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Hola Colombia

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The one that gives you all the best of Colombia in 12-days, from Caribbean coastlines to colourful towns

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  • Duration

    12 days

  • Places

    8 places

  • Meals

    11 Breakfasts, 3 Dinners

  • Transport Style

    Coach, Planes

  • Group Size

    Max 24 people

  • Team

    Expert trip manager, driver & local guides

Bogota, Combia, Medellin, Cartagena, Santa Marta, Pereira, Guatape, Tayrona National Park

Hola Colombia (From Jan 2021)

12 Inclusions

Experiences that are included with your trip

  • Visit the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá
  • Included flight to Pereira
  • Coffee Farm Visit
  • Trek the Cocora Valley
  • Salento Day Trip
  • Locally guided City Tour
  • Visit Castillo de San Felipe
  • Locally guided Walking Tour
  • Included flight to Cartagena
  • Visit Proyecto Titi
  • Walking Tour of Santa Marta
  • Day trip to Tayrona National Park

4 Free Time Add-Ons

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

  • Go up Monte Serrat Cable Car in Bogota
  • Street art grafitti workshop in Bogota
  • Day trip to Guatapé
  • Local cooking demonstration in Cartagena

Where I'll Stay?

Learn more about the accommodation available on this trip

  • 11 nights

    All accommodation is included on this trip

    9 nights in Hotel, 2 nights in Contiki Special Stay

    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.

About this trip

Looking to explore all the colours of Colombia? From bustling cities, to lush coffee plantation towns, charming cobble-stoned retreats, and idyllic beaches, this 12 day trip brings you the very best of this vibrant country. Whether you're kicking back in your hacienda in the 'coffee zone', wandering the Caribbean coastline of Cartagena or soaking up some natural beauty in Tayrona National Park, there's no better way to explore Colombia in all its glory. Say hola to the adventure of a lifetime.

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Map & Itinerary

  • Start location
  • End location
  • Trip day
  • Via location
  • River route
  • Plane route

Nights spent per location

  1. 2 2 nights

    Bogota

  2. via via

    Pereira

  3. 2 2 nights

    Combia

  4. 3 3 nights

    Medellin

  5. via via

    Guatape

  6. 2 2 nights

    Cartagena

  7. 2 2 nights

    Santa Marta

  8. Tayrona National Park

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DAY 1 - Bogota

Bogota

Arriving this afternoon in the bustling hub of Bogota, you'll meet your Contiki crew. Get to know your fellow travelers on a free night in the city, start your exploring tonight, or wait for tomorrow. Either way, the next 12 days are going to be epic.

Stay

Hotel Morrison 84 (or similar)

DAY 2 - Bogota

Bogota

We'll get out and about bright and early this morning, first hitting up the famous Salt Cathedral. Then this afternoon you've got plenty of options, maybe going up the Monte Serrat Cable Car? Or if heights aren't your thing, a grafitti workshop checking out the city's famous street art, showcasing artistic interpretations of the country's past and present. Your Trip Manager will get you orientated in the city, so you're comfortable exploring solo. whether that's a visit to the Botero Museum, lunch at the Mercado La Concordia sampling the local cuisine, or checking out Park 93.

Stay

Hotel Morrison 84 (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Visit the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Go up Monte Serrat Cable Car in Bogota

  • Street art grafitti workshop in Bogota

DAY 3 - Bogota to Combia via Pereira

Bogota

Today we say goodbye to the hustle and bustle of Bogota and take a speedy internal flight to the gorgeous Zona Cafetera (coffee zone).

Pereira

Combia

We're here in the coffee zone, which, as well as producing some of the tastiest, most iconic coffee in the world, is also arguably one of the most beautiful regions in Colombia. A visit to a coffee farm is a no-brainer, and we don't disappoint. Learn the A-Z of this invigorating bean on an included tour of an authentic coffee plantation and have a chance to pick and taste ripe berries or buy some world-class roasted beans for yourself.

Tonight's accom is going to be a special one, a hacienda out in the coffee region!

Stay

Combia Special Stay

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Included flight to Pereira

  • Coffee Farm Visit

DAY 4 - Combia

Combia

This morning it's time to get our hike on. Heading out to the Cocora Valley is the perfect opportunity to get some amazing views. Next stop is a visit to Salento, where you've got a chance to explore and grab some lunch. Maybe trying out the local game of Tejo is on your agenda? And Salento is the perfect place to try your luck.

Stay

Combia Special Stay

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Trek the Cocora Valley

  • Salento Day Trip

DAY 5 - Combia to Medellin

Combia

Rise and Shine – its an early morning start as we make our way to Medellin.

Medellin

The second city of Colombia, Medellín has transformed itself perhaps more than any other city in the world. Though its violent, tumultuous past is well-known, today the city is modern, innovative, and culturally rich. Named the “City of Eternal Spring” because of its nearly perfect weather, you'll find parks, plazas and a café culture where you can sit and soak in all those rays and historic vibes.

Stay

Hotel Estelar Blue

DAY 6 - Medellin

Medellin

Put your walking shoes on today as we have a full day of adventuring ahead of us. Using Medellin's efficient public transport system, we'll tour the city via metro, cable car and on-foot. Along the way we'll check out Plaza Botera, Santo Domino and Communa 13, as well as the bustling local market. As the sultry evening draws in, anyone for Salsa lessons?

Stay

Hotel Estelar Blue

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Locally guided City Tour

DAY 7 - Medellin via Guatape

Medellin

Now that you know Medellin so well, it's your day to do your own thing! Check out Arvi Park for a getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city (easy on public transport) or stay local and wander the city - the Museo de Antioquia or Casa de la Memoria are equally impressive. For an incredible day getaway, take a day trip to Guatapé, a vibrant, cute and impossibly colourful disney-like town. Climb the 650+ stairs for peerless vistas of the surrounding landscapes, or just wander the colourful town - trying the regional badeja paisa, and a cerveza, naturally.

Stay

Hotel Estelar Blue

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Day trip to Guatapé

DAY 8 - Medellin to Cartagena

Medellin

Adios Medellin! The coasts of the Caribbean are calling, and our flight today takes us to the storybook beauty of Cartagena, considered one of the most beautiful cities in the Americas.

Cartagena

On arrival we'll head straight to the fortress Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas. Built strategically by the Spanish in 1536 on the hills of San Lazaro, it dominates the landscape whether you approach on land or by sea. Today, there's no need to defend against pirates and foreign invaders, but the awe-inspiring fortress still sparks the imagination, offering dreamy views of the city below. In the afternoon we'll head to the walls of the Old City, where we'll have an authentic dinner at Cafe del Mar and watch the sunset. Pure bliss.

Stay

Hotel Pedro de Heriera

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Visit Castillo de San Felipe

  • Locally guided Walking Tour

  • Included flight to Cartagena

DAY 9 - Cartagena

Cartagena

Today we'll be giving back by heading to Proyecto Titi - non-profit organisation working towards conserving the endangered cotton-top tamarins of Colombia. Cuteness overload! This afternoon, opt in for a local cooking demonstration, getting a glimpse into how the locals do it, before getting a chance to taste those delicious Caribbean flavours.

Stay

Hotel Pedro de Heriera

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Visit Proyecto Titi

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Local cooking demonstration in Cartagena

DAY 10 - Cartagena to Santa Marta

Cartagena

We're headed to our final city, but that doesn't mean the good times are stopping.

Santa Marta

Upon arrival in Santa Marta there's a walking tour calling your name. Check out sites like the 17th Century Hacienda, La Quinta de San Pedro Alejandro, the place where Simon Bolivar (the revolutionary who lead Latin America to Independence from Spain) famously died. We'll then walk the historic city centre, before a free night for dinner. Empanadas anyone?

Stay

Del Mar Hotel

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Walking Tour of Santa Marta

DAY 11 - Santa Marta via Tayrona National Park

Santa Marta

Strap on your hiking shoes and lather on the sunscreen, because today we're visiting the spectacular Tayrona National Park. Famed for its stunning white sand beaches, lush green jungle and turquoise waters framed by the iconic Sierra Nevada Mountain Range, this place is simply unmissable. Our hike, the Pueblito Trail, winds through the jungle (eyes peeled for monkeys, parrots and the ever-elusive jaguar) to a small indigenous community, before snaking up to Cabo San Juan beach. Here you can jump in the crystalline waters to cool off. Tonight's final dinner back in Santa Marta will be the perfect opportunity for final bonding time, so cheers to the amazing trip you've had (and start planning the next one).

Stay

Del Mar Hotel

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Day trip to Tayrona National Park

DAY 12 - Santa Marta

Santa Marta

This adventure wraps up this morning where we'll say hasta luego to our new friends. Colombia, thanks for the memories. We'll never forget you.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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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.