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Visit the most iconic places of Colombia!

Bogota, Medellin and Cartagena are three of the most representative cities in Colombia. This tour will give you the opportunity to discover the secrets of each city, meet locals, enjoy a delicious lunch at their home and truly immerse in the Colombian culture. 

The tour will start in Bogotá, with a visit to the historic area of La Candelaria and the breath-taking Gold Museum. We will also visit a community of local coffee farmers to learn about the coffee-making process and the culture around coffee production. Then, we will continue to Medellin to witness its transformation from a dangerous city to the most innovative city in the country.  We will finish the tour in Cartagena, a beautiful colonial city by the Caribbean coast, where you will learn about the history of the country and even have the opportunity to spend time fishing with locals.


EXPERIENCE TYPE Local Culture, History and Hands-on Experiences

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DAY 1 Join Tour in Bogota

Arrive at any time. We will pick you up at the airport and drive you to your hotel in Bogotá. Depending on the traffic, the drive from the airport takes around 30-45 minutes.

At the hotel, we will check your itinerary again to ensure everything is clear, help you with anything you need, and give you some practical information about Bogotá and Colombia. Then, depending on your arrival time, you may have some time to explore the city on your own or relax. 

Bogotá is located at 2,600 metres, so we recommend taking it easy during the first couple of days.

Overnight: Bogota
Meal Plan: None

DAY 2 Traditional Markets and Historic Tour in Bogota

Today, we will visit Plaza de Paloquemao, one of the largest and most popular markets in Bogota. You will be amazed by the variety of fresh fruits and vegetables found there. At the market, you will have the opportunity to try some fruits, fruits juices and various Colombian snacks.

After the market, we will visit some of the most iconic places in Bogota's historic centre. We will have the chance to admire the world's largest collection of pre-Hispanic gold at the Gold Museum, and check the artistic work of Fernando Botero, Colombia's most famous painter and sculptor at the Museo Botero. We will glimpse the diversity of architectural styles on display at the historic neighbourhood of La Candelaria and we will capture spectacular panoramic views of the city from the top of Cerro de Monserrate.

Note: Gold Museum is closed on Mondays and Botero Museum is closed on Tuesdays

Overnight: Bogota
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 3 Visit a local coffee farm

Around 6:30am, we will begin our adventure by heading to a small town called Tibacuy, located 2 hours outside of Bogota. Near Tibacuy, we will visit a local community of farmers that work together to produce their own coffee.

You will get the chance to visit four different farms and learn one specific part of the coffee-making process at each farm. You won’t only learn about the coffee-making process but also why the production of coffee is very important in this specific region of Colombia.  

At one of the farms, we will also go back in time to learn about the indigenous Panche people who inhabited the area before the Spanish conquest, we will see some petroglyphs found by the farmers

This is a great opportunity for you to spend time with the families, learn about their day to day life have lunch at their house and try some delicious home-made snacks.  You won’t look at your daily cup of coffee the same after this experience!

Overnight: Bogota
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 4 Flight to Medellin and City Tour

In the morning, we will go to the airport for your flight to Medellin. Upon arrival in Medellin, we will meet you at the airport to transfer you to the hotel. You will have some time for lunch before the city tour in the afternoon.

During the tour in Medellin, we will visit the most iconic areas of the city including: Plaza de Botero, El Pueblito Paisa and Parque LLeras. The Plaza de Botero is a medium-sized plaza full of sculptures created by the famous Colombian sculptor, Fernando Botero (originally from Medellin). He is famous for his style of painting, which makes everything look "chubby." The Parque Lleras and El Pueblito Paisa are two of Medellin's must-see quarters. The Pueblito Paisa, a small replica of a typical Antioquia township, located on top of the 80m-hill "Cerro Nutibara" is the perfect place to get a great panoramic view of the city. While the Parque Lleras is one of the most popular areas for entertainment and nightlife in Medellin. After the tour, we will take you to the hotel.

Overnight: Medellin
Meal Plan: Breakfast

DAY 5 Visit Comuna 13 and Flowers Farm

We will start the day by visiting Comuna 13 – once a dangerous neighbourhood, but now an area with fascinating art and urban culture. A local will lead you through this humble and interesting area while explaining how the government and community turned Comuna 13 into a must-see destination.

Then, we will venture out of the city and into the countryside to a flower farm. Medellin, Colombia is famous for its flower festivals and local farmers spend the whole year growing and maintaining flowers to be displayed during the annual events. Visitors will learn about the whole cultivation process – from seed to the intricate arrangements that fetch top prizes in competitions. At the end of the day, we will take you back to your hotel.

Overnight: Medellin
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 6 Day trip to Guatape and flight to Cartagena

Today we will go to Guatape, a small town located about 2.5 hours by car from Medellin in a beautiful zone wedged between a reservoir and a colossal stone called EL Peñol. Upon arrival to the town of Guatape, you will be surrounded by the most colourful houses, each one intricately decorated with traditionally painted carvings along the lower parts of the main entrances. After visiting the town, we will go to El Peñol from where you will get a stunning view of the region. We will also take a boat ride around the reservoir.

Late in the afternoon, we will go to the airport for your flight to Bogota. Upon arrival in Cartagena, we will go to the hotel.

Overnight: Cartagena
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 7 City Tour in Cartagena

After breakfast, we will pick you up at the hotel for a city tour covering the Castillo de San Felipe and the old city surrounded by the impressive walls built during the Spanish rule to protect the city against enemies and looters.

The Castle of San Felipe is the greatest and strongest fortress ever built by the Spaniards in any of their colonies. It was built on top of the San Lazaro hill and defended the city from many attacks including a British siege in 1741.

The old city is the historic heart and soul of Cartagena. We will walk around its cobbled streets, visiting or passing by the main historical sites. You will have the afternoon to relax at the hotel or carry on exploring the old city, admire its architecture and immerse yourself in its romantic atmosphere.

Overnight: Cartagena
Meal Plan: Breaksfast

DAY 8 La Boquilla Fishing Village

In the morning, we will go to La Boquilla, a small fishing village located 7 km north of Cartagena. La Boquilla sits on the northern tip of a narrow peninsula, bordered by the sea on one side and the Ciénaga de Tesca on the other.

At La Boquilla, we will take a trip in a wooden canoe through the mangrove forest in La Cienga de Tesca. During this trip, you will see some native and migratory birds and learn about the flora and other fauna found in this ecosystem. You will learn local fishing techniques like how to cast a net and set crab traps.

After learning to fish in the mangrove forest, we will eat lunch in a local home by the water. This is where you will learn more about the locals’ day-to-day lives, their fishing tools and their culture. The lunch will be a delicious meal consisting of seafood, which is popular along Colombia’s Caribbean coast. We will finish this tour after lunch around 2 pm and drop you back off at your hotel in Cartagena.

Overnight: Cartagena
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 9 Explore Cartagena on your own

You have the day to carry on exploring Cartagena on your own. You can wander around the cobbled streets in the historic city, visit some colonial churches, go to Getsemaní to see its colourful graffiti, and enjoy a great meal at any of the city's excellent and diverse restaurants. 

Overnight: Cartagena
Meal Plan: Breakfast

DAY 10 End of the tour. Transfer to the airport for flight back home

Your adventure in Colombia ends today. At the time required, we will transfer to the airport.

Note: Check out before 12 pm

Overnight:
Meal Plan: Breakfast

Accommodation
Essential Information

What's Included

  • Private airport pick up and drop off
  • 9 nights' accommodation (double occupancy)
  • Domestic flights:
    • Bogota – Medellin 
    • Medellin - Cartagena 
    • Luggage allowance: 1 bag of maximum 23 kg - Cabin: 1 bag of maximum 10 kg
  • Private ground transportation
  • Meals as defined in the itinerary
  • Local English-speaking tour guides 
  • Entry tickets to all tourist attractions mentioned in the itinerary 
  • Daily Insurance that covers the activities included in the tour

What's Not Included

  • International flights
  • Meals not listed in the itinerary
  • Tips and other discretionary expenses
  • Early / late check in on the first / last day of the tour

 

We highly recommend!

We had a FANTASTIC experience with Uncover. Nidia and her team organized the most magical 4-day trip to the Colombian Coffee Region. I am Colombian but needed assistance as I wasn’t familiar with the area. We went to the Cocora Valley, Rafting down a river, had a fabulous coffee farm experience and even visited a cacao farm where we got to make artisan chocolate. We traveled with our school aged children...

– Daniela, July 2024

Highly Recommended

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– Mates, July 2024

Every day a different experience and not a moment wasted

Uncover Colombia did a wonderful job of providing me with a itinerary covering some of the best of Colombia's many highlights covering cities and villages, mountains and beaches, and more, and accommodating my own wishes and preferences. Every day was a different experience and a chance to see something completely different from my own life, not a moment was wasted and I never felt rushed.

–  Robert McTaggart, March 2024

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My mother and I did a 5-day trip to San Agustin, Tierradentro and the Tatacoa dry forest/desert with Uncover Colombia. It was absolutely brilliant. The communication was great and Nidia helped us to ensure that the trip was tailored to our needs and wishes. Our driver, Jesus, and guide, Jorge, were very friendly and Jorge was very knowledgable. I can highly recommend using Uncover Colombia for your trip!

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We feel very fortunate to have chosen Uncover Colombia. Your guides were passionate and professional and informative, the accomodation was exceptional at every stop and most impressively, we were aware of you constantly checking in our wellbeing. We return to Australia with an awareness of Colombia’s variety, vitality and positivity.

– Mal & Michelle, July 2023

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My wife and I planned a 3 week trip to Colombia, with Nidia at Uncover Colombia. The advice and planning were first class across a range of activities. At every stage we received extra help. The guides were absolutely top class. I much prefer to deal with small travel companies who really know the country they operate in, and have had some excellent experiences, but Nidia and Uncover Columbia are the best A mark of 11 out of 10.

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– Rob, February 2023

A perfect organization!

I'm the Italian President of CIGV (Club Internazionale Grandi Viaggiatori) and I decided to organize the trip to Colombia for 14 club members selecting Uncover Colombia agency. The program they made has been fantastic, touching the most interesting sites of this country but also their, guides, drivers and hotel selection I found simply perfect. Not a mistake, never a delay. I would recommend this agency to everyone...

– Luca, January 2023

Great tour of Salt Cathedral

Myself and my wife did a private tour with Juan Carlos to the Salt Cathedral. The tour and Juan Carlos were both great. He had an intimate knowledge of the Salt Cathedral having worked there previously, and also knew a lot about the nearby town and local area. It's a really fascinating structure, and would definitely recommend visiting it if you're in Bogota.

– Barra M, January 2023

Arranged an incredible two week trip

We had an amazing two weeks tour arranged by Uncover Colombia for our honeymoon. Nidia suggested great hotels and activities and made adjustments based on our feedback. All our tour guides were friendly, knowledgeable and professional with excellent English. Great activities in a beautiful country. They've got a UK-base so are ATOL protected - reassuring given uncertainty with travel at the moment. 

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– Ben, September 2022

7 extra days in Colombia

We needed a tailored tour to follow a wedding we were attending and wanted to make the most of our travels. Nidia was helpful, responsive and excellent in organising our trip from Periera to Medellin, Cartagena and Bogota. Everything worked like clockwork. Our 3 guides (one for each place) were also perfect, Andreas, Roberto & Camilo. They knew their stuff, were responsive and very personable.

– Daniel, August 2022

 

Local experts of "Uncover Columbia" is the best

They Organized activities in Bogota, Medellin and Cartagena for the two of us. They modified the activities to our needs of seeing wilderness as well as a local culture. Been around the word a few times, we were a little demanding as well. They came thru on everything at a very reasonable price.. Pays to have local organizers like them who truly know Columbia and the needs of the Clients...

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