13 DAYS RIVER SHORES TO THE CLOUDS– COLOMBIAN ANDES JOURNEY

During this trip, you will tour the country from the rivers close to sea level to the mid height range lands. The itinerary is designed so that you will have time to adjust smoothly to the changes in altitude and admire the surroundings. These hand picked destinations will ensure you’ll have a pleasant and relaxing vacation in the mountains. Discover and  travel  the Colombian Andes!

EXPERIENCE

History & Local living, Nature, Agro-tourism

TRAVEL STYLE

Slow, Ecotourism

Places you visit:

Medellin, Santa fe de Antioquia, Jericó, Támesis, Pereira, Salento, Valle del Cocora, Guatape, San Rafael

PHYSICAL RATING: medium

difficult-level-3

 TOTAL DURATION:

11 days
GROUP SIZE:

Max 16- Average 12 travelers

Acommodations

Hotels (12 nts)

Meals

11 breakfasts, 8 lunchs, 8 dinners

Transportation

Private van, city train, special vehicle for the tracks

Staff & Experts

Destination specialist, bilingual guide, local guides

 

Journey From:

$1699USD/
Per person

Departures 2017

JANUARY 2017: Fri 13 – Mon 23
FEBRUARY 2017: Fri 10 – Mon 20
MARCH 2017: Fri 10 – Mon 20
APRIL 2017: Fri 14 – Mon 24
MAY 2017: Fri 12 – Mon 22
JUNE 2017: Fri 9 – Mon 19

*Prices may vary according to the dollar conversion rate and travel dates. Please click book now for a precise quote and choose your dates and # of pax.

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FULL ITINERARY

acommodationAccomodation: La campana (or similar – standar) mealsMeals include: none
transportationTransport: Private vehicle (40 min – 35km)

 

staffFree time: From the time of your arrival to the next day
  • Pick up at MDE airport.
  • Meet you destination specialist and start your trip whit an amazing dinner. We will make reservations for you in a great restaurant in the city to prepare yourself for the great time ahead
acommodationAccomodation: La campana (or similar – standar) mealsMeals include: Breakfast 
transportationTransport: Pick up- Drop off at your accommodation  in a Private vehicle – Metro System Railway. staffFree time: Enjoy a free afternoon and evening for independent exploration.

Memory tour

Curious about the history of Medellin in the past years? Visit genuine neighborhoods, learn the insights from their inhabitants.  Witness  the transformation of places that where once violent territories. Share with the Comuna 13 community, enjoy meaningful graffiti and ride the only public escalators in the world. Keep it real at the downtown in the “Salon Malaga”; a 50 year old coffee place and tango music sanctuary.   Take a ride on the new railway.  Try exotic fruits and learn about medicinal plants at the oldest farmers market in the city “la placita de Flores”. Tour the memory museum unique of it´s kind in Colombia.

 

  • Meet the first project of free, public escalators developed for the Comuna 13 community.
  • Enjoy the street art and Graffiti walking around the barrio
  • Support the initiatives that have transformed the neighborhoods more affected by the war, through art and culture.
  • Have a coffee at Salón Malaga and understand the importance of Tango Music for the city of Medellin
  • Explore the railway line. The tracks have change the zone atmosphere. Giving more importance to beautiful squares surrounded by architectural gems.
  • Visit the -Unique of it´s kind- memory museum, build with memories of the victims Solve some of your questions about the armed conflict in Colombia
  • Walk around the Placita de Flores. Try exotic flavors, share with the vendors and find a medicinal use for every plant
acommodationAcommodation: Nueva granada Boutique Hotel  or similar mealsMeals include: (Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner)

transportationTransport: private vehicle 1.5h – 20 minutes in motorcycle taxi (tuk tuk) staffFree time: from 15:00 PM

Tour Santa Fé de Antioquia

Cross the South America longest tunnel in your way to this important town close to Medellin. Take the Palmitas cable car to have a view over the canyons, coffee and vegetable crops. Explore with your guide on a tuc-tuc the most representative places of this historical village. Cross the “Puente de Occidente”, the largest wooden bridge in South America, which was constructed in 1886.

In the afternoon

This beautiful colonial town, just an hour from the city of Medellín, has a history dating back more than 400 years. Its cobble stone streets, colonial houses with giant doors and important historical sites remain well preserved.

Visit the charming downtown area, the Museum of Juan de Corral

Taste a variety of tropical fruits at the town’s main square.

acommodationAccommodation: Republican Boutique

Hotel

mealsMeals include: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner
transportationTransport: private vehicle 1.5h staffFree time: 14:00 PM

Goldsmith artisan workshop tour

Learn about one of the most important tradition of the town. The skillful work with Gold and Silver, job of the Goldsmith and filigree.

In the afternoon

Take a ride to  “Cauca Viejo”, this village was built in this century as a replica of a town from Antioquia’s colonial period. This private town alongside the Cauca River includes a plaza, shops, hotels and private luxury houses.

Enjoy free time to relax at the pool and stroll around the village.

acommodationAccommodation: Republican Boutique Hotel  mealsMeals include: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner
transportationTransport:45 minutes in a private vehicle ( over 25 km) staffFree time: Enjoy a free afternoon and evening for independent exploration

Morning activities

Enjoy breath-taking landscapes as you travel through the town of Jericó, a town that quintessentially represents Colombia coffee culture. Tour artisan workshops, taste local sweets and enjoy the view and the architecture. You will also tour a coffee plantation to see how a family grows and processes coffee in the traditional way. In addition, you will discover how to make the best cup of coffee and taste different regional varieties of coffee at the finest coffee house in town.

In the afternoon

Spend your free time in hotel pool and walking around Cauca Viejo. The architecture is charming and there’s nothing better than watching a beautiful sunset from the main square.

Optional activities

You can choose between hiking to a waterfall or  visiting “Las nubes” natural reserve.

If you are feelling more adventurous a paragliding tamdem flight over the Cauca river will be delightfull.

acommodationAccommodation: Hotel at the town mealsMeals include: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner
transportationTransport: Private vehicle 1 hour (37km) staffFree time: from 17:00

Cartama Culture and Petroglyphs Tour

The town of Támesis, located near Jerico, has comfortable weather and was an early settlement for the indigenous Cartama people. Their history and cosmology is recorded on petroglyph carvings, spread over an 80 kilometer square area. Hike paths from the Cartama that date back to the Pre-Hispanic period, while admiring archeological features and enjoying the scenery.

In the afternoon

Choose between 5 different activities: white water rafting, rappelling, tubing, hiking, and spelunking. These activities vary, based on group interests and daily availability.

At night

Enjoy nightlife in Támesis village, where you can try aguardiente, a traditional alcoholic drink in a local “heladeria” bar.

 

acommodationAccommodation: Hacienda Bambusa mealsMeals include: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner
transportationTransport: Private vehicle 3.5 hours. (147km) staffFree time: from 17:00

Morning

You’ll have breakfast in the morning and then leave to arrive in Pereira, one of Colombia’s mains coffee producing cities. Enjoy a coffee tasting and lunch, before you go to your wonderful accommodation at the municipality of Buenavista.

Afternoon activities

Visit the hacienda Bambusa a newly build Hacienda hotel with great facilities and service . The town where it is located, it is part of the Coffee Cultural landscape of Colombia, Unesco heritage list since 2011.

acommodationAccommodation: Private Villa Hotsprings
mealsMeals include: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner
transportationTransport: Private vehicle 2 hours. ( 57 km each way) staffFree time: from 18:00

Tour to Valle del Cocora.

Walk through the fog of a cloud forest.  Enjoy the views over the amazing valley and the Wax Palms, Colombia’s national tree, in their native habitat.

You can also choose to make this trip by horse back riding. No previous experience needed.

In the afternoon

Tour salento town  enjoy the pintoresque facades and try local food.  Travel to the highlighted privated villa with thermal water pools.

acommodationAccomodation: Private hacienda hot springs mealsMeals include: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner
transportationTransport: none staffFree time: from 13:00

Enjoy an amazing breakfast, and then stroll to thermal water baths or take a horseback ride to waterfalls, where you can relax in thermal pools. From there, you can take in the beauty of the Nereids waterfall, which is over 200 meters tall.

acommodationAccomodation: Hotel Los Magnolios or similar mealsMeals include: Breakfast
transportationTransport: Private vehicle 1 hour. (50km)- flight to MDE 40min staffFree time: 16:00

 

Morning activities

Breakfast, free time, transfer to Pereira city Airport

Afternoon

Arrival to Medellin city Airport. Transportation to your hotel nearby the MDE airport

acommodationAccomodation: Eco hotel in the forest with cristal water streams. mealsMeals include: Breakfast –Lunch-dinner
transportationTransport: Private vehicle 2 hours. (80km) staffFree time: from 18:00

Guatapé town tour and Giant Rock

Climb the stairs on the giant rock and be amazed by the beautiful view from the top. Take a boat to tour the lake and explore the ruins of  the old pablo Escobar hacienda “La Manuela” . Visit a very special pintoresque town and meet the artists that create the colorful facades on the homes known as “Zócalos.”

 

Afternoon

Arrival to your wonderfull accommodation in the forest. A beautiful hotel with nearby cristal water rivers.

acommodationAccomodation: Eco hotel in the forest with cristal water streams. mealsMeals include: Breakfast –Lunch-dinner
transportationTransport: none staffFree time: from 18:00

San Rafael natural experience

Visit a natural reserve and the Permaculture Project & bee projetct. Explore the banks of the Guatapé River and Arenales River. Discover wonderful places to take a bath and swim in clear turquoise fresh water. Observe a large variety of plants and birds during your hike and immerse yourself in the tranquility and beauty of the San Rafael Reserve.

You can choose to be drop off at the MDE airport or come back to Medellin in case you have different arrangements.  Remember that your travel concierge can help with travel planning to add more fun to your trip.

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