From the Mountains to the Caribbean Coast

Overview

Gorgeous colonial towns, Andean cloud forest, pre-Hispanic sites, vibrant Cartagena, and a culture alive with dance, music, and gastronomic delights—this is the dazzling realm of Colombia! On our Private Journey, you’ll be among the first to explore a magnificent country revealing itself anew. You’ll begin in Bogotá, taking in the dazzling Gold Museum, home of the largest collection of pre-Columbian gold in the world, then head east to discover the cobbled streets of Villa de Leyva, founded in 1572. After a hike in the cloud forests of Iguaque National Park, you’ll enter lush Santander province, the “adventure capital of Colombia,” land of the green mountains of the eastern Andes and the vast canyons of the Rio Chicamocha. From the magical colonial village of Barichara, set atop a vast plateau and seemingly lost in time, set out for hikes on colonial-era cobblestone paths called caminos reales and into the rugged scenery of the deep Cañón de Chicamocha. Colombia has a 100-year legacy of growing the world’s finest coffee, and you’ll overnight at a peaceful, family-run coffee hacienda to sample some of Colombia’s finest organic coffee. Got more time? On our extension, head to the blue Caribbean to hike in the coastal rainforest at Tayrona National Park and discover Cartagena, the gem of Colombia, with its walled Old Town and bougainvillea-lined streets.

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-3
Bogotá / Villa de Leyva / Iguaque Cloud Forest

After a walking tour of old Bogotá and a visit to the impressive Gold Museum, head to Villa de Leyva, one of the most beautiful colonial towns in Colombia, followed by a hike with a local naturalist amid the giant tree ferns, bromeliads, and orchids of the Andean cloud forest.

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Days 4-6
Barichara / Camino Real to Guane / El Roble Hacienda

From the magical village of Barichara, set atop a vast plateau and seemingly lost in time, set out for hikes on colonial-era cobblestone paths called caminos reales and into the rugged scenery of the deep Cañón de Chicamocha, where spectacular cliffs rise above the river. Colombia has a 100-year legacy of growing the world’s finest coffee, and you’ll overnight at a family-run coffee hacienda to sample some of Colombia’s best brew.

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Day 7
Depart

After a tour of the coffee plantation, depart via Bucaramanga, the “cattle capital” of Colombia. If you are doing the extension, connect with a flight to Santa Marta, your gateway to Tayrona National Park on the Caribbean.

Post-trip Extension to Tayrona National Park and Cartagena

Days 7-8
Tayrona National Park
Set on the Caribbean, Tayrona is your base for hikes to the small ruin of an ancient Tayrona settlement, into a cloud forest alive with monkeys and colorful birds, and across palm-fringed beaches.
Days 9-11
Cartagena
In Cartagena, a World Heritage Site, explore the Spanish-built Castle of San Felipe de Barajas, visit a hilltop for superb views of this port city, and roam the market, where women sell fruit from baskets balanced on their heads. Depart on Day 11.

Highlights

Highlights

Explore beautiful colonial towns lost in time
Hike in the cloud forest of Iguaque National Park, on cobbled roads known as caminos reales, and in the rugged Cañón de Chicamocha
Visit a coffee plantation and stay at its venerable hacienda, with a “tasting” session with an expert
Extension to Tayrona National Park and Cartagena, the gem of Colombia

Details

Length: 7 days
Cost From: $3195  
Arrive: Bogotá
Depart: Bucaramanga
Lodging: 6 nights hotels and haciendas
Meals: All meals included except 1 dinner (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Cultural Adventures, Wildlife & Natural History, Hiking / Trekking
Trip Level:

Easy to moderate day hikes, 3-5 hours a day most days (with an 8- to 9-hour day on the extension), cultural explorations and walking tours