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13 Days / 12 Nights

Discover the beauty of Colombia on our new Colombia Botanical Tour.  Start in the capital city of Bogotá; explore the historic district before venturing to the beautiful Botanical Gardens just outside the city. Travel north of Bogotá to Chingaza National Park to see the páramo ecosystem and the unique frailejone shrubs. Continue to the coffee region and visit the Quindio Botanical Gardens followed by a coffee farm tour. Venture to Medellín, the "City of Eternal Spring", and visit a traditional flower farm.  Finish in Cartagena named one of the most romantic cities in South America before relaxing on the beach in Tayrona National Park.

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Highlights:

  • Bogotá - Botanical Gardens
  • Pereira & Quindío Botanical Gardens
  • Cocora Valley & Salento
  • Medellín & Flower Farm Visit in Santa Elena
  • Cartagena City Tour
  • Aviario Baru Islands
  • Tayrona National Park

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Bogota Colombia City

Arrival in Bogotá

Day 1

Your Colombia botanical tour starts in the metropolitan capital city of Bogotá. Upon arrival, your guide will escort you to your hotel in the city. Settle into your hotel and venture out to explore some of the highlights in the city. Be sure to taste the local cuisine of Bogotá as this city is named the up-and-coming culinary capital of South America.

Bogota botanical garden

Bogotá City Tour & Botanical Gardens

Day 2

Begin your Colombian adventure with a half-day city tour starting in Bogotá’s Plaza de Bolívar (the main square) and continue to the government buildings before entering Candelaria, the old colonial city center. 

Enjoy an authentic lunch at a local restaurant before continuing your tour to the Botanical Gardens.  End the day with a cable car ride to the summit of Monserrate hill, Bogotá’s best-known landmark, enjoy a beautiful view of the city and the surrounded landscapes. Return to your hotel for a delicious dinner and spend the rest of the day at your leisure. 

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Chingaza National Park Flora Tour

Day 3

After eating breakfast at your hotel travel north towards Chingaza National Park, about 50 km (30 mi) from Bogotá. The park covers more than 504 square kilometers (195sq mi) and sits on the Eastern slopes of the Andes. The vegetation ranges from forest to moorlands and lagoons. Along the tour, your local guide will point out different flora particular to the páramo ecosystem. One of the more beautiful plants unique to the region is thefrailejones, commonly known as espeletia, a high altitude shrub found in Andean climates. Walk through the park and admire the variety of páramo plants and bloomingfrailejones.  

In the evening return to your hotel and spend the rest of the night at your leisure. 

Note: Chingaza National Park is open to the public Friday - Sunday. 

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Transfer to Pereira Coffee Visit & Quindío Botanical Gardens

Day 4

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel and transfer from Bogotá to Pereira, a beautiful destination in the coffee region. Tour some of the quaint local coffee farms and learn the technical process of growing coffee, from harvest to cup. Continue to the Quindio Botanical Garden, Armenia's beautiful gardens of palms, ferns, orchids and heliconias. Admire the magnificent butterfly garden, flora and waterways. Colombia has the second largest number of butterfly species in the world, making the butterfly garden particularly impressive.

In the afternoon, return to your Hacienda in the coffee region and spend the rest of the evening at your leisure.

Cocora Valley Wax Palm Trees

Cocora Valley & Salento Excursion

Day 5

Today your journey continues through the "Coffee Triangle" of Colombia. Visit the Cocora Valley and Salento where you will see the impressive palm trees "Palma de Cera," Colombia's national tree.  These plan trees are some of the tallest in the world and look like something you would see in a fairytale. Take some photos before continuing to Salento, a picturesque village sitting amongst coffee farms and surrounded by verdant scenery.

Medellin city view

Transfer to Medellín & Organic Flower Farm Tour

Day 6

Rise early and transfer to Medellín, nicknamed the "City of Eternal Spring", for its annual Flower Festival and comfortable weather.  Today your local guide will take you to the nature reserve Arví, ride the cable car and enjoy panoramic views of the nature preserve and Aburrá Valley. Continue outside the city to Santa Elena, a small village that where many traditional flower farmers live. Tour an organic flower farm and learn about Medellín's weeklong Feria de Las Flores (Flower Festival) a week long parade and social event. After touring the flower farm enjoy a delicious lunch at a traditional restaurant. 
Finish your tour with a visit to the Metro Cable Santo Domingo and stroll through the busy downtown past the famous Botero Plaza where you can see the Colombian artist Fernando Botero's work. 
In the evening return to your hotel and reflect on your cultural excursions in the "City of Eternal Spring". 

Medellin colorful city streets

Excursion to East Antioquia, Guatape & El Peñol

Day 8

Today you will venture to Guatape, a quaint and picturesque city near Medellín. Guatape is a quiet town with colorful colonial streets surrounded by lush green landscapes. Visit the famous Church and climb the 200-meter high Peñol Boulder, one of the tallest boulders in South America, for a spectacular view of the surrounding mountains and sparkling blue lakes. After working up an appetite, stop for an authentic Colombian lunch along the waterfront of the Guatape reservoir. 
End the day with a scenic drive through the Eastern Highlands of Antioquia and return to your hotel in Medellín.

Cartagena city center

Transfer to Cartagena & City Tour

Day 9

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before flying from Medellín to Cartagena. Cartagena is known as one of the most romantic cities in South America for its colonial and colorful architecture. Upon arrival, transfer to your beautiful hotel and get ready for a city tour in the afternoon.  Start your tour in the city center and venture to La Popa Convent where you can enjoy a spectacular view over the city. From there, visit the San Felipe de Barajas Fortress, the largest Spanish built fort in South America. Afterward, continue to historical landmarks of Cartagena, including, the official entrance to the "Walled City", the Clock Tower and see the Monument of Don Pedro de Heredia, the founder of Cartagena. 
Finish the day with a visit to the Bazurto market for some traditional Colombian dishes and fun trinkets. They say the best way to experience a new city is to explore the local markets. In the early evening, return to your hotel and spend the rest of the day on your own.

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Aviario Baru Island & Cooking Class Excursion

Day 10

Enjoy a delicious breakfast at your hotel before departing for Aviario Baru Island.  Colombia has 1,903 bird species, equivalent to 20% of the bird species on Earth. Among them, scientists have counted 197 species of migratory birds and 71 endemic species. Sitting near Cartagena on the peninsula of Baru is the largest aviary on the continent. During your visit to Aviario Baru Island, walk past different environments including, tropical rainforest, coastline and desert. Look for some of the various bird species including the Harpy Eagle, toucans, pink flamingos, crane crowns and maybe even the condor. 
In the evening transfer to your hotel on the Peninsula of Baru and relax before a fun and entertaining cooking class. Gastronomy is an important part of the local culture and what better way to learn the culture than to cook and eat like a local?  Enjoy a delicious dinner of Ceviche, fried fish, plantain, coconut rice and more.

Tayrona National Park ecohabs

Transfer to Tayrona National Park

Day 11

Today you will take a private transfer from Cartagena to Santa Marta to explore Tayrona National Park. Stay in the unique ecohab bungalows in the park and spend the day at your leisure. Lounge on the beach or hike through the lush green Sierra Nevadas to the ruins of the Tayrona tribes.  The options are endless in Tayrona National Park.

Tayrona National Park beaches

Tayrona National Park

Day 12

Today is another free day in Tayrona National Park.  Choose from a variety of activities that include, bird watching, trekking or swim in the warm Caribbean waters.  There's never a dull moment in Tayrona National Park.

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Departure

Day 13

Rise early and prepare for your departures. Your guide will escort you to the Santa Marta Airport for your flight home, or continue to your next destination in South America.



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