Bustling cities, quaint coffee towns and jungles that meet the sea
Experience a luxury adventure through the vibrant cities, lush jungles and quaint towns of Colombia. Here you will be embraced by a captivating nation that has overcome hardship without ever losing its zest for life. Join our small group of like-minded of solo travellers as we get under Colombia’s skin and discover a country brimming with possibilities. We’ll hike through untouched national parks, snorkel through crystal clear waters, cook meals with locals and so much more.
6 - 18 September 2020
12 nights twin share accommodation
12 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 10 dinners
Local English-speaking tour guide
All activities from cooking classes to island-hopping included
Airport transfers on arrival and air-conditioned vehicle throughout, plus domestic flights
Maximum 14 fellow solo travellers
Day 1: Bienvenido a Colombia!
Our adventure begins in Bogotá. Colombia’s pulsating capital city is the commercial heart and cultural epicentre of the country, the perfect starting point for any Colombian adventure. Sitting at an altitude of 2,645m above sea level just north of the equator, Bogotá enjoys the protection of the northern Andes, along with its views and subtropical highland climate. This bustling metropolis has a lot to offer, with a kaleidoscopic fusion between classical architecture and contemporary culture.
Once you have arrived, you will be transferred to the hotel. Today is free to spend at leisure until we meet for our welcome dinner.
Day 2: Bustling Bogota
Today is set to be a window into Colombia’s unique history and culture, as we take a cycle tour of the city, including the vibrant neighbourhood of La Candelaria. Cycling the streets of La Candelaria away from the main square, the history of Bogota and the intricacies of modern culture and daily life start to become apparent.
In the afternoon, we'll get an introduction into Colombian cuisine with a street food tour of Bogota.
After some time to relax, we're to dinner at one of Bogota's most vibrant restaurants.
Day 3: A coffee-lover’s paradise
This morning we will be transferred to the airport for our flight to Pereira in Colombia’s coffee region! For many people, the coffee region is the heart and soul of Colombia. After all, coffee is an integral part of the Colombian culture and economy.
After settling into our boutique hideaway, we’ll head out on a half-day coffee plantation tour to learn about the coffee production process from seed to cup (it truly is a science!). Experience the tranquility of rural life, from the rolling hillsides of fertile coffee plantations to plunging valleys and bold elevations of this World Heritage site. Learning about the trials and tribulations that face the region’s coffee growers will provide a new perspective on that morning cup of coffee.
Tonight, we will enjoy a three-course dinner together at our hotel with sweeping views of the surrounding countryside
Day 4: A coffee-lover’s paradise
After breakfast and a caffine hit from a local cuppa, we'll be getting to know Filandia, Salento and the Cocora Valley.
We'll start with a hike around the Cocora Valley, part of the wider Los Nevados National Park. The valley has a unique landscape of tall palms which make for an irresistible backdrop to dreamy travel photos.
Salento is a picturesque village boasting a traditional main square and lanes of charming houses retaining their original architectural style and colour. We'll stop here for lunch with views of the surrounding snow-capped Andes mountains.
You'll have some time to explore this quaint town before we make our way back to the hotel.
Day 5: City of Eternal Spring
It's time to leave the countryside behind and fly to Colombia's second-largest city - Medellin. Once famous for its drug cartels and gangs, Medellin is now of of South America's most-visited cities and was recently crowned "the most innovative city in the world".
Once we arrive, we'll go on a Transformation Tour of Medellin to see how this city has become one of the great success stories of Latin America.
Tonight we'll have dinner at a restaurant popular with locals.
Day 6: Guatapé
Today we'll take a day trip a short drive from the city to Guatapé where we'll climb the 742 steps to the top of the Piedra del Penol for sweeping views of the surrounding mountains and lakes before visiting the historical and charming pueblo of Guatapé.
On the way we'll make a couple of stops to sample some delicacies of the region and we we return to the hotel, we'll have some free time before heading out to dinner.
Day 7: Sit back and relax
Today the day is yours to kick back and relax at the hotel or hit the pavements and explore more of Medellin. Enjoy!
Day 8: To the coast!
Today we'll take a flight to Colombia's beautiful Carribean coast.
We'll be staying in Santa Marta tonight, a vibrant beach town popular with local and international visitors. We'll have lunch in town and then you have the afternoon to explore, relax by the beach or browse the many boutiques.
Tonight, we'll meet for dinner at the hotel.
Day 9: Where jungle meets the sea
Today we will explore Tayrona National Park on a full-day tour. We’ll hike to some of the main beaches, relax under hanging palms, watch the waves and hire some snorkelling gear. During the walk, you can look out for the Kogi tribes’ people who still live in the park, plus the array of flora and fauna. As we walk, our guide will be on hand to explain not only the culture and history of the park but also about the wildlife that we may see along the way.
Day 10: Queen of the Carribean coast
Today we will depart the jungle with Cartagena in our sights. Quite rightly, Cartagena is seen by many as the jewel in South America’s colonial crown, possibly the best-kept example of what life was like in the region during the 16th and 17th centuries. A time which, although tumultuous, left its mark through enchanting architecture, evocative structures and fascinating historical sites.
We’ll be introduced to this romantic city on an afternoon walking tour, visiting key sites and relishing the brightly coloured buildings as we’re transported back in time by flower-laden balconies and moody side-streets. Its history of piracy has a left a legacy of sorts, with Cartagena being famous for rum! This tour includes a rum tasting experience for the ultimate welcome!
Tonight we’ll get acquainted with Cartagena’s Caribbean flavours over a delicious local meal.
Day 11: Caribbean flavours and street art
This morning we will set out on a half-day Caribbean Gastronomic experience including a private cooking class. This tour tantalises every sense as we delve into the exhilarating world of Colombian cuisine, a rich melting pot of flavours thanks to the country’s colourful history.
Our foodie adventure will start at the bustling Mercado Bazurto, where daily life continues far from the tourist crowds of the Old Town. Sampling as we go, time will be taken to pick the freshest ingredients for a hands on cooking experience in a local kitchen.
This afternoon we’ll work off all that food on a bike and street art tour through the Getsemani neighbourhood. Getsemani has enjoyed a recent renaissance, attracting bohemian types, artists and musicians to its quirky, colourful streets.
Tonight we'll enjoy a group dinner.
Day 12: An island adventure
After breakfast, we'll be heading out on a full-day exploration of the magical Rosario Islands which lie just off the coast of Cartagena. There are 27 islands that make up this national park, one of the most bio-diverse ecosystems in Colombia, sprawled over 120 000 sq. km of untouched natural beauty. We'll take a stroll over soft white sands, cool off in pristine waters and keep our bellies happy by tucking into a delicious island-style lunch. Don’t miss the chance to get up close to the intriguing array of rich marine life while snorkelling over the beds of colourful coral reefs below.
Although it would be nice to stay here forever, we will head back to Cartagena this afternoon and enjoy a farewell dinner.
Day 13: Adios, Colombia!
Today, our journey ends. So we say "see you later” to our new found friends and make our way home. Or, continue your Colombian adventure with an extension to Medellin.