BOGOTÁ, COFFEE TRIANGLE, VILLA DE LEYVA, SANTA MARTA, CARTAGENA & THE ROSARIO ISLANDS
Connect to the culture of Colombia on this journey from Bogotá to Cartagena. From amazing architecture to fantastic coffee and cuisine to geographic diversity to gracious hospitality, you’re in for an unforgettable experience. Learn the secrets to making a delicious cup of coffee in Colombia’s Coffee Triangle, and explore quaint colonial towns like Villa de Leyva and Raquira. Visit Colombia’s First Wonder, the Zipaquira Salt Cathedral, and traverse Bogotá’s streets like a local. At Tayrona National Park you’ll catch a glimpse of Colombia’s diverse wildlife and relax on the park’s picturesque beaches before visiting Cartagena, Colombia’s culinary capital! Our trip comes to a conclusion in the Rosario Islands, the perfect place to relax with its lush islands, picturesque beaches, and clear waters after our days of exploring Colombia’s magical cities and towns.
Shorten Your Trip! Enjoy our 11-day Magical Colombia tour visiting Colombia’s highlights from Bogotá to Cartagena.
For COVID-19 updates, please scroll down to our Before You Depart section.Did you know that you can make this tour private for your friends and family? Find out more about pricing and options for your group.
- 1 night in Bogotá
- 2 nights in the Coffee Triangle (Armenia)
- 2 nights in Villa de Leyva
- 1 night in Bogotá
- 2 nights in Santa Marta
- 2 nights in Cartagena
- 3 nights in Rosario Islands
- Willys Jeep Experience in Cocora Valley
- Armenia Coffee Experience
- Salento City Tour and Fruit Tasting
- Colonial Villa de Leyva
- Underground Salt Cathedral & the City of Salt
- Gold Museum
- La Piscina in Tayrona National Park
- Old Town of Cartagena
- Round-trip airfare from Miami (passengers may also book this tour without flights)
- Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
- Intra-Colombia ground transportation and transfers
- Accommodations at First Class hotels
- 14 Meals: 10 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
- Comprehensive sightseeing tours including admission fees
- Experienced English-speaking Tour Director throughout
Depart USA/Arrive Bogotá
Our magical journey to Colombia begins with a flight to Bogotá, the capital of Colombia which sits on a high plateau in the Andes Mountains. Upon arrival in Colombia’s cultural, political, and financial center, we’ll transfer to our upscale hotel. This evening, we’ll join the rest of the group for a welcome dinner.
*Passengers who did not purchase flights will join the tour in Bogota on Day 1.
Habitel Bogotá Hotel or similar | Dinner
Cocora Valley & Salento Excursion
Coffee Triangle/Villa de Leyva
Villa de Leyva
Villa de Leyva/Bogotá
Tayrona National Park Excursion
After breakfast today, we’ll depart for Cartagena where we’ll visit the Batambura project, a Colombian music project for social empowerment. More than 100 children and their families participate in the project from drumming to dancing. Our visit is sure to be incredibly fun and helps to support the project’s continued existence. This evening, consider an optional salsa lesson and dance tour in Old Town.
ESTELAR Cartagena de Indias Hotel or similar | Breakfast
Today, we’ll travel to Múcura Island, one of the many islands that make up the Rosario Islands archipelago, by speed boat where we’ll have time to rest and relax at our new accommodation.
Note: There is a port tax of COP20 per person (approximately $6 USD) which must be paid locally in pesos.
Hotel Punta Faro or similar | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
We’ll enjoy two days at leisure in the Rosario Islands, an archipelago within a national park, a perfectly lush setting to relax on the beach or enjoy water sports.
| Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Today we’ll return to Cartagena by speedboat where we’ll catch our return flight to Miami.
*The tour will end for passengers who did not purchase flights on Day 14 in Cartagena.
We are working diligently to secure future tour dates and pricing for this itinerary. Please fill out the "Request a Future Date" form linked below and we will notify you once dates are available.
Optional Tours Customize your trip with these optional tours.
These tours are available to pre-book! Optional tours are subject to change. If you choose to book your optional tours in-destination, please note that the prices are approximate. They are payable by cash (pesos). Optional tours are non-refundable.
- Villa de Leyva
- From approx. $64 Per Person
View some of the Cebada River’s spectacular waterfalls on this optional tour which takes us to a small canyon with walls covered in Bromeliads and other local plants. We’ll explore oak and Gaque forests, see huge orchids, and various high Andean trees before we enjoy the calming sound and beauty of the waterfalls.
AVAILABLE TO PRE-BOOK!
Salsa Lesson & Dance tour
- From approx. $85 Per Person
Ceviche & Passionfruit Workshop
- From approx. $58 Per Person
Take a cooking class in Cartagena, where recipes are handed down from generation to generation. During your ceviche workshop, you’ll learn every step in making this popular dish which can be offered in many varieties. You can prepare ceviche with mango, fish, or other seafood depending on your favorite flavors. You’ll also learn how to prepare a maracuya lemonade (passionfruit lemonade) to enjoy long after you’ve left Colombia.
Habitel Bogotá HotelBogotá, Colombia
Av. El Dorado ##100-97, Bogotá, Cundinamarca, Colombia
Hotel Mocawa ResortArmenia, Colombia
Km 2.6 vía al Valle del Cauca, La Tebaida, Quindío, Colombia
Hotel Campanario de la VillaVilla de Leyva, Colombia
Carrera 11a #12-47
Villa de Leyva – Boyacá
The Click Clack Hotel BogotáBogotá, Colombia
Cra. 11 No. 93 – 77, Bogotá
ESTELAR SantamarSanta Marta, Colombia
Kilometro 8, Santa Marta, Magdalena, Colombia
ESTELAR Cartagena de Indias HotelCartagena, Colombia
Cra. 1 #11-116, Cartagena, Provincia de Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia
Hotel Punta FaroMucura Island, Rosario Islands, Colombia
Isla Mucura, Bolívar, 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.
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|
|2022: Feb. 19||American Airlines||10:45AM||7:30PM|
|2022: Mar. 19||American Airlines||11:45AM||7:30PM|
|2022: Apr. 2, May 14, Jun. 11||American Airlines||10:30AM||7:30PM|
|2022: Nov. 5||TBA||TBA||TBA|
ADVANCE SEAT ASSIGNMENT
The above airlines 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.
International flights to/from the U.S. are not included. Land-only travelers are responsible for arranging entry and exit flights, as well as their arrival and departure transfers. smarTours cannot be held responsible for any damage caused by air schedule changes and delays. Unused land services are non-refundable.
Main Tour Only: Land-only services start upon independent check-in at the hotel in Bogotá on Day 1 of the itinerary listed on the tour page. Land-only services end upon arrival in Cartagena on Day 14 of the itinerary listed on the tour page.
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 Bogotá. 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 7 – 10 days before the scheduled departure of your tour.
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 Bogotá, 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”.