Colombia Journey

National Geographic Journeys, Bogotá to Bogotá

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Discover Colombia, a corner of South America that is once again becoming a must-see destination. On a 12-day adventure, spend two nights at a traditional hacienda on a working coffee farm, ride the famous hillside escalators of Medellín, indulge in the Caribbean beauty of Tayrona’s lush jungle and perfectly pristine beaches, and wander the cobblestoned streets of historical Cartagena. Get to Colombia before the rest of the world catches on.

What’s included

  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Coffee Farm Visit, Armenia Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Medellín Community Walk, Medellín Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Salsa Dance Class, Cartagena Your Discover Moment: Cartagena
  • Arrival transfer
  • Excursion to Salento and Cocora Valley
  • Santa Marta orientation tour
  • Admission and hike in Tayrona National Park (excluding February departures)
  • Gabriel García Márquez Old City walk
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Spend two days in colombian coffee heaven at a traditional hacienda
  • Learn the basics of salsa with a private lesson from two local dancers
  • Discover another side of medellin with a visit to comuna 13
  • Explore the lush jungle and white-sand beaches of tayrona national park
  • Wander the cobblestone streets of historic cartagena

Itinerary

Day 1 Bogotá Modern Bogotá offers visitors a wide variety of activities combined with the picturesque beauty of its cultural and architectural past. Colonial churches and pre-Columbian art contrast with the futuristic high-rise buildings of a busy metropolis. If you arrive early, take a walk around some of the interesting neighbourhoods including La Candelaria, La Macarena, Parque de la 93, La Zona T, La Zona Rosa (bars and restaurants), La Zona G (international cuisine), or visit the Monserrate Santuary and enjoy great views of the city. Additional Notes: We recommend booking pre- or post-accommodation to experience all this city has to offer. Hot water shortages and power outages can be fairly common in Colombia (even in upgraded hotels and private homes). We appreciate your patience and understanding that these occurrences are outside of our control. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting Transport: Private Vehicle
Day 2 Bogotá/Armenia (1B, 1L, 1D) Catch a flight to Armenia where we immerse ourselves into coffee culture staying two nights at a traditional Hacienda on a working coffee farm. Spend the afternoon with a coffee expert tasting and exploring elements that inspire coffee production including earth, water, fauna, flora, sun, and shade. Additional Notes: The Hacienda is simple, with small rooms and few amenities, it also is common to have hot water shortages. While basic, the stunning location and natural beauty more than makes up for a few minor inconveniences. Included Activities: Coffee Farm Visit Hacienda Stay Transport: Plane (1.00 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (0.50 hour(s))
Day 3 Armenia (1B, 1L, 1D) Enjoy a full day excursion to Salento including a hike in the Cocora Valley. Enjoy some free time to visit shops and the village. Included Activities: Salento and Cocora Valley Excursion Hacienda Stay
Day 4 Armenia/Medellín (1B) Catch a flight to vibrant Medellín. Enjoy time to explore this historic city upon arrival. Transport: Plane (1.00-2.00 hours)
Day 5 Medellín (1B) Visit Comuna 13­ — a community transformed. Once controlled by the cartels, this neighbourhood is a shining example of Colombia's progress in overcoming its notorious past. Meet a local guide and begin the journey upwards with a ride on the city’s unique public cable cars and escalator system and enjoy a walk discussing Colombia's history and revitalization. Option to take a historical tour, visit museums or go shopping in the afternoon. Included Activities: Medellín Community Walk
Day 6 Medellín/Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona (1B, 1D) Morning flight to Santa Marta then continue to our beach lodge near Tayrona National Park, on the Caribbean coast. Enjoy fresh seafood and some of Colombia's most pristine and beautiful white sand beaches. Transport: Plane (1.50 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (0.75-1.00 hours)
Day 7 Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona (1B, 1L, 1D) Spend the day swimming and enjoying the beach or opt to hike into the national park or into the jungle to see the ruins of Pueblito.
Day 8 Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona/Cartagena (1B) Drive to tropical Cartagena and experience the Caribbean charm and beauty of the city. Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00-5.00 hours)
Day 9 Cartagena (1B, 1D) Enjoy a walking tour through the old part of Cartagena visiting key sites throughout the historical centre of the city that were inspiration for Colombia's most famous author, journalist and Nobel Prize winner; Gabriel García Márquez. This afternoon we learn the basics of Colombian Salsa, known as Cali style in a private lesson by two local dancers, then enjoy a dinner of Caribbean and Colombian specialties at Interno Training Restaurant, a social reintegration project that offers an innovative space for reconciliation between female prisoners and civil populations. Included Activities: Gabriel Garcia Marquez Old City walk Salsa Dance Class Interno Training Restaurant
Day 10 Cartagena (1B) Experience the Caribbean charm and beauty of the city. Free time for optional activities such as a visit to Playa Blanca, a boat tour to Islas del Rosario National Park, or to explore nearby beaches.
Day 11 Cartagena/Bogotá (1B) Fly back to Bogotá with free time for optional activities including a visit to the National Museum of Colombia, the Gold Museum, or just wander one of the many quaint neighbourhoods. Transport: Plane (1.50 hour(s))
Day 12 Bogotá (1B) Depart at any time. Additional Notes: We recommend booking additional post-trip accommodation if you want more time to explore the city. Included Activities: Departure Day
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