Get to grips with behind-the-scenes Colombia during this whirlwind 12-day adventure. Dive into the chaotic, beautiful and bohemian city of Bogota, wander wide-eyed through dizzying Andean valleys, sleep on coffee farms in the cloud-swirled mountains and explore Medellin, one of the hippest hotspots on the planet. End your trip in fairytale Cartagena, with powdery Caribbean beaches, sizzling street food stalls and endless salsa beats. Your students will get a glimpse into real local culture, learn about the troubled history of Colombia and soak up landscapes larger than life. It’s an exciting, eye-opening journey.

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Trip highlights

  • Walk the cobbled streets of historic Bogota, stumble upon hidden street art and hop in the cable car for jaw-dropping city views.
  • Sleep on a working coffee finca,  plant your very own wax tree and crane your neck at the gigantic palms of the Cocora Valley.
  • Explore the rainbow houses of sleepy Guatape and climb the 765 stairs to the top of El Peñon to look out across a maze of twisting lakes.
  • Wander through the fairytale lanes of old Cartagena, with pastel-coloured colonial houses and salsa music seeping from under every door.
  • Visit a school in the nearby favela, try your hand at community fishing and end the day under a coconut palm on a picture-perfect beach.

Colombia 12 days / 11 nights

Adventure level: very gentle
Max group size: 40
  • 11 nights in comfortable 3-star accommodation on a full board basis.
  • 1 certified, experienced tour leader to accompany you every step of the way.
  • 1 teacher travels completely free of charge for every 10 students in the group.
  • Private transport and private excursions with a bilingual certified guide. All entrance fees included.

Detailed Itinerary

Days 1 & 2: Bienvenidos a Bogota!

As soon as you touch down in Colombia, your group will be welcomed at the airport and transferred to the hotel. Bogota is a buzzing metropolis ringed by Andean peaks with street art bouncing off the walls and a lively urban scene. A jigsaw puzzle of over 1000 unique neighbourhoods, Bogota is fresh and completely diverse.

On Day 2, you’ll step back in time on a walk through the cobbled lanes of Bogota’s old city, packed with tiny art galleries and colourful cafés. You’ll admire the famously chubby sculptures of Botero and ride the cable car to Montserrat mountain, 3125 metres above the sea. At the top, you’ll see the entire city spread out before you, cradled by the Andes.

Days 3, 4 & 5: Giant palms and coffee hills

Colombia’s Coffee Triangle is crammed with killer views, picturesque pueblos and thriving coffee farms known as fincas. For the next few days, you’ll stay on a working finca, hike through the hills and learn about coffee production from a local expert.

On Day 5, you’ll travel to the sleepy colonial town of Salento, where you’ll hop in an open willy jeep to the Valle de Cocora, sprinkled with giant wax palms that grow to over 60 metres tall. You’ll plant your own palm wax tree to support the local environment, trek through the forest and feel dwarfed by the whopping palms in the lush valley.

Day 6, 7 & 8: Medellin and Guatapé

On Day 6, you’ll set off to Medellin, voted the most innovative city in Latin America. Once the murder capital of the world, Medellin has broken free from its troubled past in real style. Today, it’s a young, inspiring hotspot that grabs people from all across the globe.

On Day 7, you’ll head for Guatapé, a tiny town packed with brightly coloured buildings and rainbow plazas. You’ll drift past dozens of scattered islands on Guatapé Lake and float to a summer house owned by Pablo Escobar. If you’re feeling energetic, you can climb the 765 steps to the top of El Peñon rock, where the views stretch for miles across bright blue waters and rainbow rooftops.

On Day 8, you’ll dive into the beating heart of Medellin, exploring the city on its brilliant metro system. On the way, you’ll have the chance to visit Medellin’s favelas and get a glimpse of daily life for the Colombian families living on the edge of the city.

Days 9 and 10: Caribbean vibes in Cartagena

Beautiful, tropical Cartagena is the stuff of story books. Step inside the crumbling city walls and get lost in a maze of gorgeous cobbled alleys, elegant balconies packed tumbling bougainvillea, colonial churches and cosy cafés. Founded in 1533 by Pedro de Heredia, its history is packed with piracy and bloody battles, adding to the fairytale atmosphere of the city.

During your stay in Cartagena, you’ll get to grips with its swashbuckling history, soak up the Carribean vibes and learn some classic salsa moves. On Day 10, you’ll visit a school in one of the poorer areas of the city to get an inside glimpse of inner city life. Afterwards, you’ll explore the nearby mangroves and meet the friendly local fisherman.

Days 11 and 12: Beach bumming

Day 11 is all about the beach. Stretch out in the sunshine, snorkel in clear waters and snooze under a palm tree. Playa Blanca is a beautiful spot to get barefoot and grab a buffet lunch on the bright white sands. Kick off your flip-flops and take in the tropical vibes.

On Day 12, your trip to Colombia draws to a close and you’ll be transferred to the international airport to begin your journey home, after a eye-opening adventure that will stick with you forever.

Practical Information

Sitting close to the Equator, Colombia has constant and tropical, temperatures throughout the year, so you can visit anytime!

In general however the climate changes from city to city and region to region, ranging from 15 °C (59 °F) in the mountains to 35 °C (95 °F) at the Caribbean coast. Colombia is a patchwork of different geographical zones, from tropical rainforests to savannas, deserts, steppes and mountains. Each landscape has its own unique climate. Averagely speaking however, Colombia knows two seasons: dry and wet. In general, the dry season runs from December to March.

Day 1: Bogota – Transfer from airport to hotel, dinner in Candelaria near to the hotel. Overnight.

Day 2: Bogota – Half day local city tour with English-speaking guide, all entrance fees included. Overnight (B,L,D).

Day 3: Zona Cafetera – Transfer from hotel to domestic airport for flight to Armenia, transfer from Armenia to coffee hacienda on arrival. Overnight at a coffee finca (B,L,D).

Day 4: Half day coffee tour. Overnight at a coffee finca (B,L,D).

Day 5: Full day Valle de Cocora and Salento tour with English-speaking guide. Overnight at a coffee finca (B,L,D).

Day 6: Private transfer from Armenia to Medellin, stopping for lunch along the way. Overnight (B,L,D).

Day 7: Full day Guatapé pueblo and boat tour with English-speaking guide. Lunch in Guatapé included. Overnight (B,L,D).

Day 8: Medellin city tour and metro cable ride with English-speaking guide. Overnight (B,L,D)

Day 9: Transfer from hotel to airport for domestic flight to Cartagena. Transfer from Cartagena airport to hotel on arrival. Overnight (B,L,D)

Day 10: School la Vecina and local mangrove tour with English-speaking guide. Lunch with the local community. Overnight (B,L,D)

Day 11: Full day Playa Blanca trip with English-speaking guide and buffet lunch on the beach. Overnight (B,L,D)

Day 12: Transfer from hotel to airport for international journey home (B).

  • 11 nights of comfortable 3-star accommodation.
  • Full board
  • Full day school project in Cartagena
  • Private transport and private excursions with a bilingual certified guide and all entrance fees included.
  • 1 certified, experienced tour leader to accompany you every step of the way.
  • 1 teacher travels free of charge for every 10 students in the group.

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