In a huge and diverse country like Colombia, planning a 14 day holiday comes with a question: do you cover as much ground as possible or slow down and appreciate fewer areas in more depth? This Colombia holiday is all about giving you the time to linger and relax in a couple of amazing places before stretching out on a stunning Caribbean beach.
After a day in Bogota, explore the mountains of the coffee region with its working haciendas, rolling coffee farms and serene natural beauty. Then descend to Colombia's coast for a Cartagena Island holiday, where you can stroll through flower-filled streets soaking up its rich history, before finishing with 4 or more days on the white sands and crystal-clear waters of the Rosario Islands.
Day 1: Upon arrival at Bogota airport you will be met by one of our representatives and taken to your hotel for the evening.
Day 2: The best way to explore the historic heart of the capital city is definitely by bike. On your ride you will visit La Candelaria, the most beautiful part of this vibrant city, with streets lined with stunning old colonial buildings, the Plaza de Bolivar and some of the most beautifully constructed churches to be found in Latin America. (B)
Day 3: Your next stop is the world-famous Coffee Region and after a short flight you will spend the afternoon settling into a wonderful family-run hacienda. (B/D)
Day 4: This morning is spent exploring the coffee plantations that line the steep hillsides of this beautiful region as far as the eye can see, interrupted only by fincas and heliconia flowers. Take a guided journey through a coffee plantation, learning all about its production including harvesting, drying in the sun and processing. (B/D)
Day 5: The beauty of the volcanic terrain along the Central Andes mountain range is showcased in the Valle de Cocora, part of the Parque Nacional de Los Nevados, an ideal place to see the national tree the 'Quindian wax palm'. You will explore cloud forests filed with hummingbirds, cross clear mountain rivers and follow rugged trails surrounded by majestic scenery. On the way back, stop in the quaint town of Salento and visit the Plaza de Bolivar, the Calle Real, handicrafts shops and the Cocora viewpoint. (B/D)
Day 6: Fly down from the mountains to the turquoise waters of the Caribbean, where you will be met at Cartagena airport and taken to your hotel, nestled in the amazing UNESCO-listed old town. (B)
Day 7: This morning travel about 20 minutes to La Boquilla, a small fishing village just outside of Cartagena where you can experience local culture not often seen by other tourists. Take a canoe trip through the mangrove ecosystem, one of the most remarkable natural environments around Cartagena due to its rich fauna and diversity of vegetation. You have the chance to explore the village before heading back to Cartagena where the afternoon is free to explore on your own. (B/L)
Day 8: Today is free for you to do as you please on a lazy walk through the incredibly photogenic old town. You will feel like you have stepped into a different world as sumptuous colonial buildings and a riot of colour line the small streets, taking you back to a different time. (B)
Day 9: About a hour off the northern coast, ringed with sandy beaches and surrounded by crystal clear waters, you will find the gorgeous Rosario Islands. Here you can spend your time relaxing on the beach, snorkelling offshore reefs teeming with fish, or even jump in a kayak and explore the islands further. Simply the most beautiful place to enjoy your last few days in Colombia. (B)
Days 10-12: Free days for you to relax and enjoy island life in this stunning but often overlooked archipelago. (B)
Day 13: Today it's sadly time to say goodbye to this wonderful country, as you take the boat back to Cartagena and transfer to the airport in time for your flight home. (B)
Prices from: £1600 per person
Services included: hotels on shared room basis, meals, transfers and activities as mentioned, entry fees, English speaking guide, 24 hour assistance.
Services not included: flights, drinks, tips and personal expenses.
Note: stops can be extended, added or cut - just ask us!