- Climb the incredible Guatapé Rock and enjoy the views from the top
- Tour a colorful silletera flower farm outside Medellín
- See giant palm trees and colorful butterflies in the Zona Cafetera
- Create your own chocolates with a Colombian cacao workshop
- Step into the world of pirates with an adventurous treasure hunt in Cartagena
|Day 1||Arrive in Medellín||Medellín|
|Day 2||City Tour, Explora Park & El Castillo Picnic||Medellín|
|Day 3||Tour a Silletera Flower Farm||Medellín|
|Day 4||Day Trip to Guatapé||Medellín|
|Day 5||Fly to Pereira, Botanical Gardens & Butterfly Vivarium||Pereira|
|Day 6||Tour the Coffee Park||Pereira|
|Day 7||Valle de Cócora Walk & Picnic, Coffee in Salento||Pereira|
|Day 8||Fly to Cartagena, Chocolate Experience||Cartagena|
|Day 9||Barbacoco Pirate Game & Evening Picnic||Cartagena|
|Day 10||Mud Volcano, Pink Sea & Horseback Ride, Depart Cartagena|
Day 1: Arrive in Medellín
Day 2: City Tour, Explora Park, El Castillo Picnic
Today, get to know beautiful Medellín better. Start in the city center by visiting the large Plaza de San Antonio, from where you can see views of the mountains, and Botero Square, where you'll find many cool sculptures by Colombian artist Fernando Botero. Then, step into the metro station for a panoramic tour by cable car. Learn more about the city on the way and enjoy the views from the top.Later, treat your kids to an exciting visit to Explora Park, an interactive science museum. The museum contains over 300 interactive attractions, as well as a 3D auditorium, planetarium, television studio, and more. It also houses South America's largest freshwater aquarium, Explora Aquarium. Its 25 tanks exhibit many of the most representative species that inhabit Colombia's rivers and oceans, including piranhas, electric eels, and a kaleidoscope of fish. End your day at El Castillo Museum and Gardens, a palatial art museum with gorgeous gardens that are a great place to enjoy a family picnic.
Day 3: Tour a Silletera Flower Farm
Day 4: Day Trip to Guatapé
Take a break from the city with a day trip to Guatapé. Start at Guatapé Rock, a gigantic granite monolith that was formed millions of years ago. Take your time with younger children as you work your way up the 708 steps, but the effort is rewarded with a panoramic view of the beautiful Guatapé-Peñol Reservoir, and the fingers of the lake sprawling across the mountainous landscape.
Chat with a local specialist who can help organize your trip.
Day 5: Fly to Pereira, Botanical Gardens & Butterfly Vivarium
Then continue to a local coffee farm for a tour. Learn about the coffee-making process in an interactive and participatory way, from the sowing of seeds to the final cup of coffee.
Day 6: Tour the Coffee Park
In the heart of Quindío and immersed in the natural wealth of the Colombian Coffee Region is the Parque del Café ("Coffee Park"), arguably one of the most important theme parks in Latin America. More than a million tourists from all over the world visit every year to learn all about Colombian coffee culture. The park was founded by the National Federation of Coffee Growers of Colombia and the Departmental Committee of Coffee Growers of Quindío.The park consists of two main areas: the museum and exhibitions, and an amusement park with rides and shows. The two areas are linked by two gondola lifts and a chairlift, and it's also possible to walk between the two areas via an ecological trail through coffee plantations. As well as rides, the park also offers other attractions such as animatronics shows, a global coffee garden, food stalls based on coffee, and traditional Colombian architecture. Even kids who don't drink coffee will find plenty to interest them here!
Day 7: Valle de Cócora Walk & Picnic, Coffee in Salento
Day 8: Fly to Cartagena, Chocolate Experience
Bid the Zona Cafetera farewell this morning as you catch a flight to Cartagena. The undisputed queen of the Caribbean coast, Cartagena's walled Old City is a UNESCO World Heritage site, containing a maze of cobbled alleys, balconies covered in bougainvillea, and massive churches that cast their shadows across leafy squares.
After getting settled, kids will be sure to love this afternoon's chocolate experience. Youngsters will start the tasty workshop learning about cocoa beans, exploring their taste, texture, and smell as they watch how Colombian cocoa and chocolate are made. Then it's time to get creative, as little ones are free to design their own molds, decorate with cocoa butter-based paints, and add their favorite toppings to create one-of-a-kind chocolate masterpieces. Along the way, they'll sample some delicious chocolate drinks, take fun photos, and be presented with a mini amateur chocolatier certificate.
Day 9: Barbacoco Pirate Game & Evening Picnic
Aspiring pirates are in luck today, as they join an interactive treasure hunt for a day of fun and adventure throughout the historic center of Cartagena. Inspired by the corsairs who frequented the Caribbean coast on the hunt for Spanish galleons laden with the riches of the New World, Barbacoco's Treasure introduces children to the flavors and history of the city through the fantastic world of pirates.
Following a treasure map and a series of fun tests and challenges along the way, the game is designed for ages five and up, stimulating the imagination, the spirit of adventure, and the capacity for teamwork while exploring a true colonial city that was attacked by real pirates. After a day of solving clues, firing cannons, and fleeing from sharks, the adventure ends with a picnic at sunset, full of kid-friendly local dishes.
Day 10: Mud Volcano, Pink Sea & Horseback Ride, Depart Cartagena
It's your last day in Colombia but there's still time to experience some nearby sites to the fullest. After packing up and getting ready to leave, travel a few miles outside Cartagena to see the Totumo Mud Volcano, where the whole family can climb a wooden staircase to the summit and dive into the mud (make sure you take an old bathing suit that you don't mind getting dirty!) You could also opt for a visit to the Salinas de Galerazamba ("The Pink Sea"), about an hour east of Cartagena along the coastline, where you'll learn how minerals and algae give this natural wonder its candy-pink hue.
If you have an evening flight, end your trip on a high note with a visit to a ranch that has been declared a National Heritage Site for its treasured Paso Fino horses. Tracing their roots back to the horses of the Spanish Conquistadors, this gentle breed is known for its smooth, comfortable gaits and high-stepping style. After learning about the horses, each member of the family will be paired with the perfect mount for their abilities and set off to enjoy a horseback ride along the beach. When the time comes, say your goodbyes to Colombia and head to the airport to catch your departing flight. Safe travels!