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Colombia – Panama –

Day 1: Bogota
Arrival at El Dorado International Airport in Bogotá. Reception and transfer to the hotel.

Day 2: Bogota – City tour
Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning we walk through the city to see some interesting places. We begin with the Plaza de Bolivar where some of the country’s most important buildings are found: The main Cathedral, the Palace of Justice, the Mayor’s house and the presidential building. Moving on to the Gold museum with more than 30 000 gold objects from the ancient times. We continue through the beautiful streets in the district of La Candelaria, with its colonial architecture. We arrive at the house where the old freedom hero Simon Bolivar lived. Then we take the cable car up to Monserrate, that is the city’s highest point with a nice view. The afternoon is free.

Day 3: Bogota / Zipaquira
Breakfast at hotel. In the afternoon we go out to the north of the city, passing small communities and areas, until we come to the Zipaquirá and visit its cathedral, which is an incredible arrangement in the middle of a salt mine. This trip lasts for 4 hours before we spend the night at hotel los heroes.*

Day 4: Bogota /Villa de Leyva
Departure from the hotel at 7 am. We pass the Boyaca bridge before we arrive at Tunja. We walk through town and visit Casa del Fundador and the cathedral. We continue to Villa de Leyva. Dinner and accommodation.

Day 5: Villa de Leyva / Bogota
Breakfast. Tour through the beautiful community with visits to the Congress house. Visit to the Luis Acuña museum, the Palaeontology museum and the Casa de Nariño. In the afternoon we go out to Bogota and visit Ráquira which is famous for its handicrafts. Arrival and transport to the hotel in Bogota.

Day 6: Bogota/Cartagena (fly)
Breakfast at the hotel before we go to the airport to go to Cartagena. We are received at the Rafael Nuñez airport and transported to the hotel. Dinner and accommodation.

Day 7: Cartagena
Breakfast at hotel. Visit the city with the most important monuments in the old town, as Castillo de San Felipe, Cerro de la Popa, La Ciudad Amurallada, and other places. Free afternoon. Dinner and accommodation.

Day 8: Cartagena
Breakfast at the hotel. The rest of the day is free for optional activities, such as a trip to the Rosario islands. Dinner and accommodation.

Day 9: Cartagena/Santa Marta
Breakfast at the hotel. Transportation to the city of Santa Marta (2.5 hours away). Dinner and accommodation.

Day 10: Santa Marta
Breakfast at the hotel. City tour with visit to the Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, which was the place where Simón Bolívar died in 1830, the ancient old town and the beautiful bay surrounded by mountains. The afternoon is free. Thereafter dinner and accommodation.

Day 11: Santa Marta/Panamá (fly)
Breakfast at the hotel. Transport to the airport for flight to Panama.
Free day in Panama. During the first evening, you will get to see typical folklore dance and music from Panama. You will here get an insight about the folklore culture in Panama. It started with the Indians and their acoustic instruments. Then the Spanish conquerers arrived with influences from the western world.  Finally, the African slaves arrived to help in the construction of the Panama Canal. The mix of the three cultures came to become one of the richest folklore cultures in the entire Latin America.

Day 12: City tour and visit to the Panama Canal, half day
This guided tour takes you to some of the most important landmarks of Panama. We start at the hotel and go by bus through the residual and shopping areas in the modern part of Panama. From there, we move forward towards the historical and colonial zone that was created during the destruction of the original capital city.  With its narrow streets, squares and parks, a big part of the history of the old city has been conserved.
We visit la Plaza de Francia (the french square), the district Las Bóvedas, the church of San José with its impressive golden altar, the cathedral and the Canal Museum. We move on towards the Miraflores lock. We visit Centro de Visitantes (the visitor centre) where we will be shown a video, showing what historical importance the Canal has had as a Sea route between the two oceans.
An exhibition of the antique parts of the Canal and a visit at the simulator is also included in this trip.

Day 13: Visit to Parara-Puru society
We leave early in the morning in a micro bus towards the port of Corutu o Nuevo Vigia, where we go on board on a motor driven canoe. From there, we continue towards the lake Alajuela that is the second biggest lake in Panama that is built by men. When we get there, a local specialist guide will help us to explore the society of Parara-puru and the ethnical group of the Chocoes.
The Chocoes are very skillful artisans, which we will recognize from their tree sculptures and the baskets that they make. The people will also welcome us with a dance show. We have lunch, consisting of fish served on leaves. In the afternoon we get the chance to swim in the river. We get back to the hotel at 4 pm in the afternoon.

Day 14: Portobelo
This day we visit the town Portobelo. When the Spanish conquerers had conquered the former Inca Kingdom they started to look around for strategic places in the area that they could use to transport their goods from coast to coast. Portobelo was the place that determined the end of “del Camino Real”, (The Royal way), where the oceans met. The place was therefore used by the spanish conquerers to unload their treasures on ships back to Europe. Since Portobelo became a popular place to hang around for the pirates, the little village near the Caribbean Sea has had a very rich and interesting history.
Portobelo is located on the Caribbean coast of the province of Colon about halfway between the Panama Canal and the San Blas archipelago.
We leave the hotel early in the morning and go towards the Atlantic coast and get to see what has come to be called the Camino Real. In Portobelo we visit the church Iglesia del Cristo Negro, the antique tollhouse and the forts of the area. We have lunch in a Caribbean sea food restaurant with view over the Portobelo bay and we return to the hotel in the afternoon. Since this is a tropical excursion, we recommend you to wear comfortable shoes, insect protection, hat, sun protection and very comfortable shoes. Make sure not to forget the camera.

Day 15: Panamá
Free day in Panama

Day 16: Panamá/Return home
Transfer to airport for departure.

Included:
International flights (flight fare calculated from Stockholm) Additional costs may apply from other airports
Domestic flights
Accommodation in 3 / 4 star hotels
Meals mentioned program
Tours and transport services mentioned in the program
English speaking Guide

Not included in the price:
Airport taxes approximately SEK 200 payable upon departure from Bogota & Panama
Drinking and excursions that are not mentioned in the program
Cancellation insurance and travel insurance
Other not mentioned above

Note
International flights with United Airlines
Flights Bogota/Cartagena/approximately 1 hour
Flights Cartagena/Panama approximately 1 hour

Passport/Visa
Valid passport for 6 months is required. Swedish citizens need a tourist card which can be obtained from the airline or on arrival (Tarjeta de Turismo)

Hotels

Casa-fundadores -Villa de L

Casa Fundadores Villa de Leyva

Los-heroes 3*-Bogotá

Los Heroes 3* Bogotá

Santamar 4*

Hotel Santamar 4* Santa Marta

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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