Magical Colombia

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BOGOTÁ, COFFEE TRIANGLE, VILLA DE LEYVA, SANTA MARTA & CARTAGENA

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!

Extend Your Trip! Enjoy our 14-day Magical Colombia with Rosario Islands tour which includes 3 nights in the Rosario Islands, an archipelago within a national park.

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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

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
  • 15 Meals: 10 breakfasts, 3 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…

Depart Cartagena/Arrive USA

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

*The tour will end for passengers who did not purchase flights on Day 11 in Cartagena.

| Breakfast

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
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March 19 March 29 Mar 19 - Mar 29 $2,499 $2,599 $2,899 Select
April 2 April 12 Apr 2 - Apr 12 $2,399 $2,499 $2,799 Select
May 14 May 24 May 14 - May 24 $2,399 $2,499 $2,799 Select
June 11 June 21 Jun 11 - Jun 21 $2,499 $2,599 $2,899 Select
November 5 November 15 Nov 5 - Nov 15 $2,599 $2,699 $2,999 Select

Rates are based on double occupancy.

Single room supplement is $479

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.

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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