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Andes Mountains, Coffee Plantations, Caribbean Coastlines!

Take a journey which begins in the beautiful Andes mountains and metropolis capital city of Colombia, Bogota, and ends on the vibrant Caribbean Coast!

Begin by discovering Bogota’s breathtaking surroundings with a trip down the Rio Negro white water rafting, an ecological trek to the mystic home of the El Dorado Legend and bike around the Colonial historic centre of Bogota. Afterwards head to warmer climates to where the best coffee in the world is grown! Tour a working coffee farm with the experts and horseride through the countryside.
Heat up Caribbean style! in the romantic and historic UNESCO renowed city of Cartagena, take an unusual mud bath at Totumo Volcano and spend the night on an idyllic island in the Rosario Islands, known for incredible coral reefs and tropical sea life.
Enjoy having a taste of some of Colombias diverse culture!

Daily breakdown

Day 1 – Bogota

Arrival to Bogota and settle into 3 star accommodation

Meals -None Accommodation -Casona Del Patio

Day 2 – Bogota

Morning – Transfer from the hotel to La Candelaria the historic part of Bogota to take a Bicycle tour through the rustic cobblestone streets of La Candelaria where you can contemplate its characteristic colonial architecture, cultural ambience and get to know the main attractions of the area. A guide will inform you about Colombia’s many different historical and social aspects, and answer any questions you may have. Transfer to the hotel.

Meals -Breakfast Accommodation -Casona Del Patio

Day 3 – Tobia

Day trip to Tobia, the outdoor adventure town very close to Bogota, here you will embark on an ecological trek of the Berberia Creek. Afterwards you will go rafting with highly qualified guides down the Negro River in Class 3 rapids and past beautiful river-side vegetation. After a lunch by the river you will head back to Bogota.

Meals -Breakfast & lunch Accommodation -Casona Del Patio

Day 4 – Lake Guatavita and Zipaquira

Day trip to the beautiful lake ‘Laguna de Guatavita’ the cradle of the El Dorado legend and which was the ritual center of the Muisca Indians who would honor their gods by throwing gold and emeralds into the lake. The lake itself is a beautiful emerald green and boasts beautiful nature around its diameter and which is truly invigorating to walk through. Here you will have a guide tell you about this land and lakes extensive mystical history.After a walk around Guatavita, you will drive to Zipaquirá. The town is primarily known for its incredible Salt mine Cathedral, an underground church built inside a salt deposit in a tunnel made as result of the exploitation of the salt mines. Return to Bogota.

Meals -Breakfast & lunch Accommodation -Casona Del Patio

Day 5 – Armenia

Transfer to the bus station in Bogota

(Can change bus trip for domestic flight for added cost)

Arrival to the lush land of the coffee plantations, transfer to your accommodation, a beautiful ‘Hacienda’ traditional house typical of the region.

Meals -Breakfast Accommodation -Hacienda Bambusa

Day 6 – Armenia

Late morning head to the working coffee farm and hacienda to have an amazing course on the coffee production and coffee workers life, here you will learn from some of Colombia’s leading coffee experts about the coffee process, as well as taste different coffee strengths to learn the differences. Watch fresh organic coffee be ground infront of you and packaged for you to take home.

Meals -Breakfast Accommodation -Hacienda Bambusa

Day 7 – Armenia

Enjoy a morning horse ride through beautiful surroundings. In the afternoon take a visit to the Botanical gardens and Butterfly sanctuary before returning to your Hacienda to rest.

Meals -Breakfast Accommodation -Hacienda Bambusa

Day 8 – Cartagena

Transfer to domestic airport to take flight to Cartagena, transfer from airport in Cartagena to hotel in the Gestmani area of Cartagena (a short walk from the old walled city). Free time.

Meals -Breakfast Accommodation -Casa Colonial

Day 9 – Rosario Islands

Over night trip to the beautiful tropical Rosario Islands where the coral reefs are renowned for their incredible diversity and where the sea is crystal clear, and idyllically warm to swim in.
Meet at the port in the morning to take your boat transfer to Isla San Pedro de Majagua.Have one night on the island to relax and enjoy the water activites available here.

Meals -Buffet lunch Accommodation -Casa Colonial

Day 10 – Cartagena

Afternoon return from the Island to Cartagena where you can have some free time to explore the UNESCO City renowed for its candy-colored colonial buildings, windy cobblestone streets, overflowing flower balconies and historic remains such as the surrounding old city wall.

Meals -None Accommodation -Casa Colonial

Day 11 – Totumo Volcano

Morning trip to Volcan Del Totumo, a volcano outside of Cartagena and which is renowned for its healing properties in its mud. Take a mud bath in the small volcano crater and benefit from its rich minerals.
Afternoon free

Meals -None Accommodation -Casa Colonial

Day 12 – End of Tour

Transfer to International airport for flight back home

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Comments for Andes, Coffee Zone, Caribbean Tour

  • Comment by Jim Striebich — 10/12/2009

    Thanks again for the amazing good time in Colombia!

    Some feedback on our tour,

    - Overall wonderful week. Mantaraya was great to deal with from the first time I called, and all the way through our tour.
    - You were extremely flexible from the beginning
    - The initial price was so reasonable, I came back and asked for some additional days, which you filled in short-order. But I never felt like you were intentionally adding high-margin options to ‘pad’ your profit. That was great.

    Once in Colombia:
    - Everything was in order – our transports were all on-time and easy to locate.
    - The arrival packet was at the first hotel desk as promised.
    - Overall, the accommodations were terrific.
    - The other hotels were all wonderful. I think our favorite was Bambusa in Armenia!

    - I think the biggest surprise was how much we enjoyed the Armenia leg. The Coffee Plantation tour was amazing. They spent 4+ hours with just Chrissy and I made us feel like we were visiting from the UN or something. Had a ball.

    Overall thoughts on Colombia as a US travel destination:
    - Beautiful, breathtaking country with a big variety of terrains and climates.
    - Great value COP vs $USD
    - Limited tourism industry means hardly anyone speaks English – especially outside urban areas
    - But that also means you’re NEVER fighting the usual throngs of other tourists. Even in some of the more exotic places Chrissy and I have been (i.e. Morocco), we’ve found ourselves running into busloads of tourists. Not having that made it worth muddling through our lousy (lazy;) Spanglish to be understood.
    - Nearly everyone we encountered was extremely friendly and patient with us. We came away with a great impression of Colombia. Never felt threatened or unwelcome. We’re already recommending Colombia to our traveling friends!

    Thanks again for everything!

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