UNMISSABLE COLOMBIA – 12 days

Colombia has so many interesting spots that we picked the top ones for your first visit! Get to know cosmopolitan Bogotá in the Andean region, charming coffee zone, hip Medellin and coastal Santa Marta and Cartagena, with a special bonus of Mompox with instant feeling like in one of Gabriel Garcia Marquez´s books! This 12 day tour offers stylish hotels, unique experiences and a taste of Colombian variety!

Tours tops: Bogotá – Salento- Medellin- Santa Marta - Mompox- Cartagena

Bogotá city center
Day 1: BOGOTÁ – Arrival

Colombia’s pulsating capital is a nine-million-metropolis that stretches over 40 km from north to south and 20 km from east to west. Located centrally in the country and on 2650 meters above sea level, Bogotá indeed is the rising economic and industrial powerhouse of the country. The national legislature, the Supreme Court of Justice, and the residence of the President of the Republic (Casa de Nariño) reside here, surrounding the grand Plaza de Bolivar in Bogota’s picturesque historic center. Here in “La Candelaria” colorfully painted colonial buildings house excellent museums and galleries, libraries and cafés, all set against the spectacular backdrop of the Andean mountains east of the city. The Monserrate Church and the Virgin of Guadalupe reside up here on the mountain tops and watch over Bogota. They offer the best views across the maze of buildings, buses and barrios, showcasing the ecclectic mix of historic and modern and an increasingly cosmopolitan city.

 

Transfer in to our hotel in the city center.

Highlights:

• Discover the vivid surroundings of the hotel

♥ Our insider tipp:

Explore some of the famous restaurants next to your hotel: Minimal / Salvo Patria / Mesa Franca

Bogotá from above, sun rise
Day 2: BOGOTÁ – COFFEE REGION

Discover Bogotá and the rhythms of Colombia

Colombia’s capital is the pulsating heart of the country and offers and ecclectic mix of history and progress. The most important government buildings are located in the city center, as well as “La Candelaria”, Bogota’s historic quarter, numerous museums, graffiti art, libraries, universities and excellent restaurants and cafes. On a half day tour we will be exploring the grand “Plaza de Bolivar” and surrounding government buildings, the bustling colonial quarter and Bogota’s oldest church “San Francisco”. Our tour continues with an exhilarating cable car ride to the top of Monserrate mountain, from where we’ll be enjoying the views across the metropolis. Colombians’ zest for life is well-known even among its latin neighbors. The fast-paced and upbeat rhythms of Salsa, Cumbia, Vallenato, Merengue and Bachata guarantee that no foot stays still. With “Marimbea” we will have a chance to play typical instruments from the Pacific region. The lessons are private and provided individually and by professional musicians.

Transfer to the airport to catch a plane to the coffee region, where we are picked up and taken to our hotel

 

 

Highlights:

• Contrast between the buzzing city and the tranquil coffee region

♥ Our insider tipp:

Try some of the typical sweet “obleas”, that Mick Jagger has liked a lot already when he visited Bogotá.

Wax Palms, Cocora, Coffee Region
Day 3: COFFEE REGION

Salento and hidden Palm Valley La Ceja

We leave the village of Salento and head in Willy’s jeeps on an unpaved road (the historic old Camino real) about 1.5 hours past the “Alto de la Linea” to the small finca la Carbonera from where we start a short 1 hour walk to admire and photograph the beauty of the Waxpalms in this valley. We are located at the most sacred area of the famous Ceroxylion Quindiuense, the highest type of wax-palms in the world, that was declared the National Tree of Colombia in 1985. Thought the enormous amount of about 600.000 palms in this valley, it is an endangered species. After a warm typical farmhouse drink (Agua de panela con queso), we take the road back to the village of Salento where, in a village tour, we talk about the typical features of local architecture and history of the village.

Highlights:

• Waxpalms
• Lush green Andean landscapes
• Local flora and fauna

♥ Our insider tipp:

The panoramic view from the “mirador” in Salento

Medellin-Rooftops
Day 4: COFFEE REGION – MEDELLÍN

Transfer to the airport, to take our plane to Medellín, where we are picked up and taken to our hotel

After the check in, we visit the Barrio Manrique to learn how dance has been a way to save young people from violence. Manrique is a neighborhood in which each corner connects with a story, each story is turned into a song, and any excuse is good to dance. We will start on the main street that connects the neighborhood to the most popular places. You will visit a house built in honor OF the most famous tango singer in history, Carlos Gardel. After getting acquainted with the tango, you will have the opportunity to savor Latin rhythms at a community dance school. You will get the chance to learn steps to show off at any party.

Highlights:

• get in touch with the inhabitants of Medellín
• experience the transformation of the city

♥ Our insider tipp:

Have a special dinner at one of the superb restaurants of Provenzo – El Cielo, El Carmen, Colossal, La Chagra – and go for a cocktail at Alambique

Medellin-Teleferico
Day 5: MEDELLÍN – GUATAPÉ

Half Day visit to the city

Today we visit the top sights of the “City of Eternal Spring”. Immersing ourselves in the hustle and bustle of downtown Medellin we reach Botero Plaza, a park dedicated to Fernando Botero, Colombia’s most famous sculpturer and painter. The exhibition of a number of his proportionally exaggerated sculptures has become a popular landmark of the city. We take the modern Metro Cable up to Santo Domingo, once a notorious area of gang violence in Medellin. The cable car was constructed to make the inner city more accessible to residents of the deprived outskirts, and now also allows visitors to get a glimpse into the lives of the marginalized population. While enjoying the spectacular view across Medellín we learn more about the transformation of a city once doomed to a metropolis now deemed. A true phoenix, Medellín has risen from the ashes of its past to become Colombia’s most innovative, modern and vibrant city – a hub of the arts, culture, business, fashion and technology.

As more unique and wholesome experience, in the remote Comuna 8 we will see the initiatives which seek to generate sustainability through cultivation. We take the cable car and visit women entrepreneurs, then we will walk along green trails until reaching a viewpoint with a privileged view of the city and finally we will check out the community gardens, where we will share a snack with organic products.

Transfer to Guatapé

Highlights:

• ride in the cable car
• views of the city from above

♥ Our insider tipp:

Enjoy the beautiful sunset in Guatapé at the lakeside

Day 6: GUATAPÉ – SANTA MARTA

Visit to El Peñol & Guatapé

The Peñol rock is one of the most spectacular destinations in the surroundings of Medellin. The 200 meters high monolith can be climbed via a staircase of 740 steps. Breathtaking views over the stunning Guatape reservoir, over green mountains and blue water, make up for the climb. The nearby village of Guatape is small and peaceful with pleasantly warm and mild climate. It is famous for its church and colourfully painted and decorated houses. We can climb the Peñol rock and enjoy a delicious Colombian lunch on the waterfront of the Guatapé reservoir afterwards. In the afternoon there is time to explore the water reservoir on a boat ride, to stroll around and to relax.

Transfer to the airport to catch a plane to Santa Marta at the Caribbean Coast, where we are picked up and taken to our hotel

 

 

Highlights:

• boatride on the lake
• colourfull village of Guatapé
• the view from the Peñol de Guatapé

♥ Our insider tipp:

Visit some of the hidden art galleries

Tayrona Beach
Day 7: SANTA MARTA – TAYRONA – SANTA MARTA

Excursion to Tayrona – Cabo San Juan

We depart from Santa Marta in the morning and head east along the Caribbean coast to El Zaino, the main entrance of Tayrona National Park (1 hour drive from Santa Marta). After a short walk we reach Cañaveral beach, one of the most beautiful spots of the park. From the top of a small hill we can enjoy the spectacular view of the Atlantic Ocean. The tour continues with an hour long hike through the tropical forest to Arrecife, another stunning beach of Tayrona National Park. There will be plenty of time to have lunch at a restaurant (not included) and to relax. We continue our hike for another hour passing beaches like Arenillas Beach, La Piscina and Cabo San Juan Beach – perhaps the most spectacular spot of the park – where we have time for a well-deserved bath and to relax on the palm-fringed beach.

Duration: approximately 10 hours, including hike of around 3-4 hrs.

Attention: The walk inside Tayrona Nationalpark can be lenghty and exhausting, with an easy to intermediate level of difficulty, depending on physical fitness. The trail ascends and descends partly over stairs and wooden planks and takes you through tropical forest with very high temperatures and humidity. Make sure to bring appropriate footwear (sportshoes), sun block and a hat.

IMPORTANT NOTE: 1 – 15 de JUN, 19 OCT – 2 NOV- closure of the park. Alternative activity- Taironaka.

Highlights:

• Nationalpark Tayrona
• Unique beaches
• Breathtaking tropical flora and fauna

♥ Our insider tip:

Bring plenty of water!

Mompox
Day 8: SANTA MARTA – MOMPOX

We leave Santa Marta to head south, the journey to Mompox takes approximately 5-6 hours, passing through villages such as La Cienega, Aracataca (celebrated Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez’ hometown) and Bosconia to finally arrive to Mompox. You arrive at Mompóx and check-in at the hotel.

Around 03:00 p.m. we start a walking tour visiting all places of interest, such as the churches of Santa Barbara, De la Concepcion, San Augustín, San Carlos Palace and Calle de la Albarrada.

Highlights:

• Cienaga, Aracata  – villages that inspired Gabriel Garcia Marquez
• impressive landscapes full of banana and plantain plantations

♥ Our insider tip:

Try the baby bananas you get all along the roads (banano manzano)
Cienaga Grande de Santa Marta
Day 9: MOMPOX – PIJIÑO – MOMPOX

Tour to Pijiño Cienaga, Delta and Bird Watching

This tour by boat shows us the channels and swamps that form the delta of the Magdalena River in the Momposina Depression. The Ciénaga de Pijino is characterized by its beautiful water mirrrors and the large number of exotic birds, such as the Cormorant Neptropical, the Great Blue Heron, the Psittacidae, the Kingfisher and the Russet-throated Puffbird.

You will also experience a filigree workshop where you can observe the creation of jewelry made of gold and silver and you can interact with the materials. Duration of 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Highlights:

• the endless waters of the cienaga
• the variety of colorfull birds
• Filigree-wirkshop

♥ Our insider tip:

Try some queso de capa y butifarra momposina (typical local cheese and sausage), and some corozo wine.
Cartagena-City-Torre
Daz 10: MOMPOX – CARTAGENA

After breakfast 7-8 a.m aprox, departure by road (approx 4-5 hrs) towards Cartagena, the road is currently paved, but during rain season some potholes can be found. There will be a short stop at the town of San Jacinto, famous for the production of hammocks, there you can also visit the village museum, a small house located in the main square, where the locals show the ancients pottery of America and a room dedicated to the recent civil war in Colombia. Continue on via San Juan to arrive around midday to Cartagena.

Check in at the hotel

Rum Tasting
The Spaniards transformed America by bringing new goods and customs to the continent. On the other hand, we Americans took many of them and transformed them, to create an identity and product of our own. This is the case of sugar cane, which was taken to another level, and today is the base of one of the most exquisite drinks in the world. Venture into a fun world learning about the Caribbean’s most famous drink, RUM.We pick you up from your hotel and start our tour walking to the picturesque neighborhood of Getsemani. In the Bar El Arsenal we meet with Abraham Dau, who owns the most complete collection of Colombian rums in the country, and is considered one of the best 5 mixologists in Colombia. On this journey of flavors we will try 8 different Colombian rums, cataloged as the best in the world – some as shots, others we sip, and others in cocktails. This whole explosion of flavors is accompanied by the best Colombian chocolate; a combination that you will surely never forget.

Highlights:

• the town of San Jacinto
• the different flavours of rum

♥ Our insider tip:

If you have space in your suitcase, take a hammock from San Jacinto as souvenir back home

Cartagena Palenquera (2)
Day 11: CARTAGENA

Half Day City tour Cartagena, San Felipe & La Popa

You start your fascinating half-day tour to the sights of Cartagena at the convent of La Popa (the highest point of the city – around 140 m high) and the Fort of San Felipe de Barajas, the biggest military construction ever built by the Spanish in their colonies. During the visit of approx. 1 hour we can appreciate this masterpiece of military architecture in coral stone and get a good idea about the defense strategy of the city in front of pirate attacks in the 17th and 18th century. Afterwards, we are heading to the historical center and walk approx. 2 hours to the most beautiful squares, churches and streets. The eclectic mix of colonial architecture, gastronomy and culture make Cartagena deserve the title of UNESCO World Heritage Site and an unforgettable destination.

 

Cooking Lesson “Cooking Cartagena

Traditional Cartagena cuisine. We will season the star ingredients of the Colombian Caribbean to prepare a three-course menu that we will cook to the rhythm of salsa and champeta, the tastiest musical genres of the city. Get ready for a culinary feast in which we will celebrate the local history and joy in each recipe.
In the class we will learn how to prepare recipes of traditional Cartagena cuisine in a 3-step lunch menu: Starter, main course and dessert; we will learn to recognize each of the ingredients that are part of the preparation, we will elaborate each dish using the traditional techniques and methods that each one requires, plus we will be able to connect with the city, its lifestyle and local traditions.

Highlights:

• Historical old town
• View from the wall of the city (especially during sunset)
• Castillo San Felipe
• Convent La Popa
• Diverse, culinary offer

♥ Our insider tips:

Have only a light lunch, so you leave enough space for the delicious dinner

Avion
Day 12: CARTAGENA , Departure

All good things come to an end, so does out tour.

Transfer out to the airport for our onward travels.

Bogotá: HAB Hotel 3*
Salento: Hotel Terasu 3*
Medellín: El Cielo 4,5*
Guatapé: Luxe Hotel 3*
Santa Marta: Don Pepe 4*
Mompox: Bioma 3*
Cartagena: El Arsenal 3,5*

Minimum number of participants: 4
Maximum number of participants: 12

Dates 2024: 06.07. / 03.08. / 07.09. / 05.10. / 16.11. / 07.12.

Dates 2025: 18.01./ 08.02./ 01.03. / 29.03. / 10.05. / 14.06. / 05.07. / 02.08. / 06.09. / 04.10. / 15.11. / 06.12.

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UNMISSABLE COLOMBIA – 12 days

Colombia has so many interesting spots that we picked the top ones for your first visit! Get to know cosmopolitan Bogotá in the Andean region, charming coffee zone, hip Medellin and coastal Santa Marta and Cartagena, with a special bonus of Mompox with instant feeling like in one of Gabriel Garcia Marquez´s books! This 12 day tour offers stylish hotels, unique experiences and a taste of Colombian variety!

Tours tops: Bogotá – Salento- Medellin- Santa Marta - Mompox- Cartagena

Bogotá city center
Day 1: BOGOTÁ – Arrival

Colombia’s pulsating capital is a nine-million-metropolis that stretches over 40 km from north to south and 20 km from east to west. Located centrally in the country and on 2650 meters above sea level, Bogotá indeed is the rising economic and industrial powerhouse of the country. The national legislature, the Supreme Court of Justice, and the residence of the President of the Republic (Casa de Nariño) reside here, surrounding the grand Plaza de Bolivar in Bogota’s picturesque historic center. Here in “La Candelaria” colorfully painted colonial buildings house excellent museums and galleries, libraries and cafés, all set against the spectacular backdrop of the Andean mountains east of the city. The Monserrate Church and the Virgin of Guadalupe reside up here on the mountain tops and watch over Bogota. They offer the best views across the maze of buildings, buses and barrios, showcasing the ecclectic mix of historic and modern and an increasingly cosmopolitan city.

 

Transfer in to our hotel in the city center.

Highlights:

• Discover the vivid surroundings of the hotel

♥ Our insider tipp:

Explore some of the famous restaurants next to your hotel: Minimal / Salvo Patria / Mesa Franca

Bogotá from above, sun rise
Day 2: BOGOTÁ – COFFEE REGION

Discover Bogotá and the rhythms of Colombia

Colombia’s capital is the pulsating heart of the country and offers and ecclectic mix of history and progress. The most important government buildings are located in the city center, as well as “La Candelaria”, Bogota’s historic quarter, numerous museums, graffiti art, libraries, universities and excellent restaurants and cafes. On a half day tour we will be exploring the grand “Plaza de Bolivar” and surrounding government buildings, the bustling colonial quarter and Bogota’s oldest church “San Francisco”. Our tour continues with an exhilarating cable car ride to the top of Monserrate mountain, from where we’ll be enjoying the views across the metropolis. Colombians’ zest for life is well-known even among its latin neighbors. The fast-paced and upbeat rhythms of Salsa, Cumbia, Vallenato, Merengue and Bachata guarantee that no foot stays still. With “Marimbea” we will have a chance to play typical instruments from the Pacific region. The lessons are private and provided individually and by professional musicians.

Transfer to the airport to catch a plane to the coffee region, where we are picked up and taken to our hotel

 

 

Highlights:

• Contrast between the buzzing city and the tranquil coffee region

♥ Our insider tipp:

Try some of the typical sweet “obleas”, that Mick Jagger has liked a lot already when he visited Bogotá.

Wax Palms, Cocora, Coffee Region
Day 3: COFFEE REGION

Salento and hidden Palm Valley La Ceja

We leave the village of Salento and head in Willy’s jeeps on an unpaved road (the historic old Camino real) about 1.5 hours past the “Alto de la Linea” to the small finca la Carbonera from where we start a short 1 hour walk to admire and photograph the beauty of the Waxpalms in this valley. We are located at the most sacred area of the famous Ceroxylion Quindiuense, the highest type of wax-palms in the world, that was declared the National Tree of Colombia in 1985. Thought the enormous amount of about 600.000 palms in this valley, it is an endangered species. After a warm typical farmhouse drink (Agua de panela con queso), we take the road back to the village of Salento where, in a village tour, we talk about the typical features of local architecture and history of the village.

Highlights:

• Waxpalms
• Lush green Andean landscapes
• Local flora and fauna

♥ Our insider tipp:

The panoramic view from the “mirador” in Salento

Medellin-Rooftops
Day 4: COFFEE REGION – MEDELLÍN

Transfer to the airport, to take our plane to Medellín, where we are picked up and taken to our hotel

After the check in, we visit the Barrio Manrique to learn how dance has been a way to save young people from violence. Manrique is a neighborhood in which each corner connects with a story, each story is turned into a song, and any excuse is good to dance. We will start on the main street that connects the neighborhood to the most popular places. You will visit a house built in honor OF the most famous tango singer in history, Carlos Gardel. After getting acquainted with the tango, you will have the opportunity to savor Latin rhythms at a community dance school. You will get the chance to learn steps to show off at any party.

Highlights:

• get in touch with the inhabitants of Medellín
• experience the transformation of the city

♥ Our insider tipp:

Have a special dinner at one of the superb restaurants of Provenzo – El Cielo, El Carmen, Colossal, La Chagra – and go for a cocktail at Alambique

Medellin-Teleferico
Day 5: MEDELLÍN – GUATAPÉ

Half Day visit to the city

Today we visit the top sights of the “City of Eternal Spring”. Immersing ourselves in the hustle and bustle of downtown Medellin we reach Botero Plaza, a park dedicated to Fernando Botero, Colombia’s most famous sculpturer and painter. The exhibition of a number of his proportionally exaggerated sculptures has become a popular landmark of the city. We take the modern Metro Cable up to Santo Domingo, once a notorious area of gang violence in Medellin. The cable car was constructed to make the inner city more accessible to residents of the deprived outskirts, and now also allows visitors to get a glimpse into the lives of the marginalized population. While enjoying the spectacular view across Medellín we learn more about the transformation of a city once doomed to a metropolis now deemed. A true phoenix, Medellín has risen from the ashes of its past to become Colombia’s most innovative, modern and vibrant city – a hub of the arts, culture, business, fashion and technology.

As more unique and wholesome experience, in the remote Comuna 8 we will see the initiatives which seek to generate sustainability through cultivation. We take the cable car and visit women entrepreneurs, then we will walk along green trails until reaching a viewpoint with a privileged view of the city and finally we will check out the community gardens, where we will share a snack with organic products.

Transfer to Guatapé

Highlights:

• ride in the cable car
• views of the city from above

♥ Our insider tipp:

Enjoy the beautiful sunset in Guatapé at the lakeside

Day 6: GUATAPÉ – SANTA MARTA

Visit to El Peñol & Guatapé

The Peñol rock is one of the most spectacular destinations in the surroundings of Medellin. The 200 meters high monolith can be climbed via a staircase of 740 steps. Breathtaking views over the stunning Guatape reservoir, over green mountains and blue water, make up for the climb. The nearby village of Guatape is small and peaceful with pleasantly warm and mild climate. It is famous for its church and colourfully painted and decorated houses. We can climb the Peñol rock and enjoy a delicious Colombian lunch on the waterfront of the Guatapé reservoir afterwards. In the afternoon there is time to explore the water reservoir on a boat ride, to stroll around and to relax.

Transfer to the airport to catch a plane to Santa Marta at the Caribbean Coast, where we are picked up and taken to our hotel

 

 

Highlights:

• boatride on the lake
• colourfull village of Guatapé
• the view from the Peñol de Guatapé

♥ Our insider tipp:

Visit some of the hidden art galleries

Tayrona Beach
Day 7: SANTA MARTA – TAYRONA – SANTA MARTA

Excursion to Tayrona – Cabo San Juan

We depart from Santa Marta in the morning and head east along the Caribbean coast to El Zaino, the main entrance of Tayrona National Park (1 hour drive from Santa Marta). After a short walk we reach Cañaveral beach, one of the most beautiful spots of the park. From the top of a small hill we can enjoy the spectacular view of the Atlantic Ocean. The tour continues with an hour long hike through the tropical forest to Arrecife, another stunning beach of Tayrona National Park. There will be plenty of time to have lunch at a restaurant (not included) and to relax. We continue our hike for another hour passing beaches like Arenillas Beach, La Piscina and Cabo San Juan Beach – perhaps the most spectacular spot of the park – where we have time for a well-deserved bath and to relax on the palm-fringed beach.

Duration: approximately 10 hours, including hike of around 3-4 hrs.

Attention: The walk inside Tayrona Nationalpark can be lenghty and exhausting, with an easy to intermediate level of difficulty, depending on physical fitness. The trail ascends and descends partly over stairs and wooden planks and takes you through tropical forest with very high temperatures and humidity. Make sure to bring appropriate footwear (sportshoes), sun block and a hat.

IMPORTANT NOTE: 1 – 15 de JUN, 19 OCT – 2 NOV- closure of the park. Alternative activity- Taironaka.

Highlights:

• Nationalpark Tayrona
• Unique beaches
• Breathtaking tropical flora and fauna

♥ Our insider tip:

Bring plenty of water!

Mompox
Day 8: SANTA MARTA – MOMPOX

We leave Santa Marta to head south, the journey to Mompox takes approximately 5-6 hours, passing through villages such as La Cienega, Aracataca (celebrated Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez’ hometown) and Bosconia to finally arrive to Mompox. You arrive at Mompóx and check-in at the hotel.

Around 03:00 p.m. we start a walking tour visiting all places of interest, such as the churches of Santa Barbara, De la Concepcion, San Augustín, San Carlos Palace and Calle de la Albarrada.

Highlights:

• Cienaga, Aracata  – villages that inspired Gabriel Garcia Marquez
• impressive landscapes full of banana and plantain plantations

♥ Our insider tip:

Try the baby bananas you get all along the roads (banano manzano)
Cienaga Grande de Santa Marta
Day 9: MOMPOX – PIJIÑO – MOMPOX

Tour to Pijiño Cienaga, Delta and Bird Watching

This tour by boat shows us the channels and swamps that form the delta of the Magdalena River in the Momposina Depression. The Ciénaga de Pijino is characterized by its beautiful water mirrrors and the large number of exotic birds, such as the Cormorant Neptropical, the Great Blue Heron, the Psittacidae, the Kingfisher and the Russet-throated Puffbird.

You will also experience a filigree workshop where you can observe the creation of jewelry made of gold and silver and you can interact with the materials. Duration of 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Highlights:

• the endless waters of the cienaga
• the variety of colorfull birds
• Filigree-wirkshop

♥ Our insider tip:

Try some queso de capa y butifarra momposina (typical local cheese and sausage), and some corozo wine.
Cartagena-City-Torre
Daz 10: MOMPOX – CARTAGENA

After breakfast 7-8 a.m aprox, departure by road (approx 4-5 hrs) towards Cartagena, the road is currently paved, but during rain season some potholes can be found. There will be a short stop at the town of San Jacinto, famous for the production of hammocks, there you can also visit the village museum, a small house located in the main square, where the locals show the ancients pottery of America and a room dedicated to the recent civil war in Colombia. Continue on via San Juan to arrive around midday to Cartagena.

Check in at the hotel

Rum Tasting
The Spaniards transformed America by bringing new goods and customs to the continent. On the other hand, we Americans took many of them and transformed them, to create an identity and product of our own. This is the case of sugar cane, which was taken to another level, and today is the base of one of the most exquisite drinks in the world. Venture into a fun world learning about the Caribbean’s most famous drink, RUM.We pick you up from your hotel and start our tour walking to the picturesque neighborhood of Getsemani. In the Bar El Arsenal we meet with Abraham Dau, who owns the most complete collection of Colombian rums in the country, and is considered one of the best 5 mixologists in Colombia. On this journey of flavors we will try 8 different Colombian rums, cataloged as the best in the world – some as shots, others we sip, and others in cocktails. This whole explosion of flavors is accompanied by the best Colombian chocolate; a combination that you will surely never forget.

Highlights:

• the town of San Jacinto
• the different flavours of rum

♥ Our insider tip:

If you have space in your suitcase, take a hammock from San Jacinto as souvenir back home

Cartagena Palenquera (2)
Day 11: CARTAGENA

Half Day City tour Cartagena, San Felipe & La Popa

You start your fascinating half-day tour to the sights of Cartagena at the convent of La Popa (the highest point of the city – around 140 m high) and the Fort of San Felipe de Barajas, the biggest military construction ever built by the Spanish in their colonies. During the visit of approx. 1 hour we can appreciate this masterpiece of military architecture in coral stone and get a good idea about the defense strategy of the city in front of pirate attacks in the 17th and 18th century. Afterwards, we are heading to the historical center and walk approx. 2 hours to the most beautiful squares, churches and streets. The eclectic mix of colonial architecture, gastronomy and culture make Cartagena deserve the title of UNESCO World Heritage Site and an unforgettable destination.

 

Cooking Lesson “Cooking Cartagena

Traditional Cartagena cuisine. We will season the star ingredients of the Colombian Caribbean to prepare a three-course menu that we will cook to the rhythm of salsa and champeta, the tastiest musical genres of the city. Get ready for a culinary feast in which we will celebrate the local history and joy in each recipe.
In the class we will learn how to prepare recipes of traditional Cartagena cuisine in a 3-step lunch menu: Starter, main course and dessert; we will learn to recognize each of the ingredients that are part of the preparation, we will elaborate each dish using the traditional techniques and methods that each one requires, plus we will be able to connect with the city, its lifestyle and local traditions.

Highlights:

• Historical old town
• View from the wall of the city (especially during sunset)
• Castillo San Felipe
• Convent La Popa
• Diverse, culinary offer

♥ Our insider tips:

Have only a light lunch, so you leave enough space for the delicious dinner

Avion
Day 12: CARTAGENA , Departure

All good things come to an end, so does out tour.

Transfer out to the airport for our onward travels.

Bogotá: HAB Hotel 3*
Salento: Hotel Terasu 3*
Medellín: El Cielo 4,5*
Guatapé: Luxe Hotel 3*
Santa Marta: Don Pepe 4*
Mompox: Bioma 3*
Cartagena: El Arsenal 3,5*

Minimum number of participants: 4
Maximum number of participants: 12

Dates 2024: 06.07. / 03.08. / 07.09. / 05.10. / 16.11. / 07.12.

Dates 2025: 18.01./ 08.02./ 01.03. / 29.03. / 10.05. / 14.06. / 05.07. / 02.08. / 06.09. / 04.10. / 15.11. / 06.12.

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German, Spanish, English
With Neptuno since 2008

As a geographer, Stephan has been fascinated since his first visit to Colombia by the diversity of the landscapes in Colombia. He has lived in Colombia since 2008, and in May 2011 became a vital member of the incoming team of Promotora Neptuno. He joined Neptuno as an incoming & marketing manager while also teaching evening courses of geography at one of the university in Bogotá. Since 2018 he became a businesspartner, and since 2022 the general manager of Neptuno.