Discover Colombia: Bogota, Medellin and Cartagena Tours | smarTours

Discover Colombia

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BOGOTA, COFFEE TRIANGLE, MEDELLIN & CARTAGENA

Connect to the culture of Colombia on this tour including accommodations and round-trip airfare from the U.S. From the amazing architecture and fantastic coffee and cuisine to geographic diversity and gracious hospitality, you’re in for an unforgettable experience. Home to seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Colombia is a land of startling contrasts—modern Bogota in the Andes Mountains, rich rural culture in the Coffee Triangle, renaissance and renewal in Medellin, and the Caribbean coast of Cartagena—and we help you visit it all on this once-in-a-lifetime trip!

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Itinerary at
a Glance

  • 2 nights in Bogota
  • 2 nights in La Tebaida (Coffee Triangle)
  • 1 night in Santa Clara (Coffee Triangle)
  • 2 nights in Medellin
  • 3 nights in Cartagena

Tour
Highlights

  • Gold Museum (Bogota)
  • Visit to Nukasa Ecopark (Bogota)
  • Underground Salt Cathedral (near Bogota)
  • Willys Jeep Experience to Cordoba & Pijao (Coffee Region)
  • Fully immersive coffee experience with Farm Ways (Coffee Region)
  • Foodie Street Tour (Medellin)
  • Play a classic game of Tejo with traditional beer (Medellin)
  • Optional Salsa Dance Class (Cartagena)
  • Cartagena’s Walled Old Town

Activity Level: Discoverer 

Your Tour
Includes

  • Round-trip airfare from Miami via Avianca Airlines (passengers may also book this tour without flights)
  • Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • Intra-Colombia flights, ground transportation and transfers
  • Accommodations at First Class hotels
  • 2020 Departures: 17 meals: 10 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 4 dinners
    2021 Departures: 18 meals: 10 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 5 dinners
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours including admission fees
  • Experienced English speaking Tour Director throughout

Tour Itinerary

Map

Click the Day by Day itinerary above (or swipe on mobile devices) to see the experiences that await on each day of your tour.

Depart USA/Arrive Bogota

Your exciting journey to Colombia begins with an afternoon flight to Bogota, the capital of Colombia that rests on a high plateau in the Andes Mountains. Here, you’ll experience the mix of colonial grandeur and the vitality of a modern metropolis. Founded in the 16th century by Spanish conquistador Gonzalo Jimenez de Quezada, the city is home to a dazzling array of museums, churches, colonial mansions, and stately buildings. Upon arrival in Colombia’s cultural, political…

Bogota

After breakfast this morning, drive from Bogota to Zipaquira to visit the famous underground salt cathedral, where a church is carved from salt inside of a cave. Some of you will experience a deeply spiritual, religious moment, while others will celebrate this artistic and engineering masterpiece. Here, you’ll find monumental crosses, angels, and the Madonna statue, and in addition to the main cathedral, there are several small chapels and 14 Stations of the Cross interconnected…

Tour Bogota/Coffee Triangle

After a sumptuous breakfast, venture to the local market of Paloquemao. Next, drive to the mountain top of Guadalupe, adjacent to Monserrate, where you’ll enjoy a marvelous view of the city. Followed by a visit to the colonial part of the city, La Candelaria, Bogota’s heart and soul, known for its Spanish and Baroque-style architecture. See the Fernando Botero Museum, created in 2000 after a generous donation by the world famous artist himself of 123…

Tour Bogota/Coffee Triangle

As its name suggests, the Coffee Triangle is covered with coffee plantations due to its nutrient-rich volcanic soil in the hilly terrain. Not only does the land produce some of the world’s finest coffee, but it also produces breathtaking landscapes throughout the region. For many people, the Coffee Triangle is the heart and soul of Colombia, where Campesino (or rural life) has remained largely intact over the centuries. In the morning, visit first the coffee Hacienda Morelia…

Tour Bogota/Coffee Triangle

After breakfast, enjoy a spectacular drive to Cocora Valley through the region of Quindio and make sure you have your cameras ready to capture the magnificent landscape. Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted with a special welcome cocktail. Here, you’ll find the highest palm tree in the world, the Palma de Cera, and a brief Colombian ritual will help you understand the history of these unique palm trees. Then, after leaving the valley, you’ll reach the…

Coffee Triangle/Medellin

Early this morning, embark on a drive with a boxed breakfast through the mountains to Medellin. You’ll enjoy spectacular mountain landscapes as you pass through several changes of climate and altitude. Along the way, stop for lunch at an authentic Colombian restaurant before continuing on these beautiful rural backdrops. Arrive at Medellin, the second-largest city in Colombia, the home of famous artist Fernando Botero, and the best example of the country’s renaissance. Transfer to your…

Medellin

After breakfast, explore downtown Medellin and visit the Berrio Park. Then, visit the Sculpture Park of Botero and mingle with the fascinating larger-than-life sculptures. After lunch, visit the Plaza Mayor, and Park Pies Descalzos before returning to your hotel. New in 2021! We’ll drive to the metro station where we’ll take the Metro Cable up to the San Javier district, the entrance to “Comuna 13”. This once inaccessible area is now famous for its graffiti…

Medellín/Cartagena

This morning is at leisure in Medellín and we may consider an optional tour of the city including downtown Medellín, the historical center, and the famous Sculpture Park of Botero (Please see optional tours for more details). This afternoon, we’ll transfer to the airport and fly to the amazing coastal city of Cartagena before heading to our upscale hotel which faces the Caribbean Sea.

Hotel Capilla del Mar or similar | Breakfast

Cartagena

Founded in the early 16th century by Spaniard Pedro de Heredia, Cartagena has it all. It is a historical gem, a symbol of modern Colombia, and a spectacular beach destination. Cartagena’s charming old town is surrounded by thick walls, which were originally intended to fortify the city and took an astonishing to 200 years to build and complete. Visit the fortress of San Felipe, built by the Spanish during the colonial era and located on…

Cartagena

It’s your day to either continue exploring the cultural sights of Cartagena, simply enjoy a day at the nearby beaches that attract visitors from all around the world, or join an optional tour! Later, enjoy an included delicious farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

| Breakfast, Dinner

Cartagena/USA

Today, transfer to the airport and say adios to Colombia! Your amazing journey ends as you arrive in Miami today.

*Passengers who did not purchase flights will join the tour in Cartagena on Day 11.

| Breakfast

Guided Tour Pricing

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Optional Tours Customize your trip with these optional tours.

Pricing is subject to change. Payment (non-refundable) should be made by cash (US dollars or local currency). Subject to a minimum number of participants and availability.

Medellín City Tour

  • Medellín
  • From approx. $77 Per Person

Explore downtown Medellin and the historical center on this optional half-day tour. We’ll stroll through the hustle and bustle of downtown Medellín to the famous Sculpture Park of Botero with an exhibition of the Colombian artist, Fernando Botero, whose sculptures have become a landmark of the city.

Rum Tasting

  • From approx. $86 Per Person

For those who want to discover new flavors, this rum tasting will take us to the world of pirates and the secrets of sugar cane. We’ll learn more about Colombia’s national drink’s hsitory, its origins, and the different ways it can be distilled, manufactured, and aged. With a professional mixologist, we’ll taste different rums with aromas that include coffee, caramel, and vanilla that are concealed in a premium rum.

Dancing Class

  • From approx. $30 Per Person

Music and dance are an intrinsic part of life, culture and history. Tune into the Latin and Caribbean rhythms and immerse completely in local culture with a salsa lesson. With a professional teacher, we’ll learn the basic steps to the most popular dance in Colombia and Latin America!

Reviews

Richard U

This review is 4 stars rather than five due to the overall rating of Colombia rather than the tour. This was an invitation tour run by Betty Levin. As usual, having Betty as the overall tour director was excellent. Her ability to work with groups, keep us informed, and provide insights throughout the trip was superb. The tour director, Alejandro Garcia, was truly great. Local guides were also very good, especially in Medellin. Hotels, overall, were very good and well-located in areas that were comfortable, close to stores and restaurants (The one exception was in the Coffee Triangle where the resort was some distance from anything and all dinners were had there). Note that hotels were not in the historical centers of cities as those areas are not yet developed for handling foreign tourists and are not as comfortable for meandering around on your own. That said, Colombia is unfortunately ready for prime time traveling. Bogota was disappointing in many ways. The visit to Zipaquira and the underground salt cathedral was time consuming and not very special. A visit to the city's botanical gardens would have been more worthwhile. Equally disappointing was the trip to the top of Guadalupe, where the views were partially blocked by electrical wires and the church (the only other thing there) was closed. The Paloquenao market was fun to visit, and the Botero Museum was great. The rest of La Candelaria area was somewhat interesting, but much of the area has been stripped of its Spanish architecture. The Coffee Triangle was superb, a full-day of coffee-related activities. The drive from the Triangle to Medellin was UNBEARABLE. 11 hours on a bus over bad roads. UNACCEPTABLE. Commercial rates for a flight between the 2 places was $100 per person the day before the drive (I checked online) and entailed about 3+ hours. A much better way to get to Medellin when this drive was a full 10% of the entire tour. Medellin's Comuna 13, the Metro Cable, and Metro were are outstanding. Downtown Medellin had little Spanish influence left, leaving only the city's Botero collections were of interest. We left the tour after Medellin but did go to Cartagena on our own: the highlight of Colombia! Great city, great people, great food, great sights.

Rita

Exceeded all expectations. A beautiful, safe country with scenery, history and food to rival Europe. Our guide, Carlos, was exceptional. Highly recommended.

Erica L

My second smartour and all i have to say is , that this trip was amazing. Colombia is a very beautiful country and the people very friendly and welcoming. Leon our guide was AWESOME as well as the rest of the local guides. Felt very safe around the cities and had a great time!!!!

Yvonne C

The Colombian trip was so much more than we expected Our guide Alejandro Garcia was amazing. He was so well informed and hospitable. We all enjoyed his company.

Gordon O

The entire tour was excellent except for one comment on the included breakfasts. The brochure states that all 10 breakfasts are "full buffet breakfasts". Eight were "full buffet breakfasts" but two were only box lunches (certainly not full buffet breakfasts). The box lunches were on April 11 and 16. We feel that we are entitled to a cash refund for these two inferior breakfasts. This would apply to Gordon and Ruth Omland, and Marvin and Margaret England who were all our travel partners. Thank you for your kind consideration to these requests.

Jeremy

Our Colombia tour was excellent. From Bogota to Cartagena we were enthralled by the luscious green countryside and sky scraping mountains. The history of the country was covered in detail from the period of colonization to the present. Our tour leader and local guides were very knowledgeable about all aspects of their society, history, economy, government and so on. All of them spoke English well and had great personalities. Highly recommended.

Patricia

Our tour guides were well informed, personable and truly delightful. We had a friendly group and good accommodations. Loved the coffee tour and tasting, but especially memorable was our afternoon in Comune 13 and Getsamane. The artwork was fabulous! Tour guide in Comune 13 was a bit "preachy" and repetitive. All in all- a fabulous trip- Go to Colombia!

Carman

All great except the local guide in Bogata who was not up to Smartour standard

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Sanele

Love Colombia beyond my expectations

Nancy

The tour guides in Colombia were excellent. I liked that the big cities of Bogota and Medellin alternated with the beautiful countryside of the Coffee Triangle and the beach at Cartagena.

Howard R

Forget the stories of drug cartels! Colombia is modern, beautiful and coffeelicious!! From Bogotá to Medellin to Cartagena, Colombia is a modern 21st century country with warm and engaging people, beautiful vistas and amazing modern buildings with surprising and amazing architecture. The coffee triangle is lush, tropical and aromatic. This is my 19th SmarTours trip and I highly recommend this tour. Accommodations are first rate and the meals were sumptuous. Kudos to our guide Elsa for her expertise and engaging manner.

Emma

Just returned from this trip in June 2016. It was an amazing tour and it really portrayed the country as it truly is. The people were great and let me say the service at the hotels and everywhere was awesome. The accommodations were excellent. The scenery of the country was unbelievable. Kudos to our Tour Director, Leon as well as the local guides Carlitos (Coffee Triangle/Medellin) and Eusevio (Cartagena) for making this trip so much fun. They are friendly, fun, knowledgeable and their English was great. Our drivers were very experienced and always concerned about safety first which was very good. Our group was very small but we had a great time. Thank you to all for the wonderful vacation. I recommend this trip highly.

Sheryl C

This May we returned from a wonderful and interesting trip to Colombia where we visited Bogota, Coffee Triangle, Medellin, and Cartagena. We felt safe and enjoyed the diversified landscapes, history, friendly people, delicious food, and very knowledgeable and caring guides. Leon and Alejandro went out of their way to share and teach us about their culture. We visited flower, fruit and vegetable markets, sugar cane factories, coffee plantations, in which we had many tastings and watched local people working. The coffee was extremely good. The underground salt cathedral was amazing along with the Emerald, Botero and Gold museums. There were many quaint colorful villages to meander thru witnessing rural life in and around the town squares. The hotels were all high end with gr8 breakfasts. The cities were exciting and easy to get around. Leon would always take or direct us to a delicious authentic Colombian restaurant for lunch and dinner. The sea in Cartagena was delightful to swim in. We cannot thank Leon and Alejandro for making our experience so special, comfortable, informative, and fun. We are well seasoned travelers and feel Colombia is a must visit.

Marta H

As my husband and I prepared for our travel to Colombia, our friends and family asked "Why Colombia", aren't you afraid of being kidnapped? Or,"I've heard they drug people and sell the parts on e-bay". What my husband and I experienced in Colombia was far from either of these! Colombia is a proud welcoming country, excited to share their amazing history and culture. It is a country working extremely hard to overcome and endure their past and provide a good future for their people. Our tour guide "Leon Pardo", was excellent, as was his counter part "Carlito", in the coffee region. Colombia was an amazing place to travel and enjoy and just as they claim, the hardest part was never wanting to leave!
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