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Colombia Whale Watching

Whale Watching in Colombia takes place every year along its pacific coast. It’s where humpback whales migrate from the Antarctic and southern Chile to mate and give birth in these warm and calmer waters. During the whale watching season, that occurs between July and November, nearly, 1,000 humpback whales can be seen off the coast. The most interesting whale watching spots being around Nuqui, Bahia Solano and, further south, Bahia Malaga by Buenaventura.

This tour begins in Bogota, Colombia’s capital with tour of its old city. Then travel to Colombia’s coffee region known as “zona cafetera”; comprising the towns of Manizales, Pereira and Armenia. Continue to Medellín, in Colombia’s mountainous Antioquia province. Nicknamed the “City of Eternal Spring” for its temperate weather, it hosts a famous annual Flower Festival. Next to Nuquí, a marine paradise for divers: white coral, sea turtles, dolphins and elegant humpback whales.

TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 14-DAY COLOMBIA WHALE WATCHING TOUR…
And, also visit “zona cafetera”, the world’s most famous coffee producing area.
 

What We Love
  • Visit Colombia’s “zona cafetera”, the world’s most famous coffee producing areas.
  • Nuquí, the Eden of the Pacific, is a true paradise for ornithologists, artists and poets.
  • Nuquí offers superb landscapes and is one of the world’s richest and most diverse eco systems. 
  • The waters in Nuquí area are a marine paradise for divers: white coral, sea turtles, dolphins and elegant humpback whales.
  • Travel any day – shorten or lengthen the tour to suite your wishes.
  • This tour is designed to provide maximum outdoor experience.
What to Know
  • The only way of reaching Nuquí is by sea from Bahía Solano or by airplane.
  • This is a relaxed tour but may require walking on rough surfaces.  
  • We carefully select the world's best boutique tour companies in each destination.
  • We offer 24/7 support to give you complete peace of mind during your holiday.
  • We strongly recommend that you take travel insurance for this holiday.

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Your journey begins in the capital, Bogota, once a dangerous no-go for travellers, but now a clean and vibrant city, perfect for sightseeing and shopping. From there you will journey to visit Colombia’s coffee region known as “zona cafetera”. This coffee farming region is a geographical area that comprises three Colombian departments: Caldas, Risaralda and Quindío which are respectively represented by the capital cities of Manizales, Pereira and Armenia, the most important towns.

Continue to Medellín, the capital of Colombia’s mountainous Antioquia province. Nicknamed the “City of Eternal Spring” for its temperate weather, it hosts a famous annual Flower Festival. Modern metro-cables link the city to surrounding barrios and offer sweeping views of the Aburrá Valley below.

Next to Nuquí, the Eden of the Pacific is located on the northern coast of the Colombian Pacific Ocean, a region privileged for its natural resources and the kindness of its people.

The waters in this area are a marine paradise for divers: white coral, sea turtles, dolphins and elegant humpback whales. They arrive every year between July and October from the Antarctic navigating over 8.000 kilometres in the search of warm water to give birth to their calves. After two to three months, when their young are strong enough, they return to the southern seas.

The best fishing season is between May and June. Surfing is another strong point: the Pacific Ocean is known worldwide for the quality of the waves and there are places appropriate for every level of surfing around Nuquí.

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.

By boat from Brazil, Peru and Panama: From the Amazon region it’s possible to cross to or from Colombia into Manaus, Brazil, and Iquitos, Peru, by taking a riverboat.
 

 
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Colombia Whale Watching

Bogota, Triangulo del Cafe, Medellin, Nuqui
(14 Day – Travel Any Day)


Day 01 – Arrive
Bogotá Meet and greet at El Dorado airport in Bogotá and private transfer to the hotel of your choice.
Overnight at Hotel Charleston Casa Medina.

Day 02 – City Highlights Tour
Bogotá Enjoy a half day private tour to La Candelaria (Old Bogota), a lively section of the city that features small shops and ancient churches. Highlights include The Plaza de Bolivar and The Bogota Cathedral. Your afternoon is free to explore and a visit to The Gold Museum is recommended.
Overnight at Hotel Charleston Casa Medina (B)

Day 3 – Transfer
Armenia Transfer to the airport and your flight to Armenia. Arrival, transfer and hotel check-in. Enroute, visit the Quimbaya Museum, which houses an interesting collection of gold, ceramic and wooden objects dating to the first settlements in the area.
Overnight at Hacienda San José (B)

Day 4 – Explore
Pereira With your private guide take a full day visit to Filandia, a typical village famous for its architecture and basket weaving. Continue to Valle del Cocora, an ideal spot to admire Colombia’s token tree which can reach a height of 60 meters. The roads is lined with numerous “fincas” or farm houses built in typical coffee growing architecture until we reach Pereira.
Overnight at Hacienda San José (B)

Day 5 – Coffee Plantations Country
Manizales Another long day through the coffee plantations set on steep hills typical in this area. On a secondary road, you can observe the green carpeting of coffee plants extending to the horizon, interrupted only by fincas covered in flowers (heliconias). Visit one of the area’s coffee producing farms to see the plantation and production system, including the harvest, sun drying and processing.
Overnight at Hacienda Venecia (B)

Day 6 – Explore
Manizales With your private guide, visit the town to see Plaza Bolívar with an interesting statue by the sculptor Rodrigo Arenas Betancourt, the cathedral, the Republican style Palacio de la Gobernación, the train station or present day university, a building dating back to 1928, the cable car station, current seat of the Faculty of Architecture and the wooden cable-car Torre del Herveo. The cable car used to travel for 71 km and mainly transported merchandise. Free afternoon for individual activities.
Overnight at Hacienda Venecia (B)

Day 7 – Transfer
Medellín Four to five hour transfer to Medellín, then free day to relax.
Overnight at Art Hotel (B)

Day 8 – City Highlights Tour
Medellín Take a private tour of the town of Medellín, second in importance in Colombia and an outstanding commercial and cultural centre. Visit to the San Antonio park, known as La Plazoleta, that houses twenty or so Botero sculptures on its grounds, the Museo de Antioquia, one of the country’s most important museums with pre Columbian, Colonial, Independence and modern art exhibits. The town is full of historic buildings and a park inspired by eastern philosophy. Free afternoon.
Overnight at Art Hotel (B)

Day 9 – Explore
Santa Fé de Antioquia Today we travel west, passing the Parque de los Tamarindos, to the bridge that connected Medellín to the sea and accelerated the area’s economic growth. It was one of South America’s first flying bridges.  
Overnight at hotel (B)

Day 10 – The Surrounds
Medellín After a free and easy morning, we return to Medellín in the afternoon with a break to visit San Jerónimo, which offers a beautiful church and the village’s Colonial architecture. On the way, you will see fruit stalls selling pineapple, mango, tamarind pulp and oranges.
Overnight at Art Hotel (B)

Day 11 to 13 – Transfer
Nuquí Private transfer to Medellín airport for your flight to Nuquí (45 minutes). Arrival and transfer to the dock for a boat trip to your lodge for three-night stay.

Next day take a walk to Cascada del Amor waterfall and a bath in the thermal waters or in the neighbouring stream, which are in the middle of the jungle. Take excursion in the jungle to discover the majestic flora and rich fauna or just relax.
Overnight at Ecolodge El Cantil (B, L, D)

Day 14 – Depart
Bogotá Morning departure by boat to Nuquí and transfer to the airport for your flight to Medellín. Arrival, change of planes and flight to Bogotá. (B)
 

 

Recommended price

  • 5-star: From GBP 250 per person per day
  • 4-star: From GBP 200 per person per day
  • 3-star: From GBP 150 per person per day

The true price is customised based on final choice of hotels, travel dates, and other custom preferences. All prices exclude international flights.

Price Includes: hotels, airport transfers and transportation within the country, unique experiences guided by local experts and 24X7 support during your trip.

Make this your holiday

  • Exclusive Tour: your own private multilingual guide throughout the trip  
  • Price Guarantee: costing 25-30% less than similar tours of the same flexibility and quality
  • Tailor Made: customised itinerary to create your dream holiday
  • Duration: shorten or lengthen the tour to suit your wishes
  • Dates: depart and return whenever you choose
  • Hotels: change hotel grade to suit your budget
  • Group Discounts: call 020 8350 6199


Overview Most of Columbia is an unknown territory and some of the Columbians. Although there is mist and mystery about Columbia, it is without a doubt, a dramatically beautiful country with diverse terrain and weather. It is the only country in South America to border the Pacific and the Caribbean, Colombia offers a huge range of ecosystems, from the Amazon rainforest near Leticia to the snowcapped mountains of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta and the tropical islands of San Andrés and Providencia.

Where to go Colombia’s three major cities; Bogotá, Medellín and Cali are cosmopolitan in nature, with a vibrant cultural scene and festive nightlife. But it is the small towns scattered throughout the country that are more interesting. Colombia’s coffee-growing region, the Zona Cafetera, offers breathtaking walks in the foothills where the bean is grown, accommodation in authentic fincas (coffee farms) and excellent trekking.

In the West, the Andes Mountains extend into the country in three ranges running north-south. In the southeast are the grassy prairies, the jungles and the rainforests of the Amazon. The country’s jungles also hide wondrous archaeological treasures, like the ancient city of La Cuida Perdida and the monuments, tombs and burial mounds at San Augustin and Tierrodentro.  

In the centre of the country lies its capital Bogotá; the city blends Colombian tradition with Spanish colonial influences. A major drawcard for tourists is the Spanish colonial port of Cartagena with its spectacular walled old town, a medieval wonderland of palaces, monasteries, plazas and overhanging balconies. Historical landmarks include the Capitol Municipal Palace and the Plaza Bolivar cathedral; Santa Marta’s modern hotels and white beaches. The two are also great bases for a five-day trek to the archaeological ruins of La Ciudad Perdida, the Lost City.

Almost un-Colombian in their feel, the remote Caribbean islands of San Andrés and Providencia both offer great diving, crystal-clear waters and – particularly in Providencia’s case – a unique Raizal culture.

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.

Visas British nationals can enter Colombia for up to 90 days as a visitor without a visa at the discretion of the Colombian Immigration Officer on arrival. You may need to provide evidence of return or onward travel. Check the latest entry requirements with the Colombian Consulate General in London before you travel.

If you enter Colombia by land from either Ecuador or Venezuela, make sure you have your passport stamped by the immigration authorities. Failure to do so may result in a fine on departure. If the immigration office on the border is closed, seek help at the nearest office of Migración Colombia.

Passport validity: Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Colombia.

Visa information source: www.gov.uk