17 days / 16 nights
Duration
Between 20°C and 35°C
Temperature
Discovering the country’s hidden treasures
Strong points
All year round
Dates

MEDELLIN – GUATAPE – JARDIN – SALAMINA – SALENTO – FILANDIA – BOGOTA – GUATAVITA – IGUAQUE – RAQUIRA – SANTA MARTA – TAYRONAKA – CAMARONES – CARTHAGÈNE 


On this tour, discover Colombia off the beaten track. Colombia is a country full of many tourist attractions, but in general, most tourists choose to visit the most popular destinations ignoring many paradises and hidden treasures offered by a country with as much biodiversity as Colombia. This tour will reveal the treasures of this beautiful country with its impressive landscapes and stories. Do you want to know Colombia’s secrets, hidden treasures and mysterious places?
The Colombia Off the beaten track Tour is a fully customizable travel idea. It is ideal for anyone who wants to mix culture, entertainment and adventure. Our team is made up of French-speaking Colombians, expert travellers to the country and we will create an exceptional experience for you.
Contact us for any modification or question about the stay! We would be very happy to discuss this with you.

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Highlights of the Colombia circuit off the beaten track tour

Discover Medellin and its transformation

Visit Jardin and Salamina, the hidden treasures of the region

Discover a place steeped in history and legends, the sacred lake of Guatavita

Take a hike to the Iguaque Sanctuary

Meet the Wayuu natives and visit the Guajira desert

 Observe tropical birds in the Tayronaka Reserve

 Compare the country’s different landscapes, from the high mountains, the desert and heavenly beaches, to the tropical forest and the green and fertile hills of the Andean region

 

Stages of the trip


Day 1: Departure to Colombia


Day 2: Visit to Medellín, the most innovative city


Day 3: Excursion to Guatape and Peñol


Day 4: Departure to Jardin, Colombia’s heritage


Day 5: Departure to Salamina


Day 6: Guided tour of Salamina and the Samaria Forest


Day 7: Visit of the unmissable village of Salento


Day 8: Visit to the historic centre of Bogotá


Day 9: Visit of the mysterious lagoon of Guatavita


Day 10: Hiking to the Iguaque Sanctuary


Day 11: Departure to Santa Marta, the first city built by the Spanish in America


Day 12: Day of exchange and sharing with the Kogi indigenous people in Tayronaka


Day 13: Exchange with the Wayuuu natives and discover the pink flamingos


Day 14: Arrival in Cartagena de Indias


Day 15: Cartagena and cooking workshop in the mangroves of the Virgin Mary’s Marsh


Day 16: Free day in Cartagena


Day 17: Last hours in Cartagena and flight back to France


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The Colombia off the beaten track tour is a travel idea and is fully customizable.


1

Day 1: Departure for Colombia

The D-Day has finally arrived. Departure from France to Colombia. With more than 3 million inhabitants, Medellin is the 2nd largest city in Colombia. It is also considered to be the fashion capital of this country.
  • Arrival in Colombia
  • Reception at the airport and transfer to your hotel
  • Night in Medellin in the most lively and exclusive area of the city
2

Day 2: The transformation of Medellín

Since 2002, the city’s various mayors have invested heavily in education and transport. In 2013, the city was awarded the “Most Innovative City” prize.
  • After breakfast, go on a half-day guided tour of the city
  • Visit the most emblematic places in the city such as Plaza Botero
  • You will have the opportunity to take the innovative public transport system, the cable car
  • Discuss with the city’s inhabitants and experience a unique cultural exchange
  • Night in Medellin in the most lively and exclusive area of the city
3

Day 3: Peñol and Guatapé

Discover the famous Peñol Boulder in Guatapé. Enjoy the dozens of islets that form a magnificent ensemble!
  • Typical breakfast, after leaving for an excursion to Peñol Boulder
  • Climb the steps from this beautiful spot to the top of the rock to enjoy a breathtaking view of the Guatapé dam.
  • Typical lunch of the region
  • Continuation of the journey to the village of Guatapé́ for a walk in its colourful alleys
  • Boat trip on the lake/dam
  • Return to your hotel
  • Night in Medellin in the most lively and exclusive area of the city
4

Day 4 : Jardín

Located in the southwest of Antioquia, Jardín is considered the most beautiful village in the department and this charming locality is listed as a Colombian heritage site.
  • Breakfast
  • Morning transfer to Jardin, Antioquia. Enjoy the flowery landscapes that the region offers you
  • Arrival and installation in your hotel, the best in the village
  • Quiet afternoon in this wonderful village full of trees and parks
  • Night in Jardin
5

Day 5 : Salamina

Salamina is considered one of the most beautiful villages in Colombia. The houses with their sculpted doors and terraced balconies, painted in bright colours and decorated with flowerpots, make this city a show worth admiring.
  • Breakfast
  • Transfer to Salamina
  • Arrival and installation in your hotel
  • Afternoon free to stroll around the village
  • Night in Salamina in a magnificent charming hotel
6

Day 6: Salamina and the Samaria Forest

  • After breakfast, visit Salamina, the charming village of the golden age of coffee and included in Colombia’s heritage list.
  • Its magnificent alleys will take you back in time
  • Discover the fantastic San Félix and the Samaria Valley to stroll among the magnificent wax palm trees!
  • These trees, which seem to defy the sky, rise to a height of more than 70 metres
  • Night in Salamina in a magnificent charming hotel
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Day 7: Filandia and the trapiche

The coffee region is full of picturesque and multicoloured villages and majestic valleys that enclose a wide variety of plants and animals.
  • After breakfast, transfer to the coffee region
  • Discover the magnificent village of Filandia. The architecture, the surrounding landscape and the friendliness of the premises make Filandia one of the most authentic villages in the entire coffee region.
  • Tasting of the panela, a typical Colombian product extracted from sugar cane and very rich in nutrients.
  • It is consumed at breakfast and dinner, especially in cold climates.
  • Visit of a trapiche, a traditional mill used to extract sugar cane juices for the production of Panela. This artisanal method makes it possible to create a 100% natural product.
  • Enjoy the gastronomic experience of the restaurant “Helena Adentro”.
  • Departure to Salento, known as the village with 1000 colours and one of the most beautiful villages in Colombia
  • Overnight in Pereira in a magnificent charming hotel
8

Day 8: Bogotá, 2,600 meters closer to the stars

Discover Bogota, the capital of Colombia, which is after La Paz and Quito, the 3rd highest capital in the world.
  • Breakfast (breakfast)
  • Departure by plane to the capital of the country
  • Tour of the historic city centre with the Plaza Bolívar, central square of Bogotá, bordered by the presidential palace known as the Palacio de Nariño, the Palace of Justice, etc.
  • Discovery of the Gold Museum, which houses 35,000 gold objects decorated with precious stones
  • Stroll in the Candelaria, the heart of the city’s historic centre, dotted with Spanish colonial-style villas
  • Discovery of the Colombian emerald market
  • Emerald is a typical Colombian gemstone, 37% of the world’s emeralds are produced in Colombia.
  • Traders are waiting in the street for gemstone buyers in complete safety. It’s a fascinating cultural exchange
  • This is not a trick to buy emeralds but rather to learn about the informality of certain professions in Colombia.
  • Night in Bogota
9

Day 9: Guatavita Lagoon

Discover a place steeped in history and legends, the Guatavita lagoon, a sacred lake for the pre-Columbian civilization of the Chibcha Indians
  • Breakfast
  • Departure to the lagoon of Guatavita, a place steeped in history and legends that was a sacred lake for the pre-Columbian civilization of the Chibcha Indians. Enjoy the mystical atmosphere that dominates this place
  • There they performed ceremonies in which the Cacique, (chief of the tribe), immersed himself in the water covered with gold, and then allowed the gold to spread into the lake
  • Precious and golden objects were also thrown into the depths by the villagers and it is from these rituals that the legend of the Eldorado was born
  • Continuation of the journey to Villa de Leyva, a small town known for its colonial architecture and its role in the history of Colombian independence
  • Night in Villa de Leyva
10

Day 10: The Iguaqan Sanctuary

According to the legend of the Muisca natives, Lake Iguaque is the birthplace of humanity. This is where the goddess Bachue came out of the lake with a small child in her arms. Once the child became a man, they got married and had many children. They thus populated the land. They then converted into 2 large snakes and entered the lake.
  • Breakfast
  • Leave from Villa de Leyva to discover this magical and breathtaking place
  • The sanctuary of Iguaque is a páramo, i. e. a unique ecosystem of the high plateaus of the tropics
  • Enjoy a hike in this sanctuary and the unique landscapes of this ecosystem
  • Return to the hotel
  • Night in Villa de Leyva
11

Day 11: Raquira and Santa Marta

You will leave this beautiful region to discover the first city built by the Spanish in South America: Santa Marta
  • After breakfast transport to the airport
  • On the way, discover the colourful village of Raquira, nationally renowned for its traditional terracotta products. Raquira was already known for the quality of its products since the time of s Muiscas, long before the arrival of the Spaniards
  • Continuation of the trip to Bogota to fly to the Caribbean region
  • Arrival and installation in your hotel
  • Night in Santa Marta
12

Day 12: The Don Diego River

Tayrona Park is home to the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, the highest coastal massif in the world with a peak at an altitude of 5,775 metres and only 42 km from the sea. You will have the (unforgettable?) experience of descending the crystal clear waters of the Don Diego River until its spectacular arrival in the sea.
  • Breakfast
  • Day of discovery of the magnificent landscape of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta in the Tayronaka nature reserve
  • Meet the Kogi, an Amerindian tribe living in the Park’s reserves in the mid-mountain region
  • Exchanges with them about their way of understanding nature and life
  • Typical lunch
  • Descent from the crystal clear waters of the Don Diego River to its spectacular arrival in the sea by buoy
  • Bird and howler monkey watching
  • Night in Palomino
13

Day 13: The magnificent Guajira Desert

Wake up early in the morning to start discovering the beautiful Guajira region
  • Breakfast then transfer to the city of Riohacha and Camarones
  • The flamingo is a species of bird known for its pink plumage, tapered legs and long neck.
  • Once in the sanctuary, take a trip in a small boat to observe these amazing birds
  • Continuing to the city of Uribia, considered the capital of indigenous culture in Colombia, you will meet the Wayuu, one of the most important communities in South America
  • You will discover their culture, traditions, myths and legends
  • Presentation of their typical dance, the Yonna
  • Night in Palomino
14

Day 14: The Pearl of the Caribbean

You will leave this beautiful region to discover the Fantastic, the Pearl of the Caribbean: Cartagena de Indias.
  • After breakfast, transfer to the city of Cartagena
  • Settling in your hotel
  • Afternoon free to stroll around this beautiful region
  • Overnight at the hotel, a magnificent colonial house
15

Day 15: La Boquilla, the fishing village

Participate in a typical cooking workshop with local women
  • Breakfast
  • Transfer to the village of Boquilla, located on the edge of the Virgin Mary’s marsh
  • They will teach you local recipes based on fish, rice, coconut, etc.
  • Share your table with these women for a fascinating cultural exchange
  • Prepare your own lunch with fresh ingredients
  • In the afternoon, visit the mangroves of the Virgin Mary’s Marsh
  • Travel through the mangrove tunnels, visit the 2 main lakes and watch the birds return to their nests
  • Return to Cartagena
  • Afternoon free time
  • Night in Cartagena.
16

Day 16: Cartagena

Cartagena de Indias had a key role in the administration of the Spanish empire as well as in the slave trade. Filled with historical monuments and anecdotes of all kinds, the city will not leave you indifferent.
  • Breakfast
  • Last hours in this magnificent region, take advantage of the free day to stroll or rest
  • In the night, return to Medellin
  • Night in Medellin
17

Day 17: Return to France

After breakfast, transfer to the airport to catch your flight back to France

THIS PRICE INCLUDES

THIS PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • Domestic flights on regular airline
  • Accommodation 16 nights in a double room 3 * hotels with breakfast
  • The meals specified in the itinerary
  • Visits and activities indicated in the French-language private service program except day 10 (shared service)
  • All land transport private service without guide with Hispanic driver
  • 24/7 telephone support
  • Estimated rate per person and based on 4 participants
  • International flights
  • Personal spending.
  • Tips and gratuities.
  • Drinks
  • Meals not mentioned in the programme.
  • Visits, excursions, taxes and activities not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Colombian VAT for accommodation (foreigners who are not resident in Colombia are exempt)*
  • Insurance
conseils aux voyageus, comunas medellin
Guatapé Dam
Jardin, Antioquia
Filandia, Colombie
Vu de Carthagène et le dome
Colombie incontournable, carthagene et tour de l'horloge

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