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9 days
From $2,488
Tour code: BBC


  • Enjoy exhilarating hikes in the spectacular Cocora Valley
  • Delve into coffee making from bean to cup
  • Explore Pablo Escobar’s old haunts in Santa Elena
  • Learn how to play Tejo, Salento’s explosive sport
  • Taste exotic fruits at Medellin’s Plaza Minorista Market
  • Discover the vibrant Walled City of Old Cartagena
  • Optional day trip to Santa Fe de Antioquia
  • Sharpen your salsa skills in Medellin

Delve into the rich history of Columbia’s top colonial cities, while venturing off the beaten track towards its sun-drenched Caribbean sands and coffee roasted emerald hilltops for an experience you won’t forget.

What's included?

  • Services of a professional bilingual tour leader
  • All accommodation


All transport by BOLT (Buses or Local Transport)


Budget lodging (2 nights), hotel (6 nights)


Day 1
Bienvenidos a Colombia! Setting off around 1pm, we explore the historic downtown of La Candelaria. When the sun goes down, enjoy getting to know your fellow trekkers over pork cracklings and a couple of cold ones.

Meals: All meals paid locally

Day 2
Head to the bustling Paloquemao Market. Afterwards, you’ll take short flight to the village of Salento. When it comes to sport head to their popular halls to play Tejo, one Salento’s most popular pastimes – think bocce with gunpowder and beer!

Meals: Breakfast included

Day 3
Cocora Valley - Coffee Estancia
Travel by jeep out to the Cocora Valley to exploring on foot. For the adventurous, this means hiking up to Acaime Reserve to hear the hummingbird feed. Later, we head off for a two-night stay in an old-school coffee estancia.

Meals: Breakfast & dinner included

Day 4
Coffee Estancia
Today, enjoy a guided tour of the coffee plantation centre, to learn more about Columbia’s addictive little bean. Afterwards, kick back with a steaming cup of freshly brewed joe.

Meals: Breakfastlunch & dinner included

Day 5
Head to Medellin, the “City of Eternal Spring” and home of Pablo Escobar’s notorious drug cartel, for an eye-opening orientation walk.

Meals: Breakfast included

Day 6
Visit the Plaza Minorista Market and try some exotic local fruits like feijoa, maracuya and lulo. For awe inspiring views, grab a cable car ride up to Santa Elena. In the evening, avoid Medellin’s gringo-packed bars in search of the city’s pumping salsa hotspots.

Meals: Breakfast included

Day 7
Visit the Museo de Antioquia to see some of Botero's famous works or go further afield to Santa Fe de Antioquia. Visit the 16th-century township’s Metropolitan Cathedral and House of Two Palms for the gram.

Optional activities:

  • Day trip to Santa Fe de Antioquia US$6
  • Museo de Antioquia US$6

Meals: Breakfast included

Day 8
Travel north to Palomino, a small town on the Caribbean coast of Colombia, where you will get a guided tour of the town and feast on lionfish come dinnertime.

Meals: Breakfast included

Days 9-10
Today and tomorrow are free to explore. We’d recommend heading to Tayrona National Park and chilling on the beach. It's a tough life.

Optional activities: Tayrona National Park visit US$17

Meals: Breakfast (x2) included

Day 11
Travel to explore the Walled City of Old Cartagena. Visit San Felipe de Barajas Castle, or if you fancy unwinding, head out of town for a mud bath at Volcan de Lodo El Totumo.

Meals: Breakfast included

Day 12
It's time to say Adios to your South American adventure.

Meals: Breakfast included

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