(Bogota, Risaralda Coffee Region, Cartagena)
The rich aroma of coffee floats in the air as you laugh with friendly locals in the charming plazas of Columbia’s rural coffee towns that have remained unchanged for centuries.
From picturesque colonial villages in the shadows of the Andean mountains to the cosmopolitan capital city of Bogotá, Colombia has left behind its difficult past to offer modern-day tourists a rich travel experience. Tour the charming colonial centre and many cultural monuments of thriving Bogotá; breath in the rich aromas of Colombian coffee plantations as you enjoy a cup of the country’s finest beneath a swaying wax palm in the Quindio coffee region; and learn the myths and legends of charming Cartagena as you sip local lemon juice in the town’s sleepy central plaza that hasn’t changed in centuries.
Colombia is world-famous for its coffee, and your team of experienced guides and private drivers will take you straight to the source on this extensive coffee-lover’s tour that will lead you through lush plantations, reveal the secrets of the production process, and help you expand your palate with the help of local experts who have passed down the fine art of coffee tasting through the generations. You’ll also have time to rest and recharge in a carefully-selected collection of luxury hotels.
Enjoy a personalized vacation that best suits your needs, developed by one of our experienced destination experts. Relax during your trip with our 24/7 support and expert local guidance.
In order to confirm your trip you must submit copies of your passports for Colombia bookings.
Upon your arrival you will be met by a local representative who will help you locate your vehicle.
Enjoy a private airport transfer with professional driver and guide.
Today you will be picked up in La Candelaria by private vehicle and guide to begin your tour. La Candelaria is Bogota’s heart and soul, from its humble beginnings this is the oldest part of the city and the Plaza Bolivar (Main Square) are high on any visitor’s agenda. As you wander the streets of La Candelaria away from the main square, your guide will not only explain the history of Bogota but also the intricacies of current Colombian culture and daily life. There will be time for a refreshment stop in one of the cities coffee houses. You will stop in one of the local restaurant close to the square for a chance to sample some local Colombia cuisine. The next stop after lunch will be the Gold Museum. The Museum has one of the finest collections of Pre Hispanic gold in the world, with more than 35,000 pieces of pre-Colombian gold work in the collection. Next you will visit the finest view point of Bogota, the hill top look out and monastery of Monserrate. The summit can be reached by either funicular railway or cable car. From the highest point the view across the city will enable you to see the different sectors of Bogota. The new convent is a pilgrimage site for many Colombians whom, during Easter week, make their way past the fourteen Stations of the Cross until reaching the convent at the summit.
Domestic flight between Bogota and Pereira with Avianca Airlines. The flight duration is approximately 45 minutes.
Enjoy a private transfer from Pereira Airport to the Risaralda Coffee Region.
This tour will take you from the far north of Quindío to the beautiful Valle Cocora where the magnificent wax palm grows, in one of its few natural habitats. Then onto the first settlement in Quindío of the modern era. As you enter into Filandia you know you are in the Coffee region of Colombia. The main square has not changed in appearance or in character in decades. Filandia does not have an attraction to visit; Filandia is the attraction. A coffee break in one of the many small coffee shops will allow you to take in the quaintness of uninterrupted lines of brightly painted houses in the traditional Pueblo of the region. From Filandia you will drive to the Valley Cocora. Part of the wider Parque Nacional Los Nevados, the valley is located on the eastern limits of Quindío along the central Andean range. It has been regarded by Colombia as a sanctuary for its national symbol; the Wax Palm (Ceroxylon quindiuense). The Palm fringes the Mountain range, and is now protected and declared a national tree and symbol to prevent exploitation due to the celebrations during Palm Sunday, and therefore a threat against the endemic species dependant on the palm. Salento is a municipality in the northeastern part of the department of Quindío. It was the first settlement in Quindío of the modern era, and the first municipality founded in the department. Salento is located 24 km northeast of the departmental capital Armenia. The picturesque town is located on the Northeastern corner of the department and borders other departments, Risaralda and Tolima all sharing Parque Nacional Los Nevados. From Salento you will continue on to your hotel.
Coffee is the heart and soul of this area and today you will see how this simple bean affects every part of the region on a privately guided tour. Tour the beautiful Hacienda San Alberto and learn all about the coffee process from start to finish. After your tour of the coffee nursery, coffee fields and processing plant, you will participate in a sensorial experience to awaken your senses so that you may fully understand and enjoy the complex art of coffee tasting and quality selection.
You will next visit The Botanical Gardens in Quindío. What makes this particular garden wonderful is its mix of accessibility and wildness. The paths are clear, but minimal, outlined with Guadua taken from the fallen stalks that decorate the forest. The main selling point of the garden is the Mariposario – or butterfly house. This net structure is built in the shape of a butterfly and is home to an array of surprisingly friendly butterflies.
You will also have the opportunity to learn about coffee tasting, the different aromas and textures of Colombia’s most famous export before you are returned to your accommodation at days end. Lunch is included in your tour.
Airport transfer with private vehicle, and driver to the Quindio Coffee Region.
Fly from Armenia to Cartagena with a connecting flight in Bogota. Flight duration is approximately 3 hours.
Includes airport transfer with private vehicle, professional driver and local guide from Airport to Hotel or within city and vice versa
You will be met at your hotel by your bilingual guide to commence your private guided 4 hour walking tour through the streets of Cartagena. Your tour will take through the old town under the Puerta Del Reloj (Clock tower entrance), a symbol of Cartagena, into the Plaza de los Coches. Your guide will divulge the myths and legends, histories and stories of Cartagena from ancient time’s right up to the present. From the Plaza San Pedro Claver with its stunning Church, on through to the Plaza Bolivar with its shady areas, where a fresh Lemon juice can be enjoyed whilst watching the world go by. Enjoy a historical visit to the Inquisition Palace, considered one of the most elegant buildings in Cartagena, characterized by its outstanding colonial architecture. Throughout its interior, visitors to the museum will find instruments of torture and prison cells. The inquisition used this structure as its central command, a stronghold where criminals were held. Cartagena is steeped in history and a delight to stroll the streets with your own personal encyclopaedia of knowledge guiding you from one interest to the other.
Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.
In the heart of La Candelaria, the Hotel de la Opera offers an oasis away from the hustle and bustle of the capitals everyday life. With a stunning colonial exterior and interior there are few hotels in Bogota to compete in style and elegance. The location is excellent; next to the Cristóbal Colón Theatre and across the street from the Palacio de San Carlos, which currently houses the Foreign Affairs Ministry. Hotel de la Opera offers generous interior spaces, beautifully renovated and designed to provide some of the best accommodation in the city in a magnificent historic setting.
Hotel Boutique Sazagua is a fairytale hacienda with every attention to detail taken into account. The rooms and bathrooms are decorated and adorned with great thought and consideration. Most of the furniture, ornaments, books and photos are from the families' own collection. The surroundings of the Hotel Boutique Sazagua evoke the longstanding households from feudal times; wooden structures, spacious corridors, colonial flooring, Spanish tiles, lively colors, light and nature dominate the aesthetic. The eclectic decoration consists of furnishings and articles from various time periods and different locations from around the globe, plus a selected art collection. All these decorative elements create a captivating environment of comfort, refinement, amicable service and a personal touch in every detail.
Alfiz Boutique Hotel is located in Cartagena´s historical Old Town, only a short walk to most of the city's attractions. Alfiz hotel offers eight stylish suites in the elegant ambiance of a restored XVII’s heritage building. Whether you are visiting the city on business or travelling for pleasure, this beautifully restored residence provides a warm welcome. This hotel is part of the collection of the “Cartagena Boutique Hotels”, the group of outstanding properties chosen for their intimate size, personalized service and attractive surroundings. Since the 17th century, the hotel has sheltered secrets, anecdotes and adventures. After three centuries, it continues to make history.
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