Classic Colombia

Colombia is primed to share its ancient and colonial heritage, its abundant natural beauty and a sincere warmth that makes everyone feel genuinely welcome.

This trip takes you from the superb Bogota to coffee plantations and their jewel in the Caribbean: Cartagena.

A visit to Colombia must always include a visit to a coffee plantation and hacienda. Enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Pereira, one of the premier coffee regions in the world. Enjoy a day of hiking (or optional horseback riding) in the spectacular Cocora Valley. Be impressed by colonial architecture in Bogota (including the Gold Museum and La Candelaria District) Enjoy meeting the friendly local people of Baru and its pristine beaches. Discover Cartagena and its Walled City on your own.

Highlights

-Walk around the historic Candelaria district in Bogota.
-Interact and learn with the people of Baru
-Stroll around the Walled City of Cartagena.
-Visit a traditional Coffee Finca in Salento and learn about the production of the best coffee of the World.
-Hike through the soaring Quindio wax palms in the Cocora Valley.

Itinerary

Day 1. Arrival to Bogotá, Colombia

Arrival to EL Dorado airport in Bogotá, the capital city of Colombia at 2600 meters (8530.1837 feet) above sea level and which is quickly becoming one of the Latin American urban highlights with more than 7 million inhabitants. Meet our representative at the airport and Check in at your hotel in the city located in the old historical district of La Candelaria surrounded by plenty of cafes, museums and churches.

Day 2. Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral & Guatavita Lagoon

After breakfast at the hotel we drive for about 1 hour to visit one of the Colombia’s landmarks, the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira, a huge underground salt cavern almost 200-meters below ground.This amazing structure dates back to pre-Colombian cultures and was used as a place of worship before converting into a Catholic Church.  Get stunned at the towering religious effigies carved by local artists out of the very rock itself as you wander amongst the monolithic caverns. Lunch on own and time to explore the town of Zipaquira where you will find interesting historic buildings and a charming street market. Right after that, we head towards Lake Guatavita, a pristine lake to the northeast of Bogota famous for its link to the legend of El Dorado. The legend of the Lost City of Gold apparently started around the lake, where priests made offerings and carried out important religious ceremonies.
We will drive back to Bogota for overnight. (B)

Day 3. Bogotá City Tour

We begin our second day with a fueling breakfast at the hotel, then we’re off to enjoy a tour of the city, starting with a ride on the world-famous Bogota cable car. You will enjoy breathtaking views of the city and surrounding nature as the cars climb 3160 meters to the peak of Cerro Monserrate (10,367 feet). We will then walk trough the historical suburb of La Candelaria, with its old churches and cobblestoned streets, surrounded by colonial architecture, baroque churches art deco houses, and street art. We will visit Plaza Bolivar and its stunning Cathedral. We will also visit the Museo del Oro (The Gold Museum) to see the most iconic and amazing gold artifacts of Colombia, and Fernando Botero’s permanent exhibition at the Banco de la República. For lunch you will be on your own and provided with ample time to explore and sample the incredible tastes of the city. Transfer to the airport and Flight to Pereira in the afternoon. Airport pick up and overnight at standard hotel in Salento (B)

Day 4. Salento-Valle de Cocora

After breakfast at the hotel you will visit the amazing Cocora Valley, inside Los Nevados National Natural Park home to the national tree and symbol of Colombia, the Quindío wax palm, these slender trees stand at an impressive 60 meters. In this 6 kilometers walk we will have a big chance of spotting the largest flying bird in the world, the Andean Condor as well as the Long Tailed Sylph Hummingbird and the Blue crowned Motmot . Lunch at local restaurant and visit to El Ocaso Coffee farm, here you will learn all about the coffee process: from the seed to the cup at an authentic coffee farm that goes beyond tradition. After this experience we will drive you back to Salento Plaza Hotel or similar. (B,L)

Day 5. Salento – Cartagena de Indias

After breakfast at the hotel you will visit El Ocaso Coffee farm, here you will learn all about the coffee process: from the seed to the cup at an authentic coffee farm that goes beyond tradition. After this experience we will drive you back to Pereira for a flight to Cartagena in the afternoon. Our staff will meet you at the airport and drive you to Hotel Kartaxa or similar for overnight. Enjoy the stunning Walled City of Cartagena by night, full of restaurants and bars (B)

Day 6. Cartagena de Indias

Breakfast.  Go and explore on your own one of the most iconic cities of the Caribbean. Visit the Convent La Popa, San Felipe Castle and the working-class district of Gestemani. Boat trips to Parque Nacional Corales del Rosario depart several times a day. Don’t miss the unique sunsets seen from the Walled City and enjoy cocktails to cool off and relax.
Overnight at Hotel Kartaxa or similar. (B)

Day 7. Isla Barú

Breakfast at the hotel. We drive out to Barú, a fishermen village in the Colombian-Caribbean, where we will interact with the local people living in a very original and authentic way. You will get up close and personal with the genuine way of life of the people living there, in an intimate, unique, and unforgettable way. After that, we will take a scenic boat ride through a mangrove forest to reach Barú beach; a secluded, picturesque bay. There we will enjoy its pristine warm water and beautiful beaches. Next, we will visit Isletas, for lunch and relaxation by the beach. Last, before returning to Cartagena, we will visit the village again, go to the local museum, visit local houses, and relish in one of the most authentic, native, and awe-inspiring experiences of Colombia. Overnight at Hotel Kartaxa or similar. (B, L)

Day 8. Cartagena de Indias on your own

Breakfast at the hotel. Leisure day on your own, no activities included. Overnight at Hotel Kartaxa or similar. (B)
Optional excursion: Playa Blanca-Corales del Rosario National Park
Transfer to the tourist dock of Cartagena. Boat trip to Corales del Rosario National Park, you can witness a stunning 27 small coral island archipelago with turquoise and blue waters. We will navigate through the Cartagena Bay passing between the Batería de San José and Fuerte de San Fernando Spanish forts. After that we will visit the Oceanarium Aquarium or snorkel for an hour and will go for a tasty lunch at Playa Blanca on Isla Barú. Boat ride back by 4pm to Cartagena’s dock.

Day 9. Cartagena de Indias- End of Tour

Breakfast at the hotel.  Transfer to the airport for your flight home.(B)

What's included

What's not included

  • All meals as outlined (B,L,D)
  • All Transfers IN & OUT
  • Transportation: Travel by Private vehicles, foot, boat, local buses
  • Accommodation: 10 night(s) in Hotels/ 3 in camps with hammock-bunk beds
  • Excursions & Activities: Bogota City Tour + The Lost City Trek + Playa Cristales + Baru + Salento & Coffee Tour
  • Trip insurance (mandatory)
  • Souvenirs
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Porters in The Lost City trek + Salento & Coffee Tour
  • Spending money – budget for meals, snacks, drinks, limited souvenirs, laundry, tips and any extras
  • International and domestic air tickets

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