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Jewels of Colombia with Richard McColl with Abercrombie & Kent

Day 1

Bogotá

Arrive at the Colombian capital to a warm welcome.

Stay: Sofitel Bogota Victoria Regia

 

Day 2

Bogotá

Meet Richard, your local host, and travelling companions. Visit the Gold Museum and the Botero Museum. Enjoy stunning vistas of the city from Monserrate Hill, followed by lunch. A welcome dinner this evening in Bogotá’s famous Club Colombia.

Stay: Sofitel Bogota Victoria Regia

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

 

Day 3

Bogotá – Villa de Leyva

Drive north through the Bogotá Savannah before reaching Zipaquirá to visit the Salt Cathedral. Continue to Villa del Leyva in the afternoon and explore the Fossil Museum. Dine tonight with a local botanist to learn about the flora and fauna of the region.

Stay: Hotel La Posada de San Antonio

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

 

Day 4

Villa de Leyva – Bogotá – Pereira

Return to Bogotá this morning, stopping at charming rural villages Ráquira, Sutamarchán and Tinjacá en route. Head to the airport for the flight to Pereira.

Stay: Sonesta Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast

 

Day 5

Pereira – Valle Del Cocora – Pereira

Start the day tasting some of Colombia’s exotic fruits with the rest of the day spent exploring the stunning lush green landscapes of Valle De Cocora. Take a hike into the cloud forest followed by lunch at a local trout farm. This afternoon visit the colourful town of Salento.

Stay: Sonesta Hotel Pereira

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch

 

Day 6

Pereira – Medellín

Drive through the coffee plantations and visit a local coffee estate to tour the homestead and hear about the history of the area. Wander through the plantation to see locals at work and enjoy a coffee tasting. Lunch is at the hacienda before an afternoon transfer to the airport for the flight north to Medellín via Bogotá, home of Botero.

Stay: NH Collection Medellín Royal

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch

 

Day 7

Medellín

A full day tour of the lakeside town of Guatapé. After lunch tour the Guatapé reservoir by boat before returning to Medellín for an evening at leisure.

Stay: NH Collection Medellín Royal

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch

 

Day 8

Medellín – Cartagena

Fly to Cartagena. Lunch today is with the brother of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, followed by a walking tour of the colonial area and haunts of the great writer and the traditional Caribbean food he featured in his works.

Stay: Sofitel Legend Santa Clara Cartagena

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch

 

Day 9

Cartagena

Start the day at the Monasterio and Iglesia de la Popa. Continue to the San Felipe Fortress and the Convent and Church of San Pedro Claver and the handicraft stalls of Bovedas. Finish with a rum and chocolate tasting at the hotel.

Stay: Sofitel Legend Santa Clara Cartagena

Meals included: Breakfast, dinner

 

Day 10

Cartagena

A day at leisure to enjoy Cartagena. This evening enjoy a cocktail as you cruise the bay of Cartagena followed by a farewell dinner at the historic Club De Pesca.

Stay: Sofitel Legend Santa Clara Cartagena

Meals included: Breakfast, dinner

 

Day 11

Depart Cartagena

Transfer to Cartagena airport for onward flight arrangements.

Meals included: Breakfast

 

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