Conquer Colombia from the vast plains on the edge of the Andes mountains, to the beautiful Caribbean!
In this magnificent trip, you will explore the natural and cultural wealth of the Eastern Plains and then finish the trip in the magical Caribbean northern part of the country. The plains region, with warm temperatures and large areas of land, hides some of the most beautiful places in the country. The image of Colombia would not be complete without the plain’s sunset; without that postcard of magnificent red trees that crown a cattle land that extends to the ends of our sight, and that invites us to discover what secret is hidden in the distance. The exuberant nature of the region is accompanied by a no less rich cultural tradition cultivated by the “cowboys”, workers dedicated to raising cattle. And The magical Colombian Caribbean that has the most paradisiacal beaches, mixed with beautiful mountains that bring the fresh aroma of the trees and full of birds and marine fauna, which make these landscapes a beautiful inspiration to later write a book, or as it happens many times. , You will change your desk in your big city to re-establish yourself in the Colombian Caribbean by buying a little house in front of the beach! For these reasons and more others, this trip is a hit to make your vacations a great way to scape from the big cities.
You can buy the plains and caribbean pack with 9 nights and 10 days, or you can buy the pack with 10 nights and 11 days. For groups we also have rates.
Here we will explain the 10 nights 11 days.
Features: Horseback Riding or Hiking at traditional ranch & Wildlife Photo Safari across Natural Reserve, then In the Caribbean region: Desert, Mountains, Beaches, Natural Parks, ancestral indigenous cultures, paradise islands and the jewel of the Colombian Caribbean that is the cultural heritage of humanity the beautiful city of Cartagena de Indias,
Day 1 – Half day of horseback riding or hiking at traditional ranch.
In the morning we arrive to Yopal, capital city of the department of Casanare. At the airport we are welcomed and transferred to our countryside hotel (approx. 15 minutes’ drive). After check-in we can walk between the fruit orchards and around the lush garden, arriving in the tropics, or hop into the pool to refresh before enjoying lunch at the hotel’s restaurant. In the afternoon we head out for our Llanero adventure in the saddle! A short drive takes us to a traditional ranch (15 mins) where the horses are calm and reliable as they take us across gallery forests, river streams, savannas, waterholes, palm groves and pastures – diverse ecosystems of the Llanos that are teeming with wildlife.
Day 2 – Half day of horseback riding or hiking at traditional ranch.
Early in the morning we head out for our Llanero adventure in the saddle! A short drive takes us to traditional ranch Hacienda for a ride in horse. Then, return to the hotel for lunch and check-out. A short transfer will take you to Yopal airport for onward travel (approx. 15 minutes’ drive).
Day 3 - Visit to Yopal farmers’ market and hike in the Andean foothills Country accommodation near the city of Yopal
Day 4 - Morning departure to the airport and fly to the city of Riohacha. In Rioacha reception at the Riohacha airport. (Morning flight). Lunch at popular Ranchería Wayuu with typical regional food, dances and crafts and interaction with the Wayuu culture, face painting, myths and legends. Departure for the "cape" Cabo de la Vela, Manaure, ( Manaure's main economic activity is the exploitation of the vast amounts of salt in the area ) and then transfer to Uribía, for a dinner and accommodation at Cape de la Vela. (Uribia is predominantly inhabited by indigenous peoples pertaining to the Wayuu ethnic group)
DAY 5 - Departure for Punta Gallinas passing through the vast Guajira desert, Lunch at Pusheo beach, Visit to the Médano de Taroa, beach, Punta Gallinas Lighthouse, that is the northernmost point of South America, fresh water wells, dinner and accommodation in Punta Gallinas at a tipical Posada Wayuu.
DAY 6 - Breakfast, departure to cape de la Vela, walk to Pilón de Azúcar and Ojo de Agua beach. Lunch at Cabo de la Vela, departure to Riohacha to continue to Palomino, free dinner, then accomodation.
DAY 7 - Breakfast, tubbing activity 1:30 hike through the Sierra Nevada, (The Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta is an isolated mountain range in the northern area of Colombia, separate it from the Andes mountains that runs through the centre of the country. Reaching an altitude of 5,700 m (18,700 ft) just 42 km (26 mi) from the Caribbean coast, the Sierra Nevada is the highest coastal range in the tropics, and one of the highest coastal ranges in the world) Here we will visit an indigenous town to share with the Koguii indigenous community, get to know their homes, coca crops, talk with a mother, we go down the river, time to enjoy it, lunch , and then transfer to the hotel, dinner and accommodation.
DAY 8 - Breakfast, a day tour is made through this ancient Tairona settlement accompanied by a local guide who recounts the life of this ancient civilization while walking through the cobbled paths and authentic terraces, places where they passed and lived. The route also shows an "indigenous cansamaría" ceremonial place of the Kogui, direct descendants of the Taironas who still preserve many of their customs transmitted from generation to generation to the present day and who sometimes occupy the cansamaría. At the end of the tour, you will enter the "Francisco Ospina Navia" museum, which has more than 300 Taironas archaeological pieces and current pieces of the Kogui culture (800 meters walking to the community there are travel options). Free lunch and free afternoon. Optional activity: an important activity is carried out within the Kogui community, which is the fabric made by women, who are fundamental pillars in society and an important part in the sustenance of families. Its weaving has great ancestral significance and is shared with our society through the Kogui weaving workshop in Taironaka (Additional cost of $ 84.00 approx for two people - prior reservation).
Return to the hotel, free dinner and accommodation at the hotel.
DAY 9 - 06:00 AM, departure to the city of Cartagena, passing through the city of Barranquilla, and arrival in Cartagena hotel, check in, then we will make a Cartagena-City Tour at the coordinated hours in the historic City and a tour will be carried out in air-conditioned transport, starting with a panoramic tour of the modern city, where you can see the residential and tourist area of the Boca Grande, Laguito and Castillo Grande neighborhoods, where you can see exuberant landscapes, magnificent beaches, and an important hotel and tourist infrastructure.
After the previous tour we will be able to observe the beautiful bay of Cartagena, which is separated from the Caribbean Sea by the Tierra Bomba island. Next, you will visit the Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, a great fortress that was built for 200 years on the San Lázaro hill, in order to defend the City from any attack by land from the enemies of the Spanish Crown, visit the church of San Pedro Claver. There will be a stop to shop for handicrafts in Las Bóvedas and we will have the opportunity to appreciate the historic center. Includes: Transportation, guide in english and entrance to the Castillo of San Felipe. Duration: 3h ½ hours approximately. At the end of the tour, return to the hotel. Night at the hotel.
DAY 10 -Breakfast, and then -Tour to the Rosario Islands, transfer from the hotel to the tourist pier to board a speedboat to the the Rosario Islands. The tour lasts approximately 50 minutes, where we can observe the towns surrounding Cartagena, such as Tierra Bomba, Caño de Loro, Punta Arena and Boca Chica. In Boca Chica where the open sea begins, there are two forts San José and San Fernando, which collaborated in defense of the entrance of the Pirates to the bay of Cartagena. Then we will border the island of Barú, until we reach the corals Rosario Islands, we will arrive at the selected Island. The Rosario Islands (or corals from Rosario) is a small archipelago formed by 27 islands, located off the coast of the Department of Bolívar, in them is located one of the natural national parks of Colombia, created to protect one of the coral reefs most important of the Colombian Caribbean coast. In this place we will find a beautiful place to visit, considered a wonder of nature. Its natural landscapes, crystal clear water and coral formations show a unique ecosystem in the world. On the island there will be a panoramic tour of the archipelago, visit to the San Martín de Pajarales Natural Aquarium, where you can appreciate a variety of marine species, and enjoy the wonderful show of sharks eating from the hand of a man and the tender and intelligent dolphins. Time for lunch and enjoy the beach. At the end, return to the hotel at 3:00 p.m. Regular service. In the evening hours, time to carry out activities of interest or enjoy the hotel facilities.
Day 11 - Breakfast, then to the airport at the coordinated time, end of tour.
· Complete hydration
· Horses and necessary equipment
· Vehicles 4x4
· Entrance fees to all-natural parks
· All meals except those not specified in the itinerary
· City tour San Felipe Castle
· Rosario islands tour
· Departure taxes in the port of Cartagena for the Rosario Islands
· Flights to Bogota-Yopal-Riohacha (We have good net fares if you need it)
· Any other items not specified in the programs
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