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)

Magical Colombia

14 NIGHTS: BOGOTA / VILLA DE LEYVA / COFFEE REGION / MEDELLIN / TAYRONA / CARTAGENA

Best for: Families, Adventure, Culture

Explore a booming art scene, quaint colonial towns, urban regeneration, immersive wildlife, indigenous tribes and untouched Caribbean beaches; the magic of Colombia knows no bounds.

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DAY 1-3: Bogotá

Our most popular itinerary, Magical Colombia, is perfect for those who wish to get to know the country on a profound level, providing a wide selection of the captivating history, natural beauty, and diverse culture Colombia offers. You will begin your trip in Bogota, where you’ll delve into the rich tapestry of Colombia’s capital by exploring the cobblestoned streets of La Candelaria, the city’s historic heart, brimming with colonial architecture and cultural landmarks. Enjoy a creative street food tour to sample the innovative dishes of young emerging chefs in the city, who have put inventive twists on Colombian classics, including typical sweet and savory street snacks. You can also learn how resilience and art have transformed the inhabitants of one of the most underprivileged parts of Bogota as you delve into the city’s social economic history. Dine at a number of acclaimed establishments, where culinary innovations offer a taste of Colombia’s biodiversity, making your stay in Bogotá a blend of cultural immersion and gastronomic delight.

DAY 3-4: VILLA DE LEYVA

Your next stop, Villa de Leyva, is a beautifully preserved window into Colombia’s colonial past, its streets and plazas unchanged since the 16th century. En route, you will stop in a number of small towns including Zipaquira, home to the fascinating Salt Cathedral, an underground church built inside a salt mine. You’ll spend your time here, wandering through the Plaza Mayor, the second largest cobbled square in South America, surrounded by white-washed buildings and charming cafes. Venture outside the town to explore the sites that dot the landscape, such as the Santo Ecce-Hommo monastery, the Dali-inspired Terracota house, and the local paleontological museum. The serene ambiance of Villa de Leyva makes it a captivating detour from the hustle and bustle of city life.

DAY 4-7: COFFEE REGION

Immerse yourself in the verdant landscapes of Colombia’s coffee region, where lush plantations paint the rolling hills in shades of deep green. Over three days, experience the essence of coffee culture by staying at a traditional hacienda, nestled within the heart of this UNESCO World Heritage site. Discover the region’s biodiversity with birdwatching excursions and hikes through the cloud forests, take part in horseback riding or biking tours along the valleys, and visit the Cocora Valley to marvel at the towering wax palms, the national tree of Colombia. This leg of your trip offers a retreat into nature, enriched by the warmth of local hospitality and the aromatic scent of fruit and flower plantations that permeate the air.

DAY 7-9: MEDELLIN

The city of Medellín, once known for its turbulent past, has transformed into a beacon of innovation and culture. The leafy streets and laid-back charm of the place will quickly dissolve any preconceived ideas you may have of the Medellin of old, while the charm of the locals will make you want to stay. You’ll spend the day exploring this dynamic city, starting with a ride on the metrocable, which provides not only a unique view of the city’s topography but also access to formerly isolated neighbourhoods, including the vibrant Comuna 13, known for its street art and resilience. Wander through the Botanical Garden, an urban oasis, and explore Plaza Botero, which displays the voluptuous sculptures of Fernando Botero. In the evenings you’ll gain a glimpse into Medellín’s modern side, with its array of designer boutiques, open-air dining options, and chic cafes.

DAY 9-12: TAYRONA

From the central Andes you will catch a flight to Santa Marta, where you will spend a few days on the warm and rugged Caribbean coast. Tucked between the foothills of the snow-capped Sierra Nevada and crystal clear tropical waters, Tayrona is the perfect base for exploring the area’s rich biodiversity and archaeological sites. The area offers the ideal setting to take an immersive beachside stroll, embark on a rewarding jungle hike or drift gently down the serene jungle rivers surrounded by a plethora of wildlife. You will also have the chance to connect with the country’s rich indigenous heritage, set within its own unique ecosystem, or simply lay back in the hammock of your boutique hotel, a sanctuary where the jungle meets the Caribbean Sea, and immerse yourself in your surroundings.  Tayrona offers a rare opportunity to disconnect and immerse yourself in nature, providing a tranquil contrast to the bustling cities and towns of Colombia.

DAY 12-15: CARTAGENA

You will continue along the coast to your final destination, Cartagena, the jewel of the Caribbean, where the legacy of colonialism meets the allure of the sea. Spend three days within the walled city, where colorful colonial mansions, flower-draped balconies, and cobbled lanes tell stories of a bygone era. Explore the Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, a fortress that overlooks the city, or head into the hipper Getsemani district famous for its vibrant depictions of local life on the crumbling stucco walls of colonial buildings. A wealth of delicious street food, local markets, and exotic fruits allow you to dive into the customs of the local people, while local chefs will teach you how to make some of Cartagena’s most typical dishes. In the evening you can enjoy tastings of the country’s most exotic fruits and heirloom cacao or take a sunset sail around the Bay of Cartagena for breathtaking views, before dining in one of the many exceptional restaurants, where the fusion of Caribbean flavours highlights the culinary diversity of the region.