Andes, Coffee & Caribbean (itinerary)
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Andes, Coffee & Caribbean (itinerary)

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Bogotá- Coffee Region- Cartagena / Santa Marta

10 Nights / 11 Days or 12 Nights / 13 Days

Day 1 : Bogotá
Arrival to the El Dorado International Airport in Bogota. Reception and transfer to the hotel. Welcome dinner in a cozy local restaurant, where your guide will give you an outlook on Colombia, a few Spanish “basics”, and brief you on the details of your trip.

Day 2 : Bogotá
Breakfast. Guided city tour : we will take the cable car up to Monserrate, a magnificent observation point of the city and the valley, located 3200 m above sea level. We will then visit the Candelaria neighborhood, the colonial heart of Bogotá and an area of great patrimonial and architectural importance. This historically rich area is known for its cobble stone streets, its colorful houses with wooden balconies and internal patios that hide beautiful gardens. Most of the city´s and country´s history has taken place in this neighborhood. We will visit the Colón Theatre, the San Carlos Palace, the San Ignacio Church, the Nariño Presidential Palace, the Bolívar Square, the Capitol Building, the City Hall, and the Cathedral. We will then visit the magnificent collection of the world famous Gold Museum.
Lunch : free. In the Candelaria neighborhood you will find many different types of restaurants to choose from- typical, international, bohemian, trendy- If you wish, we will take you along to one of our favorites.
Afternoon : free (take a look at our Amaterra options)
Amaterra Options :
Going Social (3-4 hours) :
IMG 2028We invite you to visit one of our partners, the Colombianitos Foundation. This international nonprofit organization brings new hope for a better future to thousands of children who are victims of the armed conflict, forced displacement and, consequently, a life of absolute poverty in one of the impoverished city slums in the South of the city, Ciudad Bolivar. It´s time to share a couple of hours with the actors of this beautiful program, which uses sport as a tool to build strong values and life skills, transforming highly disadvantaged communities into social environments that support and reinforce positive lifestyles.

G34oing Green(3-4 hours) :
Visit the José Celestino Mutis Botanical Garden. In the heart of Bogotá, but away from the city buzz, you can admire this magnificent garden, home to an impressive sampling of the Colombian flora. A specialized guide will take you along an incredible journey through the different regions of the country and its native species…a nice way to get ready for your « look-outs » during the rest of your trip.
Did you know ?
Colombia is the country with the most species of orchids in the world, more than 3000 ! Admire a great number of these in the impressive collection of the botanical garden.
Dinner : free (take a look at our Amaterra options)
Amaterra option :
Andres Carne de Res (3-4 h) : Certainly one of the most original restaurants in Colombia. It´s famous not only for its very special miscellaneous decoration and atmosphere but for its excellent menu. Fun guaranteed !

Day 3 : Bogotá- Armenia
36Breakfast. An early flight in the morning will take us to Armenia, one of the three main cities of the Coffee Triangle. 10 % of the world´s coffee is grown in these lush green valleys going from 800 m to 1800m. The UNESCO has recently declared the cultural landscape of this rich and exuberant area World Heritage. Upon arrival we will be transferred to our hotel, a typical coffee “hacienda”.
We will then head towards Armenia where we will have lunch in a typical “fonda” to try the specialties of the region.  We will then visit the Botanical Garden, with its collection of orchids and the “mariposario,” butterfly farm that carries more than 1500 species. We will have dinner back in the hotel.

Day 4 : Coffee Plantation
37We will be picked up after breakfast and taken to a traditional coffee farm near the city of Chinchiná. The ride there will give us a chance to admire the beautiful landscapes that make this region so special. Once in the farm, we have an interacting tour of the coffee making process: its preparation, the toasting, the characteristics of its quality, the different properties of diverse varieties, and of course, a tasting of this aromatic been. Lunch in the hacienda.
Back in the hotel, we will have a free afternoon to relax and enjoy the pool and magnificent scenery. We will have dinner in the hotel.

Day 5 : Valle del Cocora and Salento
38After breakfast, we will have a full day excursion. First we visit the Cocora Valley, a lush green valley framed by rugged peeks, home to Colombia´s national tree- the wax palm. In the midst of a cloud forest, these impressive trees grow up to 60m (making them the tallest in the world) on the side of the hills, a truly astonishing site. We will be walking or horseback riding through the valley and forest enjoying this unique and spectacular scenery.
After having lunch, we will visit Salento, the oldest town of the region of Quindio. This typical town is full of charm: colorful houses built with traditional materials, plenty of “tiendas”(typical shops) and cafés around the central “Plaza”, a good example of the local atmosphere. From its lookout point we will enjoy a spectacular view of the valley, the mountains that surround it and the river.
We will have dinner back in the hotel.

Day 6 : Free day
After breakfast you may choose either to stay at the Hacienda and relax or to take one of our specials.  (take a look at our Amaterra options)
Amaterra options :
39Parque Nacional del Café :
Full day excursion to visit the Parque Nacional del Café: a very picturesque and well-made Colombian theme park in honor of the beloved been. Its spectacular gardens and “guadua” (bamboo) constructions are a true delight. Attractions include a small museum, a small coffee plantation, and a number of amusement rides including a rollercoaster, an extensive cable car over the plantations, a fun and colloquial musical and a waterslide among others.
Panaca Park :
40Full day excursion to visit the Panaca Park: this national park is made to amuse and teach about agriculture and the land. Its constructions in “guadua” (bamboo) are impressive in size and design. It is a place to learn about products, aromatic plants, crops, processes, farm animals- cows, pigs, horses, mules, chicken, sheep, etc., and all the other details of life in a typical Colombian farm. It includes a cowboy lasso show, a pig race, and other fun activities.

P41arque Nacional de Los Nevados
Full day excursion to the Parque Nacional de Los Nevados: this national park provides access to some of the most stunning stretches of the Colombian Andes. With altitudes ranging from 2600 m to 5323 m, it includes everything from humid cloud forests, páramos, to the perpetual snows. You will visit a black lagoon, the aquacerales, the moon valley, and the mountain refuge, where “coca tea” is served to help adapt to the altitude before going up to the glaciers from which you have spectacular views. On the way down, we will stop at the Otoño open-air thermal pools to enjoy a comforting hot bath.
Dinner : free

 

Day 7 : Armenia- Bogotá- Cartagena
IMG 2035After breakfast, morning transfer to the airport to take a flight to Bogotá, with a connection to Cartagena.
Cartagena: upon arrival we will be transferred to our hotel in the charming walled city, the oldest and most romantic part of town. You will love to stroll along the colorful narrow streets of this enchanting city, which was declared part of the UNESCO World Heritage in 1984.  Its Spanish colonial architecture overlooking the Caribbean Sea, its intense nightlife, cultural festivals, exotic scenery, superb beaches, and wonderful food make Cartagena a truly magical place.
Dinner : Free

Day 8 : Cartagena
IMG 2036After breakfast, we will take a walking tour of the colonial walled city of Cartagena. We will visit the Santiago and Santo Domingo forts, the Plaza de Bolivar, the Plaza de la ProclamaciĂłn, la Plaza de la Aduana, and the Plaza de los Coches, with its Portal de los Dulces, famous for its typical local sweets. After going through the streets of the historical center, we will visit the Cathedral and the Palacio de la InquisiciĂłn, one of the finest buildings in town.
Lunch : free
Afternoon : free (take a look at our Amaterra options)
Amaterra option :
Going Social :
IMG 2037We will visit the quarters of The Colegio del Cuerpo in the GetsemanĂ­ neighborhood. Through artistic excellence this non-profit organization contributes to the social, educational, economical and human development of critical populations in the Cartagena area, and has become an internationally recognized contemporary dance company, as well as a model of integral education. We will get a chance to meet the actors of this amazing project and to see the day-to-day life of this unique dance company.
For other activities, such as a guided visit of the Castillo de San Felipe, the Popa Convent, the Boquilla, the Totumo Mud Volcano, or Mompox, please contact us.
Dinner : free

Day 9 : Cartagena
Free day after having breakfast in the hotel (take a look at our Amaterra options)
Amaterra option :
IMG 2038Spend the day in the Islas del Rosario Natural Park, (link a Islas del Rosario & San Bernardo) a magnificent coral archipelago approximately an hour from Cartagena by boat, with fine, white sand and delightful underwater gardens. It consists of 27 small coral islands surrounded by coral reefs, where three eco-systems prevail: coastal lagoon, mangroves, and tropical forests. The color of the ocean ranges from turquoise to purple making it a marvelous spot for lovers of scuba diving and snorkeling as well as sun, beach, and relaxation. This day trip includes a typical local lunch.

Day 10 : Cartagena- Bogotá
After breakfast, free day in Cartagena; transfer to the airport to catch a flight back to  Bogotá, where you will spend the last night of your trip.
*Amaterra option 3-Day extension : visit Santa Marta and the Tayrona Natural park

Day 11 : Bogota- International Flight
Breakfast and transfer to the El Dorado international airport to take your flight back home

*3-Day Extension :
Day 10 : Santa Marta & Tayrona Park
IMG 2039You will be picked up in your hotel in Cartagena after breakfast and driven along the coastline towards the Northeast to the Tayrona National Park. The trip will take approximately 5 h and will pass through the cities of Barranquilla and Santa Marta.
The Tayrona National Park is a few kilometers North from Santa Marta and covers an extension of 15.000 hectares of which 12.000 are on land and 3.000 are maritime. It lays on the foot of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, a massif that rises independently from the Andean range and houses an eco system unique in the world-going from sea level to 5780 m- and the habitat of various indigenous communities: Kogis, Arhuacos, Kankuamos and Wiwas.
The park´s scenery varies from pristine sand beaches to rainforest at an altitude of 600 m and is home to 56 endangered species. Within the park there are several archeological sites such as Pueblito, which can be visited in a magnificent 5 h trek from the beaches near our lodges.
Free day and over night stay in an eco-lodge on one of the beaches of the park.

Day 11 : Tayrona National Park
IMG 2040Free day in the park. You can visit many different beaches and the archeological site of Pueblito, or you can just relax, sunbathe, and enjoy the superb scenery of the place.

Day 12 : Parque Tayrona – Quebrada Valencia- Santa Marta
IMG 2041You will be picked up in the morning after breakfast at the Tayrona National Park and driven a little further North to the visit the Quebrada Valencia Natural Reserve. This spectacular place has a rock formation through which the river descends from the Sierra forming natural pools along the way. The visit includes an ecological walk along the river in the midst of a tropical forest, after which you can bathe in these amazing cascades and pools.
Lunch on the way back to Santa Marta in a typical local restaurant.
Once in Santa Marta, we will check in a comfortable hotel and have a free afternoon to relax or stroll along the pleasant streets of this tropical city.
Dinner : free

Day 13 : Santa Marta- Bogotá
IMG 2042After breakfast, a city tour of Santa Marta which includes: the Rodadero beach area, the beautiful Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, where SimĂłn BolĂ­var died on the 17th of December 1830; the Taganga lookout, from which there is a very nice view of the fishermen town of Taganga and its bay; the bay of Santa Marta, and the colonial historical center of the city.
Free lunch and transfer to the airport to catch the flight to Bogotá.