Travel through the heart of Colombia’s mountainous coffee region with unique cultural stays in Bogotá, the vibrant innovative city of Medellín, and the colonial coastal city of Cartagena. In a few words, a relaxed Colombian vacation.

ITINERARY

  • Fitness Level: 2 out of 5
  • Tour Colombia’s political and cultural capital, Bogotá: a historic city that boasts a world-class gastronomy and music scene, as well as superb museums of literature, history, culture, science and art
  • Stay overnight at a traditional coffee finca (farm) in the mountains with a walking or horseback riding tour
  • Visit Quindío Botanical Garden to discover Colombia’s largest palm collection
  • Stay overnight in the bohemian adventure town of Salento to enjoy farm-to-table restaurants
  • Tour Medellín and take advantage of its close proximity to nature
  • Visit the most colorful town in Colombia and hike the giant rock at El Peñol, Guatapé
  • Celebrate the end of your trip in Cartagena with an afternoon sail along the Caribbean coast
  • Stroll along the UNESCO World Heritage walled city aglow at sunset

You’ll be received at Bogotá’s El Dorado International Airport before being transferred to your boutique hotel in the Candelaria neighborhood, the city’s historic center. Enjoy free time strolling down the cobblestone streets as you pass art galleries, cafes, and open markets.

Discover Bogotá’s renowned gastronomy scene via the many restaurants within walking distance from your hotel. Stay overnight in the Andean capital that is known as Colombia’s political and musical epicenter.

What to Bring for Today:
  • Weather appropriate clothing, walking shoes
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunhat
  • Notebook and camera
  • Refillable water bottle

After breakfast at your hotel, take a one hour and 15-minute flight from Bogotá to Manizales, the most adventurous of the three cities that make up Colombia’s “coffee triangle.” Begin a scenic drive to one of Colombia’s most famous coffee “fincas,” or plantation.

Take a tour by horseback or on foot to learn first-hand about the growing process. Cure your jetlag with a cup of some of the best coffee in the world. The cultural tradition of coffee here is a story linked to every Colombian family. Stay at the beautiful coffee finca and experience authentic local cuisine, with all meals prepared by the estate’s private chef and staff.

What to Bring for Today:
  • Appropriate clothing: shorts or bathing suit, lightweight pants and shirt
  • Sturdy walking shoes
  • Repellent
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Extra clothes (End of the activity)
  • Notebook and camera
  • Refillable water bottle

After a traditional Colombian breakfast at your coffee finca, drive two hours to Armenia, one of the three cities that make up Colombia’s coffee triangle, enroute to the Quindío Botanical Garden. Enjoy a leisurely walk in the 15-hectare garden that is home 600 species of plants including an extensive collection of ferns, palms, orchids, and heliconias, as well as exotic collections of carnivorous and aquatic plants.

Explore a labyrinth, a bird watching bridge, and a collection of 2,000 butterflies at the base of a waterfall. After an exquisite visit, drive 1 hour to the bohemian paradise of Salento. Stay in Salento overnight at an artistic boutique hotel and soak in the culture, cuisine, amazing cafes and bohemian lifestyle of this colonial mountain town. We recommend trying the famous trout on top of giant patacones.

What to Bring for Today:
  • Appropriate clothing: shorts or bathing suit, lightweight pants and shirt
  • Sturdy walking shoes
  • Repellent
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Extra clothes (end of the activity)
  • Notebook and camera
  • Refillable water bottle

After breakfast, begin a scenic drive from Salento to Medellín (five hours) or opt to fly from Pereira to Medellín (three hours). After checking in to your boutique hotel located in the hip neighborhood of Poblado, begin a walking city tour with your bilingual guide or relax for the afternoon. Enjoy restaurant and activity recommendations from our expert guides.

What to Bring for Today:
  • Repellent
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Notebook and camera
  • Refillable water bottle

After breakfast at your hotel, meet your guide and drive two hours to the iconic site of El Peñol, Guatapé. For today go on a walking tour through the countryside for 2 hours. This hike takes you off the beaten path to road less traveled and secret vistas of the dazzling El Peñol, Guatapé Rock and the lake reservoir. Upon return to the site of El Peñol, walk the 700 steps of the rock to admire the classic view of Guatapé lake reservoir. Relax in the colorful town of Guatapé over a typical dish of freshwater fish or other local delicacy. Return to your hotel in Poblado, Medellín by 7 p.m.

* Don’t want to walk? Ask your guide in advance about biking!

What to Bring Today:
  • Appropriate clothing: shorts or bathing suit, long lightweight pants and breathable shirt, sturdy walking shoes, sandals or adjustable tennis (no flip flop sandals)
  • Repellent
  • Sunscreen
  • Extra clothes (end of the activity)
  • Headlamp

After breakfast at your hotel, head to the center of the city to the Jardin Botanical Gardens. Next, stroll through the iconic collection of bronze sculptures at Botero Plaza and visit recognized, urban graffiti art murals with a local cultural guide.

Enjoy a gourmet, Colombian lunch at the home of a Colombian family. Gain full insight into how the city of Medellín has both maintained a historic memory and transformed into an innovative city. Return to your hotel in El Poblado by 7 pm.

What to Bring for Today:
  • Appropriate clothing: lightweight pants and shirt, rain jacket
  • Sturdy walking shoes
  • Sun-hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Headlamp
  • Refillable water bottle

After breakfast at your hotel, receive an airport drop-off at Medellín’s José María Córdova International Airport for your morning flight to Cartagena. You’ll be received at the Cartagena’s Rafael Núñez International Airport and transferred to your boutique hotel located in the historical center of the city. Enjoy lunch before departing from Cartagena historic port and sailing along ancient trading routes along the Caribbean coast.

Enjoy a three to four-hour sunset sail and relaxed Colombia swims (depending on the weather and wind). Return to the city harbor at sunset to see the city aglow at night. Take a short walk from the port to return to your hotel. Walk throughout the Spanish style plazas and admire Cartagena’s colonial architecture, world-class restaurants, and dynamic nightlife.

What to Bring Today:
  • Appropriate clothing: shorts or bathing suit, warm layer
  • Adjustable walking shoes (No flip flop sandals)
  • Repellent
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Headlamp
  • Camera

oin a bilingual guide for a private walking or bicycle tour of Cartagena’s UNESCO World Heritage walled city. Explore South America’s most extensive fortifications including the highlights of San Pedro, with the cathedral and Andalusian-style palaces; and The Castillo San Felipe de Barajas, a fortress located on the Hill of San Lázaro. Return to your hotel for an airport drop off to Cartagena’s Rafael Núñez International Airport.

What to Bring Today:
  • Walking shoes
  • Sun-hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Repellent
  • Notebook and camera
  • Refillable water bottle

Extend your trip by one day and one night to enjoy a trip to Aviario National Park in Cartagena. The park is the largest aviary in the Americas. Here, you can see birds all year long. Just 14.5 km. from Cartagena, it’s home to about 138 bird species and 1,800 genetic copies.

Walking on nature trails through the jungle and beach, you can observe a fleet of pink flamingo, tropical birds, and birds of prey in three different ecosystems (rainforest, coast, and desert). Stay overnight at a gorgeous French-Colombian hotel, with private beach, on the Island of Baru.

What to Bring on Your Extension:
  • Appropriate clothing: lightweight clothing
  • Walking shoes
  • Sun-hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera

FITNESS LEVEL

  • 2 out of 5

No physical fitness preparation is necessary to make the most of the journey, but enjoy some easy physical activities throughout the trip.

PRICE

Please contact us for customized trips & special offers.

  • Private 2 person trip  starting at $1999 USD/Person*
  • Group departure starting at $1495 USD/Person*

All payments by credit cards are subject to a 4 % extra charge. Read our Booking Policy before you book! Thanks for choosing Expedition Colombia!

*Pricing based on double occupancy accomodation

  • Colombian domestic flights
  • All accommodation
  • Airport pickup and drop-off
  • Professional bilingual driver for in-country travel
  • Water & all breakfasts & lunches
  • Dinners are only included on wilderness trips. Our guides are happy to offer dinner recommendations based on your preference and budget
  • Expert bilingual adventure and cultural guides (languages: Spanish, French, English)
  • Constant communication and recommendations from Expedition Colombia team based in Medellín
  • Enjoy dining out, sharing a gourmet meal with a Colombian family, or indulging in French cuisine prepared by our chef with all breakfasts and lunches included
  • Treated water is offered to guests, please bring a refillable water bottle or opt to purchase bottled water
  • Excellent vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. Reach out to us about other dietary restrictions
  • During your visits in Bogotá, Medellín, Salento, and Cartagena, stay in comfortable, boutique hotels located in cultural centers nearby the best selection of traditional and contemporary cuisine
  • On your countryside visit, stay at a traditional Spanish-style coffee finca estate in Manizales

 

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Over years of exploration we have discovered Colombia’s unlimited potential for multi-sport experiences and have created a unique line-up of expeditions to help you discover the hidden paradises that exist here.

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