Colombia

Begin your expedition in Bogotá, a sophisticated capital city that’s home to 8 million people, Museo de Botero and Museo del Oro, the world’s most important gold museum. Then head to Zipaquirá for an underground tour of the famous Salt Cathedral. Fly to Medellín, an example of social and cultural transformation, and enjoy flower-filled mountain scenery, street art and great shopping. Visit the Coffee Triangle and have a tasting in Pereira. Then tour the beautiful Cocora Valley and proceed to Cartagena to discover its rich history. Trek through Tayrona National Park, a rainforest with abundant wildlife along the Caribbean coast before returning to Cartagena for your trip home.

Created by potrace 1.16, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2019

Language

Spanish

Created by potrace 1.16, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2019

Time Zone

GMT -5

Created by potrace 1.16, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2019

Currency

Colombian Peso (COP)

Created by potrace 1.16, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2019

Average Temp

74° F

Colombia Expedition

Colonial Cities, Coffee Plantations & Country Retreats

Inspire Your Expedition with Our Sample Itinerary

Day 1 – BOGOTÁ, COLOMBIA

Arrive in Bogotá

Private transfer to hotel

Accommodations: Hotel Sofitel Bogotá Victoria Regia

Day 2 – BOGOTÁ – ZIPAQUIRÁ

Full day private tour:

  • Panoramic view of the city
  • Zipaquirá – Underground Salt Cathedral, 

       Colonial town

  • Heart of Bogotá – Plaza de Bolívar: Cathedral, Congress Palace, City Hall
  • Museo del Oro
  • Museo de Botero

Accommodations: Hotel Sofitel Bogotá Victoria Regia
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3 – BOGOTÁ / MEDELLÍN

Private transfer to airport for flight to Medellín

Private transfer to hotel

Accommodations: Hotel Park 10
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 – MEDELLÍN

Full day private tour:

  • “History of Transformation” Tour – Plaza Botero, Parque Barrio, Metro Cable San Javier
  • “Graffiti” Tour – Comuna 13 local artists & street art

Accommodations: Hotel Park 10
Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 – MEDELLÍN / PEREIRA

Private transfer to airport for flight to Pereira

  • “Zona Cafetera” – coffee-growing area
  • Hacienda San Alberto – Coffee-tasting, Hacienda tour

Accommodations: Hotel Casa San Carlos Lodge
Meals: Breakfast

Day 6 – PEREIRA – COCORA VALLEY

Full day private tour:

  • “Ritual de la Palma” – preservation of wax palm trees
  • Salento – Colonial Bahareque Architecture

Accommodations: Hotel Casa San Carlos Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7 – PEREIRA / CARTEGENA

Private transfer to airport for flight to Cartagena

Private transfer to hotel

Accommodations: Hotel Charleston Santa Teresa
Meals: Breakfast

Day 8 – CARTAGENA

Half day private tour:

  • Convento de la Popa
  • Castillo de San Felipe
  • Las Bóvedas

Accommodations: Hotel Charleston Santa Teresa
Meals: Breakfast

Day 9 – CARTAGENA

Free day to enjoy Cartagena on your own

Accommodations: Hotel Charleston Santa Teresa
Meals: Breakfast

Day 10 – CARTAGENA / SANTA MARTA

Private transfer to hotel on Caribbean Mata de Plátano Beach near Tayrona National Park

Accommodations: Hotel Villa Maria Tayrona
Meals: Breakfast

Day 11 – TAYRONA NATIONAL PARK – ARRECIFES

Private transfer to Arrecifes (Reefs) sector of Tayrona National Park:

  • Guided 4-hour walking tour through rainforest
  • See birds, monkeys, squirrels & other wildlife
  • Swimming at Playa la Piscina beach

Lunch at Cabo San Juan de Guía beach

Accommodations: Hotel Villa Maria Tayrona
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 12 – SANTA MARTA / CARTAGENA / HOMEWARD BOUND

Private transfer to Cartagena airport to connect to flight home

Meals: Breakfast

Starting at $6,290 per person
(two travelers, double occupancy, airfare not included)

Itineraries are customized to travelers’ interests and preferences.
Final prices will vary based on dates of travel and number of travelers.

We never have a concern when we turn over our travel plans to NEI because we know they will always provide the best service there is.

Fran & Larry S.
Scottsdale, AZ

When to go:

Year-round (best times are from December to March)

What to eat:

Ajiaco (chicken, corn & potato soup), Cazuela de Mariscos (seafood stew), Sancocho (potato & yuca stew with meat & corn on the cob)

What to pack:

Light-weight clothing; light jacket or sweater; shawl or scarf; swimwear; comfortable walking & hiking shoes; waterproof shoes; sunscreen, sunglasses, hat; insect repellent; camera equipment; binoculars; universal adapter

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