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February (Tayrona NP Closure) Feb 18 to Feb 18 Mar 1 - Jan Until Jan 18

Discover Colombia a corner of South America that's once again becoming a must-see destination. Spend two nights at a traditional hacienda on a working coffee farm, ride the famous hillside escalators of Medelln, indulge in the Caribbean beauty of Tayronas lush jungle and perfectly pristine beaches, and wander the cobblestoned streets of historical Cartagena. Get to Colombia before the rest of the world catches on.

Latin America
  • Duration: 12 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Physical rating: Average
  • Accommodation standard:   Moderate%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: SMCNG.B/201870
  • Starts: Bogotá, Colombia
  • Finishes: Bogotá, Colombia
You will Visit
  • Bogotá
  • Armenia
  • Medellín
  • Buritaca
  • Guajira Peninsula
  • Cartagena

Itinerary

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Day 1: Bogotá

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.
Modern Bogotá offers visitors a wide variety of activities combined with the picturesque beauty of its cultural and architectural past. Colonial churches and pre-Columbian art contrast with the futuristic high-rise buildings of a busy metropolis.

If you arrive early, take a walk around some of the interesting neighbourhoods including La Candelaria, La Macarena, Parque de la 93, La Zona T, La Zona Rosa (bars and restaurants), La Zona G (international cuisine), or visit the Monserrate Santuary and enjoy great views of the city.

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Day 2: Bogotá/Armenia

Catch a flight to Armenia where we immerse ourselves into coffee culture staying two nights at a traditional Hacienda on a working coffee farm. Spend the afternoon with a coffee expert tasting and exploring elements that inspire coffee production including earth, water, fauna, flora, sun, and shade.

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Day 3: Armenia

Enjoy a full day excursion to Salento and hiking the Cocora valley. Enjoy some free time to visit shops and the village.

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Day 4: Armenia/Medellín

Drive to historic Medellín. Enjoy time to explore this historic city upon arrival.
Experience all that Medellín has to offer with free time this evening and tomorrow.

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Day 5: Medellín

Visit Comuna 13­ – a community transformed. Once controlled by the cartels, this neighbourhood is a shining example of Colombia's progress in overcoming its notorious past. Meet a local guide and begin the journey upwards with a ride on the city's unique public cable cars and escalator system and enjoy a walk discussing Colombia's history and revitalization. Option to take a historical tour, visit museums or go shopping in the afternoon.

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Day 6: Medellín/Buritaca

Morning flight to Santa Marta then continue to our beach lodge near Tayrona National Park, on the Caribbean coast. Enjoy fresh seafood and some of Colombia's most pristine and beautiful white sand beaches.

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Day 7: Guajira Peninsula

Head further up the coast to the Guajira Peninsula to visit Los Flamencos Sanctuary and spot the vibrant American flamingo. Afterwards, visit a Riohacha community to meet the local people and shop at the Wayuu tribe market.

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Day 8: Buritaca/Cartagena

Drive to tropical Cartagena and experience the Caribbean charm and beauty of the city.

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Day 9: Cartagena

Enjoy a walking tour through the old part of Cartagena visiting key sites throughout the historical centre of the city that were inspiration for Colombia's most famous author, journalist and Nobel Prize winner; Gabriel García Márquez. Relax in the afternoon before we learn the basics of Colombian Salsa, known as Cali style in a private lesson by 2 local dancers.

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Day 10: Cartagena

Experience the Caribbean charm and beauty of the city. Free time for optional activities such as a visit to Playa Blanca, a boat tour to Islas del Rosario National Park, or to explore nearby beaches.

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Day 11: Cartagena/Bogotá

Fly back to Bogotá with free time for optionals including a visit to the National Museum of Colombia, the Gold Museum, or just wander one of the many quaint neighbourhoods.

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Day 12: Bogotá

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Coffee Farm Visit, Armenia National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Medellin Community Walk, Medellín National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Salsa Dance Class, Cartagena
    • Arrival transfer
    • Excursion to Salento and Cocora Valley
    • Santa Marta orientation tour
    • Gabriel García Márquez Old City walk
    • Visit to a Flamingo Sanctuary
    • Riohacha Community Visit
    • Internal flights
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (9 nts), hacienda/farm (2 nts)
    • 11 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
    Transport
    • Bus, van, jeep, plane, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Spend two days in Colombian coffee heaven at a traditional hacienda
  • Learn the basics of salsa with a private lesson from two local dancers
  • Discover another side of Medellin with a visit to Comuna 13
  • Explore the lush jungle and white-sand beaches of Tayrona National Park
  • Wander the cobblestone streets of historic Cartagena