If you only have a week, our Best of Colombia itinerary is the perfect option. Your trip begins with a stay in a 19th century neoclassical house turned boutique hotel in Bogota’s historical centre, La Candelaria. Using this as a base you can take a private tour of the city’s cultural highlights including the famous Gold museum and renowned Botero museum, before a cable-car ride up to the iconic convent on Mount Monserrate.
From Bogota you’ll head down to the heart of the Coffee Region, to stay in one of the country’s best boutique hotels with spectacular views of the surrounding hills and river. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the region is a nature lover’s paradise, abundant in birds, flowers and some of the best arabica coffee beans in the world. Here you can visit the picturesque village of Salento, famous for its arts and crafts, and the breathtaking Cocora valley where you can see the majestic wax palm trees and marvel in the surrounding beauty.
We can also organise a visit to one of Colombia’s best coffee estates where you can learn about the coffee production process and participate in a private tasting. Popular activities in the area include horseback riding through the hills and swimming in the natural springs and mountain waterfalls.
The next stop is Cartagena, the jewel of the Caribbean and one of the world’s most romantic cities. The days can be spent either relaxing by the pool of your boutique hotel, a beautifully restored old colonial mansion, or we can whisk you away by private boat to one of the nearby islands to enjoy the white sand beaches and turquoise waters. Once the sun dies down, you can take a private guided tour of the historic sites or the magical places written about in many of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s novels. The nights can be spent strolling along the cobblestone streets of the old-town before dining in some of the country’s best restaurants.