Bogota Poapayan San Agustin & Tierradentro Cartagena

A journey through colonial towns and ancient ruins deep in Colombia’s remote Andean foothills. From the bustling capital Bogota, you fly to the white-washed city of Popayan before heading into the wilds to visit the extraordinary pre-Incan site of San Agustin, one of South America’s ancient, man-made wonders. The trip finishes in Cartagena, Colombia’s most beautiful colonial city overlooking the turquoise waters of the Caribbean.

Itinerary Highlights

  • Wander thriough the caverns of Zipaquira’s huge Salt Cathedral
  • Experience the sleepy, colonial charm of Popayan
  • Explore the mountains, deserts & traditions of Huila
  • Visit the remarkable sites of San Agustin & Tierradentro
  • Immerse yourself in the Caribbean, colonial charm of Cartagena

What’s included

  • Private tours for most included activities (shared on the vessel)
  • Meet & greet airport service
  • Luxury or boutique accommodation at your chosen level
  • Expert guides in each destination


This is an example itinerary. It is fully flexible; you can add or detract days and include hotels at your chosen budget. It departs daily.



Price Guide

$6175 – $7500 pp

Our quotes are bespoke for your customised trip. The prices displayed are indicative only, read more

Day 1

Arrive in Bogota

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Days 2

Bogota – Art, History & Culture

Enjoy a couple of days in Colombia’s vibrant capital staying within the historic La Candelaria old town. La Candelaria is in easy walking distance of the capital’s historic centre and several key attractions such as the impressive cathedral, the Seat of Congress and the Botero Museum. For wonderful views overlooking the city, take the cable-car or funicular train up to Cerro Monserrate or for something completely unique, head into the hills to visit to the hugely atmospheric Zipaquira Salt Cathedral. Here, enormous caverns etched out from an 18th century salt-mine have been transformed into an eye-catching Roman Catholic church, all beautifully illuminated and hugely atmospheric!

Days 3

The ” White City” of Popayan

Take a short flight to Popayan, capital of Colombia’s Cauca department. Although much-overlooked by visitors, Popayan is a pretty colonial town of graceful, white-washed architecture, historic churches and cobbled streets. Allow an additional day and you can visit the wonderful Purace National Park which offers wonderful walking and wildlife on the flanks of the volcano beneath soaring condors.

Days 4-8

Ancient Colombia: San Agustin & Tierradentro

Today the adventure begins with a long drive into the rolling foothills of the Andes to visit the breathtaking and little known pre-Incan sites of San Agustin and Tierradentro. San Agustin is part of a vast funerary complex that covers over 2000 km², only fractions of which have been excavated. Long shut off from the outside world during Colombia’s past troubles, the site is most famous for its 600 stone statues depicting gods, warriors and mythical creatures which litter the landscape alongside tombs, “mesita” burial mounds and terraces. Heading deeper still into ancient Colombia, Tierradentro is a fascinating and rugged landscape pockmarked by large circular, burial chambers each carefully decorated with eerie geometric patterns and shapes. You will explore the sites with an expert guides staying in local villages before crossing the ochre-washed canyons and gullies of the Tatacoa Desert to reach the bustling town of Neiva.

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Day 9-12

Cartagena – The Jewel in the Colonial Crown!

From ancient sites to colonial majesty, you will fly through to Cartagena, lauded among the finest colonial cities in the Americas. Cartagena is a beautiful UNESCO world heritage site that was founded in 1533. The original historic architecture has been painstakingly preserved behind the original rampart walls and features elegant churches, colonial mansions and plazas amidst fine museums and monuments. The city is best explored on foot based at a beautiful boutique hotel where you can wander the charming cobbled streets and heady atmosphere that birthed Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s magic realism. For a change of scene, you can take a boat trip out to the picturesque coral reefs of the Rosario islands or enjoy some R&R on the dreamy beaches of Playa Blanca. Or for the ultimate natural spa treatment, you can head to the El Totuma Mud Volcano, renowned for its healing properties.

Day 13

Return flight to Bogota for onward connections

A note on price

The prices outlined above are a rough guide to give you an idea of costs and enable you to budget for your trip.

Guide prices are generally for private arrangements based on twin share, in well located, good quality accommodation (excluding international flights).

Please note costs are indicative and may vary due to a number of factors such as; travel date, hotel choice, room category, number of people travelling and prevailing exchange rates.

Price Guide $6175 – $7500 per person

When to travel

jan feb mar apr may jun jul aug sep oct nov dec

Colombia is a year-round destination whose climate is determined largely by altitude. The dry season (or summer) runs from December to March while the wet season takes over from April to November. In Bogotá and the Andes along the spine of Colombia, the climate is cooler with average highs of 18°C and lows of 6°C. As ever, the higher you climb into the mountains, the lower the temperatures especially at night. On the Caribbean coast around Cartagena, Colombia enjoys a tropical climate. Temperatures reach the early 30’s in summer yet coincide with short, sharp tempestuous downpours in winter which often come as a welcome relief! The Pacific coast follows a similar pattern yet is wetter while the Amazon is hot and steamy year round.

Add on’s

East of Cartagena, a short drive takes you to historic Santa Marta, Colombia’s oldest city and final resting place of Simon Bolivar and on to the spectacular beaches and pre-hispanic sites of Tayrona National Park, the ideal spot for winding down after a busy itinerary.

For traditional culture, Colombia’s coffee triangle offers charming towns, colourful plantation houses and spectacular national parks which draw birders and adventure enthusiasts from far and wide.

Further afield, there are direct flights to Ecuador and Peru, gateway to the the magical Galapagos Islands and Inca Peru respectively as well as a direct connection to Costa Rica for the breathtaking wildlife and national parks of Arenal and the Osa Peninsula

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