Expedition Overview

Expedition Overview

  • Delve into Medellín on a guided walk through a recently revitalized community.
  • In coastal Cartagena, discover the scenic inspiration for author Gabriel García Márquez, and learn to dance salsa.
  • Immerse yourself in Colombian coffee culture during a stay at a farm in Armenia.

Itinerary

Itinerary

Discover Colombia, a corner of South America that is once again becoming a must-see destination. On a nine-day adventure, spend two nights at a traditional hacienda on a working coffee farm, ride the famous hillside escalators of Medellín — a city that's evolved tremendously from its notorious past — and wander the cobblestoned streets of historic Cartagena. Get to Colombia before the rest of the world catches on.

This trip is offered in partnership with
G Adventures.

Day 1: Bogotá
Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.
Day 2: Bogotá/Armenia
Catch a flight to Armenia where we immerse ourselves in coffee culture by staying two nights at a traditional hacienda on a working coffee farm. Spend the afternoon with a coffee expert tasting and exploring elements that inspire coffee production including earth, water, fauna, flora, sun, and shade.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations:Hacienda Combia (or similar)
Day 3: Armenia
Enjoy a full day excursion to Salento including a hike through the Cocora Valley. Enjoy some free time to visit shops and the village.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations:Hacienda Combia (or similar)
Day 4: Armenia/Medellín
Catch a flight to vibrant Medellín. Enjoy time to explore this historic city upon arrival.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Hotel Dix Medellin (or similar)
Day 5: Medellín
Visit Comuna 13­ — a community transformed. Once controlled by the cartels, this neighbourhood is a shining example of Colombia's progress in overcoming its notorious past. Meet a local guide and begin the journey upwards with a ride on the city’s unique public cable cars and escalator system then enjoy a walk discussing Colombia's history and revitalization. Opt to take a historical tour, visit museums, or go shopping in the afternoon.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Hotel Dix Medellin (or similar)
Day 6: Medellín
Enjoy a free day to continue exploring Medellín. Opt to visit the nearby town of Guatapé, with its colourful houses and impressive monolith. Or, spend time learning about culture and history at one of the many museums.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Hotel Dix Medellin (or similar)
Day 7: Medellín/Cartagena
Fly to tropical Cartagena. Enjoy a walking tour through the old part of Cartagena visiting key sites throughout the historical centre of the city.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Hotel Don Pedro de Heredia (or similar)
Day 8: Cartagena
Experience the Caribbean charm and beauty of the city. Get free time for optional activities such as a visit to Playa Blanca, a boat tour to Islas del Rosario National Park, or to explore nearby beaches. This afternoon we learn the basics of Colombian Salsa, known as Cali style in a private lesson by two local dancers, then enjoy an evening cooking class of Caribbean and Colombian specialties at Interno Training Restaurant, a social reintegration project that offers an innovative space for reconciliation between female prisoners and civil populations.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations:Hotel Don Pedro de Heredia (or similar)
Day 9: Cartagena
Depart at any time.
Meals Included:Breakfast