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Active Santander Bogota, Villa de Leyva, Barichara & Bucaramanga 7 days

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Get Immersed in the Local Culture

This journey begins in Bogota with the chance to experience this vibrant city’s best food, art and culture.
After the big city, you’ll continue north to the majestic Andes and the preserved world of the local “pueblos”, where you’ll learn about local tradition and culture, as well as the adventure opportunities these cities offer.

Itinerary

DAY 1: RECEPTION IN BOGOTA

Upon arrival in Bogota, your guide will be waiting for you to facilitate your transfer to the hotel.
Comfort Hotel, BH Bicentenario

DAY 2: BOGOTA WALKING TOUR AT THE OLD QUARTER OF LA CANDELARIAAND TRANSFER TO VILLA DE LEYVA

In the morning, we’ll have a walking tour through the heart of Bogota’s old quarter, known as La Candelaria,
with numerous restored, 300-year old homes and public buildings. Our tour passes through Plaza Bolívar,
San Francisco Church, the lively pedestrian street Calle 11 (known for its countless family-owned local
restaurants) and, time permitting, the 17th-century Santa Clara Convent.
The day’s highlight is a visit to the world-renown Gold Museum, which houses over 33,400 gold pieces
from Colombia’s pre-Hispanic cultures. Here, we will learn about how gold was once used for political and
social purposes, in myths, offerings and finally, the metallurgical techniques used to work with gold. This is
only an introduction to the cultural history around the gold of pre-Hispanic cultures as well as the Spanish’s
lust for this precious metal, following the 1502 landing party led by Vasco Nunez de Balboa. After visiting
the Gold Museum, we head to the north of Bogota and make our way to Villa de Leyva (3 hr drive). Once
in Villa de Leyva, we will check in at the hotel. (B)
Comfort Hotel, Posada de San Antonio

DAY 3: HIKE TO IGUAQUE NATIONAL NATURAL PARK

Starting at 2,700 m.a.s.l, this hike can be completed at several levels, from easy to difficult. On the Easy
hike you’ll appreciate the Andean cloudforest and on the Difficult version of the hike, you’ll climb to 3,600
m.a.s.l to reach the sacred lagoon of Iguaque. Set your own pace and let the amazing treasures of the
mountains surprise you. (B)
Comfort Hotel, Posada de San Antonio

DAY 4: TRANSFER TO BARICHARA AND HIKE TO JUAN CURI WATERFALLS

In the morning, we’ll drive to Barichara where we will check in at the hotel. After resting after our trip from
Villa de Leyva, we continue to the Juan Curi Waterfalls, located in a small nature reserve. A 2.5 mile forest
hike will take us along a limestone river path to a refreshing pool at the base of a waterfall. Along the hike,
you’ll enjoy the sight of butterflies, hummingbirds and other bird species. (B)
Comfort Hotel, La Nube Posada

5DAY 5: RAFTING IN SUAREZ RIVER
On the upper section of the Suarez Canyon, the river grows rapidly and is the country’s top, one-day
high-volume whitewater run. You’ll navigate through thrilling rapids and huge waves, starting with Class
III rapids; gradually increasing to Class V near the end and a lovely pool you can safely swim in. There
is never a dull moment on this river, which features huge waves, constantly changing weather conditions
and water levels. Pools at the end of each rapid make this river a fun, safe, commercial-grade run.
When we’re not digging deep to get to the next rapid, we’ll be enjoying the scenery in the gorge and
may even spot native bird species in the trees. We’ll enjoy a tasty and nutritious riverfront snack before
returning to Barichara. (B)
Comfort Hotel, La Nube Posada
DAY 6: MOUNTAIN BIKE RIDE IN CHICAMOCHA GORGE AND TRANSFER TO BUCARAMANGA

This spectacular ride starts at 6,000 feet (2,000 meters) and dives down into the second-deepest canyon in
the world, the Chicamocha Canyon. Passing waterfalls, coffee and tobacco farms, we’ll ride to Jordan, a
historic pueblo (town) 1000 feet above sea level. This is one place most tourists don’t have an opportunity to
visit. Here, we stop at a refreshing natural pool to cool off, have a swim and enjoy a fantastic lunch! Once
we´ve had time to relax and soak in the sunshine, we’ll hop on our 4×4 and climb out of this magnificent
canyon for our final downhill destination. This is a fast and smooth sunset descent to the gorgeous natural
pools outside the town of Curiti. Afterwards, we’ll make our way to Bucaramanga where we’ll spend the
night. (B, L)
Premium Hotel, Club Campestre Bucaramanga Hotel

DAY 7: LEAVE COLOMBIA

Today, at the scheduled time, we will transfer you to the airport for your international flight. (B)

Quick Facts

Included

• Accommodation in Comfort and Premium
hotels
• English-language guide at each destination
• All entrance fees
• Meals as mentioned
(B = Breakfast, L = Lunch)
• All private ground transportation
• Mountain bikes

 

Not Included
• Internal flights
• Tips and gratuities
• Any other non-mentioned item
• Alcoholic drinks

 

Note
This itinerary is subject to change without notice due to seasonal changes and inclement weather

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