Rich, vibrant, and mesmerizing

At the northern tip of South America, Colombia is a canvas of soaring Andes mountains and tranquil Caribbean waters. In between, colorful cities, lush rain forests, fascinating history and natural beauty abounds. Unwrap the mystery of this great country during your adventure here.

Highlights

  • Connect with the community of Palenque

  • Snorkel, swim and relax in the crystal-clear waters of the Rosario Islands

  • Discover local flavors during dinner at OCI.Mde

  • Visit a coffee hacienda and learn the process, from coffee bean to steaming cup

Itinerary for Colombia

Day 1: Bogotá

Welcome to Bogotá. Upon arrival, your included transfer takes you to your hotel, where you can settle in and prepare for your Colombian adventure.

  • Transfers are shared among travelers in our group. At the airport, you’ll be met by a Club Adventures representative after passing through customs and shuttled to your hotel. You may need to wait a short time for other members of the group to arrive.
  • Our hotel in Bogota: Hotel Vilar America

Day 2: Bogotá

Gather together this morning with your adventure guide, before heading out to explore the city with a local expert. We’ll start with a visit to Montserrat Mountain, taking the cable car to the top. Here, we find ourselves surrounded by lush tropical plants and stunning views of the city below. Keep your eyes peeled for the local hummingbirds. In La Candelaria, Bogotá’s historical center, explore Plaza Bolivar, the main square. This afternoon, we’ll go to Hacienda Coloma to learn about the process of growing and producing Colombian coffee. Test your skills by shelling some coffee beans before sampling a warm cup of this world-famous coffee. Head back to Bogotá, where a free evening is yours to design. (b, l)

  • Breakfast is full buffet
  • Lunch will be at Hacienda Coloma before our coffee tour
  • Our hotel in Bogota: Hotel Vilar America

Day 3: Bogotá > Medellín

A short flight brings us to Medellín this morning. After check-in, we’ll explore the area with a local expert. Learn about the city’s transformation over the last twenty years, from the reign of Pablo Escobar, to the vibrant and innovative “City of Eternal Spring” today. During the tour, see some of the incredible street art that Medellín is known for. We’ll visit an art school dedicated to inspiring children and young adults to get involved with the arts. A cable car ride above the city offers stunning panoramic views of this historic and colorful place. (b)

  • Breakfast is full buffet
  • Our hotel in Medellin: Hotel Acqua

Day 4: Medellín

Today is a blank page, waiting to be filled with your personal experiences in Medellín. This naturally beautiful city is perfect for hiking, horseback riding and other activities. This evening, we’ll gather for a sensational dinner at the OCI.Mde restaurant. Created by married architects, the space is built from industrial and recycled materials. Dinner is served at the center of the table, meant to be shared together. Our feast tonight is a culinary exploration of Colombian flavors, locally sourced and expertly prepared. (b, d)

  • Breakfast is full buffet
  • Dinner tonight will be family-style where we’ll share large dishes of regional cuisine at a local restaurant called OCI-Mde
  • Our hotel in Medellin: Hotel Acqua

Day 5: Medellín > Cartagena

We’re headed to the Caribbean coast today! After a short flight to Cartagena, we’ll check in our boutique hotel. Our Insider Expert introduces us to this captivating locale with a walk of the cobbled city, a testament to its colonial history. The rest of the day is yours to explore all that Cartagena has to offer! (b)

  • Breakfast is full buffet
  • Our hotel in Cartagena: Hotel Allure Chocolat

Day 6: Cartagena

A compelling walking tour showcases the walled city and San Felipe fortress, one of many ancient archeological treasures here. Journey to the town of Palenque, also known as the “African corner” of Colombia. Filled with meaningful moments, a uniquely personal visit takes us to the home of our Insider Expert, connecting us with the culture of the Palenqueros. A lesson in their language and a visit to a local musician’s home — where we have an opportunity to play some local instruments — eternalizes this day of local living. (b)

  • Breakfast is full buffet
  • Our hotel in Cartagena: Hotel Allure Chocolat

Day 7: Cartagena

Today, we’ll discover the beautiful landscapes and clear waters of the Rosario Islands. Relax, swim and snorkel the vibrant reefs before returning to Cartagena to enjoy your last evening in Colombia. (b, l)

  • Breakfast is full buffet
  • Lunch will be a packed meal that we bring out to the islands
  • Our hotel in Cartagena: Hotel Allure Chocolat

Day 8: Cartagena

Our moving Colombian adventure ends today, but the experience will live on forever. (b)

  • Breakfast is full buffet
  • Your departure transfer is included on a group basis

Things to know before traveling to Colombia

The official currency of Colombia is the Colombian Peso (COP).

For this trip we recommend between USD 22 to 40 per day. How do we work this out?

Lunch – If you are happy with a quick snack on the go, you may get away with as little as USD5 to USD10 for a set menu at a local eatery or a sandwich and a drink at a café. On the other hand, a lunch meal at a more tourist restaurant can cost between USD10 to USD15.

Dinner – At dinner time, your Local Leader will normally recommend restaurants where you can safely try the local specialties of the region. Expect meals to cost between USD12 to USD25 for a main.

These are indicative prices only. If you are in a tight budget, are happy to eat just local food and are not afraid of an upset tummy every now and then, you can eat cheaper than this. If you want to try just the finest food at the finest restaurants, then you can expect meals to cost as much as in western countries.

CREDIT CARDS & ATMs:
ATMs are widely available in major towns and cities across Latin America. Credit cards are generally available in tourist shops and restaurants. Visa and Mastercard are generally preferred over American Express, Diners, etc. Smaller venues take cash only.

Check with your bank before departure that your card is accepted in the countries you are travelling to and what their fees and charges are. Also ensure your bank is aware of your travel plans as – suspecting fraud – they may cancel your cards after the first few international transactions. Be aware that your withdrawing limit may vary from country to country (regardless of your withdrawing limit in your home country) and it can be as low as the equivalent to USD100 per day.

If bringing cash, please note USD100 bills with serial number CB or BE and any other USD bills that are old, torn, written or stamped on will not be accepted by local banks.

Colombia enjoys a stable year-round climate, but it can get particularly hot and humid on the coast. Be sure to drink plenty of water and wear adequate sun protection.

While travelling with us you’ll experience the vast array of wonderful food available in this region. Your group leader will be able to suggest restaurants to try during your trip. To give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat, generally not all meals are included in the trip price. This also gives you more budgeting flexibility. As a rule our groups tend to eat dinner together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other’s company. There’s no obligation to do this though.

DIETARY REQUIREMENTS
Please let us know your diet requirements before your trip starts.
Generally speaking, in bigger cities/towns vegetarians can expect a reasonable range of vegetarian venues and/or vegetarian options within tourist restaurant menus. However, vegetarianism is not the norm in this part of the world so options can be limited when eating at homestays, small local restaurants, street stalls, markets, etc.

More restrictive diet requirements (vegans, celiac, gluten intolerance, fructose intolerance, lactose intolerance, etc.) can also be accommodated along this trip but you should expect a lesser variety than what you can expect at home. We recommend that, if possible, to bring your own supply of snacks with you.

Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveler. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it’s important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. Your consultant will also be happy to point you in the right direction with acquiring visas. Visas can take several weeks to process, so familiarize yourself with any requirements as soon as you have booked your trip to allow for processing time.

Americans, Australian, Belgians, British, Dutch, Germans, New Zealanders and South Africans do not currently require a visa for Colombia. For all other nationalities please reconfirm your visa or entry requirements with the Colombian consulate in your home country.

Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. Please ask your travel agent or Club Adventures team member for insurance options at time of booking.

Add-ons available before and after your trip to see the most of Colombia

Pre-Night Add-ons

BOGOTA - $100 per room double; $85 single room


Post-Night Add-ons

CARTAGENA $200 per room double, $175 single room


Optional Tours

We’ve already included everything you need to see! While there are no optional tours on this tour, your Local Leader can always point you in the right direction for you to write your own adventure.

8 days, from $2,199 USD