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Adventure Tours

Classic Colombia Tour

From €2569pp
Departure Date
Multiple departure dates throughout the year
Duration
16 Days
Destination
Colombia
Price
From €2569pp
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Immerse yourself in the raw beauty of Colombia.

Colombia tends to be an underrated travel destination, which just means there’s more untouched parts of this beautiful country for you to explore.

If you have two weeks to spare, there’s no better way to experience Colombia than to jump in with both feet and experience the national parks, beaches and cities firsthand. 

Plus, there’s no better place to be if you’re looking to try delicacies such as fresh seafood on the beaches of Cartagena and delicious coffee from the region of Calarcá.

Be a part of the revitalization of this warm, welcoming country and come back with more stories than you’ll ever have time to tell.

What's Included:

  • Hands-on: Coffee Farm Tour, Calarcá
  • Carte Blanche: Cartagena
  • Hacienda stay
  • Valle de Cocora hike
  • Medellín city tour
  • City tour in Cartagena
  • Hike to Pozo Azul (2hrs)
  • Tayrona NP (excluding February departures)
  • Hike with local guide (5hrs)

Day 1: Bogotá

Arrive at any time.

Day 2: Bogotá/ Armenia

Visit Paloquemao market before an afternoon flight to Armenia, in Colombia's coffee region. Spend two nights outside Armenia in a traditional hacienda.

Visit the city's historic, bustling market centre. Frequented daily by Bogota's residents and chefs alike, Paloquemao offers everything from new-age ingredients to traditional Colombian staples. Get caught up in the whirlwind of food stalls, flower shops, boutiques and cafés before determining your route through the market to sample the best the city has to offer.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 3: Armenia

Enjoy a tour of a coffee farm in the Calarcá area to learn more about the coffee culture here.

Visit Armenia town before heading out for a tour of a coffee farm in the area and learn more about this important export.

Exclusive Inclusions: Hands-On Coffee Farm Tour

Visit a local coffee farm to learn more about the production of this important crop, from the planting stage all the way to your coffee mug, and savour a taste of this famous export.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch

Day 4: Armenia/ Salento

Take a morning hike through the Cocora Valley before an afternoon arrival to Salento town. Continue the full coffee experience in the region of Quindío.

Included activity: Cocora Valley Hike (2h-3h)

Head into the Cocora Valley by 4x4 and take in magnificent views. Get active with a hike through the area and learn more about this fertile region. Want to mix it up? Opt to explore the landscape on horseback.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 5: Salento/ Medellín

Drive through beautiful landscapes to Medellín. Opt to explore the city in the evening.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 6: Medellín

Enjoy a neighbourhood tour of the city and learn the fascinating recent history of the city's ongoing transformation. Spend the rest of the day with free time to explore this vibrant city.

Included activity: Medellín City Tour

Really get to know Colombia’s second largest city with a neighbourhood tour. Medellín has been revitalized since the issues of the 80s and 90s and is now one of South America’s most innovative and artistic cities. Explore the city’s varied barrios filled with shops, green parks, museums, churches, markets, and delicious cuisine.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 7: Medellín

Enjoy another free day, opt to visit the nearby town of Guatapé, with its colourful houses and famous rock. Or, ride the metrocable, a cable car part of Medellín’s public transportation, for sweeping views of the city and surrounding mountains.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 8: Medellín/ Cartagena

Hop on a morning flight to Cartagena and arrive in time to spend the afternoon exploring the old walled city. Opt for dinner and a night out in this lively town.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 9: Cartagena

Enjoy a free day exploring all Cartagena has to offer. Opt to enjoy the beautiful coast or explore the charming colonial city.

Exclusive Inclusions:Carte Blanche

There's plenty to see and do in Cartagena, and we wanted to make sure that you had some time to take it all in with Carte Blanche. Feel free to relax or try optional activities like taking a day trip to Rosario National Park, visiting Castillo de San Felipe, and exploring the Gold Museum. Your CEO has more ideas if you need them. Just ask!

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 10: Cartagena

Enjoy a city tour, visiting the colonial walled city and fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy free time to take in the Caribbean vibe of the city and beach.

Included activity: Cartagena City Tour (4h-5h)

Learn more about Cartagena’s history from a bilingual guide on a tour of this lively city. Travel between sights by private transport and visit the clock tower, Plaza Bolivar, and the Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas. Take in sweeping views of the city from the hilltop Convento De La Popa and enjoy a walking tour from San Pedro Claver Church to Santo Domingo Church.

Meals included:  Breakfast

Day 11: Cartagena/ Minca

Travel to the small town of Minca, breathe in the fresh mountain air and enjoy free time to explore.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 12: Minca/ Taganga

Journey into the hills around Minca and hike to a beautiful waterfall. Take a tour of a coffee farm, learn about chocolate preparation and indulge in a local lunch. Continue to Taganga, a perfect base for exploring nearby Tayrona National Park.

Included activity: Minca Excursion (2h-3h)

Nestled in the rainforest of the Sierra Nevada Mountains— the town of Minca is beautiful. Explore the town before heading up to a coffee farm to learn more about the production of one of Colombia’s most important crops. Continue on to the the scenic watering holes of Pozo Azul, after a short hike, enjoy an invigorating dip under a waterfall. Take a break for an included lunch before learning about cacao production.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch

Day 13: Taganga

Spend the day exploring Taganga. Opt for more active options like snorkelling or hiking or hit one of the beaches and relax in a hammock.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 14: Taganga/ Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona

Head into Tayrona National Park for a moderate hike with a local guide. This is a perfect opportunity to experience nature and learn a little more about the rich, natural diversity of northern Colombia. Stay in a lodge close to the park.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 15: Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona/ Santa Marta

Return to Santa Marta for an optional evening out on the town.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 16: Santa Marta

Depart at any time.

Optional activity: Gold Museum Santa Marta (Free) 

Explore the colonial mansion that houses indigenous artifacts from the Tayrona area including an impressive gold collection.

Optional activity: Quinta San Pedro Alejandrino, Santa Marta (21000COP per person)

Visit Simon Bolivar's final resting place, la Quinta is the estate where the famous libertador spent his final days. The former rum plantation now includes a restored house, museum, library, and extensive gardens perfect for exploring.

Meals included: Breakfast

Price is per adult sharing and includes:

  • Accommodation:
    • Hotels/ guesthouses (13 nights)
    • Hacienda (2 nights)
  • Meals:
    • 15 breakfasts
    • 3 lunches
    • 1 dinner 
    • Allow USD390-510 for meals not included.
  • Transportation:
    • Plane
    • Private van
    • 4x4
    • Walking
  • Staff & experts:
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout
    • Local guides
  • Activities & excursions:
    • Hands-On: Coffee Farm Tour, Calarcá
    • Hacienda stay
    • Valle de Cocora hike
    • Medellín city tour
    • City tour in Cartagena
    • Hike to Pozo Azul (2hrs)
    • Tayrona NP (excluding February departures)
    • Hike with local guide (5hrs)

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