Colombia is a boutique destination. It is a small but very physically diverse country on the northern coast of South America that offers, within its borders, wonderful opportunities to experience all the very best of South America and the Caribbean in one compact itinerary. For the last two decades, this mountainous land has redefined its national heritage and it has been growing in popularity as a safe and carefree destination. Today it is known for friendly people, magnificent mountain scenery, colonial heritage, wonderful beaches, great food, extensive coffee plantations and much more. With the changing political atmosphere and vastly improved security, travellers are now free to travel into most parts of the country and to discover what this South American gem has to offer.
Our group will be limited to less than 30 members and the itinerary was carefully designed with this in mind. We are staying, for the most part, in smaller boutique hotels and inns, with ideal central locations and very comfortable surroundings. Many meals will be enjoyed at unique, highly rated restaurants to ensure a more intimate and experience- filled program. The relaxed itinerary features mostly two or three night stays.
In Bogota and in nearby villages, we find examples of the country’s rich colonial past and Spanish influences – historic cobble-stoned squares, towering cathedrals and magnificent haciendas.
Just a short flight from the capital we find the lush greenery of the coffee region; home to a wide variety of flora and fauna as well as the morning brew for which it gets its name. Medellin, known as the city of eternal spring for its year round delightful climate, is also home to the Museo de Antioquia, where the largest collection of Fernando Botero’s magnificent and unique carvings are exhibited. Without a doubt, Fernando is Colombia’s favourite artist and I am sure that you will be impressed by his works, many of which can be found throughout the city.
Of course, no trip to Colombia would be complete without a visit to the sunny Caribbean coast and Cartagena, with its massive fortresses and exquisite colonial buildings. This year we have expanded the coastal explorations to include the north east – Valledupar, San Juan, Riohacha and Santa Marta. Air Canada now flies nonstop from Toronto to both Cartagena (the coastal resort city) and the Andean capital, Bogota (a cosmopolitan city known for excellent restaurants, varied museums and art galleries, including the famous Gold Museum). It is now as convenient to visit Colombia as it is to get to many islands in the Caribbean.
Space is already very limited - we have just three twin/double rooms still available. If this sounds like your kind of experience, call Sharon today (1-800-387-8890 ext 200).
Tour highlights and details, Colombia January 22 - February 5, 2018