ITINERARY

Day 1: Bogota

Assistance at the El Dorado International Airport.
Lodging at the Hotel.

Accommodation: NH Urban 26 Hotel 3+*

Day 2: Bogota City Tour

Breakfast.

The day begins with a Panoramic tour through the historic center of Bogota also called “La Candelaria”, in which we will visit The Gold Museum where we will learn about 34,000 pieces of pre-Columbian gold and more than 25,000 Pre-Columbian objects. Later we will visit the Money House and Botero Museum where artworks of Fernando Botero are exhibited, Fernando Botero is internationally recognized by different artistic techniques such as painting, drawing and sculpture. The tour ends with a panoramic tour knowing the frame Bolivar Square (The Cathedral, The Nariño house, the Lievano palace and the Palace of Justice).

Optional: Emerald Museum U$10 pp
Important Note: Gold Museum closed on Mondays, Botero Museum Closed on Tuesdays

Accommodation: NH Urban 26 Hotel 3+*

(Breakfast)

Day 3: Zipaquira - Guatavita

Breakfast.

At the agreed time the tour starts heading to the town of Zipaquira, located 50 kilometers from Bogota, crossing the “Sabana de Bogotá” to the north of the city. Once in the town we will see the salt cathedral built inside a salt mine 180 meters deep, considered one of the most important wonders of Colombia and great engineering work and religious art.

Towards Northeast Bogota 75 kilometers, in the North way, there is the municipality of Guatavita. Over the years the lagoon bearing the same name of the municipality has distinguished historically and worldwide for the enigmatic legend of “El Dorado” for its large indigenous past

Accommodation: NH Urban 26 Hotel 3+*

(Breakfast/Lunch)

Day 4: Santa Marta City Tour

Breakfast.

Transfer to the Airport to take a flight to Santa Marta.

Assistance at the Simon Bolivar Airport and transfer to the hotel.

Tour of the city, passing through the main avenues, visiting La Quinta de

San Pedro Alejandrino, where Simón Bolívar lived, visits to the Cathedral Basilica Menor, which is the oldest in Colombia, where currently the remains of Simon Bolívar rest. Also visit Gold Museum or Casa de la Aduana, where you can appreciate an extraordinary collection, which is put in context of the cultural heritage and a beautiful restored colonial house that invites you to explore the past and present of Santa Marta. At the end take a panoramic tour. Returning to the hotel.

Accommodation: Best Western Hotel 4*  

(Breakfast)

Day 5: Tayrona - Cabo San Juan

Breakfast.

White sand cove characterized by its wonderful landscapes formed with the greenery of nature as it submerges in the blue waters of the Caribbean Sea. This plan is ideal for family outings or groups of friends who wish to enjoy the wonders of nature, meet different species of fauna and flora, bathe in magnificent beaches and the relaxing panoramic of an intensely blue sea.

Important: Yellow fever certificate is a must.

Accommodation: Best Western Hotel 4* 

(Breakfast/Lunch)

Day 6: Santa Marta - Cartagena

Breakfast.

At the agreed time, transfer by car to Cartagena (aprox. 4 hours).

Panoramic tour by Bocagrande, Castillogrande and Manga neighborhoods. Arriving to the top of the mountain called Popa, where you will see the whole city, visit the convent and church, follow for a guide. Visit to the San Felipe Castle, the military engineering wok most important of Spain in America, which protected the city from the pirate attacks. On the way to the hotel you will be back on the Santander Avenue where you can see the baluarte and the battlement of the historic center; Visit the craft center called Las Bovedas.

Accommodation: Corales de Indias Hotel 4* 

(Breakfast)

Day 7: Rosario Islands

Breakfast

Tour starts every day at 08-08:30 hours * It begins from the Marina Santa Cruz pier – full day in an island to enjoy the clearly water also you can do snorkel or diving (aditional Price). In the Pegasos pier you will take a fast boat or yacht, panoramic tour by boat of the Cartagena and Bocachica Bay, where you can see beautiful San Fernando and San José walls. Free time to enjoy the place and sea.

Includes: Transfer Hotel / Pier / Hotel (only Driver, Spanish), Tour to Rosario Islands (Shuttle in Spanish).
No Included: Oceanarium ticket U$12 by person,

Accommodation: Corales de Indias Hotel 4* 

(Breakfast)

Day 8: Cartagena - Bogota - Quito

Breakfast.

Arrival at Mariscal Sucre Airport, Quito. Transfer to Hilton Colon Hotel.

Accommodation: Rio Amazonas Hotel 3+* 

Check in – 14:00

Day 9: Quito City Line

Breakfast.

Quito city tour is perfect for seeing fascinating panoramas, churches, domes and roofs that have an important historical value. You will admire and learn about colonial art, architecture, culture, legends, and traditions. Quito, the capital of Ecuador, was founded in the 16th century on the ruins of an Inca city and stands at an altitude of 9.350 feet. Despite the 1917 earthquake, the city has the best-preserved, least altered historic Center in Latin America. The architecture and rich interiors, are pure examples of Quito School of sculpture, which is a fusion of Spanish, Italian, Moorish, Flemish and indigenous art. After four incredible hours exploring the Old Town, you’ll understand why Quito was the world’s first city named to UNESCO’s Cultural Heritage list.

At the afternoon, you will visit: “Cuidad Mitad Del Mundo” and Intiñan Museum

  • “Ciudad Mitad del Mundo”

“Ciudad Mitad del Mundo” is the touristic, cultural, scientific and commercial smallest city of Ecuador. Its architecture is based on colonial style. An obelisk and a museum relevant to its geographical location were built at the Middle of the World site. All of this is found among the drastic landscape surrounded by nature and modern buildings. The monument is crowned by a metallic sphere that represents the Earth. It is named Equatorial Monument and it geographical orientation coincides with the four cardinal points and is located precisely at Earth’s midpoint — 0 degrees latitude, 0 minutes, 0 seconds.

  • Intiñan Museum

Since the year 1960, the Intiñan Museum in Quito has been a center for the promotion of the many aspects of Ecuador’s culture.  This museum offers interactive exhibits on how the Incas determined the middle of the earth, plus interesting science experiments such as balancing an egg on a nail.

Return to the hotel.

Accommodation: Rio Amazonas Hotel 3+* 

(Breakfast)

Day 10: Mindo

Breakfast.

Mindo is a tiny town set amidst some of the most beautiful and peaceful countryside in the entire country. It is a centre for both nature and for adventure activities.

You are going to visit a butterfly farm where you will also be able to see orchids and an array of colourful humming birds. Mindo has a great biodiversity. The forest landscape is home to over 500 species of birds and 400 species of orchids.
You cross the forest area in a cable car, located approximately 30 meters above the ground, then we will walk through the woods.

Another of the most popular activities in Mindo is the zip-lining canopy runs between towers high in the forest.
Also you have a chocolate tour which includes a demonstration of the chocolate-making process.

Accommodation: Rio Amazonas Hotel 3+* 

(Breakfast)

Day 11: Quilotoa

Breakfast.

After breakfast we will drive to the famous Quilotoa Crater Lake. On our way we will pass by the Tigua workshop and admire some impressive local artwork with impressions of life in the Andes.

At our arrival to the Quilotoa Loop, we will appreciate an emerald green lake inside the crater of an extinct volcano with steep jagged cliffs. We are going to trek into the crater to the lake shore and the return to the top of the crater is a mule ride. Kayak on the lake (optional).
Return to Quito.

Accommodation: Rio Amazonas Hotel 3+* 

(Breakfast)

Day 12: Quilo - Galapagos Islands

Transfer to the airport – flight to the Galapagos Islands.

When you land in Baltra a guide will be waiting for you. You will arrive at Santa Cruz Island crossing the Itabaca Channel, it is a waterway that connects two islands,(Baltra and Santa Cruz), in 10 minutes.

Then we continue to Highlands of Santa Cruz. Here you may observe the famous Giant Tortoises in their natural environment, which also known as Galapagos, and from where the name of the Islands derive. Also catch sight of the famous Galapagos Finches, Bird Wizards, as well as endemic vegetation such as Escelacias forests and Matazarnos.

Later you will have free time to explore the town of Puerto Ayora, where you can several souvenir shops.

Accommodation: Silberstein Hotel  3+ *

(Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 13-14: Galapagos

Breakfast.

From the second-day, the excursion may change depending on the availability. Visits to the islands are confirmed one week before arrival. Visits could be to the following islands (one island per day):
North Seymour Island: North Seymour is a small island near to Baltra Island in the Galapagos Islands. It was formed by uplift of a submarine lava formation. The whole island is covered with low, bushy vegetation.
This island is home to a large population of blue-footed boobies and swallow-tailed gulls. It hosts one of the largest populations of frigate birds in Galapagos.
North Seymour has a visitor trail approximately 2 kilometers (1.2 mi) in length crossing the inland of the island and exploring the rocky coast.
North Seymour is an extraordinary place for breeding birds, and is home to one of the largest populations of nesting blue-footed boobies and magnificent frigate birds. Pairs of blue-footed boobies can be seen conducting their mating ritual as they offer each other gifts, whistle and honk, stretch their necks towards the sky, spread their wings, and dance—showing off their bright blue feet.

Plazas Island: South Plaza is a small island off the east coast of Santa Cruz in the Galapagos Islands. It has an area of 0.13 km and a maximum altitude of 23 metres. South Plaza was formed by lava up streaming from the bottom of the ocean. Despite its small size it is home to a large number of species and it is famous for its extraordinary flora. That is why this island is very popular with visitors. On the steep banks it is possible to see a great number of birds such as nesting Red-billed Tropicbirds and Swallow-tailed Gulls, but most of all, enjoying the beautiful view from atop the steep banks or strolling along the base of the cliff is an extremely pleasurable experience. Very attractive are the beautiful prickly pear cactus trees (Opuntia echios) and of course the large colony of Galapagos Land Iguanas. Depending on the season, the Sesuvium ground vegetation changes its colour from intense green in the rainy season to orange and purple in the dry season.

Bartolome Island:  is a volcanic islet in the Galápagos Islands group. It is a volcanic islet just off the east coast of Santiago Island. It is one of the “younger” islands in the Galápagos archipelago. With a total land area of just 1.2 km², this island offers some of the most beautiful landscapes in the archipelago. The island consists of an extinct volcano and a variety of red, orange, green, and glistening black volcanic formations.
Bartolome has a volcanic cone that is easy to climb and provides great views of the other islands. Bartolome is famous for its Pinnacle Rock, which is the distinctive characteristic of this island, and the most representative landmark of the Galápagos.
It has two visitor sites. At the first one, you may swim and snorkel around Pinnacle Rock; the underwater world there is really impressive. You can snorkel with the penguins, marine turtles, white-tipped reef sharks, and other tropical fish.

Santa Fe Island: This island is the home to several land iguana species, as well as one endemic type of this specie, the Conolophus Pallidus, that only inhabits Santa Fe and has a pale yellow color and is of a bigger size than other land iguanas. You can also find four different types of endemic rodents, but being night active, they will probably not show themselves during the tour. Nevertheless, they are of great importance for the proper function of the food chain. Several studies talk about Santa Fe as one of the oldest islands of the archipel, being over 3 million years old. The turquoise water around the island is perfect for snorkeling and known as one of the best spots for this activity with a high probability of seeing sea turtles, sea lions, tropical fish and squids.

Accommodation: Silberstein Hotel  3+ *

(Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 15: Galapagos Islands OUT

Breakfast.

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Guayaquil or Quito.

(Breakfast)

 RATES IN USD PER PERSON½ DBL
Mainland Ecuador and Galapagos Services3.330

 *Single supplement USD 735

 INCLUDES:

  • Shared transportation and tour with English speaking guide in Mainland Ecuador as described on the itinerary;
  • Shared transportation and tours with English speaking guide at the Galapagos Islands as described on the itinerary;
  • English speaking guide in Mainland Colombia; Spanish speaking driver in Islas del Rosario and transfers Hotel-Pier-Hotel;
  • Shared transfers and excursions in Colombia;
  • Accommodation as listed on the itinerary;
  • Meals as listed on the itinerary;
  • Entrance fees as listed on the itinerary.

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Flight to/from Galapagos Islands, USD 500 per person.
  • Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee / USD 100 pp (subject to change);
  • Ingala Transit Control Card / USD 20 pp (subject to change);
  • Islas del Rosario fee: 15500 COP pp (subject to change);
  • International flights;
  • Domestic flights in Colombia;
  • Travel and health insurance;
  • Tips;
  • Personal expenses;
  • Items not specified.

RATES AND ITINERARY subject to change without prior notice