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!
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
NEED TO KNOW
|SEASON||October 2 - 9 2019|
|GROUP SIZE||8 people|
|FLIGHTS||For more information on flights from the UK please refer to the Trip Details section.|
|VISA||UK, EU & US not required|
|VACCINATIONS||Yes - Yellow Fever|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you have time you'll be able to visit the sights and museums before being transferred to Bogota airport for your departure flight.
A selection of our accommodation, which is subject to availability, however alternatives are always of a similar price, grade and location.
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
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
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
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
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
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
WHERE YOU'RE GOING
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.
"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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you wish we can also organise extra nights at either end of your trip for you.
Book your trip in five easy steps.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.