Bogota Villa de Leyva Coffee Triangle Cartagena

Tayrona National Park

History, culture and breathtaking scenery, this classic itinerary takes in Colombia’s most famous sites. From cosmopolitan Bogota, you escape into the hills to visit the picturesque colonial town of Villa de Leyva before heading into the lush Coffee Triangle to stay at a traditional finca. Leaving the Andes behind, you arrive in Cartagena on the dreamy Caribbean, Colombia’s jewel in the crown before finishing your trip on the palm-fringed beaches of Tayrona National Park.

Itinerary Highlights

  • Marvel at the dazzling Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira
  • Wander the cobbled streets of picturesque Villa de Leyva
  • Taste the world’s finest blend at a traditional coffee finca
  • Lose yourself in Cartagena, South America’s colonial gem
  • Golden beaches and ancient ruins, discover Tayrona

What’s included

  • Private tours for most included activities (shared on the vessel)
  • Meet & greet airport service
  • Luxury or boutique accommodation at your chosen level
  • Expert guides in each destination


This is an example itinerary. It is fully flexible; you can add or detract days and include hotels at your chosen budget. It departs daily.



Price Guide

$5850 – $7850 pp

Our quotes are bespoke for your customised trip. The prices displayed are indicative only, read more

Day 1

Arrive in Bogota

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Days 2

Bogota – Culture, Art & History

On arrival into Bogota, you will be driven to your hotel at the heart of the historic La Candelaria old town, just a short walk from Bogota’s colonial centre. Bogota is renowned for its striking architecture and vibrant art-scene and you will have the chance to explore the wonderful galleries and museums as you recover from the jetlag. If you are feeling energetic, you may like to arrange a day’s walking in the breathtaking Chicaque Natural Park and cloud-forest just outside the capital.

Days 3-4

Villa de Leyva & the Salt Cathedral

Today, you head into the pretty hills above Bogota to visit the charming colonial town of Villa de Leyva, home to the largest plaza mayor in the Americas. On route, you may like to visit the mesmerising Salt Cathedral at Zipaquira (unmissable in our eyes!) as well as Lake Guatavita, once considered the hiding place of the mythical golden city of El Dorado. Villa de Leyva is one of Colombia’s most enchanting towns, a treasure trove of cobbled streets, hand-carved wooden balconies and terracotta tiled townhouses – perfect for exploring on foot! If you can drag yourself away, you may also like to visit the attractive convent of Ecce Homo and the aptly named paleontological museum of “El Fosil”.

Days 5-7

The Coffee Triangle

Returning to Bogota, you will take an onward flight into the lush cloud-forested hills of Colombia’s famous Coffee Triangle. Based at a traditional, colonial hacienda, you will head out each day to explore the stunning area. The lush valleys are ringed with national parks and colourful coffee villages and you may like to visit the Cocora Valley, home to the “wax palm” – tallest palm tree in the world – as well as the colourful towns of Salento and Filandia. To experience the unique heritage of the “eje cafetero”, stop off at a colourful coffee finca to discover the processes behind Colombia’s world-class export and tour the plantations by foot, horseback or “Willy” jeep.

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Day 8-10

The Highlight – Cartagena!

From coffee to coast, fly through to Cartagena, the jewel in the crown of Colombian tourism, overlooking the dreamy turquoise waters of the Caribbean. Cartagena is arguably South America’s finest colonial city, a beautiful UNESCO world heritage site that was founded in 1533. The original architecture has been beautifully preserved behind the original rampart walls and features elegant churches, colonial mansions and plazas amidst fine museums and monuments. The old town is home to sumptuous boutique hotels, all in walking distance of the main attractions. Wander the cobbled streets, sample the delicious street-food and immerse yourself in the rich history. Further afield, there is excellent snorkelling around the Rosario islands, beautiful beaches on the Baru Peninsula and even a “mud volcano” that is popular with backpackers.

Day 11-13

Tayrona – Beaches, Surf & Ancient Ruins

What better way to wrap up your trip than with a stay on the golden, palm fringed beaches of the wonderful Tayrona National Park. From Cartagena, you will be driven 4 hours to Santa Marta, one of Colombia’s oldest city before heading into the mountains to reach the park entrance. Tayrona’s pristine beaches are set against the dramatic backdrop of the Sierra Nevada and offer good swimming and snorkelling, although sadly not on all the beaches owing to the strong currents. The surrounding conopy brims with wildlife and is a popular spot for birders while hike further into the forest and you stumble across the atmospheric ruins of Pueblito, an ancient pre-Inca site.

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Day 14

Return flight to Bogota for onward connections

A note on price

The prices outlined above are a rough guide to give you an idea of costs and enable you to budget for your trip.

Guide prices are generally for private arrangements based on twin share, in well located, good quality accommodation (excluding international flights).

Please note costs are indicative and may vary due to a number of factors such as; travel date, hotel choice, room category, number of people travelling and prevailing exchange rates.

Price Guide $5850 – $7850 per person

When to travel

jan feb mar apr may jun jul aug sep oct nov dec

Colombia is a year-round destination whose climate is determined largely by altitude. The dry season (or summer) runs from December to March while the wet season takes over from April to November. In Bogotá and the Andes along the spine of Colombia, the climate is cooler with average highs of 18°C and lows of 6°C. As ever, the higher you climb into the mountains, the lower the temperatures especially at night. On the Caribbean coast around Cartagena, Colombia enjoys a tropical climate. Temperatures reach the early 30’s in summer yet coincide with short, sharp tempestuous downpours in winter which often come as a welcome relief! The Pacific coast follows a similar pattern yet is wetter while the Amazon is hot and steamy year round.

Add on’s

Colombia’s Amazon abounds with wildlife within the flooded forest of the Amacayacu National Park and offers the options of lodges or traditional riverboats. For something quite different, you could head off the beaten track to the ancient sites of San Agustin and Tierradentro where huge statues of gods, warriors and mythical creatures litter the landscape.

Ecuador is only a short flight south, the ideal combination for finishing your trip within the magical Galapagos Islands just off the mainland. There are also now direct flights from Bogota to Cusco, perfect for exploring Inca Peru, and also from Cartagena to San Jose which opens up the breathtaking wildlife and national parks of Costa Rica, such as Arenal and the Osa Peninsula

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