Head into the serene highlands of Colombia's famed coffee region and discover the sweeter, softer side of this much misunderstood country. Learn how to roast the perfect blend during a tour of a working coffee plantation, be beguiled by the laidback pace of charming Salento and spend some time becoming acquainted with the sophisticated air and raucous nightlife of Medellin. Then trade the country's lush interior for its coastal spoils and wind the adventure up with a spell in oh-so-romantic Cartagena – the perfect end to this exceptional Colombian adventure. TRIP CHANGES FOR 2017: There will be some minor improvements to the Cafe Colombia itinerary in 2017. We will spend two nights at a traditional estancia in Colombia's coffee region (replacing two nights in Salento). Your stay will include a tour of the coffee plantation and processing centre, as well as a lesson on preparing different types of coffee. We will also stay an extra night in Medellin, so you have more time to explore the city. As a result the overall trip length will be 9 days: The 2017 itinerary will operate as follows: Day 1 Bogota Day 2 Salento Day 3 Cocora Valley Hike / Coffee Estancia Day 4 Coffee Estancia Days 5-7 Medellin Days 8-9 Cartagena

Highlights

Bogota is the treasure trove of Colombia's rich history. Explore its museums and galleries at your leisure, then tour its excellent Paloquemao Market

Delve deep into the Cocora Valley on a spectacular guided hike. Here you'll be greeted by hummingbirds and snap photos of the world's tallest palm trees

Tour a coffee plantation on the beautiful jungle fringes of Salento and top it off by tasting some local varieties

Discover the new face of Medellin, with its pulsing nightlife, scenic cable-car rides and world-class cuisine

Explore the cobbled alleys of Cartagena, the World Heritage-listed town combining Carribean splendour and irresistable old-world charm