Your personalised See Colombia tour takes you to some of Colombia’s highlights – the dynamic cultural haven of Bogota and Zipaquira, home to salt mines and the stunning Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira; the breathtaking Coffee Triangle; the laid-back, enchanting Cartagena (named a UNESCO World Heritage site). Leaving Bogota, you will have the opportunity to see Colombia’s famous Coffee Triangle, where the scenery is every bit as good as the coffee and, together, form an unforgettable experience. And if relaxing with a coffee in the charming main square gets too much for you, the following destination is Cartagena, where you can relax and rejuvenate yourself. All this and much more only with See Colombia Travel.
Day 1 - March 8. Bogota
Upon arrival one of See Colombia Travel´s representatives will be on hand to transfer you to your chosen hostel where you can relax and prepare for your upcoming adventure with us. At the chosen time transfer to Monserrate where you will take a cable car, have dinner and ejoy a fantastic view of the city. Dinner not included.
Day 2 - March 9. Bogota - Armenia
At the chosen time you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Armenia. Upon arrival one of See Colombia Travel´s representatives will be on hand to transfer you to your chosen hotel. Meals: B.
Day 3 - March 10. Finca – Cocora Valley
At a prearranged time the expedition begins, heading to Salento and the Cocora Valley. It holds within it a colonial and historic past, as you will see as you walk amongst the unique landscapes, observing the flowing clear waters of the Quindio River, and the impressive plantations of wax palm- the national tree. Salento and in general the Coffee Triangle, has one of the richest coffee cultures and most scenic coffee crops. It has preserved its colonial architecture and the customs of the local country people. Furthermore, it’s an ideal site for hiking or horseback rides (optional – not included) followed by a meal of exquisite trout, the prized local dish. Meals: B.
Day 4 - March 11. Coffee Experience and Tasting
During the Cultural Coffee Experience tour you will gain a unique insight into the real lives of the coffee workers. This tour allows us to learn the fantastic and mystical history of the coffee growing culture and the colonization of Antioquia. From the coffee corps we will continue to the Joyful Harvest, where you can wear traditional outfits and harvest, pulp, dry, roast and ground your own coffee as the locals have done since colonial times. Then, after a great day at work you can sit down and enjoy a fantastic cup of the best Colombia Coffee, specially processed and made by you, for you!. After lunch land transfer to Medellin through the colourful Autopista del Cafe (Coffee motorway). Meals: B.
Day 5 - March 12. Medellin. City Tour
A 4 hour trip, that uncovers the roots of Medellín and its most iconic symbols, such as the “Pueblito Paisa”, the Intelligent Building, the Plaza Mayor, the Administrative Center of La Alpujarra and Carabobo street. We will travel in the “Metro Cable”, a massive transportation system unique to the city, and visit of the España Library Park and its distinctive architectural structure. Meals: B.
Day 6 - March 13. Medellin - Guatape
Today you´ll visit one of the most unique towns in Colombia. The beautiful views from the top of the Rock of El Peñol makes this a must-see tour destination. The climb up the 600+ stairs to the top of the 220 meter high rock offers 360 degree breathtaking views of the surrounding areas. But if you’re not into climbing stairs, we will spend extra time exploring the colorfully painted facades Guatapé’s houses and walk along the waterfront in town. Optional adventures at additional cost, include a 300 meter canopy ride over water or a boat ride around the lake where you´ll see holiday homes of famous and infamous Colombian celebrities. Meals: B.
Day 7 - March 14. Medellin - Arvi - Cartagena
Today you will visit the newlly open Arvi Park for a fantastic morning full of nature and activities for the kids. The kids will have the chance to climb up to the top of amazing trees, cross the forrest through a zipline and rapel back. At the chosen time transfer from your hotel to the airport for your flight to Cartagena. Upon arrival in Cartagena transfer to your chosen hotel where you can have dinner, relax and prepare for the rest of your adventure. Meals: B.
Day 8 - March 15. Cartagena. City Tour
Our Cartagena City Tour will take approximately four hours. We begin the tour with a visit to Cerro de la Popa, a cloister built on top of a hill that dominates the entire urban complex. Following this we will see the oldest church in the city, San Pedro Claver. Finding ourselves in the famous Old City, we will visit Plaza Bolivar, Bobedas and the Bocagrande Panoramic. The Old City retains all the charm of the colonial days, its narrow, cobbled streets flanked by charming balconies and traditional wooden doors. We will finish in the commercial centre of Cartagena, Pierino Gallo, for some shopping. Your afternoon will be free to enjoy the city at your leisure. Includes entrances to La Popa Monastery, San Pedro Claver Church and San Felipe Fort. Meals: B.
Day 9 - March 16. Cartagena - Santa Marta - Tayrona
At the chosen time you´ll be transfered by land to Tayrona area (approximately 6 hours). Today you will travel in private to one of the highlights of this tour: the Tayrona area where the jungle meets the Caribbean. In the afternoon, feel free to indulge yourselves in a spa treatment. Meals: D.
Day 10 & 11 March 17 & 18. Playa La Roca EcoHotel - Tayrona
During the next two days enjoy and relax by the sea, sunning yourself and reflecting upon your wonderful journey on one of Colombia’s most beautiful beaches. There are also pleanty of activities for the kids:
- Spend your first whole day in on of the many beaches at the Tayrona National Park (entrance fee included).
- Take a beautiful hike to a waterfall in the morning. Then, after lunch, you could take a trail to the mouth of the Palomino River, do some tubing down the river or just relax into a hammock with a good book.
- Visit a village of the Kogi, descendants of the Tayrona. Here you will have the amazing opportunity to see how the traditions of the Tayrona people are still present in the everyday lives of the Kogi.
For your free time at the Eco-Hotel you have option to relax in a hammock with a book, visit the Valencia River, play with the kids on the beach, or indulge in one of their many spa treatments (including chocotherapy!). Meals: B, L, D on all days.
Day 12 - March 19. Tayrona - Santa Marta - Cartagena.
At the chosen time you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back home. All good things must come to an end, after all. Of course, if 12 days just isn´t enough time in Colombia, our tours are 100% customizable and we´d be happy to extend your stay with us. Just ask for more details. Meals: B.