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Unexplored Colombia

Best time to travel
Nov-May
Ideal length
12 nights
Perfect for
Couples

At a glance

  • International retun flights to Bogota, Colombia.
  • All private transfers, internal flights and guiding requirements.
  • 12 nights’ accommodation in Bogota, San Jose del Guaviare-Chiribiquete, Meta-Cano Cristales, Tatacoa in handpicked accommodation.
  • Delve into unexplored Colombia on unique privately guided excursions.
  • On the fringes of the Amazon, you'll encounter unspoilt wilderness, swimming with pink river dolphins and stunning tropical sunsets.
  • Experience the otherworldly landscapes and star-filled skies of the Tatacoa Desert.
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Introduction

Colombia is filled with breathtaking landscapes, beautiful colonial architecture and welcoming people. Colombia 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 suggested itinerary, over 12 nights you’ll visit Bogota, San Jose del Guaviare-Chiribiquete, Meta-Cano Cristales, Tatacoa. Throughout your journey, you will enjoy guided city tours, visit Tatacoa Desert on a private excursion and on the fringes of the Amazon, you'll encounter unspoilt wilderness, swimming with pink river dolphins and stunning tropical sunsets. This itinerary really allows you to get under the skin of the fascinating destination.

Trip Overview

Depart from Dublin to Bogota, Colombia.
On arrival, your driver and guide will be waiting to take you to your accommodation in the city where you’ll spend the next two nights.
It’s time to get to know Bogota with your private guide.
This tour takes you on a journey through time from Bogota's colonial era to modern day urban life. Starting at the buzzing Paloquemao market, you’ll see Colombia's array of fruit and vegetables. Enjoy an exhilarating cable car ride to Monserrate Hill, which offers spectacular views of the metropolis. You’ll continue to La Candelaria, the historic quarter, and to Bogota's oldest church, the Iglesia de San Francisco.
Bogota, Colombia
Next, privately transfer to the airport and fly to San Jose del Guaviare.
You’ll be transferred to your accommodation where you’ll spend the next four nights. We will have plenty of unique excursions planned throughout your stay.
San Jose del Guaviare, Colombia
Today, you’ll start the day at 6 am and depart from the port on the Guaviare River.
A speedboat will be waiting for you and will take you to Damas del Nare Lagoon. A magical place, surrounded by Amazon nature and a place where you’ll spot beautiful pink river dolphins along the way, playing in the lagoon. You’ll also have the opportunity to swim with these incredible creatures. Enjoy lunch before returning to San Jose del Guaviare.
Dolphin
In the evening, enjoy a visit to the indigenous Tukano community in the Panure Resguardo.
This is a lovely opportunity to get to meet the community and learn more about their unique culture.
Indigenous Tukano community, Colombia
This morning, you’ll visit “Chontaduros”, a local farm.
Enjoy some breakfast and enjoy a talk about the production of coca and the agrotourism with the family.
Coca leaves
Next, by 4WD, you’ll visit the hill of Nuevo Tolima.
Here, you will walk to discover the mysterious ancestral indigenous manifestations (more than 10 thousand years old), which will transport you to another dimension when trying to interpret and decipher the secrets hidden in the incomparable cave murals.
Cave murals, Nuevo Tolima
Today, you’ll travel by 4WD into the dense forest with your guide.
With its incredible vegetation, you will see sandstone sculptures and will visit a beautiful 20 metre crystalline waterfall.
Dense forest, Colombia
You will have the option to either fly by light aircraft or by speedboat to your next destination, La Macarena Natural Reserve.
One of the best-known attractions is the astonishing river “Caño Cristales”, commonly called "The River of Five Colours," "The Liquid Rainbow" and "The Most Beautiful River in the World" because of the algae that produces bright rainbow-like colours on the bottom of the river. You’ll spend the next three nights in a handpicked eco-lodge.
Caño Cristales, La Macarena Natural Reserve
Today you’ll enjoy a guided hike to Caño Cristales.
You’ll travel by boat down the Guayabero River and transfer by 4Wd to Sierra de La Macarena National Park. Enjoy your hike to Caño Cristales, witness the incredible colours and waterfalls of the most beautiful river in the world.
Guided hike, Colombia
It’s time to depart La Macarena Natural Reserve and fly to Bogota and on to Neiva.
On arrival, your driver will be waiting to take you to your luxury accommodation in the Tatacoa Desert. You’ll spend your final three nights here in style.
Road to Tatacoa Desert, Colombia
Experience a guided excursion to the Tatacoa Desert.
Covering 330 square kilometers of land, Tatacoa Desert, or the "Valley of Sorrows", is a tropical dry forest featuring ocher and grey coloured desert landscapes dotted with green cactuses and bizarre rock formations. Enjoy exploring the desert’s most spectacular parts.
Colombia, Tatacoa Desert
With your guide, visit Tatacoa Desert’s Observatory.
The desert is a unique place to observe stars. Thanks to its' proximity to the equator, the stars seem to be within one's reach. The tour includes a visit to the Observatory where you will learn more about the astronomical conditions of the desert.
Tatacoa Desert’s Observatory, Colombia
Your trip has come to an end. Fly from Neiva back to Bogata for your flight home.
Arrive in Dublin.

Tailoring your holiday

OROKO Itineraries are created with you in mind and no two are the same. These can be used to help plan your trip - or we can design a completely different itinerary to suit you.

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Accommodation

Where to rest your head

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Click Clack Hotel Bogota

Click Clack Hotel

Click Clack Hotel is a contemporarily decorated property located near downtown Bogotá. With a striking asymmetric exterior, this 11-story hotel is a distinct fixture and work of art in and of itself. Just two minutes from Park 93, commonly known as Zona Rosa (Spanish slang for an upscale neighbourhood), guests will find a plethora of shops, art galleries and design centres nearby. Click Clack’s Apache rooftop bar is inspired by the American Apache tribe. It’s a restaurant/bar with an incredible 360-degree view of the city.

Quinta Nivel

Hotel Quinto Nivel

Hotel Quinto Nivel is located in San José del Guaviare. Within the property, you’ll find a relaxing bar, a shared lounge and a terrace. For those who wish to explore the surrounding area, there are complimentary bicycles on offer for guests. A delicious continental breakfast is served is the hotel’s restaurant each morning.

La Manigua

La Manigua Lodge

La Manigua Lodge is a comfortable eco-lodge situated in the heart of Colombia, south of the Andes and a short flight from Bogota. The property is an ideal base for exploration of the Caño Cristales River and the tropical forest of the Serrania de la Macarena region. The main attraction of La Macarena is the Caño Cristales River, a tributary of the Guayabero, also known as the River of Five Colors and that Liquid Rainbow. The river is famous for its vibrant colours, red, yellow and green–produced by an aquatic plant known as Macarenia Clavijera.

Bethel Bio Luxury

Bethel BioLuxury

Bethel BioLuxury is located in Villavieja. The area’s natural beauty can be seen at Villavieja main park, while Paleontological Museum and Tatacoa Astronomical Observatory are cultural highlights within the location. Along with three restaurants, the property also has an outdoor pool and a relaxing poolside bar.

What people are saying

“I’ve been a customer of OROKO for the last 12 months and have booked family holidays, ski trips and short breaks. The whole experience is brilliant; you explain the type of holiday that you are hoping to have, without specifying necessarily where and the team will present you a series of ideas and options, all costed out. It takes away all the stress of planning a trip. On top of this, you receive a full itinerary, and all activities can be sourced in advance. I’m a big fan.”

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