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Visit the most iconic places of Colombia!

Bogota, Medellin and Cartagena are three of the most representative cities in Colombia. This tour will give you the opportunity to discover the secrets of each city, interact with locals, enjoy a delicious lunch at their home and truly immerse in the Colombian culture. 

The tour will start in Bogotá, with a visit to the historic area of La Candelaria and the breath-taking Gold Museum. We will also visit a community of local coffee farmers to learn about the coffee-making process and the culture around coffee production. Then, we will continue to Medellin to witness its transformation from a dangerous city to the most innovative city in the country.  We will finish the tour in Cartagena, a beautiful colonial city by the Caribbean coast, where you will learn about the history of the country and even have the opportunity to spend time fishing with locals.


EXPERIENCE TYPE Local Culture, History and Hands-on Experiences

Bogota, Classic Colombia Tour
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DAY 1 Join Tour in Bogota

Arrive at any time. We will pick you up at the airport and drive you to your hotel in Bogota. Depending on the traffic, the drive from the airport takes around 30-45 minutes.

At the hotel, we will check again your itinerary to make sure everything is clear, help you with anything you may need and give you some practical information about Bogota and Colombia. Depending on the time of your arrival, you may have some time to start exploring the city on your own or just to relax. 

Bogotá is located at an altitude of 2,600 metres, so we recommend to take it easy during the first couple of days.

Overnight: Bogota
Meal Plan: None

DAY 2 Traditional Markets and Historic Tour in Bogota

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

Overnight: Bogota
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 3 Visit a local coffee farm

Around 6:30am, we will begin our adventure by heading to a small town called Tibacuy, located 2 hours outside of Bogota. Near Tibacuy, we will visit a local community of farmers that work together to produce their own coffee.

You will get the chance to visit four different farms and learn one specific part of the coffee-making process at each farm. You won’t only learn about the coffee-making process but also why the production of coffee is very important in this specific region of Colombia.  

At one of the farms, we will also go back in time to learn about the indigenous Panche people who inhabited the area before the Spanish conquest, we will see some petroglyphs found by the farmers

This is a great opportunity for you to spend time with the families, learn about their day to day life have lunch at their house and try some delicious home-made snacks.  You won’t look at your daily cup of coffee the same after this experience!

Overnight: Bogota
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 4 Flight to Medellin and City Tour

In the morning, we will go to the airport for your flight to Medellin. Upon arrival in Medellin, we will meet you at the airport to transfer you to the hotel. You will have some time for lunch before the city tour in the afternoon.

During the tour in Medellin, 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. After the tour, we will take you to the hotel.

Overnight: Medellin
Meal Plan: Breakfast

DAY 5 Visit Comuna 13 and Flowers Farm

We will start the day by visiting Comuna 13 – once a dangerous neighbourhood, but now an area with fascinating art and urban culture. A local will lead you through this humble and interesting area while explaining how the government and community turned Comuna 13 into a must-see destination.

Then, we will venture out of the city and into the countryside to a flower farm. Medellin, Colombia is famous for its flower festivals and local farmers spend the whole year growing and maintaining flowers to be displayed during the annual events. Visitors will learn about the whole cultivation process – from seed to the intricate arrangements that fetch top prizes in competitions. At the end of the day, we will take you back to your hotel.

Overnight: Medellin
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 6 Day trip to Guatape and flight to Cartagena

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 Bogota. Upon arrival in Cartagena, we will go to the hotel.

Overnight: Cartagena
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 7 City Tour in Cartagena

After breakfast, we will pick you up at the hotel for a city tour covering the Castillo de San Felipe and the old city surrounded by the 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. You will have the afternoon to relax at the hotel or carry on exploring the old city, admire its architecture and immerse yourself in its romantic atmosphere.

Overnight: Cartagena
Meal Plan: Breaksfast

DAY 8 La Boquilla Fishing Village

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

DAY 9 Explore Cartagena on your own

You have the day to carry on exploring Cartagena on your own. You can wander around the cobble streets in the historic city, visit some colonial churches or go to Getsemani to see its colourful graffiti’s.

Overnight: Cartagena
Meal Plan: Breakfast

DAY 10 End of the tour. Transfer to the airport for flight back home

Your adventure in Colombia ends today. At the time required, we will transfer to the airport.

Note: Check out before 12 pm

Overnight:
Meal Plan: Breakfast

Accommodation
Essential Information

What's Included

  • Airport pick up and drop off
  • 9 nights' accommodation (double occupancy)
  • Domestic flights:
    • Bogota – Medellin 
    • Medellin - Cartagena 
    • Luggage allowance: 1 bag of maximum 23 kg - Cabin: 1 bag of maximum 10 kg
  • 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 / late check in on the first / last day of the tour

 

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