Colombia’s Highlights

COL-43 / 10-day trip

Colombia’s Highlights 3
OVERVIEW

This 10-day trip covers some of the most famous and beautiful areas of Colombia. First we will visit Bogotá and enjoy the buzz of this vibrant capital. We will also take you on a day trip to experience the highlands of Bogotá and to visit the Legendary Guatavita Lake (El Dorado Legend) and the beautiful Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira. Then we will experience the heart of Colombia, the “Coffee Triangle”, with its green mountains and valleys, coffee farms, beautiful colonial villages and the Cocora Valley. Afterwards, we will fly to the Caribbean coast to experience a different Colombia, with beaches, salsa rhythms and the colorful and charming Cartagena. The last part of the trip has a great touch of luxury as there are 2 nights included at the amazing Ecohabs within the Tayrona Natural Park. With the rainforest-covered mountains reaching the white beaches, this is a perfect way to relax and enjoy the Caribbean after an very exciting program.

The program includes all transfers and there will be two domestic flights, meaning that we will avoid full-day bus trips. We stay in good quality hotels, and even experience staying at a traditional coffee farm, where coffee is produced (and served) every day. Andes World Travel can offer this excellent program at very competitive prices.

The tour begins in Bogotá and ends in Santa Marta, depending on your further plans.


Day 1 Arrival in Bogotá
Day 2 Bogotá – Full day city tour
Day 3 Guatavita Lake & Zipaquirá’s Salt Cathedral
Day 4 Hacienda & Coffee tour
Day 5 Salento & Cocora Valley
Day 6 Cartagena & City walk
Day 7 Cartagena & City tour
Day 8 Tayrona & Ecohabs
Day 9 Tayrona & Ecohabs
Day 10 Departure
ITINERARY
Day 1

Arrival in Bogotá
Reception at the airport and transfer to hotel.

Day 2

Bogotá – Full day city tour
Full day private city tour to the historic part of Bogotá. After breakfast, enjoy the historic center of the city on foot. Meeting with the guide in the hotels lobby. Start the tour in the charming colonial area known as La Candelaria. From here visit the world famous gold museum, the Plaza Bolivar and go by cable car to the Monserrate Sanctuary, at 3152 m, overlooking the city. A quick visit to the museum of the famous Colombian artist Botero is also an option. Duration 6-7 hours.
Included meals: Breakfast

Day 3

Guatavita Lake & Zipaquirá’s Salt Cathedral
Early departure and drive to the legendary Lake Guatavita, 1-2 hours from Bogotá (if it’s not a weekend, holiday or the day after a holiday). You will do a light hike with stops around the rim, while exploring the legend of the Muisca Indians and discuss the greed of the former Conquests.
Next stop is a visit to the local restaurant with a lot of atmosphere in one of the charming colonial towns in the highlands of Bogota. Here you will enjoy a typical well-prepared Colombian lunch.
Afterwards drive to the Salt Cathedral in Zipaquirá, an underground illuminated church built in an ancient and huge working salt mine. Return to Bogotá in the late afternoon.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch 

Day 4

Hacienda & coffee tour
Early pick up at hotel in Bogotá and morning flight to Manizales or Pereira. Meeting in the airport and transfer downhill to a lush and quiet valley with beautiful views to the coffee plantations to the Hacienda Venecia.
Check in to the main House, which is the oldest building at the Coffee Farm, with close to a hundred years of history. The architecture shows a traditional Bahareque construction, typical of the period of Antioquian colonisation, consisting of bamboo and clay walls with red tiled roofs.
The Hacienda is surrounded by beautiful gardens, terraces, pool and a bamboo quiosco perfectly suited to enjoy the charm and smell of the Coffee fields.
Lunch in the charming kitchen.
In the afternoon, you will have a guided tour of the Hacienda Venecia’s own coffee plantations and coffee factory. The coffee farm has won several prizes for its excellent coffee and during this tour you will see how the coffee is produced, processed, and finally learn how to make a really good espresso!
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5

Salento & Cocora Valley
Full day guided tour to Valle Cocora. Pick up at the Hacienda and transfer to the beginning of the Cocora Valley. From here you begin a light hike in a beautiful valley that is dotted with the tallest wax palms in the world. Lunch in local restaurant. In the afternoon there will be a short visit to Salento in order to appreciate the “paisa” architecture before heading back home.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6

Cartagena & City walk
We leave the coffee farm and head for the Caribbean! Transfer to the nearest airport and domestic flight to Cartagena. From the airport you are picked up and driven 20 minutes to a hotel in the historic part of Cartagena. In the late afternoon/early evening, walk the old town of Cartagena with a private English-speaking guide. It is a romantic city, full of legends and history, immaculately preserved by an impressive 13 km long stonewall. The old part of the city is a declared World Heritage Site, with its maze of cobble alleys, huge balconies, massive churches and charming plazas. There will be plenty of photo opportunities and the chance to appreciate the beautiful evening illumination of this romantic city.
Included meals:Breakfast

Day 7

Cartagena & City tour
In the morning, meeting with the guide and continue exploring historic Cartagena. Start the tour by visiting the San Felipe Fortress, the most technically advanced military building during Spanish colonial times, then visit the old “Popa” Monastery where you will have a wonderful view of the city. Between these two places, visit the popular marketplace of Bazurto where fruits, vegetables and fish are traded by the locals, most of them descendants of the slaves of the colonial times. Cartagena is perhaps Colombia’s most beautiful and interesting town. It was founded in 1533 and was, during the colonial period, the main Spanish port on the Caribbean coast and primary gateway to South America to receive slaves and to send treasures to Europe. In the evening there will be free time for shopping, and perhaps to enjoy a drink on the old fortress walls, overlooking the sunset on the Caribbean.
Included meals: Breakfast

Day 8

Tayrona & Ecohabs
Morning transfer to Tayrona National Park. This is one of the most famous natural parks in Colombia with some of the most beautiful beaches of the Colombian Caribbean coast, right at the foothills of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, the world´s highest coastal mountain range. The park has a protected area of 150 km2 of land and 30 Km2 of sea, being the second most visited park in the country. Due to its privilege location, there is a huge biodiversity and also archeological ruins like “Pueblito”.
Stay at the very authentic Ecohabs inside the Natural Park. Arrival to the Park around lunch time. The location of the Ecohabs is very special and which implies a small hike in order to get there. Therefore we recommend only to bring the most necessary luggage.
Check in and afternoon to enjoy the beaches.
Included meals: Breakfast

Day 9

Tayrona & Ecohabs
Full day to explore the beaches on your own within the Natural Park. The park has well-marked paths which makes it very easy to explore and enjoy the iconic Caribbean beaches such as “Arrecife”, “La Piscina” and “El Cabo San Juan” and the nature of the place. Lunch and dinner can be ordered at the Ecohabs.
Included meals: Breakfast

Day 10

Departure
Pick up at the hotel and transfer out to Santa Martas Airport (1 h). Flight to Bogota for international connection in the evening. End of services
Included meals: Breakfast

PRICING
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INCLUDED

  • Private transportation throughout the entire program
  • 3 nights in shared double rooms in Bogota
  • 2 nights in shared double rooms at Hacienda
  • 2 night in shared double rooms in Cartagena
  • 2 nights in shared double room in Ecohabs in Tayrona
  • All entrance fees
  • English speaking guides during tours
  • Meals as specified in the day to day itinerary

NOT INCLUDED

  • Domestic and international flight
  • Personal expenses
  • Insurance
  • Tips
  • Everything not mentioned in the “Included” list
HOTEL LIST

BOGOTA: Hotel Casa Deco or similar

MANIZALES: Hacienda Venecia or similar

CARTAGENA: Hotel 3 Banderas or similar

TAYRONA NP: Tayronas Ecohabs or similar

MAP

Overview:


Bogota and surroundings:


Coffee area:


Caribbean coast:

GALLERY
Tags: Colombia, Nature & Culture, Coffee Area, Caribbean