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Colombia Journey

9 days, Bogotá to Cartagena

Travellers hiking through the jungles of Colombia

Luxurious mountains, quaint colonial towns, irresistible coffee—discover Colombia’s abundant charms on this incredible journey. Observe the rebirth of Medellín’s most notorious neighbourhood; wander the cobblestoned streets of Cartagena, part of a UNESCO World Heritage site; and venture into the picturesque coffee growing region of Armenia. Round out your experience alongside local artisans who turn coconuts into handicrafts, and sway to this South American nation’s infectious rhythms of salsa.

9 days - Bogotá to Cartagena

From$16319HKD
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Valid on Jun 18 2022
Trip Code: SMENG

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Luxurious mountains, quaint colonial towns, irresistible coffee—discover Colombia’s abundant charms on this incredible journey. Observe the rebirth of Medellín’s most notorious neighbourhood; wander the cobblestoned streets of Cartagena, part of a UNESCO World Heritage site; and venture into the picturesque coffee growing region of Armenia. Round out your experience alongside local artisans who turn coconuts into handicrafts, and sway to this South American nation’s infectious rhythms of salsa.

Is this tour for me?

Travel Style: National Geographic Journeys

Greater exploration, insider access, and the freedom to roam – all without sacrificing comfort.

Service Level: Upgraded

Quality accommodations and more inclusions than on other G Adventures tours, like meals, private transport, and activities.

Physical Rating: 3 - Average

Some tours may include light hiking, biking, rafting, or kayaking in addition to walking.

Trip Type: Small Group

Small group experience; Max 15, Avg 6.

Age requirement: 12+

All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Visa Requirements

9 days - Bogotá to Cartagena

From$16319HKD
was $20399
Valid on Jun 18 2022
Trip Code: SMENG

Need a flight? We can help.

Call us to book your flights! We'll find you the best option!

Creating ripples that change lives

The Ripple Score is an honest evaluation of how often we use local businesses and services to create each tour. With this score you can see the percentage of our local expenses that stay in the communities you visit. Learn more

Ripple Score

85

Walking through Cartagena is a step back in time, especially in December and January—Colombia’s “summer”—when balconies, windows, and gardens are alive with tropical flowers. Music fills the streets, a mix of cumbia and other Afro-Caribbean sounds, giving an island-like sensibility.” —Four Seasons of Travel, National Geographic Society, 2013

Map of the route for Colombia Journey

Places visited

Itinerary Notes

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Itinerary

Day 1Bogotá

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer is included.

Day 2Bogotá/Armenia

Catch a flight to Armenia, one of Colombia’s coffee capitals. Head to a small, family-run coffee farm in nearby Montenegro, and meet with a coffee expert to learn about the different stages of coffee production, from bean to cup. Continue on to a traditional hacienda on a working coffee farm, where we’ll spend two nights.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Journeys Highlight Moment Colombian Coffee Farm Visit

Meals included:

Breakfast | Dinner

Day 3Armenia

Set out on a full-day excursion to Salento, a charming coffee-growing town set amid verdant mountains, and venture to the nearby Cocora Valley for a hike. This breathtaking protected landscape harbours groves of gigantic wax palm, Colombia’s national tree and the tallest type of palm in the world. Later, during an immersive coffee tasting, sip espresso and watch a demonstration of latte art by a local barista. Then enjoy free time to explore Salento, strolling its quaint streets and browsing the local craft stalls.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Foodie Moment Colombian Coffee Immersion and Tasting

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 4Armenia/Medellín

This morning, fly to Medellín. Surrounded by lush hills and fragrant flower farms, this thriving city is currently in the midst of a resurgence. Settle into your hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 5Medellín

Alongside a local guide, embark on an eye-opening tour of Comuna 13—formerly one of Colombia’s most dangerous neighbourhoods. Ride on the cable cars and outdoor escalators that span the sprawling hillside, and learn how public transport and art and music programs have transformed the area into a peaceful, vibrant community. Afterward, opt for a historical tour of Medellín, visit some of the city’s museums, or go shopping.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Journeys Highlight Moment Medellín Community Walk

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 6Medellín

Enjoy a free day to continue exploring Medellín. Choose to visit nearby Guatapé, located on the shores of a scenic reservoir. Wander amid the town’s brightly decorated houses, and opt to climb a steep flight of stairs to the summit of El Peñol, a towering monolith that affords breathtaking views of the reservoir’s sparkling waters and lush green isles.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 7Medellín/Cartagena

Catch a flight to the fabled city of Cartagena, perched on Colombia’s Caribbean coast. Enjoy a walking tour of the old town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, discovering atmospheric plazas, soaring churches, and important historic landmarks. Later, head to the Oh La La Restaurant for a hands-on cooking class. As we learn to make Caribbean and Colombian specialities, hear how the restaurant amplifies cooking traditions while working with household mothers and small market producers.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Foodie Moment Colombian Caribbean Cooking Experience

Meals included:

Breakfast | Dinner

Day 8Cartagena

Go on an excursion to the nearby beach of La Boquilla and visit an arts workshop run by women who transform coconuts into jewellery, crafts, and other art. As we listen to their stories and learn their techniques, try your hand at creating a souvenir out of natural materials. Enjoy the rest of the day on your own to soak up the tropical charm of Cartagena. Opt to visit Cartagena’s Gold Museum, showcasing intricate pre-Colombian ornaments and pottery, or choose to learn the basics of Colombian salsa, known as Cali style, during a private lesson with two local dancers.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Journeys Highlight Moment Coconut Workshop

Meals included:

Breakfast | Dinner

Day 9Cartagena

Depart at any time.

Meals included:

Breakfast
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What's Included

  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Colombian Coffee Farm Visit, Salento
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Medellín Community Walk, Medellín
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Coconut Workshop, Cartagena
  • Your Foodie Moment: Colombian Coffee Immersion and Tasting, Salento
  • Your Foodie Moment: Colombian Caribbean Cooking Experience, Cartagena
  • Arrival transfer
  • Excursion to Salento and Cocora Valley
  • Coffee tasting
  • Cartagena city tour
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Accommodations

Hotels (6 nts), hacienda/farm (2 nts).

Meals

8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners
Allow USD245-320 for meals not included.

Transportation

Bus, private vehicle, jeep, plane, walking.

Staff & experts

CEO (Chief Experience Officer) throughout, local guides.

Available extras (Add these to your tour when you book)

My Own Room - From $4599.00

If you're travelling solo and would prefer to have your own private room throughout your trip, select this option during the online booking process.

Make it a private tour

Book this tour as a private departure - with your own CEO and all the benefits of a G Adventures group tour - for any group, big or small (even just one traveller).

Colombia Journey

| 9 days - Bogotá to Cartagena - from $16319 HKD