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New! Wonders of Colombia

Trip Length 7 days

From $3,495

  • Discover the heady mix of art, architecture and colonial past of Bogotá, Colombia’s vibrant capital city
  • Trek to the spectacular Cocora Valley in Colombia’s coffee region, an otherworldly landscape that is home to wax palm, the world’s tallest palm tree
  • Explore the rich history, food and culture of Cartagena, the colorful colonial showcase of Colombia’s Caribbean coast

The seamless blend of culture and nature weaved into our brand-new Colombia adventure reveals the best of this buzzy South American beauty. From mountain sanctuaries and colorful towns to the coffee-growing Andean foothills and the sultry Caribbean coast, the journey takes in Colombia’s diverse highlights. The trip begins in Bogotá, a vibrant fusion of cultures, art, and architecture, and on to discover the dazzling scenery of Colombia’s “coffee axis,” home to some of the world’s finest Arabica coffee beans. Trek to the Cocora Valley, where the world’s tallest palm trees soar above the clouds in an otherworldly display of natural wonder. Wrap up in the walled city of Cartagena, the colonial jewel of Colombia’s Caribbean coast, to soak up its sultry vibe and cook up a storm with a local chef.

Day 1: Arrive in Bogotá

Welcome to Bogotá! You’ll be greeted at the airport by your bilingual guide and transferred to your hotel in a private vehicle. Sometimes called the “Athens of South America,” the capital of Colombia is a multicultural city filled with beautiful parks, colonial mansions, historic churches, and fascinating museums. This evening, you’ll enjoy a welcome dinner at San Isidro restaurant, located in a colonial building perched atop Monserrate mountain. Enjoy the renowned French cuisine served here, a three-course seasonal feast paired with twinkling lights of Bogotá at your feet.

  • Dinner
  • Accommodation:Sofitel Victoria Regia

Day 2: Discover Bogotá’s Colonial Heart

Enjoy a tour of La Candelaria, the city’s colonial district and its oldest part centered on Plaza Bolivar, the historic main square, with insights provided by our English-speaking guide. Then visit the city’s best museums. Botero Museum features the paintings and sculptures of Fernando Botero, Colombia’s most famous artist known for his “oversized” art, as well as his collection of works by other artists, including Monet and Van Gogh. At the Gold Museum, see a spectacular collection of 35,000 pre-Colombian gold artifacts, including a golden raft. You’ll never forget standing in a darkened room when suddenly the lights turn on, revealing hundreds of illuminated gold pieces! Round out the day traveling by cable car up to Monserrate Sanctuary (10,347’)—an iconic church dating back to the year 1640.

  • Breakfast/Lunch
  • Accommodation:Sofitel Victoria Regia

Day 3: Explore Colombia’s “Coffee Axis”

After breakfast, enjoy a private transfer to the airport for your hour-long flight to Pereira, a bustling city in the coffee-growing foothills of the Andes in western Colombia. At Pereira airport, you’ll get picked up by your guide and transferred to the hotel. Known as the “coffee triangle” or the “coffee axis” —thanks to the mild Arabica beans grown here—this region is the heart and soul of Colombia, a spectacular landscape of rolling hillsides lush with coffee plantations and plunging valleys. Dotted with fincas (coffee farms), many of which can be visited, the area is protected by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, “Coffee Cultural Landscape of Colombia.” Check out the campesino (rural) life as it’s been lived for centuries, harvesting coffee, plantains and fruits that grow in this fertile region. Three departments make up Colombia’s Zona Cafetera—Caldas, Risaralda and Quindío—all flanked by snow-capped peaks of the Parque Natural los Nevados to the east.

  • Breakfast/Dinner
  • Accommodation:San Carlos Lodge

Day 4: Trek to Cocora Valley and Acaime Reserve

Today we'll travel toward the magnificent Cocora Valley, a haunting place adorned with Colombia’s signature national tree: the towering wax palm. Have a coffee break in colorful Salento, a colonial pueblo at the heart of the Zona Cafetera, and then begin your trek to Cocora Valley. You’ll be treated to postcard-perfect panoramas of verdant Andean foothills dotted with skinny wax palms, the world’s tallest palm—a photographer’s dream. Beyond Cocora lies another stunning sight, which you’ll reach by ascending into the cloud forest. Though the incline itself is gentle, the trek involves crossing rivers, along rickety bridges, tree roots, stepping stones, and slippery turns. The reward is amazing though—Acaime Reserve has more than 6 different kinds of hummingbirds, as well as other tropical birds like red-and-blue masked trogons. The sight of these tiny birds chirping around the feeders is extraordinary. Enjoy coffee and agua de panela (a traditional hot drink) before beginning our descent, along the same path.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:San Carlos Lodge

Day 5: Discover Cartagena

Enjoy breakfast before a transfer to the airport for your flight from Pereira to Cartagena (via Bogotá). Your guide will pick you up at the Cartagena airport, and take you to the hotel. After settling in, head out on a walking tour of this delightful Caribbean city, exploring its heady mix of African, indigenous and European flavors. Founded in 1533, Cartagena was formerly the Caribbean gateway port for the Spanish, who used it to store the riches plundered form the continent before transporting them back to the old world. No surprise it was so popular with buccaneers and pirates who attempted to take the city on many occasions; even Sir Francis Drake gave it a good try back in 1586, which led the Spanish to fortify the city. The walls and fort took 200 years to complete; they were finished 25 years before Colombia gained independence.

Among South America’s most colorful cities, Cartagena is steeped in history and simply breathtaking, with its colonial townhouses, flower-laden balconies, and a maze of shady alleyways and squares. Today’s tour will take you through the old town under the Puerta Del Reloj (Clock Tower Entrance), a symbol of Cartagena, into the Plaza de los Coches, Plaza San Pedro Claver with its majestic church, and on to Plaza Bolivar.

  • Breakfast/Lunch
  • Accommodation:Sofitel Legend Santa Clara

Day 6: Food-Lovers Cooking Class & Farewell Dinner

This morning, adventurous souls who love food will dive into the fascinating culinary world of Colombia’s Caribbean coast, led by a local chef. The tour starts at Mercado Bazurto, Cartagena’s labyrinthine central market. Roaming around is an enthralling yet dizzying experience that involves a full-frontal assault on the senses. Check out the piles of freshly caught fish, colorful stalls packed with tropical fruit and vegetables, mountains of dill, cilantro and other herbs, pungent butchers’ blocks, old men packing charcoal, and women brewing pots of stew. After your guide-chef selects ingredients right from the source you’ll head to a private colonial house in the walled city, where you’ll get a refreshing Colombian soda before the cooking class using the fresh ingredients you just picked up. In the evening, enjoy a farewell dinner at Club de Pesca, a traditional seafood restaurant located in the Manga district of Cartagena, just southeast of the old city inside an old fort.

  • Breakfast/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Sofitel Legend Santa Clara

Day 7: Depart from Cartagena

After breakfast, transfer to Cartagena airport and depart on homeward-bound flights.

  • Breakfast

Jul 27, 2018 - Aug 02, 2018

Nov 30, 2018 - Dec 06, 2018

pricing

$3,495 (4 - 12 members)

$750 Single supplement

$300 Internal airfare

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San Carlos Lodge — Pereira

San Carlos Lodge is a boutique hideaway in the heart of Colombia’s coffee region, with splendid vistas out to the lush farmland and gorgeously kept gardens. Built mainly with bamboo, the rustic-chic lodge is tastefully minimalist, with handicrafts by local artisans. Each guestroom comes with its own theme, plenty of character and a full range of amenities, including flat-screen TVs and Wi-Fi. You can unwind on the terrace with stunning mountain views or by the outdoor swimming pool, and sample local and international favorites at the restaurant. It’s a fantastic base for exploring the nearby plantations and other highlights of the coffee region, including the spectacular Cocora Valley.

Sofitel Legend Santa Clara — Cartagena

Originally built as a convent in 1621, the Sofitel Santa Clara hotel is a landmark nestled in the heart of Cartagena de Indias. Its walls, which acted as a defensive shield in the past, blend in with colonial balconies and republican buildings that evoke the splendor of bygone eras.In recognition of its cultural and architectural riches, the fortified city, with its castles and bastions, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984.


 

Sofitel Victoria Regia — Bogotá

  • Discover the heady mix of art, architecture and colonial past of Bogotá, Colombia’s vibrant capital city
  • Trek to the spectacular Cocora Valley in Colombia’s coffee region, an otherworldly landscape that is home to wax palm, the world’s tallest palm tree
  • Explore the rich history, food and culture of Cartagena, the colorful colonial showcase of Colombia’s Caribbean coast

The seamless blend of culture and nature weaved into our brand-new Colombia adventure reveals the best of this buzzy South American beauty. From mountain sanctuaries and colorful towns to the coffee-growing Andean foothills and the sultry Caribbean coast, the journey takes in Colombia’s diverse highlights. The trip begins in Bogotá, a vibrant fusion of cultures, art, and architecture, and on to discover the dazzling scenery of Colombia’s “coffee axis,” home to some of the world’s finest Arabica coffee beans. Trek to the Cocora Valley, where the world’s tallest palm trees soar above the clouds in an otherworldly display of natural wonder. Wrap up in the walled city of Cartagena, the colonial jewel of Colombia’s Caribbean coast, to soak up its sultry vibe and cook up a storm with a local chef.

DAILY itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Bogotá

Welcome to Bogotá! You’ll be greeted at the airport by your bilingual guide and transferred to your hotel in a private vehicle. Sometimes called the “Athens of South America,” the capital of Colombia is a multicultural city filled with beautiful parks, colonial mansions, historic churches, and fascinating museums. This evening, you’ll enjoy a welcome dinner at San Isidro restaurant, located in a colonial building perched atop Monserrate mountain. Enjoy the renowned French cuisine served here, a three-course seasonal feast paired with twinkling lights of Bogotá at your feet.

  • Dinner
  • Accommodation:Sofitel Victoria Regia

Day 2: Discover Bogotá’s Colonial Heart

Enjoy a tour of La Candelaria, the city’s colonial district and its oldest part centered on Plaza Bolivar, the historic main square, with insights provided by our English-speaking guide. Then visit the city’s best museums. Botero Museum features the paintings and sculptures of Fernando Botero, Colombia’s most famous artist known for his “oversized” art, as well as his collection of works by other artists, including Monet and Van Gogh. At the Gold Museum, see a spectacular collection of 35,000 pre-Colombian gold artifacts, including a golden raft. You’ll never forget standing in a darkened room when suddenly the lights turn on, revealing hundreds of illuminated gold pieces! Round out the day traveling by cable car up to Monserrate Sanctuary (10,347’)—an iconic church dating back to the year 1640.

  • Breakfast/Lunch
  • Accommodation:Sofitel Victoria Regia

Day 3: Explore Colombia’s “Coffee Axis”

After breakfast, enjoy a private transfer to the airport for your hour-long flight to Pereira, a bustling city in the coffee-growing foothills of the Andes in western Colombia. At Pereira airport, you’ll get picked up by your guide and transferred to the hotel. Known as the “coffee triangle” or the “coffee axis” —thanks to the mild Arabica beans grown here—this region is the heart and soul of Colombia, a spectacular landscape of rolling hillsides lush with coffee plantations and plunging valleys. Dotted with fincas (coffee farms), many of which can be visited, the area is protected by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, “Coffee Cultural Landscape of Colombia.” Check out the campesino (rural) life as it’s been lived for centuries, harvesting coffee, plantains and fruits that grow in this fertile region. Three departments make up Colombia’s Zona Cafetera—Caldas, Risaralda and Quindío—all flanked by snow-capped peaks of the Parque Natural los Nevados to the east.

  • Breakfast/Dinner
  • Accommodation:San Carlos Lodge

Day 4: Trek to Cocora Valley and Acaime Reserve

Today we'll travel toward the magnificent Cocora Valley, a haunting place adorned with Colombia’s signature national tree: the towering wax palm. Have a coffee break in colorful Salento, a colonial pueblo at the heart of the Zona Cafetera, and then begin your trek to Cocora Valley. You’ll be treated to postcard-perfect panoramas of verdant Andean foothills dotted with skinny wax palms, the world’s tallest palm—a photographer’s dream. Beyond Cocora lies another stunning sight, which you’ll reach by ascending into the cloud forest. Though the incline itself is gentle, the trek involves crossing rivers, along rickety bridges, tree roots, stepping stones, and slippery turns. The reward is amazing though—Acaime Reserve has more than 6 different kinds of hummingbirds, as well as other tropical birds like red-and-blue masked trogons. The sight of these tiny birds chirping around the feeders is extraordinary. Enjoy coffee and agua de panela (a traditional hot drink) before beginning our descent, along the same path.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:San Carlos Lodge

Day 5: Discover Cartagena

Enjoy breakfast before a transfer to the airport for your flight from Pereira to Cartagena (via Bogotá). Your guide will pick you up at the Cartagena airport, and take you to the hotel. After settling in, head out on a walking tour of this delightful Caribbean city, exploring its heady mix of African, indigenous and European flavors. Founded in 1533, Cartagena was formerly the Caribbean gateway port for the Spanish, who used it to store the riches plundered form the continent before transporting them back to the old world. No surprise it was so popular with buccaneers and pirates who attempted to take the city on many occasions; even Sir Francis Drake gave it a good try back in 1586, which led the Spanish to fortify the city. The walls and fort took 200 years to complete; they were finished 25 years before Colombia gained independence.

Among South America’s most colorful cities, Cartagena is steeped in history and simply breathtaking, with its colonial townhouses, flower-laden balconies, and a maze of shady alleyways and squares. Today’s tour will take you through the old town under the Puerta Del Reloj (Clock Tower Entrance), a symbol of Cartagena, into the Plaza de los Coches, Plaza San Pedro Claver with its majestic church, and on to Plaza Bolivar.

  • Breakfast/Lunch
  • Accommodation:Sofitel Legend Santa Clara

Day 6: Food-Lovers Cooking Class & Farewell Dinner

This morning, adventurous souls who love food will dive into the fascinating culinary world of Colombia’s Caribbean coast, led by a local chef. The tour starts at Mercado Bazurto, Cartagena’s labyrinthine central market. Roaming around is an enthralling yet dizzying experience that involves a full-frontal assault on the senses. Check out the piles of freshly caught fish, colorful stalls packed with tropical fruit and vegetables, mountains of dill, cilantro and other herbs, pungent butchers’ blocks, old men packing charcoal, and women brewing pots of stew. After your guide-chef selects ingredients right from the source you’ll head to a private colonial house in the walled city, where you’ll get a refreshing Colombian soda before the cooking class using the fresh ingredients you just picked up. In the evening, enjoy a farewell dinner at Club de Pesca, a traditional seafood restaurant located in the Manga district of Cartagena, just southeast of the old city inside an old fort.

  • Breakfast/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Sofitel Legend Santa Clara

Day 7: Depart from Cartagena

After breakfast, transfer to Cartagena airport and depart on homeward-bound flights.

  • Breakfast
lodgings

San Carlos Lodge — Pereira

San Carlos Lodge is a boutique hideaway in the heart of Colombia’s coffee region, with splendid vistas out to the lush farmland and gorgeously kept gardens. Built mainly with bamboo, the rustic-chic lodge is tastefully minimalist, with handicrafts by local artisans. Each guestroom comes with its own theme, plenty of character and a full range of amenities, including flat-screen TVs and Wi-Fi. You can unwind on the terrace with stunning mountain views or by the outdoor swimming pool, and sample local and international favorites at the restaurant. It’s a fantastic base for exploring the nearby plantations and other highlights of the coffee region, including the spectacular Cocora Valley.

Sofitel Legend Santa Clara — Cartagena

Originally built as a convent in 1621, the Sofitel Santa Clara hotel is a landmark nestled in the heart of Cartagena de Indias. Its walls, which acted as a defensive shield in the past, blend in with colonial balconies and republican buildings that evoke the splendor of bygone eras.In recognition of its cultural and architectural riches, the fortified city, with its castles and bastions, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984.


 

Sofitel Victoria Regia — Bogotá

Dates and Pricing

Jul 27, 2018 - Aug 02, 2018

Nov 30, 2018 - Dec 06, 2018

pricing

$3,495 (4 - 12 members)

$750 Single supplement

$300 Internal airfare

Activity Level Moderate
Trip Length 7 days

From $3,495

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