Family Trip in Colombia

Idée d'itinéraire voyage en Colombie en 10 jours.

Visit the most incredible places of Colombia with fun activities for the whole family.
– Bike around the capital city Bogota,
– Go rafting and horse-riding in the lush Coffee region,
– Explore the Caribbean jungle in Tayrona,
– And visit Cartagena with a true pirate !

Length of stay: 10 days

Kind: Must-see

Fix: For all public

Countries visited: Colombia

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Day 1 : Bogota

Arrival at Bogota El Dorado International airport.

Transfer to your hotel in the Candelaria district and free time to enjoy at your own pace Colombia´s capital city where modern districts and historic center, urban architecture and green parks stand alongside. Overnight at De La Opera hotel in Standard room.

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Day 2 : Bogota

Full day to explore Colombia´s capital city of Bogota, known for its colonial and authentic atmosphere. Walking through its cobblestoned streets, you will discover colorful restored colonial mansions, splendid carved wooden balconies as well as churches built in baroque style.

– La Plaza de Mercado de Paloquemao, is a real messy Colombian market where you will be able to get exostic tastes and buy everything you need to cook a real Bogotano receipe.

– The Gold museum displays one of the most dazzling collection in South America. It brings together around 34.000 pieces of goldsmith work, considered as the world´s largest pre-Colombian collection of its kind. Those artifacts come from different civilizations : Quimbayas, Taironas, Muiscas or Tolimas.

-The Latin Latas project, a colombian music banc which realize music instruments from recycled products.

You will discover the energy of Bogota’s youth through this original workshop :

– un show of Andrea Latas, leader and singer of the group,
– a short explanation on the project : Latin Latas is also an education project eco friendly which want to have an impact on the society.
– a ludic workshop where you will create your own music instrument from scratch ! You will have the opportunity to paint it how you wish.

*Note 1: A vehicle is included for the visit of Paloquemao.*

*Note 2: the order of visits may be modified depending on the weekday. (The Gold Museum is closed on Mondays).* Overnight at De La Opera hotel in Standard room.

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Day 3 : Bogota

Half day to explore Colombia´s capital city of Bogota by bike, known for its authentic atmosphere.

You discover the new phenomenon in Bogotá: the graffiti. For a few years, the walls of the city have been transformed into canvases giving street-artists a limitless playground. During this tour, you pass by the most beautiful and sometime huge works of art, all of them having a very strong social message. Some artists are paid by the city for their work, such as Toxicomano, DJ LU or Lesivo, just to mention a few.

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On Sundays, you can even join the Colombians on the famous “Bogotanos Ciclovía” a way reserved for cyclists only.

*Note: the order of the visits is given as an indication and may change according to the day of the week* Transfer to Bogota airport for your domestic flight. Domestic flight to Pereira. Welcome to the « Coffee Triangle », including the departments of Caldas, Risaralda and Quindío, which together make up the heart of the Zona Cafetera, also called the Eje Cafetero.

This area is famous for growing and producing the majority of the Colombian coffee, considered by some as the best coffee in the world.

Transfer to your hotel in Salento. Overnight at Terasu hotel in Superior room with mountains view.

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Day 4 : Salento

This journey will be dedicated to the discovery of typical villages and landscapes of the coffee region.

– A tour in a traditional “jeep Willy” in the heart of the green valley of Cocora

– Hiking among the wax palm trees (Colombian national tree)

– Lunch break

– Coffee plantation visit. Inside a typical “finca”, you will learn everything about coffee. The production is as complex and sophisticated as wine. On site you will have the opportunity to walk among the coffee trees and to be introduced to the process of harvesting and roasting, before enjoying the drink produced on site.

– Visit of Salento village: discovering of the local architecture and traditional buildings made of bamboo (guadua). Overnight at Terasu hotel in Superior room with mountains view.

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Day 5 : Cocora Valley

You will go to the Vieja river where you will board a bamboo raft for an adventure in the heart of nature!

This 12-km trip will make you discover the local fauna and flora in an unusual way! Today you are up for quite the adventure: a dive above the green canopy on a zip-line!

You admire those beautiful landscapes from over 40 meters high above the coffee fields. Overnight at Terasu hotel in Superior room with mountains view.

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Day 6 : Cocora Valley

Trip from Baños to Oriente. Following the Ruta de Cascadas along the deep and vertical gorges of the Rio Pasteza, you will arrive to the airport of Shell. Departure for a typical hacienda nearby Salento, the starting point of a horse ride in the Cocora Valley, during which you can enjoy of the typical landscapes of the Coffee Region. Transfer to Pereira airport for your domestic flight. Domestic flight to Santa Marta. Arrival at Santa Marta airport.

Transfer to your hotel near by Tayrona National Park. End of the day free to enjoy, between jungle and Caribbean sea, the beautiful landscape of the Sierra Nevada. Overnight at Blue Mango hotel in King room.

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Day 7 : Tayrona National Park

In the morning, your driver will drive you to the pier located at the entrance of Tayrona Park, a small coffee break will be offered on this beautiful fishermen beach.

You will embark on small lanchas (motor boats) that will take you to a beautiful beach of the park. You will cross a wild bay where turtles like to meet, with a little luck you can observe them.

You will spend the day in Playa del Amor, wild beach with turquoise waters and white sand. In the shade of trees you will have at your disposal chairs, cooler with refreshments and snorkelling equipment.

Possible walks with your guide on the trails along the bays, the view is spectacular.

Then traditional lunch on the beach, catch of the day, coconut rice and plantain.

Afternoon on the beach, back at the end of the day at the hotel.

*Note 1 : your passport will be asked to enter the National Park*

*Note 2 : make sure to take walking shoes, comfortable clothes and bathing suits*

*Note 3 : depending on your hotel location, transport (vehicle + boat) can take between 1h and 1H15.* Overnight at Blue Mango hotel in King room.

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Day 8 : Tayrona surroundings

Departure for the Sierra Nevada.

You sail up the Don Diego river on a little boat to reach the Tayronaka reserve. Tayronaka is a lost city of the Tayrona Indigenous people. Mythical city, it is precisely here that the movie *Mission* starring Robert de Niro has been shot. With your guide, you retrace the history of this ancient civilization.

After this short visit of the natural reserve, it is time to glide down the Don Diego river in a swimming ring! You will be able to watch howler monkeys and beautiful birds on the way. The arrival in the ocean is spectacular!

A boat will get you back to the reserve to have lunch in the heart of the jungle.

*Note 1: 1 hour down the river to the sea*

*Note 2 : do not forget your swimsuit, sunscreen, and a hat for the sun* Free afternoon to enjoy the Tayrona aera between Sierra Nevada and Caribbean sea : taking a walk in the jungle, relaxing on the beautiful beaches…

*Note: Swimming can be hazardous on some beaches due to strong currents and undertows. We strongly do not recommend it.* Overnight at Blue Mango hotel in King room.

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Day 9 : Santa Marta

In the morning, departure to Cartagena de Indias, on the Caribbean Coast. Transfer to your hotel.

*Note : 4 to 5 hour ride.*

** Half-day dedicated to the walking tour of the historic center and the main sites of Cartagena under the theme of piracy.

Cartagena is known as a city full of legends and history. We invite you to surprise young and old with a tour of the city that includes pirates and treasures.

A flesh-and-blood pirate will accompany you to discover the charm of the streets of Cartagena and will offer you amusing treasures. You will end the visit with the discovery of a real galleon of pirates. Sail ho! Overnight at Casa Pizarro hotel in Standard room.

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Day 10 : Cartagena de Indias

Free morning to enjoy Cartagena at your own pace. Transfer to the Cartagena de Indias airport for your international flight. Domestic flight to Bogota. Arrival at Bogota El Dorado airport and connexion for your international flight.

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