Colombia’s 3 Axis of Diversity: Bogota, Coffee Region and Cartagena 8-Day Tour

Time will ever be enough, but this trip is made for you to cover Colombia’s must-go destinations and experiences

Duration

8 days

Tour Type

Private Tour

Guaranteed departure

Languages

Eng-Spa

Overview

If you don’t know what to choose, we do it for you: visit three essential regions in Colombia and get a lifetime experience. You will start in the capital of Colombia, Bogota. You will spend one day discovering the city main spots. On the second day you will explore its surroundings by going to the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira. You will fly to Pereira on the third day to enjoy the coffee triangle. You will spend one day discovering the Cocora Valley and the coffee farms and on the other day you will go to Santa Rosa’s hot springs. You will fly to Cartagena on the sixth day. You will have one day to wander around the walled city and its colorful spots and on the last day you will relax in a small island near the city. Food, history, and lots of fun by the hand of our welcoming locals.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Getting to know three of the must-visit places in Colombia: Bogota, the Coffee Triangle and Cartagena
  • Combining city and nature by visiting the cities downtowns on one day and the top-notch natural destinations on the other
  • Learning about our diversity through our history
  • Diving into Colombian culture through its typical food, music, and landscapes
  • A chance to get in touch with locals

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Description

Leave everything in our hands. We will welcome you to three places that sum up pretty well all the great things that we are known for.

Day 1. La Candelaria and Monserrate
The first day begins with a tour of La Candelaria, in the historic center of Bogota. You will visit the Plaza de Bolivar, the Casa de Nariño, Chorro de Quevedo and two of the most important museums in the area: the Gold Museum and the Botero Museum. You will enjoy local gastronomic experiences, such as fruits, coffee and a delicious typical lunch. You will also take the cable car up to Monserrate to observe the city from the top, visit the basilica and its natural areas. The rest of the afternoon will be free.

Day 2. Zipaquirá and Guatavita
On this day you will visit the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá, one of the wonders of Colombia and the Guatavita Lagoon, where the Legend of El Dorado is said to take place. For this, you will head north of the city, first to the town of Zipaquirá. You will go through the tunnels and roads of the salt mine, to see the only subway Catholic church in the world and its history. Then, you will go to the town of Guatavita and walk to the natural park of Guatavita and learn about its legends. You will enjoy a delicious traditional lunch and at the end of the day you will return to Bogota.

Day 3. Santa Rosa Hot Springs
On this day you will visit the town of Santa Rosa de Cabal where you will hike to the hot springs, rich in minerals and known for their medicinal properties. You will walk through the beautiful landscapes of this place, with its waterfalls and mountainous areas and enjoy its natural pools. You will also taste some typical dishes and a traditional lunch before returning to your hotel.

Day 4. Cocora Valley and Coffee farm
In Salento you will start the morning with a hike to the Cocora Valley, the natural sanctuary of the wax palms, Colombia's national tree. You will learn about Colombian farmer traditions, and you will take pictures of the breathtaking scenery at the viewpoints and enjoy a typical homemade lunch. You will also enjoy a tour of a coffee farm to learn about the entire coffee process, from planting, harvesting, picking and roasting. You will be able to pick cherries with local guides and participate in a coffee tasting with the baristas.

Day 5. Arrival in the city
On the fifth day you will transfer to the airport to fly to Cartagena de Indias and from there to your hotel. You will have the day at leisure.

Day 6. Walled City and Castle of San Felipe
You will tour the Walled City and the historic center of Cartagena on a private city tour. You will visit the San Felipe Castle, the Palace of the Inquisition, the Clock Tower, the most important squares and the most important colonial houses in the area. During the tour you will have gastronomic experiences with the most typical products of the city, as well as a delicious local lunch.

Day 7. Beach day at Playa Tranquila and aquarium
You will have a rest day in Playa Tranquila and visit the Aquarium, both places located in the Rosario Islands. You will take a boat to get there and enjoy the Caribbean climate, the typical and fresh food and the scenery. At the end of the day, you will take the boat back to Cartagena and the hotel and finish the tour.

Day 8. Check out and departure
On the last day of the trip, after check-out at the hotel, you will have a day of rest.

We know it is not an easy task to sum up a whole country in so little time, but this is our best. We are sure you will end up wanting to discover more of our diverse country. A home that welcomes everyone.

Included/Excluded

  • Domestic flights and ground transportation (domestic only)
  • Transfers, visits and entrance fees, according to itinerary
  • Accommodation for 7 nights in scheduled hotels (or similar), according to chosen category
  • Travel insurance
  • 7 breakfasts (at the hotel)
  • 6 lunches
  • Tour with a local guide per destination
  • Dinners
  • Extra purchases
  • International tickets. Arrival at the city where the tour begins and return to the country of origin are at the traveler's expense.
  • Additional nights and hotel reservations, as well as other facilities acquired outside the itinerary of Gran Colombia Tours

Additional Information

🟡 Domestic flights include hold baggage of 23 kg

🟡 In Bogota, the Gold Museum is closed on Mondays and the Botero Museum on Tuesdays

🟡 Please, take into account that most of the experiences and tours of this trip are done by foot

🟡 You can start the journey in any of both cities and finish it in the other one

🟡 Policy cancellation up to 8 days before departing for a 50% refund

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