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Travelmarvel

Culture and Coffee of Colombia

Bogota to Cartagena

Trip Code: ISTCO9
9 Days
13 Meals
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  • Map & Itinerary
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Trip Inclusions

  • 8 nights accommodation
  • All flights within Colombia
  • Services of a Travelmarvel Tour Director and local guides
  • 13 fine meals - 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 4 dinners
  • Tipping and airport transfers

Travel & Accommodation

View above a hotel surrounded by lush greenery

Stay at Hacienda Bambusa

Stay at Hacienda Bambusa in the Coffee Triangle

Close up image of stone angel and religious cross, Colombia

Visit a salt cathedral

Visit the underground salt cathedral at Zipaquirá

Bright coloured fresh produce at a market

Plaza Paloquemao market

Take in the delights of the Plaza Paloquemao market in Bogotá

Map & Itinerary

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Prices include all flights as per itinerary in Colombia, transfers, tipping and airport taxes (airport taxes are subject to change)
  • Surcharges on internal air will apply if not flying internationally with LATAM Airlines booked by Travelmarvel
  • Prices are for land and flights as specified only
South America Map ISTC09 2019
Bogota to Cartagena

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Insider Experience

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Enjoy a Welcome Dinner at Andres DC, a sensory overload that is much more than a restaurant.


Arrive in Bogotá, Colombia’s capital. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel.

Stay: Two Nights: Bogotá, NH Collection Hacienda Royal

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Visit the authentic Plaza de Paloquemao market in Bogotá.


Littered with cobblestoned streets, well preserved colonial architecture and churches, wake early this morning in Colombia’s cultural epicentre. Your sightseeing begins with a visit to the traditional Plaza de Paloquemao market. With over 1,800 market stands, including fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, flowers and handicrafts, enjoy a guided tour of the colourful hall and be spoilt for choice at the numerous options. Afterwards, savour a city walking tour, where you will embrace the contrasts between cosmopolitan and colonial. Take in iconic locations such as La Candelaria, Plaza Bolívar and its Cathedral, as well as the Palace of Justice, Parliament and Town Hall. You’ll also marvel at Bogotá’s Botero Museum, abounding with an outstanding collection of contemporary art, followed by an excursion to the Gold Museum. Before dinner at leisure, visit Cerro de Monserrate and enjoy a spectacular view of the city from a dedicated lookout, reached by cable car.

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Take a tour of the imposing cavernous salt cathedral and go some 190 metres underground to see the largest cross ever built below the earth’s surface.


After breakfast this morning, travel from Bogotá to the historic town of Zipaquirá. Known for its famed salt mines, Zipaquirá today still churns out almost half of Colombia’s salt resources. Then, after a brief stop at the Sisga Dam, be transferred to Villa de Leyva, a beautiful well-preserved village which was once a summer residence for Colombian bishops. Take in a city tour before retiring this evening at your hotel.After breakfast this morning, travel from Bogotá to the historic town of Zipaquirá. Known for its famed salt mines, Zipaquirá today still churns out almost half of Colombia’s salt resources. After a brief stop at the Sisga Dam, be transferred to Villa de Leyva, a beautiful well-preserved town which was once a summer residence for Colombian bishops. Take in a tour before retiring this evening at your hotel.

Stay: Villa de Leyva, Hotel Casa Terra

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  • Breakfast

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Stay at Hacienda Bambusa.


This morning, be transferred from Villa de Leyva back to Bogotá, for a flight to the town of Armenia. A true coffee lover’s dream, this is evident as Armenia was declared a World Heritage Site in 2011 as the Coffee Culture Landscape of Colombia. On arrival, check into your boutique bamboo hacienda. A hidden gem in Colombia’s coffee triangle, spend two nights in rural paradise surrounded by the mountains of the Central Andes Range. Tonight, enjoy a delicious dinner at the hotel.

Stay: Two Nights: Armenia, Hacienda Bambusa

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Enjoy a traditional Colombian lunch.


This morning, journey to the Cocora Valley. Home of the national tree and symbol of Colombia, the Quindío wax palm, enjoy a walking tour of the valley and cloud forest which is at an altitude between 2,000-2,400 metres. Upon return, you will stop for lunch at a local restaurant overlooking the valley for traditional fare. Here, be treated to authentic Colombian dishes, including the cherished trucha al ajillo (grilled trout in garlic sauce). Afterwards, stop for a tour of Salento. Nestled in the foothills of the Andes, walk the charming colourful streets before being guided to El Mirador viewpoint for views of the Cocora Valley and Los Nevados National Natural Park.

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Today you will learn the process of coffee production in a traditional coffee hacienda.


On a sensorial tour, follow the procedures of growing, harvesting and peeling of beans, and learn about the particular attributes and differences between acidity, body, balance and aromas. Savour three different coffee tastings before being transferred to the airport for your flight to Cartagena, via Bogotá. Enjoy the evening at leisure.

Stay: Three Nights: Cartagena, Bantú By Faranda Boutique

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  • Breakfast

Wake early this morning and get to know the Caribbean coastal city of Cartagena better with a visit to La Popa. At the highest point of Cartagena, explore this charming hilltop, including a 16th century monastery. From here, enjoy the outstanding views that stretch over the city which was once a centre of extreme wealth, where the looted treasures of the Incas from Peru and Bolivia were stored for shipping. Later, visit Fort San Felipe which was built to protect Cartagena against attacks from land or sea. Today you will explore the World Heritage-listed military fortress and labyrinthine corridors before walking through the colonial Old Town. During this tour, you will also visit other historic buildings and churches before an afternoon at leisure. Tonight, perhaps admire the sunset from the city walls.

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Today, you will be able to explore Cartagena your way. Enhance Your Journey: Venture on a day-trip to the Islas del Rosario before taking a short boat ride to Tierra Bomba. Here, relax on the beautiful beach and savour the warm Caribbean sun, or choose to bathe in the crystal clear water and discover all sorts of exotic fish whilst snorkelling. Alternatively, embark on a tour of the National Aviary in Baru and encounter three different environments – tropical rainforest, tropical dry forest and desert. Admire the 21 different exhibits, all whilst learning about more than 135 bird species. Tonight, say goodbye to new-found friends at a Farewell Dinner.

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  • Dinner

Today your Colombian journey draws to a conclusion. After breakfast, be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

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Travelmarvel's program runs smoothly from go to whoa, with great guides, perfectly paced excursions.