Chicamocha Canyon & Colonial Colombia Adventure
This Colombia adventure is for travellers with a keen sense of adventure, a love of both nature and culture and a desire to take the road less travelled. Starting your journey in Bogota, you’ll get to know the city streets before heading into the Eastern Andean region to explore sleepy colonial towns and visit artisan workshops and small-scale rural farms. Later you’ll up the adrenalin with river rafting and rappelling excursions, plus a three-day hike along ancient cobblestone trails deep into the Chicamocha Canyon… and then there’s the paragliding!
- Explore Bogota by bike and get to know the history hidden along its streets
- Venture into the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá and explore the lovely town of Villa de Leyva
- Enjoy the laidback pace of Colombia’s colonial towns, rich in architecture, culture and history
- Take a horseback ride through Colombia’s dramatic Eastern Andes
- Head out on the wild Fonce River for an adrenaline-charged rafting and rappelling experience
- Take a three-day hike into the depths of the timeless and beautiful Chicamocha Canyon
- Sleep under the stars and enjoy traditional home-cooked meals with the Chicamocha locals
- Take a high-flying paragliding experience from the Ruitoque Plateau above Bucaramanga
This is a private tour and you will be accompanied by an English-speaking local guide throughout. The price displayed is per person based on two people sharing. All tours can be tailor-made to suit your interests and requirements.
This Colombia adventure highlights the blending of indigenous and Spanish legacies, expressed through food, music, architecture, arts and handcrafts. As well as visiting the buzzing cities of Bogota and Bucaramanga, you’ll get to know the small traditional pueblos (towns) of rural Colombia, wandering through their tranquil colonial streets and getting to know the locals. You’ll also explore the Eastern Andes’ contrasting terrains, from high green prairies to wild rivers and rocky canyons.
You’ll begin your Colombia adventure in the lively and cosmopolitan city of Bogota, where you’ll take a sightseeing tour of the historic downtown by bike, as well as exploring independently. You’ll then spend several days in the Cundinamarca-Boyacá region, visiting the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá and the lovely town of Villa de Leyva, as well as seeing the desert on horseback and visiting important archaeological and historical sites in the region.
In the Santander region you can get active with a river rafting and rappelling excursion, before embarking on a three-day hike following cobblestone trails along the Chicamocha Canyon, one of the deepest in the world at 227km long and 2km deep. This route is part of a network of cobblestone paths, called Royal Paths, which link Bogota with the Caribbean coast and were important trade routes during colonial times. This area is one of great biodiversity, home to a great variety of endemic species. The landscape was formed more than 60 million years ago from what was once a great sea; the fossils in Guane and Los Santos, both sleepy colonial villages, are testament to this fascinating history.
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- Trip duration: 11 days
- Countries visited: Colombia
Adventure: Accommodation in hostels (always in a private room) and B&Bs, and sometimes in hammocks, rustic cabins or tents. Internal transport is overland rather than by plane wherever possible.
Note: this is a guideline; please refer to the tour detailed description for what is and is not included.
- Level of difficulty: Medium
- Accommodation: 2 nights in a hotel in Bogota, 2 nights in a hotel in Villa de Leyva, 2 nights in a hotel in San Gil, 1 night camping or hammock on the canyon hike, 1 night in a hotel in Los Santos, 1 night in a hotel in Bucaramanga
- Transport: Internal flights, mini-van, private car
- Meals included: 10 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
Percentage of cost going to local communities:
At least 40%
- Bilingual guide: Available in English, French or Spanish
- Extra services:
- Additional information: You will be greeted at the airport on arrival by a local guide who will take you to your hotel and will be able to answer any questions, make any additional arrangements and generally ensure everything goes smoothly. No minimum number of passengers required and you will not be travelling with a group of people you do not know. Prices quoted are per person and based on at least 2 people travelling. You should expect a cheaper price for bigger groups. Your passport is required at time of booking. For information on visa requirements, immunisations and health formalities please visit the FCO Travel Advice Website or the US Travel Advice Website (direct links to Colombia page). Information on money changing in each destination, as well as what it is customary to tip for various services, will be provided. This tour of Colombia, like most of our adventures through Latin America, has a low level of physical difficulty and participants can choose to do as much or as little as they like. If you have any concerns or require special arrangements please call or email us to discuss. What to bring: Travel insurance, passport, binoculars, alarm clock, walking shoes, water bottle, daypack, sun protection, insect repellent, sun glasses and hat, swimwear, flip-flops, torch with extra batteries, comfortable light cotton shirts with long and short sleeves, comfortable trousers made of cotton or a light synthetic material (bring at least two sets of light clothes which can be washed and dried easily), shorts, rain coat, plastic ziplock bags, plastic bags for your luggage in case of rain.
- Best time to travel: All year round
- Extra budget recommended: Around £300 / $350 pp to cover meals and all other expenses not included in the itinerary.
- What is included: Welcome reception at the airport. Transfers (some may be shared) and internal flights. Overland transport. Accommodation. Entrance fees to sites of interest, museums and national parks mentioned in the itinerary. Guided activities and excursions with English speaking guides (some private, some as part of a small group). Meals as stated in the itinerary (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner). Contributions to the social projects visited. Donation to help in preserving the Amazon rainforest through agro-forestry and education.
- What is not included: Flights from your country of origin. Travel insurance. Alcoholic drinks. Additional meals or snacks. Travel within and around each town. Visa fees (if any). Tips. Souvenirs.
There is no minimum duration and you can take only the activities or destinations you want. To start creating your ideal, tailor-made tour to Colombia, please complete and send this form. Our Colombian partner will be in touch shortly:
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Chicamocha Canyon & Colonial Colombia Adventure
£ 1,320 GBP
This Colombia tour is for travellers with a keen sense of adventure, a love of both nature and culture and a desire to take the road less travelled. Starting your journey in Bogota, you’ll get to know the city streets before heading into the Eastern Andes to explore sleepy colonial villages and lovely countryside. Later you’ll up the adrenalin with river rafting, rappelling and paragliding excursions, plus a three-day hike along ancient cobblestone trails deep into the Chicamocha Canyon.