Reimagine Colombia: From Conflict to Hope

 

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Get ready to Reimagine Colombia, where vibrant culture, stunning landscapes, and transformative experiences await. Begin in Bogotá, Colombia’s bustling capital, delving into its rich history and vibrant street art scene. Engage with local stories about Colombia’s complex past and ongoing efforts for change.

Next, travel to Medellín, a city renowned for its remarkable transformation. Learn from innovative social projects and have meaningful discussions. Finally, explore the colonial charm of Cartagena, experiencing its cultural resilience and the pristine beaches of the Rosario Islands. This itinerary challenges the popular narrative, offering a comprehensive and hopeful exploration of Colombia’s journey of change through personal stories and unique encounters.

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Engage with Colombia's vibrant culture and complex history through immersive experiences in Bogotá, Medellín, and Cartagena. Delve into the country's rich heritage, vibrant street art scene, and diverse culinary traditions.

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Have meaningful discussions with local communities, gaining insights into Colombia's journey of change and reconciliation. Hear personal stories of resilience and hope firsthand, fostering a deeper understanding of the country's past and future.

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Learn from innovative social projects in Medellín that have contributed to the city's remarkable transformation. Explore initiatives aimed at promoting peace, inclusion, and community development, showcasing Colombia's resilience and spirit of innovation.

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Experience the colonial charm of Cartagena's historic old town, wandering through its colorful streets and majestic plazas. Then, unwind on the pristine beaches of the Rosario Islands, surrounded by turquoise waters and lush tropical landscapes.

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Benefit from expert guidance and insider insights throughout your journey, with knowledgeable guides and local experts leading you on a transformative exploration of Colombia's past, present, and future. Gain a deeper appreciation for the country's resilience, diversity, and enduring spirit of hope.

Bienvenido a Colombia! Upon your arrival in Bogotá, meet your private driver to transfer to your hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

 

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Accommodation: Hotel Rosales Plaza Bogotá (4*)

After the enormous effort made for the Peace Agreement - that gave an end to a more than 50-year old conflict and its eight million victims- Colombia is in a crucial moment that will define the path for the next decades. To understand the present, heal the wounds from the past, and build a solid peace fabric for the future, it is necessary to look at ourselves from a different angle and understand the tremendous complexity of our history and the contradictions that had been part of us.

After lunch in Salvo Patria, discover the world's largest collection of pre-hispanic gold artifacts at Bogotá's Museo del Oro, Gold Museum. Hear mystical stories of ancient cultures and witness their impressive crafts. In the afternoon, meet with an expert on the peace process and the U.S./Colombia relations.

Meals: B

Accommodation: Hotel Rosales Plaza Bogotá (4*)

The fruit tour is a private experience that will engage you with the vast diversity of food, geography and cultural practices of Colombia in just one place: the Paloquemao Plaza, the only market in the world where you can find up to 67 different fruits!

After your visit to Paloquemao, learn about the impressive history of a group of locals from the Egipto neighborhood in Bogotá. Deciding to leave their criminal past behind they have started the initiative Breaking Borders, showing tourists around their streets filled with artwork that tells the neighborhood’s history. Finally, after lunch Learn about Colombian music in an experience with a musician and expert in traditional Colombian rhythms.

Meals: B, L

Accommodation: Hotel Rosales Plaza Bogotá (4*)

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.

Meals: B

Accommodation: Hotel Rosales Plaza Bogotá (4*)

Transfer from your hotel in Bogotá to the airport for a quick flight to Medellin. In the afternoon, visit Comuna 13, which is known now for its graffiti and art, after going through a major transformation. In the evening, enjoy a cooking class and traditional Colombian meal with a local chef.

Meals: B, D

Accommodation: Café Hotel Medellín (4*)

Start the day with a visit to the Memory House Museum. From drug cartels and gangs to a terrible civil war, Casa de la Memoria aims to amplify the voices of victims and preserve their history so that we might learn more about it and avoid these pitfalls in the future.

After lunch, enjoy a walking tour in the city including the Botanical Gardens.
This evening, meet with some of the city’s most respected academics regarding the conflict and peace process.

Meals: B

Accommodation: Café Hotel Medellín (4*)

Transfer to the airport and fly to Cartagena in the morning. Upon arrival, set out on a walking tour throughout Getsemani and the Old City. Take in the juxtaposition of the hip and lively neighborhood of Holy Trinity Square against the historic walled streets of the Old City, and stop and sample rum with a local rum expert.

This evening enjoy dinner at a restaurant where female prison inmates are trained in food preparation, crop cultivation, and food etiquette as a means to learn useful trades and lessen their sentences.

Meals: B

Accommodation: Hotel Casa La Fe (3*)

Discover the serene settings of the swamplands and the vast biodiversity in the Mangroves outside Cartagena. Enjoy the silence on a canoe trip with a local guide!
Enjoy a local lunch in La Boquilla and an ancestral drum workshop and jam at La Boquilla beach. Get to know the local community and take advantage of prime photographic lighting with an afternoon stop at the local market.

Meals: B

Accommodation: Hotel Casa La Fe (3*)

Are you dreaming about escaping to paradise to a white sand beach, surrounded by turquoise waters, hearing the ocean’s peaceful music, the birds flying over your head while you have a fabulous sunbath? Now your dream becomes a reality in a private island of Islas del Rosario. The archipelago of the Rosario Islands of Colombia is probably one of the most sought-after destinations in the Colombian Caribbean coast and a must to see in the country.

Meals: B

Accommodation: Hotel Casa La Fe (3*)

All too soon, it's time to say goodbye to Colombia. This morning, awaken the senses with a Colombian coffee brewing workshop, or enjoy a morning at leisure to explore Cartagena’s Old Town on your own. Your private transfer will return you to the airport for your homeward journey.

Meals: B

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