Colombia: From San Agustin to Cartagena
August 20 – September 4, 2017
Led by Mr. Juan David Camacho
Colombia has emerged from its divisive civil war as a true jewel of South America with its rich and enigmatic history, remarkably diverse landscapes, and infectious vibrancy. We begin in the sprawling capital city of Bogotá nestled in the Andes before heading north to explore Villa de Leyva, a striking 16th century colonial city seemingly taken right out of a history book. Fly to the mystical archeological site of San Agustín and explore its hundreds of ancient, life-size stone heads. Experience an authentic indigenous market in the Colombian highlands before heading to Cali whose strong Afro-Colombian heritage has made it a city unlike any other in the country. Connect with an important part of Colombia’s national identity with a visit to Buenavista in the coffee-cultivating heartland renowned for its lush, Eden-like landscape of rolling green hills punctuated by picturesque coffee farms and towering palm trees. In Medellin, modern Colombia makes its statement, offering a dynamic urban setting and the sizzling energy that the country and its people are so famous for. End on the Caribbean coast in Cartagena, Colombia’s most iconic city, whose romantic soul inspired Gabriel García Márquez and will have you enthralled from the moment you pass through its fortified walls. Optional extension to explore Colombia’s unspoiled Amazon region.
Trip Price: $5,840 based on double occupancy.
For a single occupancy, please add $1,490.Trip price includes all domestic flights within Colombia, all hotel accommodations in deluxe or best-available hotels based on double-occupancy, meals as listed in the itinerary (B,L,D), all tours, excursions, sightseeing, entrances and porterage.
August 20: Sunday. Depart. Arrive in Bogota. Sofitel Bogota Victoria Regia Hotel.
August 21: Monday. Bogota.
August 22: Tuesday. Bogota.
August 23: Wednesday. Villa de Leyva. Hotel Posada San Antonio.
August 24: Thursday. Villa de Leyva.
August 25: Friday. San Agustin. Hotel Monasterio de San Agustin.
August 26: Saturday. San Agustin.
August 27: Sunday. Popayan. Hotel Dann Monasterio.
August 28: Monday. Pereira. Hotel Boutique Casa San Carlos.
August 29: Tuesday. Pereira.
August 30: Wednesday. Medellin. NH Collection Royal Medellin.
August 31: Thursday. Medellin.
September 1: Friday. Cartagena. Ananda Hotel.
September 2: Saturday. Cartagena.
September 3: Sunday. Cartagena.
September 4: Monday. Return home from Cartagena.
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