CM1 Colombian Heartlands Tour
Medellin, Cartagena & the Cafetera
Charming, historic Cartagena; Lively Bogota; Verdant Hills; coffee plantations Unspoiled villages, friendly locals Cathedral of Salt; Colonial treasures
- DATES & PRICES
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- MAP & HOTELS
- TRIP INFORMATION
Dates & Prices
Prices below are per person, twin-sharing costs in US Dollars (USD). Pricing does not include airfare to/from the tour and any applicable taxes. For single supplement rates and taxes (if any), please refer to the entries under the blue box below.
|Start Date||End Date||Price||More Info|
|Tue 28 Jan 2020||Sat 08 Feb 2020||$2990 USD|
|Mon 26 Oct 2020||Fri 06 Nov 2020||$2990 USD|
The above prices are subject to an additional $116 for taxes/fees levied on flights that occur as part of the tour. The internal airfares ARE included (any exceptions are listed in red below), but we list the taxes separately on your invoice as they are beyond our control and can change at any time.
Optional Single Supplement: $781 USD (number of singles limited).
Our 12-day Colombian Heartlands tour visits the country's heartland - the Andean coffee-growing region, the Cafetera, with its verdant green hills, colourful birds, unique flora, and friendly unspoiled villages.
The Lonely Planet travel guides recently picked Colombia as one of the top 10 travel hotspots of the year.
Colombian President, Alvar Uribe, has taken a hard line against crime and, since 2002, there has been such a huge drop that places like Cartagena and Bogota are now shaking off undeserved nasty reputations.
Today the whole country is basking in this new cultural and touristic renaissance.
Alice H. (Key Biscayne, FL, US)
Particularly enjoyed the Cathedral of Salt in Bogota. Our tour leader was energetic and very in tune with our group of people. He always had time and patience, and always had great insight and stories. The hotels were very goof throughout the tour. Delighted with Adventures Abroad, especially with our Tour Guide. His enthusiasm made the trip even better! Your Price point is also a selling feature, without compromising locations and travel modes.
Edwards S. (Malibu, CA, US)
The local guides were all knowledgeable and pleasant. Good comfy buses with competent drivers. Outstanding meals everywhere and delightful restaurant choices. Our tour leader was outstanding - enthusiastic, thoughtful, friendly, pleasant, planned well, and was very efficient. Excellent hotels. An outstanding company. We have recommended it to MANY friends and people we have met on trips.
Joan M. (Kitchener, ON, CA)
Enjoyed all the walking tours very much. Enjoyed trip to coffee settlement. Definite highlight was trip to San Basilio de Palenque. The local guides on this tour were excellent. All transportation was good. The chivas bus in Medellin and tuktuk in Salento were lots of fun! The food was good on this tour and some of the meals greatly surpassed my expectations. Our tour leader was excellent, I can't say enough about him. His love for Colombia shone through and was contagious. His recommendations on food and activities in free time were always spot on. The hotels on this tour were excellent, I was very pleased. This vacation exceeded my expectations.
Linda S. (Calgary, AB, CA)
I enjoyed all of the sightseeing elements of this trip. It was packed with things to do and see. The food in Colombia was excellent - although the meals were huge. We learned to share dishes so we were not overwhelmed by the size of the meals. Colombia was a lovely country to visit. The people there were so friendly, and invariably thanked us for coming to visit their country. The colours were vibrant - just to see the street art is a treat (even though the subject matter is often about their violent past). I felt totally safe throughout the trip and thoroughly enjoyed all the places we visited.
Lorraine S. (Fernie, BC, CA)
Salento was very good, guide was excellent. Particularly interesting day. Local guides were excellent, well informed, knowledgeable, and great friendly personalities. All transportation was extremely good, on time. Most impressive. The food was wonderful. Our tour leader was absolutely perfect. I feel he went above and beyond expectations.
Mary S. (Atlanta, GA, US)
Colombia is an extraordinary destination that we would highly recommend to experienced, inquisitive travelers. One of the country's popular tourism slogans is "Colombia: the only risk is not wanting to leave" and it's so true. We could forward to returning to Colombia soon on our own, perhaps for a long weekend in Cartagena. We LOVED Jardin, because it reminded us of Salento as we experienced it 10 years ago. The domestic flights within Colombia were fast and efficient and provided a good way to reduce travel time between some destinations.
Shirley T. (Kelowna, BC, CA)
Loved seeing the slave town, enjoyed everything especially the older churches. All local quides were good. Excellent transportation and a lot of fun. The meals were incredible, surpassed my expectations. We had one of the best tour leaders that I have ever had. I think he is a real treasure. Very smart, compassionate, cared for each of us and the country we toured. Hotels were very good. Loved this tour. I think our tour leader did an amazing job and that he is an amazing person. Thank you.
Susan P. (Vancouver, BC, CA)
Enjoyed being in the historic centre of Bogota, going to the flower and food market. Also coffee tour, visit to Cocora Valley, visit to Santa Elena and Palenque. I thought the meals were very good and restaurants interesting. Excellent tour and will consider booking future trips with AA.
*The red tour trail on the map does not represent the actual travel path.
The following is a list of sample hotels at some locations included on this tour. The hotels shown here are meant to provide a general sense of the standard of hotel we usually aim for; they are not necessarily confirmed for your chosen departure.
El Eden Country Inn
This is a charming, colonial style country inn in a stunning rural setting. There is a pool, jacuzzi, and homey ... with a cozy decor. The inn also boasts a charming restaurant featuring local specialties.
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Hotel Tres Banderas
Hotel 3 Banderas is located in San Diego, right in the centre of the walled city of Cartagena. Just three ... from the Caribbean Sea! All of Cartagena's attractions are within walking distance. Neighbourhood attractions include the sidewalk cafes and galleries of Plaza San Diego.
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Breakfast and dinner daily (hotels and restaurants). All sightseeing and entrance fees for sites noted as 'visited' in the detailed itinerary. Gratuities for local guides, drivers, restaurant staff, porters (if available). Airport transfers for land & air customers and for early arriving / late departing land & air customers who book their extra hotel nights through us.
International airfare to/from the tour. Tour Leader gratuity, some lunches, drinks, personal items (phone, laundry, etc), departure taxes, domestic and international air taxes (if applicable). Airport transfers for Land Only customers. Optional trip cancellation insurance. Our post-reservation trip notes offer further guidance on optional meal costs, shopping, and locally paid departure taxes.
Seasonality and Weather
For most of our tour, we enjoy a climate that is truly that of a 'perpetual spring,' as understood in temperate latitudes. Nights are cool but never really cold, and at this height frost is unknown. The days feel warm in the sun but are never really hot.
In the Andean region there are two dry and two wet seasons per year, and the driest months, being from December to March and July to August. The coast, however, is hot and humid throughout the calendar.
Please bear in mind that our December date coincides with high season, so reservations should be made as early as possible.
Transport and Travel Conditions
Land transport throughout by private air-conditioned motor coach, 24-36 seats depending on ultimate group size (see 'group size'). Though we will have some full bus days, road travel is not particularly arduous as there are plenty of stops of interest. Most roads are in good condition though winding on some stretches. Numerous walking tours on uneven surfaces. Most people are not seriously affected by altitude (2400-3300m/8,000-9,500 ft). Flights via scheduled local carrier.
Our difficulty level "2" rating refers to the above-mentioned busy days, walking tours on uneven terrain, lack of handrails (public and elsewhere, ie shower stalls), and fatigue that can be caused by heat and humidity and unfamiliar food and drink.
Am I suitable for this tour? Please refer to our self-assessment form.
Well-located, heated/air-conditioned, mid-range (3 star) hotels with en suite toilet and bath throughout.
Staff and Support
Tour Leader, driver/s local guides at some locations.
10-18 (plus Tour Leader - our December tours will be led by one of our Bogota-based staff)
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