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Coast Coffee Culture Colombia

Duration
12 Days
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US$ 3,643

Colombia is famous for its coffee as well as its magnificent beaches on the Caribbean coast. What is often overlooked is the rich history present in Cartagena and the rest of the country.


This 12 day trip through one of the world’s most misunderstood countries will bring to life its many colours and flavours, from the historic capital Bogota, to the UNESCO listed beauty of Cartagena.

The culture-loving city of Bogota is rich with colonial history, particularly around La Candelaria, where you’ll stay. Visit Plaza de Bolivar and Museo del Oro, the world’s best gold museum. An excursion out of the city takes you to the extraordinary Cathedral of Salt.

Having long ago thrown off its ‘storied’ history, your next stop Medellin is a hub for travelers and offers some of the best dining and nightlife options in Colombia. Then, it’s off to the coffee region, for tasting before relaxing on the Caribbean coast and exploring historic Cartagena.

Colombia’s most popular ‘tourist’ city, Cartagena was one of the first sanctuaries for freed African slaves in the Americas. That heritage gives the city a distinctly different feel from its neighbours. Pay your respects at the monastery of La Popa, or visit the impressive San Felipe de Barajas Fortress.


 

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Duration
12 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,643

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Day 1

Arrive Bogota

On arrival into Bogota, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The balance of your day is at leisure.

Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Hotel Augusta

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    Hotel Augusta



    Hotel Augusta de Bogota, perfectly located in the historic and institutional city center. Our rooms, restaurant and club are the most stylish in Bogota. Come on and join us on a unique experience in La Candelaria, the best Hotel of Bogota.

    Hotel Augusta de Bogota, perfectly located in the historic and institutional city center. Our rooms, restaurant and club are the most stylish in Bogota. Come on and join us on a unique experience in La Candelaria, the best Hotel of Bogota.

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    • Bar
    • Meeting Rooms Available
    • Restaurant
    • Spa

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Day 2

Bogota: City Tour, Gold Museum, Botero Musem and Monserrate Hill

After breakfast you are transferred to the historical quarter of La Candelaria in downtown Bogota, reminiscentof the colonial times of Bogota. You walk from Luis Angel Arango library to Bolivar Plaza, from where you can see the Cathedral, the National Capitol, Palacio Cardenalicio (former Archbishop's Palace), El Sagrario Colonial Church, Casa del Florero (House of the Independence), Justice Palace, Lievano Palace (Principal Mayor's office). Then you go to Casa de Narino (Presidential Palace), the official home and principal workplace of the President and finally the colonial church of San Agustin. The Botero's Museum is located here, in a renovated colonial mansion in which there are over 120 pieces of artwork, including sculptures and paintings of the famous Colombian artist Fernando Botero. His work is easily recognized by the exaggerated proportions of his characters.

One of the highlights of any visit to Bogota is a visit to Museo del Oro (Gold Museum) which collection has been declared a National Monument and is considered the world's largest collection of indigenous gold objects with more than 30,000 pieces from all regions of Colombia.

Before returning to your hotel, you take a cable car up to Monserrate Hill, overlooking Bogota. At the top of the hill is the Church of the Fallen Lord that has been a place of religious pilgrimage since colonial times. Enjoy lunch at one of the restaurants atop the mountain.

Return to your hotel in the afternoon with the balance of your day at leisure.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 3

Bogota: Zipaquira Salt Cathedral and Tejo

The day starts with a drive through the northern residential area of Bogota and through a fertile plateau to the small colonial town of Cajica, where you will enjoy a hearty lunch at San Alejo Restaurant. After your meal, the tour continues to the town of Zipaquira famous for its underground salt cathedral. Experience the sights extraordinary architecture where the Stations of the Cross and three naves are eerily illuminated along with other sculptures and cavernous pools all hewn from the salt mine tunnels under the Halite Mountains. Though a popular tourist destination, it remains a place of pilgrimage for the local community.

To get a truly Colombian experience, one must learn the game of Tejo. The sport was invented by the Chibcha people in pre-Hispanic central-western Colombia. It is played by throwing a metal puck or disc weighing approximately 680g, called a "Tejo," approximately twenty meters onto a one meter by one meter board covered with clay and set at a forty-five degree angle. The goal of Tejo is to lodge the tejo puck inside the bocin (board) and ultimately score the most points. Tejo often includes gambling, with the wager being that the loser must pay the tab for the evening, including the use of the tejo arena, as well as the beverages and food of every participant in a particular match.

Return to Bogota for your overnight stay.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 4

Bogota to Medellin

After breakfast, you are transferred to Bogota Airport to take your flight to Medellin (not included). On arrival into Medellin you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Founded in 1616 by the Spaniard Francisco Herrera Y Campuzano, the city is nestled in the Aburra Valley. Because the city lies 1,500m (4,920ft) above sea level, the climate is classified as spring-like and Medellin is often referred to as 'The City of Eternal Spring'. Your guided tour will include visits to Pueblito Paisa, Plaza Mayor, Convention Centre and Park Pies Descalzos. The tour gets around using the metro train and to witness the city in its glory you take the cable car over the 'comunas' (shanty towns) to visit the Library Espana on the mountain top. Dinner at selected restaurant (at own expense).

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Art Hotel

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    Art Hotel



    Art Hotel is a boutique hotel in central Medellin, featuring exposed brick and modern art. It is 500 metres from El Poblado Metro Station and 2km from Medellin Convention Centre. Rooms and suites at Art Hotel are stylish, with designer lighting, chaise lounges and internet ...

    Art Hotel is a boutique hotel in central Medellin, featuring exposed brick and modern art. It is 500 metres from El Poblado Metro Station and 2km from Medellin Convention Centre. Rooms and suites at Art Hotel are stylish, with designer lighting, chaise lounges and internet access. Art Hotel has a wine bar, as well as an art gallery, movie theatre and parking. Guests can also use the Turkish bath and sauna. Located in the Poblado area, the hotel is near Lleras Park, where there are many restaurants and bars.

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    • Bar
    • Parking
    • Sauna

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Day 5

Medellin: Penol and Guatape

After breakfast, leave Medellin and drive for about an hour and a half through a colourful patchwork of crops before arriving at El Penol Reservoir. The reservoir was built in 1979 and was at the time the largest hydroelectric dam in Antioquia. During its construction, the River Nare flooded the area, leaving several hills poking out of the water which gives the area a look resembling fjords with deep blue waters. Next to the dam there is a huge rock called El Penol that can be climbed to enjoy yet another amazing view. Return to Medellin late in the afternoon.

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Day 6

Medellin to Pereira

After breakfast, you take a private transfer to Medellin airport for your flight to Pereira (not included). On arrival into Pereira, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of your day is at leisure.

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Duration3 Nights
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Hacienda San Jose

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    Hacienda San Jose



    Hacienda San Jose, built in 1888, is one of the most antique Hacienda’s of those located in the surrounding of Pereira City. More than a hundred years of tradition can be recognized in its architectural details of this construction as well as in its quite ...

    Hacienda San Jose, built in 1888, is one of the most antique Hacienda’s of those located in the surrounding of Pereira City. More than a hundred years of tradition can be recognized in its architectural details of this construction as well as in its quite genuine furniture. The treaded walls on the first floor of the building take visitors back to Cauca colonial times and its significant Spanish influence, while the adobe walls on the second floor match the architectural style of the Antioquia colony age.

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Day 7

Pereira: Venecia Coffee Tasting

After breakfast, drive to Hacienda Venecia located on the volcanic soil of the central mountain range of the Colombian Andes. The Zona Cafetera, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the most important areas for coffee production. Here you will not only learn about the philosophy of coffee but also the production procedures. Afterwards, enjoy coffee tasting on the farm before enjoying lunch at a local restaurant. Return to the hacienda for your overnight stay.

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Day 8

Pereira: Salento, Cocora Valley and Juan Martin Coffee Shop

After breakfast, head out on a full day tour, first to the town of Salento, one of many typical 'Paisa' towns in the Coffee Region where some of the best examples of baroque architecture in the area can be found. You will witness local baristas creating "latte art" - decorative patterns in the foam on espresso drinks. Then, you will travel to Corcora National Park; this is where the protected national tree of Colombia, the wax palm, and the tallest palm in the world can be seen. After a guided hike through the cloud forest, you will have lunch in a local restaurant. Return to the hacienda for your overnight stay.

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Day 9

Pereira to Cartagena

A private transfer after breakfast takes you to the Pereira Airport for your flight to Cartagena (not included). On arrival into Cartagena Airport, you are met and transferred to your hotel.

The afternoon is spent learning how to dance Colombian style with the help of a instructor. The passion and sensuality of the Caribbean finds it's most eminent and eye-catching experiences for the visitors in all the colorful and vibrant rhythms and dances which are abundant here in Cartagena. "Feeling" and dancing to the Colombian infused Caribbean rhythms is arguably the most direct, intensive and fun way for visitors to get a taste of the passion for life as expressed by Colombians through dance.

Tonight, you will journey around the old and new town of Cartagena on the Chiva Express (open bus). Live music and all the rum you can drink make this an experience not to be missed. The Chiva takes in the old colonial city and the illuminated walls that surround it. There is then a quick stop to sample the famous fried snacks of Cartagena (filled empanadas, corn arepas with egg, manioc cakes, etc.), and from there to a night club to show off your newly acquired dance skills.

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Duration3 Nights
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Hotel Don Pedro de Heredia

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    Hotel Don Pedro de Heredia



    Hotel Don Pedro de Heredia is a truly beautiful hotel nestled in the heart of historic walled city of Cartagena de Indias. Hotel Don Pedro de Heredia provides its visitors with the perfect balance of culture, history, elegance, and warmth, while they experience the stunning ...

    Hotel Don Pedro de Heredia is a truly beautiful hotel nestled in the heart of historic walled city of Cartagena de Indias. Hotel Don Pedro de Heredia provides its visitors with the perfect balance of culture, history, elegance, and warmth, while they experience the stunning colonial city of Cartagena. Set in the historic heart of El Centro, Hotel Don Pedro Heredia is the perfect place to rest as you enjoy this breathtaking city.

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    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Pool (s)
    • Spa

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Day 10

Cartagena Walking Tour

A walking tour of Cartagena is special because it offers the opportunity to see the historic walled city coming to life! Cartagena is living representation of what life was like in the colonial past. Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, the old town is full of romance and history. You walk through its beautiful streets admiring the charm of Spanish colonial architecture. After lunch (not included) take a few hours to explore Cartagena at your leisure.

Tonight, you experience the warmth of Colombian hospitality when you join a local family for a Home-Hosted Dinner, savoring traditional Colombian cuisine, hospitality and spirited conversation.

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Day 11

Cartagena: Monuments Tour, Panoramic Tour and Horse Carriage

Depart from your hotel and visit the most important monuments of Cartagena. The first stop is at La Popa, Convent of La Candelaria, built in the early seventeenth century on top of the hill with of the same name, from where you have a stunning view of the city and bay.

Later, you head to San Felipe Fort which was built in the seventeenth century to protect the city from pirates. After a tour of this fortress, you head to "Las Bovedas" (The Vaults) which were used as dungeons in days of yore and now are filled with shops.

Continue your way to Plaza San Pedro Claver whose name honours the Spanish monk, known as the "Slave of the African slaves". You then visit Bocagrande, the new town - a modern hub of activity situated between Cartagena Bay and the Caribbean.

Bocagrande is known for its restaurants, shops, beaches, and sophisticated flair. One of its quieter neighborhoods is the residential Castillo Grande, which boasts of some of the most stunning water views. You also visit an emerald workshop to see items made from this gem, for which Colombia is famous.

In the evening, enjoy a delightful farewell dinner at a local restaurant. Return to the hotel and overnight.

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Day 12

Depart Cartagena

After breakfast, you are transferred to Cartagena Airport for your onward journey.

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PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Airport transfers
  • All accommodation
  • Bogota City tour
  • Zipaquira Salt Cathedral visit
  • Medellin City Tour
  • Coffee Tasting Tour
  • Cartagena Walking and City Tour
  • All meals as indicated by itinerary

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • International and domestic flights and airport taxes
  • Travel insurance
  • Transfers on days before or after official start / end days
  • Tours listed as optional
  • Drinks and items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from", per person, based Twin share. Other accommodation options available on request and subject to availability. 

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