Columbia offers a great diversity of landscapes, sights and cultures yet surprisingly, it is still a largely undiscovered. On this trip you will uncover its beauty and mystery. We include a journey to Bogotà, the country’s most populated city before exploring Colombia’s highland coffee region, and the colonial city of Cartagena de Indias hidden within its fortified walls
Visit Bogota, the modern and cosmopolitan Colombian Capital.
Explore the essence of Spanish colonialism in Cartagena.
The tranquil and traditional Coffee Zone with its beautiful landscapes, and friendly locals.
Itinerary in brief
Day 1: Bogota arrival
Day 2: Bogota City Tour
Day 3: Bogota to the Coffee Zone. Afternoon coffee plantation tour
Day 4: Full day tour of Los Nevados National Park
Day 5: Coffee Zone to Cartagena. Afternoon city tour.
Day 6: Cartagena day at leisure
Day 7: Cartagena departure
Tailor-made suggestions for this itinerary
Add in another day in Cartagena to soak up the atmosphere or take a boat trip out to the Caribbean islands.
Take a day or overnight trip to the colonial town of Villa de Leyva, located a short distance from Bogota.
Day 1: Bogota arrival
On arrival in Bogota you will be met and transferred to your centrally located hotel where you will spend the next two nights.
Day 2: Bogota City Tour
After breakfast, you will explore the city of Bogotá on this guided sightseeing tour to some of the most famous attractions in the city! Walk through the cobblestone streets of La Candelaria, the historic district of Bogotà which was first founded in 1538. We offer a walking tour to the main buildings around the historic centre including the Plaza Bolivar, which is surrounded by the main government and judicial buildings, as well as the Cathedral Primada. We will learn about the history of Bogota and the people who inhabit this amazing city. We end the tour with a trip by cable car or funicular railway to the summit of Monserrate hill, Bogotá’s best-known landmark, with a wonderful view of the whole city and the savanna beyond.
Later you will have the option of visiting the world famous Gold Museum (closed on Mondays), home to the largest collection of pre-Hispanic gold in the world, or the Botero Museum (closed on Tuesday), which features works by Colombia's greatest artists. Afterward, you may return to your hotel.
In the afternoon you will have free time to explore more of the city at your leisure. Recommended places to visit include for example the Casa de Moneda (old mint), or you may wish to take the cable car or funicular railway to the top of Monseratte for spectacular views of the city and the surrounding hills.
Day 3: Bogota – Coffee Zone
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Pereira where we continue by road to the Coffee Country (Zona Cafetera) on the western slopes of the central Andean range. This area offers a warm, pleasant climate. The scenery is most attractive with lush, green mountains. Coffee bushes are interspersed with enormous bamboo jungles and banana plants. The region has a very peaceful, rural atmosphere - most of the population lives in villages or on farms where coffee is still produced in the traditional way (with all the berries picked by hand). For the next two nights we’ll stay in a historic hacienda, enjoying panoramic views over the surrounding landscapes.
In the afternoon we’ll enjoy a guided tour of a local coffee plantation where we will discover the production process from seedling to cup, as well as learn about the trials and tribulations of the plantations themselves and the many workers who rely on coffee for their livelihoods. Naturally, cups of coffee will be in plentiful supply throughout our visit!
After the visit to the coffee hacienda, return to your hotel where you can enjoy a sunset in the pool, get a massage, relax in the sauna and enjoy a fantastic array of international and local cuisine.
Day 4: Los Nevados National Park
In the morning we’ll leave for the Valle de Cocora, which is located in the central mountains of the Parque Nacional de los Nevados. It is the ideal place to marvel at the “Quindian wax palm”, the national tree of Colombia that can reach a staggering height of 60 metres. Around here live a great number of bird species, such as certain types of hummingbirds, the orejíamarillo, or the endangered palm parrot.
Upon arrival in the valley, by either hike or on horseback (not included), we’ll head into the cloud forest to enjoy the flora and fauna. On the return journey, we’ll cross the River Quindio while walking along an ecological pathway. This pathway will take us past the tallest wax palms in the world and you will learn why the indigenous people here worshipped this tree. We’ll then stop at a trout farm and enjoy a traditional meal of smoked trout. Enjoy some free time here.
In the afternoon, we’ll continue 10km towards the traditional town of Salento to enjoy a city tour. We’ll visit the Plaza de Bolívar with its colourful balconies, the calle real, the handicrafts shops and the Cocora viewpoint. Then, we’ll move to the traditional village of Filandia to enjoy a city tour that includes a lovely view, colonial homes, the Plaza de Bolivar and the coffee shops. Here, enjoy some time soaking up the regional atmosphere and perhaps some local spirits before returning to your hotel.
Breakfast, Lunch included.
Day 5: Coffee Zone – Cartagena
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your departing flight. After a brief stopover in Bogota you will be met and transferred to your centrally located hotel where you will spend the next 2 nights.
In the afternoon you will have a half-day tour of Cartagena, visiting the most important monuments in this city. You will start at the museum "Santuario San Pedro Claver" before continuing to the Castillo de San Felipe, an immense fort filled with history and mysteries hidden in its stone-walled tunnels.
Leaving the castle we continue on to visit the monument of Zapatos Viejos, the "Old Shoes". Certainly the most impressive monument is the gigantic defensive wall that surrounds the old city and overlooks the sea and its well-preserved colonial architecture. During the remainder of your tour you will see the city's churches, museums, plazas, restaurants, shops and jewellery stores. This combination of treasures makes Cartagena deserving of the title of UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Day 6: Cartagena
This day has been left free for further exploration of the city, or for some time to relax on the nearby beaches of Bocagrande. Alternatively, you may wish to take an optional cruise to Isla del Pirata (Pirate Island) in the Rosario Islands. The island is surrounded by coral reefs, and snorkelling equipment is available to hire (not included) so that you can discover the incredibly diverse fish species supported by the reef. There is also offered an optional visit to an aquarium (entrance fee not included) on a nearby island.
Day 7: Cartagena departure
After breakfast, you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to the airport for your departure flight.
Hotel Casa Platypus
Sofitel Victoria Regia
Bosque del Saman
Casa Villa Colonial
Sofitel Santa Clara
Accommodation with private facilities, hotel taxes, entrance fees, internal flights, tours with English speaking guides, transfers, meals as specified.
What's not included
Airfares except those mentioned, airport entrance/departure taxes, gratuities, travel insurance, any items not mentioned as included.
Hotel rates are based on double / twin share lead in rooms. Other room types and hotels are available. Rates are subject to change and different rates may apply during holiday seasons and special events.