If there were ever a country that suffered from a case of seriously bad press, it's Colombia. It's not well known by travellers, so the border feels like crossing one of the last frontiers of travel. Colombia is ripe for discovery, and there is a little of everything: green valleys, golden beaches and snow-capped mountains, colonial fortresses and Bogota's frenetic energy ... everything it seems, except tourists. From intellectual Medellin to Cali's salsa clubs, birthplace of both cumbia and Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Colombia is musical and literary in equal measures. Welcoming and intelligent, the spicy, fun-loving Colombians too may surprise you. And while it is true that travel in Colombia demands some extra awareness, care and preparation, the extra energy is rewarded a hundredfold.
Colombia Cultural Journey (SMCJD)
With its natural beauty, colonial history and lovely beaches, Colombia is a nation that specialises in shattering preconceived notions. Embark on a 10-day tour of a misunderstood country and explore coffee plantations, historic Bogota and Catagena, and Tayrona National Park. You’ll immerse yourself in a vibrant culture and soak in Torumo’s famous mud volcano. With accommodation that refreshes, transportation that's safe and an expert guide offering context to it all, you’re sure to come away with a fresh new look on a grand old land.
Highlights: Discovering colonial history and Caribbean beaches, Wandering the cobblestone streets of Cartagena, Soaking in a mud volcano, Tasting coffee at its source at a local organic farm, Exploring Tayrona National Park with a naturalist guide.
Colombia Experience (SMCE)
Discover a corner of South America that's been off the tourist map for years without sacrificing your comfort on this fascinating Colombian adventure. You'll visit famous coffee plantations around Armenia and Salento and hit Medellín for museums and big-city bustle. Indulge in the beauty of Santa Rosa del Cabal with a hot springs soak, and immerse yourself in the colonial charm of Cartagena and the sophistication of Bogotá. This 12-day journey is an intriguing mixture of rural and urban—and culture and coffee.
Highlights: Sip coffee at its source amidst lush plantations, soak in natural hot springs, explore Medellín and Bogotá, wander the cobblestone streets in historic Cartagena