Colombian Coffee and Cuisine Discovery Tour
Local Foods and Famous Coffee: Our 8 Day Suggested Travel Itinerary
Explore the Colombian capital of Bogota, located 8,660 feet above sea level, through it’s cuisine. Head to the Colonial pearl of the Caribbean, Cartegena de Indias to continue your discovery of Colombia’s gastronomy. Then leave the city behind for the fresh air of Colombia’s Zona Cafetera region, where some of the best coffee in the world is produced!
Length of stay: 8 days
Kind: Short breaks
Fix: Light Activity
Countries visited: Colombia
Cartagena de Indias
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Day 1 : Bogota
Arrival at Bogota El Dorado International airport.
Transfer to your hotel in the Candelaria district and enjoy some free time to explore Colombia´s capital city at your own pace. Here you’ll find modern districts, the historic center, lush green parks and urban architecture. Overnight at Casa Deco hotel in Standard room.
Day 2 : Bogota
Half-day dedicated to a visit of Monserrate in Bogota to enjoy the city’s views from above. Towering an impressive 3.152m over the capital (over 10,000 feet high), this mountaintop sanctuary is the center of the national religious tradition. It’s high volumes of vistors make it one of Colombia’s national treasures.
Note : Montserrate is very popular on Sundays and can be crowded. Half-day dedicated to the visit of La Plaza de Mercado de Paloquemao, an authentic Colombian market where you’ll encounter exotic flavors and buy everything you need to prepare real Bogotano dishes.
Continue toward the Chapinero district where stop at the restaurant Misia and taste appetizers from all over the country. Then take the main course in El Absasto, a fusion restaurant located in the Quinta Camacho district. End your meal at La Herencia restaurant with one of Colombia’s national pastries. Overnight at Casa Deco hotel in a Standard room.
Day 3 : Bogota
Transfer to Bogota airport for your domestic flight. Domestic flight to Pereira. Welcome to the Coffee Triangle made up of the departments of Caldas, Risaralda and Quindío. Together these three make up the heart of the Zona Cafetera, or the Eje Cafetero.
This area is famous for growing and producing the majority of the Colombian coffee, considered by many to be the best coffee in the world.
Transfer to your hotel in Salento. Overnight at Gran Azul hotel in a Standard room.
Note : The hotel is a 15 minute walk from Salento village. A You can request a Jeep from reception.
Day 4 : Cocora Valley
Today is dedicated to discovering the villages and the landscapes of the coffee region.
Start the day with a Jeep ride through the green valley of Cocora, then hike among the wax palm trees (Colombia’s national tree).
Take a walk among the avocado trees! Learn more about how the avocado is grown and sample different varieties of avocados.
Lunch break in a beautiful traditional hacienda in the heart of Cocora Valley.
In the afternoon visit of Salento village. Discover the local architecture and traditional bamboo (guadua) constructions.
Overnight at Gran Azul hotel in Standard room.
Note : The hotel is a 15 minute walk from the village of Salento. A you can request a Jeep pick-up from reception.
Day 5 : Salento
Coffee plantation visit. Discover a typical “finca”, where you’ll learn all about about coffee. The coffee production process is as complex and sophisticated as wine! Walk among the coffee trees and learn about the process of harvesting and roasting, before enjoying the a coffee produced on site.
Visit the Salento village where you’ll discover the local architecture and traditional buildings made of bamboo (guadua). From the Mirador, you can enjoy a panoramic view of the Cocora Valley. Overnight at Gran Azul hotel in a Standard room.
Note: Note : The hotel is a 15 minute walk from the village of Salento. A you can request a Jeep pick-up from reception.
Day 6 : Salento
Transfer to Pereira airport for your domestic flight to Cartagena. Arrival in Cartagena de Indias, the undisputed queen of the Caribbean coast, a city of romance, legends and exquisitely preserved beauty which lies within an impressive 13km of centuries-old colonial stone walls. Cartagena’s old town is a UNESCO World Heritage site – a maze of cobbled alleyways, 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 that rum is the favorite local drink of Colombian people? Experience this tradition for yourself with an original rum flight! Find yourself in a small bar in Getsemani district, where the owner is waiting for you to present his collection of Colombian – and only Colombian – rums…the largest collection in the country! Learn more about the history of Colombian rum as you sample flavors entirely different from one another. Discover bottles marketed only in certain parts of the country and others sold exclusively abroad!
Note 1: After the rum tasting, option to buy a bottle yourself (limited collection or standard bottle) on spot with the bartender. The bottles can be delivered directly to your hotel the follwing day.
Note 2: Possibility to book private trans portion to the bar. Contact us directly. Overnight at Santa Catalina hotel in a Superior room.
Day 7 : Cartagena de Indias
Cartagena is also a place where you can taste the Carribean magic is felt in the cusine.
Today you’ll learn step by step how to make a delicious mango or fish ceviche with patacones and plantain crisps. You’ll also lean how to make a passion fruit limonade, so that you can surprise all your friends back home!
Note: approximately 1 hour
Depart for an adventure in the Getsemani district, a stone’s throw from the walled city… You’ll take walking tour of the streets of this Bohemian district to discover local Colombian food… authentic dishes that Cartageneros love!
Whether you are looking for a snack or something slightly more filling, a healthy appetizer or a sweet dessert, the streets of Cartagena offer everything! This is one of the best ways to get insight into daily life and local culture.
Experience the hospitality of Colombia’s street vendors as you get in touch with authentic Cartagena. Sample tropical fruits, arepas, buñuelos, chicharrones, limonada and more. Note: About 2 hours.
Overnight at Santa Catalina hotel in a Superior room.