Colombia throught its coffee & gastronomy

Idea of an itinerary to travel in Colombia in 8 days

Discovery of the 8,660 feet-high Colombian capital of Bogota and of the colonial pearl of Cartagena de Indias at the end of the stay, where you will enjoy gastronomical tours. Between those two must-see cities, we invite you to get out of town and explore Colombia’s famous coffee industry in Zona Cafetera, where some of the best coffee in the world is produced !

Length of stay: 8 days

Kind: Short breaks

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 Casa Deco hotel in Standard room.

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Day 2 : Bogota

Half-day dedicated to the visit of Monserrate in Bogota to enjoy the city’s greatness from above. The sanctuary , which rises up to 3.152m over the capital, is the center of the national religious tradition, and has become a part of the capital’s history due to the high flow of visitants.

Note : Montserrate is very popular on Sundays and you will meet a lot of visitors on that day. Half-day dedicated to the visit of La Plaza de Mercado de Paloquemao , which 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 recipe.

You will continue toward Chapinero district with the restaurant Misia where you will taste starter from all over the country. After, you will have your main course in a fusion restaurant : el Abasto , located in Quinta Camacho district. Finally, you will have a dessert in restaurant La Herencia which offers a lot of national pastries. Overnight at Casa Deco hotel in Standard room.

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Day 3 : Bogota

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 Gran Azul hotel in Standard room.

Note : The hotel is 15 min away by walking form Salento village. You can also ask for a jeep at the reception.

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Day 4 : Cocora Valley

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

You will start with a ride in a traditional “jeep Willy” within the green valley of Cocora , and then you will hike among the wax palm trees (Colombian national tree).

Let’s go for a walk among the avocado trees ! You will have the opportunity to learn more about the cultivation of this very trendy fruit and to taste different types of avocado from their best batches.

Lunch break in a beautiful traditional hacienda in the heart of Cocora Valley.

In the afternoon, visit of Salento village : discovering of the local architecture and traditional constructions made of bamboo (guadua). Overnight at Gran Azul hotel in Standard room.

Note : The hotel is 15 min away by walking form Salento village. You can also ask for a jeep at the reception.

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Day 5 : Salento

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. Free time on the afternoon to enjoy the village of Salento, one of the most tradicional village of the aera. Salento is well-known for its typical architecture built with bambous. From the mirador, you can enjoy a panoramic view on the Cocora Valley. Overnight at Gran Azul hotel in Standard room.

Note : The hotel is 15 min away by walking form Salento village. You can also ask for a jeep at the reception.

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Day 6 : Salento

Transfer to Pereira airport for your domestic flight. Domestic flight to Cartagena . Arrival in Cartagena de Indias , the undisputed queen of the Caribbean coast , a city of romance, legends and superbly preserved beauty lying within an impressive 13km of centuries-old colonial stone walls. Cartagena’s old town is a Unesco World Heritage site – a maze of cobbled alleys, balconies covered in bougainvillea, and massive churches that cast their shadows across the plazas.

Transfer to your hotel in the historical center. Free time to enjoy the rest of the day. Did you know? Rum is the favorite local drink of Colombian people. We invite you to get insight into this universe with an original rum flight!

Let´s meet in a small bar in Getsemani district, where the boss is waiting for you to present his collection of Colombian – and only Colombian – rums, the largest of the country!

You will have the opportunity to discover flavors so different from each other, bottles marketed only in certain parts of the country and others sold only abroad!

An original way to discover the history of the Colombian Rum !

Note 1: After the rum tasting, possibility to buy bottles of rum (limited collection or standard bottle). To see directly on spot with the bartender. The bottles will be delivered to your hotel the next day.

Note 2: Possibility to book a private transport to go to the bar, contact us. Overnight at Santa Catalina hotel in Superior room.

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Day 7 : Cartagena de Indias

Cartagena is also a place where the Carribean magic is felt in the gastronomy.

Today, you will learn step by step how to make a delicious ceviche acompanied by patacones y plantain crisps . The ceviche can be with mango or fish. You will also lean how to make a passion fruit limonade , so that you can surprise all your guests back home!

Note : approximately 1 hour Departure for an adventure in Getsemani district , at a stone’s throw from the walled city… You will go for a walking tour in the streets of this Bohemian district to discover the foo d the “local” way , the real Colombian food that the Cartageneros love!

Whether you are looking for a snack or something more substantial, a healthy starter or a sweet dessert, the streets of Cartagena offer everything! This is one of the best ways to get insight into the daily life and culture of the local people.

The visit will allow you a more personal contact with the Authentic Cartagena , with street vendors filling your bellies with their delights and warming your hearts with their hospitality! You will taste tropical fruits, arepas, buñuelos, chicharrones, limonada and other cocadas…

Note: About 2 hours

Overnight at Santa Catalina hotel in Superior room.

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Day 8 : Cartagena de Indias

Free morning to enjoy Cartagena at your own pace. Transfer to the Cartagena de Indias airport for your international flight.

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