Colombia's Central Andes and Coastal Tour - 9 days

After exploring the markets and culture of Bogota, head to the colonial town of Villa de Leyva, famous for its Salt Cathedral located 200 meters underground. Afterwards, enjoy the majestic views of Chicamocha Canyon before heading to Rosario Islands for a taste of the coast.

Overview

Live the typical Colombian life in 9 days, from the Andes to the Caribbean coast. You will try unknown fruits in a busy local market in Bogota before driving to the underground salt mine of Zipaquira and the typical Andean town of Villa de Leyva. Local guides will show you around the town’s impressive Plaza Mayor, the biggest plaza in Colombia and through the surrounding desert, leading your horse to explore remnants of the Muisca culture.

Going north, meet the locals in quiet Barichara. The “most beautiful village of Colombia”, full of stories and legends, is almost completely unspoiled by modern architecture. Take your time to visit local artists and craftsmen and admire the beauty of the surrounding countryside. To end your adventures, walk in the footsteps of famous pirates in the magical streets of Cartagena de Indias and swim in the crystalline waters of the Rosario Islands Archipelago.

Overview map

Overview map
Overview map

Detailed itinerary

Day 1: Bogota

Bogota
Explore the streets of Bogota, Colombia's capital

You'll be received at the Bogota airport before being transferred to your hotel located in the historical center of the city. Free time to start discovering the Andean capital.

Day 2: Bogota

Depart from your hotel to the fruit and vegetable market of Paloquemao. You'll see a typical side of Colombia while strolling through the retail market, one of the largest in the country. Most of Bogota’s restaurants get their supplies here, which makes it very lively. You will get to know different kinds of fruits and vegetables you would never have heard of!

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 Villa de Leyva

Villa de Leyva
The village of Villa del Leyva, a Colombian Heritage site

After breakfast, departure by private transportation to the colonial town of Villa de Leyva. Midway, you will make a stop at Zipaquira. This village, declared Colombian Heritage, is known for its Salt Cathedral (visit on your own, entrance fee included) which was built inside a salt mine.

In the afternoon, visit of the typical Andean village: the main streets and squares of Villa de Leyva, the huge Plaza Mayor, coffee and handcrafting shops and the Mill of Mesopotamia, a remnant of the Spanish era.

Day 4: Villa de Leyva

Breakfast and departure for a horseback riding morning in the surroundings of Villa de Leyva. We will pass by Pozo Azul (possibility of swimming), the fossil, and the archaeological site El Infiernito. The afternoon is yours to explore.

Day 5: Villa de Leyva to Barichara

Barichara
The colonial village of Barichara

Departure to Barichara, a colonial village know as the most beautiful of Colombia and as the red town due to the color of its bricks. In the afternoon, artistic and cultural walking tour (local craftsmen and artists workshops) around the town. On your itinerary: the church of Santa Barbara, a great panorama over the Suarez Canyon, the central park and statues park.

Day 6: Guane to Hacienda El Roble

Chicamocha Canyon
Enjoy the views as you pass through Chicamocha Canyon

Hike to the village of Guane through the royal path of the Spanish colonization. Visit the archaeological museum and return to Barichara. After lunch, depart to Mesa de los Santos via the majestic Chicamocha Canyon where you enjoy some breathtaking views. Arrival at a beautiful coffee hacienda where you can walk around the plantation and start learning about the coffee making process.

Day 7: Bucaramanga to Cartagena

Cartagena
Visit the museums and explore the colorful streets of Cartagena

Transportation to the airport of Bucaramanga and flight to Cartagena (connection in Bogota). Reception at the airport and transfer to a beautiful hotel located in the historical center of the famous Cartagena de Indias, the “Pearl of the Caribbean".

In the afternoon, go to the choco museum. During 2 hours, you will learn all the chocolate making process starting from the cocoa tree in the Colombian jungle. Learn the origin and history of chocolate and make your own chocolate (150 g) with milk or dark chocolate and more than 15 different flavors. You will prepare three drinks during the workshop: cocoa tea, Mayan hot chocolate and European hot chocolate. You will leave with your own handmade chocolate filled the way you like, to share with your friends and family.

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 are 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. Return to Cartagena by the end of the afternoon and transfer to your hotel.

Day 9: Departure

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