Day 1 . Bogota
Upon arrival one of See Colombia Travel´s representatives will be on hand to transfer you to your chosen hotel where you can prepare for your upcoming adventure with us.
Day 2. Bogota - City Tour
This six-hour excursion visits the colonial area of La Candelaria, the historic center of the city. It is located in the oldest part of the capital, where you will find museums, restaurants and cultural institutions. Afterwards we will visit Bolívar Square at the heart of the city, which is surrounded by buildings from various periods, such as the Cathedral, the Chapel of El Sagrario, the Cardinal’s Palace and the Capitolio or Congress Building. Behind the latter is the Nariño Palace, home of the President. We will then continue to the Quinta de Bolívar. Once a colonial mansion of great architectural value, it has been converted into a museum housing a variety of documents and objects that once belonged to Simón Bolívar. Afterwards we will go to the Gold Museum (closed on Mondays), where we will find a collection of more than 36,000 pre-Columbian crafts and artworks; the only display of its kind in the world. Finally, we will take a cable car to visit Monserrate for a fantastic view of the city.
Day 3. Bogota - Free Day
Free day to enjoy the city. Enjoy Colombia’s dynamic, vibrant capital. Wander the colonial streets of La Candelaria and discover the fantastic museums housed there, rub shoulders with Bogotanos in the bars of Zona T and sample some of the finest Colombian and international cuisine in Zona G.
Optional activities: Bike tour, Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira tour, “El Dorado” Sacred Lake of Guatavita
Day 4 - June 25. Bogota – Armenia
Early departure for our Coffee Triangle exploration. Today we leave Bogota heading to the beautiful Coffee Triangle, during the next 8 hrs you´ll get to witness the amazing scenery whilst travelling through the Andes. During your time at the Coffee Triangle you’ll stay in a traditional coffee farm (finca) which features colourful, traditional balconies, mud ceiling tiles and a fresh cup of coffee (tinto) always available.
Day 5. Cocora Valley
The day’s expedition will begin at a prearranged time, heading to Salento and the Cocora Valley. This area contains a colourful colonial and historic past, as you will see whilst walking amongst the unique landscapes, observing the flowing clear waters of the Quindio River, and the unique wax palms, Colombia’s national tree. Salento, and the Coffee Triangle in general, has one of the country’s richest coffee cultures and it’s most scenic coffee plantations. It has preserved its colonial architecture and the customs of the local country people. You will get the chance to ride on a traditional Yipao, the customary transport of Colombian coffee farmers. These colourfully decorated jeeps, known in Quindio as ‘mechanical mules’, have become a beloved symbol of Colombia’s coffee culture, and riding around the scenic roads of the Coffee Triangle in one is an experience not to be missed.
Day 6. Free day
Today enjoy a free day by the pool or relaxing on a hammock. Alternatively, you can take part in several optional activities, including the coffee experience tour, where you will gain a first-hand insight into Colombia’s most iconic national product; rafting on the scenic Quindio River; a horseback riding tour around the incomparable beauty of the Cocora Valley and it’s giant wax palms; and a trip to a butterfly house to enjoy the spectacle of many different species of butterfly in their natural environment.
Optional activities: Coffee experience tour, Rafting, Mariposario, Horseback riding
Day 7. Armenia - Medellin
At the chosen time land transfer through the colorful Autopista del Cafe (Coffee Highway) to Medellin and our hotel where you can unwind and look forward to the exciting journey still to come.
Day 8. Medellin – Oriente & Guatape
This tour will begin with a visit to Peñol Rock, which is one of the most interesting natural attractions in Colombia. Then we will visit the village of Guatape, famous for the details of the homes and the Peñol-Guatape reservoir. As an optional activity, take a little tour of the reservoir in a boat, go to the top of Peñol Rock, take the cable car or simply enjoy the artisan craft stalls and the life next to the water (optional activites not included). Around noon we will visit Rionegro. Here we will eat lunch (not included) and then visit San Antonio de Pereira, which is famous for its desserts. The tour continues on the street of trees and onward to the entrance to Tutucán. After leaving Tutucán, we will stop at the touristic inn called El Tequendamita. Afterward, we will visit Retiro to learn about the traditional production of timber. We will end our tour admiring the beautiful scenery surrounding the Dam of Faith.
Day 9. Medellin. Free Day
Free day to enjoy the city. Go shopping in Medellin’s famous shopping centers, or wander the streets enjoying the beautiful weather in ‘The City of Eternal Spring.’ The more adventurous can head out of the city to one of the many natural attractions such as Santa Fe de Antioquia, where you’ll find stunning colonial architecture in Colombia’s first capital city founded by the Spanish conquerors.
Optional activities: Santa Fe de Antioquia tour, Jardin tour
Day 10. Medellin - Santa Marta
At the chosen time transfer to the airport. Upon arrival in Santa Marta land transfer to Palomino and the long awaited Caribbean.
Meals: B, D.
Day 11 & 12. Playa La Roca EcoHotel - Tayrona
During the next two days enjoy relaxing by the sea, sunning yourself and reflecting upon your wonderful journey on one of Colombia’s most beautiful beaches.
On day one, we´ll visit the Tayrona National Park’s most unforgettable beaches and unmissable sites. Tayrona National Park is a great place for nature-lovers and beach-lovers alike. Important archaeological sites and beaches we’ll see include: Calabazo, Pueblito, Cape San Juan, La Piscina (natural swimming pool), Arrecifes and Cañaveral.
As an optional activity, you’ll be taken for a beautiful hike to a waterfall in the morning. Then, after lunch, you could walk the trail to the mouth of the Palomino River or just relax in a hammock with a good book.
Optionally, you will have the wonderful opportunity to go and visit a Kogi village. The Kogi are descendants of the Tayrona people, and here you will have the chance to see how the Tayrona’s traditions are still present in the everyday lives of the Kogi.
Meals: B, L, D on all days.
Day 13. Palomino - Santa Marta - Mompos
At the chosen time you will be transferred by land to Mompos (approximately 7 – 8 hours). You will be able to observe the dramatic changes in your surroundings as you move from the Caribbean coast to the fertile wetland environment of the Magdalena River: the iconic waterway which has played such an essential part in the development of modern Colombia, and which flows almost 1000 miles from Colombia’s southern highlands into the Caribbean Sea.
Day 14. Mompox
Spend a free day discovering this unique hidden gem of Colombia, the heart of Garcia Marquez´s “Magical Realism”. You can, as optional activities, take a walking tour, a handmade jewelry tour or a birdwatching tour on the wetlands of the Magdalena River.
Optional activities: Magdalena/Wetlands river boat ride, walking tour, philigrane shopping tour, birdwatching
Day 15. Mompox - Cartagena.
At the chosen time, get ready for your transfer to Cartagena and chosen hotel (aprox 6 hrs). You will once again be able to appreciate the changing scenery and culture as you move away from the sleepy serenity of Mompos back to the electrifying atmosphere of Colombia’s Caribbean coast.
Day 16 & 17. Cartagena. Free days
Two free days to enjoy the beautiful city of Cartagena and its cobble stone streets within the historic walled city. As an optional activity, visit the Rosario Islands or the Mangrove swamps.
Optional Activities: Rosario Islands, Zegway tour, mud volcano, chiva party bus tour, kitesurfing
Day 18. Cartagena - Home.
End of our services. Of course, if 18 days just isn´t enough time in Colombia and you want to extend your stay with us, just ask for extension plans .