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Classic Colombia & Aruba

Best time to travel
Nov – May
Ideal length
13 nights
Perfect for
Couples

At a glance

  • International retun flights to Bogota, Colombia.
  • All private transfers, internal flights and guiding requirements.
  • 13 nights’ accommodation in Bogota, Villa de Leyva, Coffee Triangle, Cartagena, Aruba.
  • Get under the skin of the Colombian capital taking in the Gold Museum, La Candelaria and spectacular vistas from Montserrate.
  • Experience the charming historic town of Villa de Leyva like a local.
  • Visit the charming colonial towns, amazing Andean mountain trails and of course some of the world's best coffee.
  • In La Boquilla, relax in the peaceful Caribbean waters, local fishing villages and long sandy beaches.
  • Aruba is famous for its picture perfect white sands and clear blue waters.
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Introduction

Colombia is filled with breathtaking landscapes, beautiful colonial architecture and welcoming people. Colombia is one of the most undiscovered countries in Latin America, with a wealth of attractions from the vibrant, culture-rich cities of Cartagena and its capital Bogota, to beautiful coffee estates ideal for some gentle exploration. In this wonderful suggested itinerary, enjoy expertly guided privately tours, visit one of Colombia’s most beautiful Colonial towns, stay in the Coffee Triangle and learn all about the coffee growing process, explore old city walls and fortresses, bear witness to gold treasures, travel through mystical looking ecosystems of natural canals and labyrinths and spend your final days in luxury on picture perfect white sands. This is an excellent introduction to Colombia & Aruba and ideal for first time visitors.

Trip Overview

Depart from Dublin to Bogota, Colombia.
On arrival, your driver and guide will be waiting to take you to your accommodation in the city where you’ll spend the next two nights.
It’s time to get to know Bogota with your private guide.
This tour takes you on a journey through time from Bogota's colonial era to modern day urban life. Starting at the buzzing Paloquemao market, you’ll see Colombia's array of fruit and vegetables. Enjoy an exhilarating cable car ride to Monserrate Hill, which offers spectacular views of the metropolis. You’ll continue to La Candelaria, the historic quarter, and to Bogota's oldest church, the Iglesia de San Francisco.
Bogota, Colombia
Next, privately transfer to Villa de Leyva.
Along the way, you’ll visit the ancient battlefields of “Boyacá Bridge”, one of Colombia’s most relevant historic sites. On arrival in Villa de Leyva, you’ll see why it’s called one of the Colombia’s most beautiful colonial towns. You’ll overnight in a handpicked property.
Villa de Leyva, Colombia
Transfer to the airport and depart for the Coffee Triangle, Armenia.
You’ll be transferred to your accommodation where you’ll spend the next three nights. Colombia is famous for its coffee and during your stay, you’ll have the opportunity to visit the plantations to learn all about the coffee growing process.
Coffee beans
Enjoy a guided visit to a coffee farm.
Walk through the coffee plantations, visit the farm facilities and try different methods of coffee preparation. You’ll also enjoy a cacao tour in the plantation, which consists of 180 hectares of cocoa. See the wax palms, explore the cloud forest and discover numerous bird species. Enjoy a coffee (or three!) in a café in a quaint coffee town on the way back.
Coffee fields, Colombia
Next, transfer back to the airport and fly to Cartagena de Indias.
Here, colonial chic meets Caribbean flair, old city walls and fortresses bear witness to gold treasures and green plazas and colourfully painted facades will carry you away into the novels of Gabriel Garcia Marquez. You’ll spend the next three nights in a handpicked property.
Cartagena, Colombia
Enjoy a guided city tour of Cartagena, San Felipe & La Popa.
Visit the sights of Cartagena at the convent of La Popa and the Fort of San Felipe de Barajas, the biggest military construction ever built by the Spanish in their colonies. Witness this masterpiece of military architecture in coral stone and get a good idea about the defence strategy of the city in front of pirate attacks in the 17th and 18th century.
Fort of San Felipe de Barajas, Colombia
Afterwards, visit the historical centre and walk to the most beautiful squares, churches and streets.
The eclectic mix of colonial architecture, gastronomy and culture make Cartagena deserve the title of UNESCO World Heritage Site and an unforgettable destination.
Cartagena La Popa
Visit La Boquilla Cienaga Juan Polo with your local guide.
The Tesca wetlands are located on the north-eastern limits of Cartagena. They are a mystical looking ecosystem of natural canals and labyrinths. On a canoe trip across the Juan Polo swamp in the northern part of the wetlands, explore the fascinating habitat. You’ll then embark on a tour in a traditional wooden canoe and pass the slender roots of the mangroves that are emerging from the brackish water.
Mangroves
Privately transfer to the airport and fly to beautiful Aruba.
Privately transfer to your luxury accommodation where you’ll spend the next four nights relaxing in the sun. Spend time in the intimate beachfront escape located on one of the country's finest beaches, Eagle Beach. Sip cocktails, enjoy romantic walks on the sand and enjoy some watersports in the clear blue water.
Aruba beach
Privately transfer to Aruba Airport for your flight home. Arrive in Dublin.
Privately transfer to Aruba Airport for your flight home. Arrive in Dublin.

Tailoring your holiday

OROKO Itineraries are created with you in mind and no two are the same. These can be used to help plan your trip - or we can design a completely different itinerary to suit you.

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Accommodation

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BOG Hotel

B.O.G. Hotel

B.O.G. Hotel is a high-end boutique in the well-heeled Cabrera neighbourhood. The sumptuous interiors of this property are inspired by Colombia’s greatest natural treasures, gold and emeralds. The standout part of B.O.G Hotel is its heated rooftop pool and bar. The private area for hotel guests, not currently open to the public, boasts panoramic views of the cityscape and surrounding mountains. It also has a cocktail and snack bar with heating lamps to warm the cool, Bogota temperature. Within the property, you’ll also find a spa, steam room and fully equipped gym.

Posada de San Antonio

Posada de San Antonio

This delightful property is a beautiful converted colonial house located just a few blocks from the main square in Villa de Leyva. Oozing with old world charm, the décor of the posada perfectly reflects the ambience of this colonial town. The building is centred around a pretty courtyard and works of art by local artists feature throughout. Colombian and international cuisine is prepared in the restaurant using seasonal ingredients, and there is a cosy reading room with an open fire.

Hacienda Bambusa

Hacienda Bambusa

Hacienda Bambusa is a carefully preserved, two-level hacienda that was the home of the Montoya family. Owner Santiago, has decorated its interiors with his own bright abstract paintings, a repeated motif of concentric circles using a variety of different techniques and materials. The property is built around a small interior courtyard with a fountain and the seven rooms face onto a balustraded gallery. They all have some outdoor space, and there are plenty of quiet corners in the gardens and by the swimming pool, if you’re seeking seclusion.

Hotel Casa San Agustin

Hotel Casa San Agustin

Hotel San Agustin is a beautiful hotel restored from three colonial buildings to create an exclusive but relaxed 30 room property in the centre of Cartagena’s Old Town. From original frescoes in the library to centuries-old, wood-beamed ceilings in the guest rooms, Casa San Agustín’s art and architecture evoke the city’s rich history as a 17th century Spanish stronghold. The hotel has a small swimming pool, pool bar and indoor bar, restaurant, patio and two roof terraces.

Bucuti and Tara Beach Resort

Bucuti and Tara Beach Resort

Bucuti and Tara Beach Resort is an intimate beachfront escape located on one of the country’s finest beaches, Eagle Beach. This adults-only resort is the ideal escape for couples looking for some relaxation. Unwind on the 14 acres of beach with a drink from the beach service or settle on the terrace with a meal from Elements Restaurant. The concierge team can arrange private meals for two directly on the sand or excursions and activities around the island and there are even films on the beach in the evenings.

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