Family Fun in Beautiful Colombia
Fun and adventure in Colombia's colourful cities and beautiful countryside
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Save an acre of rainforest each time you travel
Every detail taken care of
- Luxury accommodation
- Internal flights and private transfers
- All tours specified in the itinerary
- Full support from your travel designer and concierge before, during and after your trip
At a glance
Colombia is a great destination for a family adventure with beautiful countryside, colourful cities and some of the friendliest people in Latin America. This 11-day trip is the perfect blend of hands-on activities, interactive tours and quality time together.
Your adventure starts in the capital, Bogota. Here you’ll explore the local market with your guide, trying the different tropical fruits and stocking up on ingredients before heading back to turn your goodies into delicious Colombian food during a cooking class. You’ll also meet a local graffiti artist and learn all about this art form and have a go at creating a piece yourself.
A short flight brings you to the rolling hills of the Coffee Triangle. You’ll spend the next three days rafting, horse riding and exploring the cacao plantations around your beautiful hacienda. The colourful city of Cartagena is your next stop. Here you’ll learn all about pirate invasions as you swashbuckle your way around the city’s impressive fort. Get your binoculars at the ready as you spot exotic birds at the aviary on Baru Island, and enjoy an exciting speedboat trip out to the Rosario Islands, where you can swim and snorkel through the sparkling waters of the Caribbean.
Your final stop is Palomino, located on the outskirts of Tayrona National Park. Float down the Don Diego river on tubes, keeping your eyes peeled for howler monkeys and friendly caiman. There is also the chance to experience a different side of Colombian culture with a visit to the nearby Tungeka community who have have succesfully preserved their cultural traditions.
Example Trip Itinerary
Meet and greet at Bogota airport
Private transfer to your hotel in Bogota
Accommodation in Bogota
- 62 rooms and suites
- Two restaurants
The beautiful Four Seasons Casa Medina was the creative vision of Santiago Medina Mejia, a Paris-educated artist and architect from Medellin. He salvaged local architectural treasures, such as stone columns and hand-carved wooden doors from two recently demolished colonial convents, to create was declared a monument by the country’s Ministry of Culture in the 1980s. The hotel features 62 rooms and suites, where beamed ceilings and aged leather accents coupled with fresh, contemporary touches making them a sophisticated blend of old and new. The hotel has two restaurants; the lively La Bodega that focuses on tapas and Colombian coffee, and Castanyoles Raciones y Tapas, where guests chave the option to dine in the beautiful glass atrium with Spanish tiles, living walls and drop lights. There is also a gym and a spa with treatment rooms, relaxation room and steam room.
- 102 rooms
- Small fitness centre
The Sofitel Victoria Regia is located in Bogota’s Zona Rosa district, with many of the capital’s top shops and restaurants on its doorstep. It takes its name from the beautiful water lily that can be found in the Colombian Amazon, and if you look up as soon as you enter the hotel, you’ll see a beautiful stained glass skylight inspired by the Victoria Regia. There are 102 rooms and suites, a blend of local Colombian character and classic French elegance. Basilic is the hotel’s in-house restaurant, serving exquisite Mediterranean cuisine using local ingredients. There is also a bar where guests can enjoy a drink before heading out to explore Bogota’s incredible foodie scene. For those that like to keep active while away, there is a small gym as well as treatment rooms where you can indulge in a massage or beauty treatment.
- 41 rooms (14 suites)
- Two bars
- Rooftop pool
- Health club
- B.O.G. is just 20 minutes drive from El Dorado International Airport
Located within Bogota’s exclusive business district, this is a modern boutique hotel with impeccable style. A contemporary design concept, which runs throughout the hotel, takes inspiration from Colombia’s most opulent exports: gold and emeralds. There is great attention to detail here, meaning B.O.G is well deserving of its Design Hotels membership. Their guest rooms and suites feature luxurious touches such as 500-thread count linens and bath products, exclusively produced for the hotel, and modern amenities such as complimentary WiFi and iPod docking stations also come as standard. B.O.G’s restaurant, La Leo, is superb and offers fusion dishes inspired and built on by traditional local recipes. Scan and choose from a fantastic cocktail menu whilst sitting at the rooftop Terrace Bar and pool, or there’s the Lounge Bar for a relaxing aperitif or two before you eat or to relax after a long flight.
Colombia's capital is as recognisable and enjoyable as any other in this continent. Packed with its colonial legacy, beautiful architecture, charming historical districts, museums recounting ancient to modern treasures and times, to sophisticated restaurants, shopping malls, local markets and much more. Your travel designer will advise you on how best to spend your time here and what aspects of Bogotá would suit you.
Spend the morning in the vibrant food market with your host chef, carefully selecting your fresh, local ingredients - a complete feast for the senses. Following the market, you will head to a closed-door restaurant and turn the Colombian produce into some of the most deliciously creative dishes in your private cooking class with top chef. Enjoy good company, great music and of course, superb food.
Together with your expert art guide, you'll meet a local graffiti artist and enjoy a tour of the top graffiti spots in town, as this progressive art form continues to gain recognition. You will also visit the city's top galleries and get insider access to Botero's life and work. End the experience by creating your very own graffiti mural at one of Bogota's best galleries.
Private transfer to Bogota airport
Flight from Bogota to Armenia
Private transfer to your accommodation the Coffee Triangle
Accommodation in The Coffee Triangle
- Eight rooms
- Swimming pool
Surrounded by the verdant forest, meandering rivers and with the Central Andes Range in the distance, the Hacienda Bambusa is a traditional farm that raises cattle and grows cocoa, ginger, plantain, bananas and tangerines. The main house, built in the vernacular style with bamboo guadua and clay tiles, has just eight rooms. Each has a private bathroom, balcony, a small sitting area and a hammock for lazy afternoons listening to the birds before dinner is served. In the kitchen, chef Vanessa Quintana cooks up delectable Colombian tasting menus making the most of this fertile region’s produce. Days can be spent exploring the hacienda and beyond with a range of activities and excursions such as hiking, horse riding, trips to cacao and coffee plantations, hot air ballooning or tours of beautiful local towns and nearby Los Nevados National Natural Park.
Deemed as such an outstanding area of natural beauty that it is now under UNESCO protection, spend your days relaxing and taking in the lush, tranquil and typically pastoral surrounds of Colombia's Coffee Triangle. From its cloud forests to quaint countryside culture and Spanish colonial legacy, there is no shortage of things to do and see here.
The 'balsaje' is a favourite activity enjoyed by locals, where friends and family relax on a bamboo raft that floats down La Vieja River. Hop on your own bamboo raft as you make your way downstream and enjoy the stunning scenery surrounding the river. Make a stop on the way at a shaded beach where your host will prepare a delicious picnic.
Together with Bambusa's chef, head out to the plantation and pick some organic cacao seeds. Experience the step-by-step method of obtaining and drying the cocao seeds, grinding the seeds and preparing a delicious cup of hot chocolate. Best enjoyed with fresh Colombian cheese or arepas!
Walk through Bambusa's plantations to the river where you will start your horse trek. Enjoy the stunning scenery as you ride along the Quindio River, passing pineable and banana plantations on the way. Afterwards, enjoy a well-earned snack and refreshing drink before driving back to the hacienda.
Private transfer to Pereira airport
Flight from Pereira to Cartagena
Private transfer to your hotel in Cartagena
Accommodation in Cartagena
- 51 rooms
- Rooftop swimming pool
- Small spa
Bastion Luxury Hotel is located in Cartagena’s charming old town in a restored 16th-century private home. A colonial aesthetic runs though the hotel balanced perfectly with more contemporary touches. Its 51 elegant rooms and suites have a neutral colour scheme and feel bright and fresh. Some come with a separate living area and outdoor terrace. The hotel’s restaurant, El Gobernador, showcases the best of Colombian cuisine and offers a nine-course tasting menu, while the patio restaurant offers more relaxed dining. El Gobernador also has a small patio which is a lovely space to enjoy breakfast. The rooftop terrace is a real highlight of the hotel with a good sized swimming pool, ample space to relax under a cabana and a bar where you can enjoy a drink and light bites as the sun goes down of the beautiful city of Cartagena. There is also a small spa with treatment room and outdoor Jacuzza and relaxation area, as well as a small gym.
- Seven rooms
- Rooftop pool and terrace
Behind the doors of a typical house from the 17th century in the heart of Cartagena is Hotel Amarla, a beautiful space which we recommend booking as a private property. On entering the house, you’ll find yourself in a gorgeous lounge area characterised by whitewashed walls, large archways and wooden ceiling beams and filled with antiques and Colombian handicrafts. Part of this area is open-air and filled with tropical plants. There are seven rooms including their signature duplex suite with two bedrooms and bathrooms. One of the highlights of Hotel Amarla is the spectacular rooftop pool which overlooks the candy coloured dome of the cathedral. There is plenty of shaded space up here as well as a staircase that leads up to another small terrace which is a real sun trap. Views don’t get much better than this.
Cartagena is Colombia's coastal gem and its most romantic city. The warm Caribbean breeze gathers up sounds of salsa music and the scent of the flowers that cascade down from the balconies of the rainbow-coloured houses that line its cobbled streets. Steeped in colonial and nautical history, Cartagena boasts impressive ramparts, forts and bastions as well as plenty of Spanish-style architecture. This is a city made for exploring: wind your way through the historic centre passing carts laden with juicy fruit and women selling coconut candies under the shade of the arches that ring the plazas. There are also fortifications to explore, museums to discover and lots of rooftops from which to sit and watch the world go by.
Set off on an expedition throug Cartagena's historic sites in search of hidden treats and treasures. Throughout this adventure, the whole family can learn about Cartagena's fascinating history of Spanish colonisers and pirates, while recounting the stories of iconic fortresses, plazas and colonial mansions found along the way.
Today you will visit the aviary on Baru island, one of South America’s largest. Colombia has the largest bird diversity in the world, and at the aviary there are more than 1,200 species. Have fun spotting toucans, flamingos, macaws, humming birds and more.
Meet your driver and local host at the hotel for a private transfer to Cartagena’s dock where your boat will be waiting. Aboard your speedboat and depart towards the Islas del Rosario archipelago, located 50 minutes from Cartagena. These rugged islands are blessed with clear blue waters, colourful coral reefs and diverse marine life. Spend the day cruising between islands and snorkelling.
Private transfer to Palomino
Accommodation in the Tayrona Region
- Five cabanas
- Main lounge
- Fruit and vegetable gardens
Reserva One Love is nestled on the banks of the Magdalena River within 80 hectares of tropical rainforest. This is the perfect place to switch off and enjoy the flora and fauna of the Sierra Nevada region of northern Colombia. There are five circular cabanas with thatched palapa roofs. Rooms feature large beds with mosquito nets, air conditioning and fans and a separate bathroom with outdoor shower. Outside each cabana there is a small cold water Jacuzzi and hammocks. In the rooms and throughout the reserve, you’ll find colourful handicrafts made by the local indigenous tribes, including the Kogi, Arahuacos, Kankuamos and Wiwa tribes. Beautiful gardens surround the property where herbs, vegetables and fruit are grown and used in the kitchen to create delicious and beautifully presented food – this really is one of the highlights of a stay at One Love. The main lounge area is where you will enjoy your meals and is a lovely place to relax with birds flitting through the trees and a fire pit which is lit at night. It is a short walk to the cabanas and the pathways are lit by torches. A short walk brings you down to the sandy river bank where sun loungers can be set up and you can lay back and relax, take a dip in the water and listen to the sounds of howler monkeys in the distance. Tubing and boat trips along the river can be arranged, as well as day trips to nearby Tayrona National Park.
Tayrona National Park is one of the prettiest stretches of coastline in Latin America, where lush tropical rainforest meets golden sandy beaches and the blue waters of the Caribbean. It makes for a perfect combination of relaxation and exploration in an area which is home to more than 100 species of mammal, 200 species of bird and many reptiles. Time here is for relaxing and enjoying the picturesque views, scuba diving, snorkelling and exploring the nature of the park. Your travel designer will be able to guide you through the options to ensure that you make the most of your time here.
Take a private transfer to Don Diego river where after a 15-minute trek up a lush mountain, you will arrive at a river bank from where you will float down a crystalline river all the way down to the ocean. Along the way keep your eyes peeled for exotic birds, howler monkeys and small caymans which are harmless and very shy! There is the option to visit the Tayronaka ruins on the way.
Today you will drive to the outskirts of the indigenous Tungeka community, where you will hike 2.2km to find the town used by Kogui families as a place of transit when transporting crops. Tungueka translates as 'wall', meaning these Kogui families have successfully preserved their cultural traditions through minimal contact with outside civilisation. In a unique cultural exchange, you will learn about their traditional culture, beliefs and connection with nature first hand, which requires significant humility and respect. Please note, the Kogui should not be photographed/filmed without their permission. Please wear comfortable walking shoes, long trousers and cover your shoulders.
Private transfer to Santa Marta airport
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