11 day tour
- Take a stroll through the famous red and grey rock formations of the Tatacoa desert
- Soak in pre-Colombian culture in San Agustín
- Stay at a coffee plantation
Go on an adventure in the land of world-famous coffee and find so many more hidden treasures! After spending a few days in the capital city of Bogotá, travel to the small village of Villavieja. This is an ideal starting point for a visit to the nearby Tatacoa desert, famous for its unique red and grey peaks. From here your journey will take you to San Agustín, home to some of the most famous sites of pre-Colombian culture, and the world’s best coffee plantations. You end your Surprising Colombia tour in Medellín, the city of eternal spring.
11 day tour of Colombia:
Route: Bogotá – Villavieja – San Agustín – Popayán – Armenia – Medellín
Day 1 – Arrival in Bogotá
After arriving at Bogotá Airport, you will be transferred to your hotel, located in a restored colonial house in the historic centre of Bogotá. Take the time to rest after your journey or slowly start to soak up the atmosphere of this vibrant city.
Day 2 – Bogotá
Take the day to explore 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. You’ll also have the option of taking a tour with an English-speaking guide through the old city centre.
Day 3 – Bogotá to Villavieja, by way of Aipe
An adventurous day lies ahead. After about a five-hour journey from Bogotá to Aipe, you’ll cross the Magdalena River in Aipe in a motorized canoe to get to your final destination: the village of Villavieja. Spend the afternoon settling in, or visit the nearby Tatacoa desert and get ready for an evening of magnificent stargazing.
Day 4 – Villavieja: A walk through the desert – to San Agustín
Today is your chance to get to know the Tatacoa desert through the eyes of a local. Visit the red and grey rock formations that make up this one-of-a-kind natural wonder. In the afternoon, you will travel four to five hours by car to San Agustín. Here you can explore the famous archaeological sites of pre-Colombian indigenous culture.
Day 5 – San Agustín
Spend the day visiting the archaeological park of San Agustín and learn all about this unique indigenous culture, all the while walking among statues and buildings of a gone-by era.
Day 6 – San Agustín to Popayán
Travel by car from San Agustín to Popayán through the distinctive landscape of Páramo. Unique to Colombia, this landscape is characterized by lake-scattered highlands and glacier-formed valleys; a kind of alpine meadow environment found only in this small sliver between the permanent forest and snow lines. Words don’t do it justice, but trust us that it will be hard to look away.
Day 7 – Popayán to Armenia via Salento
Continue your journey to Salento, located in the coffee region of Colombia. Your home for the next few days is a typical Colombian finca (coffee plantation farm), nearby the city of Armenia.
Day 8 – Armenia
Take the day off, or go on a tour of the spectacular Valle de Cocora. Finish up with a walk through the sky-high palm trees of Cocora and a visit to the picturesque town of Salento.
Day 9 – Armenia to Medellín
Time has come to say goodbye to the finca and travel on to the city of eternal spring, Medellín. Medellín is also the hometown of famous Colombian artist Fernando Botero, and many of his statues are displayed throughout city.
Day 10 – Medellín
Today’s your chance to get to know Medellín. Go on a guided tour of the city centre and visit Museo Antioquia by way of a gondola lift, or explore the colonial village of Santa Fe de Antioquia and find out more about the rich history of the region, while walking over the hanging bridge of Puente de Occidente.
Day 11 – Departure from Medellín / Return home
Your journey through the many surprises of Colombia comes to an end today. A transfer will be organized from your hotel to Medellín airport, where you will board your flight home.
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