Coffee, Culture, and Coasts in Colombia

Shrugging off its stereotypes of the past, Colombia is a jewel in South America’s crown. This vibrant, passionate country really does tick all our boxes. Lush and dramatic landscapes, incredible wildlife, miles upon miles of deserted coastline, hip colonial cities, you’ll see it really does have it all. Our all-encompassing nine night luxury holiday to Colombia takes in all the best bits, mixing a touch of culture in Bogota and Cartagena with hiking trails and horse rides in the coffee triangle, and of course some serious beach time in the Parque Nacional Tayrona.

Bogota from day to night

Start your Colombian exploration in Bogota, a South American capital that’s not to be underestimated. We’ll whisk you off on a private tour with a knowledgeable guide in tow around the La Candalaria district, where you can find all the museums and prominent landmarks such as Plaza Bolivar, which captures much of the city’s history. Make sure to pay a visit to Villa de Leyva, a picturesque colonial town with white-washed buildings, cobbled streets and characteristic dark green balconies to get a sense of the beautiful architecture on offer in the city. As day turns to night, head to Parque 93, where the locals hangout in vibrant bars and clubs. Or for a taste of Colombian street food head to Usaquen, a more laid-back residential area where you can relax in the picturesque square that’s home to one of the best flea-markets in town. Your guide will take you round the stalls where you can try fresh ceviches, Colombian corn on the cob, and empanadas. For those with a sweet tooth make sure you try obleas, a Colombian favourite that consists of a flattened waffle cone smothered in sweet Colombian caramel.

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colombia’s coffee region

For a break from the city we’ll take you up into the hills for a hit of pure Colombian caffeine. Staying at the boutique hideaway; Sazagua you’ll spend a few days exploring this beautiful region by horseback, taking a dip in the hot springs and find yourself surrounded by hills and coffee plantations with the majestic Andes Mountains as your backdrop. For some behind the scenes action we’ll send you on a tour around a working coffee plantation and the haciendas, where you can meet the roasters and coffee pickers and discover what makes the ultimate cup of coffee.

from inland mountains to coastal beaches

From the mountains you’ll then head to the Caribbean coast to the captivating Tayrona National Park, a wonderfully diverse area containing everything from sandy beaches to rainforests hundreds of metres above ground. While here, take the chance to explore your unique surroundings with a fascinating eco-trek through the park’s scenery, or better yet get to grips with the bordering Caribbean Sea and come face to face with the fish of the coral reef on your own snorkelling expedition (or just dip your toes in the crystal clear water – we’re not fussy). There’s so much to do here, so you’ll be staying in the cosy private bungalows complete with spa, restaurant and outdoor Jacuzzi with stunning landscapes of the coast (we urge you to take advantage of this). With your accommodation situated in the park, it’s the perfect distance to head back and take five after a busy day.

cartagena cityscape

Leaving the best till last, finish off your adventure with stay in Cartagena, a highlight on any Colombian luxury holiday. Rest your head at the Silvio Tcherassi Hotel and Spa situated in Cartagena’s beautiful old town. Spend your day getting settled before using the evening to get properly acquainted with the city via a horse-drawn carriage tour through the bustling squares and charming narrow streets; rest up in one of the hotel’s superior rooms featuring restored original stone walls and private walk-out balconies offering beautiful views of the city and beyond. After your city tour relax and explore the old town at your leisure – with the city drenched in history, culture and romance, we suspect it will prove impossible not to fall in love with the cobbled paths and quaint cafes.

Once acquainted with the city it’s time to see it from an artists point of view. You’ll be guided around town by Gerardo Nieto, a film director and director of Cartagena’s world-renowned annual film festival, of which his father Victor was the founder. He will take you on a half-day escorted cycle ride around some of Cartagena’s most fascinating film-related sites. Cartagena has been used as the backdrop for many feature films, and there is no better person to explain them to you. After an exhilarating cycle tour, you’ll be in the mood for some of Cartagena’s finest Caribbean inspired fare, we’ll let you in on our favourite restaurants  followed by a visit to Café del Mar bar where you can toast the end of an incredible holiday.

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