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Colombia | Ultra-Luxe Tour | Bogota, Coffee Region, Cartagena | Colombia (8 days)

Blue Parallel

Bogotá, Colombia To Cartagena, Colombia

Valid for Departures Now Through: 15 Oct 2018

Colombia | Ultra-Luxe Tour | Bogota, Coffee Region, Cartagena | Colombia (8 days)

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Bogotá, Colombia
Four Seasons Hotel Casa Medina None

Please note that the following itinerary is an example, as all of our journeys are custom-made.

Evening international flight arrival at Bogota airport where your personal Blue Parallel host will greet you and transfer you in private to your luxury hotel to rest for the evening. Bogotá is a city of contrasts, and as such it offers a unique experience to its visitors. Prepare to find a hectic balance between the new and the old; the peaceful and the frantic. Encounter century-old plazas and churches shadowed by towering skyscrapers.

Day 2
Bogotá, Colombia
Four Seasons Hotel Casa Medina Breakfast

Explore the cosmopolitan metropolis of Colombia’s capital with your local host. Enjoy a private guided tour of the main sightseeing highlights of La Candelaria. Full of public buildings and historical plazas including a plaza that hosts one of the city’s oldest fruit markets, explore the neighborhood with your local host. During the visit, try local street food such as chicha (fermented beverage derived from maize) and obleas (wafer cookie with jam or dulce de leche). Later, stop at a hidden cafe for a typical Colombian hot chocolate served with almojabana (local bread) and cuajada cheese.

After lunch, visit the Gold Museum, with a vast pre-Hispanic collection, the Botero Museum - home to Columbia’s famous abstract artist, the Colón Theater, Casa del Marqués and the Quinta de Bolivar, former home to Simon Bolívar, South America’s liberation hero. Also, should it be of interest, Blue Parallel can arrange visits to shops and galleries of local artists and private studios of famed Colombian jewelry designers where you can learn about Colombian emeralds. In the evening, dine on gourmet cuisine at Bogota's best restaurants.

Day 3
Armenia, Colombia
Private Estate Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Take the morning flight to Morning non-stop flight to Armenia located in the Coffee Region of Colombia. Also known as the Coffee Triangle, the area is a part of the rural Colombian Paisa region. It is famous for growing and production of a majority of the Colombian coffee, considered by some as the best coffee in the world. Upon arrival, take a private transfer to an exclusive farm where you can experience a 2 hour private horseback riding excursion with your expert guide, passing through a variation of plant and fruit crops from pineapple, sugar cane and other citrus fruits to the beautiful heliconias and an extensive bamboo forests. Arrive at a small river, where a picnic will be prearranged for your party for lunch as you take in your beautiful lush surroundings. In the afternoon, visit a local coffee plantation on an open top Jeep Wrangler. Learn how coffee is produced from planting to roasting. You will then be taken to your private, exclusive estate. In the evening and in the comfort of your private estate, enjoy a traditional Colombian BBQ exclusively prepared for your party.

Day 4
Armenia, Colombia
Private Estate Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Depart for the Valle de Cocora located in Los Nevados National Natural Park near Salento. Upon arrival, venture out on your spectacular 4 hour trek through the valley. Begin upwards, hiking toward the high Andean cloud and pine forest passing numerous bird varieties such as hummingbirds and woodpeckers. Once you arrive at the highest point, stop for lunch as you enjoy the views over the rolling hills and famous wax palms (Colombia’s national tree). Descend to the low valley river crossing hanging bridges and dense shrubs as you witness the vegetation change dramatically from forest to jungle. In the afternoon before returning to your private estate, stop at the village of Salento for a private coffee tasting. Much like a typical wine tasting, enjoy a full sensory experience and discover a variety of tastes from bitter and sour to sweet, salty, and savory. Later in the evening, spend time relaxing by the pool or around the gardens of your estate.

Day 5
Cartagena, Colombia
Sofitel Legend Santa Clara Cartagena Breakfast

Morning flight to Cartagena via Bogota. A fairy-tale city of romance, legends and sheer beauty, Cartagena is a gem of colonial architecture, packed with churches, monasteries, plazas, palaces and mansions with their overhanging balconies and shady patios; a destination not to be missed. With your expert guide, spend the afternoon on a sightseeing tour of this enchanting city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site filled with romantic cobbled stoned streets and beautiful colonial architecture. Visit the 19th century Puerta del Reloj which guards the main entryway to the Old Towns walled enclosure, the Plaza de los Coches lined with colorfully-hued houses and arcaded walkways, and Plaza de Bolivar surrounded by some of the city’s most beautiful colonial buildings including the Palace of the Inquisition, and the Cathedral.

Day 6
Cartagena, Colombia
Sofitel Legend Santa Clara Cartagena Breakfast, Lunch

Enjoy a full day of private boating to the archipelago of the Islas de Rosario where Blue Parallel has handpicked the best islands centered on beautiful white sand beaches, crystal clear Caribbean water and ultimate privacy. Visit secluded, uncharted and deserted islets known only to local fisherman and spend the day relaxing on board or swimming in the pristine Caribbean water. On the way to the islands, you will pass through Bocachica, a defensive fortification built by the Spanish to safeguard this important port.

Day 7
Cartagena, Colombia
Sofitel Legend Santa Clara Cartagena Breakfast

Enjoy your morning at leisure as your independently explore this historically packed city. Should it be of interest, Blue Parallel can arrange a private art and gallery tour where you can meet local artists in their personal studios, or explore the city's best boutiques with your personal shopper.

In the late afternoon, participate in a salsa class, tropical fruit or rum tasting just for your party in a privately owned 16th century home. Additionally, a private Caribbean Creole cooking class in the kitchen of an exclusive colonial house in the Old City can also be arranged. In the evenings, dine at Cartagena’s best restaurants which offer a variety of seafood and Caribbean specialties followed by a mojito and dance at one of the vibrant salsa clubs in town.

Day 8
Cartagena, Colombia
None Breakfast

Following breakfast, you will be taken by private transfer to the international airport for your flight home.

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Blue Parallel is a Virtuoso Preferred Tour Operator whose mission is to take discerning, time-constrained travelers to the most spectacular natural and cultural wonders of both Latin America and the Mediterranean. We create private, tailor-made journeys to UNESCO World Heritage destinations designed around the themes of insider access, privacy, breathtaking outdoor adventures, and white glove service. Virtuoso travelers receive amenities and VIP treatment on all Blue Parallel tours such as upgrades upon arrival (if available), Virtuoso-only amenities (spa credits, etc.), daily breakfast for two, and early check-in/late checkout (subject to availability).

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Welcome to Colombia, a patchwork of lush green valleys, crystal clear Caribbean waters, magnificent colonial ports, accelerating modern cities and vibrant cultures all weaved into one spectacular country. From the voluptuous works of Botero and awe-inspiring wax palms to the sensual expression of Colombia’s salsa and romance of Cartagena’s cobbled stoned Old Town, Colombia will capture each of your senses and desires.  Experience the myriad of climates, people and cultures, from coastal Caribbean to the terraced green slopes of the Andes Mountains whether horseback riding through coffee plantations, hiking through cloud and pine forests, or snorkeling with a dazzling area of sea life, all while sipping on some of the world’s best coffee.  


Blue Parallel creates a magical experience where you will unwind in a tropical paradise with idyllic Caribbean beaches, traverse hanging bridges over rushing streams, and discover architectural heritage and vibrant cultures all from the luxury of your boutique hotels or private estate.

About Us

Blue Parallel creates private, tailor-made journeys designed around the themes of World Heritage destinations, outdoor adventures, gourmet cuisine, exclusive lodging, white glove service and insider access. We operate in Latin America: the Amazon, Antarctica, Argentina, Belize, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Easter Island, the Galapagos Islands, Guatemala, Panama, Patagonia, Uruguay and the Yucatan Peninsula. And in the Mediterranean: the Adriatic Coast, Andalucia, Corsica, Croatia, Greece, Montenegro, Morocco, Sicily & the Aeolian Islands, Spain, Portugal and Turkey.

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Reviewed on: 31 Jan 2018

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