Enjoy Colombia's diverse landscapes and vibrant cities with this well-rounded food and nature-forward itinerary. Hop from the capital, Bogotá, to the heart of the Amazon, where you'll delve deep into the rainforest. Explore culture and history, and go whitewater rafting in Medellín. Then head to the Caribbean coast and taste local rums and flavorful eats in Cartagena, concluding your two weeks with a tropical retreat on the idyllic Rosario Islands.


  • Spend three nights immersed in the wild Amazon rainforest
  • Dine at exceptional restaurants, sampling regional foods in Bogotá, Medellín, and Cartagena
  • Discover wildlife, whitewater raft, and hike in stunningly beautiful national parks
  • Enjoy the sea and surf with time spent on the tropical Rosario Islands 

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Bogotá, Explore Bogotá
Day 2 Fly to Leticia, Transfer to Calanoa Lodge, Night Walk Calanoa Lodge, Leticia
Day 3 Visit Tikuna Indigenous Community, Walk to Matamata Gorge Calanoa Lodge, Leticia
Day 4 Mocagua Island Walk, Boat Ride to Peruvian Border Calanoa Lodge, Leticia
Day 5 Fly to Bogotá, Dinner at Tierra Bogotá
Day 6 Day Trip to Chingaza Natural National Park Bogotá
Day 7 Half-Day City Tour of Bogotá, Fly to Medellín, Dinner at OCI.Mde Medellín
Day 8 La Miel Waterfall Hike, Half-Day Medellín City Tour, Dinner at El Cielo Medellín
Day 9 Río Verde Rafting Experience, Dinner at Andrés Carne de Res Medellín
Day 10 Fly to Cartagena, Dinner at Candé Cartagena
Day 11 Tour of Cartagena & Getsemaní, Rum Tasting with Chocolate Cartagena
Day 12 Boat to Rosario Islands, Free Time Rosario Islands
Day 13 Free Day on Rosario Islands Rosario Islands
Day 14 Ferry to Cartagena, Depart  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Bogotá, Explore

Welcome to colorful Colombia and the streets of Bogotá

Welcome to Colombia! A driver will be waiting for you at Bogotá airport, ready to transfer you to your hotel. Nestled in the Andean highlands, Colombia's capital exudes an energetic and cosmopolitan atmosphere. The city's character is shaped by its colonial heritage, reflected in its cobblestone streets, historic architecture, and charming neighborhoods, a multicultural melting pot of Colombia's diverse population. Settle into your hotel, then set out to explore.

You could walk around La Candelaria, the historic center, to soak in beautiful architecture, colorful buildings, and narrow streets lined with cafés and restaurants. Or explore Chapinero, a vibrant neighborhood known for trendy bars, restaurants, and cafés.

Day 2: Fly to Leticia, Transfer to Calanoa Lodge, Night Walk

 Amazon rainforest
Lean into the rhythms of the Amazon rainforest for a few days

This morning you'll fly deep into the Amazon jungle. Take a private transfer to Bogotá airport for your departing flight to Leticia, at the southern tip of Colombia. Covering nearly one-third of Colombia's landscape, you'll stay in an upscale, eco-friendly guesthouse dedicated to conserving the rainforest and local communities. 

On arrival, you'll take a private two-hour boat transfer to Calanoa Lodge. A local bilingual guide will be waiting for you with a sign and will take you down the Amazon River to your hotel. Settle in and prepare to embrace the vast and enchanting ecosystem, which teems with unparalleled biodiversity and awe-inspiring natural wonders. Tonight you'll join a guided walk to soak in the sounds of the Amazon after dark. At night the jungle is very different from during the day, and more animals can be seen and heard, including nocturnal wildlife.

Day 3: Visit Tikuna Indigenous Community, Walk to Matamata Gorge

Indigenous community members on the Amazon
Indigenous community members of the Amazon steer a canoe along the river

For over 30 years, Calanoa Lodge has contributed to the conservation of the biological and cultural diversity of the Colombian Amazon in the Indigenous territories near the reserve—Tikuna, Cocama, Huitoto, and Yagua. This morning you'll experience the daily life of the Tikuna Indigenous community, where you can see how the people live and how they have built their lives around the water and the jungle, in permanent interaction with the rainforest.

You'll hike around the Calanoa reserve in the afternoon, following an expert guide toward Matamata Gorge. They'll show you practical, medicinal, and edible plants, and you might even see monkeys, parrots, armadillo burrows, mammal tracks, and many birds. Once you reach Matamata Gorge, on the border with the Amacayacu Natural Park, you may be able to paddle down the gorge and return to the lodge by canoe if the water levels allow.

Day 4: Mocagua Island Walk, Boat Ride to Peruvian Border

The rare pink river dolphin is found only in the Amazon
The pink river dolphin is one of two species of endangered freshwater dolphins

Mocagua Island offers a unique glimpse at the rich biodiversity of the Amazon. Surrounded by meandering rivers and lush rainforest, you'll walk or paddle a canoe out to this haven of vibrant flora and fauna. Feel the rhythms of the Amazon as you explore the island's trails and encounter exotic wildlife within Amacayacu National Park.

In the afternoon, you'll boat near the Peruvian border to meet the world-famous Amazonian pink river dolphins. In South American culture, the pink river dolphin is considered a mythical figure that has been revered. In reality, it is one of two species of endangered freshwater dolphins found throughout the Amazon River basins. The curious dolphins will begin to come near the boat for food as you enjoy the sunset from the water.

Day 5: Fly to Bogotá, Dinner at Tierra

Bogotá in the evening
The buzzing, vibrant city of Bogotá as the sun sets

Meet your guide this morning and transfer via a private two-hour boat ride from the lodge to Leticia Airport for your flight back to Bogotá. A private driver will be waiting for you in the capital to take you to your hotel. Use the rest of your day to explore the Andean city on foot or relax.

In the evening, you have a table reserved for dinner at Tierra, an excellent Peruvian and Latin American restaurant with a great ambience and fabulous food.

Day 6: Day Trip to Chingaza Natural National Park

Chingaza park views
The landscape of Chingaza Natural National Park changes constantly

Enjoy a day of hiking near Bogotá in Chingaza Natural National Park. This is one of Colombia's most significant nature reserves, featuring abundant views, mountain peaks, glacial lakes, and wildlife. The park includes nearly 19,000 acres (7,660 ha) of virgin, high-Andean forests with alpine and tundra ecosystems, creating a wide diversity of flora and fauna that your guide will help you understand. The mountains are full of legends and folklore from the Indigenous peoples who inhabited this territory, as well as from agricultural communities.

Today's hike can be tailored to your interests and abilities, but note that the best routes are high altitude and offer incredible views of the park—so pack appropriate clothing and sturdy hiking boots. Partway through, you'll stop for a picnic lunch to rest, take in the vistas, and learn about the geological and archaeological history from your guide. You'll return to Bogotá at the end of the day. 

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Day 7: Half-Day City Tour of Bogotá, Fly to Medellín, Dinner at OCI.Mde

Exotic Fruits of Paloquemao
Explore the many vendors of Paloquemao Market

Today you'll dive into Colombia's capital with a half-day tour of the most famous sights. Start at the Paloquemao Market, a busy hub where 750 vendors sell fresh produce, meats, cheese, and more. Mingle with the locals and sample delicious Colombian treats like empanadas and arepas. Continue to La Candelaria, home to some of Bogotá's most famous universities. Pass by modern buildings and colorful street art, and explore Bogotá's oldest areas with original colonial-era houses before taking the cable car up to the famous Monserrate viewpoint.

Return to the hotel ahead of your transfer to Bogotá's airport in the afternoon. You're catching a flight to Medellín, one of the most progressive cities in Latin America. On arrival, a private driver will transfer you to your hotel. Medellín remains deeply proud of its rich local Paisa culture while acknowledging the dark side of its past. Visionary advancements have transformed the city, making Medellín a top-tier city to visit and live in Latin America. Tonight you'll enjoy dinner at OCI.med, one of Medellín's best restaurants with contemporary Colombian cuisine.

Day 8: La Miel Waterfall Hike, Half-Day Medellín City Tour, Dinner at El Cielo

Tourists walking by Botero sculptures located at Botero Plaza in Medellin,
People walking past sculptures by Colombian artist Fernando Botero at Botero Plaza

This morning you'll explore the green hills around Medellín with a special waterfall walk. Get to know the Andean flora and fauna in the dense ecological cloud reserve as you hike for 90 minutes, following a small river to reach the impressive La Miel waterfall with a 65-foot drop (20 m). Return to the city and join a half-day tour of Medellín to see the top sights and hear about its history.

A local guide will share stories about the local Paisa culture and people of Medellín. Together you'll explore the famous Botero Plaza, which exhibits the sculptures of Colombian artist Fernando Botero. Take the Metro Cable up to Santo Domingo, once a notorious area of gang violence. Visit the Comuna 13 district, with its unique escalators and a market to shop for exotic fruits.

Tonight you'll enjoy an experiential dinner at El Cielo, a restaurant characterized by its mix of avant-garde and traditional cuisine.

Day 9: Río Verde Rafting Experience, Dinner at Andrés Carne de Res

Whitewater rafting on the Río Verde
Arrive ready for a big adventure when you go whitewater rafting on the Río Verde

The Río Verde is a pristine, clear green river that carves through the untouched Colombian rainforest. Today you'll strap on a life jacket, grab a paddle and go rafting along 15.5 miles (25 km) of the Río Verde and the famous Río Samaná. The journey begins with a 4WD trip to the edge of the jungle; then, you'll hike down with mules carrying the rafts. Jump in the water and prepare for a high-intensity experience with Class III and IV rapids. If time allows, you'll also swim beneath a pristine waterfall and get to know countless species of endemic plants and animals before returning to the city.

Tonight you have a reservation at Andrés Carne de Res, one of Colombia's most popular restaurants. It offers local Colombian food, excellent drinks, and a fantastic atmosphere with great music. Be sure to order the mojito!

Day 10: Fly to Cartagena, Dinner at Candé

Balconies of Cartagena
View of balconies leading to the stunning cathedral in Cartagena

You'll transfer to the airport for a short flight to Cartagena this morning and then to your hotel. Drop off your luggage before heading out to enjoy your first evening in the beautiful city. Bathed in sunshine and rich in culture, gastronomy, and dancing, Cartagena is often considered one of the world's most romantic cities. With its beautiful sunsets, elaborate architecture, and mouthwatering cuisine, it's the perfect place for anyone who wants to experience authentic Colombian culture.

Stroll around the city to get your bearings and explore the historic streets. Cartagena has a thriving culinary scene, and tonight you'll stop for dinner at Candé, an exciting restaurant that offers excellent Caribbean food, local dancing, and a fun atmosphere.

Day 11: Tour of Cartagena & Getsemaní, Rum Tasting with Chocolate

Discover the Magical City of Cartagena & Getsemaní
Discover the bright colors and flavors of Cartagena

Cartagena was designed like a fortress as it was the principal shipping port of gold from the New World back to Spain. The stone ramparts protected it from countless pirate attacks, which you'll hear about on today's tour. Unearth the history and stories of Cartagena as you explore numerous plazas, the monastery of San Pedro Claver, and the Catedral de Santa Catalina de Alejandría (Cartagena Cathedral). Stroll narrow cobbled streets lined with colonial houses and bougainvilia-draped balconies, and visit Castillo De San Felipe de Barajas, where the Spaniards tried to protect the city from attacks in the 17th century.

Next, enjoy a scenic walk in the Getsemani neighborhood, one of the city's most traditional and popular sectors, before waving goodbye to your guide.

This evening you'll explore the rich history of Colombian rum firsthand. Taste some of the best Colombian and Caribbean rums paired with Colombian chocolate. Each grade of rum and chocolate is carefully paired for a unique tasting experience. From small artisanal houses to large producers, you'll sample a full spectrum of rums and chocolates from the coast and the mountains.

Day 12: Boat to Rosario Islands, Free Time

Rosario Islands
The golden sands and blue waters of the Rosario Islands

This morning a private driver will transfer you to La Bodeguita Port for your stay on the captivating Rosario Islands, just 62 miles (100 km) away. Board a shared boat for the 45-minute journey and check into your hotel once you arrive at this tropical paradise. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy the warm, crystalline waters of the Caribbean Sea. Indulge in sun-soaked relaxation, swim in the azure waters, or take a leisurely stroll along the pristine shoreline. You could rent snorkeling equipment to explore colorful fish or grab a kayak and paddle through the salty turquoise waters. 

Day 13: Free Day on Rosario Islands

Islas del Rosario
Spend your free day on the Rosario Islands doing as much or as little as you like
Today you'll live your best life on the Rosario Islands. Sign up for spa treatments, or enjoy the flavors of local cuisine. Go snorkeling to explore an underwater world, or simply relax and work on your Caribbean tan. You might also consider joining a mangrove tour with the locals and returning to the hotel before evening. Grab a cocktail and get comfortable beneath a palm tree as the sunset lights up the sky and a symphony of the waves lulls you into a relaxed state.

Day 14: Ferry to Cartagena, Depart

The Rosario Islands are an archipelago comprising 27 islands
The Rosario Islands are an archipelago comprising 27 islands

Wake up feeling refreshed, relaxed, and recharged after two nights on the tropical Rosario Islands. Enjoy a slow final morning on the island, squeezing in another swim or snorkeling excursion before your afternoon boat ride back to Cartagena.

It's your final day in Colombia, so a private driver will collect you from the port and transfer you to Cartagena's airport for your departure home. Safe travels! 

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