Day 1: Welcome to Bogota! Hotel transfer
The night will start out with a local deep fried food platter, you will meet your host. Later you’ll visit a salsa bar in La Soledad neighborhood, you can get to know a classic and mythical dancing place in Bogota, a very peculiar tavern and whoever’s in the mood can dance with local experts. (Optional US$60)
Day 2: We’ll head off to Monserrate, Bogota’s landmark, we’ll go up on ferry or cable car, once at the top we’ll have the best view of the city. Afterwards we’ll visit the Marketplace where we’ll wonder at its colors and smells, trying out a variety of tropical fruits and before going to the hotel, we’ll close up with a local cuisine class (empanadas or patacones) at a local’s home, one more friend.
Days 3, 4 & 5: We fly to La Macarena, Meta. If weather allows, we’ll have a beautiful view from the airplane, we’ll see how the mountain chain ends and the immense eastern plains begin. At La Macarena, we’ll take a boat and go up the Guayabero River, we will observe a variety of bird species, and turtles taking the sun on the logs that stand out over Guayabero River.
We arrive to El Raudal, a charming scenery of the plains, we’re faced by powerful rocks, offering a stunning view! Until we arrive to a place where the Guayaberos tribe made rock engravings (petroglyphs) of themselves, birds, fish and their whole environment, many years ago.
This route also offers El Mirador, Ciudad Perdida (Lost City), El Salto del Gato and Salto Canoas. Unforgettable places, that assemble a perfect memory of Xplora Colombia experience.
We’ll cross Caño Cristales’ branches in the order authorized by environmental authorities, and you must prepare for encountering purity, peace and the most fanciful shapes and colors with the magic held by its nature; rapids, cascades and ponds graced with fanciful colored algae that make Caño Cristales the most beautiful river in the world.
Day 6: We fly from La Macarena to San Jose del Guaviare, we’ll meet the rock formation dated from the Precambrian era through streets, lanes, transversals, round points, tunnels, among others, observing trace fossils of very antique marine disposals and revealing the power of water opening up and forming natural pools in the canyons.
Day 7: We’re going to unravel the Valle de los Laberintos (Labyrinths Valley) and to go thru the Orion door, we’ll navigate on a black lagoon and cross over natural bridges that will take us to a place which will wistfully remind us of Caño Cristales.
Day 8: Have you swam with dolphins? Well, at the Nare lagoon we will do it with pink dolphins that interact freely with travelers who take on the adventure in this Amazonian scenery.
Day 9: After meeting indigenous cultures, gastronomy and handcrafts from Guaviare, we depart in search of the legendary Serrania del Chiribiquete; unthinkable rocks rise as a fortress in the middle of the jungle across the windows of our airplane, cause only it alone makes the trip.
Did your read the book La Voragine? Well, we have reached La Chorrera, the place where it all happened. There the Huitoto indigenous community has a song to teach you; its world view and history fills us up with courage. That comes after getting refreshed on the Igaraparana River and its powerful stream.
Day 10: After a long walk thru the jungle up to a spring, you’ll no doubt be hungry. Therefore the visit to La Casa Arana, the place where thousands of indigenous where slaved, will take place after we eat. At night we’ll meet the Huito, community that will tell us why they paint their body and we’ll share with them the way to do it.
Day 11: We’ll have some time to visit Huitoto handcrafts and buy in the midst of the Colombian Amazon from an artisan that exports its products. Then we’ll fly to Cañon de Araracuara (Araracuara Canyon) where we’ll contemplate the view offered by the high stone walls, home of blue macaws (guacamayas) flying freely, just as we did through this great country. Back to Bogota.
Day 12: Free day at Bogota