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ENCANTO

ENCANTO
WHERE IS ENCANTO SET? SALENTO. Yes, we will visit the charming village of Salento that inspired the Disney Oscar winner animation movie "ENCANTO" The real star of the film is the dazzling backdrop of the Salento mountains with their unique wax palm trees. Producers spent two weeks touring the country for inspiration and they’ve picked the most magical landscapes of Salento.

ITINERARY

Day 1 - (Sunday):

Arrive at Armenia's airport (Eden Airport) where you will be met by a CAFE SOCIAL representative. Depending on your arrival time we will have breakfast, lunch, or dinner, then we will bring you to the hotel. NOTE: All breakfast will be hosted at the hotel.


Day 2 - (Monday):

What better way to wake up in Colombia than with a Coffee Farm Tour! Please be in the hotel lobby at 8:45 am. The transportation company will pick up the group at 8:45 am to go to a Coffee tour experience at El Agrado coffee farm. You'll have a professional coffee tour with a Certified engineer from the Colombian Coffee Federation. You will learn about planting, harvesting, the latest research about processing coffees, roasting, and more. We'll have lunch at the restaurant Helena Adentro or Jose Fernando with typical fresh, local food located in the colonial coffee village of Filandia. The Village of Filandia is one of the most authentic and typical coffee towns in Colombia with many retail craft shops with local artists and painters. Filandia has been the main setting for one of the most successful Latin American soap operas, “Cafe con Aroma de Mujer.” We will have dinner in La Fonda. RECOMMENDATION FOR THIS DAY: Please, bring or wear a light-colored long-sleeve shirt or bring a sunblock protector and pants (sometimes the sun in the mountains can be strong). It is important to wear pants and hiking shoes. Also bring a jacket and an umbrella or rain jacket (The weather in the mountains can be unpredictable, but the weather usually is between 65 F to 80 F. This activity involves a slow, easy hike with regular stops).


Day 3 - (Tuesday):

Please be in the hotel lobby at 9:00 am. The transportation company will pick up the group at 9:00 am. We will drive to the Cocora Valley, which is a stunning landscape dominated by 60 meters tall Wax Palms, deep in the mountains of the Colombian coffee region. We will walk in the streets of Salento Village with many local, artisanal artist retail stores and a short hike in the Cocora Valley. (Disney inspiration for the Oscar winner animated movie “ENCANTO”) The Village of Salento has amazing Andes Mountains views and was declared by UNESCO as a COFFEE CULTURAL LANDSCAPE - INTANGIBLE VALUE TO MANKIND. Lunch at Casa del Willys or Bambu restaurant in Salento with beautiful views of the Andes. Afterward, the group will visit Cafe Social’s very own coffee farm, El Cortijo, where we source our excellent coffee beans for our coffee shop and supermarkets in the USA. We will have dinner at City Pub or Dar Papaya, a very well-known restaurant on the north side of Armenia RECOMMENDATION FOR THIS DAY: Please, bring a hat or sombrero, sunblock protector and an umbrella or rain jacket. (This activity involves a slow, easy hike with regular stops).


Day 4 - (Wednesday):

Please be in the hotel lobby at 8:30 AM. We will drive up the La Vieja river for a relaxing ride on a bamboo platform (balsaje) downriver. Dinner at Malaga in Pueblo Tapao with a beautiful view of the lower slopes of the Andes Mountains. RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THIS DAY: Please, bring a swimsuit, hat or sombrero, sunblock protector, a change of clothes and a towel. Depending on the weather, this activity can be switched to the Pijao-Buenavista activity on day 6.


Day 5 – (Thursdays):

Please be in the hotel lobby at 8:20 am. We will drive to El Carmelo Horse Riding for a relaxing horse riding where we will see beautiful views of the mountains and valley of the Andes. We will have lunch at Rancho Eden. Dinner at Café Quindío then back to the hotel. RECOMMENDATION FOR THIS DAY: Please, bring a hat or sombrero, a sun-block protector and a rain jacket. Please, wear long sleeves shirt, pants and hiking shoes.


Day 6 – (Friday):

Please be in the hotel lobby at 9:30 am. We'll drive up into the mountains to visit two colonial Spaniard and Indigenous heritage villages of Buena Vista and Pijao where we'll experience their coffee in typical coffee shops with incredible views of coffee plantations and the central Andes panorama. This region is also a UNESCO COFFEE CULTURAL LANDSCAPE. Coffee at CAFE SAN ALBERTO and lunch at Cafe Concord or Rio Azul in Buenavista and dinner at the hotel. RECOMMENDATION FOR THIS DAY: Please, bring a hat or sombrero, a sun-block protector and an umbrella or rain jacket. (This activity involves a slow easy hike with regular stops).


Day 7 – (Saturday):

Departure. We will take you to the airport.

FLIGHT ROUTES TO ARMENIA, QUINDIO COLOMBIA

1. Easy, Direct, And Faster With Spirit Airlines from Fort Lauderdale, Florida To Armenia's Airport. (El Eden Airport AXM). (Recommended to spend a night round-trip at Fort Lauderdale or Chicago).  We will pick you up at Eden Airport in Armenia.

2. From many major airports in the US(Chicago-O'Hare, Newark-New York, Jackson-Atlanta)  to Bogota then to Armenia, Quindio (Eden Airport AXM). We will pick you up at Eden Airport in Armenia. Example: Chicago-Bogota-Armenia.  (Recommended to spend a night round-trip at the  Courtyard Marriott in Bogota.  Nice hotel, very close to the airport, they speak English and you can call them to pick you up at the airport when you arrive).

3. From Chicago to Bogota then Bogota to Armenia. 
We will pick you up at Eden Airport in Armenia.  (Recommended to spend a night round-trip at the  Courtyard Marriott in Bogota.  Nice hotel, very close to the airport, they speak English and you can call them to pick you up at the airport when you arrive).

4. New flight starts on December 2022 from Miami to Panama City to Armenia with Copa Airlines.  
We will pick you up at Eden Airport in Armenia

5. Expedia.com  or https://www.skyscanner.com and look for flights from  Madison or Chicago to Armenia, Quindio.  Some of those flights stop in Newark or Atlanta then Bogota then Amenia. (Recommended to spend a night at Bogota at the Courtyard Marriot hotel that is next to the airport). 
We will pick you up at Eden Airport in Armenia.

Colombia Visas And Immigration – Essential Information-Covid 19 Information

Colombia Visas – Countries Eligible For A Tourist Visa On Arrival.
If You Are From One Of The Countries Listed Below You Will Be Able To Stay In Colombia On A Tourist Visa For Up To 90 Days.
Great Britain, United States, Canada, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Switzerland, Germany, France, Argentina, Austria, Barbados, Belgium, Brazil, Costa Rica, Chile, Ecuador, El Salvador, Spain, Guatemala, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg Mexico, Norway, Peru, Poland, South Korea, Trinidad And Tobago, Uruguay, Venezuela…
Normally On Entry, You Are Given A Standard 30-Day Visa Which Will Cover Your Trip Unless You Specifically Ask For A 60 Or 90-Day Visa.

What You Have To Show On Arrival:
A. Your Passport Must Have At Least 6 Months Validity.
B. You Will Need To Show An Onward Ticket And Many Airlines And Travel Agents Will Not Sell You A One-Way Ticket To Colombia As They Should Know That This Is A Requirement When Arriving In Colombia.
C. Address In The USA And Name And Address Of The Hotel In Quindio.
D. Bring a copy of the registration at migracioncolombia.gov.co, your Covid-19 vaccination ID and address, phone number, and name of the hotel in Quindio.  The hotel name and phone number will be asked a few times so have this information with you always.


COVID-19 INFORMATION:

Please, Bring Your Vaccination ID.
Entry And Exit Requirements: 
Are U.S. Citizens Permitted To Enter? Yes
Limited International Flights Have Resumed To Eight Of Colombia’s Busiest Airports:  Bogota, Cartagena, Medellin (Rionegro), Cali, Barranquilla, Armenia, Pereira, And Bucaramanga.  Colombia Re-Opened Most Land And Water Borders For Travel On May 19; The Borders With Panama And Ecuador Remain Closed.. Further Details Can Be Found In The PDF File On this Page.
Until June 30, Travelers Coming From India Or Who Have Been In India During The Last 14 Days Are Prohibited From Entering.
Is A Negative COVID-19 Test (PCR And/Or Serology) Required For Entry?  No
The Ministry Of Health Has Announced That All Inbound International Passengers No Longer Need A Negative COVID-19 Test Result. Travelers Will Not Be Denied Entry For Lack Of A Negative PCR Test. For More Information Please See Official Guidance From The Colombian Ministry Of Health.

Please, register at https://www.migracioncolombia.gov.co/check-mig 48 hours before your trip to Colombia and before your trip to the US.

Are Health Screening Procedures In Place At Airports And Other Ports Of Entry? Yes
The U.S. Embassy Is In Contact With The Colombian Authorities Regarding The Issue Of U.S. Citizens With Expiring Status In Colombia.  We Understand That Migración Colombia Is Temporarily Extending Visa Validity For Those In Colombia Until Thirty Calendar Days After The Conclusion Of The National Health Emergency Established By The Colombian Government.  However, Immigration Restrictions Can Change Quickly And Without Notice.  Please Visit The Colombian Immigration Authority Webpage (Migración Colombia) For The Latest Information.

Please, register at https://www.migracioncolombia.gov.co/check-mig 48 hours before your trip to Colombia.  Bring a copy of the registration at migracioncolombia.gov.co, your passport, and your Covid Vaccination ID.

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