This 8-day adventure starts with two nights in Bogotá, Colombia's capital city. After a stop in Villavicencio, you'll be whisked away by charter plane deep into the Amazon rainforest. You'll hike and boat around two dramatic canyons, enjoy plenty of wildlife viewing, and interact with native tribes. Return to Villavicencio and spend your last night enjoying a performance by local dancing cowboys.

Highlights

  • Tour the colonial neighborhoods of Colombia's capital, Bogotá
  • Explore the Araracuara and Angostura Canyons by boat
  • Overnight in an indigenous community in Chiribiquete Park

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Bogotá Bogotá
Day 2 Bogotá City Tour Bogotá
Day 3 Arrive in Villavicencio Villavicencio
Day 4 Villavicencio - Transfer to Araracuara Canyon Villavicencio
Day 5 Angostura Canyon Boat Trip Villavicencio
Day 6 Chiribiquete Park: Overnight Adventure Chiribequete
Day 7 Return to Villavicencio Villavicencio
Day 8 Flight to Bogotá - Departure  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Bogotá

Bogotá
Bogotá

Welcome to Bogotá! A driver will meet you at the airport for transportation to the hotel.

Colombia's biggest city has culture to spare, and its regional gastronomy has made it a global culinary destination.  You'll have ample free time to explore this Andean capital on foot. Start with the cobblestone streets of the La Candelaria neighborhood, where trendy restaurants and colonial-era landmarks are located. You'll also find excellent museums, shopping, and street food ranging from empanadas to exotic fruit salads. 

Depending on what time you arrive, you can experience Bogotá's local history and culture by taking a tour with an English-speaking guide.

Day 2: Bogotá City Tour

Plaza Bolívar, Bogotá
Plaza Bolívar, Bogotá

After breakfast, it's time to hit the streets and explore! A local guide will pick you up and accompany you on a half-day walking tour of the city. You'll begin in colorful La Candelaria—the heart of Bogota's historic center. Amble along its narrow streets, visiting cultural landmarks and local shops selling artisanal goods. Eventually, you'll reach Plaza Bolívar, the city's main square dating back to 1539. There's a grand cathedral here as well as many important government buildings, such as the Capitolio Nacional (Colombia's congress building). 

To spend a full day with your guide, take the aforementioned walk through La Candelaria and then explore two of Bogotá's best museums in the afternoon: the Gold Museum (closed on Mondays), which features the largest collection of Pre-Columbian gold artifacts in the world, and the Botero Museum (closed on Tuesdays), which houses a collection of masterpieces from renowned Colombian sculptor and painter Fernando Botero.

If you are an early riser, start the morning sunrise tour of Bogotá by visiting its best and biggest food market—Plaza de Mercado de Paloquemao—which supplies produce for many of the city’s best restaurants. Return to La Candelaria and downtown, strolling the streets and stopping to photograph walled graffiti art.

Day 3: Arrive in Villavicencio

Nature around Villavicencio
Nature around Villavicencio

A three-hour transfer from Bogotá, the city of Villavicencio is where the Andes meet the plains (La Puerta al Llano). This scenic drive will meander past bridges, through tunnels, and around mountains, so keep your camera close. 

Depending on when you arrive, take the afternoon to explore Villavicencio. Visit the spacious Parque de Los Fundadores (Park of the Founders) for some peace and quiet before the next leg of your journey. If you get there early enough, choose from a range of organized activities in the area such as hiking, rafting, canyoning, horseback riding, or even paragliding.

Day 4: Villavicencio - Transfer to Araracuara Canyon

Araracuara Canyon is located in the Amazon rainforest
Araracuara Canyon is located in the Amazon rainforest

This distinct excursion starts with a chartered plane that takes you high above the mountains into the mystical Araracuara Canyon, in the Amazon rainforest. This was once the home to an infamous jungle penal colony (it operated from 1938 to 1971). Today its dramatic canyon walls and running river are an example of Colombia's exotic natural beauty.

Upon arrival, you will cross the river by boat and check into a small hotel. The next two days will be dedicated to exploring the Araracuara Canyon and the surrounding areas by boat and foot. You will fish with the locals, hike through the rainforest, discover incredible petroglyphs on the canyon walls, and interact with the Witoto and Antoke tribes.

Day 5: Angostura Canyon Boat Trip

Green macaws thrive in this region
Green macaws thrive in this region

Today, you'll take a boat ride from Aruaruara to another canyon: the Angostura Canyon. It's located several miles above the Araraucuar, in Colombia’s largest park, Chiribiquete National Park. Enjoy the dramatic views of this deep canyon and interact with a Witoto tribesman to learn about the legend of Angostura and Colombia’s most infamous penitentiary.

Day 6: Chiribiquete Park: Overnight Adventure

Waterfall in the rainforest
Waterfall in the rainforest

Enjoy Chiribiquete Park. Due to the park’s size (10,700 square miles) and isolated location, this is one of the more unexplored areas of the country. The park includes the Serranía de Chiribiquete mountains and surrounding lowlands, which are covered by tropical forest.

Along the two main rivers that flow through the heart of the park, there are several waterfalls cascading from the top of the rock masses, which form rapids of exceptional beauty. If that's not enough, the lowlands of Chiribiquete have one of the highest rates of plant diversity in northern Amazonia. Tonight you'll stay in an indigenous community.

Day 7: Return to Villavicencio

Villavicencio
Villavicencio

Today, you will return to Villavicencio and stay overnight. If you didn't have an opportunity to explore the city the first time around, take the afternoon to wander its streets. Enjoy the pretty fountains, sculptures, and parks, as well as the 19th-century cathedral.  

No matter what you do, you should end the day (and the trip) with one attraction that draws visitors far and wide—the renowned Rumba at Los Capachos nightclub, where you can dance with real Colombian cowboys.

Day 8: Flight to Bogotá -> Departure

The view of Bogotá from atop Cerro Monserrate
The view of Bogotá from atop Cerro Monserrate

It's time to say goodbye to Colombia! Today you will fly back to Bogotá to connect with your international flight home.

Map

Map of Colombia's Amazon Rainforest & Canyon Tour - 8 Days
Map of Colombia's Amazon Rainforest & Canyon Tour - 8 Days