The night before the start of your journey, your guide will pick you up at the hotel to take you to the terminal and take the10 pm bus from Bogotá to San José del Guaviare.
A driver will be waiting for you in the morning when you arrive in San José, to take you to your hotel, settle down, store your luggage and get ready to go.
You’ll then be picked up at the hotel in a 4x4 to embark on your first adventure. You’ll hike for about an hour through the jungle and will be able to observe the fascinating and diverse flora and fauna. Then, you’ll reach the Gate of Orion, an impressive rock formation that got its name from the star formation belt of orion. From here you’ll also have an incredible view over the landscape. Continuing your trek you’ll arrive at Caño Sabana, a small river where the same colorful algae as in Caño Cristales flourishes between June and November. A little further down the river flow, you’ll visit Tranquilandia, A spot with crystal clear water where you’ll be able to take a dip. You’ll then return to your pick-up place and be taken back to your hotel for dinner.
On the second day we will pick you up at the hotel to take you to Los Chontaduros, a farm that was used to process coca to cocaine during the times of conflict in Colombia.
You will visit a former Cocaine paste producing farm where you will be able to see ten different coca plant varieties and learn about the shocking story that made them leave the drug business behind to produce local fruits. You will also know about the cocaine production process and understand the toxic chemicals involved and the deadly risks of this illegal business.
Then, you’ll set out to discover Cerro Azul. The hill itself is a sight to see but making your way up the winding hiking trek you’ll come to discover many fascinating views. The most impressive one undoubtedly are the ancient paintings of indigenous tribes that stretch across entire walls of the hill. Experts are only starting to uncover the meanings of the numerous symbols and stories told by this art. You will also have the chance to pass through one of the caverns inside the hill and see the surrounding nature from a viewpoint at the top.
Your third day will start early in the morning. Before sunrise, you’ll be picked up by your driver and your guide for a unique experience. Going through Guaviare River, you will get deep into the jungle among enormous trees and vivid birds before getting to land. Then you’ll hike through the jungle to arrive at a magical lagoon inhabited by pink dolphins. There you’ll get in a small raft to get closer to the dolphins to swim and interact with this sociable, and unique animals.
After, you will leave the jungle behind as you return to San José del Guaviare where you’ll have time to rest before dinner time where you’ll have an indigenous dinner experience. During this experience, you’ll learn about the Tucano-Oriental tribe, listen to their music and see a live performance of their typical dances. Later on, you’ll be served a delicious typical recipe from the tribe that consists mainly of fish and yucca, and that will make you properly savor the flavors of the jungle.
At the end of your experience, you will take the night bus to return to Bogotá. Upon arriving in Bogotá early in the morning, a driver will be waiting for you to take you back to the hotel.
*If you prefer to travel and return from San José del Guaviare by plane, you can contact us to make appropriate adjustments to the itinerary and tour prices.
*If the dates available on the calendar do not fit your travel plans, contact us to make the necessary adjustments.
How this tour creates an impact
This experience supports social projects in many significant ways. The visits to the ETCR and the former coca farm create a deeper understanding for Colombia’s history and the ongoing peace process. Showing projects like fruit cultivation and marmalade production is an incredible way to support the productive projects of ex-combatants and facilitate empathy between Colombians and in the international community. Addressing misperceptions about Colombia, it’s history and current developments is an important part of reconciliation and recovery. Moreover, a visit to indigenous communities supports the appreciation and preservation of Colombia’s cultural diversity.
This tour is part of our HEART experiences.
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This experience can be cancelled up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund