Magical Colombia with Rosario Islands

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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.

Itinerary at
a Glance

  • 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

Tour
Highlights

  • 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

Your Tour
Includes

  • 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

Bogotá/Coffee Triangle

This morning we’ll fly to Armenia, located in the Coffee Triangle where we’ll begin with a delicious coffee experience at the Hacienda Recuca. We’ll start making our own coffee “from the grain to the cup”. Our coffee expert will share in-depth knowledge, revealing some of the Coffee Triangle’s secrets including those related to planting, harvesting, washing, and drying coffee. We’ll enjoy delicious aromas before we’re able to taste one of the best coffees in the…

Cocora Valley & Salento Excursion

Throughout the Coffee Region, we’ll notice colorful Willys Jeeps making their way along the area’s picturesque roads. Today we’ll board these traditional Willys Jeeps and travel into the magnificent Cocora Valley. With its rolling green hills and huge Quindia wax palm trees, the landscape looks like a magical land out of a Dr. Seuss book. Next, we’ll explore Salento and see its squares, typical colorful balconies, and handicraft shops. In the principal square, we’ll enjoy…

Coffee Triangle/Villa de Leyva

Today we’ll fly back to Bogotá and continue on to Villa de Leyva, a hidden gem and one of the most well-preserved old towns in Colombia with its cobblestone streets and whitewashed colonial buildings. On the way to Villa Leyva, we’ll stop at a local coffee shop where we can try a delicious “arepa boyacense”. We’ll meet someone who has lived in Villa de Leyva her whole life, and she’ll share with us the history…

Villa de Leyva

This morning, we’ll enjoy a walking tour of Villa de Leyva, an old Spanish colony surrounded by mountains and a beautiful desert. We’ll travel the cobblestone streets to visit the main Cathedral which dates back to the early 1600’s, the El Carmen Church, the house of the first Congress, and the main plaza. We’ll also visit the Antonio Nariño Museum where we can see colonial objects and memorabilia related to the forefather of Colombia’s independence.…

Villa de Leyva/Bogotá

Today we return to Bogotá, stopping en route at Raquira and the Salt Cathedral. Raquira is better known as “the City of Pots” and is a small town full of life and color. Raquira’s inhabitants dedicate themselves to making clay crafts with ancestral techniques that have been passed down from generation to generation. Enjoy time to buy souvenirs and take beautiful photos of the houses with their colorful balconies and decorations. Next, we’ll visit Colombia’s…

Bogotá/Santa Marta

This morning, we’ll explore Bogotá like locals! At Paloquemao Plaza we’ll marvel at the wide variety of Colombia’s tropical fruits, and at the mercado we’ll learn to negotiate, buy and taste local foods and sweets. We’ll view Bogotá’s vibrant street art that adorns the city’s downtown streets and try to decipher the artists’ meaning and message before strolling the cobblestone streets of La Candelaria. In Chorro de Quevedo, we’ll travel back in time and imagine…

Tayrona National Park Excursion

After breakfast, we’ll begin our full-day excursion to Tayrona National Park, which covers 15,000 hectares of unspoiled beaches, coral reefs, verdant flora, mangroves, and mountains. Our tour begins with a 45-minute walk through the tropical jungle from the beautiful Canaveral beach to Arrecifes beach. Along the way, we’ll see some of the park’s many florae and fauna and may even glimpse monkeys! After time to relax at Arrecifes Beach, we’ll take a 20-minute hike to…

Santa Marta/Cartagena

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

Cartagena

Today we’ll explore Cartagena which offers the perfect combination of history, culture, and culinary experiences. As we explore this port city we’ll not only see the beautiful colonial buildings but learn the stories of some of Colombia’s most important people including Simón Bolívar, Gabriel García Márquez, San Pedro Claver, Charles King who is often called the “King of Champeta”. We’ll find out why Palenqueras wear fruit on their heads and beautifully colored dresses and have…

Cartagena/Rosario Islands

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

Rosario Islands

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

Rosario Islands/Cartagena/USA

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.

Guided Tour Pricing

Prices and dates below include round-trip airfare from Miami (MIA). Travelers may choose to purchase the tour only, and arrange their own arrival in destination.

Depart Return Depart - Return Best Value Pricing - Reserve by Oct. 29, 2021 Flight included unless otherwise indicated. Reserve After
Oct. 29, 2021
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2022 2022 w/ eCheck Discount Sale After Sale
March 19 April 1 Mar 19 - Apr 1 $3,299 $3,399 $3,699 Select
April 2 April 15 Apr 2 - Apr 15 $3,199 $3,299 $3,599 Select
May 14 May 27 May 14 - May 27 $3,199 $3,299 $3,599 Select
June 11 June 24 Jun 11 - Jun 24 $3,299 $3,399 $3,699 Select
November 5 November 18 Nov 5 - Nov 18 $3,399 $3,499 $3,799 Select

Rates are based on double occupancy.

Single room supplement is $1,008

IMPORTANT TRAVELERS NOTE
The high altitude reached on this trip (up to 8,600 feet above sea level) requires that you be in good physical condition to fully enjoy the trip. We strongly suggest that you consult a physician regarding any concerns prior to making a reservation.

For more information on this tour, please contact us here or call us during business hours (Mon-Fri, 9:00am – 5:30pm EST) at 800-337-7773.

Reservations and Payments 
Reservations can be made by phone (1-800-337-7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of your non-refundable, non-transferable deposit, which must be received at the time of reservation. Deposits are $99 per person for all 2021 departures, and $300 per person for all 2022 departures. Full payment is due 90 days prior to departure. Baggage fees may apply. Space and prices subject to availability. Please see the smarTours Terms and Conditions for complete booking information.

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.

La Periquera

  • 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

  • Cartagena
  • From approx. $85 Per Person
Enjoy a salsa dance lesson with one of the best instructors in Cartagena! 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! Afterward, visit different emblematic sites of the city where locals share in this unique…

Ceviche & Passionfruit Workshop

  • Cartagena
  • 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.