Colombia's coffee region and the walled city of Cartagena de Indias have been declared World Heritage Sites by Unesco. This tour will give you the opportunity to have an intimate encounter with these two Colombian icons.
After a city tour of Bogota, Colombia's capital, you will have a chance to explore the Colombian coffee region with its astonishing mountains and valleys, its coffee haciendas, little colonial towns and unique natural parks. Then, you will travel to the famous city of Cartagena, a place where every street, every colonial house and every brick of its centuries-old wall, tell a story of battles with pirates and corsairs, but also a tale of romance and passion by the Caribbean Sea.
Experience Type: Eco-tourism, Beach, Culture and Traditions
Historic centre of Bogota: Bogota is the capital city of Colombia. Bogota's famous colonial neighbourhood of La Candelaria contains most of the historic sites, museums, ancient churches and central government buildings. Practically every street corner in La Candelaria marks some important event in Colombian history and most buildings retain their colonial architecture and charm.
Zipaquira Salt Cathedral: The small town of Zipaquira is famous for its salt mines and for the Salt Cathedral now built inside the network of monumental chambers and tunnels that were left behind when commercial mining operations ceased. This cathedral is unlike any other in the world, in terms of its innovative architecture. It was opened in 1995 and represents an eclectic mix of religion and architecture to maximise protection from the ever-present risks of working in a mine. The walk-through Stations of the Cross in the mine are a poignant representation of Jesus' last steps, and they culminate in a three-part cavernous subterranean cathedral.
The coffee region of Colombia: Colombia's coffee region is also called the Coffee Triangle. This fertile region, located in the heart of the Andes is where the majority of the famous Colombian coffee is produced. This region offers numerous alternatives for rural tourism, including visits to coffee farms to learn about the coffee production process.
Trekking at the Valle de Cocora: The Valle de Cocora is a mid-altitude natural park full of natural beauty and biodiversity, including several types of hummingbirds, stunning flowers and the magnificent presence of the palma de cera, Colombia's national tree, and the largest species of palm tree in the world
Visit to a traditional paisa town Salento: Salento is a small town built around coffee production and farming, with typical colonial and paisa architecture. You will be astonished by its brightly coloured and inviting central plaza.
Cartagena: Cartagena de Indias is one of the most fascinating, romantic and beautiful colonial cities in Latin America. Located on the Caribbean coast, this UNESCO World Heritage site is full of history, colourful streets and great people, making it a fairy tale city of romance.
Duration: 10 days
Departure dates: Please check the dates available in the calendar, if you don't find a suitable departure date for you, please contact us
Day 1: Join tour in Bogota - Airport transfer:
Arrive at any time. We will pick you up at the airport and drive you to your Hotel in Bogota.
Day 2: AM: Bogota City Tour PM: Flight to Armenia:
Today we will have a day tour to some of the most iconic places in Bogota's historic centre. We will have the chance to admire the world's largest collection of pre-Hispanic gold at the Gold Museum, and check the artistic work of Fernando Botero, Colombia's most famous painter and sculptor at the Museo Botero. We will glimpse the diversity of architectural styles on display at the historic neighbourhood of La Candelaria and we will capture spectacular panoramic views of the city from the top of Cerro de Monserrate.
After our city tour in Bogota, we will take you to the airport to catch an evening flight to Armenia. On arrival in Armenia, we will meet you at the airport to take you to a beutiful coffee hacienda where you will stay the next three nights.
Day 3: AM: At leisure. PM: Coffee experience:
After lunch, we will visit the coffee plantation in the hacienda to learn all the details of each step from planting the coffee beans all the way through the picking and roasting process. We will learn how to select and pick only the ripe coffee cherries and also how to taste and evaluate the coffee's quality, just like an expert coffee taster.
Day 4: Trip to Valle de Cocora and Salento
Today we will take a day trip to the Valle de Cocora (Valley of Cocora) Natural Park and Salento. The cloud forest at Valle de Cocora is a prime example of the amazing diversity of fauna and flora characteristic of Colombia's coffee region. While trekking across the valley, surrounded by the famous and unique palmas de cera (wax palms), we will hear stories about this amazing place and its meaning for the native tribes that inhabited the area before the Europeans came to America. We will have lunch at the park rangers' base before continuing our trip to Salento.
Salento is a traditional and picturesque paisa town, where the colours of the houses and the colonial architecture blend themselves with the surrounding natural beauty of the region and the smell of freshly roasted coffee. Salento is a perfect place for a gentle stroll or for enjoying a delicious cup of Colombian coffee. Late in the afternoon we will go back to the hacienda.
Day 5: AM: At leisure. PM: Flight to Cartagena
You will have the morning to relax at the hacienda and enjoy the view of the coffee region landscape. After lunch, we will pick you up for your flight to Cartagena. On arrival in Cartagena, we will meet you at the airport to take you to the hotel.
Day 6: AM: At leisure. PM: Cartagena city tour
The morning is at leisure, you will have free time to relax at the hotel or start exploring the old city, admire its architecture and start immersing into its romantic atmosphere.
In the afternoon, we will pick you up at the hotel for a city tour covering the Castillo de San Felipe and the old city surrounded by its impressive walls, built during the Spanish rule to protect the city against enemies and looters.
The castle of San Felipe is the greatest and strongest fortress ever built by the Spaniards in any of their colonies. It was built on top of the San Lazaro hill and defended the city from many attacks including a British siege in 1741. The old city is the historic heart and soul of Cartagena. We will walk around its cobbled streets visiting or passing by the main historical sites.
Day 7: At leisure - Optional day trip to Islas del Rosario
If you choose to take the optional day trip, we will pick you up at the hotel to go to the pier from where you will take a boat to Islas del Rosario. We will travel to one of the Islands where you will be able to spend the day enjoying the beautiful sandy beaches and the crystalline turquoise waters. There will be time to walk around the Island, relax at the beach or practice some aquatic sports like snorkel or scuba diving, before returning to Cartagena in the afternoon.
Upon arrival in Cartagena, we will meet you at the pier and take you to the Hotel.
If you decide not to take this optional trip and stay in Cartagena, you can explore other parts of the old city, hit the beach or perhaps do a bit of shopping. We will be happy to assist you and provide you options if required.
Day 8:AM: at leisure. PM: Flight to Bogota
This morning is at leisure. In the afternoon we will pick you up at the hotel to take a flight back to Bogota. We will pick you up at the airport and drive you to your Hotel in Bogota.
Day 9: AM: Visit to Zipaquira Salt Cathedral PM:At leisure
After breakfast, we will pick you up at the hotel to start our trip to Zipaquira.
We will spend about 1.5 hours inside the Salt Cathedral. During our time in the cathedral, we will progress through the Stations of the Cross. At each station you will see a symbolic representation of events from Jesus' last journey before his crucifixion. At the end of this walk, we will come to the main dome and the three naves of the cathedral that are interconnected by a gigantic crack, which symbolises the birth and death of Christ.
Inside the mine you will be impressed not only by the incredible engineering work and sculptures, but also by the religious meaning and importance of this place for the miners who risked their lives daily to extract the salt from the mine.Once we finish our visit to the cathedral, we will start our journey back to Bogota.
You will have the rest of the day to carry on exploring Bogota. This cosmopolitan city offers a great deal of options for a visitor including museums, art galleries, and shopping malls.
Day 10: End of the tour in Bogota
The tour ends today, at the time required we will pick you up at the hotel for a transfer to the airport.
Meal Plan: Breakfast
If you are a solo traveller please contact us and let us know when you are planning to travel. We will get in touch with you as soon as possible.
Single Room Option:
This tour is based on customers sharing double or twin-bedded rooms. If you are travelling alone or with your friends but want to have your own room, we offer the opportunity to pay a supplement for a single room. If, for any reason, we are unable to provide a single room during some nights of your trip, we will refund the relevant proportion of the supplement paid to us for the Single Room Option.
Single room supplement: £214 / €302 / US$334 per person
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