Wonders of Colombia

Overview

Discover the diverse landscapes and fascinating culture of Colombia, from its famous coffee-growing region to the sultry Caribbean coast. Start in Bogotá, a vibrant fusion of cultures, art, and architecture, then take in the dazzling scenery of Colombia's verdant "coffee triangle," home to some of the world's finest Arabica coffee beans. Hike in the otherworldly landscape of the Cocora Valley, where the world's tallest palm trees soar above the clouds, and explore the fascinating city of Cartagena with a local chef. This multi-faceted trip is a journey you'll never forget.

  • See rolling hillsides lush with coffee plantations and learn the secrets of Colombian coffee

  • Take a walking tour of colonial capital Bogotá and explore two fascinating museums

  • Shop for fresh ingredients in a Cartagena market and prepare dinner with a local chef

  • Arrive: Bogotá, Colombia
  • Depart: Cartagena, Colombia
  • Duration: 7 Days
  • Group Size: 4-12 Guests
  • Minimum Age: 15 Years Old

Itinerary

  • Day01

    Arrive in Bogotá

    Arrive in Bogotá and transfer to your hotel with the help of your bilingual guide. Often 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. Enjoy a welcome dinner at San Isidro restaurant, located in a colonial building that sits high atop Monserrate Mountain. Try the renowned French cuisine served here, a three-course seasonal feast paired with the twinkling lights of Bogotá at your feet.

  • Day02

    Discover the Colonial Heart of Bogotá

    Tour the city's colonial district and the historic main square, then visit the city's best museums. Botero Museum features the work of Fernando Botero, Colombia's most famous artist known for his "oversized" art, as well as collections of 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.

  • Day03

    Explore Colombia's "Coffee Axis"

    After breakfast, take a flight to Pereira, a bustling city in the coffee-growing foothills of the Andes. Known as the "coffee triangle," 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 a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Check out the rural life as it's been lived for centuries, harvesting coffee, plantains and fruits that grow in this fertile region.

    • Accommodation: San Carlos Lodge
    • Transportation: 1-hour flight transfer
    • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day04

    Trek to Cocora Valley & Acaime Reserve

    Travel toward the magnificent Cocora Valley, a haunting place adorned with Colombia's national tree: the towering wax palm. Start your hike in colorful Salento, a colonial pueblo at the heart of the Zona Cafetera, then to Cocora Valley, with postcard-perfect panoramas of verdant Andean foothills. Ascend into the cloud forest, crossing rivers along rickety bridges, tree roots, stepping stones, and slippery turns. The reward is amazing: Acaime Reserve is filled with hummingbirds and red-and-blue masked trogons. Enjoy coffee and agua de panela (a traditional hot drink) before descending along the same path.

    • Accommodation: San Carlos Lodge
    • Activity: 5 hours/7.7 miles hiking with 475' elevation gain
    • Transportation: 2-hour private van transfer
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day05

    Discover Cartagena

    Fly from Pereira to Cartagena, then settle into your hotel and head out on a walking tour of this delightful Caribbean city. Founded in 1533, Cartagena was where the Spanish stored their plunders. No wonder buccaneers, pirates, and even Sir Francis Drake attempted to take the city on many occasions, leading the Spanish to spend 200 years fortifying the city. Not only is Cartagena steeped in history, it's also breathtaking, with colonial townhouses, flower-laden balconies, and a maze of shady alleyways and squares.

  • Day06

    Take a Cooking Class in Cartagena

    Dive into the fascinating culinary world of Colombia's Caribbean coast, led by a local chef. Start at Mercado Bazurto, Cartagena's labyrinthine central market. Check out the piles of freshly caught fish, colorful stalls packed with tropical fruit and vegetables, and women brewing pots of stew. Then head to a private colonial house in the walled city, where you'll cook using the fresh ingredients you just picked up. Enjoy a farewell dinner at Club de Pesca, a traditional seafood restaurant inside an old fort.

  • Day07

    Depart from Cartagena

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

    • Meals: Breakfast
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  • AvailableNov 30 - Dec 06, 2018
  • AvailableApr 20 - 26, 2019
  • AvailableJul 13 - 19, 2019
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Why take this trip with us?

Reason #01

MT Sobek has been creating pioneering trips across the globe for 50 years, working with the best local guiding teams for immersive exploration.

Reason #02

This carefully crafted short-trip journey is the perfect introduction to Colombia. Explore the country's top sights in in under a week!

Reason #03

Colombia is the hidden gem of South America, with amazing contrasts of culture and scenery all to be found in this country.

Meet Our Guides

Our expert guides and trip leaders are truly the key to our trips' success. Many are locals who live in-country year-round; others have made it their second home—all are passionate, enthusiastic and endlessly knowledgeable. Meet a few of the guides that might be on your trip.

What To Expect

  • Activities

    Learning about the fascinating culture of Colombia with easy walking tours, rewarding hikes, scenic drives, and fun cooking classes.

  • Lodging

    Comfortable hotels with beautiful architecture, including a rustic-chic lodge and two elegant five-star hotels with all the amenities.

  • Climate

    Temperatures range depending on altitude of the region with temperature ranges between 45° - 90°F.

FAQ

  • Who will meet me on arrival?

    You will be met by your local guide in Bogotá at the exit of the international arrivals in El Dorado airport.

  • Is a visa required for me to visit Colombia?

    If you are a U.S passport holders, a visa is not required to enter Colombia. Other nationalities might require visa, check with your government officials.

  • Is it safe to visit Colombia?

    Colombia is a very safe destination now. Statistically it is safer than many cities of the United States.

  • Is Yellow Fever vaccination required to visit Colombia?

    It is mandatory only if you have visited Brazil or countries of Central & West Africa in the past five years.

  • Is it possible to have vegetarian meals?

    Yes. Colombia has an amazing plethora of fresh fruits and vegetables, amazing corn-based foods, grains, and variety of artisanal cheeses.

  • Is the water safe to drink?

    We do not recommend drinking tap water in Colombia. Safe water is readily available at hotels and restaurants. Order your beverages without ice.

Dates & Pricing

Pricing Dates

Scheduled Dates

  • Available
    Nov 30 - Dec 06, 2018
    Confirmed Departure
  • Available
    Apr 20 - 26, 2019
  • Available
    Jul 13 - 19, 2019
  • Available
    Nov 23 - 29, 2019

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Additional Cost

  • $300.00 Internal Airfare
  • $750.00 Single Supplement
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Additional Cost

  • $330.00 Internal Airfare
  • $750.00 Single Supplement

Price Includes

  • Expert leadership from experienced adventure guides
  • Accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • Meals as noted in the daily itinerary
  • Potable water and snacks throughout
  • 1 glass of wine or beer at dinner
  • All tips and gratuities for support staff with the exception of your lead adventure guide(s)
  • All group entrance fees, activities, and ground transportation
  • Arrival and departure day airport transfers

Price Does Not Include

  • International airfare, any airport taxes, or excess baggage charges
  • 2 lunches (Day 3 & 6) and 2 dinners (Day 2 & 5)
  • Optional tips to your lead adventure guides
  • Personal expenses such as medical immunizations, phone calls, laundry, or souvenirs
  • Airport transfers if arriving and departing outside of Day 1 & 7
  • Optional travel protection

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