Uncover the secrets of Colombia, a country known for being the largest producer of coffee in the world. Feel the pulse of the capital biking through Bogotá before taking off to Lake Guatavita and Sesquilé to discover the way of life of some of the indigenous communities of the Andean country. Explore Cartagena accompanied by your local guide.
Day one: Welcome to Colombia
Arrival at El Dorado International Airport in Bogota. Your driver greets you at the airport upon your arrival and transfer to your hotel. Get settled at your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day on your own.
Day two: Get to Know Bogotá
Today enjoy a half day bike tour of the city. First stop is in La Candelaria, Bogota’s historic center, a place where you can’t miss the colonial era buildings and the picturesque views of the mountains. You visit a traditional fruit market, where we taste tropical fruits, followed by a typical small-scale coffee roaster. The bike tour includes stops in various neighborhoods including one that has some incredible street which Bogotá is famous for. During the tour there will be stops along the way so that your private tour guide can explain the city.
After the tour, free time to enjoy Bogotá on your ownWhat else can you do in Bogotá?
- Paloquemao Market
- Museo de Oro
- Museo de Botero
- Salt Cathedral in Zipaquira
- Cable car ride Monserrate Mountain
Day three: Bogotá - Coffee Region
Morning flight to Armenia in the Coffee Region.
Salento is set amid gorgeous green mountains and this small town survives on coffee production and trout farming. People are drawn to its quaint streets, typical Paisa architecture and its proximity to the spectacular Valle de Cocora. In Salento, you have lunch before hopping on an immaculate old Willy´s jeep and winding your way through the super-scenic Valle del Cocora, a valley that is famous for its supply of the national tree, the wax palm.
We then have the opportunity to take in some mountain air and do a hike in the foot hills of the Andes. After finishing, head back to your hotel and the rest of the day is on your own.
Day four: Coffee region - Medellín
Today, we’ll have the chance to get behind the scenes of coffee production. We’ll shadow the staff of the Finca Hacienda San Alberto to see the entire process from bean to cup.
After seeing the coffee process from the field which is far more complicated then one might expect, we’ll set out in search of the end product and a coffee tasting session.
After lunch (not included), private transfer to Medellín. Upon arrival free time or a short sightseeing excursion can be arranged.
Day five: Medellín - Pacific Coast
Today you fly to the Chocó, where the Cumbancha will welcome us in Nuquí, and the water of Pipa will be the first taste that will welcome you to the Pacific. After checking in at the hotel, we walk along an ancestral path to Olympic Beach, where we will enjoy the sea until sunset, accompanied by a refreshing pineapple in totumo.
In the evening, your will have a gastronomic experience with one of the best cooks of the town.
Day six: Pacific Coast
Enjoy of a short hike to El Amor (Love) waterfall, just 10 minutes from Hotel El Cantil, walking all along the beach before getting into the forest for another 15 minutes. Along the way you will find crabs, frogs, butterflies and many species of birds. Enjoy of a cold refreshing bath in the natural wells near the waterfall before going back to the hotel.
Time at leisure for you to enjoy and relax at the beach. There are several activities available upon request directly to the hotel’s staff, such as kayaking, snorkelling, diving, paddle surfing.
Day seven: Pacific Coast
Today a full day excursion to look for whales (Jun – Oct). If you were lucky enough to see whales the first time then opt for another excursion. The staff at the hotel will suggest the best activities depending on season and weather.
On the way back, a top at a small island where there is a beautiful private beach.
Day eight: Pacific Coast - Cartagena de los Indios
Morning flight to Cartagena (via Medellín). Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel and check in.
Bring your appetites and an adventurous attitude as you hit the streets to experience food the way Cartageneros do. Cartagena’s streets provide! One of the very best ways to gain an insight into the daily lives and culture of a people is through food.
Day nine: Cartagena de los Indios
Today enjoy a city tour to explore the city’s historical monuments. Stroll the cobblestone streets and admire the colonial buildings. Visit the city’s plazas, galleries, churches and vaulted walkways where crafts and antiquities are sold. Visit the Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, a UNESCO World Heritage Site built during the colonial era to protect Spanish interests from invasions by the English and French. Explore Cerro de la Popa, where you will find a church and colonial convent constructed in the 17th Century.
Free afternoon to enjoy on your own.What else you can do in and around Cartagena?
- San Basilio de Palenque
- La Boquilla and Mangrove Swamps
- Isla Grande – Majagua day tour
Day ten: Depart
Today you catch your flight home full of memories of Colombia and definitely wishing your stay had been longer.
Since all of our trips are custom designed, why not extend your stay to head off the beaten path or spend some time in paradise on one of Colombia’s Caribbean islands, Isla de Providencia or San Andrés.
To make your experience as local as possible we use small boutique hotels where you can find personalize service. All the hotels in our portfolio whether they are 3, 4 or 5 stars, would be centrally located and rooms would have a private bathroom, non-smoking and air conditioning.
It’s a given that during your trip, you will see the highlights and historically important sites but what really sets the experience apart is our local guides and local experiences. You discover the most spectacular places in Colombia as well as see how Colombias really live in a unique and personalized experience.
Why travel with us?
Customized and private trip
We’re full of ideas and we take time to design a trip for you that ticks all the boxes. We have the knowledge and contacts to ensure that your trip is a once in a lifetime. Our local Colombian guides bring the country to life through their personal stories and life experiences, They are all about showing you the real Colombia to discover things you won’t find out about any other way.
We pride ourselves on delivering an enriching ‘local’ experience in Colombia– and therefore we feel it’s our responsibility to leave a positive impact as well as reduce negative impacts. We are committed to working in a socially and environmentally conscious way, and making a positive difference. Click here for more details about our responsible travel journey.
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