Day 1 Bogotá
Arrive at any time, included transfer to hotel. There are no planned activities so check into our hotel and enjoy the city. Your Chief Experience Officer (CEO) will hold a general briefing in the evening, normally between 7pm and 8pm (a note will be posted in the arrival hotel with details). Officially named Bogotá, D.C. (Capital District), and once known as Santa Fe de Bogotá, the capital city of Colombia is home to more than seven million inhabitants. The city is located at an elevation of about 2,650m (8,660 ft) on a plateau in the Andes mountains. Modern Bogotá offers residents and visitors a wide variety of activities and amenities, combined with the picturesque beauty of its cultural and architectural past. Enjoy colonial churches and pre-colombian art in contrast with the futuristic high-rise buildings of a busy metropolis. Perhaps you might enjoy a visit to the National Museum of Colombia (one of the oldest museums on the continent and holding more than 20,000 pieces), La Plaza de Bolivar (government buildings at the heart of the city dating back through several eras), the Gold Museum, or one of its many historical churches (Santa Clara, San Francisco, San Ignacio, the Cathedral situated in La Plaza de Bolívar, La Tercera San Diego and the sanctuary of Monserrate). You may also wish to take a walk around (and maybe a little shopping) at some of its more interesting and trendy neighbourhoods including La Candelaria, La Macarena, Parque de la 93, La Zona T, and Monserrate, La Zona Rosa (bars and restaurants), La Zona G(International Cuisine) and Monserrate Santuary and City view point.
Day 2-3 Armenia (2B,2L,2D)
Catch a flight to Armenia where we spend 2 nights at a local Hacienda. Take a Recuca coffee farm tour and learn about the culture of the region and the coffee growing process. On Day 3, enjoy a full day excursion to Salento and Cocora valley. Explore the area surrounding the coffee plantation and grounds to get acquainted with the process of coffee production, and there will be plenty of chances to sample! Lots of free time to explore the area and take exciting optional excursions like kayaking, rafting or biking or visit the nearby botanical garden and butterfly farm of Armenia. Excursion to Salento, a small typical colombian coffee village surrounded by incredible landscapes of mountains, rivers and valleys. In the afternoon we take an included tour to a coffee farm and enjoy the taste of a good coffee cup in the best coffee shop in town. The rest of the time is for us to stroll around the appealing streets of town.
Day 4-5 Medellín (2B)
Drive to Medellín and enjoy time to explore this historic city. Option to explore the city, visit museums or go shopping. We will have plenty of free time to explore the many attractions of Medellin: Visist the City View Point at Nutibara Hill where you find Pueblito Paisa, a typical representation of a rural village of Coffee zone of Colombia, and take a ride in Medellin’s Metro and Cable Car. Other optional tours include a visit to Santa Fe de Antioquia, Guatape Dam, Penol Rock, or even consider paragliding over Medellín.
Day 6-7 Tayrona National Park area (2B,1L,2D)
Morning flight to Santa Marta and a 45-minute private transfer to our beach lodge near Tayrona National Park on the Caribbean coast. Enjoy fresh seafood and some of Colombia's most pristine and beautiful white sand beaches. Spend the day swimming and enjoying the beach or opt to hike into the jungle to see the ruins of El Pueblito or hike into the national park.
Day 8-10 Cartagena (3B)
Drive to Cartagena and embark on a city tour including the fortress known as Castillo de San Felipe, La Popa Hill viewpoint, overlooking the city and harbour and take in some of the city's churches (Iglesia de San Pedro Claver, La Catedral, and Iglesia de Santo Domingo). Free time for optional activities such as a visit to Playa Blanca, a boat tour to Islas del Rosario National Park, or explore nearby beaches. A Unesco World Heritage Site on the coast of the Caribbean Sea, Cartagena is Colombia's most famous and most visited city. Tourists are most attracted to the remarkably intact historic walled colonial city ("ciudad amurallada") and the beachfront area of Bocagrande. An included city tour will show us the highlights of Cartagena: The fortress known as Castillo de San Felipe, La Popa hill viewpoint which overlooks the city and harbour and some of the city's churches (Iglesia de San Pedro Claver, La Catedral, Iglesia de Santo Domingo). Experience the Caribbean charm and beauty of the city while learning about its fabled past. Continue on your own with the exploration of the town by foot and visit some museums such as: Museum of Modern Art, Museum of Inquisition, Museum of Gold and Naval Museum. Also option to explore the town by“Chiva” bus at night to get a feeling for this vibrant city. You can visit Playa Blanca, take a boat to the Islas del Rosario National Park with its stunning beaches, or soak in the crater of the Totumo mud volcano.
Day 11 Bogotá (1B)
Fly back to Bogotá with free time for optionals such as the National Museum of Colombia, Gold Museum, or just wander one of the many quaint neighbourhoods.
Day 12 Bogotá (1B)
Depart at any time.