Colombia Wonders: Adventuring Across Bogotá and Salento with Amanda Bloomquist

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Amanda Bloomquist
BIO
Hello friends and future friends! My name is Amanda and I am a Backpacking Guide and Content Creator based out of Washington State. I have a huge love for travel and a huge love for bringing people together. My Morocco trip was a huge success and I can't wait to share the next adventure with you. I can’t wait to create memories with y’all. It’s gonna be a trip you won’t want to miss. XX Amanda

Duration

7 days · 6 nights

Travel Date

Sep 27 – Oct 3, 2024

Activity Level

Moderate

Group Size

10 - 15

Transportation

Van, plane

Tour Price

USD 1,375
/ person
Flexible payment plans available
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Age range

21+

Travel interest

Food & culture, sightseeing, nature, city

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Colombia>Colombia Wonders: Adventuring Across Bogotá and Salento with Amanda Bloomquist

Colombia is calling your name to enjoy a multi-day exploration from the heights of Bogotá to the gorgeous nature of Salento. Join us for a captivating exploration of Colombia's beauty and charm! Start your journey in bustling Bogotá, wander through its charming streets and enjoy its vibrant culture. While there, we'll embark on a comprehensive city tour that will introduce you to historic buildings, museums, and panoramic views. We will then catch a flight to Salento in Colombia's famous Coffee Region where visits to nearby towns, a Jeep adventure, tours centered around coffee and cacao, and a scenic hike await. Each destination offers a unique taste of Colombia's diverse landscapes and rich cultural heritage!

Cancellation policy

Refunds for deposits
We will hold your spot as soon as you put down your deposit. However, if you decide to cancel your trip, we will be unable to refund your deposit.

Refunds for fully-paid trips
You may change or cancel your trip by August 13, 2024 for a refund, excluding the deposit amount. After this date, no refunds will be given. You can change or cancel your trip in your TourHero account by clicking on Your Trips.

You may transfer your spot
At any point until August 16, 2024, you may choose to transfer your spot to another traveler. The price will reflect the current selling price of the trip at the time of transfer. Once the new traveler has been introduced and books their spot, we will refund you for your payments. You can initiate a transfer in your TourHero account by clicking on Your Trips.

Note: If there is a waitlist, you may not be able to choose who you transfer your spot to. We will contact the next person on the waitlist for this trip and transfer your spot to them.

As this trip includes internal flights, in the case of a spot transfer, the name change for the flights may incur an additional cost (TBD upon booking).

Trip cancellation due to COVID-19
A full credit will be issued if the tour is canceled when there is full border closure due to COVID-19 travel restrictions. This credit can go towards booking a future TourHero tour. We suggest buying your own travel insurance for coverage of cancellations within 30 days of the tour commencing for reasons other than a full tour cancellation.

Your TourHero

Your TourHero
TOURHERO
Amanda Bloomquist
BIO
Hello friends and future friends! My name is Amanda and I am a Backpacking Guide and Content Creator based out of Washington State. I have a huge love for travel and a huge love for bringing people together. My Morocco trip was a huge success and I can't wait to share the next adventure with you. I can’t wait to create memories with y’all. It’s gonna be a trip you won’t want to miss. XX Amanda

Duration

7 days · 6 nights

Travel Date

Sep 27 – Oct 3, 2024

Activity Level

Moderate

Group Size

10 - 15

Transportation

Van, plane

Colombia>Colombia Wonders: Adventuring Across Bogotá and Salento with Amanda Bloomquist

Colombia is calling your name to enjoy a multi-day exploration from the heights of Bogotá to the gorgeous nature of Salento. Join us for a captivating exploration of Colombia's beauty and charm! Start your journey in bustling Bogotá, wander through its charming streets and enjoy its vibrant culture. While there, we'll embark on a comprehensive city tour that will introduce you to historic buildings, museums, and panoramic views. We will then catch a flight to Salento in Colombia's famous Coffee Region where visits to nearby towns, a Jeep adventure, tours centered around coffee and cacao, and a scenic hike await. Each destination offers a unique taste of Colombia's diverse landscapes and rich cultural heritage!

Timeline

  • Day 1 · September 27, 2024 · Bogotá
  • Arrive in Bogotá
  • Group transfer from airport to hotel
  • Check-in at Hotel Chicó 97 (or similar according to availability)
  • Free time
  • Dinner (not included in price)
  • Day 2 · September 28, 2024 · Bogotá
  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Comprehensive Bogotá city tour — includes Plaza de Bolivar, Botero Museum, Gold Museum, and Monserrate
  • Lunch (not included in price)
  • Free time
  • Dinner (not included in price)
  • Day 3 · September 29, 2024 · Bogotá & Salento
  • Breakfast & check out of accommodation
  • Group transfer from accommodation to airport
  • Domestic flight to Salento
  • Check-in at Hotel Salento Plaza (or similar according to availability)
  • Lunch (not included in price)
  • Hike in the Cocora Valley
  • Return to accommodation
  • Dinner (not included in price)
  • Day 4 · September 30, 2024 · Salento & Filandia
  • Breakfast
  • Transfer to Filandia
  • Visit to traditional sugar mills
  • Lunch
  • Free time
  • Return to accommodation
  • Dinner (not included in price)
  • Day 5 · October 1, 2024 · Salento
  • Breakfast
  • Jeep adventure in Córdoba, Pijao and Buenavista
  • Coffee experience at San Alberto Terrace
  • Return to accommodation
  • Lunch (not included in price)
  • Free time
  • Dinner (not included in price)
  • Day 6 · October 2, 2024 · Salento
  • Breakfast
  • Transfer to El Diamante farm
  • Hands-on chocolate-making experience
  • Lunch (not included in price)
  • Canopy adventure in the Samán Forest
  • Return to accommodation
  • Dinner (not included in price)
  • Day 7 · October 3, 2024 · Departure
  • Breakfast and check out of accommodation
  • Group transfer from accommodation to airport (flight not included in price)
  • Journey ends

Details

Day 1 · September 27, 2024

Welcome to Colombia – get settled in charming, bustling Bogotá

Welcome to Colombia! Your adventure begins as you arrive in the captivating city of Bogotá. Upon arrival, our team will be there to escort you to your hotel. After settling in, the afternoon offers a tapestry of possibilities during your free time. We recommend exploring the surrounding neighborhood, soaking up the culture and perhaps sampling a cup of local coffee. And as the sun sets, Bogotá comes alive with countless dining options, from street food to traditional Colombian cuisine in the heart of the city.

Day 2 · September 28, 2024

Discovering the magic of Bogotá — city tour and Monserrate exploration

After a hearty breakfast, embark on a comprehensive Bogotá city tour to check out the city's key landmarks. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, you'll delve into Colombia's historical and contemporary narratives. The tour kicks off at Plaza de Bolivar, a historic and vibrant public plaza surrounded by architectural landmarks, including the stunning neoclassical Primatial Cathedral, the Presidential Palace, and the National Capitol.

Following this, we will pay a visit to the Botero Museum, showcasing the distinctive works of Fernando Botero, an iconic figure in Colombian contemporary art. Continuing along, we will arrive at the remarkable Gold Museum, where an impressive collection of indigenous gold pieces awaits your discovery. Upon exiting, we will complete our tour at Monserrate, a revered Catholic sanctuary perched at approximately 10,000 feet. From this vantage point, marvel at exceptional views of the city.

Day 3 · September 29, 2024

And now, it's off to Salento and the Coffee Region for a stunning hike in the Cocora Valley!

After a satisfying breakfast, you'll be transferred to the airport for your flight to Salento. Upon your arrival, a smooth transfer from the airport to your next hotel will be organized. Once you're checked in, we will embark on a breathtaking trek with the goal of reaching the incredibly scenic Cocora Valley. You'll traverse the Colombian Andes, where every turn reveals breathtaking vistas and unveils the region's rich history. The towering wax palms against the majestic mountain backdrop will surely leave you in awe. Guided by an experienced leader, you'll explore the valley's lush forests, tranquil meadows, and picturesque viewpoints. We'll also get to see the diverse cloud forest ecosystem of Acaime, a place where hummingbirds flit among vibrant flowers. The remainder of the evening is then free for you to enjoy as you please once we return to Salento.

Day 4 · September 30, 2024

Discover Filandia, another gem of the Coffee Region

Today features a day trip to the charming town of Filandia, a gem with colorful colonial architecture, sweeping views of lush green landscapes, and warm hospitality. Upon our arrival, we will visit some traditional sugar mills, learning about how they craft panela, a traditional Latin American sweetener made from evaporated cane juice. We will then head to lunch to sample more of the flavors that make Filandia's culinary scene so amazing. Finally, enjoy a bit of time to walk through the streets and explore the town on your own before we transfer back to Salento.

Day 5 · October 1, 2024

Ride a Jeep through incredible landscapes

While the cultural and culinary significance of the Coffee Region is one of the major draws, one can't ignore the absolutely incredible natural landscapes here. To experience this region's beauty up close, we will be heading out on a Jeep adventure today, winding through the picturesque mountain towns of Córdoba, Pijao, and Buenavista. Each location offers new sights, so take it all in as we zoom through the hills. The tour then brings us to San Alberto Terrace, a renowned coffee farm where you can learn about the coffee production process in a scenic outdoor terrace overlooking the lush mountains and coffee fields. Our visit culminates in a coffee tasting, where unique flavors and aromas come together to give you a brilliant impression of Colombia's coffee culture.

Day 6 · October 2, 2024

Make some chocolate and sail through the canopy

It's our last full day here in Colombia, and we have an exciting schedule planned that will allow us to make the most of our remaining time. We begin with a transfer to El Diamante, a farm celebrated for its commitment to sustainable farming practices and for producing exceptional Arabica beans. After learning about the property, we will get to engage in a hands-on chocolate-making experience! A quick pause for lunch then leads us to the Samán Forest where we will be able to sail through the trees with a canopy adventure. It's a great way to connect with nature in a thrilling, adrenaline-pumping fashion! With the day's activities complete, we return to the accommodation to rest up, pack our bags, and eat one final dinner before returning home tomorrow.

Day 7 · October 3, 2024

Say goodbye to your Colombian escapade

As your memorable journey in Colombia comes to a close, enjoy a final breakfast at the hotel before checking out. Our group transfer will then take you to the airport, ensuring a seamless and comfortable departure. (Please note: Departure flight not included in price.) It's time to bid farewell to this incredible adventure and head home with cherished memories of your time exploring the beauty, culture, and wonders of Colombia. We hope to see you again on another adventure with us!

Accommodation

  • Hotel Chicó 97 (or similar according to availability)

    Hotel Chicó 97, nestled in the upscale neighborhood of Chicó Norte in Bogotá, Colombia, offers a luxurious and contemporary retreat for travelers seeking comfort and sophistication. The hotel boasts elegantly designed rooms and suites, each equipped with modern amenities and stylish furnishings to ensure a comfortable stay. Guests can indulge in delectable cuisine at the on-site restaurant, which serves a diverse array of international and local dishes. With its prime location, Hotel Chicó 97 provides easy access to the city's top attractions, including nearby shopping centers, restaurants, and cultural landmarks. Room type: Double occupancy. Room configuration: Twin beds.

  • Hotel Salento Plaza (or similar according to availability)

    Nestled just 5 minutes on foot from Billar Danubio Hall and a short stroll from the Main Square, the 3-star Hotel Salento Plaza offers an exceptional stay in the heart of Salento. This conveniently located hotel is near key attractions such as the Mirador De Salento and the sacred Our Lady of Carmen Church, with the town center reachable within a 5-minute walk. It boasts 10 elegantly appointed rooms, some featuring terraces, balconies, and self-catering amenities like minibars, along with comforts such as free toiletries, tubs, and showers, offering serene garden views. Beyond its comfortable accommodations, Hotel Salento Plaza enriches guests' experiences with bike loans and horse riding tours, positioning itself as an ideal choice for those looking to explore Salento's natural beauty and cultural heritage, all within 40 km of El Eden International Airport and close to convenient transport links. Room type: Double occupancy. Room configuration: Twin beds.

Included

  • 2 nights in Hotel Chicó 97 (or similar)
  • 4 nights in Hotel Salento Plaza (or similar)
  • Shared double occupancy in accommodations
  • All breakfasts
  • Lunch on day 4
  • 1 group arrival airport transfer on day 1
  • 1 group departure airport transfer on day 7
  • Domestic flight from Bogotá to Salento
  • All activities & tours as described in the itinerary, with transportation included

Not included

  • International flights
  • All food & drinks not mentioned in inclusions
  • Personal expenses not stipulated
  • Optional add-ons
  • Gratuities

Cancellation policy

Refunds for deposits
We will hold your spot as soon as you put down your deposit. However, if you decide to cancel your trip, we will be unable to refund your deposit.

Refunds for fully-paid trips
You may change or cancel your trip by August 13, 2024 for a refund, excluding the deposit amount. After this date, no refunds will be given. You can change or cancel your trip in your TourHero account by clicking on Your Trips.

You may transfer your spot
At any point until August 16, 2024, you may choose to transfer your spot to another traveler. The price will reflect the current selling price of the trip at the time of transfer. Once the new traveler has been introduced and books their spot, we will refund you for your payments. You can initiate a transfer in your TourHero account by clicking on Your Trips.

Note: If there is a waitlist, you may not be able to choose who you transfer your spot to. We will contact the next person on the waitlist for this trip and transfer your spot to them.

As this trip includes internal flights, in the case of a spot transfer, the name change for the flights may incur an additional cost (TBD upon booking).

Trip cancellation due to COVID-19
A full credit will be issued if the tour is canceled when there is full border closure due to COVID-19 travel restrictions. This credit can go towards booking a future TourHero tour. We suggest buying your own travel insurance for coverage of cancellations within 30 days of the tour commencing for reasons other than a full tour cancellation.

USD 1,375
Per person