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The Colombia Experience

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WHY IT'S DIFFERENT?

An epic adventure packed with unique experiences from the Amazon, through the coffee region to the Caribbean blue waters. Truly memorable!

Colombia
From Oct to Sept
14 nights

From $3,863.62 Per Person

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Based on two people sharing, not including flights learn more

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

Amazon Rainforest

Amazon Rainforest

The world’s largest rainforest, famed for its biodiversity, stretches across 9 different countries and is a truly unique jungle paradise. Teeming with wildlife from colourful birds to howler monkeys and the pink dolphins.

Cartagena

Cartagena

The jewel in Colombia's crown, located on the Caribbean coast, Cartagena was founded in the 16th century. The colourful walled colonial Old Town is littered with cobbled streets and enjoys a tropical climate.

Coffee Region

Coffee Region

Famed for being home to some of the finest coffee in the world, the coffee region is also blessed with beautiful landscapes with quaint towns offering an insight into authentic Colombian rural life.

Caribbean Coast

Caribbean Coast

Colombia's Caribbean coast has all you would expect: from the crystal clear waters to the fine white sand but without the crowds of better known Caribbean destinations. Surrounded by national parks and indigenous tribes.

Cloud Forest

Cloud Forest

The mysterious, yet beautiful cloud forests of Minca are fabulous for bird watching, hiking Los Pinos, swimming at Marinka Waterfall and visiting the famous Casa Elemento hammock which offers panoramic views.

Monkey Sanctuary

Monkey Sanctuary

The open air sanctuary allows the monkeys total freedom of the jungle, but with most having been previously domesticated illegally, they rely on the food provided by the sanctuary making them inquisitive and friendly.

The Culture

The Culture

Colombia is truly a melting pot of different cultures, tribes and traditions, making it a fascinating and welcoming place to visit. You'll notice very quickly that Colombians are incredibly hospitable.

Salsa Dancing

Salsa Dancing

Quite simply, salsa dancing is part of a Colombian's DNA, gender or age are never a barrier! It makes for a fun and vibrant night out, with the locals always happy to offer some impromptu lessons on the dance floor.

"Amazing location, stunning varied experience and the most welcoming of people. A highly recommended trip"

Marion - Guest

TRIP OVERVIEW

YOUR EXPERIENCE

A journey through Colombia will expose you to a multitude of experiences, just as diverse as its landscapes and people. Your adventure starts in the high-altitude capital city of Bogota. From there, you will travel straight into the deep jungle of the Amazonian Forest which will be your home for the next three days. You will explore the forests and rivers in search for the indigenous fauna and getting a glimpse into the amazonian way of life. Your journey will be crowned by getting close and personal with the monkeys in the Monkey Sanctuary. From the Amazon, you'll travel to the Coffee Region, a sweet heaven for all the coffee lovers. Surrounded by stunning landscapes, you will be able to explore and take in the natural beauty, learn the ins and outs of coffee making and, of course, drink as much coffee as your heart desires. As no trip to the coffee region is complete without Medellin, Pablo Escobar's hometown, you will learn about the turbulent history and how the city emerged and changed through it all. From there on, you'll travel to the sunnier landscapes, all the way to the Caribbean coast. Enjoy the charm of the colonial town of Cartagena, hike through the Cloud Forest of Minca, get to know the local tribes or relax on a pristine beach in Tayrona National Park, the perfect spot to take it all in after such an enriching journey.

YOUR EXPERTS

James

James

The Brains Behind the Operation - Meet James

Oana

Oana

The Bright Spark - Meet Oana

NEED TO KNOW

DESTINATIONColombia
SEASONOctober 2 - 9 2019
DURATION14 nights
GROUP SIZE8 people
ASSISTANCEHands on
AIRPORT(S)Bogota
FLIGHTSFor more information on flights from the UK please refer to the Trip Details section.
VISAUK, EU & US not required
VACCINATIONSYes - Yellow Fever

TRIP ITINERARY

Day 1 Arrive in Bogota

Arrive at Bogota airport where you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy some well-earned rest and relaxation or go out and explore on one of our optional tours.

INCLUDED

  • Airport pick-up

OPTIONAL EXTRAS

  • Bogota Walking Tour
Day 2 Transfer from Bogota to the Amazon

The following morning you'll be transferred back to the airport for your connection to Leticia, a small town in the heart of the Amazon bordering Brazil. From there you will travel down the Amazon river to your riverside accommodation. Once you are settled in, you'll explore the jungle with your guide before returning to your accommodation for dinner.

INCLUDED

  • Airport transfers
  • Breakfast
  • Evening jungle walk
  • Dinner
Day 3 Explore the Amazon

Early morning nature excursion looking for monkeys, birds and unusual insects before returning for breakfast. Relax for the rest of the afternoon until your river excursion looking for wildlife along the banks of the river and of course the indigenous pink dolphin. After dinner, you can join the night walk which is ideal for those who like the small insects and frogs as much of the jungle comes alive at night time.

INCLUDED

  • Early morning nature trek
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Amazon River excursion
  • Dinner

OPTIONAL EXTRAS

  • Night Jungle Walk
Day 4 Visit the Monkey Sanctuary before transferring to Salento

On your final morning, you'll hike to the nearby monkey sanctuary deep in the jungle where you are likely to enjoy a warm welcome from the resident monkeys. Then you'll be transferred back to the airport for your connecting flight to Armenia in the coffee region and ultimately stopping at the picturesque Andean town of Salento.

INCLUDED

  • Breakfast
  • Monkey Sanctuary visit
  • Lunch
  • Airport transfers
Day 5 Explore Salento

Today you'll have the opportunity to either relax and explore the town at your leisure or sign up for one of the many excursions in the area from hiking in the nearby national park to coffee tasting or a walking tour of the town. 

INCLUDED

  • Breakfast

OPTIONAL EXTRAS

  • Valle del Cocora hikes
  • Salento Tour
Day 6 Travel through the coffee region to Salamina

You will travel through the vast foothills of the Andes mountain range, where you will not only get to enjoy the scenery but you will sample, taste and learn about coffee producing and one of the bigger producers in the area. By late afternoon you will arrive in the authentic and quaint town of Salamina. 

INCLUDED

  • Breakfast
  • Coffee tour & tasting
Day 7 Travel onto to Medellin

Early morning leisurely hike to a small, family-run coffee farm where you will observe the more rural, basic production of coffee before sampling the coffee. Once back at your accommodation in Salamina, you'll check out, before starting your journey to Medellin, the home of Pablo Escobar.

INCLUDED

  • Breakfast
  • Coffee farm tour
Day 8 Transfer to Cartagena

Morning tour of Medellin, the home town of the infamous drug lord, Pablo Escobar. After the tour, you'll be transferred to the airport for your flight to the Caribbean coast and the gorgeous colonial town of Cartagena. You'll have the rest of the afternoon at your leisure to relax and explore.

INCLUDED

  • Breakfast
  • Medellin Walking Tour
  • Airport transfers

OPTIONAL EXTRAS

  • Cartagena Walking Tour
Day 9 Explore and relax in Cartagena

This a day at your leisure in Cartagena to relax and explore further or join one of our optional excursions such as the tour of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas or for those wanting some sun and beach time a visit to the Rosario Islands.

INCLUDED

  • Breakfast

OPTIONAL EXTRAS

  • Cartagena Walking Tour
  • Rosario Islands visit
Day 10 Travel the the cloud forest of Minca

After breakfast, you'll travel further along the coast towards Santa Marta before heading inland and ascending to a nearby town of Minca, situated within a beautiful cloud forest. You'll settle in before having an optional afternoon nature hike to a viewpoint to watch the sunset and the clouds consume the forest.

INCLUDED

  • Breakfast

OPTIONAL EXTRAS

  • Afternoon hike
Day 11 Transfer to the Caribbean coast

There will be the opportunity to bird watch at sunrise before breakfast and travelling to the Caribbean coast for the last part of your adventure. Once you arrive, you'll enjoy lunch before having the opportunity to relax, enjoy the beach and hopefully some sunny weather.

INCLUDED

  • Sunrise birdwatching
  • Breakfast
Day 12 Beach, local culture and wildlife

A relaxation day where you can simply relax and enjoy the beach. Alternatively, you can join one of our excursions to the nearby Tayrona National Park or even visit a local tribe, learn about how their traditions and how they live.

INCLUDED

  • Breakfast

OPTIONAL EXTRAS

  • Tayrona National Park excursion
  • Local tribes excursion
Day 13 Beach, local culture and wildlife

A relaxation day where you can simply relax and enjoy the beach. Alternatively, you can join one of our excursions to the nearby Tayrona National Park or even visit a local tribe, learn about how their traditions and how they live.

INCLUDED

  • Breakfast

OPTIONAL EXTRAS

  • Tayrona National Park excursion
  • Local tribes excursion
Day 14 Transfer from Palomino to Bogota

Transfer to Santa Marta for your flight back to Bogota. Once you arrive back in the capital you'll have the opportunity to explore at your leisure.

INCLUDED

  • Breakfast
  • Airport transfers
Day 15 Transfer to the airport

If you have time you'll be able to visit the sights and museums before being transferred to Bogota airport for your departure flight.

INCLUDED

  • Breakfast
  • Airport transfers

TRIP ACCOMMODATION

A selection of our accommodation, which is subject to availability, however alternatives are always of a similar price, grade and location.

Bogota

Bogota
Colombia

The foodie district of Usaquen will be your home in Bogota, close to the fusion restaurants, chic eateries and the world's best cuisines.
Typical Accommodation: Bio Hotel or similar

Amazon

Amazon
Colombia

Disconnect from the world and connect to the nature in Amazon. The wildlife comes alive at night as you'll fall asleep to the sounds of the jungle.
Typical Accommodation: Canaloa Lodge or similar

Coffee Region

Coffee Region
Colombia

Great coffee, impressive landscapes and charming little towns like Salento and Salamino define the coffee region.
Typical Accommodation: La Casa de Lola Garcia, El Mirador del Cocora or similar

Medellin

Medellin
Colombia

The transformation of Medellin over the last few years is impressive and you will be in the middle of it all and witness it first-hand.
Typical Accommodation: Park 10 Hotel or similar

Cartagena

Cartagena
Colombia

The colonial charm comes alive in Cartagena. Explore the cobbled streets, marvel at the architecture and bask in the sun blinking over the sea.
Typical Accommodation: Bantu Hotel or similar

Caribbean Coast

Caribbean Coast
Colombia

Enjoy the relaxing pace of the Caribbean lifestyle on the coast's sandy beaches and lush forests of the Tayrona National Park.
Typical Accommodation: Casalina Ecolodge or similar

TRIP LOCATION

WHERE YOU'RE GOING

Colombia is a country like no other. From the silvery-sanded beaches of the Caribbean coast to the stunning landscapes of the Andes and the richness of the Amazonian Rainforest, Colombia is a treat for all tastes. The diversity does not end here, however. As pleasing as it is to the eye, the melting pot you will find here and the powerful culture and traditions of every region you will visit will captivate you from the beginning to the end. Shaped, but not defined by its turbulent history, Colombia is an undiscovered gem, ready to amaze you with its incredible sights and people.

DID YOU KNOW
  • Colombia is the only country in South America that has a coastline on both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea.
  • Colombia is the 2nd most biodiverse country in the world, after Brazil.
  • Shakira has been born in the Caribbean coastline town of Barranquilla.
  • Colombia produces about 12% of the world's coffe. being the 3rd biggest coffee producer in the world.

FAST FACTS

CAPITAL
POPULATION
CURRENCY
TIME DIFFERENCE

"Colombia is a land of variation and contrast. This extends to its weather, you can be enjoying the sun on the Caribbean coast and then need your a jacket, jumper and scarf in Bogota which is at over 2600m!"

James - Untravelled Paths

Host Tips

TRIP TIPS

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Binoculars

Not essential but will likely enhance your experience so do bring binoculars if you or any of your friends have them! Alternatively, if you have one, your camera zoom may help.

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Language

If you don't speak Spanish then we highly recommend you bring a phrase book to help you get by as many of the locals won't speak English and most of the menus will be in Spanish.

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Malaria

There is malaria throughout much of Colombia but it is largely low risk with the exception of the Amazon which a high risk area. We recommend taking malarone tablets just in case.

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Clothing

No matter what time of year you travel packing will be a challenge as when you are in the high areas you'll need to keep warm and it's the exact opposite in the jungles and Caribbean coast.

TRIP DETAILS

WHAT'S INCLUDED
  • ALL TRANSFERS
  • ALL ACCOMMODATION
  • 2 nights in Bogota
  • 2 nights in the Amazonian Rainforest
  • 2 nights in Salento
  • 1 night in Salamina
  • 1 night in Medellin
  • 2 nights in Cartagena
  • 1 night in Minca
  • 3 nights on the Caribbean coast
  • MEALS
  • All breakfasts
  • 2 x Lunch in the Amazonian Rainforest
  • 2 x Dinner in the Amazonian Rainforest
  • ACTIVITIES
  • Amazonian Rainforest evening walk
  • Amazonian Rainforest early morning walk
  • Amazon River excursion
  • Monkey Sanctuary Experience
  • Coffee Tour & Tasting
  • Coffee Farm Tour
  • Medellin Walking Tour
  • Cloud Forest sunrise birdwatching
  • THE SERVICES OF A BI-LINGUAL GUIDE
  • THE UNTRAVELLED PATHS EXPERIENCE EBOOKLET
GETTING THERE

As a tour operator we are not able to offer inclusive flights as part of our experiences however we are more than happy to help you find the most appropriate incoming and outgoing flights for you. All the listed airports fly directly in and out of Bogota. If you are willing to connect there are various other options. We highly recommend using Skyscanner to find the cheapest flights.

Domestic flights will also need to be organised, which we can assist you wish.

LONDON TO BOGOTA
  • Avianca (Heathrow)
DOMESTIC FLIGHTS
  • Bogota to Leticia
  • Leticia to Armenia
  • Medellin to Cartagena
  • Santa Marta to Bogota

Internal flights typically cost £200 - £250 per person for all the connections listed above. The flights may vary from trip to trip depending on the season so if you decide you’d like to proceed then just let us know and we’ll provide you with all the information you need.

FURTHER INFORMATION

INSURANCE

In order to be fully covered on your trip should anything happen, we suggest getting an insurance before you travel. We recommend True Traveller, designed especially for adventure travel, who will be able to tailor an insurance package based on your needs. You can find out more here.

SOLO TRAVELLERS

Our prices are based on people sharing, for solo travellers who would prefer a private room the price per person will include a solo occupancy fee.

EXTRA NIGHTS

If you wish we can also organise extra nights at either end of your trip for you.

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HOW IT WORKS

Book your trip in five easy steps.

1

ENQUIRE ONLINE

Once you’ve chosen the dates you’d like to travel on using our availability calendar all you need to do is head over to the booking page and fill in the enquiry form.

2

BOOK YOUR FLIGHTS

We will get back to you answering any questions you might have and confirming availability. If all is good, we can hold the places for you for 48 hours while you book your flights. Please note that this stage does not represent a guarantee of the booking.

3

BOOKING FORM

Once you have booked your flights, we will send you a booking form you will need to fill in with your details, flights and other relevant information.

4

PAY FOR YOUR TRIP

As you fill in the booking form, you will also be asked to make the payment through a secure link; if you are travelling in less than 8 weeks, the payment will be paid in full, otherwise only a 35% deposit will be taken.

5

FINAL CONFIRMATION

Shortly after you pay, you will receive a confirmation invoice, followed by a personalised itinerary and digital booklet. All you need to do now is write the dates in your diary, prepare your packing list and look forward to your next adventure!

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NOTES

Please note deposit is non-refundable. The balance will only be refundable if you cancel with more than 8 weeks in advance. More information about the cancellation policy can be found in our Terms & Conditions. We highly suggest getting insurance before you travel to avoid any problems. Our personal recommendation is using True Traveller.