Mountains of Colombia

On this two week highlight tour you are going to see some of Colombia’s best! You will explore three of Colombia’s main cities, hike to see the famous Wax palm and stay on a traditional Coffee Farm in the heart of the Coffee region. You will also visit some of Colombia’s prettiest and most traditional small villages that are a little more off the beaten path. Finish it off with a relaxing stay at a Natural Eco Reserve on Colombia’s Caribbean coast.

Highlights

  • Culture
  • Leisure
  • Coffee Landscape
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Day 1 – Exploring the Capital

Discover the interesting history and culture of La Candelaria, taste tropical fruits, witness Bogotá surprising urban renewal and get to know some of the people and colorful neighborhoods of Colombia’s capital. The best way to enjoy these experiences and see Bogotá and its people up close is by bicycle! In the evening, you will have the opportunity to dine at a locals house and ask them all those burning questions you have after your day of exploring while dining on a home cooked meal.

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Day 2 – Breaking Borders

Community based tourism comes in many forms. In the steep streets of Barrio Egipto, a few blocks away from the popular La Candelaria, members of la 10ma gang, who only 3 years ago were robbing, extorting and drug dealing, have started a rebirth. A fascinating view into the experiences of communities which have not only suffered through gang violence, but also marginalized poverty. This tour helps the community with their efforts to improve the lives of the neighbors during this unique experience.

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Day 3 – Coffee Tour

After waking up to the smell of coffee you will have breakfast with the view of the coffee landscape as your backdrop. After breakfast, you will be taken on a guided walk around the coffee fields not only learning about the process from bean to cup, but also the farmer’s lifestyle and many other tales. The afternoon will be spent at your leisure relaxing around the grounds of this stunning property.

 

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Day 4 – Tour of Salamina

You will be able to explore an authentic small Colombian town, and get a real sense of the coffee region’s architectural and cultural beauty. A guided walking tour of Salamina will allow you to discover the town’s delightful old houses, famous carved wooden windows and doors, and visit architectural highlights like the church and cemetery. During the tour, you will stop at Salamina’s oldest bakery to sample some local snacks.

 

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Day 5 – The Samaria Valley

Climb aboard a traditional local jeep for a drive through the mountains to the Samaria Valley: the Cocora Valley might be famous for its giant Wax Palms, but Samaria is home to three-times as many of the 60m tall trees (Colombia’s National Tree), and sees a fraction of the tourists. You will learn all about the trees from your local guide, who runs a conservation project aimed at protecting and saving this endangered species.

 

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Day 6 – Jardin Village

Jardín is for many, the most beautiful village in Colombia and today you will find out why. Once you arrive, you will be taken for a guided stroll around this quaint village, learning about its history, and how the coffee plantations surrounding the village influence this. You will also have the opportunity to browse in the souvenir and sweet shops. You will finish the day at the ¨Cock-of-the-Rock¨ Reserve where you will witness this amazing and unique bird that only comes out at dawn or dusk.

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Day 7 – Splendour Cave

Have you ever seen a waterfall inside a cave? If not, today you will! There will be an approximate 40 minute hike to get to this unique and impressive cave/waterfall combo.

 

 

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Day 8 – Medellin City Tour

Your tour will begin with a Medellin city tour during which you will visit many of the city’s cultural and architectural highlights, including the Botero Park, where sculptures by Colombia’s most famous artist are on display, and the Lights Park, a unique series of light sculptures in a once no-go public space. An afternoon tour of Comuna 13 will give you the opportunity to meet with local community figures and learn about how the neighbourhood was brought back from the brink.

 

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Day 9 – Guatape & The Peñol Rock

Visiting one of the most unique ¨pueblos¨ (villages) in Colombia and the beautiful views from the top of the Rock of El Peñol makes this a must-see tour destination. Enjoy colorful farmland in the proximity of El Peñol as a mouth-opener to wonderful views that you will get from the Rock. The climb offers 360 degree breathtaking views of the surrounding areas. But if you’re not into climbing stairs, we will spend extra time exploring the colorfully painted facades (zócalos) of Guatapé’s houses and walking along the waterfront in town.

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Day 10 – Cartagena

This morning you will visit La Boquilla fishing village. Your activity will depend on your personal taste. Choose from a traditional fishing & cooking tour in the mangroves. Maybe you would like to learn how they make their traditional artisan handicrafts. Dancing enthusiasts can take a native dancing lesson to learn the local rhythms. In the afternoon you will take a guided stroll around the historic centre of Cartagena that will include history, culture, architecture, and maybe even a snack a two.