Tours

Chingaza National Natural Park

City tour

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Walking tour

Credits: Grupo Puerto de Cartagena

National Aviary

Credits: Orlando Amador Rosales

Botanical Garden

Credits: Santiago Madriñan

Islas del Rosario

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The cost of the tours is not included in the registration fee of the event.

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Tour #1: Chingaza National Natural Park

Chingaza is located in the eastern mountain range of the Andes, northeast of Bogotá, in the departments of Cundinamarca and Meta. It has an extension of 76,600 hectares, an altitude that varies between 800 and 4200 meters above sea level and an average temperature of 13 ° C. This park has a unique ecosystem that including Andean forests, sub‐Andean and Páramos. The Páramos are unique ecosystems that are only found in Colombia, Venezuela, Peru, Ecuador and in isolation of Panama and Costa Rica. The presence of the Páramo in Chingaza creates a water reserve that leads to biodiversity unique to this region.

Among the species that can be found in Chingaza are the white‐tailed deer, the spectacled bear, the cougar, the Andean condor, the leopard. Unique flora includes “frailejones” and swamp mosses.

The park is formed by a system of lagoons, which includes the Siecha lagoon, the Chingaza lagoon and the Chuza reservoir. This last reservoir is located at 2990 MASL, has an area of 537 hectares and a maximum volume of 202 million cubic meters. This reservoir is managed by the Water Supply Company of Bogotá, since 80% of the potable water supplied in the capital comes from this reservoir.

The visit to the Chingaza National Natural Park will take place on December 3 and lasts 4 hours. The meeting point is the hotel lobby of the Holiday Inn Hotel located in the city of Bogotá. As it is a protected area, spaces are limited, and advance registration is required.

Sunday, December 2

  • Reception at El Dorado International Airport
  • Hotel accommodation

Monday, December 3

  • Breakfast
  • Transportation to Chingaza
  • Park entrance
  • Snack
  • Lunch
  • Transportation to El Dorado International Airport

Cost

Tour with lunch box 203 USD

Hotel accomodation 88 USD

Recommendations

Comfortable and warm clothing

Tour #2: City tour

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City tour through the residential neighborhoods that border the Bay of Cartagena, visit to the Fortress of San Felipe de Barajas Castle, the most awe-inspiring work of military engineering in the new world, the tour continues with a walk through the romantic streets of the walled center with a visit to the Church of San Pedro Claver, with its semicircular arches and supreme church in homage to the protector of the slaves Pedro Claver, and ends with a visit to the Museum of the Emerald.

Tuesday, December 4

  • Transport
  • Entrance to the Cathedral San Pedro Claver
  • Entrance to the San Felipe Castle
  • Tour guide (Spanish and English)

Cost

46 USD

Recommendations

Use sunscreen and hat/cap.

Tour #3: Walking tour

Cartagena de Indias is a modern city that preserves its walled historic center, which dates to the 16th century. These walls were built to defend the city and the port from constant pirate attacks from Europe. Its historic center was declared “National Heritage of Colombia” in 1959 and a “World Heritage Site” by Unesco in 1984.

Enjoy a healthy walk through the walled city or stone corral of Cartagena de Indias, where you can see the architecture of the colonial era reflected in their houses, large doors and beautiful balconies, narrow streets where history is mixed with the modernity of our days, we will visit the palace of the Inquisition where many sinners from the colonial era were judged by the church. We’ll also visit the church and museum of St. Peter Claver, great martyr of the slaves.

Tuesday, December 4

  • Tour guide (Spanish and English)
  • Entrance to the Historic Museum of Cartagena
  • Audio
  • Raspado (a Colombian treat)

Cost

46.5 USD

Recommendations

  • Use sunscreen and hat/cap.
  • Wearing comfortable shoes.

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Tour #4: National Aviary

Credits: Orlando Amador Rosales

At 14.5 km via Cartagena, Barú is the largest aviary in the Americas. It has more than 1800 birds of 138 species which makes it one of the most complete in the world. This showcases that Colombia really is first place as the most diverse country for birds in the world.

This tourist attraction seeks to promote the conservation of species through sustainable development. The aviary not only contemplate the conservation of nature, it also promotes the reproduction of endangered species. A notable case is that of the Paujil de Pico Azul an endangered species that is endemic to Colombia.

Among the birds that can be observed are the Harpy Eagle, the Caribbean Toucan, the Pink Flamingos, the Crown Crane, macaws, but there are many more! In addition, the National Aviary has three ecosystem environments: tropical rainforest, littoral and desert that reproduce the ecosystems of the region.

Saturday, December 8

  • Transport
  • Entry
  • Tour guide (Spanish and English)

Cost

79.5 USD

Recommendations

Use sunscreen and hat/cap.

Tour #5: Botanical Garden

The Guillermo Piñeres Botanical Garden is located 30 minutes from Cartagena and is an important ecological attraction of the Caribbean region. Here, we find a living collection of more than 300 species of plants of the region. It also has eight hectares, of which one and a half correspond to native forest.

This tour consists of a walk along the two kilometers of trails where can be seen large trees such as: Macondo (Cavanillesia platanifolia), Camajorú (Sterculia apetala), Indian leather (Bursera simaruba), Güerregue (Astrocaryum malybo), wine palm ( Attalea butyracea), Chili (Nectandra turbacensis), Mahogany (Swiettenia macrophylla), Cedar (Cedrela odorata), Caracolí (Anacardium excelsum) and Copei (Ficus maxima). It is also possible to find howler monkeys, sloths, squirrels, parakeets, toucans and iguanas.

Saturday, December 8

  • Transport
  • Entrance cost
  • Bottle of water
  • Tour Guide (Spanish and English)

Cost

41.5 USD

Recommendations

Use sunscreen and hat/cap.

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Tour #6: Islas del Rosario

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Islas del Rosario is an archipelago formed by 28 islands, which are located one hour by boat from Cartagena. In these islands, the Corales del Rosario and San Bernardo Natural Park are located. This Natural Park was created to protect one of the most important coral reefs of the Caribbean coast.

These islands are characterized by very gentle waves and clear waters that allow for easy viewing and appreciation of fish, turtles and dolphins. This environment makes the Rosario Islands an ideal place to rest and enjoy the rhythm of the breezes and waves.

Plan Silver: Fried fish (can be exchanged for Meat or Chicken)

Plan Gold: Grilled lobster

Saturday, December 8

  • Boat tour
  • Lunch
  • Welcome cocktail (without alcohol)

Cost

64 USD

Recommendations

  • Use sunscreen and hat/cap.
  • Wear a swimsuit under your clothes.