14 day tour
Highlights of Colombia
- Visit the beautiful cities Bogotá, Medellín and Cartagena
- Stay on a coffee plantation and swim in thermal springs
- Spend a few nights in a coastal ecolodge and visit Tayrona National Park
Your journey begins in the capital of Colombia, Bogotá. A short flight brings you to Colombia’s coffee region. Aside from tasting world-famous coffee, you’ll get a chance to walk alongside sky-high palm trees and swim in thermal springs. Travel on to Medellín, the city of eternal spring and birthplace of the famous artist Botero. From here, your journey will continue to Palomino, a beach-side town where an ecolodge will be your home for the next few days. Palomino is the ideal gateway to Tayrona National Park, home to some of the most beautiful beaches in Colombia. Your tour of the highlights of Colombia ends in Cartagena, a walled city steeped in colonial history.
14 day tour of Colombia:
Bogotá – Armenia – Medellín – Palomino – Cartagena
Day 1 – Arrival Bogotá
After arriving at Bogotá Airport, you will be transferred to your hotel, located in a restored colonial house (with furniture to match) in the historic centre of Bogotá.
Day 2 – Bogotá
Today is your chance to explore Bogotá. You’ll also have the option of taking a tour with an English-speaking guide through the old city centre. Bogotá highlights include the Gold Museum (Museo del Oro, closed on Mondays), the Botero Museum (closed Tuesdays), the diverse neighbourhoods and city squares, and Cerro de Monserrate hill—boasting views of the whole city.
Day 3 – Flight to Armenia and drive to Finca El Palmar
You will leave Bogotá in the morning and transfer to the airport to board a flight to Armenia. You will get picked up at Armenia airport and driven to Finca El Palmar, a rural finca and your home for the coming three days.
Day 4 – Armenia; visit Cocora Valley and Salento (optional)
Today is your day off, and your chance to visit the spectacular Cocora valley (Valle de Cocora) and neighbouring Salento. Take a walk through the valley along sky-high palm trees and visit the picturesque town of Salento.
Day 5 – Armenia
You have another day to spend as you see fit on the coffee plantation. One option is visiting the thermal springs of Santa Rosa de Cabal for a day of relaxation. You’ll then travel back to the plantation in the evening.
Day 6 – Armenia to Medellín
Time has come to say goodbye to the finca and travel on to the city of eternal spring, Medellín. Medellín is the hometown of Fernando Botero, a famous Colombian artist. Botero Plaza, where a few of his statues are displayed, is one of the famous sights of the city.
Day 7 – Medellín
Today’s your chance to explore Medellín. You can choose to do an optional tour of the city, which includes a guided tour of the centre of Medellín. Visit Museo Antioquia by taking a ride on a Metrocable gondola lift. Another tour will take you to the colonial village of Santa Fe de Antioquia. Your tour guide will fill you in on the history of the region during a walk through the area, including a visit to the hanging bridge of Puente de Occidente. It is also possible to go to the village of Guatapé and climb the Piedra del Peñol.
Day 8 – Medellín via Santa Marta to Palomino
Today you board a plane in Medellín to Santa Marta. From Santa Marta, your journey continues in the direction of Palomino. You’ll spend the next few nights in an ecolodge near the village of Palomino.
Day 9 – Palomino
Take the day off to visit the beach of Palomino. It’s the perfect setting for a relaxing swim or walk along the beach.
Day 10 – Palomino
Today’s your chance to visit Tayrona National Park. Take a walk through the jungle, accompanied by a guide, and visit the beautiful beaches of Tayrona – some of the most spectacular in the world.
Day 11 – Palomino to Cartagena
It’s about a six-hour drive from the ecolodge near Palomina to your next destination, Cartagena. Your home for the next few days is a small-scale hotel in the old city centre.
Day 12 – Cartagena
Today is your chance to discover Cartagena— a walled, colonial city filled with colourful buildings. Navigate its winding, cobbled lanes in search for beautiful churches and picturesque plazas.
Day 13 – Cartagena
You have one more day at your disposal in Cartagena. We’d recommend paying a visit to La Popa monastery, located in the bay of Cartagena. The fort of San Felipe is equally worth a trip. Find out more about the history of the city while taking a walk through the underground hallways or looking over the city through the fort’s watchtowers.
Day 14 – Departure from Cartagena / Return home
Your journey through the highlights of Colombia comes to an end today. A transfer will be organized from your hotel to Cartagena airport, where you will board your flight home.
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