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A journey that covers the best of Colombia in 12 days. Start in the beating heart of the country, Bogota, and spend time here soaking up the culture, tastes, sights and sounds. Embark to the Colombian countryside to journey through rolling fields of coffee plantations and taste some of the world's finest coffee. Set out on an adventure as you visit the famous Tayrona National Park. It's pure shangri-la with turquoise water, dense jungle and incredible biodiversity. Later, travel down the coast to explore Santa Marta and the Queen of the Caribbean, Cartagena. If you’ve ever dreamt of a Colombian travel adventure, this is the one!
We use a variety of hotels in each destination, so you may stay in a hotel different to that listed here. Hotels are selected closer to departure date; you will receive a confirmed list one week prior to your departure date.
Welcome to the capital of Colombia! With time to spare today, wander around and admire sweeping views of the city flanked by mountains. Meet your tour leader in the hotel lobby this evening at 18:00 hours. A welcome dinner is booked at a nearby restaurant. Walk with your tour leader and fellow travellers from the hotel this evening.
Welcome to Bogota, the capital city of Colombia! Orient yourself on a walking tour with a local expert after breakfast. There’s just no better way to learn than following in the footsteps of a local Bogotano! On the tour, we’ll cover the most popular attractions: the colourful La Candelaria neighbourhood with its colonial architecture, the prominent Plaza de Bolivar, and the neoclassical Bogotá Cathedral. The rest of the day is free for your own exploration. We can recommend a visit to Montserrat Hill for picture-perfect views of the city. Or simply take a moment to pull up a chair in a local bakery and eat some almojábanas (cheese-flavored rolls) This is where you’ll find the local flavour! For dinner this evening you have the option of joining your tour leader for a local Bogotanian food experience, or go it alone.
Following breakfast, board your transfer to catch a flight to the Coffee country of Colombia. Armenia and Pereira are some of the gateway destination to Colombia’s world-renowned coffee region. Expect immense natural beauty - rolling fields of coffee plantations, mountain scenery and valleys declared UNESCO heritage sites. Waste no time after arrival and head straight for the rolling hills for a visit to a local coffee farm. Here you can learn about every facet of the Colombian coffee industry from a local coffee farmer. To top things off, smell and taste some award-winning local coffee after lunch. Caffeine kicks all around! The final stretch of the day takes you to the hotel for the next 2 nights, located right in the heart of Colombia’s Coffee Triangle.
Wake up in the coffee region of Colombia - a place where the rhythm of life has remained unchanged over the centuries. In the area you can see some of the best scenery in Colombia, including colourful colonial houses and the odd coffee farmer on a horse. Today you have the choice to join an optional excursion to the Cocora Valley located in the Los Nevados National Natural Park. Travel by four-wheel truck into a region that boasts incredible beauty and a diverse array of fauna and flora. Here you can spot Colombia’s national tree, the Wax Palm, standing tall in valleys and on mountains. Upon arrival you can choose to hike the valley or explore on horseback. Dig into a traditional lunch before leaving the valley behind. This afternoon, stop at a local spot to try your hand at Tejo - the national sport of Colombia. We return to the hotel this afternoon, with time to freshen up before an optional dinner this evening.
This morning takes you on a scenic drive through mountains and along river valleys to Medellin. Medellin has been nicknamed ‘City of Eternal Spring’ as it’s a destination that boasts pleasant weather year round! Take a tour of the city with the guidance of a local expert before spending the rest of the day at your leisure.
Spend a free day in Medellin today. There are loads to see in the area. On offer are two optional excursions - a Pablo Escobar tour that takes you to the main places interest that played a pivotal role in Colombian drug lord’s life, capture and death; or day trip to Guatepe and Piedra de Penol - a nearby lakeside village, famous for its huge monolithic rock. Climb the 750 steps to be greeted by incredible vistas of the region below.
After breakfast, transfer to Medellin airport and board a flight to Santa Marta. Situated on the Caribbean coast, this was the first Spanish settlement in South America (1525). Check into your hotel, freshen up and take a walking tour of Santa Marta’s impressive Old Town. Led by a local, as always, you’ll see major attractions like Cathedral of Santa Marta, Simon Bolivar Park and El Camellon. Santa Maria is flanked by the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range and overlooks the Caribbean Sea - stunning views all around! The rest of the day is yours to do whatever your heart desires.
Drive along the Caribbean coast today to make it to one of Colombia’s finest national parks, Tayrona National Park. This is a true tropical paradise that is home to wildlife like birds, monkeys, crocodiles and even jaguars. A local guide will join us on a hike to the best part of the park where the most beautiful beaches are located. Spend the afternoon there and dig into a traditional lunch before heading out of the park in the late afternoon. Our accommodation for this evening is located near the park entrance and the evening consists of free time.
Enjoy a relaxed morning in the area of Tayrona National Park this morning. You can kick back and rest or choose one of the optional excursions on offer. These include a local village visit or something a bit more adventurous like river tubing. Later this afternoon we’ll return to Santa Marta, where you’ll have free time to relax, or explore the city further.
Leave Santa Marta this morning and take a drive (4 hours), making for Cartagena! Cartagena was founded in the 16th century and is situated right on the Caribbean Sea. Arrive at lunchtime and look for something local to enjoy. After lunch it’s time for a locally-led walking tour to orient yourself. See the most iconic main sights in the old town like Plaza Bolivar, The Old City walls, Plaza de la Aduana and Church of Santo Domingo. The rest of the day can be spent at your leisure. This evening you have the option to join your tour leader for a local meal and experience. Live music and salsa dancing, anyone?
Spend a full day in the Colombian city of Cartagena. Choose from a list of optional activities for the day, or spend the whole day soaking up this city and surrounds in your preferred way. Do a self-guided tour of the city, saunter about, mingle with the locals or head into the vibey Cartagena food markets for a gastronomic experience like no other. Optional experiences for the day include a trip to one of Colombia’s smallest volcanoes for a dip in mineral-rich mud, a speed-boat trip to the Rosario islands, salsa lessons and more! Whatever you choose, you’re sure to experience the vibrancy of the city and meet the happiest of people. This evening, dinner is included and on the menu is traditional dishes prepared from fresh, local ingredients.
Bid your group, the tour leader and driver a fond farewell this morning. The tour comes to an end after breakfast in Cartagena. Airport transfers to the El Dorado airport are available on request. Adios!
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