Experience the beauty and vibrancy of enigmatic Colombia

Head into the serene highlands of Colombia's famed coffee region and discover the sweeter, softer side of this much misunderstood country. Learn how to roast the perfect blend during a stay on a working coffee plantation, be beguiled by the laidback pace of charming Salento and spend some time becoming acquainted with the sophisticated air and raucous nightlife of Medellin – once the world's most dangerous city. Then trade the country's lush interior for its coastal spoils and wind the adventure up with a spell in oh-so-romantic Cartagena – the perfect end to this exceptional Colombian adventure.

Start
Bogota, Colombia
Finish
Cartagena, Colombia
Countries
Colombia
Themes
Explorer
Code
GGSS
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12
Carbon offset
361kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Become versed in Colombia's rich history in Bogota's museums and galleries
  • Learn about the coffee-making process on a plantation tour
  • Watch the world drift by in sleepy Salento
  • Delve into Medellin's steaming nightlife
  • Explore the picturesque laneways of Cartagena

Itinerary

Arrive in the captivating city of Bogota. Embark on a walking tour to discover the colonial architecture, old churches, cosy cafes and electric streets of the city. Then take a gondola ride up Cerro de Monserrate to a 17th-century church that overlooks Bogota before spending the evening at your leisure.
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.
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 firsthand what all the fuss is about.
Hop aboard a public bus 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 nightlife.
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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Inclusions

Meals
7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
Transport
Plane
Accommodation
Hacienda (2 nights), Hotel (5 nights)
Included activites
  • 2 Day Coffee Estancia Stay
  • Leader-led walking tour

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Notes

A single supplement is available on this trip except on the following: Days 3-4 Coffee Estancia. Brochure change: the 2015 Intrepid South America brochure incorrectly lists the number of included meals. The correct meal count is displayed on this page.

Important notes

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Reviews

Our Cafe Colombia trips score an average of 4.95 out of 5 based on 19 reviews in the last year.

Cafe Colombia , April 2015

Cafe Colombia , April 2015