A trip with everything: gastronomy, art, culture, nature, and adventure. Off the beaten path experiences and private sessions with experts like historians, archaeologists, artists, and chefs. With opportunities to discover Colombia’s diverse and exquisite cuisine, awe-inspiring places and fascinating people, you’re sure to have an unforgettable journey complete with learning, discovery, and some adventure.

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Day 1:

Bogota Skyline at Dusk by Curious Travel

Bogota Skyline at Dusk – Image by R. M. Nunes

Arrive at Bogota’s El Dorado International Airport where an English-speaking host and driver will be waiting to drive you to your hotel. The host will provide an introduction to the city, review the itinerary, and answer any questions or concerns you may have. After check-in, the host can provide a short orientation walk near the hotel, so you can get acquainted with the surroundings and identify the recommended restaurants, cafes, and spots for leisure time. Check-in and settle into your hotel. Enjoy your day at leisure. Recommendations for this time will be provided. Lunch and dinner recommendations will be provided.

Day 2:

Colourful buildings in La Candelaria, Bogota, Colombia by Curious Travel

Colourful buildings in La Candelaria, Bogota, Colombia – Image by Jess Kraft

Bogota Highlights. Gain deeper insight into the history and culture of Colombia’s buzzy capital city with a local expert as you wander the cobbled streets of Bogota’s historic centre La Candelaria, full of colonial buildings, plazas and cathedrals. Visit the Botero Museum to admire Fernando Botero’s iconic voluptuous figures and see the world’s largest collection of Pre-Columbian gold at the Gold Museum, a key aspect of different indigenous tribes’ cultural traditions. You will also take a cable car up to Monserrate Sanctuary at a staggering 3,152 metres high to enjoy unrivalled views over the city. Lunch will be recommended at a local restaurant (not included). Please wear comfortable shoes. The order of activities can vary depending on the expert and weather.

Day 3:

Bicycle Traffic Sign by Curious Travel

Bicycle Traffic Sign – Image by Matheus Obst

Sunday Ciclovia. Discover Bogota like a true Bogotano. Every Sunday morning, Bogota’s highways are shut off to traffic and opened for people to go biking, walking and skating! Bike along some of Bogota’s main streets, and enjoy the diversity of people and architecture along the way. Your host will recommend various routes, based on your interests and physical endurance. One of our favourites is Usaquen, which is a lively traditional neighbourhood with great restaurants, quaint cafés, street performers and a funky flea market. Please wear trainers and comfortable clothes to enjoy a day of biking and walking!

Usaquen. Explore this charming neighbourhood, perusing its artisanal boutiques, or simply sipping on a cup of coffee watching the world go by in one of its many restaurants. If you don’t coincide with the buzzy Sunday Street Market, Usaquen’s daily life is still worth a visit.

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Day 4:

Zipaquira Salt Cathedral, Bogota, Colombia by Curious Travel

Zipaquira Salt Cathedral, Bogota – Image by Fotos593

Zipaquira Salt Cathedral. Visit this impressive Roman Catholic church constructed within the tunnels of an old salt mine, 200 metres underground. Recently declared the first wonder of Colombia, a local host will take you through its history, construction process, and its religious sculptures and symbols.

Lunch at Andres Carne de Res followed by a transfer to the airport to catch a flight from Bogota to Medellin. Arrive at Medellin International Airport where an English-speaking host and driver will be waiting to drive you to your hotel. The host will provide an introduction to the city, review the itinerary, and answer any questions or concerns you may have. After check-in, the host can provide a short orientation walk near the hotel, so you can get acquainted with the surroundings and identify the recommended restaurants, cafes, and spots for your leisure time. Dinner reservation recommendations will be provided.

Day 5:

Botero Plaza, Medellin, Colombia by Curious Travel

Botero Plaza, Medellin – Image by Foto593

Social Innovation Tour of Medellin. This tour focuses on the social and cultural transformation Medellin has undergone in recent years as it moves towards peace. In addition to visiting Medellin’s downtown and famous Botero Plaza, you will also visit the neighbourhood which has undergone the most dramatic transformation; Comuna 13. By riding the Escalators and Metrocable, you can appreciate the magnitude and significance of this barrio, now innovatively connected to the heart of the city. Your local guide will provide historical background on the neighbourhood’s complicated past, as you admire its colourful graffiti, emblematic of progression and change. You will also visit the centre of hip-hop and urban art founded with the intention of young people positively channelling their energies into artistic expression.

Day 6:

Horse with Saddle by Curious Travel

Horse with Saddle – Image by Barna Tanko

Hacienda Life. Located thirty minutes from Medellin, this private hacienda owned by a Swiss woman raised in Colombia is home to a team of unique thoroughbred horses. Explore the hacienda’s avocado and coffee plantations on horseback, before discovering its extensive flower garden from which some of the most exquisite flowers are exported internationally. Enjoy a late lunch on the grounds before heading back to Medellin before sunset.

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Day 7:

Farmhouse surrounded by Coffee Plants, Colombia by Curious Travel

Farmhouse surrounded by coffee plants, Colombia – Image by Jess Kraft

Visit Coffee Hacienda. Drive to a traditional coffee plantation, where a local family will open the doors to their breathtaking hacienda. Walk along the property as a family member explains the intricate process of harvesting and producing premium quality coffee. Enjoy the lush landscapes, exotic flowers and stunning birds that inhabit this area. After visiting the fields, have a traditional lunch with the owners of the farm. Then, let the experts guide you through a one-of-a-kind tasting session to learn about the coffee’s aroma and fragrance, how to differentiate between good and bad coffee, and how to prepare a perfectly balanced cup of coffee.

Day 8:

Santa Marta Coastline, Colombia by Curious Travel

Santa Marta Coastline – Image by Foto593

Depart from the hotel to the airport with driver and host to fly from Medellin to Santa Marta. Upon arrival an English-speaking host and driver will be waiting at the airport, to accompany you to the hotel. The host will provide an introduction to the region, review the itinerary, and answer any questions or concerns you may have. Approximate transfer time is 1 hour. Enjoy the remainder of your day at leisure. Recommendations for this time and meals will be provided.

Day 9:

River near Santa Marta, Colombia by Curious Travel

River near Santa Marta, Colombia – Image by Jess Kraft

River Safari. Take a private transfer to Don Diego river. After a 15-minute trek up a lush mountain, you will arrive at a river bank from where you will float down a crystalline river all the way down to the ocean. Along the way enjoy a river safari, where you will find abundant vegetation, exotic birds, howler monkeys, and small caymans which are harmless and very shy. There is the option to visit the Tayronaka ruins on the way and to descend down the river on a canoe. Sunscreen is a must!

Day 10:

Kogui Girl, Colombia by Curious Travel

Kogui Girl, Colombia – Image by Fotos593

Tungueka Indigenous Community. After a good breakfast at your hotel, drive to the outskirts of the indigenous Tungueka community, where you will hike approximately 2 km to find the town used by Kogui families as a place of transit when transporting crops. Tungueka translates to “wall”, meaning these Kogui families have successfully preserved their cultural traditions through minimal contact with outside civilisation. In a unique cultural exchange, you will learn about their traditions, beliefs and connection with nature first hand, which requires significant humility and respect. Although this community is well preserved, you may come across other like-minded explorers. The Kogui should not be photographed or filmed without their permission. Please wear comfortable walking shoes, long trousers and cover shoulders.

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Day 11:

Caribbean beach in Tayrona National Park, Colombia by Curious Travel

Caribbean beach in Tayrona National Park, Colombia – Image by Micha Weber

Tayrona Park. Take a 40 minute transfer to Tayrona Park. Accompanied by your local host walk along the beach and into the jungle as you explore the Park. Two hours later arrive at Cabo San Juan, just in time to take a well deserved plunge in the beautiful clear waters. Have lunch at the local food stall/beach restaurant, and enjoy a few hours at leisure. Head back towards the entrance of the park around 2 pm, in order to make it back to your hotel before sundown.

Day 12:

Cartagena Skyline, Colombia by Curious Travel

Cartagena Skyline – Image by AlexMillos

Enjoy the scenic drive to Cartagena. After arrival at your hotel, enjoy the rest of your day at your leisure. Recommendations for this time and meals will be provided.

Day 13:

Church of St Peter Claver, Cartagena, Colombia by Curious Travel

Church of St Peter Claver, Cartagena, Colombia – Image by Emperorcosar

History & Architecture. Wander the winding streets of Cartagena’s colourful historic centre, UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will be accompanied by a local historian who will provide in-depth historical context and fascinating stories behind the iconic plazas, cathedrals and colonial mansions that characterize Cartagena. Learn about the Spanish colonization, Inquisition era, and pirate sieges that influenced Cartagena’s history. Don’t forget your comfortable shoes, hat and sunscreen!

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Day 14:

Beach Hut near Cartagena, Colombia by Curious Travel

Beach Hut near Cartagena, Colombia – Image by Streetflash

Daytrip to Blueapple. Meet your driver at the hotel for a private transfer to Cartagena’s dock. Aboard a shared boat to Blueapple Beach House, depart towards Tierra Bomba Island, located 20-minutes from Cartagena. Spend the day relaxing at the pool and beach.

Day 15:

Traditional Ceviche by Curious Travel

Traditional Ceviche – Image by Douglas Rodriguez Jones

Bazurto Market with a Chef. Alongside a local chef, set out for an adventurous experience in Bazurto market, and try the exotic fruits and local foods along the way. This traditional market is a vibrant and exciting place, however, it is also smelly, loud, and crowded. It is an incredibly unique experience, but not recommended for the faint-hearted! Please wear closed shoes, cool clothing, hat and sunscreen.

Caribbean Cooking. A local chef will teach you how to make some of Cartagena’s most typical dishes such as ceviche, seafood soup in coconut milk and white wine, coconut rice, plantain chips, and a few other Colombian secrets. The menu can be designed based on your preferences. The classes take place at a private house in the Old City with a beautiful open-air kitchen and a refreshing dip pool. Menu can be adapted for cooking with children. Please let us know of any dietary requirements or allergies.

Day 16&17:

Plane Take Off by Curious Travel

Plane Take off – Image by Petoei

Enjoy your last day in Colombia at your leisure, recommendations can be provided, before flying out the next day.

 

We also have other example itineraries for Colombia as well as other countries HERE.

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