Blue Colombia - Sample Itinerary

20 days

TOTAL PRICE: € 2.475 PER PERSON

TRIP INFORMATION | ITINERARY

  

Day 1 – Sun 29/1: ARRIVAL IN BOGOTÁ 

 

Today your Colombian adventure finally kicks off! You will land in the late afternoon in the international airport of Bogotá.

 

It might be a good idea to immediately take out money from one of the many cash machines in the airport.

 

A driver will welcome you at arrivals  and bring you straight to your boutique hotel in the historic center of Bogotá.

 

Accommodation: A double room in Hotel Casa Deco

  

  

Day 2: EXPLORING BOGOTÁ 

 

After breakfast, you will be taken to La Candelaria, the charming colonial old town of Bogotá. At 10:30, you will start the famous Bogota Bike Tour and discover the most amazing things this city has to offer. You won´t only visit the most touristic spots but will also be introduced to a coffee factory, a local fruit market where you will try some exotic fruits, and a tejo place where you will learn more about the “national sport” of Colombia. (click here for more info about this tour)

 

After the tour we advise you to pay a visit to the two most iconic museums of Bogotá: The Gold Museum and the Botero Museum. The gold museum not only for its impressive collection of golden artifacts, but also to try some ajiaco, the typical potato soup from Bogotá, in their restaurant.

 

Accommodation: A double room in Hotel Casa Deco

Day 3: TRANSPORT COFFEE ZONE & COFFEE TOUR 

 

After a delicious breakfast it will be time to set course to the famous coffee zone of Colombia. You will be picked up by a driver at 07:30 at your accommodation and he will bring you to the airport to catch your flight to Pereira.  Another driver will await you in Pereira airport and transport you to your beautiful hotel in hear of the coffee zone.

 

Your hotel will be a traditional coffee hacienda and is surrounded by a gorgeous garden and an active coffee plantation. You will be able to enjoy an outdoor pool with Jacuzzi, and visit the different viewpoints over the plantations and the green mountains that are so characteristic for this region. Right after your arrival you can already start taking in the beauty of the exotic flowers and birds that are richly present

  

In the afternoon it will be time to discover Colombia´s alternative gold: coffee! You will take part in a coffee tour on the plantations of the hotel. Like this you will learn, from seed to end product, how the processes are to get to a coffee as delicious as the Colombian one. Of course, you will will given the chance to try out different coffees from the region.

 

Accommodation: A double room in Finca del Café

Day 4: COFFEE ZONE & WALK IN VALLE DE COCORA

 

In the morning you will leave your beautiful hacienda to pay a visit to the Cocora Valley with a guide. You will make an amazingly beautiful walk in the valley that is dotted with large palm trees. These peculiar trees are the national tree of Colombia, the Quindio Was Palm tree, and they can get as high as 60 meters.

 

Afterwards you will visit Salento, a colonial town nested at the feet of the Cocora valley and where you will have the opportunity to walk around and take pictures of the cute colorful houses.

 

You will finish your tour with a visit to Filandia, a local coffee village that is famous for its beautiful local arts and crafts. Around 17:00 you will be back at the hotel to enjoy the last sunshine of the day. 

 

Accommodation: A double room in Finca del Café

 

 

 

   

Day 5: HOT SPRINGS  OF SANTA ROSA DE CABAL

 

In the morning you will have time to relax and enjoy the gorgeous garden with swimming pool and Jacuzzi, or the impressive green surroundings of the hotel. In the afternoon we have arranged for you to be picked up by private transport that will bring you to the stunning hot springs of Santa Rosa de Cabal that are located at a more or less 1 hour drive uphill from the hotel.

 

The hot springs are positioned on a mountain what results in spectacular views over the valleys. Most visitors spend about 3 hours in the thermal baths before heading back to the hotel. (Note: transport is included but the entry price of   40.000 COP not)

 

Accommodation: A double room in Finca del Café

Day 6: FLIGHT TO SANTA MARTA & STAY IN MINCA

 

You will be picked up around 08:00 the morning and be brought to the airport to take a flight to Santa Marta. This flight has a stopover in Bogotá and arrives at 14:31 in Santa Marta.

 

From the airport of Santa Marta you will be transported to a beautiful boutique hotel in the tropical jungle of the Sierra Nevada. This hotel is located in Minca, at 15 kilometer of Santa Marta. The flora and fauna of this region is magnificent and is home to an unseen amount of birds and exotic plants. The temperature is pleasant and the views over the Caribbean sea, mountains and jungle are absolutely out of the ordinary.

 

Accommodation: a double room in Sweet Harmony Boutique Hotel

 

Day 7: MINCA & THE KOGI COMMUNITY

 

Today you get the chance to get to know a local indigenous community: The Kogi. For centuries these indigenous people have been living in the mountains of the Sierra Nevada. They are easily recognized by their typical white and naturally made clothes, with accompanying hats for men. They live in tribalism and still follow many ancient customs and rituals. This unique tour starts at 08:30 and will take a full day. (Note: lunch and local guide is included)

 

Enjoy nature, landscapes, panoramic view, authentic traditions and cultural interaction with the local inhabitants.

 

Accommodation: A double room in Sweet Harmony Boutique Hotel

   

Day 8:  BIRD WATCHING & FREE TIME 

  

Minca and its surroundings is one of the best bird watching spots in the world. In this region you can find an enormous amount of beautiful birds. Thanks to the location some of the birds can only be found here because they are not able to fly over the mountains of the Sierra Nevada in the south nor fly over the Caribbean sea in the north. This is why a bird watching tour cannot be missed on your trip!

 

You will start your guided bird watching walk at 06:00 and you will be accompanied by a specialist guide. Around 09:00 you are expected to be back so you can spend the rest of the day relaxing in nature.

 

Accomodation: a double room in Sweet Harmony Boutique Hotel

 

Day 9: TRANSPORT TO TAYRONA 

 

Day 7 is a calm day on which you will be brought to your fantastic hotel that is located near the entrance of Tayrona National Park. The hotel has its own private beach, outdoor pool, and restaurant.

 

After you installed yourself it is time to enjoy the sea, the rest, and all facilities that your beach hotel has to offer.

 

Accommodation: A double room in Villa Maria Tayrona

  

 

Day 10:  TAYRONA NATIONAL PARK

 

Today is the perfect day to visit Tayrona National Park. The hotel can arrange for you to be brought to the entrance of the park so you spend the day discovering the beautiful beaches and jungle walk at your own pace.

 

Accommodation: A double room in Villa Maria Tayrona

 

 

Day 11: BEACH TIME & TRANSPORT CARTAGENA  

 

The morning of day 9 can be spend peacefully on the beach, swimming pool or Caribbean sea.  In the afternoon we have arranged for you to be brought by a driver to Cartagena. This is a drive of about 4 hours near the coastline and through little villages so don´t forget to let your eyes feast on the beauty surrounding you.

 

By the early evening you will be dropped off of at your hotel in the historical center of Cartagena. The location of your accommodation is ideal and you will be close to the restaurants  and the main touristic sight of this colonial city.

 

Accommodation: A double room in Hotel Tres Banderas.

 

 

Day 12: BAZURTO MARKET & SALSA LESSON

 

Today it is time to discover the real face of Cartagena. You are expected at 10:30 for a tour that will bring you to the Bazurto market or ´People Market´ of Cartagena. This  special, and also a bit messy, place is very animated and full of colors, interesting food, smells, and energies of the many vendors who sell their products at this market.  You will get a real impression of the typical warmth of the people living at the Colombia´s coast.

 

It might feel a bit unorganized at the beginning but it is the ultimate chance to see the real face of Cartagena and its people. In this guided tour of 3,5 hour in English you will be introduced to typical dishes, ingredients, and fruits and vegetables from the region. Additionally, you will meet charming locals and have the chance to take unique pictures.

 

In the afternoon you can relax in the hotel and mentally prepare yourself for a salsa lesson. The dance school is located in the historic center of Cartagena and at walking distance of the hotel.

 

Accommodation: A double room in Hotel Tres Banderas

 

Day 13: CARIBBEAN PARADISE IN THE ROSARIO ISLANDS

 

The last days of your time at the Caribbean coast of Colombia have to celebrated in style. At 08:30 you are brought to the harbor of Cartagena to take a speedboat to Isla Grande. This is one of the many beautiful islands of the Rosario islands that are located at one hour navigating from the coast of Cartagena.

 

If you feel like doing some activities that day then your hotel can always help you out with bird watching tours, diving courses, snorkel trips, kayaking, massages, or a walk through the mangroves.

 

Accommodation: A double room in  Hotel San Pedro de Majagua.

 

Day 14: RELAXING IN A CARIBBEAN PARADISE

 

Today you can choose how to spend your day. You can relax on the beach and enjoy your Caribbean paradise or consult the hotel for tours and activities.

 

Accommodation: A double room in  Hotel San Pedro de Majagua.

 

Day 15: CARIBBEAN PARADISE & CARTAGENA

 

You will spend the morning and the afternoon calmly on the island. Your boat trip back to Cartagena is scheduled for 15:00 which means that around 16:00 you will be back  in the harbor and you will be transported to the hotel where you stayed the previous time.

 

The late afternoon and evening can be planned by you. Who knows, maybe you would like another salsa lesson!

 

Accommodation: a double room in Hotel Tres Banderas

 

Day 16: CARTAGENA & BOGOTÁ

 

You can spend the morning freely in Cartagena and visit all the touristic highlights you are still missing. In the afternoon, at 13:30, you will be brought to the airport of Cartagena so you can take a flight back to Bogotá.

 

We will make sure you are transported to your hotel in Bogotá after arriving at the airport.

 

Accommodation: a double room in hotel Casa Deco

  

Day 17: SALT CATHEDRAL OF ZIPAQUIRA & VILLA DE LEYVA

 

A driver will pick you up in the morning and bring you to precious Villa de Leya. On your way to this cozy colonial town you will make a stop in Zipaquira where you will pay a visit to an impressive underground salt cathedral. A English speaking guide will show you around in this 120 meter deep salt mine that is decorated with crosses and statues made of salt.

 

Zipaquira is a 2 hours drive from Bogotá and from there it is another 2,5 hour to sleepy Villa  de Leyva.  After arriving and settling down in your hotel, you can visit the biggest square of South America and walk around in the beautiful cobblestone streets of this white town.

 

Accommodation: a double room in La Posada de San Antonio

 

  

Day 18: TIME TRIP TOUR IN VILLA DE LEYVA

 

You will be picked up by an English speaking guide at your hotel in the moring. He will take you on a trip back in time to the prehistory of Villa de Leyva. On your way you will learn where once the prehistoric sea was located and you will see weird rock formations and natural phenomena like Pozo Azules. You will also visit a couple of museums that are dedicated to the study of the many fossils found in the region. One of them exhibits a giant Kronosaurus. Furthermore, you will discover a museum about the colonial history of the place, an old monastery, and “el infiernito“, which is a sacred place for the local Muisca people. At the end of the tour you will pay a visit to the Terracota house to see how local natural materials are used for house building.

 

Accommodation: a double room in La Posada de San Antonio

Day 19: VILLA DE LEYVA

 

Today it is your turn to take the lead in discovering Villa de Leyva and its mountainous surroundings. The hotel has a spa, and Villa de Leyva itself has some beautiful small churchs and museums. Additionally, the restaurants in Villa de Leyva are very good when it comes to try local or international food. Enjoy!

 

Accommodation: A double room in Posada de San Antonio

Day 20: TRANSPORT BOGOTÁ & END OF TRIP

 

You can still enjoy the early morning in Villa de Leyva, but around 10:00 you will be picked up at your hotel and be brought directly to the international airport of Bogotá. 

 

This means that the end of your trip has come. We are sure you are going to fly home with  good memories of this magical country with its impressive lush nature, kind people, and beautiful beaches and mountains!

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TRIP INFORMATION |TERMS AND CONDITIONS

The quoted price includes:

– All local flights

– Transport, tours, and accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary

– Breakfast in each hotel

– 24/7 support from the Lulo Colombia staff.

 

The quoted price does not include:

– International flight

– Travel insurance

– Not mentioned services and meals

TRIP INFORMATION |DISCLAIMERS

  • Price based on group of 2.
  • Price is subject to change, depending on availability of hotels and flights.
  • By booking this trip you agree with the Terms and Conditions as mentioned here.
  • This is a sample itinerary to be used only as an example.
  • Prices mentioned in this sample itinerary are only for illustration purposes and do not represent an official quote.

Blue Colombia - Sample Itinerary

20 days

TOTAL PRICE: € 2.475 PER PERSON

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