Discover The Best Of Colombia In This 12-Day Luxury Tour
Colombia is a lively, colorful country at the northern end of South America. Colombia boasts vast rainforests and the Andes mountains, so there are plenty of trails to trek. You can explore the beautiful streets of Medellin or visit Bogota, with its colonial-era feel. Whether you want to enjoy hiking, discover a lost city, or just relax on a beach, this 12-day luxury tour of Colombia brings all for you.
Our private tours typically range from $500 - $1000 per person/per night depending on chosen hotels and room categories, vehicles used, types of tours, flight cost, time of year and other factors. Make an inquiry for a customized trip quote.
Meet your private guide at Bogota airport, who will transfer you to your hotel. Set off with your guide on an introductory tour of the city. Stroll around the city's lanes and soak in the city's brilliant vibe, culture, and architecture. Relax and enjoy some coffee at one of the various bistros that line the city. Following that, enjoy a lavish dinner at a premium restaurant before retiring to your resort for the night.
Day 2: Exploring Salento
Today, enjoy a free morning in Bogota. Around noon, take a short flight of 1 hour to Armenia and travel for approximately 40 minutes to the charming village of Salento. Walk through its charming streets and admire the colors of 'paisa' architecture at its best. Enjoy Colombia's local food, Trout, most often served with a rich, garlicky cheese sauce. Colombia's national sport, Tejo, is a famous pastime in Salento. Visit the local Tejo hall and enjoy the game.
Day 3: Venturing to Coffee Estancia
Travel by jeep to the beautiful Cocora Valley, home of the towering wax palm, Colombia's national tree. Enjoy the morning walking among the region's beautiful scenery, perhaps hiking up to Acaime Reserve, where bright hummingbirds feed. Enjoy a wonderful hike to Acaime and soak in the gorgeous natural surroundings. Explore the valley as you like, then board a jeep back to town. Later, travel deep into Colombia's coffee region for a two-night stay in a traditional coffee estancia. Get an excellent opportunity to learn firsthand about this wonderful bean.
Day 4: Discovering Coffee Estancia
Colombia is one of the world's largest coffee producers, thanks to its tropical altitude and productive volcanic soil. Experience this addictive little bean a lot better on a guided tour of the coffee plantation and production center. Delve into the history of the plant, learning the inside story of the industry that's long influenced the country's economy. Watch how the beans are raised and harvested, processed, dried, roasted, and ground, and then taste firsthand the excitement. Taste different kinds of coffee grains and get a lesson on preparing different kinds of coffees, finishing it all off with a sip into a steaming cup of freshly brewed joe. Afterward, relax amid the estancia's serene surrounds of sloping green hills and valleys.
Day 5: Heading to Medellin
This morning, leave the Coffee Estancia to start a one-hour journey to the small town of Chinchilla. Relax before your guide drives you in a private vehicle to Medellin and then transfers you to your resort. Then, go on an introductory walk to this charming city. Along the way, learn a little more about the city's interesting modern history. Having spent the 1980s and 90s with international fame as one of the world's most dangerous cities, Medellin has turned itself around to become one of the most amazing cities in South America. Stroll around to see some of the country's finest museums, parks, and architecture and a much safer and more comfortable environment.
Day 6: Strolling in Medellin
Have an early breakfast before visiting the Plaza Minorista Market. The market is divided into different areas: flowers, fruit, vegetables, herbs, and meat and fish. Take the chance to buy some fascinating local fruits like feijoa, Araza, guanabana, Maracuya, and Lulo, which are rarely found outside of Colombia. Afterward, enjoy eye-catching views of Medellin and its surroundings during a cable car ride up to San Javier. Ascend up the mountain over brick houses as the folded metal roofs give way to vistas of green valleys and forested peaks. Thanks to the elevation, things are normally a little cooler up here.
Day 7: Enjoying in Medellin
This morning, have an early breakfast before your guide drives you in a private car out of Medellin to a flower farm in Santa Elena which is nestled slightly higher than Medellin at 2500 meters above sea level. Here, meet a local "Silletero" or chair maker and his family. The Silletero makes the flower "skillets'' or flower display that competes yearly in the Medellin "Fiesta de las Flores." Learn about the history and the evolution of the "skillet" culture. Find where the flowers grow and experience how a small skillet is made. Following that, visit the Museo de Antioquia to view some of Botero's great works.
Day 8: Touring Cartagena
Meet your private guide at Cartagena airport, who will transfer you to your hotel. Set off with your guide on an introductory tour of the city. Cartagena is one of South America's most historically famous cities. The old city, especially the inner walled town, is the main attraction. Stroll around to view the magnificent churches, monasteries, plazas, and mansions.
Day 9: Relaxing Cartagena
Spend some free time today to explore Cartagena's Old City at your own pace. Explore local handicraft shops, and visit San Felipe de Barajas Castle, the largest of the city's fortresses. Then, head out of the city to the Volcan de Lodo El Totumo. Instead of lava, this naturally strange volcano erupts a cream-like mud that is said to contain many healing properties. Enter into a wallow, then clean the muddy goodness off in the nearby lagoon.
Day 10: Traversing to Bogota
Today, your private guide will drive you in a private vehicle to Bogota via San Gil. Kick back and enjoy the stunning and scenic natural views surrounding you. There will be several stops made along the way. Upon reaching, be transferred to your hotel in Bogota, which is nestled in the Chapinero neighborhood. It is one of the most culturally important parts of the city. After relaxing, set out on an introductory tour of the city.
Day 11: Fascinating Bogota
Formerly known as Santa Fe de Bogot, Colombia's capital and biggest city with a population of seven million. Visit the Candelaria district, a beautiful location within walking distance of many famous sights, including the main square - Plaza Bolivar, the Cathedral, and Simon Bolivar's house. Take the funicular to Monserrate for the excellent city views or visit the world-famous gold museum. Undertake the graffiti tour, where you can explore some popular street art decorating the city's walls. Tour the Botero Museum to view some of the artist's work depicting people and objects in large formats.
Day 12: Departure
Today, your private guide will transfer you to the airport for your international departure.