March 2021

How many days to spend in the Coffee Region?

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Colombian Coffee Triangle consists of the three rural departments of Caldas, Quindio, and Risaralda. The principal cities of the region are Manizales, Pereira, and Armenia, all of which are easily accessed by plane. The ‘Coffee Cultural Landscape’ has been designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage.

To have enough time for enjoying the region, you will need at least 2 full days in here.

  • Day 1 – Enjoy a Coffee Experience in an authentic Coffee Farm: Of course the main attraction of the region is Coffee tasting and learning more about a centennial tradition of coffee growing in small plots in the high forest and the way farmers have adapted cultivation to difficult mountain conditions. You can’t miss a visit to a Coffee farm, observe incredible coffee plantations, learn the coffee process and taste a cup of coffee admiring the mountains at sunset.
  • Day 2 – On your second day discover the is Cocora Valley. It is a home of giant wax palms, Colombia national trees, and offers really breathtaking views, and opportunities for trekking, hiking, or horse riding.

On this same day, you can also explore gorgeous, small and traditional towns in the region, like Salento, Filandia and Buenavista.

Also, the Coffee Region is known for Birdwatching, Colombia is # 1 in Bird Species on Earth. Colombia has more than 1,920 bird species thanks to its vast range of habitats cloud forest, paramos, rainforests, plains, lowlands, snowcapped peaks, even the highest coastal mountain range in the world. Colombia is home to the largest bird collection on the planet, almost 2,000 in total, with 73 of them considered endemic species; and the Coffee Region is a perfect place to enjoy birdwatching in its different National Natural Parks.

If you would like to enjoy more extra days in the Coffee Region, there are so much more places to discover:

  • Orchids and fruits trees tour, visit a project of agricultural conservation of orchids and other kind of plants, discover native forest, fruit trees, water sources, and carnivorous plants.
  • Play Tejo: Colombia’s national sport tejo, or turmeque, combines beer, targets and explosions in a competition which advocates of the sport somewhat questionably claim is safe for all the family.
  • Horse rides & picnics
  • Hiking and Canopying at Rio Blanco Reserve
  • If you like architecture, discover more beautiful and authentic villages of farmers from the region, its beauty and lifestyle will blow your mind.
  • Water Thermals: The heat that flows from the earth and that carries the rich waters of the thermal springs is considered medicinal. Discover hot springs that are a natural sanctuary where exclusive animal and botanical species converge, in addition, their beauty and splendor will surprise you.

The best options for hotels are built in authentic farms where you can enjoy stunning landscapes or you can choose to stay in the downtown of the authentic and beautiful villages like Salento or Filandia.

How many days to spend in Cartagena?

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Cartagena is the most colorful and romantic city of Colombia; Cartagena is the sum of its incredible parts; its colonial, republican and modern architecture, the temptation of its vibrant nightlife, its cultural festivals, exuberant landscapes, magnificent beaches, outstanding gastronomic offerings and its important hotel and tourism infrastructure. It is a fantastic city that guards the secrets of its history in its walls and balconies, its buildings and its narrow, cobbled streets.

To explore the city and surroundings it’s perfect to have three full days.

  • Day 1: Take a City tour, to see the incredible castle of San Felipe; the history behind the ‘walled city‘ protected by a fortress, that was once used to shelter the city from pirates and storms. And the new and modern Cartagena.
  • Day 2: Cartagena offers many gourmet experiences for any taste and budget – from local markets with fresh exotic products to luxury famous restaurant with picturesque views. You can enjoy the Bazurto Market and enjoy the same experience that Anthony Bourdain enjoyed and discover why he got in love with the diversity of Colombia.
  • Day 3: Rosario Islands – Definitely it’s worth to visit Rosario Islands, an archipelago located within a national park on the Colombian Caribbean coast, where you find beautiful beaches with its cool breezes, beautiful nature, and laid-back attitude. Enjoy white sand, sparkling blue waters, and palm trees. Cartagena is not known for the beauty of its beaches, that’s why a full day at Rosario Islands in a private island is the perfect way to enjoy the sun, Caribbean food, and beautiful beaches.

If you have some extra days or more time, don’t hesitate to enjoy some another experiences:

  • For Nature and Adventure Lovers is highly recommended to go to the Tayrona National Natural Park. The journey takes 4-5 hours one way, but it is worth it. Mangrove swamps, corals, algae prairies, thorny scrubland, and magical dry, humid, and cloud forests proliferate and are home to a surprising variety of vegetal and animal species that bear witness to life.
  • Discover the lifestyle of the first free town in America, a Unesco World Heritage site town of San Basilio de Palenque. During the 17th century, escaped slaves built isolated forts in the jungles surrounding Cartagena. Palenque, located just over an hour from Cartagena, is the only such fort that survived during the intervening years.

Discover a village that maintains its traditions such as language, food, dance and culture. Enjoy a musical performance and visit important places in Palenque. And the most important, enjoy an authentic gastronomy experience full of color and flavor.

How many days to spend in Bogota?

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Bogota is the cosmopolitan and dynamic capital of Colombia. Here you can meet people from all corners of Colombia, and a lot of foreigners too, but in spite of its multicultural, it has its own identity, a real historic heritage, great restaurants, excellent nightlife, and really unique touristy places. You need at least 3-4 days to enjoy it, and 2 days as a minimum.

  • People get always surprised for the immensity of Bogotá and its beautiful green thanks to its mountains
  • Most international flights, especially the European flights, arrive at Bogotá, so don’t hesitate to discover this beautiful city
  • If you arrive from the USA or Canada there are more options to arrive at other small cities in Colombia, but try to no skip Bogota, it would surprise you.

The recommendation is to stay a minimum of 2 days in Bogotá:

  • day and must places: La Candelaria and the Historic Center, and enjoy lunch at the top of the Monserrate Hill with a great view of the city. Here is where the colorful colonial buildings stands next to contemporary street art, visit the Gold Museum with its great collection of more than 30,000 pieces of pre-Hispanic gold artefacts. You can also enjoy La Candelaria and the Historic Center in a Bike Tour.
  • Day: Paloquemao Market and Salt Cathedral.

The tour to the Paloquemao Market is a gastronomy experience selected as one of the 20 of the best food tours around the world by The Guardian, Paloquemao Market: https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2019/jun/26/20-best-food-tours-around-world-lisbon-lima-havana-hanoi

The marvelous Salt Cathedral is located about 600 feet underground, in a former salt mine in Zipaquira town. The cathedral is an architectural wonder, built in the caverns and tunnels left behind by miners, who extracted millions of tons of rock salt starting two centuries ago.

Any day, try to enjoy Andres DC Restaurant or Andres Carne de Res Chía. Unique decor that captures in every detail, culture and Colombian traditions. The environment is full of color, magic, music, and surprises. This place will immerse you in the authentic details of the Colombian cuisine and its way of life.

If you have extra days, you can enjoy the next following activities:

  • Villa de Leyva, is a Village out of a Straight Out of a Fairy Tale. Streets paved in stone and white, it is located 3 hours by land north of Bogotá and all the visitors feel charmed at every street corner. You can enjoy this activity on a full day, or you can spend one night in this magical town and on the way back you can enjoy another beautiful and artisan village called Raquira.
  • Colombian Chocolates Tasting
  • Full day in a Coffee Adventure
  • Best restaurants in Colombia
  • Graffiti and Urban Art Tour
  • Natural Park Chingaza: It is a magnificent cloud forest perfect for birdwatching, eco-treks, camping and lodgings on the top of a tree, a very unique natural reserve taken care of by sloths.