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
After breakfast, you will discover La Candelaria, the charming colonial old town of Bogotá. Your English-speaking guide, will take you to discover the best places of this colourful area in a 3.5 hours-long private walking tour.
Along the walk, you will visit iconic places such as the Plaza Bolivar and Chorro de Quevedo. Your guide will give you explanations and facts about the history of Bogotá, as well as its current situation.
After lunch, 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 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.
Accommodation: Hotel Finca del Cafe
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
In the morning, after a delicious breakfast, you will take a great coffee tour. Your English-speaking guide will take you through all the different steps in the process of making coffee. You will see the whole process, from the bean to the cup. The tour takes about 3 hours.
In the afternoon, you will be taken to the airport to Pereira to catch a short flight to the city of the eternal spring: Medellin.
Upon arrival in Medellin, you will be picked up in the airport and taken to your hotel in the modern area of El Poblado.
Accommodation: Hotel Sites
In the morning you will take a private city tour. Our English-speaking guide will pick you up in your hotel at 08:30 AM and take you on a full day tour through the most important and beautiful spots of Medellin.
You will start off our tour in Pueblito Paisa, a replica of a traditional small Antioquian town, where you will admire the typical large whitewashed houses decorated with beautifully painted doors as well as a traditional church and town hall.
Your next stop will be at Plaza Botero, right in the center of Medellín, where we are going to discover the unique style of Fernando Botero, one of Colombia´s most famous artists. As we have a look at the sculptures with their disproportioned body parts, we learn about Botero’s sense of humor and irony.
Lastly, we will visit the Comuna 13, an area that was once considered the most dangerous neighbourhood of Colombia. Learn about its crude history from a local street artist and about its road to recovery, becoming a humble but lively neighbourhood with beautiful street art and boiling with social innovation. Our expert guide will share his broad knowledge with you, point out important places of changes and tell you about what made Medellín the world’s ‘Most Innovative City of the Year in 2013.
Accommodation: Sites Hotel
This private tour will take you to one of Colombia’s top tourist attractions, the huge rock of El Peñol. Just a one-and-a-half hour drive east of Medellín, the rock is located right next to the Peñol-Guatapé Dam, near the border of the towns Guatapé and El Peñol. More than 200m (650 ft.) high, the massive 10 million-ton monolith is visible from a distance. You will have the chance to climb the rock and enjoy the amazing views from the top. You will be breathless after climbing up the 649 stairs – not only because of the hike but also the incredible views.
The next part of our tour includes visiting the gorgeous and colourful town of Guatapé. Walking down the cobblestone streets of this charming town, you will have enough time to admire the decorative panels at the base of the houses, each with a different theme chosen by the owner of the house.
Afterwards, you will be taken directly to the airport of Medellin so you can catch your flight to Cartagena. Upon arrival, you will be taken to your boutique hotel in the old colonial centre of this gorgeous city.
Accommodation: Hotel Boutique 3 Banderas
In the morning, you will take a fantastic 4-hours long city tour of Cartagena, a city that captures the heart of all its visitors because of its colours, Caribbean climate, warm people and its historical legacy.
This tour starts by picking you up at your hotel to take you to La Popa monastery. In this place, you can view Cartagena entirely from a viewpoint and learn about the history of this monastery.
Afterwards, we will drive to Castillo de San Felipe, a strong fort built on top of a mountain by the Spanish as a strategic point to gain control of the bay, where incredible battles were fought during many centuries. There we’ll have the opportunity to discover from the outside the impressive architecture and history behind this fort.
The Cartagena city tour continues with some great walks around the 2 oldest and most important neighbourhoods of Cartagena: Getsemani (famous for its graffities and colourful streets) and El Centro (the best preserved of the city).
In the afternoon, you will have some free time for you to enjoy the city on your own.
Accomodation: Hotel Boutique 3 Banderas
Explore Colombia´s turquoise Caribbean sea by taking this exciting Rosario Islands tour near Cartagena.
Imagine yourself on a white sand island dotted by palm trees and surrounded by turquoise water, holding a cocktail. No, this is not a dream, it can become reality on the Island tour to the Rosarios islands.
You will leave Cartagena in the morning and be back around 4 P.M. Different islands will be visited and you will have the opportunity to visit an open-air aquarium and snorkel. You will be served a typical Caribbean lunch on one of the islands.
Accommodation: Hotel Boutique 3 Banderas
Today you will have your last day in Cartagena and in Colombia. Depending on the departure time of your flight back home, you might still have some time to keep discovering and enjoying Cartagena.
At the right time, you will be picked up in your hotel and taken to Cartagena’s airport.
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