10-Day Breathtaking Barichara & The Caribbean

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    BnB Colombia

    Our goal is to present to the world the beauty, nature, culture, history and gastronomy of the wonderful country of Colombia. For you to enjoy multiple experiences, in multiple locations, and to ensure your time in Colombia will be a life changing encounter that creates amazing memories that will last a lifetime.

    • 10 Days/9 Nights
    • Max People: 10
    • Availability : Always

    Explore the most beautiful town in Colombia; Barichara along with magnificent waterfalls, tropical jungles, magical beaches, crystal clear oceans, an ancient city, a mud volcano, a day on the amazing Rosario Islands and of course Cartagena!

    This 10-day tour combines adventure, history, and more – it’s also simply the best way possible to spend your time in the spectacular country of Colombia! 

    Price Includes

    • 9x nights accommodation in double rooms in your choice of 3, 4, or 5-star hotels
    • 9x breakfast, 2x lunch
    • 4x airport transfers
    • Private transfers in an air-conditioned car
    • Private excursions
    • English-speaking guide on all excursions
    • All entrance fees

    Price Excludes

    • International flights
    • Travel insurance

    Optional Extras

    • Flights Domestic and/or international
    • Day tour to Guadalupe from Barichara
    • Day tour to Kogi Indigenous Village from Santa Marta
    • Day tour to Flamingo Sanctuary from Santa Marta
    • Day tour to Playa Crystal from Santa Marta
    Accommodation

    Standard Accommodation

    • Bucaramanga Giron Chill Out Hotel Boutique or similar
    • Santa Marta Hotel Sierra Nevada or similar
    • Barichara Hotel Casa Bocoré or similar
    • Cartagena Hotel Patio de Getsemani or similar

    Comfort Accommodation

    • Bucaramanga Sonesta Hotel Bucaramanga or similar
    • Santa Marta EcoHab Los Naranjos or similar
    • Barichara Casa Oniri Hotel Boutique or similar
    • Cartagena Alfiz Hotel or similar

    Luxury Accommodation

    • Bucaramanga Hotel Dann Carlton Bucaramanga or similar
    • Santa Marta Cayena Beach Villa or similar
    • Barichara Casa Barichara Boutique or similar
    • Cartagena Amarla Boutique Hotel Cartagena or similar

    Recommendation

    • Booking pre-accommodation in Santa Marta and post-accommodation in Cartagena to experience all these regions have to offer
    Itinerary

    Day 1Bucaramanga, Colombia

    Arrive at any time, your driver will be waiting to collect you from the airport and take you to your hotel in Bucaramanga.

    There are no activities planned for this day, so just relax and drink plenty of water as it will be hot! If you arrive early, we may be able to organize an additional tour for you. Perhaps you’d enjoy a cable car ride to the Santisimo Ecoparque. Where you’ll enjoy some spectacular views including that from a viewing platform above a 121 ft giant statue of Christ. Along with this, you can also enjoy a beautiful water and light show and a simply sensational sunset.

    Day 2Giron and Barichara

    Today you’ll begin your day with a brief tour of Giron; one of 17 beautiful heritage towns of Colombia.
    Following this you’ll begin your trip to one of the most beautiful towns of Colombia; Barichara. To get there you’ll be passing the Chicamocha Canyon which will offer you some spectacular views along the way! As well as this you’ll also get to checkout San Gil, the adventure capital of the world. With an option to stop here and enjoy some bungy jumping, rafting, caving, or more. (An extra day can easily be arranged to partake in more of these extreme sports.)

    Once you’ve arrived in Barichara you’ll be taken directly to your hotel to check-in and relax before taking a tour of this simply beautiful location. You’ll then have the remainder of the afternoon free to wander and
    soak-up this amazing setting.

    Day 3Barichara and Juan Curi Waterfalls

    You’ll enjoy your complete morning exploring this town and surrounding area, as well as a wonderful lunch in the plaza. Barichara is renowned for its colonial architecture, peaceful cobbled roads, artisan workshops, adobe houses and the craft shops within. You’ll visit remarkable chapels, churches, graveyards, parks, sculptures, and more. Following lunch, you’ll enjoy a trip to Juan Curí Falls with its spectacular views and a combined 820 ft (250 m) of waterfalls surrounded by native rainforest. You’ll have the opportunity to climb or hike to the very top, take amazing photos and repel down a section of waterfall, or simply relax in the natural swimming pool.

    After this beautiful experience surrounded by nature, you’ll travel back to Barichara for another wonderful night in this beautiful town!

    Meals included: Breakfast

    Day 4Santa Marta - The Caribbean!

    You’ll have an early start today and travel back to Bucaramanga for an early afternoon flight to Santa Marta. Once here you’ll be collected and taken directly to your hotel in either Santa Marta or next to Tayrona Park to check-in.

    You’ll then have the remainder of the afternoon free to relax and some “me time”

    Meals included: Breakfast

    Day 5Tayrona National Park – Cabo San Juan

    You’ll be taken into Tayrona National Park and enjoy a 2-hour ecological walk through the jungle, visiting 4 beaches including Arenillas, La Piscina, Los Arrecifes and Cabo San Juan. You’ll learn about the local environment and the local indigenous; about the native animals that can be seen and or heard; where Caimen (similar to an alligator) are likely to be hiding if they are around; which beaches are safe to swim in; which indigenous are from this area and what do they do while Tayrona Park is closed for a month every year.

    Once you’ve arrived in Cabo San Juan you’ll enjoy some fantastic beach time (approx. 3 hours), along with time to explore the area or partake in watersports, such as snorkeling. After your beach-time has passed you’ll enjoy a 1.3-hour walk through the jungle and your waiting transportation.

    Your tour will be for approximately 9-10 hours

    Meals included: Breakfast

    Day 6Minca - A Breath of Fresh Mountain Air

    Travel to the small town of Minca, breathe in the fresh mountain air and enjoy this wonderful little mountain pueblo (town) full of artisan shops. Enjoy a tour of a Cocoa Plantation, hidden Waterfalls (take a refreshing swim), a bamboo house and some exotic bird watching.

    Meals included: Breakfast

    Day 7Cartagena!

    Relax in a morning drive along the coast and through the mountains to the awaiting walled city of Cartagena. Once here you’ll check into your hotel and enjoy some free time before a City Tour starting around 4:30pm. On this wonderful tour you will not only get to see the most important sites and this beautiful city during the day, but the spectacular sight of this ancient city under lights as well.

    Meals included: Breakfast

    Day 8Rosario Islands

    Enjoy a breathtaking ocean cruise touring the Rosario Islands to arrive at a beautiful picturesque beach. Once here you’ll also be assigned your personal beach space, which will be exclusive for yourself and
    members of your group. You’ll receive full beach service, a fantastic typical lunch; use of deckchairs and umbrellas; a cocktail on arrival and English-speaking hosts. You will not receive any annoying beach vendors trying to sell you souvenirs or anything you do not wish.

    You will have the full day to relax and enjoy your space, along with the ability to hire gear for snorkeling, paddle boarding or kayaking.

    Your tour will be for approximately 8 hours

    Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch

    Day 9Totumo Mud Volcano

    Enjoy a mud bath in the mineral rich, world-famous El Volcán de Lodo El Totumo (The mud volcano of Totumo). Here locals will help you massage the mud onto your body. After your relaxing mud bath, a
    group of local women will clean your whole body. At the end of this process you’ll head to the beautiful beaches of Manzanillo del Mar where you’ll enjoy a swim in the tropical waters. Next you’ll enjoy a fabulous typical Caribbean lunch including Coconut rice, fried fish, green salad and patacones (think of them as banana fritters).

    Following lunch, you’ll explore the Cartagena Mangroves in a canoe skippered by an expert local fisherman; next you’ll enjoy a walk through their community to see how the locals truly live.

    Your tour will be for approximately 8 hours

    Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch

    Day 10 Cartagena

    We’ll have transport waiting to take you to the airport at your desired time. Not ready to leave?

    Let us know if you’d like to extend your stay in this beautiful region. Perhaps you’d like to add a tour to San Basilio de Palenque, the first slave-free African settlement in the Americas? Where you can try traditional African food and listen to a unique African dialect that is still spoken today. Or perhaps you’d enjoy a trip to some fruit markets and a cooking class?

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