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Mountains, Colombia

Highlights of Colombia & Sail Rosario Islands

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Duration

13 Days

Prices Start from

$13,399 ex. flights

This journey through Colombia takes in a host of the nation’s highlights, from the grand colonial churches and street art of Bogota to the UNESCO World Heritage city and coffee-growing regions of Cartagena. With just a sprinkling of internal flights and some indulgent nights spent aboard a privately chartered yacht exploring the turquoise waters of the Rosario Islands, this is a beyond the ordinary way to experience the “gateway to South America”.

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Coffee bean to powder 1

Sip Colombian Coffee

Ride on a WWII Willys Jeep and learn about the Colombian coffee making process.

Colonial Buildings, Cartagena, Columbia 2

Old Town Cartagena

Wander the charming avenues and colourful cobbled streets of Old Town Cartagena.

Rosario Islands, Colombia 3

Sail Rosario Islands

Sail on a privately chartered yacht, navigating the white sandy beaches of the Rosario Islands.

Santa Ecce Homo Monastery, Villa de Leyva, Colombia 4

Whitewashed Town

Visit whitewashed colonial Villa de Leyva, which appears to be frozen in time.

Why we like it

Suited to culture and coffee enthusiasts and those who relish the thought of sailing on a private super yacht around the lesser visited Rosario Islands, Colombia is a country of contrasts. In a place that contains timeworn walled cities, maintains a rich coffee culture and hosts a plethora of marine creatures in its Caribbean waters, this journey takes in some of the extremes of the nation’s north-west regions. Combining the effortlessness that comes with travelling with private guides and drivers with a custom-made itinerary that connects the highlights of Colombia, the route unveils some of the hugely varying landscapes that make up this expansive region. Throw in a unique cooking workshop with a local chef, a careful balancing of valleys with a graffiti-clad city and coffee tours in a WWII Willys Jeep, and this journey through the “gateway to South America” becomes truly extraordinary.

Don't forget, we will customise this journey to suit you.

Explore our suggested itinerary

Keys:
Internal Flight
  • Days 1-2
    Bogota
  • Day 3
    Bogota - Villa de Leyva
  • Day 4
    Villa de Leyva
  • Day 5
    Villa de Leyva - Bogota - Armenia
  • Day 6
    Armenia
  • Day 7
    Armenia - Cartagena
  • Days 8-9
    Cartagena
  • Days 10-12
    Rosarios Islands & Isla Baru
  • Day 13
    Cartagena - Bogota
Mountains, Colombia
Mountains, Colombia

WWII Willys Jeep Tour

Colombia is known for producing some of the finest coffee in the world, so time spent in the fertile valleys of Armenia will appeal to even the pickiest cafelier. Explore the region on foot, by horseback and in a former US Army vehicle otherwise known as a WWII Willys Jeep. In the company of an expert local guide, move through the stunning Cocora Valley and the foothills of the Los Nevados Mountains, traversing cattle pastures and temperate rainforests and discovering the complexities of coffee bean growing en route. When not learning how to prepare a good espresso, macchiato or mocaccino from a professional barista, journey to Pereira to amble “the city without doors” where no one is treated as an outsider.

Rosario Islands, Colombia
Rosario Islands, Colombia

Private Super Yacht Charter in the Rosario Islands

For a supremely indulgent end to a journey through the mainland of Colombia, charter a private super yacht and set sail to explore the Rosario Islands. Made up of over 40 islands located some 20 miles off the coast of Cartagena, the sparkling archipelago is overflowing with sandy beaches and vibrant coral reefs. Take to the warm and clear Caribbean waters to kayak, paddle board and swim amongst stunning marine life. Accommodating up to seven people in three rooms, the Ocean Phoenix is an exclusive-use super yacht with indulgent al fresco dining and timeless styling throughout. We have based our pricing suggestion on just two people chartering the vessel, but a full boat charter would reduce the price by approximately a third.

Bolivar Square and Cathedral, Bogota, Colombia
Bolivar Square and Cathedral, Bogota, Colombia
Bogota, Colombia
Bogota, Colombia

Bicycle Tour of Bogota

The sprawling metropolis of Bogota, still fringed with shanty towns to the south, merges enchanting churches, vibrant cultural events, engaging museums and a plethora of gastronomic experiences. The Baroque and Spanish colonial architecture and plazas of historic La Candelaria are some of the city’s biggest draws, while the modern uptown zone is packed with restaurants and cafes abuzz with a new generation of “rolos” revelling in an era of peace and stability. Hop on a privately guided bicycle tour of historic central Bogota, the canvas for highly imaginative and colourful graffiti and murals, to learn about the strong social and political messages of current and past injustices conveyed by the artists. Afterwards, sample traditional Colombian cuisine at one of our favourite eateries.

Town Square, Villa de Leyva, Colombia
Town Square, Villa de Leyva, Colombia

Cartagena & Villa de Leyva

In the company of a professional chef, meander through the labyrinth of lively streets and plazas that make up Old Town Cartagena, the port city encased within several miles of thick, fortified walls. Arriving at the colourful Bazurto Market, sift through fresh vegetables, fruits, spices and grains before returning to the chef’s own home to prepare and cook lunch together. Perhaps also travel to the colonial town of Villa de Leyva, the photogenic whitewashed village that is almost untouched by time. Set in a peaceful mountain valley, the national monument village is brimming with convents and churches and neighboured by the pre-Columbian archaeological site of Infiernito. Visit its traditional farmers market with a private guide, tasting some of the dishes and perhaps purchasing a bottle of the town’s famous chilli sauce.

Accommodation

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

Hacienda Bambusa £££££

  • Colombia
  • Boutique

The hacienda is built of bamboo and clay tiles, in the typical style of the houses in the coffee region. The 250 acres that surround the hacienda are cultivated with fields of banana, cacao, orange, coffee, pineapple and cattle. There is a good-sized swimming pool. The restaurant serves dishes that are largely produced from food grown on the farm. There are just seven rooms, all of a good size and comfortably furnished. Views are either to the pool or gardens. Each room has a private balcony, small sitting area, and a hammock.

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Casa San Agustin £££££

  • Colombia
  • Boutique

Casa San Agustin is located in the historic centre of Cartagena and effortlessly combines traditional Spanish colonialism and Cartagena’s Caribbean coast with modern-day living. 32 rooms boast centuries-old wooden beams, yet soft-blue shades and specially made furnishings resound with the nearby Caribbean Sea. Moreover, coral stone walls and some 300-year-old frescos are found in the library. The Caribbean influence is also evident in Alma, the hotel’s alfresco restaurant with delicious dishes such as conch, ceviche, Colombian-style bouillabaisse and marinated roasted sea bass. Additional facilities include a sun terrace and a small pool with a bar.

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John put together a phenomenal itinerary to Colombia that included the Colombian Amazon, a place that we understand to be little visited. What a trip it was – you have made Steppes clients out of us, John.

Destination: Colombia
Travel Expert: John

Sailing around the Rosario Islands was not something we had even considered, but we are so grateful to John for putting this enchanting archipelago on our radar.

Destination: Colombia
Travel Expert: John

Our trip to Colombia and Peru, organised by James, exceeded all of our expectations! We travelled initially to see our eldest son who lives in California and then decided that (while close by) we would "nip" to Peru with the aim of visiting Machu Picchu, and onward to Colombia. A spectacular and memorable trip of a lifetime.

Destinations: Colombia & Peru
Travel Expert: James

A note on price

Prices will vary depending on the time of year you are travelling. Prices do not include international flights. Please ask one of our Travel Experts for an accurate quote. Flights purchased through Steppes Travel departing from the UK are ATOL protected.

This Itinerary
Price
From $13,399 Per person

When to travel

Colombia in January

December to March is peak season in the country, with plenty of sunshine and dry weather perfect for relaxing on the beach or hiking in the Andes. December and January, in particular, is a busy time both for locals and tourists holidaying, so it is worth booking accommodation in advance.

Colombia in February

December to March is peak season in the country, with plenty of sunshine and dry weather perfect for relaxing on the beach or hiking in the Andes.

Colombia in March

December to March is peak season in the country, with plenty of sunshine and dry weather perfect for relaxing on the beach or hiking in the Andes.

Colombia in April

April to June is the beginning of the rainy season, but it is mainly restricted to short, sharp, showers. Easter is a popular time for locals to travel so be prepared to plan ahead should you wish to visit then.

Colombia in May

April to June is the beginning of the rainy season, but it is mainly restricted to short, sharp, showers. Easter is a popular time for locals to travel so be prepared to plan ahead should you wish to visit then.

Colombia in June

April to June is the beginning of the rainy season, but it is mainly restricted to short, sharp, showers. Easter is a popular time for locals to travel so be prepared to plan ahead should you wish to visit then.

Colombia in July

July to September is a great time to explore the Andes region, as it is a mini dry season. The Amazon continues to receive a lot of rain throughout the year.

Colombia in August

July to September is a great time to explore the Andes region, as it is a mini dry season. The Amazon continues to receive a lot of rain throughout the year.

Colombia in September

July to September is a great time to explore the Andes region, as it is a mini dry season. The Amazon continues to receive a lot of rain throughout the year.

Colombia in October

October and November are the wettest months in much of the country, so visitor numbers are low. Road travel can become tricky, but periods of bright sunshine can still be enjoyed.

Colombia in November

October and November are the wettest months in much of the country, so visitor numbers are low. Road travel can become tricky, but periods of bright sunshine can still be enjoyed.

Colombia in December

December to March is peak season in the country, with plenty of sunshine and dry weather perfect for relaxing on the beach or hiking in the Andes. December and January, in particular, is a busy time both for locals and tourists holidaying, so it is worth booking accommodation in advance.

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