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Alternative Colombia

Best time to travel
Nov – Apr
Ideal length
11 nights
Perfect for
Couples

At a glance

  • International flights to Bogota and home from Caragena, Colombia.
  • Private return airport transfer, internal flights and guiding requirements.
  • 11 nights’ accommodation in handpicked properties in Bogota, Casanare, Barichara and Cartagena.
  • After exploring the sights and sounds of cosmopolitan Bogota head to cowboy country and the magnificent open spaces of the Colombian Llanos.
  • Enjoy peaceful isolation, incredible wildlife, traditional evening campfires and superb cuisine.
  • Enjoy a full concierge service and private excursions in Barichara.
  • Try Cartagena’s famous rum during a tasting and take in the wonderful plazas to dance the night away.
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Introduction

Colombia is filled with breathtaking landscapes, beautiful colonial architecture and welcoming people. It is one of the most undiscovered countries in Latin America, with a wealth of attractions from the vibrant, culture-rich cities of Cartagena and its capital Bogota, to beautiful coffee estates ideal for some gentle exploration. In this wonderful suggested itinerary, we’re taking you on an alternative journey around Colombia. This itinerary is filled with incredible experiences and you will have the opportunity to get under the skin of this vibrant destination. Enjoy city tours with experts guides, stay in a beautiful wildlife camp where you will go horseriding alongside the local llaneros and go in search of giant anteaters, caimans, howler monkeys, pumas. Visit and stay in Barichara, the kind of town that Hollywood filmmakers dream of and go rum tasting with one of the best mixologists in Colombia. It’s a Colombian adventure with a twist!

Trip Overview

Fly from Dublin to Bogota, Colombia.
On arrival, your driver and guide will be waiting to take you to your accommodation where you’ll spend the next two nights.
Get to know the city on a privately guided tour.
Your guide will take you on a journey through time from Bogota's colonial era to modern day urban life. Starting at the buzzing and colourful Paloquemao market. Then seek higher grounds with an exhilarating cable car ride to Monserrate Hill, which offers spectacular views. Finish at the grand Plaza de Bolivar and the surrounding government buildings and historic quarter.
Bogota
It’s time to fly from Bogota to El Yopal, situated north of Bogotá.
Your driver and guide will be waiting to take you to your beautiful wildlife camp where you’ll spend the next three nights. During your stay, all of your meals and activities are included. You’ll be staying in a region that has one of the highest concentration of wildlife in Colombia.
El Yopal
During your stay, experience life at a working cattle ranch alongside the local llaneros or Colombian cowboys.
Their distinctive work chants were declared a UNESCO intangible cultural heritage. Go in search of giant anteaters, caimans, howler monkeys, pumas, and over 270 species of birds alongside a scientific guide and a local llanero cowboy with empirical knowledge of wildlife in Colombia.
El Yopal Cattle Ranch
Spend your day on incredible adventures.
Go horseback riding, tracking wildlife in 4×4 vehicles, experience helicopter expeditions, birdwatching, canoeing, fishing piranhas, taking nature walks. Your naturalist guide with scientific knowledge of wildlife, bird watching, and conservation will be accompanying you on all activities.
Colombia
Next, fly from El Yopal to Bogotá and then on to Bucaramanga.
With your driver and guide, you’ll be transferred from Bucaramanga to Barichara to a beautiful property where you’ll spend the next three nights. Barichara the kind of town that Hollywood filmmakers dream of as many films and soap operas in Spanish are filmed here.
Barichara
Discover Barichara and its culture with a private guide.
The town's natural beauty, moderately warm climate and bohemian lifestyle have been attracting visitors for a long time. Barichara boasts cobblestone streets and 300-year old, whitewashed buildings with red-tiled roofs that look as though they were built only yesterday.
Barichara
Privately transfer back to Bucaramanga and fly to Cartagena.
With your driver and guide, you’ll be transferred to your accommodation where you’ll spend the next three nights.
Cartagena Colombia
Get to know Cartagena on a privately guided tour.
Explore the city with an expert guide who will provide a fantastic introduction to this colourful city and its equally vibrant past. Wandering through its picturesque streets is like taking a step back in time.
Colourful Cartagena Colombia
Today, you’ll enjoy a rum tasting in Getsemaní!
Privately transfer to Getsemaní and with Abraham Dau, who owns the most complete collection of Colombian rums in the country and is considered one of the best mixologists in Colombia. Try eight different Colombian rums accompanied by the best Colombian chocolate; a combination that you will surely never forget!
Rum Colombia
Your trip has come to an end, transfer to the airport for your flight home.
Arrive in Dublin.

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Hotel de la Opera Bogota

Hotel De La Opera

Hotel de la Opera is a beautiful restoration of two colonial houses once home to the Spanish Generals. The property is situated next to the Colón Theatre, is surrounded by cobbled streets and has stunning views out over the church spires and tiled roofs of the Candelaria District of Bogotá. There is a restaurant on-site for guests to enjoy. Take time to relax in the chic spa and pool and sample some of their many relaxing treatments.

Corocora-Wildlife-Camp

Corocora Wildlife Camp

Corocora Wildlife Camp is a luxury tented camp located in the wetland savannahs of Los Llanos, one of the regions with the highest concentration of wildlife in Colombia. The camp is designed to offer superior comfort and service in this remote nature reserve. During your stay, experience life at a working cattle ranch alongside the local llaneros or Colombian cowboys, whose distinctive work chants were declared a UNESCO intangible cultural heritage. Guest can also go in search of giant anteaters, caimans, howler monkeys, pumas, and over 270 species of birds alongside a scientific guide and a local llanero cowboy with empirical knowledge of wildlife in Colombia.

Casa-La-Lomita

Casa La Lomita

Casa La Lomita is a beautifully restored home in the neighbourhood called La Loma and offers spectacular views of Barichara. With a swimming pool, manicured interior gardens and four bedrooms and baths, it’s a wonderful option for those who want to experience Barichara in the privacy of a well-appointed home.

Hotel Casa San Agustin

Hotel Casa San Agustin

Hotel San Agustin is a beautiful hotel restored from three colonial buildings to create an exclusive but relaxed 30 room property in the centre of Cartagena’s Old Town. From original frescoes in the library to centuries-old, wood-beamed ceilings in the guest rooms, Casa San Agustín’s art and architecture evoke the city’s rich history as a 17th century Spanish stronghold. The hotel has a small swimming pool, pool bar and indoor bar, restaurant, patio and two roof terraces.

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