Hacienda Venecia

Hacienda Venecia is a big-hitting heavyweight in Coffee Zone tourism. It is included in our portfolio as a destination in its own right. 

Imagine if you can a beautiful coffee hacienda set in stunning secluded grounds and plunging hills. Now imagine it is also is the home of a large scale coffee processing facility. Finally imagine bringing those two elements together, wrapping it up in slick management, and creating an authentic coffee experience and relaxing stay all in one. That is Hacienda Venecia.

Located a short distance from Manizales, Hacienda Venecia is our suggestion for those wanting to visit the northern end of the coffee zone.

The hacienda offers communal style dining, everyone eats the same meal at the same time. Expect freshly prepared Colombian farmhouse staples. Beverages are available around the clock with an honesty bar system in place.

Hacienda Venecia is not available for families travelling with children under the age of 12.

Programme:

Hacienda Venecia is a short drive from La Nubia Airport in Manizales and is also ideal for those wanting to arrive overland from Medellín for a taste of the Coffee Zone within a short timescale.

Whilst there you can prebook as much or as little as you wish. The hacienda has its own coffee tour which runs daily, you can add on yoga or other activities and destinations in the area.

At Hacienda Venecia you are ideally situated to include our Rio Blanco birdwatching tour in your plan, or for the fit and headstrong, our full day trek to Nevado Santa Isabel. If you prefer to wind down then simply enjoy the grounds and tranquility.

For those that have time to venture south then Hacienda Venecia is also an ideal stop off on the way to Salento and Cocora.

Price:

The price shown on this page is per person for a two night break based on two adults sharing a twin or double room in the main farmhouse. Breakfast is included in the room rate. Other meals and drinks, and any additional services requested from Hacienda Venecia are paid locally.

The price listed does not include the cost of getting there, any additional activities and excursions or onward travel to other destinations.

Please use our contact form to talk to us about including Hacienda Venecia in your Colombia tour.

Cocora and Los Nevados 3-day treks

Three days, three tours and three options for combining the majestic and otherworldly Parque de los Nevados with the spectacular Valle del Cocora. These tours are not for the faint-hearted. All options will place demands on your fitness but you will be rewarded with incredible landscapes and vistas, not to mention a sense of achievement at the end of your trek.

These tours all commence in the accessible town of Salento and can be undertaken as a standalone tour or included within a feature packed tour of the Coffee Zone or indeed an extended tour of Colombia. We can readily transport you to Salento to commence your tour if you are staying in hotels or family-owned fincas in Risaralda or Quindío.

Programmes

We offer three different options for three-day treks in Cocora and Nevado del Quindío.  All programmes are 3 days and 2 nights. All overnight accommodation is based in remote simple family-owned posadas.

Paramillo del Quindío

El Paramillo del Quindío is one of the highest peaks in the Los Nevados National Park. Reaching 4750 metres above sea-level. It is located at the southern end of the park.

Day 1. Valle del Cocora to La Primavera 17km

Your tour will commence in the Cocora Valley after transferring there from Salento. After 8-9 hours of walking through various ecosystems, the Cocora Valley itself and forested mountainsides, you will reach La Primavera at an altitude of 3850 metres above sea-level. Overnight stop in a country house.

Day 2. La Primavera to Cima Paramillo Quindío 18km

On your second day you will cross ancient ancestral walkways that have remained virtually unchanged for centuries. You will pass through unique páramo landscapes and eventually reach El Paramillo del Quindío. After visiting El Paramillo del Quindío you will return to La Primavera to relax and share experiences in the farmhouse’s kitchen.

Day 3. La Primavera to Valle del Cocora 19km

The third and final day of the walk offers you an alternative route back to Cocora from La Primavera. En-route you will stop at Finca La Argentina for lunch with another mountain family. The estimated end time is 5pm

Statistics

Minimum altitude: 2390 metres above sea-level

Maximum altitude: 4750 metres above sea-level

Total walking distance: 54km

Trek Grade: Demanding. Medium-high altitude and some tough ascents.

Glaciar Shimmer, Nevado del Tolima

El Nevado del Tolima is a stratovolcano located in the southern part of the Los Nevados National Park. The volcano’s last major eruption was almost 3600 years ago. Minor eruptions took place in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The last being in 1943. At an altitude of 5215 metres above sea-level it is the third highest volcano in Colombia.

In a three day trek that takes you to the edge of Glaciar Shimmer, you will walk through an impressive páramo landscape, one of the most beautiful and important ecosystems in The Andes. This landscape renowned for its ability to produce water is only found above the Andean forest line and below the limits of the snowy peaks.

Day 1. Valle del Cocora to La Primavera 17km

Your tour starts with a 6.30am breakfast in Salento followed by a transfer to the Cocora Valley. You will ascend through cloud forests until you reach the páramo, finally arriving at La Primavera, your resting place for the night.

Day 2. La Primavera to Glaciar Shimmer 21km

Your second day starts earlier, you have more distance to cover and some steep ascents leading up to the Helipuerto sector. With a final ascent towards the edge of Glaciar Shimmer you will have reached your maximum altitude of 5000 metres above sea-level.

Day 3. La Primavera to Valle del Cocora 19km

The third and final day of the trek takes you back to Cocora via a different route to afford you new panoramas of the ecosystem. Anticipated finish time is 5pm back in Salento

Statistics

Minimum altitude: 2390 metres above sea-level

Maximum altitude: 5000 metres above sea-level

Total walking distance: 57km

Trek Grade: Demanding. Medium-high altitude and some tough ascents.

The Andes and its Communities

The shortest and most laid-back of these three trek options, the trek remains primarily within the Andean forests and affords the participants the chance to connect with ancient customs and traditions. Follow old and well trodden paths through stunning landscapes. Admire El Paramillo de Quindío from farther afield and spend evenings in friendly family fincas high up in the hills.

Day 1. Valle del Cocora to Finca Argentina 9km

Every day of your tour starts with breakfast. On the first day after breakfast you will commence a 5 hours walk to the country house Finca Argentina where you can relax for the remainder of the evening

Day 2. Finca La Argentina to La Primavera 8km

A second leisurely day of trekking will see you ascend to 4200 metres above sea-level where a rest break at a lookout will be programmed for you to enjoy views of El Paramillo del Quindío. From this point you begin your descent towards La Primavera, relaxing once again in the friendly ambience of a family farmhouse.

Day 3. La Primavera to Valle del Cocora 19km

You will be expected to up your pace for day three because it is by far the longest day of walking. You will descend back to the Cocora Valley with an anticipated finish time is 5pm back in Salento

Statistics

Minimum altitude: 2390 metres above sea-level

Maximum altitude: 4200 metres above sea-level

Total walking distance: 36km

Trek Grade: Moderate. Medium altitude

Package

The package price shown on this page is based on a party of 4 people and includes the following

  • Transfers from and back to Salento or accommodation in Armenia, Pereira, Quimbaya, Filandia or The Colombian Way preferred fincas
  • Professional Spanish speaking mountain guide for the duration of the trek
  • Overnight accommodation each night in family run farmhouses
  • All meals, snacks and drinks
  • Entrance to the Los Nevados National Park

Use our contact forms for more information or to begin planning your Cocora and Nevados trek

Mompox

This destination is only available to clients booking an extended tour with The Colombian Way that already passes via Cartagena. Side trips to Mompox will only be quoted with private transport from Cartagena.

A journey to Mompox is a journey back in time, everything is preserved as it was hundreds of years ago. The town boasts splendid churches and lets you relive the colonial era as many colonial houses with vast spaces and majestic courtyards are now hotels. Mompox is located on the Magdalena River’s alluvial deposits.

Located approximately 5 to 6 hours from Cartagena, for the easiest access we only organise tours to Mompox from Cartagena. The first 4 hours are by private transportation to the town of Magangué from where you will take a ferry to Mompox across the Magdalena river. Life in this charming town is very much focussed around the river and on its banks it is common to meet friends for a beer after work.

The heart of Mompox is Calle Real del Medio which is home to the town’s most beautiful manor houses from the colonial period. Also here you will discover the towns most beautiful churches such as the San Agustin church and the San Francisco church.

Mompox is world famous for its intricately crafted gold jewellery, there are numerous workshops where the jewellery is still made to this day in time honoured fashion with the original tools. A visit to the workshops make for an interesting day out.

Mompox is flat and lies at 25m below sea level, its swamps and islands provide the perfect habitat for a diverse population, caimans and capybaras. We will gladly organise a boat trip to explore this fascinating landscape.

We’d recommend one or two nights in Mompox, and it offers an easy and accessible side trip from Cartagena. We suggest an early morning departure from Cartagena arriving in Mompox in the afternoon.

Important

  • The heat in Mompox can be overbearing because of its location. Be sure to wear head protection and drink plenty of water.

Programme

Depending on how it fits into your other wishes and travel plans, we would recommend one or two days for your Mompox programme. The town can easily be explored without a guide. We provide transportation from Cartagena by truck arriving mid afternoon in Mompox after crossing the Rio Magdalena by ferry.

Mompox lends itself very well to a walking tour, we are happy to arrange a tour guide to steer you through the town’s narrow streets. You can also climb the tower of San Francisco church which affords you a beautiful view across the town. Take yourself back in time and enjoy in the unique colonial atmosphere.

Mompox offers some wonderful accommodation in hotels set in colonial style houses. From luxurious to simple, there are a range of accommodation options and it will be no problem suggesting a hotel to suit your travelling style and your budget.

We can also organise a full range of side trips from Mompox to the marshes and mangroves in the surrounding area. Contact us via our online form and tell us exactly how you want to experience Mompox

Prices

The headline price on this page is for two adults sharing double accommodation for 2 nights in our preferred accommodation in Mompox. It does not include flights to Cartagena or onward transfers to Mompox.

Medellín

Medellin is still to a degree associated with the notoriety it earnt in the 1980s and 1990s when it seemed to deign to be the Chicago of Colombia. A glitzy but dangerous gangster metropolis ruled by the ruthless drug lord Pablo Escobar, head of the Medellín cartel. Medellín started afresh on 2 December 1993 when Escobar was purused and shot dead atop the city’s roofs on his 43rd birthday.

From thereon and going forwards, Medellín has done much to shake off it cocaine reputation. Medelín’s people, the Paisas are enterprising, courteous and astute business people with a great deal of ambition. To a degree Medellín’s rapid development over the last 20 years can be attributed to the motivation of its people.

Medellín for example is the only Colombian city with a metro system, having two lines running through the town, the metro system also extends up to the hillsides into poorer neighbourhoods by means of an interconnecting cable car system.

In 2013, Medellín beat off stiff competition from Tel Aviv and New York to be recognised by Citibank, The Wall Street Journal and The Urban Land Institute as the world’s most innovative city.

The city is home to many of Colombia’s major events and festivals, for example the annual fashion show Colombiamoda where Colombia’s national fashion industry shows off its finest skills in order to woo international buyers. Colombia has a very well respected textiles industry and Medellín is its centre.

Add to this one of the country’s most spectacular festivals, the Feria de las Flores, the centrepiece of Paisa culture since 1957. The festival boasts many performances and parades, the highlight being the “Parada de los silleteros.” For several days Medellín immerses itself in colourful and riotous fun where the local firewater “Aguardiente Antioqueño” flows freely.

We can organise your trip for you to witness Medellín’s boldest statement of extravagance and joy. Pueblito Paisa is dedicated to celebrating Paisa culture and is included in our City Tours of Medellín. The area around Medellín is also steeped in Paisa culture, villages such as Santa Fé de Antioquia still have wonderfully preserved colonial architecture and beautiful features. Nearby there is also the country’s longest suspension bridge which crosses the Rio Cauca.

The town of Guatape boasts El Peñon, a towering monilith which can be scaled via steps built into the rock, from the top you can see a phenomenal landscape if interwoven lakes. You can also visit a small farmers’ village where they make the noted cows’ hide shoulder bags called “Carieles” We will happily organise your visit to any of these sites according to your wishes.

Programme

We can organise your tour including flights into one of Medellín’s two airports, transfers, accomodation and all excursions.

Like many Latin American cities, the centre is less pleasant than some of the newer neighbourhoods. Whilst Plaza Botero is a must-see site, you should exercise caution if you are planning on visiting in the after dark. For this reason we will normally arrange your accomodation in the an upscale neighbourhood such as Laureles. Nearby Poblado and its Parque Lleras is the heart of Medellín nightlife more respresentative of the modern Medellín.

To start your trip, we offer a guided tour of the Plaza Botero, Pueblito Paisa and the Museo de Antioquia.

If you want to see the real Medellín then a ride on the cable car to see the view over the city is included in all of our city tours.

There are also various excursions we can include in your programme, for example a visit to Santa Fé de Antioquia, the former capital of the department of Antioquia. In Santa Fé we can also offer an overnight stay in one of the many colonial hotels.

Visit the magnificent Puente de Occidente which spans the Rio Cauca. Or perhaps visit some of the smallhold farmers around Medellín. For spectacular views and landscapes we can include Guatapé and El Peñol to see the interlocking lakes.

Medellín is perhaps best known for its incredible nightlife such as Mangos discoteque for the ultimate in partying. Medellín is a large cosmopolitan city and the opportunities there are virtually infinite.

Please use our contact form to tell us exactly what you want to see and do in Medellín.

Pasto

Pasto is the first Colombian city you reach when travelling from the Ecuador border. The city is the capital of the Nariño department and its full name is San Juan de Pasto.

The town has a laid back leisurely ambience, as does the surrounding area. Pasto is nestled between beautiful Andean meadows and has the Galera Volcano as its dramatic backdrop. The volcano is still active and it is normal to see smoke rising from its summit. Luckily the volcano has not had a major eruption for many years as this would be catastrophic for Pasto.

Pasto’s biggest event is the Carnival de los Blancos y Negros, a colourful festival held in January of each year. During the festival the city is intense and bustling and all the hotels are fully booked. A trip to the carnival needs advance preparation to secure accommodation.

Outside of carnival, the city is calm and unhurried, nevertheless it is worth a visit to Pasto before continuing your journey, not least because of the surrounding area’s spectacular beauty with its marvellous lakes and Andean meadows and pastures. Pasto is also the key launchpad for a visit to Colombia’s famous Las Lajas church near Ipiales, a church wedged in a tall valley.

Pastusos, the people of Pasto are often ridiculed by other Colombians as the city is secluded in the south of the country. The dialect of the Pastusos is closer to that of Ecuador than typical Colombian Spanish. Pastusos are a little bit reserved but welcoming and friendly people.

Programme:

If you are arriving from Ecuador you should definitely visit the Las Lajas church in Ipiales. The current incarnation of the church was built in the first half of the 20th Century and as legend would have it, it is the site of a miracle, the deaf-mute child of an Indian woman is said to have spoken when passing the valley on his way home. Because of this miracle, the construction of this incredible church commenced.

The visit to the church is scheduled into your road trip towards Pasto, we can arrange your hotel in Pasto, or we can also arrange accommodation close to Laguna de la Cocha. The Laguna has some spectacular Swiss chalet style hotel accommodation which was built by Swiss immigrants. It is the perfect location for a romantic break and to enjoy the local speciality of fried trout in front of a blazing fireplace. You can also take a boat trip out onto the lake.

Hikers might want to consider a walk to Volcán Azufral, in its crate lies the Laguna Verde, a beautiful green mountain lake. The hike to the lake leads through Andean páramo landscapes with interesting vegetation such as frailejones.

Pasto is not at the top of everyone’s Colombia list but it is one of our favourite destinations and we urge you to consider a visit, it is well worth taking the time.

Please contact us for more information or would like to plan a trip there.

Providencia

Providencia is an island located 20 minutes away by plane from San Andrés, 700km to the north of the Colombian Caribbean coast.

This beautiful island is less commonly visited than the larger and more touristy San Andrés. The island is idyllic, surrounded by the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean Sea. The truest of island paradises that has remained unchanged for many years and represents the epitome of what one would imagine a Caribbean island to be. The Caribbean sea around the island is known as the Sea of Seven Colours. In reality there are seven shades of blues ranging through turquoises to azures to cobalts.

There are abundant mangroves on the island, a natural source of numerous varieties of tropical fruits such as mangoes. The population of this mountainous paradise is just over 5000, concentrated in the old town and outlying hamlets. The old town of Santa Isabela is the only part of the island where you are able to find stores and ATMs. There is one principal road called the circunvalar which circles the entire island and visits all of the main attractions.

To the northeast side of the island the Old Providence McBean Lagoon national park is located, a beautiful park consisting of coral reefs, mangroves, lagoons and tropical dry forest.

Programme

We organise the flights both to San Andrés and then from San Andrés to Providencia. You will be met at the Gustavo Rojas Pinilla airport by your driver that will take you to your hotel on the island.

Thanks to strict planning regulations, there are no large towering resort type hotels on the island, the hotel accommodation that we offer is built in the traditional style of the Dutch Antilles.

We recommend Providencia at the end of one of our round trips, it is the perfect relaxation destination with incredible nature and diving in the pure blue waters. It is also an excellent contender as the perfect Colombian honeymoon paradise.

We recommend a stay of 4 to 6 days but shorter or longer stays are of course possible.

Use our contact forms to begin planning your perfect Providencia escape.

San Gil and Barichara

San Gil and Barichara are a small town (San Gil) and a perfectly preserved colonial village (Barichara) Located in the Santander department they are a mere 45 minutes from each other which is why it is uncommon to visit one without also visiting the other.

Both locations are easily reached from Bogotá in about 5 hours by bus or by air from Bogotá to Bucaramanga.

San Gil is the undisputed Colombian capital of adventure sports and this picturesque region offers Colombia’s broadest variety of activities. We will organise your accommodation in one of our favourite hotels located just outside of San Gil. The hotel has a large garden with a swimming pool, the perfect place to relax between your activites and the ideal setting to enjoy the warm climate of the region.

You really are spoilt in the area when it comes to activities, choose from cycling tours, walking tours such as the Juan Curi waterfall, river rafting, kayaking, paragliding, cave tours and much more.

Approximately 45 minutes from San Gil is Barichara, unofficially Colombia’s most beautiful village. It has friendly welcoming people and magnificent houses, some of which have been converted into charming hotels.

On the route to Bucaramanga is the impressive Chicamocha Gorge where we offer paragliding, do a tandem jump with your instructor into this fantastic canyon.

If you also want to visit Bucaramanga it makes sense to fly there from Bogotá, also in the near vicinity we recommend the village of Girón, a small colonial village.

Programme

An ideal trip to this area would be 4 to 6 days, but for those on tight schedules, a shorter visit is also worthwhile.

We can arrange your travel there, Villa de Leyva offers the perfect change to break up the journey from Bogotá. Which hotels we recommend for you in San Gil and Barichara depends on which activities you choose to incorporate into your trip as some of them are better located for certain adventures and outings.

San Gil is all about adventure, river rafting on the Rio Suarez is one of the most popular activities to include in your trip, it lends itself very well to San Gil’s warm climate. Or join a bike tour to San Jose del Valle, a charming village located close to the river.

For the headstrong we recommend paragliding in the spectacular Chichamora Gorge with an experienced instructor. Another possibility for the adrenaline junkie in you is to go underground with half day of caving.

Whatever you choose, you should not miss the Juan Curi waterfall, one of the regions most stunning natural landmarks. You should also try to incorporate the Parque Gallineral, a beautiful park located right on the river.

You cannot go to San Gil and without paying a visit to Barichara, we can arrange your accommodation there in one of the authentic colonial hotels. Barichara itself offers a beautiful hike along the Camino Real up to Guane a quiet and unspoilt village.

If you have time to spare we can also organise a visit to Girón, a small village close to Bucaramanga which also has some charming hotels to offer, from there we can organise your flights back to Bogotá.

This region offers almost unlimited combinations of accommodation and activities, contact us to let us know how you want to get the most out of San Gil and Barichara.

Popayán

The White City of Popayán is a unique and important destination in Colombia’s vast arsenal of enchanting places. Located in the country’s lush green Cauca department, the city boasts a large centre of imposing white-washed colonial architecture, a great university-town ambience, well manicured public spaces, impressive churches and unforgettable sightseeing opportunities.

Founded as a city in 1537 by Sebastián de Belalcázar, Popayán has long been an important colonial city due to its location between Lima, Quito and Cartagena. The city existed as a gold trading point under Spanish colonial rule and has rich mineral deposits and gold and silver. Popayán continued to mint coins after Colombia was declared a republic in 1826.

It is exactly this history of colonial importance that gifts Popayán its wealth of colonial architecture. The city’s architecture has a turbulent history as Popayán is located in a zone of seismic activity. The most recent earthquake being 31 March 1983 when many parts of the city were destroyed. The reconstruction took 10 years and today, on the whole Popayán has been restored to its former glory.

Do not underestimate the beauty of Popayán, it is reverred by many as Latin America’s most beautiful and best preserved colonial city. It is a serious challenger to Cartagena‘s crown as queen of the colonial cities.

As a destination in its own right, Popayán offers the visitor not only beautiful architecture but also a charming ambience in Parque Caldas, impressive churches such as San Francisco, Santo Domingo, La Ermita, San Agustín and Catedral Basílica Nuestra Señora de la Asunción and also a wealth of museums such as The House-Museum Mosquera, The Archdiocesean Museum of Religious Art and The National Museum Guillermo Valencia.

Programme:

Popayán is somewhat multi-faceted as a tourism destination and there are a wealth of programme opportunities. It is served by Popayán Guillermo León Valencia Airport and has regular flights from Bogotá. We offer airport transfers and recommend a stay of at least 2 nights in one of the city’s excellently preserved colonial hotels.

Within Popayán we offer a guided city tour in English, German or Spanish to enjoy the city’s highlights with an expert.

Popayán is also a UNESCO First City of Gastronomy and we will be delighted to recommend local delicacies to look out for as well as our favourite restaurants in the city.

Popayán also unassumingly finds itself as the perfect launchpad for some of Colombia’s most spectacular day trips. The incredible seismic páramo landscapes of Puracé, the Guambiano Indian town of Silvia and Tierradento, the superb Pre-Colombian burial site of the Paez Indians are all within easy reach. The discerning traveller could readily combine 5 nights in Popayán with 2 nights in Tierradentro to build the perfect one week experience in Colombia’s south.

Finally, Popayán is also perfectly located to be included in a truly impressive road trip. Cali – Popayán – San Agustín is a popular route that takes the traveller from Colombia’s vibrant capital of Salsa, onwards to everything that Popayán has to offer, then finally across 3300m páramo landscapes to San Agustín’s archeological sites, El Estrecho del Magdalena, El Salto de Mortiño and Isnos.

For off the peg itineraries including Popayán then the city also features in our round trips The Colombian Heritage Experience and The Colombian Way Signature.

Price:

The price shown on this page is our best deal for Popayán and represents a 3 day/2 night hotel break in one of our preferred charming colonial hotels in the city’s downtown. The price is per person based on two adults sharing a double room. The price is based on a bed and breakfast basis. Half board and full board can also be quoted.

Other accommodation options, activities and private transfer services will be priced accordingly.

Please use our contact form to tell us exactly how you want your visit to the city of Popayán to be organised.

San Andrés

San Andrés is a Colombian territory located 700 kilometres North of the Colombian Caribbean coast, actually it is closer to Nicaragua. It is the archetype Caribbean island, a small land-mass with pristine white sandy beaches punctuating the seemingly endless pure blue of the Caribbean sea. A perfect location for diving, snorkelling, sunbathing, or simply taking time out.

Within minutes of getting off the plane you will hear the island’s reggae, the islands are a mix of cultures, not only Caribbean cultures but also of the Dutch, Irish, British and the many other Europeans that came to defend the island against the Spanish conquerors.

San Andrés is also an international mixture of languages, English is widely spoken alongside Spanish and Creole. For those travellers battling their way around Colombia with limited or no Spanish, San Andrés offers a welcome respite for the Anglophone.

The mixture of cultures also contributes to the laid-back island mentality of San Andrés and the cheerful attitude of its inhabitants. As the day draws to a close the streets begin to fill with the sounds of calypso, merengue, salsa and reggae.

The variety of food is as colourful as the island’s music mix with a host of international restaurants offering a wide range of culinary experiences, there is certainly enough choice to spoil yourself. For cocktail lovers, San Andrés enjoys a unique duty-free status and economical drinks are available throughout the island.

The main must see visitor destination near the island is Johnny Cay, a small paradise island which is known for its reggae parties, it is the ideal destination for snorkelling, drinking a cubalibre and enjoying the Caribbean lifestyle. To see the whole island then why not consider renting a golf cart for the day? This tiny 11km by 2km island can be easily circumnavigated in one day whilst taking in sights such as San Luís Beach, Hoyo Soplador, La Laguna, Morgan’s Cave and West View.

To accommodate our clients’ tastes and travelling styles we not only have agreements with small intimate hotels on the island, but also we are able to offer the island’s popular all-inclusive resort hotels.

Programme:

Your San Andrés programme will embrace the spirit of relaxing, being lazy and enjoying the island lifestyle. Normally we will organise the air transport to San Andrés and your hotel accommodation there. We can also add on excursions to Johnny Cay, snorkelling trips and other activities. Let us know if you are interested in activities such as dive packages or kite surfing.

We recommend at least 3 nights on the island, better still, 4 nights and if you are doing more challenging packages and trips in Colombia then we recommend you save San Andrés until last for the ultimate in relaxation before you return home.

Please use our online contact form and let us organise your San Andrés trip for you.

Tobia

Beautiful Tobia is often overlooked and under-visited but it is a firm favourite of The Colombian Way. Consider it Cundinamarca’s adventure playground, and at an altitude of only 650m it is an ideal place to escape to from Bogotá with its average 25ºC temperatures.

Located close to La Vega in the province of Gualivá, a short 74km from Bogotá, Tobia is the ideal retreat for a couple of days. Nestled in a green wooded valley the town and its surrounding fincas are a mecca for adventure sports including rafting, kayaking, rappel, canopy, mountain biking and more.

What makes Tobia an ideal sporting destination is the Rio Negro which runs straight by the village. The village also has great tourism infrastructure built around its outdoor activities, great walks, nice restaurants and superb fincas.

Tobia’s low elevation and warm climate mean you will be exposed to a whole new world of tropical plants and bird species.

Programme

You leave Bogotá either with private transport that we can arrange for you or on a public bus from either the Terminal de Transportes or Estación Calle 80. We recommend two nights in Tobia and your accommodation will be in an idyllic finca next to the Rio Negro.

Your finca has simple accommodation, al fresco dining an outdoor kitchen and a great relaxation area to wile away the warm hours in a hammock. Breakfast will be served each morning in the garden and you can decide which of the outdoor activities appeal to your tastes.

Your programme also includes 2 activities, rafting down the rapids of Rio Negro and rappel

In your free time, be sure to take a walk into Tobia village for lunch and to amble alongside the river.

Price includes

When you see a price on our website then it is a real trip or tour that can be booked, not an unrealistically low price to lure you into contacting us. Our company policy is that for each and every tour we identify exactly what is included in the stated price.

The price stated on this page includes the following

  • Two nights accommodation in a riverside finca
  • Breakfast and evening meal each day
  • Two activities, rafting and rappel

The price does NOT include

  • Private transfers or public bus fares

Use our contact form to enquire about your trip to Tobia