Highlights of Colombia

Duration: 7 days

Highlights: Bogota, Pereira, Cartagena, Baru

This 7 days overland programme takes in the highlights of the Colombia.

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Day 1 - Welcome to Bogota!

Colombia’s capital city is a bustling metropolis and one of the highest capital cities in the world. Despite its tropical location, the altitude here at 2600 meters above sea level ensures a year-round spring-like climate where flowers are always in bloom. Bogota has a great variety of barrios or neighborhoods to explore from Candelaria, the historic district to the beautiful parks and café culture of the Zona Rosa and the spectacular views from the peak at Monserrate. Historic buildings exist side by side in modern skyscrapers and leafy parks interspersed by cycleways making for a surprisingly pleasant city to spend a few days, despite its size.
One of Bogota’s biggest attractions is its museums, especially the Gold Museum which houses one of the most impressive collections of Pre-Columbian art in the world with thousands of pieces of gold, precious stones, ceramics, and textiles. Also discover the Emerald Museum and the Fernando Botero Museum, a Colombian figurative artist of international renown. Stroll along the cobbled streets of Bogota’s historic Candelaria district only a short walk from the Gold Museum. In the evenings, the best place to be is the Zona Rosa which houses some lovely small hotels and has a vibrant pavement café culture. For a truly spectacular and romantic setting, head to the beautiful church on the peak of Monserrate Hill and dine in one of the beautiful historic buildings there overlooking the city.

Overnight: Four Seasons Casa Medina

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Day 2 - Gold Museum, Monserrate hilltop, and Paloquemao Market

City tour, Gold Museum, Monserrate hilltop, and Paloquemao market:
Make a morning visit to the largest food market in Bogota. Paloquemao market offers a vast array of Colombian fruits and ingredients. The popular food stalls serve local delicacies, and the flower market provides an amazing array of smells and colors to enliven the senses. Continue with a tour with a visit to La Candelaria, the oldest part of the city with many colonial buildings still present. Nearby is the main square of Bogotá, the Plaza de Bolivar, surrounded by the cathedral and many government buildings. Continue to the Botero Museum, housed in a restored colonial mansion. The collection includes many works by the Colombian artist Fernando Botero, together with pieces by other artists such as Picasso, Renoir, and Monet. Continue to the celebrated Gold Museum. With over 34,000 pieces, this is the world’s largest collection of pre-Hispanic gold artifacts.
After a stop for lunch take a trip to Monserrate. Located in the hills to the east of the city, this 3,160-metre peak can be reached by funicular railway or cable car and affords views over the whole of Bogotá.

Overnight: Four Seasons Casa Medina

Meal Plan: B,L

Day 3 - Enjoy a Coffee Tour and Tasting in the Coffee Region

This morning you will be at your hotel and transferred to El Dorado airport.
Founded on August 30, 1863, the Coffee Region is part of the territory in 2011 UNESCO declared a World Heritage Site: the Coffee Cultural Landscape of Colombia. Mountains planted with coffee and bananas; and valleys where bamboos and sugarcane crops receive travelers from around the world. In this region, visitors can practice adventure sports, relax in hot springs, and visit nature reserves and some other cultural spaces. Is a destination designed for those who want to get in contact with the coffee culture in typical haciendas, some of them show visitors the full coffee process, known worldwide for growing the best smooth Arabica-type coffee.
Transfer from Pereira International Airport to Hacienda for Farm Tour:
On arrival at Matecaña International Airport, you will be met by a representative and transferred to the local finca for a coffee farm tour and tasting and later to your hotel.

Coffee Tour and Tasting
Colombia is the the most diverse country per square meter in the world and here you will witness some of this variety while you walk around these plantations. Decades of tradition and love have been farmed into the finca in the coffee region, with wonderful landscapes and favorable soils for growing coffee. We will begin our tour with a short walk through the coffee fields, learning about the different beans before visiting the coffee germinator and drying area. Later we will return to the terraces, where guided by the expert we will do a semi-professional cupping of two types of coffee, learning to differentiate its qualities. We finish our experience, enjoying a wonderful cup of coffee and a breathtaking landscape.

Overnight: Hacienda Bambusa

Meal Plan: B

Day 4 - Salento, Filandia and Cocora Valley

We will visit one of the most emblematic sites of the coffee region, the majestic Cocora Valley. Upon arrival and after an environmental interpretation of the site and its ecological importance, we will begin a short two-hour walk. Later we move to the municipality of Salento, where we will have time to walk through its colorful streets, and visit the Cerro de la Cruz viewpoint and local handicrafts; At the end of our tour, we will visit Filandia, another of the few remnants and an example of architectural conservation of the coffee region, we will walk through the streets of the town, visit the viewpoint, and enjoy a local drink in the town square.

Overnight: Hacienda Bambusa

Meal Plan: B,L

Day 5 - Welcome to Cartagena!

This morning you will be at your hotel, for your transfer to the Matecaña International Airport (Pereira to Cartagena), where you will be picked up from, for your transfer to your hotel in Baru.
Once here, you will be able to enjoy the rest of the day on your own, be it resting and enjoying the property’s facilities or strolling around the city.
Exuberant, colorful, tropical, and beautiful - all describe beautifully Colombia’s crowning destination. This vibrant port city overlooks the azure blue waters of the Caribbean from fortress walls once used to protect its inhabitants from marauding pirates and buccaneers. Now the walled city is a maze of cobbled streets with colorful colonial houses on all sides, many of which have been converted into stunning intimate boutique hotels around shady courtyards. Its heady mix of sunshine, tropical surroundings, and dazzling painted colonial architecture as well as a vibrant music and dance culture make this Colombia’s most precious jewel.
Stroll the town by day and explore the museums, galleries, and emerald factories. For some dramatic panoramas of the city and the coast, head to La Popa church and the Fortress of San Felipe. At night you can head to one of many live music venues or perhaps sip a sundowner at a bar overlooking the ocean. Take a boat trip to the archipelago of islands known as the Rosario Islands for superb snorkeling and diving. You can even stay in charming rustic hotels on one of the islands for a day or two for complete seclusion and tranquility.

Overnight: Sofitel Calablanca

Meal Plan: B

Day 6 - Explore the Beauty of Baru

Day at leisure.

Overnight: Sofitel Calablanca

Meal Plan: B

Day 7 - Departure

Today you will be met at your hotel, for your transfer to the international airport.


Meal Plan: B

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