Deep into Colombia

2 weeks to grasp the essence of Colombia: coffee, salsa and explore the less travelled roads of Cocora and the Tatacoa desert... This is not a beach holidays!

=> If you go in December, please allow more time in Medellin to check the Christmas festivities or enjoy the Feria de Cali (end of December).

=> If you're a bit short of time, you can party less, travel at night or early in the morning and make this trip in 12/13 days.
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> Medellin > la Zona Cafetera > Manizales > Parque Nacional Los Nevados > Termales de Santa Rosa > Salento > Valley de Cocora > Cali > Neiva > Tatacoa Desert.
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Day 1 and 2: Medellin

The Cable Car in Medellin

Arrive and stay at one of our recommended Medellin hotels/hostels.

Essential things to do include : take the cable car, visit Plaza Botero, go out in Parque Lleras... Medellin City Guide.

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Day 3 : Travel to Manizales

Get to the bus terminal early in the morning to enjoy the trip and the view. Once in Manizales, go for a walk of the city (maybe up to Chipre)  and if you're there from Thursday to Saturday, go out.

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Day 4: Manizales

Options are available for your day: go and visit a finca or go to Los Yarumos Nature Park.

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Day 5: Trek to El Nevado del Ruiz in Parque Nacional Natural Los Nevados

Parque Nacional Nevado del Ruiz

Take a full day to get to the Nevado del Ruiz, climb it if you can and if the weather allows it. Relax in the natural springs on the way down.

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Day 6: A day in Los Termales de Santa Rosa de Cabal, a night in Pereira

Get up early (again), and reach the Termales de Santa Rosa de Cabal for a full day of leisure. Get a massage, enjoy the view and one of the 3 natural hot pools. Head to Pereira for the evening.

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Day 7: Spend the day outside Pereira

Spend a day in the nature around Pereira at Parque Ucumari or at the Santuario Otun Quimbaya.

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Day 8 : Travel to Salento

Travel to Salento and spend the rest of the day to relax in the hostel or visit Salento.

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Day 9: Explore the Valley de Cocora

Valley de Cocora

Get to the main square in Salento, grab a jeep and head off to the mind-blowing Valley de Cocora.

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Day 10: Travel to Cali

Travel to Cali and get your first feel about the Capital of the Valley de Cauca.

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Day 11: Explore Cali

Go to Cali Barrio San Antonio, head to Cristo Rey for great views of the city and keep some energy for a night out practicing salsa.

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Day 12: Go to National Park Los Farrallones

Cali Park Los Farallones

Spend the day at Park Los Farrallones only 20 minutes away from Cali.

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Day 13: Travel to Neiva or Tatacoa

Head to Neiva and spend the rest of the day hiding from the sun. Spend the night in Neiva or better, camp at night in the Tatacoa desert to observe the stars at night.

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Day 14: Explore the Tatacoa Desert (or the Valley of Sorrows)

Visit the second driest place in Colombia after La Guajira and watch the nuances of colours of the desert. Stay away from the rattlesnakes!

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=> You can then head back to Bogota or Medellin by bus to finish your trip or head to the coast to relax.
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