A Tropical Colombia Adventure Holiday
This holiday will see you exploring caves of nocturnal oil-birds, rafting, walking, visiting historical towns and colonial cities and ending with some beach time on wild Caribbean beaches. It offers an excellent combination of history and adventure.
The Chameleon team have arranged many holidays to Colombia over the years and have prepared the following itinerary based on our personal recommendation and experience.
This holiday combines adventure persuits with time in attractive historical towns and cities.
- View Bogota from above on the Monserrate cable car
- Raft the Rio Negro
- Explore the steaming hot, historical town of Honda on the mighty Rio Magdalena
- Walk, horse-ride or fish with the locals around Honda
- See oil-bird filled caves, raft or zip-line at Rio Claro Nature Reserve
- Wander the streets of colonial Cartagena
- Enjoy wild Caribbean beaches with optional walking, kayaking and tubing.
This itinerary can be adapted to suit your preferences. If there are activities you don't like, let us know and we can take them out or suggest alternatives.
- Day 1. Arrive Bogota
- On arrival you'll be taken to your hotel in La Candelaria, the colonial district of Bogota where you stay 2 nights at Casa Deco.
- Day 2. Bogota
- You'll be taken on a guided walking tour of Bogota visiting the Gold Museum and Monserrate hill by cable car for excellent views over the capital.
- Day 3. Rafting the Rio Negro and Honda
- Depart Bogota early and travel by road towards Tobia village, near Villeta. Take a two hour rafting trip on the Rio Negro with class II-III rapids. Continue to Honda (further two hours by road) and your hotel - Casa Belle Epoque where you spend the next two nights. Afternoon guided walking tour of Honda. On the journey out of the Andes near Bogota down to the Rio Magdalena, you'll notice the increasingly lush scenery and rising temperatures - it is a beautiful journey.
- Day 4. Honda
- Morning trek to Cerro Honda, a nearby viewpoint overlooking the town, a steep half hour climb, which affords spectacular views of the Magdalena River Valley and colonial centre. Visit to a traditional market where you'll learn about tropical fruits. Optional (extra cost) horse-riding excursion on a nearby hacienda (1-2 hours), or free time to relax in the pool and hammocks during the midday heat. Afternoon fishing activity: Transfer to Magdalena River, and visit to Riverside beach at Cabana Tambo, a rustic wooden cabin by the river, set in attractive forested area in a traditional fishing community. Short introduction to fishing, with local fisherman to learn about different techniques and how they make dug-out canoes.
- Day 5. Rio Claro
- Early departure from Honda to Rio Claro Nature Reserve (two hour drive). Mid-morning trek through the rainforest, along easy jungle paths. The area has many caves and geological formations with stalactites. Chance to spot many birds, morpho butterflies, insects and monkeys. Afternoon visit to Guacharos Cave. A large cave inhabited by oilbirds, an endemic species of blind birds unique to the Andes. The cave is entered by wading through a stream which goes into the mouth of the cave, to discover the sounds, shapes, textures, darkness and light effects. As the Guacharos have a sonar navigation system at sunset they all leave the cave to hunt for food, and the sight of this mass exodus is very impressive. Overnight at Rio Claro Nature Reserve in cabins set in tropical rainforest overlooking the river.
- Day 6. To Medellin
- Early morning zip-lining excursion through the rainforest across the emerald green river from one platform to another. Continue to Medellin by road (four hours), driving through mountainous, jungle covered scenery. Spend one night in Medellin, Colombia's second city at hotel Florencia Plaza.
- Day 7. To Cartagena
- Fly from Medellin to Cartagena, the beautiful colonial city on the Caribbean Coast. Once used by the Spanish as the storehouse for gold and other plundered treasures, the walled city of Cartagena still retains many aspects of its colonial past, with superb architecture and a relaxed Caribbean atmosphere. It is a wonderful place to explore on foot. Spend three nights at hotel Monterrey.
- Days 8 and 9. Cartagena
- You have two full days to explore Cartagena. We include a half-day guided walking tour on the first day, then the remainder of the time you are at leisure to enjoy the city on your own.
- Day 10. To Palomino
- Travel by road to Palomino, a small Caribbean town a little beyond Tayrona National Park. Spend on a private nature reserve. You'll stay here two nights (more if you wish) where you can relax and enjoy some wonderfully wild and unspoilt beaches. On a clear day you may be able to see the snow-capped peaks of the Sierra Nevada. Should you still be feeling active, there is plenty to do here, with day walks, horse-riding and kayaking available. Accommodation is in comfortable, thatched beach cabins, all within 100 metres of the sea. There is no electricity, light is provided by candle. All meals are included during your stay here.
- Days 11. Beach
- Free day to rest or do optional activities arranged with your lodge.
- Day 12. Depart Colombia
- You'll be driven to Santa Marta airport for your flights back to the UK.
- Day 13. Arrive UK
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