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Colombia is South America’s rising star, a charismatic country full of passion! Explore its treasures, from coffee and colonial splendour to Caribbean beaches and all that’s in between on this exciting tour.
Visit the unique Salt Cathedral
Learn to Salsa dance
Tour a coffee hacienda with tasting
Hike the Caribbean coast of Tayrona Park
Delight in colonial Cartagena
Relax on the beautiful beaches Isla del Encanto
- Return international flights
- All Accommodation
- All meals
- All transportation & transfers
- All sightseeing & entrance fees
- English speaking National Escort & local guides
- Visa fees for UK & EU passport holders
Days 1-2: Bogota
Fly to Colombia’s vibrant capital Bogota, arriving the same or following day. You will be met at the airport and transferred approximately an hour and half to your hotel.
Day 3: Bogota City Tour
Explore the sights of the city, starting in the historic centre at the Plaza de Bolivar where you can wander some of the surrounding streets to admire the impressive colonial architecture.
Day 4: Salt Cathedral
This morning you will be transferred appromiately 2 hours through La Sabana de Bogota to the town of Zipaquira. Tour one of Colombia’s most unusual attractions; the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira. Built 200 metres below ground in a salt mine and beautifully illuminated, this cavernous space is considered an outstanding example of modern Colombian architecture.
Day 5: Salsa Class
Cali has a rich Afro-Colombian heritage and, as a city, exudes a lively, passionate atmosphere. Begin the day exploring, visitng the Sebastian de Belalcazar monument and the quirky El Gateo del Rio park, before admiring the baroque cathedral and colonial stucco La Merced church. Also visit Plaza de Caycedo, the Gobernación and others. Your tour of Cali will last approxiamtely 4 hours. This afternoon, get your dancing shoes on for an exciting 2 hour salsa class, where you’ll learn the basic moves of this classic Latin American dance.
Day 6: Coffee Tour
Depart Cali this morning and drive for around 4 hours into Colombia’s lush coffee region, to a hacienda for a half day coffee tour. With a welcome cup of java in hand, learn all about growing and processing of coffee. Enjoy an introductory talk, exercises in tasting and smelling coffee, and a tour of the factory.
Day 7: Cocora Valley
Travel 1 hour to the quaint agricultural town of Filandia; the tower viewpoint gives spectacular views over the surrounding countryside. Drive in Jeep Willys for approximately 30 minutes into the beautiful landscapes of Corcora Valley.
Day 8: Orchid Farm Tour
Today drive to the hillside city of Medellin, the 6 hour journey will be broken up with a stop at La Romelia Farm, set in a magnificent natural landscape. Enjoy a guided tour of the nurseries of orchids, tropical plants (some carnivorous!) while spotting many colourful birds.
Day 9: Discover Medellin
Set in a valley and backed by mountains, Colombia’s second largest city is a leafy, progressive and creative metropolis. Have a full day tour here starting at the Zen-inspired Bare Foot Park, and admiring the sculptures of Colombian artist Fernando Botero.
Day 10: Around Medellin
Today will be a full day of touring; venture out of the city, about an hour and 40 minutes drive, to explore the surrounding region.
Day 11: Travel to Santa Marta
Transfer about an hour and a half to the airport and fly to the Caribbean Sea-side city of Santa Marta. Transfer from the airport to your hotel for the rest of the day at leisure.
Day 12: Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
Drive approximately 1 hour from your hotel to start an hourlong walk along the exotic coastline of the Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona to Arrecifes. Continue the walk, and find yourself on stretches of golden sand, amongst lush rainforest and passing natural pools to reach Cabo San Juan Del Guia, a beach where you can take a refreshing dip.
Day 13: Travel to Cartagena
Travel 5 hours by road to the Caribbean port city of Cartagena, where the afternoon will be at leisure.
Day 14: The "Jewel of the Indies"
Cartagena is Colombia’s most popular destination. Vibrant and colourful, located on the Caribbean coast and home to a beautifully preserved UNSECO World Heritage-listed old town, it’s easy to see why!
Day 15: Rosario Islands
Spend a dreamy full day on Isla Del Encanto, one of the islands that make up the coral archipelago of Rosario. Transfer by speedboat for approximtely an hour and 15 minutes and relax on the beautiful beach or, for the more active, kayak or snorkel (at your own expense), to exploer the beauty further.
Days 16-17: Fly from Cartagena to the UK
Transfer 15 minutes to the airport according to your international flight time and fly to the UK, arriving the same or following day.
Colombia Discovery is a moderate tour. This means that the itinerary requires a good level of fitness.
- Bogota sits at 2650 metres above sea level, activity at these altitudes will be at an easy pace.
- You will be required, on several occasions, to climb on and off boats without assistance and spend an extended amount of time on boats in open water.
- There will be several days of sightseeing on foot for a period of time and in some cases for an extended period of time.
Your accommodation is selected for convenience of location, comfort or character, and can range from business hotels to rainforest lodges.
Coaches: Coaches with air conditioning are used on our group tours for city short excursions to the countryside and longer transfers between destinations.
Planes: Internal flights are based on economy class, with reputable airlines.
Most Wendy Wu groups consist of 10 travellers or more, there will usually be no more than 29 travellers in each group.
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