Colorful Colombia

Explore the heart of Colombia and indulge in its fascinating culture and diverse ecosystems: bustling Bogotá; the verdant coffee-growing Pereira region; historic Medellín & colonial Cartagena

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Style Small Group TourTravel with a small, intimate group of no more than 24 likeminded travelers (and often much fewer), escorted by an English speaking guide and/or tour manager for some or all of your journey. More of these packages
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Departures May – December 2020 Group Size 24 travelers max
Themes History & CultureNature & Wildlife
Activity Level Moderate
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Package includes

  • Flights
  • Coach
  • Transfers
  • Hotel
  • Meals
  • Guides
  • Round-trip flights from Miami including fuel surcharges and taxes and fees
  • Flights, ground transportation and transfers within Colombia
  • 9 nights' accommodations in first class hotels
  • 15 meals: 9 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 3 dinners, including welcome and farewell dinners
  • Professional English-speaking tour director and local guides
  • Comprehensive touring program and entrance fees

Optional add-ons

  • Cerro de la Popa and San Felipe Castle excursion in Cartagena
  • Rosario Islands excursion with lunch from Cartagena

Why you'll love it

  • Admire the famous works of Fernando Botero at the Botero Museum in Bogotá.
  • Sip on fresh fruit juice as you stroll through the Paloquemao Market, Bogotá's largest food market
  • Ascend Monserrate Mountain via cable car or funicular and enjoy the sprawling views of the city from more than 10,000 ft. above sea level
  • Descend over 600 ft. underground and discover the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá
  • Have the chance to plant your own wax palm as you learn about the importance of this tree to the Colombian people
  • Walk through the plantation of a coffee farm and participate in the process of making Colombian coffee
  • Explore the city of Medellín, including the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Plaza Botero, Wishes Park, Explora Park and Botanical Gardens
  • In Santa Elena, learn about the culture of silleteros, and have the opportunity to prepare your own silleta full of vibrant flowers.
  • Participate in a salsa class at a dance school and learn the basics of Colombian salsa
  • Explore Cartagena independently, or join an optional excursion to to the Rosario Islands
Colorful Colombia itinerary

From its stunning modern cities to its megadiverse natural wonders, Colombia offers the intrepid traveler a panoply of experiences unlike any other destination on earth! From the moment you arrive in Bogotá, the capital of Colombia, you'll be blown away by its stunning architecture and museums, friendly people, fabulous restaurants, and packed markets. Explore the fascinating blue-hued Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá before you fly off to Pereira, a beautiful mountainous coffee-growing region in the heart of this incredible country. Hop in a World War II-era Willys Jeep with your expert guide. Learn about the country's biodiversity, the history and significance of the wax tree, and tour a coffee farm to learn about the entire process from beans to brewing! Try your hand at crafting in the Colombian Andes in Santa Elena, a small village perched on a high plateau. Finish off your trip in Cartagena on the Caribbean coast, where you'll walk through colorful streets, admire the historical monuments, join a salsa class and more!

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Colorful Colombia
Rooming Selection
Double Room included
Single Room Supplement +$549
Optional Tours
Cerro de la Popa & San Felipe Castle +$95
Rosario Islands excursion with lunch +$110

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Itinerary

DAY 1: Depart USA/Arrive Bogotá

Accommodations: 2 nights NH Andino Royal or similar, Bogotá. Included meals: Dinner.

  • Depart the USA on your flight to Bogotá, Colombia
  • Admire the works of Fernando Botero
  • Join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner

BogotaFull Day Itinerary: Board your flight to Bogotá, the capital of Colombia. After customs formalities, meet your guide and head to the city center to admire the rich art collection of the Botero Museum. In the year 2000, famous Colombian painter and sculptor Fernando Botero donated an extensive collection to the museum. There are currently 123 works of Botero on display, along with 85 works representative of the major 19th century international art movements.

Check in to your hotel, and freshen up before going out to dinner at a local restaurant.

DAY 2: Bogotá

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Visit Bogotá's largest food market
  • Admire the view from atop Monserrate Mountain
  • Stroll through the historic center of Bogotá
  • See the largest collection of pre-Columbian gold items at the Gold Museum

Full Day Itinerary: This morning, visit the Paloquemao Market, Bogotá's largest food market. Many of the city's restaurants source their ingredients from here. Choose a fruit from the market to enjoy as fresh juice.

Then, head up to Monserrate Mountain, accessible by cable car or funicular, and view the city from this vantage point more than 10,000 ft. above sea level. A Spanish cleric built a chapel atop this mountain in 1650, where thousands of Colombians have been coming for many years to show their devotion to the image of the "Cristo Caído y Azotado."

Bolivar Square, BogotáReturn to the city for a walking exploration of the historic center of Bogotá. Begin by admiring the street art. Continue to El Carmen Church, a small 17th century church that was expanded in 1926 to accommodate the growing number of faithful to Our Lady of Mount Carmel. See Nariño Palace, the official residence of the President of Colombia, and admire its gardens, which include an astronomical observatory. Across the street is the austere facade of the Santa Clara Church, which now contains the Colonial Art Museum. Continue to Bolívar Square, where you will find the National Capitol, the Courthouse, the Cathedral and the Archbishop's Palace.

This afternoon, visit the Gold Museum, which is part of the Bank of the Republic. The museum was created to rescue many endangered pre-Columbian treasures, and the Bank of the Republic purchased many items from private collectors and grave robbers. The museum today holds about 36,000 pieces of gold and emeralds, making it the largest collection of pre-Columbian gold artifacts ever assembled.

DAY 3: Bogotá & Pereira

Accommodations: 2 nights Casa San Carlos Lodge or similar, Pereira. Included meals: Breakfast & dinner.

  • Be amazed by the underground Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá
  • Fly to Pereira in the Colombian Coffee Triangle

Chapel in the salt mines of ZipaquiráFull Day Itinerary: After breakfast, drive to the small Andean town of Zipaquirá, home to what was once one of the world's most important salt mines. In the now defunct mine, the miners carved out a chapel and created elaborate sculptures and carvings representing the Passion of the Christ. Descend into the mine to admire this amazing structure more than 600 feet below the ground!

Drive to the Bogotá Airport for your short flight to Pereira, in the heart of the Colombian Coffee Triangle. Check in and enjoy dinner at the lodge.

DAY 4: Pereira, Cocora Valley & Salento

Included meals: Breakfast & lunch.

  • Ride Willys Jeeps into the Cocora Valley
  • Plant your own wax palm tree to help preserve this vulnerable species
  • Taste a traditional Canelazo, a local cocktail made with cinnamon
  • Explore the village of Salento

Wax palm trees, Cocora ValleyFull Day Itinerary: Travel to the village of Salento and hop on to World War II era Willys Jeeps that will take you down into the Cocora Valley. Admire the beautiful landscape of the valley as you ride toward the wax palm tree forests. Take a walk in the forest and discover the diversity of plant and animal life in this area. After savoring the local drink known as canelazo, learn about the importance of the wax palm tree for the Colombian people from a conservationist, and then plant your own wax palm, thus contributing to its preservation.

At lunch, taste the local specialty: freshwater trout. Then, return to the village of Salento to explore the Plaza de Bolívar and the main street, with its colorful houses and balconies, and craft workshops, before returning to the hotel.

DAY 5: Pereira & Medellín

Accommodations: 2 nights Sheraton Four Points Medellín or similar. Included meals: Breakfast & lunch.

  • Experience how coffee is grown on a local coffee farm
  • Taste the local specialty in Medellín, Bandeja Paisa

Colombian coffee beansFull Day Itinerary: Visit a coffee farm and walk through the plantation as you observe and experience the entire process of growing coffee, from sowing the seed to selecting, hand picking and de-pulping the coffee grains, to roasting them on a wood fire and brewing a delicious cup of Colombian coffee.

Continue toward Medellín, a city nestled in a valley surrounded by mountains that has a pleasant climate. After enjoying lunch at a local restaurant, where you can try the regional specialty known as Bandeja Paisa, check in to your hotel and have the afternoon to relax or explore this modern and friendly city.

DAY 6: Medellín

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Explore the city of Medellín
  • See the 23 sculptures of Botero that are displayed on the Plaza Botero
  • Enjoy a traditional Colombian snack
  • Admire the view from the Metro Cable Car

Plaza Botero, MedellínFull Day Itinerary: Head to the center of Medellín, and walk from the Metropolitan Cathedral to the Plaza Botero. At this urban park, 23 sculptures by Medellín-born artist Fernando Botero adorn the public spaces. Continue to the Wishes Park, Explora Park and the Botanical Gardens. Then, at the Pueblito Paisa market area, choose between two classic Colombian snacks: the Arepa and the Salpicón. Then, take a ride on the Metro Cable Car, which complements Medellín's metropolitan transit system by providing services to the settlements that are located on the steep slopes that surround the city.

Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

DAY 7: Medellín, Santa Elena & Cartagena

Accommodations: 3 nights GHL Armería Real or similar, Cartagena. Included meals: Breakfast & lunch.

  • Discover the culture of the silleteros
  • Visit a flower farm in Santa Elena
  • Evening flight to Cartagena

SilleterosFull Day Itinerary: After a relaxing morning, depart for Santa Elena, a small village in the high plateau east of Medellín. After lunch in a nearby restaurant, visit a flower farm in the village of Santa Elena. Back in 1957, during the first edition of the annual Festival of the Flowers in Medellín, a group of 40 peasants from Santa Elena participated in the parade carrying their flowers in the traditional way: on silletas. The silleta was a type of chair made to be carried on the back, and was used in the old days to carry goods and even people across difficult mountain passes, and was the only way for the flower farmers of Santa Elena to carry their product into the city of Medellín. Learn about the culture of the silleteros, the porters of the Colombian Andes, and even prepare your own little silleta with colorful flowers.

Continue to the Medellín Airport and fly to Cartagena, on the Caribbean coast, and check in to your hotel.

DAY 8: Cartagena

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Walk through the historic area of the city
  • Visit the 17th century Jesuit church of San Pedro Claver
  • Learn the steps of the Colombian salsa at a private salsa class

Church of San Pedro Claver, CartagenaFull Day Itinerary: This morning, walk through the colorful colonial streets of the old city of Cartagena. Admire the landmarks including the Clock Tower, the Customs Plaza, the lively Plaza Santo Domingo and the Parque Bolívar. Visit the church of San Pedro Claver, built by Jesuits in the early 17th century along with the neighboring monastery of San Pedro Claver. The Jesuit minister Pedro Claver was a defender of human rights, and he personally cared for the needs of many slaves who arrived in the port of Cartagena and advocated for their humane treatment. He lived in the monastery until his death in 1654, and his remains are preserved in the church. He was canonized as a saint by Pope Leo XIII in 1888.

After enjoying some leisure time or participating in an optional excursion, join a salsa class at a dance school to learn the basics of the Colombian salsa.

San Felipe Castle, Cartagena photo by Martin St-AmantOptional Excursion: Cerro de la Popa and San Felipe Castle, $95 per person. Get a panoramic view of the city and bay from atop the Cerro de la Popa, a hill that stands just behind the old city and provides a splendid view of Tierrabomba Island, the harbor area, the historic center and the modern part of the city. Then, visit the Castle of San Felipe de Barajas, originally built in 1536 and gradually expanded as required until 1657. At the time, it was the largest Spanish military building in the New World. See the impressive fortifications, walk through the kitchens and other sites of interests, and reach the residence of the lord of the castle. In 1984, UNESCO added the castle along with the historic center of Cartagena as a World Heritage site. 

DAY 9: Cartagena

Included meals: Breakfast, dinner.

  • Enjoy the day at leisure in Cartagena
  • Alternatively, take an optional excursion
  • Join your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner with a salsa show

Full Day Itinerary: Spend your last full day in Colombia independently, in the amazing city of Cartagena, or join an optional excursion to the Rosario Islands, before meeting your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner and salsa show at a local restaurant.

Aerial view of the Rosario IslandsOptional Excursion: Rosario Islands with lunch, $110 per person. Head to the pier and board a boat to the Rosario Islands. This archipelago boasts crystal-clear water and coral reefs, and is part of a National Natural Park created to protect this delicate ecosystem.  The white sandy beaches and turquoise waters shelter a wide variety of tropical fish. Enjoy the day relaxing on these beautiful islands. Have lunch at a local restaurant on Isla del Encanto, before returning to Cartagena in the mid-afternoon.

DAY 10: Depart Cartagena

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Transfer to Cartagena Airport as you bid farewell to Colombia
  • Board your non-stop flight to Miami, and arrive in the USA later today

Hotels

Casa San Carlos Lodge

Casa San Carlos Lodge

First Class

Immersed in natural surroundings, within the area known as the Coffee Cultural Landscape of Colombia (or Coffee Triangle), a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Casa San Carlos Lodge invites you to relax and enjoy its unique design and wonderful views.

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Four Points by Sheraton Medellin

Four Points by Sheraton Medellin

First Class

Located in the El Poblado district of Medellin, near shopping areas and surrounded by many dining options, the Sheraton Four Points Medellin provides a haven to relax from the hustle and bustle of the city.

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GHL Collection Armería Real

First Class

Located within the walls of the old city, in a restored 16th century building that once housed the Royal Armory, the GHL Collection Armería Real blends the history of Cartagena with modern comforts, making it the perfect place to relax and the perfect base for exploring this amazing city. 

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NH Collection Bogotá Andino Royal

NH Collection Bogotá Andino Royal

Deluxe

Located the Chico neighborhood in Zona Rosa, one of the most desirable residential areas of Bogotá, the NH Collection Bogotá Andino Royal is ideally situated in an area rich in restaurants and bars.

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