the old historical quarters. Your guide will accompany you onto your private boat where a selection of drinks and snacks will be waiting. The Rosario Islands are formed by 23 separate coral Islands, which together constitute one of Colombia’s 46 Natural National Parks. Created to protect one of the most important coral reefs on the Colombian Caribbean Coast, this marine habitat houses one of the richest  and most diverse marine ecosystems in Colombia. The park has an extension of 120,000 marine and land hectares and is associated with marine pastures, mangroves and numerous species of algae, as well as a variety of animals which feed the coral and fish life that inhabits the reefs. The Rosario Islands are approximately a one-hour ride from Cartagena by motor boat. The route takes you first through the Bahia de Cartagena and then into the open sea, passing through the Bocachica strait between the colonial forts of Batería de San José and Fuerte de San Fernando. After lunch (included) in one of the island's restaurants, you will have some extra time to relax on the beach or take a walk across the island. This is an exclusive transport and guide service however, please be prepared to share the beach and the restaurant facilities with guests of the hotel and other day trippers. There will be a section of snacks, soft drinks, water and beers on board the boat.

Accommodation: Sofitel Legend Santa Clara
Colombia - History, Jungle and Beach Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Rosario Islands
Rosario Islands

Day 9: Cartagena

You will be privately transferred between your hotel and Cartagena Airport by a professional driver and an English-speaking guide. Approximate travel time varies based on the location of your hotel, typically averaging 30 minutes.

Accommodation: Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard)

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
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Trip Terms & Conditions

  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
  • Payment of the program price constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set out at www.kensingtontours.com/terms-and-conditions
  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

Sofitel Victoria Regia: Bogota

Prime location, pure elegance, comfort and luxurious service are the trademarks of the Sofitel Bogota Victoria Regia, impressing guests with an ideal combination of the classic and contemporary. Located north of Bogota in the exclusive area of La Cabrera, Zona T, easy access is offered to the city’s major business and financial centers as well as the best art galleries, restaurants, and renowned international designer boutiques. This hotel boasts rooms decorated in the latest trends, offering both luxury and comfort. Incorporating the use of bold colors such as eggplant and terracotta and an array of contemporary furniture, you will feel yourself embraced by a chic and cozy ambience. Offering an atmosphere of delight and sophistication enhanced by delicate Colombian flower arrangements, this hotel exemplifies the luxurious Sofitel style.

Colombia - History, Jungle and Beach Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Sofitel Victoria Regia Hotel
Sofitel Victoria Regia Hotel
Colombia - History, Jungle and Beach Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Sofitel Victoria Regia Lounge
Sofitel Victoria Regia Lounge

Villa Maria Tayrona: Tayrona National Park

Villa Maria is located 3 kilometers from the entrance to Tayrona National Park, keeping you close to the park's legendary beaches while giving you the privacy of your own home. The Villa combines natural beauty with the comfort of a luxurious resort and the intimacy of your personal country retreat. Surrounded by lush jungle overlooking the ocean, relax in the shade next to your private swimming pool or on the virgin, white sand beach. Attended by a 24-hour staff, Villa Maria provides daily cleaning, breakfast using locally produced and fresh ingredients, air conditioning and meals upon request. All rooms are truly unique, each one giving you its own experience, only possible at Villa Maria. The Villa offers an option for all tastes and styles.

Colombia - History, Jungle and Beach Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Villa Maria
Villa Maria
Colombia - History, Jungle and Beach Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Villa Maria
Villa Maria

Sofitel Legend Santa Clara: Cartagena

Originally built as a monastery in 1621, the Sofitel Santa Clara Hotel is a reference point in the heart of Cartagena de Indias, where its walls, which acted as a shield in ancient times, combine with colonial balconies and republican structures to evoke the splendor of days gone by. In recognition of its great cultural and architectural wealth, the fortified city, with its castles and bastions, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984. The influence of materials, techniques, and architectural details of the Republican era in Colombia is apparent in the luxurious guest rooms, offering a charming experience enhanced by French culture. Furthermore, with exquisite cuisine of an international standard infused with local flavors, the colonial-style restaurants offer a menu that caters to everyone’s tastes, from simple brasserie-style dishes to haute cuisine.

Colombia - History, Jungle and Beach Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Sofitel Legend Santa Clara
Sofitel Legend Santa Clara
Colombia - History, Jungle and Beach Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Sofitel Legend Santa Clara
Sofitel Legend Santa Clara

Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard): Global Location

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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