8 Day Affordable Colombia

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Hotel Poblado Plaza Medellin
Estelar Cartagena de Indias Hotel Cartagena
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Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers, but does include flights Medellin-Cartagena & Cartagena-Bogota.

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 a Classic program. For more information, click here.

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Escorted Package Includes

  • Flights Miami-Medellin, Bogota-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
  • All intra-flights: Medellin-Cartagena & Cartagena-Bogota
  • 7 nights accommodations
    • 3 nights Medellin
    • 2 nights Cartagena
    • 2 nights Bogota
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 9 meals: 7 breakfasts, 2 dinners
  • 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

  • Discover Medellin in the beautiful Aburra Valley, named the "City of Eternal Spring"
  • Stay in magical Cartagena, named a UNESCO World Heritage Site - a true cultural treasure!
  • Tour Cartagena's Colonial District, view Bolivar Park, Santo Domingo Church and the Gold Museum
  • Stand before the impressive collection of pre-Columbian gold pieces at the Gold Museum
  • Visit La Candelaria District renowned for its perfectly preserved Colonial architecture
  • View the paintings and sculptures of Fernando Botero, the famed Colombian artist

†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 a Classic program. For more information, click here.

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DAY 1, Friday - Depart for Colombia
Depart for Colombia, a country of great diversity, culture, and natural beauty. Arrive in Medellín, a striking hillside metropolis, named the "City of Eternal Spring" because of its year-round mild temperatures; transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore the city independently
Overnight: Medellín

DAY 2, Saturday - Medellín City Tour
This morning, take a tour of the city. First, arrive at Botero Plaza accented by the artist's huge metal sculptures and home to the Museo de Antioquia with its outstanding collection of Botero's paintings as well as other famous international artists. Continue to Barefoot Park, a delightful zen-inspired public area that encompasses a small bamboo forest and sandy areas. Return to your hotel in the afternoon. The rest of the day is free to enjoy this lovely city on your own or, join the optional tour to the Santa Elena area, near Medellin. Santa Elena is one of the most typical “Antioqueño” towns, where the “Silleteros” tradition, linked to the flower production of the area, was born. Tonight, enjoy a Welcome Dinner with your fellow travelers and an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager on the delightful journey of Colombia that awaits you 
Optional: Half Day Santa Elena (PM)
Overnight: Medellín
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 3, Sunday - Full Day in Medellín
Spend a full day at leisure in Medellín to further explore this intriguing city or, join the full day optional Guatapé & Piedra del Peñol. Depart from Medellin this morning, on a scenic drive through the Eastern Highlands of Antioquia. Arrive at one of the area's top attractions, the Peñol Rock (La Piedra del Peñol), a 656-foot high monolith. You'll have the opportunity to climb more than 700 stairs to reach the top of this spectacular landmark and enjoy panoramic views of Guatapé Lake and the surrounding mountains. Continue with a visit to the town of Guatapé. After lunch on your own, enjoy a boat ride on Lake Guatapé, one of the country's largest lakes. Return to the hotel in Medellin
Optional: Full Day Guatapé & Piedra del Peñol
Overnight: Medellín
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Monday - Flight to Cartagena
Depart Medellín on a flight to Cartagena, a magical city nestled on the Caribbean Sea with magnificent architecture and massive fortifications. It is considered one of the country's cultural treasures with its remarkably intact historic walled city. Upon arrival, time permitting, meet children at a local school before continuing to the city center for lunch on your own. Embark on a city tour this afternoon. 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. Proceed to the city's colonial district beginning at Bolivar Park shaded by large trees and a statue of the great Liberator in the middle. The visit continues to Santo Domingo church, the Cathedral and ends at the Terraces. Pass by the house of the famous Nobel Prize Laureate novelist, Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Then, on to ‘the Vaults', archways built within the walled city that were used to store armaments and later as a prison. Today, this entire area is a thriving artisans' center with beautiful local handicrafts 
Overnight: Cartagena
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Tuesday - Full Day in Cartagena
Today is at leisure to discover this charming city on your own or, participate in the optional jewelry making class. Learn the art of jewelry making from trained craftsmen at FEJOCAR, a private non-profit jewelry school. Using .925 sterling silver and raw emeralds you will create jewelry. Upon completion of the class, you will receive a diploma and one piece of jewelry that you designed. 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: Jewelry Making Class (AM)
Optional: Half Day Colombian National Aviary Tour (PM)
Overnight: Cartagena
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Wednesday - Flight to Bogota & City Tour
A morning flight takes you to the cosmopolitan city of Bogota. Upon arrival, transfer into the city center for lunch on your own. In the afternoon, embark on a city tour of Bogota, an engaging and vibrant capital. Visit the colonial section of La Candelaria, the city's cultural epicenter. Stop at Plaza de Bolivar, the main square surrounded by the Cathedral, Palace of Congress, the Cardinal's Palace and the colonial church of El Sagrario. Afterward, on to the astonishing Gold Museum with its impressive collection of pre-Hispanic native gold crafts. Then, time permitting, 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. Learn how to play and try your hand at throwing the disk. Afterward, spend time at leisure. Tonight, perhaps dine at one of the restaurants offering delectable Colombian cuisine or, walk through the trendy Zona Rosa district, known for its lively pub scene or Parque 93, a commercial and recreational hub of the city
*Colombian laws prohibit all people under 18 from entering places where tejo is played
Overnight: Bogota ▲
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7, Thursday - Full Day in Bogota
Today is at leisure for independent activities or, take the optional Funicular Train Ride* that transports you up to Monserrate Mountain. At more than 10,000 feet above sea level, see outstanding views of downtown Bogota and visit the 17th-century church and its El Señor Caído Shrine. In the afternoon, join the optional tour to the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira. Head out of Bogota to the nearby town of Zipaquira. Upon arrival, visit the amazing Salt Cathedral, “The First Wonder of Colombia”, built within the chambers of a salt mine, located more than 500 feet beneath the surface. Wander the dimly lit tunnels, along with the church’s three main sections, including the Stations of the Cross, its three naves, and its dome. After your visit stop by the Café, located in one of the underground tunnels to have a delicious Colombian coffee. Afterwards, visit "San Antonio" Cathedral, and marvel at the panoramic views of colonial Zipaquira. Tonight, a Farewell Dinner with your fellow travelers at a local restaurant marks the end of a truly wonderful adventure in Colombia
*Funicular train ride may be substituted with a cable car ride without notice 
Optional: Monserrate Funicular Train Ride (AM)
Optional: Half Day Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira (PM)
Overnight: Bogota
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8, Friday - 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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Half Day Santa Elena

Depart for Santa Elena, a small colonial town high in a mountainside near Medellin. It is one of the most typical “Antioqueño” towns, where the “Silleteros” tradition, linked to the flower production of the area, was born. Tour the area where the well-known floral arrangements have become a famous symbol of Medellin. Explore an organic flower farm and immerse yourself in the euphoric sights and smells of the plants. Marvel at the spectacular flower sculptures and diverse species of plants. At the end of the tour, enjoy a typical Colombian coffee. Afterwards, return to the hotel in Medellin.

Pick-up at 02:00 pm and drop-off at 06:00 pm at the hotel. Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

Day #2 01 Jan 2019 - 10 Jan 2020 $58.00
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Full Day Guatape & Piedra del Penol

Depart from Medellin this morning, on a scenic drive through the Eastern Highlands of Antioquia. Arrive at one of the area's top attractions, the Peñol Rock (La Piedra del Peñol), a 656 foot high monolith. You'll have the opportunity to climb more than 700 stairs to reach the top of this spectacular landmark and enjoy panoramic views of Guatapé Lake and the surrounding mountains. Continue with a visit to the town of Guatapé. Tour the iconic sites of the town like the historic church, town square and traditional colored streets. After lunch on your own, enjoy a boat ride on Lake Guatapé, one of the country's largest lakes. Time to stroll along the boardwalk and relax at one of the cafes. Return to the hotel in Medellin. Entrance fees to the Peñol Boulder and boat ride on the lake are included.

Pick-up at 08:00 am and drop-off at 06:00 pm at the hotel. Approximate tour duration is 10 hours.

Day #3 01 Jan 2019 - 10 Jan 2020 $89.00
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Jewelry Making Class

Learn the art of jewelry making from trained craftsmen at FEJOCAR, a private non-profit jewelry school providing opportunities for local students with limited chances to attend college. Create jewelry of .925 sterling silver and raw Colombian emeralds. Learn the history of the emerald trade through high definition video, then melt metals, weld and laminate as you create several pieces of jewelry. Upon completion you will receive a diploma and one piece of jewelry that you created. Your participation helps support the education of less advantaged Colombians.

Pick-up and Drop-off at hotel. Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.

Day #5 01 Jan 2019 - 10 Jan 2020 $39.00
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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 #5 01 Jan 2019 - 10 Jan 2020 $79.00
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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 #7 01 Jan 2019 - 10 Jan 2020 $39.00
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Half Day Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira

Drive north from Bogota towards Zipaquira. Traveling through the Sabana de Bogota, you’ll see the many greenhouses used for the cultivation of carnations and roses, an important industry in this region. Next, arrive at the impressive Salt Cathedral, built within the tunnels of a salt mine at 500 feet beneath the surface, a true feat of engineering. Begin the tour in a tunnel that passes the 14 Stations of the Cross and continues to a lit dome. Later, see the enormous cross carved into the rock and the three naves of the Cathedral representing the birth, life and death of Christ. In the central nave is the main altar, with a huge salt cross created by the Colombian artist Carlos Enrique Rodriguez. After your visit stop by the Café, located in one of the underground tunnels to have a delicious Colombian coffee. Afterwards, visit "San Antonio" Cathedral, and marvel at the panoramic views of colonial Zipaquira. Afterwards, lunch on your own, before returning to Bogota.

Pick-up at 02:00 pm and drop-off at 07:00 pm at hotel. Approximate tour duration is 5 hours

Day #7 01 Jan 2019 - 10 Jan 2020 $58.00
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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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