Day 1 - Food Shopping and Cooking Class & Coffee Farm Pizza
Welcome to Bogota! Our foodie experience will begin in one of Bogota’s many bustling farmer’s markets, where you won’t be able to contain your amazement at the remarkable wealth of fresh produce. Your local expert guide will lead you around the market, where you will sample fruits you’ve never heard of, experiences hundreds of new smells, sights, and tastes, and do some shopping.
There’s a purpose to all that food shopping, and once you’re done at the market, its back to the kitchen where your guide will lead you through some typical local recipes. There’s no pressure, so don’t worry if it’s your first time in the kitchen, but by the end you will have learned to prepare a few of Colombia’s most iconic dishes (and enjoyed a fresh lunch prepared with your own hands). There’s no better way to discover Colombian cuisine than by preparing it yourself.
Once you’ve finished cooking (the best part is that someone else has to wash up!) you will depart Bogota for an overnight trip into the countryside to discover the magical world of Colombian specialty coffee. After all, what’s a taste tour of Colombia without coffee!?
Our destination is La Palma Y El Tucan, a unique boutique coffee hotel in the heart of a working coffee farm. You will be met by a barista with a cup of locally grown coffee before enjoying an evening preparing fresh pizzas in the hotel’s traditional wood-burning pizza oven. All the ingredients come fresh from the garden: you’ll never taste a better pizza!
Just when you thought it couldn’t get better you will see your cabin for the night! Each cabin at La Palma Y El Tucan is set among the coffee plantations, and features lots of large windows so you can really drink in the wonderful views all around you. Who else can say they spent a night sleeping in the middle of coffee plantation in Colombia?!
Day 2 - Coffee Tour & Tasting Then Dinner in Bogota
You’ll want to wake up at first light today, if only to try and catch a glimpse of the snow-capped volcanoes of the Central Andes. This spectacular vista is visible from the cabins on a clear morning. Enjoy a bracing shower in the open air bathroom. There’s an indoor one with hot water too if you can’t face the cold water! Adventure starts by wandering down through the coffee fields for breakfast.
After breakfast, it’s time for a coffee tour. Your guide will lead you on a detailed tour through the coffee plantation. You will learn all about the complex processes that go into taking coffee from a little red bean growing on an Andean slope to your morning cup across the ocean.
After the tour, you are in for a real treat: a cupping class and coffee preparation experience with the expert local barista. He will teach you exactly how to get the most out of the coffee you’re drinking at home, and how to prepare it for maximum flavor and enjoyment. A private barista class in the middle of a Colombian coffee farm in the mountains? You’ll never see your morning cup the same way again!
After a hearty lunch on the hotel terrace, there will be a mid-afternoon transfer back to your boutique hotel in Bogota. This evening you will be free to explore Bogota’s culinary scene. But, we can, (for an additional price) arrange dinner at Leo, Bogota’s premier restaurant. It is officially recognised as one of the 100 Best Restaurants in the World. The tasting menu from their award-winning chef and owner, Leo Espinosa, is billed as “a culinary journey through Colombia” and will be an unforgettable experience for any foodie.
Day 3 - Candelaria Walking Tour & Quinta Camacho Foodie Experience
Today begins with a walking tour through La Candelaria; Bogota’s oldest neighbourhood, which dates back almost 500 years to the founding of the city. During the tour you will learn all about Colombian history and culture, and discovering some of the street-art for which Bogota is rightly famous. There will be an emphasis on street-food and local drinks: from the tasty dessert made world-famous by Mick Jagger, to a steaming hot cup of coca tea.
The tour will wrap up at lunchtime in the oldest restaurant in Bogota: La Puerta Falsa, which dates back to 1819. And there’s only one lunch to eat at La Puerta Falsa: a hearty bowl of ajiaco, Bogota’s most traditional dish. It’s a delicious chicken soup made with three different kinds of potatoes and served with cream and capers. A Bogota food tour without ajiaco isn’t a food tour at all without this typical dish.
After some afternoon down-time (trust us, you’ll need it to digest the soup!), you're off to Bogota’s hippest neighbourhood, Quinta Camacho. This buzzing barrio is the focal point of the city’s new foodie scene, and you will get an eye-witness view as part of your evening Foodie Experience. We will visit three different neighbourhood restaurants, meeting with the chefs, and sampling their favourite dishes. It’s a unique opportunity to meet and interact with the people who are helping to change Colombia’s culinary reputation around the world.
Once we’ve finished in Quinta Camacho, we will head back to the hotel – the tour includes your last night in Bogota. However, if this experience has only wet your appetite for Colombian cuisine, then you could consider combining your Bogota Foodie Experience with a totally distinctive foodie tour in the coastal jewel of Cartagena…