Today Linda is flying into Cartagena’s Rafal Nuñez Airport and checking in to the gorgeous Sofitel Santa Clara. This hotel was built as a monastery in 1621 and overlooks the Bay in the historic quarter. After she settles in, she will be free to explore the UNESCO town and wander through palaces, gardens, forts, and churches, some of which date back five centuries. One of the city’s major highlights is the massive, tawny-colored fortifications, which still evoke that nostalgic sense of romance. Grab some cheese and enjoy stunning sunsets over the sea from any one of these weathered walls.
There’s plenty to do in this town. Cartagena is perfect to explore on foot, as many places in the newer district of Bocagrande are within walking distance. You can stroll down to the harbor, or wander through the Convent of La Popa and San Felipe’s Fort. For chilling tales and replicas of instruments of torture check out the Palacio de la Inquisición.
If you’re feeling more adventurous, we recommend slogging through the mangrove swamps, swimming around coral reefs, taking a boat tour, or riding in one of the famous Chiva Buses—a colorful way to see the city while enjoying good music and drinks. For a more relaxing experience, head down to Playa Blanca where you can rent a hammock, slurp down oysters or get a massage.
If you have some extra time you can head outside on a day trip. Check out one of the neighboring fishing villages or the Jardin Botanico de Guillermo Piñeres—or for a real unique experience, try the Volcán del Totumo, a 15-m high mud volcano and bathe in the mud. Don’t forget to swim in the nearby lagoon to wash it away when you’re done!
From this stop Linda will be returning to Miami and back to Portland. We can’t wait to hear how it went! Thanks for joining her on the tour of beautiful Colombia!
Interested in how Linda’s trip went? Call her when she returns on June 4 at 503.224.0180 or email lindaf@wittravel.
General Tours: Treasures of Colombia
9 days from $2,699
Take off $600 per couple when you pay-in-full at time of booking by Aug 31, 2012! Our Small Group Tour with never more than 16 guests includes Bogotá, and Armenia, Colombia
With our handpicked Trip Leaders at your side every step of the way, this intimate guided tour to Colombia promises immersive and authentic experiences that are sure to be a highlight of your escorted travel to South America! You’ll enjoy attentive service and comfortable carefree travel as you explore Colombia’s wealth of natural, cultural and Colonial-era riches!
Bogotá, Zipaquirá, Cocora Valley and Salento, Colombia
Small Group Discoveries for our World Travelers
- On a high-mountain plateau, beautiful Bogotá sits amidst towering Andean peaks… In the company of our attentive Trip Leader, discover the best of the city – from La Candaleria to the Gold Museum!
- Marvel at the Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral, carved into an underground salt mine; beautifully illuminated, it’s large enough to welcome 8,400 worshippers!
- The sustainable traditions of the Coffee Triangle were just recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site… Spend time on an authentic working coffee plantation and then explore the unique flora and fauna of the pristine Cocora Valley.
- Step out with your knowledgeable Trip Leader in Cartagena, where well-preserved fortifications and palaces bear witness to its Colonial-era grandeur… Then cross the bay to unwind amidst the tranquil beauty of the Rosario Islands!
- Discover 2 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Our Small Group Adventure Value
- Extensive, fully-escorted sightseeing with never more than 16 guests including all entrance fees
- 8 nights accommodation in our carefully selected hotels
- 12 meals: 8 breakfasts and 4 lunches
- All on-tour transportation, including all 4 internal flights
- Luggage handling, hotel taxes and service charges, and all airline fees and fuel charges for your 2 included flights
- GeneralAssist, our toll-free 24/7 emergency on-tour assistance