Today’s post is about the incredible sights you can expect to visit while on our upcoming Colombia Golf Holiday!
While this package features 8 rounds of world class golf, equally important are the famous cultural sights you will explore in the capital city of Bogota, the coffee region of Pereira, and the modern port city of Cartagena. Follow along below as we dive a little deeper into the sightseeing we have in store for you!
Day 2 (February 11): Bogotá is a city that after the Spanish conquest, many churches, squares and houses were built in colonial-architectural styles. This architecture has been preserved in a handful of zones. Today’s tour begins at Monserrate Hill Catholic sanctuary in Bogotá. Once on summit gaze at impressive view of the city. Nearby the sanctuary, shop for religious souvenirs. To reach summit, take the funicular railway, cable car, or hike up to the top, and watch religious sculptures on the Way of the Cross along the way. From funicular or cable car, immerse in scenery of exotic flora combined with view of a massive metropolis. Continue on to “La Candelaria”, a historical place for visitors. The colonial architecture is preserved; visit places that reflect Republican style, like the National Capitol, Prime Cathedral, City Hall (Lievano Palace), and the House of 20th of July where cry of independence took place. Visit Bolivar Villa: a sample piece of rural domestic architecture from the colonial period. Finally, visit the Nineteenth-Century Museum; appreciate furniture and clothing typical of that time.
Day 3 (February 12): Today’s half day tour takes us north of Bogota to Zipaquira, a well-known town famous worldwide for hosting one of Colombia’s Marvels. There, lies a majestic salt-mine Cathedral buried 180mts underground. This amazing place is famous for its religious, cultural and architectural value. The mine’s interior is decorated with lights in the tunnels lighting up the fourteen stages of the Way of the Cross. Enjoy attractions like the Miner’s route, Water Mirror, Convention Center and the Coffee bar, to have a delicious Colombian coffee 180mts underground. Afterwards, see “San Antonio” Cathedral, and a panoramic view of colonial architecture in Zipaquira’s heart.
Day 5 (February 14): This afternoon, visit the coffee plantations, view the coffee plants that spread out
as far as the horizon, interrupted only by “fincas” – small farms – and heliconia flowers. The harvest in Colombia takes around a year, although the main period is in October and May/June. Most plantations in Colombia produce Arabica beans which produce a delicate and light tasting coffee which is widely recognized and consumed. Once the fruit is picked, the pulp is stripped away and the bean is cleaned and dried in the sun, the beans are exported or dried in preparation for sale, before being ground and made ready for human consumption.
Day 9 (Feburary 18): Transfer to airport for our flight to Cartagena. On arrival, transfer to our hotel, Hotel Ananda, a boutique hotel located in the old city section of Cartagena. This evening we take a night tour of the walled city stepping back in time and enjoying the sights from an open horse-drawn carriage. The sound of the horse’s hooves on the colonial streets, the refreshing breeze from the sea, the nightlife colors of Cartagena, the colonial architecture and generally the beautiful environment surroundings, make the visitor feel as if he or she is part of a film. Head into the different plazas; pass by the elegant colonial-style houses with their balconies filled with tumbling bougainvillea flowers. Watch Cartagena by night as tourists, including Colombians and foreigners fill the streets. Later, the tour stops at a restaurant for dinner and then return to the hotel in a private car.
Day 10 (February 19): Today’s tour begins with panoramic view from ‘La Popa’ Monastery and Church. Continue to “San Felipe” castle-fortress built on “San Lázaro” hill to defend the city from pirate attacks. Walk-around the fortress and see the castle tunnels, underground galleries and passageways. Continue to Walled City, visit San Pedro Claver Convent and Church compound built mid-XVII century. Go to ‘the Vaults’, archways built within the walled-city used until late 1700s to store armament and later as prison in the XIX century. Nowadays, it’s an artisans’ center to appreciate local handcrafts. After lunch, visit the city’s colonial district, beginning at Bolivar Park surrounded by Gold Museum, and the Inquisition’s Palace, site of prison and torture chambers. Continue to Santo Domingo church square, the Cathedral and finish at Terraces and City’s Fortifications Museum.
If the sightseeing plans outlined above have tweaked your interest in our Colombia Golf Tour, please check out the full itinerary details (including golf courses!) or contact us. There are limited seats left on this tour and we’d love for you to join us!