Uncover the popular highlights and the hidden gems on this Colombia tour. From the bustling streets of Bogota to the cobbled streets of tranquil Villa de Leyva, the coffee culture and traditions of the Andean region, leisurely hacienda stays, couture and salsa at Medellin, and the pristine beauty of Tayrona National Park – Colombia is yours to explore!
Set at an altitude of over 2,000 meters in Colombia’s Eastern Andean range, Bogota boasts wonderful highland climate and natural beauty. The capital of Columbia is dotted with numerous national monuments and cultural landmarks.
City Tour of Bogota The Colombian capital city of Bogota offers an eclectic and cleverly juxtaposed mix of the old and the new. Experience the unique life of its citizens in the pulsating heart of its bustling marketplaces. Soak in the sights, smells and tastes of Bogotá’s Paloquemao with its typical fruits, vegetables and other fresh produce native to the region. Visit the Plaza de Bolívar, the center of the downtown district of La Candelaria. Walk down cobbled streets, admiring medieval cathedrals, old colonial buildings and important modern landmarks such as the Town Hall. Visit the famous museum housing the priceless works of contemporary artist, Fernando Botero; and admire the gold collection of the ancient Muisca Empire in the Gold Museum. Ride up to the Cerro Monserrate or Guadalupe Mountain for panoramic views of the city spread out below, amid spectacular Andean peaks towering all around. (Duration: between 6 and 7 hours, Private Activity & Transfer; Please bring comfortable walking shoes; Gold Museum closed on Mondays).
Discover this hidden gem tucked away near Bogota. Declared as a national monument in the 1950s, this lovely little 16th century town feels as if it has been preserved over centuries!
From Bogota to Villa de Leyva Discover the hidden gem of Villa de Leyva, tucked away near Bogotá, on this three-day trip. Declared as a national monument in the 1950s, this lovely little 16th century town feels as if it has been preserved for centuries! Leave from Bogotá in the morning to arrive at the old colonial town of Zipaquirá less than two hours away. Visit Zipaquirá’s famous salt cathedral, before moving on again. After a delicious lunch break at the beautiful Sisga Lake proceed on your way to Villa de Leyva, checking into your hotel by the afternoon. Spend the rest of the day relaxing and taking leisurely strolls around this lovely colonial town and its sprawling plaza, one of the largest in South America from that period. Stay overnight at your hotel. (Day 1 of Three Day Trip; Fitness Level: Easy but with step climbing; Please bring comfortable walking shoes; lunch is not included)
Villa de Leyva & La Raquira After a sumptuous breakfast in the morning, discover the beautiful outskirts of the lovely little town of Villa de Leyva. If you wish, you could go on an hour long trek up one of the striking hills surrounding the picturesque little town. It is an easy hike, with a rewarding panoramic view of the medieval village spread out beneath its surrounding hills. Visit a recently discovered paleontological site outside of town, and marvel at the 150 million year old fossils preserved there. Stop by the 17th century monastery of La Candelaria and admire its beautiful patios that continue to retain their grace to this day. Later in the afternoon, visit the quaint little village of La Ráquira with its colorful little houses, and its famed local pottery and ceramic artefacts. Enjoy an overnight stay at your hotel in Villa de Leyva. (Day 2 of Three Day Trip; Fitness Level: Easy; Please bring comfortable walking shoes).
From Villa de Leyva to Bogota Discover the lovely little colonial town of Villa de Leyva in the morning. Wander down the cobbled streets and winding alleyways with its color coordinated houses whitewashed in greens and whites. Amble into boutique stores shopping for local arts, pottery and handicrafts. Villa de Leyva is home to one of the largest colonial plazas in South America. Later drive back to Bogotá, stop by the historical landmark of the Boyacá Bridge. Simón Bolívar, the illustrious Latin American leader, is said to have won an important battle against Spanish colonial troops on it. Then visit the Guatavita Lake to know the legend of El Dorado, “the golden one”, before reaching Bogotá. (Day 3 of Three Day Trip; Fitness Level: Easy but with stair climbing; Please bring comfortable walking shoes).
Colombia’s Eje Cafetero or the Coffee Region—a rural stretch encompassing the three cities of Armenia, Pereira and Manizales—is renowned for producing the best coffee in the world!
Cacao Tour at the Hacienda Bambusa (exclusively for Bambusa guests) If you are staying Bambusa, explore the gorgeously verdant plantations and sprawling grounds of the Hacienda. Walk around the rich plantations of cacao, plantain, tangerine and exotic fruit orchards. Learn all about growing and processing the ‘Food of the Gods’ – chocolate – from the humble cacao seeds. Cacao is the principal crop grown at the Hacienda Bambusa, apart from coffee and other commercial crops. The cultivated fields of Bambusa give way to slices of preserved forested areas and beautiful nature trails. Learn about the native plant and animal life of the region from your local guide, who is also an expert biologist. Visit the lush bamboo groves skirting the plantation, which hosts more than 150 bird species. Bird lovers will have a field day spotting exotic local birds like the Spectacled Parrotlet, Rufous-tailed Hummingbird and the Fork-tailed Flycatcher! (Activity together with other Bambusa guests; Duration: around 2 hrs; Fitness level: Easy; Please bring comfortable walking shoes)
Finlandia, Cocora Valley and Salento Tour Begin the day visiting the lovely town of Finlandia before heading to the Cocora Valley to discover the Quindío wax palm tree, Colombia’s national symbol and tree. Set at an altitude of over 2,000 meters (above 6,500 feet) this beautiful cloud forest is part of the Los Nevados National Natural Park. Discover the heart of this valley on horseback. You can take a lunch break in a charming little restaurant overlooking the valley, on your way down. Feast on freshly cooked trucha al ajillo (grilled trout in garlic sauce) before heading back up to the picturesque little town of Salento. Take a leisurely walk through the streets to reach up to the vantage point of Alto de la Cruz, for a mesmerizing, panoramic view of the Cocora Valley spread out beneath, surrounded by the Andean mountains of the Los Nevados National Natural Park. (Full Day, Morning Tour; Private Activity & Transfers; Lunch not included; Fitness Level: Easy/Moderate; Please bring comfortable clothes for horseback riding).
Colombian Coffee Tour Take an informed, deliciously caffeine-induced journey through the UNESCO World Heritage site at Colombia’s Coffee Region. Learn everything there is to know about the globally loved Colombian coffee on this guided day tour. The region’s altitude, soil quality, moisture levels and a host of other geographical factors make it the best stretch of plantation land for growing the aromatic, mild and balanced coffee beans that the country is known for. Get to know all about planting, harvesting and processing Arabica and Robusta coffee beans in these lovely plantations. Sample a variety of this well-loved beverage and learn to recognize distinct coffee bean characters and tones under expert guidance. Savoring a steaming cup of coffee could never get better than this! (Half Day, Morning Tour; Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness Level: Easy with stair climbing; Please bring comfortable walking shoes).
Aptly nicknamed the City of Eternal Spring, Medellin takes your breath away with the jagged mountain peaks of the Andes range providing a sharp contrast to the city’s modern skyline.
Magic of Medellin City Tour Spend an entire day exploring the wonders of Medellin! The tour offers a deeper understanding of the city and its residents, often considered distinctly different from the rest of the country, but equally important. Medellin is home to an eclectic architectural style, some of which can be seen at Alpujarra plaza, and the city also has some excellent museums, two of which will be visited, the poignant House of Memory, which records the violent history of the city through the voices of the victims and Antioquia Museum, offering an artistic representation of Paisa culture, past and present. The world-renowned work of Fernando Botero can be admired both in Antioquia Museum as well as outside it, in Botero Square on which it sits. No visit to the city would be complete without an exploration of the graffiti in San Javier neighborhood (Comuna 13). Once considered one of the roughest parts of the city, social development initiatives such as the award-winning outdoor escalator have improved the area so much that it is now a thriving must-see area of Medellín. During your guided tour, political graffiti adorning street walls and corners will give you an alternative view into life in this progressive city. (Full-day, Duration: 8 hrs; Private transport, Lunch at a local restaurant, entrance fees and a bilingual guide.)
Eastern Highlands Excursion and Farm Visit from Medellin Visit the scenic eastern highlands of Antioquia, accompanied by a bilingual guide. Climb the 200 m-high Peñol rock, up 740 steps, and take in the spectacular views around Medellin, of the azure lakes and lush green mountains. Savor a delicious Colombian dish by the scenic Guatapé lake. Hop into a boat and explore the lake as you float past the Guatapé village. Amble around this charming rustic settlement blessed with lovely warm weather, and admire its majestic church and colorful houses. Make your way to Santa Elena next, a small village located about an hour outside of Medellin. Set in the mountains of Antioquia, explore its array of beautiful traditional flower farms; find out more about the impressive history of Feria de Flores, the Flower Festival, showcasing flower arrangements called ‘silletas’, which have become a cultural symbol of Medellin. Pay a visit to an organic flower farm or a ‘sillitero’ and get a taste of the local rural culture of Santa Elena. Interact with the local farmers and find out more about their way of life, which is closely connected with nature. (Full Day, Duration: 10 hrs; The tour includes entrance fees and private transport.)
Tayrona is a large protected natural ecosystem with a diverse range of landscapes. It is bound by the turquoise blue Caribbean Sea with its coral reefs and coconut palm fringed beaches to one side, and coastal lagoons skirted by lush tropical jungles on the other.
Cartagena, Colombia’s very own Caribbean beauty, has a way of getting under your skin with its ageless charm. In sharp contrast to its colonial architecture, lies upscale, beachside neighborhoods with highrises, shopping malls and trendy eateries.
Cartagena City Tour Experience the grand colonial charm of this 16th century Spanish stronghold by the Caribbean Sea. Visit the imposing Fort San Felipe, whose tall stone walls still protect the city from the ‘pirates’ of the Caribbean Sea! A major Spanish port, it was mainly through Cartagena that most of the treasures of the Incas, the Andean and Amazonian empires were shipped off to the ‘Old World’. Relive the old times of rascally pirates and conquistadors, as you amble through winding streets and alleyways of the Old Town. Later visit the well-preserved historic buildings in Cartagena downtown. (Duration: 4 hours; Private Activity & Transfers; Fitness level: Easy; Please bring comfortable walking shoes. From November to March we plan this activity in the afternoon to avoid the crowds).
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