17 DAYS ●
Colombia is Latin America's rising star, a charismatic country full of passion! Explore its treasures, from coffee and colonial splendour to Caribbean beaches and all that's in between on this exciting tour.
Visit this vibrant and colourful UNESCO world heritage listed town
Tour a hacienda and taste the rich flavour of Colombia's famous beans
Drive in Willy Jeeps into the beautiful lush landscapes of Cocora
Our Colombia Discovery itinerary has been intricately designed for those who wish to see iconic sites and magnificent treasures. You'll travel with the assurance that all your arrangements are taken care of, with international flights, accommodation and all the touring listed below. You will be accompanied by our industry-leading National Escorts whose unparalleled knowledge and talent will turn your tour into an unforgettable experience.
Fly from Australia to Bogota, Colombia’s vibrant capital, arriving the same day due to crossing the International Date Line. You will be met at the airport and transferred approximately an hour and half to your hotel. You have a orientation tour this afternoon before a welcome dinner this evening. (D)
Explore the sights of the city. Enjoy a morning tour of the Candelaria neighbourhood, with a visit to the Gold Museum, one of the most fascinating museums in Latin America due to its 55,000 strong collection of gold pieces from Colombia’s major pre-Hispanic cultures. Next, visit the historic centre at the Plaza de Bolivar with its impressive Cathedral. Have lunch in a local restaurant trying the local delicacy. This afternoon you will ride the cable car to Monserrate monastery, where you can enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding landscape. (B,L)
Just outside of Bogota is one of Colombia’s most unusual attractions; the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira. Built 200 metres below ground in a salt mine and beautifully illuminated, this cavernous space is considered an outstanding example of modern Colombian architecture. Fly to Cali, the hub of Colombia’s salsa dancing scene. (B,L,)
Cali has a rich Afro-Colombian heritage and as a city, exudes a lively, passionate atmosphere. Begin the day exploring, visiting the Sebastian de Belalcazar monument and the quirky El Gato del Rio park, before admiring the baroque cathedral and colonial stucco La Merced church. Cali runs to a salsa beat, so it’s only right that this afternoon, you get your dancing shoes on for an exciting salsa class! Here you’ll get your feet around the basics of this classic Latin American dance.. (B,L,D)
Depart Cali and travel into Colombia’s lush coffee region. Tour a hacienda, welcome cup of java in hand and learn all about growing and processing coffee beans. Enjoy an introductory talk, exercises in tasting and smelling coffee and a tour of the factory. At the end of the tour you’ll not only have a greater appreciation for these beloved beans but also a farewell brew to sip on. (B,L,D)
Spend the morning in the quaint agricultural town of Filandia; the tower viewpoint gives spectacular views over the surrounding countryside. Drive in Willy Jeeps into the beautiful landscapes of Cocora, a lush valley surrounded by high hills. An eco-guide will lead you through the cloud forest full of a diverse range of ora and fauna - keep an eye out for palma de cera, Colombia’s national tree. Continue to the typical town of Salento, where you can admire local-style architecture and visit the workshops of craftsmen and artisans. (B,L,D)
Start the day amongst the beautiful blooms of an orchid farm, which itself is set in a magnificent natural landscape. There are also plenty of tropical plants (some carnivorous!) to admire and colourful birds to spot. You’ll also be able to enjoy a lovely lunch here before transferring by road to the hillside city of Medellin. (B,L)
Set in a valley and backed by mountains, Colombia’s second largest city is a leafy, progressive and creative metropolis. Have a full day tour here starting with a journey via cable car to Cerro Nutibara for a wonderful view over the city. Next, admire the sculptures of Colombian artist Fernando Botero. Visit the Metropolitan Cathedral before embarking on a fascinating walking tour of the comunas to see some of the city’s street art. (B,L,D)
Travel out of the city to explore the surrounding region. Stop at La Piedra de El Penól, a towering rock monolith that was once worshipped by the local indigenous community. The 700-step climb to the top is optional, but those who do it will be rewarded with views across a huge reservoir created by a hydroelectric dam built in the 1970s. Continue to the town of Guatape where you'll wander streets lined with vividly coloured buildings. (B,L)
Depart Medellin and fly to the Caribbean seaside city of Santa Marta. In the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, whose peaks can be seen from the beach, Santa Marta was founded in 1525, making it one of South America’s oldest cities. (B,D)
Explore the exotic coastline of the Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona today, winding through tropical forest before arriving at the Sea of the Seven Waves, a natural viewpoint from which to enjoy the natural landscape. Walk a short way alongside stretches of golden sand and lush rainforest to reach the boat which will take you on a cruise over to Playa Cristal, a beautiful beach where you can take a refreshing dip. (B,L)
Travel by road from Santa Marta to the Caribbean port city of Cartagena, where the afternoon will be spent exploring the local area on a delicious street food tour. (B,L)
Cartagena is Colombia’s most popular destination. Vibrant and colourful, located on the Caribbean coast and home to a beautifully preserved, UNESCO World Heritage-listed old town, it’s easy to see why! This morning, your city tour will include stops at Bolivar Park, where you will learn of the history of the Inquisition Palace, the torture chambers and the many heretics who were imprisoned here. Also stop at San Felipe Fortress that was used to defend the city from piracy. Finally, visit the Convent and Church of San Pedro Claver in the Ciudad Vieja (old town). (B)
Today you have an optional day tour to one of the dreamy islands that make up the coral archipelago of Rosario. Here you can relax on a stunning beach or, for the more active, kayak or snorkel (at your own expense) to explore its beauty further. You are free however to stay in Cartagena and continue exploring at your own pace. (B,D)
This morning after breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back to Australia, arriving home in 2 days due to crossing the International Date Line. (B)
All of our tour departures include international flights and taxes in the price. Our tour prices are from prices based on per person, twin share and are subject to the availability of specific economy class fare levels. If the dates we have available for this tour don't suit your needs, or you are not sure travelling as part of a group is for you, maybe a Private Tour would be more ideal.
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