Colombia Journey

National Geographic Journeys, Bogotá to Cartagena

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

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.

What’s included

  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Coffee Farm Visit, Armenia Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Medellín Community Walk, Medellín Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Interno Training Restaurant – Cooking Class, Cartagena Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Salsa Dance Class, Cartagena
  • Arrival transfer
  • Excursion to Salento and Cocora Valley
  • Cartagena city tour
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Visit bogota's colonial churches and futuristic high-rises
  • Immerse yourself in armenia's coffee culture
  • Visit the transformed comuna 13 neighbourhood
  • Explore the historical highlights of cartagena

Itinerary

Bogotá Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.
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.
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.
Armenia/Medellín Catch a flight to vibrant Medellín. Enjoy time to explore this historic city upon arrival.
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.
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.
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. Later, 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.
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.
Cartagena Depart at any time.
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