Discover in 14 days Colombian colonial pearls.
Stay of 14 days where we will discover the most beautiful colonial villages of the country: Raquira, Villa Leyva, Zapatoca, and Barichara. To also enjoy the exceptional natural setting of the region, we will take a bath in the “Caño Cristales” of Guadalupe and then visit a cocoa farm and a farm with panela, a typical Colombian natural sugar. You will continue to the Pacific coast where you will spend three days in a community. You will then go to Medellin, the city of eternal spring. We will continue by visiting the coffee lands of Chinchina before reaching Quindio and its forest of wax palm trees. Finally we will reach Armenia where you will visit one of the most beautiful botanical gardens in Colombia.
Your expenses on site
Allow an average of $25/day for meals (except when included) and drinks. This amount may vary depending on your choice of restaurant.
Also include an amount for souvenirs that you would like to take away as well as for your personal expenses.
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Bogota - Raquira - Villa de Leyva
Morning departure to Raquirá, a small typical village known for its handicrafts, especially its pottery.
After lunch, we will head to Villa de Leyva, the jewel of Colombian colonial architecture. Its immaculate white colour gives it an always perfect aestheticism. This makes it pleasant to admire by day and night. We will settle down at the hotel before visiting this village with its many historical attractions.
Night at Villa Leyva.
Private transport Bogota – Raquira, transfer to the hotel, English speaking guided accompaniment
Villa de Leyva - Guadalupe
Morning departure to Guadalupe, a small village in the Santander region, known for its very special river “las Gachas”. After settling in the hotel and lunch, we will go to admire this river dotted with circular holes that invite you to swim.
Night in Guadalupe.
Private transport to Guadalupe, transfer to the hotel, English speaking guided accompaniment
Guadalupe - Oiba - Barichara
Morning departure to Oiba where we will go to a panela farm (natural sugar consumed all over Colombia) and then to a cocoa farm. We will discover the production process of these products that we consume every day without really knowing where they come from. We will have lunch at the farm and then we will leave for Barichara, considered one of the most beautiful colonial villages in the country. We will visit the village and its surroundings in the afternoon.
Night in Barichara.
Private transport, transfers, local guide, English-speaking tour guide
Barichara - Zapatoca - Bogota
Departure to the colonial village of Zapatoca, another pearl of Santander’s architecture. After visiting the place, we will have lunch there.
Return to Bogota in the afternoon
Night in Bogota.
Transport, private English-speaking guide, transfers
Bogota - Medellin
Private transfer to Bogota airport and flight to Medellin.
Rest of the day free.
Night in Medellin.
Transfers, national flight Bogota – Medellin
Medellin - Nuqui
Transfer from your hotel to the airport then flight Medellin – Nuqui.
We go to Nuqui in the Chocó region. We will spend 3 days in the community of Jovi.
The village of Nuqui lives from community tourism. The project established with the native community Jovi, consists in valorizing their lands, their traditions and their ancestral knowledge. Tourism is part of this project to support this native people of the Chocó region.
During these three days you will have the choice between several activities: a visit to the village of Jovi, a hike along the Jovi River, swimming in natural waterfalls, a visit to the project to educate children in the knowledge of native medicinal and aromatic plants and whale watching!
From July to November the whales come to give a show in this paradise. Discover the emotion of the Pacific coast through the flavours, the culture, the people and its incredible nature.
Night in a family ecolodge.
National flight Medellin-Nuqui, private transfer, private French speaking guide, tickets included
Nuqui - Medellin
In the morning we will take a boat to Nuqui airport and then take our flight to Medellin.
OPTIONS AVAILABLE: Meeting with a salsa world champion or a visit from a horticulturist.
Night in Medellin.
Boat transfers to the airport, flight Nuqui – Medellin, private transfer to the hotel, private guide.
This morning, your English-speaking guide will pick you up at your hotel. You are leaving for a city tour.
The city of Medellin is a city with a difficult history but which is changing at an impressive speed. Elected city of innovation in 2013, discover a city transformed.
You will discover the city’s must-see attractions; the Plaza Botero, the Malaga Fair, the Pueblito Paisa and the Comuna 13 district (a district in full renewal).
Depending on your wishes and according to your tastes and desires, you can continue your visits with different options; salsa classes, coffee tour, visit to a horticultural centre, visit to a fruit and vegetable market, Graffiti workshop – singer of Rap Jazz.
At the end of the day, your guide will take you back to your hotel.
Night in Medellin.
Private English-speaking guide, entrance fees included, private transportation
Medellin - Manizales
In the morning we will take the road towards Manizales to end up in the coffee lands of Chinchina, a small municipality near Manizales.
You will spend the night in a beautiful hacienda in the heart of the cafetero lands.
Private transport, private English-speaking guide
Filandia - Quindio - Filandia
After breakfast, we will reach a traditional village “cafeteros” located 1h30 drive away, in the Quindio area. Filandia is an authentic village that presents the whole history of the Quimbaya civilization. Its lands live mainly from art and agriculture. We will visit the village and its main streets. On the spot you will have the choice between two activities:
1-Take the work of the Bejuco, similar to wicker, discover with the community the complete craftwork of this art.
2-Visit of a coffee producer
Night in Filandia.
Private transportation, private english speaking guide, activities included
Salento - Cocora Valley
Today you leave for the Cocora Valley by private transport.
The Cocora Valley is a very strong symbol of the coffee region, a forest of Quindio wax palm trees that can reach up to 60 meters in height. Hiking is the best way to discover the Cocora Valley. Walking in this fragile nature between the wax palm trees of Quindio under the songs of the parrots Loro Ojeriamarillo, exudes a very special emotion.
Duration: between 3 and 4 hours of walking to complete the loop completely. Level: Moderate-Difficult
We will end our day with a visit to the village of Salento.
Night at the hotel.
Private transportation, private English-speaking guide, entrance fees included
Botanical Garden - Armenia
Today you are going to Calarca where you will find one of the most beautiful Botanical Gardens in Colombia.
In the morning we will visit this garden with a great diversity of birds, flowers and butterflies. An impressive palette of the biodiversity of the region.
After lunch, we will transfer you to the bus terminal or the airport of Armenia depending on the continuation of your trip.
End of our services.
Private transport, private visit, entrances included, private transfers
The climate varies greatly according to the regions travelled through. From April to November, the sky is clear, although light rains are always possible. In altitude, it is pleasant during the day and cold at night. So bring warm clothes, even if you can walk around in a T-shirt during the day. Beware of the sun, which is strong at high altitudes, and bring a hat, sun cream and sunglasses.
No visa is required for stays of less than 90 days. You must travel with a passport that is still valid for 6 months after your stay.
When visiting high altitude areas, adverse effects such as headaches, nausea, insomnia and fatigue affect some people. However, the trip is designed to allow our body to adapt gradually (increase in red blood cells).
All major cities have modern private clinics with care comparable to what we have in Europe. However, you have to pay on the spot and then ask for reimbursement from your health insurance company.
We advise you to check whether your insurance covers medical costs in the countries you visit and if not, to seek reimbursement. Repatriation insurance is compulsory.
Currency / Credit Cards
Dollars and euros are accepted in the shops of the big cities. There are exchange houses everywhere. However, it is better not to carry large sums of money with you.
Credit cards are accepted in all ATMs (visa, mastercard, diners, american express). The commission of the bancomat is between 5 and 10USD.
In the service sector, it is normal to leave a tip when you are happy with the service. Between 5 and 10% of the value of the service is usual.
Whenever you travel, remember to keep fit. Even for “Discovery” trips, by preparing yourself physically you will adapt more easily to the altitude and enjoy your discoveries.
For trekking trips, develop your endurance by running or practicing your endurance several times a week.
Material to take with you
|Passport and 2 copies||Visa (if necessary)||Travel insurance (mandatory) and copy|
|Airline tickets and copy||Yellow fever vaccination certification (if visiting the Amazon)||Currency in US dollars, euros or local currency|
|1 large bag and 1 small bag (preferably backpack or duffel)||Camera||Binoculars|
|Reading/writing materials||Flashlight||2 comfortable trousers (trekking type)|
|1 pair of shorts, 3 T-shirts, 1 big sweater||Warm underwear||Cap|
|Warm and waterproof jacket||Good shoes||Small towel and bathing suitcase|
|Toilet kit||Protection against sun and insects||Medicines you usually take|
Basic first aid kit (bandages, disinfectant, tape, 1 pain reliever, 1 disinflammatory, immodium, broad spectrum antibiotic, mosquito repellent, lip stick)
You must be up to date with Tetanus, Hepatitis and Typhoid (Yellow Fever when visiting the Amazon).