The Highlights of Colombia
Discover two of Colombia’s iconic cities and natural beauty of the coffee region on this 10-day journey
Getting a real taste for Colombia means experiencing both the contemporary culture and rich history of its cities, as well as unwinding in its natural havens. Spend a few days discovering the museums, galleries, and lauded restaurants of Bogotá, riding a cable car up to the top of Monserrate (a mountain that rises over 10,000 feet towering above the city center of Bogotá) for sprawling views of the city and making a day trip out to Zipaquira to visit one of the country’s most famous salt cathedrals.
Then, leave the bustle of Bogotá behind and fly into Colombia’s coffee region, a land of lush, rolling green hills marked by a slow, pastoral pace. You’ll check into a traditional hacienda for three nights, explore the landscape on a morning hike, and of course, savor the flavors of the region on coffee and cacao tours. End the trip in one of our favorite Colombian cities, Cartagena—the country’s Caribbean coastal paradise. Explore the city on an expertly-guided walking tour and spend a day with your toes in the sand on a private beach on one of the city’s coastal islands.
10 Days/9 Nights
Arrive in Bogotá, Four Seasons Casa Medina
DAYS 2 & 3:
Explore the city and make a day trip to Zipaquira
DAYS 4 - 6:
Fly to the coffee region, Hacienda Bambusa
Fly to Cartagena, Casa San Agustin. Enjoy a private afternoon walking tour of the city
DAYS 8 & 9:
Enjoy a full day on a private beach and dive deeper into the city
- Begin your Colombia adventure in Bogotá, where you’ll check into the stylish Four Seasons Casa Medina. Spend a couple of days discovering culture spots like the Botero Museum—a modern art museum named after famous Colombian artist Fernando Botero —as well as the Candelaria neighborhood, which is full of colorful buildings with an eclectic mix of architectural styles dating back to the 1500s.
- Take a day trip out to Zipaquira, where you’ll visit Colombia’s famous Salt Cathedral. Declared the first Wonder of Colombia, the atmospheric underground Catholic cathedral is housed in a monumental salt mine with a history dating back to Pre-Columbian times.
- Fly into Colombia’s coffee region, where you’ll get out into nature and get a taste for countryside life. Hacienda Bambusa is your home for three nights, where you’ll set out on morning hikes, lunchtime cooking classes, and afternoon cacao and coffee tours.
- Arrive in Cartagena and check in to Casa San Agustin, ending the day with a private walking tour and a cocktail or glass of wine with a view of the sea perched high above Old Town from Cafe Del Mar. The bar’s outdoor terrace is located on top of the city’s historic stone walls. You’ll also spend a day exploring the vibrant neighborhood of Getsemani, which overflows with eclectic bars, restaurants, and galleries.
- Escape the buzz of the city for the day by boating 45 minutes out to Acasi, a private beach on the island of Barú. Reserved exclusively for guests of Casa San Agustin, you’ll immerse yourself in the serenity of nature for the day on a sandy beach complete with a shaded cabana and loungers, a full kitchen, and outdoor showers, and hammocks in the trees. You’ll also enjoy Cartagena’s classic cuisine such as fresh fruit, lobster empanadas, and seafood paella next to turquoise water while sipping on sparkling wine or local beers (the hotel will pre-pack the cooler with your drink of choice). Feel like getting active? There’s snorkeling gear and kayaks too.
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