From (AUD)$12,495
Days23
Airfares included
Explore two unique countries bursting with culture and colour. Experience the mystical Bellavista cloud forest, stay in a traditional hacienda and visit bustling local markets. Immerse yourself in the culture of southern Colombia, visiting Las Lajas Sanctuary, Pasto and Popayán, before heading north through charming villages and colonial cities.
Group Size — Max 20
Tips — Total cost includes - Tipping Made Easy, $310pp pre-paid
Transport — 4WD jeep, Boat, Cable Car, Coach & Plane
No Hidden Extras
Spot flora and fauna in the enchanting Bellavista cloud forest. This paradise is home to treasures such as bromeliads, orchids and more than 330 species of birds, as well as the most recently discovered mammal - the olinguito!
Experience the excitement of Otavalo’s colourful handicraft market, a tradition dating back to pre-Incan times.
Try the famous Colombian brew in the Coffee Triangle and learn about the coffee's journey from the 'grain to the cup'.
Visit the incredible underground Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira, one of only two in the world.

Special Experiences

Travel down through the canyon to the stunning Las Lajas basilica by cable car.
Visit the town of Silvia to explore the colourful, local market. We’ll also see the indigenous Guambiano people, dressed in their traditional 'anacos', selling produce and handicrafts.
Learn to cook some traditional Colombian dishes and enjoy them for lunch.
Board a local jeep and travel into the Cocora Valley to marvel at the rolling green hills and towering wax palms.
Enjoy a scenic cruise on magnificent Lake Guatapé, dotted with beautiful islets.
Enjoy a group farewell dinner at Restaurante Interno. Located within a prison, your food will be prepared by inmates who have been trained by Michelin-starred chefs and are preparing for reintegration to society.

Itinerary Colombia & Ecuador

Itinerary

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Inclusions Colombia & Ecuador

Inclusions

Sightseeing

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Explore the mountains and markets of Ecuador

  • Explore Ecuador's capital, Quito, on a city tour including Independence Square, La Compania Church, San Francisco Monastery and the Cathedral.
  • Stop at the ‘Middle of the World’ where the equator passes through Ecuador and stand with one foot in each hemisphere, and visit the Inti Nan Solar Museum next door.
  • Take a guided bird watching walk in the beautiful Bellavista Cloud Forest.
  • Enjoy a lunch in a beautiful 20th century hacienda at La Compania Rose Plantation and take a tour of the grounds and factory.
  • Stop and shop in Cotacachi, Ecuador's famous leather capital and visit the stunning Cuicocha Crater Lake at the foot of the Cotacachi Volcano.
  • Spend 2 nights in an historic hacienda near Otavalo. This hacienda was used by General Simon Bolivar during his journeys between Ecuador and Colombia for his military and political campaigns.
  • Experience the excitement of Otavalo's colourful handicraft market, Plaza de Ponchos - a tradition dating back to pre-Incan times!

Experience the diversity of Colombia

  • Travel by cable car to the incredible Las Lajas Sanctuary, one of the most scenic and important churches in Colombia built on the river Guaitara.
  • Visit Pasto's spectacular La Cocha Lake and Isla de Corota, which houses an evergreen cloud forest.
  • Witness the colourful Guambiano people trading for goods at the famous Silvia market.
  • Take a city tour of Popayan including Caldas Park, Humilladero Bridge, the Churches of Santo Domingo and San Francisco, the Parthenon of the Leaders of the Independence, the Religious Art Museum and the Casa Museo Mosquera.
  • Discover the city of Cali on a sightseeing tour.
  • Wander through Bogota's Paloquemao Market to try some local delicacies. At the end of the visit, buy some ingredients for a traditional dish to make at a cooking class - enjoy your creation for lunch!
  • Take a city tour of Bogota's historic centre, La Candelaria, visiting Plaza de Bolivar, the Cathedral, the Botero Museum and the truly amazing Gold Museum.
  • Travel up Monserrate Hill by cable car and enjoy the panoramic view of Bogota.
  • Visit the incredible underground Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira.
  • Spend 3 nights in the middle of a coffee finca in Colombia's famous Coffee Triangle, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site.
  • Explore the Cocora Valley and marvel at the wax palms - the national tree of Colombia, and the multiple species of birds, in particular several types of hummingbird and the endangered palm parrot.
  • Travel by Jeep Willys to the colourful town of Salento and enjoy a city tour, visiting the Plaza de Bolivar, the Calle Real, the handicraft shops and the Cocora viewpoint.
  • Tour a coffee plantation and learn about the production system. At the end of your visit enjoy a coffee tasting session led by an expert.
  • Spectacular Finca Romelia is home to more than 6,000 types of orchids. Explore the grounds, marvelling at the incredible different hues of the orchids
  • Discover Medellin on a "social transformation" tour highlighting the symbolic areas of Medellin from the late 1980's, when the city was one of the most dangerous in the world, to today and showcasing the many projects that fostered the city's change.
  • Spend the day in picturesque Guatape and visit the famous rock formation, Piedra del Penol, which affords incredible views from its peak.
  • Enjoy a scenic boat trip on magnificent Lake Guatape.
  • Spend 3 nights in the historic centre of colonial Cartagena de Indias on the Caribbean coast.
  • Enjoy a panoramic view of the city of Cartagena from the Monastery and Church of La Popa.
    Visit San Felipe de Barajas Fortress, built to defend Cartagena from pirate attacks by the Spanish in 1536.
  • Explore Cartagena on a city tour, including the Convent and Church of San Pedro Claver, the handicrafts zone of the Bovedas, Bolivar Park,  Inquisition Palace and Santo Domingo church.
  • Enjoy a group dinner at Restaurante Interno. Located within a prison, your food will be prepared by inmates who have been trained by Michelin-starred chefs and are preparing for reintegration to society. 

Travel

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  • Return economy-class flights from Australia to South America. Taxes included
  • 3 economy-class flights within South America
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour
  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Tipping Made Easy, $310pp pre-paid

Accommodation

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  • 15 nights 3½-4½ star hotels
  • 2 nights at historic Hacienda Pinsaqui near Otavalo
  • 3 nights at a traditional finca in the middle of Colombia's Coffee Triangle

Meals

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  • 20 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 6 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners

Tour Guides

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  • English-speaking locally based tour director (based on minimum of 8 passengers)
  • English-speaking locally based guides

Porterage

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  • Porterage included where available

Some things to note

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Bunnik Tours has a small number of optional extras that may be available to you on your small group tour. These optional extras are based on special-interest activities that don't always appeal to everyone, meaning they're truly optional. To view our optional excursions in South & Central America click here.

Information Colombia & Ecuador

Information

Let's Talk Fitness

 In the itinerary, this symbol indicates 2+ hours of walking, often across uneven ground and in areas of high altitude or heat and humidity.

 

At Bunnik Tours we don’t put specific age limits on our tours, but we also recognise some travellers may find our itineraries challenging.

We have a duty of care to all tour participants and the tour guides, so we do impose a firm policy on the level of fitness required by all our clients to attempt to ensure your safety and the safety of other travellers on our tours.

At Bunnik Tours our goal is for all our travellers to enjoy their tour, not struggle through it! Which is why we want to work with you to ensure you are on the best possible trip for your fitness level. We do reserve the right to refuse bookings if we feel that the requirements of the tour are too demanding.

Bunnik Tours are for independently minded travellers with good levels of mobility.

Our tours include:

  1. Generous amounts of free time
  2. Lots of walking
  3. Local and authentic experiences including various modes of transport and accommodation

In some regions travellers can also expect:

  1. Long days of travelling, at times on dirt and gravel roads in Africa
  2. Extended periods at high altitude (3,000-4,000 metres) in Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Ethiopia
  3. Extended periods of walking/hiking through humid forest areas in Rwanda, Guatemala, Mexico and Costa Rica
  4. Limited medical facilities in remote areas

Bunnik Tours travellers are required to at least:

  1. Be able to walk 2-3 hours on uneven surfaces without the use of any walking aid, on any given day
  2. Walk up multiple flights of stairs and short, steep hills
  3. Stand for 20 minutes without needing to sit down, often in hot/humid climates
  4. Carry their own luggage
  5. Get on and off various modes of transport without assistance, including small boats

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Dates & Prices Colombia & Ecuador

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*Prices are in AUD, per person twin share.

*Prices are in AUD, per person twin share.

Start Date End Date Tour Price
Per person
twin share
Status    
09 Nov 20
01 Dec 20
$12,495
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Additional Information

Tipping
Total cost includes - Tipping Made Easy, $310pp pre-paid
Taxes
Total cost includes - air taxes, $510
Single Supplement
From $1,550
Day/Date Variations
Due to airline flight schedules day of arrival and day of departure may vary depending on your city of departure
Taxes & Fuel Costs
Total cost includes air taxes. Taxes and fuel surcharges change regularly so above levies shown as a guide only
Visa Information

You may need to obtain visas for this tour. Please check with your travel agent for further details. For Australian passport holders you may wish to visit our Passports and Visas page here for indicative information on what may be required.

Terms & Conditions

All prices shown are per person based on twin share. Prices and itineraries correct at current time but are subject to change. Please call for more details. View our full terms & conditions here.

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