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Explore Colombia's highlights during this 9-day tour and enjoy a multitude of activities including walking tours, interaction with locals, a coffee tour or a chocolate workshop. Visit multiple parts of Colombia and see the best that each place has to offer. 
  • Bogotá City Tour
  • Salamina Walking Tour
  • Mirador Valle de la Samaria Wax Palm Tour
  • Hacienda Venecia Coffee/Chocolate Tour
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Activity Level: Relaxed

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Day 1: Arrive in Bogota

You will be transported from Bogota airport to your hotel upon arrival.

Day 2: Bogotá City Tour

Bogota is a vibrant city, full of colors, contrast and history. In this tour your Bogotana host will take you to the most iconic sites of the city.
This tour will leave you with a fantastic cultural understanding of the capital city of Colombia as well as give you an opportunity to learn about local foods and traditions.
The walking tour will begin in the historical centre of the city starting at the Monserrate, a church at the top of a mountain that will make you understand how big and diverse Bogota is. Afterwards you will head to La Candelaria where your host will share with you not just the official but the non official history of the country. You will also have the chance to try some typical bites and coca tea while exploring one of the oldest and more traditional handicraft markets downtown. The Chorro de Quevedo, Callejon del Embudo and Botero Museum are some of the additional places you will explore with the local expert. At the end of the tour you can choose to come back to the hotel or leave you at the Gold Museum to explore on your own.

There’s no better way to get to know a culture than through its food — and of course there’s no better food than authentic homemade cuisine! During this unique experience, you’ll get to share lunch with your local host in their own home, including some of the most delicious Colombian dishes you’ll ever taste. You’ll get to make new local friends and learn about Colombian culture and everyday life in a relaxed, informal environment.

Day 3: Bogota - Pereira | Salamina Walking Tour

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Bogota airport for your flight to Pereira and then be transferred to town for your next activity.

Salamina, in many aspects - personifies Colombia, and is one of its most splendid towns.
The brightly painted buildings are the hallmark and almost like works of fantasy. The physical and architectural wonder of Salamina is definitely worth a visit. The buildings in the center have earned the town its National Heritage status. Located in the North of the department of Caldas.
During the tour, your expert guide will take you through the historical village. You will discover the town’s delightful old houses, famous carved wooden windows and doors, and visit architectural highlights like the church and cemetery. You will also stop for refreshments at Salamina’s oldest bakery to sample some local preparations.

Day 4: Mirador Valle de la Samaria Wax Palm Tour

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
From Salamina, climb aboard a traditional local jeep for a one-hour drive through the Central Andes Mountains of Colombia. Before going to visit the Wax Palm reserve, you will visit the charming village of San Felix, a wonder town with colorful facades and friendly locals. 
After having coffee and snacks in San Felix, you will continue to the Samaria Valley, a region as important as The Cocora Valley for its giant Wax Palms (Colombia’s National Tree), but with three-times as many of the 60m tall trees, and sees a fraction of the tourists.
Enjoy a guided hike through the woods of the valley and learn all about the trees from the host who runs a conservation project aimed at protecting and saving this endangered species.You will be seeing the hundreds of Wax Palms in their natural forest habitat (and even getting to see seedlings: it’s remarkable to see how something so tiny can grow into such a mighty tree!). After a hearty local lunch overlooking the valley of the palms, you will be driven by jeep back to Salamina.

Day 5: Salamina - Manizales | Hacienda Venecia

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast, prepare to be transferred to Hacienda Venecia. You can explore the area for the rest of the day.

Day 6: Hacienda Venecia Coffee Tour/Chocolate Workshop

  • 1 Breakfast
The Hacienda Venecia Coffee Tour consists of a trip throughout the coffee world and exploration of a working coffee farm. The farm provides a stunning backdrop for this tour where visitors can experience every stage of the coffee production process as it happens and enjoy an authentic glimpse of life on a coffee farm.
The group tour starts off in the Coffee Lounge, in the heart of the plantation. This building preserves the traditional architecture of the region and features a mix of industrial and natural materials, such as Bamboo.During the tour, you will discuss and learn about several key issues relating to coffee, the product which is symbolic of this region and of Colombia, recognized by people all over the world. Some of the themes that are covered on the tour include: origin and history, worldwide distribution, species, the growing and harvesting (walk through the coffee plantation), processing – visit the wet mill (operational weekdays only), marketing (Juan Valdez brand), roasting process, aromas and properties of coffee, café de Colombia and its institutions, Coffee Cultural Landscape (UNESCO World Heritage Site).
This interactive tour gives you the chance to explore, touch, taste and love the product coffee and its process. Ask all your questions and get surprised by the knowledge of the guides and workers.

Are you a chocolate lover and always wondered how chocolate was made? Then this is the perfect workshop for you. Take part in the unforgettable interactive chocolate workshop that will let you appreciate chocolate in a splendid way!
You will pick a fresh fruit from the cacao tree on the Hacienda Venecia and taste the raw cacao bean. After that, all the chocolate knowledge will be shared with you as you learn about the journey of the dried and fermented bean that magically transforms into chocolate splendor. In the workshop, you will roast and grind your own cacao beans to discover the whole chocolate making process.
The cacao experience is full of delicious aromas, colors and flavors. Create your homemade custom chocolate delight with the flavors that match your taste buds to enjoy after the class or as a treat to bring home.

Day 7: Pereira - Cartagena | Cartagena Walking Tour

To start the day, you will be transferred to Pereira airport for your flight to Cartagena. Afterwards, be transferred to your hotel before starting your next activity.

The city of Cartagena was declared a UNESCO Heritage site in 1984 and is one of the most recognized cities in all of Latin America for its colorful diversity and architectural conservation.
This Cartagena city walking tour takes you through the beautiful old town of the city with your historian and English speaking guide. You will visit all of the main sites as well as learn about the past and modern day of this gorgeous and fascinating city. Your guide will also focus on the architecture, art, music food and culture.

Day 8: Blue Apple Day Trip | Degustation Dinner

  • Hotels
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning you will take a private boat to Isla Tierra Bomba in the Rosario Islands. You will be transported 20 minutes by speed boat to the Island where you can spend the day relaxing in a picture-perfect beach chair and enjoy the turquoise waters at the idyllic Blue Apple.
A welcome cocktail and traditional coastal lunch is included in the day.

In the evening, head over to Celelé Restaurant for a special dinner.

The passionate undertaking by two of Latin America's most innovative and exceptionally talented chefs, This restaurant & food is more than just visually stunning that delights and surprises tastebuds, it is also an important investigation into Colombian ingredients and food traditions that have been overlooked for too long and are in danger of being lost forever.
The result is one of those truly special experiences where you feel you are witnessing future chef's table genius in the making. This Degustation meal will include 5 courses with Matching drinks

Day 9: Return Home

  • 1 Breakfast
You will be transported from your hotel to Cartagena airport in time for your departure flight.


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  • 8 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 3 Dinners
  • 8 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Professional, bilingual guide service as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed
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  • Departure Transfer
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  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Tipping Guidelines in Colombia: Local Guide ($10-$15 per traveler per day), Drivers ($5 per traveler per full day of touring), Support Staff (porters, horsemen, camp crew - $1-2 per traveler per day) Restaurants (10-15% of the bill). It is becoming more common for higher-end restaurants in Colombia to include a 15% service charge in the bill.

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