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Colombia Active Culture

Tailor Made Itinerary

8 Days From £3,180

Overview

Colombia has fast become recognised as one of the most culturally fascinating and biologically diverse countries in all the Americas. This exploration of Colombian nature and culture combines its two major modern cities with two of its most classic, colonial villages, as well as the great natural landscapes that surround them. Discover lands filled with waterfalls and sacred lagoons, páramo and deep river canyons, where time has stood still and longstanding communities and traditions have ...

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TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Admire the ancient colonial buildings and cobblestoned streets of the prettiest towns in Colombia
  • Hike through the forests, farmlands, canyons and páramo of the Colombian Andes
  • Partake in workshops, learning the traditions and talents of rural communities
  • Learn about local culture in Medellin, the “City of the Eternal Spring”
  • Discover the charm, passion and warm hospitality of the Colombian people
  • Tour the capital’s historic centre and grand colonial buildings

ITINERARY

This is a suggested itinerary. Our experts have all travelled widely in the region and will be happy to tailor any of our itineraries to suit your tastes, or build a trip from scratch.

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DAY 1: ARRIVE MEDELLIN

DAY 1: ARRIVE MEDELLIN

Upon arrival into Colombia’s second largest city, Medellin, you head straight to the hotel to settle in and unwind from the journey. Kick-starting the trip in true Colombian fashion, this evening will be spent sampling some of Medellin’s best ‘fondas’, traditional bars and eateries typically decorated in colourful furniture and eccentric ornaments. A fitting introduction to this fun-loving nation.

Park 10 Hotel

DAY 2: MEDELLIN

DAY 2: MEDELLIN

Explore Paisa culture and history in a full day’s tour of Medellin today, from political graffiti in the hilly social development neighbourhoods to the work of one of the city’s most famous residents, sculptor and artist Fernando Botero. Medellin is the perfect place to learn about Colombians’ hardworking and creative spirit. You will tour Botero’s larger-than-life statues, the poignant House of Memory Museum and one of the city’s most important markets. Experience some of the area’s unique regional cuisine for your lunch as you are taken to one of our favourite handpicked restaurants, to round off your Medellin experience.

Park 10 Hotel
Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 3: MEDELLIN - BARICHARA

DAY 3: MEDELLIN - BARICHARA

After breakfast catch your flight to one of Colombia’s prettiest towns, Barichara. Soar high above Chicamocha Canyon as you travel by cable car, enjoy spectacular views from your lunchspot, and soak up the stunning surrounding scenery of this rugged Andean landscape, before enjoying some free time in this peaceful cobblestoned, colonial town.

Casa Barichara
Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 4: BARICHARA

DAY 4: BARICHARA

A trip outside of town this morning takes you on a nature hike to the dramatic Juan Curí Waterfall to cool off in its mountain waters. Back in town this afternoon, you can enjoy wandering the cobbled streets, so beautiful they have been the shooting location and set of many a Spanish-speaking film and telenovela. Here, you’ll learn the stories of their well-preserved, colonial buildings and the influences of both indigenous and Spanish colonial construction, as well as the secret political messages of the way local homes are painted. The day finishes inside a private home learning to paint with coloured earth collected from all over the province in a mud painting workshop, hosted by a friendly Barichara family. 

Casa Barichara
Breakfast

DAY 5: BARICHARA - VILLA DE LEYVA

DAY 5: BARICHARA - VILLA DE LEYVA

Traversing Santander’s picturesque farmland and mountains on one of the prettiest alpine roads in Colombia you make your way to Villa de Leyva today. Driving through the meandering network of roads etched into the striking Andean mountains, valleys and rivers that make up Colombia’s heartland, hike into this living painting to explore Santa Sofia and the Gachantiva Waterfalls. You then have the rest of the day at leisure to independently explore this historic town’s medieval-looking square, classic churches and peaceful colonial backstreets.

Casa Terra
Breakfast

DAY 6: VILLA DE LEYVA

DAY 6: VILLA DE LEYVA

Following an energising breakfast, today you embark on a full-day, guided trek through Iguaque Flora and Fauna Sanctuary, allowing you to explore the mountainous landscapes of the Colombian Andes whilst admiring the varied plant species and wildlife found at these high altitudes. The natural park is blessed with enchanting lagoons and glacial lakes which not only provide water to the surrounding towns but have historically been of great importance to original native inhabitants, revered as the birthplace of the goddess Bachué.

Casa Terra
Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 7: VILLA DE LEYVA - BOGOTA

DAY 7: VILLA DE LEYVA - BOGOTA

A morning wool-spinning and weaving workshop by local campesino women provides you with a glimpse into one of the area’s most authentic artisan trades. Here, you’ll learn of the traditional wool weaving skills used and their importance for the local communities, culturally as much as economically. Departing Villa de Leyva, an afternoon transfer then takes you to the capital of Bogota, where you spend your final night. Arriving in the early evening, there will be some time to enjoy the city’s cultural offerings, not least of which is savouring a Colombian delicacy in one of the country’s best restaurants.

Hotel De La Opera

DAY 8: DEPART BOGOTA

DAY 8: DEPART BOGOTA

This great journey concludes with a morning walking tour of Bogota’s historic centre, La Candelaria. Bogota is steeped in history, having been the home of South American liberator Simon Bolívar, as well as many legends and great artists like immortal novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez and other cultural icons of this southern continent. Throughout the day, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of Colombia and the huge historical importance of this capital city. A private transfer then takes you to the airport for your onward flight home.

Breakfast

SUGGESTED ACCOMMODATION

Premium

Excellent standards without the big price tag

Premium

Excellent standards without the big price tag

Premium

Excellent standards without the big price tag

Superior

No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Accommodation listed here is intended as a guide only, to give you a taste of what we can do. Our experts can tailor any aspect of this itinerary and accommodation to suit your budget and tastes.

GUIDELINE PRICE & WHAT’S INCLUDED

COLOMBIA ACTIVE CULTURE (8 DAYS) £3,180

MEALS

As specified in the itinerary, sampling some of the country's finest cuisine.

TRANSPORT

Private air-conditioned vehicles with experienced, dedicated drivers.

ENTRANCE FEES

Tours and admission fees, including tickets specified in the itinerary.

EXPERT TEAM

Licensed English-speaking guides and a support team available 24/7.

ACCOMMODATION

As specified in the itinerary, using some of our favourite local properties.

ACCOMMODATION

Ultra - The best of the best, the ultimate indulgence
Luxury - Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium - Excellent standards offering a higher-end experience
Superior - Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple - No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

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This itinerary is aimed to give you an idea of what we can offer. The price shown above is based on two people travelling outside of peak periods. As this itinerary is only a suggestion and can be tailor-made to suit your interests and budget, your final price may differ.

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