Best of Colombia

17 Days | Experience the best of the best-kept secret in South America

4.7 out of 5 based on 17 reviews submitted.
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Discover South America's best-kept secret on this 17-day adventure through the verdant mountains and powdery beaches of Colombia. Head into the serene highlands of Colombia's famed coffee region and discover the sweeter, softer side of this misunderstood country. Fall in love with Bogota's colonial heart, laze on palm-fringed stretches of Caribbean shoreline and hang with locals that redefine hospitality. 

Trip overview

Map of Best Of Colombia including Colombia
Start
Bogota, Colombia
Finish
Bogota, Colombia
Theme
Explorer
Destinations
Colombia
Physical rating
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Style
Original
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
GGSSC
This trip generates 43 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
  • Stay in the vibrant Chapinero neighbourhood in Bogota, one of the most culturally diverse parts of town.
  • 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 coffee country.
  • Discover the new face of Medellin and learn about the city’s transformation from most dangerous neighbourhood in Colombia to arts and culture haven.
  • 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.

Is this trip right for you?
  • For groups departing between June and August 2024 days 10 to 12 will have an amended itinerary due to safety concerns for tour groups in the Santa Marta area. See itinerary for details.
  • Colombia enjoys a stable year-round climate, but it can get particularly hot and humid on the coast. Remember to come prepared with adequate clothing.
  • The Cocora Valley hike is quite rigorous, so you'll need to be fit and have sturdy walking shoes to take part. If you'd rather relax, you're free to opt out of this activity and soak up the scenery at your leisure.

Itinerary

Map of Best Of Colombia including Colombia

Inclusions

Meals

14 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners

Transport

Plane, Private Bus, Private vehicle, Public bus, Van

Accommodation

Hotel (14 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
  • Cartagena - Orientation walk of hotel neighbourhood
  • Tayrona National Park - Entrance fee
  • Tayrona National Park hike
  • Barichara - Visit to a local artisan paper factory
  • Barichara - Walk along Camino Real to the village 'Guane'
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
  • Mountain Bike Cañon Suarez (transportation included, min 7 pax) - COP390000
  • Barichara - Pescaderito swimming hole - USD16
  • Rafting Fonce River (transportation included) - COP190000
  • Ants Cooking Class - COP45000
  • Coffee Tour - COP150000
  • Bogota - Graffiti Tour - USD7

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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 (Cofee Estancia) and Days 10,11 (Guesthouse) 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) for 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 17 and you are free to leave at any time.
5. This trip is a combination of two of our most popular departures. As such the make up of the group and the tour leader may change on Day 8
6. 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.

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Reviews

4.7 out of 5 based on 17 reviews submitted.
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Liesan · Traveled February 2024
This trip is such a great way to see the different parts of Colombia. From the cooler Bogota and coffee growing regions to the serious vibe in Medellin, to the coastal heat of Cartagena, onto the tropical zone near Santa Marten and then the very dry mountain conditions of Barichara. All had something to offer. The people are great, the food is good and the acvomodation on this trip is great. Loved it and would highly recommend doing the whole trip.
Review submitted 11 Mar 2024

Charles · Traveled February 2024
An excellent tour. Well researched, well organised with a variety of activities and great tour leadership.
Review submitted 21 Feb 2024

Robert · Traveled February 2024
The trip to Colombia was great with a lot to do and a knowledgeable and fun tour guide. I would thoroughly recommend ..
Review submitted 20 Mar 2024

John Edward · Traveled February 2024
Intrepid’s Best of Colombia was such an incredible, eye-opening experience. The amazing transformation of the Colombian social life is beyond comprehension ! From a country that tourists dare not travel in even just 10 years ago, to the beautiful countryside full of friendly people that Colombia is today is absolutely stunning. We loved our 17-day Intrepid tour through Colombia and recommend it to friends, family and fellow travellers.
Review submitted 24 Feb 2024

Farnaz · Traveled December 2023
I loved my visit to Colombia. Colombia was such surprise for me. The charming villages, the scenery, the people, the food!!! I loved my time in Colombia! I highly recommend the Bogota to Bogota. So much to do and see!
Review submitted 27 Jan 2024
Best of Colombia
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