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Colombia Coffee Trail - 12 Days

Colombia Coffee Trail

Colombia · Private Tour · 12 Days
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Venture into the lively Medellín and learn about its moving history, unearth the secrets of Colombian coffee as you ride a hot air balloon over the plantations, and finish with some world-class whale watching in Nuquí. 

Itinerary

Day 1 - Bogotá
Day 2 - Gastronomy Experience & Walking Tour
Day 3 - Bogotá → Pereira
Day 4 - Cocora Valley, Salento & Filandia
Day 5 - Hot Air Balloon Ride & Pijao
Day 6 - Pereira → Medellín
Day 7 - Guatapé
Day 8 - Medellín
Day 9 - Medellín → Nuquí
Day 10 - Nuquí
Day 11 - Nuquí
Day 12 - Nuquí → Medellín

What is included

  • Internal transfers, transportation and sightseeing as per itinerary with private air conditioning car
  • 11 nights accommodation at comfort hotels with breakfast
  • Meals mentioned in this itinerary
  • Entrance fees to the visits and excursions mentioned as included
  • Bilingual speaking guide during visits

What is NOT included

  • International flight
  • Domestic flights of Bogotá-Pereira, Medellín-Nuqui-Medellín
  • Visits not mentioned in this itinerary
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned in this itinerary
  • Tips and personal expenses
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1
Bogotá

Arrival to El Dorado airport in Bogotá. Reception and transfer to the hotel.

Overnight at the hotel.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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2
Gastronomy Experience & Walking Tour

Today you will enjoy a culinary experience in the historical center of Bogotá, La Candelaria. After a typical breakfast in one of the most traditional restaurants of the city and a coffee tasting with an expert, participate in a cooking class. Guided by a professional cook, people will learn how to make an ajiaco, the typical dish of Bogota. Then, with the dessert, have a meet & greet with the cook and the people behind the experience. 

Then, visit Plaza de Bolivar, where a statue of the great Simon Bolivar is located. This Plaza, originally called the Plaza Mayor, was used for civil and military purposes, as a marketplace, a bullring and a gallows. The Cathedral, on the eastern side of the plaza, is built on the remains of the first church built in Bogota in 1539 and houses an important collection of religious artifacts. The Capilla del Sagrario is located just beside the Cathedral and is a gem of religious architecture which houses valuable pieces of colonial religious art. The Capitol, built between 1847 and 1926, shows its renaissance and neoclassical influences with its carved stonework and tall columns and is the first republican piece of civil architecture. The central area of the Capitol, known as the Salon Eliptico, is where congress meets and is the actual chamber for politicians and the Senate. 

Around the Plaza de Bolivar are the Palacio de Justicia, the Mayor of Bogota’s offices called the Edificio Lievano, the oldest school in the county called San Bartolome and the Casa de los Comuneros who participated towards the end of the XVII Century in some of the first independence movements. 

The visit continues with the Botero Museum, a colonial house exhibiting some of Fernando Botero's works of art and pieces from his own personal collection that include works by Picasso, Renoir, Dalí, Matisse, Monet and Giacometti. Next is the Gold Museum which has a permanent exhibition of some 32,000 pieces of gold, 20,000 stones, ceramics and textiles all precious to the Quimbaya, Calima, Tayrona, Sinu, Muisca, Tolima, Tumaco and Magdalena cultures. 

Overnight at the hotel.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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3
Bogotá → Pereira

After breakfast, transfer to the airport and flight to Pereira. Reception and half day visit of coffee plantations along the steep hills typical of this area. 

On a secondary pathway view the green carpet of coffee plants that spread out as far as the horizon interrupted only by fincas and heliconia flowers. The visit continues on to one of the coffee haciendas to see the plantations and production system in detail, including the harvest, the drying and treatment in this volcanic terrain along the Central Andes Mountain range, the perfect place for this crop. 

The visit of the property begins with an introductory chat about coffee, its preparation, toasting, the characteristics of quality and the properties that allow for such a variety of coffee in the world. Visit the main house on the property to enjoy the local typical architecture and history. Taste different coffee brews and return to the hotel. 

The harvest in Colombia takes around a year, although the main period is between October and May/June. Most of the plantations in Colombia grow Arabica beans that produce a delicate and light tasting coffee which is widely recognized and consumed. 

The process begins when the bean is planted and takes approximately 75 days to germinate. The seedling is then placed in a plastic bag and under partial sunlight until its base dries. Two years after planting the tree, it bears its first fruit which is harvested when the bean is red in color and dry and ripe. Once the fruit has been picked, the pulp is stripped away and the bean is cleaned and dried in the sun. The beans are exported or dried in preparation for sale, before being ground and made ready for human consumption. Transfer to the hotel and check-in.

Overnight at the hotel.

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Bogota → Pereira 1h
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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4
Cocora Valley, Salento & Filandia

After breakfast, leave for the Valle de Cocora which is located in the central mountains of the department of Quindio. This is part of the Parque Nacional de los Nevados and is the ideal place to marvel at the Quindian wax palm, the national tree of Colombia.

Upon arrival in the valley, either hiking or on horseback, head into the cloud forest to enjoy the biodiversity of flora and fauna. On your return, cross the River Quindio while walking along an ecological pathway which goes past the tallest wax palms in the world. Learn why the indigenous people here worshiped this mythical tree. Stop at a trout farm and then enjoy a traditional meal of smoked trout

Enjoy some free time here. In the afternoon, continue 10km towards the traditional town of Salento to enjoy a city tour that visits Plaza de Bolivar with its colourful balconies, the Calle Real, the handicrafts shops and the Cocora viewpoint. 

Then, transfer to the traditional village of Filandia to enjoy a city tour that includes the viewpoint, the colonial homes, the Plaza de Bolivar and the coffee shops. Here, enjoy some time soaking up the regional atmosphere and perhaps some local spirits before returning to the hotel.

Overnight at the hotel.

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Pereira → Cocora Valley70 km
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

day
5
Hot Air Balloon Ride & Pijao

After breakfast, get ready for the ultimate experience in the coffee region: fly above it on a Hot Air Balloon. Start your tour early in the morning, as it is during this time of the day that it offers the most appropriate weather conditions for the flight. Participate in the process of inflating the balloon which takes around 30min to complete and at the same time taste a hot cup coffee with typical pastries from the region. 

Then, start your journey which will give you an opportunity to appreciate from above the beautiful landscape of the Colombia Coffee Region. The balloon can be controlled in the process of ascending and descending, however since the balloon does not have a steering wheel it is the wind that dictates the direction of the flight, hence no flight and landing spot are the same making the flight even more fascinating.

The balloon driver is in constant communication with the land support team that is following closely by and that will pick up the passengers once the balloon has landed. Passengers will receive a flight certificate of the experience and the tour will finish at approximately 11am. Then time for lunch an visit to Pijao

During this excursion visit four family houses, enter to their beautiful gardens and taste the typical beverage prepared by each family. These gardens have hidden agricultural treasures: rare flowers and fruits alongside all the ingredients necessary for today’s lunch and home remedies. The excursion ends with a visit to the central square and the most important streets of Pijao’s town.

Overnight at the hotel.

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Pereira → Pijao79 km
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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6
Pereira → Medellín

After breakfast, land transfer to Medellin, which will roughly take 5 hours. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel.

Fondas are places, better described as small traditional shops, where the horse riding locals stop and take a break to boast of their accomplishments and drink the local aguardiente liquor. The town of Sabaneta is the best example of this and is located within the Aburra Valley on the outskirts of Medellín. 

This area is renowned for its paisa traditions, in particular horseriding. It takes approximately 45 minutes to get to Sabaneta in the city’s southern limits, where the tour begins visiting many traditional and popular Antioquian Fondas. Hopping from place to place, hear different types of music including ranchera and vallenato. Have a shot of Colombian aguardiente with the locals. It is possible to finishing our visit in one of the famous nightclubs located here to get a complete feel of what the Sabaneta nightlife is like. 

Overnight at the hotel.

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Pereira → Medellín234 km
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Patio del Mundo

Medellin

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7
Guatapé

After breakfast, we will leave Medellín and head to the town of Guatapé in order to visit its famous rock. Guatapé is located in the outskirts of Medellin and has a reservoir created by the Colombian government for a hydro-electric dam, in the middle of the reservoir is the Peñol Rock, possibly a meteorite. 

The, visit the picturesque village of Guatapé where all of the houses are painted in quaint pastel colours. The way to El Peñol takes around two hours, during which passengers can appreciate the outstanding landscape of Antioquia. After lunch, visit the Guatapé reservoir, including a boat tour.

Overnight at the hotel.

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Medellín → Guatapé88 km
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Patio del Mundo

Medellin

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8
Medellín

Breakfast at the hotel. Medellín is well known and appreciated because of its nice weather, its natural wealth and its flowers. Just an hour away from the city is Santa Elena, a small town where the silleteros are from. They are responsible for the symbolic annual silleteros parade, the main event of the Flowers Fair. 

The tour begins early in the morning heading to the east side of Antioquia, passing through Corredor de Las Palmas, the main highway to the international airport. On the way, visit a typical craft market to appreciate the local handcraft or to taste a typical meal of the region. Also, enjoy the view of the green mountains landscapes that surround Medellín, the Andes.

Then, the tour will arrive at Londono’s Finca, hub for traditional local farmers and connoisseurs of the silleteros art. Meet with locals and learn more about this art. Transfer back to Medellín with a mini-silleta made by the client as a souvenir. 

Then we will visit to the places that best represent the social transformation that has taken place in Medellín. Enjoy an exciting tour through the history and present of Medellín and learn about the transformation of this fascinating metropolis. Today the City of Eternal Spring is one of the most innovative cities in the world.

Visit the barrio Santo Domingo Savio, which used to be one of the most unsafe suburbs of Medellín. Arrive here by the metrocable car that joins the north-east area with the city centre, which has been life changing to many of the inhabitants of the city. 

Learn more about the city’s transformation after the death of Pablo Escobar and also get to know the innovative transport-system in the poorer neighborhoods at first hand. Explore Medellin’s newest invention: the electric stairways of the district Comuna 13, discover stories about its past by visiting the most important places marked by historical events. 

Here it is possible to have a beautiful view over the city from the balconies of San Javier. Then, go on to La Plazoleta located in the city centre, in an area that fell into decline in the 1980s and today houses 23 sculptures of Fernando Botero, donated by this famous local artist in year 2000. Since that time, the city has undergone a social and cultural transformation around these works placed in a public space.

Overnight at the hotel.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Patio del Mundo

Medellin

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9
Medellín → Nuquí

After breakfast, transfer to the local airport for a flight to Nuquí. Reception at Nuquí Airport and transfer to the dock for an approximately 45 minute boat transfer to Ecolodge El Cantil and check-in.

In the afternoon, walk to the waterfall Cascada del Amor, a paradise where crystalline waters tumble over a 4m high waterfall. Walk a few minutes further into the jungle to see the Mellizas Waterfall. Lastly, enjoy the empty beaches near the river. Return to the hotel.

Overnight at the hotel.

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Medellín → Nuquí 40min
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

day
10
Nuquí

After breakfast, take a leisurely walk over level terrain for 3 km admiring the pelicans and other birds and walk past streams that splice the beaches in order to reach the ocean. 

Arrive at the thermal springs and take a bath in waters that reach a comfortable 32 ºC temperature.

In the afternoon, head out for a whale watching trip.

Overnight at the hotel.

*Whale watching is only available from July to October. 

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

day
11
Nuquí

After breakfast, walk to Rio Terco following it into the jungle, this hike is a true adventure. Notice as the contrasts in the vegetation and fauna become more apparent and enjoy the sounds of the jungle and pure nature. For this tour is important to be fit.

In the afternoon, head out for a whale watching trip.

Overnight at the hotel.

*Whale watching is only available from July to October. 

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

day
12
Nuquí → Medellín

After breakfast, morning departure by boat to Nuqui and transfer to the airport. 

Arrival and transfer to the international airport in Medellín.

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Nuquí → Medellín 40min
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodations

Pereira
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Hotel Boutique Sazagua

Medellin
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Patio del Mundo

Nuqui
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El Cantil Ecolodge

Price for comfort experience

Customizable private tour
Prices per person2-3 pax
Double Sharing
4-6 pax
Double Sharing
20 Apr 2018 - 31 May 2018$3796$3277
1 Jun 2018 - 14 Jul 2018$3821$3301
15 Jul 2018 - 31 Jul 2018$3874$3354
1 Aug 2018 - 26 Aug 2018$3850$3329
27 Aug 2018 - 15 Dec 2018$3796$3277

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