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Ultimate Colombia (16 days)

Ladatco Tours

Bogotá, Colombia To Cartagena, Colombia

Valid for Departures Now Through: 31 Aug 2019


Day 1
Bogotá, Colombia
Four Seasons Casa Medina None

Upon arrival in Bogota you will be met and transferred to your hotel, Four Season Casa Medina, in Zone G (for Gastronomy)), the destination for the best restaurants in Bogota. Balance of day at leisure.

Day 2
Bogotá, Colombia
Four Seasons Casa Medina Breakfast, Lunch

A full day is needed to visit this city, one of the most cosmopolitan in South America, with a population of about 8 million. It is truly a city that beautifully combines modern skyscrapers next to historical colonial buildings. At some 8600 ft about sea level, the days are temperate and evenings cool. Highlights will include main Plaza Bolivar, lined by the National Cathedral, National Capitol Building, Casa Narino (Simon Bolivar's home, now a museum); the historical "La Candelaria" with its narrow slopping streets, colonial buildings with clay tile roofs, the Fernando Botero Museum and famed Gold Museum. Also take the teleferico up some 1500 ft to Monserrate, which has been a pilgrimage site since its founding in 1640, and offers a fantastic overview of the city below. Lunch will be included on the day's tour.

NOTE: Gold Museum is closed on Monday and Botero Museum is closed on Tuesday. Itinerary may be adjusted.

Day 3
Bogotá, Colombia
Four Seasons Casa Medina Breakfast, Lunch

Today you will head in the opposite direction, south, to the western slopes of the Andes ranges. Coming down from the cooler Sabana Plateau to a more temperate, warmer climate turning the panorama to lush tropical vegetation, ideal for the famed coffee of Colombia. En route you will see greenhouses full of plants, flowers and cultivated orchids. Stop at a coffee finca to see how the bean is cultivated, harvested, processed and even turned into a delicious coffee liquor. Lunch will be included en route.

Day 4
Bogotá, Colombia
Villa de Leyva, Colombia
Posada de San Antonio Breakfast, Lunch

Today you will depart the modern bustling capital and drive northward to the colonial heartland and the charming town of Villa de Leyva. En route you will stop at the Andalusian-styled town of Guatavita and at the historic Puente (Bridge) de Boyaca where Simon Bolivar defeated the Spanish army on August 7, 1819 (The Battle of Boyaca), gaining the country's independence. Continue on to Tunja, founded in 1539 and considered a very historically rich city with various museums, churches and convents. A lunch stop will be made before heading to Leyva and the quaint Posada de San Antonio, just a couple of blocks off the main square.

Day 5
Villa de Leyva, Colombia
Posada de San Antonio Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Full day visiting the Villa de Leyva and surroundings. Founded in 1572, much of the architecture and character have changed little....Spanish style small winding, cobblestone streets lined with orange roofed white-washed building, graceful arches and flower laden balconies. Even with all its colonial cache, it is a town with French restaurants and bakeries, Dutch speaking bars, Italian pizzas, Austrian strudel and Lebanese kibbe. At over 2000 meters above sea level, boasting a temperate climate, it is quiet, peaceful and is said to have been an inspiration to poets and writers. Another highlight of the area is a visit to "El Fossil" Museum, so named because a 7 meter long prehistoric, marine-like reptile, believed to be a kronasaurus, was found at this spot in 1977. Visits will also be made to the House of Narino (Antonio Narino was a political and military leader of the Colombian independence movement), and the Luis Acuna Museum (Acuna is considered one of Colombia's most important artists of the 20th century). The museum showcases his and other artists' works. Lunch included en route.

Day 6
Villa de Leyva, Colombia
Bogotá, Colombia
Bogota Sofitel Victoria Regia Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Leisurely return to Bogota with a visit to the nearby beautiful town of Raquira, home to local artisans, producing some of the country's best earthenware pottery. A stop is also made at the Sacred Ecce Home convent in the desert-like area of La Candelaria. Continue to the magical and spiritual underground Salt Cathedral at Zipaquira, built some 600 feet within a salt mine with 14 small chapels representing the stations of the cross. Lunch en route before arriving at the Hotel Bogota Sofia Victoria Regia.

Day 7
Bogotá, Colombia
Leticia, Colombia
Decameron Decalodge Ticuna Breakfast, Lunch

Morning transfer to the airport for the flight into the capital of the Colombian Amazon region, Leticia, literally on the tri-border of Colombia, Peru and Brasil. Transfer to your hotel, Decameron Decalodge Ticuna. In the afternoon depart by motorlaunch to Yahuarcaca Lake where you will have your first encounter with the Amazon region. Here you will find the giant La Ceiba tree, different bird species and various plants such as the giant lotus, commonly known as the Victoria Regia.

Day 8
Leticia, Colombia
Decameron Decalodge Ticuna Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today leave by boat to Puerto Alegria (which is in Peru) where the muddy waters of the Amazon join up with the black waters of the Cayaru River. It is on this river, rich in flora, fauna and fresh water dolphins, that we travel upstream to Bella Vista, a Ticuna Indian village. Here there will be an opportunity to view daily village life and maybe even have time to fish. The region also abounds with a wide variety of birds. Lunch included before returning to Leticia.

Day 9
Leticia, Colombia
Decamberon Decalodge Ticuna Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Your host will drive you to Tarapaca and the community of the native Huitotos. Learn about native myths, folklore, legends and culture. There will also be an ecological walk through the nearby jungle to learn about the flora and fauna of the area. Arrive at a natural pool with time to have a refreshing swim and a typical lunch before returning to your hotel.

Day 10
Leticia, Colombia
Bogotá, Colombia
Armenia, Colombia
Hacienda Bambusa Breakfast, Dinner

Transfer to the airport and board flight to Bogota, where you will change aircraft for flight into the heart of the country's coffee growing region, Armenia. Your accommodations for the next three nights will be at the charming hacienda Bambusa. Armenia is the capital of the department of Quindio and along with Risaraida and Caldas, it forms the country's coffee crossroads. In recent years ecological rural tourism has become an integral part of these departments' economies, in particularly if coffee-related, for it is coffee that has given the region its historical, cultural and economic importance.

Day 11
Armenia, Colombia
Hacienda Bambusa Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Your local host will show you some of the highlights of the Coffee National Park. As you drive through the countryside, pass numerous colorful flower-bedecked farms and homes on rich agricultural and cattle farms. One of the first things one should do upon entering the park is climb the wooden watch tower for incredible views of the valley with distant Cordillera Central in the distance. Then visit the museum where you will see not only the history of the coffee but of the social life of the "cafeteros" as well, where exhibits tell stories and legends through artifacts and mementos. On the Garden Walk is an impressive collection of nearly the entire country's plant life, including orchids, fruit trees, fern, palms and bromeliads. There is even a Coffee Varieties Garden with selections from around the world. There is also Quimbayan Indian Cemetery and a Willy Jeep display. These vintage WWII vehicles are still used today to carry down bundles of picked coffee beans from remote, hard to reach, mountainous locations. From the park continue to the Quimbaya Museum of Armenia with its pre-Hispanic collection of artifacts from primarily the Quimbaya culture, but also of the Embera and other Amerindian civilizations. There are some 390 gold pieces, 104 pottery pieces and 22 stone sculptures along wtih carved woods and textiles. Also stop at the Botanical Garden of Quindio with its butterfly shaped butterfly garden. There is a hanging bridge into the forest, an ecological path, a maze and a museum. Lunch is included today.

Day 12
Armenia, Colombia
Hacienda Bambusa Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today's visit will take you to Recuca, a coffee plantation that will present a roundup of the "bean" from planting, harvesting, drying, threshing, roasting and grinding by YOU, "role playing" as a grower. Continue on to the the charming colonial town of Salento; only one road in, one road out. It is a sleepy town that fringes on some of the country's most spectacular scenery, which only gets better as you head into the Cocora Valley, home to the national tree of Colomia, the Palma de Cera (wax palm) which grows over 60 meters in height. The valley is in the central Andean mountains and is considered a wildlife sanctuary as well. It is good for hiking, bird watching and horseback riding. Lunch is included en route.

Day 13
Armenia, Colombia
Bogotá, Colombia
Cartagena, Colombia
Sofitel Santa Clara Cartagena Breakfast

Transfer to the airport for flight to Bogota, then connect with flight to the Caribbean coastal city of Cartagena de Indias, among the most beautiful colonial cities in South America. The old Walled City is immaculately preserved with beautiful plazas, churches, boutique shops, quaint restaurants and old restored buildings. Your hotel will be the Sofitel Santa Clara Caragena.

Day 14
Cartagena, Colombia
Sofitel Santa Clara Cartagena Breakfast

Founded in 1533, Cartagena was the only port in Spanish South America until Buenos Aires was founded. The morning city tour highlights will include the Convent of La Popa on a hilltop overlooking the bay, visiting the monastery and the chapel of "La Virgen de La Candelaria". Visit the enormous fortifications at San Felipe, built in the 17th century to protect the city from English, French and Dutch pirates. The walled city has the best preserved colonial architecture, declared a "Patrimony of Humanity". Here we find Las Bovedas (the old dungeons), now boutique shops and handicraft stores, numerous plazas, churches and restaurants. Afternoon at leisure.

Day 15
Cartagena, Colombia
Sofitel Santa Clara Cartagena Breakfast, Lunch

Full day excursion to one of the 27 off-shore islands known as the Rosario Islands, about 45 minutes by boat from Cartagena. You arrive on Isla Grande with lush vegetation, humid forests and internal lagoons. Spend the day on white sand beaches with marine coral floors. Lunch included.

Day 16
Cartagena, Colombia
Miami, FL United States
None Breakfast

Your local host will call for you at your hotel and transfer you to the airport for your return flight home.

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  • Bogota

  • Villa de Leyva

  • Leticia in the Amazon

  • Armenia & the Coffee Region

  • Cartagen

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Reviewed on: 23 Jan 2014

Our vacation to Costa Rica was wonderful. All guides and drivers were top notch and we never had to wait for anything. I would book again using Ladatco Tours.

By: travel bug

Reviewed on: 20 Apr 2014

We have traveled to South America on several occasions and have used Ladatco (Michelle) to set up our tours/itineraries.  We have always felt like we saw the MOST interesting things that were especially geared for the interests of our group members.  We also think our schedules have made the most use of our time, money and logistics.  I highly recommend Ladatco to plan a South American vacation. 
Travel Advisor:  Deborah Bush

great guides

By: andi 007

Reviewed on: 08 Jan 2015

they were friendly/ very knowledgeable and flexible
Travel Advisor:  Deborah Bush


By: Lisa

Reviewed on: 21 May 2015

Argentina/ Chile
Travel Advisor:  Linda Fezekas

No direct contact therefore hard to rate

By: the other guy

Reviewed on: 21 Jul 2015

A middle man and therefore hard to rate.

excellent job

By: t and d

Reviewed on: 20 Dec 2015

Hotels and airline arrangements worked well. Two flight delays. Guide on Easter Island was excellent and we received an extra tour the day we arrived that was not on the plan but was very welcome.
Travel Advisor:  Jamo Ladd

Chilean and Argentinian arrangements

By: Ed

Reviewed on: 21 Feb 2017

Sports Tours of Santiago provided a great guide, Alvaro Gonzalez, and the hotels and resorts were wonderful. I appreciated them negotiating reasonable single supplements for the accommodations.
Travel Advisor:  Linda Van Buren

Ladatco midde person

By: Charlie

Reviewed on: 11 Feb 2017

We had no contact with a Ladatco rep. They provided services to our travel agent and we were happy with the result.
Travel Advisor:  Deborah Bush


By: anonymous

Reviewed on: 27 Mar 2017

They planned a terrific itinerary, the guide was fabulous, helpful and full of knowledge about the area and the people.
Travel Advisor:  Kip Abbott



Reviewed on: 10 Jun 2017

Travel Advisor:  Vivian Paesano

Galapagos and Ecuador Trip - 2017

By: Jan

Reviewed on: 29 Jul 2017

Very good trip and service. Was where they needed to be at all times. Provided very good drivers and guides, spoke English well, wee flexible with our desires, and gave us consistent guides that got to know our family. Coordinated well with our overall trip planner. Trip was great and the guide provided a lot of local color with our trip -- as sometimes we like to go off the beaten track and experience more local places. Perfect fit for our family.
Travel Advisor:  Nancy Macleod

Macchu Picchu and Galapagos

By: The Johnson's

Reviewed on: 30 Oct 2017

Ladatco did a great job putting together our trip. Our local guides were really great. The Gourmet Food tour in Lima was a wonderful way to start our trip! One of the owners, Samantha, was our guide and gave us a culinary experience to remember. Our guide, Ramiro, with Metropolitan Tours, was so knowledgeable and so passionate about Peruvian history and the time of the Incas! we really enjoyed our time with him and learned so much from him. The visit to the Quillot village was an experience we will never forget. And, of course, Macchu Picchu and the other Incan ruins were awe-inspiring. The second Ramiro, in Quito, was another wonderful guide. We loved our hotels and wished we had more time to enjoy the amenities of Hotel B in Lima, the Sol y Luna in the Sacred Valley and Casa Gangotena in Quito. The Petrel is a beautiful small ship with an excellent crew. Our naturalist, Nico Andrade, was just great. He was knowledgeable, funny and kept us busy! The food was just OK.
Travel Advisor:  Linda Van Buren

Local travel

By: Susu

Reviewed on: 06 Jan 2018

Wonderful guides. Thorough. We were well taken care of.
Travel Advisor:  Rochelle Lieberman

Peru December 2017

By: Roger

Reviewed on: 12 Jan 2018

Very well put together
Travel Advisor:  Joanne Meyer


By: Doug

Reviewed on: 28 Apr 2018

Our guides were incredibly knowledgeable and very helpful for us not only enjoying our time in Peru, but understanding this beautiful country full of so much mysterious history.
Travel Advisor:  Molly Reidel

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By: jim

Reviewed on: 19 Jun 2018

Excellent company to work with Very helpful - great contcts
Travel Advisor:  Joanne Meyer