All over Colombia Tour (1 to 4 weeks)
Sample Tour for 14 days
Colombia – a breathtaking mystic country with incredible biodiversity and abundance, a country full of colourful contrasts, vibrant energy, tropical sounds and paradise like landscapes. This is what you will get to know on our “All Over Colombia Tour”. Explore the natural and cultural treasures of Colombia starting in Bogota – the Andean capital of Colombia – follow its colonial past and get to know the legend of El Dorado, the sacred lake of Guatavita and the famous gold museum. Visit the impressive salt cathedral of Zipaquira located in an old salt mine before heading towards Medellín – the City of Eternal Spring and experience the transformation of Medellín from one of the most dangerous cities in the world into a fascinating melting pot of cultures. Travel deep into the Andean coffee region – full of green valleys, mountains and rivers – probably one of the most beautiful regions of Colombia. Discover hidden waterfalls, mysterious cloud forests and get in touch with the pristine world of idyllic mountain villages where time seems to stand still. Visit Jardin, which is considered the most beautiful village in Antioquia, and the famous Esplendor cave surrounded by cloud forest. Experience a coffee-workshop on small traditional family-run coffee farm and learn more about coffee from the plant to your cup.Enjoy some of best white sandy beaches the Caribbean Sea visiting the Tayrona National, known as one of the top nature destinations on the Caribbean Coast of South America and explore ancient indigenous trails in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta.Explore the beauty of Cartagena de Indias and experience the colonial atmosphere that brings you closer to the Caribbean Soul and learn more about the colourful colonial history of the city. Discover the Caribbean National Park Islas del Rosario and enjoy white sandy beaches and snorkelling through coral reefs.
- Explore the colonial heart of Bogotá
- Enjoy the view on Bogota from Monserrate mountain
- Hike around the nature reserve Laguna de Guatavita
- Get impressed by the Gold museum of Bogota
- Visit the famous Salt Cathedral in Zipaquira
- Ride above Medellín in a cable car observing the cities transformation
- Experience a coffee workshop – „from the plant to your cup!“
- Get to know the colourful Chiva buses – typical colombian transport
- Enjoy the beautiful coffee village of Jardin
- Horseback ride to the Andean nature reserve la Cuchilla and explore the stunning cave Esplendor
- Follow the footprints of Simon Bolivar and enjoy the colonial centre of Santa Marta
- Explore the famous Caribbean Tayrona National Park with breathtaking beaches
- Experience the nature reserve La Caoba at the foothills of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta
- Unique rides through stunning landscapes in the Colombian Andes and the Caribbean Sea
- Get to know colonial Cartagena – one of the best colonial destinations of the Southamerica
- Explore the Caribbean National Park Islas del Rosario
- Swim and snorkel in crystal clear water of the Caribbean Sea
- Stay in charming boutique hotels and enjoy the Colombian hospitality
- Duration: 1 – 4 weeks
- Travel destination: Colombia
- Starting point: pick-up service at Bogota
- Bilingual guide
- Departure: daily on request
*Only if booking private transport
Day 1: Arrival in Bogota
Arrival in Bogotá – International Airport El Dorado, transfer: El Dorado – Hotel
Day 2: Bogota – Monserrate Hill and the colonial heart of the city
Experience Colombia´s capital on a guided walking tour of the colonial centre. The tour starts with a ride in a cable car to the famous Monserrate hill. From 3170 m altitude, you can view a large part of this enormous city. The Monserrate hill is one of the cultural and historic landmarks of Bogota. The tour continues from the colonial neighbourhood La Candelaria to Plaza Bolívar where you get to know the city’s rich and colourful history strolling through the narrow colonial streets before finishing at the Gold Museum where you get an insight of the variety of pre-Hispanic cultures and the famous El Dorado legend. Enjoy the afternoon on your own in the famous Candelaria district close to your hotel.
Day 3: Excursion to the Guatavita Lake and the Salt Cathedral in Zipaquira
This day combines Andean nature and cultural experiences visiting two of the most characteristic touristic destinations of Bogota´s surroundings. In the morning you get to know the famous lake Guatavita. Since the days of the Spaniards the Guatavita Lake repesents the origin of the “El Dorado“ legend. The lake belongs to the sacred sites of the indigenous tribe Muisca who used to live in the region. According to the legend of “El Dorado“ the lake is filled with sacrificial offerings and artefacts made of gold that the Muisca indigenous dropped into the lake during their sacred ancient rituals. From there, you will head towards the tiny town of Zipaquira. In the early evening you will be back at your hotel in Bogota.
Day 4: Medellin – The city of eternal spring
In the morning you fly from Bogota to Medellin. We pass by the Parque Berrio and listen to local musicians and the traditional Guasca music and visit the Botero Square with a permanent exhibition of sculptures of Colombian artist Fernando Botero, whose art has become a staple of the city. With the Metro Cable we go up the mountains to Santo Domingo, which was once a notorious area of gang violence in Medellin. While enjoying the spectacular view you learn more about the transformation of Medellin into a fascinating melting pot of cultures with one of the friendliest and warmest people in the world.
Day 5: Coffee Farm Workshop – day on a farm
A scenic ride through lush green mountains takes you into the coffee region of Antioquia´s Southwest. After two hours you reach the idyllic Andean village of Fredonia located high up in the hills surrounded by coffee and fruit plantations and and give us the unique opportunity to observe the whole coffee processing. Before lunch you stroll through the coffee fields learning more about growing and collecting the coffee beans and after it you get an insight of the roasting process. Afterwards you travel to a charming family run Finca Hotel located in the surroundings of Fredonia.
Day 6: Jardin – the green pearl of the Andes
On the way to Jardin you will see the brightly painted Chivas (the traditional public buses of the region) at the square in the small town in the Andes. Jardin is surrounded by hills with coffee and banana plantations. You can see the nature reserve La Cuchilla with its cloud forests and diverse flora and fauna in the background making the scenery very impressive. Spend the night in an idyllic hotel in the historic centre of Jardin.
Day 7: Excursion to the El Esplendor cave
In the early morning you hike or ride on a horseback through the nature reserve La Cuchilla to the famous cave El Esplendor. Passing by the typical coffee farms of the region the cave can be reached in about two hours. This place is exceptionally beautiful. You can swim in the natural pool that is surrounded by impressive tropical vegetation. After lunch beside the waterfall you return to Jardin in the late afternoon. In the early evening we are back in Medellin.
Day 8: From Medellin to the Caribbean Sea – Exploring Santa Marta
Take a flight in the morning from the Andean city of Medellin to the sunny Caribbean Coast of Colombia. The city tour begins with a visit to La Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, a place of historical importance where Simon Bolivar died in December 1830. You will get to know the former sugar cane hacienda of Don Joaquin de Mier. During a tour of the Bolivarian Museum you will learn about the most important events of Simon Bolivar’s life and the historical context of Colombia during that time. We continue in the centre of Santa Marta with a visit to the oldest cathedral in the country.
Day 9: Visiting the National Park Tayrona
With its white sandy beaches surrounded by rocky atolls, tropical forests and bathed by the crystal blue waters of the Caribbean Sea, the Tayrona Park is one of the most impressive destinations of Colombia. It offers a variety of trails infiltrating the rainforest and archaeological sites, which were of great importance for pre-Columbian Cultures. We begin the hike from Canaveral through the tropical forest and along some beaches up to Arrecifes (approx. 1 hour) and continue to paradise, like the beaches of Arenillas, Piscina and Cabo San Juan (approx. 1 hour), where we have time to enjoy a swim in the sea.
Day 10: Discovering the Nature Reserve La Caoba – Sierra Nevada de Santas Marta
After breakfast you will be picked up at your hotel and travel towards the foothills of the famous Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. The private nature reserve was first founded as a natural retreat in order to create a bank of plants, hence contributing to the preservation of the natural environment. The fact that an ancient Tayrona town used to be situated where the reserve is now, makes visiting La Caoba, a mystic experience. Explore the ancient indigenous paths of the area and enjoy one of the unique and less visited spots around Santa Marta. Spend a night in the jungle in a comfortable bungalow.
Day 11: Along the Coast – From Santa Marta to Cartagena
After breakfast you will leave the tropical rainforest of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta and drive to Cartagena. On a stunning journey along the Caribbean Coast passing by the city of Barranquilla you reach Cartagena in the afternoon and enjoy a Caribbean sunset of the ancient wall in the colonial city centre.
Day 12: Colonial Cartagena – City-Tour
Cartagena de Indias is one of the most beautiful cities in America. Its fascinating history as one of the pearls of the time and largest slave port in the colonies, make it a place of big importance and colonial highlights. The City-Tour will start visiting the Cerro de La Popa, a former Augustinian convent rising 150 meters above the city, where you will have the best view of Cartagena. Thereafter, visit the largest military construction ever built by the Spaniards in their colonies, the Fort of San Felipe de Barajas. Then, head to the historic centre, where you can visit the plazas, churches and the most beautiful and important streets and buildings of the city.
Day 13: Caribbean National Park Islas del Rosario
Today you will enjoy a full day on the Caribbean islands. The Islas del Rosario are ideal for watching colourful coral reefs in shallow waters. Located 45 km from Cartagena Bay, the park protects underwater ecosystems, mainly coral reefs, inhabited by a multitude of invertebrate species and a big variety of fish. Extensive kelp and sea grass are also found in the park. Beautiful beaches are another hallmark of the park. A speedboat will take you to an island of your choice (1 hour). Once you are on the island you will have time to go swimming, snorkelling, kayaking or visiting the Aquarium of San Martin de Pajarales.
Day 14: Return to Bogota & departure from Colombia
Enjoy the morning in the colonial centre of Cartagena before flying back to Bogota’s International Airport El Dorado.
*In case of unforeseen circumstances and to assure the passenger’s commodity and safety the itinerary can be subject of changing.
- 3 Domestic flights (Bogotá – Medellín / Medellín – Santa Marta / Cartagena – Bogotá)
- Private airport transfers (Bogotá / Medellín / Santa Marta / Cartagena)
- Guided hike through the Tatacoa Desert (only Spanish)
- Private transport (as mentioned in the program)
- Door to door transport Santa Marta – Cartagena
- Accommodation (13 nights – double room)
- City- Tour Colonial centre of Bogotá
- Entrance Fees (Gold Museum, Cable Car Monserrate, Guatavita Nature Reserve, Salt Cathedral Zipaquira, Museo de la Cultura in Jardin, Cueva del Elsplendor, Tayrona, La Caoba, Fortaleza Felipe de Bajeras, Islas del Rosario)
- Tour of the Transformation of Medellin
- Coffee-Trip“from the plant to the cup!”
- Horsebackride in Jardin
- Historical tour in Santa Marta
- City-Tour in Cartagena
- Boat-ride to the Islas del Rosario National Park
- Personal expenses
- Activities not mentioned in the program
- Payment method: International wire transfer or Paypal
- Private trip: You can book any tour as a private trip starting any day you want.
- Want any changes to this program and create your personalized tour? Feel free to contact us!