Coffee Mountains & Colorful Villages

Medellín , Coffee Region & Cartagena
11 days

  • Colombia: Coffee Mountains, Colorful Villages & Green Landscapes
  • - Taste Colombia in a delightful cup of coffee and immerse yourself in the country’s colorful villages, beautiful green landscapes, picturesque sceneries, historic places, and iconic architecture.

    - Visit the colonial towns of Colombia and learn about their rich history and experience the warm welcome of their charming people. Enjoy their customs and taste the delicious, traditional food.

    - The farmers of Santa Elena will show you the process of how to decorate the beautiful “silletas” that they carry on their backs.

    - Connect with the local people of La Comuna 13 in Medellín and enjoy their dance, food, graffiti, and electric stairs.

    - Be prepared to use all your senses in the Coffee Region! Experience the unique smell of their food and coffee, the sight of different bird species and animals, and the beauty of their diverse orchids and flowers.

    - Discover a rich tapestry of historic villages, charming coffee farms, fantastic nature reserves, and grand mountain peaks.

    - Don’t forget to admire the highest Palma de Cera in the world, also known to be the Colombian national tree.

    - Cartagena will transport you back to the 18th century. This UNESCO World Heritage Site will enchant you with its colorful walking streets, lovely local people, and its Champeta local music.

    - Indulge yourself in the warm, crystal waters of the Caribbean in the Rosario Islands!
  • Day 1

    Welcome to Colombia! | Arrive in Medellin & Enjoy the City of Eternal Spring

    It is great to have you here in Colombia! We are delighted about your visit and we’ll make sure you will enjoy your stay.

    Welcome to Medellín, the City of Eternal Spring. You will be picked up with a welcome sign at Medellín Jose Maria Cordova Airport by a private transportation service and taken to your hotel.

    The drive will be approximately 40-60 minutes to your hotel. On the way, your English-speaking guide can give you all the recommendations you may like to get the most out of your stay.

    Start time: 9:00 am or 2:00 pm

    Duration: 4 hours

    Overnight: Medellín

    The City of Eternal Spring

    On this day, you get to explore and learn more about the rich history of Medellín. Stroll through the hustle and bustle of the City of Eternal Spring to the famous Botero Plaza located in Parque el Berrio with an exhibition of Colombian artist Fernando Botero.

    In its downtown and historic center, you will also get to see 23 outdoor bronze sculptures which are now a landmark in the city. It would be best to take photos beside the sculptures to add to your travel memories.

    After that, you will take the Metro Cable up to Santo Domingo. The cable car was constructed to make the inner city more accessible to people from the outskirts of town and allow the visitors to take a glimpse of the lives of the marginalized population.

    While enjoying the spectacular view from the cable car, your guide will help you learn more about Medellín which houses the warmest and friendliest people in the world.

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  • Day 2

    Colorful Colombia: Flowers, Nature & Villages: Silletas, Guatapé & El Peñol

    Start time: 8:00 am

    Duration: 10 hours

    Overnight: Medellín

    You will start the day in the small village of Santa Elena which is located only an hour outside of Medellín. It is home to a great variety of traditional flower farmers.

    The flower arrangements of the Flower Festival (“Feria de Flores”), called “silletas” have an impressive history and are now regarded as a cultural symbol of Medellín.

    On this tour, we will be visiting an organic flower farm and experiencing the traditional peasant culture of Santa Elena.

    After that, we are going to drive to Guatapé which offers a peaceful break from the city while also featuring a stunning panoramic view of nature and the surrounding scenery from the top of its hill.

    Upon arrival, we will start off with the Rock of Guatapé in Antioquia. This is among the main attractions of Medellín. This gigantic granitic monolith is pretty much visible wherever you are in the city. This massive stone has been formed millions of years ago. The ancient Tahamies Indians, former inhabitants of the region, used to worship the Guatapé Rock.

    Climbing the rock will take 740 steps and is approximately 220 meters high, but will be very rewarding. As you reach the top, you can get a panoramic view of the beautiful Peñol Reservoir. The magical and breathtaking views of the region will surely render you speechless.

    The fingers of the lake sprawling amid the vast expanse of the green mountains, this 360-degree magical view is a must-see in Colombia.

    After that awe-inspiring experience, you will be transported to Guatapé proper. It is famous for its church and colorful village. Whether you love photography or not, you surely won’t get enough of this place. It is renowned as one of the most colorful towns in the whole world.

    Truth be told, it will be pretty hard to find a street in Guatapé that is not worthy of being admired and photographed. Ready your lens and take as many pictures and videos as you like.

    Guatapé is known for the fresco-like adornment of its traditional houses with brightly painted bas-relief depictions of people, animals, and shapes. Walk through the streets, where your specialized guide will inform you about the history of typical houses, ¨zocalos¨, and this unique culture.

    Enjoy a delicious typical Colombian lunch at the waterfront of the Guatapé reservoir. You may also explore the lake on a boat ride and take time to stroll and relax at your own pace.

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  • Day 3

    Jericó, The Town of 16 chapels and Carriel Workshops

    Start time: 8:00 am

    Duration: 10 hours

    Overnight: Medellín

    Visit Jerico, the town of the 16 chapels and Carriel workshops. It centers around the main square physically and spiritually. Named one of the 18 heritage towns in Colombia, Jerico in Antioquia is highly famous for its high-quality handicrafts including their creations of artisan small leather goods. The town is packed with mesmerizing architecture with beautiful facades.

    On this day, you will learn more about their tradition in the local “Carriel” workshops. This is an autochthonous, signature garment of Jerico with a unique design that’s been in use for over a hundred years. The “Carriel” bag is a small leather bag that features twelve pockets or compartments in its interior where muleteers of the old times used to keep their knives, tobacco, religious stamps, and even amulets. They even use it to protect love letters and photographs of loved ones which is very popular in this romantic land.

    After learning about the Carriel workshop, we will walk through the Botanical Garden up the Cristo Rey monument to enjoy the magnificent and breathtaking view of the town and the beautiful mountains, valleys, and rivers surrounding the place.

    When visiting Jerico, you should never miss its 16 chapels. They are considered the true jewels of architecture. Do not leave the town without tasting their famous and luscious “Luisa” pastries and unique cardamom sweets.

  • Day 4

    Jardín, The Village of Nature and Colorful Houses

    Start time: 8:00 am

    Duration: 10 hours

    Overnight: Medellín

    Jardín is nestled in the green hills and surrounded by coffee and banana plantations. It is famous for its colorful houses with balconies that you would surely love to take photos of.

    The main park has been declared a national monument. The guided village tour starts at the museum Clara Rojas, where the history of the region comes to life.

    After tasting the award-winning sweets of Doña Mariela, you leave Jardín and arrive at Medellín in the evening.

    To cap off the second day, we will go to the sweet shop “Dulces de Jardin” to try the best candies in the area. You might also want to buy extra for your loved ones to taste when you get back home.

  • Day 5

    Jardín to Pereira - Colombia in one taste, smell, and color. The experience of Orchids and Coffee

    Love coffee? On this day, you get to enjoy the Coffee Region of Colombia!

    Pereira is the capital city of the Colombian department of Risaralda. It is located in the foothills of the Andes in a coffee-producing area of Colombia officially known as the "Coffee Axis".

    The Coffee Region is a rich tapestry of historic villages, charming coffee farms, fantastic nature reserves, and grand mountain peaks.

    Coffee is more than a cash crop here - it is a way of life. You’ll never look at your morning cup the same way again once you taste and get to experience this special tour.

    Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2011, the Coffee Cultural Landscape extends through the departments of Quindío, Caldas, and Risaralda, with their respective capitals: Armenia, Manizales, and Pereira.

    Start time: 8:00 am <br>

    Duration: 10 hours

    Overnight: Pereira

    Coffee & Beautiful Colombian Orchid Culture

    The national flower of Colombia is “Cattleya Trianae” and it has more orchid species than any part of the world. The people in Colombia cradles and cherishes this beautiful gift of nature by making sure that each orchid specie is well-preserved and properly cultivated.

    If there is one thing that characterizes the country, it is the inviting smell of food, coffee, and flowers. Get your senses ready and we are sure you would love to stay here for a very long time.

    This trip will begin with a 4.5-hour road trip from Jardin to Romelia, a remote farm between landscapes and water sources. This farm is a place that has passed through several generations of the Londoño Arango family for more than a century.

    Today, the family decided to open their doors and share this land's unique and tremendous value, culture, and love for birds and orchids.

    During the trip, you get to enjoy the traditional Coffee Landscape and be surprised by the beautiful orchids of the Romelia farm at the end of the road. Immerse yourself in more than 840 species of orchids for an average of 8,000 orchid plants, an exciting variety of bonsais, and around 216 species of birds.

    This is one of the best places to experience the rich biodiversity of Colombia. Here, you can witness real magic unfold before your eyes as different kinds of birds fly above you while you are surrounded by enchanting and bedazzling flowers.

    Finally, you will have the chance to enjoy traditional and delicious Colombian delicacies from this local family. After a full day of experience, you will return to your car and make a short road trip to arrive at your hotel in Pereira.

  • Day 6

    Salento, Filandia, & the Valley of Wax Palms

    Start time: 9:00 am

    Duration: 7-8 hours

    Overnight: Pereira

    Salento is an Andean town in Colombia located west of Bogota. It is popular for its coffee estates and verdant scenery. On the east side of Salento is Cocora Valley where lofty wax palm trees are home to rare parrots and other birds.

    In 1985, Ceroxylon Quindiuense, a distinct species of a palm tree, was declared the country’s national tree.

    We will begin the tour by visiting the Cocora Valley.

    First, you'll have a welcome cocktail called "Canelazo." With the assistance of a specialist eco guide, we'll be ready to start the introduction to the natural reserve of Cocora.

    You will then be transferred to the fog's forest to witness the biodiversity of fauna and flora. There you’ll find the highest wax palm in the world and the tour won’t be complete without connecting with the earth. We will do a special ritual planting of some palms to pay our respect and appreciation to the wonderful gifts of Mother Nature.

    After the planting, we'll go to the typical village of Salento, a heritage town characterized by its stunning and colorful traditional architecture. We will stop for lunch and continue visiting Filandia, a little town where you can walk through and adore its colonial streets and beautiful crafts.

    You will also have the opportunity to visit the "La Colina Iluminada" lookout point. It offers a panoramic view of the mountains of the coffee region and you have to get your cameras ready.

    Finally, we will visit a traditional basketry workshop where you will learn the art of making baskets using vegetable fibers.

    *Note: The Quindio viewpoint is closed every Monday and every Tuesday when Monday is a holiday in Colombia.*

  • Day 7

    Charming Towns and Special Coffees - More coffee and more scenic town views!

    Start time: 8:00 am

    Duration: 10 hours

    Overnight: Pereira

    Córdoba, Pijao, and Buenavista are part of the Coffee Region that offers unique coffees.

    We will bring you back in time as we visit the first stop in Cordoba. You will be accompanied by a passionate coffee grower that will teach you all the secrets of the Colombian coffee bean and the reasons for its recognition as the softest coffee in the whole world.

    You will also get to enjoy a delicious, traditional lunch at the coffee farm.

    On the path towards Pijao, the southeastern part of Quindio, you can start a landscape hunt while climbing the central mountain range. The pathway allows you to admire the foothills of Quindío and the ever-changing mountain colors between green and blue.

    Walk its streets, receive a surprise in latte art, and know why the lovely Pijao is known as the “slow city” of Latin America.

    The day ends at a viewpoint in Buenavista to enjoy the sunset that offers a spectacle of colors to the picturesque scenery.

  • Day 8

    Pereira to Cartagena, Walking tour in Cartagena & Meeting a Colonial Architect Expert

    Flight from Pereira to Cartagena. Private Transportation Service

    Welcome to Cartagena! You will be picked up with a welcome sign at Rafael Núñez Airport by a private transportation service and be transported safely to your hotel.

    You can relax during your approximately 15-20 minutes drive. On the way to your hotel, your English-speaking guide can give you all the recommendations you may like to get the most out of your stay.

    Start time: 4:00 pm

    Duration: 2 - 2:30 hours

    Overnight: Cartagena

    Don’t miss the colorful and magical streets of Cartagena!

    The colorful streets of Cartagena are made for a nice, relaxing walking tour. On this day, you get to explore the walled city with your private guide who will tell you about Cartagena’s past and present.

    Visit some monuments such as the Clock Tower or Don Pedro de Heredia ́s statue, the city’s founder, and other less-visited parts of the historic center.

    During the walk, you may notice many influences – Romanesque, Moorish, colonial, military, Arabic, Spanish, and North American - that shaped Cartagena.

    You get to see and enjoy Parque Bolivar, one of the city’s oldest yet most beautiful cathedrals in the country. We will also visit San Pedro Claver Square which is dedicated to the Spanish-born monk known as “Slave of the Slaves” for his life ministering to enslaved Africans brought to the Spanish colonies.

    Also, the Getsemani district, named by Forbes Magazine as one of the coolest neighborhoods in the world, will not be missed on this city tour.

    To cap off this day, you’ll get a chance to meet an architect specializing in Colonial architecture and get the most out of this tour through a magical but informative conversation that will complement your visit to the city.

  • Day 9

    Discover the Queen of America

    Start time: 9:00 am

    Duration: 4 hours

    Overnight: Cartagena

    The city is designed like a fortress because it used to be the principal shipping port of gold from the New World back to Spain.

    The stone ramparts helped protect it from countless pirate attacks, including Sir Francis Drake's most famous of all.

    Talking about this rich history, on this day, you get to visit numerous plazas, the church, the monastery of San Pedro Claver, and the Basilica Minor cathedral.

    This is another great chance to stroll along the narrow cobbled streets lined with colonial houses.

    Then, you will visit the Castle where the Spaniards sought to protect the city from the attacks of the English in the seventeenth century known as "El Castillo De San Felipe de Barajas."

    Visit the Getsemani neighborhood, one of the most traditional and popular sectors of the city. You will enjoy a guided scenic walk and get to visit different streets. You will surely appreciate the graffiti that adorn some streets in the area.

  • Day 10

    Barú Town & Beach at the Rosario Islands

    Start time: 8:00 am

    Duration: 9 hours

    Overnight: Cartagena

    Indulge yourself in the warm, crystal waters of the Caribbean. You will be picked up from your hotel and transported to Barú for about an hour of travel.

    Barú is a peninsula often called an island, bounded by the Bay of Cartagena, the Dique Canal, and the Caribbean Sea.

    Upon arrival, you will enjoy a typical breakfast in a local family house of one of the native people.

    After that, we will take a boat to Isla Grande in the archipelago of the Rosario Islands.

    The Rosario Islands are an integral part of one of Colombia’s most important national parks. The only park in the country that is primarily underwater. As such, the islands and surrounding waters are well preserved and protected which means you can enjoy their wonders as nature intended.

    The fun tour doesn’t end there. We will stop at one or two spectacular spots for snorkeling. Then, you will finally be able to enjoy and rest at the beach.

    A luscious lunch with fresh fish prepared by locals will then be served. It is an experience you wouldn’t want to miss when visiting Cartagena.

  • Day 11

    Departure - From Cartagena to Rafael Núñez International Airport

    Today is your last day in Cartagena. Enjoy breakfast at your hotel, and based on the time of your departure flight, you will be taken from the city of Cartagena to the Rafael Núñez International Airport by a private transportation service.

    Thank you so much for visiting Colombia. It is a great honor to tour you in our country. We hope you had a great time and we hope to see you again.

    Have a safe flight back home!

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