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Cafe Colombia

9 Days | Experience the beauty and vibrancy of enigmatic Colombia

4.8 out of 5 based on 72 reviews submitted.
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GBP £1,710
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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, PAC. Donations help them bring life-changing healthcare to rural communities in Colombia.

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

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

4.8 out of 5 based on 72 reviews submitted.
Reviews are from travellers who have completed their trip and want to share their experience. We show all reviews, but may remove any that include profanity or inappropriate content, are unrelated to the trip or reveal personal details.

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Caroline · Traveled January 2024
Cafe Colombia is a delightful, inspiring introduction to the country. The tour includes an excellent balance of historical sites, gorgeous natural spots, and light-hearted fun (salsa, Teja, live music). Andrea is a knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and very kind guide. We loved her.
Review submitted 05 Feb 2024

Domenica · Traveled January 2024
This is a great itinerary, it has the best of Colombia. If you have the chance stay a couple of days in Cartagena. Andrea is one of the best tour leaders I ever had! Her passion, love, and knowledge of Colombia will make you love this country.
Review submitted 09 Feb 2024

Debbira · Traveled January 2024
Give Columbia a big consideration when planning your next trip. I ventured into this country through Intrepid Tours and was totally impressed with the results. The 17 day trip from Bogota, Medellin, Cartagena, Tayrona National park and Barichara offered so many different climate and cultural changes. This trip has a lot to offer, with tours of the coffee, cocoa, plant weaving, paper making, bird watching and so much more. Our tour guide, Andres was so helpful, kept us well informed of events and transportation as well as a knowing where to find the good restaurants for authentic Colombian dishes. Loved the hikes and park guides who were so good natured and informative. Would highly recommend taking this trip.
Review submitted 01 Feb 2024

MARILYN · Traveled January 2024
Terrific opportunity to see an amazing country, while enjoying the benefits of a prearranged inclusive itinerary, and transportation.
Review submitted 02 Feb 2024

Victoria · Traveled December 2023
Catalina was an Excellent guide very knowledgeable and proud of her country. Attended to everyone’s needs and assisted with safety and arranging extra activities.
Review submitted 09 Jan 2024
Cafe Colombia
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