14 Day Tour: February 15-28, 2022
- Base Pricing is always calculated for double occupancy.
- $1600 supplemental for Solo Travelers.
- Sapa Waterfalls
- Angel Falls
- San Agustin Archaeological Park
- Hundreds of Bird Species
- Howler Monkeys, Ocelot, Puma, Tapir, Iguana & More!
- Round trip airfare from Chicago
- Internal Flights
- First Class Hotel Accommodations
- All Breakfasts
- 10 Dinners
- Deluxe Motorcoach Transportation
- Admissions to all listed Attractions
- Round trip airport transfers in the Chicago land area
- Guided by Bill Ball,
- Baggage Handling
- All Gratuities
Day One We depart this morning for Caracas.
Day Two We tour the capital city of Caracas today. We begin with a visit to the University designated a
UNESCO site in 2000 because it is one of the best examples of modern architecture and large sculptural art. We’ll visit the Bolivor Plaza characterized by Colonial architecture and the House of the famous freedom fighter Bolivar himself. This is one of the grand cities of South America.
Day Three We leave the Caracas area for our first national park visit—Henri Pittier National Park.
Mangroves at sea level give way to deciduous trees at the volcano foothills which ultimately become
cloud forest. This varied habitat supports over 550 species of birds (more than the US), collared peccaries, kinkajous, capuchin monkeys and tamarin, a small member of the primate family.
Day Four More time in the park looking for the rare species like ocelot, puma, tapir and other monkey
species like spider and Howler monkeys. We end the day back in Caracas.
Day Five Fly to Canaima National Park. In the afternoon we take a short excursion to one of the famous Venezuelan waterfalls—Sapa Waterfalls. Keep on the look out for wildlife—this is great territory to see capybaras, anaconda, parrots, toucans and maybe the illusive jaguar.
Day Six We fly over Angel Falls today to get a great photo of the highest waterfalls in the world. This is
one of the Natural Wonders of the World and probably one of the least seen—so today you become
one of the few.
Day Seven We fly this morning to Bogota, capital of Columbia and tour this regal capital city including
the colonial center of the Old City, the San Francisco and Le Tercera Churches and the world renown Gold
Day Eight We head to Neiva—the jumping off point for the UNESCO designated San Agustin Archaeological Park. This park has several sites featuring a large collection of religious monuments and sculptures. The figures often depict animals and gods demonstrating the rich Andean culture that existed 1000 years ago.
Day Nine Another day to explore the many aspects of the world-significant man made treasure. The region and town is still inhabited making this a unique window into the past and present.
Day Ten We travel onto Cartagena today to visit another World Heritage site. This city was founded in the 1500’s
by the Spanish who took to building ever more fortified walls. Those fortresses and the many colonial monuments make this Caribbean coast city a must see.
Day Eleven We head to Santa Morta today. It is the oldest city in Columbia. Its whitewashed cathedral is the oldest on the continent and its Spanish downtown transports you to another time. This is a beautiful city surrounded by the rainforest.
Day Twelve Today we visit El Dorado Reserve where the highest number of bird species can be found anywhere in
the world. More importantly, it is the second most important place for the preservation of the threatened bird
and amphibians in the world. You will see the rare and gorgeous quetzal, parrots, parakeets, tanagers and 28
species of hummingbirds. Science Magazine called it the most irreplaceable place on earth.
Day Thirteen Today we venture in Tayrona National Park listed as the most import park in Columbia. It is squeezed between the Caribbean Coast and the Sierra Nevada foothills. It is famous for its coastal lagoons, rainforest and rich assortment of flora and fauna. We will be on the lookout of monkeys, iguana, the rare needle nose caiman, brocket deer, sloth and hundreds of bird species.
Day Fourteen Some more time in Categena before we head home with South America’s varied wildlife, ancient civilizations, giant volcanoes and friendly people rooted deeply in our memories.