Overview

Let us dazzle you with our customized Bogota the Enchanting Caño Cristales package. First up: Colombia’s capital city, Bogota. Here, you’ll tour the city and visit the nearby underground salt cathedral of Zipaquirá. Next, you’ll head to La Macarena located in the Colombian Eastern Plains. One of Colombia’s most important natural reserves is the Sierra de La Macarena National Natural Park, which was created to conserve the existing biodiversity. La Sierra is the home of Caño Cristales, listed as the most beautiful river in the world.

What you get

  • Airport Transfers
  • Entrance fees and activities as described in the program.
  • Meals described in the program.
  • scenic tour quitoPrivate services with local English-speaking guides. *For other languages, please consult us for availability. Supplements may apply.
  • scenic tour quitoPermanent assistance from our offices in each city.
  • scenic tour quitoFull-day Bogota City Tour
  • scenic tour quito3 nights at Hotel Cité (Bogota)- Superior King Room
  • scenic tour quitoCabin accommodation for 3 nights at the Ecolodge La Manigua

A Sneak Peek

Bogota Colombia
Casa Gangotena Boutique Hotel
Bogota Colombia
Cristales Colombia
Cuzco Cathedral
Cristales Colombia
Guayabero River Colombia
Lima, Peru
Guayabero River Colombia
La Candelaria Colombia
Sacred Valley Artisans
La Candelaria Colombia
Monserrate Hill Colombia
Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel
Monserrate Hill Colombia
Paloquemao Market Colombia
Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel
Paloquemao Market Colombia
Barichara Colombia
Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel
Zipaquira Cathedral Salt Colombia
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Highlights

Professionally guided tours of:

Bogotá:

  • City Tour
  • Visit to La Candelaria
  • Visit to Paloquemao Market
  • Monserrate Hill
  • Zipaquira Salt Cathedral

La Macarena:

  • Caño Cristales
  • The Guayabero River
  • Canoe ride on the banks of the Lozada River.

Day by Day

Day 1: Transfer to Airport / Arrive in Bogota

Upon arrival at the International Airport El Dorado, you will be met by one of our team members and will be taken to your hotel. Our guide will assist you at the hotel with check-in.

The Cite Hotel is located in Bogota’s business and leisure area, overlooking Virrey Park. A mix of modern design with a homey atmosphere, Cite Hotel offers the perfect urban retreat.

Buffet breakfast included.

Day 2: City Tour and Visit to Paloquemao Market

Our guide will meet you in the hotel lobby to explain the itinerary and provide valuable information regarding your stay there or about the city. The city tour starts with a morning visit to the local market of Paloquemao, one of the largest in Colombia, where you can find a large section of fruits and flowers. Our visit continues to the historical heart of Bogotá, La Candelaria; to admire its vibrant colonial-style architecture and Republican-era landmarks.

After La Candelaria, we take a break to enjoy a typical lunch at the Origen Bistro Restaurant, where you can enjoy a wide range of Colombian signature cuisine. End today’s tour with a visit to Monserrate Hill, where you will find a white Catholic church at the top, which has been a pilgrimage site since 1657.

Depending on the day, we might also visit the Gold Museum or the Botero Museum!

Please note that appropriate clothing may be required for visits to religious buildings.

Note: All entrance fees are included. VIP entrance at Monserrate is included.

Day 3: Zipaquira’s Salt Cathedral + lunch

Today’s tour starts with a panoramic drive to Zipaquirá, Colombia’s salt mining capital on the outskirts of Bogotá. Here, you’ll visit the famous Salt Cathedral, which was carved inside an active salt mine, formed 250 million years ago and is home to the largest underground cross ever. Afterward, head to a traditional restaurant located in the town of Cajicá.

Day 4: Private transfer from the hotel to El Dorado Airport

Our guide will meet you in the hotel lobby and will take you to El Dorado or Puente Aéreo International Airport (depending on your flight). We will assist you at the airport during the check-in to help you connect to your next destination.

Bogotá – La Macarena

Arrive at Bogotá El Dorado Airport for the flight to La Macarena, Meta. Once there, our team will welcome us, take care of the luggage, and then attend the talk with the environmental authorities from Cormacarena and National Parks.

We will enjoy a delicious lunch and then take a boat to go up the Guayabero River towards Lozada. There we’ll enjoy the landscape and be able to observe a variety of bird species and turtles basking in the sun and, if we are lucky, pink dolphins. Return to the hotel, have dinner, and rest.

Day 5 y 6: Caño Cristales

Once we have breakfast, we prepare to visit Caño Cristales; we will take a boat that will cross us through the Guayabero River (20 minutes), we will walk to get on the 4×4 trucks that will leave us at the allowed point and start our walk (30 minutes) until we arrive to Caño Cristales. We must prepare ourselves for the encounter with the rapids, waterfalls, and pools decorated with colored algae that make Caño Cristales the most beautiful river in the world.

On Day 5, we will return to the hotel to rest and prepare to go out on a serenade canoe ride on the banks of the Lozada River.

Return to the hotel, dinner, and rest.

Day 7: La Macarena – Bogotá

Departure from the hotel in the early morning to take a boat that takes us to the “Mirador” and be able to appreciate the sunrise, where its bright red will leave you speechless. We will continue towards Cristalitos, which will make a perfect place to close out our trip.

Return to the hotel to change, get ready, and leave for the airport to take the flight back to Bogotá. Depending on the time of the flight, you will have lunch in town.

Notes: National Parks entrance fee, Cormacarena entrance fee, and City Hall income tax are included. The llanero sunrise is subject to the departure time that is approved by the permits of National Parks and Cormacarena.

Conditions

  • Subject to availability
  • Published rates are valid for 2024 (excluding blackout dates (Dec. 23-Jan. 2).
  • Blackout dates may have special rates. Please verify with your Destination Expert.
  • Credit card payments are exempt from additional fees.
  • Restrictions may apply.
  • Does not apply to other promotions.
  • Breakfasts and taxes are included for hotels.
  • All entrance fees are subject to change without prior notice.
  • This program may have some modifications due to changes in flight schedules and weather.
  • The trails programmed in the itinerary are subject to the prior approval of Cormacarena and National Parks due to the carrying capacity for the requested dates.

 

Not Included

  • International air fares or domestic air fares.
  • Meals, activities, or any other item not described in the itinerary.
  • Early check-in, late check-out.
  • Personal expenses, tips, and gratuities
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • Airport taxes.

 

NOTE: Our transfer fee includes transportation of one bag per person of up to 23kg (50 lbs.) plus one carry-on. If you plan to travel with additional luggage, please let us know in advance so we can assign a different vehicle capacity for the transfer. Please keep in mind that additional costs may be charged.