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A unique combination of beautiful nature and culture

When you encounter Colombia’s natural treasures, lush landscapes and boundless biodiversity, you’ll discover they are only rivalled by the richness of its traditions and warm people. We designed this 16-day tour of Colombia to expose travellers to the most exciting combination of Colombian nature and culture.

Learn about religion and architecture in the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira. Discover the coffee production process and hike through the gorgeous Coffee Region. Relax where the jungle meets the beach at Parque Tayrona in Santa Marta. Go birding in natural parks rich with endemic species. Learn how to dance salsa and cook a Colombian dish. These are just some of the activities you will take part in during this tour in Colombia. You’ll go home with an appreciation for the vibrancy of Colombian culture as well as its breathtaking natural beauty.


EXPERIENCE TYPE Eco-tourism, Hiking, Birding, Culture & Beach

Colombia Nature & Cultural Tour Details

Historic Centre of Bogota

The capital city of Colombia has grown around La Candelaria, the famous colonial neighbourhood where most of the historic sites, museums and ancient churches are located. Practically every street corner in La Candelaria marks an important event in Colombian history.

Chicaque Natural Park

This natural park is located just half an hour by car from Bogota. It is located next to a huge rock canyon that protects the cloud forest of Chicaque and ancient oak forests. 258 species of birds have been recorded there.

Zipaquira Salt Cathedral

The charming town of Zipaquira is famous for its salt mines and for the Salt Cathedral. This must-see cathedral was built inside the network of monumental chambers and tunnels that were left behind when commercial mining operations ceased. The walk-through Stations of the Cross inside 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 off the beaten trail tourism, including hands-on coffee farm visits to learn about the coffee.

Trekking at the Valle de Cocora

The Valle de Cocora is a mid-altitude natural park full of beauty and biodiversity. You can spot several types of hummingbirds, stunning flowers and the magnificent palma de cera, Colombia's national tree largest species of palm tree in the world.

City Tour in 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 friendly people, making it a fairy tale city of romance.

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.

Tayrona Park

The 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 pristine beaches in Colombia. Some of these beaches are bordered by coral reefs, providing great snorkeling and scuba-diving sites.

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.

Detailed Itinerary

Join Tour in Bogota - Airport Transfer

Day 1

Arrive at any time. We will pick you up at the airport and drive you to your hotel in Bogota.

Overnight: Bogota              

Meal Plan: None  

Historic City Tour in Bogota

Day 2

Today we will have a day tour to see some of the most iconic places in Bogota's historic center. We will have the chance to admire the world's largest collection of pre-Hispanic gold at the Gold Museum and check out the work of famous Colombian artist Fernando Botero at the Museo Botero. Discover the diversity of architectural styles on display at the historic neighborhood of La Candelaria and we will capture spectacular panoramic views of the city from the top of a beautiful mountain called Cerro de Monserrate.

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

Overnight: Bogota

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch        

Birding & Hiking at Chingaza Natural Park

Day 3

Today we take a full day excursion to the spectacular Chingaza National Park near Bogotá. It's the source of most of the city’s drinking water, but many tourists have never visited. The habitat of Chingaza consists of cloud forest, high elevation glacial lakes and páramo (Andean high altitude) covered by a vast expanse of Frailejones (Espeletia), a genus of rare and quite interesting succulent subshrub found only in the páramo areas of Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela. A network of hiking trails will enable us to see a variety of Chingaza's stunning landscapes, flora and fauna. We will have the chance to see a great variety of birds including: The Bearded Helmetcrest (Oxypogon guerinii), Black-and-chestnut Eagle (Oroetus isidori) and Colombia’s national bird, the majestic Andean Condor (Vultur gryphus).

Overnight: Bogota

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch

AM Zipaquira Salt Cathedral

PM Flight to Colombia’s Coffee Region

Day 4

Zipaquira is located about 50 km 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 ceased.

We will spend about 1.5 or 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' last journey before crucifixion. At the end of this walk, we will go to the main dome and the three naves of the cathedral that are interconnected by a gigantic crack, which symbolizes the birth and death of Christ.

Once we finish our visit to the cathedral, we will go to the airport for your flight to the coffee region.

Overnight: Coffee Region

Meal Plan: Breakfast

AM Birding & Hiking at Cocora Valley

PM Birding at Otun Quimbaya

Day 5

Today, we will hike from the natural reserve Otun Quimbaya to the cloud forest at Valle de Cocora. Otun Quimbaya is a beautiful flora and fauna sanctuary where clouds drench the mountains with misty rain and more than 300 bird species can be spotted. We will spend the morning hours walking through cloud forests and remote mountain farms to get a view of the valley dotted with soaring wax palms. After this expedition, we will visit Salento, a traditional and picturesque Paisa town where the colors of the houses and the colonial architecture blend with the surrounding natural beauty of the region and the smell of freshly roasted coffee. Late in the afternoon we will go back to the hotel.

Overnight: Coffee Region

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch

Coffee Plantation & Coffee Tasting Tour

Day 6

In the afternoon, we will visit a coffee plantation to each step of coffee processing, from planting the coffee beans all the way to picking and roasting. We will learn how to only pick 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

Hiking at Natural Park Los Nevados

Day 7

During this trip to the park, you will walk up to the top of Eagles Hill, where you will get a beautiful view of the landscape of the region and some of the snow-capped peaks of the Natural Park Los Nevados.

The first stop at the park will be the Black Lagoon, where you will have a cup of coca tea. Then, you will go to the Cafe Cumanday to get an introduction to the park and have a traditional breakfast before starting your trek up the hill. The total journey will take approximately 4 hours. Once we arrive to the top, we will have some time to admire the beautiful landscape and have a picnic. Then, we will start our journey down towards the grill restaurant Malteria for lunch and then go to the Autumn natural thermal springs to relax in one of the thermal pools. After that, we will go back to your hotel.

Overnight: Coffee Region

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch

AM Flight to Cartagena

PM City Tour & Salsa Dance Class

Day 8

After breakfast, we will go to the airport for a flight to Cartagena, one of the most beautiful and romantic colonial cities in Colombia. In the afternoon, we will start our city tour covering the Castillo de San Felipe and the old city surrounded by 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. At the end of the tour, we will go to a Salsa class and learn to dance to one of the most popular rhythms in Colombia.

Overnight: Cartagena

Meal Plan: Breakfast

AM La Boquilla Fishing Village

Day 9

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

Santa Marta, Minca & Nature Reserve El Dorado

Day 10

Today, we will travel to El Dorado, a natural reserve located in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, on the way to El Dorado we will stop at the small village of Minca.

Overnight: Lodge at El Dorado Nature Reserve (or hotel in Minca)

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Birding & Hiking at El Dorado Nature Reserve

Day 11

Very early in the morning, we will visit Laguna Sagrada, where you will have the opportunity to see most to the endemic birds in this area. Then you will go back to the reserve lodge for lunch. In the afternoon, we will carry on exploring the reserve to see more birds.

Overnight: Lodge at El Dorado Nature Reserve (or hotel in Minca)

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Birding at El Dorado - Transfer to Santa Marta

Day 12

Early in the morning, we will do a bit more of birding before traveling to Santa Marta. After an early start, you will have the afternoon to relax.

Overnight: Santa Marta

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch

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 hiking across the forest to visit various beaches in the park where you can swim or just relax at the beach.

Overnight: Santa Marta

Meal Plan: Breakfast

AM City Tour in Santa Marta

PM Flight to Bogota

Day 14

In the morning, we will visit the historic center of Santa Marta and the Quinta the San Pedro Alejandrino, the house where Simon Bolivar died in December 1830. Bolivar was the commander-in-chief of the patriot army that liberated today's Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Panama from Spanish rule. After the tour in Santa Marta, we will proceed to the airport to take a flight back to Bogota. Upon arrival in Bogota, we will go to the hotel.

Overnight: Bogota

Meal Plan: Breakfast

Traditional Markets & Cooking Class

Day 15

In the morning, we will have a cooking experience which will offer you the opportunity to 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 how to prepare a delicious traditional Colombian dish.

Overnight: Bogota

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch

End of Tour in Bogota

Day 16

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
  • 15 nights' accommodation (Two people sharing accommodation)
  • Domestic flights (Bogota - Coffee Region, Coffee Region - Cartagena, Santa Marta - Bogota)
  • 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

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