Romancing the Bean in Colombia
8 days, 7 nights
In and around Bogotá
We'll begin in Bogotá’s most historic and charming neighborhood, La Candelaria. Wooden balconies look out onto bustling streets. Elaborate doors and entryways are painted in bold, bright colors. Here we'll find government buildings, historical squares, 400-year-old churches, museums, and picturesque cobblestone walkways.
From the Colonial era we will dive into the legendary bright lights and riot of color that is Bogotá's endlessly eclectic food experience, Andres Carne de Res. It's a theatrical production, an experience—a feast for the eyes as much as for the taste buds.
On our Bogotá graffiti tour, street artists will show us their favorite walls in the city. These local guides share a love for urban art and are directly involved in the scene by painting walls, organizing street art events, or owning urban art galleries. This is a great way to really get to know a segment of the artistic environment and culture of Bogotá.
The Fúquene lagoon was once one of the largest water bodies in South America and is an important nesting ground for both local and migratory birds. Experience life along the water's edge while learning how to make your own handicrafts from local reeds, enjoy a leisurely boat ride on the lagoon with local fishermen, and get acquainted with a variety of wetland waterfowl.
Cerro Monserrate rises above the city center of Bogotá at more than 10,000 feet above sea level. It was considered sacred in pre-Columbian times when the area was inhabited by the indigenous Muisca. It continues to be a pilgrim destination, as well as a major tourist attraction. We will make our way to the top in an aerial tram, cable car, or on foot. The peak offers sweeping views of the city below where the night lights twinkle.
No one knows exactly when coffee arrived in what is now Colombia but Colombian coffee is often regarded as some of the highest quality coffee in the world. Colombia has traditionally grown arabica beans and its unique geography is perfectly suited for producing a delicious, high quality brew. It's in this world heritage listed coffee-growing region that we will learn about the process for turning the coffee bean into a cup of coffee, and indulge in the spectacular natural beauty that is Valle de Cocora where wax palms reign over emerald hills.
What is included
Group is limited to 8 participants so reserve your place early. If you are a group with at least 6 people and would like to arrange your own travel dates, please contact us. Tour cost is for double occupancy. Single room supplement is $325.
Additional travel extension packages are available. Come early or stay late and really get to know Colombia! Ask us!