Amakuna Travel

Amakuna Luxury Travel Colombia

Destinations

Cartagena

Coffee Region

Bogota

Medellin

Tayrona

Off The Beaten Path

Itineraries

The Jewel of the Caribbean

(4 nights)

Best of Colombia

(8 nights)

Magical Colombia

(14 nights)

Authentic Colombia

(21 nights)

Authentic Colombia

21 NIGHTS: BOGOTA / VILLA DE LEYVA / BARICHARA / AMAZON / COFFEE REGION / CALI / POPAYAN / SAN AGUSTIN / MOMPOS / CARTAGENA

Best for: Nature, Adventure, Off the Beaten Path

A diverse land of colonial gems, towering Andean mountains, steamy tropical jungles, vibrant culture, lush coffee plantations, pre-hispanic ruins, and the sparkling Caribbean coast. 

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DAY 1-3: BOGOTA:

If you truly want to discover Colombia’s natural beauty, history, and culture alike, then look no further than our Authentic Colombia itinerary. This complete tour of Colombia is ideal for travellers who want to do more than just see the country’s highlights. You will experience Colombia’s colonial history and culture, learn about its rich indigenous heritage, and discover its many natural wonders. After arriving you’ll settle in and acclimatize in the capital Bogota, where you can take your pick of charming boutique hotels in the historic quarter or modern, luxury hotels in the trendier neighbourhoods. Dedicate your days to exploring the cobbled lanes of La Candelaria, the city’s oldest district, where art and history come alive. The Gold Museum dazzles with its vast collection of pre-Hispanic artifacts, while the Museo Botero offers an intimate look at the works of Fernando Botero and other art luminaries. An ascent to Monserrate reveals the city in all its glory, sprawling endlessly into the horizon. At night you can sample innovative cuisine in the capital’s bustling restaurant scene, blending traditional Colombian dishes with modern flavours.

DAY 3-6: VILLA DE LEYVA & BARICHARA:

The journey continues to Villa de Leyva, a colonial gem where time seems to stand still. Here, boutique accommodations mirror the town’s historic charm. Wander the vast Plaza Mayor, explore the ancient fossil museum, and delve into the mysteries of El Infiernito, an archaeological site that offers a glimpse into Colombia’s pre-Columbian past. Next, the picturesque town of Barichara beckons, its preserved colonial architecture and cobblestone streets offering a peaceful retreat. Meander the Camino Real to the small village of Guane, explore local craftsmanship, and savour the innovative local cuisine that makes dining here a delight. For thrill-seekers, head into the breathtaking Chicamocha Valley each day for any number of outdoor sports such as white-water rafting, mountain biking, trekking, and paragliding.

DAY 6-9: THE AMAZON

From the highlands, you’ll fly to Colombia’s southernmost city Leticia, which lies on the banks of the world’s largest river and borders both Peru and Brazil. One of Colombia’s most spectacular experiences, the Amazon is a rainforest paradise, a vast jungle chock full of beautiful lakes, wetlands teeming with wildlife and of course the big river itself.  Here, in a luxury lodge nestled amidst the jungle’s embrace, you’re invited to disconnect and immerse yourself in the natural world. During the day you will set out on river safari and will encounter every form of wildlife from scaly iguanas sunning themselves on branches to blue and yellow macaws hidden right up in the tree-tops. Families of monkeys will pass by you as they play around and jump impossible distances between the trees, while pink dolphins jump and dive around you to their hearts’ content. This segment of your journey is not just about witnessing the Amazon’s biodiversity but also understanding its importance and the efforts to preserve this vital ecosystem.

DAY 9-12: COFFEE REGION

Ascend next to the verdant slopes of Colombia’s famed coffee region. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is abundant in flowers and birdlife, not to mention the finest arabica coffee beans in the world. Your stay in a luxury hacienda is an immersion into local life and its rich farming heritage. Days here are filled with visits to coffee plantations, where the journey from bean to cup is revealed in intimate detail. The region’s natural beauty can be explored through hikes in the Cocora Valley, home to the wax palm, Colombia’s national tree. There are pristine natural waterfalls and hot springs to swim in, as well as rafting trips along the rivers. This area is not just about coffee; it’s a celebration of rural life, where every vista offers postcard-perfect views and the warm hospitality of the locals makes you feel at home.

DAY 12-14: CALI

From the coffee region, you will descend onto Colombia’s salsa capital, Santiago de Cali, and home to a plethora of world-famous musicians. You’ll begin by exploring renowned attractions, charming parks, historic plazas, and panoramic viewpoints. From Cristo Rey and Sebastián de Belalcázar to the artistic Gato del Río and the historical heart of Cali, each stop reveals the city’s unique blend of art, history, and ancestral myths. Next, you will visit the serene San Cipriano Natural Reserve. Here, you will have the opportunity to enjoy river tubing and nature walks, immersing yourself in the rich biodiversity of the Pacific coast. You’ll explore Cali’s culinary scene with a visit to the bustling Galería Alameda market, learning about the fusion of Andean ingredients, seafood, and the equatorial jungle that birthed it.

DAY 14-17: POPAYAN & SAN AGUSTIN

The journey meanders to the south, to the white city of Popayán, one of Colombia’s most well-preserved colonial cities, where a stay in a colonial mansion-turned-hotel offers a deep dive into history. The town’s churches and museums are a testament to its rich past. A short trip from Popayán takes you to the buzzing market at Silvia, where indigenous Guambiano Indians converge each week to sell their fruits, vegetables, and kaleidoscopic wares, and onto a local healer for an insight into the medicinal properties of the region’s local plants. From Silvia, the journey winds south through rugged landscape to UNESCO-protected San Agustin archeological park, home to the largest collection of religious monuments and megalithic sculptures in South America, and offers a window into the mysterious pre-Columbian civilizations that once thrived here.

DAY 17-19: MOMPOS

Your next stop is Santa Cruz de Mompós, the town that Gabriel Garcia Marquez referred to as a place “that does not exist”, due to its remote location. Nestled on the banks of the Magdalena River, this UNESCO World Heritage site is a living museum of Spanish colonial architecture and a testament to the flow of time, seemingly untouched by the modern world. Mompox invites you to wander through its streets lined with beautiful, whitewashed houses, ornate churches, and plazas that tell tales of a bygone era. A boat ride on the Magdalena offers a unique perspective of the town and its surroundings, revealing the importance of the river in Mompox’s historical trade and culture. This serene town, with its rich history, skilled artisans famous for their filigree jewelry, and the warm hospitality of its people, stands as a hidden gem in Colombia’s diverse landscape.

DAY 19-22: CARTAGENA

The itinerary culminates in the enchanting city of Cartagena, a bastion of colonial splendor on the Caribbean coast. You’ll stay in a former colonial mansion turned hotel that seemingly blends history with modern luxury. You’ll begin with a historical tour of the walled city, meandering through cobblestone streets and significant landmarks, many of which were popularized by Gabriel Garcia Marquez in his novels. You’ll also experience Cartagena’s rich culinary traditions through a private cooking class led by a leading local chef in the working kitchen, or if you’re in the mood for street-food the less formal and lively district of Getsemaní beckons with its street art and music. On your final day, we’ll whisk you away by private speedboat to the Rosario Islands, known for their coral reefs and clear waters, ideal for swimming and snorkeling. In the evenings, you’ll dine in one of the historic centre’s restaurants that epitomize the fusion of Cartagena’s past and present.