Colombia - History, Jungle and Beach

9 days from $4,032 per person*
  • Learn the secrets of Colombia cuisine courtesy of a hands-on cooking class with an expert chef.
  • Explore the thick rainforests of Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona and relax on its golden beaches.
  • Take a romantic stroll through charming Cartagena, complete with a rum-and-chocolate tasting session.
  • 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 through a hands-on cooking class. At Plaza de Paloquemao, one of the city’s largest produce markets, you’ll shop for ingredients with an expert guide before learning how to transform your purchases into excellent Colombian cuisine with an expert bilingual chef.

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, or just unwind from the confines of your sea-view bungalow 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 where you’ll sample aged rums and exquisite chocolate with an expert sommelier before spending an afternoon exploring the city 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
    • Copies of Passports Required - Passport
    • Private Transfer - Airport with Meet & Greet (45 min) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 2 Bogota
    Bogota
    • Private Tour - Gastronomic Cooking Class & Paloquemao Market (with Lunch) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 3 Bogota to Santa Marta to Tayrona National Park
    Bogota to Santa Marta to Tayrona National Park
    • Private Transfer - Airport (45 mins) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Air - Bogota - Santa Marta [1.5 hrs] - Economy
    • Private Transfer - Santa Marta - Tayrona National Park [Airport (1 hr)] - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 4 Tayrona National Park
    Tayrona National Park
    • Private Tour - Tayrona National Park Tour (with Lunch, 8 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 5 Tayrona National Park
    Tayrona National Park
    • At Leisure
  • Day 6 Tayrona National Park to Cartagena
    Tayrona National Park to Cartagena
    • Private Transfer - Tayrona National Park - Cartagena [5 hrs] - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
  • Day 7 Cartagena
    Cartagena
    • Private Tour - Short Walking Tour (with Rum & Chocolate Tasting, 3 hrs) - Guide
    • 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 - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
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Day 1: Bogota

In order to confirm your trip you must submit copies of your passports for Colombia bookings.

For your added comfort, you will have an English-speaking guide waiting for you outside of customs with a sign with your name on it. Your representative will help you to co-ordinate meeting up with your private driver and accompany you to your accommodation.

Accommodation: B.O.G. Hotel

With a stunning geometric façade and an interior design inspired by Colombia’s greatest natural treasures – gold and emeralds – the five star B.O.G. Hotel is a decadent urban retreat in the heart of exclusive and beautiful "La Cabrera" in the North of Bogotá. Each of the 55 rooms and suites at this boutique hotel has been lavishly imagined by award-winning Portuguese interior designer, Nini Andrade Silva. Perfectly located in the exclusive and trendy neighborhood of "La Cabrera" in the North of Bogotá, the hotel caters to those guests with luxurious lifestyles who appreciate indulgences and require access to the cosmopolitan epicenter of the city’s best shopping, dining and nightlife.

Colombia - History, Jungle and Beach Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Bogota
Bogota
Colombia - History, Jungle and Beach Tours 2019 - 2020 -  B.O.G. Hotel
B.O.G. Hotel

Day 2: Bogota

This cooking experience offers you a great opportunity to learn first-hand about Colombian cuisine. During this experience, you will be able to cook a traditional Colombian meal as well as immerse yourself in day-to-day life in Bogota. First, you will shop for lunch at Plaza de Paloquemao, one of the largest and most popular markets in Bogota. You will be amazed by the variety of fresh fruits and vegetables found there. Then, attend a cooking school to attend a class and learn to prepare a delicious Colombian dish for you to enjoy. Definitely, the perfect tour for curious travelers looking to have new culinary experiences everywhere they go.

Accommodation: B.O.G. Hotel
Colombia - History, Jungle and Beach Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Cooking Class
Cooking Class

Day 3: Bogota - Santa Marta - Tayrona National Park

Meet your English-speaking guide and driver for a private airport transfer. 

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.

Enjoy a private transfer with vehicle and English speaking guide from Airport to Tayrona National Park

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

Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.

Accommodation: Villa Maria Tayrona

Day 6: Tayrona National Park - Cartagena

You will be privately transferred from Tayrona National Park to Cartagena alongside a professional driver and English-speaking guide. Approximate travel time is five hours.

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.

Day 7: Cartagena

Carved from a colorful history rife of piracy, sultry Caribbean heat, with fusions of African, indigenous and European culture, Cartagena is Colombia’s living, breathing and pulsating museum. Your tour will take you through the old town under the Puerta Del Reloj (clock tower entrance), a symbol of Cartagena, into the Plaza de los Coches. Your guide will divulge the myths and legends, histories and stories of Cartagena from ancient times right up to the present. From the Plaza San Pedro Claver with its stunning Church, on through to the Plaza Bolivar; with its shady areas, where a fresh Lemon juice can be enjoyed whilst watching the world go by. You will have the opportunity to taste some of the finest rums from regions of Colombia including aged rum of three and eight years old. This tasting experience will take place in the restaurant 1621 of the hotel Sofitel Legend Santa Clara. The rich marriage of rum and chocolate has always been a beautiful one so that’s why our sommelier will combine the tastes of the rum with some of Colombia’s most delightful chocolates.

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 -  Streets of Cartagena
Streets of 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. You will have a selection of drinks and snacks at your convenience.

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, but 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

Includes airport transfer with private vehicle, professional driver and local guide from Airport to Hotel or within city and vice versa.

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.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

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.

B.O.G. Hotel: Bogota

With a stunning geometric façade and an interior design inspired by Colombia’s greatest natural treasures – gold and emeralds – the five star B.O.G. Hotel is a decadent urban retreat in the heart of exclusive and beautiful "La Cabrera" in the North of Bogotá. Each of the 55 rooms and suites at this boutique hotel has been lavishly imagined by award-winning Portuguese interior designer, Nini Andrade Silva. Perfectly located in the exclusive and trendy neighborhood of "La Cabrera" in the North of Bogotá, the hotel caters to those guests with luxurious lifestyles who appreciate indulgences and require access to the cosmopolitan epicenter of the city’s best shopping, dining and nightlife.

Colombia - History, Jungle and Beach Tours 2019 - 2020 -  B.O.G. Hotel
B.O.G. Hotel

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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    It was an absolute pleasure working with Adriana. Her knowledge, professionalism combined with her added personal touches truly made this an experience we will appreciate for a lifetime.

  • Jennifer B. — December 26, 2017 — South America

    The guides were fun experts. Excursions were well timed, the food was really good. The trip far exceeded my expectations.

  • Janel T — December 21, 2017 — South America

    We had a wonderful trip! The tours were fantastic, and Gerardo (our main guide) was so patient and kind. We had a very nice time.

  • Jeffrey G — November 07, 2017 — South America

    We had a great trip. It was well planned and every detail was considered. The per-planning discussion with Kensington was methodical and they exercised great patience as we went back and forth on plans. The guides were terrific and the overall experience was very enjoyable. We’ve used Kensington on two safaris previously and we will use them again and again...

  • Ian D — October 06, 2017 — South America

    We had a wonderful time on our trip and loved all the tours and accommodations. We would definitely use Kensington again.

  • Tanya M — November 07, 2017 — South America

    From our awesome organizer Adriana to all the amazing guides like Natalie, Albert, Rumi and Abel..the trip was fantastic!! We had gorgeous, breath-taking accommodations (granted we were at Peruvian high altitude) and wonderful food/excellent service..we felt cared for, safe, catered to like rock stars!! So luxurious. We thoroughly enjoyed every minute.

  • Nancy R — November 07, 2017 — South America

    Gonzalo Lima was an excellent guide. As was Erick on the hike. Sarah as our agent was very helpful for the planning!

  • Thomas R — November 07, 2017 — South America

    Everything (and I mean to the smallest detail) was taken care of and near perfect. As always, Kensington did an exceptional job in arranging a wonderful itinerary, providing every amenity and service, and taking care of even the smallest of details. Well done!

  • Lori W — November 07, 2017 — South America

    Peru was amazing and with the help of Kensington it made the trip smooth sailing. Never once did I feel uneasy or unsupported and we had the best of care and accommodations throughout. Our guides were amazing and we had the flexibility to make changes as we desired. Seriously one of the best trips ever! Thank you!

  • Steve C — November 07, 2017 — South America

    Awesome trip that we will remember for a lifetime. Great itinerary, guides and service. We will definitely use Kensington again for our special trips.

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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