5 Day Highlights of Colombia

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Land Only price does not include arrival/departure transfers, but does include flight Bogota-Cartagena.

Passengers should select flights to Bogota arriving no later than 7 pm on Day 1.

The route and program may vary according to weather conditions, seasonal changes, and local events.


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Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.



Is This Trip Right for You?

This moderately active trip covers a fair amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours walking every touring day. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. Due to the high elevation, travel in the Colombian highlands may cause some passengers to experience the temporary effects of altitude sickness. If you have any concerns about traveling to higher than your accustomed elevation, please consult your healthcare provider. This is an Express program. For more information, click here.

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Escorted Package Includes

  • Flights Miami-Bogota, Cartagena-Miami
    Some departure dates may be offered from an alternate nearby airport. Check flight itinerary options when booking.
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • Intra-flight Bogota-Cartagena
  • 4 nights accommodations
    • 2 nights Bogota
    • 2 nights Cartagena
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 5 meals: 4 breakfasts, 1 dinner
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of an English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Services of English-speaking local guides
  • Entrance fees per itinerary

Special Features

  • Walking tour of the Colonial district of La Candelaria, one of Bogota’s oldest neighborhoods
  • Visit the Botero Museum in Bogota, housing many of the paintings and sculptures of this world-famous artist
  • Visit the Gold Museum in Bogota, with more than 55,000 pieces of pre-Hispanic gold and artifacts
  • Walk through the lively Zona Rosa district in Bogota, with its exciting nightlife
  • Admire the rich architecture of magical Cartagena, the queen of the Caribbean coast

†Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

Is This Trip Right for You?

This moderately active trip covers a fair amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours walking every touring day. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. Due to the high elevation, travel in the Colombian highlands may cause some passengers to experience the temporary effects of altitude sickness. If you have any concerns about traveling to higher than your accustomed elevation, please consult your healthcare provider. This is an Express program. For more information, click here.

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DAY 1, Friday - Depart for Colombia
Depart for Bogota, Colombia. Welcome to Colombia, a country of great diversity, culture, and natural beauty. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. Later, join your fellow travelers for a light meal and an orientation meeting at approximately 8 pm with your Tour Manager. We recommend that you select flights which arrive in Bogota no later than 7 pm on Day 1 of the itinerary or earlier, if possible
Overnight: Bogota ▲
Meals: Dinner

DAY 2, Saturday - Bogota City Tour
Start the day with a walking tour of the colonial section of La Candelaria, stopping at Plaza de Bolivar, the main square of the city. Surrounding the square you'll see the Cathedral, Palace of Congress, the Cardinal's Palace and the colonial church of El Sagrario. Next, to the astonishing Gold Museum, where you'll see the world's greatest collection of pre-Hispanic native gold crafts. Continue to the Fernando Botero Museum, housing many of the paintings and sculptures of this world-famous contemporary Colombian artist. Let the Colombian lifestyle sink in during an included coffee break. Then, stop to play an energetic local game of Tejo*, the national sport of Colombia. Originally, gameplay consisted of hurling golden discs into a hole, at a distance of about 65 feet. However, the conquistadors did make their own subtle improvement to the game; they added explosives. Today, the game is played with metal disks in fields across the country. You will learn how to play and try your hand at throwing the disk. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore the city independently, with its more than 60 galleries and museums and shops with the latest fashions or, join the optional Funicular Train Ride** up to Monserrate for great views of the city. You will also visit the 17th-century church and its El Señor Caído Shrine, a popular place for pilgrims and prayers for years. Tonight, join your Tour Manager for a walking tour to Parque de la 93 and its surroundings with many pubs and restaurants showing you the exciting nightlife of Bogota
*Colombian laws prohibit all people under 18 from entering places where tejo is played
**Funicular train ride may be substituted with a cable car ride without notice

Optional: Monserrate Funicular Train Ride (PM)
Overnight: Bogota
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 3, Sunday - Bogota to Cartagena
This morning, transfer to the airport for your flight to Cartagena. In the afternoon, take a walking tour of Cartagena, a magical city with a richness of architecture, massive fortifications, and wonderful sea breezes. See expansive views of the city, sea and the port zone as you make your way to the San Felipe castle-fortress built on San Lazaro Hill, the largest in South America, to defend the city from pirate attacks. At the Walled City, walk through the multicolored houses and buildings of the Old City of Cartagena. Visit San Pedro Claver Sanctuary and Church built in the mid-17th century. Then, on to "The Vaults", built in the late 1700's, were the final colonial constructions in the Walled City, and were used to store armaments and later as a prison. Today, the entire area is a thriving artisans' center with beautiful local handicrafts. Remainder of the day is at leisure
Overnight: Cartagena
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Monday - Full Day in Cartagena
Enjoy a full day at leisure in Cartagena to further explore the city on your own or, join the optional half day La Boquilla Mangrove. Enjoy a tour of the mangroves of La Boquilla, a fishing village located twenty minutes north of Cartagena. Glide through the dense growth of mangroves, on an original wooden canoe and view up-close this rich and diverse ecosystem. In the afternoon perhaps, participate in the optional Colombian National Aviary Tour. Visit the second biggest aviary in Latin America, and sixth in the world, that houses more than 1,750 birds, representing 135 species. During the tour, enjoy a refreshing drink or ice cream before returning to Cartagena
Optional: Half Day La Boquilla Mangrove (AM)
Optional: Half Day Colombian National Aviary Tour (PM)
Overnight: Cartagena
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Tuesday - Depart Colombia
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

▲ Due to the high elevation, travel in the Colombian highlands may cause some passengers to experience the temporary effects of altitude sickness. If you have any concerns about traveling to higher than your accustomed elevation, please consult your healthcare provider.

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Monserrate Funicular Train Ride

Board the Funicular Train that takes you up to Monserrate Mountain. After a short hike, reach the top of Monserrate. At more than 10,000 feet above sea level, see outstanding views of downtown Bogota. Visit the 17th century church and the "El Señor Caído" shrine that welcomes pilgrims all year long.
*This Optional Tour is not recommended for people who have difficulty walking or who have heart conditions.

Pick-up and Drop-off at hotel. Approximate tour duration is 2 hours.

Day #2 01 Jan 2019 - 10 Jan 2020 $39.00
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Half Day La Boquilla Mangrove

Enjoy a tour of the mangrove swamps of La Boquilla, a fishing village located twenty minutes north of Cartagena. Take a ride on an original wooden canoe that glides through the dense growth of mangroves, providing a close up view of this rich and diverse ecosystem; you will observe different birds. Your guide will provide facts about the surroundings and talk about the flora and fauna that you will encounter. Afterwards, return to the hotel.

Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.

Day #4 01 Jan 2019 - 10 Jan 2020 $49.00
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Half Day Colombian National Aviary Tour

Depart Cartagena and travel south for about an hour through the picturesque countryside to the Colombia National Aviary, which houses more than 1,750 birds, representing 135 species. It’s the second biggest aviary in Latin America, and sixth in the world. This fascinating place, with its unique flora and fauna, aims to educate and create awareness about the diversity of birds found in Colombia. Take a walking tour through the three ecosystems, tropical rainforest, seaboard and desert. At the end of the tour, enjoy a typical Colombian coffee before returning to Cartagena.

Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

Day #4 01 Jan 2019 - 10 Jan 2020 $79.00
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11 Day Classic Colombia, November 2018
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My trip to Colombia was fantastic! The group was terrific and the tour manager Leon was simply fabulous and just went above and beyond! Can’t wait to go on my next trip with Gate 1 in April to Croatia + Slovenia!

Christine E. Lansdale, PA
11 Day Classic Colombia, July 2018
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My Gate 1 trip to Colombia was amazing. It far exceeded my expectations for the tour and for the country and I was already expecting a pretty great experience. You all did a very nice job. John the tour guide was exceptional, competent and very accommodating. I have no complaints and would HIGHLY recommend the tour to anyone asking. Thank you for such a nice travel experience.

Bruce R. Denver, CO
8 Day Affordable Colombia, June 2018
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The trip was amazing. Loved every minute of it. Karen Zuniga, our Gate1 tour guide was excellent. She took great care of us from start to finish. Julian ... was also an excellent local guide in Medellin as well as Leon in Bogota and best of all was Vicky in Cartegena. The entire group exchanged information and we are sharing our pictures with one another. We all became one big family during the trip. We are already looking for other great deals from Gate1 for our next vacation.

Javier A. Coral Gables, FL
5 Day Highlights of Colombia, May 2018
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Hi Caitlin, Thanks for reaching out. My family really enjoyed our time in Colombia, and we'd like to send our special thanks to Andie for her excellent tourguiding, friendliness, and care for all members in our group. The tour itself was well organized and not too packed. Overall we are very satisfied.

Linh P. Saint Paul, MN
11 Day Classic Colombia, April 2018
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My trip was absolutely superb. My first time with Gate 1 and I came away duly impressed. Guides, hotels, transportation, food was all superb. I have previously traveled with Tauck and Overseas Adventures. You will be seeing a lot more of me in the future. I especially want to commend you on the caliber of the tour leader and the various local city guides. All your personnel were extraordinary - competent and knowledgeable. Kudos for a job well done.

Richard W. Sherman Oak, CA
11 Day Classic Colombia, February 2018
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It was wonderful! Our tour manager Vicky was the best!! Knowledgeable, upbeat and always going above and beyond to make everyone happy and engaged. She’s a real asset for Gate 1.

Denise E. Biltmore Lake, NC
5 Day Highlights of Colombia, January 2018
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The trip was great! We really enjoy it! Andres was a very good tour guide director!

Francis C. Quebec, CA
5 Day Highlights of Colombia, December 2017
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Fantastic!! David and John were phenomenal. Can’t wait until my next trip

Michelle S. Dallas, TX
5 Day Highlights of Colombia , October 2017
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My trip was great! I really enjoyed my time in Colombia. It's a country that I would recommend anyone to visit. The tour guide person was very professional, informative, and sweet.

Shelly L. Philadelphia, PA
5 Day Highlights of Colombia , November 2017
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Good trip! Fast, educational, good guide - Paulo, good hotels, good food, good flights! A real travel bargain! Nice group of travelers. I'll travel on Gate 1 again. Already looking for another trip.

Karyn S. Ponte Vedra, FL
5 Day Highlights of Colombia , August 2017
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We are very pleased. It was an expectacular trip and the memories wil be with us for a long time. We will like to commend your Colombian Tour guide Diego. He was instrumental on the well-being of everyone on our tour. The only thing we can complain about, it the fact that time flew by so fast. We are looking forward to traveling again with you in the future.

Alexsandro B. Miami, FL
5 Day Highlights of Colombia, August 2017
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The trip was amazing!! Our guide Juan was EXCELLENT in every sense of the word! The other guides Pati and Vicki were amazing too! I will be using Gate 1 Travel for my future travels.

Salome G. Marietta, GA
5 Day Highlights of Colombia, July 2017
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Fantastic. Excellent. Guide staff very professional and entertaining. Well versed in the country, history and culture. Will go back again!

Margarita C. Cutler Bay, FL
5 Day Highlights of Colombia, June 2017
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The trip was great. We had an excellent guide Juan who took a very good care of everything. I would highly recommend this trip to Colombia to all my friends.

Galina O. Fair Lawn, NJ
5 Day Highlights of Colombia, June 2017
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Fantastic. We had a terrific time. The guides were very attentive and made our trip. Leon is the best!

Paulette A. Woodstock, GA
5 Day Highlights of Colombia, March 2017
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Thanks for putting such a great package together. Hoping to book the Morocco tour next.

Jennifer C. La Jolla, CA
5 Day Highlights of Colombia, February 2017
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The trip was better than what I was expecting. I thought much of the tour was on our own, but turns out, it was escorted most of the time. I got to see the highlights of Colombia and I am impressed of what I saw. I would recommend this trip to anyone looking for an experience in South America.

Rodger W. Narrows, VA
5 Day Highlights of Colombia, January 2017
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It was amazing.. I truly enjoy it... Love Gate 1 Travel. It was a small group, so we were like family. Tour manager was awesome. Thank you.

Maria R. Miami, FL
5 Day Highlights of Colombia , January 2017
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Best trip ever. Superb guide. Great fun. Nonstop entertainment.Would love to return to Columbia. Beautiful beaches, great hotel in Cartegena. A zoo on site. Just fabulous.

Dorothy D. Saint Louis, MO
5 Day Highlights of Colombia , November 2016
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Our trip was wonderful, we had a great time and our tour guide was amazing!! We loved our hotel in Cartagena, good job. We will be traveling with you guys again. Thanks for making our travel an amazing time.

Yrmaris V. Port of Spain, Trinidad
5 Day Highlights of Colombia, October 2016
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The 5 Day Classic Colombia Trip was fantastic! It was everything expected and more! The two tour guides Vicky and Juan were exceptional. I was particularly impressed with Vicky. Many thanks for a great trip and May of 2017, (Ecuador), will be my 3rd Gate 1 trip!

Kevin J. Covington, LA
5 Day Highlights of Colombia , September 2016
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Once again Gate1 provided a memorable experience. Our tour guide, Leon, the hotels, NH and Caribe, the city guides, Juan and Sam and all the Colombians we met were wonderful. They went out of their way to make our stay a treasured memory. Yo amo Colombia y Gate1!!!!

Denise F. Charlestown, RI
5 Day Highlights of Colombia , August 2016
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My trip was amazing!! I really enjoyed everything we did in Colombia. Our tour guide, Victoria, was so much fun and made such a difference in our experience. I highly recommend her for future trips to Colombia. I think it's my 4th trip with Gate 1. I've never been disappointed. I'm looking forward to Dubai next month.

Sylvia C. San Antonio, TX
5 Day Highlights of Colombia , May 2016
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Our trip was wonderful our guides Andres and Samuel were great the tours were great, Cartagena was like a sauna hot and steamy. The accommodations were great especially the Caribe in Cartagena. Food was good so all in all a great rip.

Geoffrey W. Toledo, OH
5 Day Highlights of Colombia, April 2016
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The trip was outstanding for me and my travel partner, Jeffery Stroud. The other people in this group were all friendly and outgoing personalities. I cannot applaud our in-country guide Karen, with enough accolades. She was always available, knowledgeable and cheerful. The flight home was very turbulent but we survived. Thanks also, to Gate 1 for sponsoring such a wonderful trip. Looking forward to booking the next experience.

John B. Brooklyn, NY
5 Day Highlights of Colombia , April 2016
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It was great. I want to compliment our program director and our local guide in Cartagena. Both were great and made sure that all of us were taken care. A great bargain trip.

Maria P. Chevy Chase, MD
5 Day Highlights of Colombia , April 2016
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It was incredible. Our guide Ernesto was the best. He was knowledgeable, professional and went out of his way to make the trip enjoyable. I am already planning my next trip with Gate 1 to Argentina & Brazil. Gate 1 has excellent local guides and itineraries. They also give great value.

Carol M. Harbor Spgs, MI
5 Day Highlights of Colombia , February 2016
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The trip was amazing!!!!! The country was beautiful.. Juan our travel guide was amazing.. He made the trip very memorable-- very knowledgable and just all around awesome.. He stayed on top of everything & made sure we were comfortable in every aspect of the trip. He loved his job and you can tell he loved his job... Thank you for checking up

Wedney J. Hallandle Bch, FL
5 Day Highlights of Colombia , February 2016
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Thank you! Our trip was great, Gate 1 goes above and beyond to make sure everyone feels secure and comfortable. My husband and I were very satisfied with our trip, the hotels were very nice and the tours very educational. Sam did an exceptional job from start to end, he was extremely helpful. We would definitely recommend Gate 1 to our family and friends. Thank you.

Rosa M. Lynwood, CA
5 Day Highlights of Colombia, February 2016
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We had a great trip. LanChile's service was excellent, hotels were very comfortable and well located and excellent breakfast. Our guide Sam was very helpful, professional and had excellent English.

Gloria R. Miami, FL
5 Day Highlights of Colombia , January 2016
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It was fun. The airline gave us excellent inflight and on time service, the hotels were nice and clean with good staff and the tours were very nice.

Maria P. Boynton Beach, FL
5 Day Highlights of Colombia , January 2016
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Our trip was wonderful. We found everything to be "as described" in your advertisement. We are especially grateful to our tour guide, Paulo, for making the trip so enjoyable and memorable. We'll visit with Gate 1 Travel again! Thanks for asking.

Millard R. St. Petersburg, FL
5 Day Highlights of Colombia, November 2015
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The trip was good! Thanks! Andres was a great tour director. He was available and helpful at all times. Looking forward to more trips in the future.

Elisabeth H. San Francisco, CA
5 Day Highlights of Colombia, August 2015
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The tour was fantastic. There were 29 travelers in the group and our tour manager was David. David was great and very knowledgeable about his country and was so enthusiastic about sharing his knowledge with the group. The hotels in both Bogota and Cartena were centrally located to restaurants and shopping. Our local guide, John in Bogota was very knowledgeable about the Colonial district of La Candaleria in Bogota and the Botero Museum in Bogota. I took the Funicular Train to Monserrate Mountain. This is an amazing site overlooking Bogota. In Cartagena, we had Vicki who was with us on the optional tour to the Mangrove. She brought this place alive with her information. I certainly enjoyed the old town in Cartagena. This tour was well-planned and executed. David, John and Vicki are certainly great asset to Gate 1. They were all very professional and friendly. They made sure everyone was well taken care. This is my second trip with Gate 1 and I will be on a third trip to Vietnam next year.

Ramsahai S. Jamaica, NY
5 Day Highlights of Colombia, June 2015
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Our trip was great! We had a wonderful time visiting Columbia. The weather was nice during our visit and all tours that we took were well-planned and executed. The main tour guide, John Parou was EXCELLENT. He's a natural-born leader and he made sure that everyone's expectations were met and more. His knowledge of the areas we visited were good and he always went the extra mile to make sure the entire group had a good time and enjoyed every moment of the trip. Without John, the trip just wouldn't have been as enjoyable. He is a great asset to Gate 1, very professional, friendly, knowledgeable, and everything went smoothly under his leadership. Victoria Olivo was also excellent at her part of our trip, guiding us through the streets of Cartenega and showing us all of the interesting parts of her city. She was knowledgeable, good-natured, answering everyone's questions, and making us all feel as if we were a part of her family. This was our first trip with Gate 1, but it won't be our last. Upon until this point, most of our trips have been cruises, so if Gate 1 has any good deals on cruise trips, then please send those to us. Gate 1 was fantastic and we enjoyed our trip tremendously.

James M. Anniston, AL
5 Day Highlights of Colombia, March 2015
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Our trip to Colombia was wonderful! We enjoyed it very much. Our tour guide, Juan David Camacho was one of the best guides we have had. He was very friendly, personable and knowledgeable. The accommodations were excellent in Bogota and in Cartegena. We were impressed with the airline, LAN, as it reminded us of the way American airline companies used to treat their passengers! I participated in the optional excursion to Monserrate in Bogota. This was a very enjoyable experience and well worth the money. In Cartegena we both went on La Boquilla Mangrove excursion. This was a favorite part of our trip. The canoe ride thru the wetlands was wonderful as I enjoy bird watching. Seeing the fishing village and especially visiting the school were extremely worthwhile. After touring the school, three of the children entertained us with folk dancing. It was a very nice way to have a more personal experience in a foreign country. We also appreciated the thoughtfulness of our tour guide in passing out bottled water frequently. We have traveled several times with Gate 1 and have found each trip delightful. We look forward to our next vacation!

Kerry E. Winston Salem, NC

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