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Classic Colombia
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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
  • Tour code: 145017
  • Starts: Bogota, Colombia
  • Finishes: Santa Marta, Colombia
You will Visit
  • Bogotá
  • Santa Marta

Itinerary

01

Day 1: Bogotá

There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

02

Day 2: Bogotá/Villa de Leyva (1B)

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.

Included Activities:
Paloquemao Market Visit
Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))

03

Day 3: Villa de Leyva/Armenia (1B)

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.

Included Activities:
Hacienda Stay

Transport:
Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours)
Flight (1.00 hour(s))

04

Day 4: Armenia (1B, 1L)

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

Included Activities:
Coffee Farm Tour
Hacienda Stay

05

Day 5: Armenia/Salento (1B)

Enjoy exploring Salento and getting a feel for the town.

Included Activities:
Cocora Valley Hike

Transport:
Private Vehicle (0.50 hour(s))

06

Day 6: Salento/Medellín (1B)

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

Transport:
Local bus (8.00-9.00 hours)

07

Day 7: Medellín (1B)

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.

Included Activities:
Medellín City Tour

08

Day 8: Medellín/Cartagena (1B)

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.

Included Activities:
Orientation Walk

Transport:
Plane (1.00-1.50 hours)

09

Day 9: Cartagena (1B)

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

10

Day 10: Cartagena (1B)

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.

Additional Notes:
Please note hot water is uncommon in the Caribbean region of Colombia. Showers are likely to only have cold water while visiting this area.

Included Activities:
Cartagena City Tour

11

Day 11: Cartagena/Minca (1B)

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

Additional Notes:
Please note that if the group is full, we may be required to use multi-share rooms in Minca due to the small size of this unique hotel.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))

12

Day 12: Minca/Taganga (1B, 1L)

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.

Included Activities:
Minca Excursion

Transport:
Head downhill in a 4x4 on a jungle road, take in the scenery and hold on tight, it can be a bumpy ride.
Private Vehicle (0.75 hour(s))

13

Day 13: Taganga (1B)

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.

14

Day 14: Taganga/Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona (1B, 1L, 1D)

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.

Additional Notes:
Please note that Tayrona National Park is usually closed during the month of February. 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, to learn more about the local Kogi people and their cultural practices.

Included Activities:
Tayrona National Park Excursion

Transport:
Hiking (3.00-4.00 hours)

15

Day 15: Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona/Santa Marta (1B)

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

Transport:
Private Vehicle (1.50 hour(s))

16

Day 16: Santa Marta (1B)

Depart at any time.

Included Activities:
Departure Day

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.