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Colombia’s pulse beats strong with a red-hot culture steeped in history, art, and tradition. Thriving cities, remote jungles, and warm, welcoming people await you in this multi-faceted jewel of South America.
Embark on an incredible journey through the Andean oasis of Colombia and begin a love affair with the vibrancy, spirit, and passion of this emerald of the Caribbean coast. Visit Bogotá – Colombia’s beating heart. Fly over mystic valleys and stand at the foot of the Andes in Colombia’s verdant coffee region, where wax palms tower overhead and the secrets to perfect Colombian coffee are revealed. On a journey of discovery, tour the murals of Medellín’s Comuna 13 with a neighbourhood resident. Adventure to the Cocora Valley with 4×4 “Willys” to hike or explore on horseback. Line the aisles of a sensory buffet at Paloquemao market, and indulge in the romance and history of sultry Cartagena. When you experience Colombia, you discover earthly treasures swept across stunning Caribbean landscapes that enliven the spirit – and sense of adventure – around every turn.
In the cradle of the Andean peaks, discover a Technicolor amalgam of culture, history, and romance in Bogotá – Colombia’s elevated capital city.
Get lost in a mélange of colour and spice with a visit to Paloquemao Market on a city walking tour.
In this section of Colombia’s coffee zone, learn about the coffee-making process and sample the perks of the region, bean to cup. Retreat tonight to your lodge overlooking the incredible countryside, an oasis in and of itself.
At the foot of the Andes, under clouds that swim between vivid green mountains and towering wax palms, experience the majesty of the Cocora Valley aboard equipped 4×4 jeeps known as “Willys.” Then, it’s your choice! Set out to hike the valley and look up at the slender poles of wax palms -OR- travel on horseback* to see the valley through the eyes of a Colombian farmer. In the magical surround of the Andes, enjoy a locally-sourced picnic** lunch before hitting the road to colourful Salento. In this small town, along quaint streets and paisa architecture, encounter local artisans and their unique crafts as you explore independently.
Marvel at the natural wonders of the vast Aburra Valley on a scenic drive to Medellín, the “City of Eternal Spring.” Dine with the locals and indulge in a specially cultivated tasting menu that highlights traditional ingredients with modern flare.
Medellín is a cosmopolitan hub deeply rooted in tradition, yet decidedly modern. In Comuna 13, a walking tour of this neighbourhood that clings to the mountainside is a journey that looks into Colombia’s past with a focus on the future. Walk wide-eyed with a neighbourhood resident and curiously pass the chromatic murals and stunning graffiti art.
Spend this morning in the village of Santa Elena, nestled inside the Andes Mountains. The pastoral idyll of this traditional flower farm enchants upon the very moment of approach. Lush arrangements that serve as Medellín’s cultural symbol are painstakingly crafted here for the Feria de Flores, Colombia’s national flower festival. Meet with a true silletero and learn of the rich tradition and history of flower farming in Medellín as you discover firsthand what a “day in the life” of a flower farmer is like. Afterward, board a flight across a short strait to the tropical port city of Cartagena.
Today, see the city’s colourful streets. In Bolivar Plaza, downtown’s historic nucleus, see traditional musicians and dancers perform and women in dresses the colours of the Colombian flag selling fruit from the tops of turbaned heads. Enjoy the rest of the day on your own and dive head-first into the local culture.
Take in more of Cartagena’s special energy today independently. Stroll the city, explore the iconic fortress of Castillo San Felipe de Barajas, or just have a seat at the bar, order a mojito, some ceviche, and do some serious people-watching.
Your Colombian experience comes to an end this morning in Cartagena.
Prices advertised are tour only, based on 2 people sharing and are guide prices only.
Holiday prices are fluid and dynamic and may be changed at a moment’s notice, prior to booking, at which point they are confirmed. Please call the team free on 0800 707 6229 for more departure dates available and a quote.
This tour may include a mix of longer days and some evenings or early morning activities. You can expect longer walking tours, traversing uneven terrain, climbing stairs, and periods of standing.
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