Delights of Colombia Tour: Coffee, Culture and Eco Beach Escape | Yampu Tours

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Delights of Colombia Tour: Coffee, Culture and Eco Beach Escape

PRIVATE TOUR - 15 DAY SAMPLE ITINERARY

FROM $6031+

Private Tour Highlights

  • Hiking to the majestic Cascada del Amor waterfall to take a dip in the natural, thermal, jungle waters.
  • Finding your own space of peace and quiet in the bamboo forests, water fountains and plant beds of the Parque de Los Pies Descalzos.
  • Stepping underground to visit the fascinating and beautifully illuminated Salt Cathedral, built in the caverns of a former salt mine.
  • Touring the charming architecture of La Candelaria, the colonial Old Town of Bogotá.
  • Soaking up the dramatic beaches and lush forests of Nuqui, while staying at El Cantil Eco-Lodge.
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Tour Overview

Explore many unique and complimenting aspects of Colombia, including a delicious and sensuous coffee tasting with the Delights of Colombia Tour: Coffee, Culture and Eco Beach Escape! With this Yampu highlight tour you will see Bogotá, The Coffee Triangle, Medellín (a city known for its architecture, art galleries, superior coffee, museums, theaters and eternal Spring), and last but not least, Nuquí (home to jungle, beaches, waterfalls, many species of plants and animals and more).

This Colombia tour begins in Bogotá, Colombia’s capital city. Set high in the Andes (at more than 8,000 feet), Bogotá is replete with culture and rich colonial heritage. You’ll see main squares, churches and museums, such as the Museum of Botero (home to the artwork of Picasso, Renoir, Matisse and Monet, to name a few).

From there, you’ll head to The Coffee Triangle, or the coffee farming region (comprised of three Colombian departments, or states: Caldas, Risaralda and Quindio). You’ll have the chance to see colorful, colonial houses and tour plantations, where some of the world’s finest coffee is produced.

After that, you’ll visit Medellín, a city known for its architecture, art galleries, superior coffee, museums, theaters and eternal Spring. You’ll wrap up your trip in Nuquí, home to jungle, beaches, waterfalls, many species of plants and animals and more.

Inclusions
Prices include: Domestic air transportation from Bogotá to Armenia, Medellín to Nuquí and from Nuquí to Bogotá via Medellín, private airport transfers including one piece of luggage, land transfer from Armenia to Pereira and from Cartagena to Tayrona National Park, hotel accommodation including breakfast, meals where specified, guided tours with bilingual guide and entrance fees. Local airport taxes that are payable in the country of destination are not included. You may have to pay a surcharge if you book a trip during late December, early January or Easter.
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Double £$6031 £$6377 £$6960 £$7287
Single £$9313 £$10089 £$11250 £$11941

Prices shown above are per person. Hotel categories do not adhere strictly to international ratings; Yampu has evaluated the hotels according to destination and availability. Prices include local airfare (where applicable), hotel accommodation including daily breakfast; all transfers with baggage handling, all guided tours in English and all entrance fees.

Trip Type:

All our trips are operated on a private basis unless specified otherwise. This is only a sample itinerary; your Yampu Tour Consultant will personalize this trip for you according to your available dates, interests and type of hotels. This is your trip and we will work on making it perfect!

Tour Itinerary

Day
1

Bogota

Upon arrival transfer to the hotel. Bogota is a modern capital city with stand-out cultural, intellectual and social draws as well as rich colonial heritage.

Upon arrival transfer to the hotel. Bogota is a modern capital city with stand-out cultural, intellectual and social draws as well as rich colonial heritage.

Day
2

Bogota City Tour

In the morning visit to the Colombian capital, starting in the Plaza de Bolivar (the city’s main square), which is surrounded by federal government buildings, and continues into the old colonial part of the city better known as "La Candelaria", the San Francisco Church and the Gold Museum (closed on Mondays). The tour finishes with a trip in a cable car to the top of the Monserrate Hill, which offers a spectacular view of the city.
Then enjoy lunch in Bogota.
Afterwards head north out of Bogota, cross the savanna landscape to the town of Zipaquira. Upon arrival, visit the fully functioning Salt Cathedral. This unique building was constructed underground in a former salt mine. The trip ends with a visit to Zipaquira’s charming central square. Return to the hotel for the evening.
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3

Bogota – Armenia

Transfer to the airport to take the flight to Armenia. Upon arrival transfer to the hotel. After check-in, take a private tour of the Quimbaya Museum, to see a collection of gold, ceramic and wooden objects dating back to the first, local settlements.

Transfer to the airport to take the flight to Armenia. Upon arrival transfer to the hotel. After check-in, take a private tour of the Quimbaya Museum, to see a collection of gold, ceramic and wooden objects dating back to the first, local settlements.

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Day
4

Filandia – Valle del Cocora – Salento – Pereira

After breakfast, visit the breathtaking landscapes of Valle del Cocora, one of the most beautiful valleys in Colombia. Here one will find the impressive “Palma de Cera”, the official Colombian national tree and one of the tallest species of palm in the world. On the way back to Armenia, visit Salento, a picturesque village with artisanal and crafts shops. Transfer to Pereira.

After breakfast, visit the breathtaking landscapes of Valle del Cocora, one of the most beautiful valleys in Colombia. Here one will find the impressive “Palma de Cera”, the official Colombian national tree and one of the tallest species of palm in the world. On the way back to Armenia, visit Salento, a picturesque village with artisanal and crafts shops. Transfer to Pereira.

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Day
5

Pereira – Chinchina – Coffee Farming Region – Manizales

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Full-day private tour through coffee plantations set on steep hills. Visit one of the area’s coffee producing farms to see the plantation and production system (harvesting, sun drying and processing). (Harvesting in Colombia takes place year round though the principal harvesting months are: October, May and June.) Colombian plants (mainly of the Arabica variety) yield a delicate, light (and well-appreciated) coffee. The coffee process starts after the beans are placed in a germination facility (for about 75 days) and then put in plastic bags (partially exposed to the sun) until they germinate. The small trees are then planted, and they yield their first fruit in about two years. The fruit is harvested once turns bright red (the indication that it has matured). Once the fruit is picked, the pulp is removed, and the beans are washed and sun dried. (Now, most big producers use machinery to clean and dry the beans.) The beans are roasted on-site, sold in grains, ground and exported (ready for consumption). Visit to a “trilladora” after lunch to observe the manual selection of the coffee grains and take part in a tasting. Transfer to Manizales. ...read less

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6

Manizales

After breakfast, set off on a private tour of the town of Manizales, to see Bolivar Square (and a statue by the sculptor Rodrigo Arenas Betancourt), the cathedral, the Republican-style Palacio de la Gobernacion, the former train station (now a university), the cable car station, the current seat of the Faculty of Architecture and the wooden cable-car Torre del Herveo, and more. (The cable car used to travel for 44 miles and mainly transported merchandise.) Afternoon at leisure.

After breakfast, set off on a private tour of the town of Manizales, to see Bolivar Square (and a statue by the sculptor Rodrigo Arenas Betancourt), the cathedral, the Republican-style Palacio de la Gobernacion, the former train station (now a university), the cable car station, the current seat of the Faculty of Architecture and the wooden cable-car Torre del Herveo, and more. (The cable car used to travel for 44 miles and mainly transported merchandise.) Afternoon at leisure.

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7

Manizales – Medellin

After breakfast, commence a 4 to 5 hour trip towards Medellin in a private car. Check-in upon arrival to the hotel. The rest of the day at leisure.

After breakfast, commence a 4 to 5 hour trip towards Medellin in a private car. Check-in upon arrival to the hotel. The rest of the day at leisure.

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Day
8

Medellin City Tour

After breakfast, go on a private, half-day visit to the town of Medellin, a renowned commercial and cultural center. Visit to the San Antonio park (also known as La Plazoleta). San Antonio has about twenty Botero sculptures on its grounds.
After that, visit the Museo de Antioquia, one of the country’s most well-reputed museums, to see pre-Colombian, Colonial, Independence and modern art exhibits. Continue on to the Plazuela de San Ignacio, one of the most ancient squares in town, surrounded by the Edificio San Ignacio, the historic seat of the Universidad de Antoquia; the baroque church of San Ignacio; and the San Ignacio cloister (known for its Neoclassical style and the Gothic elements in its interior).
Visit to the Parque de los Pies Descalzos, a park that seems to take a leaf out of Eastern philosophy; it has a small bamboo forest, water fountains and a quiet plant path. From there, head to the Parque de los Deseos; the Edificio Inteligente; the Teatro Metropolitano; the Alpujarra, seat to the government offices, the municipality and the Gobernación de Antioquia; and the Cisneros park or Parque de las Luces. Later, continue the trip by cable car, a mass transport system that connects the town center with the surrounding neighborhoods in the hills.
Have the chance to see the Santo Domingo neighborhood, where the view of the city and the Parque Biblioteca Espana is staggering. Return to the city center to reach the Cerro Nutibara, where one can see the city of Medellin from another perspective as well as a reproduction of a typical “paisa” village. Afternoon at leisure.
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9

Medellin – Santa Fe de Antioquia

After breakfast, depart westward, toward Santa Fe de Antioquia, and pass the Parque de los Tamarindos. Arrive at the Occidente Bridge, a masterwork of engineering that connected Medellin to the sea (and accelerated the area’s economic growth). Legend says that Engineer Jose Maria Villa sketched the construction plans on the sand of the banks of the Cauca River. It was one of South America’s first flying bridges, and its most compelling features are the wires that suspend it and the two towers.
Arrive in Santa Fe de Antioquia, a colonial town through and through. Founded in 1541 by Jorge Robledo, Santa Fe was the capital of Antioquia until 1826 (the year the government was transferred to Medellin). The town's narrow alleys, flanked by houses and buildings whitened with lime, are well-preserved. It is worth visiting the church of Santa Barbara, the museum of liturgical art, the cathedral and the Juan del Corral museum.
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Day
10

Santa Fe de Antioquia – Medellin

Spend the morning at leisure and enjoy a 90 minute horse ride. In the afternoon, return to Medellin and make one stop at San Jeronimo, a village known for its beautiful church and characterized by its Colonial and Republican architecture. Along the way, see fruit stands selling mango, pineapple, tamarind pulp and oranges.

Spend the morning at leisure and enjoy a 90 minute horse ride. In the afternoon, return to Medellin and make one stop at San Jeronimo, a village known for its beautiful church and characterized by its Colonial and Republican architecture. Along the way, see fruit stands selling mango, pineapple, tamarind pulp and oranges.

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11

Medellin – Nuqui

Transfer to the airport to take the flight to Nuqui. Upon arrival transfer to the pier to take a boat to Ecolodge El Cantill. After checking-in, have dinner.

Transfer to the airport to take the flight to Nuqui. Upon arrival transfer to the pier to take a boat to Ecolodge El Cantill. After checking-in, have dinner.

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12

Nuqui

After breakfast, go on a private hike to ‘Cascada del Amor’ waterfall and take a swim in thermal waters in the middle of the jungle or in a neighboring stream. After lunch, walk through the jungle, learn more about the local flora and rich fauna and, last but not least, whale watch.

After breakfast, go on a private hike to ‘Cascada del Amor’ waterfall and take a swim in thermal waters in the middle of the jungle or in a neighboring stream. After lunch, walk through the jungle, learn more about the local flora and rich fauna and, last but not least, whale watch.

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13

Nuqui

Day at leisure. Lie out on the beach, try out optional day trips or just kick back.

Day at leisure. Lie out on the beach, try out optional day trips or just kick back.

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Day
14

Nuqui – Medellin – Bogota

After breakfast, take the boat back from Nuqui. Upon arrival transfer to the airport to take flight to Bogota via Medellin. Transfer to hotel.

After breakfast, take the boat back from Nuqui. Upon arrival transfer to the airport to take flight to Bogota via Medellin. Transfer to hotel.

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Day
15

Bogota

After breakfast transfer to the airport to take the flight to Bogota, then take the flight back home or overlap with an add-on of ones’ choice.

After breakfast transfer to the airport to take the flight to Bogota, then take the flight back home or overlap with an add-on of ones’ choice.

Bogotá - Bogota, Colombia

Armenia, Quindio, Colombia

Pereira - Risaralda, Colombia

Manizales - Caldas, Colombia

Medellin, Antioquia, Colombia

Nuquí - Choco, Colombia

Places You'll See

  • Plaza-de-Bolivar-Bogota-Colombia

    Bogota

    Located in the center of Colombia, the city of Bogota appeals to all types. The La Candelaria area draws in the lovers of art and culture with its many museums including the Botero Museum and the Gold Museum. Other notable attractions include botanical garden Jose Celestino Mutis, the National Observatory, and over 100 shopping malls.

  • Coffee-plants-Colombia

    Armenia

    A sure cultural center is the city of Armenia. Located in the center of the coffee region, Armenia offers travelers many different cultural lessons with its museums and nearby destinations including the Colombian National Coffee Park.

  • Coffee-zone-Colombia

    Pereira

    Part of Colombia’s “Coffee Triangle”, Pereira is a perfect destination for a perfect cup of Joe. Along with coffee, the city is known for its public and private universities, so the students keep the place buzzing. To keep up with the excitement, visit the nightclubs of Avenida Simon Bolivar. Or for a quieter time, enjoy the Museum of Art, or the Orchids and Catleyas Garden.

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    Manizales

    With a real European small city feel, Manizales offers a great amount of history, culture, and coffee!
    Appreciate the different climates from warm and balmy, to a cooler temperature with the eight separate micro-climates of Manizales while exploring the area and maybe even stop by the natural hot springs.

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    Medellin

    In the Aburra valley nestled between majestic ranges is the city of Medellin. Walk along cobblestone roads and visit the Metropolitan Cathedral, holding the world record for the use of most bricks, and take in the arts and culture with different attractions nearby. Walk around the city and discover some of the 300 sculptures and other works of arts commissioned by each building that has been built since 1980.

  • Whale-Nuqui-Colombia

    Nuqui

    Along the Choco Coast is the small village of Nuqui, home to soft sandy beaches and some of the finest lodges in the area. From surfing and whale watching to magnificent eco-lodges and jungle hiking with hidden waterfalls, there is something for every walk of life in this quaint area.

Hotel Options

3 Star Properties

Bogota : Hotel Casa Deco

Bogota : Abadia Colonial

Armenia : Bosques del Saman

Pereira : Hotel Movich Pereira

Manizales (Caldas) : Estelar El Cable

Medellin : Florencia Plaza

Medellin : Hotel Lincoln

Nuqui : Nuqui Hotel: El Cantil Ecolodge

4 Star Properties

Bogota : Hotel de la Opera – standard Room

Bogota : Andino Royal

Bogota : Sonesta

Pereira : Hacienda San Jose (Suite)

Manizales (Caldas) : Las Colinas

Manizales (Caldas) : Estelar El Cable

Medellin : Movich Las Lomas Hotel

Medellin : Estelar Blue

5 Star Properties

Bogota : The Orchids Real – Suite

Armenia : Las Camelias

Pereira : Sazagua

Manizales (Caldas) : Casa de Huespedes Hacienda Venecia

Medellin : Medellin Royal

Medellin : Park 10 Hotel

Luxury Properties

Bogota : Sofitel Bogota Victoria Regia – Suite

Bogota : Four Seasons Hotel Casa Medina Bogota

Medellin : The Charlee

Testimonials

Edoardo

Traveled February 2016

It was a most memorable trip and we enjoyed every minute of it

It was a most memorable trip and we enjoyed every minute of it, thanks to the impeccable Yampu’s organization and the great support offered by your local agents.
Claudia is feeling much better and thinks it was thoughtful of you to send her some teas.

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Barbara

Traveled February 2016

First and foremost, we had a fabulous trip!

Thank you and the whole local team so much!! We truly appreciate the immediate attention and swift action due to the missed flight connection. It was handled very professionally with lots of communication, so we had no anxiety, and while we missed some sleep since we arrived in San Agustin quite late, we were very pleased not to have to sacrifice any of the planned tour as a result of it.

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Caroline T.

Traveled January, 2016

Our trip was excellent!

Highlights from our trip: Bogota museums and the Sunday bike ride (absolutely fabulous guide for that), Hotel in Villa de Leyva (the best!), Medellin (wonderful Aquarium, also visit to Level 1 neighborhood, also great restaurant), Botero sculptures and museum, walking around in Cartegena, hotel in Cartegena, great restaurants in Cartegena, snorkeling.

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