Contrasts of Colombia

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5 Based on 4 Reviews
  • duration 13 days
  • tour type Small group Request as private
  • age requirement 16-95 yrs
  • max group size 16
  • guiding method Fully guided
  • Tour Code BM-19019
  • Footprint Carbonneutral CO2 emissions resulting from all trips on Bookmundi will be offset via investments in carbon reduction projects.
  • Operated in English
  • Starts Bogota, Colombia
  • Ends Cartagena, Colombia
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HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • A diverse journey covering high mountains and forest to colonial towns and the Caribbean
  • Hike amongst towering wax palms in the Cocora Valley and discover Pablo Escobar's Medellin
  • Learn to make Andean specialities, and taste sancocho and arepas, as well as tasty Caribbean seafood
The "Contrasts Of Colombia" tour starts in Bogota and ends in Cartagena. It is an active and outdoor tour that takes 13 days taking you through Medellin, Paloquemao, Bogota and 6 other destinations in Colombia. "Contrasts Of Colombia" is a guided small group tour that includes accommodation, transport, meals and others.

Colombia is the country where 'magical realism' comes to life. Rich in culture, with an enormous biodiversity and a notoriously friendly and welcoming population, a journey through this eclectic country is packed with standout moments. Not only do we visit the Caribbean coast and the lush, green coffee region, but we contrast the modern city of Medellin with the traditional Andean culture found in small villages along the way. We have updated our itinerary for 2025 - please select your year of travel below the image gallery to see the correct itinerary.

Bogota - Visit its superb pre-Colombian Gold Museum and the historic streets of La Candelaria

Salento - Wander the cobbled streets of this charming town in the Andean foothills, where hummingbirds fly between giant wax palms

Medellin - Discover how this diverse modern city has transformed its reputation from Pablo Escobar to the present day
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  • Day 1 : Join trip in Bogota
  • Day 2 : Taste the fruits at Paloquemao farmers market; explore the city on foot
  • Day 3 : Cable car up Mount Monserrate; Fly to Armenia in Colombia's coffee country
  • Day 4 : Full day exploring the wax palms of the Cocora Valley; traditional lunch in colonial Salento
  • Day 5 : Cooking class with a Colombian chef; tour a coffee plantation and taste the local brew
  • Day 6 : Fly to Medellin; explore on foot and by cable car
  • Day 7 : Visit the flower producing village of Santa Elena; walk up El Penol rock and discover colourful Guatape town
  • Day 8 : Flower Festival day in Medellin
  • Day 9 : Fly to Santa Marta on the Caribbean coast; drive to Palomino
  • Day 10 : Full day visit and walk in Tayrona National Park
  • Day 11 : Drive to colonial Cartagena
  • Day 12 : Explore Cartagena on foot; free afternoon
  • Day 13 : Trip ends in Cartagena
  • 12 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 1 Dinner
  • Hotel Casa Deco (2 nights)
  • Hacienda Combia (3 nights)
  • Faranda Hotel (3 nights)
  • Hotel Hukumeizi (2 nights)
  • Hotel Don Pedro De Heredia (2 nights)
  • Driver(s)
  • Bus
  • 4WD
  • Boat
  • Cable Car
  • Flight
  • Explore Tour Leader
  • Local Guide(s)
  • Any international flights to Bogota and from Cartagena are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Contrasts of Colombia tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. World Nomads' travel insurance has been designed by travelers for travelers.
5 - Excellent
Based on 4 reviews
  • Elisabeth
  • On Jun 01 2020
5 - Excellent
A lovely country and enjoyable trip.
  • David
  • On Jun 01 2020
5 - Excellent
Definitely a trip to be recommended.
  • Peter
  • On Feb 25 2020
5 - Excellent
This was my 17th trip with Explore. I have three more booked and there will be many more to follow! Thanks for a wonderful trip and some amazing memories.
  • Margaret
  • On Jan 23 2020
5 - Excellent
Another exceptional holiday in a country that was fascinating to see before tourism spoils it too much. Very well organised, a very good tour leader and we did not have a single complaint.
REQUEST A PRIVATE, CUSTOMIZABLE DEPARTURE By design, this is a group tour. You can however request a private, customized version of this tour for yourself or your private group of people. Private departures are usually more expensive, but come with these benefits:
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this Contrasts of Colombia tour. You can cancel the tour up to 63 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 62 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 15 September 2024, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 15 September 2024, a deposit of 10% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 62 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Contrasts of Colombia tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. World Nomads offers travel insurance for independent travelers and intrepid families.


For this Contrasts of Colombia tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are traveling to, as part of this itinerary.

For Solo Travelers

A twin share room may not always be available for solo travelers as it depends on the final number of people on the tour. If you have picked twin share room while booking, and that option is not available, we will get back to you after booking. A single room might then be available against an additional fee.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • The average size of this tour is just 12 people.
  • Rigorous hygiene safety measures will be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
  • All travellers 18 years and older will be required to be either fully vaccinated atleast 14 days prior to departure or have taken a negative test (rapid antigen or PCR)  within 72 hours of departure.
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