What You’ll Experience in Colombia with Us
I wanted to give our readers a little sneak preview into what our travelers will see and do on our Experience Colombia tour. Colombia is a fascinating and diverse country. Here’s a little bit of what you can expect:
Visiting a working coffee farm
You’ve heard about famous Colombian coffee all your life. Now’s your chance to see where it’s grown. Up in the highlands of Colombia, where the air is cool and wet, you’ll visit a working coffee farm. Shade grown under the tall leaves of banana plants, the coffee is picked by hand and processed at these family run estates. Back in Salento you can find a cozy cafe and drink a cup of the local stuff while nibbling on some fresh pastries.
Watching the sunset from the city walls in Cartagena
Few cities can match the romance of sultry Cartagena on the Caribbean Coast. Here you’ll wander through the historic walled city with its atmospheric narrow lanes, beautiful colonial houses, and colorful balconies. In the late afternoon, scale the city walls for a sweeping view of Cartagena and watch the sun set over the Caribbean sea. It doesn’t get much better than this.
Walking among the towering Wax Palms
In the Valle de Cocora, you’ll be dwarfed among the 60-meter-high wax palms. Take a hike through this gorgeous mountain valley, across streams, and over meadows, on your way up through the cloud forest. There are few better ways to get an appreciation of the Zona Cafetera’s natural environment. Keep an eye out for hummingbirds.
Getting up close and personal with Fernando Botero’s sculptures
Latin America’s most recognized living artist, born-in-Medellin Fernando Botero’s sculptures depict people and figures in large, exaggerated size, often focusing on political criticism or humor, depending on the piece. His work can be seen around the world, but why not start with Medellin’s Botero Plaza, which features 23 of his sculptures? Want more? Head inside the Museo de Antioquia to see more by the artist, including several paintings. You’ll get acquainted with this “most Colombian of Colombian artists” while in Medellin.
Experiencing Spring in the Summer
Summer is still summer, but in Medellin, the City of Eternal Spring, it feels like spring. Its favorable latitude and elevation keep year-round temperatures pleasantly moderate. This modern city with a passionate soul, once dubbed the most dangerous in the world, is now enjoying a peaceful rebirth. Witness the legacy that Pablo Escobar left behind and ride a cable car to visit the infamous comuna (shanty town) high above the center.
Making new friends
Many consider Colombians the warmest people of South America. After a few days, you’ll see why. Colombians are quick with a smile and conversation, helpful with directions, and are some of the most generous people I’ve met on my travels. Even if you’ve got only a little Spanish, it’s easy to make new friends in Colombia. Just open yourself up the experience.
Gaining insight into Colombian society
Our travel leader, Noel Lau, has lived in Colombia for almost two years. Over that period he learned how to live the Colombian way, staying with a local family and befriending plenty of new people. Traveling through Colombia gives you the opportunity to witness what makes Colombians tick: what they do with their free time, what foods they eat, how they party, and how they view the rest of the world. This is a particularly interesting time for the country with a new peace deal with the Farc rebels and a period of calm after the fall of Pablo Escobar and the drug wars.0