Discover a land of myth and legend in Colombia, where idyllic Caribbean beaches give way to the old world charm of colonial alleys, and where visitors are seduced by the aroma of Colombian coffee, considered the finest in the world. Explore Bogota and visit secluded archaeological sites. And don’t forget Cartagena, a city of legends, with its stunning colonial architecture and cobbled alleys.

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Admire splendid colonial architecture and wander the cobbled downtown streets of Bogota’s historic district, La Candelaria.

Live Colombia's coffee culture; visit the Coffee Triangle and savour the smells and flavours of some of the best coffee in the world.

Explore magical Cartagena, a beautiful city filled with stunning colonial architecture and cobbled alleys.

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Day 1

Bogota

Upon arrival transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure to explore Bogota. This vibrant high-altitude capital city, is known for its colonial architecture, cobbled downtown streets of La Candelaria, pre-Colombian art collections made in gold, splendid colonial churches and magnificent museums.

Day 2

Bogota

Enjoy a city sightseeing excursion this morning. In downtown Bogota you'll explore the La Candelaria Historic District, the famous and unique Gold Museum and the Botero Museum. At the Gold Museum, you'll have the opportunity to participate in a Coffee Baptism, a ritual to enhance your tasting senses. Take the cable car to the top of Monserrate Hill to admire the scenic views of the city from 3,100 metres above sea level. This evening enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. (B)(D)

Day 3

Bogota - Villa de Leyva

This morning you'll travel across the Bogota plateau and through the residential district to Zipaquira, a small town 30km from Bogota. The underground Salt Cathedral in Zipaquira is a fascinating site which is reached through the large tunnel of the Salt Mine. The altars and Station of the Cross are carved into the salt rock, built in the caverns and tunnels left behind by miners. Journey into the heart of this enormous salt mine and discover the unique architecture inside. After your visit you will be driven to the charming colonial town of Villa de Leyva where you will spend the night. This evening, dinner will be served in a local restaurant. (B)(D)

Day 4

Villa de Leyva - Armenia - Salento

Enjoy a morning walking tour of Villa de Leyva. This beautiful town still retains traces of its colonial past in its architecture and is known for its whitewashed colonial buildings, cobble-stone streets and sprawling Plaza Mayor. Discover some of the most important monuments and locations including the Santo Ecce Monastery, the Fossil Museum, Pozos Azules and El Infiernito. This afternoon you’ll be transferred back to Bogota for your flight to Armenia in Colombia’s coffee region. On arrival, transfer to your hotel in Salento. (B)

Day 5

Salento - Cocora Valley - Salento

Explore Salento, a colourful coffee town where the typical “Paisa” architecture can be observed. Salento charms with its colonial houses painted in different colours, balconies full of flowers, and the warmth of its people. Next you’ll enjoy a hike in the Cocora Valley, home of the unusual Wax Palm Tree. Growing up to 70 metres, they are one of the highest palms in the world. Soak up the beautiful views of this breathtaking landscape on your 2 hour hike through the valley. Finish the afternoon with a delicious lunch and a chance to try your hand at playing traditional games such as “Tejo” or the “Rana”, accompanied by a Colombian beer. (B)(L)

Day 6

Salento

Today you'll visit a traditional coffee farm and  learn about the process of how coffee is harvested and roasted. During this unique tour you’ll experience the coffee making process on a coffee plantation first hand; the coffee expert will share with you their knowledge of coffee and will reveal some secrets of planting, harvesting, washing and drying the coffee. Learn how to prepare a cup of coffee before getting your chance to taste some of the best coffee in the world. (B)

Day 7

Salento - Cartagena

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Cartagena, located on the Caribbean Coast. On arrival, transfer to your hotel. With its tropical beaches, wonderful climate and charming colonial towns, the Caribbean Coast of Colombia has been a popular destination for decades. The jewel of the region is the colonial city of Cartagena. Lying within 13km of centuries-old colonial stone walls, the vibrant Old Town of Cartagena is a maze of cobblestone streets and colourful houses and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (B)

Day 8

Cartagena

Discover the highlights of Cartagena city, known as the “Pearl of the Caribbean”, on a city tour. Cartagena is Colombia's main destination for culture and history and in 1984 was declared a World Culture Heritage by the UNESCO. The city combines impressive modern and colonial architecture, created by the Spanish and preserves the past and the memories of the struggles of that time. During your city tour you'll visit two monuments which are of great historical value outside the old city. First you’ll visit San Felipe de Barajas, a fortress which was created in order to defend the city. Continue to the monastery and the church of La Candelaria on the hill de La Popa; outstanding examples of religious and colonial architecture. From here you'll enjoy an amazing view of the city.

You will then head to the historic centre and enjoy a walking tour through the cobblestone streets and squares of the colonial Old City, also known as the walled city. Visit the church and the monastery of San Pedro Claver and Palace of Inquisition. Stroll through charming alleys and admire impressive colonial buildings, as well as the city's old colonial stoned walls. (B)

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Day 9

Cartagena

Today explore more of this vibrant city. One of the very best ways to gain an insight into the daily lives and culture of the locals is to experience their culinary culture. Cartagena’s cuisine has a unique blend of cultural influences including Spanish, Afro-Caribbean and indigenous, that makes it so varied.
 
This 2-hour tour will get you up close and personal with the real Cartagena as the street sellers fill our bellies with their delicacies and warm you heart with their hospitality.  You will hit the streets to experience food the way Cartageneros (locals from Cartagena) do. Whether you are searching for a stopover snack or something more substantial, a healthy platter, or a sweet dessert, Cartagena's streets provide everything!
 
The local seafood and tropical fruits serve as the foundation for the cuisine.  Here some examples that will awaken your tastebuds:

  • Exotic tropical fruits like lulo, granadilla, nispero, papaya and guayabana
  • Fried arepas, papas rellenas, empanadas, caribañolas
  • Bollo de mazorca
  • Agua de coco
  • Raspao, Cocadas, arequipe and enyucado and much more!
 
Included: English speaking guide and food tasting.
We suggest to take the tour at 15:00 (B)

Day 10

Cartagena

Transfer to the airport for your onward flight. (B)

Mucura Island Escape

Mucura Island Escape

3 days/2 nights from $1,075
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Includes Two nights accommodation on full board basis, return boat transfers to/from Cartagena.

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