Colombia – Vestiges of the Past
Bogotá is a modern fast growing city and one of Latin America's urban highlights with a thriving nightlife, superb dining and al fresco café and bar culture; yet none of the traditions are lost from its graceful churches, excellent museums to its plazas and urban parks.
After visit the famous and 'must see' Gold Museum, where the world's greatest collection of pre-Hispanic Indian gold crafts is displayed. Next visit the FERNANDO BOTERO Museum which contains paintings and sculptures of this famous contemporary Colombian artist.
NOTE: The Gold Museum is closed on Mondays and the Botero Museum is closed on Tuesdays.
Later, driven through the northern residential area of the city and through the fertile plateau to the small colonial town of Cajicá, where a short stop will be made at the main plaza. Lunch included. After a hearty lunch the tour continues to the town of Zipaquirá famous for its underground salt cathedral. Experience this extraordinary architecture where the Stations of the Cross and three naves are eerily illuminated along with other sculptures and cavernous pools; all hewn from the salt mine tunnels under the Halite Mountains. Though a popular tourist destination it is still a place of pilgrimage for the local community.
Return and overnight in Bogotá.
There will be an hour and a half to walk around the lagoon and reflect on the myth which Colombia can claim as a credible source of El Dorado above any other South American country. The tour will then continue to the town of Guatavita Nueva, built completely in 1967 in colonial style architecture when the old town was submerged by Tomine reservoir, constructed to contain water for Bogotá. After a comprehensive visit return to Bogotá; and on the way, a typical regional lunch which is included in the tour.
NOTE: The Natural Park where the lake is located is closed on Mondays
Return and overnight in Bogotá
- A gentle hike tracking the Magdalena River to take in the magnificent views
- Horseback riding to different archaeological points.
- Rafting along the Magdalena River.
- Free afternoon.
NOTE: The tour in San Agustín will have local English speaking guide. If other languages are required please ask for a quotation. The accommodation in San Agustín will be HOTEL ANACAONA 3*. It is a beautiful colonial house with six bedrooms, ample corridors and colourful gardens. In case of larger groups, the HOTEL YALCONIA 3* will be used. This is a cosy hotel, with 36 comfortable rooms and a welcoming country-style ambience.