Prices start at $2,610 per person excluding international flights.
A comprehensive itinerary that incorporates classic locations in Colombia and a visit to the Coffee growing scenic region of the Corcora Valley. This itinerary is definitely one of our best sellers and offers a truly in depth view of a few of Colombia's major highlights, combining a bit of beach, with a bit of culture and some truly spectacular scenery.
Travel to Colombia
International flight to Bogota. There is now a direct service from London which takes just over 11 hours.
After breakfast you will have half day visit to the historic centre of Bogota known as La Candelaria. You will also visit Bolivar Square, the Botero Museum and the Gold Museum, one the finest of its kind in the world. Your day will end with a visit to the Santuario de Monserrate, a symbol of Bogotá. You will ride the cable car or funicular to reach it at 500m. The site offers the incredible panorama of the city on one side and the Andes on the other.
Villa de Leyva
Today you will head north of Bogota towards Zipaquirá to visit the impressive Salt Cathedral, a true feat of engineering. In the central nave is the main altar, above which is a cross measuring 16m in height and 10m in breadth, made by the Colombian artist Carlos Enrique Rodriguez and is the largest cross made from salt in the world.
Villa de Leyva, one of the area’s most beautiful towns, founded in 1572. In colonial times, Villa de Leyva played a central role and the Viceroy. Today, the city is a colonial jewel with an enormous plaza of 14.000 m2 surrounded by Spanish style houses, small alleys, cobblestone streets and the XVII century parochial church.
Today you return to Bogotá visiting the Convento del Santo Ecce Homo on the way. This was founded by the Dominicans in 1620 and was an important point of evangelization of the local Indigenous communities. You will then be transferred to the airport in time for your flight to Pereira in the famous Coffee region.
Here you will explore the Cocora Valley (within the confines of Los Nevados National Park) on foot or horseback and encounter the staggering 60m high wax palm trees (Colombia’s national tree) and perhaps sight some hummingbirds and palm parrots. On your way back you will stop at a trout farm and enjoy a traditional meal of smoked trout. In the afternoon continue towards the traditional town of Salento and then, transfer to the traditional village of Filandia where you can stop for coffee in one of the traditional coffee shops in the area.
On day 7, you will go to Chinchina where you will enjoy a half day coffee tour. This includes a visit to some coffee plantations along the steep hills and learning in detail the process of coffee production from its preparation, toasting and what the character of Colombian coffee.
Transferred to the Pereira airport for your flight to Cartagena and taken to your hotel. You will start the next day with a morning Panoramic City Tour which will take you to the famous Monasterio and Iglesia de La Popa built in 1606 from where the best city and seaviews are waiting. Your last day will be free but you may opt to do a half day visit to local markets and a cooking lesion with lunch or a walking city tour.
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Bogota and connection to your international flight home.