Caffe Colombia - 8 days

Caffe Colombia - 8 days


Caffe Colombia - 8 days

8 Days Starting in Bogota and ending in Goodbye Colombia

Visiting: Bogotá, City tour Bogota, Zipaquirá, Ráquira, Villa de Leyva, Zona Cafetera, Cartagena, Colombia

Tour operator:

On The Go Tours

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Guide Type:

Fully Guided

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Age range:

Not recommended for under 5yrs.

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Shopping, Walking

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Tour Overview

Take in the highlights of Colombia in 8 captivating days, from the capital city of Bogota through to the charming and colourful colonial city of Cartagena. En route visit unusual and artisan towns of Zipaquira and Raquira, wander around picturesque Villa de Leyva, learn about the production of some of the world's best coffee and appreciate the spectacular beauty of Cocora Valley and much more.


  • Bogota –Enjoy a tour of Colombia’s capital city, taking in Paloquemao’s Market, the colonial quarter of La Candelaria and the prominent Plaza de Bolivar. Also visit the Museo del Oro and Museo de Botero

  • Zipaquira – Marvel at the spectacular Salt Cathedral and Stations of the Cross, all hewn from the salt mine tunnels under the Halite Mountains

  • Sutatausa – Admire the excellently preserved paintings in the town’s colonial church, dating back to the 17th century

  • Raquira – Visit this artist town, famous for its pottery colourful buildings and colony of artisans. Nearby is the Monasterio La Candelaria, the first convent built in Latin America

  • Villa de Leyva – Explore this colonial town and its beautiful architectural features, from wooden baloncies and arches to heavy wooden and brass laden doors

  • Filandia – Overlook the city from the Colinda Illuminada view point

  • Cocora Valley – Sample the local cocktail of canelazo and plant a wax palm, Colombia’s national tree and the tallest variety of palm tree in the world

  • Salento – Visit this charming town with its preserved colonial bahareque architecture and streets lined with restaurants, bars and shops

  • Hacienda Combia – Join a shared tour of this coffee farm, allowing you the opportunity to learn about the elements, conditions and the technical processes needed to go Colombian coffee

  • Botanical & Butterfly Garden – Stroll through this garden home to over 1500 butterflies and a variety of local flora and bird species

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Day 1 : Bogota


Meals Included:

No Meals

Upon arrival at El Dorado International Airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure exploring Colombia’s cosmopolitan capital city. There are plenty of al fresco dining options where you can sample the local cuisine, and a variety of welcoming bars to get your evening started. Overnight – Bogota.

Day 2 : Bogota City Tour

City tour Bogota

Meals Included:

Breakfast, Lunch

Get acquainted with Bogota today with a guided sightseeing tour of the city. The morning starts early with a visit to the vibrant Paloquemao Market, one of the largest and important in the country. As you browse the variety of fruit, vegetables, cheeses and medicinal herbs on offer, you can also take this opportunity to people watch as you witness the interactions between seller and buyer. Here you’ll have the opportunity to sample some exotic fruits and enjoy a small snack.
Leaving the market behind, continue on to the famous and well-preserved historical colonial quarter of La Candelaria. Wander through the streets and keep your camera handy as you’ll want to capture this picturesque area on film. On your walk you’ll pass such sights as the library of Luis Nagel Arango and the prominent Plaza de Bolivar, the heart of Bogota. Surrounding the square are impressive historical buildings, including the Cathedral, Congress Palace, Independence House, Palace of Justice and City Hall.
From Plaza de Bolivar you’ll continue your exploration to Monserrate Hill, a forested mountain with a white catholic church sitting on its summit. On a clear day you’ll enjoy a stunning view over the city below and may even see the snow-capped peak of Nevado del Tolima in the distance. Next up is a visit to the Museo del Oro - where you can learn about the history of gold in Colombia, followed by Museo de Botero - displaying a selection of artwork from a variety of world-famous artists.

Day 3 : Zipaquira & Raquira

Zipaquirá, Ráquira

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Bogota – Villa de Leyva. Today you bid farewell to Bogota and continue your Colombian adventure, driving out through the northern residential area of the city and through the fertile plateau to the small town of Zipaquira. Here you can appreciate the extraordinary architecture of the Salt Cathedral – a local pilgrimage site, with its three naves, sculptures and cavernous pools. Your next stop will be the small town of Satatausa where you’ll explore its quaint colonial church, which houses a selection of 17th century paintings by anonymous artists.
Following a stop for lunch, continue on to the artisan town of Raquira, famed for its pottery and colourful architecture. On the outskirts of town are a group of factories where the local community produces clay pots and decorations, where you’ll have a chance to visit one to observe the process of creating these handicrafts. After you’ll have free time to wander around the quaint and colourful town centre. Nearby is the Monasterio La Candelaria, which dates back to 1604 and was the first convent to be built in Latin America. Enjoy a short tour of this convent before continuing to Villa de Leyva in the late afternoon.

Day 4 : Villa De Leyva

Villa de Leyva, Bogotá

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Villa de Leyva – Zona Cafetera. This morning you’ll be taken on a walking tour of this attractive colonial town. Originally founded in 1572 Villa de Leyva has managed to maintain much of its original charm in its architecture, from its wooden balconies, arches and heavy wooden and brass laden doors. This quiet town has an easy going ambience that is quick to charm. After a break for lunch, drive to Bogota airport for your flight to the Zona Cafetera.

Day 5 : Zona Cafetera

Zona Cafetera

Meals Included:

Breakfast, Lunch

Spend today getting to know the history and the culture associated with Colombia’s production of coffee with a full day guided excursion. Your first stop will be the traditional small village of Filandia, which boasts colonial architecture, and the pretty and colourful Plaza de Bolivar. Stop off at a typical fonda, or restaurant-bar, to try the local liquor. Next head up to Colina Iluminada, a viewpoint set on a hilltop just outside of town overlooking the coffee triangle.
From Filandia, continue on to the spectacular Cocora Valley home to the wax palm – the country’s national tree and the tallest variety of palm tree in the world. Upon arrival in Cocora Valley you’ll have the chance to sample a warming local cocktail called canelazo, enjoyed across much of South America. Later embark on a guided tour of the misty forest to learn about the importance of conservation. You’ll even have the chance to plant your own wax palm with the Ritual de la Palma. Here in Cocora Valley you’ll also enjoy a traditional lunch of smoked trout.
Your day continues with a visit to the town of Salento. Dating back to 1842, this charming town was one of the area’s first settlements and is home to centuries-old buildings housing restaurants, bars, handicraft shops and souvenir stores.

Day 6 : Coffee Tour & Butterfly Garden


Meals Included:

Breakfast, Lunch

Zona Cafetera – Cartagena. After breakfast you’ll be transferred to Armenia to join a shared tour of the Hacienda Combia coffee farm. Made up of nine stops, this unique tour takes you through the elements, environmental conditions and technical processes required to grow the high quality of coffee that Colombia is renowned for.
Lunch will be provided before your next stop, the Botanical & Butterfly garden.
Stretching across ten hectares of Andean forest, this garden is home to 180 species of butterfly along with 850 varieties of local flora and 126 species of bird. Enjoy a walking tour here before being transferred to the airport for your flight to Cartagena.

Day 7 : Cartagena


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Wake up in the colourful city of Cartagena this morning, home to beautiful colonial architecture, charming cobbled streets lined with artisan workshops and the clip-clop of horse-drawn carriages. A walking tour today starts with a visit to the Convento de la Popa, a 17th century convent set on a hilltop overlooking the city below, followed by a stop at the Castillo de San Felope – a great fortress built in the 1600s under Spanish colonisation.
Continue your tour with a walk through La Bovedas, a series of 23 vaults built for military purposes in the 18th century to store munitions and provisions, and later even used as jail cells. Today these vaults are now house colourful craft market stalls selling anything from handicrafts and souvenirs, to jewellery and clothing. Your walking tour finishes with a stroll through the colonial streets of this charming city, admiring its many old houses, stunning balconies, hidden squares, buzzing plazas and more along the by joining a walking tour taking in seven authentic food stops, each with a different delectable tasting. Escorted by a local guide you’ll hear all about the city’s culture, history and food in an epic culinary journey.

Day 8 : Goodbye Colombia


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This morning your tour of Colombia comes to an end. After breakfast and hotel check-out you will be transferred to the Rafael Nunez Airport for your onward travel.

What's Included

  • 7 breakfasts and 3 lunches

  • 7 nights STANDARD accommodation. Upgrading to SUPERIOR or DELUXE accommodation options are also available upon request. Accommodation rating – See Trip Notes for details

  • Airport arrival and departure transfer on day 1 and day 8

  • Services of local English-speaking specialist guides

  • Entrance fees to all sites and activities as described in the itinerary

  • All relevant transfers and transportation

  • Private services for all included activities (excluding tour of Hacienda Combia, which may be on a shared basis)

What's Not Included

  • International flights and visas

  • Tipping – an entirely personal gesture

  • Laundry, drinks and items of a personal nature

  • Domestic flights – South American airpasses are available with LATAM and other airline carriers when booked in conjunction with international flights, offering significant savings on domestic flights. Please ask a member of the team for more information.

Check out our Q&As

  • What is the standard of the hotels on this tour?

    Standard (superior and deluxe available on request)

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    Airport arrival and departure transfer on day 1 and day 8

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?


  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Ensuring our footprint is light and that the benefits of travelling reach the local communities you visit is paramount to us. We’re proud to say that when travelling with us, the large majority of your holiday funds remain within the countries you visit, supporting local economies at a grass roots level.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 1998

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    With English-speaking tours, it's not a huge surprise that most on our travellers are from English-speaking countries or have English as their second language. Our group tours cater for everyone from 18 years old to 70+

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?


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Wonderful experience


Jamal is our tour guide. Right from the start, he created a group chat in whatsapp and if any issues to make sure we contact him. He was on the ball with every issue thrown at him. Luggage being left behind, stragglers wondered off in a different path, hotel room etc. He explains the various site along our route to give us a better understanding of the local cultures. We had a great time, thanks to Jamal.

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I booked three tours with this agency. While the first two experiences were very nice, with well-thought-out itineraries and knowledgeable guides, the third tour was an absolute nightmare for us. Due to the unavailability of an hotel from the trip notes, the agency opted to replace it with another they claimed was "similar." To our dismay, this alternative was nothing short of a decrepit, filthy establishment that threatened to ruin our entire safari experience in South Africa. But the fiasco didn't end there. This so-called hotel began proposing and organizing activities starkly different from what we were promised in the trip notes, together with an awful services of their guides and vehicles. And when this disaster struck and we desperately needed their support? The agency ghosted us. It took them an entire day to respond, and when they did, they simply shrugged off our concerns, asserting it was too late to fix anything, even though three nights of our trip were still ahead. The level of unprofessionalism was staggering. Forced to salvage our experience, we took matters into our own hands, leaving that awful place to book another hotel and activities for the remainder of our trip—all at my own expense. Based on my experience, I suggest travelers to think twice before considering this agency. Seek out reputable companies known for their commitment to customer service and integrity.

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