Get an insight into Colombia’s fascinating history on a tour with visits to the city of Bogotá, visits to local coffee plantations, hiking in the Cocora Valley, the historic cities of Cartagena and Medellín and experiencing the Caribbean atmosphere on the island of Baru.
According to diseaseslearning, Colombia has a bit of everything! An exciting story, for better or worse, a fantastic landscape, wonderful people and of course, really good coffee!
The journey starts in Colombia’s capital, Bogotá. In Bogotá you will see the old town, La Candelaria, which is known for its beautiful colonial buildings, squares and of course the city’s famous gold museum. From the capital, the journey continues to Zona Cafetera, or the coffee zone, where you get an exciting insight into the importance of coffee for Colombia and not least how the whole process of producing the world’s best coffee takes place. A hiking trip to the beautiful Cocora Valley and a visit to the pleasant city of Salento are also included.
From there, head to Colombia’s second largest city, Medellín. It is a city with a motley past. Here lived, among others, Pablo Escobar, who made the city the world’s cocaine capital. But the city has since undergone a fantastic transformation and is today an attractive and safe metropolis. A local guide can show you around the city and give you an insight into the city’s history. From Medellin you then fly to the magical Cartagena. In the old part of the city you will see beautiful, colorful and well-preserved buildings from the colonial era and also the city’s 13 km long city walls that were built to keep the pirates out. The trip ends on the Caribbean island of Baru, where you can enjoy a few days on the beach in your own beach hut before it’s time to travel back to Sweden.
Day 1: Departure from Scandinavia and arrival in Bogotá
You leave Scandinavia and arrive in Bogotá the same day (local time). At the airport you will be picked up and driven to the hotel located in the old town of Candelaria. You spend the rest of the day on your own. If you are not too tired after the flight, you can take a walk on the pleasant streets and see the beautiful and colorful historic buildings and churches and eat at one of the small restaurants.
Day 2: On a voyage of discovery in Bogotá
Bogotá has over eight million inhabitants and is beautifully situated in the Andes at an altitude of 2,600 meters. In Bogotá, most tourists mainly visit the modern districts of the north, which have many restaurants, bars and are filled with shopping opportunities as well as the beautiful old historic district of Candelaria. During the day you can explore the city on your own. You can e.g. visit the Bogotá Art Museum (Museo del Botero) and the Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) which is known for perhaps the world’s largest gold collection. The day ends at Monzerate Hills, where you can go up to the top by cable car. There you can enjoy a fantastic view of Bogotá.
Day 3: Fly to Zona Cafetera and see coffee plantation
After visiting the lively capital, it is now time to go and experience a completely different side of Colombia, the beautiful green coffee area “Zona Cafetera”. Colombia has a perfect climate for growing coffee beans and is therefore the world’s third largest coffee exporter. Many coffee plantations, called “Fincas”, also welcome tourists and proudly show how it grows and produces coffee. From April to May and October to December it is harvest time. Then there is extra activity on the farms here. You will be picked up at the hotel in Bogotá and driven to the airport. From there you fly to the city of Armenia. From Armenia it is about an hour’s drive to the accommodation located near the small town of Salento. In the afternoon, it’s finally time to see a coffee plantation. Once there, you will also learn about coffee production in the area. The guide shares his knowledge of everything from planting and harvesting to washing and drying beans. Then, of course, it’s time to taste one of the best coffees in the world – Colombian. (L )
Day 4: Hiking in the Cocora Valley and Salento
Put on your hiking boots and go hiking with a guide in the beautiful Cocora Valley which is right near the Zona Cafetera. The Cocora Valley is one of the most beautiful places in Colombia. The green valley is surrounded by hills, which gives the hike a kind of adventurous feeling. You can also see Colombia’s national tree, the wax palm (Palma de cera), here. This palm is the tallest palm in the world and can grow up to 60 meters high. The day ends with a visit to the cozy village of Salento where you can stroll around on your own before it’s time to head back to the farm. ( F , L )
Day 5: Local bus from Armenia to Medellín
From Zona Cafetera, the journey continues by local bus to Medellín. You will be picked up at the hotel and driven to the bus station in Armenia. From here you take a local bus to Medellín. The journey takes about six hours. It is always an experience to take a bus in South America and meet the locals. When you arrive in Medellín you drive to the hotel and spend the rest of the day on your own. Medellín has been nicknamed “City of Eternal Spring” or “the city of eternal spring” due to the pleasant climate all year round. It is the city of Colombia that has undergone the greatest transformation in the last 25 years. From being one of the most dangerous cities in the world under Pablo Escobar, who made Medellín the world’s cocaine capital in the 80s and 90s to becoming one of the safest cities in Colombia today. ( F)
Day 6: City tour of Medellín
On this day you can take part in a guided city tour of Medellín where you will hear more about the city’s history and transformation from being one of the places with the highest crime in the world to becoming a lively and attractive metropolis. ( F )
Day 7: Flight to Cartagena from Medellín
In the morning you can explore Medellín on your own and then it’s time to head to the airport. The flight to Cartagena, a real gem from colonial times, is short. Once there, you will be picked up at the airport and driven to the hotel. You can spend the rest of the evening as you wish. The city was founded in 1533 and is named after Cartagena in Spain. Cartagena played an important role both politically and economically during the colonial era when the Spaniards expanded their empire in Colombia. To protect the city from pirates, a large fort and a 13 km long city wall were built, which in 1984 became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There is something magical about Cartagena, something you can experience as you walk along the cobbled streets of the older neighborhoods and see the beautiful, colorful and well-preserved colonial-era buildings and churches. ( F)
Day 8: On a voyage of discovery in Cartagena
You can spend the day exploring Cartagena on your own. You can either choose to spend more time in the city or to participate in tours and excursions to the surrounding area. For example, you can go to the small fishing village of La Boquilla and learn how the locals make fishing nets, catch fish and crabs and prepare them. You can even be invited to the kitchen and take part in a small cooking class. Then you can have lunch with the local family. This tour provides a unique insight into the daily lives of Afro-Caribbean professional fishermen. We can also help arrange bike rides, horseback riding, cooking classes and dance and music workshops in Cartagena and the surrounding area. ( F )
Day 9: From Cartagena to the island of Baru (Playa Blanca)
The journey continues from Cartagena to the beautiful beach Playa Blanca on the island of Baru. You will be picked up at the hotel and driven to the port. From there you take a smaller boat to Playa Blanca (the journey takes about an hour). At Playa Blanca you live in a simple cottage with a fantastic location right next to the water. Here you can enjoy a genuine Caribbean atmosphere with swaying palm trees, the azure water and the chalk-white sandy beach. It makes it easy to relax and enjoy the moment. Winberg Travel can also offer accommodation in luxury resorts on Baru as well as visits to other Caribbean islands in Colombia, e.g. Isla Mucura, San Andrés and Providencia. ( F , M )
Day 10-11: Playa Blanca on your own
At Playa Blanca you can relax, sunbathe, swim and indulge in your Colombian adventure. You can choose what you want to do during the day and decide the pace on your own. ( F , L , M )
Day 12: Playa Blanca – Cartagena
You return to Cartagena and drive to the hotel. You can spend the rest of the day in the city as you wish. ( F )
Day 13: Departure from Cartagena
On this day, it’s time to say goodbye to Colombia. You will be picked up at the hostel and driven to the airport. ( F )
Day 14: Arrival in Scandinavia
This day you will come home to Scandinavia. When you get home depends on which airline you fly with.
Twelve nights in hotel / courtyard / simple bungalow