- Journey from Colombia's rejuvenated capital, Bogotá, to the iconic colonial city of Cartagena.
- Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of San Agustín.
- Visit the perfectly preserved town of Villa de Leyva, a colonial jewel.
- Discover the spectacular Andean scenery, friendly local people and energetic rural markets.
Visit remote archaeological sites in the Andes, Amazon and northern tropical forests to see exquisite stone sculptures, rock paintings and tombs and to learn about the indigenous cultures that crafted this legacy. Explore Spanish colonial heritage in Bogota, Villa de Leyva and Cartagena as well as taking the opportunity to view wildlife in the Llanos/Amazon region.
While the focus of this tour is on indigenous and colonial history, you will also experience an exciting modern Colombia that is emerging from a difficult few decades with positivity, energy and an eye firmly set on a bright future. Bars and restaurants in Bogota are full, displaced coffee farmers are returning to their small holdings in the south and Cartagena buzzes with Colombian and international visitors.
It's a fresh start and a thrilling time to be in Colombia.
WHY SHOULD I TRAVEL TO COLOMBIA?
This specialist tour offers you the opportunity to be in the vanguard of visitors that are re-discovering this remarkable country. Colombia is home to some of the most important pre-Columbian archaeological sites in South America, dating back thousands of years and interconnected through a timeline of migration, colonisation, development and war.
WHY SHOULD I JOIN THIS GROUP TOUR?
The group will be joined by a selection of Colombia's foremost historians, archaeologists and anthropologists who will provide an account of their work and a privileged insight into ancient and colonial history.
IS THIS GROUP TOUR SUITABLE FOR SOLO TRAVELLERS?
Our group tours are perfect for solo travellers. Visiting as part of an organised group in faraway places provides security and peace of mind. We handle all the arrangements for you and there will be a local tour guide on hand throughout to provide advice and help if needed.
If you are willing to share, we will always do our best to match you up with another solo traveller of the same sex so that you do not have to pay the single supplement.
If you would prefer the privacy of your own room and would like this guaranteed, then the single supplement will apply.
WHAT IS THE ACCOMMODATION LIKE IN COLOMBIA?
We use a good standard of accommodation throughout, occasionally in historic buildings. Sometimes the accommodation will be functional but always clean and en-suite.
ARE INTERNAL FLIGHTS INCLUDED IN THE BASE TOUR COST?
Yes, all internal flights are included starting from Bogota and ending in Cartagena.
HOW FIT SHOULD I BE?
You ideally need a moderate level of fitness to participate. There is a day hike to Pueblito in hot and humid conditions on day 12. Bear in mind that you will need to negotiate flights of steps, inclines and uneven surfaces. Wellington boots will be provided, if required.
WHAT IS THE FOOD LIKE IN COLOMBIA?
Colombian food is very diverse, each region of the country having its own characteristic dishes. Dishes and recipes are handed down from generation to generation, influenced by not only indigenous Colombian culture, but Spanish, African and Arab cultures as well.
Bandeja paisa is the hearty national dish of Colombia. It comprises of Colombia’s staple ingredients - rice, plantain, an arepa (corn cakes), avocado, ground beef, chorizo, black sausage and fried pork rind, there’s a fried egg thrown on top for good measure. This rather intimidating plate of calories and carbohydrates is generally accompanied by a rich bean soup. Good luck!
WHAT WILL THE WEATHER BE LIKE?
Colombia is a year-round destination however August is within the dry season and a perfect time to travel to Colombia. The days will be warm and the evenings in Bogota and San Agustin, slightly cooler.
For a detailed itinerary or to book your place on this tour, please contact us.