Bogotá, Cali, Coffee Cultural Landscape, Medellín, Cartagena
14 days / 13 nights
Welcome to Bogota, the Capital of Colombia. Situated at 8k feet above the sea, this sprawling metropolis is famous for its gastronomy, its museums, art galleries, politics and history. You’ll start your trip with a full-day tour where you will see the historic Candelaria neighborhood, take a ride to the top of Monserrate, visit some of the best museums, and enjoy delicious food typical to the region in the Paloquemao market.
When night falls in Bogota, you’ll experience the Capital City’s nightlife at the Theatron, an LGBT nightclub complex located in the center of Chapigay, a special community in the Chapinero District. Theatron has been described as the largest gay-themed night club in Latin America and one of the biggest in the world. While in Bogotá you’ll enjoy a relaxing stay at the W Hotel, inspired by the legend of El Dorado, a glittering destination near top shopping and entertainment venues. Spend a day at the eclectic Market Kitchen and a night at the W Lounge, a very glamorous bar.
From there you’ll fly to Cali, the world capital of Salsa music and dancing, in the heart of the Cauca Valley. See the main sites of this warm and charming city before taking an exclusive salsa dancing class, and dancing the night away! You’ll stay at the Marriott, located in the traditional sector of Granada, a place that mixes all the energy of the city, with modern and luxurious style, to provide an unforgettable visit. Explore all your creative potential in its restaurant, The Market, which allows you to create your own dishes with the ingredients of your choosing. Your next adventure takes you to San Cipriano, an idyllic natural reserve in the tropical jungle of the Pacific Coast, surrounded by emerald green landscapes. San Cipriano is home to undoubtedly the most beautiful rivers and the most crystalline waters of the Cauca Valley, Between the charming locals, nature, and delicious Colombian pacific food, this an experience you’ll never forget. Lastly, prepare yourself for sweetness, because you’ll have an opportunity to discover the Valley’s most important product, sugar cane. Visit the Sugar Cane Museum, see a historic “trapiche” (sugar cane mill), and learn the whole cane process from its cut to its final product, a delicious and sweet “panela”!
From there you’ll head to the Cultural Coffee Landscape, a destination that no coffee lover can miss. You’ll stay at Hotel Terra Tacuara, the first inclusive hotel aimed at those who respect and share the LGBT values. You’ll visit the picturesque UNESCO World Heritage Site, Salento, explore the Cocora Valley, full of Colombia’s national tree and all its majesty, the Wax Palm, enjoy delicious cuisine, and try the best coffee in the world. You’ll visit the epicenter of coffee production and trace the origins of the content of your coffee cup. You’ll tour traditional towns including Filandia, one of the most beautiful towns in the region, where you’ll take part in a traditional basket making workshop. At Bacchanalia Coffee, you’ll learn about a company that aims to help men and women of the diverse community between 17 and 25 who are in a situation of vulnerability.
Your next adventure awaits you in the avant-garde city of Medellín where you will rest in the famous hotel The Charlee. You’ll explore Medellín, the ‘city of eternal spring’, a destination for fashion, not only because of its numerous shopping centers and areas, but also because of the excellence of its fabrics and the ingenuity of the Colombian designer’s garments exhibited there. At el Peñol and Guatapé you’ll find one of the most picturesque and beautiful tourist zones in Colombia. Explore the colorful and picturesque village known as the “Town of the Zócalos”, and climb to the top of el Peñol, a monolith 220 meters high from which you will have an unforgettable view of one of the largest artificial lakes in Colombia.
Your last stop on this journey of a lifetime is to the Colombian Caribbean! You’ll be welcomed to Cartagena at the fabulous Mansion Tcherassi (by Colombian designer Silvia Tcherassi), a colonial mansion dating from the 18th century that underwent a meticulous restoration into a luxury hotel in the center of the city. Enjoy time exploring this wonderful city and its surrounding Rosary Islands.
If you fall in love with Cartagena (or Colombia in general), we would love to help you extend your trip. Providencia is only a hop, skip, and a jump away!