12-Day Colombian Highlights Tour

  • A 12-day tour of the pick of Colombia's urban, historical, natural and cultural highlights.

  • Includes Bogota, the Coffee Triangle, Cartagena & Tayrona National Park.

  • Private transfers & excursions and accommodation in distinctive, comfortable properties


Colombia is rapidly emerging as a red-hot destination for travel cognoscenti. With Pacific and Caribbean coasts, Colonial towns and cities, and an Andean mountain backbone, the country is a by-word for Latin American diversity: scenic, cultural, biological and geographical.

Add to the mix the traditional hospitality of the Colombian people, who are delighted to welcome overseas visitors to their country, and the ease of links with neighbouring Peru, and this makes an ideal destination to combine with a visit to northern Peru. 

Itinerary Outline:

Day 1 Arrive Bogota.
Day 2 Half-Day Bogota City Tour
Day 3 Fly to Pereira
Day 4 Full-Day Valle del Cocora & Filandia Tour
Day 5 Half-Day Chinchina & Coffee Farm Tour
Day 6 Fly to Cartagena
Day 7 Half-Day Cartagena City Tour
Day 8 Free Day in Cartagena
Day 9 Drive to Tayrona National Park
Day 10 At Tayrona National Park
Day 11 At Tayrona National Park
Day 12 Transfer to Santa Marta airport

Please note that we can customize your Colombia itinerary, and for those on a shorter timeframe, we have a 7-day Bogota & Cartagena tour. 


Below prices are per person, based on two people sharing a room.
NB. Flight prices fluctuate according to demand, and so are not included. 

ItineraryLengthPrices From
12 Days£1,566 / $2,002


Colombian Highlights day-by-day Itinerary: 

Day 1: Bogota

On arrival at Bogota Airport, we welcome you and transfer you to your hotel. 

Overnight at Hotel B3 Virrey, or similar.

This modern, environmentally-aware hotel is located near El Virrey Park, and close to Zona T, which is one of Bogota's main shopping, dining and nightlife districts.

Day 3: Bogota City Tour

After breakfast, we take you on a half day tour of Bogota's historic centre, La Candelaria.

This historic Colonial neighbourhood is of great architectural and cultural heritage, made up of large Spanish-built buildings with iron windows, thick and sturdy wooden doors, balconies and internal patios, with beautiful, hidden gardens.

We visit the Plaza de Bolivar, where a statue of the great liberator Simon Bolivar is located. This Plaza, originally called the Plaza Mayor, was used for civil and military purposes, as a marketplace, and at one time as a bullring and a gallows.

The Cathedral, on the eastern side of the plaza, is constructed on the remains of the first church built in Bogota in 1539 and houses an important collection of religious artefacts, collected over four centuries.

The Capitol, built between 1847 and 1926, shows Renaissance and Neoclassical influences with its carved stonework and tall columns, and is the first Republican piece of civil architecture.

Around the Plaza de Bolivar are the Palacio de Justicia, the Mayor's office (Edificio Liévano), the oldest school in the county - San Bartolome - and the Casa de los Comuneros.

The visit continues with the Botero Museum, a Colonial house filled with works of art by and from Fernando Botero, that includes pieces by Picasso, Renoir, Dalí, Matisse, Monet and Giacometti, as well as his own work.

Next is the Gold Museum which has a permanent exhibition of some 32,000 pieces of gold, 20,000 jewels, ceramics and textiles from the Quimbaya, Calima, Tayrona, Sinu, Muisca, Tolima, Tumaco and Magdalena cultures. The Museum, in operation since 1939 - and fully refurbished in 2007 - is considered one of the most important museums of its type internationally.

Free afternoon for individual activities. We recommend visiting Bogota’s various other museums, or taking the funicular railway or cable car up to the church on top of Monserrate Mountain.

Overnight at Hotel B3 Virrey, or similar. 

Day 3: Bogota - Coffee Triangle

After breakfast, we transfer you to the airport for the short flight to Pereira.

On arrival in Pereira, we transfer you to your hotel.

Overnight at Hacienda Castilla, or similar.

Hacienda Castilla is a typical property of the region, built in 1716, with wide corridors and doorways, high ceilings and a courtyard with a fountain. The main house is surrounded by extensive gardens with fruit trees, orchids, lilies and bougainvilleas, and more than 30 different species of bird. 

Day 4: Pereira - Valle del Cocora & Filandia - Pereira

After breakfast, we set off for Cocora Valley, which is located in the central mountains of the province of Quindio. This is part of Los Nevados National Park and is the ideal place to marvel at the Quindian Wax Palm (Ceroxylon quincense), the national tree of Colombia, which can grow to a height of 60 m (200 ft) and was worshipped by the indigenous people.

This region is home to a great number of bird species of birds, including various hummingbirds and the endangered Palm Parrot (Ognorhynchus icteroti). 

Upon arrival in the valley, either hiking or on horseback, we head into the cloud forest to enjoy the flora and fauna. On the return journey, we cross the River Quindio and past the tallest wax palms in the world.

We stop at a trout farm, to enjoy a traditional meal of smoked trout, and time to look around. 

In the afternoon, we visit the traditional towns of Salento and Filandia with their Colonial buildings, colourful balconies, atmospheric main squares, handicraft shops and coffee shops.

There is time to soak up the regional atmosphere and - perhaps - some local spirits, before returning to the hotel.

Overnight at Hacienda Castilla, or similar.

Day 5: Pereira - Chinchina - Coffee Farming Region - Pereira

After breakfast, we spend a half day visiting the coffee plantations in the steep hills typical of this area.

Our first stop is at Alto de La Paz, a beautiful viewpoint near Chinchiná where you can see the full panorama of coffee plantations, spreading as far as the eye can see. Here you get an idea why Colombia's coffee region has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site.

We visit a coffee-producing hacienda to see the plantation and production, including the harvest, sun-drying and toasting, up close. We also get to taste the delicious results. 

The afternoon is free for individual activities.

Overnight at Hacienda Castilla, or similar.

Day 6: Pereira - Cartagena

Transfer to Pereira airport for departure flight to Cartagena, via Bogota.

Upon arrival, transfer and hotel check-in.

Overnight at Hotel Don Pedro de Heredia, or similar. 

Located in the historic centre of Cartagena de Indias, inside the walled city, Hotel Don Pedro de Heredia, with its Colonial style, offers the perfect combination of history, local warmth and romanticism.

Day 7: Cartagena Panoramic Tour

We start with a panoramic view of the city from the Monasterio & Iglesia de La Popa, from where we can enjoy 360º views of the city and the sea, including the port, which is one of the most important in the Caribbean. Constructed in 1606, at an altitude of 140 m (460 ft) above sea level, the church resembles the stern of a galleon. 

We continue to San Felipe Fortress, which was built on San Lazaro hill, in order to defend the city from pirate attacks. We walk around the fortress, learning about the castle construction, engineering, tunnels, underground galleries and passageways.

Then, we go to the Ciudad Vieja (Old City) to visit the Convent & Church of San Pedro Claver, followed by Bovedas, a collection of archways built into the city wall of Cartagena that were used until the end of the 1700s to house armaments, and then later as a prison in the 19th century. Nowadays it is an artisan center offering local handicrafts. 

Free afternoon for individual activities. 

Overnight at Hotel Don Pedro de Heredia, or similar. 

Day 8: Cartagena: Free Day

Free day for individual activities. 

Overnight at Hotel Don Pedro de Heredia, or similar. 

Day 9: Cartagena - Tayrona National Park

After breakfast, we make the five hour transfer, in private vehicle, to Tayrona National Park.

Arrival and check-in to Ecohabs

Ecohabs is a group of cabins on a coastal hill, in the Cañaveral sector of Tayrona National Park, which is fully equipped for visitor comfort, without losing the ecological feeling. Guests can appreciate not only the most stunning beaches on the Colombian coast, but also the vast nature around it, while being close to indigenous tribes of the area. 

Days 10 & 11: Tayrona National Park

Free day to relax, for beach activities or to organize excursions such as a walk to Pueblito, snorkeling or horseback riding. Bike rentals are also available. 

Overnight at Ecohabs

Day 12: Tayrona National Park - Santa Marta

After breakfast, we make the transfer to Santa Marta airport for your onward flight.