Trains & Coffee in Colombia and Panama
14 Days | Escorted Small Group Expedition | Maximum 18 Guests
- 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.
Dates & Rates
- November 07 - 21, 2019 $4895
Air transportation within Colombia and Panama; 1 suitcase of up to 15kg per person, all excursions in the company of an English speaking expedition leader and local guides; all accommodations in excellent upper middle-class hotels; some meals; all entrance fees; arrival and departure transfers in Bogota and Panama City.
Airfare from your home city to Bogota and Panama City to your home city; excess baggage charges; airport arrival and departure taxes; passport and/or visa fees; travel insurance; items of a personal nature such as laundry, drinks to the included meals, alcoholic beverages and other incidentals; and email/Internet/fax/telephone charges.
Itinerary Trains & Coffee in Colombia and Panama
Day 1: Arrival in Bogota
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
Walk the cobblestoned streets of downtown Bogota discovering architecture, art, and culture of this fascinating city. Landmarks we visit are the Congress, the Cathedral, the Palace of Justice, the Mayor’s Office (Palacio Lievano) and the House of the 20th of July. You have free time in the afternoon. We leave the hotel in the late afternoon and travel up the Monserrate Hill with the funicular or aerial tramway to observe the sunset.
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
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
We travel early morning to Santiago where we do a special rail trip, sitting on a carriage being pulled by a motorcycle on rails crossing the longest railway tunnel in South America. This journey is very scenic and fun. We continue our trip in the afternoon to the old railway junction of Puerto Berrio where we board the train to Barrancabermeja, following the Magdalena River downstream. We stay overnight in Barrancabermeja.
Day 10: Barrancabermeja - Panama City
Day 11: City Tour in Panama City
Day 12: Visit of the Abuelo Rum Distillery
A short flight brings us to Chitre, north-west of Panama City. After a short historical introduction about the distillation of rum, you will enjoy an oxcart ride through the sugar cane fields out of the Hacienda. We will tour the distillery discovering the steps that are necessary to produce liquor from sugar cane. We then go to the bodega where the rum ages in oak barrels. We have lunch near the distillery and fly back to Panama City in the afternoon.