DIVERSE COLOMBIA

COL-49 / 16-day trip

Diverse Colombia
OVERVIEW

Colombia has it all and during this trip you will get to visit a bit of everything. This trip starts in the vibrant capital of Bogota with an interesting city tour. From here we head east to the coffee area where we will experience to stay on a real coffee farm and also visit a amazing Orchid Farm. After some days between green mountains and valleys, we will head to Medellin, one of the most beautiful and modern towns of Colombia.
After discovering Medellin we will take a small charter plane, across the jungle, to Nuqui at the Pacific Coast. Nuquí is located in the pacific coast of Colombia in one of the most bio-diverse regions on earth. The lodge in Nuqui is surrounded by a lush tropical rainforest and your visit includes hikes and walks according to your physical capacities and preferences. If you are here around July – October, it is possible to do whale watching.
Afterwards we will head north to the Caribbean!
Flight to Santa Marta and continue to Palomino located just below the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. After some days with visits to Indian villages and to the Tayrona National Park we will continue the colorful and charming Cartagena, where salsa rhythms are part of daily life.


Day 1 Arrival in Bogotá
Day 2 Bogotá – Full day city tour
Day 3 Coffee Hacienda & Coffee tour
Day 4 Orchid tour at La Romelia farm
Day 5 Medellín
Day 6 Medellín – city tour
Day 7 Pacific Coast – Nuquí
Day 8 Pacific Coast – Nuquí
Day 9 Pacific Coast – Nuquí
Day 10 Flight to Santa Marta – Palomino
Day 11 Tour of Tayrona National Park
Day 12 Tour to Indian Kogi village
Day 13 Cartagena & City walk.
Day 14 Cartagena & City tour
Day 15 Cartagena
Day 16 Departure
ITINERARY
Day 1

Arrival in Bogotá
Reception at the airport and transfer to your 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

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 4

Orchid tour at “La Romelia” farm
After breakfast, transport to Finca La Romelia. Finca Romelia is a family project that was born out of Jose and Marisa’s love of nature. They have dedicated most of their lives to agriculture and to the collection, study and conservation of orchids amongst other plants as a hobby. This has always been done hand in hand with the restoration of the native flora and preservation of the wildlife.
Once arriving to the finca the tour starts along the natural paths that cross the crops, native forests and water sources at the farm.
Afterwards, the most vivid part of this tour begins: the guided tour to the orchid nursery and farmhouse. This unique experience opens the mind of the visitor to the wonders of the agricultural production, and is a great example of how it can go hand in hand with conservation and protection of native flora and fauna.
The visitors will enjoy more than 6000 orchid plants, an interesting variety of carnivorous plants and around 122 species of wild birds. On top of this, you will find small forests, fresh water bodies that cross between the mountains, and avocado, yuca and citrus crops. All of this is accompanied by spectacular views of the mountains.
Lunch at the Farmhouse and return to Venecia. Rest of the day free to relax by the pool or to explore the surroundings at the Coffee Farm.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5

Medellín
After breakfast, pick up and transfer to Medellín city. Its a approx. 6 hours journey along the Cauca River and through lush green landscapes. During the way there will be some stops.
Arrival to Medellín at the end of the day.
Included meals: Breakfast

Day 6

Medellín – city tour
After breakfast, half day private city tour en Medellin.
Following the footsteps of Medellín’s history back in time about 20 years, we’ll find ourselves in one of the most dangerous cities in the world. In the early 90s, hunting on the drug lord Pablo Escobar, the head of Medellín’s drug cartel, was at its peak. When the reign of “El Patrón” finally came to an end, struggles and fights for his succession started. Since then city has undergone a deep transformation and Medellín has turned into one of the most innovative metropolises worldwide.
During this tour we will discuss some of those issues and many more while visiting the downtown, the Botero park, the cable car and the electrical stairs.
Included meals: Breakfast

Day 7

Pacific Coast – Nuquí 
Transfer to airport in Medellin and flight to Nuquí.
The plane is a small charter flight typically with 14 – 20 seats and it has the weight restrictions of 15 kg per person.
Reception at the airport in Nuquí by the staff from El Cantil Ecolodge. Transfer in boat to the Lodge (35 min). At arrival to the lodge, check in and briefing about the coming days activities.
In the afternoon, there will be some guided activities (see description below).
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8-9

El Cantil Ecolodge
During your stay at El Cantil, you will have certain excursions included. The schedule of those activities will be arranged upon arrival, as the order depends on the weather and tide conditions. The included activities are: Jungle walk (half day in the tropical rainforest), walk to the local village “Termales” with local guide, with possibility of taking a bath in the hot springs (half day activity), 2 Whale safaris in speed boat (from July – October) (half day activities). Other activities: The lodge also offers rents of kayaks, surf- and boogie boards, and snorkeling gear. It’s also possible to arrange sport fishing and surf classes at the lodge. Those activities are not included in the plan and can be arranged and paid for directly at the lodge.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10

Departure from El Cantil & travel to Palomino
Boat transfer to Nuquí in the morning hours and transfer to the airport. From here, flight to Santa Marta via Medellin or Bogota. At arrival to Santa Marta, meeting with driver and transfer to beach lodge in Palomino. Check in, relax and enjoy your first dinner by the Caribbean.  
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11

Tayrona National Park
Visit to the Tayrona National Park, one of the most famous parks in Colombia. This is a full-day program with guide and private transport, departing form your hotel around 8 am and returning in the late afternoon. The trip includes an hour drive to the entrance of the park, then few minutes more to the parking lot, from where we will start our light hike to the Arrecife’s area an iconic place within the park. We will walk by a well marked path that starts in in a tropical forest and ends at the characteristic Caribbean beaches. Lunch will be held at a local place, where they prepare traditional fish. Afterwards, there will be time for a dip in the warm sea before returning to the car and driving back.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 12

Visit to Indian Kogi village
Half day tour to Indian Kogi Village.
After breakfast, meeting with the guide and transfer from the lodge to Palomino. From there we begin a quiet walk through the streets of the village that take us to a well marked trail following the course of the river on its left bank. The scenery is absolutely amazing, with a very well-preserved tropical rainforest and the river descending from the Sierra Nevada. The path will start ascending, and we will have a panoramic view of the Caribbean coast and the peaks of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. On very clear days, you will be able to see Pico Bolivar and Colon – the highest peaks of Colombia at 5750 m. As we approach our destination, Sebiaka Kogi community, we will meet indigenous settlements and experience the daily life of these ethnic groups. As an option, from here you can float down the river in an inner tube.
Included meals: Breakfast, Picnic, Dinner

Day 13

Cartagena & city walk
Morning transfer to Cartagena. In the late afternoon or early evening, enjoy a city walk in the old town of Cartagena with private guide. During this walk you will get familiar with the architecture and the history of the old town and you will visit the main squares and buildings. There will be plenty of photo opportunities and you will also appreciate the beautiful evening illumination of this romantic city.
Included meals: Breakfast

Day 14

Cartagena & city tour
In the morning, you will continue to explore historic Cartagena by visiting the San Felipe Fortress, the most technically advanced military building during Spanish colonial times, as well as 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 during the colonial period, was 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. 
Activity duration: City tour – 4 h
Included meals: Breakfast

Day 15

Cartagena
Free day in Cartagena for own plans.
Included meals: Breakfast 

Day 16

Departure
Pick up and transfer to Cartagena’s Airport. Flight to Bogota for international connection in the evening. End of services
Included meals: Breakfast

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:
Please be aware, that flights to Nuqui have a weight restriction of 10 KG check-in luggage and 5 KG hand-luggage per PAX. We recommend to store extra luggage at the hotel in Medellin or Bogota.

Important to have in mind that the flights to Nuqui have limited spaces, therefore we advise to book well in advance to secure the places.

PRICING
COL-49 – To request prices, please click on the BOOK TRIP bottom on the right sidebar and fill the information.

INCLUDED

  • Local English speaking guides during tours
  • Private transportation throughout the entire program
  • Boat transfers in Choco
  • 2 nights in shared double rooms in Bogota
  • 2 nights in shared double rooms at Coffee farm
  • 2 nights in shared double rooms in Medellin
  • 3 nights in shared double rooms in Nuqui
  • 3 nights in shared double rooms at beach-lodge
  • 3 nights in shared double rooms in Cartagena
  • All entrance fees
  • 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

MEDELLIN: Hotel La Campana Hotel Boutique or similar

NUQUI: El Cantil Ecolodge or similar

PALOMINO: Playa La Roca or similar

CARTAGENA: Hotel 3 Banderas or similar

MAP

Overview:


Coffee area &v Choco:


Caribbean coast:


Tags: Colombia, Nature & Culture, Cartagena, Coffee Area, Caribbean, Bogotá, Manizales, Choco, Palomino, Hacienda Venecia