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Flavors of Colombia Tour Itinerary

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Journey Itinerary

Day 1Arrive Bogotá, Colombia

Welcome to Colombia. You are met on arrival in Bogotá, and then taken by private car to your hotel.

Bogotá, Colombia’s capital, is a vibrant and diverse city; a bustling metropolis that is a mix of old and new, trendy and traditional. This afternoon, enjoy time at leisure to relax or explore this capital city on your own. 

  • Sofitel Victoria Regia, Bogota

Day 2Bogotá Sightseeing

This morning, your full day of sightseeing begins with a private walking tour of historic Bogotá, starting with the well-preserved historical colonial quarter of La Candelaria. Visit Plaza de Bolivar, the main square of Bogotá, and see the Cathedral, the Congress Palace, the Palace of Justice and the City Hall. Tour the Fernando Botero Museum, which contains paintings and sculptures of this famous contemporary Colombian artist. Next, visit the famous Gold Museum, and the world’s greatest collection of pre-Hispanic Indian gold crafts.

Enjoy a delicious lunch at the restaurant Casa San Isidrio, known for its good food and amazing views of the city and surroundings. Next, take the funicular up to the monastery of Monserrate, a pilgrimage site for many Colombians who pass the fourteen Stations of the Cross to reach the convent. (B,L)

  • Sofitel Victoria Regia, Bogota

Day 3Zipaquirá Excursion

After breakfast you are driven north of the city to the town of Zipaquirá, famous for its underground salt cathedral. See where the Stations of the Cross and three naves are eerily illuminated along with other sculptures and cavernous pools; all hewn from the salt mine tunnels under the Halite Mountains.

Your drive continues, to a noted horse ranch in time for a traditional Colombia BBQ lunch. After a short tour of the small finca with its stables, and training paddock, enjoy an exhibition of the Paso Fino breed and the Trote “trot” breeds. Pasos area naturally gaited light horse breed dating back to the horses imported to the Caribbean from Spain. Your guide explains the process of breaking in the horses, training them and their uses as well as their value. ​(B,L)

  • Sofitel Victoria Regia, Bogota

Day 4Bogotá to Armenia

Today, fly from Bogotá to the Armenia. Located in a small valley under the shadow of the Andes, this relaxed city sits in the heart of the coffee triangle.

The afternoon is at your leisure to relax in your accommodations, a charming colonial-style hacienda (estate) surrounded by banana and plantain plantations. Enjoy views of the stunning Andean mountains, keeping watch for the abundant regional bird and wildlife. ​(B)

  • Hacienda Bambusa, Quindio

Day 5Gastronomic Experience & Pereira Sightseeing

Today enjoy a true Gastronomic Experience in this World Heritage region. Your day starts with a visit to Sazagua for a cooking lesson. Discovering some of the Chef’s tricks of the trade, you help create a typical Colombia dish, and then enjoy the fruits of your labor for lunch.

This afternoon, journey through carpeted rolling hills filled with lush green coffee, plantain, and yucca farms en route to Hacienda Café San Alberto. Tour this magnificent coffee plantation and see the whole process from seedling to coffee cup – planting, picking, toasting, tasting, and getting the brew to market. Hear about the trials and tribulations that face these coffee growers and how their whole way of life is affected by this simple bean. At the conclusion of your education tour, enjoy a coffee tasting session so you can savor the aromatic and smooth coffee of the region.

Return to your hacienda home by late afternoon. ​(B,L)

  • Hacienda Bambusa, Quindio

Day 6Coffee Region Sightseeing

Travel back in time today – to experience the tranquility of the traditional Colombian way of life when coffee was king.

Depart Armenia for the heart of the Coffee region. Stop in Filandia, a traditional Pueblo whose main square has not changed in decades. Take your coffee break while appreciating the quaint uninterrupted lines of brightly painted houses. Agriculture is the backbone of this rural region of small pueblos (villages) - Your guide explains the fascinating history and culture of these traditional people of the land.

Next, drive to the Valle Cocora (Cocora Valley), viewing the unique landscapes of the Parque Nacional Los Nevados, along the central Andean range. Looking like a lush Swiss valley, this area is regarded as a sanctuary for the Wax Palm, the national symbol of Colombia, which covers its mountainsides. Visit Salento, a colonial settlement dating back to 1850, exploring this picturesque town rimmed with distant snow-capped mountains.

Return to your hotel by late afternoon. ​(B,L)

  • Hacienda Bambusa, Quindio

Day 7Pereira to Cartagena

After breakfast you are transferred to the airport for your flight to Cartagena. You are met upon arrival and taken to your hotel.

Cartagena is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a city with a wealth of character and well-preserved colonial architecture that attracts affluent Latin Americans and Europeans. With restored mansions, horse-drawn carriages and Old World-style plazas, Cartagena is a perfect walking city. The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore this colorful, romantic and vibrant Caribbean city, with its excellent cuisine and warm and inviting people. ​(B)

  • Ananda Hotel Boutique, Cartagena

Day 8Gastronomic Experience & Cartagena Sightseeing

This morning, experience real Caribbean gastronomy with acclaimed Chef Jorge. Your tour starts as he leads you through the vibrant Caribbean market of Bazurto, stopping to discover the various shapes, colors, and variety of fruits, vegetables and fish from the nearby Rosario Islands. Then the chef escorts you to his home or restaurant, where he teaches you how to cook a typical regional dish, such as Mojito “de La Casa,” Cerviche, or Cazuela de Mariscos (Shellfish Stew). Then relax and savor the cuisine you’ve learned how to create.

After lunch, a walking tour of the historic walled old town reveals the hidden history of this colonial city. See Puerta Del Reloj (Clock tower entrance), a symbol of Cartagena, the Plaza San Pedro Claver with its stunning Church, and Plaza Bolivar, to stop for a fresh Lemon juice.

Continue your tour, driving to visit the impressive Castillo San Felipe, the largest Spanish fortification in the Americas. It was built in the 17th century to protect the city from marauding invaders. Next, see the 17th century Convent of La Popa, a beautiful convent building that sits atop the highest point in the city, commanding spectacular views of the bay, old town and Caribbean Sea beyond. ​(B,L)

  • Ananda Hotel Boutique, Cartagena

Day 9Rosario Islands Excursion

Today enjoy a full-day excursion to the beautiful Rosario Islands archipelago.

After a transfer to the pier, you board a motorboat for the ninety minute journey south. The 23 separate Rosario Islands are a National Natural Park, and one of the most important coral reefs of the Caribbean Colombian coast.

Enjoy time to swim or snorkel in the beautiful crystal clear waters or laze in a hammock on the white sandy beaches.

You return to Cartagena by boat, arriving by late afternoon with the remainder of the day and evening at leisure. ​(B,L)

  • Ananda Hotel Boutique, Cartagena

Day 10Depart Cartagena

Today you are taken to the Cartagena airport for your departing flight home or on to your next destination. ​(B)

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Tour Details

Meeting Point
Bogotá, Colombia
Departure Point
Cartagena, Colombia
Tour Includes
  • Accommodations as indicated in the itinerary
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • All transfers and sightseeing provided in a private deluxe vehicle when possible
  • Local English-speaking guide for sightseeing
  • Entrance fees per final scheduled itinerary
  • Airport porterage, where available (2 bags per person)
  • Local taxes
  • Travel Guard Medical Emergency and Assistance Plan

Package price is per person, based on double occupancy. Single supplement applies. Land, air, and governmental/park taxes are subject to change based on date of departure. International airfare is additional. Other restrictions may apply. Contact us for complete journey details.

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