Your trip here begins with your arrival in Lima, the capital of Peru. We will take you on a city-wide tour of the capital and then take you through to Puerto Maldonado. From there, we take a short trip to the Amazon jungle. You will visit many places here such as the Sandoval Lake, the Canopy Tower, and many others. Of course, you will also get to see the indigenous wildlife, plants, and other species here. There’s a two-day trip to the Amazon where you will explore several places, after which we will take you to the Sacred Valley of the Incas and then onwards to Machu Picchu and then to Cusco.
In Cusco, we’ll have you stay at the Hilton Hotel. After staying in the Inca Capital and thoroughly exploring the city of Cusco we will take you to the Altiplano and Lake Titicaca.
Then onwards to Colombia. The trip involves stays in Bogota, the famous coffee region, Pereira, and Medellin as well as a Manizales. The trip ends in Cartagena from where you will be sent onwards to your next destination.
Day 1 - ARRIVE LIMA
Arrive into Lima today, crossing the International Dateline en route.
Lima, capital of Peru, which was founded by the great conquistador Francisco Pizarro in 1535 and soon became the capital of the extensive and tremendously wealthy Peruvian Vice Regency of Spain. By the end of the 16th Century it had grown into a city of fine palaces and churches and was the cultural centre of the southern hemisphere. Today, Lima still retains the essence of the Spanish colonialism.
On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. (Private Transfer)
Day 2 - LIMA
This morning, embark on a city tour of Lima. See the plazas, colonial buildings with ornate balconies, colonial churches and mansions, gems of Ibero-American architecture including the 17th century San Francisco Monastery. Modern Lima is a mix of architectural styles and beautiful gardens, especially Miraflores and San Isidro, popular commercial districts with excellent shops, art galleries and restaurants. Visit Love Park in the Miraflores district and admire its view of the Pacific Ocean, and then head to Huaca Pucllana, the adobe pyramid that was ancient Lima’s ceremonial heart. Next, drive through the district of San Isidro, the financial center of the city, and then on to the city’s main square, Plaza Mayor, where you’ll see the Government Palace and Lima’s town hall. (B.) (Private Tour)
Day 3 - LIMA - PUERTO MALDONADO - AMAZON
This morning we transfer you to the airport for your departing flight to Puerto Maldonado. Start your journey arriving to Puerto Maldonado, where our staff will welcome you and provide the necessary information for your stay.
Navigate by outboard motorized canoe along the Madre de Dios River to Inkaterra Hacienda Concepcion for approximately 25 minutes.
Enjoy lunch with organic ingredients and native flavors.
After lunch, take a walk through Concepcion trails, our inside property nature trails, where you will discover and learn about primary and secondary rainforest, its components, uses, transformations by the human being, and its relevance for the world.
At dusk navigate by outboard motorized canoe, at the twilight river excursion. By sailing on the Madre de Dios River, you will learn about its ecosystem, Amazonian creeks, nocturnal animals’ behavior, and the southern constellations.
In the evening enjoy a nice dinner in the Casa Grande’s dining room. (B. L. D.) (Private Transfer) (Semi-Private Transfer) (Shared Guide)
Day 4 - AMAZON
New experiences are ahead and after taking a nutritious buffet breakfast, get ready for a long trek through terra firma into the Tambopata National Reserve towards Lake Sandoval. Here you will understand why Madre de Dios is called the biodiversity capital of Peru, while learning about the Reserve’s conservation efforts and the lake’s formation.
Navigate by dugout canoe across this mirror-like oxbow lake that is home to the endangered giant river otter (Pteronura brasiliensis), blue and yellow macaw (Ara ararauna), red howler monkey (Alouatta seniculus), black caiman (Melanosuchus niger), and one of the world’s biggest fresh water scaled fish, the paiche (Arapaima gigas).
Back to the lodge for lunch, and later the Inkaterra canopy walkway & anaconda walk await for you.
Take a 20-minute ride by outboard motorized canoe to the Inkaterra Canopy Walkway Interpretation Center where you will learn about its construction and the conservation projects of ITA-Inkaterra Asociación (NGO). Ascend one of the two 98-foot towers (30 m.) and cross the 7 hanging bridges that connect the treetops at 91 ft. high (28 m.). Enjoy the breathtaking vistas and get the chance to watch white-throated toucans (Ramphastos tucanus), woodpeckers, trogons, squirrel monkeys (Saimiri boliviensis) and the three-toed sloth (Choleopus hoffmani).
After descending keep on feeling the incredible primary rainforest energy going along the 200-meter wooden bridge over the swamps (aguajales). You will learn about the fauna and flora of this flooded ecosystem.
At night get ready for an adventure at the rainforest by night excursion, where you will explore the Amazon rainforest that gives way to nocturnal animals who display intriguing behavior patterns, and enhanced senses as adaptation mechanisms. Listen to nocturnal living nature sounds, and penetrate this hidden world.
Return to the lodge and enjoy a nice dinner. (B. L. D.) (Shared Guide)
Day 5 - AMAZON
The sun rises once again and after an early breakfast you will take our Native Farm excursion where you will be able to learn local techniques of cultivation and taste some of the products during the visit.
Then visit the Botanical Garden, discover the immense variety of medicinal plants considered part of the “natural pharmacy” used by the habitants at the amazon region. Compare the medicinal uses of local medicine with traditional remedies.
Getting back to Inkaterra Hacienda Concepcion you will have lunch.
Take a rest and get ready for the cocha water excursion. Enjoy a dugout canoe ride on the Inkaterra Hacienda Concepcion natural pond (cocha). Try native fishing applying the “catch and release” techniques, as you enjoy the scenery observing hoatzins (Opisthocomus hoazin), a diversity of fly catchers, and gray-necked woodrails (Aramides cajanea).
Disembark at the remains of Fitzcarrald steam boat; learn about its history and how it inspired Inkaterra to ask Werner Herzog to film the award-winning “Fitzcarraldo”, best director at Cannes, 1982.
You will be able to participate in the inland collpa during the evening, where you will see different species and their night routines by observing through our “blinds”.
End up your day with a pleasant dinner. (B. L. D.) (Shared Guide)
Day 6 - AMAZON - PUERTO MALDONADO - SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCAS
After breakfast buffet, take a ride back to Puerto Maldonado by outboard motorized canoe. Arrive at the Butterfly House where you may wait for your flight to Cusco, while visiting this beautiful Butterfly House and learning about the fascinating transformation of these colorful insects.
On arrival to Cusco you will be met at the airport by a local representative who will transport you to the Sacred Valley of the Incas (8,500 feet elevation), a long, fertile river valley surrounded by snowcapped peaks that lies between Cusco (11,000 feet elevation) and Machu Picchu (8,000 feet elevation). Starting here helps you adjust to the high altitude of the Andes and is a great way to see how the local people continue to live in the traditional Andean manner.
Rest of afternoon at leisure. (B.) (Semi-Private Transfer) (Private Transfer)
Day 7 - SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCAS
Today we discover the best of the Sacred Valley of the Incas through this route starting on the Inca's Balcony, in Chinchero, a beautiful place with an impressive view, where twelves families still preserve their traditional costums, showing you the ancestral way in which they process the wool, and obtain those vivid colors for their textiles.
Afterwards, we will get to Ollantaytambo, one of the most monumental architectural complexes of the ancient Inca Empire, one of the few places where the Spanish conquistadors lost a major battle. Very well known for its “andenes” (terraces dug into the slopes of mountains for agricultural purposes), Ollantaytambo was a highly effective fortress, that also served as a temple.
Then, we will follow to the town of Ollantaytambo, “the unique living Inca town”: the best surviving example of Inca city planning, with narrow cobblestone streets that have been continuously inhabited since the 13th century. (B.) (Shared Guide)
Day 8 - SACRED VALLEY - MACHU PICCHU
Awaiting you today is by far and away one of the high points in world tourism: Machu Picchu, where you will definitely have an experience you will never forget.
Transfer to Ollanta station to board Vistadome train bound for Aguas Calientes and take the shuttle bus up to Machu Picchu, a breathtaking Incan citadel.
A guided tour of the ruins will have you wondering about the lives of the priests, craftsmen, and servants who inhabited this citadel and what drove them to build it on a mountain-top. Excavations have revealed skeletons, artefacts and woollen clothing, but no gold. The same precise stonework as in other Incan sites in evident. Overlooking the raging Urubamba River and discovered in a hidden tangle of vines and trees atop the mountain, the city of Machu Picchu will forever hold the secret of its destruction as the Incas left no written record.
Have lunch at the Belmont Sanctuary Lodge and then there is some free time for you to explore the site on your own, to relax or to meditate.
Once all activity are completed transfer to your hotel where dinner will be served. (B. L. D.) (Shared Guide) (Private Transfer)
Day 9 - MACHU PICCHU - CUSCO
Today you can make an unguided return visit to Machu Picchu in the morning to have sometime to explore on your own; your shuttle and entrance tickets are included and will be provided to you.
Going early, when the site first opens, allows you time at the ruins when there are far fewer people around.
There are many things to see and do at the site, including the hike to Inti Punku, the Gate of the Sun.
On the afternoon you will take the train back to Ollantaytambo, where you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Cusco.
You will have the balance of the day free to relax and explore this historic city.
Cusco is another of the highlights of a trip to Peru, a fascinating city built on the foundations of the former Incan capital. You can observe massive Incan walls along many of the streets of the city. The city has a vibrant atmosphere and many excellent restaurants. (B.) (Private Transfer)
Day 10 - CUSCO
This morning, enjoy a city tour, which includes the Cathedral on the Plaza de Armas, and the Koricancha Temple.
Just outside Cusco, you will visit the ruins of Sacsayhuaman, a testimonial to the Incan architectural skills. Compiled of massive stones (one weighs 125 tons!) you are challenged to try to slip a piece of paper between the cracks of these blocks, cut and fitted together with incredible precision without a single drop of mortar to hold them in place. This ancient fortress where the greatest battle between the Spanish and the Incas took place overlooks the red-tiled roofs of Cuzco and the spectacular lush countryside.
Also visit Qenqo (the Labyrinth), an Incan shrine dedicated to the Earth Mother, the small fortress of Puka Pukara, and Tambomachay, a sacred bathing place. (B.) (Shared Guide)
Day 11 - CUSCO
Today enjoy free time to relax, shop or explore more of Cuzco's sights. (B.)
Day 12 - CUSCO - ALTIPLANO - LAKE TITICACA
Transfer to the station for your morning bus trip across the Altiplano (Spanish for high plain), where the Andes are at their wildest.
Sightseeing on the way:
- Andahuaylillas: Referred to as the Andean Sistine Chapel because is magnificent frescoes, the church is but one example of the mestizo baroque architecture typically of the Cusco school which was prominent in the 17th You will marvel at the ceiling of carved panels covered with gold leafs
- Raqchi: Also named the Temple of the God Wiracocha. The Inca temple is monumental: 100 meters in length, 26 meters in width and 14 meters in high. Divided in two naves, each of these still retains the bases of eleven giant columns. The base of the walls consist of Imperial Inca stonework with a top section of adobe. Adjacent to the temple, we can see many storehouses, used for various purposes: social, religious and military
- Sicuani: in this village you will be able to enjoy a delicious lunch buffet and buy handicrafts.
- La Raya: The highest pass on the route between Cusco to Puno. Beautiful landscapes await you, as well as the animals that are symbolic of the Andes: llamas, alpacas and vicunas. This is a region situation between two cultures Quechua and Aymara, as well as composite of two terrains: the dry and arid Altiplano and the more verdant Quechua valleys and rivers
- Pucara:This is the most important and oldest ceremonial site this side of Tiahuananco. Characterize by a series of satire platforms, the ruins also reveal some lito-sculptures and tombstone, all witnesses of pre Inca civilization, possible one at the origin of the Andean culture of the Altiplano.
On arrival into Puno, you will be met and transferred to your hotel located on the shores of Lake Titicaca. (B. L.) (Private Transfer)
Day 13 - ISLANDS OF LAKE TITICACA (Peru side)
Today will be a full day excursion on Lake Titicaca, the world’s highest navigable lake at 3808 meters above sea level.
Visit its main attraction:
- Uros floating islands: The Uros people are known as the "People of the Lake", and the islands were built out of reeds that grow about the lake called totora. They also built their houses using the same construction material.
- Taquile Island: where you will experience the islanders' customs and traditions, their colorful outfits that follow the designs of their ancestors, and the local art.
Once all activities are completed you will be transfer back to your hotel. (B. L.) (Shared Guide)
Day 14 - LAKE TITICACA - BOGOTA
After breakfast we will transfer you to Juliaca airport for your flight to Bogota, connecting in Lima.
Arrive to Bogota today.
Reception and transfer to the hotel. Overnight stay. (B.) (Private Transfer)
Day 15 - BOGOTA
After breakfast, half day visit to the historic centre known as La Candelaria.
This antiquated barrio is of great architectural and cultural heritage and is made up of old “stately homes” or large Spanish colonial buildings with iron windows, thick and sturdy wooden doors, balconies and internal patios with beautiful yet hidden gardens.
Visit the Plaza de Bolivar, where a statue of the great liberator Simon Bolivar is located. This Plaza, originally called the Plaza Mayor, was used for civil and military purposes, as a marketplace, a bullring and a gallows. The Cathedral, on the eastern side of the plaza, is constructed on the remains of the first church built in Bogotá in 1539 and houses an important collection of religious artefacts such as textiles and artwork that has built over four centuries. The Capitol, built between 1847 and 1926, shows its renaissance and neoclassical influences with its carved stonework and tall columns and, it is the first republican piece of civil architecture. Around the Plaza de Bolivar are the Palacio de Justicia, the Mayor of Bogotá’s offices called the Edificio Liévano, the oldest school in the county called San Bartolome and the Casa de los Comuneros who participated towards the end of the XVII Century in some of the first movements towards independence from Spain and the formation of the Republic.
The visit continues with the Museo Botero, a colonial house filled with works of art done by and donated by Fernando Botero in addition to artwork from his own personal collection that includes pieces by Picasso, Renoir, Dalí Matisse, Monet and Giacometti. Next is the Museo del Oro which has a permanent exhibition of some 32,000 pieces of gold, 20,000 stones, ceramics and textiles all precious to the Quimbaya, Calima, Tayrona, Sinu, Muisca, Tolima, Tumaco and Magdalena cultures. The Museo del Oro is considered as one of the most important museums of its type internationally and it has been functioning since 1939. In 2007 it underwent a complete overhaul to make this an interactive museum that would awake ones senses to the objects on display and it belongs to the International Network of Museums.
Free afternoon for individual activities. (B.) (Private Tour)
Day 16 - BOGOTA - PEREIRA
Private transfer from the hotel to Eldorado Airport for flight to Pereira.
Upon arrival, check in at the hotel and overnight stay. (B.) (Private Transfer)
Day 17 - PEREIRA - VALLE DEL COCORA - PEREIRA
After breakfast, leave for the Valle de Cocora which is located in the central mountains of the department of Quindio. This makes up part of the Parque Nacional de los Nevados and is the ideal place to marvel at the “Quindian wax palm” (Ceroxylon quincense), the national tree of Colombia. This tree can reach a staggering height of 60m.
Around this area one can view and enjoy a region where a great number of species of birds live, in particular some types of hummingbird and the orejíamarillo or the palm parrot (Ognorhynchus icteroti) which is endangered.
Upon arrival in the valley, either hiking or on horseback, head into the cloud forest to enjoy the biodiversity of flora and fauna.
On the return journey, cross the River Quindio while walking along an ecological pathway which takes one past the tallest wax palms in the world. Learn why the indigenous people here worshipped this mythical tree.
Stop at a trout farm and then enjoy a traditional meal of smoked trout. Enjoy some free time here.
In the afternoon, continue 10km towards the traditional town of Salento to enjoy a city tour that visits the Plaza de Bolívar with its colourful balconies, the calle real, the handicrafts shops and the Cocora viewpoint.
Then, transfer to the traditional village of Filandia to enjoy a city tour that includes the viewpoint, the colonial homes, the Plaza de Bolivar and the coffee shops. Here, enjoy some time soaking up the regional atmosphere and perhaps some local spirits before returning to the hotel. Overnight stay. (B.) (Private Tour)
Day 18 - PEREIRA - COFFEE PROCESS - PEREIRA
Half day visiting the coffee plantations along the steep hills typical of this area. On a secondary pathway view the green carpet of coffee plants that spread out as far as the horizon interrupted only by fincas and heliconia flowers.
The visit continues on to one of the coffee haciendas to see the plantations and the production system in minute detail, including the harvest, the drying to the sun and treatment in this land of volcanic terrain along the Central Andes Mountain range which is perfect for this crop. The visit to the property begins in the house with an introductory chat about coffee, its preparation, toasting, the characteristics of quality and the properties that allows for such a variety of coffees in the world.
The route continues through the grounds, appreciating its coffee plantations and the work of the coffee pickers as well as to understand the famous humid coffee that is characteristic of Colombian coffee.
Visit the main house on the property to enjoy the local typical architecture and history.
Taste different coffee brews and return to the hotel.
The harvest in Colombia takes around a year, although the main period is between October and May/June. Most of the plantations in Colombia produce Arabica beans which produce a delicate and light tasting coffee which is widely recognized and consumed. The process begins from when the bean is planted and takes approximately 75 days to germination. The seedling is then placed in a plastic bag and placed in partial sunlight until its base dries. Two years after plantation the tree bears its first fruit which is harvested when the bean is red in color and dry and ripe. Once the fruit has been picked, the pulp is stripped away and the bean is cleaned and dried in the sun (the big haciendas now use a special machinery to strip and dry the beans in a short period of time). The beans are exported or dried in preparation for sale, before being ground up and made ready for human consumption.
Then, transfer to Medellin and travel of 5 hour approximate, check in and overnight stay. (B. L.) (Private Tour)
Day 19 - PEREIRA - MANIZALES - MEDELLIN
Half day visit of the city of Manizales, the capital of the Caldas department. Given its unrivalled geographical location nestled in the mountains and boasting a comfortable year-round climate, here one enjoys some of the most beautiful scenery in the region, such as snow-capped mountains, valleys and colourful sunsets.
The city appears as if poured onto the hills here as the topography is uneven and often abrupt in places that allows for views of the surrounding countryside.
This city has a great deal of cultural wealth and a long tradition of hosting festivals such as La Feria de Toros de Manizales that takes place in January every year and is considered as national heritage.
Manizales is also known as the “city of open doors” due to the hospitality that its citizenry show to visitors.
The tour begins in the historic centre, entry into the Cathedral which is rustic in design and displays a mix of styles such as neo-gothic, medieval and byzantine which is far from common in churches in Latin America. After climbing up the stairs to a height of 113m the visitor arrives at the Polish corridor and is greeted with views of the city and the Nevado del Riuz.
The visit continues on to the Plaza de Bolívar where the splendid sculpture of the “Libertador Cóndor” by Rodrigo Arenas Betancourt is on display. Transfer to the touristic balcony in the Barrio Chipre and enjoy views over the mountains before visiting the monument to the colonists. This sculpture is a massive work –created from 50 tons of bronze- of art by Luis Guillermo Arias paying tribute to the founders of this city.
Following along the Avenida Santander towards the Sector del Cable, this is one of the most traditional areas of the city with a great variety of restaurants, bars and discos in former warehouses, where in the past the old telegraph was located and linked Manizales with the city of Honda.
Enjoy some locally produced coffee and transfer to the Cerro de Oro from where there are further good views over the city.
Then continue to Medellin for about 5 hours, upon arrival, check in and overnight stay. (B.) (Private Tour)
Day 20 - MEDELLIN
Half day tour to visit those places that best represent the social transformation that has taken place in Medelln.
The tour will show the symbolic areas of Medelln from the 1980s, when the city was one of the most dangerous in the world, up to today many projects that fostered the cityÕs change.
Start the tour by visiting the Monaco building in the Poblado district, in the south-east of Medelln, where Pablo Escobar once lived until there was a terrorist attack against him. Continuing to Pablo Escobar district known also like ÒMedelln sin TuguriosÓ. Here there are approximately 700 houses donated to the poor by the notorious capo, who thanks to his charity work, won popular approval but changed the language and culture of both Medelln and the country in a violent way.
Following to barrio Santo Domingo Savio, which used to be one of the most unsafe suburbs of Medellin located some 7km from the city centre, it is a clear example of the social transformation that has taken place in the last few years. Arrive here by the metrocable car that joins the north-east area with the city centre, which has been life changing to many of the inhabitants of Medelln.
Santo Domingo Savio houses the Biblioteca Espaa Park, inaugurated in 2007. It is one of a series of 30 urban and social regeneration projects that helped transform the urban, social and cultural landscape of Medelln; a city with new spaces for culture, knowledge and lifestyle. The library is a space of social inclusion, cohabitation and access to a world of information. It is located on the border of Santo Domingo hill with an open view of the city, and comprises three box-shaped buildings, each one housing a different part of the library, the community services, and auditorium. Behind the Library stands a mural painted by the local inhabitants in commemoration of the victims of the violent past, symbolized by a new birth for everybody.
Then, go on to La Plazoleta located in the city centre, in an area that fell into decline in the 1980s and today houses around twenty three Botero sculptures donated by the artist in year 2000. Since that time, the city has undergone a social and cultural transformation around these works placed in a public space.
Return hotel and overnight stay. (B.) (Private Tour)
Day 21 - MEDELLIN - SANTA FE DE ANTIOQUIA
Leaving Medelln to the west and passing the Parque de los Tamarindos before arriving at the Puente de Occidente, a true work of masterful engineering which has permitted the cityÕs expansion and facilitated its communication with other areas.
The story behind this construction is that the engineer Jos Maria Villa sketched an idea for the project into the sand along the banks of the River Cauca. It was one of the first suspension bridges in South America and travelling along it you can admire the intricate work achieved here with the two towers lashed with cables hold the whole construction together.
After a journey of 1 hour and 15 minutes (70km) arrival at Santa Fe de Antioquia where it feels as if time has stood still since the colonial era. Founded in 1541 by Jorge Robledo this was the capital of Antioquia until 1826 when the government was moved to Medelln.
The narrow streets that run alongside the whitewashed buildings are still here for all to see. It is worth visiting the Santa Barbara church, the Museum of Liturgical Art, the Cathedral and the Juan del Corral Museum.
After lunch, return to Medelln with a break on the way to visit the small and wonderfully preserved town of San Jernimo, with its beautiful church and fine examples of architecture from both the Colonial and Republican eras.
On the journey back we will pass vendors selling exotic fruits such as pineapples, oranges, tamarind and mango.
Return to Medelln in the evening. (B. L.) (Private Tour)
Day 22 - MEDELLIN - PIEDRA DEL PEÑOL - GUATAPE
Leaving Medellín and heading to the town of Guatapé in order to visit the enormous rock.
Guatapé is located in the outskirts of Medellín and has a reservoir created by the Colombian government for a hydro-electric dam, in the middle of the reservoir it is the Peñol Rock. The Peñol Rock is possibly a meteorite due to its size. From the top by foot up the stairs if you are full of energy (there are 654 steps to get to the top), the whole Guatapé reservation can be seen, this is an optional activity and it is not included.
Visit the picturesque village of Guatapé where all of the houses are painted in quaint pastel colours.
The way to El Peñol takes around two hours, during which passengers can appreciate the outstanding landscape of Antioquia.
After lunch, visit to the Guatapé reservoir, which tour of one hour is made by boat. (B.) (Private Tour)
Day 23 - MEDELLIN - CARTAGENA
After breakfast, transfer to the local airport for flight to Cartagena.
Upon arrival, check in at the hotel and overnight stay. (B.) (Private Transfer)
Day 24 - CARTAGENA
In the morning, start with a panoramic view of the city from the Monasterio and Iglesia de La Popa. Formerly known as the “Popa del Galeon” and famous for resembling the stern of a galleon. Constructed in 1606 this church and monastery are located at a height of 140masl from where one can enjoy 360o views of the city and the sea as well as the port zone, one of the most important in the Caribbean.
Continuing to the San Felipe Fortress, erected in honor of the poet from Cartagena, Don Luis Carlos López, made famous for his sonnet “A mi ciudad nativa” It was built on San Lázaro hill to defend the city from pirate attacks. Walk around the fortress and learn how the castle was constructed, the engineering feats, the tunnels, underground galleries and passageways.
Then continue on to the Ciudad Vieja (old city) to visit the Convert and Church of San Pedro Claver which was built in the middle of the XVII century and owes its name to the “apóstol de los esclavos”.
Lastly, continue to the handicrafts zone of the Bovedas, a collection of archways built into the city wall of Cartagena and that were used until the end of the 1700s to house armaments and then later as a prison in the XIX century. Nowadays it’s an artisan center where one can appreciate local handcraft.
After lunch, visit the city’s colonial district, starting in Bolivar Park, shaded by large trees and with four fountains the park has a statue of the great Liberator at the centre. Around the square is the Gold Museum, which exhibits a fine collection of archeological objects dating back to the pre-hispanic period; and the Inquisition Palace, recognized for its large baroque style door. The Inquisition held its meetings here and it was also the prison and torture chambers of presumed heretics, opponents of the Catholic Church.
The visit continues to the Santo Domingo Church, the Cathedral and ends at the Terraplenes and the Museum of the City’s Fortifications.
Return to the hotel. (B. L.) (Private Tour)
Day 25 - CARTAGENA
Free day for individual activities.
A full day tour to the Archipiélago Del Rosario is recommended.
Overnight stay. (B.)
Day 26 - DEPART CARTAGENA
Transfer to Cartagena airport for onward flight to your next destination. (B.) (Private Transfer)
We can offer you the possibility to extend this tour to other incredible destinations like:
- CUBA: Havana
- PANAMA: Panama Canal and Panama City
- PERU: Arequipa and Colca Canyon
- ECUADOR: The Galapagos Islands
The below hand-picked properties feature good location, superior service, and all facilities necessary for a comfortable stay.
- Lima: Arawi – Miraflores
- Amazonas: Hacienda Concepcion
- Cusco: Hilton
- Sacred Valley of the Incas: Pakaritampuæ
- Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu): Mapi by Inkaterra
- Lake Titicaca: Sonesta Posada del Inka
- Bogota: Atton Bogota 93
- Pereira: Hacienda San Jose
- Medellin: Patio del Mundo
- Cartagena: Afiz
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