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.
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.
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
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.
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.
Coffee Farm Visit
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.
Salento and Cocora Valley Excursion
Day 4 Armenia/Medellín (1B) Catch a flight to vibrant Medellín. Enjoy time to explore this historic city upon arrival.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Plane (1.50 hour(s))
Day 12 Bogotá (1B) Depart at any time.
We recommend booking additional post-trip accommodation if you want more time to explore the city.