A Blue Colombia

Travel Itinerary - 20 days

From EUR 2075 Per Person

TRIP INFORMATION | ITINERARY

  

Day 1: ARRIVAL IN BOGOTÁ 

 

Today your Colombian adventure finally kicks off! You will land in the international airport of Bogotá and so it begins.

 

A driver will welcome you at arrivals and bring you straight to your boutique hotel in the historic center of Bogotá. Depending on your arrival time, you will have some free time to acclimatize, get used to the altitude, relax, and maybe discover already a little bit of the colonial center.

 

Accommodation: 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 some of 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: Hotel Casa Deco

Day 3: TRANSPORT TO THE COFFEE ZONE 

 

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 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 the heart 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.

 

Accommodation: Hotel 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: Hotel Finca del Café

 

 Day 5: FREE DAY IN THE COFFEE ZONE

 

You will have this day available for some wonderful time in the coffee zone. You can opt to stay in the hotel and enjoy the lovely facilities of the hotel, or take a coffee tour in the plantations surrounding the place.

 

Colombia´s coffee zone is also a great place for some birdwatching! And, if your looking for some real relaxing experience then you could go check out the stunning hot springs of Santa Rosa de Cabal which are located on a mountain offering spectacular views over the region.

 

Accommodation: Hotel Finca del Café

 

 

 

Day 6: FLIGHT TO SANTA MARTA & STAY IN MINCA

 

You will be picked up in the morning and be brought to the airport to take a flight to Santa Marta. This flight has a stopover in Bogotá and arrives in Santa Marta in the afternoon.

 

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: 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 views, authentic traditions and cultural interaction with the local inhabitants.

 

Accommodation: Sweet Harmony Boutique Hotel

Day 8: FREE DAY IN MINCA 

  

Today it is time to fully immerse yourself in the jungle of the Sierra Nevada mountains. You will have the day available to experience the beauty of this little mountain village and its gorgeous surroundings.

 

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.

 

There is also a working coffee farm located in Minca so no reason to not know what to day today!

 

Accommodation: Sweet Harmony Boutique Hotel

 

Day 9: TRANSPORT TO TAYRONA 

 

Today 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 swimming pool, and all facilities that your beach hotel has to offer.

 

Accommodation: Hotel Villa Maria Tayrona

  

 

Day 10:  FREE DAY TAYRONA 

 

Today could be 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.

 

However, it is also perfectly possible to spend your day on the pristine beach in front of the hotel and to use the facilities of the place.

 

The hotel can also help you with explaining and leading you to two gorgeous walks in the surroundings. 

 

Accommodation: Hotel Villa Maria Tayrona

Day 11: BEACH TIME & TRANSPORT CARTAGENA  

 

You can spend the morning 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: 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 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: 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 be 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: 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: 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. Trom there 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: 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: Hotel Casa Deco

  

Day 17: TRANSPORT TO 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 can make a stop in Zipaquira where you can pay a visit to an impressive underground salt cathedral.

 

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: Hotel 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: Hotel La Posada de San Antonio

Day 19: FREE DAY IN 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 churches and museums.

 

If needed, the hotel can for sure help you with organizing tours or giving directions.

 

Additionally, the restaurants in Villa de Leyva are very good so treat yourself to a delicious meal!

 

Accommodation: Hotel La Posada de San Antonio

Day 20: TRANSPORT BOGOTÁ & END OF TRIP

 

You can still enjoy the early morning in Villa de Leyva, but after that 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 use of one of Lulo’s mobile phones on your trip

– A local SIM card with emergency credit

– A travel application with access to all details of your trip

 

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.

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