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Trailblazer Colombia

12 days from £2,420pp

Colombia

Itinerary

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Day 1

Arrive in the coffee region

Touch down in Pereira and continue by road to a traditional hacienda in the heart of the coffee region, where you’ll be staying for four nights. In this breathtaking region, the sunlit mountains are replete with shiny coffee bushes and interspersed with bamboo jungles and banana plants. Enjoy the warm, pleasant climate and verdant landscapes on tranquil walking trails surrounding the hacienda, or simply relax and sample some of the world’s finest coffee.

coffee

Day 2

Tour a traditional working coffee farm

Today you’ll learn about the intricacies of coffee production on a private tour around one of the region’s very best coffee haciendas. In the lush farmlands surrounding this charming colonial finca, you’ll learn how the beans are cultivated, harvested, processed and roasted before being ground into premium highland coffee.

The rest of the day is at leisure; you may take a dip in the outdoor pool, or enjoy a leisurely stroll in the countryside.

Coffee Region

Day 3

Full day excursion to Los Nevados National Park

Set off for a day of exploring the highland mountains of Los Nevados National Park. The tawny landscapes of the páramos are home to endemic varieties of ducks and rabbits, as well as enormous frailejón plants. You’ll admire shimmering lagoons, hike to a waterfall and soak in thermal springs frequented by hundreds of jewel-bright hummingbirds.

los nevados

Day 4

Half day excursion to Rio Blanco Nature Reserve

Tucked away in the misty Andean cloud forests is the Rio Blanco Nature Reserve. This lush haven shelters around 360 different bird species, including black-billed mountain toucans, hummingbirds, rusty-faced parrots and golden-plumed parakeets to name but a few. On a half day tour, hike along forest trails with binoculars and marvel at the theatre of birdlife on display.

You’ll then have time to relax back at the coffee hacienda, drinking in views of the verdant slopes and patchwork fields.

Hummingbirds

Day 5

Fly to Santa Marta, transfer to Tayrona National Park.

A short flight takes you to the colonial city of Santa Marta on the Caribbean coast. From here it’s an hour by road to the incredible Parque Nacional Tayrona, the world’s highest coastal mountain range. In this dazzling region, tropical jungle swoops down to exquisite sandy beaches and sparkling turquoise seas. You’ll spend three nights staying in a comfortable cabaña with spectacular ocean views.

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Days 6-7

Trekking and exploring in Tayrona National Park.

Spend a day trekking on a guided tour, exploring a variety of trails through the humid rainforest and tropical dry forests of Tayrona. You’ll arrive at unspoiled beaches fringed by coconut palms and strewn with vast, smooth boulders, stopping off at mysterious archaeological sites along the way. Over 100 species of mammal inhabit the region, so keep an eye out for monkeys swinging overhead.

You’ll have a day at leisure to further explore and enjoy some downtime. Wander barefoot along white sand beaches, unwind in a hammock and sip cocktails as the sunset glimmers over the Caribbean sea.

Tayrona National Park

Day 8

Continue along the Caribbean coast to Cartagena.

A private transfer takes you to the crowning jewel of Colombia’s Caribbean coastline, the historic walled city of Cartagena. Undoubtedly one of Latin America’s most romantic destinations, its brightly painted colonial buildings and balconies overflowing with flowers are charming. You’ll spend the next four nights in a comfortable beachfront hotel a short distance from Cartagena’s old town.

cartagena

Day 9

Half day walking tour of Cartagena

Soak up the vibrant streets of Cartagena on a private walking tour. You’ll set off in the morning when the city is less busy, led by an expert guide who will take you along a carefully planned covid-conscious route. Wander through a maze of cobbled alleyways to the centuries-old walled city, a UNESCO world heritage site, and learn the fascinating history behind street names and plazas along the way.

Cartagena

Days 10-11

At leisure in Cartagena. Optional island excursion.

Spend a couple of days at leisure in Cartagena. Sip a coffee in a leafy plaza, roam past palaces, fortresses and imposing mansions, and enjoy delicious food from traditional and modern restaurants across the city. You have the option to join a shared speedboat journey to the sugary white-sand beaches of Isla Grande, a picturesque island with limpid waters that are ideal for snorkelling.

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Day 12

Private transfer to airport, fly home from Cartagena.

You will be collected from your hotel and taken by private transfer to Cartagena’s airport, then catch your flight home.

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    After graduating in Computer Science, Paul spent seven months travelling from Colombia to Argentina and came home hooked on Latin America.

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    Anglo-Peruvian Chris grew up in Lima and spent much of his adult life in between London and Cusco as a tour leader, before settling permanently in our London-based Tailor-made and Group Tours sales team.

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    Sophie lived in Chile before joining us and has travelled extensively across Latin America, from Mexico to the furthest tip of Patagonia and beyond to Antarctica.

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    Hannah had an early introduction to Latin America when her family moved to Ecuador and she returned to study in Buenos Aires for a year before backpacking across the continent.

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    Born in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile, Mary’s insider knowledge and dry sense of humour make her a highly valued member of the Tailor-made Holidays and Group Tour sales team.

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    It's hard to believe that Evie has had time to cram so much in to her life so far. Having lived as a child in the Americas and Europe she found herself immediately attracted to Latin America.

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