Your afternoon excursion takes you on a drive along the windward coastline, passing through several small villages before arriving at the Tobago Cocoa Estate, which is situated in the oldest forest reserve in the western hemisphere. During your walking tour, learn of the cocoa industry’s history and the multiple stages of the cocoa production including a visit to a mud oven and a cocoa house where the cocoa is dried. Enjoy the lush vegetation of Tobago’s rainforest while you tour the estate.
Your scenic drive takes you past magnificent buildings overlooking the Queen’s Park Savannah as you head east to Lopinot Village, one of the few villages that has held on to its heritage. The village is named after a Frenchman who came to Trinidad in 1800 and settled in this area with land granted to him for services rendered to the British Crown. Lopinot is rich in history and culture and a local guide will bring this to life through stories and parang songs. Parang is the traditional music of Trinidad’s Christmas sung in Spanish and played on string instruments. Next visit an old cocoa and coffee plantation to learn how the Spanish settlers grew and processed these products in the traditional way. Have the opportunity to taste the sweet cocoa beans. Visit an organic herb and spice garden before returning to the port.
Alternatively, join your onboard naturalists who will be keen to point out the variety of flora and birdlife on a visit to the world-famous Asa Wright Nature Center, a 200-acre bird sanctuary and conservation center located deep in the hills of the Northern Range. Following your 1-1/2 hour drive be met by a knowledgeable guide for an informative nature walk through the lush tropical forest of exotic trees and colourful flowers. While sightings are not guaranteed, you’ll want to keep a watchful eye out for toucans, manikins and hummingbirds as well as graceful butterflies that live in this unique environment.
On a Gran Roque city tour visit the Plaza Bolivar Los Roques where you can appreciate the local architecture and do a bit of souvenir shopping, The Temple of the Virgin del Valle, The Enramada where you can see local fishermen at work, and a lighthouse from the 1800s with spectacular views. Your tour concludes with a demonstration of music and dance typical of the Venezuelan coast. At Madrisky Cay, relax on a beautiful beach in the shade of a large umbrella while sipping local beers and snacking on local seafood favourites such as ceviche. Hop aboard a speedboat for snorkelling tour or join a walking tour to the island of Cavo Pirata, where you will learn of artisanal methods of lobstering.
For guests who choose the full-day tour option, begin by exploring the park together with a local guide, walking along natural pathways through the semi tropical jungle towards the beaches. Depending on the condition of the sea, it may also be possible to take a swim. Continuing by tour coach along the coastal road, arrive at the Don Diego River, which was the setting for the film The Mission. An easy 20-minute walk takes you to the Tayronaka ruins where you will enjoy a delicious, traditional lunch of local Sancocho – a hearty soup with meat and local vegetables such as yucca, green banana and potato.
Colombia is home to approximately 26 different indigenous groups, and this is a unique opportunity to explore the remains of the Tayronaka terraced settlements built between 800 and 1600 AD. Your local guide will explain their construction and lifestyle of the Tayrona people. Though the Tayrona people no longer exist, members of another indigenous group, the Kogi, are believed to be their direct descendants, and will be on hand to demonstrate some of their traditional life skills. Before your return drive, step inside the small, one-room history museum and reconstructed round-house.
Alternatively, a half-day tour option is also available for guests who wish to take in the historical highlights of Santa Marta. Visit the small Gold Museum that houses some interesting gold and pottery objects from the local indigenous cultures. From here continue to Colombia’s oldest church. Built in the 17th century, its simple but beautiful interior is dominated by an Italian marble alter, a fine barrel roof and chandeliers. After a brief stop for refreshments at the lovely Parque Santander, drive to the revered La Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino. Set in beautiful grounds, this hacienda was built in the 17th century and once produced rum, sugarcane and honey. More importantly, it was where Simon Bolivar, the liberator of Colombia, spent his final days and died in 1830. Visit the house and grounds, and not miss the statue of Bolivar that offers a puzzling trick of the eye.
Alternatively, choose a full-day excursion that begins with a visit to La Popa Monastery. This ancient monastery at the top of a hill can be seen from any point in Cartagena and in turn, it offers a privileged view of the city. Built at the beginning of the 17th century, the monastery was used several times as a military fortress due to its strategic location, and is still inhabited by monks today. Your tour continues with a visit to the San Felipe de Barajas Fortress and a guided walk through the walled city. (See half-day tour description above.) Leaving the city, next head out to the fishing village of la Boquilla where you will first enjoy a three-course lunch at a beach side seafood restaurant, then continue on to the local mangrove swamps. Navigate the shallow waters of this protected ecosystem in canoes paddled by local fisherman. Gliding through the “tunnels” of overhanging Mangrove trees, your guides will describe the wealth of flora, fauna and birdlife to be seen including kingfisher, white heron and pelicans.
During your afternoon learn more about local culture and see presentations of traditional dances. Shop for local handicrafts and perhaps get a henna tattoo or traditional ankle bracelet made by one of the Kuna women. Afterwards, enjoy swimming, kayaking or snorkelling off the pristine, white-sand beaches of Perro Island. Join your onboard Marine Biologist for an exhilarating snorkel tour. This idyllic island is surrounded by coral reef that shelters a dazzling diversity of marine life.
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