Get picked up at the Bogota airport on Day 1 and explore the city on Day 2 with a bicycle tour. Transfer by bus to Manizales on Day 3 and tour a coffee farm to see the production process on Day 4. On Day 5 enjoy a free day to explore Manizales on your own before transferring back to Bogota by bus on Day 6. Your trip ends on Day 7 with an airport drop-off.
Day by Day Itinerary:
Day 1: Bogota Airport Pickup
You will get picked up at the Bogota airport upon arrival and transferred to your accommodation. Have the rest of the day at leisure to relax and taste some delicious Colombian food. Overnight in Bogota.
Day 2: Bogota Bicycle Tour (B)
After breakfast, it will be time to explore Bogota by bike on a bicycle city tour. The tour starts with a ride through the historical La Candelaria neighbourhood of Bogota. You will pass several representative churches and squares and experience the different architectural styles of the old town. After visiting the enormous bullring, where toreros used to fight against furious bulls, explore some of the most beautiful parks of Bogota and taste a freshly made fruit juice in a typical Colombian fruit market before getting an insight of the rising graffiti scene of the city. After the tour, return to your accommodation and have the rest of the day to relax. Overnight in Bogota.
Day 3: Bus Bogota to Manizales (B)
Enjoy breakfast before making your way to the bus terminal to catch a bus to Manizales. On arrival get to your new accommodation for check-in and enjoy the rest of the day to acclimatize in this small mountain city, in the heart of Colombia’s coffee region. Overnight in Manizales.
Day 4: Manizales to Hacienda Venecia & Coffee Tour (B/L or D)
After breakfast, you will be picked-up from your accommodation and transferred to Hacienda Venecia, a coffee working farm with 100 years of history and tradition, declared part of the cultural and landscape heritage, by UNESCO in 2009.
During the 3 hours tour, you will receive a detailed explanation about the processing of coffee, which includes learning the culture, history and varieties of coffee, watching the roasting process, experimenting with scents and flavors, walking through the coffee plantations and visiting the wet mill, where the coffee is washed, dried and packaged. You will also visit the main house gardens which withhold 100 years of history, and are a symbol of the typical architecture of the region.
After the tour, at around 3:00 pm, you will be taken to your accommodation in Hacienda Venecia.
NOTE: 1 meal will be included at Hacienda Venecia, either lunch or dinner.
Day 5: Hacienda Venecia to Manizales & Free Day (B)
Enjoy breakfast and return to Manizales in the late morning to enjoy a free day on your own. The centre of the city is small and can be seen in a couple of hours by foot, allowing you to enjoy the amazing views of the city. The first main attraction you'll see as you enter the centre of the city is Parque Caldas, a decent enough place to soak up the downtown atmosphere and do some cheap shopping. A couple of blocks further on from Parque Caldas is Plaza de Bolivar where the imposing 113m high Catedral Basilica de Manizales sits. An optional tour of the church runs on weekends and public holidays, allowing you to go up to the top of the tower to enjoy views over the city centre.
North-west of the city centre and up the hill is the neighbourhood of Chipre, a great place for views over the city and indeed of a large part of the country. On a clear day you can see 7 departments including the distant Chocó. At Chipre highest point is El Monumento a Los Colonizadores, a fantastic monument paying homage to those who colonised the region. The area around the monument is popular with kite flyers. Overnight in Manizales.
Day 6: Bus Manizales to Bogota (B)
Enjoy breakfast before making your way to the bus terminal to catch a return bus to Bogota. On arrival get to your accommodation for check-in and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to relax after the long trip. Overnight in Bogota.
Day 7: Bogota Airport Drop-off (B)
After breakfast, it is time to pack your bags and check-out from your accommodation. You will be dropped off at the airport, where this amazing adventure will come to an end.