Colombia is celebrating a new era of peace that wasn’t imaginable even a decade ago. The fresh opportunity to explore its lively cities and biodiverse rainforests has turned this Caribbean land into one of the most exciting destinations today. This wonderful trip opens all kinds of doors for you into the country – from innovative and artsy Medellín to languorous Cartagena. In between, you’ll explore one of the legendary coffee plantations, visit colorful Guatapé, and discover virtually untouched nature in Tayrona National Park. You’ll feel the pride and accomplishments of the Colombians, as you’re introduced to them by your fulltime local guide. And you’ll get that special traveler’s pleasure that comes from being among the first to explore a country that’s being added to more and more bucket lists every day.
After meeting in Medellín, you’ll join your local guide for a walk in this lively city that captures the revived spirit of Colombia. Some of the best views are from the innovative cable car system used for public transportation. In the nearby countryside, the town of Guatapé is coated in vivid tiles and paint, an eye-popping burst of civic pride. One of the best ways to see it is from the top of La Piedra de Peñon, a natural tower of granite that overlooks the town.
DAYS 4-5 – SANTA MARTA
Coffee and Colombia are practically synonymous. You’ll visit one of the best and oldest coffee plantations – a 500-acre family-owned farm for a look at the traditional process and a tasting of their brews. From your coastal Caribbean home in Santa Marta, a 40-minute boat ride on the turquoise sea takes you to Tayrona National Park. From a gold sand beach fringed in palm trees, you’ll go for a peaceful and fascinating jungle walk and picnic. With its incredible biodiversity, the park gives you a chance to spot some of the hundreds of species of birds like blue-headed parrots as well as animals such as cotton-top tamarin monkeys and “Jesus Christ lizards” that can run on top of the water.
DAYS 5-7 – CARTAGENA
The perfect Caribbean city, Cartagena is wonderfully walkable. With your guide, you’ll explore the cobbled streets with balconies draped in bougainvillea. Dominating this UNESCO World Heritage site is San Felipe Castle. Almost 500 years old, it still offers the best views from its fortress walls.
You’ll pay a memorable visit to an afro-descendant fisher village nearby to learn how to play the Afro-Colombian wild drums. To cap the week, you’ll have a chance to cook with a local chef and learn how to make some traditional Colombian dishes – and then enjoy the results in a lively farewell meal.
Starting Point:Medellín – 1:00 pm – Lobby of hotel
Ending Point:Cartagena – 9:00 am – City of Cartagena
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This trip includes an internal flight which is priced separately from the land tour. The total cost for the internal flight is approximately $175.00 per person.
- All breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 3 dinners
- Full-time experienced guide(s) who are with you throughout the trip and handle behind-the-scenes logistics
- Admissions to tastings, historic sites and other scheduled events as noted in the detailed daily itinerary
- Gratuities for hotels, meals, and baggage
- All land transportation during the trip
Above & Beyond Benefits
Wine on Us
- In many regions, we uncork wonderful local wines at every dinner, compliments of Classic Journeys.
- When your group arrives, we whisk you and your bags to your room immediately. No waiting – no tipping.
Perfect Pairings Dinners
- A special dinner prepared by one of our favorite chefs with a procession of wines tailored to each course.
Privileged Access Events
- One-of-a-kind access to remarkable people, places and activities arranged just for you.
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