CM1 12 Day Colombian Heartlands Tour

Medellin, Cartagena & the Cafetera

12 Day Colombia Tour
TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

Charming, historic Cartagena; Lively Bogota; Verdant Hills; coffee plantations Unspoiled villages, friendly locals Cathedral of Salt; Colonial treasures

INQUIRE ABOUT THIS TOUR
  • DATES & PRICES
  • FULL ITINERARY
  • 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.


+
+
How do I make a reservation? How and when do I pay?

The easiest way to make a reservation is online via our website; you can also call us at 1800 665 3998, Monday-Friday 9-5 Pacific Time.

A non-refundable $500 deposit is payable at the time of booking (some tours require a higher deposit); if a reservation is made within 60 days, full payment is required immediately. Early enrolment is always encouraged as group size is limited and some trips require considerable preparation time.

Once we have received your deposit, we will confirm your space and provide a confirmation package containing your trip itinerary, any visa/travel permit related documents, invoice, clothing and equipment recommendations, general information on your destination(s), and online forms for you to complete and submit to us. Your air e-tickets (if applicable), final hotel list, final trip itinerary, and instructions on how to join your tour, will be provided approximately 2-3 weeks prior to departure.

+
+
What about cancellations, refunds, and transfers?

Should you need to cancel your trip, you must notify us in writing (e-mail preferred) immediately. Deposits are non-refundable, though if you cancel more than 90 days prior to tour departure date, the deposit is transferable to any other tour taken within 12 months of the original tour start date, minus a per person transfer fee (some tours have a 100% non-refundable/non-transferable deposit; you will be informed of this at the time of booking). Less than 90 days prior to departure, all monies paid are 100% non-refundable, non-transferable. Name changes are not permitted. We will not grant partial refunds for any unused trip arrangements—voluntarily missed meals, sightseeing, transport, etc—after the trip has commenced, or any refunds to trip members who do not complete any portion of the itinerary for whatever reason. All air tickets are non-refundable and valid only for the flight(s) indicated.

We may cancel departures if forced to do so by unforeseen circumstances such as war, civil unrest, pandemics/disease outbreaks (ie Ebola, Zika, Covid-19 etc), catastrophic events such as hurricanes, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions, etc -- things beyond our control that are commonly referred to as “force majeure.” In these instances we will offer 100% credits for all deposits if cancellation takes place more than 60 days prior to tour start date. Such credits can be applied to any future scheduled or custom tour (time limits may apply).

If cancellation occurs within the 60 day period, we will offer to postpone your trip to another departure of the same tour code within 12 months of the original tour start date and your full payment on the postponed tour will remain non-refundable.

Regardless of the timing of cancellation (outside or inside 60 days), we will not be responsible for costs associated with re-issuance or extension of visas, airline policies pertaining to cancellation/change fees, any trip component/s that may be non-refundable from our suppliers, or for any compensation. We strongly recommend that all travellers purchase trip cancellation insurance, either through Adventures Abroad or elsewhere, as this may provide coverage for the above listed circumstances and other perils.

If we cancel your tour due to insufficient enrolment, we will endeavour to find an alternative tour for you, either the same tour on a different date or another tour of your choice. If this is not acceptable, your deposit/s will be refunded in full and will constitute full settlement. We will not be responsible for any expenses incurred, such as visas, vaccinations, independently purchase airfare, or any compensation. Notice of cancellation due to insufficient enrolment in any program will be given no later than 60 days prior to trip start date.

+
+
Do you have a shared accommodation program?

Yes! Most tours have a single-share program in which we match you with another single traveller of the same gender. If we are unable to pair you, we will usually absorb the cost of a single room. On some tours a "forced single" will apply; please enquire at time of booking. You will normally be informed of this charge 60 days prior to departure; however, we reserve the right to charge this fee up to your departure and, in rare cases, once you have departed. Upgrading to single room once the tour has begun is subject to availability in each overnight point, and payment must be made immediately to our office or locally to the Tour Leader. If you want to guarantee your own room, a single supplement applies. Payment of single supplement does not, however, guarantee that you will receive a twin size, twin-bedded room.

+
+
I am a single who prefers my own room. What is a single supplement?

All of our tours have a single supplement for those who want to be guaranteed their own room at each location.

This supplement is a reflection of the fact that most hotels around the world do not discount the regular twin-share rate for a room by 50% for only one person occupying a room. Most hotels will give a break on the price, but usually in the range of 25-30% of the twin-share rate. This difference, multiplied by each night, amounts to the single supplement.

The conventional amount can also vary from country to country and some destinations are more expensive than others for single occupancy. In order to be "single friendly," the supplements we apply are not a profit centre for us and we do our best to keep them as reasonable as possible.

On most tours we limit the number of singles available, not to be punitive, but rather because many hotels allow for only a limited number of singles; some smaller hotels at remote locations also have a limited number of single rooms available.

Please note that most single rooms around the world are smaller than twin-share rooms and will likely have only one bed.

Select a date below to reserve your spot:

Start DateEnd DatePriceMore Info
Mon 25 Oct 2021Fri 05 Nov 2021 $2990 USD
Tue 25 Jan 2022Sat 05 Feb 2022 $2990 USD Closing soon!
Mon 24 Oct 2022Fri 04 Nov 2022 $2990 USD
Tue 24 Jan 2023Sat 04 Feb 2023 $3120 USD
Mon 23 Oct 2023Fri 03 Nov 2023 $3120 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).


Tour Overview


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 hot-spots 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.

Regions visited: South America
Countries visited: Colombia


Testimonials


+
(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.

+
(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.

+
(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.

+
(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.

+
(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.

+
(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.

+
(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.

+
(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.

+
+
What is the maximum number of participants on a trip?

Most of our tours carry a maximum of 18 participants; some tours (ie hiking tours) top out at 16. In the event that we do not achieve our minimum complement by our 60-day deadline, we may offer group members the option of paying a "small-group surcharge" as an alternative to cancellation. If all group members agree, we will confirm the trip at existing numbers; this surcharge is refundable in the event that we ultimately achieve our regular minimum. If the small group surcharge is not accepted, we will offer a refund of your deposit or a different trip of your choice.

+
+
Can I extend my tour either at the beginning or end? What about stopovers?

Yes, you can extend your tour either at the beginning or the end and we can book accommodation in our tour hotel. Stopovers are often permitted, depending on air routing. Stopovers usually carry a "stopover" fee levied by the airline.

Full Itinerary


Day 1 Arrival in Bogota
Today we arrive in Bogota, Colombia and transfer to our hotel.

Also known as Santa Fe de Bogota, or the 'Athens of the Americas' (owing to Bogotanos' reputation for politeness and civility), Bogota is set at an altitude of over 2600m (8,600 feet) with high ranges of the Cordillera to the east. This captivating urban center has a rich cultural life and beautiful architecture. Like any self-respecting capital city, Bogotá is the country's capital of art, academia, history, culture and government. This is Colombia's beating heart.

Overnight in Bogota.

Included Meal(s): Dinner

Day 2 Bogota: Paloquemao Market, Cerro Monserrate & Gold Museum
This morning we will visit the Plaza de Mercado de Paloquemao, the most famous flower and food market in Bogota. This is the focal point where the produce of the Caribbean and Pacific coasts, the fertile Andes and the tropical jungle meld together. The market is divided into sections: flowers; fruit, vegetables and aromatic herbs; and meat and fish. A visit here will engage all of your senses, and provides us with a great insight into Colombian customs and local living in Bogota.

Next we take a cable car to Cerro Monserrate. Some amazing views can be had from this great vantage point (weather dependant). Monserrate is crowned with its easily recognizable church and is a place of pilgrimage due to its statue of Senor Caido, the fallen Christ. Cerro de Monserrate is sometimes called the 'mountain-guardian' of Bogota, and has been a place of religious pilgrimage since colonial times.

Afterward we discover the best spots of street art in Bogota, where the most famous artist of the graffiti around the world have come to out their ideas in the walls of the city. Continue to the old quarter of La Candelaria and walk through the Plaza de Bolivar, stop at the well-known 200-year-old restaurant, La Puerta Falsa, to try the local typical sweets and desserts. We also visit the Botero Museum, home to some of Fernando Botero's finest pieces. Fernando Botero is the most widely recognized Colombian painter and sculptor. Today the museum houses one of Latin America's most important international art collections. The museum consists of over 100 works of Fernando Botero, and some of the other highlights include works by Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, Claude Monet, and Henri Matisse.

We finish our day at the world-famous Gold Museum, regarded as the finest collection of gold from pre-Hispanic times. This museum has some excellent, well laid out exhibitions with explanations in English.

Overnight in Bogota.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 3 Bogota: Catedral de Sal & Paso Fino Horse Ranch
This morning we travel north to Zipaquira where we visit the Catedral de Sal. The Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá (Catedral de Sal de Zipaquirá) is an underground Roman Catholic Church built within the tunnels of a salt mine 200 meters underneath a mountain. This is not only a popular destination with travellers, but also an important place of pilgrimage in the country.

This cathedral is an engineering feat under the earth's surface, part of the salt mines that date back from the Muisca period. Curving and twisting tunnels descend into the Roman Catholic Church, passing 14 small chapels representing the Stations of the Cross, illustrating the events of Jesus' last journey. Each station has a cross and several kneeling platforms carved into the salt structure.

Upon leaving Zipaquirá, we’ll visit a traditional hacienda, one of the most traditional estates on the outskirts of Bogotá. Here you will enjoy the best of the local gastronomy by trying the typical ajiaco (chicken and potato soup) for lunch, and afterwards attend to private and exclusive exhibition of the famous Colombian creole "paso fino" horses.

We return to our hotel (due to our early departure tomorrow and included lunch today, dinner is on your own this evening).

Overnight in Bogotá.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Lunch

Day 4 Bogota - Fly to Cafetera Region & Coffee Experience
Early this morning we transfer to Bogota's airport for our 30-minute flight to Pereira, one of the cities located near the Colombian Coffee Triangle, a UNESCO listed area known for its breathtaking deep green landscapes and the unique culture and traditions of the region. Having shed years of isolation imposed by surrounding civil war and the central Andean range that marks its eastern limit, coffee country has become the heart of Colombia's nascent "rural tourism" industry that fuses history, ecology, and know-your-roots national pride.

Once landed, we'll have a hands-on coffee experience covering the cultivation, harvesting, roasting, and tasting processes of coffee production, from the seed to the roasted bean. The rich volcanic soil together with the climate and the topography make this region ideal for the cultivation of quality coffee.

Our overnight point is Salento, situated in the heart of the coffee region. This is one of the oldest towns in the department of Quindio and probably the smallest. Startlingly well- preserved, Salento offers us an opportunity to enjoy a traditional coffee settlement. Set amid gorgeous green mountains, this small town survives on coffee production, trout farming and, increasingly, tourists, who are drawn by its quaint streets, typical paisa architecture, and its proximity to the spectacular Valle de Cocora.

Overnight near Salento.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 5 Cocora Valley & Tejo Game
Today we visit Valle de Cocora located to the east of Salento. Here we will enjoy a walk in the valley and see the famous Palma de Cera (wax palm) growing abundantly along the hillsides. Towering high, this palm makes for the rather strange but beautiful scenery. Back in the 80s, this place was declared a sanctuary for the protection of Colombia's national tree, also home of the endemic yellow-eared parrot.

This afternoon we'll get to experience Tejo, Colombia's national game. Usually accompanied by cold beer, participants can test their aim, tossing small balls into target area -- if your aim is true you'll be rewarded with an explosion of (harmless) gunpowder and the excitement of playing a truly local sport! This is a great way to get a feel for the local vibe and to participate in a very traditional passtime.

Overnight near Salento.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 6 Salento - Sanctuary of Otun Quimbaya - Fly to Medellin
This morning we visit Otun Quimbaya, an easily-accessible nature reserve filled with hundreds of wild species, such as the howler monkey, butterflies, and myriad birds. Along our +/- 2 km leisurely walk, we'll explore the surrounding river, marshland, and forest ecosystems (your Tour Leader will provide more details on the nature of our excursion the night before).

We then return to our hotel, check out, and catch our flight to Medellin, transferring to our hotel located in the modern neighborhood of El Poblado.

This is Colombia's 'second city' and the capital of 'Paisa' culture. Medellín is a forward-thinking city, which has reinvented itself since the dark days of the drug cartels. With Colombia's most extensive integrated public transport system, this city is a 'pioneer' in terms of social reform and offers a slick uptown district with an international feel.

Overnight in Medellin.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 7 Medellin: City & Area Touring
Today we will enjoy a guided tour through Medellin, the "City of Eternal Spring". We walk through the historical and cultural centers where we learn about Colombia's controversial yet fascinating history.

Having gone through several periods of significant transformation, the Medellin of today is an inclusive city, where every inhabitant has the space to express themselves and participate in social change. Much of this is due to the efforts made to improve the quality of life of Medellin's inhabitants following the difficult decades of the 80s and 90s. On our visit, you’ll have the chance to learn more about this city and the art, music, and food culture that has developed during its gradual transformation.

We enjoy the urban street art in the comunas of San Javier, the typical and avant-garde street food on the boulevard of Parque del Rio, and the massive sculptures by Fernando Botero in the heart of Medellin’s city center. We continue to the Medellin Memorial Center, a blast from the past, displaying the dramatic history of cartels and gangs that struggled for control of the city.

After a break for lunch we head to Parque Arvi, a large natural reserve located above the city that has several paths. After arriving by cable car from Medellín, we will explore trails that weave their way through magical forests and amazing landscapes of the Andes Central Mountain Range.

Nearby is the village of Santa Elena, best known for its large, ornate flower arrangements displayed annually at Medellin’s Flower Festival. The people of Santa Elena have learned how to create colourful shapes, figures and even faces out of flowers – a tradition that has been handed down to them over many years. On this visit, you'll even get a chance to chat with a flower farmer, or silletero, and stroll through a flower producing farm, taking in all the lovely fragrances.

Overnight in Medellin.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 8 Medellin & Guatape
Today we get away from the hustle and bustle of Medellin with an excursion to the nearby (2- hour drive, each way) village of Guatape.

Guatape was relocated to its present spot after the construction of the Guatape hydroelectric dam. Since its foundation, all the inhabitants of the town began the tradition of decorating their houses with the unique stories of their families, their livelihoods, and the events that have marked their lives. As we explore the streets of Guatape, you’ll be impressed with the amazing, colourful walls and original art. You’ll also have the chance to visit the big rock of El Peñol, a huge monolith that faces a picturesque lake, the perfect postcard shot of the day.

We return to Medellin.

Overnght in Medellin.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 9 Medellin - Fly to Cartagena: Old Town Walking Tour
This morning we fly to Cartagena.

Located on Colombia's northern coast and facing the Caribbean Sea, Cartagena de Indias is the undisputed queen of the Caribbean coast. Founded in 1533 by Spaniard Don Pedro de Heredia, and named after the port of Cartagena in Spain's Murcia region, Cartagena de Indias was a major center of early Spanish settlement in the Americas. Today Cartagena beautifully preserves its colonial character with the assistance of UNESCO as a listed World Heritage Site.

This afternoon we'll discover Cartagena's rich history and beautiful colonial architecture. You will learn about the culture of Cartagena and its interesting architecture, and visit such beautiful sites as Plaza de Bolívar, the Cathedral of Cartagena, San Pedro Claver Square, and San Pedro Church. We will stroll through the narrow shaded streets of the old walled city, where flowers cascade from overhanging wooden balconies. The Old City is nearly encircled by walls that stand 4m (12ft) tall and are as thick as 18m (60ft) in some places. Their strength has preserved some fascinating colonial structures.

Cartagena's historic center is flat and relatively small, making it the perfect city for walking. You'll find a photo opportunity at every corner. Peek into doorways to see the cool tiled patios hidden from other passersby.

Overnight in Cartagena.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 10 Cartagena: San Fernando Fortress & La Popa Monastery
Cartagena is built on several islands located at the end of a bay; the marshes that originally surrounded these islands were filled in order to link the land to the coast. Several bridges provide access to and from the island, and one of these leads directly to the old city. A number of lagoons separate the suburban areas from the old city, whose centre is surrounded by magnificent ramparts.

Today we visit San Fernando Fortress, located on Cartagena's island of Tierra Bomba at a strategic location for Spaniards to defend the city from corsairs. The most representative sight here is the Fortress of San Rafael, a well-preserved gem that endured many battles in its time.

We'll also visit the fortress of San Felipe, a masterpiece of military strategy, before heading up to la Popa Monastery, located on the highest spot of Cartagena, where we can have a 360° view of both modern and historic Cartagena.

Overnight in Cartagena (dinner on your own this evening).

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 11 Cartagena: Palenque & Leisure Time
This morning we travel two hours to San Basilio de Palenque, a centuries old village and the first place registered as a free town for the slaves in all of the Americas, over 100 years before slavery was abolished. With the insight of a local guide, we are able to enter rustic homes, try local foods and drinks, hear traditional music, learn about a UNESCO recognized language and culture, and rub shoulders with some of the friendliest people in the country.
After about a 90-minute visit, we return to Cartagena by way of Bocagrande and Manga.

You are then free to find lunch and enjoy an afternoon of exploration before we meet later this afternoon, when colonial carriages will take us for a ride around the city before our final dinner.

This afternoon may want to visit the local Gold Museum with its amazing and priceless national collections, and interesting rooms that recreate the region's Amerindian ethnic groups. Though small, this museum offers a fascinating collection from the Zenu (also known as Sinu) people, who inhabited the region of the present-day departments of Bolívar, Córdoba, Sucre and northern Antioquia before the Spanish Conquest.

Overnight in Cartagena.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 12 Departure
Departure from Cartagena.

BUEN VIAJE!

Included Meal(s): Breakfast

Tour Map


*The red tour trail on the map does not represent the actual travel path.


Hotel List


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.


Hotel BH Bicentenario

Rating: 4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation
Location: Bogota
Country: Colombia

A 3-minute walk from the Museo del Oro’s gold exhibits, this informal hotel on a bustling street is an
... walk from Plaza de Bolívar and 14 km from Aeropuerto Internacional El Dorado. Streamlined rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows offer complimentary Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs, plus minibars and coffeemakers.
Read More.

Click here to visit hotel website

Hotel Salento Real

Rating: 3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation
Location: Salento
Country: Colombia

Surrounded by shops and restaurants, this vibrant Spanish Colonial-style hotel is 10 km from hiking at Acaime and 11 km
... scenic Cocora valley national park. Featuring colourful accents, the casual rooms offer free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and safes.
Read More.

Click here to visit hotel website

Hotel Poblado Alejandria

Rating: 4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation
Location: Medellin
Country: Colombia

This modern hotel is 1 km from the Museo el Castillo and 4 km from both the Museo de Arte
... de Medellín and the Aguacatala metro station. Featuring contemporary decor, the colorful rooms come with flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi and minibars.

Read More.

Click here to visit hotel website

Santa Catalina Hotel

Rating: 5 Star Accommodation5 Star Accommodation5 Star Accommodation5 Star Accommodation5 Star Accommodation
Location: Cartagena
Country: Colombia

The Santa Catalina Hotel is a new luxury boutique hotel in Cartagena that ensures your stay is filled with welcoming
... and comfort. Its excellent services and special location in the heart of the historic city center make it the perfect accommodation.
Read More.

Click here to visit hotel website


Trip Information


Inclusions

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.

Exclusions

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.

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.

How might Covid-19 impact this tour and your booking? To review our safety protocols, passenger responsibilites, frequently asked questions, and terms governing your reservation, click here.

Review our full booking terms here.

Accommodation

Well-located, heated/air-conditioned, 3-5 star hotels with en suite toilet and bath throughout.

For more hotel information, please click on the "Map & Hotels" tab on this page.

Staff and Support

Tour Leader, driver/s local guides at some locations.

Group Size

Maximum 18 plus Tour Leader

CM1 TRIP DETAILS

DURATION12 days

TOUR STARTBogota

TOUR ENDCartagena

Can't find what you're looking for?


Our specialists can take away the stress and create a custom trip tailored to your exact interests and budget.

 

Tours you may also like

35 days from Lima to Quito
Our South America tour packages are truly bucket list experiences and this tour features… Read More
32 days from Manaus to Santiago
On our Chile, Brazil & Argentina tour there's so much to see and do in these three… Read More
32 days from Lima to Quito
Home to more than one-third of the country's population, Lima is the must-see commercial… Read More
32 days from Quito to La Paz
Pristine tropical jungle, exotic flora and teeming fauna serve as the most picturesque… Read More
31 days from Lima to Guayaquil
Peru's capital city was once called 'The City of Kings' by Spanish conquistadors and it… Read More
28 days from Lima to Guayaquil
Lima, or 'The City of the Kings' as it was dubbed by Spanish conquistadors, is a city… Read More
28 days from Quito to La Paz
Nestled in the shadows of the Pichincha volcano high in the Andes, Ecuador's capital… Read More
27 days from Manaus to Ushuaia
On our Brazil, Argentina & Chile tour, you'll be arriving in Manaus in northwest Brazil,… Read More
26 days from Quito to Cuzco
For a comprehensive overview of the diversity and splendour of nature in South America,… Read More
24 days from Rio de Janeiro to Santiago
This comprehensive 24-day Brazil, Argentina & Chile tour of some of South America's most… Read More
24 days from Guam to Apia
This South Pacific Explorer Tour has an itinerary like no other -- 100% unique! We… Read More
22 days from Quito to Cuzco
Enjoy a varied sample of the abundance of South America as we travel to Ecuador, Peru and… Read More
22 days from Buenos Aires to Buenos Aires
This is a comprehensive exploration of this massively diverse country, literally from top… Read More
21 days from Buenos Aires to Santiago
Argentina & Chile Tour from Adventures Abroad: Argentina's capital, Buenos Aires, is our… Read More
21 days from Santiago to Santiago
Essential Chile Tour from Adventures Abroad: This thin strip of land that combines with… Read More
21 days from Bogota to Panama City
This Panama and Colombia tour is a nice combination of our highlight-packed tour of… Read More
21 days from Lima to Santiago
We've been offering tours to Peru and Chile for years, but it has been a long time since… Read More
20 days from La Paz to Montevideo
The development of this Bolivia, Paraguay, Argentina & Uruguay tour was the initiative of… Read More
19 days from Buenos Aires to Santiago
After a comprehensive tour of the plethora of historic and cultural attractions in the… Read More
19 days from Quito to Quito
This 19-day Ecuador tour is an adventure that takes us into the Amazon Basin and amid the… Read More
17 days from Lima to La Paz
Few places in the world offer the type of jaw-dropping scenery that serves as a backdrop… Read More
17 days from Asuncion to Montevideo
We've offered variations on this itinerary over the years and usually for only special… Read More
16 days from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia
For those seeking adventure, Chile and Argentina tours have plenty of it. Discover a land… Read More
15 days from Santiago to Santiago
After a spot of exploration in the ever-vibrant capital city, Santiago, our Chile tour… Read More
15 days from Quito to Guayaquil
Our 15 days of adventure on this Ecuador tour are well-spent on this thrill-ride of a… Read More
15 days from Quito to Quito
Striking a balance between exploration of the natural and man-made worlds, on this… Read More
14 days from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia
Argentina & Chile Tour from Adventures Abroad: The incomparable Buenos Aires, Argentina's… Read More
14 days from Manaus to Iguacu Falls
Whether you are looking for the hustle and bustle of city life and activity or the serene… Read More
14 days from Lima to La Paz
Landing in Lima, once dubbed 'City of Kings' by Spanish conquistadors, we begin our Peru… Read More
14 days from Quito to Quito
Our Experiential Ecuador Tour is an exciting addition to our itineraries that include the… Read More
13 days from Lima to Lima
This itinerary combines our Classic Peru tour with two extensions: Nazca & Ica, as well… Read More
12 days from Georgetown to Paramaribo
On our Guyana, Suriname & French Guiana tour, sandy beaches, tropical climate and… Read More
11 days from Lima to Cuzco
On this Peru tour, as our plane glides over the 2,000 year old Nazca Lines, we can hear… Read More
11 days from Quito to Guayaquil
Join us on this Ecuador tour, an exploration of the rural and urban charms of one of… Read More
10 days from Lima to Lima
10 days from Quito to Quito
This Ecuador & the Galapagos tour is an exciting addition to our itineraries that include… Read More
8 days from Lima to Cuzco
On our Classic Peru tour the sight of Peruvian villagers going about their daily business… Read More
Cookies on the Adventures Abroad Website
To have the best experience on our site, we have placed cookies on your device. They're safe and don't carry sensitive or private details. You can also edit the cookies in your browser settings. If you don't make any changes and proceed, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on adventures-abroad.com. For full details, view our privacy policy.
I UNDERSTAND