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See the Best Highlights During this Colombia Tour!

It’s hard to capture Colombia’s essence with words alone. Let us show you the best of Colombia so you can see why so many travellers have fallen in love with this beautiful country. 

During this 15-day Colombia tour, you will begin your adventure in the vibrant capital city of Bogota and travel to the stunning Caribbean coast. Journey to romantic Cartagena and Tayrona National Park in the Caribbean, then experience Medellin, which is rightfully called the "city of eternal spring" because of its lovely weather. After, witness the colonial town of Villa de Leyva, which seems to be untouched by time. This Colombia tour wouldn't be complete without a visit to Colombia's famous Coffee Region, where you will learn about the Colombian coffee making process surrounded by amazing mountains. We know and love Colombia and we're sure these iconic destinations in Colombia will make you want to travel to Colombia for every holiday!


EXPERIENCE TYPE History, Culture, Eco-tourism, Local Traditions & Beach

Colombia Tour and Holiday

Tour Highlights

Colombia Tour Bogota

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.

Colombia Tour Villa de Leyva

Villa de Leyva

This is definitely the most popular town in Boyaca. This colonial village frozen in time will make you feel like you have been transported back to the colonial times. Its main plaza is surrounded by magnificent colonial structures and a beautiful parish church, the area of the plaza is about 14000 square meters and is considered the largest plaza in Colombia.

Colombia Tour Valle de Cocora

Colombia's Coffee Region

This fertile region, also called the Coffee Triangle, is located in the heart of the Andes where the majority of the famous Colombian coffee is produced. This region offers numerous options for rural tourism, including visits to coffee farms to learn about the coffee production process.

Colombia Tour Medellin

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 of attractions. It is called the “city of eternal spring” due to its perfect combination of warm days and cool nights. Surrounded by flower farms, Medellin is one of the main flower producing centres in Colombia.

Colombia Tour Cartagena

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.

Colombia Tour Tayrona

Tayrona Park

Tayrona National Natural Park is one of the most popular natural parks in Colombia for its unspoiled natural beauty and biodiversity. The park contains some of the most beautiful beaches in Colombia, some bordered by coral reefs, providing good snorkelling and scuba-diving opportunities.

Colombia Tour Cartagena La Boquilla

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.

Note: Check in after 3 pm

Overnight: Bogota
Meal Plan: None    
           
 

AM Traditional Markets

PM Historic Tour in Bogota

Day 2

Today, we will visit 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. At the market, you will have the opportunity to try some fruits, fruits juices and various Colombian snacks.

After the market, we will visit 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.

Note: Gold Museum is closed on Mondays and Botero Museum is closed on Tuesdays

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch                
Overnight: Bogota

           

Travel to Villa de Leyva via Zipaquira

Day 3

We will pick you up from your hotel to start our journey towards Villa de Leyva. Along the way, we will visit the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira and Raquira. The Salt Cathedral is located 50km north of Bogota and was built within the tunnels of a salt mine. The cathedral is situated 180m underground and has three sections representing the birth, life and death of Jesus Christ. It is an amazing work of architecture and engineering.

After visiting the cathedral, we will continue our trip towards Raquira, a small a colourful village with brightly painted facades and a jumble of crafts shops. This beautiful village is famous for its pottery and handicrafts made of clay. An interesting spot for shopping. We will have lunch on the way to Raquira.

Leaving Raquira we will continue our journey to Villa de Leyva. Once we arrive, we will check in at the hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure for individual exploration of the town that will transport you back to Spanish colonial times.

Overnight: Villa de Leyva
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch

 

AM Villa de Leyva Tour

PM Flight to Colombia's Coffee Region

Day 4

We will have the morning to carry on exploring the town, then after lunch, we will visit the Fossil Museum to see the petrified skeleton of a large marine reptile that inhabited this region 120 million years ago. Next, we will visit the Convento Santo Ecce Homo, founded by the Dominican fathers in 1620. This is a spectacular stone-and-adobe construction with a lovely courtyard and floors paved with stones quarried in the region, containing ammonites and fossils, including petrified corn and flowers.

Then we will start our journey back to Bogota. On our way to Bogota, we will stop at Boyaca Bridge, which is a very important historical place where the most important battle of the Colombian War of Independence took place. In the evening, you will take a flight to Colombia's Coffee Region.

Meal Plan: Breakfast
Overnight: Coffee Region

Visit Coffee Plantation

Day 5

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.

Overnight: Coffee Region
Meal Plan: Breakfast

 

AM Day Trip to Valle de Cocora

PM Salento Tour

Day 6

Today we will take a day trip to the Valle de Cocora (Cocora Valley) Natural Park and Salento. The cloud forest at Valle de Cocora is a prime example of the amazing diversity of fauna and flora special to 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.

Overnight: Coffee Region
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch

 

Travel to Medellin via Salamina

Day 7

After breakfast (8 am), we will start our journey towards Medellin. On the way to Medellin, we will visit Salamina, a beautiful colonial town declared site of cultural interest and tourism in 1982 thanks to its colonial architecture.

The total journey from your hotel to Salamina will take approximately 3.15 hours. After visiting Salamina, we will continue our journey towards Medellin. From Salamina to Medellin is approximately 4.5 hours. On arrival to Medellin, we will go directly to the hotel.

Overnight: Medellin
Meal Plan: Breakfast

City Tour in Medellin

Day 8

In the morning, we will visit the most iconic areas of the city including: Plaza de Botero, El Pueblito Paisa and Parque LLeras. The Plaza de Botero is a medium-sized plaza full of sculptures created by the famous Colombian sculptor, Fernando Botero (originally from Medellin). He is famous for his style of painting, which makes everything look "chubby." The Parque Lleras and El Pueblito Paisa are two of Medellin's must-see quarters. The Pueblito Paisa, a small replica of a typical Antioquia township, located on top of the 80m-hill "Cerro Nutibara" is the perfect place to get a great panoramic view of the city. While the Parque Lleras is one of the most popular areas for entertainment and nightlife in Medellin.

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

Overnight: Medellin
Meal Plan: Breakfast

AM Day Trip to El Peñol and Guatape

PM Travel to Cartagena

Day 9

Today we will go to Guatape, a small town located about 2.5 hours by car from Medellin in a beautiful zone wedged between a reservoir and a colossal stone called EL Peñol. Upon arrival to the town of Guatape, you will be surrounded by the most colourful houses, each one intricately decorated with traditionally painted carvings along the lower parts of the main entrances. After visiting the town, we will go to El Peñol from where you will get a stunning view of the region. We will also take a boat ride around the reservoir.

Late in the afternoon, we will go to the airport for your flight to Cartagena. On arrival to Cartagena, we will pick you up at the airport to take you to the hotel.

Overnight: Cartagena
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch

City Tour in Cartagena

Day 10

After breakfast, we will start our 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 while visiting or passing by the main historical sites.

The afternoon is at leisure. You will have time to relax at the hotel or carry on exploring the old city. Admire its architecture and immerse yourself into its romantic atmosphere.

Overnight: Cartagena
Meal Plan: Breakfast

 

AM La Boquilla Fishing Village

Day 11

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

Travel to Santa Marta

Day 12

In the morning, we will pick you up at your hotel to start our trip towards Santa Marta. Along the way, you will have the opportunity to admire the beautiful landscape of the Caribbean region. The total journey will take around 3.5 hours.  

You will have the afternoon at leisure to start exploring the city on your own.

Overnight: Santa Marta
Meal Plan: Breakfast

 

Day Trip to Tayrona Park

Day 13

Today, we will spend the day at Tayrona National Natural Park, where we will see some of the most beautiful beaches in Colombia. We will be hiking across the forest to visit various beaches in the park where you can swim or just relax by the beach.

Overnight: Santa Marta
Meal Plan: Breakfast

Flight back to Bogota

Day 14

You will have the morning free for your own exploration. In the afternoon, we will transfer you to the airport for your flight back to Bogota.

Upon arrival in Bogota, we will pick you up at the airport and drive you to your hotel.

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
 

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Airport pick up and drop off
  • 14 nights' accommodation (double occupancy)
  • Domestic flights: Bogota - Coffee Region, Medellin – Cartagena and Santa Marta - Bogota
  • Private ground transport
  • Meals as defined in the itinerary
  • Local English-speaking tour guides
  • Entry tickets to all tourist attractions mentioned in the itinerary

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • International flights
  • Meals not listed in the itinerary
  • Tips and other discretionary expenses
  • Early check in or late check out

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