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Tailor Made Colombia: Beyond Conquest and Colonization (2016)
Days: 11 | From: $4,995
Luxury Tailor Made Journeys depart on the dates that work for you and feature expert local guides throughout your journey. The itinerary below can be customized to your interests.
Day 1: Arrive Bogotá, Colombia
Arrive in Bogotá, where you are met and transferred to your hotel. In this city of contrasts, skyscrapers stand side by side with old, single-story houses.
Sofitel Bogotá Victoria Regia | Meals: B
Day 2: Bogotá | Artifacts & Art
Wander through the Paloquemao’s Market, which brims with flowers, exotic fruits, vegetables, meat, seafood, cheese and medicinal herbs. Continue to the well-preserved colonial quarter of La Candelaria. Pause at Plaza de Bolivar for photos of Congress Palace, the Cardinal’s Palace and the colonial church of El Sagrario. Head to Cerro de Montserrat for spectacular views and see a display of the world’s greatest collection of pre-Hispanic Indian gold crafts at the Gold Museum. End your day at the Fernando Botero Museum, where Colombian artist Fernando Botero displays his private art collection, including works from Picasso, Renoir, Dalí, Degas, Chagall, Matisse, Monet and Giacometti.
Sofitel Bogotá Victoria Regia | Meals: B L
Day 3: Bogotá | Salt Mine Tunnels
Drive to the small colonial town of Zipaquirá and see the Salt Cathedral, where religious sculptures and cavernous pools are hewn from salt mine tunnels under the Halite Mountains. Tour the city’s historic main plaza, continuing to scenic Cajica, a delightful town nicknamed “The Stone Fortress.” Enjoy a traditional lunch and panoramic views; then return to Bogotá, stopping to visit the town of Usaquen, known for its Spanish-colonial style of architecture.
Sofitel Bogotá Victoria Regia | Meals: B L
Day 4: Pereira | Coffee Triangle
Fly to Pereira, located in Colombia’s best-known coffee production region, recently named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Meet your guide and attend a coffee tasting at Hacienda San Alberto. Then, partake in an exotic fruit tasting. Check in to your hotel.
Hotel Boutique Sazagua | Meals: B L
Day 5: Salento/Cocora | The Wax Palm
Drive to beautiful Corcora Valley, home to the wax palm, Colombia’s protected national tree. Enjoy a canelazo cocktail and traditional smoked trout lunch. In Cocora National Park, see the wax palm, Colombia’s protected national tree. Visit the misty forest and learn about efforts to protect and conserve this ecosystem. Then, participate in the Ritual de la Palma, planting wax palms at the park. Proceed to the town of Salento by Jeep, stopping for a caffè latte demonstration at Café Jesús Martín. Tour the city, seeing its memorable buildings and Calle Real, the main street lined with restaurants, bars and handicrafts shops.
Hotel Boutique Sazagua | Meals: B L D
Days 6-7: Medellín | A Complex Past
Fly to Medellín and check in to your hotel. After taking some time to unwind, meet your guide and tour the city. Transfer to El Poblado seeing three key sites linked to Pablo Escobar: the Monaco Building, la Virgen de los Sicarios and his tomb in the Central Cemetery. Travel along Avenida del Rio and reach Parque de las Esculturas, which features an outdoor display of 23 sculptures by Fernando Botero. Continue to Pies Descalzos Park and the Museum of Antioquia, which houses a collection of pre-Hispanic, Republican and contemporary art. Then, take the Metro Cable to the Santo Domingo Savio neighborhood, where you visit the Spain Library, designed by Giancarlo Mazzanti. Take in views from Cerro Nutibara; visit Pueblito Paisa, a replica of an ancient Paisa town; and discover Parque Lleras, a neighborhood known for its bars and restaurants. The next day, see the Peñol stone, a massive volcanic rock. After lunch at a local restaurant, take a guided walk through Guatapé, a colonial town known for its sockets. Then, visit the ancient town of Peñol, which was submerged under the dam waters and rebuilt in 1978.
NH Collection Royal Medellín | Meals: B L
Days 8-10: Cartagena | Walk the Walled City
Board a morning flight to Cartagena, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where you check in to your hotel and relax at leisure. The next day, drive to the 17th-century Convento de La Popa for views of the city and the bay. Continue to Castillo de San Felipe and stop at Las Bovedas; once a dungeon, it is now home to shops and boutiques. Then, visit the Iglesia y Convento San Pedro de Claver, a convent founded in the early 17th century by San Ignacio de Loyola. The following day, set out on a culinary walking tour of the 500-year-old walled city, pausing to taste authentic foods. As you walk, gain insight into the city’s history and culture. This evening, walk to Agua de Mar Restaurant, where the chef demonstrates how to make ceviche. Enjoy it as an appetizer, followed by a farewell dinner.
Bastión Luxury Hotel | Meals: B (Day 8); B (Day 9); B L D (Day 10)
Day 11: Depart Cartagena
Transfer to the airport and board your homebound flight.