Charms of Colombia

Charms of Colombia

The very best facets of Colombia reveal themselves on this quintessential 12-day exploration of its captivating heart, from its fantastical scenery and progressive cities, to its famous coffee and fun Caribbean culture.

Suggested Itinerary-at-a-glance:

  • Day 1:

    Arrive Bogotá / Four Seasons Casa Medina

  • Day 2:

    Bogotá / Four Seasons Casa Medina

  • Day 3:

    Bogota / Four Seasons Casa Medina

  • Day 4:

    Quindío / Hacienda Bambusa

  • Day 5:

    Quindío / Hacienda Bambusa

  • Day 6:

    Quindío / Hacienda Bambusa

  • Day 7:

    Medellín / The Charlee

  • Day 8:

    Medellín / The Charlee

  • Day 9:

    Cartagena / Tcherassi Hotel + Spa

  • Day 10:

    Cartagena / Tcherassi Hotel + Spa

  • Day 11:

    Cartagena / Tcherassi Hotel + Spa

  • Day 12:

    Departure

Itinerary Description:

Begin in Colombia's capital city of Bogotá and the elegant confines of Four Seasons Hotel Casa Medina. Bogotá rests two miles high within the Andean peaks and is home to one-fifth of Colombia's population, making this a unique foodie and cultural metropolis. While here, take some time to explore Paloquemao, one of the biggest food markets in Colombia, the colonial sector of La Candelaria, and the fascinating collections of the Botero Museum and Gold Museum. An entire day is devoted to uncovering the galleries and artists workshops of the city with a dedicated art dealer and specialist.

Next, retreat from the urban bustle and settle into the rich countryside culture of Colombia's famed Eje Cafetero, where coffee is a way of life. The best way to experience this coffee paradise is at Hacienda Bambusa, an authentic colonial hacienda infused with art and a farm-to-table sensibility. With Bambusa as your home base, set off for the cloud forests of the Valle de Cocora and the traditional towns of Salento and Filandia for panoramic views, shopping, and cafes.

Enjoy an invigorating hot air balloon ride over the Coffee Triangle and a visit to its multiple coffee plantations before stopping over in Botero's hometown of Medellín for an artsy and lively experience at the savvy Charlee Hotel. This city has undergone an immense amount of transformation, a fact that becomes most apparent with visits to the Poblado district, barrio Santo Domingo Savia, and La Plazoleta via sophisticated metro cable car.

Conclude your Colombian journey with a taste of the tropics: along its Caribbean coast in Cartagena. From edgy and artistic luxury of the newly renovated Tcherassi Hotel + Spa, explore this palm-ridden town to the fullest with a boat trip on Cartagena Bay, a guided meander through its Ciudad Vieja (old city), a shopping excursion through the Bovedas handicraft zone, and a chocolate and rum tasting. Your final adventure is a day-trip to the antiquated streets, colonial churches, and frozen-in-time filigree workshops of Mompox -- a final taste of Colombia's time-honored charm.

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