Bogota, Cocora Valley, Medellin and Cartagena - 9 days

On this 9-day tour, you'll get to explore the historical and cultural side of Bogota before heading to the wax palm forests of the Cocora Valley. After spending some time on a local coffee plantation, head over to the beautiful city of Medellin, the home town of the famous Colombian artist, Fernando Botero. Finally, head north to the Pearl of the Caribbean, the colorful town of Cartagena.

Overview

Come discover some famous Colombian highlights! Feel the local vibe in Bogota, the Andean capital, while cooking with underprivileged apprentices and cycling in search of meaningful graffiti. Sleep in a typical hacienda and sip a delicious cup of Colombian coffee by the swimming pool, next to the dreamy landscape of the Cocora Valley.

Feel the country moving ahead in vibrant Medellin and experience the contrast between modern and trendy downtown and picturesque surrounding villages with cobblestone streets. Travel back in time to the “Pearl of the Caribbean”, the romantic and colonial Cartagena de Indias. After a cocktail on the famous wall surrounding the old city while listening to tropical melodies, you will never want to leave.

Overview map

Overview map
Overview map

Detailed itinerary

Day 1: Bogota

Bogota
City of Bogota

You'll be received at the Bogota International Airport and transferred to your hotel, located in the historical center of the city. You'll have some free time to start discovering the Andean capital.

Day 2: Bogota

After breakfast, you will go to the picturesque market of la Concordia, in the heart of the Candelaria neighborhood. You will discover the most representative products of the Colombian gastronomy and buy the ingredients to cook your lunch!

Then, head towards the Bolivar Square and the restaurant of the Escuela Taller Foundation, where you will attend a cooking class with the school’s chefs and students.

The Escuela Taller Foundation provides training to young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, offering free practice-oriented training in cooking, carpentry, and marquetry. The foundation occupies a typical colonial-style house with a flowery patio and beautifully renovated rooms. After the cooking class, enjoy the typical dish you have prepared

Bogotá has a wide variety of graffiti and street art on its walls. They are colorful, artistic, dogmatic and fun. After lunch, you will go around the capital by bicycle during 4 hours and visit the most representative places of street art in Bogota, such as the neighborhood of Candelaria or the Campus of the National University. You will be accompanied of a guide expert in the matter.

Day 3: Bogota to Coffee Region

Walk through the picturesque coffee plantations, lined with wax palms

After breakfast, you'll be transferred back to the Bogota airport for your flight to Armenia, where you'll be taken to a charming, authentic coffee hacienda.

In the afternoon, you are free to walk around the plantations and enjoy the swimming pool. If the owners are here, they will be happy to tell you everything about the famous drink, from bean to cup

Day 4: Salento and Cocora Valley

After breakfast, you will drive to Salento with your bilingual local guide through coffee, banana and pineapple plantations. From the typical village of Salento, you continue to the famous Valley of Cocora to admire the impressive wax palm (Colombia national tree). After walking from 2 to 3 hours in the gorgeous valley, you may try the local specialty, the trout. Your guide will then take you back to Salento for a short visit to the picturesque village before returning to the hacienda.

Day 5: Armenia to Medellin

Medellin
Medellin, one of Colombia's most beautiful cities

Early morning departure by private transport to Medellin, “The city of the Eternal Spring”. It is a long trip but the beautiful Andean landscapes are worth it. In Medellin, check in at your hotel in a downtown district.

After lunch, you will have a panoramic city tour with the following program: the Pueblito Paisa, San Antonio Park, Plazuela de San Ignacio, La Playa Avenue , the metropolitan church and a stop at the Plaza Botero. Then we will visit the "zona norte" with, among other things, the House of Music, the University of Antioquia and the Botanical Garden. On our way back to the Poblado district, we will spot other famous landmarks of Medellin.

Day 6: Guatape and El Peñol

Today we leave Medellin to visit Guatape and discover the impressive Peñol, a huge rock overhanging the Guatape Lagoon and a charming colonial village. It is a wonderful place to enjoy a stunning view, El Peñol is a natural and environmental heritage site of Colombia. Back to your hotel in the afternoon.

Day 7: Medellin to Cartagena

Cartagena
The beautiful, colonial streets of Cartagena

You'll be transported to Medellin airport for a direct flight to Cartagena, the “Pearl of the Caribbean”.

In the afternoon, a tour throughout the beautiful city of Cartagena will bring you back to colonial times, amidst colorful houses and lively squares. The walking tour in the neighborhoods of will take you to: Plaza de los Coches, plaza de la Aduana, Bolívar Square, the Gold Museum, plaza de Santa Teresa, plaza de Santo Domingo, the famous fortifications surrounding the city and Las Bóvedas.

Day 8: Rosario Islands

Transport from your hotel to the pier and boat trip to the Rosario Islands. You will enjoy the beautiful scenery of the small islands lying on the crystalline waters of the Caribbean Sea. You will be received with a fresh welcome drink. The white sandy beach is yours for a lazy day. Kayaks are available for the more adventurous. Typical lunch in the shade of palm trees. You will return to Cartagena by the end of the afternoon and transfer to hotel.

Day 9: End of the Adventure!

Transport to Cartagena airport according to the time of your flight.

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Traveler: Amelie v. - Local specialist: Marine Guérin

We had a really great time in Colombia last October. The trip was adjusted to meet our various requests prior to departure, and everything was perfectly organized once there (visits, drivers, hotels...). We would recommend KimKim and Marine without hesitation. Thanks again!

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Traveler: Mark W. - Local specialist: Marine Guérin

Most of the trip was very good and well organized.

The Cartagena portion of the trip could have been better. There was some confusion with our day trIp to Rosario island. We didn't have the right information as to where to go and were told we needed a voucher which we never received. Tour guides in Cartagena tried to change our tour times and insisted on taking us to emerald shops (twice) even after we said we didn't want to go there.

Taxi drivers always showed up on time. Most guides were very good. Our favorite tour guides were Angelica in bogota and David in the coffee region.