Colombia & Venezuela Tour
The Zona Cafetera, Colombia’s Coffee Triangle, consists of three departments; Pereira, Manizales, and Armenia. It lies in the country’s southwest which now supports a well-trodden tourist trail between luxury lodges and coffee farm tours. Most farms look out on lush slopes, interspersed with banana plants and bamboo-like guadua forests. Many will also arrange hiking and horseriding in the surrounds, and make an ideal base to explore the region’s many attractions.
This tour begins in Bogota, the vibrant capital city, known for its colonial architecture. Journey into Colombia’s coffee region and visit coffee farms and Parque de Nacional de Café, a theme park dedicated to coffee. To the north-west, is the ancient walled city of Cartagena on the warm Caribbean coast. Nearby, Tayrona National Park has some of South America’s most beautiful beaches. Wildlife includes Howler Monkeys, Iguanas, parrots and even the occasional jaguar.
TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 12-DAY COLOMBIA COFFEE ADVENTURE…
And, experience tasting the world’s best coffee.
Colombia and Venezuela
Bogota, Cartagena, Caracas, Canaima and Los Roques National Parks
(12 Days – Travel Any Day)
Day 01 – Arrive
Bogotá Meet and greet at El Dorado airport in Bogotá and transfer to your hotel.
Overnight at Grand House.
Day 02 – City Highlights Tour
Bogotá Enjoy a half day visit to La Candelaria (Old Bogota), a lively section of the city that features small shops and ancient churches. Highlights include The Plaza de Bolivar, The Bogota Cathedral and the fabulous Museo Botero, which houses famous works by Monet, Renoir and Picasso. Your afternoon is free to explore the many tiny shops and a visit to The Gold Museum is recommended.
Overnight at Grand House (B)
Day 03 – Transfer
Cartagena This morning you’ll fly north-east across the country to the ancient walled city of Cartagena, on the Caribbean coast. Meet and greet at the airport and transfer to your hotel.
Enjoy a half-day visit to the city’s Colonial district, starting in Parque Bolívar. Visit the Museo del Oro, which exhibits pre Hispanic objects, the Palace of the Inquisition and end in the Ramparts and the Museo de Las Fortificaciones.
Overnight at Charleston Cartagena Hotel Santa Teresa (B)
Day 04 – City Highlights Tour
Cartagena Begin the day with a stunning panoramic view of the city from the monastery and church of La Popa. Built in 1606, it is perched on the area’s only major elevation and was formerly called “La Popa del Galeón”, for its incredible resemblance to the stern of a galleon. Visit the fortress of San Felipe de Barajas, built on the San Lázaro hill in order to defend the city from
pirate attacks. Continue later to the old town to visit the convent of San Pedro Claver and the artisan centre in Las Bóvedas.
Overnight at Charleston Cartagena Hotel Santa Teresa (B)
Day 05 – Transfer
Caracas After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport for your flight to Caracas, the capital of Venezuela, connecting back through Bogota. Meet and greet at the airport and transfer to your hotel.
Overnight in Caracus (B)
Day 06 – View Dramatic Scenery
Canaima National Park Transfer to the airport and depart to Canaima National Park, home to the world’s highest waterfall, the legendary Angel Falls. After checking into your lodge we’ll take an afternoon cruise along the tannin-coloured Canaima Lagoon, one of the most popular destinations in Venezuela which is fed by six stunning waterfalls. Few places on the planet have scenery as dramatic as this with towering table-top mountains and water crashing in every direction.
Overnight in Canaima NP (B, L, D)
Day 07 – View Angel Falls
Canaima National Park Free day for individual activities. Visits to the base of the Angel Falls, to Isla Orquídea, Kavak or Salto El Sapo are recommended.
Overnight in Canaima NP (B)
Day 08 – At Leisure.
Los Roques National Park Enjoy the morning at your leisure. We recommend a flight over the spectacular Angel Falls.
Later, return to Canaima and depart for Los Roques through a series of connecting flights through Puerto Ordaz and Caracas. This is where you’ll discover the Los Roques Archipelago National Park, an exceptionally beautiful natural area and the largest marine park in the Caribbean. Meet and greet at the airport to transfer to your posada.
Overnight in Los Roques NP (B, D)
Days 09, 10 & 11 – Explore
Los Roques National Park Enjoy a full-day of excursions to neighbouring islands (Madrisquí and Francisquí). Trips to other islands in the archipelago or sports activities such as diving, snorkelling and windsurf can be organized locally.
Overnight in Los Roques NP (B)
Day 12 – Depart
Caracas This morning fly back to Caracas in plenty of time to connect with your ongoing flight. (B)
Make this your holiday
Getting There Colombia’s biggest international airport is Bogatá’s Aeropuerto Internacional El Dorado. Direct services from Europe to Bogotá are offered by Iberia (Madrid and Barcelona), Air France/KLM (Paris), Avianca (Barcelona and Paris) and Lufthansa (Frankfurt). Avianca also operates flights from Madrid to Cali and Medellín. In South and Central America, Lan links Bogotá with major Latin American cities. From the Amazon region, it’s possible to cross to or from Colombia into Manaus, Brazil, and Iquitos, Peru, by taking a riverboat.
When to go December through March is Colombia’s high season with plenty of sunny days; ideal for exploring the country’s charming towns and cities, the coffee district, and relaxing on the beach. April brings sporadic rain but persistent rainfall is very unusual. Remember, Easter is a popular time for regional tourism. July and August brings a short dry season and a good time to visit Colombia. September onwards, tourism begins to decline but it can still be a good time to visit as dry weather can still be enjoyed, and the advantage of off-peak travel should not be overlooked.