Do you want to immerse yourself in the best of authentic Colombia? Book this one-week trip to discover the diverse Antioquia region and experience the traditional Colombian lifestyle. You won't be bored with 7 full days of this country's enchanting culture, mountains, and rich cuisine.
This 1-week trip combines a relaxing stay in a hidden rural location with an itinerary which allows you to experience the very best sites as you tour Colombia. You’ll stay in a traditional Colombian hacienda on the outskirts of Medellin and each day venture out to discover the diverse Antioquia region. It’s perfect for anyone wanting to immerse themselves in real-life Colombia, while at the same time minimizing travel and exploring from a luxurious central base. Plus, when you book a trip, we donate to a local Medellin kids foundation which covers food, education, and healthcare for 1 child for 1 month.
Fixed departures for 2018:
June 30th – July 6th
August 5th – August 11th
October 21st – October 27th
November 11th – November 17th
Day 1 – HOLA COLOMBIA! WELCOME TO MEDELLIN
Bienvenido a Medellin, the city of eternal spring. Get ready to enjoy the sunshine as you tour Colombia for the next week. Somebody will be at the airport ready to take you to your secluded hacienda (30 minute drive). Unpack, relax and settle in. You’ll meet your guide at 3pm for a short intro and then the afternoon is yours – go for a stroll, take a dip in the pool, enjoy a massage or maybe grab a couple of cocktails. There’s a welcome BBQ at 7pm and, if you’re feeling brave enough, you can try out some Colombian salsa lessons!
Day 2 – EXPLORE THE COLOURFUL TOWN OF GUATAPE
Today you’ll head to Guatape – the most colourful town in Colombia (and that’s saying something). You’ll start early by climbing the 765 steps to the top of La Piedra where you’ll be treated to jaw-dropping panoramic views over the reservoir. After lunch there’ll be plenty of time for you do your own thing – there’s zip-lining, boat rides, water sports & more – or you could simply stroll the quirky town’s colourful streets. Tonight you’ll head to a nearby restaurant highly regarded by the locals as serving some of the finest quality food from the region.
Day 3 – SOAK IN VIEWS OF MESMERIZING MEDELLIN
Time to get up close & personal to the sizzling urban sprawl that is Medellin. You’ll start with an artisanal coffee tasting and then ride the metrocable over the mountain & into the city (the views are breathtaking). You’ll then continue with a whistle-stop tour of the city’s highlights. In the afternoon you’ll visit comuna 13 to witness first-hand the social transformation of one of the cities most notoriously dangerous zones. Later on, you’ll head to the trendy neighbourhood of El Poblado to enjoy dinner and sample the infamous Medellin nightlife!
Day 4 – A DAY OFF & PUEBLIAR EN CHIVA
After a busy few days, you can take today at your own pace. You can choose to simply relax by the pool and enjoy the exotic surroundings or, if you’re feeling more active, there’s horse-riding, paragliding and the option to explore Medellin more. In the evening, you’ll regroup with your guide to ‘Puebliar en Chiva’. This basically translates to riding around in a traditional Colombian bus (fully equipped with dance-floor & pumping latino beats), while stopping off at various nearby pueblos for a quick drink and a bit of people-watching. It’s a must-do tour Colombia experience!
Day 5 – HIKE AROUND THE COLOMBIAN ANDES
Today is all about getting outdoors, getting active and exploring the magnificent Andes mountains! You’ll follow a local hiking trail that meanders through the Colombian jungle while passing many rustic villages on your way there. There’s a short (3hrs) and long (6hrs) route depending on how ambitious you’re feeling. And after all that exercise you’ll spend a well deserved, relaxed evening under the stars back at the hacienda. Later on in the night, you’ll hear a local Colombian speaker talk about the country’s difficult past and it’s promising future.
Day 6 – CHARMING SANTA FE
Next up on the tour Colombia agenda, Santa Fe de Antioquia. First off, you’ll explore the historic center by wandering its cobbled streets, traditional churches and hidden squares. Afterwards, you’ll ride motor taxis over the impressive Puente Occidente bridge on to your next activity – wine tasting! You’ll visit one of the most incredible vineyard on the banks of the Rio Cauca to enjoy lunch, wine and a relaxing afternoon by the pool. For the night’s entertainment, you’ll enjoy dinner high up in the mountains with a spectacular view overlooking the dazzling city lights of Medellin!
Day 7 – ADIOS AMIGOS & OFF TO THE NEXT ADVENTURE
Sadly, the week has come to an end and it’s time to say goodbye to this special country. Time to reflect on all you’ve seen and done over the past week. You’ve hung out at a traditional hacienda, salsa-d Colombian style, scaled the Andes, explored buzzing Medellin, visited numerous traditional pueblos, mingled with the locals, ate incredible food and met many interesting people along the way. After your final breakfast, you’ll be taken to the airport to begin your journey home.
Almost everything is included so you’ll need very little spending money.You’ll eat incredible food, and enjoy wonderful accommodation and top quality experiences.
*Plus, when you book a trip we give a donation to a local Medellin kids foundation which covers food, education, and healthcare for 1 kid for 1 month.
Fly into José María Córdova international airport in Medellin. From there, you will be picked up from there and brought to your accommodation.
After you book your experience, you will receive a confirmation email from us confirming that your payment went through. You will then be connected directly to the tour operator, in case you have any further questions. We are also happy to answer any questions about the tour, or travel in general in your country of destination.