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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- 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
- 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
- Round-trip airfare from Miami via Avianca Airlines
- 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
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 and financial center, transfer to your upscale hotel where you’ll enjoy a welcome…
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 through labyrinthine tunnels. Drive back to Bogota and visit the famous Gold Museum, which displays the…
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 pieces of his own art. Botero’s art should be instantly recognizable with its oversized, larger-than-life style. The museum also…
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 and immerse yourself in the world of coffee. A coffee specialist will teach you the ins and outs of…
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 quaint village of Salento, where you’ll have time to walk through the narrow streets and appreciate the Baroque and…
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 upscale hotel, and spend the evening at your leisure.
Estelar Milla de…
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 and the outdoor escalator which takes people to the top of the mountain allowing…
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
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 the Hill of San Lazaro. Later, walk along the the colorful streets and winding alleyways of Cartagena’s walled old town and the Getsemani area outside…
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
Today, transfer to the airport and say adios to Colombia! Your amazing journey ends as you arrive in Miami today.
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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
Hotel Novotel Parque 93
Calle 93 No.12-41
(formerly the Atton Bogota 93)
Allure Cafe Mocawa Resort
- Coffee Triangle
Km .2.6 via al Valle, LaTebaida
La Armenia, Colombia
Estelar Milla de Oro Hotel
Calle 3 Sur No. 43a 64
Hotel Capilla del Mar
Bocagranda, Cra 1 No 8-12
Cartagena de Indias, Colombia
Santa Clara Hotel Hacienda
- Santa Clara
Km. 1 vía Termales de Santa Rosa
Santa Rosa de Cabal / Colombia
Departing the U.S.: For the safety of everyone in the group, smarTours has implemented some COVID-19 travel requirements which apply to all tours regardless of destination. To learn more, click here.
Returning to the U.S.: In accordance with U.S. entry requirements, smarTours will arrange testing for the group in destination. Full details and requirements can be accessed here. More details including cost will be added when available.
Please note entry requirements are changing rapidly. For up-to-date information, please click the links below.
- Entry requirements
- State Department Travel Advisory Updates (Colombia)
- Center for Disease Control Updates & Information (Colombia)
The high altitude reached on this trip (up to 8,600 feet above sea level) requires that you be in good physical condition to enjoy this trip. We strongly suggest that you consult with your physician regarding any concerns as well as possible medications to ease the effects of the high altitude. Immunizations are NOT currently required; however, you may wish to consult your personal physician or local public health authorities as to their suggestions.
Your flights from Miami to Colombia and back are on the following airlines with the following schedules. You should check-in for your flight at least 3 ½ hours before your scheduled departure.
Please make sure to allow sufficient time for clearing immigration and customs if you are planning a connecting domestic flight. We recommend at least 3 ½ hours. Please keep in mind that flight schedules are always subject to change.
|Departure Date||Airline||Depart Miami||Return Miami|
|2021: Apr. 3, Jun. 26||Avianca||4:45pm||6:30pm|
ADVANCE SEAT ASSIGNMENT
Avianca do not accept advance seat assignment. Actual seat assignment will be provided at the airport. Please note that smarTours is not involved with your seat assignments.
PASSPORT AND VISA INFORMATION
You must be in possession of a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of return. American passport holders do not require a visa. Non U.S. citizens should check with the respective consulates as to the most current visa requirements to all their travel destinations. It is your responsibility to obtain the necessary travel documents before the trip.
FOREIGN ENTRY FEE FOR CANADIANS ONLY
Canadian citizens are required to pay a Reciprocity Fee of approximately US $70 upon arrival in Bogota. The reciprocity fee may be paid credit card, debit card, or cash (Colombian pesos only).
TICKETS AND FINAL DOCUMENTS
Your airline tickets along with final instructions and travel tips will be sent to you 10 – 7 days before the scheduled departure of your tour. Please make sure to advise us in writing in case of a change of your address.
The temperature in Colombia is fairly consistent throughout the year, although it does vary by region. In Cartagena, you can expect weather in the high 70’s and 80’s. In the Coffee Triangle and Medellin, the average temperature is in the 60’s. In Bogota, it is a bit colder, with average temperatures in the 50’s.
You may dine at either the hotels used on this tour or other nearby restaurants recommended by your guide. Average cost for dinner (excluding drinks) in the hotel’s restaurant is about $10-20 per meal per person. Your hotel will accept credit cards for your non-included meals.
CREDIT CARDS AND LOCAL CURRENCY
Hotels and some stores accept major credit cards. However, for “street shopping” you will need local currency. Your hotels will be able to exchange your cash to local currency. You may also withdraw local currency from an ATM machine. It is recommended that you bring along cash in small denominations.
Each passenger may bring one piece of checked-in luggage not to exceed 44 pounds and one carry-on piece not to exceed 18”x10”x8”.
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