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  • Highlights of Colombia

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  • Bogota

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  • Cartagena

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  • Zipaquira salt cathedral

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  • Quindio wax palms

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  • Colombian coffee

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  • Medellin

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  • Salento

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  • San Felipe Fortress

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  • San Javier, Medellin

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  • A Colombian coffee plantation

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  • Cartagena

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  • Optional Activity: Rosario Islands

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  • Highlights of Colombia

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  • Bogota

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  • Cartagena

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  • Zipaquira salt cathedral

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  • Quindio wax palms

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  • Colombian coffee

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  • Medellin

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  • Salento

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  • San Felipe Fortress

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  • San Javier, Medellin

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  • A Colombian coffee plantation

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  • Cartagena

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  • Optional Activity: Rosario Islands

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  • The Cathedral of San Pedro Claver

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15 Day Highlights of Colombia

  • Explore the grand cities of Bogota & Medellin
  • Visit colourful Cartagena on the Caribbean
Includes Return International Flights

An eclectic mix of sun-kissed beaches, forested mountains, rolling coffee plantations and vibrant cities that dance to their own infectious beat; Colombia is one of South America’s most exotic destinations. From the UNESCO-listed old town of Cartagena to the transformed city of Medellin, this 15-day highlights tour will shatter illusions and showcase the real Colombia.

Explore the grand cities of Bogota, Medellin and Cartagena, the colourful town of Salento, the awe-inspiring Cocora Valley and beyond. Stroll through the cobbled streets of Bogota’s historic La Candelaria district; visit the magical underground Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira; marvel at huge Quindio wax palms in Los Nevados National Park; and experience a half day tour in Colombia’s famous ‘coffee triangle’. See the transformation of once-infamous Medellin; travel to the vibrant San Javier neighbourhood by cable car; explore the UNESCO listed old city of Cartagena and so much more!

This sensational tour includes return international flights, one additional internal flight, 12 nights hotel accommodation, daily breakfast and more.

ITINERARY

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Today depart Auckland for Bogota, Colombia! Fly with Qantas Airways, Latam Airways or Avianca (subject to availability). Upon arrival you will be transferred to the hotel.

Overnight: Bogota (Standard or Premium Hotel option)
Meals included: In-Flight

This morning enjoy a walking tour to Bogota’s historic centre ‘La Candelaria’. This old-fashioned neighbourhood has great architectural and cultural heritage, with stately homes and large Spanish colonial buildings. Visit the Plaza de Bolivar, where a statue of the great liberator Simon Bolivar is located. The plaza has been used for civil and military purposes over the centuries, including as a marketplace, bullring and even a gallows. The Cathedral, situated on the eastern side of the plaza, is constructed on the remains of the first church built in Bogota in 1539 and houses an important collection of religious artefacts, such as textiles and artworks.

The tour continues to the Botero Museum (entrance included), a colonial house exhibiting some of Fernando Botero’s works of art, as well as pieces from his personal collection including works by Picasso, Renoir, Dalí Matisse, Monet and Giacometti. Next is the Gold Museum (entrance included) which is home to a permanent exhibition of some 32,000 pieces of gold, 20,000 stones, ceramics and textiles - all precious to the Quimbaya, Calima, Tayrona, Sinu, Muisca, Tolima, Tumaco and Magdalena cultures. The Gold Museum has been operating since 1939 and is internationally regarded as one of the most important museums of its type. In 2007 the museum underwent a complete renovation, making it possible for visitors to enjoy an interactive experience. Following the tour, enjoy the remainder of the afternoon at leisure.

Overnight: Bogota (Standard or Premium Hotel option)
Meals included: Breakfast

Today leave Bogota behind and head north towards Zipaquira. Enjoy stunning scenery and flower fields as you travel through the Bogota savanna. A journey of a little over an hour will bring you to the impressive Zipaquira Salt Cathedral, a true feat of underground engineering. The tour begins as you walk into a tunnel that passes the fourteen Stations of the Cross and continues on to the dome, which is lit in a truly unique way.

Next you will reach the enormous cross which is carved into the saline rock and finally the three naves of the Cathedral that represent the birth, life and death of Christ. In the central nave is the main altar, above which is a cross that measures 16-metres high and 10-metres wide. It is the largest cross made from salt in the world. The trip ends at a mirror of water where you’ll experience the amazing visual effects of water on carved saline rock. Return to Bogota and enjoy the remainder of he day at leisure. Please note: the Salt Cathedral is located 200-metre underground within the tunnels of a salt mine.

Overnight: Bogota (Standard or Premium Hotel option)
Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast this morning you will be transferred to the Bogota bus station for a bus trip to Armenia - one of the centres of Colombia’s coffee growing industry. This journey can take up to eight hours depending on road conditions. Upon arrival you will be transferred to the hotel.

Overnight: Armenia (Standard or Premium Hotel option)
Meals included: Breakfast

Today enjoy a half day immersion tour of the world of coffee in Calarca. The multi-sensory experience is designed to help you understand the importance of nature to the coffee process, while also educating you on one of the great legacies of Colombia. During the tour you will see stations positioned along the winding trails through the coffee plantation, each of which play a role in the coffee production chain: cultivation, preparation and tasting - from seed to cup. After the tour return to the hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Overnight: Armenia (Standard or Premium Hotel option)
Meals included: Breakfast

This morning you will travel to the Cocora Valley (Valle de Cocora), located in the central mountains of the Quindio region. Part of the Los Nevados National Park (Parque Nacional de los Nevados), it’s the ideal place to see the Quindian wax palm, the national tree of Colombia. This tree can reach a staggering height of 60m. A great number of bird species live in the area, in particular hummingbirds, the Orejíamarillo and the endangered palm parrot.

Upon arriving in the valley you can either hike or ride on horseback (not included) into the cloud forest to enjoy the biodiversity of flora and fauna. On the return journey you will cross the River Quindio and walk past the tallest wax palms in the world, plus gain a little insight into why the indigenous people here have long worshipped this tree.

After lunch (not included) enjoy some free time to explore on your own. In the afternoon, continue to the brightly coloured town of Salento. Upon arrival enjoy a tour that visits Plaza de Bolivar with its vibrant balconies, the Royal Road (Calle Real), handicrafts shops and the Cocora viewpoint.

Overnight: Armenia (Standard or Premium Hotel option)
Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast this morning you will be transferred to the Armenia bus station for a bus trip to the once-infamous but now completely transformed city of Medellin. This journey can take up to eight hours depending on road conditions. Upon arrival you will be transferred to the hotel.

Overnight: Medellin (Standard or Premium Hotel option)
Meals included: Breakfast

Today you will enjoy a guided half day tour via public transportation to visit places that best represent the amazing social transformation that has taken place in Medellin in recent years. Today the “City of Eternal Spring” ranks among the most innovative cities in the world.

Take a taxi from the hotel (not included) to the nearest metro station to visit the San Javier neighbourhood. Arrive by the metrocable car that joins the north-east area with the city centre, which has been life changing to many of the inhabitants of Medellin. Learn more about the city’s transformation following the death of infamous drug cartel leader Pablo Escobar and get to know the innovative transport-system in the poorer neighbourhoods first hand.

Explore Medellin’s newest invention: the electric stairways of district Comuna 13. Discover stories about its past by visiting important places marked by historical events and see some graffiti that symbolises a form of expression of the community. Here it’s possible to enjoy a beautiful view over the city. Take the metro back to the metro station near the hotel where you will take a taxi (not included) back to the hotel.

Overnight: Medellin (Standard or Premium Hotel option)
Meals included: Breakfast

Today you will explore the world of the popular ‘La Minorista’ famers market, strolling among its tiny corridors bursting with unique produce, exotic flavours and typical Colombian food. Travel both to and from the market will be via the city’s public transportation system.

Overnight: Medellin (Standard or Premium Hotel option)
Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast you will be transferred to the Medellin Airport for the flight to Cartagena, on the Caribbean Coast. Upon arrival you will be transferred to the hotel and check in.

Overnight: Cartagena (Standard or Premium Hotel option)
Meals included: Breakfast

This morning your half day tour will start with a panoramic view of the city from La Popa Monastery (entrance included). Constructed in 1606, the monastery is located 140m above sea level and affords incredible 360º views of the city and the sea, as well as the port zone, one of the most important in the Caribbean. Continue to the San Felipe Fortress (entrance included), erected in honour of Cartagenan poet Don Luis Carlos López. It was built on San Lázaro Hill to defend the city from pirate attacks. Walk around the fortress and learn how it was constructed, the engineering feats, the tunnels, underground galleries and passageways.

Next, continue onto the UNESCO listed Old City (Ciudad Vieja) to visit the Convert and Cathedral of San Pedro Claver (entrance included), which was built in the middle of the 17th century and owes its name to Saint Peter Claver, the ‘apostle of the slaves’. Lastly, visit the handicrafts zone of the Bovedas, a collection of archways built into the city wall that have been used as a storage space for armaments, and later as a prison. Today it is an artisan market where you can shop for locally produced souvenirs and handicrafts.

Overnight: Cartagena (Standard or Premium Hotel option)
Meals included: Breakfast

Today is free at leisure to spend in the coastal city of Cartagena. Perhaps take a taxi to the beautiful beach of Playa Blanca (not included) or enjoy some incredible ceviche and fish from one of the best restaurants in the whole city, La Cevicheria (not included). Alternatively, take the opportunity to join an optional full day tour to Gente de Mar Resort in the Rosario Islands (not included)

Optional Activity: Full Day Tour to Gente de Mar Resort, Rosario Islands - $230 per person
This morning be picked up and transferred to the pier, where you will board a boat to the Gente de Mar Resort. Situated between two very beautiful beaches, Gente de Mar Resort occupies an enviable location on Isla Grande. The top-notch facilities are ideal to enjoy a meal (lunch is included), relax, or go for a swim in the stunning turquoise water. If you prefer a little bit more action, you can take one of the kayaks to explore the surroundings (extra charges may apply).

Overnight: Cartagena (Standard or Premium Hotel option)
Meals included: Breakfast

Today at the appropriate time transfer to Cartagena Airport for your return flight back to New Zealand via Bogota. Please note: Baggage facilities will be available at the hotel for customers with late departures.

Please note: Customers will need to collect their luggage in Bogota and re-check in and may experience a layover of up to 6 hours.


Meals included: Breakfast;In-Flight

Please note: Some flights may arrive + 1 days later.

Tour Inclusions

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  • Explore beautiful Bogota, Colombia’s beating heart
  • Stroll the cobbled streets of Bogota’s historic ‘La Candelaria’
  • Discover the Botero Museum, Gold Museum and more
  • Visit the underground Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira
  • Enjoy a half day tour of Armenia in the famed ‘coffee triangle’
  • Marvel at huge Quindio wax palms in Los Nevados National Park
  • Witness incredible biodiversity on a walk through the cloud forest
  • Visit the colourful Plaza de Bolívar on a city tour of Salento
  • See the transformation of once-infamous Medellin, the ‘City of Eternal Spring’, on a guided tour
  • Travel to the San Javier neighbourhood by cable car
  • Discover a local market on a half day guided tour
  • Enjoy a day at leisure in the striking city of Cartagena
  • Uncover the highlights of Cartagena on a half day city tour
  • Witness spectacular views from La Popa Monastery
  • Explore San Felipe Fortress on San Lázaro Hill
  • Visit the Cathedral of San Pedro Claver in the UNESCO listed Old City
  • Return international flights (economy class) ex AKL
  • 1 x internal flight (economy class) Medellin to Cartagena
  • 12 nights quality hotel accommodation (Standard or Premium Option)
  • Enjoy daily breakfast
  • English speaking tour guides
  • Entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Airline taxes and surcharges
  • Transportation by A/C vehicles
  • Return airport transfers

Important info

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After purchase, you will receive a receipt and a Purchase Confirmation, directing you to an online Passenger Information Form. The Passenger Information Form must be completed within 72 hours of purchase.
  
Any special requests, preferences and optional extras MUST be clearly stated in your Passenger Information Form. Any change requested after submitting your Passenger Information Form cannot be guaranteed, is strictly subject to availability and will incur surcharges as outlined in the Schedule of Fees below.
  
On purchasing this Travel Offer you are bound by the General Terms and Conditions, in addition to the specific terms and conditions outlined in this Important Information.
 
Please note: All additional charges are payable direct to your Travel Consultant in NZD (unless otherwise stated).


Travel offer is valid for travel on selected dates until the 21st October 2020.
  
This travel offer is priced for one person based on twin share.
  
Single Traveller Supplement
For solo travellers a mandatory single supplement applies:
- Standard Package: $800
- Premium Package: $1500
 
Departure Dates
2019
November: *13 (SOLD OUT)
 
2020
January: *29
February: 12
March: 4
April: 29
May: 13
June: 3
July: 22
August: 12
September: 2
October: 21
 
Surcharges
Please note: Dates/months with a * incur a flight high season surcharge of $300 per person.
 
Departure Cities
Auckland



Full-Service Airline(s) Used


Qantas Airways, Latam Airways or Avianca plus any codeshare partners (subject to availability).

Please note: One-way flights cannot be accommodated. Travellers must take all included flights within the package, and any flights intentionally forfeited will result in later flights being subject to cancellation.

 

Arrive early in Bogota, Colombia
$220 per person, subject to availability
Please note:
- This fee does not include extra nights accommodation, meals or airport transfers.
- No flight booking changes or cancellations permitted after air tickets have been issued.
- Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking.
- Blackout dates apply between the below date ranges:
* 21st September – 13th October 2019
* 12th December 2019 – 1st March 2020 (Carnivale)
* 28th March – 27th April 2020
* 26th June – 19th July 2020
* 18th September – 11th October
 
Stay behind in Cartagena, Colombia
$220 per person, subject to availability
Please note:
- This fee does not include extra nights accommodation, meals or airport transfers.
- No flight booking changes or cancellations permitted after air tickets have been issued.
- Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking.
- Blackout dates apply between the below date ranges:
* 21st September – 13th October 2019
* 12th December 2019 – 1st March 2020 (Carnivale)
* 28th March – 27th April 2020
* 26th June – 19th July 2020
* 18th September – 11th October
 
Stopover Packages
Twin share: $500 per person/one way
Solo Traveller: $800 one way
Locations:
* Santiago
Includes:
- 2 Nights in 4-star accommodation
- Daily breakfast
- Return airport transfers
Please note:
- A pre and post-tour stopover may be chosen; however the stopover location must be the same each way, due to the airline used.
- Stopover packages are subject to availability.
- Blackout dates apply between the below date ranges:
* 21st September – 13th October 2019
* 12th December 2019 – 1st March 2020 (Carnivale)
* 28th March – 27th April 2020
* 26th June – 19th July 2020
* 18th September – 11th October
 
Flight Class Upgrades
- Premium Economy: Not available.
- Business Class (International Sectors only): Buy now for $8799 per person
Please note:
- All Premium Economy and Business Class upgrades are subject to availability (if we are not able to fulfil your business class request the upgrade cost will be refunded).
- On any upgrade purchase, short haul flights, Trans-Tasman, and domestic flight sectors are not guaranteed in a Premium or Business cabin; subject to aircraft configuration.



Accommodation Used


Standard

3 Star (self-rated)

- Bogota: BH Bicentenario or similar

- Armenia: Hacienda Combia or similar

- Medellin: Hotel Acqua Medellín or similar

- Cartagena: Don Pedro de Heredia or similar

  

Premium

4-5 Star (self-rated)

- Bogota: Hotel de la Opera or similar

- Armenia: Hotel Sonesta or similar

- Medellin: Hotel Park 10 or similar

- Cartagena: Anandá Hotel Boutique or similar

Please note: Rooms offered are based on a lead-in room type, and are subject to availability based on seasonality. Properties will be confirmed, no later than two weeks prior to travel.

 

Extra Nights
Standard Package:
- Bogota, Colombia (Pre Tour): $155 per room including breakfast.
- Cartagena, Colombia (Post Tour): $175 per room including breakfast.
  
Premium Package:
- Bogota, Colombia (Pre Tour): $275 per room including breakfast.
- Cartagena, Colombia (Post Tour): $375 per room including breakfast.
Please note: Extra nights are subject to availability until the time of booking. Airport transfers are not included if you wish to arrive early or stay behind.
  
Maximum Room Capacity
2 people.
 
Child Policy
- No child discounts. Full price applies for all children travelling with their parents.
- Valid for Children/infants 8 years old and over.
Please note: Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult 18 years old and over to travel. No unaccompanied minors allowed.
  
Triple Share
Not available.
 
Bedding Configuration
Double or twin (subject to availability).
 
Adjoining / Interconnecting Rooms
Subject to availability and at the hotel's discretion. Please enquire on booking if you require this option.


Minimum group size 4, maximum group size 15 per vehicle.
 
Optional Tours / Activities
Day 12: Full Day Tour to Gente de Mar Resort - $230 per person
Please note:
- Prices are based on per person, are subject to availability, time permitting and weather conditions.
- The optional tours listed above must be purchased on checkout or over the phone prior to submitting your passenger information form (subject to availability).
- Some tours require minimum numbers to operate.


- Visa fees and requirements (A tourist visa is not required if travelling on a New Zealand passport)
- Meals/beverages not stated in the itinerary
- Recommended gratuities/tipping: $10USD per person/day
- Optional activities/tours
- Personal expenses
- Travel insurance (Mandatory)
Please note: A comprehensive travel Insurance policy must be organised BEFORE all details can be finalised.



TOUR GUIDE VS. TOUR LEADER
Tour Guide:
Often locals with intimate knowledge of an area, its culture, and history. Their role entails providing commentary, routing the tour, and seeing that people have a good time. They are a licensed, qualified expert who supplies specific information on history, art, architecture and culture of the city/village/attraction in which he or she is guiding the tour. The guide meets the group at the required place and leaves the group at the end of the tour, they do not travel with the group.
 
Tour Leader:
An experienced person tasked with ensuring the smooth operation of tours, as well as providing practical support to passengers throughout the whole trip. Their role primarily includes assisting with accommodation, transportation between locations, and communication with tour guides in each stop. A tour leader may provide general guidance around a city or village, and offer information on the place visited on the bus, however, they are not required to have specific knowledge on art, architecture, or history. They are not allowed to provide a guided tour or commentary of a city/village/attraction once there and if caught doing so, can be fined.
 
Please note: Tour leaders/guides are not a standard inclusion in all travel offers. Tour leaders/guides will only be made available when particularly required to enhance the experience of the destination featured.
 
CLIMATE & AVERAGE TEMPERATURES
Being close to the equator, the temperature does not vary much in Colombia throughout the year - the temperature depends more on altitude.
 
Bogota:
The climate in Bogota is cool and overcast. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 7°C to 19°C and is rarely below 3°C or above 21°C.
 
Medellin:
The climate in Medellin is warm and overcast. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 17°C to 26°C and is rarely below 14°C or above 27°C.
 
Cartagena:
In Cartagena, the wet season is overcast, the dry season is windy and partly cloudy, and it’s hot and oppressive year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 24°C to 31°C and is rarely below 23°C or above 33°C.
 
FLIGHTS
Seat Selection & Frequent Flyer Points:
At TripADeal we do not arrange seat selection. It is important to highlight that some Airlines do not allow pre-selected seats. We strongly suggest you contact the Airline directly with seating allocation requirements and or arrive at the airport earlier to arrange your seating. While we do not add frequent flyer member details to bookings, you can do this directly with the Airline once you have your flight information.
 
Passport Validity:
Customers are required to provide valid passport details either at the time of purchase, or no later than 45 days prior to the departure date. Failure to do so may result in cancellation of the booking. In this instance customers will be responsible for any costs and fees incurred.
 
COACH TOUR
Meals:
Daily breakfast is included in the tour, for all other meals; lunches and dinners the tour leader (when available) will offer assistance with reservations, suggestions and directions to local restaurants. It is your responsibility to notify TripADeal of any dietary requests/requirements. Please note; We will do our best to meet your requests/requirements, however cannot guarantee that we will always be able to.
 
Luggage:
You will be responsible for all your personal belongings whilst on the tour. With regards to luggage, you must carry your own luggage from the coach to the hotel room and back to the coach. The driver will assist with the uploading and off-loading of the luggage from the coach.
 
OTHER
Fitness Level Required / Mobility:
Our vehicles are not equipped with wheelchair access, so unfortunately our tours are currently not suitable for wheelchair users and those less mobile.
 
Please note: A general level of fitness will be required. If you have any concerns please consult your healthcare provider prior to purchase/travel.
 
Yellow Fever:
A valid international certificate of vaccination against Yellow Fever is required in many countries. You may need to present this on arrival at the airport or border crossing. Some countries will refuse entry if you are unable to present your certificate. It's also quite common for your home country to request a Yellow Fever certificate on your arrival back home.
 
It is your responsibility to check with your doctor well in advance of leaving home about the Yellow Fever requirements for the countries you'll be visiting.
 
Gratuities / Tipping:
Land
Gratuities (tips) are not included in the tour price for services of the tour leader (when available) and driver throughout the tour. The recommended tip is $10 USD per person per day this covers the guide/leader and the driver, which will be collected whilst on tour.
 
Tipping for all services provided on tour is always a matter of personal discretion, however, please be aware that tipping is considered by many locals to be a part of their normal remuneration and they may approach you for payment and there is no need to be intimidated by the request.
  
Sightseeing:
Please note: In the event entrance to a site is affected by changes in operating hours or public holiday closures, your itinerary will be adjusted to ensure you do not miss out on the experience.
 
Shopping:
Shopping overseas can be a daunting and confusing experience, especially when there is a language barrier. Please be very cautious when foreign currencies and prices are involved. If paying by credit card, please pay close attention to the amount you are being charged and keep all of your receipts.
 
Do not make any purchases you are not comfortable with or feel pressured into. If you are uncertain or need assistance with the language barrier, please seek assistance from your Tour Guide/Leader.
 
Please refer to our Terms and Conditions in regards to shopping for further information.


A 90 day tourist visa is granted upon arrival in Colombia for New Zealand passport holders.
 
Please note: Passengers who are not New Zealand citizens must check with the respective consulate or visa agency to determine what their visa requirements are and what personal identification is required. It is also important to note, some areas of employment such as journalism, government authorities and charity organisations may have additional restrictions in applying for Visas. This may in turn affect the type of application required.


We are proud to offer a range of travel insurance products - please ask your Travel Consultant for more information.



Post-Purchase Change


This includes booking changes requested by you, including but not limited to those changes requiring an airline ticket or a Purchase Confirmation reissue.

 

- $50 NZD per change request post-purchase + any additional charges applied by the travel partners associated with the order. 

 
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