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Complete Colombia Itinerary
Visit South America and travel to Colombia. Explore Bogota and Medellin, tour Santa Marta and the Tayrona National Park, and travel to Cartagena.
Day 1 Bogota
Resting among emerald, mist-shrouded mountains, the cosmopolitan streets of Bogota are sure to delight. Take a walk through the colourful laneways of the city's historic heart, La Candelaria. Boasting a wealth of cosy cafes and colonial churches, this is a neighbourhood full of surprises. For breathtaking views of this sprawling capital, head to the top of Montserrat where scenic mountain-top cafes offer an escape from the chilly Andean air.
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Day 2 Salento
Wander away the hours along the narrow streets and colourful stalls of sleepy Salento. Make sure to try the various trout dishes for which the town is famous.
Days 3-4 Coffee Estancia
Venture into Colombia's picturesque coffee-growing heartlands for a stay on a traditional coffee plantation. Learn the inside story of the industry that's long buoyed the country's economy and sample first-hand what all the fuss is about.
ACCOM: Hacienda - 2
Days 5-6 Medellin
Hop aboard a flight to Medellin. Known locally as the 'City of Eternal Spring', Colombia's second biggest city boasts pleasant temperatures year-round and has experienced something of a rebirth in recent years. Brimming with modernist architecture, impressive museums and lush botanical gardens, it's a vibrant city paired with a pulsating night-life.
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Days 7-8 Cartagena/Santa Marta
Wander around Cartagena's walled Old Town, peeking inside its candy-coloured buildings and spying the shady courtyards hidden within. Get a bird's-eye view from the top of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, or perhaps experience the therapeutic effects of a mud bath on a visit to a bubbling volcano. The nearby group of tiny coral islands and the stunning expanse of Playa Blanca (White Beach) reveal the hidden beauty of Colombia's Caribbean coast.
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Days 9-10 Santa Marta
Travel along the Caribbean coast to the scenic seaside city of Santa Marta. Choose from a wide range of adventure activities on offer or just kick back and take in the gorgeous ocean views from the hostel veranda.
Day 11 Tayrona National Park
Sample a slice of seaside bliss far removed from the tourist crowds in stunning Tayrona National Park. Hike through the dramatic mountain scenery, verdant rainforest and jagged rocks for a swim in some of Colombia's most glorious beaches.
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Days 12-13 Villa de Leyva
Settle in among the quaint whitewashed villas and expansive cobblestone plazas of Colombia's best preserved colonial city. Don't miss out on a visit to the traditional farmers' market for the chance to snack on some local delicacies.
Days 14-15 Bogota
Return to Bogota for some further time in this vibrant and sophisticated capital. A visit to the Gold Museum makes for a fascinating few hours, and don't miss the opportunity to party it up in the city's vivacious night-life - some of the liveliest in South America.
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