COLOMBIA ESSENTIALS (15 DAYS)
Dig into some of the most exciting places Colombia has to offer and learn about the biological and cultural diversity of this wonderful country.
Ends: Santa Marta
Prices Per Person:
2-3 Travelers: US$4350
4-5 Travelers: US$3175
6-7 Travelers: US$2900
8 Travelers: US$2700
2-3 Travelers: US$3075
4-5 Travelers: US$2300
6-7 Travelers: US$2050
8 Travelers: US$1875
Explore the vibrant capital city of Bogotá. Hike among the iconic wax palms of Valle de Cocora. Explore the traditional coffee town of Salento. Sample the world’s best coffee in Buenavista. Witness firsthand the stunning transformation of Medellín. Climb the imposing El Peñol. Get lost in the walled city of Cartagena. Relax on a tranquil Caribbean beach. Experience the breathtaking nature at Tayrona National Park.
Arrive in Bogotá any time. You’ll have free time to enjoy the city after checking into your hotel. A trip orientation will be held in the evening.
Day 2: BL
Spend the morning in the historic district of La Candelaria. Enjoy a traditional ajiaco for lunch. In the afternoon you have the option to go on a bike tour, graffiti tour, or visit the Museo del Oro and Monserrate.
Day 3: BL
Take a day trip to Zipaquirá to see the incredible Salt Cathedral, then head to Laguna de Guatavita to learn about the Legend of El Dorado.
Day 4: BL
Fly to Pereira in the morning and head to Valle de Cocora. Hike or take an optional tour on horseback to get up close and personal with the tall and majestic wax palms, a symbol of Colombia, or just relax and enjoy the view. Have a traditional lunch at Bosques de Cocora. Take the rest of the day to explore, shop, and sample local specialties in Salento.
Day 5: BL
Our first stop is the impressive Quindío Botanical Garden in Calarcá where you’ll take a guided tour to learn about Colombia’s biodiversity. We then drive to the small town of Buenavista for a healthy lunch at Río Azul. After lunch, become a coffee expert with a private experience at San Alberto, Colombia’s most award-winning coffee producer on an international level.
Day 6: B
Sleep in or enjoy a couple hours in Salento in the morning, then fly to the City of Eternal Spring, Medellín. The rest of the day is yours.
Day 7: BL
Visit Comuna 13, once considered the most dangerous neighborhood in Colombia, to see some colorful graffiti and learn more about the city’s miraculous transformation. After lunch, take a tour of Medellín. Some of the stops may include frolicking at Barefoot Park and admiring the famous Botero sculptures. In the evening, have dinner and dance the night away in El Poblado.
Day 8: B
Take a day trip to climb the 700+ steps of the giant El Peñol for sweeping views of the countryside or save your lungs and relax in its shadow. Check out the zócalos in the town of Guatapé with a tour in a tuk-tuk. Do some souvenir shopping or take an optional boat ride.
Day 9: B
Fly to Cartagena in the morning. The rest of the day is free to wander through the streets of the UNESCO World Heritage listed walled city. You can also visit Castillo San Felipe (the strongest Spanish fort ever built), the former slave quarter of Getsemaní, and sample street food and fresh exotic fruit juices.
Day 10: B
Another free day to explore more of the city.
Day 11: BL
Take an excursion to Isla del Encanto. The private island resort features a beautiful beach with crystal-clear water and a variety of optional activities.
Day 12: BL
Our transfer to Santa Marta will pick us up in the morning. We will have lunch upon arrival and then take a quick tour of the city. Finish the day with a visit to historic Quinta de San Pedro, an important colonial villa.
Day 13: B
The morning is free to explore the historic center of Santa Marta. After lunch, we’ll transfer to our lodge near Tayrona National Park.
Day 14: B
A day of hiking and beaches awaits at Tayrona National Park. A 2-hour hike takes you to the popular Cabo San Juan, or you can opt to get there on horseback instead. Restaurants are located within the park to satisfy your appetite for lunch.
Day 15: B
Transfer to the airport for your flight home.
14 breakfasts, 7 lunches
Water throughout the tour
All transportation and airport transfers
Internal flights to Pereira, Medellín, and Cartagena
All accommodation (12 nights in hotels, 2 nights in a lodge)
Admission to Museo del Oro and Monserrate in Bogotá
Excursion to Zipaquirá
Excursion to Laguna de Guatavita
Admission to hiking trail at Valle de Cocora
Admission to Quindío Botanical Garden in Calarcá
Coffee experience in Buenavista
Admission to climb El Peñol
Tuk-tuk tour in Guatapé
Comuna 13 tour in Medellín
Excursion to Isla del Encanto from Cartagena
City tour in Santa Marta
Admission to Quinta de San Pedro in Santa Marta
Excursion to Tayrona National Park
Personal travel insurance
Accompaniment by the owners throughout the trip and local guides where applicable
What’s Not Included:
Horseback riding and mud boots at Valle de Cocora
Horseback riding at Tayrona National Park
Optional tours, excursions, and activities not covered in the itinerary
Admission to museums and attractions not covered in the itinerary
Wine and mixed alcoholic drinks during meals included in the itinerary
Minibar consumption in hotels
Excess checked luggage fees
Tips for local guides
Allow $200-$300 for meals not included