Colombia

Colombia Family Adventure

  • Overview
    Starts at

    $3650PP

    Duration

    9 days

    Activity

    Level 2

    Meals

    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.

  • Itinerary

    Day 1

    Fly to Colombia


    Days 1-3

    Bogota

    La Candelaria

    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.

    Gold Museum

    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.

    Monserrate Hill

    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! No matter what, we’ll have fun learning a new recipe and happy to eat the delicious results!

    Botero Museum

    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!


    Days 4-6

    Coffee Region

    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 Salento

    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.

    Explore Pereira

    We’ll take a walk around the colorful town of Pereira. We’ll marvel at the fascinating architecture and learn about the town’s rich history.


    Days 6-8

    Cartagena

    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.

    Boat Journey through Mangrove Tunnels

    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!


    Day 9

    Depart / Arrive home


  • Dates & Prices

    2018 Dates


    06/23-07/01

    Adult $4330PP
    Teen $4330PP
    Child $4230PP
    Internal Air $160

    07/21-07/29

    Adult $4330PP
    Teen $4330PP
    Child $4230PP
    Internal Air $160

    12/22-12/30

    Adult $4590PP
    Teen $4590PP
    Child $4390PP
    Internal Air $180

    12/26-01/01

    Shorter 7 Day trip - call for details!
    Adult $3650PP
    Teen $3650PP
    Child $3450PP
    Internal Air $180


    2019 Dates


    02/16-02/24

    Adult $4480PP
    Teen $4480PP
    Child $4380PP
    Internal Air $160

    03/16-03/24

    Adult $4480PP
    Teen $4480PP
    Child $4380PP
    Internal Air $160

    03/30-04/07

    Adult $4480PP
    Teen $4480PP
    Child $4380PP
    Internal Air $160

    06/22-06/30

    Adult $4480PP
    Teen $4480PP
    Child $4380PP
    Internal Air $160

    07/20-07/28

    Adult $4480PP
    Teen $4480PP
    Child $4380PP
    Internal Air $160

    08/10-08/18

    Adult $4480PP
    Teen $4480PP
    Child $4380PP
    Internal Air $160

    Additional Info

    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!

    Triple Discount

    $700 for children under 12 sharing with 2 adults

    Groups 

    Traveling in a party of six or more friends or family members? Call us about our large group discounts.

    Alumni Discount 

    If you are a returning Thomson guest, please subtract $500 per family from these prices.

    Price Includes

    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

  • Hotels

    Sofitel Bogota Victoria Regia

    Named after an elegant Colombian water lily found on the waterways of the Amazon, the Sofitel Bogota Victoria Regia is a beautiful place for your family to stay while exploring the city. This unique hotel draws inspiration from French style that strikes a wonderful balance with Colombian culture. Located just north of the city center, the hotel is in a perfect place to explore restaurants and go shopping. The hotel has free Wi-Fi and the staff is extremely friendly and always willing to answer any questions. With comfortable rooms, this hotel has everything your family needs to enjoy your stay in Bogota.

    Hotel Campestre Las Camelias

    Nestled away in the hills of the coffee region, Hotel Campestre Las Camelias is an oasis for relaxation. The rooms are spacious and comfortable and include free Wi-Fi and air conditioning. It captures the rural charm of Colombia without sacrificing the modern comforts that your family will want after days of adventures.

    Sofitel Santa Clara

    Blending together the vintage and historical essence of Cartagena with the contemporary culture of the city has made the Sofitel Santa Clara a wonderful place to stay. It offers free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, large comfortable rooms, and an incredible staff that welcomes all of its guests with open arms.

    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.

  • Why Thomson

    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 Departures

    No matter what happens, once your family books a trip you’re going.

    Guides

    Be 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 Groups

    With a small group you’ll have plenty of time for spontaneity and to develop a connection with your fellow travelers and guide.

    Travel Insurance

    Every Thomson Family Adventures trip comes with travel insurance for your entire family at no extra cost.