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Visit the most iconic places on this Colombia tour!

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 & Traditions

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Tour Highlights

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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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Zipaquira

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.

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Colombia's Coffee Region

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

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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 palma de cera, Colombia's national tree, and the largest species of palm tree in the world. 

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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.

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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.

Note: Check in after 3 pm

Overnight: Bogota
Meal Plan: None

Traditional Markets and 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

Overnight: Bogota
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch    
           
 

Visit to Zipaquira Salt Cathedral

Day 3

Zipaquira is located about 50km north of Bogota. It will take us approximately 1 hour to reach our destination. The small town of Zipaquira is famous for its salt mines and for the Salt Cathedral now built inside the network of tunnels that were left behind when commercial mining operations stopped.

We will spend about 1.5 to 2 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 Christ’s 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.

Once we finish our visit to the cathedral, we will start our journey back to Bogota.

Overnight: Bogota
Meal Plan: Breakfast

AM Travel to Colombia’s Coffee Region

PM Visit a Coffee Plantation

Day 4

After breakfast, we will take you to the airport and fly to one of the main cities in the Coffee Region. Upon arrival in the Coffee Region, we will meet you at the airport to take you to the hotel.

In the afternoon, we will visit a coffee plantation to learn each step of harvesting and making coffee, 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

Day Trip to Valle de Cocora and Salento

Day 5

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 present-day Colombia. 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 hotel.

Overnight: Coffee Region
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch

Travel to Cartagena

Day 6

After lunch, we will go to the airport for your flight to Cartagena. On arrival in Cartagena, we will meet you at the airport to take you to the hotel.

Overnight: Cartagena
Meal Plan: Breakfast

City Tour in Cartagena

Day 7

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: Breakfast

La Boquilla Fishing Village

Day 8

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 Bogota

Day 9

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.

Overnight: Bogota
Meal Plan: Breakfast

End of the Tour in Bogota

Day 10

The tour ends today. At the time required, we will pick you up at the hotel for a transfer to the airport.

Note: Check out before 12 pm

Meal Plan: Breakfast

WHAT'S INCLUDED

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

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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