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This Colombia vacation offers the perfect introduction to the country’s top three highlights – rich culture, colonial gems and heritage at Cartagena, verdant plantations and world class brews in the Coffee Region, and beachside relaxation at the pristine Baru Island!

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Itinerary Summary

DayPlaceHighlightsHotel Options
1 - 4BogotaSpanish Colonial Capital, Art & Architecture, Restaurants & NightlifeFour Seasons Bogota, Four Seasons Casa Medina
4 - 7Coffee RegionCoffee Plantations, Botanical Gardens, Nature & BirdlifeHacienda Bambusa, Hacienda Buenavista
7 - 9CartagenaAncient villages, Spanish colonial heritage, Caribbean beachesSanta Clara Sofitel, Casa San Agustin
9 - 11Barú IslandIsland Paradise, Marine Life & Birds, Water SportsLas Islas
11 - 11CartagenaAncient villages, Spanish colonial heritage, Caribbean beaches

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  • Beaches
  • Heritage
  • Relaxation
  • Wine & Food
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Itinerary Details

Day 1 - 4

International Arrival

Transfer to your hotel with a guide

Bogota

3 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. 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).

Scenic Treasures Tour from Bogota
After a scenic drive from Bogota, explore the underground Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá, created inside a former salt mine. Walk the ‘Way of the Cross’ represented by a collection of chapels showcasing noteworthy moments from Jesus’ life. Accompanied by your guide, expect to see hollowed-out crosses and altars built by erstwhile miners who prayed for their safety. Further ahead, marvel at the magnificent salt cupola, naves of the main cathedral and the lofty carved cross, all illuminated by eerie blue lights. Later, head to the charming Guatavita town through the picturesque Cundinamarca countryside. Visit its submerged old town nearby, which is now a reservoir famous for water sports. Hike to the pristine Lake Guatavita, embraced by a beautiful nature reserve. As you traverse forest trails passing by highland vegetation, learn about the former sacred site of the indigenous Musica people, famed for the legend of El Dorado. Enjoy stunning panoramas of the crater and admire the lake from multiple vantages before returning to Bogota. (Full Day; Duration: 10 hrs; Private Activity & Transfer; Please note that Zipaquirá is closed on Sundays)

Hotel Options
RoomDeluxe Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
RoomPremier Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique
Day 4 - 7

Transfer to the airport with a guide

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

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).

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).

Hotel Options
Hacienda Bambusa – Opt 1
RoomSuperior Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleFarmhouse / Estancia
Room
MealsHalf Board
StyleBoutique
Day 7 - 9

Transfer to the airport with a guide

Flight from Armenia/Pereira to Cartagena

Transfer to your hotel with a guide

Cartagena

2 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. From November to March we plan this activity in the afternoon to avoid the crowds).

Hotel Options
RoomSuperior Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique
Casa San Agustin – Opt 2
RoomDeluxe Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique
Day 9 - 11

Your guide will meet you at your hotel and accompany you to La Bodeguita dock

Shared speed boat transfer from Cartagena to Barú Island (Duration: 45 min)

Barú Island

2 Days

Barú is a long island on the Caribbean Sea, south of the city of Cartagena. It used to form the tip of a peninsula stretching out from mainland Colombia, before the Canal del Dique was built, cutting off the island.

Hotel Options
Las Islas – Opt 1
RoomBungalow Ocean View with Private Pool
Meals
StyleBeach Resort
Day 11 - 11

Shared speed boat transfer from Barú Island to Cartagena (Duration: 45 min)

Your guide will meet you at the dock and accompany you to the airport

Cartagena

0 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.

International Departure

 Price & Inclusions

  • Option 1 From $ 5,990 /person
  • Option 2 From $ 6,390 /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 in one double room for 11 days / 10 nights.
  • Meals as indicated
  • Economy flights for all sectors :
    • Bogota – Armenia/Pereira
    • Armenia/Pereira – Cartagena
  • All activities as listed :
    • Bogota: City Tour of Bogota
    • Bogota: Scenic Treasures Tour from Bogota
    • Coffee Region: Cacao Tour at the Hacienda Bambusa (exclusively for Bambusa guests)
    • Coffee Region: inlandia, Cocora Valley and Salento Tour
    • Coffee Region: Colombian Coffee Tour
    • Coffee Region: Botanical Garden & Butterfly Park Visit
    • Cartagena: Cartagena City Tour
  • 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.
  • All activities specified in the itinerary, including entrance fees, accompanied by your tour guide
  • All airport and hotel transfers as indicated above
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Colombian Luxury, Relaxation and Beaches

11 days $ 5,990 / person

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