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Rich Colombian Culture Awaits!

During this Colombia holiday, you will see the wide range of diversity featuring Colombia's landscape and culture. Visit the magnificent San Agustin Archaeological Park, the white city of Colombia, Medellin and romantic Cartagena on the Caribbean coast. Not only will you see some of the most specular landscapes during this journey through Colombia, you will also have the opportunity immerse yourself in the heart of Colombia's history, culture and traditions. 

Learn about Colombia's history while visiting the museums in Bogota, the archaeological park and the historic cities of Popayan and Cartagena. You will also have the opportunity to visit and talk to members of the Guambiano indigenous community to learn about their culture and traditions. Plus you will visit a fishing family in La Boquilla, learn about the coffee making process, learn to dance salsa and how to cook a traditional Colombian dish.


EXPERIENCE TYPE Culture, History, Archaeology & Local Traditions

Colombia Holiday

Tour Highlights

Colombia Tour

La Candelaria

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.

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San Agustin Archaeological Park

Located in the foothills of the Andes in the central Colombian department of Huila, San Agustin Archaeological Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is home to the largest group of religious monuments and megalithic sculptures in South America. The park is home to around 500 monuments of which most are related to funerals and burials. There are also impressive religious monuments such as the Fuente de Lavapatas, which is carved into a stream bed.

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Popayan

This beautiful city, known as the “white city of Colombia” for its chalk white buildings, is famous for its Holy Week celebrations and for its gastronomy. The Holy Week celebrations are the second-largest in the world (after Seville, Spain) and were declared by UNESCO as a masterpiece of the oral and intangible patrimony of humanity. Popayan was also declared by the UNESCO as the first city of gastronomy because of its variety of food and meaning to the intangible patrimony of Colombian culture.

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Silvia

This picturesque mountain town is known as the centre of the Guambiano region. The Guambainos are considered one of the most traditional indigenous groups in Colombia. They travel to Silvia every Tuesday to sell their produce, textiles and other products, providing a very traditional market experience.

Colombia Holiday - Cali Tour

Cali

With its fertile soils and steamy climate, Cali is Colombia’s third-largest city and a destination not to miss. The area is known for growing sugarcane as well as being the salsa capital of the world. This is the perfect city to practice some salsa.

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Salsa Class

Put on your dancing shoes in Cali and learn how to dance salsa, one the most popular types of music in Colombia. A salsa teacher will demonstrate steps and techniques so you can take part in this beloved Colombian cultural pastime.

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Medellin

Medellin is the second-largest city in Colombia and a world-class modern city with stunning architecture. Medellin delights visitors with its sophistication and wealth attractions. It is called the “city of eternal spring” because of its perfect combination of warm days and cool nights. Surrounded by flower farms, Medellin is one of the main flower producing centres in Colombia.

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Food & Cooking Class

Learn more about Colombian gastronomy by starting the morning at Plaza de Paloquemao, one of the largest and most popular markets in Bogota. We then will go to a cooking school and learn to prepare a delicious Colombian dish. End this day tour on a sweet note at Colombian dessert shop.

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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.

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La Boquilla Fishing Village

This small fishing village is located about 7 km north of Cartagena. La Boquilla town sits on the northern tip of a narrow peninsula, bordered by the sea on one side and the Ciénaga de Tesca on the other. At La Boquilla, we will canoe through a mangrove forest and learn about the history and culture of this fishing town while mastering local fishing techniques using a net and crab traps.

Detailed Itinerary

Join Tour in Bogota

Day 1

Arrive at any time. We will pick you up at the airport and drive you to your hotel in Bogota (Check in after 3 pm).

Note: This tour should start on Wednesdays to be able to see the Silvia's traditional market on Tuesdays. 

Meal Plan: None                
Overnight: Bogota  

Walking Tour in La Candelaria

Day 2

In the morning, we will go on a walking tour to see to some of the most iconic places in La Candelaria, 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 enjoy the diversity of architectural styles on display at this historic neighbourhood. 

You will have the afternoon free to visit other areas of the historic centre or even go to Cerro de Monserrate.

Meal Plan: Breakfast                
Overnight: Bogota  

 

AM Paloquemao Market & Cooking Class

Day 3

In the morning, we will have a cooking experience which will let you learn first-hand about Colombian cuisine. First, we will shop for lunch at Plaza de Paloquemao, one of the largest and most popular markets in Bogota. You will be amazed by the variety of fresh fruits and vegetables found there. Then, we will go to a cooking school to attend a class and learn to prepare a delicious Colombian dish.  You will have the afternoon free to carry on exploring the city on your own.

Overnight: Bogota              
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch

 

AM Travel to Pitalito

PM Visit to Coffee Plantation

Day 4

In the morning, we will take a flight to Pitalito, a small town located 35 minutes away from San Agustin, where the famous archaeological park is located. This region, apart from being famous for the archaeologic sites, is also cultivates high quality coffee. Therefore, in the afternoon we will visit a coffee farm to learn everything about harvesting and making coffee, from planting the coffee beans to 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 a coffee expert. 

Overnight: San Agustin              
Meal Plan: Breakfast

 

San Agustin Archaeological Park

Day 5

After breakfast, we will start our day trip to San Agustin Archaeological Park. At the park, you will visit the Alto de Lavapatas as well as the Fuente de Lavapatas, a complex maze of pools and water channels hewn from bedrock carved with figures of animals and humans. It was used for religious ceremonies and bathing. Furthermore, you will see the Bosque de las Estatuas and the different Mesitas.

In the afternoon, we will take a horseback-riding tour to visit El Tablon and La Chaquira and see other anthropomorphic statues and the spectacular landscape of the Magdalena river.

Overnight: San Agustin              
Meal Plan: Breakfast

 

AM Alto de los Idolos

PM Transfer to Popayan

Day 6

In the morning, we will go to the Alto de los Idolos, the second-most important archaeological park in the region where you will see the largest statue (7mts). We will also visit the waterfalls of Salto del Mortiño (180mts height). After that, we will start our trip towards Popayan. On our way to Popayan, we will stop at "Valle de los Frailejones”, where you can see the spectacular landscape of a Colombian Paramo surrounded by Frailejones. The frailejon, known as well as Espeletia, is the typical plant found at high altitude in the Paramo ecosystems. 

During this journey towards Popayan, you will also have the opportunity to try a delicious agua de panela con queso, one of the most traditional hot beverages in Colombia. Early in the evening, we will arrive in Popayan.

Overnight: Popayan              
Meal Plan: Breakfast 

 

City Tour in Popayan

Day 7

Popayan is called the “white city” because of its chalk-white building. This beautiful colonial city boasts the country's largest concentration of churches per capita. Church steeples dominate the town's skyline and around every street corner is a different church to see. During Easter, thousands of people crowd the streets to watch or participate in the huge religious processions and ceremonial celebrations that take place throughout the most important week of the Catholic calendar.

During our tour in Popayan, we will visit various churches and historical places to learn about the history of the city and all the religions processions. You will have the afternoon free to carry on exploring the city on your own.

Overnight: Popayan              
Meal Plan: Breakfast

 

AM Traditional Silvia Market

PM Transfer to Cali

Day 8

Today we will visit Silvia, a picturesque mountain town known as the centre of the Guambiano region. The Guambainos are considered one of the most traditional indigenous groups in Colombia. They don't actually live in the Silvia, but on Tuesdays they come to Silvia to sell their fruit, vegetable and handicrafts. They all come in their traditional dresses. It will definitely be the best day to visit the town. 

After visiting Silvia, we will go to Guambia, where we will have the opportunity to visit a Guambiano indigenous community and talk to their Taita (tribe chief) to learn about their culture and traditions. At the end of this visit, we will go to Cali and spend the night.

Overnight: Cali              
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch 

 

AM City Tour in Cali & Salsa Class

PM Flight to Medellin

Day 9

Cali is known as the world’s salsa capital, it is also one of the most important industrial and business cities in Colombia. In the morning, we will visit some of the most iconic places of the city including: Iglesia de la Merced, Mirador de San Antonio, Parque and Gato del Rio. At the end of the tour we will take a one-hour salsa class to enjoy and learn some steps of this fascinating dance.  In the afternoon, we will go to the airport for a flight to Medellin.

Overnight: Medellin              
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch 

 

Comuna 13 tour

Day 10

In the morning, we will visit Comuna 13, previously one of the most dangerous neighbourhoods in Medellin. The area is safe to explore now, thanks to the government’s promise to improve the neighbourhood and the community’s commitment to sharing this unique part of Medellin with visitors. 

During the tour, you will ride multiple elevators installed on the side of a mountain to help people move through the community easier. The walls of Comuna 13 are adorned with bright graffiti and your local guide will explain the meaning and symbolism behind some of the works of art. Witness for yourself how one community that was once home to so much struggle and conflict has blossomed into a colourful spot in Medellin. You will also get a chance to see authentic Colombian culture up close.  

You will have the afternoon to carry on exploring the city on your own.

Overnight: Medellin              
Meal Plan: Breakfast

 

At Leisure

Day 11

You will have the day at leisure to carry on exploring the city on your own.

Overnight: Medellin              
Meal Plan: Breakfast 

 

AM Travel to Cartagena

PM Cartagena City Tour

Day 12

In the morning, we will go to the airport for your flight to Cartagena. Upon arrival in Cartagena, we will transfer you to the hotel.

In the afternoon, we will have the opportunity to visit the old city and the iconic Castillo San Felipe, the largest and strongest fortress ever built by the Spaniards in any of their colonies. The castle was built on top of the San Lazaro hill and defended the city from many attacks including a British siege in 1741. We will finish the tour at the famous Café del Mar to admire the spectacular sunset over the Caribbean Sea while having a refreshing cocktail. 

Overnight: Cartagena              
Meal Plan: Breakfast

 

AM La Boquilla Fishing Village

Day 13

In the morning, we will go to La Boquilla, a small fishing village located 7 km north of Cartagena. La Boquilla sits on the northern tip of a narrow peninsula, bordered by the sea on one side and the Ciénaga de Tesca on the other.     

At La Boquilla, we will take a trip in a wooden canoe through the mangrove forest in La Cienga de Tesca. During this trip, you will see some native and migratory birds and learn about the flora and other fauna found in this ecosystem. You will learn local fishing techniques like how to cast a net and set crab traps.

After learning to fish in the mangrove forest, we will eat lunch in a local home by the water. This is where you will learn more about the locals’ day-to-day lives, their fishing tools and their culture. The lunch will be a delicious meal consisting of seafood, which is popular along Colombia’s Caribbean coast. We will finish this tour after lunch around 2 pm and drop you back off at your hotel in Cartagena.

Overnight: Cartagena

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch

PM Travel to Bogota

Day 14

You will have the morning to relax or to go shopping. In the afternoon, we will transfer you to the airport for your flight back to Bogota.

Overnight: Bogota              
Meal Plan: Breakfast

 

End of the Tour in Bogota

Day 15

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

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