Colombia’s green hotspots

COL-52 / 15-day trip

Colombia’s Green Hotspots
OVERVIEW

Hotspots


Day 1 Arrive in Bogotá
Day 2 Bogotá City tour
Day 3 Chingaza National Natural Park
Day 4 Chicaque Natural Park
Day 5 Flight to Manizales & Coffee Hacienda
Day 6 Hacienda Venecia – Coffee tour
Day 7 Orchid tour at “La Romelia” farm
Day 8 Manizales – Medellin
Day 9 Medellín – Río Claro Reserve
Day 10 Rio Claro – Medellín
Day 11 Medellin City Tour & Arvi Park
Day 12 Medellin – Nuquí – El Cantil Lodge
Day 13 Nuquí – El Cantil Lodge
Day 14 El Cantil Ecolodge
Day 15 Transfer out – Bogotá
ITINERARY
Day 1

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

Day 2

Bogotá City tour: Historical downtown, Gold Museum & Monserrate
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 at the hotels lobby. We will start the tour in the charming colonial area known as La Candelaria, and we will visit the world famous gold museum, the Plaza Bolivar and go by cable car to the Monserrate Sanctuary, with 3152 m of altitude, 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

Chingaza National Natural Park
Full day tour to Chingaza National Natural Park. After breakfast, private transfer to the park for a guided hike through the “páramo” ecosystem. Chingaza offers the main source of potable water for the city of Bogotá (80 %) with a system of lakes “feeded” by this special and fragile ecosystem, which captures water from the atmosphere and canalyses it through its particular flora to lakes and rivers. This is the reason why the “paramo” is considered as a “water factory”.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4

Chicaque Natural Park
Early transfer to the natural reserve of Chicaque in the outskirts of Bogotá city. In the morning, guided walk through the forest. Lunch will be at the park restaurant. In the afternoon you can choose some adventure; climbing up a 200-year-old oak tree using a rope or a ladder and using a zip-line over the forest at a maximum height of 100 m (328 feet) (not included). At night, you can choose to sleep in a beautiful cabin built around the trunk of a walnut tree at a height of 8 m (24 feet) (only from Monday to Tuesday), a normal cabin in the forest, or in a platform perched up at a height of 25 m (82 feet) on an enormous oak tree with sleeping bag (provided).
Included meals: Breakfast

Day 5

Flight to Manizales & Coffee Hacienda
Morning transfer to airport and flight to Manizales.
Transfer to Hacienda Venecia, an authentic coffee farm with exclusive coffee production that has won awards for its coffee. The farmhouses now restored to a hostel and a hotel, featuring charming paisa architecture.
Check in to the main House (the hotel), 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.
Dinner in the charming kitchen.
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6

Hacienda Venecia – Coffee tour
Hacienda Venecia is an active coffee farm that produces an excellent exportation-quality coffee. In the morning, you will be taken on an exciting tour of the coffee fields, and will learn everything you want, and more, about coffee. The Venecia Coffee farm has won several prizes for its excellent coffee–here you will see how the coffee is produced, processed, and how to make a really good espresso!
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7

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 8

Manizales – Medellin
Private transfer to Medellín city (approx. 6 hours). Early departure from Venecia, drive along the Cauca River and through lush green landscapes. Arrival at Medellín at the end of the day.
Included meals: Breakfast

Day 9

Medellín – Río Claro Reserve
Rio Claro Reserve is a private conservation project for the protection of a tropical rainforest in excellent conditions. The rainforests grows over limestone rocks, creating beautiful scenery of biodiversity, accompanied by the clear river water flowing over a splendid marble canyon. Pick up at the hotel in Medellín and private transfer to the Rio Claro Reserve (ca. 3-4 hrs.). Upon arrival, lunch will be served at the restaurant. In the afternoon the guide will give you a short introduction to the ecosystem of the forest. There will be free time to enjoy the river.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10

Rio Claro – Medellín
During the morning, there will be time to do some of the different activities offered by the lodge such as rafting, caving, canopy, etc. After lunch, private transfer back to Medellín.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 11

Medellin city tour & Arvi Park visit
After breakfast, private transfer to the Arvi Park, which is a green protected area on an elevated ridge in the outskirts of Medellín. Here there will be a hike through the forest and some optional activities that can be booked on the spot. Afterwards, transfer to the cable car and enjoy the panoramic ride down. Once in the city, transfer by metro to different hotspots of Medellín: visit to the Castle Museum and transfer back to hotel.
Included meals: Breakfast

Day 12

Medellin – Nuquí – El Cantil Lodge
After breakfast, transfer out to the airport. Flight to Nuquí (not included) and transfer by boat to the lodge. Briefing upon arrival. Nuquí located in the pacific coast of Colombia, is one of the most bio-diverse regions on the planet. The lodge is surrounded by lush tropical rainforest and your visit includes hikes and walks, according to your physical capacities and preferences. Some staff members of the Lodge speak basic English, and they will explain the activities included – all with local guides (not English speaking) – who will guide you through natural jungle trails and rivers. From July – October, it is possible to do whale watching. The day-by-day activities will be coordinated at your arrival, as they depend on the unpredictable natural factors.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13

Nuquí – El Cantil Lodge
After breakfast, activities according to the conditions. Options: walk to the local village “Termales”, with the possibility of taking a bath in the hot springs (half day activity), 2 Whale safaris in speedboat (from July – October) (half day activities).
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14

El Cantil Ecolodge
After breakfast, activities according to the conditions. The options 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 15

Nuquí – Bogotá or Medellín (depending on the flights available)
Boat transfer to Nuquí and transfer to the airport. End of services.
Included meals: breakfast

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:
Because of the restricted flights schedules to Nuquí this program is subject to change. It is designed to start on a Friday.
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.

Rio Claro: We avoid visiting this area on local holidays and during weekends. If needed, we can change the order of the city tour in Medellín and visit the Rio Claro Reserve on another weekday.

PRICING
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INCLUDED

  • Local English speaking guides during tours
  • Private transportation throughout the entire program
  • Boat transfers in Choco
  • All tours and entrance fees according to the program
  • 3 nights in shared double rooms in Bogota
  • 1 night in shared cabins in Chicaque Natural Park
  • 3 nights in shared double rooms at Coffee farm
  • 1 night in shared double rooms at Rio Claro’s lodge
  • 3 night in shared double rooms in Medellin
  • 3 night in shared double rooms in Nuqui
  • Meals as specified in the day to day itinerary

NOT INCLUDED

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

BOGOTA: Hotel Casa Deco or similar

CHICAQUE: Refugio en Chicaque or similar

SALENTO: Hotel Salento Real or similar

MANIZALES: Hacienda Venecia – Main house or similar

RIO CLARO: Refugio Reserva Rio Claro or similar

MEDELLIN: Hotel La Campana Hotel Boutique or similar

NUQUI: Ecolodge El Cantil

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Tags: Colombia, Nature & Culture, Coffee Area, Bogotá, Manizales, Chingaza, Chicaque, Medellin, Choco, Nuqui, Rio Claro, Parque Arvi, Monserrate