Bogota Excursions & Tours: Day 1:
Arrived to Bogota, El Dorado international airport, transfer airport - hotel. Night spent in Bogota.
We will start visiting Sutatausa which is a typical cundinamarques town, it is peaceful and quiet characteristic of the peasant towns of the cundí-boyacense Highland, where the time seems to have stopped in the colony with its unique architecture of this time, here you can know the farallones of rock of sutatusa, the doctrinal set and muisca indigenous cemetery (3 hours trekking optional), then we will come to Cucunubá it has all the 17th century history because you can find colonial architecture, with White houses with perfectly placed clay tiles and green-framed windows that combine perfectly with the characteristic of this village stone floor which will give you a wonderful experience. In this magical place we will have lunch a typical dish of the region. After we have had lunch we will go to Ráquira, there you can transport toward the last century because it has colonial architecture with many colors which generates a unique magical environment of the region. This village is well known for its works in clay, woven, baskets, clothing, hammocks and gold- and silversmithing, we can explore the village and we can visit different handicrafts stores, at the end of the day we will go to villa de Leiva, where we will stay at night. Night spent in Bogota.
Villa de Leyva is an amazing place full of history which makes happy travelers on each corner with its amazing colonial architecture. Just walking along the narrow streets with its stone floor to go slowly in any direction to find churches, convents and monasteries, enjoying a peaceful and wonderful atmosphere with a lot of magic, you can find a huge square; it will transport you immediately to the 17th century which will give you a unique experience. Here you will be delighted with big windows and wooden doors of colonial-style buildings. We will leave in the morning in a car to the ecological park La Periquera where we will enjoy nature walking down from the mountain to the river. Finally we will return to Villa de Leyva in order to have lunch (these adventure activities are optional). After we have had lunch we will do a tour by the Center historical visiting the main streets of Villa of Leyva, we will go to the Cathedral, Church of the Carmen, El maestro Acuña museum, prehistoric museum, House Juan of Castellanos, House of the first Congress, Real factory of liquors, Antonio Ricaurte museum, Antonio Nariño museum, Molina de la Mesopotamia, and El Carmen museum when we have finished the tour we will have time to know handicrafts stores. Night spent in Bogotá.
This day we will go to the base of the mountain by car, there you can find the huts of Iguaque, after we will walk to the moor. During this trekking you can breathe fresh and clean air, we will walk along trails with great biodiversity with different colors it is typical of the high Andean forest of the Colombian Andes. We will arrive to the Iguaque lake, which is a holy place for the Muisca mythology and one of the eight lakes that this cloudy and mysterious moor has (This activity is optional). This lake of glacial origin is guarded by hundreds of frailejones, it will be a wonderful and magical experience for you, we will have time to take photos, enjoy the landscapes and rest, then we will come back to villa de Leyva, where we will have lunch, after we will go to the tota lake. Night spent in Laguna de Tota Aquitania.
In the Tota lake we can relax watching the imposing water mirror, reflecting the light blue when the clouds part. This lake is hidden in the middle of the Eastern Cordillera, becoming the largest natural water in Colombia, we will have breakfast in white beach, a magical place of white sand and worship site of the natives Muiscas, then we will visit Monguí, which is considered one of the prettiest villages in Boyacá, we will walk along the magic colonial streets we will know its myths and legends. Monguí is a place frozen in time, where the material, intangible and natural heritage are protagonists, it is a place where there are not problems, it is a place where you can enjoy its architecture, and gastronomy. After we have lunch we will go to Guatavita. It is a very beautiful town, it has a wonderful architecture full of magic, and it is new Guatavita. It is a tribute to the old Guatavita, which due to the construction of the reservoir to mine had to be moved in 1964 and rebuilt brick by brick and history by history. This is the new Guatavita a magical town full of stories. Night spent in Guatavita.
On this day we will visit the holy lake guatavita which is a place of ceremonies for indigenous Muiscas, because there the ritual of investiture of the new Zipa (Cacique) was performed; then we will go to the Salt Cathedral where you will see the change from daylight to darkness in a room built inside the salt mines, gradually a multicolored phosphorescent light breaks through and illuminates the walls of the mine, you will realize that you are in a special place, you will discover that it is a monumental piece of architecture made by the hands of the miners, which is a cathedral temple now that invites reflection and personal growth and at the end of the day we can enjoy a wonderful view from the hill of Monserrate this is the symbol of Bogotá. Located 3152 meters above sea level, it has in the top the sanctuary of Mr. Fallen Monserrate, pilgrimage place of native and foreign people, surrounded by lush vegetation and where you can appreciate the best landscape in the Sabena of Bogota. Night spent in Bogota.
On this day we will leave early from Bogota to the Ibague city where private vehicles will wait for us to take us to the vereda de las juntas, where we will stay in Ukuku which is a beautiful Eco lodge, decorated with beautiful gardens and immerse in the mountains, there you can take an invigorating break in harmony with nature and surrounded by the majestic snowy del Tolima. Located in the Grand Canyon of Combeima river to 17 km from the center of the city of Ibague, in the village of Juntas "Gateway to the snowy park" and 1200m from the road. Immersed in the mountains, it is the ideal place to enjoy an invigorating break in harmony with nature and guarded by the majestic Tolima snowy. After we have lunch we will walk during 4 hours through bridle paths which were trodden since pre-Columbian times by our indigenous ancestors, roads leading to Walking trails, through bridges, breathe fresh air, see birds, admire beautiful landscapes, explore the woods and swim in crystal clear and cold waters, they are part of the attractions of this day. Night spent in Bogota.
We will make a photo safari which we will recognize all the natural wealth of the canyon of Combeima taking unique photos it is a beautiful learning experience. Then we will leave very early in the morning, we will travel by paths where we will see the natural diversity of Ukuku its surroundings with a professional guide. At the end of the day you can exhibit your photos around a campfire and a cocktail. The author of the best photograph will have a gift. Night spent in Juntas – Ibague.
After breakfast will come out Tatacoa desert with an area of 370 K. M2 according to the latest studies, and with an area of influence that comprises almost the 1,000 K. M2, this desert becomes the second arid zone of the country, after the Guajira, with a georphism mainly from estoraques and gullies among others and its different nuances that give the soil the soil from ocher to a Martian and Lunar color, Tatacoa is the most special place to contemplate the sky, that night we will visit the astronomic observatory where someone will give us a talk and then to take photos to the magical night sky. Night spent in Villa Vieja.
We will leave Villa vieja to the desert. Which is considered one of the most beautiful deserts in the country. During the tour, the landscape changes: trees, cotton fields and cattle are being left behind. Cactus, up to two meters high, begin to appear: first two, then three, and the number is increasing, even invading the landscape, an incredible orange terracotta floor will appear, the endless desert and toasty, with ripples on earth. Night spent in Villa Vieja.
You will have Breakfast at the hotel in Neiva, after you will leave for Bogota (airport or hotel).
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel or airport according to the reservation.
Duration: 11 days.
Start/opening time: The tour starts at 7am, the day after the customer arrives in Bogota.
Drop-off location: Bogota - El Dorado international airport.
Languages: Spanish and English.
Medical restrictions: You must be in good health to do this trip.
Includes: Accommodation in 3-star and 4-star hotels and also in a rural lodge hotel.
Others: We recommend wearing comfortable clothes and shoes according to each climate. We also recommend wearing a hat or cap, using sun cream and insect repellent and bringing plenty of water.
Don´t perform the tour under the effects of alcohol or other substances.
It is important that you inform us about the time of arrival of your flight to Colombia if you want to be picked up at the airport or the name of the hotel if you want to be pick up to start the tour.