Overview & Highlights
Take to the road in Colombia on this supported self-drive holiday, driving through the gorgeous landscapes of the coffee cultivation country.
A few years ago, you wouldn’t have thought about driving your own car in Colombia. But now this politically stabilised and utterly enchanting country’s roads welcome overseas drivers. Put your hands on the wheel on this flexible holiday through the sun-splashed, emerald hills of the peaceful coffee-growing region, where you’ll stay in hospitable restored colonial coffee farms.
Flexibility is the keyword here. Driving in Colombia can be challenging: you need to be a confident driver, but we offer you plenty of information and support on the ground. How much you drive on your own and how much with an English-speaking driver to accompany you on excursions is mostly up to you; whether you take the main roads or intriguing little detours off the beaten track is your choice. However you do it, you’ll have an exhilarating, adventurous and rewarding time, with glorious views throughout.
The coffee producing area on the western slopes of the Cordillera Central has a pleasant, warm climate, and a hilly landscape of shiny coffee bushes interspersed with enormous bamboo jungles and banana plants.
- Walking tour of colonial Bogota
- Visit the Bogota Gold Museum
- Full day guided hike in the Cocora valley
- Guided tour of the coffee production process
- La Samaria wax palm forest tour
- Guided walking tour of Honda
- 9 days of self-drive around the Colombian heartland
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Arrive Bogotá airport. Transfer to hotel in the colonial centre.
Walking tour of the capital with the Gold Museum.
Fly to Pereira and pick up your car. Drive to Salento hotel.
Full day guided hike in the Cocora valley.
Drive to your hacienda close to Manizales.
Guided tour of the coffee production process.
Drive to your hotel in Salamina.
Guided visit to La Samaria wax palm forest.
Drive to your hotel in Honda on the Magdalena River.
Guided walking tour of Honda.
Drive to Bogotá airport, drop off car, transfer to hotel.
Transfer to airport for international flight.
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