Trains & Coffee in Colombia and Panama
You have not to be an expert in the history of Latin America to know that Colombia has not always been a country you would believe as a holiday destination. Fortunately, that changed during the last decade and Colombia is today a fascinating, but still little known travel destination.
Colombia had a rail network of over 3000km which mostly got abandoned during the 1990s in favor of road transportation. At present, large parts of the ancient railroad will be reactivated for cargo trains. We discover on this trip some of Colombia’s railroads, and travel therefore to exciting regions of the country. Enjoy rail journeys on regular trains, “brujitas” (motorbikes on rails) and autoferros (autobuses on tracks).
Near Pereira, we visit a Coffee Plantation where you are invited to do a profesional Coffee tasting under the guidance of a local Coffee Expert. Colombian Coffee is considered the best in the World.
We end the trip in Panama where we cruise through parts of the Panama Canal, travel on the Transoceanic Train from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean and explore the grandiose Miraflores and Aguas Claras Locks. In Panama City’s old town we end the trip.
- We travel on the “Tren de la Sabana” from Bogota to Zipaquira.
- We make a trip on a carriage pulled my a motorbike on rails near Villeta on the Occidental Railroad.
- We use the electric metro train in Medellin crossing the whole city from South to North over 35 km.
- We are traveling with the Teleferico from Medellin up to the famous Comuna 13, one of the centers where the drug war took place.
- A Brujita will bring us on the Antioquia Railroad from Santiago through one of South America’s longest railway tunnels to Cisneros.
- We travel over 100 km on a bus on rails from Puerto Berrio to Barrancabermeja, the petrol city of Colombia.
- You are invited to Panama’s largest Rum Distillery to discover the secrets of the best Rum in the World.
- In Panama, we travel on the Transoceanic train from the Pacific to the Caribbean Ocean.
- We do a partial transit of the Panama Canal on a river cruise ship.
Itinerary Trains & Coffee in Colombia and Panama
You arrive with your international flight in Bogota. Our driver welcomes you at the airport and brings you to the Hotel where you stay overnight.
Day 2: City Tour in Bogota
Day 3: Brujita Journey on the Occidental Railroad
Day 4: Tren de la Sabana & Nemocon Salt Mine
Day 5: Discover one of the Best Coffees in the World
A speciality Coffee producer invites us for a walk through steep fields of coffee bushes to explore every detail that is needed to produce an excellent coffee. We have a close look at the post-harvest installation where coffee beans are cleaned, selected and roasted. Our visit ends in the laboratory with a professional coffee tasting session. In the afternoon, we return to our hotel where we stay overnight.
Day 6: Flight Pereira - Medellin
In the morning, we visit the railway station and the church in Pereira. Before midday, we go to the airport for the flight to Medellin. In Medellin transfer-in to our hotel. The rest of the afternoon you have free time.
Day 7: City Tour in Medellin
We travel on the suburban train to the Acevedo Railway Station where we board the aerial cable car into the mountains. The breathtaking journey takes us from the city, through mountainous suburbs, to a nature reserve up in the hills. We visit the famous Comuna 13 after lunch. It was one of the most dangerous places in the city and is nowadays an example for social transformation. We return to the hotel in Medellin in the late afternoon.
Day 8: Guatape & Peñol Rock
Day 9: Train from Puerto Berrio to Barrancabermeja
Day 10: Barrancabermeja - Panama City
Day 11: Partial Panama Canal Transit
Day 12: Visit of the Abuelo Rum Distillery
Day 13: Trans Oceanic Railway and Panama Canal
Day 14: City Tour in Panama City
In the morning, we start our city tour of Panama’s capital. The captivating backdrop of skyscrapers, noble mansions, and green hills characterize this city. In the district is known as Casco Viejo, you will see many unique colonial buildings. The Casco Viejo is a UNESCO World Heritage site and has become a center for art, design, and cultural development. We visit the fish market where you can try Ceviche or a shrimp cocktail! Watch the spectacle of the barker. We end the tour with a rum tasting session and our Farewell Lunch.