Flavors of Colombia

 

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Discover the vibrant tapestry of Colombian cuisine through the culinary capitals of Bogotá and Cartagena with our exclusive Flavors of Colombia itinerary. This culinary journey invites you to immerse yourself in the rich traditions and diverse flavors that define Colombian gastronomy. Begin your epicurean adventure in Bogotá, a dynamic city nestled in the Andes, where bustling markets and gourmet restaurants await. From street food delights like arepas and empanadas to haute cuisine interpretations of regional classics, savor the diversity of flavors that reflect Colombia’s culinary heritage.

Continue your culinary exploration in Cartagena, a UNESCO World Heritage city on Colombia’s Caribbean coast renowned for its vibrant street food scene and seafood delicacies. Wander through the historic walled city, where colonial architecture provides a picturesque backdrop to your culinary discoveries. From fresh ceviche and fried fish to tropical fruits and Caribbean-inspired desserts, immerse yourself in the coastal flavors that echo Cartagena’s cultural fusion.

This itinerary promises not only a feast for the senses but also an intimate journey into the heart of Colombian culinary traditions, where each meal is a celebration of local ingredients, flavors, and the passion of the chefs who create them.

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This sample itinerary is just the beginning. Fully customizable for individuals, families, and groups of all sizes, let it serve as an inspiration for your next adventure. Price subject to change.

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Explore Bogotá’s markets, restaurants, and street food stalls, sampling traditional dishes such as bandeja paisa and ajiaco soup.

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Participate in hands-on cooking classes with local chefs, learning to prepare Colombian specialties using fresh, locally sourced ingredients.

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Discover Colombia’s renowned coffee culture with guided tastings and tours of coffee farms near Bogotá.

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Wander through Cartagena’s vibrant streets, tasting local favorites like arepas de huevo and patacones.

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Enjoy fresh seafood delights in Cartagena’s coastal restaurants, from ceviche to grilled fish dishes.

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Visit local markets, learn about traditional cooking techniques, and delve into the cultural significance of Colombian cuisine.

Bienvenido a Colombia! Upon your arrival in Bogotá, meet your private driver to transfer to your hotel. 

This afternoon, dive right in on a journey through the city’s rich culinary landscape. Explore Bogotá’s historic neighborhoods, where Colombia’s diverse culture and history come alive. Taste traditional dishes like empanadas and the unique chocolate with cheese, each flavor narrating Colombia’s rich heritage. Wander through the heart of Bogotá, experiencing its blend of colonial architecture and modern vibrancy, and learn about the country’s geographical diversity through its cuisine. Visit traditional bakeries, savor iconic regional specialties, and immerse yourself in the stories behind each dish. This tour not only offers a delightful tasting experience but also provides a profound understanding of Colombia’s cultural and historical depths.

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Accommodation: Hotel Casa Legado (5*)

Today you'll explore Bogotá’s traditional Paloquemao Market, guided by an expert who connects you with local farmers and merchants. Start with samples of bread and pastries, then stroll through vibrant stalls of flowers, plants, and herbs, learning their various uses. Delight in a tasting banquet of 20 exotic fruits from different regions of Colombia. Discover sustainable practices and conclude with a toast featuring refreshing fruit juices. This private tour offers a rich culinary and cultural experience, showcasing Colombia’s diverse flavors and traditions.

This evening, indulge in one of Bogotá's most creative culinary experiences. El Cielo Restaurant offers a unique culinary journey where each dish engages all the senses from the first bite. Combining cutting-edge techniques with traditional Colombian cooking methods, El Cielo showcases the richness of Colombian flavors through locally-sourced ingredients and passionate chefs. Unlike traditional menus, El Cielo presents a series of gastronomic moments that play with senses, memories, flavors, aromas, and textures, inviting diners to experience a myriad of emotions throughout their meal.

Meals: B/L/D

Accommodation: Hotel Casa Legado (5*)

Delve into Colombia’s history and peace efforts on the Weaving Peace tour. Walk through Bogotá’s city center, sampling street food while learning about the complex evolution of Colombia’s conflict. Visit Fragmentos, an anti-monument by Doris Salcedo, and enjoy a meal at Luz Dary’s restaurant, symbolizing resilience and hope. Conclude at Casa de la Paz, tasting craft beer made by former FARC combatants and exploring peace process entrepreneurship. This interactive tour, crafted with input from academics, artists, changemakers, and chefs, offers a profound understanding of Colombia’s journey toward peace.

Meals: B/L/-

Accommodation: Hotel Casa Legado (5*)

With just a 2-hour drive outside of Bogotá, the weather gets warmer, and an awarded high-quality coffee is grown carefully among steep mountains, dense forests, and low-flying clouds. La Palma & El Tucán, not only produces top-notch coffee but they also benefit coffee-growing families nearby, supporting fair-trade and eco-farming.

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Accommodation: Hotel Casa Legado (5*)

Immerse yourself in Colombian cuisine with the Tropical Abundance cooking experience in Bogotá. Begin your day at Paloquemao Plaza Market, where a knowledgeable guide will introduce you to the vibrant stalls brimming with fresh produce. Explore the rich variety of tropical fruits, seeds, and vegetables unique to Colombia, such as chontaduro, lulo, guava, native potatoes, cassava, and passion fruit. Engage with friendly merchants and farmers who are eager to share their expertise and help you select the freshest ingredients for your culinary adventure.

After gathering your ingredients, head to the lively neighborhood of Chapinero for a hands-on cooking workshop. Here, you’ll delve into the traditional techniques and recipes that make Colombian cuisine so unique. Under the guidance of an expert chef, you’ll prepare a variety of dishes that showcase the tropical richness of Colombia’s culinary heritage. Options may include hearty soups, flavorful rice dishes, succulent meats, freshly baked bread, and delectable desserts, all infused with the vibrant flavors of your market finds.

Meals: B/L/-

Accommodation: Hotel Casa Legado (5*)

Fly from Bogotá to Cartagena and dive into the vibrant rhythms of Afro-Colombian music with the Drums at the Beach experience in La Boquilla, a pristine fishing village outside Cartagena. You'll be transported to this culturally rich community, far from the typical tourist routes. Begin your journey with a guided tour of the neighborhood, led by a local who will introduce you to the daily life and vibrant culture of La Boquilla.

The heart of your experience takes place at a local music school, where expert teachers and drum makers will unveil the secrets of Colombia’s Caribbean Coast rhythms and instruments. Drums, historically vital to African populations in America for culture, communication, and resistance, continue to resonate deeply within Colombian culture. In La Boquilla, these rhythms serve as powerful tools for transformation and resistance.

After an enlightening introduction, you’ll learn to play basic rhythms on traditional tambores and join a lively jam session with local musicians. Witnessing the locals’ impressive dances and movements adds a dynamic and immersive element to your experience. By visiting the music school, you support a vital social project that teaches music to neighborhood children, helping keep them away from trouble and preserving their cultural heritage.

Meals: B/-/-

Accommodation: Hotel Quadrifolio (4*)

Embark on a culinary adventure through Cartagena’s vibrant streets with a gourmet food tour designed to immerse you in the city’s rich culinary heritage. Begin in Getsemani, where colorful streets and bustling plazas set the scene. Dive into local cuisine at Cocina de Pepina, known for its traditional Colombian dishes with a modern twist, showcasing fresh ingredients and innovative techniques.

Next, experience Restaurante Sierpe, offering a fusion of Colombian and international flavors. Delight in savory starters and mouthwatering main courses crafted to perfection. Discover Restaurante Rebelión, a hidden gem blending Colombian tradition with contemporary flair, offering a unique dining experience amidst a vibrant atmosphere.

Conclude your culinary journey at Portal de Los Dulces, a charming marketplace bursting with traditional Colombian sweets and desserts. Indulge in treats like arequipe and cocadas, and shop for souvenirs to remember your flavorsome adventure.

This day promises a delightful exploration of why Cartagena is celebrated for its culinary scene in South America. Whether you’re a seasoned foodie or simply curious about Colombian cuisine, this tour invites you to savor the diverse flavors that define Cartagena’s gastronomy while enjoying the city’s cultural ambiance.

Meals: B/L/-

Accommodation: Hotel Quadrifolio (4*)

Immerse yourself in a captivating rum and chocolate tasting experience in Cartagena, a city steeped in rich history and vibrant Caribbean culture. Begin your journey at one of the city’s finest restaurants, where the tales of Caribbean spirits come alive. Nestled in the heart of Getsemani, a charming district brimming with colonial charm, you’ll discover a cozy bar awaiting your arrival.

Here, delve into the intricate world of rum, learning about the distillation process and the diverse aroma profiles that make each rum unique. Savor five distinct Colombian rums, with chocolate serving as your palate cleanser, enhancing the flavors and leaving you with a newfound appreciation for the art of rum-making. This immersive experience not only tantalizes your taste buds but also offers a glimpse into the soul of Cartagena. As you sip, effortlessly slip into the laid-back rhythm of the Caribbean, with rum-based cocktails promising to be a staple in your future adventures.

Meals: B/-/-

Accommodation: Hotel Quadrifolio (4*)

This culinary tour takes you on an all-sensory journey through Cartagena’s storybook streets based on the novels of Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Following a trail of food-focused references through Cartagena's Old City, sink your teeth into some of the Colombian Caribbean's most delectable treats and watch the pages of books like One Hundred Years of Solitude come alive before your eyes and on your tastebuds.

Rekindle the enchantment of some of his most renowned works, such as "Love in the Time of Cholera," "Of Love and Other Demons," and the critically acclaimed "One Hundred Years of Solitude." Wander through the colorful, dreamlike streets steeped in charm, sampling the very bites and sips that Gabo's characters savored. Engage in conversations with the true custodians of our culinary heritage and leave with the treasured secrets of their recipes.

Meals: B/L/-

Accommodation: Hotel Quadrifolio (4*)

All too soon, it's time to say goodbye to Colombia. At the appointed time, your private transfer will return you to the airport for your homeward journey.

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