Discover Colombia, a corner of South America that is once again becoming a must-see destination. On a 12-day adventure, spend two nights at a traditional hacienda on a working coffee farm, ride the famous hillside escalators of Medellín, indulge in the Caribbean beauty of Tayrona’s lush jungle and perfectly pristine beaches, and wander the cobblestoned streets of historical Cartagena. Get to Colombia before the rest of the world catches on.
Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer is included.
Catch a flight to Armenia and immerse yourself in coffee culture, staying two nights at a traditional hacienda on a working coffee farm. Spend the afternoon with a coffee expert exploring natural elements that influence flavor and production and tasting various roasts. The next day, take a trip to Salento for hiking in the Cocora Valley. (2B, 2L, 2D)
Fly to Medellín and visit Comuna 13, a community transformed into a shining example of Colombia’s progress in overcoming its notorious past. Meet a local guide and ride upward on the city’s unique public system of cable cars and escalators. Enjoy free time for some exploration. Optional excursions include a city tour, a visit to the colonial town of Santa Fe de Antioquia, and paragliding. (2B)
Catch a morning flight to Santa Marta and continue to our beach lodge near Tayrona National Park on the Caribbean coast. Enjoy fresh seafood and some unforgettable beach time on the white sand. Opt to hike in the park or into the jungle to see the ruins of El Pueblito, or just lie back and relax by the water. (2B, 1L, 2D)
Drive to tropical Cartagena. Take a walking tour of the old city, and visit sites that inspired Nobel Prize–winning author Gabriel García Márquez. This evening, learn the basics of Colombian salsa in a private lesson with two local dancers. Then, enjoy a dinner 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. The program offers a second chance to low-risk prisoners through cooking—by nature an act of love and generosity. Here, the women in San Diego Minimum Security Penitentiary learn life skills to reenter society with dignity and gain the tools to find jobs in the hospitality industry. The next day, enjoy free time to visit Playa Blanca, take a boat tour to the Islas del Rosario, a protected archipelago of coral islands, or soak in an incredible mud volcano. (3B)
Fly back to Bogotá and opt to visit the Colombia National Museum, Gold Museum, or the Naval Museum of the Caribbean. Or just wander one of the city’s many quaint neighborhoods. (1B)
Depart at any time. (1B)
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