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Classic Colombia
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2017 From Jan 18 February Tayrona NP Closure From Jan 18 From Jan 1 From Jan 18

Colombia tends to be an underrated travel destination, which just means theres more untouched parts of this beautiful country for you to explore. If you have two weeks to spare, theres no better way to experience Colombia than to jump in with both feet and experience the national parks, beaches and cities firsthand. Plus, theres no better place to be if youre looking to try delicacies such as fresh seafood on the beaches of Cartagena and delicious coffee from the region of Calarc. Be a part of the revitalization of this warm, welcoming country and come back with more stories than youll ever have time to tell.

Latin America
  • Duration: 16 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Physical rating: Average
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
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  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID/Link Tour Code: SMCC.A/201854
  • Starts: Bogotá, Colombia
  • Finishes: Santa Marta, Colombia
You will Visit
  • Bogotá
  • Villa de Leyva
  • Armenia
  • Salento
  • Medellín
  • Cartagena
  • Minca
  • Taganga
  • Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
  • Santa Marta

Itinerary

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Day 1: Bogotá

Arrive at any time.
There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting.

02

Day 2: Bogotá/Villa de Leyva

Visit Paloquemao market before driving to Villa de Leyva for an overnight. Stop en route to visit the Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral.
Spend some time exploring Villa de Leyva, an excellent example of a colonial town in Colombia. Visit the Plaza Mayor, the town square, and check out the church, restaurants and shops.

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Day 3: Villa de Leyva/Armenia

Enjoy a morning in Villa de Leyva before an afternoon flight to Armenia, in Colombia's coffee region. Spend two nights outside Armenia in a traditional hacienda.

04

Day 4: Armenia

Enjoy a tour of a coffee farm in the Calarcá area to learn more about the coffee culture here.
Visit Armenia town before heading out for a tour of a coffee farm in the area and learn more about this important export.

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Day 5: Armenia/Salento

Take a morning hike through the Cocora Valley before an afternoon arrival to Salento town. Continue the full coffee experience in the region of Quindío.
Enjoy exploring Salento and getting a feel for the town.

06

Day 6: Salento/Medellín

Drive through beautiful landscapes to Medellín. Opt to explore the city in the evening.

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Day 7: Medellín

Enjoy a neighbourhood tour of the city and learn the fascinating recent history of the city's ongoing transformation. Spend the rest of the day with free time to explore this vibrant city.

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Day 8: Medellín/Cartagena

Hop on a morning flight to Cartagena and arrive in time to spend the afternoon exploring the old walled city. Opt for dinner and a night out in this lively town.

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Day 9: Cartagena

Enjoy a free day exploring all Cartagena has to offer. Opt to enjoy the beautiful coast or explore the charming colonial city.

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Day 10: Cartagena

Enjoy a city tour, visiting the colonial walled city and fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy free time to take in the Caribbean vibe of the city and beach.

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Day 11: Cartagena/Minca

Travel to the small town of Minca, breathe in the fresh mountain air and enjoy free time to explore.

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Day 12: Minca/Taganga

Journey into the hills around Minca and hike to a beautiful waterfall. Take a tour of a coffee farm, learn about chocolate preparation and indulge in a local lunch. Continue to Taganga, a perfect base for exploring nearby Tayrona National Park.

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Day 13: Taganga

Spend the day exploring Taganga. Opt for more active options like snorkelling or hiking or hit one of the beaches and relax in a hammock.

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Day 14: Taganga/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 the rich, natural diversity of northern Colombia. Stay in a lodge close to the park.

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Day 15: Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona/Santa Marta

Return to Santa Marta for an optional evening out on the town.

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Day 16: Santa Marta

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Zipaquira Salt Cathedral (Villa de Leyva)
    • Coffee farm visit (Armenia)
    • Hacienda stay
    • Valle de Cocora hike
    • Medellín city tour
    • City tour in Cartagena
    • Hike to Pozo Azul (2hrs)
    • Coffee farm tour and chocolate preparation
    • Tayrona NP (excluding February departures)
    • Hike with local guide (5hrs)
    • Internal flights
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels/guesthouses (13 nts), hacienda (2 nts)
    • 15 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner
    Transport
    • Plane, private van, 4x4, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Wander the streets of Bogot
  • Learn how coffee is made in Salento
  • Try out some Salsa moves in Medelln
  • Hike to a remote beach in Tayrona NP
  • Get to know locals in the small town of Taganga.