Welcome to Colombia! Upon arrival in Bogota, transfer to your hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure to explore the city. Bogota, the Colombian Capital was founded in 1538 by the Spaniard Gonzalo Jimenez de Quesada under the name of Santa Fe. Here you will experience both the historic colonial grandeur and the bustling vitality of a modern metropolis. Bogotá is a diverse cosmopolitan city.
Embark on an insightful Bogota city tour starting at the famous food market, Paloquemao. Walk through “La Candelaria,” an old-world neighborhood with cobblestone streets, featuring Spanish Colonial and Baroque architectural styles. Stroll across the main square, Simon Bolivar, to the famous Gold Museum, home the world’s largest collection of pre-Hispanic gold art. Take time to explore the Fernando Botero Museum, the well-known Colombian painter and sculptor. (B)
Power up with breakfast at your hotel and get ready for an adventure to visit the famous underground salt cathedral. Inside you find monumental crosses, angels and the Madonna statue. Later you will head to the legendary lagoon of Guatavita, where it is said that rulers of the Muisca (a Chibcha tribe) would bring a sacrifice to the sun god of the lagoon. Next, enjoy a cultural interaction with local farmers where you have lunch and a chat with the family before heading back to Bogotá and stop on the way to taste typical arepas (corn bread). (B,L)
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport and fly to Armenia. After checking-in to your hotel, head on an adventure to learn about the coffee producing process in the world’s third largest coffee producing country. Learn about the process of the seed – from planting and roasting to tasting. Walk amid the lush plantations, discover the secrets of the production process, and expand your palate with the help of local experts. (B)
Rise and shine with breakfast at your hotel and head out on a drive surrounded by amazing vistas of the Cocora Valley coffee area, known for its towering wax palms and rare parrots. In the afternoon, visit Salento, an idyllic village with colorful buildings and authentic craft shops. Later you will visit, Filandia, situated on a hill and featuring magnificent views of the Cordillera. On a clear day you can see the snow-capped peaks of the Nevados National Park in the distance. (B)
Transfer to the airport to take your flight to Cartagena. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon take a stroll around the colonial city at your leisure. The flat and relatively small colonial center is perfect for a walking tour. Full of historic sites, beautiful architecture, postcard perfect streets, amazing art, tasty street food, friendly locals, lively music, and much more! It’s simply ideal for experiencing by foot. (B)
Today you get to know Cartagena. During your included city tour, you will visit the convent La Popa, the Castillo San Felipe de Barajas fortress located on the Hill of San Lázaro – named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984. Continue to the old city center and walk along the colorful streets, winding alleyways, and main squares of Old Cartagena. Round out your tour with a visit to the convent of San Pedro Claver. (B)
After breakfast at your hotel, transfer to the airport for your flight back home ready to share the unforgettable memories of your time in Colombia. (B)