|Half Day Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira
Drive north from Bogota towards Zipaquira. Traveling through the Sabana de Bogota, you’ll see the many greenhouses used for the cultivation of carnations and roses, an important industry in this region. Next, arrive at the impressive Salt Cathedral, built within the tunnels of a salt mine at 500 feet beneath the surface, a true feat of engineering. Begin the tour in a tunnel that passes the 14 Stations of the Cross and continues to a lit dome. Later, see the enormous cross carved into the rock and the three naves of the Cathedral representing the birth, life and death of Christ. In the central nave is the main altar, with a huge salt cross created by the Colombian artist Carlos Enrique Rodriguez. After your visit stop by the Café, located in one of the underground tunnels to have a delicious Colombian coffee. Afterwards, visit "San Antonio" Cathedral, and marvel at the panoramic views of colonial Zipaquira. Afterwards, lunch on your own, before returning to Bogota.Pick-up at 02:00 pm and -off at 07:00 pm at hotel. Approximate tour duration is 5 hours
|Monserrate Funicular Train Ride
Board the Funicular Train that takes you up to Monserrate Mountain. After a short hike, reach the top of Monserrate. At more than 10,000 feet above sea level, see outstanding views of downtown Bogota. Visit the 17th century church and the "El Señor Caído" shrine that welcomes pilgrims all year long. *This Optional Tour is not recommended for people who have difficulty walking, , fear of confined space or heights, or who have heart conditions. Approximate tour duration is 2 hours.
|Emerald Jewelry Workshop
Upon arrival, meet your main instructor and watch a video about Colombian emeralds to learn fascinating facts regarding these gemstones, including how they are mined and carved. Colombia is the worlds largest producer of emeralds. A hands-on class follows, where you use 925 sterling silver wire and Colombian emeralds to create three pieces of jewelry, a pair of earrings, a bracelet and a ring. At the conclusion of the class you will receive a diploma and one piece of jewelry that you created.Pick-up and Drop-off at hotel. Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.
|Full Day Rosario Islands with lunch
This morning, you will be joined by other travelers as you board a boat to the idyllic Rosario Islands*, famous for their pristine white beaches and crystal-clear waters. The Islas del Rosario archipelago is a national park and a natural habitat for a large variety of marine flora and fauna. Three ecosystems thrive here: coastal lagoons, mangroves, and tropical forests. After a refreshing swim in the pristine waters, relax in the shade of a palm tree. Perhaps, choose to rent equipment for snorkeling, in the beautiful barrier reefs, full of colorful marine life and gorgeous soft and hard corals. A buffet lunch is provided. Return to your hotel late in the afternoon. *Please note that it takes one hour to get to the Rosario islands by boat. This is not a Gate 1 exclusive tour, expect to share services with other travelers. Departs at 8:00 am from your hotel and returns at 4:00 pm. Pick-up from hotel lobby approximately 15 minutes prior to departure time. Approximate tour duration is 7-8 hours.
|Half Day Bird-watching at the Colombian National Aviary
Half Day Bird-watching at the Colombian National Aviary Depart Cartagena and travel south for about an hour through the picturesque countryside to the Colombia National Aviary, which houses more than 1,750 birds, representing 135 species. It’s the second biggest aviary in Latin America, and sixth in the world. This fascinating place, with its unique flora and fauna, aims to educate and create awareness about the diversity of birds found in Colombia. Take a walking tour through the three ecosystems, tropical rainforest, seaboard and desert. At the end of the tour, enjoy a typical Colombian coffee before returning to Cartagena. Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 4 hours
|Half Day Colombian National Aviary Tour
Depart Cartagena and travel south for about an hour through the picturesque countryside to the Colombia National Aviary, which houses more than 1,750 birds, representing 135 species. It’s the second biggest aviary in Latin America, and sixth in the world. This fascinating place, with its unique flora and fauna, aims to educate and create awareness about the diversity of birds found in Colombia. Take a walking tour through the three ecosystems, tropical rainforest, seaboard and desert. At the end of the tour, enjoy a typical Colombian coffee before returning to Cartagena
|Half Day Cooking Lesson with lunch
Today visit a local Colombian restaurant and learn about the regions gourmet seafood delicacies. Here, you will have the opportunity to prepare your own three-course meal, highlighting the natural flavors and raw ingredients of the port city. After you have finished your lesson, savor your creations for lunch. Take away your knowledge and new recipes, to recreate the dishes in your own kitchen and impress your friends at home. Departs 10:00 am from your hotel and returns at 1:00 pm. Pick-up from hotel lobby approximately 15-minutes prior to departure time. Approximate tour duration is 3 hours. *Optionals "Full Day Rosario Islands with lunch 8:00 AM" and "Half Day Cooking Lesson with lunch 10:00 AM" operate at the same time and should not be booked together.
|Half Day La Boquilla Mangrove
Enjoy a tour of the mangrove swamps of La Boquilla, a fishing village located twenty minutes north of Cartagena. Take a ride on an original wooden canoe that glides through the dense growth of mangroves, providing a close up view of this rich and diverse ecosystem you will observe different birds. Your guide will provide facts about the surroundings and talk about the flora and fauna that you will encounter. Afterwards, return to the hotel. Departs at 2:00 pm from your hotel and returns at 5:00 pm. Pick-up from hotel lobby approximately 15 minutes prior to departure time. Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.
|Jewelry Making Class
Learn the art of jewelry making from trained craftsmen at FEJOCAR, a private non-profit jewelry school providing opportunities for local students with limited chances to attend college. Create jewelry of .925 sterling silver and raw Colombian emeralds. Learn the history of the emerald trade through high definition video, then melt metals, weld and laminate as you create several pieces of jewelry. Upon completion you will receive a diploma and one piece of jewelry that you created. Your participation helps support the education of less advantaged Colombians
|Old City Carriage Tour with Gourmet Dinner & Wine 6:00 PM
Surrender yourself to the majesty of this historic city by taking a magical tour of the walled city, stepping back in time to the days of the conquistadors. Enjoy the sights from an open horse-drawn carriage. Riding along the narrow cobblestone streets you will pass age-old plazas and elegant colonial mansions with balconies filled with tumbling bougainvillea flowers. Finish the tour with a special gastronomic three-course dinner including wine & beer, at a restaurant renowned for its innovative nuevo-Caribbean cuisine. Return to the hotel for an evening at leisure. Departs at 6:00 pm from your hotel and returns at 9:00 pm. Pick-up from hotel lobby approximately 15 minutes prior to departure time. Approximate tour duration is 2 hours.
|Full Day Guatape & Piedra del Penol
Depart from Medellin this morning, on a scenic drive through the Eastern Highlands of Antioquia. Arrive at one of the areas top attractions, the Peñol Rock (La Piedra del Peñol), a 656 foot high monolith. Youll have the opportunity to climb more than 700 stairs to reach the top of this spectacular landmark and enjoy panoramic views of Guatapé Lake and the surrounding mountains. Continue with a visit to the town of Guatapé. Tour the iconic sites of the town like the historic church, town square and traditional colored streets. After lunch on your own, enjoy a boat ride on Lake Guatapé, one of the countrys largest lakes. Time to stroll along the boardwalk and relax at one of the cafes. Return to the hotel in Medellin. Entrance fees to the Peñol Boulder and boat ride on the lake are included.Pick-up at 08:00 am and -off at 06:00 pm at the hotel. Approximate tour duration is 10 hours.
|Half Day Santa Elena
Depart for Santa Elena, a small colonial town high in a mountainside near Medellin. It is one of the most typical “Antioqueño” towns, where the “Silleteros” tradition, linked to the flower production of the area, was born. Tour the area where the well-known floral arrangements have become a famous symbol of Medellin. Explore an organic flower farm and immerse yourself in the euphoric sights and smells of the plants. Marvel at the spectacular flower sculptures and diverse species of plants. At the end of the tour, enjoy a typical Colombian coffee. Afterwards, return to the hotel in Medellin. Pick-up at 02:00 pm and -off at 06:00 pm at the hotel. Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.