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- 16-day tour around Colombia, travelling from Bogotá to Santa Marta
- 13 nights twin-share tourist-class accommodations, in venues that have local character
- 2 nights accommodation in a traditional hacienda (Spanish for 'estate') on a coffee farm
- 15 breakfasts & 3 lunches
- A mix of transport throughout the tour, including plane, private van, 4x4, walking
- Internal flights from Bogotá to Armenia & Medellín to Cartagena
- Wiwa Community Visit & Lunch, Gotshezhy Village
- Coffee Farm Tour, Calarcá
- Valle de Cocora hike
- Medellín city tour
- City tour in Cartagena
- Tayrona National Park (excluding February departures) hike with a local guide
- Taganga Orientation Walk
- Services of a locally-based CEO Chief Experience Officers to guide you through this exciting adventure
- Departs from the meeting point at Hotel Regina, Cra. 5 ##15-14, Bogotá (meeting location may change, please check your final documents for the confirmed location)
Classic Colombia – 16 Days, 15 NightsThere’s no better way to experience Colombia than to jump in with both feet and experience the national parks, beaches, village communities, & cities firsthand on this 16-day tour.
- Some meals – allow USD405-530 for meals not included
- Optional activities
- A departure tax of 33USD
What to Expect
Colombia tends to be an underrated travel destination, which just means there are more untouched parts of this beautiful country for you to explore. If you have two weeks to spare, there's no better way to experience Colombia than to jump in with both feet and experience the national parks, beaches, village communities, and cities firsthand.
Plus, there's no better place to be if you're looking to try delicacies such as fresh seafood on the beaches of Cartagena and delicious coffee from the region of Calarcá. Be a part of the revitalization of this warm, welcoming country and come back with more stories than you'll ever have time to tell.
Wander the streets of Bogotá, learn how coffee is made in Salento, hike to a remote beach in Tayrona National Park, get to know locals in the small town of Taganga, and visit the Indigenous community of Gotshezhy.
Day 1 – Bogotá
Arrive in Bogotá at anytime today. There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting. However, if you have spare time, there are plenty of optional activities available. Visit the National Museum of Colombia, the largest museum in the country and one of the oldest on the continent. You could also explore the treasure trove that is the Gold Museum or ride the Monserrate Hill cable car for spectacular views of the city. Finally, take a trip to Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral, a subterranean place of worship with unique architecture and lighting.
Day 2 – Bogotá to Armenia
Board a plane for the flight to Armenia, in the heart of Colombia's famous coffee region.
Visit the city's historic, bustling market centre, Paloquemao. Frequented daily by Bogota's residents and chefs alike, it offers everything from new-age ingredients to traditional Colombian staples. Get caught up in the whirlwind of food stalls, flower shops, boutiques and cafés before determining your route through the market to sample the best the city has to offer.
Then, it's time for one of the most unique parts of the trip. Spend 2 nights in a traditional hacienda (Spanish for "estate") and coffee farm and get a closer look at life in Colombia's beautiful coffee region.
Day 3 – Armenia
Start your day with a visit to a local coffee farm to learn more about the production of this important crop, from the planting stage all the way to your coffee mug, and savour a taste of this famous export. It doesn't get much fresher than straight from the farm!
Day 4 – Armenia to Salento
Get your blood pumping this morning and head into the Cocora Valley by 4WD to take in magnificent views. Take a hike through the area and learn more about this fertile region, with its lofty wax palm trees and rare parrots. Want to mix it up? Opt to explore the landscape on horseback.
Then, in the afternoon, head to Salento, a verdant green paradise in the Andes and home to many coffee estates.
Day 5 – Salento to Medellín
Jump on board a local bus for the journey to Medellín. It's the capital of the mountainous Antioquia province and boasts the nickname of "The City of Eternal Spring", thanks to its idyllic climate, coffee plantations, and beautiful flower farms. It hosts the famous Flower Festival every August.
On arrival, you'll have some time in the evening to explore on your own.
Day 6 – Medellín
Really get to know Colombia's second-largest city with a neighbourhood tour.Medellín has been revitalized since the issues of the 80s and 90s and is now one of South America's most innovative and artistic cities. Explore the city's varied barrios filled with shops, green parks, museums, churches, markets, and delicious cuisine.
Spend the rest of the day with free time to explore this vibrant city. Take part in various optional activities, such as visiting the Modern Art Museum, heading to Explora Park, or enjoying a breath of fresh air at Nutibara Hill, perched 80 metres above the city. If you're looking for a thrill, why not go paragliding over the sprawling city?
Day 7 – Medellín
Enjoy another free day and opt to visit the nearby town of Guatapé, with its colourful houses and famous rock. Formed approximately 70 million years ago, El Peñón de Guatapé, also known as El Peñol, is a giant monolith rising 2,135m (7,005 ft) above sea level.
Alternatively, ride the metrocable, a cable car part of Medellín's public transportation, for sweeping views of the city and surrounding mountains.
Day 8 – Medellín to Cartagena
Hop on a morning flight to Cartagena and arrive in time to spend the afternoon exploring the old walled city. Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. They will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.
Day 9 – Cartagena
Enjoy a free day exploring all Cartagena has to offer. Take a boat to Rosario and San Bernardo Corals National Natural Park, and be wowed by the beauty of the Rosario Islands. You could also climb up the stairs and descend into the healing mud of the El Totumo Mud Volcano or visit the Naval Museum of the Caribbean.
Art lovers will enjoy the Museum of Modern Art, housed in two historic buildings, while history buffs can learn about the Spanish Inquisition at the Palace of Inquisition (Museum). Head to Plaza Bolivar and pay a visit to the well-curated and informative Gold Museum. Then, in the evening, get ready to party and explore the city by Chiva bus. These colourful vehicles are a national symbol and feature open sides making it easy to truly experience vibrant Cartagena as you go. Drink, dance and enjoy Colombian music on this fun-filled ride.
Day 10 – Cartagena
Learn more about Cartagena's history from a bilingual guide on a tour of this lively city. Travel between sights by private transport and visit the clock tower, Plaza Bolivar, and the Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas. Take in sweeping views of the city from the hilltop Convento De La Popa and enjoy a walking tour from San Pedro Claver Church to Santo Domingo Church.
Then, in the afternoon, get out and explore this vibrant colonial town on your own. Refuel with some local fare—"patacones" or fried plantains are a must!
Day 11 – Cartagena to Minca
Travel by private vehicle to the small town of Minca, breathe in the fresh mountain air and enjoy free time to explore. Go looking for unique birds, explore the area on foot or hang out at a local café by the river.
Tonight's hotel is a boutique, colonial-style property with beautiful gardens. However, please note that if the group is full, you may be required to use multi-share rooms due to the small size of this unique hotel.
Day 12 – Minca to Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
Head into Tayrona National Park for a moderate hike with a local guide. This is a perfect opportunity to experience nature and learn a little more about northern Colombia's rich, natural diversity. Stay in a lodge close to the park.
Tayrona National Park is usually closed during the month of February. This is because the indigenous groups in the area believe that mother nature needs a month of rest, and maintenance to the park is done during this time. If your trip falls in February, you will visit Taironaka Park instead to learn more about the local Kogi people and their cultural practices.
Day 13 – Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
Spend the day with the Gotshezhy indigenous community and enjoy a meal cooked by women from the community with local ingredients. Then, visit the nearby village where youth from the four indigenous tribes in the region come to school to learn about their cultural customs and languages. Upon entry into the village, experience a soul-cleansing ceremony and learn about traditional customs, stories and handicraft methods from this region.
After, jump in the river for a cool dip, visit nearby waterfalls and natural swimming pools, or rest in a hammock and reflect on your trip so far.
Day 14 – Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona to Taganga
In the afternoon, travel from Tayrona to Taganga. Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Take a CEO-led orientation walk of this traditional fishing village and get acquainted with the main sites. Then, soak up the Caribbean feel of this coastal town with some free time. Be sure to indulge in the area's fantastic fresh seafood or hang out in one of the many cafés along the beach.
Day 15 – Taganga to Santa Marta
With a free day at leisure, tour Taganga on foot or strap on some snorkel fins and a mask and explore the active reefs in the town's clear water. Keep an eye out for fascinating brain coral! You could also head to the nearby beach of Playa Grande for a multitude of water sports, to relax on the sand, or hang out in one of the many restaurants.
This evening, travel to Santa Marta and join your group for an optional evening out on the town.
Day 16 – Santa Marta
You can depart at any time today. However, if you're not ready to leave, your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.
Where we Visit:
- Armenia coffee region
- Cocora Valley
- Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
- Santa Marta
Frequently Asked Questions
- Flight info (required) (Printouts of e-tickets may be required at the border)
- Insurance info (required) (With photocopies)
- Passport (required) (With photocopies)
- Required visas or vaccination certificates (required) (With photocopies)
- Vouchers and pre-departure information (required)
- Binoculars (optional)
- Camera (With extra memory cards and batteries)
- Cash, credit and debit cards
- Day pack (Used for daily excursions or short overnights)
- Ear plugs
- First-aid kit (should contain lip balm with sunscreen, sunscreen, whistle, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, bandaids/plasters, tape, anti-histamines, antibacterial gel/wipes, antiseptic cream, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, rehydration powder, water purification tablets or drops, insect repellent, sewing kit, extra prescription drugs you may be taking)
- Flashlight/torch (Headlamps are ideal)
- Fleece top/sweater
- Locks for bags
- Long pants/jeans
- Outlet adapter
- Personal entertainment (Reading and writing materials, cards, music player, etc.)
- Reusable water bottle
- Small travel towel
- Toiletries (Preferably biodegradable)
- Watch and alarm clock
- Waterproof backpack cover
- Windproof rain jacket
Health & Safety:
- Face masks (required)
- Hand sanitizer (required)
- Pen (Please bring your own pen for filling out documents.)
- Rubber gloves
- Shorts/skirts (Longer shorts/skirts are recommended)
- Sun hat/bandana
It is customary in Latin America to tip service providers such as waiters, at approximately 10%, depending on the service. Tipping is an expected - though not compulsory - component of your tour program and an expression of satisfaction with the persons who have assisted you on your tour. Although it may not be customary to you, it is of considerable significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels. There are several times during the trip where there is an opportunity to tip the local guides or drivers we use. Recommendations for tipping drivers and local guides would range from $5-10 USD per day depending on the quality and length of the service; ask your CEO for specific recommendations based on the circumstances and culture.
Also at the end of each trip if you felt your G Adventures Chief Experience Officer (CEO) did an outstanding job, tipping is appreciated. The amount is entirely a personal preference, however as a guideline $20-25 USD per person, per week can be used.
- The minimum age is 12 years, & an adult over the age of 18 years must accompany each child under the age of 18 years
- While it is The Operator's intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary, and on occasion, it may be necessary or desirable to make alterations
- Travel insurance is compulsory in order to participate in this trip. You will not be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance has been sighted by your CEO, who will take note of your insurance details
- Upon entering Colombia, officials will issue you a “platinum card” (tiquete platinum). You must keep this card and show it upon leaving Colombia
- Some national parks in Colombia may deny entry to travellers who do not show proof of yellow fever vaccination. It is your responsibility to consult with your travel doctor for up to date medical travel information well before departure
- All guests must complete & sign a waiver of liability
You may cancel your booking by notifying the Tour Operator. Cancellation fees, if any, will be determined with reference to the date on which notice of cancellation is received by the Tour Operator and are expressed as a percentage of the total price paid for the cancelled Tour, product or service (excluding any insurance products).
Cancellation of a Tour:
- Cancellation received 60 days or more before departure of first product or service in relevant booking: Lifetime Deposit will be held by the Tour Operator in accordance with these Terms, the remainder of the payments made to the Tour Operator in respect of the cancelled product will be refunded
- Cancellation received 30-59 days before departure of first product or service in relevant booking: Lifetime Deposit will be held by the Tour Operator in accordance with these Terms, an amount equal to 50% of the remainder of the payments made to the Tour Operator in respect of the cancelled Tour will be refunded
- Cancellation less than 30 days before departure of first product or service in relevant booking: Lifetime Deposit will be held by the Tour Operator in accordance with these Terms, and no further refund will be payable
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