Experience South America's best kept secret on this tour of Colombia

Bienvenidos and welcome to incredible Colombia, a country of surprising contrasts and sultry rhythms. Explore this enigmatic region on Intrepid's Complete Colombia tour, visiting the thriving capital Bogota, learning about local production on a lush coffee plantation, strolling cobbled streets of quaint colonial towns, soaking up the atmosphere of the 'City of Eternal Spring' and experiencing spectacular scenery in Tayrona National Park. Whether it be thrilling adventures, delicious cuisine, wildlife spotting, or just some rest and relaxation, Colombia has something for everyone.

Start
Bogota, Colombia
Finish
Bogota, Colombia
Countries
Themes
Explorer
Code
GGSMC
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 Max 12
Carbon offset
804kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Explore the cosmopolitan streets of Bogota, Colombia's charming capital
  • Spend time in Colombia's picturesque coffee-growing heartlands
  • Visit the charming 'City of Eternal Spring'
  • Experience wild, remote beauty and incredible wildlife in Tayrona National Park
  • Relax among Leyva's winding whitewashed villas and colonial cobblestone plazas

Itinerary

Bienvenidos! Welcome to Colombia.
Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 2pm on Day 1.
Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader.
Your leader will take you on a orientation walk in downtown Bogota.
With well over seven million people living on a plateau at 2,640 m above sea level, Bogota is one of the biggest cities in the world at altitude. And with a wealth of cosy cafes, interesting museums and old churches, the cosmopolitan streets of Colombia's capital are full of surprises.
Head up the gondola on Cerro de Monserrate, where a 17th-century church overlooks the metropolis.
Museo Nacional is a good option if you're interested in learning about life in Colombia before and after the Spanish conquest.
Take a short flight to Armenia and transfer to the picturesque mountain town of Salento. Take time to stroll through its quaint streets and admire 'paisa' architecture at its best. Looking for local food? Trout, prepared in several different ways, is the way to go.
Take a jeep out to the magnificent Cocora Valley, home of the wax palm, the Colombia National Tree. Spend the morning walking among the breathtaking scenery and if you're feeling active there's time to hike up to Acaime Reserve where colourful hummingbirds come to feed. The hike to Acaime is quite strenuous and will take several hours so it's recommended that you bring good walking shoes, as well as plenty of water and snacks. If you prefer to take it easy, you can spend as much time as you like enjoying the scenery in Cocora Valley and then take a jeep back to town.

Later, return to Salento and enjoy some of the local atmosphere while exploring this charming town.
Enjoy a tour of a coffee plantation and processing centre, then sample some coffee at a local cafe in Salento.
Today we travel via comfortable public bus (6 hours) to Medellin.
The rapid transformation that has taken place in Colombia's second largest city is one like no other. Having spent the 1980s and 90s with an international reputation as one of the world's most dangerous cities thanks to Pablo Escobar's infamous drug cartel, Medellin has turned itself around to become one of the most exciting cities in South America. And with some of the country's finest museums, parks and architecture as well as a much safer and comfortable atmosphere, it's easy to see why more and more travellers have flocked to the city in the past few years.
Your leader will take you on an orientation walk in Medellin.
We have a free day to explore Medellin. Maybe take the cable car to Santa Elena or an optional day trip to Santa Fe de Antioquia.
Today we fly to Cartagena (approx 1 hour).
Cartagena is one of the most historic cities in South America. It is legendary both for its history and beauty and tends to be a favourite of all travellers who visit it. Having been the centre of many battles, the city is heavily fortified and huge defensive walls surround its narrow cobbled streets and colonial buildings. The city is made up of various districts, the new town with its high rise hotels, apartments and nightspots; and the older colonial parts of the city. The old city is the main attraction particularly the inner walled town, packed with churches, monasteries, plazas and mansions. Wandering through the streets you get a real feel of the sense of history of this amazing city.
Your leader will take you on an orientation walk in Cartagena.
Our hotel in Cartagena doesn't offer heated water, which isn't a problem due to the tropical heat on the coast.
Enjoy a free day in Cartagena. Wander the old city, enjoy Caribbean views from the impressive city walls or have a drink in one of the many bars and cafes.
Maybe visit San Felipe de Barajas Castle, the largest of the fortresses built to protect the city. Or head out of town and relax in the mud bath at Volcan de Lodo El Totumo.
As this is a combination trip, your group leader and the composition of your group may change at this location. There will be a group meeting to discuss the next stage of your itinerary and you're welcome to attend, as this is a great chance to meet your new fellow travellers.
Take a local bus to Tayrona National Park.
Tayrona National Park features unreal landscapes, with the Sierra Nevada de Santa Maria, one of the highest coastal mountain ranges in the world, plunging dramatically down to the Caribbean Sea. Wild and untouched beaches are scattered along the coastline, bounded by sea-sculptured boulders and reached only by jungle trails. This equatorial rainforest is among the most biologically diverse of any coastal zone in the Americas. Dusky titi monkeys and red squirrels compete in the tree tops with over 200 species of birds, collared peccaries snuffle along the jungle floor and the park is even home to an elusive jaguar or two. Palm trees swaying in the breeze, tranquil turquoise water and white sand complete a picture-perfect beach to while away a few hours.
On arrival, we walk for around an hour to the camping area where we sleep in hammocks. Small lockers are available for the safe storage of your valuables.
Please note that it can be cold at night, so it's recommended to bring a blanket or sleep liner and several layers of clothing. You'll also need a towel, insect repellent, a torch and a small backpack to carry your things. Your main luggage can be left at the park entrance.
Spend the day exploring the national park or relaxing on the beach before travelling the short distance to our base in the Guachaca region. Our accommodation for the next two nights is a small family-run hotel in a quiet location where your most difficult decision you will have to make is what hike to take and what time to go to the nearby beach.
Today is free to relax at the hotel or go to the beach.
Today is a long travel day as we travel back to Santa Marta for a flight to Bogota... and then a minivan ride to the charming town of Villa de Leyva (approx 4-5 hours).
We then have a full day to make the most of this photogenic town. Take a short hike to a viewpoint offering expansive views over the town.

A must visit is the local mercado municipal - a traditional farmers market with great food on offer.
Travel to Bogota by private minivan.
With well over seven million people living on a plateau at 2,640 m above sea level, Bogota is one of the biggest cities in the world at altitude. And with a wealth of cosy cafes, interesting museums and old churches, the cosmopolitan streets of Colombia's capital are full of surprises.
There are no activities planned for the final day and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time.
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Inclusions

Meals
14 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
Transport
Plane, Private minivan, Local bus
Accommodation
Hotel (13 nights), Hammock (1 night)
Included activities
  • Leader-led walking tour
  • Tayrona National Park

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Important notes

The itinerary of this trip was updated on 18 January, 2016. The current itinerary is different to what is advertised in the 2016 brochure.

A Single Supplement is available on this trip except on the following nights:
Day 9 Tayrona National Park
Days 10-11 Guachaca Region

Trip notes

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