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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

Days 1-3

Bogota

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Meet and greet at Bogota airport

Transfer

Private transfer to your hotel in Bogota

Accommodation in Bogota

Two nights in Bogotá Two nights in Bogotá

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.

Paloquemao market and cooking class Paloquemao market and cooking class

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.

Graffiti workshop Graffiti workshop

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.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to Bogota airport

Flight

Flight from Bogota to Armenia

Transfer

Private transfer to your accommodation the Coffee Triangle

Days 3-6

Coffee Triangle

Accommodation in The Coffee Triangle

Three nights in the Coffee Triangle Three nights in the Coffee Triangle

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.

Hacienda Bambusa: Bamboo rafting Hacienda Bambusa: Bamboo rafting

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.

Hacienda Bambusa: Chocolate masterclass Hacienda Bambusa: Chocolate masterclass

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!

Hacienda Bambusa: Horse riding Hacienda Bambusa: Horse riding

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.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to Pereira airport

Flight

Flight from Pereira to Cartagena

Transfer

Private transfer to your hotel in Cartagena

Days 6-9

Cartagena

Accommodation in Cartagena

colonial-architecture-cartagena
Three nights in Cartagena Three nights in Cartagena

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.

Pirate tales Pirate tales

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.

Baru Island aviary Baru Island aviary

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.

Islas del Rosario boat trip Islas del Rosario boat trip

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.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to Palomino

Days 9-11

Tayrona Region

Accommodation in the Tayrona Region

Two nights in the Tayrona Region Two nights in the Tayrona Region

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.

Tubing along the Don Diego River Tubing along the Don Diego River

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.

Tungueka indigenous community Tungueka indigenous community

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.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to Santa Marta airport

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