Short coffee tours

Many people are short on time and thirsty for coffee. This tour quenches that thirst with a punchy and intense plan in Colombia’s Quindío department

This is a privately organised tour with almost unlimited customisation options to make it your own. It is primarily an illustration to show you the best way to see the most of Colombia’s coffee zone in the shortest possible time.

Tour Plan

The Coffee Zone is about three things. Coffee of course, stunning landscapes and the hospitality of the cafeteros.

This tour boasts all three, arguably Colombia’s best technical coffee tour, the beautiful Quindío countryside and the Cocora Valley. Most importantly, you will stay 2 nights in a family-run finca.

The sky is the limit in terms of customisations. Quite literally should you wish to go paragliding in Roldanillo. The “Options” tab will give you ideas for making this tour your own. Notwithstanding, off the peg this tour as published is a fantastic way to spend 3 nights in the Coffee Zone.

Climate

The Coffee Zone has year round spring-like temperatures of approximately 25ºC. Bring a waterproof in anticipation of occasional showers, don’t forget your swimming costume because most fincas have pools.

Group sizes

This trip is available for groups of 2 people and upwards. Local English speaking guides will be provided at the destination.

Day 1

This tour starts when you arrive in one of the Coffee Zone’s airports. The plan is costed for Armenia. You will be met from your flight by one of our drivers and taken to a family-owned finca.

The Colombian Way carefully selects fincas for facilities and authenticity, all of the fincas that we offer are located in the UNESCO protected coffee landscapes around Armenia.

Day 2

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The Coffee Zone

Following breakfast you will be picked up at your finca. After a brief visit to the village of Pijao you will be taken for a 4×4 tour across the Andean cordillera ending at a boutique coffee estate in Buenavista.

There you will see the culture, customs and processes surrounding the coffee cherries that grow on the hillsides and eventually become your morning brew.

After a technical tasting session in the laboratory, you will have the chance to enjoy the estate’s coffee whilst overlooking the UNESCO protected coffee landscapes of Buenavista.

We will then take you for a traditional lunch.

After lunch you will continue to Calarcá to visit the stunning botanical gardens and Mariposario. You will be returned to the finca for dinner.

Day 3

You will leave the finca and head towards Salento and the imposing Cocora Valley. Salento is one of the quaintest towns in Colombia with its well preserved colonial houses, handicrafts shops and traditional restaurants, many of which serve excellent local trout.

The day is your own, be it a short walk through the Cocora Valley or the full 6 hour trek to the hummingbird reserve at Acaime, you will be guided by an expert local guide. Be sure to take your camera because Cocora is a sight to behold. It is one of the only habitats of the wax palm, the world’s tallest variety of palm tree and the national tree of Colombia.

After the full day outing we return to you to a charming hotel in Salento to spend your final night in the Coffee Zone.

Day 4

Time to bid farewell to the Coffee Zone. You will be picked up from the hotel and transferred back to the airport.

Day 1

It’s entirely possible that you want to arrive early in the day on day 1. That’s your choice. Consider adding horse-riding at la Tebaida or for those with an interest in botany, an afternoon at Paraíso del Bambú y la Guadua.

Day 2

Technical coffee tours not your cup of tea? Or coffee? Ramp up the fun by going to Recuca instead for an altogether more frivolous experience.

Day 3

Stay in bed! The Coffee Zone is the ideal place to wind down, so enjoy a relaxed morning at the finca, transfer to Salento at lunchtime, check into your hotel and enjoy the afternoon taking in the ambience of the town, potter around the craft shops in Camino Real and have yourselves a coffee. Pick up the itinerary again the next day with your trip to Cocora. This is a cost effective way of slowing down your pace by adding an extra night to your itinerary.

Day 4

Take an early evening flight out of Pereira rather than Armenia and spend the afternoon exploring the waterfalls and thermal pools at Santa Rosa de Cabal. Leave your luggage in the car then continue to the airport for your outbound flight.

Prices are per person based on the number of people in the travelling party. 

Persons2345 or more
615€530€450€ Contact us for group rates 

Included in the price of this tour is the following.

  • Private transfers from the airport to your accommodation,
  • Private transfers between land destinations
  • Accommodation based on the size of the party.
  • Breakfasts every day, evening meals at the finca, lunch on day 2
  • Local English speaking guides at the destinations
  • All tours and activities included in the programme
  • All local taxes, hotel insurance fees and entrance fees

NOT included in the price.

  • Flights to and from the Coffee Zone
  • Sundry personal costs as listed in our Terms and Conditions
  • Meals and beverages not specified in the schedule
  • Optional items not listed in your travel booking schedule

Destination information

This tour visits the following destinations. Click the links below for more comprehensive information on each destination.

Coffee Zone

San Alberto Coffee Tour

Salento and Cocora

The Colombian Extreme Adventure

The Colombian Extreme Adventure is the ultimate round trip for those seeking thrills and excitement amidst beautiful Colombian landscapes. Trekking, mountain biking, horse riding, quad bikes, white water rafting, caving, paragliding, diving, snorkelling and camping all in one round trip.

Tour Plan

From Bogotá we initially drive north to Villa de Leyva in the Boyacá department for the beginning of the your adventure in the Andean highlands. Villa de Leyva not only boast beautiful colonial architecture and the largest plaza in the whole of Latin America but also has an enviable wealth of activities.

From Villa de Leyva it is onwards by road to San Gil and Barichara, Barichara being the undisputed prettiest village in Colombia, and located just a 30 minute ride away from San Gil, Colombia’s outdoor sports and activities mecca.

We then continue onwards to Bucaramanga in order to fly to Santa Marta on Colombia’s Caribbean coast where we stay 2 nights in Taganga, a fishing village where you can go diving, snorkelling or simply take in the spectacular Caribbean sunsets.

From Taganga we head to Parque Tayrona, the most exotic and pristine of Colombia’s beaches and the perfect spot on the map to enjoy walking through the coastal jungle. You also have the option to add on a visit to El Pueblito, a traditional Kogi Indian village which also offers superb trekking opportunities.

The round trip culminates in Cartagena where we include a guided tour of the historic old town and a day trip excursion to Playa Blanca and the Rosario Islands

Climate

This tour takes you from the cool highland climates of Bogotá and Villa de Leyva, onwards to the warmer mountain landscapes of San Gil and Barichara. Finally to the Caribbean where temperatures can reach up to 40ºC

Group sizes

This trip is available for groups of 2 people and upwards, we are able to provide tour guides in both English and German.

Day 1

You will be met by one of our representatives at Bogotá’s El Dorado Airport and taken by private transfer to your hotel in La Candelaria, Bogotá’s historic colonial centre.

Bogotá is 2640m above sea level and if you happen to have arrived on a flight from Europe, you will have landed early evening. The evening of day 1 has no formal plans to allow you to relax, aclimatise to the altitude and adjust to the time difference.

Day 2

Your chance to get to know our capital city, we begin the day with a journey to the top of Monserrate, the Cerro overlooking the Bogotá Savannah. At a height of 3150m the mountain affords spectacular views across Bogotá and great photo opportunities. Normally we will ascend the Cerro by cable car, subject to local conditions we can also guide you up to the peak by foot.

In the afternoon, we have a social outing and take you to play tejo, Colombia’s national pastime. Itself an extreme sport as it involves beer and explosives.

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Villa de Leyva

Day 3

We hit the road and take you on the 4 hour journey to Villa de Leyva. Our hotel is located just outside of the town in quiet and idyllic surroundings about 15 minutes from the impressive Plaza Mayor. The afternoon is yours to enjoy at your own pace, walk around the town and enjoy the craft shops and excellent restaurants that the town has to offer.

Day 4

A tour around the beautiful surroundings of Villa de Leyva. Mountain bike, horseback or quad bikes. You pick your group’s mode of transport.

Day 5

We depart in the morning to San Gil in the Santander Department. Arriving late afternoon to check into your hotel just outisde the town. The afternoon you can spend in the hotel’s pool or go into San Gil itself.

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Paragliding in San Gil

Day 6

Two activity sessions, take your pick from caving, river rafting or paragliding.

Day 7

Trip to Barichara to undertake a 3 hour ecological walk to Guane

Day 8

We drive through the Canyon of Chicamocha to Bucaramanga where we leave the Andean region of Colombia and travel by plane to the Caribbean Coast, arriving late afternoon in Santa Marta, from where you will be transfered to your accommodation in Taganga, a lively fishing village that is popular for its beautiful sunsets and is a big destination for international travellers.

Day 9

Parque Tayrona
Parque Tayrona

After breakfast we go on a diving excursion, ideal for beginners and seasoned divers alike. We return late afternoon and you have the rest of the day to enjoy Taganga at your own leisure.

Day 10

After breakfast we head for Parque Tayrona where we spend two nights camping. After arrival the whole day is free to enjoy the beach and the Caribbean Sea.

Day 11

Trek to El Pueblito a traditional Kogi Indian village

Day 12

Transfer from Parque Tayrona via Taganga to Cartagena

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Cartagena de Indias

Day 13

Cartagena city tour including San Felipe castle, the historic walled city and Getsemaní. The city tour ends mid afternoon, as you near the end of your round trip with us this gives you a chance to have a couple of hours of downtime before taking yourself to Café del Mar to watch the spectacular sunset across the Caribbean whilst sipping on a long tall drink.

Day 14

Snorkelling amongst the beautiful coral reefs of the Rosario Islands, returning early evening to the Marina.

Day 15

Transfers to Cartagena airport for onwards travel. Flights back to Bogotá or another part of Colombia can be arranged for you.

Day 2

If you would prefer, we can offer a city tour instead of tejo

Day 4

Full day trekking outing to the Páramo de Iguaque

Day 7

Instead of the ecological trek to Guane take a bicycle trip to San Jose del Valle

Day 12

Choose to break your trip by adding in a 5 day trek to La Ciudad Perdida, the lost city of the Kogi Indians

Included in the price of this tour is the following.

  • Private transfers from the airport to your accommodation,
  • A mixture of private transfers & public transport between all the destinations included in the schedule
  • All accommodation, hotels and camping as included in the schedule including breakfast each day.
  • Private city tour in Cartagena
  • A bilingual guide during the whole tour
  • All activities as highlighted in the programme
  • All local taxes, hotel insurance fees and entrance fees to Parque Tayrona

NOT included in the price.

  • Sundry personal costs as listed in our Terms and Conditions
  • Meals and beverages not specified in the schedule
  • Optional items not listed in your travel booking schedule
We recommend you take out comprehensive travel insurance that includes cover for the sports and activities listed in the itinerary.

Destination information

This tour visits the following destinations. Click the links below for more comprehensive information on each destination.

Bogotá

Villa de Leyva

San Gil and Barichara

Santa Marta and Tayrona

Cartagena

The Colombian Heritage Experience

Tour Plan

The Colombian Heritage Experience offers a heavy dose of pre-Colombian culture in a punchy & intense 6 day tour.

The tour starts from Neiva Airport from where you visit the unique searing landscapes of the Tatacoa Desert and get the chance to spend a night in a traditional and tranquil Colombian village.

Onwards we travel to the UNESCO world heritage sites of San Agustín and Tierradentro, Colombia’s most significant sites for pre-columbian culture. The itinerary in these two destinations is feature-packed with not only visits to the archeological sites but also hiking, horse riding through pristine Huila landscapes and a visit to El Estrecho del Magdalena.

Climate

Come prepared, this trip combines the mild climate and rains of San Agustín with the overbearing dry heat of Tatacoa

Group sizes

This trip is available for groups of two people and upwards.

Day 1

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The Tatacoa Desert

Upon arrival at Neiva’s airport you will be met by your local guide.

Transfer in private transport from the airport to the village of Villavieja where you can leave your luggage at your simple hotel in the village. Afterwards you will continue to the Tatacoa Desert where you can undertake several walks through the incredible lunar-like landscapes.

Afterward transfer back to your hotel in Villavieja. The village has a warm climate and friendly inhabitants. It is a great place for an evening beer in the Plaza.

Day 2

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San Agustín

After breakfast we transfer you to San Agustín along the Magdalena River. Take in the spectacular views of canyons and the Represa Betania. We arrive in San Agustín in afternoon where we stay in a beautiful country hotel just outside of the village.

After checking in to your hotel, your local guide will take you horse riding through the lush green landscapes of El Huila

Day 3

After breakfast we visit the fascinating San Agustín park, a UNESCO world heritage site. The park has a pet tortoise called Democracy, supposedly because it moves at a similar pace to democracy. It is always a challenge to to see who can be the first to spot it.

In the afternoon, enoy a private jeep trip to the spectacular waterscapes of El Estrecho del Magdalena. At 1.7m this is the narrowest section of the mighty Magdalena River which runs from the south of Colombia all the way to the Caribbean coast.

Day 4

Transfer to Tierradentro via Pitalito and La Plata. Tierradentro is the land of the Paez Indians and is surrounded by mountainous terrain. We arrive in San Andrés de Pisimbalá and undertake a short walk to the village before retiring for the night to a comfortable hotel with a swimming pool.

Day 5

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Tierradentro

A beautiful circular walk to the subterranean tombs in the surroundings of Tierradentro taking in El Alto de San Andrés, Segovia, El Duende & El Tablón. The middle of the trip pauses in El Aguacate, a peak with incredible views across the valley. The Tierradentro walk truly is one of the highlights of Colombia. We spend a second night in Tierradentro

Day 6

Transfer to back to Neiva airport from Tierradentro where the tour ends

This round trip is bespoke and tailored to your wishes. Although the trip can be combined with any of our packages, the following are suggested options for this trip.

Day 1

  • Ask us if you want us to arrange your flight from Bogotá to Neiva for you. Also for passengers arriving the previous day, we can offer hotel accommodation the previous night in Bogotá
  • At no additional cost, you can choose to spend the evening of day 1 in a farmer’s cottage in the Tatacoa Desert. This is arguably the most basic yet authentic accommodation that we offer and presents incredible stargazing and photography opportunities.
  • Before transferring to San Agustín, you have the chance to add-in an additional day in the Huila town of Rivera where you can stay in a comfortable hotel and visit the thermal springs.

Day 6

Let us organise your onward travel for you, either a flight back to Bogotá, a flight to one of our other destinations or an overland transfer to Popayán.

Prices are per person based on the number of people in the travelling party. 

Persons2345 or more
1307€997€750€ Contact us for group rates 

Included in the price of this tour is the following.

  • Private transfers from the airport to your accommodation and between destinations as highlighted in the itinerary. Drivers will be Spanish speaking.
  • All accommodation as included in the schedule including breakfast each day (apart from Tatacoa and Villavieja)
  • In Tatacoa, Spanish guide
  • In San Agustín, English guided tour of the archeological park and horse riding
  • In Tierradentro, guided tours in Spanish
  • All local taxes, hotel insurance fees and park entrance fees

NOT included in the price.

  • Getting to the start and getting from the end of the itinerary as published
  • Sundry personal costs as listed in our Terms and Conditions
  • Meals and beverages not specified in the schedule
  • Optional items not listed in your travel booking schedule
  • Onward flights from the end of the schedule

Destination information

This tour visits the following destinations. Click the links below for more comprehensive information on each destination.

The Tatacoa Desert

San Agustín

Tierradentro

The Colombian Pacific Explorer

Colombia is the only South American nation with two ocean coastlines, so be an explorer and visit them both.

Tour Plan

Although this tour visits both coasts, it takes its name from the largely unexplored Pacific Coast and you will spend 3 nights in Bahía Solano or Nuquí. Flights to Bahía Solano only depart from Medellín so this tour also give the visitor the chance to know this innovative and forward looking city with its pleasant year-round spring like climate and friendly people.

The Coffee Zone is a logical stopover on the way to Medellín. Whilst it is popular and firmly on the well trodden trail, this tour offers the chance to experience it in the most authentic way possible, staying in a working coffee finca. For the newcomer to Colombia, the Coffee Zone is unmissable.

The tour concludes in the city of Cartagena on the Caribbean coast. Contrast the two coasts, the isolated exclusivity of Bahía Solano with the hustle and bustle of the  walled city of Cartagena, Colombia’s most popular tourist destination. Cartagena’s popularity is by no means a lucky coincidence, its romantic narrow colonial streets, spectacular sunsets and great restaurants are going to ensure its position as Colombia’s number one destination for many years to come.

Climate

This tour takes you from the cool highland climates of Bogotá, onwards to the slightly warmer climate of Villa de Leyva. Through the spring-like climate of the Coffee Zone and Medellín. On to the tropical destination of Bahía Solano and finally to the Caribbean where temperatures can reach up to 40ºC

Group sizes

This trip is available for groups of 2 people and upwards. Local English or Spanish speaking guides will be provided at the destination.

Day 1

You will be met by one of our representatives at Bogotá’s El Dorado Airport and taken by private transfer to your hotel in La Candelaria, Bogotá’s historic colonial centre.

Bogotá is 2640m above sea level and if you happen to have arrived on a flight from Europe, you will have landed early evening. The evening of day 1 has no formal plans to allow you to relax, aclimatise to the altitude and adjust to the time difference.

Day 2

Your chance to get to know our capital city, we begin the day with a journey to the top of Monserrate, the Cerro overlooking the Bogotá Savannah. At a height of 3150m the mountain affords spectacular views across Bogotá and great photo opportunities. Normally we will ascend the Cerro by cable car, subject to local conditions we can also guide you up to the peak by foot.

We continue in the afternoon with a walking tour through the colourful façades of La Candelaria including an extended stop at the Botero Museum, an intimate art museum housed in colonial buildings that boasts not only many great works by Colombia’s Fernando Botero but also his own collection of masterpieces by Chegall, Max Ernst, Renoir, Picasso and Monet.

Onwards through Bogotá we take in the impressive Plaza Bolívar, Casa Nariño and Bogotá’s Gold Museum before taking you back to your hotel.

Day 3

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Villa de Leyva

We depart by coach in the morning towards Villa de Leyva. On the way we stop of at the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá. An amazing underground cathedral built in a disused salt mine. We arrive in the charming town of Villa de Leyva in the afternoon where you will spend the night in a charismatic colonial hotel in the town centre. The evening is yours to explore this equisite colonial town and to take advantage of one of the many great restaurants that the town has to offer.

Day 4

At 9.30am your English speaking guide will meet you at your hotel for a half day tour to the attractions within the vicinity of Villa de Leyva. Depending upon the preferences of your group, we will focus the tour around nature, with a trip to El Paso de Ángel or La Pericera or if you prefer a cultural experience, we will take you to the monastery Ecce Homo or El Fosil.

Day 5

In the morning we will collect you from the hotel and drive you back to Bogotá’s airport from where you will fly to Pereira, the capital of Colombia’s Risaralda department and one of the city cornerstones of the Coffee Zone. From the airport of Pereira you will be transferred to your home for the next 3 nights. A delightful coffee finca set in a valley. The remainder of the day is yours to enjoy the warmer climate, walk around the finca or relax in the pool.

Day 6

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The Coffee Zone

A full day outing to the town of Salento and the imposing Cocora Valley. Salento is one of the quaintest towns in Colombia with its well preserved colonial houses, handicrafts shops and traditional restaurants, many of which serve excellent local trout.

You have the option to walk or travel on horseback through the Cocora Valley, be sure to take your camera because Cocora is a sight to behold. It is one of the only habitats of the wax palm, the world’s tallest variety of palm tree and the national tree of Colombia.

After the full day outing we return to your finca. We aim to get you back by 4.00pm so that you can see the workers return from the hills with the day’s harvest of coffee.

Day 7

Your chance to immerse yourself in the coffee culture. We take you to Hacienda Venecia, an impressive coffee farm on the road to Manizales. Take in the many acres of coffee plantation and have the processes explained to you by experts. Spectacular landscapes and a captivating introduction to the world of coffee make this an unforgettable day.

Day 8

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Medellín

After breakfast we transfer you back to the airport for a flight to Medellín, the city of the eternal spring and the home of all things Paisa.

Formerly infamous for its cocaine fueled gangsterism, those days are long gone and now Medellín is a thriving innovative city that is more commonly known for its culture, the artist and sculptor Fernando Botero and the multi-grammy winning Juanes.

From the city’s airport you will be transferred to your hotel in the upscale Poblado neighbourhood. In the afternoon you will be collected from your hotel for a tour of El Pueblito Paisa a small model village where the Paisas celebrate their own culture.

The evening is yours to enjoy the mild weather and sip a drink in cool Parque Lleras as Medellín’s high society passes you by

Day 9

A full day outing Guatapé and El Peñol Guatapé is one of Antioquia’s many charming towns and is surrounded by lakes. El Peñol is a huge monolith which rises from the lakes. El Peñol can be scaled by stairs. Those that reach the peak can experience the vast and beautiful Antioquia landscape.

Afterwards we return you to Medellín once again for another chance to make the most of the city’s lively and sophisticated nightlife.

Day 10

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Bahía Solano

Hotel pick up and transfer back to the airport. From there you will fly to Bahía Solano airport and be met by the staff of the El Almejal lodge. They will take you to your accommodation for the next 3 nights. The wooden cabins of El Almejal eco-lodge on the immaculate El Almejal beach.

Whilst there you can visit the lodge’s turtle conservation project, walk through the lush green coastal jungle, whale-watch (between July and October) or simply relax on the deck in a hammock.

Day 11

In Bahía Solano time seems to stand still, and day 11 is yours to take advantage of the facilities and activities of El Almejal, walk barefoot along the dark sandy beaches and make the most of this absolutely unique destination.

Day 12

Another day to pick and choose which of the lodge’s activities you want to fill up your day.

Day 13

Your last chance to make the most of Bahia Solano before we fly you back to Medellín where you spend one more night.

Day 14

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Cartagena

Transfer back to the airport for you flight to Cartagena. From Cartagena’s airport you will be collected and taken to your accommodation in the walled city. A well preserved colonial hotel.

The night is yours to explore the cosy alleys and character-filled streets of the city. Watch the dancers in Plaza Santo Domingo or check out the city’s excellent bars and restaurants.

Day 15

A day in Cartagena with an optiona tour of the city guiding you through the streets of the old town, the Getsemaní district, Plaza Trinidad and the San Felipe castle

Day 16

The last full day of the trip and you are taken on a full day boat excursion to the Rosario Islands and Playa Blanca. In the Rosario Islands there are great opportunities for snorkelling before heading to Playa Blanca, pristine white sandy beaches that gently fold into a crystal blue Caribbean Sea. You return to the Marina at about 5.30pm leaving you enough time to walk to Cartagena’s iconic Café del Mar to watch the sun set.

Day 17

The end of the tour and we transfer you from your hotel back to Cartagena for onward flights.

Day 3

Visit the Salt Mines of Nemocón instead of the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá

Day 8

Spend a third night in the Coffee Zone and visit the Thermal Springs of Santa Rosa

Day 10 or 14

Spend an extra night in Medellín and visit Santa Fé de Antioquia and Puente de Occidente

Days 10 to 13

Stay in the El Cantil lodge at Nuquí instead of the El Almejal lodge in Bahía Solano

Day 17

Extend your trip with a visit to Parque Tayrona or Mompox

Included in the price of this tour is the following.

  • Private transfers from the airport to your accommodation,
  • Private transfers between land destinations
  • Accommodation based on two people sharing a double or twin room
  • Breakfasts in all destinations apart from Bahía Solano (or Nuquí) where 3 meals per day are provided
  • Local Spanish or English speaking guides at the destinations
  • All tours and activities included in the programme
  • Domestic flights Bogotá to Pereira to Medellin to Bahia Solano to Medellín to Cartagena
  • All local taxes, hotel insurance fees and entrance fees

NOT included in the price.

  • Sundry personal costs as listed in our Terms and Conditions
  • Meals and beverages not specified in the schedule
  • Optional items not listed in your travel booking schedule

Destination information

This tour visits the following destinations. Click the links below for more comprehensive information on each destination.

Bogotá

The Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá

Villa de Leyva

Coffee Zone

Salento and Cocora

Medellín

Bahía Solano

Cartagena

Islas del Rosario and Playa Blanca

The Colours of Colombia

As intense as a Colombian quadruple espresso. The Colours of Colombia packs a huge caffeine infused punch in just 15 days.

This is a privately organised tour with almost unlimited customisation options to make it your own.

Tour Plan

Starting from Colombia’s capital Bogotá the tour includes the two UNESCO world heriage sites of San Agustín and Tierradentro before heading to the picturesque Coffee Zone where you will get a chance to visit a real working coffee finca. Check out the area on horseback and visit the spectacular Cocora Valley and the town of Salento.

From the Coffee Zone we whisk you off to the Caribbean coast to spend time in the magical city of Cartagena before heading east to Parque Tayrona, Colombia’s spectacular Caribbean natural park.

The very best of Pre-Columbian history, the breathtaking green landscapes of the Coffee Zone, the world’s finest Spanish colonial walled city, the crystal blue Caribbean, pristine beaches and coastal jungle. The Colours of Colombia really does have it all.

Climate

This tour takes you from the cool highland climates of Bogotá, onwards to the warmer mountain landscapes of San Agustín and Tierradentro. Through the spring-like climate of the Coffee Zone and finally to the Caribbean where temperatures can reach up to 40ºC

Group sizes

This trip is available for groups of 2 people and upwards. Local English or Spanish speaking guides will be provided at the destination.

Day 1

You will be met by one of our representatives at Bogotá’s El Dorado Airport and taken by private transfer to your hotel in La Candelaria, Bogotá’s historic colonial centre or one of our preferred hotels in the city’s fashionable and walkable Rosales neighbourhood.

Bogotá is 2640m above sea level and if you happen to have arrived on a flight from Europe, you will have landed early evening. The evening of day 1 has no formal plans to allow you to relax, aclimatise to the altitude and adjust to the time difference.

Day 2

Your chance to get to know our capital city, we begin the day with a journey to the top of Monserrate, the Cerro overlooking the Bogotá Savannah. At a height of 3150m the mountain affords spectacular views across Bogotá and great photo opportunities. Normally we will ascend the Cerro by cable car, subject to local conditions we can also guide you up to the peak by foot.

We continue in the afternoon with a walking tour through the colourful façades of La Candelaria including an extended stop at the Botero Museum, an intimate art museum housed in colonial buildings that boasts not only many great works by Colombia’s Fernando Botero but also his own collection of masterpieces by Chegall, Max Ernst, Renoir, Picasso and Monet.

Onwards through Bogotá we take in the impressive Plaza Bolívar, Casa Nariño and Bogotá’s Gold Museum before taking you back to your hotel.

Day 3

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San Agustín

An early start as we return to El Dorado airport for our flight to Neiva, the capital of the Huila department. Immediately after arriving we head straight for the incredible scenery of the Tatacoa Desert.

In the afternoon we continue our journey through the Huila department alongside the Rio Magdalena until we reach San Agustín. We spend the night nearby in a hotel constructed from guaduas, a structural bamboo found throughout Colombia.

Day 4

In the morning we visit the archaeological park of San Agustín with an expert local guide to explain all about San Agustín’s mysterious culture.

In the afternoon we take you to another historic site of your choosing, either La Chaquira high above the Magdalena valley or a jeep tour to the Estrecho de la Magdalena, at 1.7 metres, the narrowest point of the Rio Magdalena.

After a full day you will have the chance to wind down with a drink back at the hotel.

Day 5

From the hotel we continue our tour to Tierradentro, the spiritual home of the Paez Indians. The Paez Indians continue to live in the region and still maintain an authentic lifestyle. Tierradentro is the second UNESCO world heritage site on the tour and is reached through amazing green landscapes. Subject to your arrival time, you should have a chance to visit the archeological site at El Alto de San Andrés

You will spend the night in a hotel near to the museum.

Day 6

One of the highlights of The Colours of Colombia, a hike up to El Aguacate and a visit to the tombs of Tierradentro. Immerse yourself in a world of mystery and myths.

Although the first half of the hike is physically demanding, the peak rewards you with magnificent views across the Inza Valley. After a short break the hike continues on to Segovia and El Duende. An intense yet superbly memorable day. After the hike we return to your hotel for a second night in Tierradentro.

Day 7

Early in the morning we take you back to Neiva’s airport before flying you off to Armenia or Pereira  in the Coffee Zone, spend the rest of the day and the night in a beautiful finca.

Day 8

kaffeezone
The Coffee Zone

Take your time over your al fresco breakfast at the finca because the morning is yours to relax and recharge your batteries. In the afternoon we take you to a a boutique coffee estate in Buenavista to see the culture, customs and processes surrounding the coffee cherries that grow on the hillsides and eventually become your morning brew. After a technical tasting session in the laboratory, you will have the chance to enjoy the estate’s coffee whilst overlooking the UNESCO protected coffee landscapes of Buenavista.

Take in the charm of the Coffee Zone’s people, amongst the friendliest most laid back people in the whole of Colombia.

Day 9

A full day outing to the town of Salento and the imposing Cocora Valley. Salento is one of the quaintest towns in Colombia with its well preserved colonial houses, handicrafts shops and traditional restaurants, many of which serve excellent local trout.

You have the option to do a short walk into theCocora Valley or a full 6 hour trek all the way to Acaime and back. Be sure to take your camera because Cocora is a sight to behold. It is one of the only habitats of the wax palm, the world’s tallest variety of palm tree and the national tree of Colombia.

After the full day outing we return to your finca.

Day 10

Cartagena de Indias
Cartagena de Indias

Time to bid farewell to the Coffee Zone as we return you to Armenia or Pereira airport and fly you to Cartagena. You will be transferred from the airport to an upscale and charming colonial hotel in the historic walled city.

The rest of the evening is yours to discover this magical colonial city. We aim to get you there before dusk so you can watch the sunset whilst enjoying a long tall drink at Café del Mar. Cartagena has excellent restaurants to choose from, try some local fish specialties or spend an evening of people-watching in Plaza de Santo Domingo.

Day 11

After breakfast your guide will meet you at your hotel to take you on a city tour taking in the historic old town, the city’s walls themselves, the clock tower, Getsemaní, Plaza Trinidad and the spectacular San Felipe castle.

Due to the heat it is important to keep city tours quite brief in Cartagena so you will be returned to your hotel early afternoon.

Day 12

A free day to enjoy Cartagena on your own, or add an optional trip to Playa Blanca and/or one of the Rosario Islands.

Day 13

Parque Tayrona
Parque Tayrona

After breakfast we transfer you to one of our preferred hotel options close to Parque Tayrona to conclude your tour with 2 days in paradise.

Choose either a beach destination or a peninsular perched on the edge of the sea. Both destinations afford their guests an idyllic setting and an unforgettable experience.

Day 14

A full day trip to Parque Tayrona itself, trek to El Pueblito, swim in the bay of La Piscina or simply enjoy the beaches. You will be returned afterwards for the second night at your chosen accommodation.

Day 15

The final day of your tour, after breakfast we transfer you to Santa Marta where the tour ends. We will happily arrange your onward flights to another destination.

Days 5 and 6

Prefer colonial cities to archeology? Consider swapping Tierradentro for 2 nights in Popayán

Day 8

Start your day earlier and visit both a coffee farm and the Botanical Garden and Mariposario in Calarcá

Day 9

Spend a third night in the Coffee Zone and visit the Thermal Springs of Santa Rosa

Day 12

Add one of our trips to the Rosario Islands and/or Playa Blanca

Day 13

Stop off at the Mud Volcano of Totumo

Spend more, spend less

The Colours of Colombia boasts a consistently high level of accommodation. Superb art deco accommodation in Bogotá, idiosyncratic hotels of character in San Agustín, immaculate and authentic coffee fincas, charming colonial hotels in Cartagena and the world-renowned and authentic hotel options on the Santa Marta coast.

Upscale and downscale options are available in Bogotá and Cartagena. Contact us for details.

Prices are per person based on the number of people in the travelling party. 

Persons2345 or more
3075€2665€2365€ Contact us for group rates 

Included in the price of this tour is the following.

  • Private transfers from the airport to your accommodation,
  • Private transfers between land destinations
  • Accommodation based on the size of the party. Alternative accommodation arrangements may increase or decrease the price
  • Breakfasts
  • Local English speaking guides at the destinations
  • All tours and activities included in the programme
  • Domestic flights Bogotá to Neiva to Armenia or Pereira to Cartagena
  • All local taxes, hotel insurance fees and entrance fees

NOT included in the price.

  • Sundry personal costs as listed in our Terms and Conditions
  • Meals and beverages not specified in the schedule
  • Optional items not listed in your travel booking schedule

Destination information

This tour visits the following destinations. Click the links below for more comprehensive information on each destination.

Bogotá

Tatacoa Desert

San Agustín

Tierradentro

Coffee Zone

San Alberto Coffee Tour

Salento and Cocora

Cartagena

Parque Tayrona

The Colombian Beach Hopper

Colombia’s finest beaches from El Golfo de Morrosquillo to the incredible Parque Tayrona.

Tour Plan

With the Colombian Beach Hopper Tour you visit the most beautiful beaches on the Colombian Caribbean coast, the highlights and surprises keep on coming, with a great mix of relaxation in deserted beach destination as well as more lively destinations with streetlife and colonial culture.

Experience Cartagena, the pearl of the Caribbean and a must see Colombian city. The tour begins with a beautiful eco-hotel in the Golfo de Morrosquillo, after that onwards to Cartagena, a city with many treasures to discover and a private tour guide to show you the way.

Your next stop is the fishing village of Taganga where you will stay in private serviced apartments close to the beach in the best location in Taganga. Enjoy the international atmosphere and travel back in time with a visit to the Hacienda San Pedro Alejandrino.

The next stop is the awe inspiring Tayrona National Park. Alongside Cartagena the most famous destination on Colombia’s Caribbean coast. Idyllic beaches, comfortable and idiosyncratically unique accommodation and spectacular coastal forests make for an unforgettable travel experience.

At the same time learn of the indigenous Tayrona Indian culture, the original peoples of the region and one of Colombia’s oldest cultures.

The last stop on the Colombian Beach Hopper tour is the superb Finca Barlovento located on a spectacular beach. All in all, the perfect tour of the finest beach destinations that Colombia has to offer and a uniquely Colombian experience. The Colombian Beach Hopper is also the perfect round trip for those that seek some beach-based solitude.

The tour draws to a close with your return to Santa Marta airport where we organise your return by air to Bogotá

Options

All of our round trips can be connected to and combined with our packages, a popular add-on to the Colombian Beach Hopper is a trip to the Guajira Desert where you can visit the spectacular Cabo de la Vela where sand meets ocean, a charming destination inhabited by the Wayúu Indians. Alternatively many travellers want to make the most of their visit to Santa Marta by undertaking the 5 day trek to La Ciudad Perdida.

Day 1

Golfo de Morrosquillo
Golfo de Morrosquillo

The tour begins on the Caribbean coast, normally at Cartagena airport. There you will be picked up and taken to a beautiful eco-hotel in el Golfo de Morrosquillo. Situated on a peaceful Caribbean beach, this accommodation lets you start your trip at one with nature as it offers you some incredible opportunities to go diving or snorkelling, a guided trip through the mangroves in canoes or a trip to the nearby nature reserve at Sanguare.

Enjoy the glorious surroundings and the interesting variety of fauna and flora, you can also take a trip to the San Bernardo Islands, we are always at hand to precisely plan your time as you want. Many travellers choose to simply relax and enjoy the tranquillity that the destination offers.

Day 2

Day at leisure in the eco-hotel or a second day of activities for the more active traveller.

Day 3

A second day to relax and enjoy the Caribbean.

Day 4

Cartagena de Indias
Cartagena de Indias

After breakfast you will leave this coastal paradise and head to Cartagena arriving in the afternoon. You will be transferred to one of our preferred hotels in the city’s historic old town, right in the heart of the world’s most spectacular Spanish colonial walled city.

Experience the passion and life of Cartagena and take in its unique atmosphere as music and dance fills the colonial streets, listen to the vallenato musicians in the Plaza Santo Domingo or watch the street performers, treat yourself to a drink at Café del Mar and watch the sunset.

Day 5

Our guide will pick you up at 9am from your hotel and take you on a guided walking tour of Cartagena’s old town’s most historic and beautiful sights. Visit the Palace of the Inquisition and the San Pedro Claver Church in addition to the historically important Getsemaní district of the city. Visit also the San Felipe Fortress, the largest fort built by the Spaniards outside of Europe. Take yourself back in time as you look down on the old town and look up to the Pie de la Popa monastery higher up the hill. We return you to your hotel in the afternoon, if you still have energy you have another night to enjoy Cartagena city’s charms. Note: The walking tour and the heat can be strenuous, be sure to keep yourself hydrated.

Day 6

A leisure day to enjoy Cartagena at your own pace, at your request we can add a excursions to the Rosario Islands, Playa Blanca or the mud volcano at Totumo near Barranquilla.

Day 7

After breakfast you leave and head to Santa Marta before continuing on to Taganga, a picturesque fishing village in the bay near Santa Marta. Enjoy a beautiful sunset across the bay and take in the night life, Taganga has many beach bars and fish restaurants. Round the evening off with a tall cool drink. Taganga has a particularly international atmosphere as it is a popular destination for the international traveller.

Day 8

After breakfast you will be picked up at your hotel and taken on a city tour of Santa Marta. There visit the city’s major sights, its cathedral and the beach strip. The highlight of the trip is a visit to the Hacienda San Pedro Alejandrino, the place of death of Simon Bolívar, liberator of Gran Colombia. It’s a magnificent and perfectly preserved hacienda steeped in history. Later in the afternoon you will return to your hotel in Taganga.

If you like diving or snorkelling, or even if it is your first time, we can include activities at one of Taganga’s many dive schools. Taganga is one of the most popular dive destinations on the Caribbean coast.

Day 9

Parque Tayrona
Parque Tayrona

After breakfast we head for the Tayrona National Park where you will stay in your eco-habs in the Cañaveral sector of the park, two storey log cabins located directly above the country’s most stunning beaches. This is true paradise.

Day 10

You have a free day in the park to either relax or to take a trek to El Pueblito, an old Kogi Indian village, the trek is physically demanding but absolutely worth the effort. In the afternoon you can relax on the beach or change hotels and spend a night at La Piscina an ideal place for swimming and snorkelling.

Day 11

After breakfast you will be picked up and continue your journey, the last stop on our Colombian Beach Hopper tour is Barlovento, A beuatiful finca located on a rocky outcrop close to Tayrona.

Day 12

The penultimate day of the tour, yours to enjoy in Barlovento.

Day 13

After breakfast transfer to the airport of Santa Marta and return to Bogotá by air.

This round trip is bespoke and tailored to your wishes. Although the trip can be combined with any of our packages, the following are suggested options for this trip.

Day 2 or 3

A boat excursion to the San Bernado Islands

Day 6

A trip to Islas del Rosario and Playa Blanca, San Pedro de Majagua or the Mud Volcano of Totumo

Day 7

Choose to break your trip by adding in a 5-day trek to La Ciudad Perdida, the lost city of the Kogi Indians

Day 8

Diving in Taganga.

Day 11

Stay at Palomino or Taironaka instead of Barlovento

Day 13

Extend your trip to Cabo de la Vela in La Guajira.

Included in the price of this tour is the following.

  • Private transfers from the airport to your accommodation,
  • Private transfers between all the destinations included in the schedule
  • All accommodation as included in the schedule including breakfast each day and full board in Palomino and El Golfo de Morrosquilo
  • Private city tours in Cartagena and Santa Marta
  • All local taxes, hotel insurance fees and entrance fees to Parque Tayrona

NOT included in the price.

  • Getting to the start and getting from the end of the itinerary as published
  • Sundry personal costs as listed in our Terms and Conditions
  • Meals and beverages not specified in the schedule
  • Optional items not listed in your travel booking schedule

Destination information

This tour visits the following destinations. Click the links below for more comprehensive information on each destination.

Golfo de Morrosquillo

Cartagena

Santa Marta and Tayrona