Colombia Journey

  • Trip Type: Journeys
  • 12 Days | Round-trip Bogotá
  • Group Size: Max 15

Trip Details


Discover Colombia, a corner of South America that is once again becoming a must-see destination. On a 12-day adventure, spend two nights at a traditional hacienda on a working coffee farm, ride the famous hillside escalators of Medellín, indulge in the Caribbean beauty of Tayrona’s lush jungle and perfectly pristine beaches, and wander the cobblestoned streets of historical Cartagena. Get to Colombia before the rest of the world catches on.

Trip Highlights

    • Delve into Medellín on a guided walk through a recently revitalized community.
    • In coastal Cartagena, discover the scenic inspiration for author Gabriel García Márquez, and learn to dance salsa.
    • Immerse yourself in Colombian coffee culture during a stay at a farm in Armenia.

Itinerary - 12 Days

Day 1 — Bogotá

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer is included.

Days 2 & 3 — Armenia

Catch a flight to Armenia and immerse yourself in coffee culture, staying two nights at a traditional hacienda on a working coffee farm. Spend the afternoon with a coffee expert exploring natural elements that influence flavor and production and tasting various roasts. The next day, take a trip to Salento for hiking in the Cocora Valley. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Days 4 & 5 — Medellín

Drive to Medellín and visit Comuna 13, a community transformed into a shining example of Colombia’s progress in overcoming its notorious past. Meet a local guide and ride upward on the city’s unique public system of cable cars and escalators. Enjoy free time for some exploration. Optional excursions include a city tour, a visit to the colonial town of Santa Fe de Antioquia, and paragliding. (2B)

Days 6 & 7 — Tayrona National Park Area

Catch a morning flight to Santa Marta and continue to our beach lodge near Tayrona National Park on the Caribbean coast. Enjoy fresh seafood and some unforgettable beach time on the white sand. Opt to hike in the park or into the jungle to see the ruins of El Pueblito, or just lie back and relax by the water. (2B, 1L, 2D)

Days 8, 9, & 10 — Cartagena

Drive to tropical Cartagena. Take a walking tour of the old city, and visit sites that inspired Nobel Prize–winning author Gabriel García Márquez. This evening, learn the basics of Colombian salsa in a private lesson with two local dancers. The next day, enjoy free time to visit Playa Blanca, take a boat tour to the Islas del Rosario, a protected archipelago of coral islands, or soak in an incredible mud volcano. (3B)

Day 11 — Bogotá

Fly back to Bogotá and opt to visit the Colombia National Museum, Gold Museum, or the Naval Museum of the Caribbean. Or just wander one of the city’s many quaint neighborhoods. (1B)

Day 12 — Bogotá

Depart at any time. (1B)

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Tayrona National Park closes in February. Please see ALT itinerary for February departures of this trip.

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Activity Level


Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Daily activities may include city walking tours, visits to sites, game drives, or easy hikes, with options for more physical activities such as hiking, kayaking, snorkeling and biking.

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Cost Details

All trip prices are per person based on double occupancy. If you're traveling on your own, we'll pair you up with a roommate of the same gender so that you can pay the same rate as other travelers. Prices are subject to change without notice and do not include airfare. All prices and fares are quoted in U.S. dollars.

Cost Details

During your trip, sometimes it's just more convenient and comfortable to have your own room. That's why we offer the "My Own Room" option - a single room all to yourself.

My Own Room Option: From $899

What's Included

Arrival transfer, internal flights, transport between destinations and to/ from included activities, and activities as listed in the itinerary. The optional visits to the Colombia National Museum and the Gold Museum in Bogotá, and the optional activities in Cartagena are at an additional cost.

Comfortable, mid-range hotels (9 nights), hacienda/farm (2 nights)

Meals Included
11 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners. Allow an additional $330–430 for meals not included.

Bus, van, jeep, plane

Optional Experience

You can do whatever you wish during your free time on tour, but if you're in need of suggestions, we've got them. Details about any optional experiences for this trip will be available during the booking process. Please note, these are at an additional cost.