Experience the best of Authentic Colombia including enchanting Medellin, tropical Cartagena, idyllic beaches of the Rosario Islands, Parque Tayrona and stunning Bogota in this 14-day tour!
This Colombia Tour Package is focused on social, authentic & sustainable travel, bringing together like-minded travelers and immersing them in real-life Colombia. We’ve designed this awesome 2-week trip for you to experience the very best of the immensely diverse Colombia. It’s woven together by a collection of activities specifically designed to get you outside the tourist zones and directly interacting with the people of Colombia.
You’ll spend the first week based at our luxurious hacienda immersing yourself in the local culture in and around Medellin. And for the second week you’ll pick up the pace by taking in 3 very cool and very different locations – tropical Cartagena, exotic Parque Tayrona & mega metropolis Bogota.
The best part? When you book a trip we gift a donation to a local Colombian kids foundation which covers food, education and healthcare for 1 kid for 1 month.
Fixed departures for 2018:
June 30th – July 13th
August 5th – August 18th
October 21st – November 3rd
November 11th – November 24th
Day 1 – HOLA COLOMBIA!
Bienvenido a Medellin, the city of eternal spring. We’ll be at the airport ready to take you back to our secluded hacienda (30 minute drive).
Unpack, relax and settle-in. We’ll meet at 3pm for a short intro and then the afternoon is yours – go for a wander, take a dip in the pool, enjoy a massage or maybe just hit the cocktails. There’s a welcome BBQ at 7pm and, if you’re feeling brave enough, you can try out our Colombian salsa lesson (we’ll have the local firewater on hand for encouragement)!
Day 2 – COLOURFUL GUATAPE
Today we head to Guatape – the most colourful town in Colombia (and that’s saying something). We’ll start early by climbing the 765 steps to the top of La Piedra where we’re treated to jaw-dropping panoramic views over the reservoir. After lunch there’s time to do your own thing – there’s zip-line, boat rides, water sports & more – or you could simply stroll the quirky towns colourful streets. Tonight we head to a nearby restaurant known by the locals as serving up some of the finest quality food from the region.
Day 3 – MEZMERIZING MEDELLIN
Time to get up close & personal to the sizzling urban sprawl that is Medellin. We’ll start with an artisanal coffee tasting experience and then ride the metrocable over the mountain & into the city (the views are breathtaking). We’ll then continue with a whistle-stop tour of the city highlights. In the afternoon we’ll visit comuna 13 to witness first-hand the social transformation in one of the cities most notoriously dangerous zones. And afterwards we head to the trendy El Poblado neighbourhood to enjoy dinner and sample the infamous Medellin nightlife!
Day 4 – PUEBLIAR EN CHIVA
After a busy few days you can take today at your own pace. You can choose to simply relax by the pool and enjoy the exotic surroundings or, if you’re feeling more active, there’s horse-riding, paragliding and the option to explore Medellin more. In the evening we regroup to ‘Puebliar en Chiva’. This basically translates to riding around in a traditional Colombian bus (fully equipped with dance-floor & pumping latino beats), while stopping off at various nearby pueblos for a quick drink and a bit of people-watching. It’s a must-do Colombian experience!
Day 5 – HIKE THE ANDES
The fifth day of our Colombia Tour Package is all about getting outdoors, getting active and exploring the magnificent Andes mountains! We follow a local hiking trail meandering through the Colombian jungle while passing many a rustic village en route. There’s a short (3hrs) and long (6hrs) route depending on how energetic you’re feeling. And after all that exercise we’ll spend a more chilled evening under the stars back at the hacienda. We’ve invited a local speaker to join and enlighten us more on Colombia’s difficult past.
Day 6 – CHARMING SANTA FE
Another day, another unique & charming Colombian town – Santa Fe de Antioquia. First up we’ll explore the historic centre by wandering its cobbled streets, traditional churches and hidden squares. Afterwards, we’ll ride moto taxis over the impressive Puente Occidente bridge and on to our next activity – wine tasting! Yes, we’ve found the most incredible vineyard on the banks of the Rio Cauca to enjoy lunch, wine and a relaxing afternoon by the pool. And for tonight we’ve saved the best till last – dinner high up in the mountains with a spectacular view overlooking the dazzling city lights of Medellin!
Day 7 – VAMOS A LA PLAYA
It’s time to say adios to the intensely seductive Medellin – but don’t worry – you’re only getting started. Following a short 1 hour flight you’ll swap the Andes mountains for Caribbean coast. After checking in to the hotel the afternoon is yours to take in Cartagena at your leisure – wander the charming old town, marvel at the colourful colonial buildings or simply relax by the pool, sip a cocktail and view this vibrant coastal city from above. Tonight you’ll get to savour the delicious local cuisine with a unique dining experience we’ve organised in the city’s old town.
Day 8 – TROPICAL ISLAND HOPPING
Today we hire our very own private speed boat and set off for some island-hopping around the oh so very tropical Rosario Islands. We’ll swim, we’ll snorkel, we’ll sunbathe and generally enjoy the pristine beaches and crystal clear sea. But be sure to save some of that energy for later. We’ll head back to Cartagena and kick-off the evening with a Champeta (Afro-Caribbean) dance workshop before hitting-up the local bar scene to try out our new found moves.
Day 9 – EXPLORING CARTAGENA
On the 9th day of our Colombia Tour Package, the itinerary is wide open for you to entertain your own personal interests. You could head out of town to the nearby Bazurto market or Palenque village to get a better perspective of real life Colombia. Or if mud baths are your thing there’s the Totum mud volcano. If you prefer staying closer to home its well worth wandering the backstreets of Getsemani – the grittier less touristy part of Cartagena – to check out the iconic street graffiti. This evening we regroup over a spot of rum tasting (when in Cartagena!) and share stories of our earlier exploits.
Day 10 – CHILL DAY
It’s an early start as we say goodbye to Cartagena and make the 4 hour bus journey towards Parque Nacional Tayrona – a great opportunity to catch up on sleep after a few late nights. Our hotel is located in the most tranquil of natural settings – amidst the lush Colombian jungle – and so today is all about relaxation. We have an awesome pool, outdoor jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, luxurious restaurant, cocktail bar – and if that’s not quite enough – we’ve also lined up a massage. And don’t worry, if relaxation isn’t quite your thing (you know who you are!) there’s the option to go hike the neighbouring jungle.
Day 11 – A DAY IN PARADISE
We can’t think of many better feelings than waking up knowing you’re going to spend the day inside this exotic, otherworldly, Colombian national park. It’s epic! There’s 2 ways to the beach. The first involves a 1 hour hike (or horse-ride) along a scenic coastal trail. And the second is the fairly challenging and much less travelled 3 hour jungle hike which passes through ‘Pueblito’ – the Kogi indigenous village, still inhabited to this very day. It’s absolutely breathtaking! Whichever route you choose we’ll regroup at the picture postcard beach and spend the afternoon basking in its sun-drenched shores.
Day 12 – COLOMBIA’S BUSTLING CAPITAL
Time for a change of scene as we make our way to Santa Marta airport for the short 1 hour flight to Colombia’s bustling capital – Bogota. After checking into the hotel the afternoon’s free for you to explore the city however you please. We recommend wandering the charming old town – La Candelaria – and then taking the metrocable up the impressive Monserrate mountain where you’ll be treated to spectacular panoramic city views. In the evening we’ll try out the lively Bogota nightlife including the local ‘sport’ of Tejo (let’s just say it involves beer and gunpowder)!
Day 13 – ZIPAQUIRA
Today we sample Colombian life outside the urban sprawl by heading to the neighbouring & much smaller town of Zipaquira – famous locally for its hugely impressive underground salt cathedral (WAY cooler than it sounds!). We’ll spend a fairly relaxed day visiting the cathedral, exploring the town, tasting the local delicacies and – one of our favourite pastimes – people watching! We see out our final evening in style by heading to the very hip & trendy local hotspot of Plaza Usaquen, where we feast at one of our all-time favourite restaurants.
Day 14 – ADIOS COLOMBIA
How quickly time flies when you’re having fun! Yes, sadly you’re now at the end of your trip – but what an awesome experience it’s been. You’ve danced salsa, hiked jungles, scaled mountains, swam pristine oceans, felt the buzz of mega cities, mingled with locals, eat top-notch food and met many fun & interesting people along the way. After one final team breakfast we’ll take you to the airport to begin your journey home. We hope you’ll leave with a sense that you’ve experienced something special and that in amongst all that fun you’ve gained a genuine insight into the real and authentic Colombia.
Almost everything is included in the Colombia Tour Package so that you’ll need very little spending money. You’ll eat awesome food, stay in amazing locations and enjoy top quality experiences.
Fly into José María Córdova international airport in Medellin and out of El Dorado international airport in Bogota. We will pick you up and drop you off (we can also help advise on best flight options).
After you book your experience, you will receive a confirmation email from us confirming that your payment went through. You will then be connected directly to the tour operator, in case you have any further questions. We are also happy to answer any questions about the tour, or travel in general in your country of destination.