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The one that gives you all the best of Colombia in 18-days, from Caribbean coastlines to colourful towns

Duration
18 Days
Places
12 places

Visiting Bogota, Villa de Leyva, San Gil, Salento, Medellin, Cartagena, Palomino Beach, Tayrona National Park, Santa Marta, Zipaquira, Barichara, Zona Cafetera

Is this trip for me?

Travel Style

In-Depth Explorer

Group Size

Max 25 people

Transport Style

Mini-Coach

Highlights

  • Visit the Salt Cathedral
  • Villa de Leyva walking tour
  • Horseback riding
  • Only $200 deposit to book
  • Part pay financing available with UpLift
  • No change fees
  • No booking fees

What's included?

17 nights accommodation

14 nights in Hotel, 2 nights in Hostel, 1 night in Twin Share Tent

We'll have you cosy and comfortable in quality hotels, vibrant hostels and have something special up our sleeves with some camping under starlit skies.

27 Meals

7 Dinner, 17 Breakfast, 3 Lunch

You can expect to refuel with hearty breakfasts, lively lunches and delicious dinners from us but we'll also give you the opportunity to sample some of the best local cuisine. You'll taste it all - from simple street eats to gourmet fare.

Team

Expert trip manager, driver & local guides

Your experienced Trip Manager will always be on-hand to show you the ropes and make the best recommendations - whether it be for eats, activities or providing local knowledge. Our TM's and guides in Latin America are always multi-lingual locals, who love nothing more than showing you their spectacular backyards.

Transport

Tailored transport all included during the trip

Your transport in Latin America is always tailored to your destination. Latin America is beautiful, but it's very, very big, so we know when to speed you from A-B on an internal flight. But when scenery is this spectacular, we also know when its time to soak up all that beauty on a private, air-conditioned mini-coach.

Experiences

15 included, 9 optional that you can add

From the awe-inspiring salt cathedral of Zipaquira to a trek through Tayrona National Park and an invigorating tour of an authentic coffee plantation, this trip includes heaps of real, local and unique experiences that'll stay with you forever. Plus, our Free Time Add-Ons can see you take a hot air balloon ride over the 'coffee zone,' or get the pulse racing with canyoning or paragliding in San Gil.
Looking to explore all the colours of Colombia? From bustling cities, to lush coffee plantation towns, charming cobblestoned retreats, and idyllic beaches, this 18 day extravaganza brings you the very best of this vibrant country. Whether you're taking a hot air balloon over the 'coffee zone', kicking back on the Caribbean coastlines of Palomino or soaking up some culture in cute colonial towns, there's no better way to explore Colombia in all its glory. Say hola to the adventure of a lifetime.

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15 Inclusions

Experiences that are included with your trip

  • Visit the Salt Cathedral
  • Villa de Leyva walking tour
  • Hike the El Camino Real
  • Visit Guane
  • Dinner at Andres Carne de Res
  • Locally guided bike tour of Candelaria
  • Coffee farm visit
  • Trek the Cocora Valley
  • Locally guided City Tour
  • Visit Castillo de San Felipe
  • Locally guided Walking Tour
  • Afro-Caribbean Cooking Class
  • Hiking Tayrona National Park
  • Visit La Quinta de San Pedro Alejandro
  • Walking Tour of Santa Marta

9 Free Time Add-Ons

Optional experiences that you can choose from and pay for on your trip

  • Horseback riding
  • Canyoning
  • Caving
  • Rafting
  • Paragliding
  • Graffiti Workshop
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Day trip to Guatapé
  • Tubing

Itinerary

Nights spent per location
Bogota
via
via
Zipaquira
2
2 nights
Villa de Leyva
via
via
Barichara
2
2 nights
San Gil
2
2 nights
Bogota
via
via
Zona Cafetera
2
2 nights
Salento
3
3 nights
Medellin
2
2 nights
Cartagena
2
2 nights
Palomino Beach
1
1 night
Tayrona National Park
1
1 night
Santa Marta
+3 more
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Are flights included in my trip?

International flights to/from the destination your trip starts and ends in are not included in the cost of the trip, and must be purchased separately. You can book these independently if you want to shop around for the best quote, or through your travel agent.

Any flights you take during your Contiki are included in the cost of your trip. On certain Latin America trips we use planes to get you from A to B as quickly as possible, and all of this is included.

What documents do I need to travel?

Depending on your nationality, you may require visas to enter certain countries on your
trip. You are fully responsible for obtaining all necessary visas that are required prior to the departure of your trip. Contiki is not legally permitted to knowingly allow anybody who does not have a valid visa to join a trip. Visa and other entry & exit conditions (such as currency, arrival/ departure taxes, customs and quarantine regulations) do change regularly.
Your passport must have at least six months’ validity remaining when you arrive. Local immigration authorities may deny entry and deport people who do not meet this requirement, even if they only intend to stay for a short period. Important to consider:

• Visas can take up to six weeks and a fee is normally charged.
• Failure to obtain all necessary visas could cause you to miss part of your trip and will result in
you incurring considerable expense and inconvenience.
• It is better for you to apply for all visas before you leave home.
• It is very important that the entry and exit dates are correct on the visa.

What are the luggage restrictions?

On our Latin America trips, you can bring one bag or suitcase of 73cm x 50cm x 25cm (29” x 20” x 10”), with a max. weight of 20kg (44lbs). As with our other regions, luggage is restricted to only one reasonably sized backpack/suitcase plus one carry-on bag, and luggage policies are strictly enforced on our trips. Due to the large number of flights on Contiki Latin America trips, your luggage needs to meet the size and weight restrictions imposed by airlines. These limits are imposed by the airlines, not by Contiki. Check out www.lan.com for more.

On some of our trips, it is necessary to use an overnight bag on the occasional nights when it’s not possible to unload your bags from the coach (like our Peru Jungle Lodge & at Machu Picchu). It’s a good idea to bring an overnight bag, or hand luggage that’s big enough to double up as an overnighter when needed.

What do the Contiki team do?

People are at the heart of everything we do, and our team is what makes our trips the best. Our worldwide On-Road Team, locally based staff & network of Local Guides are all extensively trained & widely travelled, & are the best in the business. But we know it’s not just about training, it’s about passion & our team have it in their blood. 
Our team in Latin America are all genuine Latin locals, and they can’t wait to show you their backyard. Your Trip Manager is like your walking, talking guidebook – just for you. They plan your itinerary every day, organise your food and accomodation and book your Free Time Add ons, and because they know everything about where you’re going, you will too. Local Guides provide specialist knowledge when you need it and will always help you avoid the tourist traps.

What's not included that I should budget for?

There are loads of great things to spend your money on while you’re in Latin America – from a day trip to a beautiful coastal town, to a special dinner or an outfit that you just can’t resist... So how much money should you bring?

Remember your trip already includes plenty of things such as breakfast every day, many meals, lots of sightseeing, guided tours & activities & much more


Before you travel, it’s a good idea to read up on and get an idea of the Free Time Add-Ons you think you’ll want to do on trip, as these will form part of your overall budget. We’d advise doing some research on your chosen destinations beforehand, looking at things like:
 
- Cost of a local lunch
 
- Cost of a local dinner
 
- Cost of a local taxi
 
- Cost of entry to a sightseeing spot

Will I be able to access WiFi on my trip?

Contiki’s Latin America accommodation is almost all hotels on a twin-share basis. You will stay in centrally located 3-star hotels & resorts that have been chosen for their particular character, charm, location & style. They’re all very comfortable & have some great amenities, like WiFi and en-suite bathrooms.

What are Contiki’s sustainability credentials?

We believe that travelling sustainably and consciously, matters. Contiki Cares is our commitment to protecting the communities we visit, the wildlife we interact with, and the planet we all share. Our founding partner, the TreadRight Foundation was established 10 years ago as a not-for-profit organisation focused on promoting sustainable tourism within The Travel Corporation's family of brands. From our Me To We volunteering trip in Ecuador to the shark saver initiative in the Galapagos, our projects in Latin America are all about giving something back. Find out more at https://www.contiki.com/uk/en/about/contiki-cares.

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