Colombia Revealed

Journey through a nation of ecological, cultural and gastronomical treasures and you’ll agree Colombia is Latin America’s best kept secret. From the cool European style of the capital to the fertile coffee country and the unique landscapes studded with palm trees that touch the clouds. Brightly coloured villages, urban street art and show-stopping museums reinforce the country’s rich artistic traditions.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Bogotá

Welcome to Bogotá, Colombia’s vibrant capital, located at 2,640 metres, on one of the Andes’ many high plateaux. On arrival at El Dorado International Airport meet your A&K representative who will transfer you to your colonial style accommodation in walking distance of the gourmet zone recognised for its wide selection of restaurants. Stroll out on your own, soak up the cool European atmosphere filled with museums, street art, markets and cafés, and perhaps even taste your first unforgettable Colombian coffee.

Hotel: Four Seasons Casa Medina, 3 nights

Day 2: Bogotá

Set out on a ‘Weaving Peace’ day tour, visit key historical sites and learn about key moments of Colombia’s history – culminating in the signing of a Peace Agreement in 2016. This unique, immersive experience visits the Parque Nacional to understand Colombia’s political struggles before continuing to the Café Wasikamas, where an indigenous community serves special coffee grown in the mountains of southern Colombia. Stops are also made at Plaza Bolivar and the Toma Del Palacio de Justicia, the chocolate district, and the ‘Museo Nacional de Colombia’, Colombia’s National Museum to appreciate the price-winning textiles of the Tejedoras de Mampuján, a group of afro women from the Caribbean who received the National Peace Prize.

Afterward, enjoy lunch at Salvo Patria, a restaurant with a native-food rescue philosophy where you will have the chance to talk with the chef about how the restaurant builds value chains with small producers to reactivate rural areas. Return to your hotel early afternoon.

Day 3: Bogotá

Spend the morning admiring the pre-eminent collection of artworks housed in The Museo Botero, an old colonial residence showcasing Botero’s works as well as his private collection including Picassos, Renoirs and Monets. Afterwards discover some 32,000 pieces of incredible pre-Hispanic gold artefacts glittering within The Museo del Oro.

The afternoon is free to enjoy at leisure or explore the city your way. Uncover Bogotá’s eclectic street art scene on a bike tour of graffiti hotspots. Discover the city’s unique art culture as a local art dealer takes you to hidden galleries and ateliers. Or get a taste for Colombian cuisine on a gastronomic walking tour of five family-run eateries. Later this evening, learn the dance of passion in a local home before swinging your hips with Bogotá’s salseros in iconic salsa clubs.

Day 4: Bogotá – Villa de Leyva

Head north through the Bogotá Savannah, where many of the country’s flowers are grown, to Zipaquirá, home to one of Colombia’s most revered attractions: the underground salt cathedral. Navigate your way through underground tunnels to the gigantic cross crafted in salt by the Colombian artist Carlos Enrique Rodriguez – the largest of its kind in the world.  Continue onwards to Villa de Leyva, one of the area’s most picturesque towns and your boutique accommodation.

Hotel: Casa Terra, 2 nights

Day 5: Villa de Leyva

Villa de Leyva was founded in 1572 and declared a national monument in 1954. Explore its Spanish-style houses and winding cobblestone laneways by foot accompanied by your private guide. Discover how it got its name and the important role it played in independence from Spain. Learn the art of handmade ceramics in Ráquira town, which in local language means the “city of pots”, before enjoying lunch sampling the famous longaniza and morcilla spicy sausages of Sutamarchán town.

Day 6: Villa de Leyva – Bogotá – Pereira

Begin early for your private return journey to Bogotá, stopping en route to admire the religious artwork of the 17th century Convento del Santo Ecce Homo. Proceed to Bogotá Airport for your flight into Pereira, the gateway to Colombia’s coffee country. On arrival a private transfer whisks you to your hacienda style accommodation. The coffee region is recognised by UNESCO for its strong cultural identity and is topographically striking – verdant slopes, rural hamlets and the Andes in the distance.

Hotel: Hotel Boutique Sazagua, 3 nights

Day 7: Pereira

Climb high into the steep volcanic hills to visit the coffee finca of Hacienda San Alberto. Here, you’ll learn about coffee in all its stages – from the sweet red fruits the beans start off as on the branch, to sorting, roasting, grinding and brewing. Fuelled by a coffee tasting and lunch, move onto Pijao, a city where the living is slow, and the locals are gracious. Be welcomed into the homes of several families; taste home-made beverages using produce from their treasure-filled gardens and get a unique taste of life in Latin America’s first “Slow City”.

Day 8: Pereira

Journey to the rolling green foothills of the Colombian Andes to the Valle de Cocora, home to the world’s tallest palm tree, the Quindian wax palm. Explore the cloud forest on foot and learn firsthand why Colombia is the second most biodiverse country in the world. Later, explore the vibrant traditional towns of Salento and Filandia, and even dare to sample some local spirits before your return journey.

Day 9: Pereira – Medellín

Begin early with a visit to Finca Romelia, home to some 6,000 orchids. Meet José and Maria and learn the story of their private collection, which spans 832 different species and 6,000 orchids in total. After sampling their home-grown produce, travel onwards to Medellín and your villa accommodation. Known as the City of Eternal Spring, Medellín is a city fizzing with civic pride, arts and innovation. Drop your bags, unwind in the lush tropical gardens or step out and explore the buzzing neighbourhood.

Hotel: Patio del Mundo, 2 nights

Day 10: Medellín

Begin your day with a visit to a community project to learn about the incredible changes in the city since the death of Pablo Escobar. Stop and discover the public renovation projects, recreational and educational spaces that have improved the quality of life of its inhabitants. Interact with members of a local business to see the positive impact on life and family.  Spend time admiring some of the best street-art murals in the world. Afterwards, try your hand at creating gourmet masterpieces in a community cooking class using local ingredients. Enjoy a tram ride and floating over colourful rooftops in a cable car to gain a whole new perspective of a city reborn before an afternoon exploring other sites showcasing the dramatic changes in Medellín since the early 1990’s, when it was considered one of the most dangerous cities in the world.

Day 11: Medellín – Cartagena

Private transfer to Medellín airport for your flight to the vibrant port city of Cartagena, the jewel in Colombia’s crown. Considered one of the most exquisite colonial cities in Latin America, it is famous for its pastel coloured colonial-era architecture, bougainvillea draped balconies, cobbled streets and the grand churches of its old walled city. Proceed to your luxury small hotel at the heart of Cartagena’s handsome old town, a UNESCO World Heritage site. This evening is a chance to relax with a glass of wine on a cruise along Cartagena Bay before dinner at Interno, Latin America’s first restaurant inside a prison, tended by its women inmates. It is a model of social reintegration designed to improve the quality of life of prisoners and their families.

Hotel: Casa San Agustin, 3 nights

Day 12: Cartagena

Start your day off with a panoramic view of the city and port zone from the Monasterio and Iglesia de La Popa before exploring the hilltop San Felipe Fortress, built to defend the city from pirate attacks. Walk around the fortress and learn how the castle was constructed, the engineering feats, the tunnels, underground galleries and passageways. Continue to the Old City and admire the Convent and Church of San Pedro Claver built in the middle of the 17th century. Explore the handicrafts zone of Bovedas, a collection of archways built into the city wall, that were used until the end of the 1700s to house armaments and later as a prison. Nowadays it’s an artisan centre where visitors can appreciate the local handicrafts.

Enjoy lunch at Club de Pesca, one of Cartagena’s most traditional and famous restaurants located right in front of the picturesque Bay of Cartagena, before an afternoon spent exploring the city’s colonial district. Soak up the atmosphere at Bolivar Park, shaded by large trees with four fountains and a statue of the great Liberator. Discover treasures in the 16th century Santo Domingo Church, and understand the history in the aptly-named Inquisition Palace, recognised for its large Baroque style door and the prison and torture chambers of presumed opponents of the Catholic Church.

Day 13: Cartagena

Appreciate a day at leisure to choose to spend it your way. Stroll the cobblestone streets and continue exploring the many highlights of Cartagena’s colonial district. Alternatively choose to join a gastronomic walking tour and feast on the city’s unique fusion of Spanish and African flavours or take in the nearby National Aviary of Colombia where more than 135 species of birds can be observed in their natural habitat.

Day 14: Depart Cartagena

Private transfer to the airport for your onward journey.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
Departs daily from Bogota:$11,145.00Price on Application

Inclusions 
Meals: 13 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 1 dinner
Transport:Airport Transfers & air-conditioned vehicles
Flights:Air Ticket: Bogota – Pereira / Medellín – Cartagena
Accommodation: 13 nights accommodation
Guide: Local English Speaking guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Coffee Aromas & Colonial Charms

Discover the rich and diverse history of Colombia in this tour showcasing the coffee and fruit region of the Cauca Valley and experiencing the new transformed Medellin following the drug wars of the 1980’s. Experience the traditions and customs in this ‘coffee zone’ including local architecture, traditional liquors, and quaint but lively nightlife. You will learn about Pablo Escobar visiting the famous “La Catedral” originally a prison but now a monastery while reflecting on his life and his impact on the transformed Medellin.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Medellin

On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Tonight, you will experience true local flavours as you visit a Fonda.

Day 2: Medellin

On this tour, you will have the opportunity to really understand the transformation Medellin lived after the violent period. From the most dangerous city to the most innovative city in the world. You will visit Casa Museo de la Memoria and Comuna 13, the neighborhood at the core of the transformation. With a local guide, you will visit the escalators, the Metro Cable, the Hip Hop school and you will have a gastronomic and social experience that will help you to analyze how these people decided to change their life through art, graffiti, and music.

Afternoon tour retracing the life of the infamous, Pablo Escobar. You will visit La Catedral, the prison he built for himself and the Monaca Building where the law finally caught up with him

Day 3: Medellin – Santa Fé de Antioquia

Today you will travel along the Cauca Riverbanks into the Western highlands of Antioquia to explore the colonial treasure of the region: Santa Fé de Antioquia. Founded in 1541 on the Western bank of the Cauca River, it became the first capital of Antioquia in 1584. Afternoon city tour to see the many colonial churches, plazas and monuments

Day 4: Santa Fé de Antioquia – Jardín 

This morning hit the road towards Jardín a beautiful village in Antioquia and surrounded by coffee and banana plantations. Jardín is famous for its colourful houses and balconies. Experience the unique atmosphere on the main square and feel the serenity of Colombia´s coffee region

Day 5: Jardín – Jericó

Travel to the precious coffee village of Jericó, listed as Cultural Heritage Village with the 16 most beautiful chapels of Antioquia in its town centre. Take a guided tour of the historic centre with its traditional facades and the local “carriel” workshops. These special leather accessories are handmade in Jericó and make great gift options

Day 6: Jericó – Fredonia – Támesis 

Travel to the Andean village of Fredonia located high up in the hills surrounded by coffee- and fruit plantations. Discover the whole coffee processing from the plant to the cup with a local family before travelling to the Andean coffee village of Támesis located high above the Cauca River Valley

Day 7: Támesis – Salento

Támesis is known as one of the places with the greatest density of indigenous pre-Hispanic petroglyphs in Colombia. After visiting the archaeological museum, visit the archaeological sites in the region. Observe different types of petroglyphs and travel back into the ancient times before the Spanish invaders came into Colombia. After lunch continue to Salento.

Day 8: Salento

Morning departure to the Cocora Valley, located in National Park “Los Nevados”. Hummingbirds and endemic yellow-eared parrot live here. Upon arrival, either hiking or horseback riding, head into cloud-forest; enjoy biodiversity of flora and fauna. Cross Quindío River walking-along an ecological pathway through the tallest wax-palms in the world.

Day 9: Depart Salento

Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
Departs daily from Medellin:$4,166.00$8,056.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch
Transport:Airport Transfers & air-conditioned vehicles
Accommodation: 8 nights accommodation
Guide: Local English Speaking guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Colombia Rediscovered

Your sizzling love affair with Colombia begins in vibrant Bogotá, with stirring encounters in Medellin, charming Cartagena and the breathtaking beauty of the Coffee Triangle making this a South American adventure to remember forever.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Bogota

Your journey through Colombia begins in its colourful capital, Bogotá – a delightfully vibrant city whose youthful energy connects seamlessly with the traditions of its colonial past. Relax after your journey, then meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception this evening.

Hotel: Cite, 2 nights

Day 2: Bogota Sightseeing

Embark on a guided walking tour in “La Candelaria”, with its elegant colonial facades dating back to the 16th century. Walk along the cobblestone streets and enjoy the Spanish colonial architecture, and baroque churches. Visit “La Plaza Bolivar”, the main square, see the Cathedral and the Lievano Palace. Visit the Gold Museum and discover the world’s largest collection of pre-Hispanic gold that includes a wide variety of artifacts from fertility figures and anthropomorphic containers to earrings, masks, helmets and medallions. Meet a local recognized chef who will take you to the most famous food market in the city, Paloquemao, here, they will explain how the fruits, vegetables, herbs, and meats are the bases of the Colombian taste. Afterwards, visit restaurant La Tabula where a Be My Guest lunch will be prepared specially for you.

Day 3: Bogota Sightseeing – Coffee Triangle

The rich aroma of Arabica beckons as we board our flight from Bogotá to Colombia’s famed Coffee Triangle, designated Coffee Cultural Landscape of Colombia by UNESCO. Enjoy a scenic jeep drive into the lush countryside to a coffee plantation, joining the owner’s family for lunch. Colombia has shared its tawny treasure with the world since the early 19th century and you’ll have an opportunity to savour its complex flavours first-hand when you join Carlos Arturo Valencia and his family at his El Paraiso Finca for a traditional Colombian meal “Sancocho” and a cup of his own coffee. Later, enjoy a relaxing evening on your own with dinner at your hotel. Casa San Carlos Lodge, your ‘Stay with Story,’ has been primarily built with bamboo, providing views across well kept gardens and open farmland, in the heart of the coffee region.

Hotel: Casa San Carlos Lodge, 2 nights

Day 4: Filandia, Salento and Cocora Valley

Head back into the countryside this morning, bound for the lush Cocora Valley, home to the world’s tallest palm trees. ‘Dive into Culture’ meeting inhabitants of these small and rural coffee communities. Enjoy a delicious lunch of smoked trout at a local restaurant. Work off your meal during an optional walk beneath the canopy of lofty wax palms before returning to your hotel for dinner.

Day 5: Coffee Triangle – Santa Elena – Medellin

This morning after your flight, meet your ‘Local Specialist’ and drive to Santa Elena, a mountainside town renowned for its floral exports. ‘Dive into Culture’ at a local finca and meet the Silletero (flower farmer), who will share how flowers have been grown in the area for centuries.

Hotel: Diez Hotel, 2 nights

Day 6: Medellin Sightseeing

Join your ‘Local Specialist’ for a visit to the Antioquia Museum, featuring permanent collections of pre-Colombian, colonial and contemporary art. ‘Connect with Locals’ and meet the lecturer of the museum. Take Medellin’s famous aerial lift system and then escalators up to Comuna 13 and see how this reinvented neighbourhood has been transformed. It survived a heartbreaking time of violence and strife when it was ground zero for war between Pablo Escobar’s drug cartel and government forces. You’ll meet a local resident whose story will move you as he recounts the atrocities he experienced when Comuna 13 was dubbed as the world’s murder capital. This evening enjoy dinner with your travel companions at a favourite local restaurant.

Day 7: Medellin- Baranquilla- Cartagena

Begin your day by taking a flight from Medellin to Baranquilla. Here you’ll enjoy lunch and join a ‘Local Specialist’ who will share insights into the UNESCO-listed Carnival de Barranquilla. ‘Dive into Culture’ and meet the reigning Carnival Queen of one of the biggest carnivals in the world, seeing the city come to a standstill for four days with many street dances and parades. Take a scenic drive along the coast to and arrive at your hotel in Cartagena, superbly situated along the Caribbean coast. This evening is at leisure.

Hotel: Hyatt Regency Cartagena, 3 nights

Day 8: Cartagena Sightseeing

Sizzling Cartagena takes centre stage today as you embark on a guided walking tour of the Old City nestled within the fortress walls built in the 16th century by the Spanish to protect one of their most important Caribbean ports. Visit the Palace of the Inquisition and San Pedro Claver Convent, the final resting place of Saint Peter Claver who devoted his life to evangelising the black slaves of New Granada. Share the locals’ love for fine seafood at a popular restaurant. Afterward, stroll back to your hotel while learning about Gabriel Garcia Marquez, literature giant and Nobel Prize winner while your guide points out the places mentioned in his books. You’ll have the rest of the day on your own. Get lost in its labyrinthine streets and admire the bright bougainvillea colours that tumble over its ornate wrought-iron balconies and pastel-coloured colonial façades.

Day 9: Cartagena Sightseeing

Explore Cartagena and surrounds on your terms this morning. Your choice of included sightseeing could see you embark on a tour of Cartagena, including guided visits to the fortress of Castillo San Felipe de Barajas, La Popa Monastery and ‘The Vaults’, the final fortifications built by the Spanish in the city. Or, consider taking a tour to the fishing village of La Boquilla for first-hand insights into the locals’ seafaring traditions. Let the sultry afro-Colombian rhythms set the pace as you settle in for a fun folkloric show, then canoe through the mangroves to watch the local fishermen ply their artisanal fishing trade. Returning to Cartagena, your final evening will be the most memorable yet as you board a local Chiva (party) bus to your restaurant, toasting to an epic journey with new friends.

Day 10: Depart Cartagena

Bid a fond adios to newfound friends as you are transferred to Cartagena Airport.

2021 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
January: 15$4,825.00 $6,050.00
February: 12$4,825.00 $6,050.00
March: 19$4,725.00$5,950.00
July: 02, 16$4,575.00 $5,800.00
August: 06$4,625.00$5,850.00
November: 19$4,825.00$6,050.00
December: 17$4,825.00$6,050.00
2022 Dates & Prices
January: 14$4,950.00$6,175.00
February: 11$4,950.00$6,175.00
March: 18$4,950.00$6,175.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 9 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners
Transport:Luxury air-conditioned coach
Flights:Air Ticket: Bogota - Coffee Triangle - Medellin - Santa Maria
Accommodation: 9 nights accommodation
Guide: Local English Speaking guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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