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

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.
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.

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.
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.
Enjoy a free day in Cartagena. Wander the old city, enjoy Caribbean views from the impressive city walls, have a drink - lots of bars and cafes.

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.
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 at some of Colombia's most glorious beaches.
Travel along the Caribbean coast to the scenic Guachaca region. 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.
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.
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.
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
13 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
Transport
Plane
Accommodation
Hammock (1 night), Hotel (13 nights)
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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