Cafe Colombia

9 Days | Experience the beauty and vibrancy of enigmatic Colombia

4.9 out of 5 based on 66 reviews submitted.
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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 tour of a working coffee plantation, be beguiled by the laidback pace of charming Salento and spend some time getting acquainted with the sophisticated air and raucous nightlife of Medellin. 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.

Trip overview

Map of Cafe Colombia including Colombia
Start
Bogota, Colombia
Finish
Cartagena, Colombia
Theme
Explorer
Destinations
Colombia
Physical rating
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Style
Original
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
GGSS
This trip generates 42 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.

Why you'll love this trip
  • Explore the cobbled alleys of Cartagena, a World Heritage-listed town that combines Caribbean splendour with irresistible old-world charm.
  • Embark on a spectacular guided hike through the Cocora Valley, home to hummingbirds and the world's tallest palm trees.
  • Spend a couple of days learning about the world's favourite bean during a stay on a traditional coffee estancia deep in Colombia's coffee country.
  • Discover the new face of Medellin – an arts and culture haven that’s bursting with trendy cafes, epic views and the best nightlife in Colombia – salsa anyone?
  • Try your hand at tejo, Colombia’s explosive national sport (think bocce with gunpowder!). Join your group on this fun activity in Salento, made better with a free beer in hand.
  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll directly support our Intrepid Foundation partner, World Bicycle Relief. Donations provide school kids, health workers, and farmers in far-out areas with bicycles that provide access to education, healthcare, and income.

Is this trip right for you?
  • The Cocora Valley hike is quite rigorous, so you'll need to be fit and have sturdy walking shoes. If you'd rather relax, you're free to opt out of this activity and soak up the scenery at your leisure.
  • Colombia enjoys a stable year-round climate, but it can get particularly hot and humid in the north. Be sure to drink plenty of water and wear adequate sun protection, especially in Cartagena on the coast.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2024 to 31 December 2024.

View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2023 - 31 December 2023

Map of Cafe Colombia including Colombia

Inclusions

Meals

8 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners

Transport

Plane, Local bus, Private vehicle

Accommodation

Hotel (6 nights), Coffee Estancia (2 nights)

Activities
  • Bogota - La Candelaria Walking Tour
  • Salento - Traditional Tejo Game
  • Bogota - Visit to Paloquemao market
  • Karatu - Coffee plantation tour & tasting
  • Medellin - Barrio Transformation Tour
  • Medellin - Flower Farm tour
  • Metrocable to Acevedo station and up to Santa Elena
Add on activities
  • Bogota - Montserrate cable car - COP22000
  • Bogota - Museo Nacional - COP40000
  • Bogota - Gold Museum - COP5000
  • Medellin - Museo de Antioquia entrance fee - USD6
  • Cartagena - San Felipe de Barajas Castle - COP25000
  • Cartagena - Volcan de Lodo El Totumo - COP140000

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement excludes Days 3,4 (Coffee Estancia) where you will be in shared accommodation and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
2. Please provide your full name exactly as per passport at the time of booking (including any middle names listed on your passport) in order to purchase Entrance tickets to certain sites. Additionally on certain trips it's needed to book bus, train or flight tickets. Fees may apply for amendments to details within 45 days of departure, and in some cases you will be required to cover the cost of issuing new tickets. Delays to provide this information may result in booking fees or changes to your itinerary.
3. This trip starts with an orientation walk of Candelaria at 1pm on Day 1 in Bogota. There will be a formal welcome meeting at 6pm for the whole group including those that missed the orientation walk. If you are unable to find a suitable flight it is possible to book additional nights at the joining accommodation.
4. This trip ends on Day 9 and you are free to leave at any time.
5. In order to comply with tourist regulations set by the Colombian government, a copy of your passport will be required. This will be emailed to our local office in Colombia, your tour leader will assist you with this on day 1.

Essential Trip Information

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Reviews

4.9 out of 5 based on 66 reviews submitted.
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Tom · Traveled October 2023
What a trip! Colombia is a beautiful country and intrepid brought it to life with an itinerary which included so many things we couldn’t do as an independent traveller. We experienced so much in just 9 days. Our leader Andres was amazing and the local guides we met were informative and engaging.
Review submitted 24 Oct 2023

Kathryn · Traveled September 2023
Colombia is a surprising mix of high altitude mountains and colorful old towns and sleek modern cities. Picking coffee beans and soaring over the city of Medellin in a cable car were tour highlights. I recommend booking a tour out to Guatape on your free day - views from the top of the rock are amazing. For those who might wonder, I never felt unsafe, but also never wandered alone at night and followed the guide's advice.
Review submitted 30 Sep 2023

Yukon · Traveled September 2023
absolutely loved it, Colombia was just amazing, the hike was just breath-taking, Medellin, Salento was just great i just wished i had more time in Cartagena.. Our guy Rodrigo was amazing and enthusiastic! met some great people on the tour too.. :) got to pick up my salsa lessons
Review submitted 01 Oct 2023

Robyn · Traveled September 2023
Wonderful tour, good pace and activities. Colombia is beautiful, I would highly recommend.
Review submitted 14 Sep 2023

Annie · Traveled September 2023
This is an incredibly beautiful and diverse trip! The leader, Rodrigo, is knowledgable, flexible, hilarious, helpful, and professional. I HIGHLY recommend him as a tour guide :) He kept us safe and entertained while exploring the cities.
Review submitted 14 Sep 2023
Cafe Colombia
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