Bogota, Cartegena Colombia Walking Tour

Colombia, Central & South America

Though it may new to you, Colombia has been carefully cultivating itself into a very special place to visit for both new and seasoned travelers the world over. This special walking tour, hiking adventure and cultural experience will soon be near or at the top of all South American destinations so NOW is the time to join Gene and Jo Ann Taylor and put it at the top of your list.

Travel to Colombia is HOT on the adventure travel scene!

Those who visit Colombia discover a country of rich cultural and artistic treasures, valleys and mountains, diverse climates and unique landscapes. Colombia is the only country in South America with coastlines on the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. From the Amazon to the city of Cartagena, declared Historic and Cultural Heritage, through its capital Bogotá, not to mention the beautiful scenery in the Coffee Triangle; travelers with the Walking Connection will be closer to understanding why Colombia is the country of magical realism.

With its pre-Colonial, Colonial and Republican history, Colombia has a wealth of cultural attractions. Nature and wildlife abound in its diverse landscapes and the spirit and warmth of the Colombian people will ensure your Colombian experience will be one that lingers on long after you arrive back home.

  • Warm Welcomes From Locals Wherever We Go
  • Expert local guides
  • Organic Farms
  • Scenic Mountain Regions
  • Colonial Architecture
  • Colorful Markets
  • Local Colombian Cuisine
  • Hacienda Bambusa
  • Coffee Plantation Walks and Mountain Hikes
  • Fantastic Cultural Experiences
  • Botero Museum

Day 1 – Bogotá

A friendly city with a vibrant and diverse cultural energy; Bogota has an intriguing balance between its historical past and its movement into the future. Colombia’s capital and commercial back bone, sits high on a mountain rimmed plateau in the Cordillera Oriental of the Andes Mountains.

People from all corners of this country work, live and fill the bustling streets with vibrant hues and colors reaching into every corner of this cosmopolitan city.

Gene and Jo Ann Taylor, co-founders of the Walking Connection welcome you to the beautiful Casa Medina. With its stone columns and handsome brick facade, this Four Seasons boutique property has been declared a monument of cultural interest by the Colombian ministry of culture. Step through the doors and be enveloped in residential comfort, with Spanish colonial accents of beamed ceilings set off by an eclectic blend of the artesianal and the contemporary.

And our journey just begins…

With it’s stone columns and brick façade, this hotel has been declared a monument of cultural interest by the Colombian Ministry of Culture.
Overnight: Casa Medina, Four Seasons Boutique Property (1 of 2 Nights)

(Due to late flights no meals or activities are planned for this day)

Day 2 – Bogotá

We’ll begin our adventure with a city walking tour with our local English speaking guide learning of the history of Bogotá founded in 1538. A visit to the Montserrate sanctuary, a symbol of the Colombian capital, located high above the city will give us a unique panoramic view overlooking the city.

After visiting the Gold Museum, that houses up to 34,000 pieces of gold from 13 pre-Hispanic civilizations, we will walk along the streets of La Candelaria. A traditional neighborhood, La Candelaria, is a centuries-old quarter of restored one and two story pastel-painted houses and cobblestone streets, at the center of Bogotá’s — and Colombia’s — revival.

Admire the works of the greatest Colombian contemporary artist at the Botero Museum as we make our way to Plaza de Bolívar the heart of Bogota. In the center we wil find a statue of Simón Bolívar sculpted in 1846 by the Italian Pietro Tenerani, which was the first ever public monument in the city.

In the evening we will walk to dinner! Imagine that. Here’s why. Our hotel sits in the middle of the “Zona G!” where G stands for gastronomic!

Meals included today: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

With it’s stone columns and brick façade, this hotel has been declared a monument of cultural interest by the Colombian Ministry of Culture.
Overnight: Casa Medina, Four Seasons Boutique Property (2 of 2 Nights)

Day 3 – Bogotá – Usaquén Flea Market – Hacienda Bambusa

After breakfast, we’ll start the day with a visit to the Usaquén Flea Market. Walking around the area will give us a snapshot of Colombia’s history, along with its past and present values. It is a window into the intimacy of the collective mind of a city’s inhabitants. The Usaquén’s flea market was born in 1991 and now each week the streets close on Sunday to make room for the varied and colorful stalls with music filling the air.

In the early afternoon we will depart the city life and take a flight to the coffee region of Armenia. As we arrive at the Hacienda Bambusa, located in the southern party of the coffee region you will have a sense of privilege being in such a beautiful environment with a labyrinth of plantain, manioc, orange and pineapple plantations. Landscapes are stunning, and the diversity of its flora and fauna make it a small paradise.

Within this large working hacienda is the 8-bedroom house, built of bamboo guadua and clay tiles, in the typical style of the houses of the coffee region. Surrounded by bamboo forests Bambusa will be our oasis of tranquility and natural beauty.

Our introduction to the hacienda will be a hike on the property with an English-speaking biologist guide. Learn all the secrets this wonderful ecosystem hides as we walk in the Bamboo “guadual” forest home to some 160 species of birdlife.

Meals included today: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

“We have built in our hacienda a place where rest and contemplation of the natural beauty of the landscape are a part of our history. Each day is a new opportunity to enjoy the richness of the secrets revealed by our mountains.”
Overnight: Hacienda Bambusa (1 of 3 Nights)

Day 4 – Salento and Cocora Valley

The day will take us into the culture of the region along with the stunning natural beauty of the Cocora Valley. We’ll visit Salento a bustling colonial market town at the center of the Coffee Zone. Set amid gorgeous mountains it has a lively buzz, with quaint streets lined with typical paisa architecture. Its juxtaposition with the Valle del Cocora makes it an extremely popular small town. Founded in 1850, it is one of the oldest towns in Quindío.

We’ll drive to the Valle Cocora, part of the wider Parque Nacional Los Nevados and right on Salento’s doorstep. A majestic valley it is home to the wax palm the national tree of Colombia and the worlds tallest variety of palm tree, measuring up to 60m. Regarded as a sanctuary by locals it is a spectacular place to walk. And if the skies are clear, we’ll be able to spot the snowcapped tops of the volcanoes on the horizon.

Meals included today: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Declared Natural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.
Overnight: Hacienda Bambusa (2 of 3 Nights)

Day 5 – Coffee Region

The coffee region is proud to be one of the greatest legacies in Colombia, its cultural epicenter. With every turn, a spectacular panorama changes your perspective, from the rolling hillsides of fertile coffee plantations to plunging valleys and bold elevations. As we meet some of the most passionate Colombian coffee experts, they will share their experience and knowledge, and we will learn the process from planting the seed, until we try one of the world’s finest coffees. Coffee cupping will show us why a cup of coffee can be even more sophisticated than a glass of wine.

In the afternoon we will visit one of the region’s most valued projects for conservation. With over 110 bird species, 3000 butterflies from 40 different species, an extensive bamboo “guadua” forest, and a unique native forest that hosts many plants in danger of extinction, we will experience the botanical garden with our biologist guide.

Meals included today: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Declared Natural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.
Overnight: Hacienda Bambusa (3 of 3 Nights)

Day 6 – Fly to Cartagena de Indias

The magic of Cartagena is hidden inside the walled city in its colonial architecture, its streets filled with history and the warmth of its people. Their secrets will be revealed so you too can fall in love with this colonial city.

Today’s walk is specially designed so that you will not only see and visit the city, but live it. You will have the opportunity to try the local street food, maybe have a coffee like locals on a square, pass by an art gallery to learn about Cartagena art scene and of course see the highlights of the city and learn about its history.

Meals included today: Breakfast & Lunch

Luxury Hotel Bastion is located within the city walls about Cartagena de Indias. Overnight: Bastion Luxury Hotel (1 of 3 Nights)

Day 7 – March 10- Cartagena

Today we will venture outside the old city starting with a traditional market, barely visited by tourists. The Bazurto is a traditional open air market offering vegetable, fish, meat, fruit, clothing and handicrafts. Let this “underground” of Cartagena enchant you. Ideal for an adventure, we will walk through a maze of alleys, where our guide will introduce us to the local tastes of Colombia.

After lunch, we will drive to La Popa the highest point in Cartagena for a panoramic view of the city and the San Felipe Castel . Then we will wander the streets of Getsemani, an up and coming neighborhood.

Getsemani shares the Old Walled City of Cartagena’s bright Caribbean colors, narrow streets, and friendly locals. The blocks are lined with beautiful graffiti by a slew of artists, cats soaking in windowsill sunshine, and friendly domino and chess games.

Meals included today: Breakfast & Lunch

Luxury Hotel Bastion is located within the city walls of Cartagena de Indias. Overnight: Bastion Luxury Hotel (2 of 3 Nights)

Day 8 – March 11 – Cartagena

Today we will have the opportunity to visit a program sponsored by the foundation ProBoquilla. The purpose of the foundation is to improve the living conditions of the people from the very poor fishing village of La Boquilla.

In 2008 the project Madres-Cabeza de Familia y sus Cocos (Mothers – family patriarch and their coconuts) was formed as an association sponsoring 7 women that took part in a crafts-class. The life of those Damartes (Damas de Arte = Women of Art) is very impressive. All of them are mothers shaped by their life stories.

The association continues as a working group of women that manufacture great things out of simple means — coconuts. We will meet the women as they produce jewellery, silverware, containers, vases, belts and accessories.

Afternoon at leisure

As our Colombian adventure comes to a close we’ll bid farewell with a private sunset catamaran cruise. Seeing the old town and the skyline of the city from the water at night is a magical experience that will be a lasting memory of this welcoming city.

Meals included today: Breakfast and Hosted Farewell Cruise & Reception

Luxury Hotel Bastion is located within the city walls about Cartagena de Indias. Overnight: Bastion Luxury Hotel (2 of 3 Nights)

Day 9 – March 12 – Cartagena Airport (or Points Beyond)

Meals included today: Breakfast

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*Itinerary: Please note that the details of this itinerary are subject to change. Many of the planned activities are organized according to availability, events or seasonal dates, appropriate weather conditions, schedules of hosts, or the discretion of our guides. We make every effort to provide the experience described in the itinerary with the understanding that some things may change.

*Please note that both Gene and Jo Ann are designated hosts and escorts for this trip if the minimum of 10 guests is met. Another host or escort may be substituted if either or both are unable to lead this adventure for any reason.

Departures:
The trip begins in Bogotá, Colombia and ends in Cartagena, Colombia.

Your Walking Connection Experience Includes:

  • Expertly planned custom itinerary exclusive to The Walking Connection including visits to little known destinations not typically frequented by tourist groups.
  • All park fees, sanctuary fees, government taxes and statutory charges as listed on the itinerary.
  • 8 Nights Luxury accommodations with en suite bathrooms as designated in the itinerary.
  • All meals as indicated in itinerary: (B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch and (D) Dinner in the itinerary. Includes: 8 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 5 Dinners & 1 Hosted Cruise & Reception w/drinks & appetizers.
  • Private luxury air conditioned coach throughout
  • Expert Driver/Guide throughout. (Provide alternative walks and hikes when possible and practical).
  • Local experienced interpretive and naturalist guide(s) on walks and hikes.
  • Coffee and tea provided with meals.
  • Arrival meet & greet assistance, departure assistance when arriving and departing on the first and last day of tour.
  • Detailed “Know Before You Go” information including recommended website, reading lists, packing list, what to bring, weather and much, much more.
  • Access to professional photo galleries and individual images of your entire experience. Provided by Walking Connection if Gene Taylor is a host of this trip.
  • Reservations for this trip are available on a limited basis and are only available on a first come first served basis. Should this trip completely sell out, please see our waiting list policy.

Your Walking Connection Experience Does Not Include:

  • All international and domestic airfares with taxes not outlined in the above inclusions.
  • Airport transfers if not arriving and departing on the first and last day of tour
  • All items of a personal nature including beverages, guide gratuities, laundry and shopping.
  • All passport and visa application fees, vaccination and medical consulting fees.
  • All international departure taxes collected at airport of departure.
  • Gratuities for the local guides
  • Travel insurance
  • Early check in & late check out of rooms
  • Optional tours or items of a personal nature such as drinks
  • Bottled drinking water (even with meals) may cost extra
  • Photographs & phone calls
  • No discounts or refunds on any unused portion of the tour.
  • Anything that is not expressly stated in the itinerary or on the inclusions page as included.
  • Travel Insurance is not included, we recommend CSA Travel Pro.

*Please note that both Gene and Jo Ann are designated hosts and escorts for this trip if the minimum of 10 guests is met. Another host or escort may be substituted if either or both are unable to lead this adventure for any reason.

Trip Price per person: Price depends upon the number of people in your private party. (based upon double occupancy)

Single occupancy: Limited availability.

Deposits: A deposit of $500 USD per person is required to reserve your space. No space will be held without a complete deposit. Deposits may be made by check or credit card. Our tour prices are subject to change due to currency fluctuation at the time of final payment.

Payments: All payments must be made according to the schedule & are subject to the cancellation & penalty policy. Final payment is due on or before 90 days prior to the trip. We request that all final payments be made by check.

Itinerary: Please note that the details of this itinerary are subject to change. Many of the planned activities are organized according to availability, events or seasonal dates, appropriate weather conditions, schedules of hosts, or the discretion of our guides. We make every effort to provide the experience described in the itinerary with the understanding that some things may change.

Special Supplier Gifts and Items: As a local custom, vendors, suppliers, ground operators, restaurants and hotel properties may offer complimentary beverages that may or may not contain alcohol. Should you elect not to accept this gift, complimentary water may not be offered as a replacement and may only be offered for a fee. This is a local custom beyond the control of The Walking Connection.

Travel Roommates and Single Supplements: If you have registered for double occupancy but don’t have a travel roommate, the Walking Connection will attempt to locate one for you. In the event that a roommate cannot be found, you may be charged for a Single Supplement for any portion of the trip where you will be rooming as a single.

Travel roommates are assigned in the order in which we receive deposited and confirmed reservations. Final roommate assignments will be made and you will be notified of any Single Supplement charges due 30 days prior to the due date of your final payment.

Air Arrangements: The Walking Connection does not typically make any airline reservations, either domestic or international. : BEFORE YOUR MAKE YOUR AIRLINE ARRANGEMENTS, PLEASE CONTACT US BY TELEPHONE (800) 295-9255 TO RECONFIRM THE FINAL ASPECTS OF THIS TRIP. The Walking Connection will provide you with the recommended arrival and departure airports, times and any additional information you may need BEFORE YOU BOOK YOUR AIR for this trip.

Trip Minimum:10 Full Paying Guests: Because the Walking Connection specializes in traveling in small groups, many times we stay in small boutique hotel properties, historical Inns, private homes and bed and breakfasts. For this and contractual related reasons, some trips may require a minimum number of guests traveling together to go. FOR THIS TRIP, an additional Small Group Surcharge or $200 a person may be assessed or the trip may be cancelled at the option of the Walking Connection if sign ups does not meet the 10 person minimum. This trip will be guaranteed to be conducted either when we have reached the minimum number of guests or evaluated 120 and 90 days prior to departure. Also, should the minimum not be met, the Walking Connection at it’s sole discretion may elect to operate the trip with just one Walking Connection host. Please do not make your international or domestic air arrangements until trip is confirmed.

Waiting List Policy: On occasion, Walking Connection tours sell out and a waiting list is formed. If this should happen, the following policy will apply. To be put on the waiting list, a fully refundable deposit is due with reservation. If space becomes available, you will be notified at that time and if you choose to go, the standard cancellation policy will then apply. If not, your money will be refunded in full.

Cancellation, Penalty & Refund Policies: Should you have to cancel your tour the following terms will apply: Due to the exclusive and small group nature of this adventure, all cancellation requests will incur a $300 per person administrative fee.
For cancellations from 91 – 120 Days prior to the trip: deposit is forfeited.
For cancellations from 61 – 90 days prior to the trip 40% penalty of the total trip cost.
For Cancellations and no shows 60 days before trip, no refunds.
No refunds will be made for any unused portion of the tour.

All cancellations must be made in writing and delivered to The Walking Connection via e-mail and/or United States Post Office. Your cancellation date is the date your notice is received and confirmed by The Walking Connection, not the postmark date.

Travel Insurance: Travel Insurance

*Please note that both Gene and Jo Ann are designated hosts and escorts for this trip if the minimum of 10 guests is met. Another host or escort may be substituted if either or both are unable to lead this adventure for any reason.