On this Colombia vacation, discover unique history, local flair and colorful everyday life. Enjoy the charm of authentic haciendas and journey through historic cities such as Bogota and Cartagena, discover the mystical ancient monuments at San Agustin and top it off with some of the world’s best coffee, fresh from Colombia’s verdant plantations.

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Itinerary Summary

DayPlaceHighlightsHotel Options
1 - 3BogotaSpanish Colonial Capital, Art & Architecture, Restaurants & NightlifeHotel de la Opera, Four Seasons Bogota
3 - 6San AgustinUNESCO World Heritage site, Magdalena River, Colonial charmAkawanka Lodge, Monasterio San Agustin
6 - 7BogotaSpanish Colonial Capital, Art & Architecture, Restaurants & NightlifeFour Seasons Bogota, Four Seasons Casa Medina
7 - 9Villa de LeyvaAndean Peaks, Colonial Charm, Cafes & BoutiquesCampanario de la Villa, Casa Terra
9 - 12Coffee RegionCoffee Plantations, Botanical Gardens, Nature & BirdlifeEstrella del Monte, Hacienda Bambusa
12 - 15CartagenaAncient villages, Spanish colonial heritage, Caribbean beachesHotel Bantu, Casa San Agustin

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Itinerary Details

Day 1 - 3

International Arrival

Transfer to your hotel with a guide

Bogota

2 Days

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.

Included Activities

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. Climb up to the Cerro Monserrate 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).

Hotel Options
RoomStandard Deco
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique
RoomDeluxe Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
Day 3 - 6

Transfer to Airport

Flight from Bogota to Neiva

Drive from Neiva to San Agustin (250 km, 4 hs)

San Agustin

3 Days

The wild and mystical San Agustín, riddled with architectural wonders, is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Included Activities

San Agustín Archaeological Park, La Chaquira & Tablon Tour
Discover the unique wonders of the San Agustín Archaeological Park on this day trip. After breakfast, drive up to this UNESCO World Heritage site from your hotel. The spectacular San Agustín Archaeological Park is the largest complex of pre-Columbian megalithic monuments and structures in the entire continent. Visit the Mesitas A, B, C, and D zones within the Park, and marvel at the ceremonial fountain of ‘Lavapatas’, a sacred structure that was carved out of the stone bed of an ancient stream. Strategically located near the headwaters of the Magdalena and the Cauca River valley civilizations that date back some five thousand years, the Park lies at the very center of this ancient archeological spectacle. Later drive to the cluster of divine figures at the La Chaquira site, right by the magnificent Magdalena River. Marvel at the chiselled mythical beasts, sacred animals, humans and gods carved out of local volcanic rocks. Trek up to the El Tablón site nearby and admire the stunning rock statues of animals and mythical figures. (Full Day; Fitness Level: Easy but with stair climbing; Please bring comfortable walking or trekking shoes; Please note that the park is closed on Tuesdays; Lunch not included )

Hiking in Magdalena Gorge & Alto Los Idolos
Enjoy an exhilarating hike down to the beautiful Magdalena River and up the Middle Andean range, before heading onward to the archeological site of Alto Los Idolos. After breakfast, drive up to the East Andean range, near the beautiful La Chaquira site right by the magnificent gorge of the Magdalena River. The great river cuts through the East and the Middle Andean range at this spectacular location. Hike downhill to the river and cross it, before settling down to a mid-morning picnic to shore up your energy for the trek uphill. Reach the top of the verdant hills from which the great Magdalena plunges down, and get to your waiting transport. Visit the archeological sites of San Jose de Isnos, along with the popular sites of the Alto de los Idolos and the Alto de las Piedras. Drive back to your hotel after your trip into a fascinating era of the history of the people of South America. (Full Day Tour; Fitness Level: Good; Please bring comfortable trekking or hiking boots; Lunch not included).

Hotel Options
Akawanka Lodge – Opt 1
RoomStandard Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique
RoomStandard Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique
Day 6 - 7

Drive from San Agustin to Pitalito (30 km, 1 h)

Flight from Pitalito to Bogota

Transfer to your hotel

Bogota

1 Day

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.

Hotel Options
RoomDeluxe Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
RoomPremier Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique
Day 7 - 9

Drive from Bogotá to Villa de Leyva (170 km)

Villa de Leyva

2 Days

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!

Included Activities

From Bogota to Villa de Leyva
Discover the hidden gem of Villa de Leyva, tucked away near Bogotá, on this two-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 its sprawling plaza, surrounded by pretty churches, colorful handicraft stores and boutique cafés. Stay overnight at your hotel. (Day 1 of Two 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; Please bring comfortable walking shoes).

Hotel Options
Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique
Casa Terra – Opt 2
RoomSuite Olivo/Chicala
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique
Day 9 - 12

Transfer to the Airport

Flight from Bogota to Armenia/Pereira

Transfer to your hotel with a guide

Coffee Region

3 Days

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!

Included Activities

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).

Botanical Garden & Butterfly Park Visit
Indulge the nature enthusiast in you at this alluring slice of preserved forest area in the fragrant Coffee Region. The region’s Botanical Garden and Butterfly Park is a paradise for nature and bird lovers. The forested area is home to trees nearly two centuries old and 600 species of plant life! Visit the Insect Zoo, which offers a panoramic view of layers upon layers of vegetation from a 7-storey high viewing balcony. Make your acquaintance with a hundred avian species that reside on the highest treetops. Be prepared to be mesmerized by the fantastic Butterfly Park that holds almost two thousand butterflies of 50 different species. Make your way through innumerable, exotic flower-lined walkways in this wonderland. (Full Day; Fitness Level: Easy; Please bring comfortable walking shoes).

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)

Hotel Options
RoomStandard Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleGuest house
Hacienda Bambusa – Opt 2
RoomSuperior Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleFarmhouse / Estancia
Day 12 - 15

Transfer to the Airport with guide

Flight from Armenia/Pereira to Cartagena via Bogota

Transfer to your Hotel

Cartagena

3 Days

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.

Included Activities

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).

Birds of a Feather at Baru National Aviary
Take up the unique opportunity of encountering multiple environs on this tour of the National Aviary in Baru. A dream trip for any nature and bird lover, be part of this wonderful ecotourism initiative in Colombia. Accompanied by your local guide, ride to the aviary, which displays a variety of exhibits to replicate tropical rainforests, tropical dry forests and desert landscapes. Explore over a hundred species of exotic bird life, marveling at the natural beauty surrounding you. (Private Activity & Transfers; Fitness level: Easy; Please bring sun hats and comfortable walking shoes).

Hotel Options
Hotel Bantu – Opt 1
RoomStandard Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique
Casa San Agustin – Opt 2
RoomDeluxe Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique

Transfer to Airport with a guide

International Departure

 Price & Inclusions

  • Option 1 From $ 4,995 /person
  • Option 2 From $ 6,845 /person

Prices are in USD and exclude international flights. This trip price is based on low season rates for accommodation and other applicable services, and may change depending on availability, currency fluctuations and number of people traveling together. For high season prices, please contact us with your exact travel dates and preferences.

Price Includes

  • Accommodation (on a twin-sharing basis) on the indicated meal plan for 14 nights.
  • Economy flights for all sectors : Bogota – Neiva, Pitalito – Bogota, Bogota – Armenia/Pereira, Armenia/Pereira – Bogota – Cartagena
  • All activities as listed :
    • Bogota: City Tour of Bogota
    • San Agustín: San Agustín Archaeological Park, La Chaquira & Tablon Tour
    • San Agustín: Hiking in Magdalena Gorge & Alto Los Idolos
    • Villa de Leyva: From Bogota to Villa de Leyva
    • Villa de Leyva: From Villa de Leyva to Bogota
    • Coffee Region: Finlandia, Cocora Valley and Salentn & Butterfly Park Visit
    • Coffee Region: Cacao Tour at the Hacienda Bambusa (exclusively for Bambusa guests)
    • Cartagena: Cartagena City Tour
    • Cartagena: Birds of a Feather at Baru National Aviary
  • All airport and hotel transfers
  • All activities specified in the itinerary, including entrance fees, accompanied by our tour guide
  • If your itinerary includes self-drive travel then all such travel comes with CDW insurance for an unlimited number of kilometers. For further details about the type of car please speak to your Travel Consultant.
  • Your Trip Coordinator: a 24/7 point of contact, supporting you during your trip
  • Insolvency insurance
  • Fees and taxes
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Colombia: Colorfully Yours

15 days $ 4,995 / person

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