For any coffee enthusiast desiring a superior experience in Colombia, this is the tour for you! Spend your first two nights in the capital, Bogota, and experience the truest depths of culture and history this city has to offer. Next, transfer to the Cocora Valley, where much of Colombia's prized coffee beans are grown along magnificent green mountains. Nestled in the valley, is the city of Pereira. Here you will spend three nights enjoying luxurious accommodation, and witness the process of coffee production. Tour local villages and explore Los Nevados National Park, where unique species of tree and birds await your discovery.
After arriving at Bogota's international airport, an agent brings you to a centrally located hotel. From a prime location, you are free to experience the city's zestful nightlife at your own pace. Locals recommend visiting the Gourmet Zone, or "G Zone," in the northern quarter of the capital. This neighborhood hosts many superb restaurants, cafes and bars, and music venues to make your first night in Colombia memorable.
Bogotá officially Bogotá, Distrito Capital, abbreviated Bogotá, D.C is the capital of Colombia. It is administered as Capital District, and has autonomy in the management of its interests within the limits of the Constitution and the law. Bogotá is a territorial entity of the first order, with administrative powers that the law gives to the departments. It consists of 20 localities and is the political, economic, administrative, industrial, artistic, cultural, sports and tourist epicenter of the country.
The city of Zipaquira, an hour north of Bogota, is your destination for a short trip. A coach will arrive in the morning and bring you to this historic area. As you pass small villages and winding rivers snaked between your path, the mystique of Colombia's countryside will captivate you.
Zipaquira is known as "the city of salt," for the extraction of the mineral here. The Cathedral of Salt was built into a local mine during the 1930's, remaining a popular destination for travelers and local churchgoers ever since. After enjoying lunch at a local restaurant, it is time to return to Bogota.
Making your way through the capital, the historical and cultural center city of Candelaria comes into focus. Here, impressive architecture and colonial eaves overlook narrow streets, preserving the style of Columbia's colonial past. Landmarks like Bolivar Square host the Cathedral of Bogota, the National Capitol, and other government buildings styled from Roman architecture. The day concludes with a visit to the Gold Museum where 34,000 gold pieces, and other ancient relics, will enchant you. In the evening you may return to the hotel, or spend the night out.
After a short westward flight from Bogota, you arrive in the heart of Colombia’s renowned coffee producing region, the city of Pereira. What better way to start your day than with the rich, nutty blends awaiting you? After checking in to your hotel, why not take stock of the plantations that made this country famous? Once your caffeine buzz smoothly fades away, settle down for the evening and relax at your own leisure.
A beautiful mountainous region awaits you in Cocora Valley, part of Los Nevados National Natural Park. As golden morning sunlight pours across this landscape, you are signaled that another great day has begun. In this park, the Quindio Wax Palm, Colombia’s national tree, stands well over 100 feet tall. After a specialist prepares a hot Canelazo cocktail, an alcoholic sugar cane beverage popular in this region, you will be guided through the forest to see the region’s wildlife.
Enjoy lunch at a popular local restaurant before transfer to the town of Salento for a walking tour atop cobblestone streets. You will be brought back to your hotel in Pereira to enjoy the evening.
After breakfast, you are brought to the nearby town of Recuca for a hands-on tour of a coffee farm. You will meet the people, see the land, and take part in the processes behind every perfect cup of Colombian coffee. Local chapoleras, or coffee bean planters, take you through their fields and introduce you to their highly-esteemed craft. You will have lunch in Recuca before returning to the hotel in Pereira for the evening.
A driver will transfer you to El Dorado International Airport for departure from Colombia.
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