This Colombian adventure inspires travelers through its unparalleled diversity, traversing the vibrancy of Cartagena’s culture and the sophisticated and mountainous cities of Bogotá and Medellín. From journeys to a countryside coffee plantation that awakens the senses to feasting on the distinctive local specialties of Caribbean coastal cuisine and five-star fine dining found in the country’s Andean cities, you’ll experience true culinary immersion when you travel with Kensington Tours. And here, cuisine meets history, with excursions doubling as compelling deep dives into Colombia’s rich customs and traditions. What’s more, you can customize your journey according to your passions for a trip that suits you.
ItineraryPLAN YOUR TRIP
Day 1-2Explore Bogotá and its Salt Cathedral
After a pre-arranged traditional lunch, you’ll head back to the city to stretch your legs during a personalized walking tour of La Candelaria, the oldest part of town. Explore the Plaza Bolivar and Main Square hubs and dive into the thriving city’s history via hidden treasures off side streets that only insiders—including your guide—would know. The evening is yours to enjoy with the charming cafés and bistros of Zona Rosa, which unwinds after sunset into a vibrant nightlife destination loved by locals.
Day 3Discover Medellín History
Day 4Art and Music in Medellín
From there, reset with a break in the Botanical Garden, which is alive with more than 5,000 Latin American plant species and wildlife, and lunch in its In Situ restaurant. The fine dining hotspot has creative fare (a nice glass of wine wouldn’t be a bad idea) and offers unparalleled views of the lush greenery. Your last stop of the day will be at the Botero Plaza (near the Parque Berrio) to take in the impressive bronze sculptures by Medellín native Fernando Botero.
Day 5Visit the Coffee Farm, Hacienda Ora Molido
Day 6Spa Treatments and Salsa Dancing in Coastal Cartagena
Day 7-8Explore Cartagena’s Caribbean Cuisine and Sail the Caribbean Sea
The last full day of your Colombian adventure deserves a boat ride on the Caribbean Sea, the best way to take in the salty air and really explore the northern coast of this fascinatingly diverse country. For your spectacular exploration of the 23 coral islands that make up the Rosario Islands, you will be picked up from your hotel by a private guide, who will take you to the nearby Santa Cruz Pier. There, a private motorboat awaits with your captain and a selection of drinks and snacks.
As you set off, know that it will be an eco-friendly visit. The Rosario Islands are one of Colombia’s 46 National Nature Parks, a designation that protects its important coral reefs and rich marine habitat that’s one of the most diverse marine ecosystems in all of Colombia. The park has an extension of nearly 297,000 marine and land acres and is associated with marine pastures, mangroves, and numerous species of algae, as well as a variety of animals that feed the coral and fish life that inhabit the reefs. To get there, enjoy an hour of on-the-water bliss through the Bahia de Cartagena and then into the open sea, passing through the Bocachica Strait between the colonial forts of Batería de San José and Fuerte de San Fernando. After lunch in one of the islands’ restaurants, relax on the beach or take a walk along the coast. This is an exclusive transport and guide service; however, please be prepared to share the beach and the restaurant facilities with other guests and day-trippers.
On your departure day, you’ll set out for the Cartagena Airport, approximately 30 minutes away, with a private driver and English-speaking guide, as you bid farewell to this enchanting country.