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Colombia - In Depth

Into the heart of Colombia exploring the Amazon, Tataco Desert, Coffee Region & San Agustin

18 days

from £3,745pp (excluding flights)

For those looking to really get into the heart of this fascinating country our in depth Colombia holiday will take you from the bright lights of Bogota to deep into the Amazon, to the ancient site of San Agustin and to the centre of the coffee triangle.

  • Visit the Colombian Amazon
  • Canoe amongst the largest lily pads in the world
  • Observe Frailey Monkeys in their natural habitat
  • Discover the arts and culture scene of Bogota
  • Cross the extraordinary Tataco Desert
  • Visit the pre-colombian sites at San Agustin
  • Explore the coffee region and stay in a traditional hacienda

This holiday idea starts in the fascinating city of Bogota which boasts a rich heritage with many examples of Spanish architecture. The city boasts a vibrant arts scene with multiple museums and galleries to spend many an hour; most notably the Botero gallery and Gold museum.

Continue your journey to Leticia in the Amazon bordering both Brazil and Peru. Stay in the heart of the amazon rainforest for birding, nature hikes and community visits.  Explore Marasha Natural Reserve home to the largest lily pads in the world.

In contrast to the amazon, next stop is San Agustin archaeological park in the Andes. The park is home to enormous pre-colombian statues that dot the Andean landscape.  For decades this area has been out of bounds, but now safe to visit, yet often overlooked, it is likely you will have the park all to yourself. Continue to Popayan a traditional colonial city home to the historic hacienda pivotal in Colombia’s independence from the Spanish.

Onwards to Cali, learn to Salsa and visit the Andean valleys before reaching Pereira and concluding in the coffee triangle.  It’s not all about coffee here.  The enormous wax palms are quite a sight, reaching a staggering height of some 60ms. The bird life is prolific, in particular the hummingbirds and palm parrots. Hiking, horse riding and of course coffee tasting are all possible before returning to Bogota for your flight home. 

For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

Price Excluding Flights £Flight cost from 
£ 3745 £ 850
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what is included

  • All accommodation
  • Internal flights
  • International flights as detailed
  • Sightseeing with private guide as per the itinerary
  • Transfers as detailed

what is excluded

  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas


Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Fly London to Bogota overnight

Day 2

Day at leisure in Bogota

Once a byword for crime and poverty, Bogota is rapidly developing into one of Latin America's most interesting and cosmopolitan capital cities.

Rivalling London for size, this sprawling metropolis is still fringed with shanty towns to the south. However, beautiful churches, engaging museums, cultural events and gastronomic experiences fill the centre of the city, while the cool mountain air and smattering of public parks make for a relaxed and genial atmosphere. The Baroque and Spanish colonial architecture and plazas of historic La Candelaria neighbourhood is one of Bogotá's big draws while the modern uptown zone is packed with restaurants, bars and cafes that buzz with a new generation of Rolos enjoying an era of peace and stability.

You will be staying at Hotel Sofitel Victoria Regia, Bed & Breakfast

Day 3

Half day city tour of Bogota
Visit the historic centre known as La Candelaria. These ancient quarters are of architectural importance with their grand houses of wrought iron windows, thick wooden doors and balconies lining the narrow streets. The main focus of the old town is the main square, Plaza Bolivar. Originally the square was used to host civil and military events, markets and bull fights, but today this square is home to Simon Bolivar’s statue and a great spot for taking in city life. The cathedral, built in 1539, houses an important collection of liturgical, textile and ornamental objects collected over four centuries.

Also visit the Botero museum, which exhibits a number of works donated by Fernando Botero himself and others by Picasso, Renoir, Dali, Matisse, Monet and Giacometti. The Gold museum in Bogota is one of its show pieces with some 34,000 gold pieces and 20,000 in stone, ceramic, textiles and precious stones from ancient cultures including Quimbaya and Calima.

Finally, take the cable car to the sanctuary of Monserrate and enjoy marvellous views of the whole city and the Andean mountain range.

You will be staying at Hotel Sofitel Victoria Regia, Bed & Breakfast

Day 4

Fly Bogota to Leticia

You will be staying at Calanoa Lodge, Full board

Day 5

Full Day Puerto Nariño and Tarapoto Lake (Calanoa)
Depart this morning for a boat trip along the Amazon River. Visit Puerto Nariño , the second largest town in the department of Amazonas after Leticia. The town is a home to colonists and indigenous peoples alike and has an unequalled natural and cultural balance. Continue your journey to Tarapoto Lake where it might be possible to see a pink and grey river dolphins.

You will be staying at Calanoa Lodge, Full board

Day 6

Calanoa - Visit to local communities
Depart this morning for the small village known for its handmade and intricately designed handicrafts. Carpets and dolls are created out of Yanchama (tree bark) as well as beautiful fashion accessories made from seeds sand feathers. Brightly coloured bags are woven from Chambira and carved items such as walking sticks are made from the fine palosangre wood. Spend time with the community before returning to your lodge.

You will be staying at Calanoa Lodge, Full board

Day 7

Fly Leticia to Bogota

Fly Bogota to Neiva

One of the largest cities in southern Colombia, Neiva is located in the Magdalena River Valley. An important hub due to its strategic position, the city was relocated a number of times before it finally became established at its current location in the 17th century.

The city contains a smattering of historic buildings, but many were destroyed during a powerful 1967 earthquake. The monuments that remain are largely dotted on the idyllic banks of the Magdalena River, a protected area filled with parks and gardens.

You will be staying at GHL Style Neiva, Breakfast

Day 8

Drive from Neiva to San Agustin (Road Journey)

Travel 217 km (approx 4-5 hours) by road to San Agustín, one of the most important archaeological sites in the Americas and certainly one of the most mysterious. The scenic journey passes through plantations of fruit, maize, and coffee, rice paddies and offers stunning views of the extensive floodplain of the Magdalena River valley. You will stop at various villages en-route to taste their fantastically fresh fruit. Note that the road is fairly bumpy in sections of the journey.

Thanks to the wealth of history and archaeology found in San Agustín, it is one of the up-and-coming areas to visit in Colombia. It is here that the Magdalena and Cauca River valleys converged and where two ancient civilisations met to trade, worship and bury their dead. They disappeared long before the arrival of the Conquistadores, leaving hundreds of large statues, some nearly seven metres high and up to 5,000 years old.

It is a beautiful region with volcanic peaks, fertile valleys and the Tatacao Desert, with its towering cacti and numerous humming birds.

You will be staying at Akawanka Lodge, Bed & Breakfast

Day 9

Full day guided visit to San Agustin Archaeological Park and Coffee Farm Experience
Declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1995, San Agustin Archaeological Park is known for its enormous stone statues, ancient tombs, views and small Archaeological Museum. There is also a wonderful sculpture park with a collection of additional crafted stones that have been collected throughout the region. After lunch, visit a small local coffee plantation. The tour begins with an opening talk introducing the coffee process and a walk around the coffee plantation where you will be able to experience the sowing and the harvesting stages and the techniques that men and women use to pick the mature coffee beans. Continuing with the pulping, drying, sorting and packaging of coffee. The tour ends with time to enjoy a a sip of the finished product.

You will be staying at Akawanka Lodge, Bed & Breakfast

Day 10

Travel from San Agustin to Popayan

The drive to Popayan is a five hour journey through mountainous Andean scenery and across the high Paramo. Possible stops along the way include small farm holdings and a further two archaeological parks, Isnos and Alto de los Idoles. Lunch is included along the way.

Known as the 'White City' due to the chalk-white colour of the colonial houses that pack its streets, Popayán is one of the most impressive colonial cities in Colombia. Positioned halfway between Quito and Cartagena, the city became wealthy as an important trading hub during Spanish rule.

Badly damaged by a powerful 1983 earthquake, for many years the city failed to live up to its soubriquet. However, after decades of extensive restorative work, the city has recovered and its sights have largely been returned to their former condition.

You will be staying at Dann Monasterio, Bed & Breakfast

Day 11

Explore Popayan and surrounding area
Half day tour of Popayan’s pretty cobbled streets. Wander through the square with its impressive domed Cathedral, the various museums and chapels with their pretty plazas. The city is teeming with museums of all kinds, some dedicated to poets, religious art, Modern Latin American art and Natural history. The tour also includes a visit to the fascinating Hacienda Calibio - site of a pivotal battle in the war of independence against the Spanish. Lunch is included.

You will be staying at Dann Monasterio, Bed & Breakfast

Day 12

Drive from Popayan to Cali (Road Journey)

Salsa Class
Salsa has, over the years, become a unique unifying and expressive form of celebration. It is considered a healthy form of entertainment that allows one to keep in shape while permitting your body to express itself through dance. Salsa classes are conducted by the best dance teachers in the city. Recognized dancers who have travelled the world will coach and educate you in a patient and confident manner to impart some of the secrets of Caleño dance. The duration of this activity will be approximately three hours (2 hours of dance class).

You will be staying at Casa del Alferez, Breakfast

Day 13

Half Day City Tour
Half day visit (around 3 hours) to the most important and historic sights in Cali, including the Teatro Municipal Enrique Buenaventura, Casa Proartes, Cultural Centre and the Cali Gold Museum (closed Sundays). Finally visit Cali's historic San Antonio district for great views over the city and an opportunity to stroll along its charming streets and visit well preserved Spanish churches. This is a private tour and inclusions may be tailored to suit. Other possible visits include the Old Market, Plazoleta de San Francisco (with its striking Mudejar style tower), the main square of Plaza de Caycedo, La Tertulia Museum and the monument to Cristo Rey.

You will be staying at Casa del Alferez, Breakfast

Day 14

Transfer/tour from Cali to the Coffee Region

Meet your guide at the hotel and drive to the coffee region. Opportunity en-route to visit the the largest sugar cane producing region in the country. Visit the Pie de Chinche Hacienda, a traditional sugar cane plantation with a perfectly preserved ranch that comprises of wonderful old and traditional gardens as well as the original furnishings. The ranch houses the Casa Museo de la Caña (Sugar Cane Museum). A Journey time of approximately 4.5 hours.

You will be staying at Sazagua Boutique Hotel, Bed & Breakfast

Day 15

Full day Valle de Corcora
Full day excursion to the Valle de Cocora and the traditional towns of Filandia and Salento. Begin with a 2-3 hour hike through the stunning Cocora Valley, in the foothills of the Los Nevados mountains. This is a loop-hike taking you through cattle pastures and into the temperate rainforest, which is well known for numerous bird species such as hummingbirds and the endangered parrot - the Palmero. Colombia's emblematic tree, the Palma de Cera de Quindio which can reach 60 metres in height is also found in this area of Cocora. You will be able to view hundreds of these impressive palms poking out above the jungle. The Cocora Valley is home to many species of orchid and some 16 species of hummingbird.

Afterwards, you may like to eat a delicious lunch of locally produced smoked trout - not included. Follow on to the pretty towns of Filandia and Salento. Filandia is famous for its 'antiqueno' architecture and basket weaving, while Salento is a colourful and vibrant place with brightly painted colonial houses and their balconies

You will be staying at Sazagua Boutique Hotel, Bed & Breakfast

Day 16

Half Day Coffee Process
After breakfast spend half a day visiting the coffee plantations that blanket the steep slopes typical of this area. Close to Chinchina is a beautiful viewpoint to the carpet of green coffee plants only broken by fincas and heliconia flowers. Visit a coffee hacienda to see how the production of coffee works, including the harvest, the drying, roasting and how the volcanic land is treated.

You will be staying at Sazagua Boutique Hotel, Bed & Breakfast

Day 17

Fly Pereira to Bogota

Fly Bogota to London overnight


Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Hotel Sofitel Victoria Regia

Hotel Sofitel Victoria Regia

This 102 room Sofitel has a prime location within the "entertainment district" in the north of the city....

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Akawanka Lodge

Akawanka Lodge

Akawanka Lodge is located in peaceful countryside just 1km outside San Agustin and offers tremendous views of the surrounding Andean scenery....

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Sazagua Boutique Hotel

Sazagua Boutique Hotel

Sazagua is situated close to the city of Pereira in the heart of the coffee region....

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For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

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