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Classic Colombia

Colombia has shaken off its turbulent past to offer a vibrant and diverse travel experience. Head off-the-beaten-track to see bustling markets with a chef, seek out hummingbirds and orchids in the Cocora Valley, and salsa the night away in Cartagena.

Day 1

Day 1

Upon arrival at the airport you’ll be met by a representative and escorted by private car to your accommodation.

After settling in, the rest of the day will be spent at leisure.

Day 2

Day 2
Half-Day Bogotá City Tour with Monserrate

Begin your trip with a half-day private tour of Bogotá.

You’ll take a gentle bike ride through the historic quarter known as La Candelaria, an area of great architectural and cultural heritage and made up of old stately homes.

Continue to the Plaza de Bolivar and the Gold Museum which has a permanent exhibition of 32,000 pieces of gold, 20,000 stones, ceramics and textiles.

Lastly, you’ll be taken by cable car up to Monserrate mountain to see the views of the city and to get a grip on this huge metropolis of 20 districts and more than 1,200 quarters.

Day 3

Day 3
Bogotá - Villa de Leyva via Zipaquira

This morning you’ll leave Bogotá and head towards Zipaquirá.

An hour into your journey you’ll reach the impressive Salt Cathedral. Visit the cathedral in a tunnel that passes the fourteen Stations of the Cross and witness the three naves of the Cathedral that represent the birth, life and death of Christ.

You’ll continue to Villa de Leyva, one of the area’s most beautiful towns.

The remainder of the day will be spent at leisure. Your Lightfoot Travel Designer will be able to advise on activities and/or restaurants prior to departure.

Day 4

Day 4
Villa de Leyva Tour - Bogotá Drop Off

After breakfast you’ll return to Bogatá, stopping on the way at the Convento del Santo Ecce Homo, an important point of evangelisation in a region populated by infidel Indigenous communities.

You’ll then head to the airport for your flight to Quindio, where you’ll be met upon arrival and transferred to your hotel in Armenia Province.

Spend the rest of the day relaxing at your accommodation where you can chill by the pool, go on a guided nature walk, try horse riding, or just explore the 250 acres of pineapple, plantain, ginger, orange and cacao plantations at the property.

Day 5

Day 5
Cocora Valley

This morning you’ll leave for the Valle de Cocora, in the central mountains of Quindío.

Upon arrival you’ll have the chance to go hiking, horse riding, or to head into the cloud forest. You’ll stop at a trout farm for a traditional meal.

After lunch you’ll continue to Salento to enjoy a city tour of the Plaza de Bolívar with its colorful balconies, the Calle Real, the shops and the Cocora viewpoint.

You’ll visit the traditional village of Filandia to learn about its colonial homes, the Plaza de Bolivar, and to visit some local coffee shops. Soak up the atmosphere and perhaps some local spirits before returning to your hotel.

Day 6

Day 6
Half Day Coffee Tour

Spend half a day visiting the San Alberto coffee estate.  

You’ll start your tour at the main house where you’ll learn about local architecture and history, and have an introductory chat about coffee, its preparation, toasting and characteristics. Afterwards, you’ll stroll through the plantations where you’ll see the locals at work and learn more about the production system.

The rest of the day will be spent at leisure.

Day 7

Day 7
Quindio - Cartagena

This morning you’ll be transferred to the airport for your flight to Cartagena.

On arrival you’ll be privately transferred to your hotel and the rest of the day will be spent at your leisure. Your Lightfoot Travel Designer can suggest activities prior to departure.

Day 8

Day 8
Half Day Tour of Cartagena

This morning you’ll head on a private city tour walking around the old town and explore the cobbled streets, pretty houses and churches.

Afterwards you’ll visit ‘San Felipe’, a castle-fortress of tunnels, underground galleries and passageways built to defend the city from pirate attacks.

Day 9

Day 9
Cartagena Street Food Tour

After a morning at leisure you’ll embark on a private street food tour.

Prepare your waistline for ten different food stops that focus on different flavours and delicacies. You’ll also have the chance to join a cookery course with some local women.  

Day 10

Day 10

This morning you’ll be escorted to the airport for your onward journey home.

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itinerary highlights
  • Explore historic Bogota's colonial houses and cathedrals
  • Visit one of the country’s most beautiful towns, Villa de Leyva
  • Stop by the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Cartagena
  • Learn about the local coffee-making process at a traditional plantation
  • Enjoy different flavours and local delicacies on a street food tour
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