Cartagena, Pereira, Bogota
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Colombia is a country of passion and romance, charm, and opulence. With emerald rainforests and sapphire waters, colorful colonial houses and a rich tradition of coffee cultivation, your custom tailored tour will blend ardor and adventure for an unforgettable exploration of Colombia’s culture and treasures. Wander deep into an ancient salt mine to discover a detailed subterranean cathedral and move next to bask in the unique character of Colombia’s most famous artist. Share in the thrilling...
Bogota – Arrive in Colombia’s Bustling Capital City
Bogota embodies the vibrancy of its country with a gathering of people from over Colombia to bring a diverse blend of contemporary culture and colonial history, indigenous heritage and passionate traditions. As your plane descends into El Dorado Airport, you can see the red hue of the brick buildings spreading across the cityscape to the distant mountains. The lush greenery of Cerro de Monserrate rises out of the northeastern edge of the city with the singular hills that tower above the cobblestone streets of the historical district known as La Candelaria.
Your plane will land, and your private transfer will greet you at baggage claim ready to whisk you both away to your luxurious hotel that overlooks the colonial cobblestone streets. Street vendors cook corn over charcoal grills, brushing the edges of the kernels with butter as others pull carts through the streets to offer tinto, Colombian coffee, to business people passing by in the financial district. Salsa music spills out of a favorite downtown salsa bar surrounded by shops, restaurants, and food carts making fresh arepas. Local bands play live in the dark recesses of the club for an incredible atmosphere of fiery music and dance moves. You will soon arrive at your hotel where you and your partner will indulge in the comforts of the colonial charms blended with contemporary sophistication.
Bogota – Embark on a Half-Day Historical and Cultural Tour of Bogota
In the morning, the two of you will wake to the aroma of freshly roasted Colombian coffee beans emanating from the nearby cafes and sweeping through the city. Tinto vendors return to the business district to offer passersby a quick cup of coffee to go. Cafes in Zona Rosa, a district named for its premier shops and restaurants, open their doors to those eager for a meal with time to enjoy it. Your guide will meet you in the hotel lobby after breakfast eager to show you both the splendors of Bogota.
Fruit vendors fill Plaza de Bolivar, the city’s main square and the scent of tart pineapple and sweet oranges sweeps over the cobblestones. The vendors press the fruits to order to create delicious juices that combine flavors unique to the temperate hills and mountains that surround Colombia. The magnificence of Bogota’s history shines in the whitewashed walls and colorful door and window frames of the colonial homes in the La Candelaria district. The 17th-century church of Santa Clara is one of the city’s oldest houses of worship as the interior includes rich ornaments that embellish the single nave and barrel vaulted ceiling. Golden floral motifs glitter in the natural light that pours through the windows, leading the ceiling to resemble a sky filled with starlight.
Paintings and sculptures drape over the walls as each depicts an impassioned saint. The excitement of the city’s artistic pleasures draws you next to the Museo Botero located in the Museo de Arte del Banco de la República, an architectural complex that contains a variety of the city’s celebrated galleries. The two of you can wander beneath the arcade that wraps around a small, blossoming courtyard. The vivacious flowers imitate the fabulous colors Fernando Botero used to create his impressive and distinctive paintings.
Pereira – Visit Sabana de Bogota, Zipaquira Cathedral, and Fly to Pereira
In the morning, you and your partner will share in the delightful aromas of cherimoya and guava, accentuated by the decadent scent of freshly made hot chocolate. After breakfast, your guide will lead you outside of Bogota to the neighboring town of Zipaquira. Pass alongside the Bogota Savanna, a plateau at an elevation of more than 8,660 feet above sea level. The emerald grass carpets the landscape to reach to the rolling hills along the horizon, shaped by the meandering waters of the Bogota River. The cobblestone streets harken back to the colonial era of the early 17th century when the city was founded. Your guide will explain the importance of Zipaquira for its connection to literary legend Gabriel Garcia Marquez, author of Love in the Time of Cholera, who went to school in the town.
Off the main boulevard stands the heart of the historical salt trade in the region, which was once vital to the exports of Colombia and the imports to Spain. The ancient salt mine descends nearly 600 feet below the surrounding landscape and lights shine along the wide walkways that lead to vast caverns. You will rub your fingers against the walls to feel the smooth texture against your skin. The 13 galleries trace the cycle of Jesus’ life with large crosses decorating each gallery. The unique and impressive display of human ingenuity and devotion is inspiring. The walkways encompass nearly 5,250 feet of tunnels with 28 brine mirrors dissolved into the rocks to create a shimmering effect of the walls in the array of colorful light.
Pereira – Savor the Scenery in Cocora Valley, Salento, and Filandia
In the morning, you will wake up in the beautiful landscape of the Quindío Coffee Region. Your plantation-style accommodation is enhanced by the blossoming purple petals and the lush palm trees found outside of your window, and you will easily settle into a room that embodies colonial sophistication while accentuated with contemporary comforts. At breakfast, hummingbirds flutter around the bougainvillea draping the antique façade of the hotel and orchids blossom in the temperate climate amidst more than 130,000 other species of plants thriving in the region. Parakeets chirp in the treetops beyond the grounds, and you will set out with your guide to discover the stunning scenery of the Cocora Valley. Excitement will pour over you both as you take a thrilling ride along the forested mountain promontories. Mist spreads across the upper-reaches of the summits to form verdant cloud forests, with plants clinging to the passing moisture before it evaporates in the spreading sunlight.
The trail entrance leads you along the valley floor before taking you into the dense rainforest brush as you venture onto a narrow bridge of wooden planks strung together to cross the whitewater of the shallow river below. The herbaceous scent of fen and eucalyptus fills the air as you ascend Finca la Montana to reach the top of the top of the hillside, where the trees fade to a view of the dramatic Cocora Valley. Hundreds of wax palms, the national tree of Colombia, soar over the valley floor as the trees can grow up to a height of 200 feet to create a dreamlike landscape reminiscent of a Dr. Seuss story. The only feeling better than accomplishing the unique trail is sharing this unforgettable experience as a couple.
Pereira – Enjoy an In-Depth Tour and Tasting at a Local Coffee Plantation
At breakfast, you will both indulge in the intoxicating aroma of passion fruit picked straight from the trees. A sweet blend of orange and strawberry juice accompanies a cheese stuffed arepa. You will look out the window to find the iridescent plumage of a hummingbird shimmering with blue, green, and silver hues as it feeds on the nectar of the purple flowers. After breakfast, your guide will escort you to a local coffee plantation, one of the various crops for which the region is known.
The main house overlooks the steep hillside on which the coffee plants thrive. You will have a view of the snowcapped Andean peaks speckling the horizon. The owner of the plantation greets you like an old friend, welcoming you to the lush landscape. Walk along the terraced hills to see the coffee plant up close as your guide explains the important role that the mineral rich soil and perfect climate play in cultivation. The plants in the region grow best at an altitude of 4,900 and 5,900 feet above sea level, and the beans glow red against the lush leaves of the plant before being dried and roasted.
An antique-looking machine will peel the “coffee cherries”—a term locals use—before the harvested crops are divided and placed in a storage area to dry. Once dried and roasted, the beans take on the familiar image you are used to, along with emanating the light aromas of chocolate and caramel. Roasting allows the natural oils of the bean to release, which give the flavor and scent of the coffee that seduces coffee fans.
Cartagena – Venture to the Charming Coastal City of Cartagena
In the morning, the sunlight will wash over the landscape to bring the beautiful emerald hues of the canopy and lush grass. At breakfast, you will both bask in the pleasant aroma of freshly brewed coffee to find a new appreciation of the subtle layer of aromatics you can discover in a single brew, hinting at caramelized sugar, melon, and jasmine. After breakfast, your private transfer will meet you at your hotel and escort you to Matecaña International Airport for your flight to Cartagena. As your plane descends, you will find a stunning mixture of old fortress walls and luxury high-rises. The clear sapphire water of the Caribbean Sea brushes against gold sand beaches that lead to the edges of the old port.
Your private transfer will meet you at baggage claim in the Rafael Nunez International Airport before escorting you to the historical city center, surrounded by the 16th-century walls erected by the Spanish. The colonial churches rise above cobblestone streets that lead to ochre, burgundy, and blue painted homes. Corrugated balconies decorate the facades alongside shady patios as bougainvillea drapes over the balconies and the antique tile rooftops glint with terracotta hues in the drifting sunlight. You can sit in a charming café and listen to the horse-drawn carriages clopping against the stone roads as the aroma of lulo fruit blends with the Caribbean Sea air.
Cartagena – Delight in a Half-Day Culinary Tour of City’s Various Cultures
Cartagena seduces visitors with the natural beauty of the coastline and the antique charm of the colonial architecture in Old Town. Musical rhythms emanate from the cafes, and the sensual cuisine blends centuries of history together from Afro-Caribbean tradition to pre-Colombian customs passed down through the generations. Your guide will meet you at your hotel eager to show you an open door into the heart of the city by way of the cuisine on offer for your sampling. All of your senses will be engaged as musicians walk beneath the balconied streets carrying guitars on their backs and others rides bicycles to carry fresh fruit chilled in an icebox positioned on their handlebars. The sweet aroma of uchuva, a smooth, yellow berry often cooked with honey, fills the air.
The streets of the old city are filled the food vendors from restaurants to street carts. You will take in the aroma of griddling arepas stuffed with crumbly salty cheese. The two of you will pass a cup of sweet and citrusy lemon smoothie between you beneath the Caribbean sun. Outside of the antique streets lies the Getsemani neighborhood, known for its popular music scene and spirited dance parties. You will stop in Plaza de la Trinidad as the church casts a shadow over the kids that are kicking their soccer ball against the city walls. Soon a stand with homemade cocktails will come into view with fresh fruit and your choice of liquor for one of the best cocktails you will every have.
Cartagena – Discover the Vibrant Pleasures of the Rosario Archipelago
In the morning, the two of you will take a stroll alongside the Old Town walls that lead to the dramatic figure of Castillo San Felipe de Barajas. The walls switch back and forth along the hillside until reaching the castle entrance at more than 130 feet above sea level. You will venture next to the marina to find fishing boats moored beside yachts, with masts wading beneath the clear sky. Step aboard your boat to spend the day on the water touring the Rosario Archipelago, a collection of islands less than 20 miles off the coast of Cartagena. The old walls and luxury high-rises of the city fade behind the sapphire glow of the Caribbean Sea.
Coral reefs encircle the archipelago adding to the vibrant hues of the water, ranging from turquoise to purple. You will make your way to Playa Blanca, a stretch of pristine white sand beach on the Island of Baru. The fine powder clings to your feet and legs as you step into the water on the shoreline to feel the warmth of the Caribbean lapping at your toes. You and your partner can dive in, enjoying the buoyant saline and crystalline view, allowing you to peer down to the seafloor.
Cartagena – Depart for Home
In the morning, the fruit vendors return to the cobblestone streets to showcase their pyramids of oranges and pineapples. The scent of sweet and tangy citrus overtakes the floral aromatics of the bougainvillea. A market specializing in the sweet treats of the city unfolds around the Clock Tower Gate, offering more than 100 years of tradition in both its presence and the sweets offered. After one last morning spent enjoying the contemporary pieces inside the Museum of Modern Art, you will continue to appreciate how effortlessly the city’s cherished past is blended with its blossoming future. Your private transfer will meet you both at your hotel to escort you to Rafael Nunez International Airport for your flight home. You will have uncovered the beauty of Colombia and can forever share the experience with your loved one.
- Traverse the spectacular scenery of the Bogota Savanna before wandering the subterranean walkways and galleries of the Zipaquira Salt Mine Cathedral
- Delight in the sensual aromas of freshly brewed coffee during your private tour of a coffee plantation in the splendor of the Quindío region
- Cherish the flavors of traditional cuisine in Cartagena during a guided food tour that will showcase the blending of cultures in the city on the Caribbean coast
- Dig your toes into the powdery white sand of Playa Blanca while exploring the pristine Rosario Archipelago
- Enjoy the adventure of the Cocora Valley trails when venturing to find the soaring wax palm trees, which grow upwards of 200 feet tall
- Relish the elaborate array of colors on display in the Botero Museum, which often imitate the inspiring hues of the antique colonial structures
- Indulge in the romance of lavish accommodation, unparalleled scenery, and charming antique streets
Discovering the charms of Colombia during your 9-day tour will combine the thrills of exploration with the comforts of luxury, crafting the perfect couple’s tour for a unique tropical escape. Your getaway will begin with your arrival at El Dorado Airport in Bogota. Your private transfer will meet you at baggage claim and escort you both to a luxurious hotel that combines contemporary luxury, classic charm, and a fabulous location overlooking the colonial streets.
Begin the next day as your guide will meet you at your hotel after breakfast to escort you on an in-depth tour of the colonial mansions, grand plazas, and incredible museums that exhibit Colombia’s rich traditions of art and captivating artifacts. In the afternoon, you and your partner can take the funicular to the top of Monserrate to enjoy the sweeping panorama of the city. The next day, you will cross through the beautiful plains of the Bogota Savanna en route to the Salt Mine Cathedral of Zipaquira. Spend time to wander the marvelous tunnels and cavernous naves before returning to El Dorado Airport for your flight to Pereira. Your private transfer will meet you at baggage claim to lead you to a stunning hacienda with views to the enchanting countryside.
Wander next to the Andean foothills on trails that lead to the Cocora Valley to discover the amazing figures of wax palms. Continue to the colonial towns of Salento and Filandia to relax in the laidback atmosphere and the magnificent historical architecture. Explore the hillsides the following day as you visit a coffee plantation to learn the art of cultivation in the region with a step-by-step tour before sampling the celebrated coffees for yourself. The next day, you will travel from Pereira to Cartagena, the pearled city on the Caribbean Sea. Your private transfer will collect you at the Rafael Nunez Airport before leading you to your gorgeous hotel that blends colonial embellishments with romantic seclusion and contemporary luxuries. Indulge in the passion of the Caribbean atmosphere with the remainder of the day at your leisure.
The following day is yours to explore the traditions of the Old Town on a culinary tour of the city. Delight in the flavors of the combined heritages that are embodied in the city’s cuisine with the remainder of the day yours to bask in the pleasures of the seaside. The next day, you will have a full-day tour of the Rosario Islands where you can relax on the white sand of Playa Blanca or dip into the water to snorkel along the stunning coral reef. Visit the celebrated aquarium or linger in a seaside restaurant to watch the waves lap at the shore. Conclude as your private transfer will meet you at your hotel and escorts you both to Rafael Nunez Airport for your flight home.
$3,145 per person (excluding international flights)
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