Expedition Overview

Expedition Overview

  • Delve into Medellín’s Comuna 13 on a guided walk, discovering this recently revitalized community through the eyes of a local guide.
  • In coastal Cartagena, explore the historic streets that inspired world-renowned Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez.
  • Immerse yourself in Colombian coffee culture during a stay at a working farm in Armenia.
  • Whip up mouthwatering local specialties during a cooking class at a restaurant that supports women and celebrates cooking traditions.

Itinerary

Itinerary

Luxurious mountains, quaint colonial towns, irresistible coffee—discover Colombia’s abundant charms on this incredible journey. Observe the rebirth of Medellín’s most notorious neighbourhood; wander the cobblestoned streets of Cartagena, part of a UNESCO World Heritage site; and venture into the picturesque coffee growing region of Armenia. Round out your experience alongside local artisans who turn coconuts into handicrafts, and sway to this South American nation’s infectious rhythms of salsa.

This trip is operated in collaboration with G Adventures.

Day 1: Bogotá
Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer is included.
Day 2: Bogotá/Armenia
Catch a flight to Armenia, one of Colombia’s coffee capitals. Head to a small, family-run coffee farm in nearby Montenegro, and meet with a coffee expert to learn about the different stages of coffee production, from bean to cup. Continue on to a traditional hacienda on a working coffee farm, where we’ll spend two nights.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations:Hacienda La Combia (Superior) (or similar)
Day 3: Armenia
Set out on a full-day excursion to Salento, a charming coffee-growing town set amid verdant mountains, and venture to the nearby Cocora Valley for a hike. This breathtaking protected landscape harbours groves of gigantic wax palm, Colombia’s national tree and the tallest type of palm in the world. Later, during an immersive coffee tasting, sip espresso and watch a demonstration of latte art by a local barista. Then enjoy free time to explore Salento, strolling its quaint streets and browsing the local craft stalls.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations:Hacienda La Combia (Superior) (or similar)
Day 4: Armenia/Medellín
This morning, fly to Medellín. Surrounded by lush hills and fragrant flower farms, this thriving city is currently in the midst of a resurgence. Settle into your hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Hotel Dix Medellin (or similar)
Day 5: Medellín
Alongside a local guide, embark on an eye-opening tour of Comuna 13—formerly one of Colombia’s most dangerous neighbourhoods. Ride on the cable cars and outdoor escalators that span the sprawling hillside, and learn how public transport and art and music programs have transformed the area into a peaceful, vibrant community. Afterward, opt for a historical tour of Medellín, visit some of the city’s museums, or go shopping.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Hotel Dix Medellin (or similar)
Day 6: Medellín
Enjoy a free day to continue exploring Medellín. Choose to visit nearby Guatapé, located on the shores of a scenic reservoir. Wander amid the town’s brightly decorated houses, and opt to climb a steep flight of stairs to the summit of El Peñol, a towering monolith that affords breathtaking views of the reservoir’s sparkling waters and lush green isles.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Hotel Dix Medellin (or similar)
Day 7: Medellín/Cartagena
Catch a flight to the fabled city of Cartagena, perched on Colombia’s Caribbean coast. Enjoy a walking tour of the old town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, discovering atmospheric plazas, soaring churches, and important historic landmarks. Later, head to the Oh La La Restaurant for a hands-on cooking class. As we learn to make Caribbean and Colombian specialities, hear how the restaurant amplifies cooking traditions while working with household mothers and small market producers.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8: Cartagena
Go on an excursion to the nearby beach of La Boquilla and visit an arts workshop run by women who transform coconuts into jewellery, crafts, and other art. As we listen to their stories and learn their techniques, try your hand at creating a souvenir out of natural materials. Enjoy the rest of the day on your own to soak up the tropical charm of Cartagena. Opt to visit Cartagena’s Gold Museum, showcasing intricate pre-Colombian ornaments and pottery, or choose to learn the basics of Colombian salsa, known as Cali style, during a private lesson with two local dancers.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Dinner
Day 9: Cartagena
Depart at any time.
Meals Included:Breakfast