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Colombia Golf Trip Itinerary 2 Destinations 13 Days

Golf Itinerar Map Colombia 2 destinations 13 days

Updated on 03/27/2024

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My name is Frank, and I manage a golf travel operator in Colombia based in Bogota. We specialize in golf trips throughout Colombia.

Following the example golf trip below, you will find additional variations with different destinations and durations.

Summary of the Colombia Golf Trip

Day 1 – Bogota – Arrival
Day 2 – Bogota – San Andres Funza Golf Course – Bogota
Day 3 – Bogota – La Cima Golf Course – Bogota
Day 4 – Bogota
Day 5 – Bogota – El Rincon Golf Course – Bogota
Day 6 – Bogota
Day 7 – Bogota – Guatavita – Zipaquira – Bogota
Day 8 – Bogota – Coffee Triangle – Salento
Day 9 – Salento – Golf Course Manizales – Salento
Day 10 – Salento – Quindio – Salento
Day 11 – Salento – Golf Course Armenia – Salento
Day 12 – Salento – Cocora Valley – Filandia – Salento
Day 13 – Salento – Departure

Planned destinations for the Colombia Golf Trip

Bogota

Bogota is the capital of Colombia with over 10 million inhabitants. It is Colombia’s political, economic, cultural and tourist center and generates most of the national GDP.

At over 2,600 meters (8,600 feet) above sea level, it is the third-highest capital city in South America. With average temperatures of 7° C – 20° C (45° F – 68° F), the climate varies between cold and temperate. Bogota has an area of 1,775 km2 (685 sq mi), which is more than twice the size of Singapore.

Bogota was founded by the Spanish in 1538 but was already inhabited by the Pre-Muiscas. Most of the tourist attractions are located in the historic center of La Candelaria. The city’s wide range of cultural offerings, represented in museums, theaters and libraries, has earned it the name “South American Athens”.

Some essential sights in Bogota are the local mountain Monserrate, the Gold and Botero Museum as well as the food markets Paloquemao and La Perseverancia.

Guatavita

The municipality of Guatavita – Cundinamarca 53 km northeast of Bogota is recognized for giving rise to the most representative legend of Colombia, one of the most important in the world and Cultural Heritage of the Nation “The story of the Legend of El Dorado”. It is the religious, cultural and ancestral capital of the Muisca people. In Guatavita there is “Guatavita the Origin of the Legend” an area of 13.8 ha, consisting of a historic center with high heritage value and a cultural and tourist development polygon on the banks of the Tominé reservoir.

Zipaquira

Zipaquirá is a historic and enchanting town located in the Cundinamarca Department of Colombia, approximately 49 kilometers (30 miles) north of Bogotá, the capital city. This charming town is famous for its awe-inspiring underground salt cathedral and well-preserved colonial architecture.

The Salt Cathedral is the primary attraction of Zipaquirá and a marvel of engineering and faith. Carved inside the tunnels of a salt mine, the cathedral is an underground sanctuary with impressive salt sculptures, religious artwork, and an ethereal atmosphere. It is a significant pilgrimage site and a masterpiece of Colombian architecture.

Zipaquirá’s historical center features well-preserved colonial buildings, cobblestone streets, and charming squares. Visitors can stroll through the town’s quaint streets and admire its colonial architecture, including the main square, Plaza de los Comuneros.

In addition to its colonial heritage, Zipaquirá has pre-Columbian archaeological sites, such as the ancient Muisca settlement of El Abra, which offers insights into the region’s indigenous history.

Colombian Coffee Triangle

The Colombian Coffee Triangle, also called the coffee region or zona cafetera, is a scenic and culturally rich area in central Colombia. Made up of three departments: Caldas, Quindío and Risaralda, it includes numerous charming towns and lush landscapes.

The Coffee Triangle is known for its first-class coffee production and is one of the top coffee-growing regions in the world. Coffee growing is deeply rooted in the region’s culture and history, and the region’s fertile volcanic soils and ideal climate create perfect conditions for growing high-quality coffee beans.

This region offers stunning landscapes of rolling hills, emerald valleys and scenic mountain ranges. Adorned with vibrant coffee plantations, colorful flower farms and cloud forests, the area offers breathtaking views at every turn.

The region is dotted with charming colonial towns and villages, each with its unique character and architectural charm. Cities like Salento, Filandia and Manizales are characterized by well-preserved colonial-style buildings, cobblestone streets and colorful facades that add to the region’s allure.

Salento

Salento is a charming and picturesque town in the heart of Colombia’s coffee region, exactly in the department of Quindío. Salento is known for its stunning landscapes, vibrant culture, colorful architecture and proximity to the stunning Cocora Valley. The coffee culture is deeply rooted in the city’s identity.

Visitors can explore coffee plantations, called “fincas“, and learn about the coffee-making process, from picking the beans to roasting and brewing the aromatic beverage. One of Salento’s main attractions is the day trip to the Cocora Valley, a natural wonderland. The valley is famous for its towering wax palms, the tallest palm trees in the world and the national tree of Colombia. Hiking is the main activity here.

Salento has a charming colonial-style architecture with brightly painted houses and balconies adorned with flowers. The city’s main square, Plaza de Bolívar, is a hub of activity with its colorful facades and charming cafés. The town is home to several art galleries and craft shops where visitors can shop for local artwork, handmade souvenirs, and traditional crafts including pottery, weaving and painting.

Filandia

Filandia is located in the department of Quindío and it is known for its breathtaking landscapes, colonial architecture, coffee culture and warm hospitality.

The city’s main square, Plaza de Bolívar, is well-preserved and features a historic church exuding a peaceful atmosphere. The surrounding region is dotted with coffee plantations and visitors have the opportunity to learn about the coffee-making process and taste the world-famous Colombian coffee.

The Mirador de Filandia, or the town viewpoint, offers spectacular views of the lush valleys and coffee plantations below. The village is known for its vibrant arts and crafts scene. Visitors can explore numerous craft shops where local artisans display their creations, including pottery, weaving and woodwork that you can buy as a souvenir.

Buenavista

Buenavista is a scenic town in the Quindío department of Colombia’s coffee region. This charming village nestled amidst the lush green coffee plantation landscape offers visitors a peaceful retreat into Colombia’s coffee-growing heritage.

Visitors can explore coffee plantations or “fincas” and learn about the coffee-making process here too. The city is surrounded by stunning scenery, including rolling hills, fertile valleys and sweeping views of the Andes.

The picturesque landscapes make Buenavista a perfect destination for nature lovers and those seeking tranquility. Buenavista keeps the charming colonial-style architecture with colorful, adorned houses. The city’s central square, Plaza de Bolívar, is a wonderful place to immerse yourself in the colonial ambiance and soak up the local atmosphere.

Golf courses of the Colombia Golf Trip

Golf courses in Bogota

La Cima Golf Club, La Calera

Website: https://www.clubdegolflacima.com/

Location: Km 13 via Bogotá – La Calera
Altitude: 3,000 meters above sea level (9,842 feet asl)
Average temperature: 5 – 17º Celsius (41 – 63º Fahrenheit)
Time to city center: 50 minutes by car
Onsite hotel: No
Onsite restaurant: Yes

Located in the municipality of La Calera on the eastern hills of Bogotá, La Cima Golf Club is one of the best and few public golf courses in Colombia.

  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 70
  • Types of grass:
    • Fairways: Kikuyo
    • Greens: Bentgrass – Poa
  • Length: 6,089 yards
  • Designer: Boris Sokoloff
  • Caddy: Mandatory
  • Golf Cart: No
  • Rental Equipment: Yes

Club El Rincón, Cajicá

Website: http://www.clubelrincon.com/

Location: Km. 26 Carretera Central Norte Via Sopó , Cajicá , Cundinamarca
Altitude: 2,558 meters above sea level (8,392 feet asl)
Average temperature: 6 – 20º Celsius (43 – 68º Fahrenheit)
Time to city center: 1 hour 30 minutes by car
Onsite hotel: No
Onsite restaurant: Yes

North of Bogota, near the municipality of Cajicá, the El Rincón Club was founded by 8 friends and golf lovers and is now one of the best in the country.

It is one of the most prestigious golf courses in the country and is considered one of the top 50 in the world. In 1980, golfers from different countries gathered there to take part in the World Cup, one of the most important events in the club’s history.

  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Types of grass:
    • Fairways: Kikuyo
    • Green: Bent Grass
  • Length: 7,150 yards
  • Designer: Robert Trent Jones
  • Caddy: Mandatory
  • Golf carts: Only in exceptional cases
  • Rental equipment: Limited

San Andrés Golf Club, Funza

Website: http://sanandresgolfclub.com/

Location: Cl. 15 #24 – 80, Funza , Cundinamarca
Altitude: 2,548 meters above sea level (8,359 feet asl)
Average temperature: 6 – 20º Celsius (43 – 68º Fahrenheit)
Time to city center: 1 hour 20 minutes by car
Onsite hotel: No
Onsite restaurant: Yes

The San Andrés Golf Club is located in western Bogotá. It preserves Scottish architecture and is one of the oldest golf courses in Colombia. The club also has one of the few 18-hole children’s golf courses.

  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Types of grass:
    • Fairways: Kikuyo
    • Green: Poa
  • Length: 7,145 yards
  • Designer: Thompson & Jones
  • Caddy: Mandatory
  • Golf carts: Only in exceptional cases
  • Rental equipment: Limited

Golf courses in the Coffee Triangle

Armenia Country Club

Website: https://www.clubcampestrearmenia.net

Location: Km. 10 via Armenia – Aeropuerto International El Edén , Armenia, Quindío
Elevation: 1,480 meters above sea level (4,855 feet asl)
Average temperature: 15 – 28º Celsius (59 – 82º Fahrenheit)
Time to city center: 25 minutes by car
Onsite hotel: Yes
Onsite restaurant: Yes

The Armenia Country Club is located on the outskirts of the city, in an area with beautiful hilly landscapes full of coffee plantations, tall palm trees and a fresh atmosphere.

  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 71
  • Types of grass:
    • Fairways: Bermuda
    • Green: Poa
  • Length: 6,588 yards
  • Designers: Rafael & Jaime Villegas – Fernando Gamboa
  • Caddy: Mandatory
  • Golf Cart: Yes
  • Rental Equipment: Limited

Manizales Country Club

Website: https://www.clubmanizales.co/sede-campestre/

Location: Vereda Las Pavas, Via Manizales – Chinchiná, Manizales, Caldas
Altitude: 1,250 meters above sea level (4,101 ft asl)
Average temperature: 13 – 22º Celsius (55 – 72º Fahrenheit)
Time to city center: 30 minutes by car
Onsite hotel: No
Onsite restaurant: Yes

The Country Club in the rural area of Manizales is part of the three locations of Club Manizales. This one includes a golf course surrounded by an enchanting coffee landscape.

  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Types of grass:
    • Fairway: Tifway 419
    • Green: Tifgreen 328
  • Length: 6,602 yards
  • Designers: Rafael & Jaime Villegas – Fernando Gamboa
  • Caddy: Mandatory
  • Golf Cart: No
  • Rental equipment: No

Detailed Colombia Golf Trip Itinerary

Day 1: Bogota

Arrival in Bogota

You will be picked up at the airport in Bogota and driven to your hotel. The bilingual guide will be waiting for you at the airport exit.

Accommodation

Here you will find the best hotel recommendations in Bogota.

Day 2: Bogota – San Andres Funza Golf Course – Bogota

Service

Pick-up: 08:30

San Andres Golf Course

Tee time: 10:00

Then return to the hotel.

Day 3: Bogota – La Cima Golf Course – Bogota

Service

Hotel pick-up: 08:30

La Cima golf course

Tee time: 09:30

Then return to the hotel.

Day 4: Bogota

Full-day city tour of Paloquemao, Monserrate, Museums and La Candelaria

Your first stop is Paloquemao, an iconic place for catering to families and businesses in Bogota. The market offers a wide range of flowers, fruits, vegetables, meat, groceries, dairy products, herbs and much more and the opportunity to taste and learn about fresh fruit juices.

Then visit the “La Candelaria” district and the historic center of Bogota with its colorful colonial buildings and stone streets. During the tour, you will visit the Gold Museum and the Botero Museum, both in La Candelaria.

The Gold Museum is where you can discover the world’s largest collection of pre-Hispanic goldsmith’s art, with around 34,000 pieces of gold and around 25,000 objects in ceramic, stone, bone and textile made by several Colombian indigenous cultures. This museum is closed on Tuesdays.

In the Botero Museum, you will find a large art collection donated by the famous local artist Fernando Botero, including 87 universal works of art and 123 works created by Botero himself. Works by international artists such as Renoir, Monet, Degas, Dalí, Pissarro, Bonnard and others are represented in the museum.

Finally, visit the Sanctuary of Monserrate, the city’s symbol and main tourist attraction. The summit is 3,150 meters (10,334 feet) above sea level and therefore offers spectacular views of the city. To climb the mountain, you can take the cable car or walk up the hiking trail.

Day 5: Bogota – El Rincon Cajica Golf Course – Bogota

Service

Hotel pick-up: 08:30

El Rincon Golf Course

Tee time: 10:00

Then return to the hotel.

Day 6: Bogota – Bogota Golf Course

Service

Hotel pick-up: 08:30

Golf course in Bogota

Tee time: 09:30

Then return to the hotel.

Day 7: Bogota – Guatavita – Zipaquira – Bogota

Full day tour Guatavita Lagoon and Salt Cathedral

The Guatavita Lagoon is located approximately 90 minutes from Bogotá. This lagoon is the setting for the authentic “El Dorado Legend”. It was a sacred place for the Muiscas indigenous people and it is still used as such today. Guatavita has an altitude of 3.100 meters above sea level (10.170 feet) and an average temperature of 5 °C to 11 °C (41° F to 52 °F). To get to the lagoon you must walk a path and due to the rainfall, we recommend wearing comfortable clothes and keeping a raincoat on hand.

After the visit to Guatavita, you will go to the Salt Cathedral in Zipaquirá – the first wonder of Colombia, which is located in a salt mine 180 meters underground. It is a place regularly visited by Catholics, but its architecture and history leave all visitors astonished.

Day 8: Bogota – Coffee Triangle – Salento

Travel day

Service

Hotel pick-up: 08:30

Flight to the Coffee Triangle.

Arrive in the Coffee Triangle

You will be picked up at the Airport in the Coffee Triangle and driven to your hotel. The bilingual guide will be waiting for you at the airport exit.

Accommodation

Here you will find the best hotel recommendations in Salento.

Day 9: Salento – Manizales Golf Course – Salento

Service

Pick-up: 08:00

Manizales golf course

Tee time: 10:00

Then return to the hotel.

Day 10: Salento – Quindio – Salento

Full-day tour of Quindio

A driver and guide will pick you up at the hotel. The tour will show you the department of Quindio and some of its most precious towns and villages. You will visit some destinations full of architecture and impressive culture.

Visit to the Cafe San Alberto coffee farm

This is a top-notch coffee tour. It includes a 2-hour walking tour of Hacienda San Alberto, a farm and cafe in the village of Buenavista. There you will learn about the “from-seed-to-cup” process, visit the quality laboratory and finish with a coffee tasting using alternative methods. The café offers panoramic views of the plantations and surrounding villages. 

Day 11: Salento – Golf Course Armenia – Salento

Service

Pick-up: 08:30

Armenia golf course

Tee time: 10:00

Then return to the hotel.

Day 12: Salento – Filandia – Cocora Valley – Salento

Full Day Filandia and Cocora Valley Tour

This tour includes two amazing destinations. The Cocora Valley is a natural reserve and one of the access points of Los Nevados National Park. It is the cradle of Colombia’s emblematic tree: the Quindío wax palm, which reaches up to 80 meters in the native Andean cloud forests. Hiking the mountain foothills, you will appreciate the paradisiacal views of the valley.

On your way to Filandia, we will make a stop to have lunch in a typical restaurant in the region. On the other hand, Filandia is a small colonial village that conserves its architecture and coffee traditions.

Day 13: Salento – Departure

Departure

Today is the last day of your trip. Depending on the departure time, a vehicle will pick you up at your hotel and take you to the airport.

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Frank

Frank

Hello! I'm Frank Spitzer, the founder and the heart behind Pelecanus, a specialized tour operator for Colombia travel. My journey in travel is vast and rich – I've explored over 60 countries, absorbing cultures, experiences, and stories along the way. Since 2017, I've been channeling this wealth of global experience into creating unforgettable travel experiences in Colombia. I'm recognized as a leading authority in Colombian tourism, with a deep-seated passion for sharing this beautiful country with the world. You can catch glimpses of my travel adventures and insights around Colombia on my YouTube channel. I'm also active on social media platforms like TikTok, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest, where I share the vibrant culture and stunning landscapes of Colombia. For professional networking, feel free to connect with me on LinkedIn. Join me on this incredible journey, and let's explore the wonders of Colombia together!

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