Our adventure begins in Medellin, the “City of Eternal Spring" and now the most innovative city in Colombia and one of the global capitals of the 4th Industrial Revolution. We will take in a magnificent view of this inclusive city that is currently a place for positive transformation when touring around it and its most recognized places. Then we will be submerged in the Colombian Coffee Culture staying in a traditional Armenia farm before venturing to Nuquí to enjoy the Pacific Coast Biodiversity, the exuberant Chocoan jungle, and it's virgin beaches. The Colombian Coffee Cultural Landscape, PCC in Spanish –Paisaje Cultural Cafetero- was declared a World Heritage Site during the 35th session of the World Heritage Committee of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Technological Organization –Unesco- held in Paris in 2011.
Why book with Tours of Exploration?
- We specialize in customized, personalized tours that can suit your needs, interests, and hobbies. Want an active adventure? We can cater to your preferences. Love photography? We can make sure we slow down and have ample time at each location for photo-taking.
- We choose to work with local partners, not only to guarantee an immersive, culturally and naturally authentic experience; but also to economically support the area's local population. We carefully choose those we work with, to ensure that local wildlife conservation efforts are being valued.
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2021 - 2022 Departure Dates & Costs
Private daily departures based on 2 persons
Cost: $2,480 p/p plus domestic flight to Medellin (approx $150)
ITINERARY (11 days/10 nights)
Day 1: City of Origin - Medellin
Reception at the Jose María Córdova International Airport in Rionegro. Private transfer to the hotel and check-in, welcome dinner at an international restaurant, if itinerary allows, in order to be introduced to the unique experience that we are about to live. Accommodation at the hotel.
Day 2: Medellin City Tour (B,L,D)
Breakfast at the hotel to join our guide in the lobby to initiate our city tour. Private urban city tour visiting the Modern Art Museum, Cerro Nutibara - Pueblito Paisa, Botero Square, the Desires Park (Parque de los Deseos). Also visit the Botanical Garden and Bare Feet Park (Parque de los Pies Descalzos). After lunch, we will visit El Poblado Park with panoramic view of the Golden Mile. Our last stop of the day will be at El Castillo Museum. • Dinner and accommodation.
Day 3: Armenia – Salento – Filandia (B, L, D)
Early morning departure from the hotel with private transfer to Armenia, Quindío Department with breakfast on the road. On the way to Armenia, we tour Quindío´s Department Heritage Towns, starting around 11 a.m. with Salento, the oldest municipality in this department, known as the Cradle of "La Palma de Cera", the National Tree. Lunch on the road. • We continue to “Mirador Valle del Cocora” (Cocora Valley Viewpoint), Street of Handicrafts, and to Filandia, handicraft village of Quindío. Arrival to the hotel in Armenia. Check-in, dinner, and accommodation.
Day 4: Santa Rosa de Cabal, Risaralda (B,L,D)
Breakfast at the hotel with departure at 8.30 a.m. towards Santa Rosa de Cabal. We start our panoramic private coffee experience, an agro-ecology experience followed by the relaxing baths and a lecture on nature and thermals at the San Vincente Thermals. After lunch, we continue our tour to Santa Rosa de Cabal stopping on the way for a taste of the typical Santa Rosan Chorizo.
Evening, dinner, and accommodation at the exclusive “Finca del Café®”, a rural luxury coffee farm, located in the middle of the PCC, Cultural Coffee Landscape, with views to our mountains and all shades of green, with aroma of coffee in Santa Rosa de Cabal. Enjoy a seed to palate experience as we are learn about sowing and harvesting and finishing processes of coffee.
Day 5: Quindio – Jardín – Medellin (B,L,D)
After a traditional breakfast at 7 a.m. in the hotel we begin a panoramic private tour from Quindío to Jardín, Antioquia. Jardin is recognized as one of the 17 Heritage Towns, one of the jewels of Colombia. We find there the “Aves Loro Orejiamarillo” Nature Reserve (Yellow Ears Parrots N.R.), home also, among others, to the Andean “Gallito de Roca” (Cock-Of-The-Rock), Baudó and Oropéndola or “Mochilero” (Backpacker)’, a yellow bird that builds nests that hang from the highest branches, the nests look like little pouches and the bird’s cry sounds like a drop falling into a well, really gorgeous. Arrival around 11.30 a.m. We will go through the trail for an amazing hiking and birdwatching. Return to the hotel for a break and rest. Tour around the town that includes visiting the Inmaculada Concepción Basilica, majestic, the Libertador Park’s Church, nice architecture, a round trip in the aerial cable car, “La Casa de Los Dulces” on the Herrera path, in which we find an offer of traditional sweets from the region. Lunch in the “Truchera y Molienda” (Trout Farm and Panela Grinding), where we will be introduced to the Panela production process. In the afternoon we visit an indigenous reserve for a unique ancestral experience, prior authorization from the Indigenous Governor of the Community. Return to Medellín, with dinner on the road. Check-in and accommodation at the hotel in Medellín.
Day 6: Medellin – Nuqui (B,L,D)
An ocean of different colors, jungle, biodiversity, gastronomy, clean air, exotic fruits, flora, fauna, and joyful people. The Chocó lies along the Pacific Ocean, at the north west of Colombia and its main attractions are Playa Huina, Nabugá, El Valle, Playa del Almejal, Nuquí, and Utría Nature National Park, among others. Here you will discover the wealth and exuberance of the Chocoan jungle and the mysteries of the Pacific Ocean. Humpback Whales love these waters, and every year they visit them from June until October to give birth to their calves and teach them to swim, and mate again; tortoises leave their footprint on the beaches right after they are born and dolphins migrate along this biological corridor and in the jungle, a great variety of species look for shelter. Main activities: • Enjoy refreshing waterfalls. • Trekking around the jungle accompanied by former hunters. • Whale watching, birds, frogs, orchids, bromeliads. • Walking along the Tundó River and Serpie cascades. • Diving. • Surfing. • Visiting the Utría National Park, and many more.
This is without doubt a unique way to submerse in a shelter full of life, silence and tranquility!
Breakfast at 7:00 am in the hotel in Medellín. Departure from the hotel for the transfer to the Olaya Herrera Airport to take our domestic flight at 8 a.m. (45 mins. approx.) to Nuquí, Chocó, to be transferred to the dock. Afterwards the hotel’s boat will set sail from Nuqui´s dock to the Guachalito Beach. We will be welcome with a cocktail and some general information. Free time the rest of the morning. Traditional Chocoan lunch.
Nuqui´s geography allows seeing the seasonal arrival and stay of Humpback Whales (when in season from June until October), migratory birds, tortoises and a wonderful bouquet of unique biodiversity only present in the Colombian Pacific littoral.
At 2.00 p.m., we will departure for a hiking through the trail by the beach to the thermals, where you can relax and leave renewed in the midst of a jungle landscape. 30-minute walk south of Guachalito Beach. Traditional Chocoan Dinner. We will share a time with the community, hearing their stories by a bonfire in the beach, tasting a traditional drink. Then we will go for hiking in the evening, accompanied by our local guide while we contemplate the moon, the stars, and some nocturnal birds. Accommodation in a cabin in front of the sea.
Chocó-adventure Experiences: Hiking, health and wellness, gastronomy, flora and fauna (whales and turtles depending on the season; frogs, birds, butterflies, orchids, bromeliads, and other flowers).
Day 7: Nuquí - Utría NNP (B,L,D)
Flora and Fauna sighting, appreciation of the exuberant nature of the Colombian Pacific. • Kayaking through the mangrove swamps by the Utría Bay. • We will live a unique communitarian tourism experience. • We will appreciate the biodiversity, cuisine, and the hydric richness of the Colombian Pacific Coast. The Utría Natural National Park is an ancestral territory of afro descending cultures that depend on goods and services provided by the area. Visiting Utría is necessary if you want to unplug and live an experience in a completely natural environment.
Breakfast at 7 a.m. in the hotel in Utría NNP. Hiking, interpretive experience of flora and fauna around the park trails with a native tour guide. Lunch and a relaxing afternoon in the hotel. Kayaking, mangrove trails, and communitarian tourism. Dinner, free night around the park, accommodation.
Day 8: Utría NNP – Nuquí – Medellin – Guatapé (B,D)
Early breakfast at the Utría NNP. Departure at 7am in boat from Utría to Nuqui Airport to take a domestic flight to Medellin. Transfer in a private tour transport from Enrique Olaya Herrera Airport to the Hotel in the municipality of Guatapé. Check-in, dinner, and accommodation.
Day 9: Guatape – Santa Elena (B,L,D)
Breakfast at the hotel early in the morning. Departure at 8:00 a.m. for a guided tour of Guatapé (1h55 min approx.) around the Tiles Square (Plazoleta of Zócalos) and its gorgeous colorful houses, tasting some of the region’s traditional desserts. We can choose from a boat ride along the dam or climbing the giant 220 meter-high El Peñol Stone, more than 700 steps to climb to the viewpoint. Tour around the main park of the Peñol and visit to the Old Peñol’s semi replica. Walking tour around Guatape’s main park, through its traditional streets and appreciating its beautiful and surrounding tiles. At noon, we will enjoy a traditional typical “Antioqueño” lunch. At 4.00 p.m. we will head to Santa Elena. Check-in, dinner, and accommodation.
Day 10: Santa Elena (B,L,D)
Enjoy the charm of the magnificent hotel in the midst of a Nature Reserve, 25 minutes away from Medellin, surrounded by mountains and green landscapes, overflowing with nature. Santa Elena is an ecological area, a nature reserve, paradise for locals and foreigners, the town is 700 meters away from the park that holds the Silletero Monument and 200 meters away from the main road, we will stay at a nice eco hotel, an ideal place to get some rest.
After breakfast, we departure at 9 am to ARVI Park, an eco-touristic park located between Piedras Blancas, Mazo, Piedra Gorda and Barro Blanco. It’s a foggy forest, home to mosses, flowers, birds, butterflies, frogs and many more species that support the conservation of the forest and its waters that go down to the Aburrá Valley and San Nicolás. Farmer markets could be available. Tour around a ‘Silletera’ Farm (live the Silletero Experience). Birdwatching, during the tour we could see some species such as the Trogon, Amazonian Motmot, and Emerald Tucanet. Traditional lunch in the picnic areas. Support the region by admiring and acquiring artisan’s products such as objects, food, wine, and sweets. Dinner and accommodation.
Day 11: Santa Elena – Departure (B)
After breakfast in the hotel, we will be transfered to Jose María Córdova Airport for the end of service and happy return back home.
We work with a local company who supports the Afro, Indigenous and other communities who protect the PCC, the Chocó and other Colombian regions and who fight for the preservation of the Colombian destinations and their natural landscapes, jungles, and traditions, to engage in responsible and sustainable tourism. We hope you will join us to experience Colombia, the most Biodiverse country in the world by square metre.