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Bogotá and Medellín Foodie Experience Tour

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Duration

12 days / 11 nights

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Tour Type

Daily Tour

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Group Size

4 people

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Languages

English, French, Spanish

Overview

Colombia is enjoying a moment in the foodie limelight at the moment. A new wave of creative chefs and adventurous restaurants are taking the enviable ingredients, of a country that has abundant biodiversity, and elevating Colombian cuisine to previously unimagined levels.

Recently, The Telegraph newspaper described Colombia as a “foodie powerhouse.” As a culinary destination – and on this tour, you will enjoy the full depth of Colombian food, from traditional to the modern, in three cities that have seen the most dramatic culinary revolutions over the past few years: Bogota, Cartagena, and Medellin.

Get ready to eat your way through the best dishes that Colombia has to offer!

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Arrival in Bogota // welcome lunch at La Puerta Falsa // afternoon walking tour of La Candelaria with a food and drink focus // free evening
  • Day Two – Morning market tour and cooking class (5Bogota) // lunch as part of cooking class // afternoon coffee shop tour // dinner at El Chato
  • Day Three – Day-trip to La Palma Y El Tucan Coffee Farm // dinner at Leo
  • Day Four – AM flight to Medellin // afternoon Medellin walking tour (focus on street food and fruit) // dinner at La Chagra
  • Day Five – Morning tour of Comuna 13 // bandeja paisa lunch // free afternoon and evening
  • Day Six – Day-trip to Guatape and El Penol (trout lunch) // dinner at El Cielo
  • Day Seven – AM flight to Cartagena // lunch at Caffe Lunatico // afternoon walking tour of Old City // dinner at La Mulata
  • Day Eight – day trip to Blue Apple Beach House // dinner at DonJuan
  • Day Nine – morning tour of Bazurto Market // cooking class // dinner at El Boliche Cevicheria
  • Day Ten – Flights to Bogota and end of tour

Itinerary

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Day 1 - Welcome to Bogota Colombia

Welcome to Colombia! We hope you brought your appetite because you’ll be spending the next 10 action-packed days eating your way around the country and sampling the best of Colombia’s gastronomic revolution. From visits to local markets and hole-in-the-wall restaurants to tasting menus at some of Latin America’s best restaurants, this tour is the ultimate Colombian foodie adventure!

We will begin our Bogota culinary experience at the city’s oldest and most traditional restaurant, La Puerta Falsa, where we will sample the most traditional dishes of the region, including ajiaco soup and hot chocolate and cheese. Your local guide will then lead you on a walking tour of La Candelaria neighbourhood – Bogota's Old City – where you will learn all about the city’s history and sample street food and drinks along the way.

You’ll probably be exhausted from your journey today, so we’ve left the evening free to allow you to relax and recuperate for all the eating that’s still to come! However, if you do fancy heading out for dinner this evening, we will happily assist you with recommendations and reservations.

Day 2 - Colombian Market Tour - Specialty Coffee

This morning we will learn all about the myriad ingredients that make Colombian cuisine so unique and special on a market tour and cooking class. You will start out with your local guide to the Siete de Agosto food market, where you will sample local fruits and snacks while also doing the shopping for your lunch. Once you’re finished at the market, it’s back to your guide’s house, where you will prepare a typical Colombian lunch with your own ingredients. It’s a fun and laid-back way to learn all about Colombian food and cooking, plus you don’t have to wash-up when you’re done!

This afternoon, it’s time to learn more about Colombian coffee on a Specialty Café Tour of Chapinero, one of Bogota’s most up-and-coming foodie neighbourhoods. Your expert coffee guide will explain all about Colombian coffee and the best ways to prepare it, and you will learn first-hand about how to brew amazing from talented local baristas in some of Colombia’s top cafes.

Get ready for the first of many amazing dinners tonight, as we enjoy the tasting menu at El Chato, one of Colombia’s most celebrated new restaurants. Talented Chef Alvaro Clavijo has married wonderful Colombian produce with an international influence to produce one of the finest menus in Bogota. The menu is seasonal but you’re sure to encounter many standout dishes.
que hotel in the pueblo center Breakfast included.

Day 3 - Coffee Farm Day Trip

We’ll be escaping Bogota today on an exciting day-trip to a gorgeous coffee farm in the mountains to the west of the city. La Palma Y El Tucan is a specialty coffee farm set in the rolling green hills of Cundinamarca region, and we will spend today there learning all about coffee from the farmers and producers who grow and harvest it. Upon arrival we will take a tour around the coffee plantation, before enjoying a fresh, local lunch on the terrace overlooking the spectacular surrounding scenery.

In the afternoon, La Palma’s resident barista will offer a guided barista class, during which you will learn how to brew the best possible coffee with your home equipment. Around mid-afternoon we will return to Bogota.

Tonight, you’re in for a real treat: dinner at LEO, the flagship Bogota restaurant of Leo Espinosa, named the Best Female Chef in Latin America. LEO was named one of the 100 Best Restaurants in the World for 2018, and is regularly touted as the best restaurant in all of Colombia. You will enjoy the full 12-course tasting menu during your LEO experience, a foodie journey through the culture and geography of the country. It’s like food-meets-anthropology and you will come away with a new-found understanding of Colombian cuisine (and a full stomach hopefully!).

Day 4 -

This morning you will travel via private transport from Villa de Leyva from Bogota. Have lunch in Zipaquirá, a small town adjacent to the Salt Cathedral. You will take a 2 hour tour at the Salt mine / Salt Cathedral where you will learn about the formation of the salt mines and the construction of the unique cathedral made entirely of salt! Arrive in Bogota in the evening to relax and have dinner at one of the many nearby restaurants.
Lodging: Boutique hotel in the historic Candelaria Breakfast included Does not include entrance to the Salt Cathedral

Day 5 - Travel to Manizales / Salamina - City Tour

You will travel via private transport from your hotel to the Bogota airport. This morning you will fly from Bogota to Manizales. Enjoy beautiful views of green mountains and beautiful valleys during your 2 hour drive from Manizales to Salamina. This afternoon you will participate in a 2 hour tour of Salamina, a beautiful patrimonial pueblo nestled in the green mountains of the coffee region.
Lodging: Historic Bed and Breakfast Breakfast included

Day 6 - Wax Palm Tour - Travel to Hacienda Venecia

This morning you will participate in a tour featuring the wax palm, a species ONLY found in this region of Colombia. Your guided tour will begin with a traditional Jeep Willy ride to the national park and a guided trek. You’ll learn about the local history, ecosystems, flora and fauna of the region. In the afternoon you will travel via private transport to our coffee hacienda in the heart of the coffee region.
Lodging: Historic Coffee Hacienda Breakfast and dinner included

Day 7 - Coffee Tour / Thermals

After breakfast you will experience the entire coffee process from start to finish during a coffee tour. Learn all about the coffee plant, the coffee bean and what makes Colombian coffee unique. Enjoy lunch in the hacienda. Marvel at the endemic birds of the region. Drink as much coffee as you would like! This afternoon you will travel via private transport from Hacienda Venecia to nearby thermal baths to soak for a few hours. Have dinner onsite at the thermals. Travel via private transport back to the Hacienda for a good night’s rest.
Lodging: Historic Coffee Hacienda Breakfast and Lunch included.

Day 8 - Travel to Santa Marta / Palomino

This morning you will travel via private transport to the Manizales - 30 minutes - to catch your flight to Santa Marta. Our driver will pick you up at the Santa Marta airport (he will have a sign with your name on it). You will travel via private transport to El Matuy, our eco beach resort. Here there is no need for shoes as you step out of your cabaña (cabin) onto a sandy beach, nestled among coconut palm trees. You will have lunch upon arrival. Enjoy a shower in an open air shower and get a good night’s sleep in a comfortable bed. Meals will be served in the beach side dining area, lit by torches and candles in the evening. The food here is AMAZING. No Electricity.
Lodging: Beachfront eco-cabañas All meals included

Day 9 - Float the Palomino River

After a delicious breakfast on the beach, enjoy a guided hike up into the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, followed by a leisurely float down the Palomino river. Return to your eco lodge for a delicious lunch and enjoy the afternoon relaxing on the beach or hike down the beach to take a dip in the delta of the Palomino river. Marvel at the wildlife and if you’re lucky, you will catch a glimpse of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta’s snow capped mountains from here, the tallest mountain range in Colombia. Savor the evening over a candle lit dinner on the beach.
Lodging: Beachfront eco-cabañas All meals included

Day 10 - Travel to Los Naranjos

You will travel via private transport to beach known as Los Naranjos, adjacent to Tayrona National Park. Enjoy the afternoon relaxing on the beach, or hike to the various areas nearby.
Lodging: Riverfront Eco Hotel All meals and snacks included - beer and wine included

Day 11 - Guided hike to El Pueblito

Today you will participate in a guided hike to El Pueblito, the ruins of the oldest known indigenous Tayrona village. You’ll walk along a stone path that connects El Pueblito to the sea - built and used by the indigenous people. Look up - you may catch a glimpse of curious monkeys! This is a 4 hour hike.
Lodging: Riverfront Eco Hotel All meals and snacks included Transport to the National Park not included

Day 12 - Travel to Cartagena

You will travel via private transport from Los Naranjos to your boutique hotel in the heart of historic downtown Cartagena - 5 hour drive.
Lodging: Boutique hotel in the Historic Center Breakfast included

Included/Excluded

  • All accommodation
  • breakfasts lunches dinner
  • All tours
  • Local guides
  • Insurance
  • Alcoholic beverages and additional drinks
  • Any activities not stated above
  • Flights - Available as an add-on

Tour's Location

FAQs

What kind of clothing should I wear on this tour?
Manizales is located on a mountain ridge and the weather can change quickly. From bright, warm sun to foggy and chilly within a matter of moments.

Hacienda Venecia is located in a deep valley and is warmer and humid. For the coffee tour, pants are recommended since there bugs while touring the coffee fields. Also, comfortable walking shoes.

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