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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After breakfast, transfer to Cartagena airport and depart on homeward-bound flights.
MT Sobek has been creating pioneering trips across the globe for 50 years, working with the best local guiding teams for immersive exploration.
This carefully crafted short-trip journey is the perfect introduction to Colombia. Explore the country's top sights in in under a week!
Colombia is the hidden gem of South America, with amazing contrasts of culture and scenery all to be found in this country.
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.
Learning about the fascinating culture of Colombia with easy walking tours, rewarding hikes, scenic drives, and fun cooking classes.
Comfortable hotels with beautiful architecture, including a rustic-chic lodge and two elegant five-star hotels with all the amenities.
Temperatures range depending on altitude of the region with temperature ranges between 45° - 90°F.
You will be met by your local guide in Bogotá at the exit of the international arrivals in El Dorado airport.
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.
Colombia is a very safe destination now. Statistically it is safer than many cities of the United States.
It is mandatory only if you have visited Brazil or countries of Central & West Africa in the past five years.
Yes. Colombia has an amazing plethora of fresh fruits and vegetables, amazing corn-based foods, grains, and variety of artisanal cheeses.
We do not recommend drinking tap water in Colombia. Safe water is readily available at hotels and restaurants. Order your beverages without ice.
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