9 daysActivity Level
ModerateOur moderate adventures are similar to our easy adventures, but you’ll spend more time on your feet.
8 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
Explore the most captivating regions of Colombia on this family vacation! Get immersed in the culture of the capital city of Bogota, roam in the quiet wilderness of the coffee region, and relax in the Caribbean city of Cartagena. No matter what you’re looking for, you’ll find it on a family vacation in Colombia.
Recommended Age: 8+
Explore the Coffee Region
Whether it be on horseback, in an old jeep from WWII, or on a quiet hike, we’ll explore the gorgeous landscape where the best coffee in the world is grown.
Get to Know Bogota
From a cooking lesson on how to make ajiaco, a famous dish from Bogota, to visiting art museums and walking the quaint streets, your family will become part of the city on this family vacation.
Food Tour in Cartagena
One of the best ways to truly understand a place is to indulge in its food culture and the street stalls of Cartagena make it easy to do just that.
Spend a Day on the Rosario Islands
Spend an entire day kayaking, canoeing, swimming and exploring the Rosario Islands, a small and breathtaking archipelago in the Caribbean Sea.
Meet the Locals
It’s always special to make a connection on a trip. Your family will meet and spend time with local Colombian families, fishermen, and farmers who will make you feel right at home.
Fly to Colombia
Walk in the heart of old, historic Bogota, known as La Candelaria, which is home to a great number of restored 300 year old homes and public buildings. Visit Plaza Bolivar, the San Francisco Church, the lively pedestrian street “Calle 11” bursting with local restaurants (some family-owned for eight generations), and perhaps the 17th century Santa Clara Convent.
Peruse the halls of the Botero Museum seeing works of art by the Colombian artist Francisco Botero and international artists Salvador Dali, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, and Claude Monet. This is a great chance to get acquainted with the art culture of Colombia!
Visit Bogota’s most famous museum, the Gold Museum. This museum contains more 55,000 pieces of gold from pre-Hispanic cultures in Colombia. Each piece tells a story about the region it is from and how it was used in daily life, ceremonies and rituals.
Aboard a funicular, we’ll ride to the top of Monserrate Hill where we can take in the breathtaking views of Bogota below.
Colombian Cooking Lesson
The best way for us to learn about Colombian cuisine is to try our hand at making some of the most delicious bites! A local woman from Bogota will host us in her home and teach us how to make ajiaco, a chicken and potato soup famous to Bogota. After preparing our list of ingredients, we’ll head to local markets where we’ll shop for poultry, spices, herbs, and the other ingredients that we’ll need for our cooking lesson. From here we’ll go back to the house to test our skills in the kitchen. No matter what, we’ll have fun learning a new recipe and happy to eat the delicious results!
Horseback Ride in the Coffee Region
Venture into the beautiful rural landscapes of the coffee triangle just like Colombians of the past, on horseback! This fun adventure will take us through coffee plantations, to lakes, and past banana trees and fruit fields.
Walk Through Valle de Cocora
Walk through the Valle de Cocora, one of the most unique and fascinating natural landscapes in all of Colombia! As we walk through the lush green grass of the valley we’ll navigate around skinny, towering wax palms on all sides of us— it’s a scene that only Dr. Seuss could think up!
Explore all of the cafes, artisan shops, colorful buildings, and colonial architecture of the charming village of Salento, the oldest village in the region.
Play the National Game of Colombia
Today, we’ll play the national game of tejo! This game was originated by the Chibcha people from pre-Hispanic central-western Colombia. It may look simple but there are many rules and it is very competitive.
Jeep Ride Through Coffee Region
In a classic Jeep, we’ll explore the quieter side of Colombia and one of its most well-known coffee regions. Our jeep will cruise through the streets of quaint colonial villages as we make our way further into the lush hills of the countryside.
Street Food Tour
Explore the streets of Cartagena in the most delicious way possible, by trying food at the different food stalls of the city! We’ll taste arepas, carimanolas, empanadas, chorizo, lulo juice, and much more.
Treasure Hunt Through Cartagena
Get ready to do your best pirate impression and scour the streets for treasure! Kids will be given clothes to dress like pirates and embark on a treasure hunt through Cartagena. There is no way more fun for kids to explore a place.
Boat Journey through Mangrove Tunnels
We’ll explore a small Afro-Cartagena fishing village on the Caribbean Sea called La Boquilla for a day of fun! With a local from the village as our captain, we’ll float through natural mangrove tunnels of the Cienaga de Juan Polo Swamp. Paddling through natural tunnels like the Love Tunnel, Happiness Tunnel, and Remember Tunnel is a relaxing a fun experience. We’ll also learn all about the ecosystem of the mangroves from the plant life to the wildlife.
Visit a Local School in La Boquilla
We’ll visit a local school in La Boquilla to see what school life is like for kids in rural Cartagena. We can play a game of soccer or jump rope to get to know one another.
Beach Day on Islas del Rosario
We’ll explore the gorgeous Rosario Islands in the Caribbean. Just a short distance off the coast, the islands are a pure paradise. The clear blue water and white sand beach is the perfect setting for exploration and relaxation. Spend the day relaxing on the beach or playing in the water!
Depart / Arrive home
Dates & Prices
07/21-07/29Adult $4330PPTeen $4330PPChild $4230PPInternal Air $160
12/22-12/30Adult $4590PPTeen $4590PPChild $4390PPInternal Air $180
12/26-01/01Shorter 7 Day trip - call for details!Adult $3750PPTeen $3750PPChild $3550PPInternal Air $180
02/16-02/24Adult $4480PPTeen $4480PPChild $4380PPInternal Air $160
03/16-03/24Adult $4480PPTeen $4480PPChild $4380PPInternal Air $160
03/30-04/07Adult $4480PPTeen $4480PPChild $4380PPInternal Air $160
06/22-06/30Adult $4480PPTeen $4480PPChild $4380PPInternal Air $160
07/20-07/28Adult $4480PPTeen $4480PPChild $4380PPInternal Air $160
08/10-08/18Adult $4480PPTeen $4480PPChild $4380PPInternal Air $160
12/21-12/3010 Day Trip - call for details!Adult $4990PPTeen $4990PPChild $4790PPInternal Air $200
12/26-01/02special 8 day itinerary - call for details!Adult $3990PPTeen $3990PPChild $3790PPInternal Air $180
12/29-01/05special 8 day itinerary - call for details!Adult $3990PPTeen $3990PPChild $3790PPInternal Air $180
Smart Traveler Advantages
Book a trip 9 months ahead of the day that you want to leave and get free flight insurance, free cancellation insurance, and a GoPro Hero Session!
$700 for children under 12 sharing with 2 adults
Traveling in a party of six or more friends or family members? Call us about our large group discounts.
If you are a returning Thomson guest, please subtract $500 per family from these prices.
All entrance fees, accommodations based on two to a room, land transportation, private bilingual guide throughout, all meals, bottled water & snacks in the vehicle, comprehensive travel insurance.
Note: Minimum of 4 travelers to run this trip
Thomson Family Adventures will attempt to adhere to this itinerary and its hotels as much as possible. However, certain conditions (political, climatic, environmental, cultural, or availability) may necessitate changes in the accommodations.
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Smart Traveler Advantages
Book your trip 9 months in advance and get access to all of the advantages that come with being a smart traveler from free flight insurance and trip cancellation to a brand new GoPro.
Friends Across Borders
Your child will have a cultural connection like no other by meeting kids the same age from the country you’re traveling by playing games, throwing a Frisbee, kicking a ball around, or just chatting. Ask us about our pen pal program.
Guaranteed DeparturesNo matter what happens, once your family books a trip you’re going.
GuidesBe accompanied for your entire trip by an expert local in-country guide who will know all of the ins and outs of the adventure and destination.
Small GroupsWith a small group you’ll have plenty of time for spontaneity and to develop a connection with your fellow travelers and guide.
Every Thomson Family Adventures trip comes with travel insurance for your entire family at no extra cost.
10 daysActivity Level
EasyYour family will spend most of your time relaxing and not expending too much energy. These adventures are easy! Every member of your family will be comfortable and able to take part in this adventure no matter their fitness level.
9 daysActivity Level
ActiveActive trips revolve around multi-sport activities that keep your family outside and having fun! Your family will spend more time interacting with the elements and exploring than sitting on a beach or inside of a museum. These activities are not always physically demanding but they can be and do require a basic level of fitness.