Culture, Coffee & Salsa

This 12-day sample Colombia holiday from Bogota to the Coffee Region and on to Cali, home to salsa. Finish the holiday in Cartagena, the colonial jewel of the whole Latin American region. Options to include a stay in Tayrona National Park or on one of the Caribbean islands.

Highlights: Bogota – Coffee Zone – Cali – Cartagena

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ITINERARY:

DAY 1:

Welcome to Colombia! You will be met on arrival in Bogota and driven to your hotel. Enjoy an afternoon city tour to visit the Bogotá’s historic centre and both the Gold and the Botero Museums.

DAY 2:

Early-morning trip to the Paloquemao Flower Market and Bogotá’s Usaquen district to sample some street food. Travel north to visit the Salt Cathedral at Zipaquirá, and watch a Paso Fino display.

DAY 3:

Fly from Bogota to Pereria in the Coffee Region for a 3-night stay. Relax by the pool at your hacienda hotel or take up the option to do some bamboo rafting, zip-lining or horse-riding.

DAY 4:

Full-day coffee tour to learn about the production, harvesting and selection processes involved. Afterwards, relax in local hot springs at Santa Rosa de Caballe whilst enjoying dinner.

DAY 5:

Full-day trip to Cocora Valley where you can explore this lush landscape. Wander Filandia, a small Colonial town, browse the local arisan shops in Salento and visit a local coffee shop for a demonstration of ‘latte art’.

DAY 6:

Fly from Pereira to Cali, Colombia’s self-appointed ‘capital of Salsa’ for a 2-night stay. Enjoy a City Tour on arrival before ending the afternoon with a visit to two of the most important dance schools in the city.

DAY 7:

Day at leisure. Options today include more salsa, a hike in the Farallones National Park or a visit the Andoke Foundation – an educational eco-centre which promotes and conserves Colombia’s biodiversity.

DAY 8:

Fly to Cartagena – the jewel of Colombia’s colonial crown, lcoated on the Caribbean coast. Take a City Tour in the afternoon to orientate yourself and begin to discover the colonial and maritime history of the city.

DAY 9:

Morning at leisure in Cartagena. Afternoon visit to La Popa Convent at the top of Mount Popa, and San Felipe Fortress (above) on the Hill of San Lázaro.

DAY 10:

Day trip out by motor-boat to the Rosario Islands – a series of twenty-three coral islands with some of the most diverse and richest marine ecosystems in Colombia.

DAY 11:

Day at leisure. Options include some rum & chocolate tasting, a visit to Palenque, or travel to a local fishing village for a boat tour around the mangrove swamps.

DAY 12:

Morning at leisure in Cartagena before your afternoon flight back to Bogota, where you will connect to your flight back to the UK or further afield. Farewell Colombia!

The above sample Colombia holiday can be varied in any way you choose to suit your exact requirements so give us a call now on 01932 424252 to discuss any modifications.

Hotels

Colombia has a wide range of types & styles of hotels, at a variety of price-points to suit all budgets. Please chat to one of our Travel Consultants to get informed advice as to which hotels they would suggest for your tailor-made Colombia holiday.

Included Tours, Excursions & Activities whilst on your Colombia Holiday

The tours, excursions & activities mentioned in the above sample itinerary are just a selection of what is available in each location. The itinerary can be adjusted to fit your particular requirements for this holiday; please liaise with your Travel Consultant to confirm what other activities are available and what you would like to include in your tailor-made Colombia holiday.

Duration of your Colombia Holiday

If you like the broad sweep of the above sample itinerary but have fewer days to spend on your Colombia holiday, or wish to extend it in any way, please ask your Travel Consultant for ideas on how to shorten or lengthen the holiday, or how to reorganise the itinerary.

No-Obligation Quote

We would be delighted to email you a no-obligation, fully-detailed itinerary & quote, containing images of the hotels we suggest for your tailor-made Colombia holiday along with a link to the hotel’s website, plus details of any included tours & excursions. The quote will clearly state what is, and what is not included in the quoted price. If you thereafter wish to make any changes to the initial itinerary – be it an alternative hotel, different activities, a different duration in any location etc. – that’s not a problem and we will continue to work with you to adjust the programme until it exactly matches what you’re looking for from your tailor-made Colombia holiday.