Colombian Countryside: Jerico, Salamina, and Manizales (11 days, from $2,900/per person)
Get to know Colombia’s quieter side with an exploration of the verdant Colombian coffee country and some of its most enchanting pueblos.
Escape the city and immerse yourself in the beauty of Colombia’s verdant country coffee country. Just south of Medellin lies one of Colombia’s three patrimonial pueblos: Jerico. This bustling town boasts 17 churches and acres upon acres of coffee country to explore and learn from. Justifiably proud, the town is famous for its cowboy culture and related art, cuisine, music, and architecture. Spend time getting to know the pueblo’s people as well as its unparalleled landscape via day trips, nearby adventures, and overnights. Head into Salamina where the wax palm is king, and finish off in Manizales, the capital - and heart - of coffee country. Enjoy private coffee tours and breathtaking views of the world class scenery.
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Includes first class hotel accommodations that reflect both traditional and modern styles
Includes informative, private tours and excursions with country-licensed, bilingual tour guide
Day 1: Arrival
Arrive to Medellin airport and transfer via private transportation to Jerico. Get settled at your accommodation, El Despertar, just a couple of minutes downhill from the central plaza.
Day 4: New Day, New Pueblo
Transfer to Salamina and get settled at Casa Hotel Lola. Enjoy your first afternoon in one of just two other patrimonial sites in the Caldas department. Known as the “City of Light” because of the artists that have emerged from here, Salamina is a wonderful, and lesser-known alternative to Salento - and also has wax palm fields to explore
Day 7: Transfer to Manizales, coffee capital of the world! Settle in to Hacienda Venecia
Manizales is the capital city of Caldas department, which is one of three regions that make up the Colombian Coffee Triangle. Hacienda Venecia, where you’ll be enjoying copious amounts of local coffee, is also where you’ll learn copious amounts about the coffee process. The Hacienda hosts visitors for day trips or stay overnight while learning and exploring on site with local experts.
Day 10: Time to Relax at Ruiz Hot Springs
Because of Manizales’ geological proximity to volcanos, it’s surrounded by hot springs and thermal baths. Enjoy a well-earned visit to Termales del Ruiz, or Ruiz Hot Springs—a delightful boutique hotel and hot springs on the edge of Los Nevados National Park. Hummingbirds may watch you while you bathe, but that shouldn’t be a problem.
Day 2: Pueblo Excursion, Local History
Take a pueblo tour via Tuk Tuk with local guide - the best way (besides horse) to see the local pueblo. Meet local business owners, try delicacies, and let the pace of life here embrace you. Choose another 1/2 day tour - adventures on a coffee finca - in the area if you’re up for it.
Day 5: Coffee City, Coffee History
Enjoy the sense of authenticity that remains here, due in part to a tranquil tourism industry, as you explore the famous wax palms in the national park. Have lunch on-site, learn from our trusted guide.
Day 8: City Highlights
Eat and walk your way through all the major highlights of Manizales from the cable cars to the famous bakery La Suiza to Plaza Bolivar and the Manizales Cathedral. This cathedral has the tallest church tower in all of Colombia - and wait, there are ways to get to the top for one of the trip’s best photo opps yet. Head up to Chipre by foot for a traditional snack and watch the sunset. Eat dinner in La Zona Rosa and try on a different kind of night life!
Day 11: Return to Medellin
Catch flights out. *Note: Ground or air transportation back to MED available.
Day 3: Adventures in coffee country
Choose from a variety of 1/2 or full-day tours like horseback riding, hiking, bird watching, or local coffee fincas! Learn from “Jericoanos” about working the land and what it takes to pick this region’s famous Arabica beans.
Day 6: Day trip to San Felix, neighboring town
Located about an hour from Salamina by jeep, San Felix is remarkably tranquil and tourism free. Take photos in the central plaza, enter traditional buildings, peruse local artisanal goods, and get loads of fresh air in the magnificent mountains, rivers, and hiking trails in the surrounding areas.
Day 9: El Recinto del Pensamiento Park
Enjoy a stroll in El Recinto del Pensamiento Park, a cloud forest park close to downtown Manizales. Explore the butterfly house and local paths that are perfect for bird watchers and orchid enthusiasts.
Alternate option: Los Nevados National Park, one of Colombia’s most notable national parks with active volcanos and gorgeous, high-altitude lakes. Trek to the glacier of Santa Isabel if you’re feeling adventurous.