This is a Private Tour
17 Days From £4,401 pp / $5,853 pp
If you’re looking to discover the whole of Colombia you can’t do better than this road trip tour. Start in the capital of Bogota where our local guides will show you the best of the city. Fly on to San Agustin and work your way through countryside and cities to the coffee region. Spend time in the bustling city of Medellin, and the colourful colonial city of Cartagena. Finish the tour will time on Rosario Island and the Tayrona National Park.
Domestic flights, accommodation, activities, some meals, full ATOL financial protection
International flights, travel insurance, some meals
Exploring the mysterious stone statues of San Augustin, a world heritage sight
Waking up to the smell of freshly roasted coffee in Pereira
Kayaking and horse riding in the Tayrona National Park
To book this tour or start creating your own tailor made itinerary call us on: 0207 407 1478 (UK) or contact us.
Day 1: Bogota – Arrive Bogota and transfer to hotel / Hotel Musica
Day 2: Bogota – City tour and Museo del Oro / Hotel Musica
Day 3: San Agustin – Transfer to San Agustin / Finca El Maco
Day 4: San Agustin – Visit San Agustin Archaeological Park / Finca El Maco
Day 5: Popayan – Transfer to Popayan / Hotel Los Portales
Day 6: Cali – City tour of Popayan and transfer to Cali / Posada San Antonio
Day 7: Armenia -Transfer to the Coffee Triangle / Finca La Negrita
Day 8: Armenia – Visit a coffee plantation / Finca La Negrita
Day 9: Armenia – Visit Cocora Valley and Filandia / Finca La Negrita
Day 10: Medellin – Transfer to Medellin / Art Hotel
Day 11: Medellin – City tour of Medellin / Art Hotel
Day 12: Cartagena – Transfer to Cartagena / Hotel Don Pedro Heredia
Day 13: Cartagena – Panoramic city tour / Hotel Acqua Express
Day 14: Rosario Island – Swimming and snorkelling / Hotel Acqua Express
Day 15: Tayrona – Transfer to Tayrona National Park / Cabañas Arrecifes
Day 16: Tayrona – Free day in Tayrona National Park / Cabañas Arrecifes
Day 17: Bogota – Fly to Bogota for onward flight
Start in Bogota
Start your adventure in the country’s capital Bogota. Here you’ll be staying at the Hotel Musica and our local guide will be showing you around the city including a visit to the Museo del Oro that boasts a private collection of 32,000 pieces of gold, ceramic and textiles, all precious to the tribes of Colombia, to whet your taste buds for the exotic adventures to come.
Continue with a flight to Neiva. We assign you your own personal chauffeur to begin the road-trip across Colombia’s fascinating terrain. Drive through the desert of Tatacoa and past the Magdalena River Valley towards San Agustin. Here you will stay at the Finca El Maco. The next day you’ll visit the archaeological park of San Agustin, a World Heritage Site since 1995. Explore the sacred stone statues that exude the same magical aura as those on Easter Island, Chile.
Far from the tourist crowds
Head deep into the real Colombia, off-roading into the wilderness of the Andean mountains and high altitude plains. Set foot in Popayan, a place of church splendour and ancient pyramids alike. Such is the natural bounty of this place it was the home to many botanists, the town provides a tranquil resting place where you will spend the night at the Hotel Los Portales before you make your way to Colombia’s third largest city, Cali.
Blend your own coffee
After a night in Cali you will continue on to where Colombia’s world-renowned coffee triangle where you can smell, roast and touch your own hand-picked coffee. Here you will stay at the Finca La Negrita. The region is brimming with amazing architecture such as the regal Teatro Municipal Enrique Buenaventura, built in classic Creole design to fit 1200 spectators. Climb up to the UNESCO-protected viewing points at Alto De La Paz, from where you can look down at the green carpet of coffee plantations below. The road from here to Medellin takes you past the tallest wax palms in the world, before arriving at Colombia’s second largest city.
Medellin is a cultural delight, packed with art treasures, theatres and centres of learning. You will stay at the Art Hotel. To get the full impactof the city go by cable car to the mountains that overlook the area. The climate in Medellin is temperate and beautiful all year round. The city hosts a flower festival every year and the streets come alive with colour as parades of floats covered in the best blooms of the region make their way through the centre.
You’ll be whisked from here to Colombia’s colonial splendour and gateway to beachy paradise; Cartagena. Stay at the Hotel Acqua Express. Brimming with 17th-Century colonial gems, churches, gardens, alleyways, and majestic castles, the sweeping views of turquoise ocean beckon you into its refreshing waves like a long lost friend. The town is the setting of Gabriel Garcia Marquez novels such as Love in a Time of Cholera, and an inspiring place to begin your exploration of the country’s coast. Jump aboard our boat trip and go island hopping to the coasts unspoilt outcrops of Rosario and Baru teeming with reefs, that provide a living adventure for diving and snorkelling. Our handpicked selection of hotels will lull you into a refreshing sleep once the days are through.
Back to nature
After days of complete relaxation we’ll take you to one of Colombia’s magical national parks at Tayrona, to explore Colombia’s jungle. Stayat the Cabañas Arrecifes overlooking the ocean and spend the last few days snorkelling, horse riding, kayaking or for the more hardy taking a hike to find the lost city in this breathtaking area before returning back to reality.
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