9 Day Essential Colombia

07/14/2021 through 12/20/2022
02/22/2019 through 12/31/2022
Kensington Tours

9 Day Essential Colombia
Mostly unknown to the outside world, Colombia is fast acquiring a reputation as Latin America’s best-kept secret. But it won’t stay under-the-radar for long. Join us on this captivating tour from bustling Bogotá, revitalized Medellín, and romantic Cartagena before the rest of the world catches on.

We begin in Bogotá, Colombia’s cosmopolitan capital. After getting settled, head north through lands once ruled by the lost Muisca civilization to the town of Zipaquirá for a fascinating tour of Catedral de Sal, an underground church built inside a 500-year-old salt mine, before returning to the city for a private walking tour of the beautiful La Candelaria district. Before departing, you’ll also have the chance to explore the boutiques and cafés of Zona Rosa on your own before moving on to your next stop: Medellín.

Once synonymous with the violent drug trade, Medellín has reimagined itself as one of Latin America’s most dynamic and forward-thinking cities. You’ll witness the transformation first-hand on a private walking tour of the city that stops at Parque Berrio and Botero Plaza (famed for its collection of sculptures by Medellín-born artist Fernando Botero) en route to the moving Museo Casa de la Memoria. Later, visit vibrant Comuna 13 with a private guide and experience the explosion of art and culture that has enlivened one of the city’s most infamous districts. Finally, get to know Medellín’s favorite export – coffee – on a full-day private experience at Hacienda Café El Retiro, an artisanal coffee producer.

Last stop: Cartagena, the “Venice of Colombia.” Stunning by day, this UNESCO-protected city is even more magical by night, as you’ll discover through a privately guided tour of the restaurants, nightspots, open-air cocktail lounges and live-music venues that make this city hum. Later, experience the city’s Caribbean-influenced cuisine on a private gastronomy tour complete with a visit to the maze-like Mercado Bazurto and a demonstration with an expert chef. Lastly, unwind from the journey via a relaxing private boat tour of the Rosario Islands, a dazzling collection of 23 coral islands that, together, form one of Colombia’s most diverse and treasured marine ecosystems.

Kensington Tours creates private trips from the world’s finest ingredients. Tailor-made with care by your personal Destination Expert, your personalized trip is always a one-of-a-kind experience made just for you. Expert local guidance and 24/7 service come standard.

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Day 1 Bogota
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Day 2 Bogota
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Day 3 Medellin To Bogota
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Day 4 Medellin
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Day 5 Medellin
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Day 6 Medellin To Cartagena
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Day 7 Cartagena
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Day 8 Cartagena
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Day 9 Cartagena
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