10 days/ 9 nights
Future Tour departure: TBA
Highlights include: Medellin; Nuqui and Pacific Coast; Choco Community Project; Coffee & Farm Region Experience; Colonial Cartagena; Various Cartagena Community experiences. Indulge yourself in local culture and community whist stay in deluxe accommodations and seeing the essential sights. You will not only have a great experience visiting the communities, but you can also feel good about the positive impact you’re making.
Day 1 – Arrival in Medellin, Colombia
Arrival at Medellín International Airport José María Córdoba (JMC) and individual transfers to your accommodation in Medellín. Our hotel is located in the popular Poblado district that offers plenty of charming coffee-shops, bars and restaurants. Tonight we will have the first group dinner at the Argentinean restaurant – La Pampa, at walking distance of your hotel. Overnight 2 nights – Hotel Boutique La Campana, Medellín
Day 2 – Coffee-Workshop with small-scale farmers
Today we experience the traditional coffee culture on a typical Colombian farm. On less than three hectares Don Octavio Acevedo and his family produce their own coffee brand and give us the unique opportunity to observe the whole coffee processing from the plant to the cup. Before lunch you stroll through the coffee fields learning more about growing and collecting the coffee beans. After a traditional countryside lunch you get an insight of the roasting process and furthermore about the best way to prepare the coffee. Get to know the typical day-to-day life of Colombian coffee farmers and support actively small-scale-farmers. This night we have a group dinner at the Italian restaurant Bruno, at walking distance of our hotel.
Day 3 – To the Pacific Coast
Start the day with a flight in small Chesna Aeroplane from the domestic airport Enrique Olaya Herrera (EOH). After a short flight (40 min.) admiring the endless green tropical forests of the Pacific lowlands of Colombia you arrive in Nuquí, where your guide from the Community Tourism Alliance will meet you and bring you by boat to your accommodation. The eco-lodge is located at Guachalito beach, half an hour down the coast from Nuquí. On the way, enjoy the incredible landscapes where the mountains descent to the sea. After a fresh lunch, enjoy a free afternoon on the beaches of Guachalito, where you can snorkel, swim or just relax in a hammock in front of your eco-hotel. Overnight 3 nights at Eco-Lodge Cabañas La Joviseña
Day 4 – Community visits: Jungle River & Mangroves
After breakfast, you will go by boat to the Joví community. From there, a local guide will provide information about the place and the community tourism organisation of the locals, before boarding a chingo, an artisanal canoe. Travel by chingo up the Joví River, a shallow, slow moving river where you can see birds and other animals. After an hour, you arrive at a waterfall in the rainforest, where you can take a dip in the crystal-clear water in the middle of the jungle. Return by chingo to Joví.Afterwards travel by boat to the neighbouring community of Coquí, where you will enjoy a traditional lunch of the Pacific Coast prepared by some of the best cooks in the Choco region. Coquí is located on a small island surrounded by mangrove forest. Accompanied by a guide from the village ecotourism association explore the nearby mangrove forests, which is considered to be one of the best-preserved mangroves in Colombia. Here, you can spot rare birds and tropical plants. After the tour we return by boat to our eco-hotel.
Day 5 – Community: Jungle, frogs & hot springs
After breakfast we travel by boat to Termales, a small community in the south of Guachalito. Upon arriving in Termales the guides from the local community tourism association will lead you on a jungle path where we can observe different species of colourful tropical frogs as well as other animals like birds and monkeys. As we make your way through the jungle, our guide will point out medicinal plants and explain their traditional practices. At the end of the trail, we arrive at a four picturesque waterfalls, which form wide, deep pools where we can swim. After relaxing in the waterfall for a while, we return to the community of Termales. At the end of the trail we will find a natural hot spring, for which the town is named. Here, we can relax in the hot springs. Optional Natural Therapy: Enjoy an individual natural treatment before returning by boat to Guachalito Beach.
Day 6 – Return to Medellín – The City of Eternal Springs
This morning after breakfast you return to the village of Nuquí by boat, where your flight will take you back to the city of Medellin. After the check-in at your hotel and lunch at the traditional restaurant Hacienda for those with some energy left we offer a city-tour (half-day) in the afternoon that takes you to the most emblematic sights of the Medellín. Stroll through the hustle and bustle of downtown Medellin to the famous Botero Plaza with an exhibition of the Colombian artist Fernando Botero, whose sculptures have become a landmark of the city. Take the Metro Cable up to Santo Domingo, which has once been a notorious area of gang violence in Medellin. The cable car allows visitors a glimpse into the lives of the marginalized population. While enjoying the spectacular view you learn more about the transformation of Medellin from one of the most dangerous cities in the world into a fascinating melting pot of cultures with the friendliest and warmest people in the world. This night the group dinner is at the charming restaurant Zorba, close to your accommodation. Overnight 1 night – Hotel Boutique La Campana, Medellín
Day 7 – Cartagena Walking & Rum Chiva Experience
This morning we fly from Medellín to Colombia´s Caribbean Coast. Cartagena de Indias is one of the most beautiful cities in America. Its fascinating history as one of the pearls of the time and largest slave port in the colonies, make it a place of big importance and colonial highlights. Arrival at Cartagena airport, transfer to hotel and check in. rest of the day to relax. Night tour of Cartagena in the typical ¨Chiva¨, a brightly coloured traditional Caribbean bus with music turned up and as you ride along taking in the modern and colonial sectors of the city and its narrow streets along the city wall. Dinner at the local restaurant, return to the hotel.Overnight 3 nights at Bovedas de Sata Clara Boutique Hotel
Day 8 – Colonial Cartagena
After breakfast, half day visit in Cartagena starting with a panoramic view of the city from the Monasterio and Iglesia de La Popa. Formerly known as the “Popa del Galeon” and famous for resembling the stern of a galleon. Constructed in 1606 this church and monastery are located at a eight of 140masl from where one can enjoy 360º views of the city and the sea as well as the port zone, one of the most important in the Caribbean. Continuing to the San Felipe fortress, erected in honor of the poet from Cartagena, Don Luis Carlos López, made famous for his sonnet “A mi ciudad nativa. It was built on San Lázaro hill to defend the city from pirate attacks. Walk around the ortress and know how the castle was constructed, the engineering feats, the tunnels, underground galleries and passageways. Then, go on to the Ciudad Vieja (old city) to visit the Convert and Church of the San Pedro Claver compound which was built in the middle of the XVII century and owes its name to the apóstol de los esclavos. Lastly, follow to the handicrafts zone of the Bovedas, a collection of archways built into the city wall of Cartagena and that were used until the end of the 1700s to house armaments and then later as a prison in the XIX century. Nowadays it’s an artisan center to appreciate local handcraft. Lunch at the local restaurant. Return to the hotel and free remainder of the day for individual activities. Dinner to local restaurant walking distance return to the hotel and overnight stay.
Day 9 – Rosario Island
All day excursion by boat to the Archipiélago del Rosario, located approximately one hour from Cartagena. The national park is ringed by coral reefs and lapped by clear blue waters and is the habitat for a large variety of marine fauna. Free time for snorkeling and relaxation. Lunch during the excursion.The Rosario and San Bernardo National Park is located in the Caribbean Sea, about 45km to the southeast of the bay of Cartagena and at approximately one hour away by boat. The average year round temperature is 24.7 ºC. This is one of 46 national parks in Colombia and it was created to protect one of the most important coral reefs bordering the Colombian Caribbean coastline. The park covers 120,000 hectares and comprises the underwater shelf and the coral reefs to the west of the island of Barú, the reef that shields the Nuestra Señora del Rosario archipelago as well as the islands of Tesoro, Rosario, Múcura and Maravilla. The 23 coral islands and islets were formed relatively recently some 5000 years ago due to ancient volcanic activity that pushed up the continental shelf therefore creating the ideal situation for the birth of these coral reefs. Three ecosystems thrive here: coastal lagoons, the mangroves surrounding them and tropical forest.The native Indians of this area are descendants of the Caribbean people that were the first inhabitants of the Rosario and Barú islands in Pre-Columbian times. Later, during the colonial period the islands were peopled by black slaves, brought from Africa, who dedicated their time to fishing and the gathering of mollusks. Today, these islands are a chosen destination for tourism of an exclusive nature. Lunch during the excursion. Dinner to the local restaurant walking distance, return to the hotel and overnight stay.
Day 10 – Departure from Cartagena
After breakfast individual transfers to Cartagena International Airport or depart on the official tour extension to Tayrona National Park for a post tour chillout.
END OF MAIN TOUR
Optional 4day/3night Tayrona National Park EcoHabs
Highlights include: Have lunch and a brief tour of Barranquilla | See the historic centre of Santa Marta | Stay in deluxe ecohabs for 3 nights
Day 10 – Cartagena to Santa Marta
We leave Cartagena this morning at 10am and head to Santa Marta. The journey straight through takes approximately four hours. Well break the journey half way in Barranquilla for a quick city tour as well as some lunch. We’ll arrive Santa Marta mid afternoon with plenty of time to relax before heading for a scrumptious dinner. BLDOvernight one night at Casa Isabella Boutique Hotel
Day 11 – Free day in Santa Marta
After many days of touring have a free day today to enjoy our central location in charming Santa Marta. BD.
Day 12 – Santa Marta to Tayrona National Park
At midday today we’ll be collected and transferred to Tayrona National Park. The journey takes about one hour and upon arrival we’ll have time to have lunch before checking into our Ecohabs. This pristine national park is located on the Atlantic Coast north of Colombia, 40 minutes from Santa Marta. The landscapes are famous for their huge rocks, paved roads, blue bays, beaches, mangroves, coral reefs, fish, shellfish and seaweed, sharing them with mountains, forests, thickets, over 100 species of mammals, 400 birds, 50 reptiles and some archaeological ruins of the Tayrona culture. BLD.Overnight 3 nights at Tayrona National Park Ecohabs
Day 12 to Day 15 – Tayrona National Park
The beaches and national park is yours to discover for the next few days, activities are depending on your preferences and are additional cost. Rest assured the 14 ecohabs are so secluded and spacious, also perfect for doing nothing. Also in the Ecohabs there are plenty of options to relax! You will have the best services and comfort of a spa, where you can also find a variety of treatments and massages for the face and body, based on elements and natural oils. Breakfast and dinner included every day.
20Sep19 – Transfer to Santa Marta Airport
A final opportunity this morning walk or relax. Overnight flight back to your respective departure airports
OPTIONAL EXTENSION TOUR ENDS
Included in all HERO360 Adventures: tour escort | expert local guides | daily healthy breakfasts | all lunches | all dinners | fantastic locally owned small boutique lodges | Special welcome dinner | Spectacular farewell meal | locally sourced, in season produce for all meals | all transfers and sightseeing listed | all listed activities | all compulsory tips and service fees | Project eco backpack to complement our “throttle the bottle” environmental policy whilst on tour | unlimited spring water throughout the tour
Maximum group size: 14 participants
international and domestic airfares | airfares travel insurance (compulsory) | any other incidental of personal nature or items not listed above.
Cost Per Person: Inclusive HERO360 tour price:
GBP £ 1899.00 per person
Optional 6day/5night Santa Marta & Tayrona Extension price:
GBP £ 832.00 per person
No single supplement for adults willing to share a room